November 27, 2008

After dinner nap...

We had a great Thanksgiving day with the Thomas family. It had been three years since we had all been together. There was a lot of catching up to do. Later I will post some pictures of Andrew's cute nieces. But I thought everybody should first see the main attraction of the day.

November 24, 2008

OK OK Just a few more... I promise

I couldn't help myself after seeing these pictures taken since he has been home. I promise not to post anymore pictures today.


November 20, 2008

Welcome Logan Allen Thomas

Preacher's Wife and I just got home from the hospital. We are proud to announce that Logan Allen Thomas discovered America Thursday November 20, 2008 at 6 P.M. He weighed 8 lbs 2 oz. He was 20 inches long. The baby and mother are doing great. The son-in-law seems to doing fine as well. The pictures below have been pre-approved by Logan's mom.

November 18, 2008

Setting the record straight...

Preacher's Wife and I are taking a week off as we wait for the birth of our next grandchild. Our daughter Marlie and her husband Andrew are expecting the arrival of their son (Logan) this week. How times and expressions have changed over the years. I hear couples today say "we" are 12 weeks pregnant. I do understand what they mean but I've never been pregnant. I have been sick on some mornings. I pee often. Even now I have a nice belly and my friends will jokingly ask me my due date, but that doesn't mean I'm pregnant. I've had swollen ankles and wanted ice cream at midnight, but I've never been pregnant. As much as I would like to claim more credit for my three wonderful children I was never pregnant with them. Let me set the record straight...my son, two sons-in-law, nor I have ever been pregnant or ever will be. Our hats off to you ladies.

November 17, 2008

An Old Farmer's Advice

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
Meanness doesn't just happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It doesn't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about isn’t ever going to happen anyway.
Don't judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it -- a second time.
Don't interfere with something that isn’t bothering you.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you are got.
The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal watches you from the mirror every morning.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.
If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's -- dog around.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to the Almighty.

November 13, 2008

His and Hers

Preacher's Wife and I have our own personal retirement rockers but we can't seem to find time to sit in them. I was just telling her this morning we have three lives. Her life, my life and our life. While this may not be how all families operate it works well for us. I will drive off in a few hours for Houston and she will drive off to Ft. Worth. We then will meet up again on Sunday or Monday and enjoy being together again. Our daughter Marlie and son-in-law Andrew are expecting their first child so Preacher's Wife is excited about getting to Ft. Worth and patiently awaiting baby Logan's arrival. It looks like the rockers are going to have to wait awhile.

November 5, 2008

The day after the election...

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.” -Dolly Parton

Some people seem to always be living under a cloud of doom and gloom, they only hear, see, feel, and express negative things.

This is not my M.O. As long as I can remember I have been a very upbeat, positive person. I don’t handle whiners well and Preacher’s Wife can't tolerate them at all.
I have discovered in life, no one cares about your excuses, your whining, or your sniveling—they only care about your actions and results, possibly your attitude if they have to live or work with you. Nobody wants to hear you whine about a problem.

Maybe after the election you are one who feels that things are really bad now and that things are only going to get worse (you may be right). You may doubt the intellect and choice of the American people. You may think there is little or no hope for our country, our children, and our future (if so, you are wrong).

So, you’ve shared your opinions with others, you have warned your friends who had a different view point than you. You have voted and you have prayed. Now you must continue to pray and trust God with our future.

Since one gains influence by their actions and results, then one must pray and actively work for what they believe in and work around the things they cannot change, making the best of things they can change, and of course― without whining.

Winning with whiners can be quite a battle. They often complain, murmur, and do nothing more than talk. You cannot be a winner if you're frequently associating with whiners. Let this serve notice to all my friends and those who know me that I will not be a part of any whining. There is just to much to pray about and to live for.

November 3, 2008

On the eve of election day

Neither this blog nor this particular post is designed to be heavily political. Many today seem to spew doom and gloom and try to move people to act by fear and intimidation. I chose several years ago to not practice this any longer. One can use the Bible to make it say just about anything they want it to say. I will agree that there is a place for warning, but everybody seems to be waving red flags of warning. OK now you have warned them back off and let them choose. My preacher daddy once said, "Son, don't keeping poking them in the eye they've already indicated they're blind." My point is this. If our collective choice is wrong God is still God and He will always BE God. In Genesis 50 there is a very interesting story. There is a plot by several older brothers to kill their younger brother Joseph because they were jealous of him. God preserved Joseph for his purposes and raised him up later to show his grace, power and provision (I see neither candidate as Joseph so please don't read that into this). When their dad died, the older brothers came to Joseph and ask him not to take revenge on them.

This is Joseph's reply:

Genesis 50:18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. "We are your slaves," they said.

19 But Joseph said to them, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? (This obviously is a rhetorical question and the answer is meant to be NO) 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them."

So my assessment is this: I am not in the place of God. I am not Sovereign. I don't see the big picture. Obviously, some see much more clearly than I. My experience with God is this. When family, presumed friends, and even the government or politicians seem to do things that are intended to harm, He (God) is able to step in at any moment (before or after) and work things out for my (our) good.

Again, look at verse 21 "So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children. And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them."

God's hands are not tied, so think about this: Daniel 2:21 He (God) changes times and seasons; he (God) sets up kings (leaders) and removes them.

Don't be shaken in your faith or lose your hope. God really is in charge.

SLENTROL: It works! !

Most of you remember that Bo, our oldest Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has been on a national clinical doggie weight loss drug trial. I know, I laughed when Preacher's Wife came home from the Vet and informed me. Anyway, I thought I would give you and update. To date Bo has lost 7 pounds. I know that doesn't sound like much but it is one fifth of his starting total body weight. I know he doesn't look that happy in the picture but he has in his own way informed us that he is feeling much better. He is eating better, sleeping better and snores less. He is also into exercise and pretty much demands that Preacher's Wife or I take him on his twice a day one mile walk. I always vote for Preacher's Wife to take him.