November 19, 2010

To each his own...

I haven't blogged in so long someone suggested that the reason was because Preacher's Wife started her blog and was going to set the record straight.  Come on, you got to be kidding.  I love the fact that she has entered the 21st century and is using her talents beyond Snood and Angry Birds.  She is a very creative thinker and writer and I am so happy she has a blog. I haven't blogged simply because there are not many exciting things to write about at the moment.

I do have one more international trip to take before the end of the year.  I leave for London the day after Thanksgiving. Preacher's Wife has chosen not to go because she says it interferes with her Christmas baking and decorating. Not being a woman I don't understand this. I would think that most women would opt for a trip to London, going to the theatre and shopping at Harrod's, to baking cookies and making fudge. Anyway, we have gotten along for 42 years letting each other choose what they prefer. Since I prefer eating cookies and fudge I guess somebody has got to stay home and make it. I am sure she will have something to say about this... Preacher's Wife Speaks

October 21, 2010

Highlighting my two youngest grandsons today...

Silas and his new puppy


Logan on a Pumpkin Exploration
Preacher's Wife and I are blessed with six grandchildren, and another due in February. We have three girls and three boys. They live in Denver, McAllen, and Fort Worth. We have recently been informed that the seventh is another boy. Since last week was Silas' birthday and Logan's birthday is in a few more weeks, I thought I would post a couple of pictures their parents sent to us. As the holidays approach it looks like we will be spending time in all three places from December until mid January.

October 15, 2010

Preacher's Wife Speaks

Many of you may know by now that Preacher's Wife has decided to become a blogger. She said something on her first post about 'setting the record straight'. I am not quite sure what she means by that. I feel like I have always given an accurate account of things as they happen. Of course I am going to see things through my eyes, and with a little different perspective than her. But 'setting the record straight', I don't get it. This sounds like I have out right lied and the truth needs to be told. My life's vocation is about speaking the truth. I may have from time to time miscalculated a date or a time frame but that is to be expected unless one is a flawless person. Hon, I am only human, give me a break. Anyway, I will not squelch her voice or right to speak. You can go to Preacher's Wife Speaks and become a follower of hers.

October 8, 2010

The Bird...

This past week Preacher's Wife and I were sitting inside when all of a sudden a bird flew into our patio window. She went outside to see how bad the bird was hurt and when she did it flew up on her shoulder and immediately became good friends with her. It obviously was someone's pet cockatiel. I was sent to PetSmart to get a cage and food. I prayed on the way that she would not fall in love with this bird and want to keep it. Well when I got home the bird had walked down her arm and had just about chewed all her fingernails off. My prayer had been answered and she had already named this bird which let me know we would not be keeping it. DB short for Damn Bird was its name. She called around and had a community e-mail sent out, but no response. The next day Preacher's Wife was most diligent in finding a new pet owner. Thank the good Lord that's over. Another exciting week at HCR (Hill Country Retreat).

September 1, 2010

I discovered I am NOT very creative...

Arlington, Texas is the home of Cowboys Stadium, the $1.3 billion spaceship where Tony Romo plays on Sunday afternoons. It's also the home of the Texas Rangers baseball club as well as Six Flags Over Texas. Of lesser historical interest is the fact that Anne and I grew up and were married just 60 miles north of there in Dorchester, Texas. Recently I drove through there but didn’t see any historical markers anywhere concerning that date or event.

I was amazed when the local news reported that the city of Arlington was giving away free toilets. When I read the story I wondered why a city would do such a thing. Turns out they’re trying to save water. Old toilets, we’re told, consume as much as 30% of a household’s water during a typical day. New high-efficient models will apparently save more money in water bills than they cost.

If I were in charge of saving water in Arlington, I would think of campaigns to limit lawn watering, shorten showers, combine washing machine loads, run dishwashers only when full, and so on. I could have contemplated the problem for a year and never thought of giving away free toilets. See, I told you I wasn't creative.

August 4, 2010

San Antonio in the Top 10 Romantic Cities in US...

I love living in San Antonio. It is not only the seventh largest city in the United States. Today, I saw where it is considered one of the top ten romantic cities in the US.



With neither the modern skyline of an oil town, nor the tumbleweed-strewn landscape of the Wild West, attractive and festive San Antonio looks nothing like the stereotypical image of Texas – despite being pivotal in the state's history. Standing at a geographical crossroads, it encapsulates the complex social and ethnic mixes of all Texas. Although the Germans, among others, have made a cultural strong contribution, today's San Antonio is predominantly Hispanic. Though now the seventh largest city in the US, it retains an unhurried, organic feel and is one of the nicest places in Texas to spend a few days.

You may think I'm crazy....

Yes, you may think I'm crazy when I tell you I flew to Dallas today and turned around and flew back as soon as I landed. You might ask, "What's wrong with you?" "Why would you do such a thing?" It has to do with short term inconvenience in exchange for long term convenience. Sure it was inconvenient, but it will pay off in the long run. When you travel as much as I do, you look for and take advantage of every creature comfort that you can find.  So here is my reason for today's inconvenience. I fly Southwest Airlines and to maintain what is call A-List status one must fly 32 one way segments or 16 round trips within a one year period.  I needed one round trip to requalify before tomorrow August 5.

So I flew to Dallas and back today. I know this doesn't make sense to a lot of people, but if you travel by air and find yourself living in an airport and standing in long lines week in and week out, you would change your mind.   I love my job which involves traveling almost every weekend. So living on the road means looking for all the creature comforts I can find. Wait til I tell you about Flight Tracker Pro, Tripit and Slingbox. 

Sent from my iPad

July 30, 2010

"My Dad Wouldn't Help Me!"

My son who pastors Christian Fellowship Church in McAllen Texas sent me the introduction to one of his messages a few weeks back entitled, "My Dad Wouldn't Help Me!" I thought I would print it before I shared with you the follow-up message I preached one week later when I was the speaker there.

"My Dad Wouldn't Help Me!"

I called my dad the other day and reminded him of some stories in our past, and I told him I was thinking of a message about problem solving called “My Dad the Problem Causer”. We had a good laugh, and we agreed that the title needed some fine-tuning.

I think we have all heard the phrase “They’re a real problem solver.” That term is used a lot in business, and it refers to someone who has the ability to take complex and personal situations and work out solutions that achieve that groups agenda and in most cases salvages every ones feelings.

Problem causer or problem solver? But that’s not really the right question, because I don’t know of a good father who “causes” problems for their children.

However, I can tell you from my own experience that a good father will allow his children to be smack dab in the middle of a crisis and not solve their problem for them.

So I’ve fine-tuned my title. It’s not “My Dad the Problem Causer”, it’s “My Dad Wouldn’t Help Me”.

And listen, it’s not because he couldn’t help me, there were times in my life when my dad could have fixed my problem. There were, and are, times in my life where my father could solve my problems. My father is one of those people; he’s a problem solver! And a very good one.

But my Dad didn’t use his problem solving skills to solve my problems. My dad used his problem solving skills to solve his problems. He knew that if he solved all my problems and the problems of everyone else that came to him, that his problem solving skills would increase and that theirs/mine would never develop.

One time when I was about 17 our church in Harlingen, where I grew up, had an outreach. We went to a city park and had a church service with the people in the city. I had a little Nissan pickup so that afternoon I helped transport the PA system to the park....... It was a great message. Basically he stated that it's not good for parents to always rescue or fix their children's every problem. But rather teach them to solve problems and take responsibility.


July 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Sweetheart...

Well, today is Preacher's Wife's birthday. It is not important what her age is, though she is very proud of it. She said, "it's just a number." I love her spirit and her attitude. If you know her, then you know she is a happy, upbeat, positive person. She always sees the glass 'half full' rather than 'half-empty". She is a great wife, a wonderful mother and grandmother, and a true friend. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

July 11, 2010

Sitting on the Deck by the Mesquite..

We recently moved to the Del Webb Community here in San Antonio. It is an active adult living community for people 55 and better. We are having the time of our life. Today, Sunday July 11 we are sitting on the deck by the mesquite. I travel around 45 weekends a year so when I am home on an off weekend we celebrate the Lord and his beautiful creation by sitting on our deck and enjoying mimosas. This weekend we have been privileged to have our friends Ernie and Lyn Fitzpatrick. It has been one great weekend. Today was truly a day of rest.

July 4, 2010

My two little girls...

Preacher's Wife and I spent July 4th in Fort Worth with our youngest daughter Marlie and her family. It was good to have our other daughter Amy and her kids home from Denver for a few days. We shopped, cooked burgers, attended the neighbor parade and enjoyed the pool. It was a fun, busy, tiring day, therefore, my two little girls took an afternoon nap and I was able to snap this shot of them.

July 2, 2010

Just what I ordered... NOT!

That's right I did NOT order rain for this July 4th weekend. My daughter and her family are here from Denver. My son and his family in McAllen are cleaning up after hurricane Alex. Preacher's WIfe and I will leave tomorrow for Fort Worth where our youngest daughter lives. I just checked the weather there and it is raining and scheduled to rain all weekend. Whoopie!!!

ATTITUDE CHECK: Well, now I am better. I love my family. I love Fort Worth. I love being together. I love being together with family and friends in Fort Worth even in the rain. Yea! I hope each of you my friends have a wonderful (dry) July 4th weekend.

July 1, 2010

I'M BACK

For the past several months Preacher's Wife and I have been simplifying our lives. We downsized our home, sold my motorcycle as well as a couple of RV's that we were not making the most use of. Now we are settled into our new little home and I realized while I was making our life more simple I was making my social network world more complicated. I consolidated all my blogs, personal, travels and ministry to one website RonCorzine.Com. This would be very simple for me, but not for my few followers who were only interested in Preacher's Wife and my daily antics. So we are bringing www.sonofapreacher.com back to this format. Enjoy! Hope you bookmark or make this a favorite.

February 18, 2010

New Post @ www.roncorzine.com

If you follow my personal blog Son of a Preacher and I hope you do, as well as share it with others. You may want to take note that I am slowing moving all my blogs (personal, travel and ministry) to RonCorzine.Com. This will make it easy for me to maintain and possibly even blog more. I will leave this site up and try to duplicate the personal side of the blog for a month or so. I hope you would click on the link above and go to the new site RonCorzine.Com and bookmark that page or save it to your favorites. Some have ask about the old churches. I will eventually put them on flickr and have them there as well. Why not give it a look today. Thanks for you interest.

February 15, 2010

The alarm just went off..

Keeping a house ready to show must be somewhat like being a fireman. Of course only in this way: They diligently clean the trucks and the station everyday and then wait for the alarm to go off. Well the alarm just went off. The realtor called and said they were on their way over. We slid out of bed put our gear and are rushing out the door to Starbucks until we are informed we can return to the house. One of these times we know we will hear the realtor say, "we have a contract on the house." Will keep you posted.

February 9, 2010

Slow Showing....

When you begin the process of downsizing, and put your house on the market, you are suppose to be excited about showing the house and anxiously awaiting the first offer. I haven't been excited one bit since the sign went in the ground. I am by nature a very loving and thankful person, but I hate this whole process. I don't want to live in this big house anymore and I don't want to move to a smaller one. I just want to be left the heck alone. Preacher's Wife got the house ready to show almost immediately. What I didn't realize was that every hour of the day you have to keep the house ready to show. I feel like the KGB moved in. Everywhere I turn, or sit, or stand I feel there are hundreds of eyes on me. She is not the vocal kind of gal who says a lot, she just shakes her head meaning I am to remain seated or keep moving. It seems to be about sitting and waiting and not touching anything. This past week has been slow going or shall I say slow showing. It has been rainy and cold and no one seems interested in a house. But none the less the house has had to remain ready to show. If I had hair, I would pull it out.

January 29, 2010

stuff

In 1985, I was perfectly happy living in an 8′ x 12′ concrete-walled dorm room. I was thrilled to have a single in a dorm full of wonderful people. I didn’t care that the bathroom was down the hall, or that I didn’t own a car. I had a decent bike, a comfortable bed, adequate food, and was learning and having fun with terrific people.

Twenty-five years later, I enjoy living with my family in a nice house in a safe town with wonderful schools. I appreciate all the comforts life has brought me, but I also recognize how my material comforts have also brought an added level of stress, as my husband and I need to work hard to make mortgage payments, save for college for the kids, and meet expenses. I often tell my husband that I’d be happy living in a much smaller house, as long as I have my computer, a fast internet connection, and a secure yard for our dog. Clearly, the list would be longer if I thought about it…I’d also want great schools, a safe community, my printer, my purse, our couch, my gloves, my boots, my fleece jacket, my special pajamas, my pillows and a few more items and services. But as I sit here and scan the interior horizon, there truly aren’t very many items I’d consider to be that important to me.

In his recent column, “What Could You Live Without?“, Nicholas Kristof tells of an Atlanta family whose daughter challenged them to sell their house and buy a smaller one, and donate the net proceeds to charity. Even as it inspired some people, it evoked the wrath of others who complained that they shouldn’t donate to people overseas when there are Americans in need. I’m in the former category, and am impressed that a modern American family that has so much could sacrifice it and make a difference in the world.

The unexpected dividend in this case was that the family found that downsizing brought them closer together:

Mr. Salwen and his wife, Joan, had always assumed that their kids would be better off in a bigger house. But after they downsized, there was much less space to retreat to, so the family members spent more time around each other. A smaller house unexpectedly turned out to be a more family-friendly house.

“We essentially traded stuff for togetherness and connectedness,” Mr. Salwen told me, adding, “I can’t figure out why everybody wouldn’t want that deal.”

I look forward to reading the book they wrote about their experiences, The Power of Half. I don’t think my family wants to downsize, but if they did, I’d be all for it. I wouldn’t mind slowing down the treadmill and enjoying life and my relationships more. In the meantime, if I ever find the time, I am going to get rid of a lot of extra stuff we have around here. The Sport Chalet shoes were just a start…

What Can We Live Without?

In 1968 Preachers Wife and I were perfectly happy to live in a one room apartment. We had just returned from our honeymoon in Dallas to settle down in our first little humble abode. The place was called Davenport Courts. It basically was a hotel room with a small kitchen that could be rented by the day, the week or the month. The cash wedding presents had allowed us to rent it for a whole month. We were so excited. We didn't have many earthly belongings and we really didn't see a need for them, because we were in love. We were just two young kids happy to be building a life together. That was 41 years ago. Since then we've received an education, picked up 3 children, 6 wonderful grandchildren and acquired many friends. We also have accumulated a lot of "stuff" and most of "my stuff" is referred to by her as "junk." So what does one do when you go from having nothing to almost everything and you decide to downsize and simplify your life. In the days, weeks and months ahead I am going to take you on a journey with us as we downsize to a smaller home and a more simple lifestyle. This should be very interesting especially if I choose to give detailed conversations of Preachers Wife and me.

January 21, 2010

We love our house but we are moving...

Preacher's Wife and I moved to San Antonio in 2002. We have lived in the same house we bought when we first moved to town. We loved it then and we still do, but we have decided to move. We have just about totally remodeled it little by little. We put tile and hardwood floors throughout the house. We added a 1000 square feet self-contain, private entrance apartment. I could go on and on about all we have done to the inside. I also took great pride with my green thumb making the back yard a paradise. Did I say we were moving? Yes! Why? Because we want to downsize and simplify our life. Therefore, we are moving to the Del Webb Hill Country Retreat in west San Antonio. Some people call it a retirement village but I call it having less work to do around the house. We have signed the papers for them to begin our new home and the realtor puts a sign in the front yard on Monday. We are praying and believing for a quick sale.

January 13, 2010

Call it old age or choosing to live a less adventurous lifestyle. Call it whatever you want but I decided to sell my motorcycle and buy a pool table. I would have really enjoyed having both but Preacher's Wife suggested I choose one or the other. You know how that goes. Since I haven't ridden in quite a while and all my old buddies are not riding as much. I decided I would go with pool table.






January 11, 2010

Fun In Denver...

Since our Denver children and grandchildren were unable to make it home this Christmas, Anne and I flew to Denver this past weekend. We had not seen them since last January and my had they grown. They met us at the hotel after school and did one of their favorite things when we visit, swim in the heated pool. We shopped, ate, did some sight seeing and then ate some more. Today is our last day with them so we are going to Mr. Biggs family fun center. We are sure going to miss them but are looking forward to getting back to sea level so we can breath again . I thought I would post pictures of three more of our beautiful grandchildren.

January 7, 2010

Two up and coming musicians...

I just got around to transferring some of the pictures we took in McAllen while spending Christmas with our son and his family. Our granddaughters Lauren and Lenzy are into music big time and each one has their own particular instrument of choice. They performed for us on Christmas morning and I must say I was quite impressed. Lauren sings and plays the guitar and Lenzy loves playing the bass.

January 4, 2010

Seeing in the New Year...

We just got home from spending New Year's weekend with our friends the Magees. We decided back in the early fall that we would camp together in some state park over the new year holidays. We agreed this year it would be Choke Canyon State Park at Three Rivers, Texas. Having read, reviewed and visited several state parks in Texas we really enjoyed Choke Canyon. If one likes large spacious sites, covered gazebo, picnic table, fire pit and cooking grill and alot of wildlife you would enjoy camping at Choke Canyon. We arrived on Wednesday and stayed through Sunday. It was a very enjoyable and relaxing time. While there we did some walking and birding as well as cooking out and watching College Bowl games. I could recommend Choke Canyon to all our camping friends.