Monday, May 10, 2010

Life in the country

We are loving the country. Last night we enjoyed a quick hail storm that dropped marble-sized hail stones. I enjoyed the lightning and the thunder and the hail was incredible. The kids were worried about the thunder. We actually parked our cars in the backyard under some big trees so the damage would be minimal. This morning I found dents in my "garden" where the hail had hit. Pretty amazing stuff.

Also, our adventures have included a copperhead snake on the patio a week ago. He was quite a sight to behold and I was grateful that Chris shot him twice so he wouldn't be a threat to us. Every member of the family now owns cowboy boots or work boots. living at its best.

Still trying to find a lender who won't claim that the house in is a flood zone (which it obviously isn't) and hopefully closing on the house at the end of this month. Chris is loving the tractor and I actually had a hard time getting him to come into dinner. ;)

It is so beautiful living here and quite peaceful. We have so much space that we decided it was time to get a dog. We are trying to adopt a springer spaniel and we get to go meet "Sam" on Wednesday. Wish us luck.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Big Decision

So we finally did it. Our house is on the market. We are making a jump into the unknown. Chris and I have decided that having debt is totally uncool. We want to downsize our home and increase our land ownership. So currently we are looking for around 15-20 acres with the hopes of having multiple homes on the property to entice family members to move to Texas. We might even have some livestock to help decrease our taxes. Definitely going to get the dog we promised the kids when we first moved here. The biggest thing is that Chris is wanting to build our dream home--which is our ultimate goal. Yipee!! (that's Texan, I think) We will keep you posted on our progress. We've had our first nibble: a wife saw the house and wants the husband to come and see it. Keep your fingers crossed.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

YouTube is run by boneheads

YouTube removed the audio from the original posting, so here it is again.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Did he make the grade? Stay tuned...

Joseph and his group of payasos doing their group project in Spanish class.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Slew of Christmas

Shameless Scrabble addicts smile feebly after
an attempted intervention failed.

Aspiring thespians at a nativity rehearsal.

He might make a lot of noise and throws tantrums,
but he makes the trains run on time.

Whoever this guy is, he showed up for Christmas Day,
ate some wrapping paper, mumbled something about
the surplus population and then disappeared.

"The Thinker"

"The Stinker"

The Fortress of Sillitude

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Day for Gratitude, Pride, and Rejoicing

There is reason to rejoice today, and to feel deeply proud of our country.

Virtually all nations have at least some deep racial or tribal divisions. Many countries include relatively small racial minorities who are despised, oppressed, and devalued. Even in Europe, where we seem to think they are somehow more enlightened than us jingoistic redneck Americans, the racist leanings are much more overtly hostile and frequently and publicly displayed, in ways that in America would result in lawsuits, outrage, and relentless public shaming of the perpetrators.

What makes America such a freakish exception to the history of the world was on display in the electorate last night. I don't know of any other country where such an aforementioned minority has gone in a single generation from the former status to having one of their sons elected to the highest public office in the land.

The peaceful transition of power from one President to the next in this country is a miracle in itself. That Americans have once again put history on its head not only by continuing this rare and precious tradition, but also by electing a member of a racial minority as chief executive, when such an event was considered a complete impossibility even earlier in my own lifetime, shows an amazing and admirable idealism among our citizens. This idealism is one of the chief strengths of this nation, the greatest to ever arise.

Of course I have still some serious misgivings about the ideology and mettle of Barack Obama. No objective reading of his past record, statements, and associations can leave the serious mind completely without worry in that regard. But he will be the President of the United States, and I believe that the solemnity, the magnitude of that office's power may chase away some of the radical silliness he has exhibited in the past.

So congratulations to President-Elect Obama, and my gratitude for John McCain's statesmanlike words in his concession speech. I hope that Obama's expressed commitment to bipartisanship and to being the President of the entire country is sincere and that he finds a path to make it a reality. My hopes and prayers are with our new President to be, his family, and the nation he has been called upon to govern.

So today I thank God once again for the miracle of American representative government, and implore His blessings upon America, our leaders, our citizens, and that He smile on our continued liberty and prosperity.