Category Archives: children

One in a Million!

I have never seen anyone as loving, tender, sensitive, tough, strong, hard wording, or sweet as my mother.  She puts up with my bad behavior more than she should.  I am still her little boy; I know that.  Ask Marcela, I guess I never grew up.  I am Marcela’s boy too!  🙂

Mother, I love you so much.  Thank you for loving me and being the absolute best mom in the whole world.  There is no way I could have asked for a better example of how to care for others.  Sometimes I think you put too many people ahead of yourself.  I wish you would be a little bit selfish every once and a while and do your thing.  But you insist on putting your own needs and desires aside to care for others.  Without a doubt, you are one in a million.

I will be on shift this weekend, so I will miss spending Mother’s Day with you for the second year in a row.  Sorry for that.  Be blessed in all you do and have a special Mother’s Day.

-Mom “What am I going to do with you?”

-Little boy Phillip “Keep me!”

Blue Ridge Parkway

Mom and Phil at the Blue Ridge Parkway

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The Monday Metro Zoo Madness!

Well, no more Armchair QB’s for a while.  This is your Monday blog.  I decided to take my nieces to the zoo today, and Kelly was OK with Kourtney skipping a half day of school to go with me.  McKenna and Kourtney were anticipating it for more than a week, so I hope their expectations were filled.  I doubt that it all lived up to the hype.  We didn’t get to see the chimps going nuts, which to me is the best part of the zoo.  The dog’gone monorail now costs $3 per person.  Now, nobody at all rides it (except me and the girls).  Also, the zoo added a section called the Amazon and Beyond, which was great.  The jaguar was in hiding, unfortunately.  I was really looking forward to seeing the jag.  We did get to see the tigers fed (11:00 AM they get a snack) and that was cool.  But the best part of the day for the girls was playing in the play areas.  Forget the animals, they love to slide, swing, climb, and run. Kourtney played in the water park area and loved getting soaked.  That’s so much better than some dumb gorillas or lions.  🙂

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Max Factor

Marcela’s sister Viviana is visiting us for a few weeks.  She has a way with animals.  So our faithful and loyal Max has abandoned us for Vivi.  She spoils him, talking to him like a baby, constantly petting him and playing with him.  He’s eating it up!  He also enjoys not being locked up during the day while I am at work.  Sunday, it became obvious that he is attaching to her for now because he sits outside of her door and barks for her to come out and play.  Well, Saturday we headed out to Biscayne National Park to walk, see the bay, and go out to the jetty.  We took Max and Marcela snapped off a picture or two.  Max loved the wind, the water, and the fresh air.  There was also a cute little girl that wanted to hug Max every time she saw him.  She couldn’t have been more than 3 years old.  Her hands were covered with lolly pop mixed with saliva, so Max got a little sticky from it.  Just like every time we take the little booger out with us, Max was a star.  Everyone wanted to talk to him or pet him.  We had 4 or 5 more people who called him a girl.  He can’t help it, but he does look like a girl.  He also got a little sea sick and barfed up his breakfast, even though he didn’t get on a boat.

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The EIB Award

The Excellence In Blogging award goes to…

Kelly!

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Sunday Life Pointe Talk Soup

  • “I arrived at the theater at 7:33 to be greeted by Chris Day” was the first words out of Chris Day‘s mouth as he opened the front door at the theater this morning. 🙂
  • The set up was pretty much under way and in full swing by the time I got there.
  • I made it to pier 2 in order to set up my bass. Zech and Alex were coming over later with my amp head to use as a pre-amp.
  • The music today was great fun, and sounded great too. Most importantly, people entered into real heartfelt worship.
  • Jesse led from the acoustic, Rebecca was on the keys, Mike B was on the drums, Robert played lead on his 7 string electric, and I was on the bass. Reina had a bit of a hoarse throat, so she didn’t sing this morning. The vocalists were Kyle (with a short tie), Nyriem, and Julie.
  • The songs were “Those Who Trust”, “Say So”, “You’re My Healer”, and for communion we sang “Heart of Worship”.
  • Paul opened up a new message series, “Consumed”. He did a great job speaking about worship. What is worship? What are you worshiping?
  • Paul also gave the background to the song “Heart of Worship” which was beautiful.
  • After the first service and then the music from the second service, Marcela and I took a tour of the kids’ operations. The 5-12 was quite fun. When we went in, there were kids dancing all over the place to some jammin’ music. The 2-4 year olds were a lot more calm. They were seated nicely at the tables in a quiet and calm atmosphere eating snacks and drinking juice. The 0-2 year olds were all playing with the workers in a great environment. The workers had a great handle on the situation, and the babies (the ones that were awake) were very happy.
  • Following service, I was glad to have my dad over for a BBQ where I got to experiment for the first time with my brand new smoker box. It was perfect! We had grilled buffalo wings with blue cheese, BBQ chicken, salad, and chips with guacamole.

For another perspective on this morning at Life Pointe, visit Ritz for the Sunday Goosfaba.

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Friday’s Greatest Hits

Friday’s Greatest Hits is an entry which focuses on some of the week’s best reading in my list. Swing on by and check out what these guys and girls have to say.

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The bond of a mother and child

A child can be severely abused, both physically and sexually.  A child can be neglected to the point that they don’t even know what it’s like to live like a human.  Yet, if you try to take a child from his mother, he will fight you.  He will fight you to get back to his mom.  He will leave a good clean home with food on his plate and a warm bed to sleep in and clean clothes to go to school in just to get back to the home where he was abused and neglected.  I know this may not be the case 100% of the time, but it is a pretty solid rule.  A child that is abused thinks that it is normal.  That is the only life they know.  And the bond between a mother and child is very strong, even when the mother is incapable of showing that child love.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

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