Monday, December 12, 2005
1. Seven things to do before I die:
Visit Asia (Japan and China)
Act in a community theater or professional theater play
Become a grandfather
Celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary
2. Seven things I cannot do:
Play a musical instrument
Wiggle my ears
3. Seven things that attract me to my wife:
Her cooking (see #2 above)
Her servant heart
Her Godly spirit
Her support of me
Her patience with me
Did I mention her looks? (She is a babe, you know!)
4. Seven things I say most often:
Dude . . .
Do you see what I'm saying?
Unbelieveable!! (When watching a Cowboys game.)
I got 'cha.
Urghhh! (When frustrated)
Go people! (When driving)
5. Seven books, series, or authors I love:
The Dark Tower
Wild at Heart
6. Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would watch over and over again if I had the time):
Back to the Future
Star Trek (especially Wrath of Kahn)
Lord of the Rings
The Terminator (and T2)
7. Seven people I'm tagging:
Thursday, October 27, 2005
"I'm not a big "politics" guy, but a news story caught my eye today and got me thinking.This story on Fox News made me curious about the future of the Supreme Court. I know that the original woman is cruising, and it looks like Rehnquist has serious health issues. Will he leave or die before the end of Bush's term as President? If so, then George W. could end up appointing 2 Supreme Court justices. To me that is big! That's like almost 1/4 of the folks on the court. And since the President is a conservative Christian I would assume he would appoint the same type of person to the Court. And this could then affect the decisions of the Court for at least a couple of generations. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out."
Since then, Rehnquist has died (as I predicted), the guy nominated to replace Sandra Day O'Conner ended up replacing Rehnquist, and now today we find out that the lady who was nominated to replace the replacement of O'Conner has decided that she needs replacing as a nominee. And so she's out of there. I just KNEW this was going to end up being a big deal! I may only have a political thought every 2-4 years, but when I do it's right on the money.
To me this is just so big because the Supreme Court has become this place that affects values and morals for our nation(i.e. abortion, "Under God", etc.).
So, again, what will Bush do? Will he try and get a conservative Christian in there? Will it be a woman? As I said back in July "It will be interesting to see how all this plays out".
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
It was still cold with all of that on. But I finished my ride anyway. Weather conquered.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
1. NFL season started. A lot of my internet time since Labor Day has been spent reading about my beloved Cowboys and the other NFL action each week.
2. Fantasy Football league started. See # 1 above. To run a great team such as mine requires less blog time and more research time. I guess it's paying off so far as I am 5-2 as of today and in first place in my league.
3. I got a bike. Any internet time not spent on #'s 1 & 2 above have been spent on bike related sites. I've also spent many hours riding said bike. And enjoying every minute of it. I'm hooked big time! I am a bike junky. I look forward to each ride with much anticipation.
4. The new fall TV season started. With my handy dandy TIVO I have been able to fill many evening hours watching such shows as Lost, Surface, Invasion, Threshold, Night Stalker, Prison Break, The Biggest Loser, Everybody Hates Chris, etc., etc. As you can guess, this leaves no evening hours to update the old blog.
5. Final tax deadline. I got really busy at work the first two weeks of October as the push for the October 15 deadline reached a fever pitch. Then that third week in October was filled with client visits. This left no free time during the day to make blog posts.
So, now then, hopefully I will be back to updating my blog more frequently. We'll see.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Yesterday I went and bought a bike! It is a Trek 4300 mountain bike. Then me, Michele, and MearBear went out riding the trails. I was on the bike, Michele was using rollerblades, and Meredith was trying out her brand new rollerskates. The Holler's were rolling! First we went to a trail by Trail Lake Rd., close to the old location of Altamesa. But it was too hilly and rough for the girls. I also got my first flat tire on that trail. Since we were close to the bike shop, we ran in for a quick flat repair, hit the road again, and then headed over to Trinity Park. Much better! Very flat concrete path, lots of shade, and nice and breezy. Also with lots of benches for resting and nice views of the Trinity and downtown. What a great day! (We were so focused on getting it done that we forgot to bring the camera. We'll post pictures of a future trip.)
I also rode the CandleRidge trail solo this morning.
This post sponsered by Bicylces, Inc. I highly recommend them for your bicycle needs. Great selection, great customer service, and great repair dept. They are located off of Granbury Road and I-20 next to JoAnns & Panchos.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
With respect to the promise of God, Abraham did not waver in unbelief. He did not vacillate between faith and doubt as many believers frequently do. When from the human viewpoint things are going well, it is easy to trust God. But when things seem impossible, it is even easier to distrust Him.
It would seem from the Genesis narratives that Paul was mistaken about Abraham's unwavering faith. When "the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, 'Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; your reward shall be very great,'...Abram said, 'O Lord God, what wilt Thou give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?...Since Thou hast given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir'" (Gen 15:1-3). Abraham openly admitted before God that he could not understand how the divine promise of an heir, much less of a multitude of nations, could be fulfilled. The only heir he could see was his chief servant, Eliezer, who would have received Abraham's inheritance had no son been born to him by Sarah.
But struggling faith is not doubt, just as temptation to sin is not itself sin. The very fact that Abraham was trying to understand how God's promise could be fulfilled indicates he was looking for a way of fulfillment, although he could not yet see a way. Weaker faith might have simply succumbed to doubt. Sincere struggling with spiritual problems comes from strong, godly faith. Such faith refuses to doubt and trusts in God's promises, even when no way of fulfillment is humanly imaginable. God's testing of His children's faith is designed to strengthen their trust, and they should thank Him for it, hard as it seems to be at the time (see James 1:2-4).
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
When Abraham was tested by God, he grew strong in faith.
(from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (c) Moody Press and John MacArthur, Jr., 1983-2002)
This really touched my heart this morning as it relates to our waiting to see if God will bless us with another child. Sometimes I feel like Abraham, not understanding how it could happen, and I begin to wonder if I am doubting. This study this morning gave me some peace-knowing that trying to understand God's plan for us is not doubt, but simply our faith struggling, exercising our spiritual muscles. And we hope that God is glorified. We want God to have glory no matter when or if he blesses us with another child. He is God, wonderful and awesome, no matter what his plan is for our family. He deserves to be glorified and we are striving to do that daily.
I love it when I study God's words and he reveals things to me that I needed at that time. May anyone who reads this have that same blessing from the Word in your own personal study.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
The story is told of a poor farmer who had saved his money for years in order to buy an ox to pull his plow. When he thought he had enough saved, he traveled a great distance to the nearest town to shop for an ox. He soon discovered, however, that the paper money he had been saving had been replaced by a new currency and that the date for exchange from the old to the new had long since passed. Because he was illiterate, the man asked a neighbor school boy to write a letter to the president of their country, explaining his dire situation and asking for an exemption. The president was touched by the letter and wrote back to the farmer: "The law must be followed, because the deadline for exchanging bills has already passed. The government can no longer change your bills for the new ones. Even the president is not exempt from this rule. However," the president continued, "because I believe that you really worked hard to save this money, I am changing your money for new money from my own personal funds so that you will be able to buy your ox."
Before God, every person's good works are as worthless as that farmer's outdated money. But God Himself, in the Person of His Son, has paid the debt. And when a confessed sinner casts himself on God's mercy and accepts in faith the Lord's atoning work in his behalf, he can stand forgiven and divinely righteous before Him.
(from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (c) Moody Press and John MacArthur, Jr., 1983-2002)
Friday, August 26, 2005
This past Wed-Fri I took off from work. I wanted to take some time off to have a little break before we get busy at work again. We were going to go to Six Flags on Wedesday, but it was just too hot. So we went to the Cowgirl musuem instead. These pictures are from there.
On Thursday I played XBox games all afternoon while M & M went and visited Michele's grandmother. Then on Friday MearBear and I went to see the movie Valiant while Michele took the day to herself, which included shopping for fall clothes.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
(from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (c) Moody Press and John MacArthur, Jr., 1983-2002)
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Today is the 28th anniversary of the day Elvis Presley died. I can still remember how devastated I was when I heard that the King was gone. But his memory lives on in his music, his legend, and the many Elvis impersonators and tribute artists, including yours truly.
So to you, Elvis, we say:
"Thank you, thank you very much!"
Monday, August 15, 2005
The person who truly seeks for God is like David, who declared, "I have set the Lord continually before me" (Ps 16:8). Such a person seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt 6:33). God becomes the focus of everything, the source of everything, the beginning and end of everything. To truly seek for God is to respect and adore His sovereign majesty and to feed on the truth of His Word. It is to obey His commandments, to speak to Him in prayer, to live consciously in His presence with a desire to please Him. No one can do such things naturally, but only by the Spirit of God working through him. The natural inclination of men is to "seek after their own interests" (Phil 2:21).(from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (c) Moody Press and John MacArthur, Jr., 1983-2002)
God, may we all truly seek you fully today and everyday.
Friday, August 05, 2005
So what do you think might be the best Elvis songs for this group of folks? Feel free to change up the lyrics to fit the audience.
For example, during "Hound Dog" instead of singing "You ain't nothing but a Hound Dog, crying all the time" I could sing a verse that says "You ain't nothing but a lawyer, objecting all the time".
That may not sound like such a big deal, but given recent history it will be a big deal if we have a complete visit for the weekend. Let me explain.
Our last trip there did not end well. We were there for Memorial Day weekend, but on Sunday of that weekend Mom's blood pressure dropped so low that she passed out. We had to call 911 and she was taken to the hospital where they were able to stabilize her. But she had to spend the night in the hospital, so all Sunday and Monday we really didn't get to see her. Plus the tense situation of seeing emergency personnel working on her was tough on us.
Then two weekends ago we had planned to go see them, but we got a phone call from them on Friday morning. Mom was not feeling well due to some problems with her medications and they advised us that it would be better for us not to come that weekend, so we did not go.
So here's hoping we have a successful visit with my parents this weekend. If you're reading this, please say a prayer for us to that end. Thanks.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Very interesting questions-especially in light of not wanting to be judgemental of some one.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Contributions are tax deductible but interest on credit cards is not
(It's almost as if God had a hand in the Tax Code)
Spilled paint does not come out of carpet
Every time I ask God for patience, I end up driving behind someone going slow when I'm running late for work
TIVO is the best invention ever(next to air conditioning)
Thursday, July 28, 2005
My beloved Cowboys start training camp tomorrow. They begin their quest to reach Super Bowl XL. (For those of you that are Roman numerical challenged that's 40, NOT extra large!) The offseason has been good to the 'Boys. Many new players have come their way. Good players. Talented players. Others have departed. (Vinny's gone, but not soon enough.) But yet, questions remain. How will the 3-4 defense work out? Will Bledsoe be a winner? Can Julius do it for a full season? Has Jerry Jones lost any more weight?
I've only got one thing left to say: Are you ready for some football?
Friday, July 22, 2005
MearBear's birthday kept us busy last Friday and then I took her shopping on Saturday so she could cash in her Limited Too & Claire's gift cards. Sunday was church and then we dropped her off at camp for the week. On the way back from camp I got lost and the Otey's & McDaniel's got lost too as they were following us. Not sure why an engineer and a graphic designer would let a CPA lead the way. :)
Sunday night was dinner & a movie with friends who had likewise dropped their children off at camp. The funniest part was the Meachem's lining up a baby sitter at the last minute and joining us at the movie. Did you know that Jennifer Meachem's laugh is very recognizeable in a darkened theater?
Monday night Michele and I went to see Revenge of the Sith. 2nd time for me, 1st for her. Tue night we watched Sideways. Don't ask. (It was a dumb movie.) Wed I took the day off and pulled the following surprises on Michele: Amon Carter museum, lunch at the Kimball, dinner at Del Frisco's, the musical Godspell at Bass Hall. Thur was vegging out day and then going to ISCC to watch Meredith sing in the talent show. And now it's today.
Friday, July 15, 2005
We're so proud of the young lady she has become. It's been a joy to watch her grow the last 10 years. Grow in size, grow in spirit, and grow in maturity. It's also gone way too fast! We love you so much, MearBear.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
This story on Fox News made me curious about the future of the Supreme Court. I know that the original woman is cruising, and it looks like Rehnquist has serious health issues. Will he leave or die before the end of Bush's term as President? If so, then George W. could end up appointing 2 Supreme Court justices. To me that is big! That's like almost 1/4 of the folks on the court. And since the President is a conservative Christian I would assume he would appoint the same type of person to the Court. And this could then affect the decisions of the Court for at least a couple of generations.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
So ends this month's political thought by KH.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Saturday morning was Fantastic Four. Michele passed on that one, which was her loss as she missed an excellent movie. I liked the plot, the action scenes, and of course the special effects were great. A definite DVD purchase this holiday season.
As will be the last movie we saw, which was War of the Worlds on Sat afternoon. Michele said it was "very good" which for her is high praise for a summer blockbuster. And I thought it was awesome! You were pretty much on the edge of your seat from the get go. More great special effects and Cruise does a good job in the acting dept. I would even be up for seeing it again this summer. How 'bout it Jim? I'm free next Tue night . . .
When MearBear goes to camp next weekend I will be taking Michele to see Revenge of the Sith. I saw it on opening day and will be anxious to see what she thinks of it. I'll post her impressions afterwards.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
We enjoyed a great 4 day weekend since I took off from work on the 5th. On Sat & Sun we were at Michele's father's house in Eustace, Texas. He lives in a lakeside community outside of any city limits-so that means one thing to this boy on 4th of July weekend. Fireworks! On Saturday night we went down by the lake and shot off our fireworks as well as watching as others shot off theirs all across the lake. As a bonus God provided his own fireworks courtesy of a lightning storm in the gathering clouds overhead.
On Sunday we went out on the lake in a barge with various aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. and then came back home Sunday night.
On Monday the 4th I made last minute plans for us to attend the Fort Worth Cats baseball game and then watch the fireworks afterwards. See the pictures above. It was our first experience at a Cats game. It was a very nice facility and the fireworks were great. We were so close to them they literally filled up the sky.
We all slept very late the next morning on the 5th, which is why I wanted to take the day off. Then we just vegged out, enjoying the freedoms that this great nation of ours has to offer.
Monday, July 04, 2005
"We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states . . ."
Selected text from the Declaration of Independence courtesy of this website.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Friday, June 24, 4:00 p.m. Meredith just told me that she went off of the diving board at the pool - for the first time ever!
Congratulations sweety! You are a swimming fool!
Friday, June 24, 7:00 p.m. We went to the pool and I got to have fun jumping off of the diving board with MearBear. I remember loving jumping off the diving board when I was a kid and now I'm getting to do it with my daughter. How cool is that??!!
Saturday, June 25, - See pictures above.
Friday, June 24, 2005
And click here to view pictures from the IndyCar practice day and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Chex 400 race.
These visits to the track were my first ever trip to a world class race track. It was a lot of fun.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Fri, June 17
Michele and I went to see Batman Begins, and it was awesome. Even she liked it. Then we went out to eat at Hoffbrau and got $12 off our meal via an e-mail coupon. Then it was back home for homemade cake and homemade ice cream with Meredith joining us for that feast.
Sat, June 18
After the all-day VBS practice, we all went to Rockfish for dinner with $10 off from another e-mail coupon. I received a grilling how-to book from Michele(I've been wanting to learn about grilling), and my wonderful, giving daughter gave me $7, which was all the money she had.
Sun, June 19
The offical birthday and Father's Day. In the morning I was given a Greg Biffle cap for yet another present. As we headed out to church, I saw that Michele had shoe polished my car windows with lots of "Happy Birthday" comments, which I thought was so cool! After church I grilled my first ever steaks. My ladies told me they were the best steaks ever and they did taste pretty good if I say so myself. Michele had planned to have Raymond lead the whole auditorium class in singing "Happy Birthday" to me, but she didn't know that we were going to go to another Bible class instead. But it was the thought that counts!
Probably the best birthday/Father's Day I have ever had.
Thanks Michele and MearBear!
It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of hard work. I heard a lot of folks saying "I'm glad VBS is over".
All I could say is "You can say that again!"
Uzziel no more.