Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Ticked-I left the gym and went straight to Wal-Mart to pick up a few needed household items. I noticed last week that Wal-Mart (highland) has added a new feature to their parking lot. A handicapped parking spot for 'vans only.' Now, my sister is handicapped, so, most of the time I can spot someone parking in a handicapped parking spot that's not handicapped. It's very frustrating. I never realized it until Carla got her tag. One time I saw a guy in a handicapped parking spot jump out of his car with much energy and walked toward the store. I got in his face and said, "I'll give you two options." Option 1: You can go back to your car and park in a normal spot and walk back into this store. Option 2: I'll break your leg and you'll be legal. What'd the guy say? Nothing, there was no guy, I made all that up, but I do dream about moments like that. Anyway, I'm all about avoiding handicapped parking spots. "But I was in a hurry," you say, don't care it's illegal. Well, here's what ticked me this morning. As I was walking into Wal-Mart I notice a car with a handicap license plate parked sideways in the 'van' parking spot. Then, when I came out of the store I noticed 2 parked cars in the van spot...both with handicap license plates. Now, come on people! I don't know who they were, but I'm sure they've been ticked at someone parking in handicap without a tag. Well, sir or mam you just lost your right to complain when you took away the parking spot for a van. Vans need the extra room and Wal-Mart clearly recognizes this by giving a special oversized spot for them specifically. How can someone that's been given a privilege take away someone else's same privilege? Doesn't make sense to me. The more I live in this world the more I'm amazed at the way people act.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Skipping Church. Read this verse and come back. Hebrews speaks of it, and a quick study in the 1st few chapters of Acts will reveal the importance of attending church. Those guys were crazy in love with going to church...they met 'everyday' in the temple courts and then met in their homes on top of that. Most of us have no problem believing we should be at church...it's the actual showing up that causes problems. We could probably poll Bible Believing People in just about any area of the world and they would say that attendance at church is important. However, I don't think our actions always back that up. Allow me to explain. Think of other areas in your life that demand your attention and attendance. Weekly TV shows, ballgames for your children, concerts with your favorite band, birthday parties for your family...the list goes on and on. Some of these events we hold up high and some we are not that concerned about. How do we know which ones are held high? Attendance. It's simple, if you're always there, you obviously believe in it, if you're a no-show...well, it's not really a big deal. Give me a headache and I'll still be at the ballgame, an upset stomach during a much desired movie...i'll fight thru it, just flat our tired from a long week...won't even notice it at the concert. However, when Sunday rolls around it all changes. So, the next time someone skips church and you hear..."I had a headache"..."I had too much goin' on"..."I wanted to but my stomach just wasn't right"..."I hate to miss but it was just crazy hectic around our house and we just couldn't get there in time"...my advice is to strike a match because somebody just ripped a big brainfart and it stinks!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
2. Did James really make this?...or just take the credit?
5. Will this show ever come on again...and will I care?
6. Was this an accident?
7. How did we not win??? Homegrown tomatoes...come on people!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
On another note, night 2 of tryouts was last night. I have 15 4th graders trying out, 13 5th graders and 23 6th graders. 23? I was like...where are all these girls coming from? One girl left sick 15 minutes into the 1st tryout and another left sick halfway thru last night but other than that they've done well. We have tryouts Thursday and next Monday will be the last. I'll probably post the girls that make the team on Wednesday of next week at the school, so, there may be some sad faces at Brookland next week. Remember, back in the day...going to school and searching for your name to see if you made the team? If you didn't make the team you hated the coach and told your Mom and Dad and they hated the coach. Well, I'm that guy next week.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I'm at Wal-Mart a couple days ago with two items...two items people!!! Of course, I head on over to the 20 items or less aisle...both lines open are pretty big lines. 20 lanes and 5 are open!!! What's up with that? Anyway, as I near the register the person in front of me leaves and I notice the person in front of her (now in front of me) has an overflowing buggy. I mean...she could almost be kicked out of the regular line. I'm thinking, what are you doing in this line? It's 20 or less...how hard is that to figure out. I have two items...I'm allowed 18 more. She has like 200 items. I'm pretty frustrated but I'm trying to keep the good Christian attitude. Then, the lady looks at me and says..."you can go ahead if you want." I did, of course. And in my mind I'm saying..."you just acted like you did me some sort of favor." I mean, she was real nice about it...gave a friendly smile but it one of those..."I'm doing a good deed smiles." I wanted to tell her thanks but it's my right to be here and you're not even allowed to be in this line. So, don't come over here where you shouldn't be and pretend to be a generous person. Of course, I didn't say squat...I just paid for my 2 items and got out. Why? Because it reminds me of my attitude towards God. I give my money, my time, my gifts to God. I don't even deserve to be where I'm at...I deserve death...but somehow I end up in this line and rather than being thankful for that...I act like I'm really doing something big. I'm a loser.
On a lighter note...I heard this story on the radio this morning. Funny!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Carol Harral wants to get rid of her father-in-law because...
1) don't need
2) in the way
3) to help someone else
(hers was a tv)
Chip Black wants to get rid of his good friend Thomas "Cadillac Wheeler because...
1) it's 14 yrs. old
2) it has a slight short in it
3) High Def is the talk now
(his was also a tv)
Marinda wants to get rid of her mother-in-law because...
1) need space to put Michael's tools
2) to declutter my life more
3) to make Michael proud of me because I was able to let go of stuff.
(hers was stuff in the shed)
Tim Harral wants to get rid of his wife because...
1) don't want to move it (they're in the process of moving)
2) don't want to store in the attic of new house
3) won't be missed
(his was extra house decorations)
Zach Gilliam wants to get rid of his wife because...
1) in my way
2) need to get money back out of it
3) it's going to ruin
(his was store merchandise)
Jake Hillis wants to get rid of his wife because...
1) slick hide
2) worn laces
3) busted seams
(his was football)
Stephanie Gilliam wants to get rid of her mother-in-law because...
2) too many (didn't really apply that's why you need 1 object...not multiple)
3) not played with
(hers was toys)
Cristi Hillis wants to get rid of her husband because...
1) taking up space
2) i'll never make anything out of it
3) i feel guilty for having them and not making anything with them (again, need 1 object)
(hers was bag of old jeans)
We're excited about this Cell season and all that God wants to do in and thru our group. Feel free to use this game at your next work party or family get together...I have lifted the copyright so you can have the freedom to use it as is, or tweak it. Later!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Dancing with the Stars:
We commit to very few things on TV...Lost, American Idol, Disney Channel (for the girls, but I can handle some Waverly Place), ESPN (the greatest channel in the world) and HGTV (go Marinda!). However, one show we watch as a family is Dancing with the Stars. I must admit though, I became disinterested last season because we all knew Kristi YamaSuzuki was gonna win. This year, the new lineup has been posted so I'll mention a couple favorites. First, Toni Braxton, is gonna be one of my favorites. Why? Because she is one of the all-time greatest female singers on the planet. I bought Toni's album back in the early 90's but have no idea what happened to it. But, I do have 3 of her songs on my Ipod..."Another Sad Love Song, Breathe Again & You Mean the World to Me. You can have Whitni Houston, Celine Dion...give me some Braxton. You know how you have a singer you really like to hear and you think...man I wish they would get saved and sing at my church? Ok, maybe you don't think like that, but I do. Well, Braxton is one for me. Can she dance? Probably not. Second, Lance Bass. I never liked "In the Sink" couldn't name one song but I'm sure this guy can move. He's also an astronaut...so, gravity should not be a problem. Warren Sapp. What's this guy doing? He'll last 1 maybe 2 weeks and hopefully he won't fall on his partner and make a pancake out of her. Let me mention one more...Cody Linley. He plays Jake Ryan on Hannah Montana...which I'm forced to watch. His character Jake is really conceited...so it will be interesting to see him as himself.
Going to the Redbirds game Monday at 1:05 to make up for the Back to School Bash that got cut short...ready for that.
Here's a quick thought...have you ever heard anyone say this? "We've tried everything; now all we can do is pray." Huh? Why do we use prayer as a last result, rather than the 1st option?
Oh yeah, got out of the aircast yesterday. The ankle is healing nicely and I've been doing stretching and flexibility exercises all week (Doctor's orders). That 12" vertical will be back before you know it.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I've always noticed that when life brings more than you can handle...it's always good to have someone that's there for you. You need a helpful hand to get thru certain difficulties in life. Someone who's strong and courageous, but also comforting. So, you would think the person in need would cling to that type of person...fittingly, a father? No! Reaching for the hand of your Mother? No! Possibly the hand of an older sibling? Sorry! In times of desperation my 9 yr. old daughter reaches for the hand of a 10 yr. old girl...Cailey Hillis. Man, what's up with that?
Perhaps, it's because during those times of need your older sibling is too busy trying on every pair of shades in Claire's and putting on a modeling show that you don't reach for her support.
You've been there many times in life. You're getting a shot to overcome a sickness, you're about to hit another vehicle and you see it coming, you tell your wife she looks phat in that dress and she thought you meant fat so the backhand is on it's way...and what do you do? You brace yourself for the pain.
One thing about the employees of Claire's...in the words of P. Weese..."this was not there 1st rodeo." They do both ears at the same time and tell Maddie it will happen on the count of 3. Of course, they never make it to 3...it's 1, boom...the trigger is pulled, a quick sharp pain that lingers for about a second and Maddie says...is that it? No big deal!
Are you into piercing? Well, if you are, bring someone with you to church this Sunday as we close out the "Believe it, Or Not" series. We're going to look at a story about a woman that puts a tent peg where no tent peg should be put. Come check it out!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
We had our annual "Back to School Bash" Friday & Saturday of this past week to give the girls one last shabang (it's a word) before they had to return as Bearcats at Brookland School. When I say girls...I'm including Marinda because she teaches 6th. They all ride to school together now...it's awesome...I don't take anyone to school or pick anybody up...it rocks! I felt the need for a motorcycle until I received a phone call today from Chris Castleman's workout partner regarding "an accident" by our beloved Chris Moix. He's ok, but you need to call and check on him. Anyway, back to subject. We kicked off Friday evening by going to downtown Memphis and eating a good meal. You can see the girls excited about the ribs that will soon be delivered in the picture below. Our next item of interest was the Memphis Redbirds. The picture above shows our experience. We arrived at 7:00. Gametime was 7:05. We looked at a huge wet tarp for 1 hour and 37 minutes. Finally a voice came over the loudspeaker..."the game tonight has been cancelled...exchange your tickets at the ticket booth." So, we will be going back to Memphis on Labor Day to watch the last game of the season...it better not rain. Oh yeah, we stayed at a Holiday Inn, so we have been on our A game all week.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
We have definitely stepped up our game at ArcherHill. This is our 3rd year in a row to garden (I said 2nd year in a previous post and Marinda was quick to correct) and we have ventured into the wonderful world of canning. Yeah, you've heard your Grandparents talk about canning...well it's not just for old people. You'll notice in the above picture that the water is very hot...that's what you want people...boiling water.
In the picture above we have some purple hull peas. This takes a little time but if you have a few extra hands and something good on TV...it goes by pretty quickly. After you "free the peas" (that's good huh?) you need to put them in the refrigerator until you're ready to cook them. Just get a good boil going and simmer for about 45 minutes and they're ready to go. You can't get the same taste from a can of peas at Wal-Mart.
Here is a sample of some of the canning we did the other night. We have cucumbers running out our ears, so we have canned several jars of pickles. I'm not really a pickle guy, but if you're into pickles, these are tough to beat. What's the red stuff? Good question. That's our own special homemade spaghetti sauce. Now, I can throw down on some pasta. In fact, the restaurant of choice for myself and the wife is Olive Garden. So, a chance to can our own spaghetti sauce is one I couldn't pass on. It's got a little kick to it, but I think once we mix in the meat and noodles...mmm, mmm, good!
Pickling takes a little work. The Boss is in the middle of it right here and as you can see...Ty is eating out of the scrap bowl. It takes work to keep a 20.5 inch chest and 20 inch belly...you think I'm kidding?
And of course, we left our camera at the House of Hillis and when we got it back the next day....this is what was on it. So, I thought...that was a pretty good trick. The only way to get them back would be put it on the web for the whole world to see...so I did!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
3rd-God's text message
10th-Pigs in a panic
24th-Ear today, gone tomorrow
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
2) You need to get involved in VBS. It starts Monday and will last all week. Contact Jami at firstname.lastname@example.org ...and being a man is not required.
3) You need to go to Lewis BBQ and eat lunch or supper in the near future. It's located in the old Corky's BBQ facility. They catered our Membership Class and it was pretty good stuff. I took the wife to Corky's about a year ago and when they delivered the bread rolls there was a little surprise plastered on the side of one of the rolls. A common housefly. Yeah, it was a little difficult to finish the meal after that. Never went back...why? Because, they offered to take $5.00 off the entire meal and showed zero compassion??? Should've been free in my book. Anyway, new ownership...new name...good food.
4) You need to welcome our newest members to Crossroads. They include the following:
Jason McClain (Pastor James' better lookin' brother)
Felicia Crowe (Jason's fiance)
Michael & Diana Coln (Vanilla Mike, that is)
Jeremy & Amanda Escue (Amanda's the one that got lucky at sequence that night with Kara at the late night cafe...yeah, that's her)
Ryan & Samantha Stone (Young couple from Trumann)
Amanda Stone (Sister of Ryan)
Zachary Loyd (Friend of Stone's)
There's your to-do list...get on it!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Now, as you can see from the rest of the photos...things start to change in the garden. What was once a dirty mudhole is quickly becoming a beautiful work of art. Old School gardeners will tell you to stick to straight rows...nothing else. Well, that's not how we roll at ArcherHill. We have straight rows, no doubt, but we also throw in a change every now and then to give the garden a new look. We offer cucumbers, squash, zucchini, peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, onions, green beans...you name it, we probably got it. As of now, the garden is producing abundantly. We actually had to lose our canning virginity last night as we canned cucumbers. For all you rookies, that means we'll be eating pickles till we puke tonight in cell group. Homemade Salsa is soon to come!
So what's the spiritual application of the garden? There is none my friend...sorry! Just kidding. If you're working your tail off and all you see in your life is the top 3 pictures. My advice is to hang in there and keep tilling, watering & fertilizing. Someday, the fruit will arise. Now, if the fruit is rotten...you've got a problem. Jesus said we could be recognized by our fruit. As you inspect the fruit of your life, what are you seeing? Is it good or would you rather throw it to the dogs? My prayer for you is that the fruit you bear will be so good that others will want it. I'll think about you tonight as I bite into a pickle.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Looking for a good book on leadership? I read this many, many years ago and it's a life-changing book.
Looking for something quick to read? I read this book a couple years back and it brings to light the powerful impact we can all have by doing small things well.
Not all life-changing books have to be bought from the Christian section. This one's been on my bookshelf for a few years now. Read it thru the lense of your ministry or walk with Christ.
Need a book for Father's? I pulled an idea from this book that I will incorporate into my relationship with my daughters.
Andy Stanley is my boy...plain and simple. I've read about 5 books from him. I recommend any of them. Here's 3:
Next Generation Leader
It Came From Within
That's just a few I've enjoyed...hopefully you can benefit from some of these...maybe I'll write a future post on what not to read...trust me, I've got some on the shelf...hmm?
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
With each memory I could see footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was only one.
This bothered me because I knew that I came with my family…so there would be no reason for me to see only one set of footprints.
I became angry with my family because we had promised each other that we would spend this week together. Why, when I needed them most, would they not be there with me?
Marinda said, “Stop whining you big baby, those are not your footprints.”