Archive for June, 2008
We left Sayre Wednesday afternoon, sent off by the prayers and the love of our Family there and headed for Washington. The Family in Sayre have been so good for us and to us. I cannot imagine what would have happened to us if we had not been Divinely found and rescued by the Trinity Family. We will miss you all. We will be away for about 10 weeks or so visiting family and friends in Washington and I will be going to school (more on that later). How fortunate we are to have such a wonderful Family in Washington too.
For the next 10 days we will be “off-line”. Other then sending a forest ranger to find us, we will be totally cut off from the rest of the world. No phone, no internet. Obviously I can’t blog without the internet so I am officially on sabbatical from writing the Juniper Tree. We will be 5 days at Powell Campground in Idaho and then at Wilderness Gateway further down Highway 12 toward Lewiston. If the Lochsa River is not blown out, I hope to do some fly fishing for the beautiful West Slope Cutthroat that are plentiful in the river.
We should be back in Washington on or before July 3. Till then and perhaps longer, the View from the Juniper Tree is out!
Traci, Brandon and the boys are here in Oklahoma visiting us and we are having so much fun so I wanted to share it with you. I am linking a couple of Traci’s latest posts which are about their visit that will tell you about some of what we have been doing.
Here are a few “jokes” that were sent to me by others. If they are funny I will take credit for recognizing such quality humor, if they are lame or cute, blame the person who sent them in.
First, one from my father: A faucet, lettuce and a tomato were in a race. The faucet was running, the lettuce was ahead and the tomato was trying to ketchup.
From my friend Paul Zachary: A lady was walking past a pet store when a parrot said,
“Hey, lady! You’re really ugly!” The lady was furious and
continued on her way.
On the way home, she passed by the pet store again and the
parrot once more said “Hey, lady! You’re really ugly!” She
was incredibly upset now, so she went into the store and
said that she would sue the store and kill the bird. The
store manager apologized profusely and promised he would
make sure the parrot didn’t say it again.
The next day, she deliberately passed by the store to test
the parrot. “Hey, lady!” it said.
My friend Cody Custer gave this to me a few weeks ago before the democrats finished up trashing themselves but it still works:
There are less than eight months until the election,
an election that will decide the next President of the
United States. The person elected will be the
president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or
the Republicans. To show our solidarity as Americans,
let’s all get together and show each other our support
for the candidate of our choice. It’s time that we
all came together, Democrats and Republicans alike.
If you support the policies and character of John
McCain, please drive with your headlights on during
If you support Obama or Hillary, please drive with
your headlights off at night.
Here are three some kids told me last night.
Confusius say,”Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.”
Q: What do you call cheese that’s not yours?
A: Nacho cheese!
“Will you love me when I’m old and ugly?”
“Darling, of course I do.”
Don’t like these? Send me some good ones! Hope you all enjoy your weekend.
Just haven’t felt like writing lately. Keeping the blog up was/is feeling more like a chore rather than something fun to do, so I kind of blew off the meanderings yesterday and it will be rather short today. Maybe I will get the “flow” later in the week. Starting to think about a sabbatical…
Item one. For the first time since we have been on this journey we decided not to do something because of the price of diesel. We were going to go southeast of Dallas to another rodeo bible camp with the Kingsburys, but the enjoyment of going and the opportunity and desire, to help Charlie and Lorissa, was out weighed by the $7-800.00 it would have cost to pull the trailer down there. I knew the day was coming but it was kind of sad when it did. We will be headed to Washington in a few weeks for a couple of months and felt like we needed to save the resources for that.
Item two. More Camp of Champions photos. The boys camp is much bigger than the girls I wrote about last week, mostly because there are more boys events and so it brings more guys. Bull/steer/calf riding is so big these days that guys are getting on calves at a younger and younger age. Bull riding along with roping is a growing sport for boys in this part of the world. Here are the pics. Click the link, then look for the slideshow icon in the top right and check out the boys week at Camp of Champions. In the center of the first pic there is a lower case i, if you click it, the pics will have some explantion attached to them. Make sense? Linda took most of the pictures and is the one who builds the slide shows.
Item three. Our daughter, Traci has been doing some blogging again and it is pretty good stuff. She is introspective to a fault, I am afraid she got that from me, but she always seems to bring herself around to the positive which is how she is able to be so productive. With prices sky rocketing for everything, her decision to not be a “waster” will put her ahead of the curve. Read her blog here.
Item four. As long as I am plugging the family bloggers, our daughter-in-law (never liked that title), Summer has some great pics of #3 grandson Canyon Paul, up on her blog. Find them here.
Item five. Linda’s recent post on not letting expectations for ourselves and others has had wide readership. Read it here. She has some follow up comments that are worth reading. Here they are: After writing my conversation with God, lots of judgmental thoughts crossed my mind. I recognized them as such, and I asked God what I should do with them – He said, “Turn them into prayer requests.” As I prayed, three things happened: one, the enemy’s plans for me to speak death over someone were thwarted; two, my heart was softened towards people and situations; and three, as I pray God’s will be done, He answers in His timing and His way. I am a conduit for His will to be done, bringing light and healing to His kingdom.
It is clear to me and Linda points it out well, that as soon as you speak out (or write out) some decision about change that the Spirit has called you to, there will be multiple attempts by the enemy to dissuade you of your decision. He does not want us to change, to grow, to mature and will take our attempts to follow the Spirit as a challenge and will attack in the area of the Spirits call. Resist the enemy and he will run!
Thanks for reading and for your encouragement. Have a great week.