Archive for August, 2008
Sage Olivia Scandrett was born about 7:30 Friday morning, August 15th. She weighed a diminutive 5lbs 12oz and is 17 inches long and in my opinion very beautiful and charming. While the boy grand babies outnumber Sage Olivia 4-1, I am certain she will hold her own. Summer, her mother is doing great and Brad her proud daddy is too.
Here are a couple of pics. More are sure to follow.
Monday morning and nothing much “exciting” to meander through. Trucking school is over, the new baby is not here yet and there isn’t a whole lot else new in the picture. So maybe I will pick on politics or religion or both.
Item one. Is it too late for a do-over in the political primaries that gave us the Obama/McCain choice? I suppose it is. Don’t care for either and I really don’t like the premise that says, “vote for the person who will appoint “conservative” judges. Some say there is a real choice in this election but the choice to me seems to be between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Barna says “evangelicals” are choosing Obama by a large margin and that is certainly a change. The race issue, though seldom mentioned is an issue that is real and it is really sad that it is. Neither of these guys can do much about energy problemsand the resultant economic stuff that falls out of the high cost of energy. We are so blase in this country about energy that we are happy if the cost of fuel drops a quarter, even though it is up 2 dollars since this time last year. The almost total lack of anything constructive coming from either side of the political spectrum towards solving the major problems we face as a nation and world would be humorous if it wasn’t so scarey. Having Nancy Pelosi and Obama running the country doesn’t sound like fun but frankly McCain and Mitt Romney is not a great alternative. If I had to vote today, I’m not sure I would. Here are a three different viewpoints that are interesting, sort of. Here and here and here. Who are you choosing?
Item two. Here are a few blogs I read with some interesting posts: Eugene Cho posts an interesting article from CNN with this title “Why many Americans prefer their Sunday’s segregated.” You can find Eugene’s blog here. This one here from the Imonk has a pretty good bite. The title? “The suburban Jesus hates me”. And this one here from one of my favorite blogs, Stuff Christians like, on a Christian Tattoo contest. This one from the NY Times is good but few are bothering to listen. This from a young man who grieves authentically. Find it here. And my friend Sumi blogs with such sensitivity on the same subject, here. And this one on how men feel about getting old, or is it older? Here.
Item three. Well, here it is Tuesday and I am just getting back to the meanderings. Obviously, it wasn’t too pressing. I have gotten pretty lazy with this blog lately and I know for those of you who sit by your computers waiting for these posts to come through, this has caused you some serious withdrawal issues. Sure. We went to see Brad, Summer and Canyon Paulfor the afternoon and evening and that was good fun. CP is a lot of fun as he is very verbal and full of life. Summer is really ready to have the new baby and not moving too fast or doing too much. I think it could be anytime.
Good friend Tyler and wife Christine just had their first, yesterday and what a baby he is. Joshua weighed in at 10 lbs 6 oz! That is a big baby. Congrats to them and to Grandma Barb!
My Dad is coming for a visit, next week and that will be fun. It has been a long time since he came to see us and he will enjoy seeing the four boys and maybe the new one will show while he is here. I think Linda’s parents are coming for a day soon too.
Our friends Rand and Kaylee are moving with their boys from Phoenix, AZ to Phoenixville, PA. Rand will be part of the leadership of a church there. What a big move for them. They have so faithfully waited for their Father to open just the right door for them and this is it! Read Kaylee’s blog here.
Item four. There is a disease in the full time RV world called “hitch itch”. It comes when you have been one place for a while and want to move along. We are starting to get it, not so much because this isn’t a great place and we are really enjoying the kids and Bill and Leslee but when you live in an RV moving along is what you do and besides it is time to get back to the other home in Oklahoma. Really miss Andy, Julie, Daryle, Carrie, Buddy, Lennie, Debby, Cody, Stacey (and all the kids), Charlie, Lorrisa (all their kids too), Eric, Jenny and the girls, Jack, Sharisa, Harley and the list goes on. What friends they all are to us. Don’t really miss Oklahoma, though it is steadily growing on me, but there are no greater (some equally great out here) people than Okies!
That’s enough. There will be more posts this week, for sure, well maybe…
What follows is a medical dictionary that was supposedly written by blondes. Since I found it on the desk of one of my truck driving instructors I have decided to say it was written by truck drivers, who may or may not be blond. So here it is A Medical Dictionary as written by truck drivers:
- Artery…..The study of painting
- Bacteria…..Back door of cafeteria
- Barium…..What doctors do when their patients die.
- Bowel…..A letter like A, E, I, O, U
- Cesarean Section….A neighborhood in Rome.
- Cat Scan…..Searching for a kitty.
- Cauterize…..Made eye contact with her.
- Colic…..A sheep dog.
- Coma…..A punctuation mark.
- D&C…..Where Washington is.
- Dilate…..To live long.
- Enema…..Not a friend.
- Fibula…..A small lie.
- Genital…..Not a Jew.
- G.I. Series…..A soldier game.
- Morbid…..A higher offer.
- Nitrates…..Cheaper than day rates.
- Node…..Was aware of.
- Outpatient…..A person who has fainted.
- Pap smear…..A fatherhood test.
- Pelvis…..A cousin to Elvis.
- Postoperative…..Letter carrier.
- Recovery room…..Place to do upholstery.
- Rectum…..Dang near killed ‘em.
- Secretions…..Hiding something.
- Seizure…..Roman emperor.
- Tablet…..A small table.
- Terminal illness…..Getting sick at the airport.
- Tumor…..More than one.
- Urine…..The opposite of “you’re out”
- Varicose…..Near by.
Yeah, I know.
What a great morning! For the first time in a month, I got up at a decent hour and enjoyed my coffee out of a mug rather than a thermos. It was such a beautiful morning and the first time I have had the opportunity to spend it with the grandboys. Good to do the M3 on a Monday morning, too.
Item one. Thanks to all who sent congrats related to obtaining my CDL. After 35+ years of working mostly with words and administrative things, to do something mechanical and “hands on” was both challenging and rewarding. I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel of our Pete and earning a little money with the license. The man who drives the truck for us now doesn’t need to worry about my taking his job, I will be at best a fill in driver unless we buy another truck, which we are considering. Trying to think of ways to use a truck both commercially as well as to pull our 5th wheel. That way we could sell the pickup and buy a car. Glad to be done with the school but thankful it all came together.
Item two. Small town newspapers are a hoot! I was building a fire the other evening using the Mason County Journal for fire starter (perhaps its highest and best use) when I started reading the Journal of Record page which recounts the things the police bust people for, divorces filed and granted and a verbatim record of calls that came into the police during the last week. I thought you might enjoy a small sampling of these calls: A caller from Kristi Court reported a peacock “running at large”. Later another caller reported the same peacock “walking around like he owns the place”. A caller from the 900 block of Fairmont Avenue reported receiving an “inappropriate text message and a nasty picture to go with it.” A caller from E. Meyer Drive reported finding a cockatiel in the yard and inquired about what to do with the bird. Then my favorite: …a caller said a Brahman bull escaped from the Mason County Fairgrounds and was headed toward Highway 101. It was described as “big, black, three tons with horns”.
Item three. I have been thinking quite a bit lately, as well as experiencing, the battle we face as believers between faith and fear. Hebrews says it is impossible to please the Father without faith and so our ability to please the Father is directly related to our capacity to walk in faith and reject fear. When I was taking my CDL test and completely messing up the backing test, fear came in like a flood, almost to the point of incapacitation. I stopped the truck, rejected the fear and spoke out loud the reality of my faith in a Father who knew what was best for me. The fear left. (more of my thoughts on this subject can be found here.)
There are so many people in my life who are strugging to walk in faith and reject the fear that sometimes seems overwhelming. Questions like; “Will I ever get well?”, “Will the job work out so we can pay our bills?” “Will we ever be able to buy a house?” “Will we ever get back to the US with this baby?” “Will anyone ever love me?” …and the list goes on and on. Fear always produces “why questions” but faith produces a “Who question”. Either our Father loves us or He doesn’t. Either He knows what we need and how desperate we are or He doesn’t. It can’t be any other way or our faith is poorly placed.
There are no simple answers or solutions to many of the questions we face in this life, but there is One who finds pleasure and delight in our choosing faith over fear. Personally I am trying each day to choose faith when I am afraid, not so much to get something from my Father, but as the path to a relationship with Him I believe to be more precious, long term, than any of the things I think I need or want, right now. It doesn’t always answer my questions but it does calm my fears.
Have a wonderful week.
Did well on the pre-trip, took all the points allowed to pass the backing and had 20 of the 24 against me on the road trip but it all added up to a pass and I can now get my CDL! When the tester added up the points, I think he was as surprised as I was that I passed. It had to be a God-thing. Thanks for your prayers. More on the test, Monday.
Today was the last day of trucking school and it was testing day for the school certification. I completed all requirements and passed the course. I had the highest score in my group of five drivers for the school driving test so that was a nice encouragement.
Tomorrow are the tests administered by the Washington Department of Licensing. These must be passed in order to get my Commercial Drivers License. I was scheduled to test at 2:30 pm, but my driving partner was willing to trade his 10 am spot for my 2:30 so I will test at 10 am tomorrow (Friday) morning. I will do a pre-trip test which is basically reciting all the major parts of the tractor and trailer, including the engine, suspension, brakes, wheels and especially the air supply system. After that test is completed I will do the skills tests which is straight backing for 100 feet and a forty-five degree back into an “alley” dock. That “alley” dock is the one I am worried about. After that comes the road test. If all goes well I will be done by 11:30 and have the opportunity to get my CDL.
So if you are reminded at 10 am tomorrow (noon for my OK friends) please pray for a successful completion to this journey. Thank you. I will let you know how it goes.