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We made it up to Michigan again this year to visit with my parents.  We had a wonderful time!  My mom taught Preston how to play Rummikub, and he is pretty good.  He was beating all of us!  We got to visit with Uncle Gary and Aunt Lorna, Cousin John, and Marissa.  Melody and Chad seemed to be doing well, and Grace is a real cutie!  We got to see some of the sights – Tawas and River Road, Tahquamenon Falls and Lake Superior, and we even got to see the Chicago skyline on the way up there (I’m never driving that way again…)!  We bought some cheese and hiked some trails.  We got to see Mama’s new church building.  All-in-all, it was great!

 

 

Some People Go To Church

March 5th, 2015 | Posted by Russel in Theology - (0 Comments)

I found this poem and wanted to save it:

Some people go to Church because they think it makes them good
While others occupy their place because they feel they should
In pleasant weather some will go a little time to spend
And others like to grace the place to gossip with a friend
Yes, people go to Church for many reasons, some quite odd
But oh, what blessing waits for those who come to worship God.

– Source Unknown

Weekend Getaway

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Russel in Donna | Preston | Russel | Russell Warren | Todd Daniel - (0 Comments)

After a fairly stressful week, I decided I wanted to get away.  Years ago, when Donna and I lived in Alabama, we would pack up and drive a few hours, stay at a motel, and just explore the area in which we found ourselves.  It’s a little more difficult to do that around here, since you really need to drive a lot further in order to get anywhere interesting!  So we haven’t done that in a long time.  Well, this past weekend was the one.  I just had to decide where to go….  It was going to be a warm, but really windy weekend.  I figured east would be the way to go, since I could get to the woods, right?  But then, at the last minute, I decided to go west to Carlsbad Caverns.  The wind wouldn’t bother us underground!

We left on Friday after work and drove to Lubbock where we stayed the night at a nice Holiday Inn Express.  The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel. They had the greatest breakfast ever!  Freshly made pancakes, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, eggs, bagels, sausage, cereal, yogurt, several different kinds of coffees, and juice.  Yum!  We left from there and drove the rest of the way to the cave.

We decided to go down through the natural entrance.  The cave was absolutely stunning!  The trail was very steep, winding for about 1.25 miles down 750 feet, or, as the park ranger said, the equivalent of a 75 story building!  I had to carry Todd most of the way.  He walked some, and Donna gave me a (very) short break.  Preston and Russell were troopers, and made it down all by themselves!  By the time we made it down to the bottom, where the restrooms were, my arm and legs were killing me!  We didn’t make the tour of the Big Room, which was a little disappointing, but I suppose that gives us an excuse to go back!

We drove all the way home that evening, hitting a skunk in the process.  We all piled out of our stinky van and went to bed at 12:30 am Sunday morning.  And yes, we did make it to church later that day!

Once I get my pictures off the camera, I’ll add a few to this post.

It’s That Time of Year Again

November 6th, 2014 | Posted by Russel in Russel - (0 Comments)

That’s right! It’s time to sign up for health insurance again! This year there have been some pretty big changes. Our plan had to change to meet the new law’s requirements. No more supplemental… slightly better deductible, but still way too high. Ugh, I hate the way healthcare works in the United States.

Donna and I decided to start attending church closer to home.  United Methodist LogoWhile we weren’t unhappy with Our Redeemer, we were just getting exhausted going into Wichita Falls so much.  We also felt that it would be nice to begin getting to know some people in Holliday.  We officially joined Holliday First United Methodist Church on October 5th.  Donna and I both are in the choir, which we enjoy.  The boys have Sunday School or nursery and they seem to enjoy it.  It is really nice to not have to go to a restaurant afterwards on Sunday, too.  It only takes a couple of minutes to get home, so we can eat there if we want to!  All in all, I think it is a good move for us.  We really look forward to getting to know our new church home!

We all had an amazing time on our trip to Michigan!  It was wonderful to be able to see my mom and dad again.  It was also the first time I’d gotten to meet my brother-in-law Chad.  He is a great guy.  Melody is lucky!  Little Grace is very cute, a really sweet girl.  We also got to visit with Uncle Gary and Aunt Lorna, Uncle John, and Uncle Mike and Aunt Ida.

We did tons of exploring, including visiting Tawas Point and its lighthouse, River Road and Lumberman’s Monument, Hartwick Pines, a little zoo (slightly more than a petting zoo!), Sleeping Bear Dunes, and another lighthouse at Point Betsie (near Frankfort).  We got to do a lot, but we also got to relax a lot, so it was really nice.  Plus, we saw the best Fourth of July fireworks I’ve ever seen!  They were amazing!

We’ve been home for a couple of weeks now, and I do miss family.  But it is great to be home, getting back into our routines!

 

Trip to Michigan

June 18th, 2014 | Posted by Russel in Donna | Preston | Russel | Russell Warren | Todd Daniel - (0 Comments)
Antique Michigan Map

Antique Michigan Map

Next Saturday, June 28th, we will be making a little road trip from Texas up to Michigan to visit my parents.  I’m really excited.  I haven’t been up there in ten years!  I will also get to meet my sister’s husband for the first time and see their new little girl!  As long as the kids don’t drive us crazy, I think it will be a great trip!

One Thing After Another…

May 6th, 2014 | Posted by Russel in Donna | Russel - (0 Comments)

Donna always says it, and it’s true… When it rains, it pours… at least in our family!  Donna had surgery to have her gallbladder removed on April 24th.  It went very well.  Donna’s mom came to look after the kids while I was waiting with and for Donna.  We were at the hospital for a long time, but she did get to go home that afternoon.  After picking up some pain meds at the pharmacy, we made it home just about supper time.

There’s more.  I’ll edit this post later…

Later Edit:

Well I found out that I am allergic (or something) to the Vitamin D supplement that my doctor told me to take.  It makes me extremely light-headed and nauseated.  It also makes me feel like I’m not getting enough air when I breathe.  In addition, I can’t seem to shut my brain down (sleep), yet I have a difficult time making my body do what I want so I appear confused.  Nasty stuff.  Anyways, I ended up in the emergency room twice.  I (and the doctors) thought I was having a reaction to my allergy meds.  I only found out later, when I started taking the Vitamin D supplements again what the real culprit was…  So, I guess I have to try to raise my Vitamin D levels the natural way… Sunlight!!!  Ahhhhh!

Easter!!!

April 21st, 2014 | Posted by Russel in Donna | Preston | Russel | Russell Warren | Todd Daniel - (0 Comments)

Easter Sunday and everything leading up to it was wonderful, and exhausting…

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

We had a total of three Easter Egg hunts that I had to go to.  Preston even had another one that Donna helped with!  The City of Holliday’s hunt was a lot of fun.  The Easter Bunny rode to Stonewall Park inside the Fire Truck, with its sirens blaring!  Russell loved that.  He also gave out free dum-dums, which Russell also loved.  Preston wasn’t too sure about visiting the Bunny, even for free candy, but Russie went with him as moral support.  It was very cute!  Each of the boys hunted in a different ballfield, and so I had to run all over the place in order to get pictures.  I made the mistake of starting in Russie’s field.  I took a couple of pictures and then ran to Preston’s field.  It had nearly been picked clean!  I did get to enjoy watching Preston and a little girl run for the same egg at the same time.  Preston ran a woman over, but the little girl got the egg!  It was absolutely hilarious!

The Church’s Easter Egg Hunt was fun, and the kids found a lot of candy.  We had it all gathered into one bucket, and someone accidentally took it!  Oh well, the kids were going to have more candy than they needed anyway!

Church on Sunday was wonderful.  Since Donna and I are in the choir, we had to be at both the early and late services.  We were both exhausted, but they were beautiful services.  After church, we headed off to Ardmore, where Donna’s mom made a wonderful lunch/dinner.  We weren’t sure if we’d get to hunt eggs or not, but it dried out enough that our final egg hunt was on.  Donna’s sister and her family all came.  It was a ton of fun.  I was certainly glad to get home that evening, though!

It is wonderful to get to celebrate Christ’s resurrection so fully every year.  I think of how exhausted I get, and then I remember that Jesus was certainly tired leading up to the cross, but what joy awaits us in Paradise with Him!  It is all worth it!

The trees are budding out.  All except the mesquite, as they normally leaf out later than most.  My allergies are killing me.  Areas nearby have had thunderstorms.  That’s right.  It’s Spring!  Not a lot has happened recently in our family.  Donna and I have been singing in the Church Choir, the boys have been doing well in Sunday School and Preston has been doing well in Kindergarten.