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Friday, April 18, 2014 @ 6:00 AM Central

“‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

Isaiah 54:10

Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 11:44 PM Central

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Just watched the Blues’ thrilling playoff win over the Blackhawks in triple overtime!

Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 9:30 PM Central

That picture was supposed to go up last night.  Oh, well!

Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 7:39 PM Central

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The birthday boy doing some birthday bowling. I snapped this picture seconds before his gutterball.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Central

“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ He replied, ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

Luke 17:5-6

Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 6:00 AM Central

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Mark 11:25

Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 1:25 AM Central

Yeah, I didn’t realize she had never gone before. She put up a few strikes and spares, though.

Luke’s 202 was the highest game of the night. And for the four-game total, I just edged Luke and James with a 614.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 12:12 AM Central

What?! She’s never bowled in all this time? Wow, I’m really surprised to hear that.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 11:15 PM Central

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Mary-Elizabeth getting ready to bowl for the first time ever!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 8:54 PM Central

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Happy 19th birthday, Nathan!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 8:41 PM Central

Thanks guys!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 8:17 PM Central

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I just visited our creek for the first time in several months. Sure is pretty back there!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 8:10 PM Central

Happy 19th, Nathan!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Central

“On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Revelation 21:25-27

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 1:34 PM Central

Happy birthday, Nathan!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 @ 6:00 AM Central

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Matthew 20:16

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 11:04 PM Central

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We just finished playing softball in Belleville. After losing our first two games of the season last week, we finally earned our first win of 2014!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 7:08 PM Central


This is a surveillance camera that I had installed outside a few months ago.

I recently noticed that it had stopped working, so I decided to bring it inside and take a look at it.

When I picked it up, I saw there were ants crawling all over it, and whenever I would shake it, dozens more would fall out.  It really felt like I was using a pepper shaker!

Anyway, after flooding the ant hotel and letting the camera sit for a few days, it seems to have started working again!  Now I just hope those ants stay away.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Central

“‘I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed – I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?’”

Isaiah 43:11-13

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 4:18 PM Central

Some good news!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 9:04 AM Central

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Mom and Dad’s 35th wedding anniversary is just around the corner, and to celebrate we are having a get-together with family and friends. This is our artistic invitation!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 6:00 AM Central

“So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.’ For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”

John 5:16-18

Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 7:43 PM Central

A couple of days ago, the temperature here reached 83 degrees.

Today there is snow falling in southwestern Illinois (we have not seen any at our place), and we are headed for a morning low of 28!

Tonight’s softball game has been canceled.

Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Central

“What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about – but not before God. What does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’”

Romans 4:1-3

Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 3:08 PM Central

We split two of those cups the day before we drove home from New York.  They’re good!

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