Friday, November 5, 2010

What a Night!

My family attended my brother's Election Watch Party Tuesday night, and what a night it was. We all waited patiently as all the numbers were being crunched from all over the State. There were plenty of snacks on hand to help us get through the night.

Family and friends from all over the State attended the event. I was surprised to see my cousins from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stephanie, Stacy, Cindy, and her husband Tim all attended. I had not seen them in so long it was a welcomed surprise.

As the night went on, the election went back and forth...51-49, 50-50, and even 53-47! Then the race tightened up again. I had friends text, or call asking me how it was looking. The truth be was close. Finally, around 2:30 am Wednesday morning, Mark came to the podium and said that he was ahead at that time, and by the projection of votes that were left to be counted, that it looked as if he would win. He asked for everyone to go to bed and get some sleep, because it was going to take a long time to count the remaining votes.

By Noon, Mark told me over the phone that the AP, and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette had declared him the winner! Amazing! I would not have missed this for the World! During this whole process, I came to a better respect of those running for political office. My brother campaigned hard for this race.

Thanks to everyone that believed in my brother. So many helped spread his name throughout the State. So many pitched in...Thanks!

In the end I would like to say...I am proud of my brother! I know many thought he had no chance in this race. But, he kept going. Yes, I am proud of him, and I know our Dad would be as well. I am sure he is proud in Heaven. None of this has quite sunk in yet, but my brother will soon be the next Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas! What a night!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Seems like Friday...

I don't know what it is, but today reminds me of Friday. I just feel like I have been through a whole week already, and the weekend should be about to start. But, it is only Thursday. Maybe it is the 4-day work weeks I have had recently with holidays and all.

Seriously though, that is how it seems on this end. I asked one of my co-workers and she said it felt like Friday too. Well, I guess we can dream. Friday is almost here!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Just another day at the mine...

I have always wanted to go to the Crater of Diamonds State Park. I finally got my wish as our family and the Butlers made the trek there this past weekend.

Why have I always wanted to go? I probably have been under the delusion that diamonds were just sitting there for my picking. I am not saying I did not have fun, but it is a lot of work. There were many people there too...chasing their dreams of finding the big one.

We did not find any diamonds that day, but we did have fun! The kids got to play in the mud, as you can see in the picture. They also got to play in the small water park they have there.

In short, I may take one more trip there, dig a little, and find the big one!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Back from the Beach...

The beach has been a special place for our family. Since I have been married, we have went there every year except the year Hurricane Dennis came to town. We were scheduled to arrive the day Dennis hit shore. The result...Beach trip cancelled. That year was an active hurricane season. You might remember another hurricane hitting that same year - Katrina? Yeah, I thought so!

Before we left this year, there was a little anxiety due to the BP Oil situation in the Gulf. It seemed like we called the condominium every day checking the beach conditions. The truth be known, we love Destin so much that we decided we were going to go no matter what. And I am glad we did! We experienced great weather, the water was beautiful where we were, and we did not see once trace or sign of oil while we were there! We were blessed!

Oil was on our mind while we were there. I am not going to lie to you about that. But, it took a back seat to the fun we had while there. We went to "The Track" and rode Go-Karts. Lizzie Kate got to ride for the first time on the "Wild Woody." The "Wild Woody" is a wooden go-kart track. We love that one. The Harborwalk is an attraction we experienced for the first time. Every Thursday night they shoot fireworks over the Bay. As you can see the girls had fun with birds on that visit as well!

We are so glad we were not scared off by the oil scare. It will be a shame if this crisis ruins one of the places we love. You see so many people that feel the same way. They also have been going to Destin for years.

Now to get acclimated back to home life. What is the hardest thing for me? "What do you mean I can't wear flip-flops to work?!"

Friday, May 28, 2010

Proud Papa...

Like most parents I know, I am blessed to have great children. In my case, I am blessed to have two great girls! Both girls reached some achievements worth noting...

Lizzie-Kate got another hit. I was proud of that, but her big achievement of the night was that she scored her first run ever in T-ball! I witnessed her score from the first base coaching box. In the process, I had to keep the other runners running on the base paths. But, as I looked back toward the first base line, much to my amazement...Here came Lizzie-Kate again!!! After she scored she took off again toward first! That was so hilarious! I am proud of her!

Now, on to Morgan! For the second year in a row, Morgan received a reading award. I am amazed at the knowledge kids today have. I see the books Morgan brings home, and I know she loves to read. Why can't I have that same desire to read? When I do read, I enjoy it. But, taking the time to read is another matter! I pray that she keeps her desire to read and learn. Morgan I am proud of you!

I am proud of both my girls!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Birthday Wishes from the Back Seat...

As I was driving my two girls to school today, Morgan had a revelation. In another four days, it would be my birthday.

Lizzie Kate said, "I want to give you my heart Dad." Morgan said, "I want to buy you some clothes and a gift card. Do you have an Ipod?" Then they both started planning my birthday party and trying to figure out who would be on the guest list!

I am blessed to have two caring girls that love their Dad. I told them they were my birthday present.
Yes, I am blessed!

Friday, March 12, 2010


I can say I have been busy...there is nothing to write about...But, we know that is not true, especially there is nothing to write about. We had two or three snow events, and my Mom came home from the hospital after a pneumonia scare. She was on a ventilator for quite a few days and the doctors did not give us much hope on her making it. But, the Lord and those who prayed for my Mom had other ideas. We have such a Great God!

I need to keep this Blog going. I guess I have just not been in the right frame of mind lately! Hopefully, I can get back in the swing of things!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"I know how God Heals you up."

Last night before Lizzie Kate said her prayers, she told me something interesting.

She said, "I know how God Heals you up." I said how is that? Her answer..."God touches you."

Luke 8:40-48

Monday, January 4, 2010

One of the Hardest things to understand...

One of the hardest things for us to understand, is the timing of someone taken from us here on Earth.

The last few weeks or so, I have witnessed two people pass away untimely, ages 24, and 33. One left two young children. I know we are not supposed to ask why? But, it is hard sometime. If we wonder that, what are the families thinking?

We just have to be a tower of support for them, and continue to lift them up in prayer. One of the family members told me..."She is in a better place." No matter how hard it is to say that, it is true. By all accounts both of these went on to be with the Lord. That is our great hope we have!

I shared the following song with a sister of one of those that went to Heaven...

It just shows we need to be prepared. Live each day like it is your last. Tell those you love you love them!