Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Up on the Roof ...

Today I spent about two hours putting three tarps on the roof! The wind was blowing so hard, that it was nearly an impossible task! I had some heavy wood to try and hold down the tarps, but the wind was still too strong. I finally got two tarps stapled down, and the third one about half stapled, then a strong gust of wind came along and ripped the staples right out, and tore the tarp off the roof, along with the heavy pieces of wood!!!

I brought the tarp and wood back up the ladder, and finally managed to get the last tarp stapled down. Took at least an hour to get the last tarp stapled down securely.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

"Mary Did You Know?" by Kutless

Sunday, December 19, 2010

This map shows the times when the Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse will be visible:

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse (with map and times)

Lunar Eclipse: First to coincide with Winter Solstice in 372 years

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Star Trek The Original Series - Spok

Bagsby Hotsprings Log Hot Tub

Bagsby Hotsprings logtub. I spent six days camping in the snow at Bagsby! Awesome, just sitting there enjoying the nature hotsprings water, while the snow is falling ...

My 4th Great-grandparents ...

This is the oldest picture I have in our family history so far. I believe it was taken around 1860, possibly a little earlier. These are my 4th great-grandparents. Azubah Ann Fay is a direct descendant of Francis Cooke, one of the Mayflower Pilgrims:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving with Our Oasis Family ...

Had a great time spending Thanksgiving with our Oasis family. Lots of awesome food. Met some new people. Played chess with pastor. Watched a Christian comedian (very funny!). I laughed so hard that I got a side ache! You can check out my photo album with over 100 pictures I took today:

Thanksgiving with Oasis family

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Letter to President Obama - Part Three

Letter to President Obama - Part Three

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.
One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General 
asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.
You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president. 
You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.
And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.
Sincerely, Harold B. Estes
When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation" stands up and speaks out like this, I think we 
owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

Letter to President Obama - Part Two

Letter to President Obama - Part Two

" We're no longer a Christian nation " America is arrogant" - (Your wife even announced to the world, "America is mean-spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)
I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a
dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.
After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her ideals."
Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another 
man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.
I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected. Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.
Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of
murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

Letter to President Obama - Part One

Letter to President Obama - Part One:

95 Year Old Navy Officer
WW II Battleship sailor tells Obama to shape up or ship out!
This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now.
He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

Dear President Obama,
My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.
I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.
One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.
So here goes.
I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.
I can't figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

Foraging Hike ...

Went on a foraging hike around our neighborhood for about two miles. Took pictures of various plants, which hopefully I'll be able to identify and find out which plants are edible ....

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wait upon the Lord ....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Devotions for the Day

The teaching of Christ is more excellent than all the advice of the saints, and he who has His spirit will find in it a hidden manna.

(Source: Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This is Not an act of Christian Love ....

I do NOT agree with this kind of hateful action:

Pastor Burning the Koran

Burning the Koran is not going to help Christians .... It will only incite more violence against Christians. We must learn to walk in the Spirit of truth, and share Christ and the Word of God with the love of God ....

Jesus Christ died on the cross for Muslims, just as much as for anyone else. And Jesus loves the Muslims just the same as anyone else.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Benny Got His Temporary Cast ...

Benny got his temporary splint, which is really more like a cast. Next week he will get the cast on, which he may need to have for 8-12 weeks! No more punching car windows ... !!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Founding Fathers of America - The Truth

Learn the truth of the Founding Fathers of America:

Ben's Broken Hand ....

Benny broke his hand last Saturday. The youth group from church went to a car bash, and got to destroy a Cadillac. Benny thought that he could break the window with his fist, and punched the window so hard that he broke his hand!

We got the x-rays taken this morning, then went back to the clinic, but they can't set the bone or put a cast on, so we have to wait for them to find a doctor that can take care of Ben's hand ....

We may end up going to Emergency tomorrow if the clinic can't get my son in to have his hand fixed up .....

Stay in the Word .....

Psalm 119:11, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

Psalm 119:105, "
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

Psalm 119:9, "Wherewithal shall a young man
cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word."

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Awesome Worship and Message ...

Worship at church today was awesome! Good message too. Prayer time is powerful ...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Obama's Islamic America

President Obama says Islam has always been part of America, which raises the question, does the president know something about American history that we don't?

For the rest of the story, click here:
Awesome worship song ... !!!

"In the Hands of God," Newsboys


You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001. Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK..I am ready to go.'

I was with his wife when he called as she fed
breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said. 'Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; 'Come to Me ... this way ... take my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do ... However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are 'ready to go.'

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.

During the next 60 seconds, stop whatever you are doing, and take this opportunity. (Literally it is only 1 minute.) All you have to do is the following:

Stop and think and appreciate God's power in your life, for doing what you know is pleasing to Him. If you are not ashamed to do this, follow the instructions. Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of Me, I will be ashamed of you before My Father'

Only if you believe 'Yes, I love my God. He is my fountain of Life and My Savior. He Keeps me going day and night. Without Him, I am no one. But with Him, I can do everything. Christ is my strength.'

Got up about 12:30 a.m. this morning. Dara and I watched for the Perseid meteors. He saw three or four and I saw five. Went back to bed around 1:30, then got up again about 4:15. Saw four more meteors. Two were very long, and greenish, one coming out of the right foot of Orion, and headed straight for the horizon. I'll be looking for more meteors tonight (Saturday morning around 1:00 a.m.).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Strange Birds ....

Just observed three strange birds flying around our area. Looks they might be either Red-tailed Hawks, or Swainson’s Hawks. The blue jays were swooping around Thomas (Frank’s cat) this morning. He batted at one of them, but missed. Thomas was creeping around in the long grass by the street. Maybe he smells more gophers ... ???
I created two new blogs: 1) vja4HimWanderings, 2) vja4HimGardens

Red Skelton - Pledge of Allegiance

Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance:

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Newly Found Cousins!

I have connected with several newly found cousins, one from my Bergmann line, and another from my Andrews line. Looking forward to corresponding with them and learning more about our family history ....