THE BEREAN TIMES MAY 31ST 2009
PREPARATIONS & ROAD TRIPS
Well here we are at the end of May. This has once again been a month of whirlwind activity. Sara and I left halfway through the month down to Nevada to help grandpa and grandma move back here with us. We were gone for about two weeks and got to know each other and grandpa and grandma A LOT better. While back home DH was working with DS making the home front ready for our homecoming. Cleaning up the yard and felling trees kept the menfolk busy and hearing about their shopping trips for groceries etc. minus any family member of the female sex kept us in stitches. The long awaited
day arrived and a joyous reunion was had by all. Now the settling in and adjustments have started. We are excited to see what the summer will bring.
Hey readers we have been pretty busy around here, but I am back now. A lot has happened in the last couple weeks, my mom and sis left us for twelve days, no; thirteen crazy days. Yep I know they left to help my grandparents move up here, and now they are finally back. And the birds and the bees are out and about, singing and buzzing around. I got a feeling that this summer is going to be a good & hot one, we have already had some hot days. My sister and I have started running two miles a day, and so far we’ve been doing well. Also we, (my dad, grandpa and I), might be starting a small business this summer and I get to go to a horse camp this year which will be fun. 35 more days until camp. We also have the 4th of July which will be a lot of fun, but the catch is the fifth is my first day of camp, so I will be up late and then go to camp the next day. Another bit of news for you; my book is coming along, so I decided to let you have a snippet of it. So queue lights and music …… It was a long time ago when it happened, when I made a discovery that would change my life forever. I was fifteen at the time, I cannot forget that day like I was told to, so long ago, some listened but I did’t. I will never forget the day that it happened. Now I’m sort of a mercenary which by the help of God, will rid these islands of the pirates and corrupt government officials which are related to the attacks eight years ago. My name is Nathaniel Hawkins and this is my story…
P.S. I use the letter I to much, but I am determined to not to use I as much as I used to.
P.SS. Also I AM REINVENTING SOMETHING THAT REALLY HASN’T BEEN INVENTED YET THEREFORE I AM NOT REALLY re INVENTING JUST SORT OF INVENTING YOU KNOW? I MEAN DO YOU CATCH MY DRIFT.
ODDS AND ENDS
ONLY IN AMERICA
Well theses supposedly true things that are only in America
1. Only in America......can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
2. Only in America......are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
3. Only in America......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
4. Only in America......do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet coke.
5. Only in America......do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
6. Only in America......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
7. Only in America......do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place.
8. Only in America......do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
9. Only in America.....do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.
10. Only in America......do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.
11. Only in America......can a homeless combat veteran live in a cardboard box and a draft dodger live in the White House. (POPULAR WHEN CLINTON WAS IN OFFICE)
FROM ONLY IN AMERICA JOKES
I’m pleased to announce the arrival of some beloved new neighbors!
grandpa and grandma! My mom and I took a plane to lost wages, Nevada [as grandpa calls it]to help them prepare for the journey home! They lived in Washington prior to moving to Nevada for about ten years, and now they feel the Lord is wanting them back here with us. We were on a road trip on the way back, they have a huge truck pulling the biggest R.V on this side of planet Earth! Matter of fact, one crystal clear image in our minds was when we crossed the Hood River toll bridge right before the Washington border. First we read [Caution narrow bridge narrow lanes!]
Too late though. We all held our breath as we crossed the bridge that seemed barely large enough for our vehicle alone.
I’m sure there were white knuckles and lots of prayers, first a few medium sized vehicles passed us, then a dump truck, followed by the unthinkable….. You wouldn’t believe it, a Semi truck itself [ insert scary fast music here] so grandpa pulled in his mirror and we all instinctively leaned to the right thinking that it would help us from grinding and screeching against
The eighteen wheeler nightmare ……….. 5 …4...3...2...1.. Shooowee!
We were practically hugging the wall of the water side.. And so was the driver next to us…. It was a close one but we all breathed out and started laughing after we made it within inches through…. [grandpa said we would find any other highway to detour to, in order to never do that again!
We were thrilled to be home again.. There isn’t many things in life comparable to coming home after being other places. I missed my brothers and dad very much. We need the Lord to bind us all ,as a family seeking his will, firmly together with cords that can not be broken! By his love and grace alone.
Your Mission By Ellen M. Gates
[This was President Lincoln’s favorite song, one which he encored repeatedly when sung at a Sunday School Convention in Washington in 1864.]
If you can not on the ocean
Sail among the swiftest fleet,
Rocking on the highest billows,
Laughing at the storms you meet,
You can stand among the sailors
Anchored yet within the bay;
You can lend a hand to help them
As they launch their boat away.
- If you are too weak to journey
Up the mountains steep, and high,
You can stand within the valley
while the multitudes go by,
You can chant in happy measure
As they slowly pass along;
Though they may forget the singer
They will not forget the song.
If you have not gold and silver,
Ever ready to command;
If you can not toward the needy
Reach an ever helping hand,
You can reach the afflicted,
O’er the erring you can weep;
You can be a true disciple,
Sitting at the Savior’s feet.
If you can not in the harvest
Garner up the richest sheave,
Many a grain, both ripe and golden,
With the careless reapers leave;
Go and glean among the briers
Growing rank against the wall
For it may be that the shadows
Hide the heaviest wheat of all.
If you can not in the conflict
Prove yourself a soldier true;
If where fire and smoke are thickest
There is no work for you to do,
When the battlefield is silent
You can go with careful tread-
You can bear away the wounded,
You can cover up the dead.
Do not, then, stand idly waiting
For some greater work to do;
Fortune is a lazy goddess,
She will never come to you.
Go and toil in My vineyard,
Do not fear to do or dare;
If you want a field of labor,
You can find it anywhere.