I don’t remember the exact year that it happened. All I know is that one day, there was a railroad track that ran through Louisville, IL and then, seemingly the next day, it was gone. Continue reading “Those Dang Groundhogs”
The house that I grew up in had an upstairs bedroom that was humongous. Besides that one room, there were two other rooms that sat off to the side. Continue reading “Sleeping Upstairs”
When I was in seventh grade, my locker was right next to the locker that was used by this kid named Todd. Now, he was a couple years older than I was but had flunked a couple of grades in order to put himself in the position to have a locker next to mine (I’m not serious here, I’m certain that wasn’t the real reason why Todd was two grades behind his peers). Continue reading “Todd”
When I was a teenager, my dad’s family would all get together on Memorial Day weekend for their family reunion at a place called Harvey’s Circle B Campground (I think that’s right) for the Henderson gathering. My great-grandma Henderson (Grannie) had a couple thousand children and they would all bring their families every year. Continue reading “Tubes, canoes and family reunions”
I’m sitting at home for the first of two days off and it is fantastic. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job. It’s extremely challenging and pays very well.
The hours can get pretty long and I often feel like I spend more time at the mill than I do in my own home. However, for this evening, I’m just relaxing at the house.
Caleb is laying on the couch watching Garfield on Netflix. Sydney is up in her room, most likely watching Youtube videos on her tablet or talking to her cousin, Kennedy.
Mysaiah just got home from his job and I can hear him talking to my wife upstairs. The house is pretty calm, which is exactly how I like it.
Tomorrow morning, if weather permits, we will be making a trip down to Mt. Vernon to meet up with some friends for lunch at Ryan’s. They are former co–workers of ours from Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services in Carmi, IL and Patrick Henry Family Services in Brookneal, VA.
I am so thankful for my days off. I try my hardest not to just sit in front of the tv when I’m home. The temptation is always there. After all, I’ve had a hard week of work. I deserve to kick back and relax, right? Sure. And, my family gives me all the time to relax that I ever need.
But, that’s not really what being a parent is about, is it? See, I don’t love my weekends because it gives me a chance to relax. I love them because it gives me more time with the people that mean the absolute most to me.
It’s great for a person to have a job that they enjoy and that they can put an honest day’s work into. However, that job should be a way to provide for our family. As valuable as that is, it cannot even begin to compare to the time that we get to spend with our families when we are not at work.
Remember that this week while you are at work. You’re working for the weekend.
When that time comes, what will you do with it?
Life is Strange. Live it Well.
How many of you remember the movie Big Daddy with Adam Sandler? You know… Dude’s a bit of a slacker who is kind of just sliding by in life. He’s got a girlfriend who is looking for someone with a little more of a long term plan and the ambition to get there. She sticks with him for a bit but eventually ends up dumping him for another dude. Continue reading “He Wore A Bag On His Head”
Just not with me…
Yeah, my kids read a lot. I’ve written about this in the past. We have always had books around and, when not reading at home, make frequent trips to our local libraries. We put the kids in the summer reading programs and watch as they accumulate prize after prize after prize for reaching reading benchmarks. Continue reading “They Still Love Books…”
Many of us struggle with the same problem. We struggle with asking for help. In our minds, we feel like we should be able to meet all of the challenges that come up against us in life. It’s put into our brain at a young age to be able to take care of our problems. Don’t put the burden of your challenges off on another person. Continue reading “Find Someone Who Can Help”