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Monday, October 26, 2009


Wow, it has been over a week since my last blog entry. Katie Beth has not had a chance to blog either because our family has been so busy lately. In hindsight, the beginning of the school year was probably not a good time to begin our blogs, but I have come to find out that every time of the year has its own unique busyness.

This fall has been consumed with football, band, and senior year activities. Caleb began taking concurrent courses at the local community college this semester. This has been quite an adjustment for him, but I am so proud that he is doing well in both classes. Juggling these courses with his high school work, marching season, and church activities has been tough, but he has risen to the occasion and is doing great.

The following picture was taken during the band senior night at one of the home football games. Each senior was recognized and escorted by their parents. Each senior was presented with a pin. The wind was blowing, it was raining, and it was COLD. But I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Below is a picture of Caleb and Samantha, one of the girls from the church youth group. Caleb and Samantha both play their instruments for the church music team. I appreciate young people who use their talents for the Lord.

For Josh and Katie Beth, this has become, "The Year of the Projects". Both of them have had to create a model of a cell--which is surprising since he is a sophomore and she is in 5th grade. I do not have one artistic bone in my body. Seriously, drawing a stickman is a stretch for me. Luckily, the kids must have inherited some artistic ability from Danny. They gave me a list of what they needed me to buy to represent each part of the cell and did the work themselves.

Katie Beth's Plant Cell

Josh's Model of a Cell


Katie Beth has been studying about Indians in social studies. Each child was required to complete a project on a tribe of their choice. Katie Beth chose, the Comanches. This is the only tribe I knew anything about and my knowledge was limited to the fact that I have watched Lonesome Dove several times. Anyhow she researched the tribe with little help from me and completed her project. The Indian projects were on display when we went to parent teacher conferences last week and I was amazed of the creativity of these 5th graders. Anyway, from what I saw, any of these students would have been excellent to appear on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader."

Josh also has had to do a project on the Colossus of Rhodes.

Well, we have made it through the first 9 weeks of school, football season is almost over, and the band marched in their last competition on Saturday. I am glad to be slowing down some, but it is also bittersweet, because some day I know that I will miss the days of football, band, and school projects.

Have a great week!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Captain Light and the Light Force!!!

Jesus stated in the book of John, "I  have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark". (John 12:46)

Recently, we had some very special guests at our church for a Kids Krusade. My cousin, Michael and his wife Laura, serve as children's pastors in Indiana and they were able to come to our neck of the woods for a few days. The theme for the week was centered around Jesus being our Superhero. The villian, Mr. Sinister, would show up each night with some evil plan. But, alas, Captain Light would arive and use the Word of God to fight the evil forces of Mr. Sinister and his crew. Needless to say, the kids were anxious each night to see what the bad Mr. Sinister would do and how Captain Light would save the day. On the last night of the crusade, Mr. Sinister even kidnapped Pastor Pankey (my husband).

Here we have Captain Light with the Professor. The Professor was somewhat absent-minded and spent most of the week working on a robot. However, we weren't too sure if the Professor would be able to get this robot together. He was REALLY scatter-brained.

On Sunday morning, after much anticpation, the robot made his debut. Wow,could that robot dance! His theme song was "Love, Liberty, Disco". If you've never heard this song, you can scroll down my playlist on the side-bar to hear the music.

Even though Captain Light was a Superhero, he had plenty of time to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

Ignor P. Rant (Iggy) also came with Michael, Laura, and the Light Force. Poor Iggy. He really liked the women, but just wasn't very lucky in love.

We had a great time with Michael and Laura (and Jeter, their dog). We appreciate their ministry!