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Pics and plans for the Headboard

31 Dec

Links to plans:

Cut list for FULL sized bed which is what we built:

IMG_0995Just wood

Bailey’s Rules

28 Nov









It’s all about HER!!  Bailey is a four-month-old puppy we rescued in August.  We believe she is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Poodle.  She belongs to Krissy and normally lives with her in Clemson.  However, since final exams are coming up, she came home with us at Thanksgiving.  She has used this weekend to teach us her rules.  She wants me to post about them, so here goes!!!

1.  It’s all about BAILEY.  All the time.  Every day.

2.  Bailey is fast as lightening.  If you don’t believe her, just TRY to catch her when you really need to.

3.  If Krissy is in the room, she is the most important.  If not, Drew is next.  If not, then David (me).  If not, then Diana.  UNLESS one of the above has food, then they automatically become most important.

4.  When she is excited, she WILL jump in your lap and bite your ear.

5.  She doesn’t like it when ANYONE leaves the room.  She REALLY doesn’t like it when anyone leaves the HOUSE!!

6.  Her relationship with Ralphie, the stuffed lion, is her business.  Don’t ask, don’t tell (that one is for Suzy).

7.  When she goes to the bathroom outside, she DOES expect a treat.  You’d better provide … or you’ll be sorry!

8.  If you enter a bedroom and wake her up, you will endure a little wrath.

9.  She believes herself to be as big as a full-grown labrador retriever and WILL charge a big dog if necessary.  (She weighed 1 pound when we got her, and actually weighs 5 pounds now)

10.  She can change the rules at any time without previous notice.  After all, it is ALL ABOUT HER … all the time!!

In honor of my nephew, a pilot in the USAF

20 Oct

~ Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

~ If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick all the way back, then they get bigger again.

~ It’s always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.

~ When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.

~ A ‘good’ landing is one from which you can walk away. A ‘great’ landing is one after which they can use the plane again.

~ Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn’t get to five minutes earlier.

~ Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.

~ There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

~ You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of

~ Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.

~ Keep looking around. There’s always something you’ve missed.

~ Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It’s the law. And it’s not subject to repeal.

~ The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you and a tenth of a second ago.

~ There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There are, however, no old, bold pilots.

(This was today’s funny from

The Song to which I referred this morning

4 Sep

Several sharp Ebenezerites found this.  Here are the lyrics to “Please, Don’t Send Me to Africa” by Scott Wesley Brown.  Enjoy!!
Preacher Speaking:
[You know I also attended
Holyland USA in Del Rio TX
Home of the drive in baptismal car wash
and disco house of worship
say Hallelujah
Brethren, that reminds me of a story
I’ll never forget the movie Jungle Book
Say Hallelujah
You remember it dont’cha? Dr. Livingstone
say Hallelujah
Beautiful man, pillar of the community
Well you know, quite frankly he went into
The wilds of the jungle and never came back]

Oh Lord I am your willing servant
You know that I have been for years
I’m here in this pew every Sunday and Wednesday
I’ve stained it with many a tear
I’ve given You years of my service
I’ve always given my best
And I’ve never asked you for anything much
So, Lord I deserve this request

Please don’t send me to Africa
I don’t think I’ve got what it takes
I’m just a man,I’m not a Tarzan
Don’t like lions, gorillas or snakes
I’ll serve you here in suburbia
In my comfortable middle class life
But please don’t send me out into the bush
Where the natives are restless at night

I’ll see that the money is gathered
I’ll see that the money is sent
I’ll wash and stack the communion cups
I’ll tithe eleven percent
I’ll volunteer for the nursery
I’ll go on the youth group retreat
I’ll usher, I’ll deacon , I’ll go door to door
Just let me keep warming this seat


Please don’t send me to Africa
I don’t think I’ve got what it takes
I’m just a man I’m not a Tarzan
Don’t like lions, gorillas or snakes
I’ll serve you here in suburbia
In my comfortable middle class life
But please don’t send me to the ends of the earth
Where the natives are restless at night

How to get rid of your preacher

7 Aug

The following was forwarded to me by one of my friends, with credit at the end.  Made me laugh!  Hope you do too!




Not long ago a well-meaning group of laymen came from a neighboring church to see me. They wanted me to advise them on

some convenient and painless method of getting rid of their pastor.  I’m afraid, however, that I wasn’t much help to them.


At the time I had not had the occasion to give the matter serious thought. But since then I have pondered the matter a great deal,

and the next time anyone comes for advice on how to get rid of a pastor, here’s what I’ll tell him:

1. Look the pastor straight in the eye while he’s preaching and say “Amen” once in a while and he’ll preach himself to death.

2. Pat him on the back and brag on His good points and he’ll probably work himself to death.

3. Rededicate your life to Christ and ask the preacher for some job to do, preferably some lost person you could win to Christ, and

he’ll die of heart failure.

4. Get the church to unite in prayer for the preacher and he’ll soon become so effective that some larger church will take him off your



Quoted in You and Your Pastor, Radio Bible Class, J. Reed, The Pastor as a Theologian,  in Walvoord: A Tribute, Donald

Campbell, ed., Moody, 1982, p. 273.

Drew’s driving! Oooooooooh nooooooooooo!

29 Mar

Yes, Drew … Our resident Cajun who was one month old when we came to Ebenezer … got his license last week. And it’s surreal.

My dad seems to be enjoying this. He is ready for Drew to drive to Easley (3 hours away) and come to their house right now! Yesterday he had a really lucid moment and said “now you know how we felt.”. I thought that was priceless … And probably true.

It’s funny how this is not quite as hard as it was when Krissy got her license. She was the first and it was quite traumatic. They’re both good drivers … At least when I’m in the car. At this point, all we can do is pray and trust! They’ve got to grow up sometime!

And, I’m glad Dad is getting a kick out of this. He deserves it!

The cartoon on my door

15 Mar

A number of folks have commented about the cartoon on my office door … wondering who put it up. Would I be offended?? Wsas that a joke in poor taste?? I’ve seen it. It is a picture of a pastor in traction and a church member visiting him to keep their counseling appointment. (By the way, something very similar to that actually happened to me while in the hospital but I felt no pain)

Well, I KNOW who put that on my door.

It was ME about 3 months ago!!! Go by and check it out!!!