One of the things I like most about blogs is when people include pictures. It makes a blog a little more personal. Unfortunately, I haven’t been very good about adding pictures. My New Year’s resolution for my blog is to include a few more pictures. So, here is to catching up on a few pictures.
This is our house! We love putting Christmas lights up on it. What do you think? Okay, I’m kidding. This isn’t our house, but I thought you might be impressed if it was.
This is really our house. We had two more boxes of lights that we never got up. We just ran out of time this year. Usually the trees are filled with lights.
Cooper was the hero in this year’s school play, “Showdown at the Snowy Gulch.” He played the part of the Candy Cane Kid who took on Bubble Gum Bart, who was threatening to cancel Christmas! NO WAY!
Lea and I dressed up for a date last Saturday night. We went to a nice restaurant, looked at Christmas lights and then watched the Nutcracker. We had a ton of fun. We took another couple from Childress with us too. I’d like to tell you who they are but he was worried about ruining his reputation in the Childress community when his buddies learned about him going to see the Nutcracker. (By the way, a little culture did that farm boy some good. He thought the Nutcracker was something you did off the high-dive at the swimming pool.)
This is what I wish I could have for Christmas!
The fighting Childress Bobcats won last week’s basketball tournament. Parker’s number 35. We’re sure enjoying watching basketball this year.
I was 12 and Darrell was 10. We grew up 2 houses apart and were the best of friends. Our summers were spent outside playing make-believe games, dreaming of girls and just doing boy stuff. Every childhood memory I have includes Darrell, but no memory is more vivid than the summer of the slingshots. Everyone on the block carried a slingshot that summer, including Big Curtis, the neighborhood bully who lived two blocks away.
It was a simpler time and life was good in the neighborhood. Our biggest worries in life were that our moms would make us come in early and do chores or that Big Curtis would show up just to bully us around.
Curtis was older than us. He was also bigger, faster and stronger than everyone else on the block. As all bullies would, Curtis loved picking on Darrell because he was the smallest kid in our group of friends. Thankfully Curtis wasn’t a regular visitor to our neighborhood. But when he did show up, he’d reek havoc on our Summer day of fun.
I’ll never forget that one summer day when Big Curtis showed up for another afternoon of bullying with his slingshot around his neck. In those days if you didn’t have a pocket to carry your slingshot, you simply wore it around your neck like a necklace. Then when when you needed it, you had it close by. When Curtis showed up that day he immediately ended our game and started trying to pick a fight. Curtis got up in Darrell’s face, their noses two inches apart, and said, “Come on squirt, I double dog dare you to start something with me.” It was like Goliath challenging little David, and we stood around watching like the scared Israelites.
I never expected Darrell to do anything, because he never had before … no one ever had. Big Curtis had spent many a day bullying us without one person ever standing up to him. But today was different. That day would be celebrated from this day forward as VBC Day … “Victory over Big Curtis Day!”
What happened next will forever be ingrained in my memory. Some who saw it think it was because of the “double dog dare” that Big Curtis challenged Darrell with. As you know, double-dog-dares are impossible to turn down when you’re 12 years old, but I think it was something else. I think it was that Darrell had spotted a weakness in Big Curtis that no one had ever seen before. It was the slingshot Curtis wore around his neck like a necklace.
The sling shot dangled from Big Curtis’s neck as their noses were two inches apart. Just about the time Big Curtis’s challenge rolled from his lips, Darrell quickly reached up, grabbed the wooden handle of Curtis’s slingshot, pulled it down as far as he could stretch the rubber band and let it fly back towards Curtis’s head. It was the shot heard around the neighborhood. The wooden handle of the slingshot smacked Big Curtis HARD right under the chin. I remember Curtis’s eyes immediately turned solid white just before he stumbled and fell face first to the ground with a large crash. Goliath was out cold.
I’m not sure what shocked me more. The fact that someone had just stood up to Big Curtis or that it was possible that he lay unconscious there in the dirt. As we stood over Big Curtis’s body, our hearts beating a million times a minute, we did the only thing we knew to do … we ran away as fast as we could. I have no idea how long Curtis lay there in the dirt because we were miles away within minutes.
From that day forward Big Curtis wasn’t all that “Big” anymore. The Goliath in our lives had been defeated by the littlest David on the block. Darrell walked a little taller that summer knowing he had done what everyone thought was impossible. Big Curtis didn’t come around much after that. Oh, occasionally he’d wander through our neighborhood, but when he did, he never bothered any of us anymore. I know he was humiliated because it got out at school that a kid two years younger than him had knocked him out with one pull of a slingshot. While Big Curtis never wore his slingshot around his neck again, what he did wear from that day on was a big scar on his chin where the slingshot hit him.
I miss those simple times as a kid, but more than that I miss my friend Darrell that we lost four years ago this past week. He will forever be a champion in my eyes!
BASKETBALL: According to the schedule … the Morgan family is officially playing basketball. Ten out of the last 14 nights we’ve had a ball game somewhere within a 200 mile radius. We’re enjoying watching both Connor (7th grade) and Parker’s (Varsity) teams play. Parker is in a tournament in Iowa Park, Texas this weekend. They kicked it off last night with back to back wins. We’re headed back tonight for another game. Go Bobcats.
MISSION FIELD:Taylor, who is a few months into the AIM program, is hoping to announce this weekend on his blog where he’ll be spending the next two years doing mission work. I’m sure that he and the other AIMers are ready to officially know where they’ll be serving. If you have time today, I’m sure he would appreciate a little prayer on his behalf.
RUNNING: I’m running the Wee-Chi-Tah trail half marathon next month in Wichita Falls, Texas. With basketball and a busy December, things have really cut into my running schedule. I’ve had some ask, so next week I hope to share with you on my running blog, a little about my past story of going from 260 pounds to the 200 pound guy I am today and a little of the diet I follow (yes, cereal is included in that diet… ha).
DATE: The reservations are made and the evening is planned. Tomorrow is the “big date” with Lea that I’ve been looking forward to. Occasionally, I like to talk Lea into really dressing up and going out to some place special for a “nice” date. I’d like to give you a few more details on where we’re going and what we’re doing, but we’ve talked another couple into going with us this year, and we’re keeping the details a secret from them. I’ll give you more details about our evening next week, but I can tell you that my wife will look incredible in her little black dress .
BABY NOAH: I’m amazed how God uses His people to minister to others who hurt. We’ve recently had Jacob and Amanda Henderson move to Childress from Mexico City. The Henderson’s have served as long time missionaries there in Mexico City. It was discovered a few months ago that their son, Noah, has Tay-Sachs disease.Tay-Sachs is a fatal genetic disorder in infants that causes the destruction of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure for this disease, and at best most doctors have said Noah may only have a few years to live. The Henderson’s decided to move to Childress to be closer to family, friends and doctors during this difficult time. While I HATE the circumstances surrounding the Henderson’s move, I am honored that God has placed this beautiful family in my life. I know the Childress church and community will love, support and minister to this family during this very difficult time.
I’ve enjoyed holding this precious baby boy at church and listen to him laugh when he’s tickled. Lea and I were honored to be able to help paint Noah’s new room, but more than that we’re blessed and honored to pray for Noah and this beautiful family. I humbly ask that you say a prayer for them too.
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Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.
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