Thursday, March 15, 2018

HSAA at Lake Country Christian



Today the HSAA Angels Varsity took on Lake Country Christian in Fort Worth.  It was an even matched up game until the fifth inning when HSAA brought in several runs to lead to the final score of 8-2 for an Angels win!  

One of Abigail's team mates had her first out of the park, home run hit!  It was very exciting! But the very best part of the game for this mom was having all five of us were together at the ball fields! 

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5





Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fresh Re-Starts

This week we have had contractors in and out of the house.  It seems the new roof we put on only three years ago leaked with all the recent rain!  This week roofers came and scraped off the roof and re-roofed the entire house and the workshop.  

Today another crew of contractors came in and scraped and replaced the water damage on the inside of the house.  When they began bringing in scaffolding and plastic sheeting for the living room the kids and I took as our cue to take off.  We left Jon and Padme' in charge and we went to see the new Black Panther movie.  

I have to tell you we are getting a little spoiled having a Studio Movie Grill so close to our house and we take advantage of their $5 movie day on Tuesdays so we don't need much of an excuse to see a show!  

By the time we returned home all scaffolding and plastic sheeting was gone and what remained was new shining and fresh! 

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24



Sunday, March 11, 2018

Playing with the Big Guys

Sunday afternoons are filled with Texas Bible Bowl and then select softball practice with TeamSmith.  Today the fields were double booked for the last portion of ball practice.  TeamSmith was finishing up their drills when the field was flooded with the sweetest four year T-Ball team.  Rather than hashing out practice schedules the coaches paired up the young hopefuls with their high school counter parts and continued practicing.  

It was a real treat for the aspiring ball players and a nice break to the riggers of practice for the girls! The young catcher's mom wanted a picture with Abigail and her buddy A.C. before the girls left the field, too cute! 

The glory of young men is their strength,
    but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
Proverbs 20:29

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Aaron Watson Concert

Caleb came home for spring break yesterday and then made the trip to Oklahoma with Abigail to visit friends.  The kids went up to celebrate Hannah's birthday.  They joined the Gungan's at Riverwind Casino for the Aaron Watson concert. 

Watson was born in Amarillo, Texas and attended Abilene Christian University, where he began learning guitar.  He has a classic country sound like George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson. Watson's 2015 album The Underdog reached No. 1 on Top Country Albums that year, and in 2017, he had his first major radio airplay hit with "Outta Style", which reached top 20.  

This was Hannah's first concert and the kids kept it a secret that they were coming up.  Caleb, Richard and Melissa were all off for LCU's Spring Break.  The kids had a wonderful evening together and I know the girls stayed way too late giggling and enjoying their time together! I'm grateful for the amazing friends God has provided for my kids. 

Now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him.
2 Kings 3:15

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Celebrate Life


Birthdays are just about the best day of the year, but a birthday for a four year old is exponentially better!  Today one of the sweet kids at preschool had his birthday.  His mom brought cupcakes for the class. In a mere matter of moments the stickiness and squeals of glee erupted!  So much excitement and joy in a matter of moments! 

You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. Luke 1:14-15

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

HSAA vs. Lebanon Trail

Most of the opponents Abigail's home school high school team faces are other private schools.  But today they had the opportunity to face a public high school team.  Lebanon Trail has almost 1,000 students and is a UIL 5A school. 

The girls had a hard fought game and it stretched their skills to face a stronger team.   Below is Game Changer's write up on the game: 

HSAA Angels Varsity Out-Hits Competition, Yet Lebanon Trail Takes The Win

HSAA Angels Varsity fell 9-5 to Lebanon Trail on Tuesday despite out-hitting them six to five.

In the first inning, HSAA Angels Varsity got their offense started when Teresa Bless singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.

Lebanon Trail knotted the game up at five in the bottom of the second inning, when an error scored two runs for Lebanon Trail.

Lebanon Trail pulled away for good with one run in the third inning. In the third Ryleigh Horton's wild pitch allowed one run to score for Lebanon Trail.

Lebanon Trail scored three runs in the fourth inning.

Abigail Ratliff toed the rubber for HSAA Angels Varsity. She went two innings, allowing five runs on two hits and striking out one. Horton threw two innings in relief.

Bless went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead HSAA Angels Varsity in hits.

"Do not fight against the Lord, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed.” 2 Chronicles 13:12

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Game Night

Texas Bible Bowl is rapidly approaching and the kids have been working hard studying. Tonight is the night when they get to have a little fun and showcase their hard work. 

Frankie, Abigail and I spent yesterday shopping and setting up for the big event.  The kids competed in sorting chapter heading cards, Jeopardy, Tic-Tac-Toe, Ha! and Survey Says

My student's moms made sure there were plenty of drinks and snacks for the big event.  The moms also were great to help keep score and clean up after all the fun. 

The kids seemed to have a great time and I made sure there were prizes for game winners.  The kids get so excited to show off what they've learned and it's a wonderful evening for Moms and Dads to cheer them on! 

"If you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it." Acts 13:15

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Samson Movie


There are several great movies in theaters now. The girls wanted to see the new Samson movie put out by Pure Flix.  It's not the Cecil B. DeMille epic scale but it is leaps and bounds above what Hollywood is putting out as entertainment.  

The movie is the story of the biblical strong man from the Book of Judges.  It's a nice visual reenactment of the familiar story. The movie is a respectful and heartfelt portrayal of a story whose power is undimmed over the millennia. I found some humor that the mother of the man of strength is the Bionic Woman! You've got to love the irony! 

For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Hebrews 11:32-34

Monday, February 26, 2018

Little People


Today I had the privilege of hanging out with the three year old class at the preschool.  They are adorable!  What a very sweet group!  

Our day was spent playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction.  Each class time has a tie in with a Bible story. Which make the preschool a great outreach to the community around the church building.  Over half of the kids in the preschool are from the neighborhoods surrounding the church. 

Train up a child in the way he should go;

    even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Friday, February 23, 2018

Jr. Toastmasters International Speech Contest



This year the PEACH teens have competed in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics and now an International speech contests.  

Each teen presented a five- to seven-minute speech and were evaluated by Distinguished Toastmasters scattered through the audience. Abigail was awarded 2nd place with her speech titled, ‘Third Chances.’ 

Clearly she is in her element behind home plate calling the shots or on stage performing!

Hear, for I will speak noble things,

    and from my lips will come what is right,
for my mouth will utter truth;

    wickedness is an abomination to my lips. Proverbs 8:6-7