Friday, June 8, 2018

ZZ Top Concert

Tonight we actually went out to celebrate our anniversary with a little more than dinner and a movie. We've tried a couple of times before to see ZZ Top in concert but it hasn't worked out.  They were slated to be the opening act for Jimmy Buffet a couple of years ago but didn't make it. 

Tonight they're playing at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  The casinos are generally a nice place for concerts because there is no drinking or smoking in the concert hall.  The band consists of bassist and vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.  The three have played together since 1970! 

ZZ Top is very recognizable with their long beards.  Guitarists Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill have been wearing the signature look since the late '70s, while the group's drummer, whose name is ironically Frank Beard, prefers to maintain a clean shave. Gibbons recently revealed that he and Hill were once offered $1 million to cut off their facial hair, but they declined!

They put on an amazing show even breaking out the square fur guitars!  

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.
Psalm 57:7-8

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Wild Things!

Frankie and I decided since Abigail is off having fun at Camp Blue Haven and Caleb is off in South Texas there was no reason for us to just sit at home!  We called up the Sanderfords and met them for lunch at IHop! 

After lunch we visited the Allen Public Library where they were hosting summer movies.  Today's showing was Tarzan! The girls had a great time together and so did the moms! 

Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Preacher Training Graduation

While Abigail is in New Mexico, Caleb headed to South Texas.  The McDermott congregation supports several churches in South Texas and Mexico.  There is a school in South Texas trains preachers and their wives for the ministry in the local congregations. 

This weekend is the big graduations ceremony for the men completing the training.  Following graduation the men travel to their home towns and will begin new congregations or support existing churches. 

Caleb was privileged to attend the graduation and spend time with these new ministers and pray with them as they head out into their mission fields. 

How can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Camp Blue Haven

The McDermott kids are off in New Mexico for session 1 of Camp Blue Haven.  They will have a great time being surrounded by God's beauty and majesty.  

The week will be filled with cookouts in the great outdoors among the trees on the side of a mountain.

They will have sleep-outs under the stars after a devotional around the campfire.

One night will include a talent show put on by the campers and counselors.   There will be plenty of hiking because Blue Haven is surrounded by National Forest. Hiking in the surrounding area allows our campers to see God’s beauty while interacting with each other. 

Each day includes a chapel service led by the men counselors and their campers each morning.  There are also morning devotionals held in the cabins before starting the day.  Camper take turns reading the bible, leading songs and in prayer before breakfast. Two Bible classes and one music class are enjoyed by each camper daily.  Each evening concludes with cabin devotionals each night. 

There are plenty of great activities during the day Abigail's favorites include nature hikes, archery, volleyball, tether ball, nuke’em, and Frisbee.  She also loves the challenge course including a low ropes and high ropes courses.  The courses include a zip line, a giant swing and a Leap of Faith.  

The kids are in for a wonderful week! 

Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel. Isaiah 44:23

Friday, May 25, 2018

Anniversary Celebration

Jon and I took one of those very elusive date nights. We were celebrating 28 years tonight! We headed to Twisted Root, Jon's favorite burger joint.  It was fun because there is a Jazz Festival going on in the old part of town and we walked through the festivities.   

After dinner we headed to the movies, specifically, Death Wish!  Jon's pick! It's the remake with Bruce Willis and was a fun remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson original.  

Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. Proverbs 31:23

Monday, May 21, 2018

Graduation Day

This was the big day for the little guys at the church preschool!  They performed for the end of the year program in front of a group of excited parents.  The ceremony concluded with the 4's in caps and gowns walking across the stage as they graduated preschool and headed to kindergarten.  Such an adorable group of boys! 

The statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them. Deuteronomy 5:1

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Aren't They Cute?!

So this happened today.  Hmmm, I've been told it's not ok to post details . . . . I think it's safe to say I've seen this coming and I approve.  For any more details you'll need to talk to Abigail! 

Josiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left. 2 Kings 22:2

Friday, May 18, 2018

End of the School Year

The school year is winding down quickly!  We celebrated tonight with our fellow home schooling families from church at the park.  The kids enjoyed croquet and a little baseball while the moms and dads hung out together and enjoyed a few brownies!  It was fun to have the dad's join us this evening! 

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  Deut. 6:7

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Heartfelt Friends

Our sweet Heartfelt Friends meet each month and it is such an encouragement.  Our Heartfelt Mom's host young ladies in the church who are either single or still have school age children.  

We get together each month to have dinner and lots of laughter!  We also spend a little time in scripture and singing.  It is such a boost to my week.  These ladies have also been a huge blessing to Frankie.  They love on her and go out of their way every time they see her!    Love their sweet hearts! 

Exhort older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. 1 Timothy 5:2

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

HSAA Softball & Baseball Honors

Tonight HSAA (Home School Athletic Association) honored their high school baseball and softball teams.  The players were honored for their achievement over the season and in tournament play.  

Abigail was voted 'Most Christ-Like' by her fellow players.  She was also named Division 2 All Tournament Team voted by the coaches at the NACA  tournament. 

It was a pretty exciting evening for our Catcher Girl! 

Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15