I've always loved Christmas. And I totally love the Gift Giving Part. Looking back, I realize some of my greatest years were when the children were tiny, which makes me know that my focus was a bit off. I was enjoying the thrill of excited little faces perhaps more than the birth of the Christ Child. So when the children grew up, the glamor faded. It became exciting again when the grand babies came along. Now, it is time to re-evaluate and consider the best way to celebrate the birth of Christ. (Photo: Bonnie, Jean and Buddy about 1950.)
Christ's birth is a coming of promise, hope and a revolutionary love. However, Christmas has become a time of commercialization, extravagance, going into debt, major stress, and even for some a time for regret or a season to be depressed.
When our children were little, I think we began to give our children the things we never had ... only to see them bored and toys broken before dinner time. It left a bit of an empty feeling and a disgust that children can be so ungrateful, or have such little imagination. IS IT POSSIBLE TO MAKE CHRISTMAS A LIFE CHANGING EVENT AGAIN?
adventconspiracy.org and a booklet passed out at Asbury Methodist Church. The thought is to give the gift of TIME. Spend time with those you love. Time to make a gift that turns into the next family heirloom. Or time to play with the children or bake a special cookie recipe together and sing old Christmas songs. Give a gift to someone who has nothing and has a need. Give less gifts this year. (Photo 1994: Sommer, Jennifer, Joel, Jenny Lynn, Jean & Kevin.)
(Photo 1988 Joel, Jenny Lynn, Jean Sommer, Kevin)
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Our eldest son, Kevin Scott, has always had an interest in science fiction ... although he seldom has had friends to play games with, he loves the gaming world and he loves to write about it to the point that he spends countless hours pouring over research to write the best and most authentic piece of fantasy gaming ever possible.
I Remember Kevin's Early Years
And then there is that masterpiece where Kevin is reported to be a "Veteran Minataurian" in his writings of Mazes and Minotaurs. Kevin writes about the Land of the Sun ... ancient civilizations in the far Eastern desert. He speaks of a "mostly human" Akamen Empire and the struggles with the Mineans, Umbrians and Tritonians. For those who enjoy this world of thought, this is an amazing read. For the true 'gamer' it would have to be a conquest to enjoy. http://mazesandminotaurs.free.fr/MQ8.pdf
I Remember Kevin's Early Years
Kevin's life has never been easy. Born our first child, seven weeks early and weighing in at 2 lbs 2 oz, he spent the first two months of his life in the hospital. And he returned on numerous occasions throughout the years. He is resilient, a fighter with a melancholy temperment. .
Kevin's melancholy temperment holds true with his multi-gifted nature and analyzing mind. The simplest innocent comment can get an automatic question of "what do you mean by that?" Melancholy temperments are generally good spellers and precise grammarian and yet sensitive and a bit of an introvert. Kevin is strong willed in what he believes. Just try to change his mind on something, I promise you that you will more often not win. (Photo 1961: Daddy Ken and Kevin enjoying an intimate moment of joy.)
(Photo 1978: Kevin at Pipe Stem, W Va while visiting Grandma Montgomery.) Kevin is extremely loyal to his cautiously chosen friends. And because he is such a hard worker in his areas of interest, he has successfully produced those published pieces of science and fantasy which he pens.
From the time he was a young teen, his Christmas list included a request for a wife. We never could provide that for him but he found one for himself in Bonita. I think perhaps one of the happiest days of his life might have been they day he married his bride. And when cancer tried to take him, his fighting spirit and faith in God brought him victory while speaking words of faith that he would live and not die. Many times I heard his confession that he would live to see his children and attend their wedding. So Kevin and Bonita now have two beautiful children, Devin and Hailey. (Photo 1965: Kevin with April, Joel and Sommer.)
Thank you Kevin for being our son, for fighting the fight of faith and for your staying power to ever trust in God. Your Dad and I love you very much.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Driving to church, as we pulled into the COTM parking lot, we had to stop and take this photos of the November sky overlooking the stadium. This is Western Skys over Oklahoma.
November Sky and Setting Sun.
I think fall has finally arrived. I was driving to work on the Creek Nation Turnpike.
Clicking while I drive?
I pulled over for this one - still on the Creek.
Keeping Driving girl - you can't be late for work.
The tree in the Sorenson parking lot.
Ken had pulled the Hibuscus into the garage because frost was a possibility. The hisbuscus had to give off another blossom in the darkened garage proclaiming..."I am happy...I'm not dead yet."