While perusing through today’s FaceBook stuff, I happened on a piece of music that tagged Kris, so I followed it, naturally. The piece had been arranged by a Marine and it was pretty good, but the intriguing comments under it led me to another link that took me to the show he recieved such high praise for while he was stationed in Okinawa.
I know that he wrote the percussion and the vocal features in the show and he also did a ton of the production work to put the show on.
As a father, and having seen some of the show already, I was still impressed with, and very proud of all that he has accomplished while in the Marine Band, especially when I can recall his first days as a drummer so many years ago. I hope you get a chance to watch this video. It was taken by a person in the audience and placed on YouTube.
Here is the LINK.
Been awhile since this blog got it’s last update.
Have spent all spring working in the yard and getting into trouble. What’s new, right?
Not enough room to plant a flat garden, but the sky is the limit in this configuration.
Thought I would take a few pictures to prove I do anything all day while Vickie is slaving away at the factory.
God really blessed us when He gave us a house with a back yard campground complete with a fire pit.
The Backyard Campground
The view from the cheap seats.
The big sugar maple tree surrounded by hostas.
Thanks to Jeff Moss, we now have a water hydrant on the south side too...
Hard to tell, but I am only standing a few feet away from the bird on the feeder.
Hope y’all get a chance to stop by and burn some wood with us.
We took a fast trip to Cherry Point NC to go to the air show that they hold there annually. it was a really great show.
The first night, Kris was able to be with us in the “VIP Chalet” which he had gotten us passes for. The band was originally scheduled to perform a couple of tents down from us, but when they marched out, they came all the way down to our tent, and performed directly in front of us. As I found out later, we were in the same area where all the big dignitaries were spending their downtime. All the pilots were coming in and getting free pop and food and everything. So the kids were able to get their fill of autographs and pictures. Kris made sure we were treated top notch for the weekend. Thanks Kris!!
On Sunday, Kris directed the band, so we were real proud to be there to see him do that. The band really sounded great.
I am writing this from Kris’s computer as we are all watching a movie on our last night here. Seems like we just got here and it is time to go. that is the worst part about coming down to see everyone. We really had a great time, too. We definitely got sunburns to write about having spent three days on the tarmac at the base. Sunday was the wort day for rain. it literally rained from noon on for the rest of the day. So sunday afternoon, meemaw and megan went to the mall, and Peepaw and Kris tried our best to find something on the TV that had language that 3yr olds could hear. Not at all easy to do.
Hope the trip back to Indiana is blessed. This will be the first trip in the daylight. We will be able to see the mountains instead of driving in the blackness of night.
We are also so blessed that Joel and katie watched over the house and Little Joe while we were gone. they were a great help!!
Paul's Hanging Garden
As promised, here is the picture of the trellace Paul made to use as a garden. Hope it is strong enough to hold a lot of dirt!
The apostle paul in his letter to the church at Phillipi talks about how he felt about his life.
“If I live, it will be for Christ, and if I die, I will gain even more. I don’t know what to choose. I could keep on living and doing something useful. It is a hard choice to make. I want to die and be with Christ, because that would be much better. Above all else, you must live in a way that brings honor to the good news about Christ. Then, whether I visit you or not, I will hear that all of you think alike. I will know that you are working together and that you are struggling side by side to get others to believe the good news”. (Phil1:21-27)
Since God has not called me home yet, I know that we will keep on worshiping Him openly and hopefully leading worship somewhere. We are in prayer asking God where to go. We are presently planning to visit Fulton Baptist where our dear friends the Bruce and Beth Russell minister.
We have recieved so much encouragement from all of our friends at Calvary Union and have been overwhelmed by the way they have opened up to us and our needs, but others have voiced concerns about some things that have been bothering them at church.
I need to encourage those who have issues with pastor Mike to prayerfully take those issues to Christ first and then to Pastor Mike. If you are uncomfortable talking to him directly, put your thoughts and concerns in a loving letter to him. If he replies and you resolve the issue, then you have reconciled with him and have truly glorified God.
If on the other hand he does not respond to you, then pray about what God would have you do next and then follow His leading.
This life cannot selfishly be about us if we plan to please God. It really has to be about what God has taught us in His word. About living our lives in the same manner as what Jesus did when he lived on this earth. He lived a life in obedience to God the father.
“Christ was truly God. But he did not try to remain equal with God. He gave up everything and became a slave, when he became like one of us. Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even died on a cross. Then God gave Christ the highest place and honored his name above all others. So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.” (Phil2:6-10)
I trust that when we meet on the other side of this struggle, that we have all endeavored to live with one another in a God-Honoring way. I know that is how I plan to live, and by God’s grace, I will complete that task.
God is great!!
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