Remember this? I posted this on August 8, 2013:
“Temps will be close to normal this winter with the best chance of snow being in January and February (which is normal). But, don’t be surprised if we see a freak ice/snow storm in late November, early December. You heard it here first!” Full post found here…
I wouldn’t be shocked if we have a near miss next Tues/Wed. with some ice (foothills) or ice/snow (mountains). We’ll see. One thing is for sure… It’s going to be COLD for Thanksgiving. Looks like low to mid-40’s for highs at best in Western NC. Take a look at the Almanac that was printed last November 2012 (one year out).
Look closely. It says, “Messy mix of rain, sleet and snow North Carolina, Virginia border northward…snow…mountains of NC. There’s a good shot at this and I’m telling ya…if this pans out…then the Almanac is “THE BOMB!” 🙂 We’ll see!
Andrew loves this place:
He’s at Life Skills Martial Arts in North Wilkesboro.
Scott Matheny is the owner and lead instructor. He’s amazing with kids and adults alike. This is Scott and his wonderful family. He’s gone with us many times to Mexico. In fact, two years ago, we were bunk mates. He was top bunk (he’s so nice) and I had bottom bunk. He’s a tremendous worker and he and his family love the Lord!
His wife, Renee and Scott have their three boys, John Scott, Sebastian and Wesley, and baby #4 is on the way. He’s got a great website. Found here… and more than that I can tell you he’s a great man.
He’s excellent at his craft. He’s taught Andrew so much about self-defense and in doing so he’s reinforcing the discipline I’m teaching in my home. He demands obedience and respect and the kids eat it up! Andrew has worked his way up to a yellow belt and he got another “tip” on it tonight. With another tip…he’ll be up to his orange belt.
It’s a great place.
Scott does birthday parties at his studios too! You can cut your cake with a sword!
Check out his Facebook page to learn more! I wholeheartedly recommend Scott and his fine studio for you and your children.
Speaking of children. Pam showed me a wonderful article about children. It blessed my heart and it totally embodies what I believe the Scripture teaches about the entire family being involved in worship in church together. It’s entitled: “To You Who Bring Small Children to Church.” Here’s the first paragraph:
There you are sitting in worship or Bible study. Your child, or toddler, is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little boisterous. You try to silence them, and nothing. You try to pacify them with food or toys, and nothing. Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: you pick them up, and before a watching audience, you make the march out of the auditorium. All the while, you’re a little embarrassed. Maybe you’re a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my kid.”
I want you — you mothers and/or fathers — to know just how encouraging you are to so many.
The rest of the article found here… It’s excellent and if you attend MPBC, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. 🙂
Katy blogged earlier this week and she’s hit the nail on the head about money and what’s important. Here’s an excerpt from her post: “All That Dough:”
Daddy always put that check in the plate. Always. Sometimes I wondered. Why do other girls get really nice, popular clothes? Why do those kids get razor phones and even Blackberry phones (those were actually popular in the day)? They didn’t have to work for them. On the flip side, I knew that some kids worked even harder than me. Some children didn’t even have food to eat or new clothes even from the cheapest stores, but I didn’t think about them… I thought about the rich children and all that they had.
Time has passed and some of those “rich children” grew up with a very selfish and spoiled mentality. They were always on the cutting edge, but their families happiness was a facade. Suddenly, I realized that I had more than they ever had. Those days that my family cleaned those showrooms were some of the most treasured days of my childhood. I can still smell the aroma of fresh pizza from the Italian restaurant floating through the cold mountain air as we lugged the brooms from the trunk. I can still hear Kandace singing as she went around getting up the trash. I can see Daddy through the front window in his toboggan, his nose red, as he wipes the water off the glass. I remember all of those talks as we rode up the mountains to work… those talks that I wouldn’t trade for a million dollars.
Mom and Daddy gave and gave. I once asked them how much money they would have had if they had never given all that they gave. Dad said, “Why ask? The Lord has blessed us because we gave. It was His anyways.” But I still managed to figure out that we could have bought a beach house, maybe had a boat, had really nice cars and purchased clothes at very expensive stores. We COULD have.
You know what? Many “Christians” chose the life that my parents avoided.
What life did we choose? See the rest of the post here… Thanks for the kind words Kate!
What do the Bible, “The Hunger Games” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” have in common? All three are works of fiction, according to the booksellers at Costco. According to Fox News, Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach made that shocking discovery last Friday as he was shopping for a present for his wife at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif. “All the Bibles were labeled as fiction,” the pastor told me. “It seemed bizarre to me.” Kaltenbach is the lead pastor at Discovery Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in southern California. He thought there must be some sort of mistake so he scoured the shelf for other Bibles. Every copy was plastered with a sticker that read, “$14.99 Fiction.” Full article here…
What a crazy world!
Just about as crazy as ice on Thanksgiving! 🙂