Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
It’s 1:30 a.m. and I cannot sleep. After Bible class I came home mowed half the lawn real quick, showered and ran to Wal-Mart to buy Bonnie and Brennen’s birthday presents. I have been home alone since Sunday afternoon to go to Mesquite for Song Camp. I miss my family something fierce. You never realize how much you miss the sound of those little feet running through the house, the giggles and laughter until their not here. I have been talking to the walls since my best friend is not here, but I look forward to seeing Danna later today. After I get off work today I am driving in to be with my family. I can’t wait!! I think that is why I can’t sleep.
Misc. Stuff to update you on since my last post
Danna and I got to go to Tulsa with her mother and we had a blast. While we were there we were able to see Richard and Melanie Wiginton, two of our best friends. Their three children, Ashlyn, Carter, and Braden are growing up fast. We didn’t get to spend as much time with them as we had hoped but we got to see them and hug that will have to do until we can get together for a longer stay. We also got to see Jason and Tiersa Reeves, two more of our best friends. It is always the same, you never have enough time to spend with everyone you want.
In April I was asked to speak at a youth rally in Mesquite. I always consider it an honor when I am asked to speak. I am thankful for every opportunity given to me.
May brought my graduation from Grad school, no big deal since I re-enrolled a week later to start my Master of Divinity. At this one will take me four years to complete. Then it is off to finish my Doctor of Ministry.
May also brought an on campus class in World Religions. I was really excited about the class material, but Jason Reeves took the class with me and we had a great time getting to visit and get caught up.
June brings a new season of “The Academy” on Fox Reality. It is a reality show that follows recruits through their training at the LA County Sheriff’s Academy. I love this show. June also brings Song Camp which Danna is at this week and then in a couple of weeks we will leave for vacation with Danna’s family. Her mother and at least three, maybe four, sisters. Okay, this will either be a great opportunity for my brother-in-law Gary and I to really get at the sisters or this will be the beating of a lifetime. I’ll let you know about it when we get back.
Okay, before I close and I get a lot of wise remarks (Richard). I am going to try to get better at updating. I am thinking I will try to turn it into more than just what I am going through and my family. I am going to try to offer more thought and Scripture.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
A couple of weeks after Greg passed Danna’s Dad, E.W. Withrow, passed away unexpectedly. He was such a positive influence on so many lives. He taught me how to really love and take care of a family. He worked hard to provide for his family. Just so of my favorite memories of Dad.
1). I was a Junior in High School and Danna got home a little late one Friday night, like 2 a.m. late. Mom gave me a stern talk on the phone and told E.W wanted to talk to me, but wanted to do it face to face. All morning Sunday morning I was peeking around corners trying to dodge him because I knew he wanted to hit me. I ran into him by chance I just froze, starting sweating, closed my eyes and waited for the punch. He just slapped me on the arm and said, “Good morning Mr. Shannon,” and walked by me. I almost wet my pants. Danna said, “He knew he had you and that it wouldn’t happen again.” She was right it never did.
2). One year around Christmas time Mom was telling us all the things she had to do on Saturday. Dad told her she needed to go buy his Christmas present. The girls all started razing him and asked if he had a present for Mom. He replied that he had decided to spend the day with her watching TV, what more could she ask for! (I still get a roll in the floor over that one.)
3). Dad bought a new pop-up camper several years ago and wanted everyone to see it. Danna and I, along with our friends the Langford’s drove down to the lake to see it. Mom was inside with all the women, Danna, Andrea, Sue, Kathy and Karen, showing it off while the three guys, Dad, Matt and I, sat outside talking. Dad looked over at the camper and them back at us and said, Boys there’s about 1500 pounds in that camper right now. He looked over at his little Dodge Dakota truck, back at the trailer and turned to us again and said, Boys you think I could pull that camper with all that weight in there. Now I know that may sound cold, but Dad was always cracking jokes and did it in a loving way. All of us picked back in the same way and he loved it.
It is hard to imagine going to visit at the house and Dad not being there. As we were going in for Thanksgiving Brennen told Danna, Mommy I’ll wake Papa up when we get to his house. We both just cried the whole way in. I never told Dad enough how much he blessed my life. It was always one of those things I felt I could never tell him enough. Now you know why it has been hard for me to finish this post. I felt like I needed to finish it and not just let it slide. I am so thankful to God for allowing me to be blessed by two of the most genuine men I have ever known. They loved people and most importantly they loved and served God. They truly were lights in a dark world and ambassadors for Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Since the first of July the Church has started growing we are currently averaging sixty on Sunday morning and forty on Sunday and Wednesday evening. God is blessing our efforts here and answering our prayers. I know I do not deserve to be blessed with all of this, but I am thankful that God has allowed me to be part of this. I look forward to seeing what He does in this community.
I cannot think of anything else tonight! It has been so long since I posted I cannot keep up with everything that has gone on. I hope to post more often than I have in the past and want to do more with it. So, I will try to post again soon. Please be in prayer for Danna's sister Karen as she recovers from surgery and waits on test results for uterine cancer and my friend Greg Lucas who is the prison minister at the Duncanville church. Greg is in ICU at Parkland following a serious motorcycle accident. He is not doing well and he and his wife Karen need to be lifted up during this time. I am sorry for not posting sooner. I'll try to post more often with this new blog. You know I love you!