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Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 Can't imagine you aren't sleep deprived...


02-09-2016 12:17 AM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

okay seems no one has been since last year, so lets liven things up a bit. Been a very busy 2016 for me and my family. We are currently spiting our time between our home and the wife's aunts home. The aunt doesn't like to be alone at night so we spend our nights there then in the morning we rush across town to get the kids to school by 9 am and the wife to work by 9:15. I then go home I either clean or to try to catch a nap for a few hours before i get the kids at 12:30. after i pick them up we either end up going home or too the park or shopping. we get the wife any where between 5 pm and 6 pm depending upon what's she's dealing with. From her work place we go back to the aunt's house. the kids are feed and put to bed. I try to catch another nap If I can lay down and actually go to sleep I can usually get another two hours. Friday thru Tuesday I average about 4.5 to 5 hrs a sleep a day. there have been several times over the last few weeks with work and other things going on I have been up almost 24-28 hours straight. I am sure you have had those experience when you got a million things going on at once and you tell yourself I am going to handle this one thing and that one thing has turned into a thousand other things. 
when I finally get to laying down and try to nap, I have this habit of fallen asleep for five minutes and then waking up. The worst part is I will wake up thinking I have been asleep for a good two hours and in reality I was out for five minutes and as much as i try to get back to sleep, I am awake. when I finally start getting tired it's hen i have to head to work. so that's my life currently in a nutshell, coming and going, always on the move 


02-08-2016 6:01 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Requests

I have received these prayer requests to pass along:

Elaine G. M. asking for prayers to be set free.

Jane A. is asking for prayers for her recovery.

Alexandria B. Is asking for prayers for her addiction.

Larry S, is asking for prayers concerning his heart attack.

Philip B. is asking for prayers to overcome his alcoholism.

Prayers are being requested for Jadyn B. to live with her mother.

Thanks!


01-24-2016 1:45 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

Well here we are the last day of 2015. What a year it's been
Two family reunions, a semi vacation in Florida, kind of got to eat at two of my favorite restaurants Hardee's and the waffle house however both times were rushed at Hardee's I couldn't finish my meal and got some horrible coffee. Waffle house wasn't bad. We are scheduled to return to Florida next year and when we do the wife said we are going to be doing alot of sea food. Overall 2015 wasn't bad alot of changes at both our jobs and with the kids starting school. Okay I have one stop to make for posting have a wonderful last day of 2015 and have a happy and blessed new year. Until next year, God bless and good bye


12-31-2015 6:29 AM


Rich_G
Re :   Prayer Request

 This is the update on my niece:

The surgery went well and a blood clot was removed from Karen's lung. No infection! They did find a lesion on the back of her chest wall which they have sent off for a biopsy. She has chest tubes and the doctor installed a nerve block to handle the pain for the next 2 weeks. There is a 4 week recovery from the surgery.

Please continue to pray. She has battled cancer in the past and I'm concerned about the lesion they found.

  Thanks!


12-25-2015 9:12 PM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 I always enjoy Christmas letters!

Smiley


12-22-2015 11:29 AM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

My niece Karen, is in surgery now to fix blood seeping into her lung sac.  She has two infections - one is pneumonia.  She's been hospitalized since Wednesday.  The surgery is expected to last 5 hours.  She'll be in ICU cardiac department when they finish the surgery.  They expect she'll need 5 days in the hospital following surgery.  They don't know exactly what is causing the bleeding.

Thanks...


12-22-2015 10:25 AM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

okay it's been two months since the last time some one posted here, so lets end the dry spell around these parts. What a  year this has been. My family has experienced a lot of changes this year. Back in at the start of the year my wife was officially made a supervisor, making her the fourth person in charge of her group. The talks of promoting her began to swirl in October of 2014 but because of the budget, and few other odds and ends that had to be worked the promotion didn't become official till January. One of the issues was her department wanted to reward her all her hard work, taking on extra task, filling in for senior management, working over time so they created a supervisors position just for her but this lead to conflict with Human resources who said the position needed to be posted so everyone could apply, it was to my understanding for about five minutes, then the vice president of of her division along with her manager and director went to the human resource department and explain that only the wife was being considered for it because the position was being created just for her.
In May we held our 3rd annual craw fish boil, our kids are now constantly asking for craw fish. it's looking like we will be hosting it again in either April or May depending upon on how the money looks.

In May the kids went to their first circus.

In June we had a family reunion this was the first time the kids got to meet a a lot of the extended family. Some we hadn't seen Christmas of 2013. The kids had a lot of fun with the cousins.  The cousins are supposed to come visit in July again.

July of this year was a huge month. The kids started summer camp, which lead into school. 
At work rumors began to swirl about us going to a digital surveillance system. around the first of August it was confirmed, looking back i feel bad for the director because when he told the staff almost everyone snickered and laugh. When i was told i laughed and said don't count on it, for the last eight years this room has been going digital 

August the kids started preschool. our foster son has begun to learn how to write, he's good with writing letters and numbers, he's having trouble with the teen numbers and some other areas so I have been working with him on the area he's weak in. We feel bad because we can't afford to send him and the daughter full time and we know they well more him misses out on stuff. The Daughter does basically the same thing each day, story time, arts and crafts, free time, lunch, play yard time, go home. My daughter is an arts and crafts junkie, her favorite thing is to cut up paper at school during crafts time. Recently though she's become interested in giving the wife a trim which the wife has been just a little against. 


September our foster son turned four.

October was pretty uneventful.

November we officially went to a digital surveillance system at work and I have to work wise it makes the job easier, it was becoming a major problem dealing with the Tapes and VCR's. We would go to review something and either the tape was bad or the VCR had lost power. on the other hand it causes me to have more problems with the headaches, some nights i can barely get by. Recently my director spoke to me and kind of hinted it was time to move on career wise

so that's my year in review






12-22-2015 5:01 AM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 I would have been screaming at the top of mu lungs if they changed the payment options without my permission!


10-21-2015 1:23 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

Okay been a while (30 days since someone has posted anything around these parts). okay where to begin it's been almost thirty days since the visit by zachy's mom. since she's left she hasn't contacted us once to see how Zechariah is doing, according to my wife all of her Facebook postings  have been about going on dates with her boyfriend. The wife keeps trying to half heartily defend her saying she's young, she's learning, trying etc. I and most of the family agree that no she isn't and its time to face reality she wants the title of mom but not the responsibility. I hate to be cruel and judgmental bu the facts are simple she simply has not try.  the plan was for him to stay with us for six months give her a chance to get back on her feet. after six months he would have gone back and we would have went on with life. six months became seven, seven became nine and then year was upon us, and now we are approaching year three. His biological mom simply has no idea the amount of emotional harm this will cause when Zechariah does go back, however that's looking less and less likely. Because while the wife as i said has been trying to defend the mom to some degree I think the cold analytical  side of my wife has begun to look at the issue and has started to make plans regarding zachy. 
School is going very well for the kids. We are concerned that Zechariah is fallen behind because he only goes part time three days a week as with does our daughter. financially it's all we can afford. We have made huge cuts in the budget, eliminated eating out save for once a month. eliminated  buying stuff unless it was necessary. even grocery shopping has been reduce. we make sure the kids have food and snacks to eat at home and school. we let our membership lapse at Costco. we only used it once or twice in the year before the kids started school. How we realize that there are things at Costco that would we would actually use especially things for their luncheons. The wife had come to me and ask what i thought about taking the kids out of school for a month to allow us to get caught up on bills. when we enrolled the kids the school payment was suppose to be taken out bi monthly however in July and August the full amount was withdrawn. when the money was withdrawn all the other other pending payments  for other bills that were in limbo suddenly tried to clear right after the school payment cleared which cause serious problems.  after debating it we determine it probably wasn't in the kids  best interest and we might run the risk of them losing their place at school. We have been really impressed with the school. Zechariah class since the first week has worked on everything from written skills to studying science stuff, heck they even study van gogh one week and this is preschool. last week the kids were outside drawn on the cement with chalk. I stepped out to check on them then started backing inside but stopped i notice Zechariah was written something when i looked closer i saw A, B, C, D E and F written clearly he had also written out some numbers.  even our daughter had written out some letters. we also have notice their vocabulary and speaking abilities have greatly increase. 

our daughter is a huge arts and crafts fan. her teacher was telling me on Wednesday which is   arts and craft day our daughter is the first one at the table and is always excited to glue and cut stuff. 


10-21-2015 5:17 AM


Rich_G


09-21-2015 11:15 AM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

At the last possible moment Zechariah's mom decided it would be best if she came out for his birthday. Apparently her boyfriend decided to stay and work. She wants to see where he's going to school too. She is going to be here for three days before returning home. We are preparing for drama. The other day in the car, my wife tells Zechariah his mom is coming.
Zechariah replied "who's mommy is coming??, mommy" the wife and I just looked at each other. It's been two years since she visited. She was instantance Zechariah not call her mommy. I am sorry but basically for the last three the wife has been his mother. We tried using my wife's nickname baby, but then Isabana started calling her mommy, so Zechariah started calling her mommy we tried to get him to stay with baby, but we felt we were alienating him, so we just became mommy and daddy. 


09-21-2015 12:18 AM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 I hate to say it, but it is probably for the best for everyone if he does stay with you...


09-16-2015 5:46 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

Tuesday afternoon home with the kids. Today is an off day from school. Currently doing laundry here in a little while I have to vaccum. My vacation starts tomorrow I have this habit of Waiting to the last minute to take it. Last year I got busy and about a month before my vacation newed I discovered I hadn't taken any floaters or vacation days. So I had to rush and take days off. I would have been happy if they the company had cut me a check. 
Later this month my vacation time news. We're going to Florida in November for thanksgiving. We were supposed to spend the day with family the wife has down there, but there seems to have been some fallen out and it wasn't totally confirmed either. We're renting a townhouse about a block from the beach. The rental, airline tickets, and car rental are all paid for. I wouldn't mind spending the day at the beach, I have a feeling we will be spending alot of time on the beach. We also might drive to new Orleans or meet her family somewhere and have lunch or dinner. The wife's mom is due back in town in a week or so. Next week is Zechariah's birthday we are going to have something low key at the house a few friends and family. Cake ice cream, few gifts. His biological mother was supposed to be coming out but now that isn't happening. She apparently has a new boyfriend and email or text the wife they were coming out and she expected us to have a room ready for them. I told the wife they could get a hotel room we have several hotels in the areas. I said I am not letting some stranger up in my home with my kids. A few days after the wife text her back and explain hers and my feelings on the subject matter. His mom text back and said it wasn't feasible for her to come out, some stuff had come up. I think it's been almost two years now. On her Facebook page she apparently writes he's her reason for living,  I am starting to doubt that. She goes weeks on end with no communication, but post on Facebook all the things she's doing. The wife still believes his mom is trying and plans to right
Everyone has begun to face reality that Zechariah is most likely going to stay with us.
He and his sister are doing very well in school. We have started learning to write he's actually pretty good at it.


09-15-2015 4:53 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

Hello, woke up this morning with a headache. Took a pain pill and applied an ice pack. Haven't been feeling well the last two days, well I have to run I have to go sort and fold laundry, find school uniforms along with socks


09-11-2015 7:12 AM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

Since RichG is on vacation and no one else seems to come around these parts, figure I would post a quick hello and good morning. Got to run. Until next time God Bless


09-06-2015 5:30 AM


nov1971
Re :   And then came school

End of week two. We might be pulling the kids from school. We have been juggling bills, cutting costs,  everywhere we can and we just aren't getting ahead in fact we are sinking. If there is one word that summs up my life is the word regret. In time I come to regret everything thing, probably one one the big reasons for my lack of faith. Since the day we left for Atlanta nearly three years ago, one thought has been in my mind pretty much constantly I am going to regret this, or I am making a mistake. 
I really don't want to pull them from the school because they doing so well. I need to get a better paying job or somehow firgure out away to get a part time. Yes it would mean less sleep and less time with the family. But family and sleep don't pay bills, put food on the table, keep a roof over our heads


09-04-2015 10:56 AM


Rich_G
Re :   And then came school

 The electronics are a difference.

I was taught to use a slide rule in high school...


08-27-2015 1:44 PM


nov1971
Re :   And then came school

I would have to stay todays kids have us beat by a few point. Not only are there the general items such as clothing, shoes, backpacks, pens, pencils and note books that countless generations of kids have needed. But a lot of kids these days are also using smartphones, tablets and laptops to complete school work and these items aren't generally provided by the school. a lot of schools to combat overcrowding may have students take a class online environment , you may have some students who complete all their classes this way. the only thing I had to worry about was having a note book and something to write with. I kept everything else I needed in my locker, come to think of it I can think of two lockers I never cleared out when I left those schools , I am going to go out on a limb and say whatever in those lockers was removed years, decades ago


08-27-2015 11:28 AM


Rich_G
Re :   And then came school

 It may be more expensive dollar wise, but I wager the percentage is probably pretty close to what it was when we were kids...


08-26-2015 6:50 PM


nov1971
Re :   And then came school

And by the way we are now in official school time


08-25-2015 8:18 PM


nov1971
Re :   And then came school

It's gotten more expensive since you and I where kids. Today the average parent or parents spend roughly around $200 for supplies for the start of the new school year. When you factor in private schools the uniform cost alone can be $200. We spent  $180 on basically three uniform sets for the kids. We will spend another $100 by the end of the year for school jackets. Over the last two weeks I think we formed out just under $200 for shoes. They each got three pairs. Zech got a pair of hush puppies, we also found him a pair of kedds at ROSS . we originally weren't going to go look, but we decided to try our luck. We caught a break, we found our daughter her size and zech his size. I forget what we got our daughter I know it was a pair of tennis shoes one of the more popular name brand. We caught a huge break I think we paid $15 for her shoe's and they normally ran for $35-$37. Every now and then we catch a good deal at ROSS. My wife recently told me its about time to retire a pair of my Rockports. ROSS is where I got my first pair. So far I think I have had five pair. The ones my wife said I need to retire are reaching the ten years of service mark. I was surprised we found hush puppies for zech. 


08-25-2015 8:17 PM


Rich_G
Re :   And then came school

 Kids were always expensive, even when I was one... Smiley


08-21-2015 12:51 PM


nov1971
Re :   And then came school

Yesterday we attended orientation for regular school which starts Monday. Sending kids to school these days is not cheap supplies, uniforms, new clothes and shoes have sets us back a few hundred dollars, I would say that is the cost for private school but even public school is costly even if you have one kid and shop at Wal-Mart or Target it's still going to cost you $$$.  a lot of classes in school  are doing away traditional text books and instead going to Ipads or other tablet devices for kids to use to complete assignments, luckily for me my two are just going to per school. My daughter will have the same two teachers she had during summer camp. our Foster son will be transferring from the three year old to the four year old class room. It's amazing how much their vocabulary has improved. Our Daughter can count up to twenty now, not always in the correct order  and Saturday comes between 10 and 12. they are both good with Shapes and Colors and both are doing really well with their Alphabets. Well I am off to the bank I have to take the mother n laws mini van out for a drive and I need to go get money to give to the wife.  So I am off


Have a blessed and wonderful day



08-21-2015 6:28 AM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Received this prayer request to pass along:

Nick has just had spinal surgery and is in need of prayers for a rapid and complete healing.

Thanks...


08-20-2015 2:01 PM


nov1971
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

Good evening, well it's Monday and my day is getting started. Came home from work this morning and ended up watching the kids till about 3:30 pm. Decided around that point I really needed sleep because I had to work tonight. So I got the kids rounded up, gave them snacks , made sure their tablet and kindle was working, put curious George on the TV and put up a gate to restrict them to the bedroom. Last I recall it was nearly 4,pm when I doze off, the kids were sitting somewhere in the room having a discussion about something on our son's tablet. OK I have to get moving my wife came home at 6:30 and apparently the only one awake was the daughter who was playing watching TV. Need to go make coffee and find something to wear tonight. I was ironing clothes the other day and three of my shirts were stained need to get to Walmart and get stain remover, however knowing my luck I will end up having to buy a couple of new shirts. Fortunately I can always grab a few polo's from Walmart or Target and it won't break the bank. I wear with mostly polo's with a long sleeve pull over under it with jeans to work. The unofficial dress shirt for surveillance people are plad shirts, not sure where it started but I am forbidden from wearing plad. Well I am off phone is about to die and I have to get ready for work, until next time good night and God bless


08-17-2015 10:46 PM


Rich_G
Re :   And then came school

 Sounds like a smooth transition...


08-09-2015 7:15 PM


nov1971
Re :   And then came school

We are just about three weeks away from the start of the regular school year. Last week we bought a couple of school uniforms, $180 for five shirts, a pair of shorts and a skirt. We still have to purchase jumpers, another couple pair of shorts or pants for Zachariah. Next pay day we are going out to purchase the kids shoe's from stride rite. in November we will purchase official school fleece jackets for them. My wife and I got to talking about how a few months before they started out at their school. my wife and I were checking out parks for a social event we were going to host and my wife jokingly said our kids are going to go that private Jewish school right there and I replied great we can also fork out several hundred dollars for them to attend each month, starting to think we should become fortune tellers

the kids have adjusted well, my daughter is pretty popular with her classmates, last week I took her to her room after dropping Zachariah off as we came into the room several of the kids saw me and yelled it's na-na's daddy na-na is our daughters nickname. several of her classmates ran over to meet her and they were all huggin, giggling and dancing around, before joining hands and running back over to the circle just in time in time story time.  the first few weeks she would have a fit as I was leaving. now we enter her class room she hands me her backpack and lunch bag points and tells me where they go then runs off to join her friends



08-09-2015 6:56 PM


Rich_G
Re :   LOOK UP

 You recall the parable of the sower??


07-22-2015 11:44 AM


nov1971
Re :   LOOK UP

I have gotten too caught up in the world, the electronics, news, work, family, dealing the kids, summer camp, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I picture the lord returning and millions of people being on their cellphone's turning looking at the lord, covering the mouth piece of their device and motioning I will be with you in a moment


07-21-2015 2:56 PM


nov1971


07-21-2015 2:48 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

The only thing we can think of is, she started typing hit the right keys, hit, enter, delete, yes, no, open the right files, etc and presto wiped computer. Everything has to be reprogrammed, reinstalled, if possible I think some Internal files have to be rewritten. She did a number. We have a spare, plus kindles and tablets, at Christmas time or around then we might replace it


07-21-2015 2:46 PM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 All I can say is, WOW! Smiley


07-20-2015 10:53 AM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

Okay attempt number three to post, here we go time to break the dry spell. Tried posting using a tablet, then a laptop, was going to use the home computer, but when I do my kids want to type or just take over. We keep them away from the main home computer as much as possible, since it has vitial information stored, and many, many photos. Last year our daughter got a hold of one of the laptops and performed  one of the ultimate factory reset, wipes. She wipe the thing clean, completely clean. All files, everything gone, she even managed to uninstall and get rid of items that came pre installed. You turn it on and all there is a black screen and this flashing green dot.
My wife took it to work she and her co workers tried multiple recovery attempts using all kinds of software and nothing. So we keep her especially her away from the home computer and the other laptop. They both kindles they use. We installed kids apps and set up profiles for them to use. The apps we installed are educational, they learn about the shapes, colors, numbers, letters. Our foster son is good at letters, numbers and colors, the daughter is good at colors, she's getting good at counting, there is one slight area of concern. She can count to twelve only between 10 and twelve instead of 11 it's Saturday. Okay duty calls, got to run


07-19-2015 12:49 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Barb B lost her mother this morning. Please for for her and her family during this difficult time...

  Thanks!


07-18-2015 6:40 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Dan K lost his father unexpectedly last night. Please pray for him and his family during this difficult time.

  Thanks


07-18-2015 8:14 AM


nov1971
Re :   And then came school

Well we are just about twelve hours away from the start of summer camp. Wednesday we submitted our paper work, so the kid's are officially enrolled. Thursday we went shopping for school supplies. We spent over $125 on items they needed, backpacks, thermos's, lunch bags, plus they got clothes. Where the man really. Sticks it to you are 5he cartoon theme bags and such items. $15 per thermos! Of course we could have gotten cheaper but we let the kids pick out their items. Since its summer time the kids are back to sandals, flip flops, and flats. One the requirements for school is all shoes be enclosed. Finding an enclosed toe sands for boys no problem,  finding one for a girl good luck. I went to five different stores before I find a pair for her.  I have bought school supplies for drivers and fund raising events, didn't think much of it, buying  your own is where it gets complicated. 
So tomorrow we start the next great adventure. Seems like only yesterday we were holding our daughter for the first time. Trying to wrap our minds around this parenting thing. As parent your thinking ahead days, month's,  weeks, even years.  I remember right after we got back wondering about schools and pre schools. When do we enroll them, where?so many questions,  I am trusting in the lord on this one. Well its time to wrap up. Kids need bathes,  backpacks have to be pack, clothes assembled, shoes located, coffee made


06-07-2015 9:47 PM


Rich_G
Re :   And then came school

 I don't think your role as a father diminishes so much as transforms over time. She will still need you, just in a different capacity...


05-26-2015 1:02 PM


nov1971
Re :   And then came school

and there simply going to summer camp three days a week for about four hours a day. I think it's my problem adjusting to change, getting out of my comfort zone. I knew this day was coming, I also know that some day many years from now, we will load her car, truck, hovercraft  or what ever personal transportation device is being used at that point  i will hug her and not want to let go, but I will because I know it will time be time for her to go out and start her own life. I think the best example is when John talks about his place compared to Jesus in the Bible. Before Jesus there is John and John is preaching about Jesus,  but when Jesus comes John says I must decrease while he (Jesus) increase (John 3:30). That's one of joys and heart break of being a parent, little by little you as parent have to step back and allow them room to grow, fly or fall. But always being there in the lowest and darkest points to encourage them, love them. i will admit too i am excited to see them start this phase


05-26-2015 5:09 AM


Rich_G
Re :   And then came school

 Sounds like you are struggling with the empty nest syndrome...


05-20-2015 12:59 PM


nov1971
Topic :   And then came school

In less then a month the kids will start summer camp. Then in August they will start school. The goal with summer camp is to have them go three days a week part time 8:00-12:30 pm, then when the regular school year starts for the half have them go a full 8 hrs for three days then slowly work them into a full schedule. I have to admit this whole school thing is a bit unnerving. For the last two and half years I have spent my days with the kids, I have gotten use to surviving on little or no sleep, spending the day watching Curious George  or Elmo. just watching them grow and seeing their personalities starting to develop has been amazing. But now all that is changing, okay so they will be at summer camp in the morning and with me and the wife in the afternoon. I know them going to school is the natural process of things, but yet it seems unreal to me. it could be I am just nervous, afraid and don't like change. Maybe its because I am suddenly going to have trust others with my kids. Up till this point they have been with either me or the wife or family. The wife and I are very protective of them. I also think it's a loss of control. when their with me i feel like i can protect them absolutely, expect for the times when i get hit, kicked in the head or smacked with a dirty pull up, then I go into homer Simpson mode "why you little...."
I have been thinking about this since the first time the wife came to me and said we need to enroll them in school, originally the wife had wanted to do it when the daughter turned one, but i just wasn't ready and i don't think either of the kids where. my mind has been working over time recently trying to cope with all of this. I was driving home the other day and was listening to a christian radio show and they were talking about how we have this natural habit of wanting to be in control and how any thing that takes any of that control away we fight against, because we feel like we are going to fall apart if even the slightest  bit of control is taken away. Okay sure the loss of a little most of us can handle.  for a school paper i did for psychology course the paper address the issue of human trauma and natural disasters, the psychological and sociological effects of hurricanes, tornadoes , earthquakes. As i read various news reports about Katrina, Andrew, and other events and read about survivors  and how the events had effected them, somewhere in each story in some way shape or form control had suddenly been stripped away from them, and most of these people were in free fall. I realize that there was little any could against a hurricane and the destruction it brings. But then i realize it wasn't the storm itself that cause disarray it was after the storm, trying to find balance. It came down to situational conrtol. My theory as well as others (I assume) is that if a person has a little bit of  situational conrtol after the storm to give them a starting point, i think it takes some of the emotional toll away. I think this one area where technology really comes into play. five , ten , twenty years ago when hurricanes came along and wrecked havoc  it was a nightmare especially where personal  items where involved photos, tax and business records, letters how many of untold thousands of personal items  were loss? now with jump drives, SD Cards various cloud services and other storage devices all of these items can be preserve, while its not total control it allows for some and allows a person to slowly get their lives back togther.

the radio host while he talked about trust and control he brought up another point, while we want to be 110% in charge, it often puts us at odds with God, because we want to be in control and go our way say path A and God might be saying okay we are going down path A but only to this  point, from there we are going to take side path and go over to path D   or God might be saying no to path A but yes to path B but because of trust issues and resistance we struggle against God and it hinders his plans for us  


05-20-2015 6:28 AM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

My wife's Aunt Dot just passed away.

Please pray for her family.

Thanks...


05-11-2015 5:16 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:

I Roger, am requesting Prayers for my wife Doris. This morning when she went to the bathroom. She noticed some blood in her Urine. So she went for a Doctor checkup to find out what the cause was. It turns out that she has a large growth in the Cervix area. So now she will be getting an appointment call. To see a specialist. Who will check to see what has to be done about that situation. Thanks for your Prayers !


05-07-2015 3:18 PM


Rich_G


05-01-2015 3:22 PM


nov1971


05-01-2015 6:24 AM


Rich_G
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

 A difficult decision, but if it helps, just remember that any Christian worth his salt should be able to tell you that we are to see Jews as our spiritual brothers!

Jut be sure to balance their teaching with the NT at home...


04-29-2015 5:58 PM


nov1971
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

It seems that we have made our final selection. We decided to go with a Jewish academy we looked at.  We actually looked at two, the first one which we really liked it wasn't financial feasible to send both kids there. It was send one kid there and place the other in a cheap day care.  I was on the fence about enrolling the kids in a Jewish pre school. We are a christian family and believe in God, the son and holly sprite.  I know Jewish religion doesn't acknowledge Jesus, that was a sticking point for me. I was kind of against the idea of us applying there for that reason alone. But then after speaking with the wife and God dropping  little signals , I have come to realize that its probably the direction we need to head. I love the school at first I was like i am not sure of this but the school grew on me.  it was one of four schools that we checked out that i wasn't thinking within thirty seconds to a minute NO!!!!! No Way!!!! Red Alert!!! Run!!! most of the places we looked at were glorified day cares.  some where okay , others well... 
after we did the tour we were told the director of the center wanted to meet us, so we sat down and told them about our kids which they were very impressed with the fact that we adopted our daughter and were fostering her brother. They were the first director we sat down and spoke with. the other places it felt like we were processed through here's the school, blah, blah, okay thanks for coming now get lost. There were several issues we have been trying to deal with one is the cost that has been the primary factor in making a choice , the second is determining do we send five days or break it down into three days. when my wife completed the questionnaire it ask you about concerns. one of the questions was about cost. she left it blank. she told me left it blank because its a well to do school and she was afraid that if we put we had concerns about being able to afford it that the school would reject our application if we applied. The first thing the director did was tell us this was the school we need to go too, the second they told us was not to enroll the kids full time five days a week. they advise two or three days. the reasoning was it's too much for them to handle. Going from being around us all day for the last two and  half years to being with complete strangers. a lot of kids simply don't handle  it well. They explained by doing the two or three day school week it eases them in allows adjustment. The third thing thing was the cost, yes the place is a bit pricey okay not $440,000 pricey but it will still cost some money.  The other places we looked all of them handed us a price sheet and said this is what it will cost you to send your kid here. the director of the Jewish preschool looked at us and said don't worry about the cost, if your concerned about the cost we have programs and scholar ships, we will work something out, they ended it by saying your kids are going to be happy here. 

when we left i had mixed feelings and weighing the pros and cons. then the wife told me she that this was the school. i was still on the fence. then a bout two or three days i went to check an appointment on my phone calender and when i open the app i notice all these weird holidays, none looked familiar. i realize that  they were Jewish holidays.  I had been thinking and worrying about the issue and praying well more worrying then preying. To the calender and the wife saying she really liked the school was God saying this is the way to go. Then Monday we got a call from the school asking if us we were still interested? no other school has done that, one sent us a thank you card that school is our fourth choice. so I am going to call back and see what we need to do.        


04-29-2015 7:00 AM


Rich_G
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

 $440,000??

My eyes are bleeding...


04-16-2015 4:09 PM


nov1971
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

Okay I did the math for the most expensive school for both of them going up through the 8th grade would run $440,000. For just one would run $220,000. Needless to say our kids probably won't be going there. Zechariah is supposed to go home next year and the wife has been talking more and more about getting out of las Vegas, personally I have been ready to go for years. We continue the preschool hunt Thursday I think we have four or five school's lined up to look at. Last week wasn't very productive, we looked at I think three school's and only one impressed us. So far our list of potential school's is four with the top two being more of a want right now number 3 on the list seems to be the choice at the moment however we will know more after Thursday. I knew this day was coming, I didn't think it would come so quickly, seems like yesterday one kid just wanted to sleep, eat and poop, the other same with a little play time and a lot of sesame street watching. Now they want to stay up till 11pm-1am or later, crash and sometimes be up again at 5am. Last week my wife said Zechariah woke up at around 4:30 am and told her he was awake. 
She responded no your not go back to sleep.
So he did till 6am
I am awake
The wife go back to sleep
8:30 am ... I am awake
The wife I am not 
10:30 am Zechariah I am awake
The wife well I am too.


04-15-2015 7:27 AM


Rich_G
Re :   A strange encounter at Starbucks

 Cash is becoming a thing of the past...sigh


04-08-2015 2:33 PM


Rich_G


04-08-2015 2:32 PM


nov1971
Topic :   A strange encounter at Starbucks

I have a keurig single serve coffee make at home in fact the one I am using now is the third one we have owned , recently the wife talked about switching us to another model I forget who it was, after I reminded her though of the money she spent on the current machine she seemed less ambitious to purchase a new machine. So last week actually this past Sunday i went on a recon mission to discover where this Easter bunny photo booth was set up. I hate going  places at the last minute especially for something like that parking somewhere and learning the event is on the other side of the of the property a good quarter or half mile from where you parked. so Sunday morning i get up and go look. I park and go to the area where we got our Christmas photos done , nope nothing so i start walking and looking after about five minutes i find it, determine the closet place to park and the quickest walking trail. then I decided i was going to stop and get Starbucks. Normally i don't do Starbucks in the morning especially Monday thru Friday there's a Starbucks about two miles from our home in a shopping center and the drive thru  on most morning has a line of cars 10-20 long and the inside is always packed. so I get done with the recon mission and go to find the Starbucks in this shopping center. this Starbucks is hidden away and unless you know where  to go or pass by it on accident it's hard to find. So i go there and I am about the third or fourth person in line I place my order. as i am waiting to pay i notice everyone is paying with their phones! I have that option on my phone (Google Wallet) I ( the wife hasn't set it up yet ) as i watch the people ahead of me simply swipe their phones or have a bar code scan, i am standing there thinking man i really hope they still take cash


04-08-2015 6:27 AM


nov1971
Re :   Reply To Rich%5FG

Reply to Rich_G (04-07-2015 1:23 PM)

 I can recall when I was a lad in grammar school, our teacher telling us our parents paid about $600/year for our schooling.

Times certainly have changed...
I wish we could find a preschool that only cost $600 a year fat chance though. right now the cheapest is right around $900 a month for both kids unfortunately that price was for one of the one's we didn't care for.  We have a tour schedule for another school this week. there are some others we are going to take a look at also. The one we are going to take a look at this Thursday is part of national chain they go different names through out the country but the philosophy and teaching style is uniformed . that was something we both liked because they have schools in Atlanta so when Zechariah goes home to his mom next summer (supposedly) that will be one less thing he has to adjust too and that's something we are not looking forward too, we know it going to cause issues especially with the daughter, Zechariah is not only her brother he's her buddy, kick and punching bag. while $900 is the cheapest and not the most desirable school, one of the schools we were considering when we started discussion getting the kids into school has a yearly price tag of about $32,000 per year for both kids. We thought about and quickly decided that school really wasn't in our budget  and that's for preschool /day care the prices go up as they move up in grades and it doesn't include the cost of uniforms, lab fee's maybe with one kid we could swing it with two kids not a chance. if we did enroll them at this particular school and they went up through the 8th grade (both of them) we would be looking at spending over $100,000 on their education closer to $140,000 and that's just pre school through the 8th grade, high school is whole another story especially private high schools


04-08-2015 5:52 AM


Rich_G
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

 I can recall when I was a lad in grammar school, our teacher telling us our parents paid about $600/year for our schooling.

Times certainly have changed...


04-07-2015 1:23 PM


nov1971
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

They are not to cheap so far the cheapest we have found is about $900 per month. There were two in that price range of which neither one we like. If it was just the daughter we would enroll her in the Jewish preschool , they teach Hebrew and Spanish and the teaching is Montessori base. I know we are schedule to look at another this week and the wife is looking at others, we trying to keep our choices within in a five mile radius of home, we might have to extend our area


04-06-2015 9:26 PM


Rich_G
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

 I am astonished at the price. Even if that is for both!


04-01-2015 11:23 AM


Rich_G
Re :   LOOK UP

 There's a lot we ALL need to change! winking


04-01-2015 11:23 AM


nov1971
Re :   LOOK UP

I know that we are suppose to keep our attention focus on God and things of heaven. But I also know that we can't ignore things of this world either. I think the challenge for Christians is finding balance. I know this is an area i have trouble with with work, family and just every day life way to often God gets put on the back burner,  there's  a lot  i need to change.   


04-01-2015 2:32 AM


nov1971
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

Back in the day they were called day care centers. I will tell you one thing private schools are not cheap. We are looking at spending at least $1,500 to $2,000  a month on private schools for them. $2,000 is the max that 's the limit we have set. so far from I figured out from the schools we looked at we are looking at spending between $1,200 and $1,500. I simply don't trust the Clark County school district. a lot of the private schools here seems to have adopted the Montessori approach to teaching. My sister in law has her kids enrolled in Montessori schools and from what I have been told you notice huge differences between kids who have gone through Montessori schools  and those who have gone through regular schools. when we started out with the adoption we decided education was going to be a priority . We decided that our daughter and Zechariah for however long we had them would attend private schools and if getting them a good education means living in maybe the not fancy or upscale area of town then that was something we are willing to do. The wife has already started looking at high school be preparatory academies , so far the list consist of three schools the wife is thinking of applying our daughter too. ( we figure by that time Zechariah will back with his mom)  if not then we will figure something out. oh there's catch to the schools the preparatory academies the three schools she's looking are all on the East coast, the wife told me hey your the one who hates living in Las Vegas this will be your ticket out. I am hoping we are gone before that time comes. Heck I would be happy moving to Mesquite or even up to northern Nevada


I notice Elaine hasn't been here for a really long time



03-31-2015 4:26 PM


Rich_G
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

 Funny, I don't recall going to pre-school. Don't even know if they were around back then...


03-31-2015 9:45 AM


nov1971
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

I posted recently at the come follow me site and decided to check out the other sites to see whats been going on. I just read a few minutes at Rich's church of hope site that the first come follow me site was shut down for inactivity. So let's The original discussion site where most of us meet The In touch Ministry discussion board closed down in 2009/2010.  Faith light.com closed down in 2011(?) another site shout life closed down last year. the hope for Christians website closed down in 2011/2012(?) however it seems to be trying to get a second wind on Facebook. Faith light was on Facebook for a while as was shout life however i think both groups have closed down. Two fish and 5 loaves seems to have disappear and now the original come follow me site. Six christian social sites that have shut down primarily due in activity.
Well let's see if we can keep these last few sites alive as long as possible.

So here's go. I have been keeping busy with the kids our daughter two years  and four months old, our foster is now three years and about six months. our foster son Zechariah was suppose to be headed back to Atlanta resume his life with his mom. But his mom recently started a new job with a start up computer firm. Originally he was suppose to be with us only six months. He was suppose to go home in June/July of 2013 but his mom wasn't in a position to take care of him so it was decided he would stay with us. there were multiple dates set for fall/winter 2013/2014 then spring of 2014, then summer of 2014 and finally December of 2014 for him to go back and finally June or July of this year. Because we weren't quite sure what was going on with his mom and her plans we held off enrolling him in school. However when we learned that she got a job with a start up company, the wife and i decided that it would be best if he stays with us at least another year while his mom gets through probation and gets adjusted to the position. We are currently in the process of look at preschools and pre K schools for the kids. so far we  have checked out three we are schedule to visit one next week and where suppose to check out another school but after careful consideration we veto it because of the distance I drive about twenty five miles a day round trip to and from work. The school we veto would add another 28 to 29 miles a day. We also consider that it would be me rushing home loading the kids up, taking them across town battling rush hour traffic, coming home for a few hours , then going back and getting them and on the way home i would be in the early stages of rush hour traffic.


03-31-2015 4:36 AM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:

Bob's brother George is suffering with both septicemia (infection has spread to his bones) and stage four ulcer. George is not doing well and the family is applying to hospice for care.
I'm also asking for prayer for my niece, Sandy, and my brother and his family. Sandy is in the last stages of cancer and we've been told it's only a matter of days.
Please pray for both, George and Sandy, and their families.


02-27-2015 2:46 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

My cousin Russ, passed away this afternoon. Please pray for his family during this difficult time.

  Thanks...


02-04-2015 7:03 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

I received this prayer Request to pass along:

I'm writing because I was recently informed that my daughter-in-law's mother, Betty, is in need of prayers. She has been having some respiratory problems and a  few weeks ago she needed to have fluid drained from her lung. A couple of weeks ago she went to the ER again and she needed to have additional fluid drained. After testing of the last fluid taken it appears some of the cells may be cancerous. Betty as been asked to see her doctor on Monday to discuss this issue.
The family is praying that this is not serious and additional testing, if done, show normal cells. We are asking for prays for Betty's speedy recovery from whatever is causing her respiratory difficulties.  And we are all praying this it not cancer. 

  Thank you for your prayers,
   Sal


01-13-2015 12:46 PM


Rich_G
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

 Happy New Year to you, too! :)


12-31-2014 3:24 PM


nov1971
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

Okay so with kids and the amount of time and effort they require along with other responsibilities it seems i have little free time to come and post here or other sites. So i decided to end 2014 by posting at all four sites this one, the two come fellow me sites and the church of hope site. Overall 2014 was a quiet year. We wrapped up our adoption of our daughter at least the legal-court side of. We are waiting for some paper work but it's minor and not really an issue. We didn't do much traveling in 2014. Our big trip was a few days in California visiting family. We took the kids to the beach, their first time. Had a great time, took alot of photos, probably 200-300, then tge unthinkable occurred a month later my cellphone with the beach photos decided to go nuts. I attempted to transfer them to the house computer but there were soft ware issues, i was able to save the photos on the SD-card, but lost photos in another file, I estimated the malfunction cost me 1,400
Photos, including all of the beach photos. I eventually had to move to another phone, however i got smart i install dropbox and had the photos save to my Google + account. Live and learn.overall 2014 wasn't a bad year. Happy New year.


12-31-2014 5:32 AM


JesusIsLov
Re :   Good Morning/Afternoon/Night

 Yes seems that way everyone left its sad. 
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Have a very blessed day in HIM..   


11-02-2014 4:19 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

Okay figure it's about time we had some activity around these parts. It's Friday evening me and Zechariah are watching Thomas and friends on Netflix. My daughter is a sleep I am going to wake her at 7. For dinner we are doing pizza and juice. Okay so.what's been going on? For me it's business as usual. I work at night, come home try to get a few hours of sleep in before the wife has to get up for work. Normally my wife handles the kids in the morning and I get them for the afternoon and evening.however there are times I open the door and both the kids will be up and the wife asleep.
Due to.some recent shifting of positions with in my wife's division at work it meant she was working extra days and hours which left me to watch the kids. Which several days of running on fumes. Which resulted in a couple of tough nights at work.
Me and the new grave superior formerly the swing shift supervisor  were working we are in the middle of watching the slot drop and something.else when I happen to glance at something on of the computer monitors, then glance back at one of the surveillance monitors and that's when I noticed isabana laying on the desk in front of me. She had a diaper and wipes. I got up and move to get her. I was going to take her to the bathroom and change her. I go to pick.her up and she's gone! My supervisor glance over at me and ask what's wrong? I ask where my daughter went? 
He looked at me and ask isabana? I said yes, he replied isn't she home with her wife?yes that's where I left her but I could swear that she was just here.
Short time later I am watching the monitors I am looking at something and the monitor change from a table game shot to security and slot personnel putting stuff into the container. The phone  rang I answered it, type something into the computer and glance back the monitor where we had slots and security up. Only it was on something else. So I ask the supervisor what did security and slots do with the container? My supervisor ask me what container. I told him he took the call and put it up, this lead to an argument him calling me crazy and me shouting at him  for playing games.
What was especially bad was the supervisor first week. He would be doing something and stop and look at me and ask what he was doing? I would say your watching this or that. He would reply shouldn't I be watching this or that? I would tell him we don't watch that tonight or that's still several hours away. So work has been interesting. 
The kids are doing well last month we celebrate Zechariah 3rd birthday. This year we did a low key family outing, then had cake and presents at the house. Even though it was Zechariah's birthday we got gifts for both kids. If we got gifts for one and not the other, it could cause some issues. So both kids got a few gifts since it was Zechariah's birthday he got a few more. By the time he had open his third gift he wasn't interesting in the others and isabana was too into her cake to be concerned with much of anything else.
Isabana's  second birthday is coming up in December. She's already wearing two year old clothing (2-T) recently she's moved up 3-T in shirts. Her shoe size is 7.5 Zechariah wears a 10 in shoes and 4-T in clothing. Right now are living by the rule quantity over quality. At their age they growing so fast it seems that each week they are growing out of something. Another reason quality isn't a major concern is eventually they get stains on their clothes that don't come out. So you shop at Target or Wal-Mart where shirts and pants can be gotten for $2-$5. Its about time to restock Zechariah's shirts. An associate at Target told me I am going through the golden years of kids clothes shopping. Everything is so cheap . Then comes the day they move from toddler clothing into regular kids clothing and that's when you start to notice prices and learn to shop for deals.


10-24-2014 9:15 PM


JoyinJesus
Topic :   Ebola Spreading Exponentially

 
Ebola Spreading Exponentially


The Ebola outbreak is spreading exponentially, and it has the likelihood to travel outside West Africa.  The United States and some European nations are sending military resources to combat the outbreak.  There is also a respiratory ailment sickening a lot of children in the United States.  There is talk that the large number of immigrants from South America which came through the American border had ailments and diseases that went unchecked.  The American government is not stating where these people are located.  The world is heading down a very dangerous road.   

The fourth seal speaks of disease and death.  We are not there yet for other events must happen first.  However, we see events that are building to that moment in time.  The governments of the world will control their population more as events like this happen.  Governments love to take a crisis and use it for their own benefit.  God told us governments are like beasts, and the worse of them all will be the government of the last days.   

It can get scary seeing all the pain and suffering in the world.  Sin entered into this world through Adam, and it was paid for with the life of the Second Adam, Jesus Christ.  If you put your trust in the Second Adam, then the affects of the First Adam will have no affect on you throughout eternity.  Even now, God’s Spirit has renewed you from the inside, and soon you will experience the full redemption on that day that creation will be in awe (Romans chapter 8). 



09-28-2014 10:39 AM


JoyinJesus
Topic :   How Deep the Father's Love for Us

How Deep the Father's Love for Us
How deep the Father's love for us,
 (1 John 3:1) 
How vast beyond all measure
(2 Cor. 9:15)
That He should give His only Son

(John 3:16-17)
To make a wretch His treasure

(Deut. 7:6)

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away

(Matt. 27:46)
As wounds which mar the chosen One,

(Is. 53:5)
Bring many sons to glory

(Rev. 21:2-4)

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders

(1 John 2:2)
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

(Luke 23:35-36)

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished

(Col. 2:14)
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

(John 19:30)

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom

(Prov. 21:30)
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

(Gal. 6:14)
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer

(Job 13:15)
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

(1 Cor. 15:10; 1 Tim. 1:15-17)
{Lyrics by Stewart Townend} 


09-27-2014 10:27 AM


JoyinJesus
Topic :   20,000 earthquakes in one month

20,000 earthquakes in one month


In this past week alone there has been several major earthquakes along the Pacific Ring of Fire, with earthquakes rumbling to life.  Can you imagine a time when the earth will begin to literally tear itself apart?  Perhaps not, but prophecy warns of just that during the latter half of the Tribulation.

People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. Isaiah 2:19 NIV

Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. Revelation 16:18 & 20 NIV

20,000 earthquakes in one month
Tuesday marks one month since a record wave of seismic activity started at and around the volcano of Bardarbunga. At least 20,000 earthquakes struck the area in that period, according to estimates from the Icelandic Met Office. 186 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0-3.9 were detected. 43 quakes were of magnitude 4.0-4.9, most of them at Bardarbunga's caldera. A total of 23 earthquakes were detected of magnitude 5.0 or greater, all at Bardarbunga. The largest earthquake, a magnitude 5.7, struck on 26 August. That's the largest earthquake in Iceland since a M6.3 struck east of Reykjavík in 2008.
Three scenarios of future development are still considered most likely. Firstly, that the subsidence of Bardarbunga's caldera will stop and the Holuhraun eruption slowly fades out.
Secondly, the subsidence could continue, along with the eruption in Holuhraun. Another eruption could start, possibly under glacier. In this scenario, the eruption(s) could last for a longer time, with lava volume possibly measured in cubic kilometres. Should a subglacial eruption occur, explosive action and glacial floods should be expected.
The third scenario is an eruption within the Bardarbunga caldera. Scientists say such an eruption could melt large volumes of ice, causing a powerful glacial flood. Another possibility is that the water would not immediately escape the caldera, because of the volcano's previous subsidence. That meltwater would later produce a large flood. When the eruption would reach through the glacial ice above, explosive eruption with ashfall would be expected. 
http://www.ruv.is/frett/20000-earthquakes-in-one-month

Powerful eruption observed at Shiveluch, Kamchatka - Russia

Fukushima, Japan Rocked By Two Earthquakes in One Hour; Epicenter Near Nuclear Plants
A pair of moderate earthquakes struck just off the coast of Japan's Fukushima Prefecture Wednesday, close to the nuclear power plants crippled by the March 2011 tsunami. There were no early reports of damage, injuries, or new problems at the nuclear plants. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the first earthquake struck at 9:45 p.m. JST (8:45 a.m. EDT in the U.S.) and registered a magnitude of 5.0. The second quake, a slightly stronger magnitude-5.2 tremor, struck 46 minutes later. Both were centered just off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, where the Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushimi Daini reactors were severely damaged in the March 11, 2011 tsunami that followed a magnitude-9.0 quake farther offshore. The damage spawned the worst crisis at a nuclear power plant since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, and prompted Japan to shut down most of its nuclear power plants.

Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes off Solomon Islands: USGS

5.1-magnitude earthquake hits southern Indonesia


09-27-2014 10:23 AM


JoyinJesus
Topic :   CDC Predicts As Many As 1.4 Million Ebola Cases by Early 2015


CDC Predicts As Many As 1.4 Million Ebola Cases by Early 2015

There seems to be no end to the Ebola pandemic in West Africa.  The horrible events now playing out in nations such as Liberia and Sierra Leone are but a glimpse of what will transpire during the darkest days of the coming Tribulation.

Ebola is not the only disease in the news these days as pestilence outbreaks are occurring across North and Central America as well as the Caribbean.

There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. Luke 21:11 NIV

CDC Predicts As Many As 1.4 Million Ebola Cases by Early 2015
A new and particularly grim CDC projection estimates that Ebola cases in western Africa could easily breach the million mark in just four months. The agency warned that without an effective intervention or a slowdown in the transmission of the virus, the world's biggest outbreak on record could extend from 550,000 to as many as 1.4 million cases by January 20. 

The Pure Hell At The Heart Of The Ebola Pandemic In Africa Could Soon Be Coming To America
Did you know that the number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone is approximately doubling every 20 days?  People are dropping dead in the streets, large numbers of bodies are being dumped into the rivers, and gravediggers can hardly keep up with the the number of corpses that are being delivered to the cemeteries.  As you read this, life is pure hell in many areas of West Africa, and now the CDC is warning that things may get far, far worse in the very near future.  According to the CDC, the number of Ebola cases could potentially soar to 1.4 million by the end of January.  Of course the CDC says that this is a "worst-case scenario", but for our health officials to even suggest that such a huge number is possible is quite chilling.  We are now being told that the fatality rate for this Ebola outbreak has risen to 71 percent, and so most of the "cases" will eventually turn into deaths.  If we do eventually see 1.4 million cases of Ebola in West Africa, it is incredibly naive to think that it will not spread to other parts of the globe as well.
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-pure-hell-at-the-heart-of-the-ebola-pandemic-in-africa-could-soon-be-coming-to-america

Governments Building Ebola Detention Camps to Quarantine the Infected: “Community Care Centers”
Many now believe that it is only a matter of time before cases of Ebola are detected in other parts of the world. And if what’s happening in Africa is any guide, then we can expect a widespread, heavily militarized response by officials in the West, especially in the United States. In Sierra Leone the military is doing house-to-house searches looking for anyone who may be infected with Ebola or showing similar symptoms. A similar plan is being put into place in Liberia, where the World Health Organization is rapidly establishing “Community Care Centers,” where those infected with the disease will be detained and quarantined:


09-27-2014 10:08 AM


nov1971
Topic :   13 years

it's been 13 years since that tragic day  13 years ago when life was changed forever. i had gone into work the previous night at 11pm. i was working as a security officer at some hotel a few miles from the las Vegas strip. the night had started out routinely, i had complete a few patrol rounds, tracked down an extra pillow or two. it was going to typical Tuesday night. Then around 1:30 the trouble began we were going to have an in coming group of distress passengers, the original number was ten. they were connecting with a flight to Chicago, but Chicago had started diverting flights  because of weather. so the shuttle driver took off for the airport and about ten minutes or so later he came across the two way radio 
how many people are supposed to be here?
ten, maybe 11 replied the night manager. 
I immediately had a feeling something was wrong 
the shuttle driver came back i have close to fifty people down here.
the night manager told the driver to stand by
a few minutes i heard the manager tell the driver load  as many as he could  and i would bring a second shuttle so off  i went. I firgure each of us would have to make two trips. i arrived a few minutes later and a rough count but the number of passengers at over a hundred. 
we are going to need the third shuttle. come again came the night manager. 
again i said we are going to need the third shuttle 
how many people are there? 
rough estimate i replied about one hundred, maybe 125
silence 
okay i am bringing the third shuttle came the reply from the night manager. 
so until about 4:45 that morning all three  shuttles ran, i stopped once for fuel and coffee. the shuttle driver had left at 3am he had put in 13 hours and had decided that was enough. so the bar tender and the night manager had driven the other shuttle. we brought in over 200 passengers. not only was there the original issue out of Chicago. a freak wind storm in Arizona shut down the Phoenix airport and a stalled  airline on some runway in saint Paul had caused more headaches. around 5am i swung through the airport, not seeing anyone i went back to the hotel. right as i pulled in there where people waiting to go back. so the next hour and half that is what i did. after my seventh trip i had stopped  for coffee at some gas station. i headed back to the hotel expecting more people waiting to taken back. only there wasn't. thinking the storm had passed i went inside the hotel to make a final round. the bar area,hotel lobby, breakfast area was packed. everyone was staring at the television, no one was speaking a few people appeared to be upset about something. some morning news show anchor was speaking, plane, tower,  fire, tower hit plane, plane malfunction, crash land....
then there was an image of the first tower, oh a plane had malfunctioned crashing into the tower then the second plane struck. people screamed,a few started to cry,there where choice words.
i made the statement that wasn't an accident 
several people stopped and looked at me
i repeated what i said with that airline was intentionally flown into that building. several people snicker, what did some rent a cop know? then the story about the Pentagon broke, some explosion or such.
i refilled my cup and headed for the airport, no one was flying any where. i brought back those i had dropped off, those at least who hadn't caught flights. early in the morning there had been only a few police officers and airport employees. By the time i got back  there were dozens  and dozens  of police officers. i drove till a little after 9 am. the day shift had two drivers plus others who could drive. 
when i got home about an hour or so later i walked in the front door to find the wife staring at the television, one of the towers came down. we sat and watched the news till around 2pm, i doze off. when i woke later the wife told the second tower came down, the explosion at the Pentagon was a third airline  and a fourth hijack airliner had crashed and all flights were cancelled.
may we never forget that day 



09-11-2014 4:32 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:

This prayer request is for N.  Please pray for healing for infected ulcer on foot,  red and swollen scar on back, and good results on upcoming MRI and bloodwork.  Also pray for compassion and understanding for his supervisors to allow this work to be done with his current doctor.


09-02-2014 1:14 PM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 Years ago, a colleague told me he was watching TV and heard a bang outside. He went to investigate and found his 8 yo son had just slide down a small hill in the backyard on his sled and had gone smack into the house. He was sitting on the ground laughing like an idiot and he wanted to do it again!. 


08-26-2014 10:30 AM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

Spending Saturday at home with the kid's. Didn't need the car for anything today and to save the hassle of loading and unloading the kids the wife drove herself to work. Okay so what's new? Next month begins the holiday/ birthday season. Zechariah birthday is in September, we are going to do a Thomas and friends party for him. Thinking about getting him a tablet for watching videos but also for learning shapes and colors. He's gotten really good at colors, Isabana has gotten good with letters. Starting in October and probably through the start of next year we will have family visiting. The plan was to go New Orleans for Christmas we were going to either fly or drive down(not the first choice) but unfortunately several others had taken Christmas off. I work grave shift so the start of Christmas day the kid's, wife and whoever else is here will be a sleep. When i leave that night to go back, like last year and the year before the kids and wife will be out cold.can't believe it's been almost two years since we started the adoption adventure. Watching them grow has been an emotional rollercoaster there are days its taking every bit og self control not to strangle one or both of them especially on days when they go on the warpath, they will start screaming, fighting, clibing,thrown things just being pint size terrorist. Then their watching curious George wondering what is wrong with me. I had said by fifty five- sixty i woud have a head full of grey and white hair. I know it will happen by fifty each day more grey and white hair appears. I don't know how true it is that stress and worry cause grey hair,but i am of the mind set it does. My daughter does stuff sometimes i think to help me get more grey hair. About a month ago we were in the bedroom i was doing something and she was bouncing on the bed, just a minute before she had gotten a swat on the bottom for jumping on the bed, i turned to pick something up and as i came back up, she bounced and flew off the bed towards this bookcase/ hutch time slowed down she began to rotate in mid year(mind you she's smiling as this is happening) i start moving to break her fall but suddenly gravity has increased a million times i got an arm up, planted a foot and prepare to dive.time kicked back in and she collided with the furniture piece back first then slid down and bumped her head. My heart and world froze i had this vision of a dead daughter lying on the floor. But praise the lord she was fine, in fact more then fine less then a minute after i checked her she scrambled back on to the bed ran towards the edge of the bed, bounced, and flew towards the furniture piece giggling as she did. Okay its time for lunch




08-23-2014 4:20 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:

Intense prayers needed please for a friend, husband and father who was in a very bad motorcycle accident last night. Name is Matt. He suffered a lot of injuries including to his brain stem. Thank you!


08-19-2014 4:03 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Received this prayer request to pass along:

Greetings my Brothers and Sisters, my name is Mike, I don't normally ask for prayers for myself, because of pride. But, I have just found out that I'm have stage three skin cancer. I start my chemo therapy Sept. 8th. I have fought this battle before but not in this aggressive manner . Thank you and God Bless you all


08-05-2014 3:12 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:


Shirley had major surgery today. She is doing well but could use prayers and healing energy for a speedy and complete recovery.



Thanks,

Doreen



07-24-2014 2:57 PM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 That few people that use Church of Hope's boards have asked for it to remain. As long as it serves somebody, I see no reason to take it down.

For the tension headaches, you might want to look into a product called Sunbreeze. You can probably find it on E-bay. A bit pricey, but a container lasts a long time. Might just help the headaches...


07-19-2014 6:36 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

Okay talk about a ghost town of a site. Almost two months of no activity. I would ask where everyone has gone, but I know the answer Facebook, MySpace, mocospace, other social sites. I will not be the least bit surprised to come to this or one of the other comefellowme site and find they have been shut down. I am surprise that this site, the comefellowme sites and the church of hope sites are still around. Doesn't seem that these Christian sites last long. For the Intouch site up and close, within a year I believe it was the lighthouse site, closed, next was the hope4christian site, last year the two loaves, five fishes closed up. At least when I went to check it a few times it wasn't there. Then again it had been a long time since anyone had posted there in a while, reminds me I haven't been to the shoutlife site in months. Okay let's see today is Friday which means it is Monday. Okay my day started with laundry, a nap, more laundry. I had a neurology appointment this morning that went well. I am probably going for another MRI sometime this year, maybe next. While the migaranes seem to be under control, the tension headaches are still a problem, that and I get sick at work on a regular basis so their going to do another MRI as a precaution. I kept different over the counter medication, drink sierra mist to help clam my stomach on bad nights. I have also learn to leave the room as much as possible even if it's just to move into a different room of the surveillance department,  we actually have six different rooms within the surveillance department. Okay what else? The kids and I went grocery shopping today, we did McDonald's for lunch, today was bath day and now I am off to make dinner tonight is tuna sandwich night, last night we did pizza. Tomorrow we are doing spaghetti for dinner. Well I must be off, I will return again, eventually 


07-18-2014 8:39 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:



I know several people who are having some real challenges in their lives right now. Some physical, some emotional and some psychological. Several of these people would like to remain anonymous. Please pray for all these people that they may meet their challenges with strength and courage and come through them healed and whole. Thank you

 

Marla who is experiencing severe, recurring leg and back pain

C whose surgery did not go as expected and is struggling to heal

T who needs lots of love and support right now

Jessica who has chostochondritis

Leo who hurt his knee and leg

Mike who has Parkinson’s

M G who is working to overcome her fear of water and live with chronic pain

N who is struggling with depression

K and J who are both trying to overcome addictions

Loren who is missed dearly

 

I’m sure I have forgotten someone. Thank you for all your prayers.

 

Love and light,

Doreen


07-18-2014 11:53 AM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 On your free time, I could use some help with the roof! big grin


05-26-2014 8:59 AM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 okay i figured that almost two close to three months of no activity was a bit long. i am at home with the kids tonight. normally Sunday is my rest day, i get to sleep because durning the week  i average between 2_4  hours a sleep a day if i am lucky. depending upon traffic and the route i take from work to home can take about fourty minutes. if i am lucky when i walk in the door the kids and wife will still be asleep. my first two priorities when coming through the door actually first three are to check on everyone. second i put cellphones and tablets on the chargers. last i  put  my wallet,keys, glasses, the wife`s purse on the book case by the door.
After all that is done i find a place to lay down. at night we put our daughter  in her crib,Zechariah in his bed,leaving our bed for  the wife. However on most nights there is a game of musical beds. the kids go from their crib and bed to our bed or a couch in the living room and the wife ends up in Zechariah bed. our daughter has this habit of taking over the adult bed. her perfct spot seems to be dead center of the bed, at an angle. we have learned that when she finds the right spot and goes to sleep let her be.
today i was planning on just relaxing and  not doing anything, but bed sheets needed to be washed along with some work jeans needed to be washed. i also put off yesterday dishes  i think i was doing laundry and i think we ran an errand or something.
well its 8:15pm las Vegas time.i have got beds to make up, laundry to dry, other  items to fold and put away, a pair of kids to change into pjs and a wife to pick up at 9pm.
until next time, God bless.
Joe


05-25-2014 9:14 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this request to pass along:


Please pray for a friend who is having major surgery Mon.. May his surgical team be guided to do their best, healing work and may he heal quickly and completely
Thank you,
Doreen


05-12-2014 1:54 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:

A local family who would like to remain anonymous needs prayers
A few years ago grandmother accidentally ran over her own daughter, the mother of two young girls. Yesterday their father committed suicide. No one knows why.
He leaves behind his two girls, who are now orphans, his new wife and her daughters as well as other family members.
They are all devastated. Please send healing, loving prayers to all.


05-06-2014 2:25 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

A little boy, Odin, will be three next month. He has an inoperable tumor on his brain stem. Experimental treat helped in the beginning, but he has now taken a turn for the worse. Please pray for his healing and for his family.

Thanks...


04-22-2014 2:24 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:

Ron & Peggy (Lawrence) Shartrand are asking for prayers for Ron's mother, Geraldine (Gerry) Shartrand. She is 101 years young, had an infection in her leg and it has turned gangrenous. She is having surgery today to correct the problem.

Please pray for her rapid and complete recovery, for her safety and for her family during this difficult time.

Thanks...


03-24-2014 8:22 AM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this request for prayer:

A young man, C, is trying to start a business after losing his job. He is having great trouble in focusing on his work and is requesting prayers for this problem so he can build a successful business and take care of his family.

Thanks...


03-18-2014 1:22 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:

My niece's husband (66) has been diagnosed with cancer and it is spreading rapidly. He needs many prayers to sustain his family through this ordeal.  He is in much pain, and now having chemo. Russ

Please pray for his rapid and complete recovery.

Thanks...


03-13-2014 8:41 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

My 11 year old, great nephew is having a very hard time with his grandfather's passing and he also lost his grandmother about 9 months ago. He is afraid he will die, now. Please pray for him to receive the peace that transcends all understanding that he will understand more and no longer fear.

  Thanks,


    Rich
  


03-08-2014 10:11 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

I know one thing that would have made the trip home with an rv or conversion van would have been the space. We could have packed and more room. Coming home every single square inch was filled, even on the driver side there was a bag, the kids were surrounded by pillows, blank, toys and stuff animals. Isabana slept, but Zechariah, oh man he didn't care for the ride. Now that we have them portable DVD player, him and Isabana don't mind care rides.  Give their juice and snacks, start up Elmo and we are roaring to go. Our next big road trip looks like we might go to California for a few days, we also might be going to Florida and no we are not driving


03-07-2014 11:55 PM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 If you can afford the rental, ask the dealer about car seats. You can't be the only people with little kids!


03-05-2014 2:05 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

an rv would have been nice for our roadtrip last year. we could have actually driven from Atlanta to new Orleans in about four or five hours, instead of 12 hours. we would have probably stopped once in Texas to spend the night, instead of spending almost three days of traveling across it. we would have probably taken the i-40 back instead of the I-10. we took the i-10 because there were toranado and storms along the 40. but with an rv we could have pulled over, taken alternative routes but kept on driving. it would have been nice but one draw back there really isnt a place to attach car seats. i thought a conversion van would have been nice,not as room as an rv but when diaper changes came up we could have done it without pulling over. 


03-04-2014 6:18 PM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 Seems to me you should drive an RV instead of a car. It would serve you so much better... winking


02-26-2014 3:12 PM


nov1971
Re :   stopping by to say hello

What really gets rough are marathon days. I will get off nearly 30  and there will be things that need to be handled, things on the other side of town. So instead of going home I will drive over stopping somewhere for coffee and wait for the place I have to go to open, if they open at 9am that's fine, its the places that open at 10 am-11am that are a hassle. I Just make do because it doesn't make sense to drive the nearly 20 miles from work to home than another 5, 10 or whatever somewhere else. Another hassle is hauling the kids around, it's been nice having our the mother-in-law visit.  But she can't handle them all the time. So I end up taking them with me on errands, I try to range the errands in a circle pattern starting with the oneb that is going to consume the most time and is furthered away and ending with the one closest to home. There are days I drop the wife off from work and spend the day going here and there with the kids, a few times we have never made it home. We keep diaper bags in the car with multiple changes of clothes, snacks. We also the video system for them to watch. A few times we have gotten overwhelmed with errands we have lost track of time. We were out once going here and there and my wife ask me the time, it was 4 or 5pm we had been out since 12pm. We had one or two things to do, so off we go we grab the kids a burger or nuggets and head to our next stop, one thing led to another and another. We stop somewhere to change the kids and my wife ask me the time I look at my watch 9:50 pm,  I start work at 11pm, so we sing through McDonalds grab a late dinner and we fly home. The kids are unloaded I start up the Keurig stick in a kcup to brew and hit the shower by 10:34 I am rushing out the door and arriving with five minutes to spare


02-25-2014 9:45 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this prayer request to pass along:

Please send healing prayers to Paulette. She has had a stroke and needs major surgery for blocked arteries.


Thanks

Doreen


02-20-2014 3:04 PM


Rich_G
Re :   stopping by to say hello

 Rough schedule!

I need a nap just reading about it! yawn


02-17-2014 3:25 PM


Rich_G
Topic :   Prayer Request

Just received this need to pass along:

Stella has made it past the critical 48 hour mark, without another episode with her heart.   She cannot breathe on your own at this point.  Main concern is over kidney, liver and lung functions.

 
  Thanks,
   Chet


02-16-2014 5:03 PM

? The Gospel "The Gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. The essence of faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus” - John Piper
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