It's been a week since my last blog, sorry.
Last Friday my little sister's surgery went well. We had to get up at 4AM to make it down to the hospital to see her before she went in. I think I was the most nervous person, well, at least as much as my mom. She did experience lots of pain in recovery the first day, but she's better now. She has a lot on her plate for a 17 year old. She may have to have a hysterectomy at a very young age. My whole family needs prayers.
Friday night my wife and I drove up to Hubbard for a family dinner. Carrie’s sister graduated from the University of Iowa on Saturday so on Friday we ate together with part of the family, and then Saturday we all went to Carver Hawkeye Arena to watch our graduate walk across the stage. I had a blast the rest of the day talking to family, eating too much, and playing ping pong and pool (even though Jeff beat me in pool 2 games to none, a rematch is in the making.)
Sunday morning was very neat. We had 4 couples in our church come in and share about the Visitation Ministry. People on this team visit members of our church and community who are shut up in their homes, in hospitals, and in nursing homes. They shared the blessing they have received ministering and also several very humorous stories from over the years. Sunday night was fun too. Our junior highers seemed to really enjoy being together on Sunday night; it was very cool! We talked about heaven and what the bible says is necessary to be allowed into heaven.
On Monday morning, my wife and I played some golf, only 5 holes because of weather. My wife was going out for her 5th time. She’s never scored better than a triple bogey on a hole, but on the third hole, a par 3, that was 115 yards downhill into the wind, she recorded a birdie-2. She hit a beautiful tee shot with her driver. It was a slight draw that ended up 2 feet from the cup. She sank the putt and the trees went wild; it was a windy day. She also recorded a bogey on the next whole. Without the other three holes, which were in double digits each, she would have shot even par. We ate a quick lunch and then traveled down to a cabin just of Interstate 80 to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. We had a great evening; the lake was gorgeous. On Tuesday night I played in my first golf men’s league. The pressure got to me at the end and I ended with a not so impressive score.
Our youth ministry had a BBQ party Wednesday night. It was supposed to be out in the country at the home of one of our students, but the weather changed the location to the church. We still grilled outside, but all other activities were in the church. We had a good showing from parents, a few other family members, and a score of students. The games were fun, the food was great, the worship was heartfelt, the student testimony of coming back to Christ after a hiatus into alcohol and smoking was encouraging, and my message was so-so. All in all, a good night.
For my interested friends (John, Pete, and whoever) I believe the experiment suggests that the earlier event could have been skewed in its results. There is definitely a dangerous trend among certain families, but I’d say about 65% have a similar understanding as I do.
And now it’s Thursday . . . and life goes on.