Monday, April 30, 2007
Copland wrote in his autobiography: Eugene Goossens, conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, had written to me at the end of August about an idea he wanted to put into action for the 1942-43 concert season.
You see, fanfares had become popular during WW1 to start off a symphony concert and Goossens thought that it might work again during WW2.
As for the name, Copland titled it Fanfare for the Common Man rather than giving it a title that had something to do with the war effort.
Copland's fanfare was very simple with that very memorable F, Bb, upper F motiff. And if it makes you think of ABC's Wide World of Sports it is for a good reason. They used it for their theme for a long time - might even still use it!
It was debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony on March 12, 1943 on tax day, for the common man. Tye out.
I hear what you are saying, and can appreciate the frustration that comes from dealing with people who don't plan out there time very well. I am guilty of this more times than I would like to admit. I have worked in service all of my life, and have experienced this from both sides of the fence. I would challenge you to look at the situation closer. Please humor my creative writing below.
The Mom that is running late may be a a soldier's wife doing the "single parent thing" while her husband is in Iraq. She was up most of the night with a child who misses his/her Dad. She thinks the shot of caffeine will get her through the morning meeting with her boss.
The man whose day is packed with activity may be taking care of his wife and kids, and his Mom who is trying to take care of his father at home, even though the Alzheimer's is getting to be too much for her. There are three, younger, more educated people in his office that want his job, and he is so stressed that his health is at risk. He is starting to lose patience with everyone he comes in contact with. He doesn't speak up (he has to wear a strong face for his family). He over eats, smokes, and thinks he's "dealing" with the life he has been dealt. He knows that insurance rates are going up because he's checking into a private nurse for his Dad so they won't have to put him in a nursing home.
Some people are hurting on a daily basis and we just see the "mask" they put on that day. They make poor choices, they put their health at risk, and they may not get out of bed until the last minute because they can't bear another day.
I wore one of those masks the year my Dad was dying of cancer. At times I hid in humor, at other times I got impatient and I am sure I was very hard to be around. I know I left very little room for margin. I was blessed with loving people who saw me through it and loved me. Now I always wonder what kind of day someone is really having when they are rude, impatient or unpleasant. The margin may be on my part, and how I react to them. I am not saying that everyone has a "story", some folks just manage their time poorly. I just wanted to suggest a different perspective. I appreciate your blog, keep sharing! Linda
Linda - thank you so much for reading my blog and commenting! Please know that I did my dead-level best to treat each of those "margin deprived" folks with grace and patience because that is what they needed.
Since my gift in life is "implementer/refiner" I am always trying to "fix" things which is the reason I blogged on this. If you don't have margin, think of ways to create it. If you are in a season - pray your way through and don't take out your frustrations on others.
And trust me, I know what life without margin looks like. Thankfully, I am not there right now.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Margin. That is the word for this week. I have observed that people have very little margin in their life.
For instance, a working mom wakes at the last possible minute, runs out of time and decides to put her lipstick on at the traffic lights while she rushes her kids to school/daycare. Since she didn't have time to fix coffee she decides to whip into Panera to grab a quick latte and cinnamon crunch bagel. This is where the fun begins.
She walks through the door and there is the line - about 7-10 minutes of waiting. It has just now dawned on her that she is going to be late and guess who she is going to blame for it?
Now she steps up to the register and orders her latte (skim, no whip, xtra shot, blah, blah, blah) and bagel and thrusts the money in my face as if to say "hurry up - I'm late!!!"
Now folks. Who's fault is that she is late? My inability to crank out her order in 30 seconds?
Margin. I've noticed that people don't have margin. They cram their day full of activities and leave little time for unexpected delays and when those delays occur it raises their blood pressure, they treat people like, well, less than people, and since their cholesterol is now skyrocketing they are probably going to have a heart attack and now our insurance goes up!
Margin. Saturday morning it was my turn to be the customer and I needed a bagel pack for our Small Group Leaders Training. I needed to be at the church at 8ish, so I left the house around 25 minutes early. As it turned out, it took me 15 minutes to wait in a very long line and get my bagels, and while other people in the line were all stressing and everything, I was calm, cool, and collected. I arrived at the church at 8:05 AM ready to go, stress-free.
Margin. Margin says if it takes you 15 minutes to get there (not likely in CR) then why not leave 25 or even 30 minutes ahead. When you get stuck in traffic you can relax and enjoy the time alone. Margin. Try it - it works. Tye out.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I am actually feeling a little guilty because I was able to partake of the food as well! It was a windy, rainy day but not one person complained and it seemed as though the ladies enjoyed themselves.
Thanks for letting me drive the bus! It was a fun day of serving! Tye out.
Some people in Tennessee have trouble with all those "shalls" and "shall nots" in the Ten commandments. Folks just aren't used to talking in those terms. So, some folks in middle Tennessee got together and translated the "King James" into "Jackson County" language.... no joke, read on...The Hillbilly's Ten Commandments (posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Gainesboro, TN.)
(1) Just one God
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa
(3) No tellin' tales or gossipin'
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin'
(5) Put nothin' before God
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal
(7) No killin'
(8) Watch yer mouth
(9) Don't take what ain't yers
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff
Now that's kinda plain an' simple, don't ya think? Y'all have a nice day.
P.S. I guess the northern version would be like: "what part of 'no' don't you understand?"
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I also thought it was a touch of class not to bid farewell to one of the contestants!
The real "winner" tonight was the fight against AIDS/poverty, especially in Africa. Millions of dollars will be added to this cause. It does my heart good to see American Idol leveraging their influence to give back. Congrats to American Idol!
I think that the Celine/Elvis bit was totally over the top and worth watching the whole program for. See my notes below. They never did tell us how they did it, but I would imagine you'll be able to find out with a google search. You can also download it to iTunes - I know I will!
This entry is going to be a long one. Enjoy!
Earth, Wind, & Fire – wow, what a blast from the past! Love those hot horn licks! Back in 1980 (I think) they won a Grammy for the instrumental arrangements courtesy of Jerry Hey and the Sea Wind horns! It still sounds good to me. Click here to watch a video – how cool is that!
African Children’s Choir – singing with Josh Groban. He has an amazing voice. (I’m reduced to tears again) The AFCC came to our church years ago and touched my heart in a deep way.
Rascal Flatts – I love this group, band, et al! Joe Don was a bit pitchy. Must be a TV thing. Besides that, I love their sound, their songs, and their incredible energy. I hope to get to see them in concert at some point.
Carrie Underwood – first, she is lovely. Second, tears flowed nearly immediately. I wish she would have sung a different song. But then again this was not about her; it was about the AIDS/poverty crisis. I think Carrie is my new fave singer. She is amazing.
___________ Opera on idol? Who was that group? I hope someone liked that – I didn’t.
Jack Black (Chris Farley reincarnated?) – dude! He can sing! Better than Kiss’s original! Here's the judges comments:
Simon – better than Sanjaya
Randy – Dog, check it out…
Paula – School of Rock wants their diploma back
Seal – best rendition of Kiss’s… (I agree!)
Terri Hatcher - lose some of the make up. You don't need it.
House (Hugh Laurie) – same ole arrogant shtick. We love watching his show though.
Ellen Degeneres – she is typically very funny, but she seems to be struggling. Personally donating 100 g’s.
Paula Abdul - why does she wear tops like that? Please.
Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees (help me!) - hilarious.
Simon’s response to the people living in deplorable conditions. He seemed genuinely concerned about those people. Actually, he seemed overwhelmed.
Kelly Clarkson – nice bluesy voice. What an incredible contrast - vivacious highs, and silky lows. No wonder she was the original Idol.
The Simpsons – if you have ever seen the actors it’s even better. (I’ve actually never seen a single episode of the Simpsons. Click here to see actors on Conan.
Malaria – kills one child every 30 seconds in Africa. (no, malaria is not a rock group)
Celine Dion & Elvis Presley – INCREDIBLE!!! This was a show stopper! Two TRUE American Idols performing
Annie Lennox – ok vocals – not my style. Cool, innovative website though!
Bono – You’ve been told that you can’t be the generation that ends stupid poverty. It’s not true.
I have to confess that I did not call and make a contribution to AIDS/poverty. I'm sure that many did and I am thankful for that. Have a great week! Tye out.
This morning we reviewed the four tests of a servant leader:
1. Welcoming and accepting feedback.
2. Succession planning when your season of leadership is past.
3. Letting God be the leader and you be the servant.
4. When you are treated like a servant you should respond like a servant.
As I was reading the Bible this morning I ran across a verse that talked about the problem a leader faces when they experience success. King Uzziah followed the Lord in all he did:
He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done. He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success. 2 Chronicles 26:4-5 NIV
But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. 2 Chronicles 26:16 NIV
Uzziah's pride led to his downfall. We have to constantly guard against pride. Pride results in a self-serving leadership and although there may be short term successes, ultimately it will be the downfall of the individual and/or the downfall of the company/church they lead.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I can't believe I am doing this! I didn't think I would be able to report on Idol this season, but I am!!!
Melinda Doolittle - man, this chick has got some pipes! I really dig that big voice and smooth vocal stylings. She would be my vote for AI.
Blake Lewis - Imagine - it was flat and went no where. But, that was the nature of the song.
Lakisha Jones - Good, but I prefer Melinda.
Phil Stacy - nice clear voice. It didn't do anything for me.
Jordan Sparks - great passion, incredible song, but sounded pitchy to me. But, the judges liked it! I think things sound different at home.
There you go. Melinda Doolittle is my pick for the next American Idol. Tye out.
I forgot to mention that the African Children's choir will be performing tomorrow night. They came to the Gospel House Church when I worked there and they were absolutely incredible. This show is going to be a treat. Tye out.
Here is what Idol posted on their website:
Bono Joins Many Other Celebs in Idol Gives Back! April 23, 2007Posted by Alex
As part of his ongoing efforts to fight AIDS and poverty in Africa, U2's Bono will participate in the IDOL GIVES BACK fundraising special airing Wednesday 8/7c on FOX. The two-night special begins tomorrow 8/7c.
The Irish singer will meet with the six American Idol finalists to talk about the work of ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History (www.one.org) and how the IDOL audience can help. The IDOL contestants also will perform "American Prayer," a song written by Bono and Dave Stewart about the AIDS emergency in Africa.
Bono joins an illustrious group of celebrity participants on the special, including Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Earth, Wind & Fire, Il Divo, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Josh Groban with the African Children’s Choir, Jack Black, Helen Mirren, Rascal Flatts, Quincy Jones, Carrie Underwood, Annie Lennox and many more.
Earth, Wind & Fire, Celine, Josh Groban, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood are some of my faves! This will be a cool night for a great cause.
I first learned of Bono's passion to do something about the AIDS/poverty crisis in Africa at Willow Creek's Leadership Summit last August. Now you can say what you want about Bono, but this guy is putting his money (and christianity) where his mouth is. This has become a passion for him because he read in the Bible that this is what christians are supposed to do. And, he can't understand why the church doesn't give a rip. (me either)
Check back later for my Idol Gives Back update later tonight. Tye out.
P.S. Rumor has it that Celine will be singing with Elvis tonight through the miracle of technology like Natalie Cole and her father Nat King Cole did. We'll see!
Monday, April 23, 2007
I got a call two Friday's ago after I got off at Panera from Tim Feldkamp out at Kirkwood College. The lead alto sax player was out of town and the band was scheduled to have a recording session on Monday and he wanted me to play for the band in the session.
So, I headed out to pick up the music and begin practicing because Tim said that it was going to quite challenging. It was.
I worked on difficult sections Saturday, and then on Sunday I worked on the parts between playing in brassline at all four services. I even stayed after the "welcome lunch" and practiced part of the afternoon.
Monday at 3 o'clock I sat down in the lead alto chair for the first time since leaving CCM back in 1981. And I have to say it felt good! Well, until I screwed up the next to last measure of the first tune not once, but twice! How humbling.
All in all the session went well. I had several solos and enjoyed working with the young people. I was invited back on Wednesday to cover again! It was a lot of fun! Thanks to Dr. Tim Feldkamp for having confidence in me to pull off the book! Tye out!
Our big band (CR Jazz) had the awesome privilege of playing with bassist Christian McBride. He was fun to hang out with and talk jazz with. He was fun to be around and exuded humility. And you all know that I love to talk about humble, servant leaders. Check out this cut and paste from Christian's blog My Thang as he defers the credit for an upcoming album release to the other guys in the quartet:
New York Time Posted on 4/17/2007at 4:57 AM
Last September, a CD featuring myself, Javon Jackson, Cedar Walton, and Jimmy Cobb entitled "New York Time" was released on Chesky Records. I've gotten a number of e-mails congratulating me on "my latest CD". "I" even got a five-star review in BBC music magazine with a big half-size photo and everything. But I must tell you, this in no way, shape, or form is my CD. It was my understanding that this was to be a co-op CD that was centered around Mr. Jimmy Cobb, as there was another CD recorded the day before "New York Time" with Mr. Cobb, myself, and Hank Jones entitled "West of 5th." As you can see, my name is listed first on the CD jacket insinuating that it just might very well be my CD. I wish I could take credit for putting together a band like this, but I can't. So, the next time you see Jimmy Cobb, give him some extra dap! HE'S the man on this CD! (written by Christian McBride on his blog)
It is so refreshing to meet people who are humble, yet great. Thanks Christian for blessing us with your musical talent, and your humble ways! Tye out.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
The concert went great and Christian McBride was absolutely phenomenal! He did things with an upright bass that I had never heard before. It was so awesome getting to jam with such a monster player like Christian. And he was a cool guy too! He played with the student band during the first half of the concert and afterwards he was debriefing with the rhythm section on how they did - an educator to boot!
Thanks to Todd & Amy, Scott & Andi, Joe & Delene, Tom & Gina, and Dave & Beth for coming out to hear the band. Special thanks to John Maurice for taking pictures! It was great to look out into the crowd and see some familiar faces! Thank you so much!!!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I read a quote by Yogi Berra the other day that really amused me.
If people don't want to come to the ballpark, how are we going to stop them? Yogi Berra
This got me to thinking about the implications this may have on church life and Christianity in general. Check it out.
If people don't want to come to church, how are going to stop them? I can think of several ways we can stop people from wanting to come to church! Here are a few:
- Live like the devil through the week, and clean up on Sunday (that's hypocrisy)
- Refuse to "love your neighbor as yourself"
- Live in isolation of your community ("those sinners!")
- Talk negatively about your church
- Have a holier-than-thou mentality (they'll spot that one a mile away!)
I want to do everything in my power to love on people, serve them, help them when they need help, and share the gospel and if necessary use words. Tye out.
The capacity ladder is short ladder and it's rungs help a person climb to the top on the backs of others in many circumstances. The four rungs are:
- Discover what I can do
- Develop my capacities
- Acquire title of position
- Attain individual potential
There really isn't anything wrong with each of these, until you know that the rungs are attached to two runners: 1. Environments of mistrust and ungrace, 2. Relationships of power and leverage. Can you see the problem? This ladder is about being self-serving! I have worked with leaders like this and they typically use and abuse people on their climb to the top. It creates a toxic environment!
Then there is the character ladder. Here are the rungs on the character ladder:
- Trust God and others with me - humility
- Choose vulnerability - submission
- Align with truth - obedience
- Pay the price - suffering and maturity
- Discover my destiny
The runners on this ladder are 1. Environments of grace, 2. relationships of grace. These healthy environments create the fertile soil for leaders to serve and people to grow.
I have worked in both kind of environments and I can tell you that now that I am in an environment of servant leadership and grace, I'll never go back to serving in an environment of ungrace.
In order to reach the fifth rung (which is really all about legacy) and stay there the author gives seven things a leader can do to prepare for this:
- You must confront complacency, avoiding patterns that may lead to indifference or hubris.
- Seek out new ways to express your compassion and convictions
- Remain teachable and make yourself available to teach others
- Instead of comparing your influence to others', place your future fully into the hands of God
- Share the benefits of your influence with those around you, rather than at their expense.
- Approach your relationships and priorities in a fluid way instead of scheduling your life to the point of excluding relationships that really matter.
- Aggressively seek to resolve your own character issues and weaknesses, continuing to trust others with your vulnerability and to align with the truth, even when it exacts a high price.
I feel pretty positive about each of these challenges. I am more often than not guilty of #4 and need to work on this. #6 can sometimes be a problem for me too.
If you have studied servant leadership at all, this book will be a different perspective on the same topic. I am still angry about the self-serving leaders that have hurt my family and me over the years and I need to practice forgiveness, sometimes on a daily basis. Tye out.
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant....
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
And the blame game has ensued. First, the blame was directed at school officials for not acting soon enough to warn students. Then, there was talk about the security at the school. And even though we haven't heard it yet, the whole "outlaw guns" thing, although they did make mention on the news tonight about the fact that the guns were legal and registered. The blame game has ensued.
This is not about a student who snapped. I believe that this student had been prepared during his entire life for this moment. We live in a culture that has devalued life. An unborn child can be aborted at will, legally. They have been trying to get euthanasia legalized for quite some time now. It is ok to kill before they are born, and then choose who can live and who can die at the end of life.
In Columbus Ohio a school bus driver is told not to say "Merry Christmas" because it might offend someone. The ten commandments are no longer welcome and Christmas and Easter breaks have been replaced with a more political correct name. It is sad that Christians are seen as extreme with dangerous teachings. As a follower of Christ and the teachings of the Bible, I wholeheartedly and categorically reject the taking of innocent life.
If you ask me, I think we are blaming the wrong people. God's word provides us an answer to this evil act. Man is sinful, horribly so. Without God, we are all hopeless and in the end are capable or even diabolical acts of evil. This is the clear and plain teachings of the Bible. (Romans 1)
Jesus came to die on the cross for our sins so that we could have eternal life. I wish that the student who did this would have known Jesus and his love.
Please join me in saying a prayer for the families of those who lost loved ones, those who were wounded, and the survivors who will be heading to class where so much pain was inflicted.
Dear Jesus, Comfort the bereaved, honor the memory of the deceased, and challenge the living that life is worth living, even in painful circumstances. Please help those affected to seek to forgive this troubled student and to move on with their lives knowing that our lives are in your hands. In Jesus name, Amen.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Yesterday I spoke with a divorcee who has been deeply wounded. I also spoke with a "downsized" chemical engineer. Their pain was evident on their faces as they tried to celebrate Easter. "Happy Easter" wasn't very happy for them.
If this is you, take heart. Do you know what the Bible says about Jesus?
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrow and familiar with grief. Isaiah 53:3 NIV
You see, I can kinda understand. I sent resume #63 to New Covenant Bible Church. Man, I was rejected by some really fine churches before God brought us here to an incredible church! I am thankful that my trust was in God to get us through a very difficult and dark period of our lives.
If you are feeling rejected today you are in good company with Jesus. Take your cares to him in prayer and allow him to heal you and make you complete in him because you already are! Tye out.
2. Blogging will help to develop sermons and classes
Blogging helps me get my ideas down on "paper" and then get some feedback. Even though I am not developing sermons right now, but I'm still thinking devotionally as I read through the Bible and as ideas come to my mind I try to get them down on the blog.
3. Blogging will break down barriers and remove masks
4. Blogging will help the church to engage the culture
There you go. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and find something here that helps encourage your life, makes you think about something, or just gives you a light-hearted moment in the middle of your day. Tye out.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Then there was the second annual Easter egg hunt. Jon Pagel, Morgan and MacKenzie took part and MacKenzie took top honors collecting 30 eggs, Jon had 28, and Morgan had 26. All in all it was a great time and the competition was stiff! The candy tasted great too! Austin Spooner stopped by too and enjoyed some time playing Wii.
I am so thankful for good friends like the Pagel's. They have been so encouraging to us ever since we met them over two years ago. Thank you so much for being our friends and being so gracious to us. We really enjoyed the day with you!!! Tye out.
As you know, this blog is about the things I care about so I blogged about this breakthrough in my life. It was so exciting! You can imagine how surprised I was when I saw my blog copied and pasted into their blog. How cool is that! Click here to see the post. Tye out.
He is not here, but has been raised! Luke 24:6 (Net Bible)
Today is one of two days that Christians around the world have celebrated for nearly 2k years! There is an incredible amount of evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Typically, I am teaching on Easter Sunday, but this morning at our 8 AM service I am the pastor of our overflow seating area. This means that I am responsible to help welcome people and oversee everything. (translation: I'm not really doing anything!)
From my memory as I sit in the back of the overflow area "overseeing," I want to share a few of the evidences for the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1. The fact of Jesus' death - This is important because some would say it wasn't a miracle at all but that Jesus merely "swooned." but didn't die. A Roman soldier attested to his death as he thrust his spear into his side to pierce his heart. The Bible said that water and blood flowed out indicating a breaking of the pericardium.
2. The fact of the guard - Pilate had the tomb guarded because the Jews were fearful that the disciples would attempt to steal the body and falsify a "resurrection." There were probably between 16-20 Roman guards who would be punished with death if they allowed a prisoner to get away. In fact, they would be punished severely (flogged) if they even sat down while on duty.
3. The fact of the seal - there was a seal placed on the tomb to keep robbers out. Wax was placed on either side of the tomb and one on the stone covering the grave. This wax was sealed with the governor's seal and to break it meant death.
4. The fact of the post resurrection sightings of Jesus
- Mary Magdelene, the other women, to Cleopas and the other disciple on the road to Emmaus, and many others
- 500 at one time 1 Cor 15:3-6
- He had a body – he ate fish
- He was recognizable
- He was seen my all sorts of people - Fisherman, educated men, women – at different times and different places.
In it’s[the New Testament] pages are contained six independent testimonies to the fact of the resurrection. Three are eyewitnesses: John, Peter, and Matthew. Paul, writing to the churches at an early date, refers to the resurrection in such a way that it is obvious to him and his readers that the event was well known and was accepted without question. Are these men, who helped transform the moral structure of society, consummate liars or deluded madmen? (Know Why You Believe, Paul Little, p25)
5. The fact of the stone - the stone that was placed in front of the tomb would have weighed around 1 1/2 tons. He was most certainly dead, and he was securely laid in the tomb. The angel of the Lord had to roll the stone out of the way so the disciples could see that he was gone. Christ rose through the linen wrappings and through the rock - in his body.
6. The fact of the changed lives of many people - Peter became a bold proclaimer of the resurrection in spite of heavy persecution; Paul, who was killing Christians in the name of Judaism, became a follower of Christ because of the resurrection; 3000 on the day of Pentecost.
There are a lot more things I could share, but I think you get the point. The most important thing is that Christ changed my life and he can change your life too and give you hope not only in this life, but he'll give you eternal life - free! Believe in him today! Tye out.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 (Net Bible)
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Someone knew about my "dilemma" and today GAVE me an iPod. WOW!!! I will now be able to use this to listen to podcasts as well as music while I'm reading without having to fire up my laptop. That's gi-normous!
God is so good...even when you don't get an iPod. Thank you Lord for your BIG/little blessing today! Tye out.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I have to secretly admit (can you do that on a blog?) that I had hoped she would be holding a sign that said "Hi Tye!!!" Oh well.
Zanny, we are very happy for you and hope you derive a lot of joy driving your new Escalade around town. It's a fine looking ride and I don't know if you realize it or not, but it matches the color of your sunglasses! (I'm so funny!)
Zan (can I say that), you have receive an awesome gift. My challenge to you is to find out how God wants you to use this gift to bless and encourage others.
Happy cruising! Tye out.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Mackenzie has a new friend - Kayley. When they started the cha cha slide for the second time I couldn't help but get out there and give it a whirl, and since a lot of other adults were out there I thought it would be ok. It was a lot of fun and quite the work out. (actually it was developed as a work out for Bally's Fitness Center)Afterwards we all went to Culvers for ice cream. Tye out.
Today she has matured into a lovely young lady who is our fashion bug of the family. She enjoys the more trendy clothing and jewelry! God loves variety she has been just that for us! She ran track this year and is the manager for the boys soccer team.
After church Susie, Hannah, Brenda, Judy, Mackenzie, and myself headed out to Pizza Ranch. Then, tonight we had Dairy Queen ice cream cake with the rest of the family!
Happy birthday Morgan! We love you soooo much!!! Dad out.