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Kristi had her first ultrasound today and we took Caleb (8 yrs. old) and Connor (5 yrs. old) with us to share in the experience... Although the baby is only about 2 inches long at this point it was amazing to see her moving around and hear her heartbeat. The baby was very active as she seemed to be pushing off with her legs like a young child would do in a bathtub and slide backwards. Caleb saw the umbilical cord at one point and told us matter of factly that the baby has a tail. Connor then announced to the nurse that we were going to have a puppy. Both boys started dancing to the rythm of the heartbeat when we had the chance to hear it....
May all of you enjoy today's story...
From my happy family to yours,
by Rubel Shelly
Yates wasn't even playing on the day in question. He was just one of the thousands of spectators for the final round of the 2003 Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Michigan. He was standing in the huge gallery at No. 7 to watch none other than Tiger Woods hit his approach shot to the hole.
Wood's drive veered to the right -- and smacked John Yates squarely in the head! The ball cut Yates, raised a big knot, and bounced into the greenside bunker.
A concerned Tiger Woods went to Yates to apologize. He found his victim lying on his back, conscious but bleeding. "I'm so sorry," Woods said. Shaking Yates' hand, the world's most famous golfer said, "Hang in there!" And he turned to the tournament marshals to ask if medical help was coming.
Woods continued play. Wouldn't you know it? He made birdie on No. 7! Then he came back to Yates and gave him a glove and ball. Yates had to have a few stitches in his head. Otherwise, he was fine in a few days.
"I helped him out because my head knocked it back toward the hole," said a good-spirited Yates of the whole affair. "He birdied the hole, I guess. I didn't see it. It's my most memorable moment in golf."
Believe it or not, it's a parable about life. Some of my most worthwhile classes in college were the ones where I quickly discovered I was over my head, botched the first exam or two, and buckled down to my task -- only to make an A. Of more value than the grade was the discovery that tough challenges are good for you. They bring out your best. They prove you can do what looked impossible.
You've found that out by surviving a tough economy. Or maybe you found that not surviving a downturn with your job or company didn't mean losing hope. It made you creative. It revealed your fierce determination. It shaped character.
In personal, family, or professional life, tough blows cause real pain. But if the pain were taken out of our lives, the great virtues of courage, endurance, faith, compassion, hope, and love would go too. As it is, we often look back only to find that suffering created the opportunity for life's most memorable moments.
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(c) 2003 Rubel Shelly. Used by permission.
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Rubel Shelly has preached for the Woodmont Hills Church of Christ in Nashville since 1978. During that time, he has also taught at David Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 20 books, including several which have been translated into languages such as Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Russian. He is married to the former Myra Shappley, and they are the parents of three children: Mrs. David (Michelle) Arms, Tim, and Tom.
Thought For The Day:
"The person who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it."
"But life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus." --Acts 20:24
"Don't squeeze your hamster."
"You are never so high as when you are on your knees." --Jean Hodges
"The substitute that thinks his place below him, will certainly be below his place."--John Kessel
"Rejections are footprints in our journey to success. Without them, we do not move ahead." --Linda Windsor
"My greatest fear in life is that no one will remember me after I'm dead." --Some dead guy
Please pray for this situation... This fire, one of many in Montana is only 5 miles or so from the property that Pat and Dave own. Their 7 acres is just west of the Mission Mtns. on Guest Ranch Road (one of the places that may have to be evacuated. Please pray for peace for them as they wait the outcome, and pray for rain or for the wind to change or die down, and that the firefighters can hold this fire in check. Thanks for your help. Love, Marilyn email@example.com
Crazy Horse fire spreads, jumps Kraft Creek Road
A wildfire flaring southwest of Condon continues to burn toward homes in the Kraft Creek area, and residents have again been warned that they may soon have to evacuate.
"It burned right over the Kraft Creek Road on Monday afternoon," said fire information officer Jeremy Pris. "The nearest homes are maybe two miles northeast of the main fire."
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FROM THE E-MAIL BOX:
I had to laugh when I read the story 'Gourds'. I live in Youngstown OH. We have had so much rain this year that my Zucchini is rotting on the vine before it gets big enough to eat. I only have a very small garden. But the Zucchini keeps growing. I love Zucchini but my husband and I can only eat so much. I still have some frozen up from last year for Zucchini bread. I have given everyone who wants Zucchini some. Thank you for the e-mail. I enjoy it very much. Lulu Ann LULU ANN POET@aol.com
2 cups zuc ( no seeds) boil till tender -- drain Put cooked zuc in small casserole dish for baking
Heat 1 cup sour cream -- add 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder - 1/8 teas salt -- 1 egg yolk - 1 tabs butter
mix into the zucchini and cover with 1/4 cup parmesan cheese Bake 20 minutes at 350.
HUMMMMMMM HUMMMMMMMMMMM GOOOOOOD Hay Michael -- it is easy surprise the kids with it sometime and they won't know they are eating a vegetable!!
MICHAEL T. POWERS
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever! Love, Trisha Silverhill, AL
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