Sunday Night Potpourri

Wow, what a week! Lots of eating and hanging out by the TV watching football! Taylor wishes that we would watch the Disney Channel as much as we watched football this week. We watch way too much of both, I imagine!

fooddrive1.jpgWe kicked off our Holiday Food Drive this morning by actually going out and didn’t “do” church this morning in a service, but we “were” the church. We sent out our folks to several neighborhoods to collect non-perishable food items for The Least of These here in Nixa. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate with us with a bunch of rain, we still had afood.jpg lot of fun–and we got a bunch of food (it covered the front to the stage!)

We decided at lunch that we are going to go out again the next couple of weeks! We are going to go drop off bags explaining what we are doing on NEXT Saturday. Then we will go pick up food items from those people on the FOLLOWING Saturday.

I think it is a great picture of what can happen if we all get together and do a little effort–huge results happen!! A small group of people giving about an hours worth of their time can benefit many, many families here in Christian County. It reminds me of this scripture from James.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17 (NIV)

mulogo.jpgOn the football watching front . . . How ’bout the Missouri Tigers?!?!

  • The KU/MU “Border Battle” proved to be as good as the hype. Mizzou looked strong the entire game and KU came back in the second half to give them a big scare. Mizzou should have a really good chance to win the Big 12 on Saturday in San Antonio against OU. Who wouldn’t really want the Sooners to go down??
  • Mizzou is actually #1 in the NATION!! Who would have thunk it?? My dad went to Mizzou, so we have always followed them, but kind of like KC, the lovable losers of late. They are back and as good as ever!!
  • The Arkansas/LSU game on Friday was awesome as well. 3 overtimes and the hogs come out with a win! Pig Sooooeee! Things are not good at the Terrell household these days I’m sure. Sorry Brad!
  • The Chiefs laid a huge egg today. Correction. The coaches at the end of the game laid a huge egg. Are you telling me your kicker can’t hit a 25-30 yard field goal to TIE the game? 4th and 1 and not even close. Against the Oakland Raiders at home. Not good.

Pray for some friends

The Washburns, our former neighbors, fellow small group members, and friends have traveled to Rochester, MN to the Mayo Clinic.? Tiffany is having a ton of tests done and seeing a team of endocrinologists at the Mayo Clinic.? She says this about the Mayo Clinic–“When you have endocrine issues, you go to Mayo- sort of like when you have cancer you go to MD Anderson.? They are the top endocrinology hospital in the world, and if I can be helped- they will know how to do it.”? So we trust that God will be with them and that the doctors can help her get to feeling better.? Pray also for Justin, Reagan, and her mom as they are with her in Rochester.? See her report on her blog here.

Happy Birthday Tucker Liam!!

elmo.jpegWe have had a CRAZY weekend with our two year old Elmo Birthday party!!? We had a great time celebrating all things Elmo.? Elmo plates, Elmo cups, Elmo cake (pictures soon of the masterpiece that dad spent WAY too much time decorating!), and an Elmo penata.? Tucker was all fine with us hitting Elmo with the sticks and he himself actually really enjoyed that part of the party.? He was quite upset when Elmo’s body got knocked off and his head was still hanging on the hanger!? Needless to say, we tried to divert his attention to the candy strewn all over the back deck and threw away the Elmo penata as soon as possible.

It seems that transportation was the theme of the presents this year.? Pretty much had most mass transportation covered.? Elmo garage with cars, rocket ship complete with martians, train book, airplane, and of course an RV from Papa Bill and Grandma Betty.? It was a really good time.? Plus Tad and Katie’s kids are at very similar ages and play together well.

I can’t believe that it has been two years since we spent some time in the NICU and brought him home with that crazy monitor until just before Christmas.? (That was the best Christmas present we could ever have–a healthy baby with no need for the apnea monitor!)? We are so grateful to God for our family!