COOP9002's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=COOP9002 COOP9002's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169601 I'm on the plane and heading off to Alexandria . Prayers appreciated Tue, 24 May 2016 16:35:42 EST And so it begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168861 today is the final day before our family takes the next step in what could be a life-changing step in our journey. I will travel to Washington DC tomorrow, meet some folks at the airport, travel to Alexandria and then spend a few days with them, which will include leading a Bible study time on Wednesday night. <BR> <BR> Either this is the next step in this process, or another dead end. we simply want what the Father wants. <BR> <BR> prayers appreciated. Mon, 23 May 2016 14:26:57 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168383 We had a great weekend and our youngest daughter enjoyed some time with her sister at Comicon in KC. <BR> <BR> now it's time to focus on a busy and possibly life-changing week ahead. <BR> <BR> blessings Sun, 22 May 2016 21:46:25 EST Anniversary weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167756 Hanging out with my bride as she shops Sat, 21 May 2016 20:35:10 EST Fun weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166920 We're heading out to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this weekend, while our oldest daughter and her husband take Olivia to Comicon Fri, 20 May 2016 11:34:31 EST Bye-Bye Middle School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166249 tonight is eighth grade "graduation". it is the end of the middle school era in our youngest daughter's life <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> we are so proud of her for sticking it out through a rather rough year, especially emotionally. <BR> <BR> hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 19 May 2016 11:15:55 EST Class Picnic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165521 most of you who are parents and have survived middle school can relate to the angst that our family is feeling. our youngest daughter has not had a good year in eighth grade. she is too much like her mom and her dad to fit in as easily as she would like. <BR> <BR> today is her "class picnic" and she doesn't think that she will have anyone to hang out with. so i am going to take her some lunch, and then hang out with her until she sends me on. hopefully, she'll be surprised to hang out with... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:06:44 EST 30 Years!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164763 Thirty years ago today, a couple of kids stood before two ministers and pledged their love for one another and began this amazing journey of life together. <BR> <BR> So blessed to be sharing my life with Debbie Bottcher Cooper. Tue, 17 May 2016 10:32:38 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164139 Thirty years ago, i was eagerly anticipating beginning a new life with the woman who truly completes me. We are looking forward to getting away this weekend and spending some time together as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. <BR> <BR> Following that joyous time, things get real interesting next week as i will be visiting a church in another part of the country. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Monday. Mon, 16 May 2016 12:52:18 EST Graduation Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163570 today is high school graduation. we were able to recognize several of our graduates this morning and then join them for their commencement exercises at the high school this afternoon. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Sunday Sun, 15 May 2016 18:01:02 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162822 our oldest daughter and her husband came in last night. it's been great to see them for a little while this weekend. she's picking up her best friend from high school in Columbia and they will get to spend a few hours together. <BR> <BR> it's hard to believe that so many things are up in the air for our family. we are very grateful for your prayers as we seek to discern the Father's will. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 14 May 2016 13:13:13 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162249 enjoying a beautiful day in mid-Mo, but this evening could be a little dicey with severe weather being a strong possibility. <BR> <BR> hope things are going well for you wherever you find yourself today. <BR> <BR> blessings Fri, 13 May 2016 15:00:20 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161489 we were blessed with a wonderful evening here at FBCC. we have a lot going on in our little community this week. graduation is Sunday afternoon, our youth pastor is getting things ready for a city-wide mission trip that will take place in about a month. we're getting things in order for the Compassion Experience coming to our community early next month. <BR> <BR> enjoy your day. Thu, 12 May 2016 12:01:02 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160926 getting ready for a busy evening. <BR> <BR> hope your Wednesday is going well. Wed, 11 May 2016 16:03:23 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160067 today offers a respite from the rain. i may try to get my yard mowed this afternoon since i have an appointment this evening. Tue, 10 May 2016 11:42:26 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159508 It's a rainy day here in Mid-mo. Our internet is not working too well, so I will keep this short. Blessings Mon, 9 May 2016 15:27:25 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158852 getting ready to head out to baccalaureate for our high school. Our youth minister is speaking, so it should be an encouraging and uplifting time for our students and their families. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 8 May 2016 15:30:51 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158369 we survived the Middle School dance. Olivia would never tell us whether or not she had a good time. she is recovering from all her social activity this past weekend with some alone time. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 7 May 2016 18:56:59 EST She's growing up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157731 our baby girl is growing up. she decided last night to go the 8th grade dance with some of her friends. her and her mom went out last night and bought a dress for the dance and for graduation. <BR> <BR> how time flies... Fri, 6 May 2016 16:40:00 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156902 It's another amazingly beautiful Spring day here in mid-Mo. Hope you're enjoying your Thursday wherever you might be. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 5 May 2016 11:12:35 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156227 it's Wednesday, which means it will get rather busy around here this afternoon and evening. <BR> <BR> hope your day is going well. Wed, 4 May 2016 11:57:59 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155502 getting ready for deacons meeting tonight. hopefully it will be short like last month's meeting was. we don't have much we need to focus upon. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday. Tue, 3 May 2016 10:54:05 EST Big Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154700 our family covets your prayers as we enter an exciting and stressful chapter of our life. a church in another state is flying me in later this month for a face-to-face interview, and giving me the opportunity to lead a Bible study at a sister church. i am one of two final candidates. <BR> <BR> while we are excited about this opportunity, we want to be sure that God is in it. the cost of living in this community is significantly higher, due to the rather high cost of housing. since we have l... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:11:25 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154068 Our children's drama & choir ministry, Rock the House, led us in worship this morning. Now I've got a little down time before heading back for a committee meeting and evening worship. Sun, 1 May 2016 13:38:55 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153520 Our youngest daughter is with a friend for a birthday party, while our oldest daughter and her husband are hanging out with us for a while before they head back home this evening. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:46:40 EST Taking the next step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152991 our family may have some major decisions to make soon. I will be traveling in a few weeks to meet with a church in another state. <BR> <BR> we will walk through this door until the Lord closes it. <BR> <BR> prayers appreciated greatly. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:08:01 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152101 thanks to all of you who read and commented on my post yesterday. it seems that we have come to an understanding regarding the dress code fiasco. hopefully, our daughter can survive these last few weeks and get ready to move onto high school. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Thursday Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:51:58 EST frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151418 our daughter's middle school did not handle a dress code mess very well yesterday, and now our family is having to deal with it. our daughter was not an offender, but the assembly with girls only made her and some of her friends feel like they were. <BR> <BR> i know it's tough communicating rules and expectations in this broken culture, but there has to be a better way. <BR> <BR> really tired of this hick town. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:38:45 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150718 We had a great evening at our Faith Lift Revival in Memphis Mo last night. the drive home was relatively uneventful, except for some crazy dog that ran between my car and the one in the approaching lane. at least it was not a deer. <BR> <BR> i head back this afternoon, for tonight's service. i would ask that you pray for both my safety as i travel as well as the folks in our part of the country as we are expecting some nasty storms this evening. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:50:29 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149910 after a busy day in the office i will make the two hour drive to Memphis, Missouri this evening to speak at a "Faith-Lift" Revival. I was blessed to do this about six years ago when i worked for the state convention. i will also be sharing time with a friend and former co-worker during my days in Jeff City. <BR> <BR> i just don't want to bag a deer on the drive home tonight. <BR> <BR> blessings Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:52:57 EST Sunday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149334 we're having a "family fun night" at church later this evening. there will be food, fun (including 9 square), and an enjoyable time to be had by all <BR> <BR> enjoy your day. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:24:47 EST Casa Por Cristo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148696 our church hosted a 5K Color Run this morning to raise money for a house that a team will be building in Mexico over the Christmas break. <BR> <BR> It was a great morning for a run, and nice to see so many people out. <BR> <BR> hope your Saturday is going well. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:56:21 EST Surprise Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148182 our family covets your prayers. i got an unexpected call from a church in Virginia. looks like we're going to move forward with them for now. <BR> <BR> blessings Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:27:05 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147181 it is a beautiful morning after the rain and cloudiness that we had yesterday. enjoyed a nice run this morning, and now i'm trying to get some things done for this week. <BR> <BR> enjoy your thursday. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:42:10 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146402 it's a crazier and busier than normal Wednesday. <BR> <BR> hope you're having a great day. <BR> <BR> blessings Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:31:07 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145857 it was a rainy morning so i had to run inside at the rec center this morning. at least i am blessed to have that option. <BR> <BR> hope you're having a great Tuesday. Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:47:17 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145134 had an interesting Skype interview today. <BR> <BR> we'll see if this turns into something. <BR> <BR> blessings Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:03:34 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144300 Hope your day is going well. we had a great start to our worship service with the baptisms of four people <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 17 Apr 2016 15:42:40 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143640 Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:24:24 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142983 got a good run in this morning. my wife and i will do some grocery shopping this evening. we're trying to coax our teenage daughter to go with us. <BR> <BR> hope your Friday is going well. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:39:12 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142140 it's an amazingly beautiful day here in mid-Mo. i am thankful that i made it outside for a run early this morning. now the task of getting some things done here in the office before a home visit early this evening lay ahead for me. <BR> <BR> enjoy your day. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:55:39 EST Homegoing for Harold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141384 Today our church will be hosting the funeral for Harold Dickerson. Knowing him and the life that he lived, this will be more of a celebration than a time of mourning. <BR> <BR> i am thankful for the brief time that i was able to be his pastor. he leaves behind a legacy of faith that will impact generations to come. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:25:54 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140707 hoping for a better day. it's been busy this week, but hopefully we're getting something done around this place. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Tuesday. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:28:46 EST Praying for Olivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139830 hoping that our youngest daughter has a good week. she has dealt with significantly more stress than any 13 year old should have to deal with regarding school. it's been a challenging year, now if she can just make it to the end of the semester and finish strong. <BR> <BR> blessings Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:57:55 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139226 hoping that our travelers from our local high school get back safely from their trip to Colorado later tonight. <BR> <BR> we had a unique weekend at church with so many folks gone for this trip. <BR> <BR> enjoy your Sunday Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:50:51 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138611 enjoying a beautiful albeit cool Spring day. hope your Saturday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 9 Apr 2016 16:17:44 EST Tough call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137961 we are thankful for your prayers for our family as well as the family of Harold Dickerson. we are also thankful for your prayers as we continue to seek the Father's will. I had to make a tough call to the church we visited with last weekend. <BR> <BR> the chairman of the committee seemed to take the news well, that our family does not feel led to continue through this process. the Spirit kept prompting me that this wasn't the place that the Father has for us to go, but it is still hard to co... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 15:19:10 EST Harold Dickerson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137066 my wife and i are extremely grateful for the prayers and encouraging words that many of you sent or posted as she deals with her mother-in-law. <BR> <BR> early this morning, our church family lost one of our dear and most faithful saints. Harold Dickerson entered into glory early this morning after 98 years of life on this earth. he had served our church faithfully in many capacities, and had also been a bi-vocational pastor for much of his life. <BR> <BR> i always enjoyed our conversations... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:19:05 EST My Mother-in-law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136435 Please pray for my mother-in-law, Mildred. Her health, especially psychologically is starting to deteriorate. it is becoming rather clear that she can no longer stay home alone anymore. she is not eating, and starting to see things and people who have been gone for several years. this is really hard on my wife and her brothers. they want to do the right thing, but she still keeps insisting that nothing has changed. <BR> <BR> blessings Wed, 6 Apr 2016 14:48:23 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135636 last night we went to the home of some folks in our church and had some supper and watched the game. it was a lot of fun, but a later night than usual for a Monday. <BR> <BR> getting ready for Deacon's meeting this evening, and hoping for a shorter than usual one. <BR> <BR> enjoy your day. 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