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/ Amazing day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955897 the wedding ceremony went off without a hitch. the newlyweds are off to Florida for their honeymoon. we were overwhelmed by all the support and help that our families received as we brought this two together. <BR> <BR> if you would like to see pictures from the celebration, you can find them on facebook @powercouplejsa <BR> <BR> Blessings. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 15:27:21 EST The Admires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955385 Today is the big day. Prayers appreciated for Joshua Admire and Savannah Cooper as they begin their new life together this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:54:12 EST Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955023 After spending about six hours working on the reception hall last night and another six or so today, we are finally done. <BR> <BR> Now it's time to get ready for rehearsal. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday Fri, 3 Jul 2015 17:00:39 EST Here it comes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954410 I am so thankful for those of you who are praying for Harold. I have not heard any news yet, but i will make it known as soon as i do. of course, this is "Wedding Weekend" for our family. our oldest daughter, Savannah, will be getting married this Saturday. <BR> <BR> This means that we are in for a busy and life-altering weekend. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:15:59 EST Harold Dickerson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954003 This morning i traveled to a care facility in nearby Columbia to see one of our members who is on hospice. Harold is 96 years old, in fact he is just over a month away from his 97th birthday. however, it is not likely that he will make it to that day. his attitude was amazing considering what is facing him. he owes all of that he tells me to his faith in our Savior. <BR> <BR> Please pray for his family and him as he faces this "next step" on his journey. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:14:21 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953287 it's a cloudy and sticky day here in mid-Mo. i was thankful to be able to get outside for a run this morning and to get the yard mowed yesterday. with a wild and busy weekend coming up, i am just trying to stay on top of some things at home. <BR> <BR> hope your Tuesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:44:23 EST Stormy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952723 we had to cancel last night's Bible study at the church since our power was knocked out for a little while last night by a storm. <BR> <BR> fortunately we weren't out too long, because after the storm left, the temps went up quickly. <BR> <BR> hope your Monday is going well Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:23:21 EST It's Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952255 it's hard to believe that our oldest will be married and on her honeymoon this time next week. we're able to have with us for a few days as she moved out of her rental yesterday. <BR> <BR> hope your Sunday is going well. Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:52:04 EST moving day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952006 today we moved our youngest daughter's stuff to the place that will be her new home after she gets married. <BR> <BR> I'm beat. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:01:08 EST Disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951378 not much to say, except i am fearful that our nation has sown the wind and will now reap the whirlwind. <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:59:54 EST Dodged a Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950772 i chose to run in the rec center this morning rather than risk trying to beat an impending storm. for once, i made a wise decision. just as my run was coming to an end, the lightning moved in and the skies dumped significant amount of rain upon our part of the country. <BR> <BR> hope your Thursday is going well. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:49:33 EST A Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950223 as i was pondering some of the changes that we are seeing in our culture,a thought kept coming into my mind. <BR> <BR> "Christianity is inclusive in that our Savior will accept anyone regardless of where they are, and what they are doing. However, it is exclusive in that He will not allow us to continue in our mess, and calls us to align our lives with His teaching." <BR> <BR> Just a thought. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:41:36 EST Spoiler Alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949711 If you are planning on seeing the movie, Inside Out, you might want to quit reading this blog. <BR> <BR> It is an entertaining and enjoyable film for the most part. The characters are likable, and the overall story line is engaging and unique. <BR> <BR> However, it seems that Pixar has begun resorting to the tired old trick of trying to coerce its audience to cry. <BR> <BR> Perhaps, my thoughts are an over-reaction, but this may be the most depressing film since "Up". I'm not sure why t... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:18:46 EST Movie Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949254 looking forward to a movie night with my wife and our two daughter. we are going to see "inside Out" this evening at a theater in Columbia. <BR> <BR> Hope the movie is enjoyable, but even if it's not the company will more than make up for it. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:20:24 EST Rainy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948692 It's a gloomy and rainy on Sunday here in mid-Mo. Still counting myself blessed and fortunate in more ways than I can express. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 14:27:32 EST One Life Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948215 Today is the big day for Stuart Cox and Jamileh Abdal-Kadar. Please pray for this young couple as they begin their new life together. I am so grateful to play a small part in their special day. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:49:57 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947836 Had a senior adult luncheon at noon, and then i will be leading a wedding rehearsal this evening along with a wedding tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Excited for this couple as they begin their life together as husband and wife. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:23:11 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947226 It was rather muggy during my run this morning, but at least it wasn't raining. Hopefully, things will settle down here in mid-Mo. Please remember the folks in Charleston SC in your prayers as they recover from this senseless attack at an AME Church in that community. <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:42:43 EST Yucky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946658 it looks like it's going to be a wet few days. thankful to have somewhere that i can exercise inside. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Wednesday. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:28:10 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946073 hope your Tuesday is going well. The rains keep coming for mid-Mo. however i did get enough dry time yesterday to get the yard mowed. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:50:30 EST Really!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945535 while i am excited for our oldest daughter's impending wedding, i am growing weary of all the drama surrounding some of the young ladies who will (or won't be) helping with the reception and ceremony. <BR> <BR> rather than say too much, i will just make the observation that i am a little bit jealous of those who have sons. <BR> <BR> oh well. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:39:45 EST Rainy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945023 It's a rainy Sunday here in mid-Mo. we have a church council meeting later this afternoon, with Bible study tonight followed by some hoops, provided we don't get any severe weather. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 14:14:08 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944607 i drove a couple of hours to a family reunion this morning. it was nice to see folks, but it was an awful drive back through severe weather. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:59:33 EST Muggy Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944028 This morning i made it for a run. It started off kind of cloudy with a nice breeze. However it got steamy rather quickly. <BR> <BR> fortunately, i made it home and am in for the day. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:04:10 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943447 After checking out some things on line, my wife was able to get our Keurig to work properly. Fortunately, she is more patient than i am when it comes to fixing certain things. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:17:37 EST Frustrating Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942881 We were having our issues with our Keurig this morning. It has been a wonderful thing that we both chose to get as our Christmas gift to each other last year. However, this morning, it was doing something rather strange. My wife cleaned it out as suggested, but it is still not making any coffee, just a mess. Oh well... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:54:53 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942273 the weather is heating up already this summer. hopefully, this is not a sign of things to come. oh well, at least our youngest can head to the park and go to the pool this afternoon without any fear of rain. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:36:02 EST Card Board Testimonies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941698 Our church shared some cardboard testimonies in worship this past Sunday. It was a powerful and simple way for so many people to share what the Father has been doing in each of their lives. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:42:47 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941214 We were blessed with a great morning worship service at FBCC. Hope your week is off to a great start. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 14:17:24 EST The Fun is just starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940773 It's a rare Saturday for our family where we don't have too much going on. Next week is a family reunion, the weekend after that I will officiate a wedding, and my wife will be helping with the reception. This is followed by a weekend where we will move our daughter's possessions up to her new home, and finally the fourth of July weekend will be our oldest daughter's wedding. <BR> <BR> Better rest while i can get it. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 6 Jun 2015 15:37:14 EST Drawing to a Close http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940224 My wife and I were discussing that we only have a couple more weekends where our oldest daughter will be around. Since she is getting married in a month, and she has a couple of other things going on, we are hoping to take advantage of this weekend and spend some time with her. <BR> <BR> Things are about to change in a big way. <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 12:08:33 EST Stormy Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939573 our youngest daughter is hoping that the rain will end sometime soon here in mid-Mo. She desperately wants to go to the local pool. she's been twice and both times it closed early due to the weather. <BR> <BR> hope you're having a great Thursday. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:27:35 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939024 Hey it's Wednesday. Of course our summers here at FBCC are a little calmer than during the school year. Hope you're having a great Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:57:47 EST Tuesday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938469 Our family is thankful for the outpouring of prayers and support for my mother-in-law as she copes with what she calls a "quiet" house. On a different note, I received an interesting correspondence from a church in another state yesterday. <BR> <BR> Prayers will be appreciated. I simply want to be faithful to whatever the Father wants. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 2 Jun 2015 12:18:02 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937832 it may seem like a strange request to some. Would you please add my mother-in-law, Mildred, to your prayer list. She is having her dog put down today. Samson is 14 years old, cannot see, and is in a great deal of back pain. This is something that probably needed to be done a few months ago. <BR> <BR> If you're a pet owner, you know how difficult this is. My mother-in-law is 94 years old, and still lives in her own home. Things will be tough for her today. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:00:38 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937326 Our community service went well. Hopefully we were able to collect some significant funds for the needy in our community. <BR> <BR> blessings Sun, 31 May 2015 14:31:29 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936791 well our annual celebration is in full swing. fortunately, we live far enough away from it, that we can still live our lives and not worry about all the noise and smells. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Saturday. Sat, 30 May 2015 12:38:01 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936280 I was fortunate to get a run in before the rains hit this morning. This could be one wet weekend for our annual community event. <BR> <BR> Hope your Friday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 29 May 2015 12:40:09 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935642 It was a gorgeous morning for some outdoor activity. Today is the final day before the craziness that is "Anchor Fest" settles in on our little town. There will be about 10 to 12 thousand people in our little community for this weekend festival. <BR> <BR> Blessings upon you and yours today. Thu, 28 May 2015 10:11:57 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935084 i received an interesting piece of correspondence in the mail. all i can say at this time is that it sounds like an interesting opportunity if the Father is in it. <BR> <BR> we'll take the next step and see where He leads. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Wednesday. Wed, 27 May 2015 10:36:32 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934669 The storms passed just in time to allow me an outdoor run this morning. i have been trying to catch up with the day off yesterday. I was able to spend time with one of our families who has a member who was having open-heart surgery this morning. <BR> <BR> the surgery went well as they were seeking to repair a valve in her heart. <BR> <BR> Hope your Tuesday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Tue, 26 May 2015 16:58:48 EST Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934018 After a quick breakfast, I made it out on this beautiful morning for a nice run. Since our grass is starting to get a little tall, i decided to go ahead and mow the yard while i was still rather odorous from my run. <BR> <BR> Now i'm sitting in the house for a little bit, and looking forward to cooking some steaks on the grill later this evening. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Mon, 25 May 2015 14:10:14 EST Thankful for their sacrifice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933511 on this day I often remember those in our family whom we've lost over the years. My maternal grandfather always comes to mind. He served in Patton's tank core in World War II and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. <BR> <BR> It wasn't until later in life that he was willing to share some of his experiences with me. He has been gone for nearly thirty years now, but I am thankful for his commitment to freedom and his willingness to put his life on the line. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 24 May 2015 13:54:51 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933049 Enjoying a beautiful morning in mid-Mo. Took our daughters out to eat last night and then picked up a few things we needed. <BR> <BR> Hope your Saturday is going well. Sat, 23 May 2015 14:07:59 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932537 Hope you have a great holiday weekend. Got a nice run in this morning, and now i'm getting ready for a Senior Adult luncheon. it will be nice to see an old friend and former co-worker, whose husband will be sharing with us this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday! Fri, 22 May 2015 12:28:47 EST Sunny Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931927 Sun is shining today. I was able to get outside for a rather brisk run this morning. However, I am so thankful to be able to get outside for exercise. <BR> <BR> Hope your Thursday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 21 May 2015 10:29:31 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931363 It's a rainy and gloomy day in mid-Mo. However, the Father is still on His throne. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 20 May 2015 11:28:50 EST Makes me go hmmm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930747 I do not know why this text surprise me so much. When I think of my love for my daughters, I realize just how relevant this is to me. <BR> <BR> Since you are precious in My sight, since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life. - Isaiah 43:4 NAS Tue, 19 May 2015 10:55:32 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930165 My wife and I are grateful to all of you who wished us well on our anniversary. Now it's time to get focused on another week. <BR> <BR> Hope your Monday is going well. Mon, 18 May 2015 12:17:49 EST 29 Years and Counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929638 thanks for all the well-wishes as we celebrate our 29th anniversary today. We actually went out last night knowing that doing so would be virtually impossible on a Sunday. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day. Sun, 17 May 2015 13:41:58 EST