Friday, January 29, 2010
Wow, it has set off a firestorm of reactions from groups that oppose Focus on the Family, like the National Organization for Women (don't you love these names?) who do not approve the message of the ad. Surprise, surprise.
Also, there are many parents that are up in arms because their children will be watching the game and are concerned about them seeing the commercial. I guess they have no problem with the very scantily clad women beer commercials that their little Bobby will watch. Hmmm, concerned about societies priorities.
Anyway, I don’t want this blogpost to be about the ad but about raising men of Godly character. And, Time Tebow is a wonderful role model.
He was the first home schooled (woo hoo) athlete to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy (he won it), two-time National Champion Quarterback, recipient of numerous other awards and most of all, Tim Tebow is a real man of God.
He faces constant scrutiny from the media about his “religion” and about his motives for preaching at prisons and doing evangelistic work in the Philippines, but he always backs up the questions with his actions. 1 Peter 2:12 “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God.”
He could have spent his college Spring breaks partying in Florida hooking up with any girl he wanted, after all he is one of the most famous college quarterbacks. Nope, he spent them ministering to orphans in the Philippeans. Oh, and yes he is a virgin. The media asked him this question at a press conference. Um, I am not sure they ask all the football player interviews that question.
Not only is Tim a role model (finally a positive athlete role model), I would say his family sets a great example for raising Godly children as well. If you look closely at the Tebow family, it’s easy to see why Tim seeks to glorify God with his life... It’s because Tim Tebow's mom and dad raised him to fear and love the Lord.
Tim has taken what God has blessed him with and is sharing with others. Not staying in a little box and witnessing only to those that show up in their limited little group or judging people for not being of his faith. He not only stands up for what he believes, he lives it.
As a mother of two young boys, I pray that I stay focused on the prize. I believe everyday we have to concentrate on our boy’s character development and not get so caught up in today that we lose focus of the kind of men we want our boys to be at the age of 20 and 30.
It takes discipline and deliberate effort to build character. With prayer, scripture, and wisdom we can use everyday life to equip our children to make tough choices in an increasingly tough world. It is a daunting task for this mom (and I fail often), but one that I am taking on, for much is as stake.
Watching Little Buckaroo practice his quarterback stance,
The Park Wife
Thursday, January 28, 2010
ANYWAY.... when I boomeranged back home one semester due to an unfortunate statistics class and my college being way to close to New Orleans, she had graduated college in Nashville and moved back home too. We became great friends and hung out all the time. Since that time we have stayed in each others lives even though there have been periods of time that we have not talked just due to distance and crazy, everyday life.
When we were both in our hometown for Christmas many years ago, she and her husband came to my mother's house and visited with Big Buckaroo and I. They were embarking on a wonderful new adventure, God had taken hold of them and was using them mightily. They started a Christian wilderness experience for young men ages 18-25 that desired to take a "pause" from the distractions of life to discover who they are and what their purpose on earth is all about.
View the video below to see the wonderful work of Narrow Gate Foundation. Get involved with them, there are many ways to help. Or, take pause and ask God what He has for you to do to glorify His name.
(really, take the time to view this)
Narrow Gate Foundation makes a difference in the lives of young men who are making life long commitment to serve God and the world in which we live.
And, I know the fruits of this ministry, God used it to save one of my brothers.
The Park Wife
Enter through the Narrow Gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But, narrow is the gate that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
So, having two boys with quirky, fun personalities that do not care what others think has been a transition for me. Case in point: the bug-legged, hiking boot chef.
This kind of thing has become a common occurrence. He is adamant that this is what a chef wears.
I have taken Little Buckaroo to town with me dressed as Peter Pan, a pirate, an Indian, oh the list goes on. Littlest Buckaroo has always prefered to wear his cowboy boots and six shooters to town. The people at Walmart even call him cowboy and he has to get his pistols checked by the greeter each time we enter. Well, that was until he came up with his buggy chef outfit.
It has been a bit of a transition for me, but I am learning to roll with it and accept that I have fun, quirky kids.
Hoping the buggy chef outfit doesn't hit the streets of our town,
The Park Wife
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
My kids love geography, they have one of those cool globes that talk to you and even let's you play a game to see how many places you can find in 30 seconds. I must admit Big Buckaroo and I have had some intense battles after the kids go to bed. Hey, at least I know where Timbuktu is and all the "stan" countries. That is going to take me far in life I am sure.
Here is how you can join the geography fun. Where do you live? Tell us something fun, interesting and cool about your town. You never know, we might buy an RV and visit all these places, well, that probably won't happen, but it would be fun....for about 3 days, then I would want my own bed.
Thanks in advance for molding my children into geography geniuses, well, in reality I am just hoping for some interesting fun learning.
Better go learn about the Congo, or maybe I might just go start a congo line, I need some exercise,
The Park Wife
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Here is the exciting part......I got ANOTHER Pioneer Woman shirt in the mail! And, the kicker, it is also a medium so it will be given away too! I am not a Vegas kind of girl or math guru, but I think that makes your odds much better.
Oh double the pleasure, double the fun!
It's better than playing double dutch with your friends in 5th grade or melting chocolate in a double boiler for chocolate covered strawberries resulting in a double chin, or double jeopardy (oh wait , let's not bring up the past). I could go on and on here. So, stop the insanity and hop over to the contest blog post and enter!
Thanks Ree for both of the shirts and thanks to all of my blog readers for coming back to my blog which could results in double vision after reading all the double negatives.
Going to eat a double cheeseburger,
The Park Wife
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Then, we saw this. Drove a few hundred more feet and saw this.
Oh wait, don't run away, you are protected, we want shoot you.
Then, a bald eagle flew over head (bad picture, was not prepared for that beautiful thing).
We definitely live in The Natural State..... and even though I never thought I would live here, I am blessed to be here surrounded by such beauty.
Stop and enjoy and appreciate where the Lord has you today,
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Big Buckaroo and I went for a night away date when my mom was in town (more on that trip later) and we stopped by so he could show me what he and his dad had been working on while I was warm and toasty at the Park.
Looking good! The metal roof is on, a slippery job, but he got it done without falling off.
He even has some wood stacked on the porch! Um, the wood stove is in our barn at the park, so until it is up at the cabin and it is cold outside, I will not be spending a night at Rockwell. I have become a wimp in my old age.
Scaffolding has been built and work done on one of the end walls. It is high!
We have arranged to have our well drilled, caulked the old farm windows we re-did, and bought much of our siding. Just need some warmer weather. We can't wait to spend next Christmas in our little cabin in the woods.
Staying warm with my cute wool socks on,
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
If you do not wear a medium, still try to win. The shirt can be the traveling PW shirt that goes from home to home. Now, that is a fun idea. But, I am not going to tell one of you skinny things out there that you can not wear it if you win.
Craving Hooter's hot wings,
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Brothers and Best Friends:
The Buckaroo's annual matching pajama picture. I wonder how many more years they are going to let me do this? It would be great if we did this every year for the rest of their lives, adding wives and their kids, but soon they will be too cool for it. Well, and that might border on weird, trying to decide.
The Buckaroo Gang and the Princess:
It was our niece Emmalyne's first Christmas. Poor girl will not be married until she is 40 with these boy cousins around. A new baby adds such an extra magic to the holidays.
Went with a red and silver theme this year. Loving a little glitz in the country.
We have some wonderful people who took us in as part of their family. And yes, they over-indulge the Buckaroos.
I am thankful that this year I have found some wonderful women in our little village who are genuinely kind, supportive, and a blast to be around.
One of my favorite presents is an addition to my huge cast iron collection, I am cooking up a storm. Well, I will be after I cure it (right after I clean up from the holidays, expect something by Spring, a good goal).
Buckaroo present theme for the year.... ADVENTURE. Perfect for our warriors. Now they really can run away.
The Buckaroo's loved their gifts and were so thankful for everything they received. Really, they were genuinely appreciative, make my heart smile to watch them.
A sweet couple who will marry in less than four months.
And, a couple who got engaged over the holidays! Congrats Aunt Katie, your Buckaroo's love you. Welcome to the family Uncle Greg. Um...I know Katie is fabulous, but are you sure you want to marry into this family??????
There was so much more, from grandma's one week visit to the many other friends who shared in our holiday celebrations to a trip to the cabin project and so much more.
Good luck with your resolution list, I am just going to use mine from last year.