Diane and I are traveling to southwest Florida to spend a week with her parents. This is the fourth winter her folks have wintered there, so they have proven that they are worthy of the term “snowbird.” This is also the fourth year in a row that we have been blessed to be able … [Read more...] about Florida Bound
Saturday, February 7 was a huge day for BOTH Men's and Women's Ministry at Madison Christian Church. The Madison Men's Ministry (MMM) has been meeting on the first Saturday of the month for breakfast followed by a meaningful program. In the beginning, the leaders of the MMM dreamed of … [Read more...] about A Big Day
It is difficult to imagine an experience that rivals becoming a grandparent. We have had the wonderful opportunity to welcome Nehemiah Paul Barnes into our family. Nehemiah was born on January 22, 2009 at 4:40 p.m. at The Toledo Hospital. His justifiably proud and thankful parents are David and Joy … [Read more...] about It’s a Boy!
Most people who have met her agree that my daughter-in-law, Joy, is one of the most engaging people you will ever meet. Certainly, she is a beautiful, intelligent lady. (Can you tell I am slightly biased?) But what allows her to connect with all kinds of people almost instantly is her wonderful … [Read more...] about Asking Questions
Imagine my surprise when I saw the print advertisement for a well-know national retailer touting "Arctic Solstice Gifts." Have you watched the strained attempts of news anchors and reporters to carefully avoid using the term Christmas? Clerks in stores and servers in restaurants are reluctant to … [Read more...] about Happy Arctic Solstice