Posts tagged ‘Summer’

July 23, 2012

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

by pastortimfowler

Gone Fishing

Do you remember that annual elementary school paper that you had to write as soon as you got back to school each year? What I did on my summer vacation. I hated it. My summers were usually filled with top-secret stuff that my friends and I did that we could never tell a soul. So I made stuff up that sounded cool and left out the really good stuff. Well this is my first blog after getting back from my summer vacation and I can’t tell you everything I did or I would have to kill you, and that would get complicated, considering the recent events in the news.
My wife and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary and her birthday, which happen to be the same day. I am the gift that keeps giving. This year, her sister let us stay in her lake house for the week and I took my boat, golf clubs, and motorcycle, and yes, my wife. She took books and sunscreen. She is so easy.
Day one: I played golf and set a new course record. Everyone was amazed at my skills and the fact that I had never played that course before. My score would have been much better, but I realized that I was playing so well that I was not getting my money’s worth, so I started playing left-handed with my right-handed clubs and using only half of a golf ball. After golf I went home to watch my wife tanning and reading. It was the highlight of my day. We ate dinner at a 5 star restaurant that evening where I left a $1000 tip and impressed my wife so much that I did not have to sleep in the spare bedroom that night.
Day two: We rode the motorcycle and when we got back I went fishing. I bought a used jon boat before we left and a used trolling motor and a new battery. Although I had fished this lake before, I had never been on this part of the lake. Fishing is all about knowing the lake and knowing where the fish are. There is a skill factor involved, but I never worry about that. On my first cast I hooked a monster of a fish. I was only using a small tackle that most people use for catching pan-fish, but I like to use it for larger fish to give them more of a chance. It took hours to get the fish close enough to the boat to see what is was. After an hour, there were boats from all over the lake watching what was happening. Some came close enough to offer help, but when they saw that I was only using one hand, they knew that I had things under control. Once I got the fish to the boat it was almost dark and because I only had a trolling motor, I did not want to run out of daylight, so I rigged line to the boat and to the fish and had it swim me back to my dock which was several miles away. I am sure that this was a state record, but I did not have the fish officially weighed. With all of the reports from others who saw the catch, I was awarded the unofficial world record by the president. That night in honor of the fish, I cooked a world-class meal for my wife and did not have to sleep on the couch.
On day three, I played golf again. This time I was not going to take it lightly. So I broke the course record again. I went home earlier to watch my wife sun-bathe and read a book. Again I prepared a world-class meal for her and watched a movie with her and did not have to sleep on the couch or in the spare bed room.
On day four it was our anniversary. Our custom is to go on a long ride together on the motorcycle, so we did. We went to see our daughter and have lunch with her then to see my wife’s parents and then home early enough to go out to a 5 star restaurant where again I tipped generously and wooed the wife enough to not have to sleep in the spare room or on the couch.
Day five I played golf and fished. It was amazing how many people on the golf course were asking me to go fishing again so they could watch me catch another unofficial world record and while I was on the lake, how many people wanted me to go play golf again so they could see me break the record again. Best part of the day was going back to watch the wife tan and read her book. A new record was made that night when I did not have to sleep in the spare room or on the couch for the 5th night in a row.
Day six, we loaded up and came back home and I did not have to sleep in the spare room or on our couch. It was a great vacation.

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August 16, 2011

Back To School

by pastortimfowler

Summers are just not long enough for kids and those who love spending time with their kids. But it has come to that time where we send them off in their new clothes with their new books to learn new things. It is an exciting time and can be quite nerve-racking. Our little rug rats are growing up!
I remember when I was in elementary school. We use to have to walk to school in knee-deep snow and then walk home when the snow was even deeper. It was uphill both ways too. But while I was at school I knew that the teachers and principals were people who had the same basic values that my parents did. Basically they demanded respect, effort, and adhering to specific values. Those values were biblical and no one ever complained about it because biblical values are what our laws are based on and they promote hard work along with compassion.
My 1st grade teacher use to read us a Bible story every morning. I remember hearing about David and Goliath and Joshua shouting down the walls of Jericho and how God created the world that we know it. Later in the 3rd grade I had a teacher who use to teach us music and often we used hymns to help us learn to read notes. By the time I got to middle school, things were changing. Not much more than the curriculum was taught, but we still had that core value base that was in place.
I always knew that there was going to be consistency in what I was getting at school and what I was getting at home. My dad always said that if I got a whipping at school that I could expect one when I got home. Sounds tough, but it was true. Now we have parents suing schools for disciplining kids and then complaining when the kids don’t learn anything. And the last thing that your kids will hear in school these days is that God created the universe, much less the story of David and Goliath. Instead they are taught new stories about families with 2 mommies or 2 daddies and when they get to middle school they are taught how to use condoms and where to go if you need an abortion.
Still I hear the complaints from parents that their kids don’t want to come to church and don’t want to know God. They tell me that they don’t know how to overcome all the “science that disproves the Bible”. I hear about kids having sex at younger ages and doing drugs and drinking in their teens. Parents are frazzled.
Last night in a Bible study this subject of why kids have no respect for the things of the Bible came up. So I asked the 15 men present, how many of you read a Bible story to your children every day? How ’bout once a week?. The answer was, none of them. My next question was this; Then why would you expect the schools to do it? Followed by this one: Do your kids think God is real and important to Daddy?
You see we pitch a fit when our school takes God out of them, but the truth is, God is not in our own houses either. We only visit His house on Sunday. We complain about schools not allowing prayers but we never pray with our kids at home. We proudly wear our “Put God back in Schools” bumper stickers, but maybe we need to put Him back in our homes first.
Here is God’s idea to help our kids:
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4 Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God. The Lord is the only God.
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 Take to heart these words that I give you today.
7 Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up.
8 {Write them down, and} tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder.
9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
If we teach our children about God like this at home, we will have less worries about them wherever they go. But maybe, just maybe, then the kids will be the ones to take God back to school.

July 25, 2011

What I did on my summer vacation

by pastortimfowler

Do you remember when you were a kid and you went back to school and had to write the report about “what I did on my summer vacation”? As a kid we did not take many real vacations. We rarely took a week to travel and that meant that my report included a lot of weird stuff that caused my friends to think that we were weird. I stayed very active during the summer and we did a lot of stuff but we just rarely traveled.
Now that I am all grown up, I like to travel for my vacations. Sometimes I take long trips and other times it is just down the road a ways. Since I have been married, we take our vacation in conjunction with our anniversary. Often it includes a road trip on the motorcycle, affectionately known as the Holy Kaw. We have been to Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington DC, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, and Niagara Falls, Canada. Lately we have been less adventurous and road less, but still love taking parts of our vacation to put some miles on the Holy Kaw.
This year we took an RV and stayed at one of South Carolina’s beautiful state parks. Our camp site was beside a lake and had plenty of shade, which was greatly appreciated, because the temperatures were around 100 degrees each day. If you have never vacationed in an RV it is a great experience and you should try it. There are different levels of amenities for RVs and it just so happened that the one we were using was like a hotel on wheels. Roughing it was not an option.
So here is what I did on my summer vacation.
Day one: We drove to the park and unloaded all of our stuff. It was a lot. My wife packs more stuff for a week than I need for a month. My friend met us there with his boat and took us to watch some birds fly in for the night. By the time the sun was setting there were tens of thousands of birds flying around and it reminded me of a Hitchcock movie. We ate and laughed until we puked. (not really, no puking)
Day two: We went to WalMart to get the groceries and other essentials needed for a week in an RV. Prior to that we walked around the mall and looked for weird people who also walking around the mall. We came back and I drowned some worms and called it fishing while the wife read a book. Later I read a book. Its called relaxing.
Day three: Road the Holy Kaw to see some family and had lunch with our favorite daughter. That evening we celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary and my wife’s birthday by dining out. Yes, I married her on her birthday and no, I have never forgotten either.
Day four: We did nothing but read and fish, and I use the term fish lightly. Relaxing is the new chillin’.
Day five: We road the Holy Kaw to Florence to see our son and daughter-in-law and our soon to be born grandson. We took them out to lunch for a late celebration of there 5th wedding anniversary. When we got back to the RV we read some more and talked about how awesome God is to give us grandchildren.
Day six: I rode the Holy Kaw back home, exchanged it for our mini van and picked up Twitch, our oldest grandson, because Mimi was having gbaby withdrawals. We got back to the RV and went swimming, “fished”, and made Smores.
Day seven: Time to go home. Packed, hooked up the RV, but first a detour for me. As Mimi and Twitch went to a birthday party back home, I met a friend to go fishing and actually catch some fish. I did.  Vacation over…Sort of.
Day eight: We visited another church that Sunday morning. I had someone filling in for me and I love seeing what God is doing in other places. It was uplifting and I got to worship and hear a great message that challenged me to get back to work.  Vacation over! That is what I did on my summer vacation.