Lordy, Lordy Look Who’s Forty!

They say time flies when you’re having fun but geeezzz. Where does forty years worth of time go. That’s four decades. That’s half of 80! Ok ok. You get the picture.

Happy 40th birthday to Kent


Soldiers of Jesus

Wednesday night Bishop Jackels confirmed 61young adults from Newton. Among them our niece and nephew Madi and Chance along with their cousin Wyatt McKinney. As Bishop Jackels said “the Holy Spirt now comes down upon you and firms you, strengthens you to become soldiers of Christ. You now have the strength to go and be witnesses of Christ by saying no to temptation and yes to his calling. Calling you to do the will of God. Go and find out what your calling is and say yes.”

Congratulations to the three of you!


Life’s An Adventure. Live It!

A favorite quote of Nancy’s has stuck with us ever since hearing it many years ago and I’d like to think that we’ve adopted it as our life’s motto.

“It’s not the years in your life that count, but it’s the life in your years.”

When President Lincoln shared this tidbit of advice with all of us many years ago he was encouraging folks to get out and participate in life and not just merely exist.  That is why over the last several years we have made it our mission to create “experiences” for the family by getting out and being active and exploring life. These events I feel create lasting memories that can be looked back on, laughed at and enjoyed for years to come.  Far more treasured than merely existing and becoming smothered by the stuff we accumulate.

As both Nancy and I get ready to turn 50 over the span of the next twelve months we’ve decided to use that time to explore and do 50 things that we have not gone and done or seen before.  Probably one of the biggest events we’ve challenged ourselves to participate in is the Bike Across Kansas bicycle trip. Our youngest, Kristina has also taken up the invite and will make the trip with us as well as some friends from church.  It’s a seven-day journey starting on the Kansas / Colorado border and ending at the Kansas / Missouri border 475 miles away.


2011 Bike Across Kansas

There are many sights to see along the way. We’ll explore 8 small town communities that we have the privilege of spending the night at as well as several other Kansas communities we’ll be passing through.  We’re looking forward to spending time with friends and make new ones as we take on this journey.  So watch for future posts and updates as we share with all of you

I leave you with this challenge.  Get out and explore. Create and share experiences.

Life’s an adventure. Live it!

Mama Mia!

Have I mentioned that my girls are glorified Food Channel chefs? Meal preparation requires using every pan and mixing bowl in the house. But I’m not complaining. No sir. Everything is made from scratch with fresh ingredients and pretty darn good. Well today when Emily asked if she could make dinner tonight I said of course. A homemade meal always tastes better when someone else makes it. Right?

It just so happens that Emily’s favorite meal consists of pasta with made from scratch sauce and homemade bread hot out of the oven. The sauce! OMG the sauce. It had pan cooked bacon with sautéed garlic and leeks. A rich smoky flavor.

Mama Mia! I’m in heaven.


Sunday Dinner

Sundays are for family time, catching up on the past week and planning the events for the upcoming week. Great conversations and much laughter takes place over a gourmet dinner. The girls are glorified Food Channel chefs so this Sundays dinner was Asiago pork chops with sautéed green beans and pan fried potatoes.

Thanks Emily!

Sister James Annual Birthday Blessing

One of the many memories as a youngster were the birthday get togethers with the family.  It may have been with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins usually taking place at grandpa and grandma Gehrer’s house. There was always that one gift that you would receive and you could always count on it year after year. Like the annual flight of the swallows to Capistrano it was the birthday phone call from Sister James.

Sister James Smith

The soft spoken little nun always went out of her way to make sure that she called to wish you a happy birthday and to make sure you knew that you were being prayed for.  Now I won’t lie to you.  If it was your birthday and you were at the big family get together and the phone rang you would try to slink into the corner because you knew it would be sister and you’d be forced to talk to her.  But little did we know at the time, it was her prayers and those of her fellow sisters that got us through to our next birthday.  We were blessed and didn’t even know it.  Thank you Sister for all the birthday blessings.  And to keep the tradition alive here’s one more to get another family member through to his next birthday.  Happy Birthday Kory!