Such a Good Boy!

Eli-award2 Ephraim came home today with a new bouncy ball and a lollipop. 

"Where did you get those?" I asked.

Before he could answer, Silas piped in, "I should get a treat too, since Ephraim got one!"

"Oh, yeah? Well, what did you do to be special like me?" Ephraim asked him.

"What did you do that's so special?" Silas inquired.

"I don't know. It's in my backpack."

And in his backpack was a certificate and letter from his teachers. This is what it said:


Congratulations on being this week's Leader of Tomorrow! You have been chosen this week because you always work very hard and try your best at everything you do.

We really appreciate your great work habits and the way you put first things first. You get to work quickly, and make sure to complete all of your work quickly and neatly before you play.

You are a very caring student and have quickly made friends in our classroom. You make a great effort to make deposits into your classmates' emotional bank accounts through your kind words and actions! Your kindness and great work ethic make you a wonderful role model in our classroom.

Keep up the great work, Ephraim!

Mrs. Osmond and Mrs. Stanke

Grasslands Website is "Live"

GrasslandswebAfter weeks and weeks of work (mostly on the part of Marek Kowalsky), the first version of the Grasslands Church website is up and running!

"Why the first version?" you may ask.

The answer is simple; because we are in the pre-launch phase of the church plant, the information and details on the site are geared towards connecting with like-minded Jesus-followers. We are hopeful that the mission stated and the vision cast on the website will attract other people in the community who want to be a part of this big endeavor.

Once we reach the summer months and are gearing up towards the actual launch in September, we will revise the content of the site to explain more about the Sunday experiences we have planned and the way that people can connect through groups and ministries.

Please take a look at the site:

3 Types of People

I've heard it before and it's likely that you have too. But as I'm reading Jim Tressel's "The Winners Manual" I read it again and determined it to be worth repeating:

There are three types of people:

1) Those that make things happen,

2) Those that watch things happen,

3) And those who say, "What happened?"

Which one are you?

9 Years Ago Today...

Eblair-web 9 years ago today I married my best friend. We had a bunch of people join us for breakfast and we made a promise to live the rest of our lives together. This is what we promised...

I promise to give you the best of myself and to ask of you no more than you can give.

I promise to respect you and to realize that your interests, desires and needs are no less important than my own.

I promise to share with you my time and my attention and to bring joy, strength and imagination to our marriage and our family.

I promise to grow along with you, to be willing to face challenges and changes in order to keep our life together healthy, alive and exciting.

I promise to love you in good times and bad, with all I have to give.

I promise to be faithful to you in mind, spirit and body.

Most importantly, I promise to walk the path that God has paved for us and to stay faithful to His ways in the way we build this life together.

I promise all these things completely and forever.

. . .

Wow! It's been an amazing ride so far, my love! No regrets. Not one!