This is the three year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which, to date, is the most devastating natural disaster in United States history. For a photo gallery of the hurricane's aftermath along the MS coast, go here.The historic Dantzler House before... and after Katrina.
The weather in north Georgia this summer has been unusually cool. Last year the highs in Atlanta during August averaged around 100 degrees. This year we've averaged at least 15 degrees cooler. Many days have been like fall, around 80 with very low humidity. We'll enjoy it while it lasts. Of course, it looks like … Continue reading Georgia Weather
Today I spent most of the day working in Dahlonega, but came back in time to coach Schaeffer's soccer team, the Rangers. Ten of eleven boys showed up for a perfect weather, early evening practice. Schaeffer has been waiting all summer for soccer to start, and had a GREAT time... even stayed after to shoot … Continue reading First U12 Soccer Practice & the Cherokee Rose
It looks like Tropical Storm/Depression Fay may be renamed The Drought Killer. Folks in Georgia are so thankful that she has lingered over the mountains for the past couple of days, dropping upwards of 15 inches of rain in some places—wow! At almost 40,000 acres, Lake Lanier, the primary reservoir for the Atlanta area, has … Continue reading The Drought Killer
This morning Sarah Wynn got dressed and ready for her first official day of 4-K. Although we've been doing school for almost three weeks at home, today was Classical Conversations' kick off for 4-K through sixth grade (seventh and up began two weeks ago). Anyway, she loves her "hand me down" backpack from Ann Ferris- … Continue reading First Day in 4-K
In case anyone is interested, a streaming version of the sermon I preached at Perimeter's Saturday night service is online on the Perimeter sermon page here. Or you can download it for free as an mp3 at iTunes. Go to the iTunes store and search "perimeter church podcast." Click on the white album and you'll … Continue reading Saturday Sermon
Last night our friends, the McDonalds, hosted us for some BBQ and Olympics. The kids climbed trees, played football and dress-up. I wish I'd gotten the picture of Sarah Wynn in the princess dress. She felt so at home in it! After a game of football in the front yard, Schaeffer and Coleman put on military … Continue reading Evening with Friends
This morning I woke up and discovered two young chefs, Emeril and Rachel Ray Caston, making pancakes for breakfast. She stirred. He flipped. Notice the apron on Sarah Wynn. :0)
Today I agreed to coach Schaeffer's U-12 soccer team this year with ASA (the Atlanta Soccer Academy). It will be a great way to spend time with him, meet folks along the 400 corridor (which leads to Dahlonega) and maybe influence some kids. Schaeffer and I are really fired up. Practice for The Rangers begins … Continue reading Coach Caston
FYI: Perimeter posted my Saturday night message here. I really appreciate Randy inviting me to fill in for him, and count it as a huge privilege. Although I was more nervous than I expected to be, it was a great experience.
Today while Kristy and Ann Ferris were at CC at Periemter, I was at home enjoying a reading day. While I was in my chair in the backyard, Sarah Wynn and Schaeffer played Trampoline-Ball (a bouncy version of short field football).Weekend update: Since Randy Pope was at the Men's Retreat on Saturday, I was asked … Continue reading Trampoline-Ball
Ann Ferris very delicately crafted a "house of cards" on the dresser beside her bed. Considering that Sarah Wynn was in the room makes the feat all the more amazing!
Over the past few days, our kids have engaged in a variety of Olympic games... homestyle. From events on the putting green to the trampoline, they have all been going for the gold. Schaeffer hopes to match Michael Phelp's run for 8! Anyway, here is a pic of Schaeffer and Ann Ferris in a grudge … Continue reading Homestyle Olympics
I'm sitting in a cafe on the square in Dahlonega today, taking things a bit slower than my marathon day yesterday, when I left the house around 6am and went non-stop until I returned home after 9pm. Whew... Anyway, since I am preaching at Periemter's saturday night service in the main auditorium and then teaching … Continue reading Mid-Week Upate
Although school at home began last week, Ann Ferris' Classical Conversations challenge class begins today (while Schaeffer and Sarah Wynn's classes begin in two weeks). Ann Ferris is really excited, and here is posing in a new "back to school" outfit.
Since Ann Ferris was invited to an end of the summer all-girl's swim party on Friday afternoon, I took Schaeffer and Sarah Wynn on a field trip to the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center. After feeding the ducks, we enjoyed live frogs, snakes, lizards, tarantulas, emperor scorpions and more. Sarah Wynn was a … Continue reading Autrey Mill Field Trip
Check out this Katydid that hung out on the front porch of our cottage in Monteagle last week. Unreal how it could blend in with leaves on a tree. Looks like intelligent design to me.
Sarah Wynn loves Friday "Water Games" at Monteagle. Here are some highlights of our her recent water games experience:
The other day we had a visitor in the backyard. At first I thought he was the neighbor's cat, but then I noticed that he had a non-feline swagger. Needless to say, the kids were really fired up.
Here are a few more pics from the Firey Gizzard swimming hole. Schaeffer and Graham search and find the monster crawdad!
While we were in Mississippi for Kristy's reunion, I received an e-mail from the general manager of the Monteagle Assembly asking if I could return to the mountain and lead a mid-week chapel service. After rearranging my schedule and getting permission from the encouraging folks at Perimeter, the family returned to Atlanta for a day … Continue reading Monteagle in July- Swimming Hole, Pt. 1
Well, we had planned to return to Atlanta last night, but were talked into staying by some good friends of ours from Nashville, Sydney and Larry Catlett. Tom Key, who owns a theatrical group in d'town Atlanta, was in the Assembly last night to perform a one-man stage play of C.S. Lewis. The Catlett's had … Continue reading Back to Atlanta 2.0
These past few weeks have largely been lived "on the road." Our time in Mississippi and Tennessee has been wonderful, but we are looking forward to getting back in the home-saddle. We head back home tonight from a return visit to Monteagle, TN, where we have been since Tuesday. I was asked at the last … Continue reading Back to Atlanta