Category Archives: General

Upward Sports Soccer

Trey has never done any organized sports before. He loves playing outside and is extremely active but we’ve never been able to commit the time to a league with practices and games. With our upcoming move to Africa we figured he needed a good primer in the rules of football – yea, I said it real football.

Upward Sports is one of the best options out there for organized sports that aren’t focused on competition. Their focus is instead on Christian character building.

After initially complaining about going to practice, Trey told me after his first Upward practice that he loved it. “But…,” he said, “I don’t think games will be as fun.” After his first game? “When is our next game?”

Cherry Blossom Festival 2014

We headed up to Macon this weekend for a visit to “the pinkest party” on earth – the annual Cherry Blossom Festival! I grabbed Trey’s “bestest buddy” and we spent the afternoon riding fair rides and running around Central City Park.

The boys wore their ninja masks the whole time and fought off imaginary bad guys. The only slowed down on the bumper cars – something they had a hard time figure out how to drive. We’ll wait a few years before handing any keys over to those boys.

Suri’s 8th Birthday Party

Trey’s friend Suri invited up to Macon for her 8th birthday party. Trang, her mom, made an impressive Barbie princess cake for the occasion. They also had an impressive feast of Vietnamese food for everyone to enjoy. We all left with our bellies about to burst!

Fighting Bad Guys in Cordele

Trey has a neighborhood girl friend who goes to his school and is quite the tomboy. She loves fighting imaginary bad guys with him (often in costume) and playing superheroes. She comes over some school day afternoons and they have a blast running around the yard together. They took these photos themselves one afternoon this week.



Tracing Transformers

Trey loves the old 1980s Transformers show and often makes Lego creations that transform like the characters. On a recent visit to McKay Used Book Store in Chattanooga, Heidi picked up a book that teaches kids how to draw the actual characters from the old show. Trey loves that when he uses tracing paper on the images his resulting drawing looks exactly like the REAL deal.

Tracing Transformers


Church Block Party

Our church here in Cordele held a “block party” to reach out to the neighborhood around the church. We helped set things up in the local park and were amazed at the turnout. Nearly 300 folks came to the event. Kids played in bouncey houses, ate cotton candy & popcorn, and did various activities. Heidi and I spent the afternoon getting to know neighbors we had never met before and inviting them to join us at church. Trey even ran into several kids from his class at school. It was a great day of sharing Christ’s love with our community.