Saturday was my birthday, and it was a happy one. I'm not quite sure how many birthdays I have had, but I do remember Eisenhower being president when I was born. I actually started celebrating my birthday on Thursday. Our American Cancer Society Community Representative. Stina Brown, had a birthday this week; so Gina brought a birthday cake to the Relay For Life meeting Thursday evening and we celebrated our birthdays there.
Saturday morning I woke to a beautiful warm spring day. We attended church and had had a wonderful time worshiping with our church family. It was my week to present the sermon. My sermon title was "The World Needs More Spice". You can read a short version of the sermon in my blog titled "Spice"
After the church service, we were invited to our friend Deanna's house for birthday dinner. Since I had already had a birthday cake, Gina had made a Birthday Apple Pie for the occasion. The meal and the pie were delicious. It was such lovely weather that we wanted to enjoy the out of doors. In Deanna's back yard I spotted a Robin taking a bath. Here is a short video of Mr. Robin enjoying his bath.
ROBIN TAKES A BATH
Since it was such a beautiful day, we wanted to get some fresh air. We went to check out a piece of property that Deanna owns in the mountains near Boardcamp. Her acreage includes the mountain top and has some spectacular views.
ROAD ON DEANNA'S PROPERTY
VIEWS FROM THE MOUNTAINTOP
The warmer weather and the trees budding out are really lifting my spirits. I am ready for Spring. Getting to be out in nature and enjoy the beginning of Spring was a wonderful birthday present. We took a walk and saw many beautiful things.
Gina really enjoyed walking with Cowboy, Deanna's dog. Cowboy is great to take a walk with. He stays right with you and never strays. You can tell that he enjoys the walk with every fiber of his being.
GINA AND COWBOY
One of the highlights of my day was when my daughter Cynda called. After we had talked a bit, She put my three year old grand-daughter Autumn on the phone. Autumn said, "Happy Birthday Papa", and then she continued "I want to talk to Grandma". It is hard to compete with a Grandma!
AUTUMN'S FIRST DAY OF PRE-SCHOOL
I had a very pleasant birthday, and the best thing is that it will be 365 days before I get another year older.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled The Little Things - Devotionals from a small town, using articles from the column. I published the second book in the Devotionals from a small town series, titled In the Fog, in December 2017.