Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Little Rant On Politics

Hey, guess what? There's going to be an election in about 3 weeks! AND...I'm getting tired of hearing about it! Why? Because I'm tired of hearing one person accusing another, and the other retaliating with something worse, back and forth, until you don't know who is telling the truth and who is not. If the truth be known, I doubt any of them are telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth!
You want to know what I think? (probably not, but you're going to hear it anyway)
We don't need the government running anything else. We don't need more taxes, we don't need more healthcare, or most of the other things they've been arguing about; We need to remember that this nation was brought into existence because some people were tired of being told what they could and could not believe, and they were tired of being punished for not seeing things the way the government wanted them to. Hmmm...does this sound familiar? It seems to me that Americans are doing the very things the Pilgrims came over to get away from!
As we near Thankgiving, let's go back and remember what our nation was founded on! It's not about politics, or who is the next president of the United States (and believe me, if you care anything about our nation, there is only ONE choice, and it's NOT [the democratic candidate]), it's not about the economy and whose fault it is, it's not about the war, and if it is right or wrong; no, it's not any of those things - Our focus should be, as Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:2, "Jesus Christ, and him crucified." It's all about the Cross!
I was listening to a song this evening that pretty much sums it up for me:

It's Still The Cross
It's not conservative or liberal, however they're defined
It's not about interpretation, or the judgement of the mind
It's the opposite of politics, power or prestige
It's about a simple message, and whether we believe:
It's still the Cross, it's still the blood of Calvary
That cleanses sin and sets the captive free
It's still the name - the name of Jesus that has power to save the lost
It's still the Cross!
We can water down Theology, preach a word to suit our needs
We can justify sweet, subtle lies that are wrapped in noble deeds
We can alter our convictions to adapt to social whims
But we cannot change the Gospel, or the Truth contained within!
Though some may say it's 'man's religion' or 'ancient history'
The Cross of Jesus still remains the price for sin that sets us free!
It's still the Cross, it's still the blood of Calvary
That cleanses sin and sets the captive free
It's still the name - the name of Jesus that has power to save the lost
It's still the Cross!

Monday, October 13, 2008

I'm Still Alive - Really!

Hey, everybody! I'm sorry it's been so long since I've updated this. Life has been a little hectic around the Davis home for the last month! (and that's an understatement!) I'll try to get you caught up...On August 30, my parents came to spend Labor Day weekend with us. We hadn't seen them in almost a year, so we were excited to see how Juliana would act with them. No worries there! She met them at the door with grins and giggles and dragged them around the rest of the time they were here. At one point, when Dad was unloading their stuff, she poked her head out the door and hollered at him "I call you POP", so he has been Pop ever since! :-)

At bedtime, she decided that she was going to sleep with them - somehow I doubt they would have gotten much sleep!

On Tuesday, September 3rd, I started working full days; Vonne was having major surgery on her neck and would be spending a few weeks in St Louis, so I had to be at there house at 6:30 a.m. and stay there all day 'til the kids all went home between 4 and 5:30(it's a home daycare). Around noon I got a call from Brad's cousin, Jessica, that their Great-Grandpa, John Finney was being taken to the hospital; he wasn't doing too good, and they weren't sure if he had had a stroke or what. I kept in touch with them all afternoon, and headed over there a soon as the last child waalked out the door. I had barely gotten on the road when Brad called and told me to get there as fast as I could; Grandpa John had been asking for me and Juliana all afternoon, and the Dr. had just come out and told them that he had gone into cardiac arrest, and he had specified that he didn't not want to be revived should that happen. It's about a 5-10 minute trip from where I work to the hospital, but when I got there, a nurse met me at the door to let me know that he was already gone. He lived 93 years in this world, and was loved dearly by his children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, and his one great-great: Juliana. He loved her so much, as you can see:
So, the rest of the week was spent planning the funeral, and trying to record the music for it. Grandma Polly and Papaw Henry wanted Brad and I to sing, and me to play the piano, but we were uncertain if it would be possible for me to get to the funeral on time, so we recorded everything ahead of time so we wouldn't have to worry about it. In the mean time, I'm still working 11 hours every day, so, needless to say, I think that the maximum of sleep I got any one night that week was 3 hours! Thankfully, the parents were able to work it out so that they could all pick up their kids at noon the day of the funeral that so that I could be there!
Brad's mom, sister, and brother came up from Louisiana for the funeral, so on Saturday we all went to the fair. Juliana loved the carousel - she rode it three or four times! Here she is with her beloved uncle 'Tent'.

The next week, we had planned to go on vacation in the Smoky Mountains, so Monday evening we headed out.

There was a kiddie play area in Dollywood that Juliana enjoyed; here she's playing in the water - notice the shirt? "Crabby but Cute"

Vacation is tiring...

Bringing home a baby bumblebee. She rode this ride two or three times!

We got to tour Dolly Parton's Bus. This was her bedroom.

A Daddy and His Puddytat

We found Roo!

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This is what we saw when we looked off our back porch at the place we stayed

We went to the Knoxville Zoo in the way home. Juju loved the animals!

This guy wasn't feeling very friendly; he had his backside up against the glass and wouldn't move.

The next week, Patti Mahan was getting married, and I was supposed to be making three little girl dressesfor the wedding, as well as playing the piano for it. (Still working 11 hours a day... I was leaving at 6 a.m. and sometimes not getting home until 7 p.m. by the time I did stuff that had to be done in town)

The wedding was on Friday, September 19 at 6:00. I finished the dresses and sent them on their way at 1:00! Got off work shortly after 4, and them had to go buy shoes for the wedding, copy all the music and organize it to start playing between 5:30 and 5:45...I think it ended up being about 5:50 when I started but I made it (Thank God!). The wedding was beautiful. Congratulations, Toya and Patti!

Here is a picture of Andrea Truitt and Alyssa Jones in the dresses I made.

For more pictures from the wedding visit Jennifer Truitt's page

By this time, I'm ready for some rest!

The next week, about the middle of the week, Vonne (my "boss") came home, so for the last couple days that week, I didn't have to go in to work until 8:30 (Wahoo!!). Friday afternoon, after I got off work, we headed for Alabama to visit our friends, David and Brittany Fogleman. We been plaing on going to see them for a long time, but somehow it never working out, so this time we decided we were going no matter what. I didn't get any pictures, but Juliana had a great time with the boys. She still talks about them! The other day she said she wanted to kiss Carson...yikes! They're growing up earlier and earlier these days!

David and Brittany, thank you for having us! We had a wonderful time! Hopefully we'll being seeing you again very soon! :-)

This was taken Sunday morning at their church.

From Brad & Gillian Davis

That pretty much fills you in on our life for the past month. The last week I haven't had to work nearly as many hours, so I'm doing better!

Oh...I forgot to mention... Somewhere in all of that, Brad quit his job selling mobile homes and went back to construction!

Maybe life will settle down soon, but I doubt it!

So, how have you all been? :-)