Oh, Deer

It has been a long time between posts, but things have been busy with the start of the spring semester, so I had to find time from someplace to be ready in time for my first classes.  It was a pretty uneventful first week in classes, which was nice and will be better once we are well into the routine and structure of the semester.  I have so much in mind to do in each of my classes each semester and I always dread forgetting to say something about an upcoming class during class time.  Even though I have many opportunities to reach students (e.g., course Website, e-mail, etc.), I still freak out about silly things like that.  There were some brief fireworks outside of the classroom this week, but at least things have settled down now and the semester is off and rolling.

We did have a birthday party for Ben and Abby (Ben’s older cousin by 1 year) at our house, which was the second ‘large’ gathering we hosted.  The party was terrific as Jet made plenty of food, the kids had lots of fun, and everyone seemed to have a good time.  We have another birthday party (Dad’s) to attend tomorrow, but Kristin will do all of the hosting this time.  I have mentioned to Jet several times over the past few weeks that I am sure glad that we can finally host parties for my family, really for the first time in my life.  It is always a thrill having all of the sisters together with kids running around.  Somehow it is a relief for me to have happen at our house.  Go figure.

Following Ben and Abby’s birthday party, Josh, Ty, and Sam slept overnight for Ben’s first ever sleep over, which was a wonderful success if you ask me.  Jet would not give it such a glowing review as she fretted over the kids during their entire stay, from Sam and Ben keeping each other up past 10:30pm to running around outside.  I think Jet just needs to loosen up around the kids, which comes natural to me having grown up with 1 brother and 6 sisters.  After the sleep over, I took Josh out on a hike through the woods in our back yard, which was the first time I had been out there.  We walked for a good 20 minutes, picking up deer trails, scaling fallen trees, and meandering through the thick of the woods until we finally reached the river, which probably runs around 1/4 to 1/2 a mile behind our house, as the crow flies.  The river was frozen over, but not having any swimming gear with me, I didn’t want to test out how thick the ice was. 

It is funny about that day out back in the woods because I had never noticed any ‘deer’ signs before then.  Just before the birthday party, Jeremy pointed out deer tracks underneath our bird feeders which I never noticed before and Josh claimed seeing a deer in our yard early that morning.  Getting up at 3:00am on Wednesday morning I just happened to look outside our bedroom window and noticed a deer sitting there like a statue in our back yard.  I walked downstairs to get a closer look, and that doe just stood there motionless for as long as I was there.  Of course she was gone by the time Jet and Ben woke up a few hours later, but that was my first sight of a deer at our new house.  I stopped by the Tractor Supply Company in town yesterday with Ben to pick up some stuff that might attract more deer around the house and ended up getting a large block of salt with a bag full of whole corn kernels.  Ben helped me spread out some of the corn yesterday afternoon and the block of salt hoping to catch a glimpse of some deer that night.  I woke up at 4:00am this morning without any sight of a deer, but as the sunlight came out, we noticed that there were deer tracks all over our yard and that the salt lick was now on its side, suggesting that they were there at some point last night.

Speaking of nature, the birds we get is another exciting tale to tell of our new house.  We keep putting more and more bird food out, and the variety of birds gets more and more diverse by the day.  We have several woodpeckers and sparrows that have been there since day one, but now we have all sorts that come out, and the noise they make outside our windows in the mid-morning is just wonderful to hear.  We had a few blue-jays come through yesterday and came back today which was very impressive as they dwarf the size of most of the birds that have visited.  Most birds that have visited, not all.  This morning was an amazing sight as Jet called me over to look outside, and there perched a few feet above our bird feeders was a hawk.  Wow.  I wonder what he was doing there.

As for a quick update on Ben, we have been much more aggressive in getting him potty trained these past two or three weeks as he was reaching his third birthday, with varied success.  He does well at home without a diaper, but lacking much confidence in him (or in us), we put a diaper on him anytime we leave the house.  The last two days at his daycare I took off his diaper when we got into the classroom – he had an accident both days, but is still showing signs of improvement.  Ben had his three-year checkup yesterday with a pediatrician in Mukwonago that a friend’s wife at UWW recommended and he was terrific.  Ben didn’t need any shots, so it was a basic checkup of where he was at for his age in terms of learning development and growth.  Ben is right where he needs to be in terms of learning development and is just average for BMI (they do that for three year olds?) and slightly under average (45th percentile) for height and weight.  Let’s just hope things keep going well. 

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9 Responses to “Oh, Deer”

  1. Tom Guin Says:

    Hi Andy and Jet,

    It looks as though you three found the perfect house! And, the deer are a plus! We have quite a large concentration of wildlife here in the mountains of N Alabama as well … just not as much snow.

    Boy, Ben sure is growing up into a fine young man. Keep enjoying him while he’s young & growing, because he will be grown before you know it. Take care and God Bless!

    Love in Christ,

    Tom and Sandra

    (Remember that Calvary’s Cross is the only Bridge to Eternal Life)

  2. Stephanie Says:

    FYI that hawk was probably a sparrow hawk and he was probably looking for dinner. I am sure that you will get good at attracting the “good” birds aka chickadees, bluebirds, swallows, woodpeckers, orioles, hummingbirds, and many more. With those woods, there is no telling what you could attract provided you put the right food out. Hopefully next time we are over it won’t be so cold and we can take a walk through those woods with you. The kids would love it!!
    Jet, the food was really great at the party. Dad says the pork was from AL. Is that true?
    Love,
    Stephanie
    (Sister who has crossed that bridge- Praise God for His precious Gift!)

  3. Tom Guin Says:

    Praise God, Sister Stephanie! “Be faithful unto death and I will give you the Crown of Life.” (Rev. 2:10) See you in that Heavenly Home! Hallelujah!

    Brother Tom

  4. Tom Guin Says:

    Andy and Jet,

    You are probably aware of the following points concerning Buddhism vs. Christianity, but I thought I would send the info. anyway just in case.

    Buddhist beliefs and Christianity differ in many ways. Here are just a few:
    1. Buddhists do not believe in a Divine being, therefore they have no
    concept of salvaton and atonement for wrong doings. In Christianity,
    God provided His Son Jesus as redemption for our sins.
    2. While Buddhism claims there is no beginning and end, we are shown
    through Christianity and Judaism the Creation and God’s plan for our
    eternity. Jesus stated, “I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning
    and the end.”
    3. The philosophies of Buddha were written 400 yrs. after his death.
    The Bible was written with numerous prophecies hundreds of yrs.
    before Jesus was born.
    4. There are no directives or absolutes to the path of Nirvana. Yet Jesus
    taught that while our physical bodies will die, our soul will ascend to
    be with the Lord in heaven. We must simply accept His gift of
    salvation to be redeemed for this assurance. Buddhists contend that
    people do not have individual souls and hold to the belief that
    achievements in life will continue on and on into your next bodily
    form, striving to get it right (reincarnation). In Buddhism, there is
    no forgiveness or mercy from a loving God.
    5. In Buddhism, there is no hope for eternal safety. In Christianity,
    however, Jesus gave us directives and absolutes. Eternal joy is
    achievable through accepting Him. He tells us in John 10:9a, “I am
    the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved …” and in
    Romans 10:9, “That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is
    Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
    you will be saved.”

    Andy & Jet, the simple fact is that all 66 books of the Bible are inspired by the living God. 2 Tim. 3:16 states, “All scripture is God-breathed
    and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

    Of course, each person must decide for themselves, whether they will serve Jehovah God or another god. It’s truly the most important decision a person will make in this life, more important than who one will marry, what college or course of study one will pursue, etc., etc. This life is truly the testing ground for determining where one will spend the rest of eternity in the life to come. There are only two choices, Heaven or Hell.
    Please choose Heaven!

    Andy and Jet, in the days ahead, please spend some time in the Bible to discover the God that loved us so much that He was willing to suffer and die so that we could spend eternity with Him. If you will spend at least a month carefully studying and meditating upon the scriptures, I know you will encounter Jesus in a fresh and meaningful way. He’s waiting to welcome you two on board. Please don’t tarry another day, for the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Behold now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation.”

    What about it? Will you give Christ a try? What have you got to lose? If I am wrong, what have I lost? Nothing. But if you are wrong, what have you lost? Everything!!

    In Christ, Tom

  5. Tom Guin Says:

    Hi Andy & Jet,

    I hope you all are enjoying the nation’s most bitter winter of the last 25 yrs. In the deep south of NE Alabama, we have even seen several days of light snow and more is forcast to occur this weekend.

    I am running 5 miles a day on the soft surface of the golf course we live on and have found myself crunching ice under foot on more than one occasion. I would love to eventually run another marathon and re-qualify for a fourth Boston. My best qualifying time came in 1981 on a course (Huntsville Rocket City Marathon) only 45 miles from where we now live. I ran it in 2:44 which translates to 6:17 per mile. At that time I was training 80-100 miles a week. I can’t even run that pace for a 5K now. My last 5K was 21:36.

    I’m writing to inform you of some material on the web which I would like for you to read when you have time. Just goggle the term “masonic cult” and you will find a wealth of information concerning the pagan religion of Freemasonary. All of the material is good reading. I particularly found the article entitled, “Masons (Freemasonry) — Christian or Anti-Christian” particularly enlightening into the dark, secret life of Freemasons and their pagan ideas/rituals.

    I know that you do not at present subscribe to the tenants of the Christian Faith since you are Buddhists, but I just wanted you to be aware (if you arent’t already) as a relatively newly enrolled Mason that THE VIEWS OF THE MASONIC RELIGION ARE IN OPEN CONFLICT WITH BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY, so much so that a knowledgeable and committed Mason could not possibly be a true Christian. The article goes on to present what the Masons believe about their source of authority, God, Jesus Christ, sin, and salvation and future life.

    I must admit that reading the material was alarming and sickening to say the least, especially where the article talks about the grotesque penalty for violating solemn oaths and obligations in the attainment for each advancing degree in the cult.

    Like I said, all of the material is very informative to the person with an open mind who is seeking the truth. So, as very intelligent individuals, I implore you to investigate the deep, dark world of the Masonic cult in order to see for yourself how damning to your soul this cult can be.

    I am not giving up on you and Jet and your eventual acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and your termination from this wholly anti-Christian cult.

    If you find my remarks offensive and would prefer that I not write again, please let me know and I will certainly honor your request, but I will continue to pray that you & Jet (and eventually Ben when he reaches the age of accountability) will come to discover the truth of Christ before it is everlastingly too late.

    I tried to obtain your email so my remarks to you would be more personal, but I was unable to procure it. So, I apologize for writing to you in this context. But to me, as I strive to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ, it was imperative that I write to you possibly for the last time to inform you of this important subject matter which I recently discovered.
    I would love to hear from you.

    In Christ,
    Tom

  6. Linda Says:

    Tom,

    Surely you are intelligent enough to not believe everything you read on the Web! I believe that our Saviour, Jesus Christ gave his life to pay for our sins, and that by accepting him we have eternal life. I don’t know everything about Buddhism or Masonry. I can only say that I have known and been associated with many Masons as well as persons of other religions in my 61 years of life that I feel were Christians. I say this beause the Bible tells us that you will know them by their fruits and that our souls bear witness with one another in the Spirit. I feel that you have been ill informed and should not have blasted Andy and Jet in this manner. You were given a phone list with their phone numbers when you lived here and they have not changed. I’m disappointed that you have chosen this path of sharing rather than prayer for a perceived need.

  7. Tom Guin Says:

    Linda,

    Unfortunately, your remarks to me are fraught with many errors.

    Firstly, EXACTLY what is it SPECIFICALLY that is incorrect about the material I sent Andy concerning Freemasonry? Please, I sincerely want to know, so I can do further research to correct my errors. Then, if I stand corrected, I can apologize for drawing attention to false material. All of the sources on the Web are saying the same thing about the belief system of the Masons, so I assume that the statements are true. I certainly DO NOT believe everything I read on the Web, but when material from one source corroborates with material from numerous other sources, credibility certainly increases. Have you personally read the material I sent Andy concerning this “secret society” and if not, how can you say that I am misinformed?

    Linda, I do not appreciate your saying that I BLASTED Andy & Jet on my posts to them. It’s just that I care too much about their eternal souls not to present the “truth in love” to them, so they can turn to Christ before it is eternallly too late. I thought that was what the Great Commission was all about. Indeed, The Great Commission is not an option for a Christian, but a COMMANDMENT!

    Once again, Jesus said, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6). Jehovah is a jealous God and He will have no other gods before Him (Commandment #1 of 10). This means Freemasonry, Buddhism, Humanism, and all other philosophical belief systems are incongruent with the tenants of the Christian faith and should be exposed for what they are. Satan does not want this to happen, but God does, and I stirve to follow His precepts.

    You said “I was given a phone list with their phone numbers when I lived here and they have not changed.” I really don’t know how phone numbers got into this “mix.” I certainly did not ask for Andy’s phone number, and I’m sure his has changed since moving back to Wisconsin from Alabama. I did (via email) ask you for Andy’s email address (so I could use that means, rather than this one, to correspond with him), but you elected for some unknown reason not to provide it, and that is the reason I have been using the only means I know of to “speak with him.” My intentions are not to write again unless he writes back. I need to just give them some “room” and time to digest the information I have presented concerning the Christian Faith and Freemasonry. I just hope they respond in time. Proverbs 27:1 says, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” James may have had this verse in mind when he wrote, “You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).

    And lastly, we HAVE BEEN praying (along with members of our Sunday School class) for Andy, Jet, and Ben. We are praying that Andy and Jet will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and experience the “abundant life” within this walk of life and “everlasting life” in the life to come and for them to “train up their child in the way he should go, so that when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Pr. 22:6)

    Linda, you can just email me your answers, if you wish, rather than using this blog for that purpose.

    Thanks and God Bless! Happy Valentine’s Day and thanks once again for all you and Donald did for us when we were in Oxford for those 2.5 yrs. “Ya’ll” were truly a blessing to us and we will forever be grateful to you. ROLL TIDE! (Graduated in 1968 & there for 2 of the Namath yrs.)

    In Christ,
    Tom

  8. Tom Guin Says:

    Dear Andy & Jet,

    I understand from Linda’s email that you feel that I “went too far” with my comments to you on this blog. I want to apologize if that is indeed the case. It’s just that I am so extremely excited about what Christ did for me when He died on Calvary’s cross for my sins in order that I might have abundant life now and everlasting life when my time on Earth is over. His love is sooo amazing that it just “blows me away.” I suppose I want EVERYONE to whom I witness, to quickly & wholeheartedly receive the new life He promises.

    But from a purely realistic viewpoint, I realize everyone is a “free moral agent” with the right to choose which path in life to follow. I want you two to know that I respect that right of yours because, after all, God did not make us robots to just automatically embrace Him and His love for us.

    Andy, Linda tells me that you have, in fact, already placed your trust in Jesus. Wonderful, I want to commend you on that decision, as it is the most important decision one will ever make. The Bible says in Mark 8:36, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” This scripture is included in Mark’s gospel probably because he knew that most people, then and now, have their affections set on things on the Earth, rather than on things above. (Colossians 3:2)

    Once again, I want to apologize for “coming on too strong” to the two of you. Please forgive me for doing so. I am much more passionate about Jesus (maybe as much as Tim Tebow) than I am about Alabama football, but that was not always the case, as those who knew me years ago can readily testify.

    Andy & Jet, I promise not to write again and bother you. I wish you, Jet, and your precious son, Ben, well in your new location. Location makes such a big difference in one’s HAPPINESS (we are now where God wants us). But JOY comes only from the Lord. Sandra and I are responsible for changing the message on our huge church sign weekly. One of our latest posts read, “Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.”

    If I can ever be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Love In His Name,

    Tom (John 14:1-3)

  9. Kung Says:

    P Kung to Ple
    Please give money to Ven.Sompoch WatRatanapanya 1000 Baht. (30$)
    and tell him “P Kung fak Tum Boon Manaka”
    Thank You So Much
    P Kung

    I Saw Your son BEN he is happy and nice and cute

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