Our Favorite Photographer

From my mom’s blog…about my sister

Tonight was the 2006 Annual Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet (in Paris, Texas). The guest speaker this year was Congressman Ralph Hall. During the banquet he was presented a gift from the chamber and this year I think it was a very special gift. He was presented a photo taken by Kari & framed by Daniel Framing Studio. After the banquet, we were able to go and have her picture taken with
him. We are really proud, Kari. It is an amazing photo.

Way to go, Kari!

Live from San Antonio…It’s Thursday Night!

Anyone who’s been keeping up with our blog for a while knows that the Coppell Rheas are big, big fans of Barbara Ann Radnofsky. She’s running for the Senate seat currently held by Kay Bailey Hutchison. For months, BAR has continued to gain momentum in the polls and in the press and Hutchison has repeatedly declined to debate, despite numerous invitations from different organizations (all of which Barbara Ann accepted).

Finally, Hutchison agreed to participate in one debate and it will take place tomorrow night in San Antonio. It will be broadcast on all Texas PBS affiliates at 9:00 pm and you can bet we’ll be recording it. I hope you watch it and I hope it helps you make an informed decision when you vote on November 7th, regardless of whether you vote for Radnofsky or Hutchison.

Dance On!

We made this video to play in church to show how much FUN we have together in children’s ministry…in the hopes of recruiting more great people to share God’s Truth with His precious little ones. It is full of volunteers and staff of the Children’s Ministry @ Irving Bible Church … proclaiming that we are still dancing, taking a chance, and showing what we’re all about. (watch for my all time favorite “straight arm dance”…Brian can break out in this anytime, anywhere and I will bust out laughing, no matter how inappropriate laughing might be at that particular moment!)

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A Nice Day Off(road)

I had the day off from school today, so Laura took this as her day off this week so we could spend it together. On the calendar, it’s Columbus Day, but really, it’s Fair Day. The State Fair gives all the local schools a free ticket per kid and they go and gorge themselves on fried Snickers and funnel cakes. Laura and I went last year and discovered that we are not Fair People. This year I gave my ticket away and we made other plans.

Our friends Gene and Jill told us we could borrow their mountain bikes anytime and today seemed like the perfect occasion. Believe it or not, there are a lot of good trails in DFW and after a conversation with Richard (who bikes pretty regularly) we decided on this one.

This description on the site sums it up pretty well:

You can’t help but think of the scene from “Return of the Jedi” when Luke and Leah are being chased by Stormtroopers on Speeders!! Lots of technical twists and turns, nearly missing (hopefully!) every tree in sight.

The first time through, we were doing pretty good. I went around a pretty sharp turn, narrowly avoided a tree and shouted, “Hard left!” over my shoulder to Laura. Right about that time I heard an expletive and a thud. I quickly stopped my bike, turned around and saw my sweet little wife in a heap on the ground. She was a little banged up, laughing through a few tears, but ready to move on after dusting herself off. I was very impressed! We managed to finish the trail without anymore excitement and found ourselves a nearby Schlotzky’s for lunch.

Before heading home we wanted to try the trail once more and found that we’d learned a lot on our first run. We made it through in about half the time! Laura managed to stay out of the trees’ way and while I didn’t run in to any of them myself, I did have a little bit of a spill. One part of the trail winds up and down through a dry creekbed and you have to split two trees at the apex of each climb. It’s like the snowboarding halfpipe at the Olympics, except with trees at the top…and way smaller, by like, six thousand percent. Feel free to ignore the part about it being smaller. Also, I wasn’t busting out back flips or 360s. The only air I caught was the air beneath my face and the creekbed as I toppled over after running out of momentum before maneuvering myself through the third set of trees. It was a decent fall, I have to give myself credit for that at least. Laura came upon the scene to see me lying at the bottom with a bicycle resting nicely on my legs while I appeared to be trying to revive the creekbed via mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. I dusted myself off (took quite a bit longer than it took Laura) and we finished our ride.

It was a great day and thanks to Gene & Jill!

the Amish Response

The Amish are raising money for the family of the man who murdered their own children. Yesterday on NBC News, an Amish midwife who had helped birth several of the girls murdered by the killer said that they were planning to take food over to his family’s house. She said, “This is possible if you have Christ in your heart.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/us/04amish.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Is it me, or is that the Gospel? We hear about the Palestinian Authority giving the widows of suicide bombers financial compensation. What message would it send to Palestinians and the world if the nation of Israel did, too? I was reading last night about a Catholic priest in Germany during WWII who began to say that Christians should convert to Judaism as a show of solidarity with the outcasts. He did that very thing and was put on a train to Auschwitz.

It just has me wondering about the degree to which we’ve begun to accept violence as a justified option because we live in a fallen world. How seriously do I really take the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes? Those couple of examples tell me that the answer for me personally is “not seriously enough.”