My last post was on the eve of election day, which was more than seven weeks ago. Since that time I have been busy and have not had the time or have not set aside the time to post an entry on my blog. So, "where have I been and what have I been doing?", might be the question to ask. Of course, I have been doing the usual stuff of teaching school, sleeping, eating, buying Christmas presents, visiting with family, and going to church.
However, there are some other commitments that have kept me from blogging. I am part of an organization, Coats for Kids(and families), that collects new and gently used coats to give to people in need in our community. This year with the help of the local school systems, two churches, and some other agencies, we collected and distributed over 900 coats in November.
In December, the guitarist in our church Praise Team, Bryan Lubeck, organized a benefit concert for Coats for Kids(and families). Additionally, Bryan and his band gave a free concert at our local mall, Westfield Shopping Centre. At the free concert, we sold holiday CDs created by Bryan and purchased by Westfield. All of the proceeds from the holiday CDs went to Coats for Kids(and families).
Besides the coat and concert responsibilities, we have spent some wonderful time with our family in Indianapolis. We spent a festive Thanksgiving with our son, Luke, his wife Frema, and our lovely granddaughter, Kara. The day after Thanksgiving our daughter-in-law, PJ, fed us a delightful meal, and we played with our oldest granddaughter for a few hours. This past Saturday, we traveled to Indianapolis again to visit with the family for Kara's first birthday. Unfortunately, Kara was ill and was not able to fully enjoy her party.
Today is somewhat of a break for Daddy D and me. School was cancelled because of the ice storm that hit our area. This provided me with some extra time to compose a post. I hope that you all have been well in my absence.
Note: I am not in the picture as I was the photographer at the Barack Obama Rally in Highland, Indiana on October 31.