Saturday, October 10, 2009

Balloon Fiesta in Qwerky

We left Thursday afternoon to go to the Albuquerque balloon fiesta. We enjoyed it a lot. We tried to get the kids to bed by about 8pm so we could get up at 5:45am to go to the morning session. After a quick breakfast at a close by Waffle House, we headed up to Coronado mall to catch a bus to go out to the Fiesta. That is the best way to go by far. We didn't have to wait but 10 min or so to board the bus and the ride was pretty short to the grounds.

At the Fiesta grounds it was still dark when we got there, but there were thousands of people already there. It is set up really well with lots of picnic tables and large grassy areas to sit down. It was really cold, but not unbearable since the wind was calm. I would guess about 40 degrees or so. The kids didn't seem to mind too much, and if you walked around it was ok. As the sky started lightening up the balloonists started filling their balloons. That was lots of fun to watch, it is amazing how big they are. When they start shooting the hot air in it feels good if you are close enough, and you can get just about as close as you want.

At 7am local time they launch the Fiesta balloon with the flag while somebody sings the national anthem over the P.A. system. Then it is a flurry of activity as the rest of the balloons start launching, starting at one end of the field and working to the other. After the mass ascension as it is called, they have a ballooning event where the balloonists try to maneuver their craft over targets and drop a flag. It is amazing when the wind is so light and variable they can change their direction by changing their altitude. They also have prize envelopes on top of PVC pipes stuck up in the air they try to grab as they go by. It was lots of fun to watch.

We headed back to our hotel room for naps and the kids were sure ready for one. Later that afternoon we headed back once more to the mall to catch our bus again. This time there were a lot more people, which should have been a sign of things to come. Wow, there were even more people there for the evening 'Glowdeo' as it is called. Also there was a long fireworks show. It was neat, but not quite as fantastic as we had hoped for. If we missed it next time it wouldn't hurt, since the crowds were so bad. I was so tired of hauling that big bag of bricks --->Mr. "D" around. There was a much longer wait to board the bus to leave.

The weather was really nice and sunny the whole time we were there, it was a shock to come home today. COLD, cloudy, drizzly.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

What to pray for?

Things are pretty stagnant with the kids and knowing their future. We have heard absolutely nothing in a several weeks. They are still waiting for a home study on the great-aunt where they are likely to go. Once that is completed, I am thinking the process will go pretty quick.

I have had quite a bit of a conflict in my mind about what to pray about. We are trained to seek the reunification with family at all cost. Maybe not at all cost, but it is supposed to be our highest priority. As most of you know that is not something we would be happy with. Amanda and I have had some discussion on what we would really like and if we should be praying very specifically for that. Of course what we all would like is for us to be able to adopt them. Basically we would be asking God for a miracle. Asking Him to influence the judge to go against precedent and not grant the Aunt the adoption rights. Is it presumptuous to assume we could make a better home than this Aunt? Is that too much to ask? I have been thinking about James ch. 1 and how we should pray and ask without doubting, because if we doubt we are "double minded". Wishy washy. Unreliable. Weak. Not serious. You get the picture.

On the other hand I have to wonder what is God's will in all of this? Does He want these kids to go to a home that seems (to us) unstable and immoral? Who knows? I have always tried hard to accept things that happen no matter how good or bad as part of God's eternal plan. Even when bad things happen aside from the dangers of the world we live in, it is often a bad decision on our part that causes heartache. God cannot always stop the natural consequences of the bad decisions we all make. Is this drama we are forced to be a part of the playing out of natural consequences? i.e. M and D's grandparents have not laid the foundation for a stable family, so naturally their mom has never had a stable life, and now the kids have not had a stable life.

We have decided there is nothing wrong with praying for this cycle to stop. I have no doubt it is within God's power to do so. And we would hope getting the kids this early in their lives, and raising them in a Christian home would stop this vicious cycle.

Now if you will turn in your Hymnals to.....


Funny story: Amanda said the cordless phone started ringing the other day and as usual we couldn't find it. D was announcing, "Phone! Phone!" While she was looking for it D said, "over here!" and was pointing at it. It is good to have extra help around.

I have been working a lot getting ready for wheat pasture later this month. Me and my granddad did a lot of trenching and putting in waterlines for stock tanks. We are almost done, but wouldn't you know it my neighbor is needing help with corn harvest now. That will go on for a couple weeks. I also will need to build lots of electric fence. Need to be ready to turn out cattle about the end of the month.

We are going to the Albuquerque balloon fiesta the end of this week also. Bad timing, but we really want to go. And figure the kids will really have a blast. Expect some pictures and a blog about it soon.

Blogger seems to be a little buggy today. I can't seem to put in new page items. I have also noticed some other silly things. This kind of stuff is why I quit Yahoo 360