Archive for June, 2010

The Bird and the Sun

Posted: June 12, 2010 in Family

Tonight’s Story:

Once upon a time there was a bird who was trying to find the sun.  She looked everywhere but no sign of the sun could be found.  She saw the moon.  She saw the stars.  She saw the clouds.  She saw many thing, but could not find the sun.  Finally she sat on a tree branch and began to sing.  Soon it began to get lighter.  Up came the sun and found the little bird.

The End.

Going Ahead

Posted: June 11, 2010 in Faith, Family

Plan settled on:

I’ll be leaving for Holdrege on Monday while Jenn and the kids stay here in Westwood.  While out there I’ll be staying with families in the church as I look for and purchase a house.  Once the sale is complete I will move Jenn and the kids out.

Please pray for us.  The separation won’t be fun, but we really think this is the best course of action.  Pray that God will bless us with a house quickly so I can reunited with my family.  I’ll miss them greatly.

Enter Testing

Posted: June 8, 2010 in Faith, Family

A while back I posted about periods of blessing being followed by periods of testing.

Enter the testing.

We had to rescind our offer on the house we were purchasing.  I won’t go into details.  Suffice it to say it wasn’t a safe place for my family.  I thank God for revealing this to us, through our new friends and church family, before the sale was completed.

We are now four days from our projected launch date and have nowhere in Holdrege to life.  Both we and our realtor have been diligently, almost frantically, searching for something appropriate (big thanks to Lori Ferguson of the Real Estate Connection in Holdrege, NE).  So far, no good options have presented themselves (or been unearthed by diligent effort).

I called and spoke with my father and former pastor last night and with my new pastor this morning (I think I read somewhere about plans succeeding with many advisers).  Our viable options are currently as follows: staying here until we can secure a new home, or my going out while Jenn and the kids remain here until I can secure a new home.

Please pray that we will trust in God for all thing and decide with wisdom.

An Open Letter to Congress

Posted: June 6, 2010 in Politics

An open letter to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Dear Congress Persons,

I just read a CNN article which states:

“Senate Democrats united to pass a financial regulatory bill that allows the government to collect data on any person operating in financial markets at any level, including the collection of personal transaction records from local banks that list customers’ addresses and ATM receipts.”

After having read the article I am shocked. Do you not see that this is a direct violation of the 4th Amendment? Should the differences between House and Senate version get ironed out and it land on the president’s desk, I pray he has the good sense to veto it. Failing that, I fervently hope the Supreme Court sees it for what it is and repeals it.

Once again, you (the collective “you” meaning our political leaders) have failed to represent the people. Please resign.

Most Sincerely,

Jason P. Franklin

Abbieism 20100605

Posted: June 5, 2010 in Family

Abbie: “It’s okay John.  It’s just a train wreck.”

Early Birds

Posted: June 4, 2010 in Family

Today is our school’s annual trip to the water slide park.  We have an extra half-hour in the morning before we need to leave.  I was going to let the girls sleep in till 6:30 (I usually wake them up at 6:00).  Abie got up at 5:15, Maggie at 5:30.  They were both ready to go in record time.

Housing Prayer Request

Posted: June 3, 2010 in Faith, Family

We won’t be able to purchase the house we were attempting to buy.  We are now in need of a rental post-haste.  Please pray for us: that God will provide a house quickly, but mostly that we will continue to trust in Him, even though things are suddenly very uncertain.