Hoody time

Today is a a glorious day. The first time this year it truly feels like fall. Yes, it’s cold, gray, rainy and wet. However, this is the first time this year I can go to my closet and pull out a glorious item of clothing known as the hoody.

I truly do love being able to wear my hoody. It means that the perfect time of year is here. Not so hot that I am sweating like a mad man, but at the same time, not so cold that I’m freezing and have to put on another couple of layers and a jacket. No, a hoody means I can be active, a little cool, but snug and warm as well.

For some reason the hoody makes everything better from wanting to be outside playing in the leaves with my kids, to even the desire to be out watching football. Yes, I do love my hoodies.

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tired but thankful…

getting the students ready to hear from our speaker...

getting the students ready to hear from our speaker…

This past Friday night we held our annual Fall Teen Lock-In at the Lee County Recreational Center.  130 teens came out to this outreach and had a great night of bowling, games, movies, and lots of fun.  Most importantly though, KMM Missionary Mark Coburn shared a devotion with the students where the Gospel was very clearly presented.  Please join us in praying that we will be able to follow up with our students and that the seed that were planted during the lock-in will see many teens accept Christ as Savior!

Also, please be praying for myself and all the staff who gave of their time for this outreach.  I know personally I was blessed with plenty of energy to make it through the night, but now two days later I am really feeling sluggish and wiped out.  Pray that we will have plenty of energy for all that is going on this week and in the coming weeks!

Our lock-ins are a great opportunity to reach our local teens for Christ.  We have another coming up on New Year’s eve and would love for you to join us as a chaperone!  Start resting up now so you can join us December 31st!

noises in the night…

As a parent you are always on alert in the night for any noises that could mean problems for your family.  Sometimes your imagination is playing tricks on you and you get all antsy.  Other times there are those noises that jolt you from your sleep.  On early Sunday morning I heard the sound of a thump, or so I thought, but sort of decided to ignore it.  Shortly after I heard the ear piercing cries of my daughter yelling out for us.  I hopped out of bed in a sleepy stupor and got to her room as quickly as I could, only to find her standing in the middle of her room, clutching her doll, and crying hysterically.  I picked her up and she gave me the biggest hug and cried into my shoulder.  Through the tears she told me that she had fallen out of bed and was really scared.  For the next hour or so I stayed with her praying for her and rocking her back to sleep.  Seeing her so distraught was really upsetting for me too, and I wanted to make sure she was totally relaxed and asleep before I left her so that she wouldn’t be frightened any more.  This was the first time that Maeven has ever fallen from her bed, but it was scary for me to see her so worked up and upset.  At the same time, there is nothing like being a dad and knowing that you can help take away your child’s fear.  I love my little girl…

a fun fall day with the family…

Maeven enjoying the playground at Boyd’s Orchard

This morning the Owens clan was up bright and early to head to Boyd’s Orchard in Versailles, KY, where we met some friends for a fun fall day.  Maeven and her little buddy Addison had a blast playing on all the play ground equipment.  Between the pirate ship shaped swing set with a slide and the sand box Maeven was in heaven.  We also enjoyed watching the kids feed the goats, sheep, and bunnies.  The cutest thing may have been the girls eating their donuts and walking around the orchard holding hands and talking up a storm!  It was just a really fun morning with some really good friends.

This afternoon, we went to Winchester, KY where we visited my in laws in their new home.  After living about three hour away from us,we are excited to have MeMe and Pop less than an hour away.  Being away from her family has been hard at times for Erin and soI am very glad she has them so close now.

Today was a good day and one that reminds me again of how thankful I am for our friends and family!