Snow Days and Homemade Chili

On Tuesday, February 3, 1998, a gentle snow started to fall on the bluegrass hills of central Kentucky.  By the next morning, over 2 feet of snow smothered the ground, leading Asbury College to cancel classes for the next 3 days, for what I believe was the first time ever.  I spent those 3 days with a girl who wasn’t sure how she felt about me, or at least that’s what she’d always told me.  But that snowstorm changed everything.

Holly had received an old 35mm camera for Christmas, but wasn’t sure how to use it.  I volunteered to sacrifice my time to pass on my “extensive” knowledge to her.  So we went on a photowalk around Wilmore, taking photos of what really was an incredible snow event.  The snow had fallen gently, with no wind, so there were many beautiful snow formations.

We shot a couple of rolls of film (remember film?) and then played in the snow awhile.  We sledded, had a snowball fight, and my roommate had some skis, so we even skied downhill for about 40 feet.  It was truly one of my favorite days of my college career, spent with the girl I loved, who, for some reason couldn’t find anything better to do.

At the end of the day, Asbury opened up the apartments for visitation, so we decided to make some homemade chili using Holly’s family recipe.  We walked to Fitch’s IGA to purchase the necessary ingredients.  When we got to the register to checkout, we pooled our resources and, I am not making this up, between us, we had exact change.  And that was all we had.  $11.83.  It was on that day that Holly and I truly fell in love.  The snow miraculously warmed her heart toward me.

And the rest, as they say, is history.  The rest is also future, for 5 children and the generations to come from them.

So today, Tuesday, February 1, thirteen years later, we had a snow day here in Texas.  Holly and I made homemade chili, using the same recipe, but a much larger batch, and we shared with our 5 precious children why they should be grateful for snow days and homemade chili.  It is a testament to God’s goodness and faithfulness.

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Twitter has ruined my brain.

I login here to try to write something, and I can’t think of more than one sentence.

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Fast times…

So here we are, November 2009…the holidays are fast approaching. I have an itching to write again, so naturally I dusted off Theep Doughts. I’m also going to try to share links to what I’m reading, so a template change might be in order for that. But maybe not.

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Indian Smile – Friday Foto



Indian Smile, originally uploaded by philputnam.

Wow, 2 weeks in a row, pretty unheard of in these parts. I took this on my trip to India in 2005. I had processed it back then, but for some reason never uploaded it to Flickr. So I made some adjustments to improve the 4 year old processing.

So…how are you doing?

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Abigail Clover



Abigail Clover, originally uploaded by philputnam.

So I’m still on my bi-annual schedule for posting pictures. Two a year is apparently my pace. This is one from our recent trip back to Wilmore (aka Mecca). Abigail had eaten a red popsicle and had nice, rosy lips.

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The Family is not Valued

Barack Obama quietly overturned the so-called “gag rule” on Friday, announcing it at 7 pm so as to limit the press coverage of the event. This action now allows federal funding to overseas groups who provide “family planning” services that include abortion. His statement that he released with the announcement said that abortion will promote “global economic development”.

Over the weekend, Nancy Pelosi said that we need birth control (including abortion) to improve our economy here in the USA.

Meanwhile, Japanese corporations are giving their workers more time off so they can “multiply”. The reason? To improve their economy. Japan is in the midst of a long recession with an aging population, and they are not replacing themselves fast enough. At one time, Japan had the same mentality of Nancy Pelosi. Can we be so near-sighted that we can’t see correlations to our own situation?

Are we going to have to go through the same process that Japan is trying to come out of, in order to learn the lessons that Japan is now trying to correct?

Families strengthen our country. Liberals have always targeted the nuclear family, knowing it was the primary thing keeping them from achieving their goals of creating a dependent society. Barack Obama did not win election based on his abortion policy. Indeed, it was hardly mentioned. Hopefully Americans will speak up on this vital issue, not just of abortion, but of the attitude about children and families that treats them as the scourge of society that must be contained.

*UPDATE*
John Harris has similar thoughts.

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Friday Foto – Elijah 4 months



Elijah 4 months, originally uploaded by philputnam.

Well, here you go, the bi-annual Friday Foto. I resolve to attempt to do better. Visit the flickr page for more info on the setup for the shot.

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