Thursday, April 28, 2011

Repost: Two Lives Well Lived

In light of the one year "anniversary" (if you will) of the deaths of two bright and shining young men from our community, I am reposting this from last year. Please keep these families in your prayers as they remember and deal with the still recent loss of these two loved young men.

This has nothing to do with the South. This has nothing to do with anything you would ever expect to be put on this blog. But this is a post well deserved, and it shall be written. Today was a day of tragedy and yet hope. Today (April 26, 2010) around 6:30 pm Ryan Modrow (18) and Daniel Walters (22) died in a motorcyle accident. We lost two friends, two young men- sons, brothers, friends- in a tragic accident, and yet there is hope. These young men weren't just any young men. They were followers of Christ. The hope lies not in what they have done, but in what was done some two thousand years ago to give us hope today, tonight, and in the weeks to come. The grief is still here; it won't leave for years to come. But with the grief there is hope. They aren't gone. Their lives aren't ended. They have only just begun.

Ryan, I haven't known you long, and I may not know you well, but we had some fun times, and pulled some good pranks on each other. You always had a knack for dropping jokes at just the right time. You had a way of making everyone about you smile when you were doing the same. You were kind and caring, and you are sorely missed. You touched so many lives! Ryan, God had his hand on you, and loved you to the end of the life you lived here on this earth. I cannot even imagine the glory you are experiencing in Heaven. You will be missed.

His sister Hannah on the left, Ryan on the right.

Ryan to the left, Daniel on the right.

Daniel, I never talked with you, but I did know your brothers and sisters. You were greatly loved and respected, and you, too, will be missed. The Lord knew every hair on your head, and your death was not unexpected to Him. He called you home, and I know you will be happy there. There will be no more pain there. No more suffering, no more pain. We cannot understand the ways of God, but I know that what God has allowed to happen was for the best. Daniel, your family and friends love you, and you will always be in their hearts.

I know that we cannot know why they died when they did. But regardless of that, they lived full lives. Their lives were not in vain. God used them to touch so many others. The Bible tells us in James 4: 13-15 that life is a vapor:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city,
spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know
what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that
appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If
the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

And I know that neither Ryan's nor Daniel's lives were empty. Both lived wonderful lives and leave behind many, many loved ones. And these loved ones will treasure their memory forever. You will never be forgotten. The day will come when all will reunite with ya'll in Heaven, and there will be much rejoicing. Until then, we love ya'll.

~God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain. But He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. =`)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

You know you're a Southerner when...

Family reunions are also known as "weddings".
Your babies drink sweet tea from their bottles.
You actually know what a cracker house is. ;)

Now you guys can fill in the blanks... what are some other endings for this saying?

(Btw, I am currently trying to develope a really cool idea for the blog... I just need a little time to work out all the details and just how I can/will do this. :) )

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A few random... things...

How many people have ever seen what night time is like in the Georgia countryside? I have. I love it. I absolutely adore it. Want to see what it looks like? Here-

First essential element would be the fire barrel. See it in the center? It's a metal trash can that is punctured. It's amazing. We now also have one. Now in Georgia, once a fire gets going (and word gets out that there's family in town) all the neighbors will emerge from their houses and sit 'round the fire. Family will drive down and stop in to say howdy to the visiting family, and we all sit and tell stories. It's a whole heap o' fun.

So that is what a Georgia night looks like. ;) On a completely different note, I have found something I really enjoy doing... beading brow bands for horses! See what it looks like-

Been thinkin' about doing it for people who want it done, but having a little trouble getting started. So we'll see... isn't it right purty, though? That's Miss CoCo, just so you know. She's a lovely model. ;)

You may not believe this (and I almost don't, neither).

Don't this blog look right purty? Well I (Kaitland) decided it was time for some sprucin' up and... what's that word? Recamping? Oh! Revamping. That's fancy fer "gussyin' up". You'll be seein' at least a post a week or so... give or take a couple weeks. We hope all our faithfuls will forgive us fer leavin' ya in the dust. All I'll say is that the hunting was good, and couldn't persactly give that up. I know ya'll will agree, right?

So let the bloggin' begin, and hopefully ya'll will like what ya see here. Happy huntin', folks!