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We celebrated Luke’s eighth birthday “Hazzard County” style! He’s loved the “Dukes” since he was little, just something about those cars flying through the air and crashing!
As is the annual tradition, Mom made an amazing cake to go with the theme:
You can enjoy a video tour of the cake here:
It was an amazing cake!
The Duke boys jumping the canyon over Boss Hog
The Hazzard Police having trouble catching the Duke boys!
Even Herbie made a visit to Hazzard County!
Luke wanted to decorate his own cake, so Mom gave him a cake he could have some fun with, so here is HIS cake:
Luke is proud of his cake!
Don’t you just want to eat this??
For our first game, I gave each of the kids a LEGO car chassis and let them get creative with my LEGO in building a car… then we sent them down a ramp to let them crash! They had so much fun:
Then Luke got TWO monster trucks that were designed to be able to run at the same time (often remote control vehicles signals conflict!) – so I set up a “Monster Truck Rally” and the kids took turns getting to race the monster trucks, it was a ton of fun. Here is a short YouTube video to show how it worked:
Then it was time for the Magic Show:
Of course, kids always love magic – but I decided to try something new that I had never done before – a magical talking General Lee who would wish Luke a “Happy Birthday!”
The Magic Talking General Lee!
So fun to see the kids go crazy with excitement!
Enjoy a video of the Magic Talking General Lee:
We are so proud of our “Luke Duke,” he is such a sweet boy – he is kind, considerate, considers the feelings of others, and has a heart of gratitude. He makes friends easily and wants every day to be an adventure. We can’t wait to see what God does with his life.
Mom and Dad with our Luke Duke from Hazzard!
Luke and his grand parents
By the end of the day, Luke was done with pictures – but what a great day we had celebrating our boy!
What a FUN Day!
I was on the Dave Logan Show today on 850AM in Denver, yeah, a Sports Talk Show! (And you thought only my brother could talk sports! Though I did confirm some of my facts and get a few corrections via text from him while on hold!)
The topic was great memorable wins you will never forget. I was on my honeymoon, and yes, Sara and I were watching basketball!
Listen to what I said. Thanks Jordan for recording it! It’s very short: http://tinyurl.com/Karlon850
“Do you have time to think about it? You better be ready or else you shouldn’t be out there,” said Paxson of his series-clinching shot in the 1993 NBA Finals.
(Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
Want to read about this amazing game?
That smilin’ guy to the right? He helped lead my son to Christ and he wasn’t even in the same state!
How did he manage that?
Well, it was his music. And in particular the song “I’m Follin’ Jesus.” (Free download below.)
Here are the lyrics:
“I’m Followin’ Jesus” (from the CD “GET OUT THERE!”)
words and music by ©2005 Rob Biagi/BMI
On the road of life
There are two ways to go:
You can choose Abundant Life, or say,
“Whatever, dude – We’ll see how it goes…”
Now I don’t know about you
I just know about me
And I know what to do
If I wanna be free!
I’m followin’ Jesus – Jesus
I’m followin’ Jesus – Jesus
Down the road we go – it’s really rather odd
We can play it safe and slow – or fly through life with God!
I don’t know about you
And everyone’s goin’ that way
I just wanna be free
So I’m gonna walk by faith!
I’m followin’ Jesus – Jesus
I’m followin’ Jesus – Jesus!
My son explains to me one day that he accepted Christ all by himself in bed. When I asked how and why, he said,
“Well, it’s like your friend sings, ‘There are two ways you can go, and you have to choose.’ And I’m choosing to follow Jesus.”
It doesn’t get much clearer than that!
If you aren’t using Rob’s music in your children’s ministry, you are depriving your kids of some of the best written, best sounding and most meaningful Christian music available for children. There is a lot of fun fluff out there that passes as children’s worship music – and a lot of adult worship music jazzed up for kids, but Rob’s music communicates solid biblical themes kids need to hear within tunes they enjoy hearing and singing. There are only a few Christian Children’s Artists of his caliber, and he’s my favorite solo artist.
AND THIS MONTH, (September 2013) you can get a TON OF HIS MUSIC FOR FREE if you are a Kidology Member! And his latest CD for only $10!
What are you waiting for?
Download: I’m Followin’ Jesus (4.1MB MP3)
This summer my family and I traveled to Okoboji, Iowa where I did the children’s teaching for the Okoboji Bible Conference. It’s a super conference that families travel to from all over the country to enjoy not only the conference, but the family activities in the area from the lake to the amusement park and more. I taught mornings and evenings and then our family had fun during the day too.
One evening a sweet little girl came up to me, gave me a hug and slipped me a note “to read later.” One side was a picture of her holding my hand and the other was said, “Carl, you are the dest mijishan I had ever met. LOVE Ellie.” She even drew two linking rings unlinked, followed by an arrow and then they are magically linked!
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Of course, this simply note made my day, and her creative spelling only added to the charm. Out of a gymnasium full of children one little girl took some time to get some paper and crayons and make me a little note… a note I shall be saving. It reminded me of an encouragement note I got the last time I spoke at the Okiboji Conference in 1996 that I still have and blogged about long ago from the mom of Phil Vischer.
Simple acts of appreciation mean a lot to people. We often assume people get lots of affirmation – but usually this is a false assumption. When was the last time you got out a piece of paper and wrote someone a note of encouragement? A word of thanks? Have you let someone know lately you think they are the best? In an age of tweets, ‘likes’ and text messages a snail mail letter or hand written note means even more than it ever did.
Write one today!
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Just marveling how my “little boy” is growing up! I went back through my iPhoto and grabbed the first day of school pictures since Luke started pre-school and it’s fun to see him growing up:
Luke going to first day of preschool…
Luke going to first day of Pre-K:
Luke going to first day of Kindergarten:
Luke starting 1st grade this week:
On one hand – I am amazed at how BIG he is, it seems only yesterday I had my first Father’s Day with a little baby:
But on the other had, it hasn’t gone quickly. I know parents are always saying “the time flies” but it hasn’t seem to fly for me. I have been so enjoying each and every day and the unique aspects of Luke’s personality at each age, and what he can do, and what he is learning, that I feel like it’s been going at a pace that I’ve been truly enjoying.
I’m sure when I’m at his wedding, I’ll join the chorus of “how did it pass so quickly?” But for now, it’s going at a great pace. There are things I’m eager for him to be older and able to do with me, and there are things I miss about him being younger. So along the journey of fatherhood I am just enjoying each and every day and making time every day to enjoy him.
It is strange having him gone for a full day of school now. I miss having him ‘bugging me’ while I am trying to work. Those interruptions were something I cherished. So now I work hard to be free for the limited hours I have in the afternoon/evening to keep investing in our relationship. All I can do is every day, is focus on being his dad today, for as many today’s as I have.
Oh, the ADVENTURES that still lie ahead! I love being a DAD!