Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kids School Christmas Parties

We enjoyed going to our kids soccer games, t-ball and baseball games, birthday parties, school functions like movies, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, fire stations, etc .... We really enjoy listening and watching the Christmas performances and parties. Hunter had a party at his school and a special fat man appeared! Hunter has told him something different every time he has sat on his lap! Ummmm ... maybe 6 or 7 times! At least he will be surprised at what Santa brings him.

Alexis and Makayla performed at HCSB on the same day. Sharla Moudy, our wonderful sweet music teacher and Christian Lady taught and directed some outstanding songs!

If I do not get back to the blog before Christmas ....

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Annual Church Christmas Party

Last week we had our annual Church Christmas party. We had a blast being entertained, entertaining, sitting on Santa's lap and eating delicious food! What a great time!

Here are some pictures of the evening!
The Potato Heads made a spectacular appearance and stole the show!
Makayla, Alexis, Hunter and Bruce sang and acted out the song "I Met A Bear"!
Alexis, Makayla and Hunter sang the song, "Jingle Bells".
Of course we had to see Santa! Brooklyn was not too sure about sitting on his lap though.

The Baird wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas!
May God's Peace reign in our hearts, be seen in our actions, and heard in our voices.
May we never tire of retelling the most wonderful story ever told!

Monday, August 24, 2009

The First Day of School

The First day of school!

I have to admit, the first day of school this year is not as bad as it was last year. It was difficult last year because it was a new town, school, congregation, faces etc... This year I am excited for them ... although I will miss them at the house, office, car, stores, front and backyards, etc... I will secretly miss the "I'm bored", "That's not fun", "Are we there yet?" etc ... statements! I guess my mind says, "Yeah!" but my heart says "No way! Not yet".

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Baird Updates

Seems like we have been going in the fast lane for some time now. The kids are not as ready to go back to school as much as I am ready for them to go back to school!
Summer has been fun.

We coached Alexis and Hunter's T-Ball team. Makayla played machine pitch. None of my kids played ball in Juneau. It was a new and fun experience.

The Murrays came to visit (not long enough but we'll take what we can get). We went to the Great Wolf Lodge and a Texas Ranger Baseball game in Dallas.
The Bairds spent a week of Bible study (teaching) at QMCC in Oklahoma. It was good to see that many kids being taught spiritual things. It was also good to see so many kids having good wholesome fun! Makayla and Lexi loved camp and really did not want to leave. Lexi really missed the campers that she bonded with. Hunter played most of the time. He rode his bicycle, played basketball, ... It was a great week for him (meaning no hospital visits or major accidents!).

We also had a wonderful time in the mountains of New Mexico. My family got together for three days of fun, eating, fishing, playing games and good ole story telling. Lexi caught a fish and I caught 2. We left before everyone else (4:00 am) to travel to Searcy, Arkansas (about 15 1/2 hours). We had a blast there too. We camped in tents at Greers Ferry Lake for two nights. We played in the lake, jumped off cliffs, lived through a thunderstorm. We had a serendipity while we were there! We found out that the Marshalls from Juneau were going to be at Greers Ferry Lake too so we made arrangements to see them. Those kids have matured so much! It was great to see them.

We came home Thursday and had a soccer game that evening. Yes our kids are playing soccer! I love it! Two of our good friends (Jennifer and Anna) are coaching Hunter's team. Jennifer and Amanda are coaching Makayla and Alexis' team. Our kids have had lots of fun playing!

Now you know why they are not ready to go back to the humdrum school life and I am ready for a routine (at least for two or three weeks)!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Baseball and T-Ball

Our three oldest kids started playing ball this Summer for the first time. Makayla is playing machine pitch baseball. The ball ball is pitched to her at 45 mph. Dad sure thought that was really fast. I about had a heart attack when I saw her at the plate that first time! Like most things ... she has adapted well. The first single excited us. She hit a double the other night! And then she made it to third base! She was thrown out at home the next play. She will get a huge reward if she hit a home run!

Alexis and Hunter are on the same with their parents as coaches! I am not sure who we need to pray for more often; the kids or the parents. I have really enjoyed coaching T-Ball! What a fun age! All the kids progressed well with their throwing abilities, running to the right bases, some still need to work on baseline rules (not a game of tag all the way to the outfield - ha ha ha!) The games and practices were entertaining to say the least!

Lexi has really taken to the sport but I know she is just bidding her time until soccer starts. Soccer is what she really can't wait to begin! We need our good friend Amy Henderson from Juneau to help us out! Amanda and another good friend, Jennifer are coaching. They will do well.

I wonder if God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit discuss our spiritual "playing abilities". I can imagine them saying, "Is Bruce ever going to hit that ball - hahaha. Or good job! Home run! Hi five! We'll get'em next time!" I sure hope they are not saying, "When is he going to get off the bench? Why is he playing with the dirt? Is he really chasing that butterfly? Quit whining and get the ball!"

I hope I have the attitude of "Put me in Coach!" when the Coach needs me.

Have a great game! Get in the game! Love the game!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Thyroid Exam

Ever since Amanda's first diagnosis with Thyroid cancer a few years ago we have keep a careful watch for any changes in her thyroid. She recently went to an excellent Dr here in Tulia (whom is no longer practicing in Tulia - boo hoo). He referred her to an endocrinologist in Amarillo. She felt, sonogrammed, and biopsied nodules around her thyroid.
She received word today that there are no concerns at this time about the two new nodules or the one already diagnosed! Yeah!!!!!!!! I am so thrilled and excited! Amanda will need to have them checked again in April, 2010. Please keep praying for her and her family.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Father's Day

One little boy, when asked to explain about Father’s Day, said, “It’s just like Mother’s Day, only you don’t spend as much on the present.” That’s a joke, of course, but really, Father’s Day is not as big as Mother’s Day.
On Mother’s Day there is a higher attendance at church, mothers often have corsages, emotions run high, & people gather at Mom’s house – all to pay honor to the hands that rock the cradle. But on Father’s Day the church is not as full, emotions are not as high, & businesses do not profit as much - all except for the telephone companies, of course. You see, they report that Mother’s Day is the busiest telephone day of the year. But Father’s Day is a big money-maker for them, because there are more collect calls on Father’s Day than on any other day of the year.
Read these passages, soak it up, and ask "Have I been honoring my father and mother?" "How do I honor them? (notice it doesn't say if they deserve or are worthy of your honor and there doesn't seem to be any statute of limitations).
Matthew 15 1-11 - Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!"
Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.' But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,' he is not to 'honor his father' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: " 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand. What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.' "
Ephesians 6:1-4 - Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise— "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
So, how do you honor your father and mother?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Training Again!

Well, a lot has happened between this morning and two months ago!

One thing that has happened is our training (running program) has begun on a more serious note. I like to run, I like to exercise but when I feel like I have to then it becomes more difficult. I know, I know, its a mind set thing. That seems to be holding me back a little.

We ran just a little over 3 miles today because I had to! Actually, I ran because Amanda motivated me. I also knew if I didn't run then she would be way ahead of me on the 1/2 marathon schedule! Training is hard ... until you reach "the zone", so they say.

Spiritually speaking, "physical training is of some value ... godly training has value in all things", "train yourselves to be godly" and other scriptures suggests that spirituality doesn't just fall on our heads as we walk underneath the "spirit tree". It is training, against my will at times, exciting, new, fresh, revitalizing ... it is still training. The fulcrum seems to be the "have to" verses "want to". It is my opinion that He helps me want to even when I don't think I want to.

Pray for training - both physical and spiritual!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Hunting Easter Eggs

We decided to get a little practice hunting easter eggs this week because we are going to LTC next week. After potluck Sunday afternoon, several families planned on hiding/hunting easter eggs in the park but due to inclement weather, we hid them in the church's building. It didn't take long to hide them and it took even less time to hunt them! I wish our kids could clean as thorough and enthusiastically as they cleaned up those eggs!
I enjoy the easter holiday because it is a time where families come together. I like the thought of easter and the emphasis some folks place on easter as a celebration of Christ's resurrection. I wish folks would place that same emphasis on every day and not just on one day but if for one day I can have the opportunity to encourage folks to seek a relationship with Christ then I had better use that one day to glorify God, celebrate what He has done, is doing and will do so that others may be motivated to do the same. All-in-all, easter is an ordinary perfect day to glorify God.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Boil Some Water! The Heifer is calving!

A while back, Kenneth Littlefield, one of our elders, invited our family out to the ranch to have the really cool experience of watching a calf being born. Yep ... I've lived in Texas for a long time and have never had the privilege of being their for the little fella.
We went out after pot-luck lunch (no services in the evening which allows for more personal fellowship). The kids were so excited. We drove around big momma, examined her at a distance, drove around big momma and back to the ranch house several more times. During one of the visits to the house big momma did her thing! The ranch house just happens to have two four wheelers that the kids love, OK I admit it - I tend to like them a lot too!

We did get to see a newborn calf, be around two Lamas, ride four wheelers, jump on the trampoline, watch Kenneth shoot at two coyotes, cut open a dead cow to see how she died, feed a baby calf, eat one of Vickie's excellent dinners, a nice ride into town, good discussions about the beautiful sunsets, etc... Here are some pics of another Baird Escapade!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Birthday Parties and Celebrations

We have two birthdays in March - Brooklyn's and Alexis'. We had fun celebrating their births (and all the other days of their lives too). I like getting together with people just about every chance we can. Especially when we are having fun!

We had Brooklyn's 2 year old Birthday party at McDonald's in Plainview. It was fun to watch the kids until we didn't watch one or rather couldn't find one. It didn't happen until the end of the party when everyone had been exiting the building to get in their cars. We thought we had everyone! Oooops! We were missing one. Which one do you think we left behind? Which one almost stopped my wife's heart?

For Lexi's birthday, we all went to the YMCA because it is "fun to be at the YMCA". Gotta love that song! It will probably be in your head all day now. You're welcome! Anyway, we had her party last Saturday, right after the big snow blizzard (that is relative to where you live). We had a lot of fun celebrating her 6th birthday. We had some special guests there - grandma, aunt Terrie, and Jasalyn came from Arkansas; Janet came from Alaska to Colorado Springs to drive down with her daughter Sarah. It was an awesome time! We don't have any pictures of that - our camera battery died. Evidently it is an odd size because we couldn't find one anywhere!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

AIM Graduation

On March 14th Amanda and I were able to celebrate with Natalie and Erin their Graduation from AIM. I think the saying is, "Once and AIMer always and AIMer!" rings true. Once a person has been blessed by serving others it is hoped that it always remains "in their blood" no matter where they choose to live. I will always hold AIM students in high regard for their service, commitment, and sacrifices they choose to make because of their faith. Many times they are the unsung heros ... they need Jesus like the rest of us, to continue to wash with His blood ... nne-the-less, they are heros! They don't and won't belive they are because they live their lives with the humility of Christ.
Here are some pictures of the AIM Graduation.

These two guys make me look BAD! They are two of my nephews Taylor (AIM student being sent to Florida) and Parker (visiting AIM for Camp Adventure).