Monday, November 27, 2006


One of the great things about traveling to the midwest or anywhere for that matter is getting to go to some different eateries. There are several that are very midwest centered. We like Steak-n-Shake and stopped at one in Indiana and also ate at a Bob Evans on the way home in Chillicothe, Ohio. But my favorites that we managed to get to this vacation:

We had Giordano's Pizza with my sister Becky and her family (Thanks Joe for buying!)

My mouth is watering just looking at this pic. Go to for more info.

We went to a Rockford only favorite after church on Sunday called Beef-a-Roo. Beef, Ham and Turkey sandwiches, cheese fries and great shakes! Plus free after dinner mints! Try We went to the train themed one in Roscoe.

Patsy's parent's took us to Happy Joes we tried to take them to Culvers ( but they wouldn't let us pay. These are both great midwest restaurants that will never be in Roanoke during my lifetime! I had the best pumpkin spice frozen custard shake at Culvers. To die for my friends!

My dad bought some of the famous broasted chicken from a supermarket chain called Logli's and he did let us buy him a great gyro dinner at Tom and Jerry's. All this plus Thanksgiving it's a miracle I only gained 5 pounds! Maybe I lost it going our Black Friday with my brother-in-law Bill to the great midwestern man store Menards!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thanksgiving trip

We had a great trip to Illinois for Thanksgiving. A visual narrative follows:

Blake in a box

Boys with my mom and Grandma March

Boys and their Papa

My kids with my sister's kids

Will's eye

Blake and Levi at Parade

Uncle Bill and Tanner

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


OK I know some people may like me less after this post but as Popeye said "I yam what I yam".

Now that I have finished King Me, which was really good btw, I am reading Sean Hannity's book Deliver us From Evil. I hate to admit it by I have had a bit of an election hangover and I thought a good conservative book would help me out. Even though I am a pastor I am a big fan of talk raido. I usually listen to Mike and Mike on my morning commute and Sean Hannity during my evening commute home. So far the book it is quite good. After all Hannity is a great American! I have also been reading a great book about the Revolutionary War with my family. It's about a boy who joins up as a fifer and what life was like for soldiers during this time. You really have to wodner if we would have the will to fight that fight today. Sad - but probably not. Next I am going to read Rediscovering God in America by Newt Gingrich. what a right wing nut!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Soccer officially over

Since Homeschool Soccer is officially over I thought I'd post a couple of photos of our big season.

More trophies

Here are those photos we promised. Blake had the wedge car and won third place for T and T. Tanner had the shark car and won second place for design in Sparks. Pretty cool day as we had over 50 kids race cars!

Monday, November 06, 2006


Wow, the post I wrote about why we don't do a fall festival made it to the premier children's ministry website as a link. linked it under their children's minsitry blog watch. Too cool.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


It's that time of the year again! Time to carve out the cars and make sure they are exactly 5 ounces! We are ready to defend the Martin pride and take the design trophies again! Awana Grand Prix will be held at the church on November 11th! Watch for photos of our cars coming soon!