Praise the Lord for medicine. God has given us brains to figure out how to fly, create embryos in a “test tube”, and make medicines to help heal people. Several months ago, I lauded and magnified cough medicines, and I am adding fever reducers (acetaminophen and ibuprofen) to my “thank you, God” list.

Early Monday morning (2:30 a.m.) I woke up to the horrific sounds of Ammon coughing and not being able to catch her breath. The sound was like the whooping cough I’ve had and heard about so much. I tried two different cough medicines, and finally around 5:00 a.m., the second one took effect. I was also using fever reducers. When Ammon had not coughed in a time frame of about 20 minutes, my mind relaxed, and I feel into a deep sleep until I heard Sean’s alarm clock at about 6:15. I then plunged into another 30 minute sleep. It was DELIGHTFUL. LOL.

So, as we should all do, read the instructions on the medicine bottles or consult a physician, alternate your fever reducers, and stay in constant prayer that God do His work in the process.

Have a great Tuesday!

Sunday & Wedding Update

Carter & Ammon before the wedding

The wedding went well. Ammon made a good flower girl, walked down the aisle, and stood with the brides maids. Carter took the rings to the preacher, and went back and forth from Ammon to Sean and me in the audience. There were no melt downs, and we were glad. In a few days, we should have some better pictures from DeAnna’s “professional” photographer.

Realism photo shot: Diego Velazquez would be proud

Costa Rica/Carter & Ammon look for Dora the Explorer

Ammon & Carter in the Costa Rican Rain Forest

The more I see of Dora the Explorer from  Nickelodeon, her home in the rain forest, and parts of Central America, the more I think she is suppose to be from Costa Rica. A memorable part of Ammon and Carter’s recent cruise was a tram ride in the Costa Rican Rain Forest. It was so much like an episode from Dora where Dora and her friends play Hide and Go Seek.

Tram in the Rain Forest: Quick , was that Señor Tucán?

The last character to find in the episode is Señor Tucán (coincidence that it is Costa Rica’s national bird). The mode of transportation to find the toucan is a tram through the Rain Forest. Carter and Ammon got take a tram ride through the Costa Rican Rain Forest. The guide for Ammon and Carter’s tram was more interested in the flora, but the guide behind pointed out animals such as a sleeping sloth. Dora’s episode shows a sloth hanging upside down.

I think Dora is supposed to be a representative of all Hispanic children, but she does live in a rain forest. I have lived in the Yucatan near Rain Forests, and we did not have any trams, toucans, or sloths running around. Hey, Daddy H is thinking Dora is Costa Rican….we kinda have some proof now.

Leaving Work at Work!

When I started teaching in 1989 and didn’t a life per say (no other responsibilities except to myself), I would bring “tons” of work home. I would grade papers, make lesson plans, and grade projects. There was even a time that I would go to work for a couple of hours on Saturdays and Sundays! I think I needed “professional help”. LOL There were also times when I brought home “mental baggage” as well. Students with problems, administrators yelling at me and making threats to me,  and parents wanting me “fired” because their children lied to them about how I was using school rules to make my class into a “fascist dictatorship”! It is all so ridiculous now.

I must admit that by the time Ammon and Carter were born, I had very few summative tests (chapter/unit type tests) that had essay questions, and students would grade multiple choice tests. I did, however, have formative evaluations (written paragraphs, art projects, quizzes, etc.) that had to  be graded by Haven alone, so there were quite a few times I brought papers home to grade.

However, when I work with Sean now at his practice, I get to leave work at work. The mail is opened, the bills are paid, the insurance billings are posted, and there they all sit and stay until the next day. I leave it all where it lies, and I come home to play with my children, make dinner, and see to my house and yard. I love it!

I hope and pray all you working people get to leave work at work as well. If not, start investigating how you can!

Wonderful Wednesday

Psalm 37:1-6

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil    or be envious of those who do wrong; 2for like the grass they will soon wither,    like green plants they will soon die away.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4Take delight in the LORD,    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;    trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,    your vindication like the noonday sun.

Hey, Folks…the thought I want to share today is in verse 4: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

There is reciprocity there, everyone. If we take delight in him, he will take delight in us.

Turtle Farm: Grand Cayman Islands

Turtle friend, Ammon & Carter: Grand Cayman January 16, 2012

The Caylor-Browns just returned from a cruise to the Panama Canal. It included stops like Aruba, Cartagena, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, and the Grand Cayman Islands. From talking with Carter and Ammon, it seems that their favorite part of the trip was their trip to the Turtle Farm on the Grand Cayman Islands. They talk about it just about every day.

So, parents/grandparents, if you all find yourselves wanting to take children on a cruise, a trip to the Grand Cayman Islands with a stop to the Turtle Farm is a recommendation from Ammon and Carter.

Potty Training

We had our first “ I need to go to the potty.” request from one our children last week. I know it will be the first of a “million” requests, but to parents who are suffering through potty training, it was a momentous occasion.

On Friday as we were leaving Mamaw’s house and headed to Chattanooga, Carter requested to go to the potty. We were on Highway 41 headed to Ringgold, GA, and I said, “I think the Town Hall has a rest room. We will try there. Can you hold it?” I looked in the rear-view mirror, and he shook his head yes.

In less than 5 minutes we were in the rest room at the Town Hall, and Carter did both a tee-tee, and a poo-poo! I was so thankful, and Carter and I both said a prayer with “Thank you Jesus!”

Folks, I know we are not “diaper-free” yet, and please keep us in your prayers during these potty training-trying times.

Have a Momentous Monday out there!


Tim Tebow

I am so thankful that God through the Spirit is using Tim Tebow the way He is. It would be cool if I could be getting the thousands of “likes” on Facebook and people reading scriptures because of what I place on the Internet, but I DO NOT CARE! Christ is being preached and shared, and that is the important thing. Gooooo, Tim Tebow!

I hope an pray everyone has a Super Sunday!