- Bethany graduated from ASU this past Saturday...hallelujah! I must say that I'm very proud of her for finishing strong. She did very well in student teaching and now she has her first job. God is good!
- Yesterday was Ryan's 13th birthday. It sounds trite to say, but it really is hard to believe he's a teenager. He sure has brought a lot of joy into our lives. I love you, Ryan!
- We had our annual Christmas banquet last night. It was great to be able to eat with our church family and to hear and sing Christmas music, and just enjoy the season. I'm so blessed to pastor Solid Rock Church...you guys are great!
- Our heater broke down at church yesterday morning right before Sunday School. Why do these things always seem to happen at the worst possible moment?
- I am so physically tired from all the Christmas and family activities, I think I could sleep for the next three days straight!
November 13, 1989. 11:30 AM I had just finished my lunch in the teacher's workroom and was walking back to my classroom. I was teaching at San Jacinto Elementary in San Angelo, Texas at the time. Up until then, it had been a typical November day. As I walked past the school office, the door swung open, and a fellow teacher stepped out with a look of concern on her face. She spoke directly to me and said, “Your wife’s on the phone, and it sounds serious.” I ran into the office, took the phone, and heard my wife say, “I don’t know what happened, but your brother is on life support in a hospital in Austin.” Twelve hours later, my father and I were sharing a room in a hotel on I-35 in Austin. My sister-in-law, Sandy, and her six-year-old daughter, Araceli, were in a room across the hall. I hardly slept that night. I would doze off and suddenly wake up to my father crying and calling out my brother’s name. My brother was dead. Osiel had collapsed that morning while his high s