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February 19, 2010

Long Time, No Blog

Filed under: Blogging, Daily Life, Family, Roll Tide — jodygambrell @ 9:22 pm

I took a blogging hiatus for the past month or so.  Apparently, this made my one blog reader upset at me (thanks for reading Laran).  I wish I could over-spiritualize my absence by saying that I was on some sort of “cyber fast”, but that would be a lie.  I guess I’ve just been really busy with “life”.  Here are the high points from the start of a great year:

  • Celebrated 4 wonderful years of marriage with my beautiful wife, Jaime.  I thought we were going to have to celebrate apart from each other.  But, thanks to the threat of snow in Atlanta, my seminary course ended a day early and I made it home in time to watch Alabama win the National Championship with Jaime and Avery.  I know…how romantic, right?  Avery has never witnessed an Alabama loss.
  • As mentioned above, Alabama won their 13th National Championship by beating Texas in The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  What a great anniversary present!  ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!
  • Avery celebrated her 1st birthday on January 20th.  I can’t begin to describe the joy that this child has brought to our lives.  It’s so hard to believe that she is a year old now.  We celebrated her first birthday party at New York Pizza in Homewood with family and friends.  We love you Avery!

What a great month!  I’ll try to update on a more regular basis.

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September 11, 2009

Remembering 9/11/01

Filed under: Blogging, Daily Life, Prayer Requests — Tags: , , , — jodygambrell @ 2:53 pm

Eight years ago from today, I wrote down my thoughts about the day’s events:

I’m writing myself on this most historic day so that I may have documented feelings of the horror of that our great country experienced today.  I woke up today (9-11-01) at around 10:00 am. I had previous plans of going to the hospital to talk to Ann Allen about a job.  Mom Bea called me shortly after I awakened and told me that the U.S. was under attack.  At this time, I turned on the television and watched with the world as the horrible events unfolded.  I learned that 4 commercial airplanes had been hijacked by terrorists.  The World Trade Center in New York City was the first to be attacked.  Two different planes hit each tower of the World Trade Center causing each tower to eventually collapse.  A third plan crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.  A fourth plan crashed just outside Pittsburgh.  We do not know yet who is behind these acts but at this time the U.S. is expecting the work of Osama bin Laden.  Thousands upon thousand are expected dead in this horrible tragedy.  At this time rescue crews are hard at work trying to find survivors.  For me personally, my thoughts and constant prayers go out to the families and our entire country.  The only true source for peace is through our God.  I lift this up to Him at this time.  The Nation is urged to turn to God by President Bush.  I have been glued to the TV all day.  I went to Mom Bea’s house after lunch to watch the tragedy unfold with her.  I came home around 5:00 pm and watched with my family.  Mom went to a prayer meeting at our church.  Like Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, this is another day that will live in infamy.  So many stories of sadness and heroism are being reported constantly.  I just wanted a written report of what I was thinking on this day.  May God be with this nation in our time of need.

January 1, 2009

2008

Filed under: Blogging, Daily Life, Family — Tags: , — jodygambrell @ 11:27 pm

2008 was a year I’ll never forget!  

Coming in 2009…

Avery Wells Gambrell

Happy New Year and God Bless!

September 11, 2008

September 11th (7 Years Later)

Filed under: Blogging, Daily Life, Prayer Requests — Tags: , , — jodygambrell @ 11:58 pm

Seven years ago (to the exact hour), I sent myself the following email:

I’m writing myself on this most historic day so that I may have documented feelings of the horror of that our great country experienced today.  I woke up today (9-11-01) at around 10:00 am. I had previous plans of going to the hospital to talk to Ann Allen about a job.  Mom Bea called me shortly after I awakened and told me that the U.S. was under attack.  At this time, I turned on the television and watched with the world as the horrible events unfolded.  I learned that 4 commercial airplanes had been hijacked by terrorists.  The World Trade Center in New York City was the first to be attacked.  Two different planes hit each tower of the World Trade Center causing each tower to eventually collapse.  A third plan crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.  A fourth plan crashed just outside Pittsburgh.  We do not know yet who is behind these acts but at this time the U.S. is expecting the work of Osama bin Laden.  Thousands upon thousand are expected dead in this horrible tragedy.  At this time rescue crews are hard at work trying to find survivors.  For me personally, my thoughts and constant prayers go out to the families and our entire country.  The only true source for peace is through our God.  I lift this up to Him at this time.  The Nation is urged to turn to God by President Bush.  I have been glued to the TV all day.  I went to Mom Bea’s house after lunch to watch the tragedy unfold with her.  I came home around 5:00 pm and watched with my family.  Mom went to a prayer meeting at our church.  Like Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, this is another day that will live in infamy.  So many stories of sadness and heroism are being reported constantly.  I just wanted a written report of what I was thinking on this day.  May God be with this nation in our time of need.

Calendar dates trigger different thoughts, memories, or emotions.  January 7th reminds me of my love for my wife.  March 22nd reminds me of past birthday parties.  July 4th reminds me of Independence and Fireworks.  December 25th reminds me of the birth of my Savior.  September 11th will always trigger thoughts of uncertainty, tragedy, sorrow, anger, and intense patriotism.

God Bless the United States of America!

I Can Hear You

Filed under: Blogging, Daily Life, Videos — Tags: , , — jodygambrell @ 11:56 pm

 

Just in case you had forgotten what it felt like to love your country and your President.  

Seven years later, in the midst of an unpopular war, we, for the most part, have lost that intense patriotism that was felt so strongly during the days following September 11, 2001.  We have reverted to a September 10th mentality.  Our country is playing offense and keeping our defense off the field.  One of my best friends is on the front lines.  Our lives have been drastically effected by the events of 9/11/01.  

Seven years ago, our nation stood still.  I will never forget.

August 29, 2008

“and in the words of Scripture…”

Even though college football was on, I did see some of Barak Obama’s acceptance speech at the DNC tonight.  I was bothered by his closing statement (among many others) in tonight’s speech.  He closed his speech, taking a verse from Hebrews out of context.  I’ll get to that in just a minute.

Let me preface this by saying that by no means do I claim to be a political expert.  I do try to keep an open mind when it comes to politics.  My open mind usually always leads me to the conservative right.  However, I must admit, the first time that I was able to vote for the President of the United States, I voted for… (this really hurts to admit) Bill Clinton.  They say that confession is the first step in the healing process.

 I was 18 years old and Billy boy was the “hip” choice (sound familiar?).  All the celebs were on MTV telling me to Rock the Vote and we all know which way they wanted me to “rock” it.  Bob Dole was an old man and he wasn’t on MTV like Clinton was.  This was before I learned to think for myself and develop my own opinions and beliefs.  That younger version of me would probably vote for Obama.  It is the cool, “Green”, thing to do.  Nobody’s proud of their past mistakes, right?

Well, here’s what bothered me most about Obama’s speech tonight.  He closed his speech with this statement:

 “At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise — that American promise — and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”

I’m sorry Barak, the hope that I confess is not found in you or any other political candidate.  The hope that I confess can only be found in Jesus Christ alone! 

It really bothers me how politicians can take God’s Word and prostitute it out for political gain.  By no means is Obama the only one who is guilty of this.  

As I was watching the convention tonight, I found it sad to see over 80,000 people rallying for change and placing their hope and faith in the life of a politician.  How awesome would it be to see that enthusiasm for the one true hope that is Jesus Christ.  

I stumbled upon a blog tonight that was written by a college minister living in Seattle.  She had many of the same feelings I had after hearing Obama’s speech tonight.  Check our her thoughts here:

Unswerving Hope

Goodnight.

July 16, 2008

All-Star Marathon

Filed under: Blogging, Daily Life, Sports — Tags: , , — jodygambrell @ 12:41 am

It is just after Midnight and for some reason, Jaime and I are still up watching the All-Star game.

 I should be in bed.  I woke up at 5:40 a.m. and ran 2 mile with Caleb before Day Camp.  After work, I grabbed some McDonalds and headed home to watch the All-Star Game.  I fell asleep after the first few innings, then Jaime and I headed to my 9:30 p.m. softball game at Spain Park.  We won our first game of the season!  Our team must’ve been inspired by the Homerun Derby last night.  We hit the maximum allowed.  I guess Jaime is our lucky charm.  We got home at around 11:15 p.m. and the game was still on.  It is currently 12:15 a.m. and the game is in the bottom of the 14th inning.  I’m betting that Bud Selig will make the game end in a tie because the teams are running out of players.

I’m pulling for the National League as I have done since I was a kid.  The Braves are being represented by Chipper Jones and Brian McCann.  The NL is currently on a 10-game losing streak.  Dan Uggla came into the game in the 6th inning and has currently made 3 errors.  He is doing his best to throw the game!  I sort of feel bad for him.  He looks like he wants to go climb into a hole and hide.

Top of the 15th now…

Did I mention that Uggla is stinking it up at the plate too?  He just struck out for the 2nd straight time.  

I’m trying to plan a trip to New York to see a game at Yankee Stadium before the season is over.  I hate the Yankees, but I certainly appreciate the history there.  

Bottom of the 15th now…

Jaime is calling it a night, morning.  Brian McCann just came in at catcher.  I’d like to see him do something to win the game.

The A.L. just won on a sac fly by Michael Young.  Eleven straight for the A.L.  The game lasted 4 hours and 50 minutes.  

Goodnight!

July 8, 2008

Baby’s Heartbeat

Filed under: Blogging, Daily Life, Family — jodygambrell @ 11:26 pm

Jaime had a doctor’s appointment today and she got to hear our baby’s heartbeat for the first time. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go because I had to be at Day Camp.  Her mom got to go with her.  She said that it was really cool!  It was beating at a rate of 149 BPM.  Everything is going great and we get to find out the baby’s sex on August 12th!  I can’t wait!

RIDICULOUS!!!

Filed under: Blogging, Sports, Websites — jodygambrell @ 11:16 pm

Check out this article on SportsbyBrooks:

All-Star Games Hurt Little Leaguers’ Self-Esteem?

This is what’s wrong with our country!  We are raising up kids to be a bunch of spoiled-brat pansies who don’t know how to deal with defeat and disappointment.  I have experienced similar incidents dealing with parents over the past few years.  In all my years of little league baseball, I never once made All-Stars.*  I do remember being upset a few times but I GOT OVER IT and worked harder the next year to try to be better.  This kind of stuff really gets under my skin.  Rick and Bubba call this kind of stuff the “Puddinization of America”.  I pray that Jaime and I will not be parents like that.  

*Even though I never made the All-Star team as a kid, I know that there were several seasons in which I did deserve to make the team.  My parents refused to get caught up in the stupid politics of little league baseball and I am thankful that they didn’t.  As you can tell, I’m not bitter at all.

November 11, 2006

Journal failure

Filed under: Blogging, NOBTS — jodygambrell @ 9:38 am

Today, I’ve realized that my journal entries are very shallow. In class on Monday, Dr. Layton reminded us that we are supposed to have 65 journal entries for this semester. I realized at that point that I had failed at this journaling project.

Tonight, I was again reminded of my journaling shortcomings. On the way home from the Bama basketball game, I listened to David Platt’s sermon entitled, “Care Sacrificially”. In his message, he featured a woman from his faith family that had journaled her way through breast cancer. As I was listening to her read her journal entries, it was almost as if I was experiencing the cancer, the chemo, and her emotions with her.

At this point in the semester, I know I will not have my required 65 journal entries for the semester. I did, however, realize the importance of this journaling project. I pray that I can continue journaling/blogging even after this semester ends.

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