Our focus is family. We do almost everything together. This page is a short list of some of the extra-curricular activities we are involved in.
Growing spiritually is important to us as a family. It’s not always easy for us to find a church that fits us. We are misfit Christians in many ways. We are now attending a Southern Baptist church but we have attended a non-denominational church and a United Methodist church in the past. For us, the religious practice is a way for us to regain focus and connect and learn with other believers. As long as the doctrine contains the following tennets as the focus, we feel it’s a good thing:
- Salvation comes to us only by grace, through faith in the Messiah Yeshua and the sacrifice he made by shedding his blood on the cross.
- Messiah Yeshua was born of a virgin.
- Messiah Yeshua died, was buried, and arose to live again after 3 days and now sits at the right hand of Yahweh.
- Love the Lord your God with all of your being and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
I use the Messianic Jewish names because I feel they are most accurate. I know I would not appreciate being called by a name that was not my own. <<<See? Misfit Christian.
Being involved in our community is a bit harder for us, but still very important. We help with the local theater group, The Eunice Players Theater, whenever we are able. John and theShi are the thespians in our family. TheRo and I work backstage most often. We have also helped others build the set and decorate it.
Arts are important. They may not put food on the table but they do improve morale and that is very important in my book. We were members of our local art gallery, Niche, and the Eunice Community Art House. Sadly, our income has not made it possible for us to continue to be members. We still do what we can to support them whenever possible.
We have also performed at Open Mic Night at our local coffee shop, Cafe Mosaic. This is the little store that started the art boom in our small town. Once the cafe started hosting open mic night and letting artists display their work on the walls, it was clear we needed more artistic opportunities and outlets in our community.
Louisiana is often referred to as the “Sportsmans Paradise.” We are a pretty rural state and there are several state parks here. The closest one to us is Chicot State Park, which hosts an arboretum. The arboretum regularly holds classes which would appeal to any school group or home school family. The nature trails are beautiful and quiet and a balm to the spirit. We have taken advantage of those on several occasions. It’s good exercise and it teaches children to appreciate nature enough to take care of it for future generations.
Our family members are all advance certified storm spotters through Skywarn. When we all go out spotting, theShi works the video camera, theRo is the anamometer (wind-o-meter) girl, I watch the radar and John is the photographer. Our son and daughter-in-law are also advanced certified storm spotters and they work as extra eyes on the sky. Our biggest help is the Cajun Weatherman, Andy Thibodeaux. Check out the facebook page he created for our group of spotters. We do not /chase/ storms. We do not get in the path of raging tornadoes. We simply keep an eye on the skies for things like hail, dangerous lightning, funnel clouds or tornadoes from a safe distance. We help the weather folks by helping them “see” what the radar cannot.