Last Summer as Family of Five Is Over

Hello. It is September in a few weeks! Football season is starting, temps are about to decline, school is back in session next week and BAM…just like that summer 2016 is over.

For us, it was our last summer as a family of five and it was a wild and crazy one at that. It was strange yet exciting all in one. No Korea Camp, no Camp Thurman for the kids, no Galveston beach trip…just other things that consumed our time and money as we pushed on down the road of the adoption of Zane. Instead our summer was a financially stressful one waiting on court dates, etc from Korea.

It was a fun summer though and we made some new memories we will all take .with us forever as a family of five. Kids made it to VBS and kids camp. They got some time at the waterpark and Six Flags thanks to some cheap season passes we bought earlier. We made a few Rangers games and celebrated Quinn turning 9 and the girls turning 11. The Locks came in town for a visit from Colorado and we spent alot of time with our families and church friends. We went to Korea to visit Zane and then we drove out to Florida for the beach wedding of Maci. That was a nice week long getaway right there as we drove through Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater (our favorite!) and then Panama City.

Now we wait for the final call to bring Zane home and get our new “normal” started. I am ready too. Summer 2016 was one of a kind…next year we hope to go back to some old traditions for the first time as a family of six!

Last Year Quinn is in Single Digits!

My little buddy is now nine years old. Nine.

Just yesterday Julie and I were bringing him back from Korea as our first son. Today he will turn nine and start the count down to double digit ages!

He is such an amazing little boy. Happy, fun, smart, super intuitive and very sweet (most of the time!). I can’t imagine our lives without him and he has blessed us all.

Now we march towards 10 and that is going to really freak us out! Happy birthday Quinn!

Summer 2016…The Last as a Family of Five

The kids are out of school and life has been nutty ever since. We are in our last few months of being a family of five!

Funds are tight this year, but the kids have come up with another Summer of Fun list that has included visits with grandparents, SixFlags, a fun visit with the Locks family in from Colorado and fun with other church friends. We have also enjoyed the pool, Hurricane Harbor, Rangers baseball and a few movies here and there too, as Finding Dori was a big hit. We will end the summer driving out to Florida for a few days to partake in Maci getting married to Daniel.

Most of the summer has been focused of course on the adoption of our 4th child and getting him home by the end of the summer if we can. All things are go and everything needed for approval has been approved. We are a matter of weeks of becoming a family of 6. Zane will be here soon.

Quinn will be 9 in a few weeks and the girls will turn 11 at the end of August…both blow my mind!

We have spent alot of time together this summer and it’s been really fun. We have some tough, different days ahead of us so we are soaking it all in!

Life is good and so is God.

Wow. Summer is Almost Here!

Excuse me! It’s May NEXT WEEK???? Really?

Unreal.

This winter and spring just flew by. We really didn’t even have a winter here in Texas. It went straight from Fall to Spring so that’s really has everyone messed up.

In the mean time, Julie and I celebrated 13 years of marriage bliss and we are getting real close, finally, to getting our son Zane home from South Korea. Adoption process is coming to a close. Updates can be found here http://luvfromasia.blogspot.com/. Girls are closing in on 11 years old and Quinn is nearing 9.

Big news this spring so far, outside of Zane, was two weeks ago Quinn ended up back at Cook Children’s for emergency surgery on his stomach! Thankfully, it all went well and he is back at home recovering. Gonna miss the rest of baseball season though and he is bummed about that. He is loving playing. Might get a few of the last games in. He did get the game ball from the team last week. His team is awesome. Such great little dudes. Remind me of Sandlot group.

Girls finish their last weekend of soccer at Ridge Sports today. Very sad. Such a fun little team and four years has gone by incredible fast. They are hoping to play more somewhere else. They have gotten pretty good at it too!

Sports is in full gear outside of football, with the Stars in the hunt for another Stanley Cup and the Astros and Rangers getting into the baseball season.

This summer is going to be all about Zane, we hope….we are so ready to get this stage our life with him here and behind us!

 

Trump and Obama…Tales of Ignorance

We are watching 2008 and 2012 all over again. But this time the shoe is on the other foot and I just cannot believe what I am seeing.

Let’s start by being real here. Obama had zero business or real political experience. Heck, even as a senator in his home state he was absent for most votes and issues. Not to mention his radical associations, his crazy ass “pastor”, his insane chaotic family upbringing, his admissions of drug use in his own book, his wild public statements made during college, and the clear socialistic agenda he promised to bring to America if elected. Forget all of that…unless you were and are one of the most liberal people politically known to man, he should have never been elected…and he was twice. But a lot of that had to do with people being “angry” at Bush, the tiresome war, a failing economy and the fact that Obama was a great speaker and would become the first African American in the White House. Ignorance and emotion ruled the day.

And here we are again.

Trump is an ass. He has no political experience. He is self-centered, arrogant, rude, and just recently he was singing the praises of Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton, and Obamacare. The very people these “angry conservatives” are pissed off at, are the very people he has written checks to! And, what really blows my mind, is many of these people claim to be “evangelicals”. Just as I was blown away by the number of Christians that voted for Obama and his proud push to abort babies, I am shocked at Christians ignoring the truth about Trump and giving him their support. Pastor Jeffress in Dallas should be removed from the pulpit!

This is a man that as said sexual comments about his own daughter, calls women “pieces of ass” along with dog, pigs and animals, has ties to “pedophile island”, wrote checks to those pushing abortion, misquoted scripture, talked about women he would “bang”, screwed businesses out of millions by filing bankruptcy numerous times, hired illegal workers by the droves, and has been a liberal for most of his adult life.

Yet, he goes on stage, says a few neat things and all of a sudden he is the best choice for the Republican party????

Ignorance rules the American voter on both sides.

There are two fantastic conservative candidates running for office that would serve our nation with boldness, strength and honor. Both Rubio and Cruz would run circles around Trump. My personal choice is Cruz mainly because he isn’t a career politician nor is he pushed by the GOP establishment. But I could live with either. If you are a true conservative, either would likely beat Hillary, and either would help restore the destructive things we have seen Obama do.

Trump won’t beat Hillary. He will get destroyed by the media for who he really is and they are waiting to do so.

Don’t give me the bs lines about Trump being an outsider and the rest of the GOP field being “establishment” guys or career politicians. Yes, Rubio is pushed by the establishment leaders but I can live with that because he certainly is no McCain or Romney or Bush…and Cruz has done everything the Tea Party that pushed him asked him to go do. He was the only one that really stood against the establishment these last few years! And both are certainly more truly conservative than this wolf in sheep’s clothing.

You’re an idiot if you vote for Trump and that’s just the truth. We will have you to thank while we get to listen to the bitchy Hillary on our TV sets for the next four years too.

Bye Bye 2015…Bring on 2016

I have to say…2015 was an interesting year for sure. So many crazy things happened and yet it was a mixture of good and bad.

Kids started homeschooling, we continued the process of adopting Zane and now wait, we had some tough business issues to deal with and my kids all got older! Plus, we had some health issues in the family that got pretty scary.

My Baylor Bears ended a season of injuries strong but my Cowboys stunk it up with Romo out all year. The surprise was my Astros and Rangers doing so well.

Not sure what to expect in 2016 – more crazy terrorism? Hilary or Trump as President? The last year of Obama (Yes!) and who knows what will happen in sports or with the stock market.

Life is good and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next 365…yet in some ways I am glad to see 2015 be in the past.

Cowboys Season Is Over…

It’s been 20 years since the Cowboys were last a truly good team. Yea last year they did great, but that was a blip in their recent history and trends. Jerry Jones has ruined my team this year the Jerry Jones curse took a major bite out of our football season. Romo is one of a long list of season affecting injuries all year long. Now it is over. They are 3-8 and playing for a top pick next April.

So depressing. Another year down the tubes. I am starting to feel like a Cubs fan…

 

These Holidays Are Special

Two months ago I wasn’t sure what to expect when Grandma Kat was diagnosed with a ruptured appendix and ended up having a big chunk of her intestines taken out. She is 92 after all. Was thinking this might be it…

Yet, just yesterday she was there at home for our annual Thanksgiving lunch. What a blessing. God is good and He must still have something for her to do!

This year has been a challenge for sure, but at the same time it has gone fast with many new things taking place. We are down to the final stages of adopting another child and we hope to have him home sometime in early to mid 2016. I still can’t believe my girls are 10 and Quinn is halfway to 9! How is it that it has already been 7 years since we went to Korea to bring him home!? Now we are looking at going back soon to bring Zane home. Wow. Time does fly.

We spent yesterday with Julie’s parents and her sister’s family down from Iowa. That was a ton of fun too. Really love those people and the kids got to spend some much needed time with their cousins!

I am learning in my “old age” that life is to be cherished and it is certainly more important than money, success or fame.

I am just glad we had another great Thanksgiving with Grandma. You never know how many of those special times you get in life.

 

Club J Fort Worth – 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago, Club J was revived in Fort Worth in what’s now called the “West 7th” area. It was such a fun time with friends working to reach out to the youth and college students in the TCU area. God did some amazing things too.

I was so proud to be a part of Club J from 1991-1995!

Check out the story here.

 

 

 

 

Kids Start New Journey

Hard to believe it, but school has started back up, temps are down, football is back and Christmas is about 90 days away.

This year is the first year our kids started home schooling too. So far, so good. They are getting into a groove and Julie is getting the hang of it this first go around. Their social life is busy too with new baseball and soccer seasons in full swing, with Friday co-op school and Wednesday church group activities. The great thing about it is they get done early, schedules are flexible so I can see them more and they get to focus on what needs to be focused on.

Quinn started real baseball this fall and is doing great. So good for him too. Girls started soccer this morning. They love it and they love their coach. She’s great!

Now real updates on things with Zane in a while. We are “in line” and waiting at this point. We do get to start sending care packages though! Can’t wait to go over there and bring him home.

So glad to have football back though my Astros and Rangers are doing great and battling it out this year. But let’s go Bears and let’s go Cowboys!

My name is Brady Speers and life is good!