Friday, October 24, 2008

Dr. Dobson's October Newsletter

October 2008

Dr. Dobson's October Newsletter

Dear Friends,
Can you feel the tension in the air? The nation — and indeed, the world — is holding its collective breath as the final days of the presidential campaign wind down and the candidates engage in one last round of electioneering and debating. By this time next month, we'll know whether Senator John McCain or Senator Barack Obama will be inaugurated in January as the 44th President of the United States.

Considering the stark differences between the two presidential candidates and the critical issues that are hanging in the balance, it's not difficult to understand why Campaign 2008 has been such a spirited affair. I'd like to take a few moments to consider what is at stake in this year's election, particularly for those of us who embrace a biblical worldview. Please understand that I will share these thoughts under the umbrella of Focus on the Family Action™, which has supported the preparation and distribution of this letter. Focus Action is, in turn, supported by contributions from those who do not receive tax deductible receipts for them. Thanks so much to you who made it possible.

Let's start with the need to elect a pro-family, pro-life President. The importance of this objective cannot be overstated. Between 2009 and 2012, there will likely be two or more opportunities for the President to nominate new justices to the Supreme Court. Some court watchers say there could be as many as four resignations. That alone should give us serious pause as we consider for whom to cast our votes. In the months ahead, the Supreme Court will likely hand down rulings that will impact America for generations to come. We need a President who will nominate conservative, strict-constructionist judges to the Court. If that doesn't happen, the highest court in the land could become stackedóeven more than it already isówith justices who will endeavor to legislate from the bench and impose a liberal agenda on the nation. It will likely affect the definition of marriage, religious freedom, and the protection (or lack thereof) of life in the womb.

It's probably obvious which of the two major party candidates' views are most palatable to those of us who embrace a pro-life, pro-family worldview. While I will not endorse either candidate this year, I can say that I am now supportive of Senator John McCain and his bid for the presidency. This is not because I am beholden to the Senator from Arizona or to the Republican Party. Anyone who has even a passing familiarity with my views knows that I have agonized at times during this election process, and have been strongly critical of Senator McCain and the Republican Party on numerous occasions. My concern is for the biblical and moral values that I and millions of Americans hold dear. I will gladly support politicians of any stripe who are willing to defend the sanctity of human life, support the institution of traditional marriage, protect the country from terrorism and advance the cause of religious liberty. While certainly not perfect, the 2008 Republican platform comes closest to embracing those ideals by a wide margin.
In recent weeks, I have received some measure of criticism from those who feel that my "change of heart" toward John McCain is unwarranted. I understand those views and concede that the Senator continues to embrace positions that concern me. I don't apologize, however, for reevaluating our options in this election year. John Maynard Keynes, whose views I have disagreed with strongly, said this about reversing course: "When the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?"1 In this instance, Keynes' perspective is correct. Every thinking person will eventually have reason to change his or her mind as circumstances evolve, as they have done during this long political ordeal.

There are four primary — and I believe compelling — reasons why I now view the McCain presidential candidacy favorably:
During the "Saddleback Forum" on Aug. 16, Sens. Obama and McCain fielded questions from the Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren. Senator McCain gave very solid and encouraging answers to questions about the sanctity of life and the institution of marriage, whereas Senator Obama came down at the other end of the argument.
You will recall the following interchange during the forum:

Pastor Rick Warren: "At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?"
Senator Obama: "...Answering that question with specificity, you know, is, uh, is, above my pay grade."2

With all due respect, Senator, if this question is above your pay grade, then so is the job attached to it.

The Republican Partyís 2008 national platform is a remarkably conservative document.3 Indeed, it is the strongest pro-life platform in the history of the party, surpassing even the pro-life advances of the Reagan years. It was approved and sanctioned by the McCain campaign.
Senator McCain selected an astonishingly strong pro-life, pro-family running mate in Governor Sarah Palin. Although he could have embraced a liberal Vice Presidential nominee, such as Senator Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge, he made the bold decision to join forces with a VP pick whose views reflect those of the party's conservative base. I'll discuss Governor Palin's candidacy in greater detail in a moment.

The longer the campaign continues, the more concerned I have become with Barack Obama's liberal views. Certainly, he is an attractive and very charismatic candidate who has embarked on a campaign of historical proportions. However, the majority of his policies represent the antithesis of principles I hold dear. Senator Obama's record is more liberal than that of any other Democrat in the Senate4 — and that's saying something! For example, when he was a state senator in Illinois, he voted four times in three years against legislation that would have saved the lives of babies that managed to survive the abortion process.5 The U.S. Senate subsequently passed similar legislation called The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act by unanimous consent.6 (Obama was not a U.S. Senator at the time.) State Senator Obama was chairman of the committee that opposed this protection of babies, and in 2001 and 2002 was the only legislator who rose to argue against the Illinois Born Alive Act.7 That is an undeniable fact!
My good friend, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum published a scathing analysis of Senator Obama's pro-abortion record earlier this year. Here is an excerpt of what he wrote:
In March 2001, [Senator] Obama was the sole speaker in opposition to the bill on the floor of the Illinois Senate. He said: "We're saying they are persons entitled to the kinds of protections provided to a child, a 9-month child delivered to term. I mean, it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child."8 So according to [Senator] Obama, "they", (babies who survive abortions or any other preterm newborns,) should be permitted to be killed because giving legal protection to preterm newborns would have the effect of banning all abortions.9

To further underscore Senator Obama's radical devotion to abortion rights, he has promised that "the first thing I'd do as president" would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act.10 The FOCA is a devastating piece of legislation that would overturn nearly every local, state, and federal anti-abortion law passed in the last 40 years.11 In fact, it's so broadly written that legal analysts suggest the bill may prevent institutions and physicians from refusing to provide abortion services by invoking the conscience clause.

Earlier this year, while talking about sex education and abortion, the Senator said the following: "I've got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."12 In other words, a pre-born baby is viewed as a form of punishment, and can therefore be murdered in the name of convenience.

It is a matter of historic significance that Barack Obama has become the first African-American to capture the nomination of a major political party for the office of President of the United States. I applaud that remarkable accomplishment. Nevertheless, I cannot support his candidacy because the positions he holds on moral, social and family issues place him at the extreme left of the political spectrum. What the Senator believes and the policies he would seek to implement are on a collision course with the biblical principles and beliefs I have fought to defend for more than 35 years.

Turning the corner, the significance of Governor Palin to the 2008 presidential race is also worthy of further consideration. Here is a woman who is a deeply committed Christian, and who is pro-life not only with regard to her policies, but in her personal life. She and her husband welcomed their latest child, Trig, into the world even though he was diagnosed with Down syndrome while still in the womb. Approximately 90 percent of babies with Down syndrome are aborted,13 but Governor Palin carried her precious child to term and now loves and cares for him despite the challenges associated with a special needs child. Similarly, her teenage daughter, Bristol, who became pregnant out of wedlock, could have bowed to cultural pressure to seek an abortion. Instead, she and the father plan to get married and raise their child together. Governor Palin has been married for 20 years, and by all accounts, she is a portrait of Christian motherhood and womanhood.

As for Governor Palin's qualifications to be Vice President of the United States and to assume the mantle of President, should that ever become necessary, she is much better suited for the job than the talking heads on the liberal Left would have you believe. She came out of nowhere to win the Alaskan gubernatorial race against a powerful incumbent. While in office, she bravely fought widespread corruption — including that within her own party — in the face of great opposition. Govenor Palin's critics suggest that her experience as mayor of a "small town" is somehow a liability, but it is an asset. In fact, her time as Mayor of Wasilla and then as Governor of Alaska gives her a greater degree of executive experience than Senator Barack Obama can claim. Her qualifications to be Vice President, I would submit, exceed those of Senator Barack Obama, who spent only 143 working days in the U.S. Senate prior to announcing his run for President.14 He authored no significant legislation during that time.

I'm sure you have heard the shrill voices from the political Left decrying Mrs. Palin for any and every reason under the sun. They gloat over the pregnancy of her daughter Bristol and claim it as "evidence" that abstinence education, which Sarah Palin strongly supports, is somehow a sham. They criticize Governor Palin for daring to hold political office and run for Vice President while having a baby at home, even though the Left has for decades supported a woman's right to do just that. The attacks on Governor Palin and her family in recent weeks have been astonishingly unfair and mean-spirited. If she were a liberal Democrat, she would be praised and lauded for making the same decisions for which she is now being criticized. The double standard is obvious.

Governor Palin's decision to run for Vice President while raising a baby with special needs has given pause to some conservative voices as well. Some have even questioned my enthusiasm over Governor Palin's candidacy in light of these circumstances. It's important to note that although I have often said stay-at-home moms are vitally important to raising the next generation, I have never suggested that it is wrong for mothers to work outside the home. Indeed, Focus on the Family® has hired thousands of mothers over the years. I have said, however, that if a mother is going to enter the workplace, she and her husband must first find a way to meet the needs of their children. Sarah Palin appears to have done that. Todd, her husband, is actively involved in the raising of their children, and it seems obvious that Sarah will continue to be a positive force in her children's lives even as she carries out her duties in the political arena. Regardless of your political views, may I suggest that the Palins need our prayers, not our disdain, at this critical moment in our nation's history.

Senator Obama's selection of fellow liberal Democrat Joseph Biden (Del.) is also extremely revealing. While the National Journal ranked Obama the most liberal Senator last year, Senator Biden was ranked 3rd on their list — just ahead of Vermont's Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed socialist.15 While the Senator of 36 years from Delaware stands in blatant opposition to the pro-family movement, many of you will remember him from his vociferous opposition to several of our finer Supreme Court justices, namely, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Alito and Thomas.

Returning to our theme, America's future seems to hang in the balance at this time. Our next President will have a dramatic impact on countless legislative issues. Since being relegated to minority status in 2006, Senate Republicans have skillfully used the rules of parliamentary procedure to frustrate many of the Democrats' attempts to pass bad legislation. To this point, that effort has almost always been backed by a President who is willing to use the veto pen when necessary. The threat of President Bush's veto on hate crimes legislation and issues regarding the sanctity of life have kept a Democrat-controlled Congress from implementing its liberal agenda. Will our next President stand up to Congress in the same manner, or will he side with them, thereby giving the Democrats free reign to impose their liberal values on America?
It is likely, say the pundits, that both the House and the Senate in the 111th Congress will still be controlled by Democrats. If that party also takes the White House, a wave of anti-family, pro-homosexual legislation is almost guaranteed to pass in 2009. The bills put forward and advanced this year by Democrats reveal where they want to take the country. For example, they inserted hate crimes language into the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill, but were forced to remove it in conference, again under the threat of veto.16 While in the Illinois Senate, Senator Obama voted for a bill authorizing "comprehensive" sex education beginning in kindergarten. Defenders have attempted to downplay its significance, citing the fact that it called for the content to be "age appropriate" and "medically accurate" — dubious and subjective qualifiers given the sensitive nature of the topic and innocence of the audience!17 (When criticized for supporting this legislation, the Senator was dismissive and said proudly, I quote, "It's the right thing to do."18)
Large portions of the agenda promoted by homosexual activists will also be enacted. The implications for a federal hate crimes law are clear. People speaking against homosexuality have already been prosecuted under hate crimes laws both in the United States and abroad. If a federal hate crimes law passes, there will be little to prevent the government from endeavoring to control and curtail religious speech, especially from the pulpit. It is entirely possible that a pastor could be charged with inducing a federal hate crime simply by preaching from one of the many biblical passages that address homosexuality.

Congressional Democrats will also seek to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, meaning businesses will be forced to accept and condone homosexuality — and possibly transgenderism — in making employment decisions. Further, business owners, including religious businesses, will not be able to make hiring and firing decisions based on their religious convictions. Earlier this year, Senator Barack Obama said, "I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepherd Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Nondiscrimination Act."19

Finally, I am deeply concerned about the tax and spend policies Senator Obama will impose on the American people if he is elected, especially in light of the current financial crisis. This is not the time to be taking money out of the economy, yet, he has proposed enormous new federal programs and entitlements that will cost multiple billions of dollars. These initiatives cannot be effected without huge increases in taxation on businesses, which will be passed on to the public and to individual families. This will almost certainly require a return of the odious marriage penalty tax that plagued families for 32 years!

The races for the White House and the Congress are hardly the only matters worthy of concern in this election cycle. At the state and local levels, numerous policies and pieces of legislation are being put to a vote, and many of them are directly related to family and moral issues. For example, the definition of marriage is on the ballot in Arizona (Proposition 102), California (Proposition 8) and Florida (Amendment 2). Voters in Colorado will be given the opportunity to expand the definition of "personhood" to include all human beings from the moment of fertilization (Amendment 48). In South Dakota, voters will be asked to ban all abortions except those involving cases of rape and incest, or when the pregnancy seriously jeopardizes the life or physical health of the mother (Measure 11). Michigan is considering whether to legalize embryonic stem cell research, which would result in the killing of tiny human beings. In California, voters will also get the chance to decide whether minor girls should be required to give 48 hoursí notice to a parent or adult relative before having an abortion (Proposition 4). Arkansas voters will decide whether to prevent couples living together out of wedlock — heterosexual or homosexual — from adopting children or serving as foster parents.
These are just a few of the important issues that, depending on which state you live in, will be on the ballot next month. I implore you to spend the few days remaining before the election researching the various amendments, ballot measures, and local and national candidates. Then, exercise your responsibility before God to vote on or before Nov 4. Please, let your voices be heard. For more information, visit Focus on the Family Actionís Web site at
Regardless of your political views, I want to urge Christians everywhere to be in prayer about this election. There are many scriptural references wherein King David "inquired of God" when he was faced by troubling circumstances (1 Samuel 23:2,4; 30:8; 2 Samuel 2:1; 5:19,23). It is time for Christians everywhere to turn to Him for guidance and wisdom. Find some time to be still and listen to what He wants to tell you. The National Day of Prayer Task Force, led by my wonderful wife, Shirley, has embarked on a national campaign entitled "Pray for Election Day." All around the country, individuals and groups are being encouraged to gather every Thursday leading up to Nov. 4 between 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. Spend time with the Lord, asking Him to guide and direct those privileged to cast a ballot. If you are able, I would also encourage you to fast and pray immed"ately before the election. After all, it was the Reverend Billy Graham who once said that ìTo get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees."20 Amen, Dr. Graham.

This election is about the future of the nation, but it will also go a long way toward determining the culture your children and grandchildren will come to know. I know you will vote with your children and your children's children in mind. That certainly puts the election in a different light, doesn't it?

You know my heart on these issues, and I hope you understand that I am less concerned with politicians and political parties than I am with the timeless biblical principles that those parties have the power to either strengthen or damage. No candidate is perfect, whether in this election or any other. Please don't make your decisions lightly. There is simply too much at stake. May God grant each of us wisdom as Nov. 4 approaches.

James C. Dobson, Ph.D.Founder and Chairman

P.S. Since I began researching and writing this letter, the economic meltdown on Wall Street and congressional reaction to it has occurred. These are, indeed, difficult times for American families and businesses. Thank you for continuing to support this ministry, even though in many cases it has required sacrificial giving. You are helping to keep us afloat during this financial crisis, and we appreciate your contribution and prayers more than I can tell you.

Please share this with your friends and family.
This letter may be reproduced without change and in its entirety for noncommercial and nonpolitical purposes without prior permission from Focus on the Family Action.

1 Louis Uchitelle, "2 Mavericks in Economics Awarded Nobel Prize," The New York Times, Oct. 12, 2004, (Sept. 29, 2008). Also: Alfred L. Malabre, Lost Prophets: An Insider's History of the Modern Economists (1994), p. 220. (Responding to criticism when changing monetary policy in the midst of the Great Depression.)
2 Saddleback Presidential Candidates Forum, CNN Transcript, Aug. 16, 2008. (Sept. 29, 2008).
3 Republican National Committee, 2008 Republican Platform, (Sept. 28, 2008).
4 "National Journal's 2007 Vote Ratings," National Journal Group Inc., 2008, (Sept. 29, 2008).
5 (September 2008).
6 (Sept. 29, 2008).
7 (Sept. 30, 2008).
8 "Obama Blocked Born Alive Infant Protection Act," Illinois Federation For Right to Life Daily News online, April 3, 2008, (Sept. 29, 2008).
9 Rick Santorum, "The Elephant in the Room: A Harsh Ideologue hidden by a feel-good image," The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 29, 2008, (Sept. 28, 2008).
10 (Sept. 29, 2008).
11 (Sept. 29, 2008)
12 "Ballot Bowl 2008: More Campaign Happenings," CNN Transcripts, March 29, 2008, (Sept. 29, 2008).
13 Patricia E. Bauer, "What's Lost in Prenatal Testing: Why Encourage Testing for Down Syndrome," Jan. 14, 2007, Washington Post.
14 "Days in Session Calendars," Thomas, The Library of Congress, (Sept. 29, 2008).
15 National Journal online, 2008, Ibid.
16 Paul Kane, "Hill Negotiators Drop Hate-Crime Provision," Washington Post, Dec. 7, 2007, (Sept. 29, 2008).
17 Byron York, "On Sex-Ed Ad, McCain Is Right," National Review Online, Sept. 16, 2008, (Sept. 29, 2008).
18 "Obama on Sex Ed in Kindergarten: 'It's the Right Thing to Do,'" Free Republic online, Sept. 10, 2008, (Sept. 29, 2008).
19 Michael Foust, "Obama: If elected I will use the bully pulpit for gay causes," Baptist Press, Feb. 28, 2008, (Sept. 29, 2008).
20 Chuck Spinner, A Book of Prayers: To the Heavens from the Stars, (AuthorHouse: 2008), p. 225, excerpts online at: (Sept. 29, 2008).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" Ecc 3:1

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven
...A time to plant and a time to uproot". Ecc 3:1-2

Air Force families know there is a time to uproot, and a dear family is doing that right now. They are uprooting from their home and moving into a totally new season of life. It will be sad that they are leaving friends and family but, I am excited as God is shaping their life's in a new direction.

We believe in arranged marriages here at Laughlin,
meet Mr. and Mrs. Baan to be in like 20 some years!

Oh and yes we had Buckeyes, not chocolate covered peanuts butter balls.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

OSC Fall Festival 2008

Officers Spouse Club hosted the 2008 Fall Festival at Laughlin AFB
and it was a blast. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Lana (and Mom) thanks for all your hard work!

The graffiti Wall.

Horseshoe tournament was a blast!

Thanks to Arnie for the music!

Pony rides anyone?

How about that great food!
Hard at work ladies!

Hay wagons rides took guest to the pumpkin patch.

Pick out your favorite one!

Sara and Shannon did a great job with Monster fingers!

Pumpkin pick up for the toddlers.

Human bubble was a hit yet again this year!

Some of my favorite gals!

Pictures were available too! Come on Superman give us a smile!

These kiddos are painting their pumpkins.

That is it for this years Fall Fest! Hopefully, the OSC will be able to pull it off again next year!***And a special thanks to J for taking all these great pitures!***

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Though there's pain in the offering, Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be'
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wright Patterson Air Force Base

I have two wonderful friends who are getting the opportunity of a life time...what is it you ask? Well, only to be stationed at the greatest base the Air Force can offer!! No not Hawaii...Wright Patterson Air Force base in glorious fabulous Ohio!!
So for there benefit I complied a list of great Ohio finds.
Place to visit

Young's Jersey Dairy
6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Bike/ Running trails
Blue Jacket Outdoor Theater
Main Office Number: 937-376-4358
Box Office: 937-376-4318
Clifton Mill
75 Water St.
Clifton, OH 45316
1100 Spaatz StreetWright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(937) 255-3286
Pump it up
685 Precision Court Miamisburg Ohio 45342

Gymboree Play and Music
Cincinnati: Governor's Pointe
4700 Duke Drive Suite 105, Mason, OH 45040 US Phone: 513-459-4769
Kings Island Amusement Park
Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH 45040
Cedar Point
1 Cedar Point Drive Sandusky, Ohio 44870
General Information (419) 627-2350
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3400 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45220
Columbus Zoo
4850 West Powell Road, Powell, Ohio 43065 (614) 645-3550
Toll Free 1-800-MONKEYS

The Newport Aquarium
One Aquarium Way Newport, KY 41071
Telephone (859) 261-7444
Creation Museum
2800 Bullittsburg Church Road Petersburg, KY 41080-9364(888) 582-4253
Kettering Recreation Complex,
Swimming and Ice Skating
3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering, Ohio 45429
ph: 937-296-2400
Ohio Caverns
2210 East State Route 245 West Liberty, Ohio 43357
(937) 465-4017

Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking County, Ohio
Camping, hiking, lodging, and great outdoor fun
John Bryan State Park
3790 State Route 370
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
Phone: (937) 767 - 1274
Urban KragIndoor Wall Climbing Center
125 Clay StreetDayton, Ohio 45402
937.224.KRAG (5724)

The Beech Waterpark
2590 Water Park Dr Mason, OH 45040
(513) 398-7946
Children's Museum of Cleveland
10730 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106
216 791-7114
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife WayCleveland, OH 44109216
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard E 9th St and Lake Erie
Cleveland, OH 44113
216 781-ROCK

Great Wolf Lodge and Water Park
2501 Great Wolf Drive Mason, OH 45040
1-800-913-WOLF 1 -513-459-8885
Fort Rapids Water Park

Snow Trail Ski Resort
3100 Possum Run Road, Mansfield, OH 44903
Mad River Mountain
1000 Snow Valley Rd, Zanesfield, OH 43360
800-231-SNOW (7669)
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
2600 DeWeese ParkwayDayton, OH 45414
The Greene Town Center
51 Plum Street Beavercreek, Ohio 45440
Jeffersonville Outlets
8000 Factory Shops Blvd Jeffersonville , Ohio 43128
(740) 948-9090
(800) 746-7644
The Mall at Fairfeild Commons
2727 Fairfeild Commons Blvd. Beavercreek Ohio
The Dayton Mall
2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459


Dayton Avenue Baptist Church
1121 Dayton Avenue Xenia, OH 45385
(937) 376-8223

Far Hills Community Church-
5800 Clyo Road - Dayton, Ohio 45459
Telephone: 937-434-3232
3489 Little York Rd - Dayton, OH 45414
(937) 898-8811

Beavercreek Church of the Nazarene
1850 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek, OH 45432

First Baptist Church of Fairborn
1167 Highview Dr.
Fairborn, Ohio 45324

Apex Community Church
5200 Far Hills Avenue Kettering, OH 45429

Patterson Park Church
3655 East Patterson Road
Beavercreek, Ohio 45430
(937) 427-0130

FairCreek Church
2400 Faircreek Ridge Drive
Fairborn, OH 45324

Places to eat
2022648 Colonel Glenn Hwy , Fairborn, OH
Phone - (937) 427-0442
2148 Miamisburg Centerville Rd Dayton, OH
937) 439-1294
2794 Colonel Glenn Hwy , Fairborn, OH
(937) 427-3000
2762 N Fairfield Rd , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 429-3979
91 N Main St , Cedarville, OH
Phone - (937) 766-5779
5770 Wilmington Pike , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 432-2431
2745 Fairfield Commons Bl , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 320-1777

142 Xenia Towne Sq , Xenia, OH
Phone - (937) 374-3355
21 N Broad St , Fairborn, OH
Phone - (937) 879-7000

199 E Alex Bell Rd , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 436-4666
3618 Linden Ave , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 252-9635
6318 Far Hills Ave , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 439-3897
5940 Far Hills Ave , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 438-9228

2614 Colonel Glenn Hwy , Fairborn, OH
Phone - (937) 431-9150
215 W Main St , Fairborn, OH
Phone - (937) 878-1611
6880 Springfield Xenia Rd , Yellow Springs, OH
Phone - (937) 325-0629
7970 Washington Village D , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 435-4441

Joe'S Crab Shack
6834 Miller Ln , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 454-0449
2710 Towne Dr , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 431-8344
1320 N Fairfield Rd , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 429-3393
13 E Main St , Xenia, OH
Phone - (937) 372-6500
101 E Alex Bell Rd 124 , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 434-6522
Panera Bread
2751 Fairfield Commons Boulevard Beavercreek, OH
(937) 426-3900
8361 Old Troy Pike , Dayton, OH
Phone - (937) 236-2884
2803 N Fairfield Rd , Dayton, OH
(937) 429-1800
6380 Wilmington Pike , Dayton, OH
(937) 848-9846

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, Blessed be the name of the Lord" Job 1:21

Nine weeks ago I saw this wonderful message! We were so excited to share our joyous news with friends and family. I was able to make a trip to Ohio and tell my family while Derrick wasted no time and told his mom only a few short hours after I left for work. We felt so blessed as we were starting a new phase of our lives together. But, Along the way. I had a few "foreshadowing" experiences that I didn't recognize at the time, But now understand that it was God preparing my heart for what was to come. After I passed 4-6 week mark, I felt relief because I knew it probably wasn't going to be an ectopic pregnancy. Please understand I work in labor and delivery so I do see a lot of unfortunate events. I was hoping that all these horrible thoughts were because of what I experience daily at work. Then a dear and wonderful friend gave me "The Belly book" as I was filling it out, a thought entered my head...Maybe you shouldn't fill this out yet, what if you miscarry? Who thinks that thought? I think it was planted by the Holy Spirit. Then I start to bleed at 8 weeks 6 days. I felt convicted to send out an email to friends and family calling on their prayers and support because I thought I would probably miscarry.
This is what I wrote:
Hello all, I just wanted to ask all my prayer warriors out there for some help. As you all know I am 9 weeks pregnant tomorrow, meaning that baby beans only 7 weeks. And, I started bleeding yesterday. Being in labor and delivery I know that all bleeding isn't bad, but I still am requesting prayers as this continues. I did go to the base clinic today and was confirmed pregnant. However, I have bled more since then. I have already placed myself on "bed rest" and have not done anything all day. Ultimately, I know God has a perfect will and plan for our lives, I pray that If this baby is to be, that it will come out healthy...preferably in another 31 weeks! Thank you and I love you all!!!
I proceeded to have a horrible night of cramping and bleeding. I knew it was not looking like a good outcome. Eventually, I miscarried officially on Wednesday Oct 8th at 3:07 am. It was still too early to tell the sex of the baby, so all I know is that baby beans is in Heaven. A much safer and glorious place than here on earth.
I sent this second email out later that afternoon.
Friends,I just wanted to send everyone an update, and thank you all for the prayers and support. I have an amazing group of friends and family that I thank God for. After, I sent you all my "prayer request" letter I continue to bleed and then started cramping really bad. I kidda figured out at that point that I would probably miscarry, but I was praying that Gods will be done. I know His plan for our life's is so much more vast than anything we could possible imagine and so I also prayed for peace. I am very gratefully for those prayers because by 300 am I was in incredible pain and passing large clots (sorry hope that's not TMI) :-) As I laid on the couch asking God to wrap His arms around the situation he spoke to my heart and said, "I provide"...Isn't God amazing. I had to almost laugh. He didn't say "I will supply your needs" or anything else more eloquent. Just "I provide" Just like he told Moses, tell them "I am". Knowing the words of God gave me great comfort and I was able to praise God irregardless of my own understanding. I was also reminded of Job. A little recap if you will....

Job 1:6-12 Job Is Put to the Test 6 One day angels came to the Lord. Satan also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered, "From traveling all around the earth. I've been going from one end of it to the other." 8 Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you thought about my servant Job? There isn't anyone on earth like him. He is honest. He does what is right. He has respect for me and avoids evil."
9 "You always give Job everything he needs," Satan replied. "That's why he has respect for you. 10 Haven't you guarded him and his family? Haven't you taken care of everything he has? You have blessed everything he does. His flocks and herds are spread all through the land.
11 "But reach out your hand and strike down everything he has. Then I'm sure he will speak evil things against you. In fact, he'll do it right in front of you."
12 The Lord said to Satan, "All right. I am handing everything he has over to you. But do not touch the man himself."
Please do not think I am comparing myself to the hardships of Job! He endured way more than I can even imagine. But, I do feel like I am able to relate at least a little more. God has blessed our family in so many numerous ways it really is uncountable. I am so grateful for God's mercy on our life's. Yet, in all that happened to Job he still praises the name of God, and we choose to do the same. God is good all the time! And, he will provide! Derrick said it very sweetly this afternoon, "Baby Beans went to heaven with grandpa". I almost tear up trying to re-write his words. I love you all, Thank you again for the prayers and support.
I thought I would share with everyone what had happened to our little baby beans. I am at peace knowing that God provides. I know this experience has been so much easier because of the prayers and support of my family and friends. I am so grateful for everyone who took time to pray for us and for all the kind words of encouragement that you all sent our way.
We are so very blessed.
I found a new favorite quote as I was reading, A Step Further, by Joni Eareckson Tada
"God has placed each of us exactly where He pleases on the scale of suffering. But, remember, He reserves the right to move us up or down that scale any time He chooses in order to open up to us new avenues of ministry."
If my suffering opens up new opportunities of ministry then so be it!
And, Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Friday, October 3, 2008


It is that time of year again!

One of my all time favorite things to do in October is Booing my friends....Wait don't get the wrong idea! I don't drive by a yell BOO at them. That would be totally high school. All I do is ring and run. If you have not starting Booing all your friends here is the 411.

1. Download my cute ghost and copy him along with this letter with directions.
My friends like to add glister for an extra touch of class

You’ve Been BOOed!
The air is cool,
it’s time for fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all
Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore,
Tricky witches at your door.
The spooks are after things to do,
In fact a spook brought this to you !!!
The treats that came with this short note,
Are yours to keep, enjoy them both.
The excitement comes when friends like you,
Will copy it & make it two,
We'll all have smiles upon our faces,
No one will know who BOOed our places!
Just be sure that you don’t tell,
Keep it secret ,hide it well.
Please join the fun, the seasons here.
Just spread these "BOO's" & Halloween cheer.

2. Create a lovely little Boo bag

3. Fill your Boo bad with goodies

4. Pick out your victim..because you are leaving them a chain letter..

5. Sneak up to the house, place your gift someplace safe, tape the ghost to the door

6. Ring and Run

Here are some other sites with Boo ideas

This is a delicate process, you have to use stealth like skills, and you must remain unseen. The fun part is watch all the little Boos appear on your neighbors doors.
This really is a lot of fun to welcome in fall.