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Mansfield, Texas, United States
Mr. E is a Christian, Husband, Father of 2, former Army Officer and Texas Rangers Baseball fan.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Movie Reviews: The Great Debaters & Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Today I got to watch two different movies. My Adult Education class watched The Great Debaters staring and directed by Denzel Washington. This movie is based on the true story of the 1935 Debate Team of Wiley College in Marshall, TX. (Just so happens to be about 40 minutes from where I live.) This movie was an excellent story about perseverance and determination in a time filled with racism and prejudice. I thought the movie was very well done and it addressed several prominent social issues of the times. I especially liked the final debate speech over Civil Disobedience given by Wiley College against Harvard University. I highly recommend this film.

The second movie I got to watch with my children. After school today we watched The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Wow, another powerful movie. This movie based on the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis was a worthy sequel to the first Narnia movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I picked up several good points from this movie. The first was that we often under estimate the power of God based on size and appearance alone. The second is that we often truly believe that God is there but we don't go to Him when He calls or when we need Him. Third, we often don't trust that God will really protect us or take care of us, so we try our best to do things based on our own abilities. These behaviors often lead us to failure or less than perfect results. Only when we fully rely on God and His power and love for us, can we be successful. I also highly recommend this film.

Both of these films will make my top 100 movie list if not my top 25 movies.

On a different note: I am really missing my bride, Jamie. She is still in Michigan attending her grandmother's funeral. The kids are missing her as well. She should return to us on Sunday.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Weekend Plans

Not much is happening around the English house recently, unless you count starting the new business (see blog below). My wife, Jamie, has been out of town since Tuesday visiting family and attending the funeral of her grand-mother in Michigan. She will get back into town sometime Sunday afternoon. My son, Caleb, will be attending a band concert in Dallas on Saturday. His school's 7th Grade Band will be part of the performance. He will be gone most of the day. That leaves my daughter, Rachel, and I alone for the day Saturday. Maybe we can go get a snow cone and play some kind of games?

Friday, I plan on taking the kids to see The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I hope we can catch a matinee show before it gets to crowded.

As for the present...I am just missing my bride. It's not the same cuddling with a pillow. I am also praying, with much fervor, about our new travel business. I fully trust in God to do with it as he pleases; but my human nature really wants it to do well.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Four English Peas Travel

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Four English Peas Travel
Looking for a place to help you plan and book your next vacation? Need help booking a hotel or renting a car? Give Four English Peas Travel a chance! (click name in red to go to our site.) This is a family owned buisness in affliation with YTB International. We can help you find the best deals for hotels, car rentals, vacations, cruises or almost any travel need you may have. Let us be your gateway to the world!

The English Family wants to give glory to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit through this business. We hope any plans you make through us, will also be blessed by God! Thank You!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Review of the Jeff Dunham Show from Saturday!

Let's put it this way. Jeff was funny, but not so funny that I rolled on the floor laughing. I had seen Jeff in concert on several TV specials and I would have been just fine with those performances. The funniest part of the whole show was when he worked with Achmed, the Dead Terrorist. This skit was funny!

The rest of show was occasionally funny, but I think it was just to vulgar for my taste. He could have much funnier if he would have left out the bad language. Overall it was worth it though. I laughed a little and had a fun date with my wife

If you like ventriloquist and their sense of humor, you would probably like a fellow by the name of Taylor Mason. He also works with puppets and he is a Christian entertainer. He is hilarious.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day - 2008

Today I salute 3 special women in my life...

First, I salute my mother. There are times when I think she is possibly even more OCD than I am, but she does have her good qualities. She always read the Bible to us and took us to church whenever she could. Many years ago when my parents divorced she held our family together. She never stopped loving my dad despite some of the things he had done. It set an example of forgiveness for me. She drove us to all our school events and even chaperoned a few of the band trips. She was always there for us when we needed her.

Second, I salute my own wife, Jamie. Not only did she marry one of the goofiest guys on the planet, she even found time to love him as well. She is a great mother to our children. She has instilled the love of Jesus in them by constantly talking about how great our Savior is. She is patient with them, most of the time, and does her best to protect them from my OCD tendencies when necessary. She has an understanding heart that allows her to listen to their craziest stories and find what they are truly trying to say. She reads to them at night and gives them plenty of hugs and kisses. I think she even had our son sign a "contract" that says he will still allow her to hug him when he is 16. I am so glad she is the mother of our children.

Finally, to my daughter. Even though she is not a mother yet, I still would like to bless her. Hey, if the patriarchs of the Bible can hand down blessings to their offspring, then I can to. Rachel, I pray to your Creator, that you are blessed with a spirit of peace. Many times in your young life you have been scared. I pray that God allows you to be bold in your parenting and in your love for your children. I pray that you love your kids as much as your mother loves you. Be kind to your kids and do not follow the example of sarcasm used by you goofy father. Most of all love Jesus and let his Spirit guide you in all your ways.

Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers of the world. Keep up the good work.