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Happy Anniversary! August 1, 2008

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August 1, 1998 – Anna & David

Impossible to see, the future is July 16, 2008

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Anna and I went to a “Q & A” meeting last night regarding the Berea City School District’s plan to renovate and/or replace five of seven elementary schools and to close the remaining two elementary schools.  Enrollment in the district has declined about 7% over the past 10 years, and it is expected to fall another 8% in the next 10 years.  In addition, operational costs for these seven 40+ year old schools continue to rise due to their less energy efficient structures as well as increasing energy prices.

Closing two of the elementary schools (one of which Rosie attends) is a very emotional issue.  They are at the heart of two communties where our children are growing and learning everyday.  No one wants their school to be closed.  We don’t want to lose our teachers, principals, custodians, and our connectedness with them.  In an ideal world, there would not be these difficult situations.

The real world (and all that goes with it) is where most of us live, and it requires us to make tough choices and decisions.  Anna and I have seen this with our congregation’s recent vote to accept Baldwin-Wallace’s proposal to buy First Church.  Although the sale is contingent on approval from the City of Berea, it does look as though the sale will proceed.  There is much uncertainty on what will happen next because there are a number of options that our church has been investigating.

As Yoda once said, “Always in motion the future is.”  That’s one of the problems with the future.  We haven’t figured out how to predict it yet.  And that ambiguity can be scary because many times our thoughts gravitate to the worst possible outcomes.  In actuality, those very rarely come to pass, and often we are surprised with what does happen as well as how we respond to it.

Church Vote, Part Deux June 26, 2008

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Back in December, the members of First Congregational United Church of Christ voted 87-18 to “authorize church leaders to negotiate terms of a possible sale to Baldwin-Wallace College.”  A negotiating team was formed from members of our church, and they met with the B-W administration during the past six months.  The proposed agreement for the sale of the church and surrounding properties to B-W was then shared with our congregation earlier this month.

This Sunday, members of First Church will come together to vote on whether to accept or reject the proposed agreement.  I won’t go into details at this time, but you can expect another blog post early next week on the results.  Also, check my Twitter for the my thoughts and vote tally on Sunday.

Happy Birthday, Rosie! June 20, 2008

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Our girl Rosie turned seven years old today!  It’s hard to believe that she will be starting 2nd grade in a little over two months.  She’s enjoying swim team this summer with three 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish in four starts.  Also, Rosie’s entering into the wonderful world of Nintendo DS  as she decided that’s what she wanted over a party with friends.  Game on!

To celebrate, here’s a little Lucky Seven Sampson:

A new Mom update May 9, 2008

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My Mom was scheduled to have her tenth surgery yesterday, but it was postponed until next Thursday.  We visited my family about three weeks ago, and sickness, allergies, and a dislocated elbow couldn’t stop us from making it.  Our short trip was fun for all, and Grandma got to see her two wonderful granddaugthers.

Since her last operation, the wound has been healing nicely.  However, another fistula formed because there is not enough skin to close properly.  As a result, a plastic surgeon will be joining the operating team next week to address that.  The goals for this surgery are to fix the fistula (again), repair with plastic surgery or Mighty Putty, and reverse the ileostomy.

Chebra April 30, 2008

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Chebra by Rosie, April 2008

“Chebra” by Rosie, April 2008

Lily dances January 31, 2008

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Here’s a little of Lily dancing to a Dora the Explorer music box.  Enjoy!

Another Mom update January 30, 2008

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My Mom has been in the hospital more or less since March 23, 2007 (about 10 months now).  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, she’s had a number of surgeries on her small intestines with the hopes that no fistulas will form during the healing process.  In December, it looked like she was doing well, but then two more fistulas developed after her eighth operation.

Within the past two weeks, the doctors have started a feeded tube directly into her intestines to get her more nutrition than the TPN that she’s been receiving intravenously.  In combination with physical therapy, the hope is for her to regain some strength to return home for a bit before attempting another surgery.

Gratefully, my Aunt Mary Anne has flown from Florida for an open-ended visit to be with my Mom at the hospital and to help my Dad at home.  She is very thankful to have her sister there, and she sounded in better spirits when I talked with her on the phone earlier this week.  Again, I am indebted to everyone for their continued prayers, words, and support.

What if… January 22, 2008

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…Darth Vader fought Yoda?  Who do you think would win?

Darth Vader (me) & Yoda (Anna) at our nephew’s 4th birthday party.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 21, 2008

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Rosie at the MLK Jr. Visitor Center (July 2005)