Friday, August 29, 2008


Today i had a meeting in Abilene so i stopped through Chapman (town hit hard by a tornado in recent months). lots of active rebuilding which was great to see. i drove by several construction crews actively building. there were still several lots that just had the concrete foundation, many still damaged buildings and a few "brand new" houses that have been remodeled.

Tonight Josie performed her cheer routine at Silver Lake's SODA scrimmage. she talked of being nervous, but she sure looked like she was having a blast out there!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fireplace is done!

A friend of ours from church came over this last weekend and rebuilt (refaced) our fireplace. i love the structural desing of the original, but it was cracking all over and falling apart and we wouldn't have been able to 'preserve' it for use. So we gave our friend free reign to desing something else. this is what we got. it's a tumbled brick so it looks old with chips and scratches and looks like it's been there. it will also be a little lighter than what you see. that brick soaks up a ton of moisture from the mortar. what do you think? (i've just gotta put crown molding back up).

OH, and the first thing Josie asked as they were cleaning up and she was thuroughly inspecting the new structure.... she asked is Santa could still get down this one! our friend asured her that Santa was going to LOVE this one.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Partial good news!!

The detective on our burglary case sent me a photo of a jewelry box matching Tracy's that shows a bunch of jewelry inside. the box looked just like hers but the jewelry was too fuzzy tell what they were. however, i happen to notice a small padlock that was partially visible and i asked him if it said "TSA" on the lock. it did! when seeing the padlock i remembered that i had our luggage padlocks in the jewelry box (no reason). the detective said, "that's good enough" to confiscate all the items. about an hour later tracy and i went to the sheriff's department to look at the jewelry. The jewelry box was Tracy's, but damaged. and few pieces of jewelry were identified as hers, including the gold locket with taylor and josie's picutres still in it! but the chain was gone. the other two pieces of jewelry were actually ones we DIDN'T have on the list (but not expensive either). and i got my luggage padlocks back!! ha! i didn't have those on the stolen property list either cause i didn't think of them til i saw the picture the detective sent us.

now for the less than great news, the owner's home that the property was found in is a long time ciminal in Topeka. but since so much time has passed since the burglary, he can only be charged with possession of stolen property. he was already in jail on a parole violation so our property is in addition to the legal trouble he's already in. but there were several other burglary case property items found in his home as well - one from about 3 years ago!

we are hoping this new info will help put Taylor at ease. he still will not go to sleep unless we are in his room (we sit just inside the door til he falls asleep).

our biggest prayer right now is that when the detective talks with the guy on Monday, that he'll confess to at least where the other jewelry is. we don't have any false hope in this - he is a 'seasoned criminal' and will likely not divulge any info at all. but that's what prayer's for, right?

and also prayer that this event will help ease taylor's fears. he said that was 'cool' when i called to tell him the good news.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

First Day Of School

Josie's a first grader

Taylor's a fifth grader

Cami's a sophomore

Monday, August 11, 2008

Continued attacks

Josie took it upon herself to make this collage of the pictures in her photo box. if you click on it, it enlarge it so you can see the individual photos.

The Enemy seems to be working overtime on the Martin Family - or just me personally. I know he doesn't want this men's retreat i am co-hosting in September to happen. It's a copy of the men's retreat Bob and I went to in Colorado last February.
Yerstday afternoon Josie woke from her nap with a 101.9 fever. By evening it was 103.9. She had massive tonsils and then she threw up. Taylor is still struggling with the break in and requires us to often lay with him at bedtime so he won't fall asleep at alone. i'm downstairs with Josie, Tracy's upstairs with Taylor and i get a call... It's Courtney saying she's on the way with Cami to the hospital, via abulance.
Cami was experiencing shortness of breath and a high heart rate. She later was throwing up at the hospital. i called a local nurse helpline to see if i needed to bring Josie to the doctor. i was torn about leaving to go be with Cami when Josie is also on the verge of needing medical attention. so i thought i'd check to see if i should just bring her in with me to the ER.... The decision was no so i headed off a little after 1:00am to see Cami. All her tests came out fine (with the exception of an elevated white count in her urine). So i left for home at 3:00am and getting in bed by 3:30; waking at 6:0o to go to work. i took the afternoon of to go back home and rest.
Tracy took Josie to the doctor today to find it's only viral.... nothing we can do, except to take off more work while she has this fever. I will most likely be staying home tomorrow with her.
That's it in a nutshell - so far. Cami is home and resting. i'll call and check on her in a little bit. she has to take off the next 48 hours of dance practice that started up today.
Well, Josie is asking me when i'm going to come color with her (i keep telling her when i'm done with this blog) - so i better go. i'll let you know of any new developments (like that the new combination of creams for her psoriasis may not be helping afterall).....

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Home Invasion

Most all of you know that our house was burglarized last thursday. I just finished installing a new, steel, door today. And a security system will be installed ASAP. it's sad it comes to this efore taking these kinds of precautions. plus, you just have this naivity that you're so far out in the country that your safe from stuff like this. Tracy learned yesterday that three other silver lake residents were burglarized too! must be the same person/group. taylor continues to be completely freaked out about it. tracy said he cried on the way home from football practice last night. he won't go anywhere by himself.

as for Josie.... i stayed home Friday to await the potential return of the thief (as there were MANY goods they did not take). no such luck. but the FIRST thing josie asked me when they got home was, "daddy, did he come back?" with a smile on her face. she was ready to hear about daddy getting the bad guy.

now we are just rying to compile a list of all the jewelry that was taken and rounding up other receipts. that's all for now.