Sunday, April 12, 2009

New Website

The new website is up. Head over to sammyclary.com or click the link sammy clary

Monday, February 23, 2009

Update

As far as the blog goes I just haven't felt like blogging lately. I'm going to try to get back into it more in the next few weeks.

Here's a brief update of what's been going on lately.

Isaac is doing well. I do have one thing that I have been praying for and would ask you to do the same. He still currently has his central line and it limits so much his freedom to be a little boy. He can't play like the rest of the kids at recess. This weighs heavy on Melissa and I. We want him to feel normal. Pray that his B cells kick in so they can remove the line. They say it can take several years to kick in and this year will be three since his transplant. He has to keep the central line until he doesn't have to have infusions of medicines. Which will continue until his B cells kick in. I think about this alot.

In other news he had his first ever spend the night experience the other night with a friend staying over. Many people would take this for granted but this was the first time he has been healthy enough for something like this. They had a blast. We took them up to Charlotte to some race shops on Friday and stopped by and visited with our friends at Hendrick Motorsports.

On the house front, I moved the last load of stuff tonight. We are officially moved. Also, we signed a contract today to sell our house and it closes in a month.

I have been drained the last couple of weeks with the crud but I'm getting over it now. Things are starting to look up.

I've learned and discovered a ton of things in the past year and hopefully in the next month or so I'll put it all down in a series of posts.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Frozen Mayonaise

Some of you wanted to see the clip of Cathy Rampey eating frozen mayonaise. It's about midway through this clip.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hesitation

Genesis 19:6 When he hesitated.

Powerful words. Lot had been told to grab his family and flee the destruction of Sodom. At a time when he should be doing the right thing, we read the words....When he hesitated.
Lot had just set a horrible precedent of hesitating to do the right thing with his wife and daughters sitting on the front row watching. Powerful stuff. When I hesitate to do the right thing, the people that it impacts the most are the people right beside me, my wife and son. How about you are you hesitating on doing the right thing? You don't have to make a wrong decision sometimes just that hesitation in making the right decision is what hurts.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

120 years No Growth

I was reading the other day in Genesis and this thought hit me as I was reading about Noah. Noah preached righteousness according to 2 Peter 2:5. The thought that hit me was this. Noah preached righteousness for 120 years but yet didn't have a single person place their faith in God. All of the "church that isn't growing isn't a success mentality" that is prevalent today would probably condemn Noah as being an irrelevant epic failure. So that begs the question do numbers always equal success or is it our obedience to what God has called us to do as the thing that matters most. Something to think about.

Sidenote- I am not bashing any church that is growing with their numbers that have increased. Heck, we started with 6 people and have increased many times over. I'm just wondering what is our measure of success. Is it that our numbers have increased or that we have faithfully fulfilled the part that God has called us to. 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Latest Really Random Post

Church was packed Sunday. That was cool to see. Been praying through a bunch of stuff. Now I am waiting. Patience is hard. Your prayers are appreciated.

Been praying for wisdom also as to friendships. Trying to filter through true friends from people who only call you when they want something. This is something I want to be also. Not just someone who only calls when they want something but a real friend. 

Moving into the house next week. If you're up for a moving party, then I'll be moving so bring the party. The moving houses thing is awesome because it is going to save us money each month which is always a good thing. 

Isaac is doing better. Got his report card. 4 A's 1 B. Awesome. 

Melissa hit a mailbox yesterday. mailbox ok Passenger Mirror Not Ok

I need sleep. Haven't slept but 3 hours each of the last two nights. That's about it.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

3 Days Crammed into 1

Today we packed 3 days worth of activities into one. 
This a.m. was church at StoneBridge. I left the house early with small snowflakes falling which was a cool way to start the day. Church was good. The band did a great job and I got to make fun of glamour shots in my message so all was good.

We left church at 1 p.m. and headed for Charlotte grabbing lunch along the way. We had two stops to make before we got there. Isaac has a history project due next week on the Revolutionary War so we made two stops at battlefields. We stopped at Cowpens where General Morgan routed Banistre Tarleton and then stopped at Kings Mountain where the over the mountain men led by Shelby and Sevier routed General Furgeson and the Red Coats.

When we got to Cowpens, much to our surprise this was reenactment weekend. So yes, you guessed it, grown men walking around in knickers that resembled something more like saggy pajamas.  Two things about this. 1. Soldiers wearing knickers did not look that menacing to me. Now give me a soldier wearing a kilt and face paint like William Wallace and I'll show you menancing. 2. These guys are way too involved in their respective roles. Frankly, they scared me a bit with the fervor at which they approached the firing of their smooth bore muskets filled with blanks. 

After Cowpens we stopped at Kings Mountain. Apparently the reenactment in Cowpens had taken away their business and there were only two other visitors there. The rangers were excited to see us and even more appreciative that we agreed to watch their 25 minute movie on the battle. After the movie it was off to Charlotte to meet up with our friends at the go kart party.

The party was hosted by the Hendrick Marrow Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Foundation and as always the event was awesome. It was held at Victory Lane Karting. They had all the karts up and running for the kids and the adults. Of course anyone who knows me knows that my absolute favorite thing to do is ride go karts whether at Frankie's, the back yard track , or wherever. These karts are hands down the fastest I have been on. If you get a chance this is almost as fun as the Petty Driving experience. It is indoors and they are running 9 hp engines which makes for high speeds which is a good thing. Big thanks to everyone at the Hendrick Marrow program and the Jeff Gordon Foundation.

It's been a busy day and I'm off to bed. 

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Some Things in the Works

I have slept better the last two nights which is good. Isaac is back in School which is better. Speaking of Isaac, Sunday night we will be in Charlotte riding go karts as a part of the Jeff Gordon Foundation event up there. It is indoors at Victory Lane Karting. We are looking forward to it. Everything we do with the folks at the Hendrick Marrow Foundation and the Jeff Gordon Foundation is always a blast.

There are some things in the works that I would appreciate your prayers about. It is all good and I'm just looking to God to seek guidance and wisdom. Cool stuff ahead but need your prayers.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Update

Hadn't slept a lot lately. Isaac has been sick the last couple of weeks. Visibly you can't tell anything is wrong but his blood counts have been low and his immune system is such that the Docs won't let him go to school. It's a roller coaster. Hopefully his counts will be back up this Tuesday. 

Next Sunday is a cool day for Isaac. I'll share more about it later in the week.

 Pray that I will sleep. Friday night I was up at 3 and couldn't go back to sleep. Last night I slept about 5 hours and here it is after midnight and I am wide awake. Just need my mind to slow down and let me rest. That's about it. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Excitement

Excitement is contagious. Last night I went to the Clemson Basketball Game. It was the first Clemson anything I had been to this year. Why? Well to be honest there was not a lot of excitement taking place in the sports I usually go to see. If the only excitement is the fact that the team got a new coach, well that's not a lot to be excited about. 

Last night was different. There was an electricity in the air. People were excited about being there and that carried over into the game. The excitement level even reached a point to where it was contagious. How contagious? Well I found myself sitting next to a Carolina fan that genuinely doesn't appreciate the finer things of the Clemson lifestyle. Midway through the game I notice that even he is excited about Clemson basketball. The excitement was contagious and had carried over to fans of other teams.

Not only was the excitement contagious during the game but it also lasted after the game and into the parking lot. I found myself driving through the mud in the parking lot at a high rate of speed hearing the cheers of my fellow passengers as we avoided getting stuck. The excitement had transcended the game and had carried on long after the game had ended.

I wonder if our faith were to be as contagious as the excitement of the game I attended what kind of difference would we make in the world.