Sean n Nickii

Pastor & Mrs. Cantu came over to Sean & Nickii's home to do a prayer of dedication for this young couple who are putting it all in God's hands.

God is good! These two young people are putting their hands to the plow, and God is Faithful!

Congratulations Sean & Nickii!

What my Momma taught me

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside.
I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you
into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not
going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM .
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times.
Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who
don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE .
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. (And my favorite)
My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.

CIS @ McReynolds Middle

Found a great set of pictures about Communities In Schools at McReynolds Middle School. It's good to see parents involved with their children.


Anything Chinese

Quoting: "Did you know? Sometimes size does matter. If you're one in a million in China, there are 1,300 people just like you. In India, there are 1,100 people just like you.

The 25% of the population in China with the highest IQs is greater than the total population of North America. In India, it's the top 28%. Translation for teachers: they have more honors kids than we have kids.

Did you know? China will soon become the number one English-speaking country in the world. If you took every single job in the US today and shipped it to China, it still would have a labor surplus." [end quote]

(Read more of this VERY INTERESTING blogpost by clicking here on this link)


Wheatley Steppers

Young Men from Wheatley High School came out "Stepping" for the Walk for Success rally on October 25, 2008. Mr. Galindo and others are dedicated to their pursuit of precision and passion for team presentations. :)

There were also other students making wonderful presentations, ranging from the Purple Harmony Mens Choir, Wheatley Wildcat Band, Wheatley Cheerleaders, Diamonds of Excellence, Salsa Dance Troupe "Xtreme Kaos" and the JROTC.

A GREAT BIG Thank You to all of these students, Staff, Administrators and Guests who were on hand to make the 2008 Walk for Success a resounding VICTORY! in the Project GRAD Goal to give $4000 scholarships to every entering Freshmen who can go all 4 years and fulfill the requirements for this opportunity.

[I have posted a YouTube version, as well as a Blogger version, in case of blocks]


PBS Palin Poll: Is Palin qualified?

PBS has an online poll posted, asking if Sarah Palin is qualified.
The poll will be reported on PBS and picked up by mainstream media. It can influence undecided voters.
Please do two things -- takes 20 seconds.
1) Click on link and vote! Here's the link:

2) Then send this to others, and urge them to vote and pass it on .

Let your "viewers viewpoint" be heard on this PBS poll.

"Book Report on the Bible" [humor]

I received the following story recently. For a Friday eschatological challenge, I thought I would pass it on. Read this with 'GRACE' in your heart. -rmt
Someone sent me a "Book Report on the Bible" purportedly written by a child. If true, I wonder how often we take for granted that children understand what we are teaching???

Through the eyes of a "child": The Children's Bible in a Nutshell

In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that. Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did. Then God made the world.

He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad Apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden. Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel. Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived To be like a million or something. One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.

God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your Neighbor's' stuff. Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother.

One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David. He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me. After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore. There were also some minor league Prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the Star of The New. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.')

During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Republicans. Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him. Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount.

But the Republicans and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead. Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again.

He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.


Ah - technology...

Gotta love it!
dunno what this whole tilt-shift video really is, but I like it. See for yourself!

Bathtub III from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.


Street crime takes my friend.

I received news this afternoon that my good friend, Kim Bui, passed away today after being shot in an attempted carjacking. Her husband was also wounded in the incident. The early story is on this Fox26 news story, and Kim has since died of her injuries.

Kim's testimony was always uplifting in the Harris County Agricultural Extension office (Better Living For Texans). Her son was also a valuable asset to the office of the Urban Youth Leadership Development. My heart is sad that a mother and wife's absence will bring grief to a family, but I know that her Joy is complete to now be in the presence of her Redeemer.

Houston Food Bank

The C.I.S. [Communities in Schools Houston] office facilitated the distribution of food to several school sites for Hurricane Ike related affected families.

There was a great deal of cooperation required to make all of this possible, and I am grateful that so many people are willing to press on through these difficult times.

Thanks to all of those who donate to Food Banks across the country (and the world) to benefit all of these families in need.

Click Here
to make a Tax Deductible donation to CIS and their continued work for children.

CIS Houston Food Bank Distribution


ICM High School Student Ministries: Max Torres Visits ICM Youth

I found this link to a date in the past when I actually wore a suit! That was a great weekend, and I appreciate the victories in the lives of Mr Lopez & Mr Alfaro - Langdale roxz! North - S I I D E E!

My visit to ICM Youth in Laredo


Some (funny) scary pranks



Oh well...

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