Gulf Shores Family Vacation

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Last week we went to Gulf Shores, AL for the annual family vacation that Abby’s family has taken since she was 8 years old. It was an amazing time as always, our kids love playing with their cousins and amazingly they can go all week without any real battles breaking out. Abby’s MawMaw Hazel, or HayHay to all the great grandkids, cooks a huge breakfast every morning, homemade biscuits, grits, ham, eggs, THE WORKS!!!! Then of course there are trips to Lambert’s, and Alvin’s Island to get temporary tattoos for the kids, (which I don’t recommend… they smeared before we left the store!!!) and hours, upon hours, upon hours spent in the pool and on the beach.
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Speaking of the Beach, Abby and I have started an informal tradition of our own. For some reason we always end up trying to see who can get a funnier “action shot” picture on he beach. We’ve ended up doing this in Galveston, Gulf Shores, and even on several beaches in Hawaii.

I think you will all agree that Abby wins this round, but I’ll take her down next time!!!!

Between Father And Son

We are having great time off the road this month. I finally got my heavy back hung so I can work out a bit. My son William likes to get in on the fun. So he threw a few wild punches which turned into a friendly brawl between father and son! I guess you can tell who won.

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Is Being Goofy A Spiritual Gift?

You may wonder why we are so goofy on this blog most of the time. Basically it’s because this is who we are. With songs like “Imagine, Homesick, Bring The Rain” etc. we have the honor of hearing stories of how these songs have gotten people through some very tragic seasons in their lives. And when I say stories, I mean thousands of them.

We feel extremely blessed to be able to minister to people during such difficult times, but let’s face it, after a while it can get really heavy. Maybe that’s why we go to great lengths to laugh….a lot.

I think the only way to keep ministering to the hurting effectively is to have the ability to escape from time to time and do things that just make you laugh. There is nothing more therapeutic than just being corny sometimes. There is a song on our latest album that sort of addresses this called “All Right.” The song ends with what has become my mantra, if you will. It says, “Count it pure joy when the world comes crashing, hold your head up and keep on dancing.”

I hope you can appreciate the value in being silly. Maybe next time you are with your friends, or maybe your husband or wife, or your kids, go ahead and bust a move on them. Do something out of the ordinary. Do whatever it takes to make ‘em smile. By the way, this is where you should cue up the “I’d like to by the world a coke” music.So why are we so goofy on this blog? Hopefully to make you laugh. Because, trust me, we are laughing our heads off on this end.

-bart