Kevin, I want to see more of that orchid. It looks wonderful. Is it one you “rescued” on a trip to the Glades or Costa Rica? Had you seen it in bloom before or was the purple color a surprise? How long have you had it on the fishing float? When you get the chance, I would love to see some more photos in full resolution at your fotopic site. We have been praying for you studies. It sounds like a lot to keep up with. We will continue praying for you.

I am now a veteran soccer coach. Although I am not sure how good a one I am. 🙂 The stories are piling up, but I’ll have to tell more of them in person some time. It is a lot of time to put in, but I am enjoying the experience. The team has played one home game and an away game. And the key is that the kids still have a great attitude and are improving! 🙂 The first game we kept the other team under 20 points and managed to score one ourselves. The second game we almost cut the scoring deficit in half at an away game that we had to drive through tornado warnings and past three car accidents to arrive half an hour late for. The team we were playing is supposed to be even better than the first we played, so we were was happy. At half time in the first game it was 0 to 8 and in the second game it was 0 to 2. The final score in the second game was 0 to 8 and we had only had four good shot on their goal.

Teaching at the prison last night went well. I would have liked to have been more prepared, and only took about 50 minutes of the 90 minutes that I was supposed to have prepared. My title was: An Anchor for the Soul: Jesus as our Priest and King

The text was Hebrews 6:19-20. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” The men responded well to it and were thankful. I enjoyed the chance to spend a Saturday reading the Bible.

Here is a little orchid I couldn’t resist getting on sale the other day. I bought it as much for the plant’s body as for the flowers. But you can really only see the flowers in this photo. It is a very attractive plant even without flowers. Nessa’s orchid is not doing as well as I would like, but it is still alive at least. I think I fertilizer burned it a little, and one of the pseudopods died off. Kevin, the mangrove is finally coming to life after trying twice to send out a sprout and dying off both times (probably from fertilizer burn again). But it has come back strong this time and looks like it will be fine. I should send it back to you for you to put in your filter box. I read that they are good for bio-filters.

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