So, here it is, thirteen days later. And I STILL have not posted. Well, I'm gonna now, if that isn't obvious. :-) Currently, I am trying to appease Leah while blogging with one hand. Oh, the Maxwell Family is playing bluegrass at full volume in an attempt to sooth her. It is all the music I have in Ubuntu and my iPod is in the shop. She's quited down some and I hope Mom and Dad will arrive soon. :-) The reason I haven't blogged for thirteen days is because I haven't worked on my mandolin for thirteen days. :-O But I am today and Dad has been helping me quite a bit. (Guess I had more music on here than I thought; a little Michael Shull mountain dulcimer is on now and she seems to like it.) So today, I pretty much put a big contour map on my mandolin. (Next mando I make, I'll DEFINITELY shell out the cash and get Stew-Mac plans. I just know something is wrong with the shape. As long as it sounds right, I'll be happy for now.) After tracing out the map, Dad showed me how to make a jig and helped me get started with the dial caliper and a block of wood. After working on drilling (probably too many) pilot holes, I got this:
Boy, that reminds me of a dobro just a little bit!
Mom and Dad are home, so it's time to eat. I'll post one more time tonight, promise! The reason they're home (seemingly) so quickly - I was fiddling with a music player for my blog.
At tonight's (a few weeks ago) Bible Study, a particular thought jumped out at me. Though not completely related to what we were studying, my mind sort of went off on this tangent. Also, remember that these are a finite human being's thoughts and not the inspired Word; therefore, they are not infallible.
God is NOT the God of second chances.
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" - Hebrews 11:27
We are given just one life to live and one death - after that, we face the judgment. Those who have not put their absolute faith in the saving work of God's Son, Jesus Christ will face Him at the Great White Throne Judgment to give an account for the sin in their lives before being sentenced to eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire. There is no reincarnation, no chance to repent after death, no way to live life over again. It's simply death, then judgment. After that, it's eternity. Eternal punishment for the unrepentant soul.…
And now is the time for the promised second post! This could very well be a milestone in blog history. My blog history, at least. I almost think this may be more of a catalog for my own thoughts since I haven't posted in forever, but a few people read the last one, so I'd hate to disappoint them with no follow up post. So where was I? Ah yes, back to the retelling of the events of Brandon Safety Day 2015. Well, here go some more pictures, this time coming from Hannah's camera!
It's time for another post... I think. First off, I passed Firefighter 1 and so I now have my new helmet! It's a lot heavier than my old one, but it's like having stripes on my shirt. :) Now that we've got that bit of news out of the way, Saturday was exactly one year since the day I asked about joining Brandon Fire. And quite a few years before that was the most awesome safety day ever with helicopters and a fire to put out... but that's a little beyond the scope of this post. The other exciting thing about today was that we get to do stuff for kids and that is one of my favorite parts of being a firefighter! Safety Day is something we have every year. There's usually a police cruiser, a few fire apparatus, an ambulance, and something to do with bikes. Kids can bring their bikes in for tuneups, get free helmets and check out all the emergency services vehicles. I loved going to them when I was little and I'm sure my younger siblings do as w…