My Teen Herpetologist

This is my first born son.  He likes reptiles, amphibians, and all things that slither.  He is a budding herpetologist and recently turned into a teenager.  Even though he likes to spend inordinate amounts of time with snakes. . .we still like him.   As a part of my fatherly responsibilities I like to take each one of my kids on a trip of their choosing.  Caleb picked a place called “Snake Road”.   We were blessed that  Scott Ballard (Herpetologist / Illinois Department of Natural Resources) asked us to come along with him to “tag” endangered Green Water Snakes.    snakeroadandgymnastics 002

This is a Cottonmouth.  We saw a bunch of these guys as we walked along Snake Road.

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That is not a stick in the water.  It  is also a Cottonmouth (about 4 feet long).

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This is Scott showing us what we came for. . .  a Green Water Snake.

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This is a Green Tree Frog.  Pretty huh? snakeroadandgymnastics 059

The day would not be complete without seeing a baby Cottonmouth.

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We saw 20 snakes, a bunch of frogs, one toad, an empty turtle shell, walked over 4 miles, got a one day biology lesson from Illinois’ leading Herpetologist, and basically had a GREAT day.

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Published in: on October 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm  Comments (2)  

27 miles bring pastoral smiles!

mcclure 049aWith 27 miles and a whole county behind us we were able to smile in the knowledge that God’s people donated over $7,000  to our local Crisis Pregnancy Center.  We are already planning for next years “Run Pastor Run” event.  We are praying that we can top the $10,000 mark, include at least 5 more ministers, and focus more attention on the vital ministry of Tomorrow’s Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Thank you to our runners/walkers:  Jon Smith, Fred Shakelford, Corey Cain, Jim Twilbeck, Carthage Dye, Ken Wells, Grant Ostrom, and Scott Shepherd

Published in: on October 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm  Comments (3)  

Cooperation Works

Problem: Our local Crisis Pregnancy Center is underfunded.

Solution: Nine pastors and ministers!

Question: What can nine ministers do?

Answer: Run (relay style) across Henry County.

9 guys asked their churches to sponsor them in their attempt to run across Henry County.  The effort raised awareness of the Crisis Pregnancy Center’s mission/ministry and garnered over $7,000.00.  If I stood alone in this effort I would have raised only $701.00.  Collectively we were worth far more.  Cooperation works!

Published in: on October 3, 2009 at 4:10 am  Comments Off on Cooperation Works