Monday, April 30, 2012

Lessons learned

Riley, here.  I got to tell you, isn't not fun to decide to run away.  When I heard Tyler say the stuff he did about my brother, I took off.  It wasn't the smartest idea I've ever have. Good thing Dogger followed me.  He's a good dog and stayed with me all through the cold night, and he's the one who got us home.  Course, he's a good listener and I think God sent him as my guardian angel.  Sometimes, acting without thinking not a good idea, but  don't tell my mom.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hurry, time is running out.

Beth, here.  Apparently, I'm the only one posting, which means I can tell all sorts of secrets.   What a thought.  What I wanted to tell everyone that it depends on where you live, but our book might have disappeared off the shelf.  If you can find the book (it's an April release) the you can go on Amazon or and order the book.  Please do.  Then email us here at the blog and we'll answer any question you have.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trust God

Beth here. Sometimes, when it seems everything is going wrong, God brings a new understanding to our lives.  He can turn our tragedy into triumph.   When Riley's mom came to pick him up after the lock-in, she was broadsided and taken to the hospital.  We didn't understand why that happened, then Riley disappeared.  I can't tell you how dark those days were.  I thought the world had come apart...but God preformed miracles.  None of understood why it happened, but God turned our mourning turned into dancing.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

To my Sister's Defense

Being a big brother, I've got to take up for Beth. She may be a pain sometimes--
Hey, Ethan, is that taking up for me?
Hush, sis. I'm here to say good things about you.
So, Beth may have been the reason for the tagging system at the lock-in, but that system has saved the church from losing a couple of teens. And if you have teen, sometimes they sneak off. Hormones and teenage boys.

But if there's a job, a party or a person who needs help, Beth jumps in. No one has to twist her arm. She wants to fix everyone's life and have them happy.
That's praise?
As I was saying, Beth can be counted on to help. Her's a heart of gold. I'm proud she's my sister.
Ah, Ethan, I love ya.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Okay, so I'm the reason for the labeling, but it's a creative solution to a problem. I find that my life sometimes goes that way. I do something (a boo-boo) and then I have to do my most creative thinking. And if it works, well, whychange with what's working.
I'll tell you what I'm talking about. There's this brilliant artisan the department store I work for wanted to carry his work. It took me forever to get him to sign. When he did, I had to do it personally. Then he decided I was the love of his life.

Okay, what do you do? I went with the flow. I told him that I knew I would always be the second love of his life, for he loved his art first of all. I couldn't compete with his brilliance, so I wanted to save my heart by not loving him.

He thought about it and agreed. We became good friends. If you want to read his story, it's in the book.

Monday, April 9, 2012

My Defense

If Beth can rat me out, I'll return the favor. They have a system to keep track of the kids on the lock-in. They get a bracelet like they give you in the hospital with your name, a color and a bus number. The bus have colored sheets in the windshield so the kids know which bus. They started this system when they lost Beth one lock-in.

I thought I was going to bust my sides laughing when I heard that story.

Friday, April 6, 2012


Beth here. Have you ever been to an overnight lock-in at your church? The church my parents took us to always had lock-ins before the school year started. It was a great way to bond with the other kids going in the same grade as you. I think Riley and Tyler had fun at their first lock-in, but they wouldn't admit it. Don't you just hate when men get stubborn and stupid?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

My Two Cents

Ethan McClure. I'm Beth's older brother. I thought I'd sneak in here and let you a little a few stories on my baby sister. I never had a secret, because Bethie thought it was her job to tell it. I remember when I was dating in high school and brought the girl home. Beth volunteered the information that I told all my best friend that I thought Mary a great kisser. She announced that at the 4th of July picnic in front of all our neighbors. It took us a long time to live it down.

Beth here. "I didn't do it on purpose. I was just talking to my best friend when everyone decided to be silently at the moment. Besides, those words did come out of your mouth."

Ethan: "I rest my case."