Father Son Fishing Trip ’08

Mar 19


I have been part of a father son fishing trip since I was about 7 years old. We have been fishing the Brazos river every Spring Break until recently. I opted to move the fishing trip to Lake Buchanan in search of better fishing. Well, the fish were there but it was hard to catch them. My dad, Zack, and I started the trip on the 15th and finished it on the 18th. After two full days of nothing but fishing we had a keeper count of 2, wow. The weather was not working in our favor. The wind was blowing so bad that it made it miserable to stay out on the main body of the lake. The waves were between 3 and 5 foot most of the time which made it very difficult to anchor out anywhere. We ended up fishing about 15 miles up the Colorado river where the wind wasn’t as bad and the water was calm. Monday morning we found the white bass and finally started catching. Every fish was around 9 inches and the keeper limit was 10 inches. So we didn’t really get to keep very many of the fish. It was fun catching them because the white bass fight like no other. I pulled in a 14 inch for the first keeper of the weekend. The way it fought you would have thought that I had a giant whale. Zack caught the second and last keeper for the weekend Monday afternoon back at the cabins. Late Monday afternoon the white bass moved into the cove around us feeding on the shade. It was pretty cool to see all the shade jumping up out of the water trying to get away from the bass chasing them. We saw a few of the shade get caught in the middle of the air by a very large white bass. When all this started I had already changed over for catfish so I was fishing on bottom. I had to get another pole out with a lure on it to try and catch one of the white bass. I told Zack to cast right out in the middle of it all, he did, and I’ll be, he hung a 15 inch white bass right away. It was fun watching him fight with it trying to get it into the bank. We didn’t catch any catfish but we did catch white bass and a few black bass.

Here are some pictures from the trip.

1st keeper
I caught the 1st keeper for the trip Monday morning. I also caught the first fish for the trip Saturday afternoon.

2nd keeper
Zack caught this keeper late Monday afternoon.

My dad's catch
My dad finally caught one so he wanted me to take a picture for proof, haha.

Zack's catch
Another small catch for Zack. He ended up being the fish catching champion for the fishing trip. He caught several little white bass, one keeper white bass, and one or two little black bass.

Average size
This was the average size that we were catching. They were small but they sure put up a good fight.

Zack at the waterfalls

Dad at the waterfalls
Zack and my dad at the waterfalls.

Found a new waterfall
We stopped in a cove along the river to see if there was any good fishing holes there and we stumbled across this waterfall.

Sleeping in
After two and a half long days of fishing Zack finally decided to sleep in. He had been getting up early with his grand dad trying to catch some bass around the cove that we were staying at.

Dirty Little Girl

Mar 19


I know, based on the title you were probably thinking something dirty is about to come from Benny. But guess again, the picture explains it all.

Dirty Little Girl

Zoe had a good time playing in a puddle at my in-laws house. She sure isn’t scared to get dirty.


Don’t forget the simple things in life.

Mar 12


With the way things are today it is very easy to forget the simple things in life. We are usually too busy to slow down. Gotta work two jobs to make ends meet. Gotta run here or there all the time. Can’t seem to find the time to get something done. I’m sure we all have experienced, at least, some of this.

Here is a list of the simple things in life that we should be enjoying. If I miss some just fill them in for yourself.

A smile from your kids
A date with your wife
A warm afternoon
A game of basketball with your kids
A fishing trip
A nice cold beer
A day doing nothing (other than being home sick)
A weekend trip with the family (of course when the gas prices drop some)
A lazy Sunday

I’ve enjoyed most of these but find myself missing more and more because of a busy life.

I think we all could slow down and enjoy more of the simple things in life.

Let’s Catch Up

Mar 10


Well, it’s time to catch up on my blogging. There has been a lot going on for me these past few weeks. My son, Zack, celebrated his 11th birthday. It was a fun party that we threw him with family and friends. We ordered him some Heelys shoes for his birthday present. They were supposed to be in WAY before his birthday but of course they didn’t come in. So I got him an XBox game because I couldn’t stand to not give him something on his birthday. Mari wrote him a letter that outlined his life from birth to now. Let me tell you, that was the best gift that I think he could have gotten. He started to tear up when he was reading it to us. In turn, that made Mari and I tear up also. I’ll have to post the letter that she wrote to him someday. The Heelys still haven’t come in so we are going to get him some from a different store. Do Not shop at Hibbit Sports in Sweetwater Texas, they suck, they lie, they should go out of business, just my opinion.

We also took Zack and a few of his friend out to Abilene for Putt Putt and Pizza. They had a good time eating pizza but the Putt Putt was boring to them. I guess they are getting too old for that, haha. Mari and I had a good time. So it must be that you get too old for it then you get old enough for it. Anyway, next year we will have to do something else for his birthday.

For Zoe’s birthday coming up, April 17th, we are most likely going to have hot dogs and cake at the house. Rent a giant air castle and let all the kids have a great time. She wants to get the giant wave which is a massive air slide that the kids climb up something like 10 stories high then come down the slide about 50 miles per hour. Really, I think it is about a story and a half tall. I don’t think we can make that happen, probably costs a fortune to rent. I think we are going to stick with the air castle for now.

Time sure does fly by these days. It seems like a month and a half ago I was making reservations for my dad, Zack, and I to stay at Cottonwood Cove for our father/son fishing trip that we do every year. And now, it’s already time to take the trip. We will be heading down to Lake Buchanan March 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th for some sand bass fishing. We are both pretty excited about the trip so it should be lots of fun. I’ll have to post some pictures and results of the trip. When I get back, Zoe and I will be taking a father/daughter day. It will probably consist of lots of shopping. I will have to take her to her favorite stores and listen to her tell me all about them. I don’t care much for shopping but it will be worth it just to watch Zoe have a good time leading me around by my little finger. I’ll let you know how that goes also. I can’t wait till Zoe is old enough for me to take her on a fishing trip. She loves to fish but I don’t think she would last the entire four days yet. She would do ok with half a day, maybe. When I take her fishing now I have to increase my life insurance and medical insurance because of all the hooks flying around in the air. Zoe is not scared to try anything so when it comes to casting the line out, GET BACK. Because she is going to show you how it’s done. One day on my dad’s dock I set Zoe down, baited her hook, gave her the pole, then turned and ran. My dad was standing next to her laughing at me running away. A few seconds later my dad passed me, haha.

Minister Joe Wright’s Prayer

Mar 07


I received this in a e-mail the other day. I liked it so I wanted to look it up to see if it was the real deal. Sure enough it is and here is the link where I found it as a source.

Minister Joe Wright’s Prayer

When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual politically-correct generalities, but what they heard instead was a stirring prayer, passionately calling our country to repentance and righteousness. The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired the prayer on The Rest of the Story on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired!!


Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe on those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess that:

We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.

We have worshiped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.

We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have neglected the needy and called is self-preservation.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn children and called it choice.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it political savvy.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.