Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

Hello and welcome to another edition of Keil's Comments.  Indulge me for a few minutes while I share my thoughts on something that most married folk already know about.

As I write this, we are approaching Mother's Day...and I wanted to write about 3 people in my life who are mothers. The first of course is my own mother Debbie Keil.  What can I say about her that already has been stated...she is in her own words "a tough old bird" having gone through hell and back and then some raising Steph and Jeremy and I.  Even her health scare last year couldn't knock her down too much...yes she has to wear an oxygen tube now but she's still as feisty as ever and in some ways inherited her stubbornness from Grandma Tucker.

The second one is my mother-in-law Wanda.  I know I've said this before but I'll say it again, I couldn't have asked for a better woman to be my second mother.  She doesn't usually say very much, but when she does it's something we have to take to heart...and she's got a very sweet spirit about her.  I guess that comes from all those years from being a Pastor's wife.

Last and certainly not dear Sharon.  She has two older daughters and they are very beautiful ladies in their own right.  God could not have given them a better mom than Sharon.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there, those who are still with us and to those who aren't.

That's all for now...until next time.

P.S. Still working on the will be out soon.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Marriage Conference Weekend Recap...

Hey there everyone.  Welcome to another Keil's Comments blog post.

Just wanted to write a recap on the marriage conference Sharon and I went to this past weekend.  I know what you're thinking -- "y'all are doing a marriage conference already? Something you're not telling us?" No. This was in the works even weeks before the wedding. This was not even your normal boring marriage conference.  The person they brought in was a great speaker.  His name is Dan Seaborn of Winning at Home in Michigan (he's originally from South Carolina).

The first night he asked us 10 questions to ponder over ("seeds" as it were).  Here are a few questions to give you an example.

  • When your spouse sees you coming is there a "little leap" or a "little creep" in their spirit?
  • Do you think about their world and the way they think and what they might be dealing with?
  • Is your spouse afraid to bring up certain topics because of the way you react?
  • If your spouse gave you a "living with you" grade, what would it be?
Dan also talked about some of the struggles that he and his wife have had over their 35 yrs of marriage.  So, safe to say he was not trying to hide anything, he was as real as could be.

The last session of the conference yesterday dealt with our vows.  Something I didn't know...the normal vows that are done were brought over with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower -- so we can thank Gov. Bradford and Company for that. I say "normal vows", if you were one of the ones that came to our wedding, Sharon and I did our own spin on them, but the core of the vows were still intact.  Anyway, each section of the vows meant a different statement.

"I, Robert take you Sharon..." is a statement of possession
"To have and to hold from this day forward" is a statement of companionship
"For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer..." is a statement of consistency
"To love and to cherish till death do us part" is a statement of commitment
"According to God's Holy Law" (Mark 10:6-9) is a statement of Authority
"And thereto I pledge you my faith" is a statement of decision.

Then Dan had us repeat our vows to each other which had my tear ducts working overtime.

It was a lot of fun and we got to meet some other great couples (one drawback from that, we should have had name tags so we could remember names better but oh well).

That is about it for now.  Now on to remember what this week is about -- the week that saw Our Lord crucified, die and be buried...and to rise again on the third day.

Until next time...

Friday, April 7, 2017

More than One Direction...

If you clicked on the title thinking I'm going to talk about that boy band that dominated the charts a few years back, sorry for misleading you.  Welcome to Keil's Comments: The Written Blog from my cozy little man cave in Casa de Keil Shawnee.

I've had my podcast on hiatus for a while while I was dealing with wedding prep and that Sharon and I are almost a month in on the March to Ever After, I've been thinking about what I want to do.  Yes I want to continue the podcast because on any given week there's so much material to cover and a lot of thoughts swirl in my head.  I definitely want to continue this because a lot of time those aforementioned thoughts may turn into a rant and I would have to catch myself before I break into some "rackin' frackins".

I've also been viewing little clips on YouTube that I think might be interesting to get into as well.  While I may not have a 15 minute dissertation on my thoughts on a comic book or cuss and discuss the stupid news stories of the week, I have come across something that I might find maybe something I could do as well.  Last October I was introduced through Sharon to a guy by the name of Kevin Honeycutt.  His backstory is one that you would have to say "Only God...".  He is a motivational speaker for education and is based out of Hutchinson, KS.  I've put up one of his videos's an interview he did with OETA's Oklahoma Horizon host Rob McClendon.  I highly recommend viewing his YouTube channel.  Some of the videos that he does are fun and some will make you stop and think.

Like I said, so many things I want to do besides this and the's definitely something that I can't take lightly in taking before the Lord in prayer.  And I'm thankful that I now have someone that can stand with me in prayer on this.

That's about it for now...Sharon and I will be going to a weekend marriage conference at church.  Looking forward to what comes out of this.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wedding /St. Louis Recap...

Hello everyone!!! It's been a while since I last posted so thought I would type some thoughts out. Oh where do I begin...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Diary of a 45 year old Football Fan

Hello and welcome to Keil's Comments: The Written Blog.  I'm having one of those sleepless Sunday mornings where it's hard for me to get some actual sleep -- even if I did take a Melatonin tablet beforehand. Just pray I can stay awake during church.

Anyway, on to the subject at hand and something that's been on my mind lately (no not wedding stuff). I have been a football fan since pretty much Day 3 (11/24/71 -- OU-Nebraska). Football has had those ebbs and flows with me as long as I can remember. Cases in point:

High School -- I've followed my beloved Clinton Red Tornadoes almost every year since I moved to Clinton when I was little. Yes we've had some great seasons and a few not so great ones but all in all I still support the Reds even living in Yukon and soon in Shawnee (thanks to the internet and being able to listen to NewsTalk KCLI online)

College -- another one of those that I've stuck with over the years are the Sooners. I've tried to do then "When in Rome..." thing when I was in Tennessee (I'd prefer Vol Orange over Texas Orange any day), but as the saying goes at the end of the day, I still bleed Crimson and Cream. Heck, even my groom's cake is going to be in the shape of an OU football.

Which leads me to the National...Football League (in my Howard Cosell voice).  I had been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys growing up -- when you grow up in the era of Staubach, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tony Dorsett and those guys you tend to appreciate what they did for the team back in the day.  Where my fandom ebbed for me was on two separate occasions...1) after Danny White retired they brought in some doozies like Steve Pelleur, Gary Hogeboom, Babe Laufenberg (who is the color analyst for the radio broadcasts) before they drafted former Sooner and Henryetta Hen (Knight) Troy Aikman. He along with Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and others got me liking the Cowboys again. Then the fandom ebbed again the past few seasons as I begun to root more and more for former Sooners that were going to other teams in the NFL. Sure I'd still root for the Cowboys every once in a while, but with the successes of AD, DeMarco, Sam and others it made it kinda hard, not to mention all the crappy seasons Dallas has had over the past 10 seasons.

Then, this season happened.

Like most of America, I couldn't help but be impressed with the play of the two rookies, QB Dak (short for Dakota) Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott.  Those two have gotten comparisons to Aikman and Smith and they've lived up to them quite nicely. Throw former Oklahoma Stater Dez Bryant into the mix and when he's not griping about not getting the ball he can do some good out there (yes like Irvin back in the day). I say that and then I realize Owner/GM/Meddler in Chief Jerry Jones will find some way to muck it up.

That's about it for now. Until next time...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 Thoughts: Finish Strong...

Hello everyone and welcome to Keil's Comments: The Written Blog.

As I am writing this, I have been enjoying a great week with Sharon and her family.  I got to meet Sharon's brother Joe and his family from Colorado.  They are terrific people to be around and get to know.

As I sit here and reflect on the good things that have happened this year and I've mentioned them at least a few times either on the podcast or on here or the many posts on FB so I don't need to go over them again, I realize that there are people whose 2016 wasn't very good at all to put it nicely.  If I can make one request to those people, it would be this and you'd probably guess by the title what it is.

There are 36 days left in 2016 as I am writing this. In those 36 days, make it a point to finish this year strong. What do I mean by that?  Well, for one do something you probably haven't done all year...take a friend out to lunch/coffee/whatever if funds allow.  Call your parents if they are still with us, tell them you love them. Finish that project you've been putting off all year.  Take in some sights around town...our parks in Yukon are totally lit up for Christmas. And if I can put in a couple of plugs my brother Jeremy's Patreon for his Casual Mode gaming channel on YouTube and get some items from our Wedding Registry at WalMart and Target -- we'll also take gift cards.

I do hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving with their friends and family...and let's finish 2016 strong!!!

Until next time...I'll see you either on Facebook, Twitter or on Instagram at rjkeilok

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It Ain't Braggin' If It's the Truth...

Welcome to Keil's Comments:  The Written Blog!!!  Don't worry...I am still doing the podcast, just going to do it every other week for right now at least until school starts back.  Which leads me to what I want to do this post on...

As you may know if you've followed my timeline over the past few months, I am dating a wonderful, precious woman named
Sharon and her mom Wanda
Sharon Ricks and have been since April.  Words can hardly express how much she means to me...which is something since I'm a trained broadcaster.  How do I love her?  Let me count the ways...

First and foremost, she loves me for what I am as a man who trusts God in anything and everything.  She loves that I have a tender heart and a heart for worship.

Secondly, she is appreciative of me with what I try to do with the podcast.  She's been trying to help me create a new logo for the podcast so I can get a better reach on iTunes....we're still working on that part.

Third, unlike past relationships she doesn't speak negatively to or about me.  She's even stated that she wants to find whoever had been speaking negative words over me over the years and tell them a thing or two about a thing or two among other things.  I'm sure I can point her in the direction of a couple of people if they're in the area I'm thinking of.  Anyway, I'm working on better communicating with her and not be afraid of having that used against me.

Fourth, she loves that I am very understanding as far as her line of work is concerned.  She is a teacher (she'll be teaching 2nd grade this year in Moore) and if you have friends or family members or are the spouse of someone that teaches in a public school system in the State of Oklahoma, you know how much hell and funds they go through just to give their students the tools they need in getting a good education -- no thanks to Madam Governor and the Legislature.  I am learning that first hand...and I'm sure those of you who fit into one of the above categories (the spouse/family member/friend part) can give me some advice on being a longsuffering significant other to an Oklahoma public school educator.

Lastly, she is understanding what I am going through health wise...when she's not "shaping the minds of America's youth" to quote a sports talk host here in OKC, she is having to help take care of her mother (pictured above). When I told her what all was going on as far as lymphedema and everything, she understood what I was up against -- she even stayed with me at the hospital when I was there a few months ago (after she got out of class of course).  Also, unlike a past relationship she is not nagging at me about losing so many pounds or going into Santa's description from "The Night Before Christmas" or singing "Jolly Ol' St. Nicholas" or anything like that.  Yes, I'm not exactly Mr. Olympia or do Crossfit or have the look of somebody like The Rock but that's okay. She loves me for me and that's all I ask.

Along the same reasoning...besides loving her for being what she is as far as being a teacher and what all that entails, I love her for the fact that she is striving to be the Proverbs 31 Woman that I've always wanted. I love her for being her and that's all she asks of me.  I am understanding of what all she is going through in her health, love that she has firm roots in the Gospel thanks to her father (he was a Baptist pastor for years) and that we can both overlook our flaws and love each other regardless.   

There's a lot more about her that I love and appreciate...what I've listed above is just the main ones.

That's about it for now.  Until next time...