“The finest men in all the world are not to be found in the warm, genial climates, where the earth has only to be tickled with a hoe, and it laughs with plenty; but the strongest and the most enterprising spirits have been found at the back of the north wind, where there are frosts and ice, and long, dreary winters, and men have a hard struggle for a livelihood. They become really men under that stern training. Now, if there were no thorns and thistles, no struggles and no trials, should we have any brave Christians? Should we have any great and noble souls at all? When did the Church yield her best men for her Lord’s service? It was in the persecuting times, when they had to swim through seas of blood to hold fast the truth of Christ. These are silken days, and we have wretched specimens of Christians everywhere; but if the times of persecution were to come once more, with the rough winds blowing, and the whole sea of the world tossed in tempest, we should then find brave sailors who would put the ship’s head to the wind, and ride safely over the stormy billows in the name of the Eternal God.” Spurgeon, C. H.

From the Thorns and Thistles Sermon, Vol 39.

Bowling in Morgan Hill

One of the last classic bowling alleys

A belated post from a bowling alley visit in January 2018

So many bowling alleys are leaving the classic bowling alley decor and moving towards a more entertainment driven, club atmosphere. But Morgan Hill still  has the classic bowling alley look and feel that I've grown up with. 

The kids bowled without the bumpers, which resulted in more discouragement as the ball often found it's way into the gutter. 

But it also meant that those victories where well earned and enjoyed.

Wether she was making points or gutter balls, she did so with some style. 

And mom was there to provide some support.

Matthew had his own unique twist on celebrating success.

Between frames, I would catch him relaxing in style. 

And one of the favorite discoveries was a game room with Galaga.

It's unfortunate we don't go to these places more often. So many options in the Bay Area that years can go by before we revisit a place and then the kids are so much older.