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12/18/08
Racing Game


My dear hubby has created a new addicting web game. :) Well, addicting for me that is. The last game, The Wanderers (may it rest in peace, *sniff*), was my FAVORITE ever! (not to mention I was winning at the time it was deleted) I still bug him to this day to make it again, but I guess it was complicated or something... ;) So on to the next game. If you'd like to give it a try to you can click HERE. And if you have any clever names for the game, you can submit them via "talk to me". {not sure if he still has this game... we've moved on to a new one... elemental exploration 4/23/11}



12/17/08


Two article excerpts from the The New American for Dec 22, 2008 entitled The Hope of the World.
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A Christian Foundation
The beginnings of America were Christian. Most of our organic documents of government give recognition to God. While the Mayflower rode at anchor in Provincetown Harbor, near Christmas time, 1620, the Pilgrims aboard decided to form a government before going ashore in the new world. Hence, they wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact, which begins:

    In the name of God, amen, we whose names are underwritten ... having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and the honor of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic.


In 1787, the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia could reach no agreement on the kind of national government needed - a kind which would bind individual states together in a union for protection against foreign powers and for preventing wars among themselves, while preserving the sovereignty of the states, leaving to the people their God-given rights to govern themselves in their own states, without interference from the national government.

The Constitutional Convention was on the point of breaking up when Benjamin Franklin gave the delegates a reminder and a warning:

    How has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our -understandings?...
    I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth; that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
    I ... believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.


The Declaration of Independence expresses the essence of Americanism; and the essence of the Declaration is a Christian assumption: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."

There were no arguments or committee meetings or panel discussions about it: Simply, we proclaim these things as truth because we know them to be truth! The basic truths of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights can be summarized in a short paragraph:

    Government derives its just powers from us, the governed. We want it clearly understood, moreover, that the power we give to government is very limited. Even though we must delegate to government enough power to protect all of us from one another, and from possible foreign enemies, we have certain rights which we are not willing to surrender or modify for any purpose whatever. We call these rights unalienable because God, our Creator, endowed us with them: We consider them sacred. Each of us as an individual, whether rich or poor, weak or strong, has certain rights that God has given him and that no power on Earth can legally take away — neither government, nor an organized group, nor an overwhelming majority of the people themselves.


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The section following, entitled Christian Individualism, has a paragraph I'd like to add too:

    The Christian concept of equality (also written into the Declaration of Independence: All men are created equal) is not tainted with materialism. Jesus rather impatiently said that the poor are always with us. His concept of equality had nothing to do with man's physical attributes and possessions, or with the general distribution of worldly goods. The teachings of Jesus did not imply mass organization and standardization of people, or worldwide uniformity, or a universal leveling of mankind. They implied the opposite. Jesus taught that men are equal before God, regardless of their status on Earth.




12/16/08
"Bethlehem Star"



Just watched part of this video today. If you've ever had questions, like how can a star stop? why didn't everyone else go follow this star? why would Magi from the East come and worship Jesus...this video can provide some things to consider. If you can't see the video anytime soon, be sure to check out the website by clicking the ad and there are typed up sections for you to read.




12/15/08
"Snow Dunes"




A little artwork courteousy of God here. It has been so bitterly cold. This picture was taken on our way back from checking on the house. It has not frozen up... and looks good still. We were so impressed by the snow, we just had to stop and take a picture.




12/13/08
"Fireproof"


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We went to this tonight... it was great... a definite must see. And we took some youth group kids to it. I'm seeing good things happening already even in their hearts and minds. But not only in theirs, mine too.




12/12/08
"A House"


Let the packing begin!

We signed the final contract today... and now await the Abstract Company to get their stuff done. We checked the water and heat today... only a few minor things. I still hesitated to even post this, because we've had two house deals go south, so I won't let myself get too excited until we can actually move in and start fixing it up. But I wanted to keep you somewhat posted as to what's going on.




12/11/08
"Christmas Stolen"


From the Lutheran Hour Daily Devos by Pastor Ken Klaus. This spoke to my heart... I'm getting sick of busy schedules, trying to find a gift, focusing on giving gifts, putting on a silly Christmas program that none of the kids really want to be apart of, watching adults snap as they try to force kids to sing songs that are not familiar and have difficult melodies... agh!... I want to be like Mary and ponder Christmas and what it's about... to share the wonder, not the stress and meaningless stuff that just takes away from this season of the church meant to celebrate His coming- Immanuel- God with us. He came to earth, took on flesh, lived the perfect life we couldn't and will never be able to do, and was a ransom for our sin. He died a terrible death... and then rose again claiming victory over our sin, our eternal death (separation from God), and satan. And now he freely offers the gift to all who see their need for a Savior, who see the sin in their life and realize they can't make amend for their undoings, who want to be made right with God. Jesus is the only way. And at Christmas time we get to jump into the middle of this whole salvation story... where Joseph, Mary, Shepherds and Wisemen get to meet the prophesied Savior... the one that God had promised in person to their ancestors- Adam/Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon... all those ritual sacrifices the Jews had been making... they all pointed to Christ... and once he died he fulfilled all those sacrifices once and for all. Agh! An absolutely amazing event in history... overshadowed, missed by most, even in church. I strongly question how many of the kids participating in our Christmas program are going to grasp the wonder of this day... I thank God for helping me to see it and I ask that he reveal it to them as well.

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:19-20

It's midway between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In the countdown to Christmas, if you're like many of us, your life has now kicked into overdrive with things to do and places to be. This is why I'd like to take a moment and tell you about the Moore family of Madison, Wisconsin.

The night before Thanksgiving, Lillian Moore sent a cooler filled with food to her financially strapped daughter, Cindy. With no room in the family's very small fridge, the food was left in a cooler on the front porch.

On Thanksgiving, Cindy went to collect the turkey, potatoes, and salad. Not only wasn't the food there, the cooler had disappeared as well. The thief could not have known he also took an heirloom bowl that had belonged to Cindy's great-grandmother.

Now Cindy did have a Thanksgiving. She took some money designated to pay bills and bought a small Thanksgiving meal for her family. Still, I was saddened to hear their story.

The news media headlines read: 'Thanksgiving Stolen!"

Now, you know and I know no thief can steal Thanksgiving - a turkey, yes, some stuffing, sure, but stealing Thanksgiving? Impossible. Thanksgiving doesn't sit in a cooler on our front porch; Thanksgiving is something that lives in the hearts of those who have seen the love of the Lord.

That story can be applied to Christmas. There are those who say commercialism, or tough economic times, or even the Grinch, is stealing Christmas.

We need to remember, Christmas can't be stolen. True, a thief may rip off our Christmas tree and might even steal our decorations. He might gain access to our home and then steal the presents from under the tree. A shaken economy may shorten the purse strings used to purchase presents.

But Christmas can't be stolen. Like Mary, we can treasure these things in our hearts. Like the shepherds, we can glorify and praise God for all we have heard and seen.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, there are those who would gladly steal our Christmas. Thieves on earth and in hell are eager to take the Savior from us. We give thanks that, by God's great grace, we have been given a faith in You which cannot be taken. May we always keep and ponder Your life, death, and resurrection. In Your Name. Amen.




12/2/08
Crafty Finds


Two websites to check out for ideas: Zero-Waste Design and Instructables. Both super fun... for me especially Instructables. Tons of how-to-do designs and ideas like -> Gift Box from a Cereal Box, Toilet Tank Bean Sprouter, and Potholder from old Newspapers to name a few.
And in other news, saw the house today and made an offer. To be continued...




12/1/08
December, already?


Time is flying... today is December. I just followed up on order I intended on placing this summer, which turned fall and now, the 1st of December??? I laughed when I saw the date on my email corresponding to the order- August 29. Good thing it wasn't something that I had to be timely with... like a Christmas present. Speaking of Christmas presents... working hard on different projects... would love to show them, but I already had a close call just showing some pictures to my sister... whom I still need to have a razzing conversation with. :) I'm not sure if my secret present for my brother is still a secret. Oh well! I laugh just thinking of that moment.
In other news, still searching for a house. We are going to look at one tomorrow. I try not to get excited or ahead of the whole process. So I will not dive into details and have to take it all back later. But I'll share if something is for sure going to happen, like packing boxes, loading the bus, signing papers and exchanging money. :)
We did have a nice Thanksgiving with family... spent the day with my dad's side of the family. My aunt has a lovely garden that provided the squash, potatoes, and jams. We joked that next year D and I will have to go hunting and provide the turkey. Time will tell. All in all, a great weekend, so many reasons to be thankful.



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