Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you. - John Owen

Monday, January 31, 2011

Missing You

Dear Papa, Mama, Elijah, Jeremiah, Christian, and Jonathan, 

   I miss all of you terribly!  This is the most homesick that I've ever been and I hope that it is the worst that it will ever be, though I do pray that my love for you all may grow deeper throughout my lifetime.

   I don't know what is wrong with me, but I was extremely inactive today and felt very tired.  I can't wait to get home and to be put to work once again.  This may sound strange, but I REALLY miss doing work, so when I get home, you may assign me any task, from cleaning the kitchen to scrubbing the floors.  And you may also remind me of this statement when I return. :)

  I did my math and Bible reading this morning and worked on my scripture memory in Jude - I sure did miss everyone reading and saying the verses.

   On our way home last night, the 'Separated' song was on (Jeremiah will know what I'm talking about!) and it made me smile and miss you all the more.

   Papa, I miss our time each night and listening to Henty together.  I also miss doing math with you in the mornings.

   Mama, I can't wait to get back and start cooking with you again.  I want so badly to give you a big hug.

   Elijah, Jeremiah, Christian, and Jonnie - I missed cleaning the kitchen with you tonight and another thing that I missed was the noise ... yes, really - I miss the noise. But most of all, I missed laughing with you all and smiling at your little antics (I'm speaking specifically to Jeremiah and the little boys there!).  Give the puppies a hug from me. :) 

   None of you know what a blessing you are to me but I am just giving you a TINY glimpse of what you mean to me here, in this note.

   I love and miss all of you.  May God bless and keep all of you.  I am praying for you.

   Love, in CHRIST,


Thursday, January 27, 2011


Psalm 147:4
He counts the number of the stars;He calls them all by name.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Family Group

     Last Wednesday was Family Group.  We met at the Alzen's home this time and consequently, the worship was very lively and upbeat (for those of you who don't know, the Alzen family has their own gospel bluegrass band). 

     It is such a joy to be with friends,  not only friends, but fellow believers. These friends are brothers and sisters in CHRIST.  Now that's amazing! Praise the LORD for His wondrous work of salvation in the lives of His people!  I am so grateful for the friends that the LORD has placed in my life. 
The preparation in the kitchen before the meal.
As you can see, the girls also enjoy talking
 over the course of the evening.
The musicians :)
After the worship and prayer time, we played spoons and had so many people that two decks of cards were needed!  It is wonderful to have so many good friends to play, talk and laugh with.  I and my family are so blessed!
I just HAD to include this picture to show you Texans how cold it gets up here in Minnesota - and that's not even the worst of it!  There's the wind too.

A Dinner Gathering

Last Saturday, we hosted a dinner gathering at our house for three of the families at our church.  It has been so nice to get to know people and to fellowship with them.  We are so blessed to have a church and good friends to share our lives with.
Me and babies - when they're around,
 I can hardly stay away from them!
Mama made spaghetti for dinner with a delicious homemade red wine sauce. 
 I am constantly amazed by mama's gift with cooking. 
 She can make ANYTHING taste good!
We had a worship time afterwards - one of my favorite parts of the night!
Doesn't she have the sweetest smile!?!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Here's a funny poem from the book,
 Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?

I hope that you enjoy a good laugh as you read it!

My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!
And then I took the quarters
And I traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he didn't know
That three is more than two!
Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!
And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head --
Too proud of me to speak!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Philippians 2:14-16

Philippians 2:14-16

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Movie Night

Last night, we went to a friend's house for a Friday movie night,
 but, as it turned out, we did a lot more than just that!

We played Spoons ...

Here's a picture of some of the boys trying to build a spoon tower.

... went out in the snow ...

... skated on the ice rink ...

(and shoveled it off beforehand! :)

... had a delicious dinner and dessert ...

... and finally, we watched the movie.

It was like a movie theatre - we watched it projected onto the wall.

I just had to add a picture of their cute parakeets!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Galatians 3:26-28

 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Candy Thieves

As you can see, they're not happy about being caught...
... especially this one!

Worthy is the Lamb

Revelation 5:12
“ Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
 And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


After Jonathan was born, Christian couldn't say his name
 correctly - so he called him "Jommywish."
Happy second Birthday - four years ago.
In the pumpkin patch.
Cutie pie!
Mama's classic photo.
"Chim" - our name for Curious George. :)
Poor Jonnie fell asleep in the vehicle and was so tired that he
actually slept in the grocery cart as well!
All ready to go for a day at Galveston.
Christian to the rescue! 
As you can see, Jonathan rather enjoyed being in such peril!
At Galveston, Jonnie spent the majority of his
time looking for "buried treasure" (shells! :)
Little chicken.
Out for a "drive"
A day at the park.
Watching a movie with the dogs.
Jonnie decided that he wanted to be funny while I was
setting up the camera for our CHRISTmas photos! :)
The "little boys" in their CHRISTmas pajamas!
Can't you see why!?! :)
Best Buddies
Jonnie has his own ideas about what this perfume should be called - actually, he didn't know how to pronounce the word properly! - he called it "ferpume"!
Happy 6th birthday Jonathan!