Our Family Mission Statement

We are a real family seeking to serve a real and living God. Our desire and mission is to magnify and glorify God in our everyday life at home, church and abroad. Our goal is to help families understand what their purpose and design is in regards to the family; recognize the enemy for who he is and what he is doing; and to point families, both saved and unsaved, to Christ as to become living pictures of Christ and His bride and of God and His children. As families are strengthened the church will be strengthened, therefore, being a brighter light to a dark and hurting world.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Day at the Zoo!

Posted by Anna


Last Monday our family was invited to join some friends at the zoo for their little boy's birthday, but Papa had some things that he needed to get done, so us kids decided to take all the youngsters and head to the Zoo for the better part of the day, giving space for undivided attention at home for Mama and Papa. 

What a time we all had! It was an absolutely beautiful day, especially for a trip to the Zoo in the middle of January (69* F)! While we were waiting for our friends to show up, we all gathered in the middle of the Zoo entry (which is a painting of the world on the cement/tile ground that floors the entry: great fun for the little ones, and the big ones as well, to explore! We thrilled in practicing our geography! :) … And sang a couple songs: "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands", "God Likes People", "Happiness is to Know the Savior", and part of a song titled "I Believe" which was especially fitting for singing at the Zoo as you will see in the words to the chorus below:

I am not descended from monkeys,
Though you may be fooled at first glance.
I'm the work of God, my Creator!
I am not a product of chance.
I did not evolve from a tadpole 
Who got lost and wondered ashore;
But by God's hand, His will and plan,
I am, and nothing more. 

After a while we got connected with our friends and took off for an extensive tour around the Zoo... 






We then went to go see the Giraffes, and on the way saw Mr. and Mrs. Red River Hog and their precious babies (aren't they so cute???) born on October 2013. Then we finally arrived at the side of the giraffes' arena where we found out that Mr. and Mrs. Giraffe had had a little bundle of joy added in September 2013 to their clan!   






After touring around a while, we headed over the "Oklahoma Trails" and had a snack lunch at the base of the trails...






...Then headed up to enjoy seeing the creatures that are native to our state territory.











We then headed to the lake side of the zoo, and enjoyed looking at a couple of animals there as well, but our time was drawing to a close, so kinda had to run through it :)



We had a great time at the zoo, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the different kinds of animals God created. We did not exhaust the whole zoo, but enjoyed what were able to see before it was time to go to dinner. We are definitely looking forward to going again! 

"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? 
and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 
… O LORD our Lord, 
how excellent is thy name in all the earth!"
Psalm 8:3, 4, 9

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Birthday in the Air

Elisabeth turned the big age of 18... 


...And it worked out for most of our family to take some airplane rides with some friends of ours around our area! Here are some pics of Elisabeth's birthday :)


We all divided into groups of three, and Laura, Caleb and Joseph were the first group to go and the boys were good passengers to go with Laura because she specifically asked for a turbulent ride! She got it, and Mr. "Bee" also let her create some herself! They all came back with some different feelings than when they went in, I should say, a little more knowledgeable about what turbulence in a little plane is like (no one got sick, they just had stories!)  






Anna, Christina and Joshua were shift number two, and we let Joshua have co-pilot seat :) He thoroughly enjoyed that! We also had QUITE THE RIDE! Joshua is not afraid of testing the limits of an airplane (Good thing we had a certified pilot instructor in there beside him!) and we got twists and turns, climbs and dives, roller coasters and floats, if we girls hadn't had our seat belts on, we probably would still have our heads stuck up in the sky! But, other than Christina almost loosing it, we had an absolute blast! Thanks Mr. "Bee"…and Joshua…for the VERY fun ride! ;)  


       

All checks done and ready for takeoff!




     Elisabeth, Charity, and Carolyn were the third group to reach the skies. We, (yes, this is a third-group crew member now speaking) specially requested a "nice ride" as we tend to be the more motion-sensitive folk. Boring??? NOT AT ALL! The natural turbulence spiced it up very nicely allowing us to ENJOY the ride as well as the great view from the air. :) We DID have our share of "extra excitement" when "one member" took the yoke and turned too sharp too long and gave us a REALLY GOOD view of the ground. =D
   This was Carolyn's first flight. She wasn't too sure what to think at first, but by the end…well, she had a pleasant expression. I think she enjoyed it! :)

                                   



Papa, Josiah and Sarah were the fourth group to go, and Josiah had left seat with Mr. "Bee" as his instructor! It was a neat experience for Papa and Sarah to be able to tag along on a casual flight with Josiah being the Pilot in training! They had a fun ride with plenty of maneuvers! Mama and Joanna, along with Daniel had to stay home due to Joanna having a touch of the stomach bug, so to include them, they flew over our house and did some circles with Mama watching Josiah fly from our driveway! They took a tour of OKC, and Papa (the camera man) got some good shots of down town and the surrounding area. Josiah landed safely and proved to be a very good pilot!   













After all the flights, we 5 older girls went to help Mrs. "Bee" get lunch ready while the guys put the plane away. 





When they got to the house we already had everything set up and ready to go! It was a delicious and much-looked-forward-to hotdog cookout! We ate 'till we were satisfied, and then Mr. "Bee" left to give another ride to a couple as a celebration for the husband's birthday, so we got to go into the "Bee's" back yard and wave at them when they flew by :) After that we went to the lake in the back of their house and had a blast watching a whole bunch of geese come in for the evening. 


It was such a fun day! Thank you, Mr. & Mrs. "Bee" for your wonderful hospitality, and extremely fun day flying in the air! Y'all are awesome! :)

"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: 
and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
1 Thessalonians 4:17