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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Lizard

Posted  by Elisabeth

Have you ever felt like God could not see you? Perhaps, you were trying to run from Him. Or, maybe, you were simply secluded in a circumstance and thought that He was unaware of your whereabouts. Here is a poem our grandfather wrote which shares a message that I pray will turn your eyes upon our Father--for He does, indeed, see you right where you are.

THE LIZARD

A young lizard came into my shop today;
Left to himself, I thought he’d go away.
But he just stood there looking at me,
Hoping beyond hope that him, I wouldn’t see.

Earlier that day it had been quite warm,
And to open the door would be the norm.
Then the rain began, and I love the sound.
It was then that I saw my friend on the ground.

I looked in my shop, but no food was in sight
To give to my friend. But I understood his plight:
It was storming outside and he had discovered
A place of refuge. He knew he’d be covered.

I tried to catch him and take him outside,
But he was too smart and from me he did hide.
“You can’t catch me – you can’t reach under there!”
It was then that I heard my unspoken prayer.

“Lord, am I attempting to hide from You?”
And of course, He answered as if on cue:
“My kids seem to think since they can’t see Me
That I can’t see them; and think they are free.

“I want you to know that I see you today –
At work, at home, at church, and at play.
Go tell My Church that I see them, too.
But oh, how I desire to be in their view!

“If they keep withdrawing themselves from Me,
Whatever they think, they’ll never be free.
Like the lizard, if they don’t want to die,
They must trust in Me; and escape, not to try.”

I searched again to find my small friend.
Then I saw him – heading around the bend.
Using wisdom and stealth, I aimed him outside
Using my right foot as a peculiar guide.

“Lord, unlike this lizard, let me never hide;
Abiding in You may I always confide.
Self-sufficient, I never want to be,
But always believing, and trusting in Thee.

~ S. E. Linzey ~

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Omniplex

Recently, our family payed a visit to the Omniplex--the adventurous museum of science. It was a great avenue for learning, as well as family bonding..and just plain fun.



Joanna, Joseph and Caleb experiment with the forces of water and floatation devices.

Anna and Joshua discover the amazing function of these unique dishes into which they 
could speak quiet messages to each other and be clearly heard across the room. 

Sarah, trying out some computerized experiments. Joanna studying into the details of creation.

Daniel delightfully discovered the mirror-maze and "met many 'new' friends" :)

Caleb and Daniel--still enjoying the water

Joseph, trying out the pulley system

Laura and Daniel enjoying the puppet-show corner

A group of us became quite enthralled with this simple, yet complex system of pulleys...and teamwork. Joshua, with some helpful hints from Papa, did an excellent job coaching us in 
stacking two boxes in a rather difficult corner of selection. It was harder than it looks!

~ The Weather Forecasters ~
I think these pictures will speak for themselves. :) We found our media team...




Papa and Daniel experiencing the tornado--
I suppose they should have headed the weather warning :)


This was a highlight for us all. It is a fantastically exciting tree fort with a 
three-story slide in the middle. Yes, even Papa and Mama couldn't resist it! 



"How great are his signs! and how 
mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is 
an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion 
is from generation to generation."
~ Daniel 4:3 ~


Monday, January 4, 2016

More Christmas...

Here are a few last pictures from our Christmas weekend that I haven't gotten around to posting until now. I know it's already into the new year, but may you be reminded that the gift of giving is our's to be treasured all year through!

There's not many extra corners left in this house, so the top of the cedar wardrobe was the popular pick of the week for stashing Christmas gifts.


And, as usual, there was a lot of fun festive baking

          Daniel & Amanda                   sugar-crystaled spearmint leaves

Three happy siblings :)


~ Opening Gifts ~

One tradition we have is drawing names at the end of the summer for who each one will give a gift. It's always a challenge to try making it all the way to Christmas Eve without anyone else figuring out who you have. Then, the drumroll is on as we discover who had each person as a secret partner that year.

This year, we also spontaneously had a bow-making competition and unofficially applauded the one who had made the best, or most unique, bow on their gift. Some were unique alright! Papa made the one below--it had some intricate detail involved that was hard to spot right off.

This was a spectacular sight--trees freshly coated in ice, glowing in the bright, golden sunset!

"For with thee is the fountain of life:
in thy light shall we see light."
~ Psalm 36:9 ~