Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
About the book!
It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, finds that he is actually a Jew, adopted by Christian parents, he must flee for his life to neutral Switzerland. Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) close to Nazi Germany. When she is asked to risk her life to safely "courier" Engel out of Germany, the fate of the world rests in her hands. If she can lead him to safety, she can keep the Germans from developing nuclear capabilities. But in a time of traitors and uncertainty, whom can she trust along the way? This fast-paced, suspenseful novel takes readers along treacherous twists and turns during a fascinating--and deadly--time in history.
About the authors:
Tricia Goyer is the author of several books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW's Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Montana. To find out more visit her website: www.triciagoyer.com
Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including the bestselling Every Man's Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California.To find out more visit his website: www.MikeYorkey.com
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Her friend P's family to be exact!
They had fun doing it though. Hope Ms. Valerie did, too!
And B seriously loved playing in the "goop".
Ms. Jennifer and T came out.
And then the kids all painted pumpkins.
We had so much fun and wonderful food. I hope that everyone else who came had as much fun as I did and got to meet some new friends in our little mountain town. And who knows.....this might end up being an annual event. maybe. Thanks to all you wonderful friends who brought food -- it was ALL delicious and beautiful!
Monday, October 26, 2009
We had a wonderful friend and family filled weekend and I'm hoping to be back tomorrow to tell you all about it.
Because of all the fun we had over the weekend my laundry pile is incredible so that is task number one......
besides that -- here is my to do list for this week. (And this is just what I can remember off the top of my head)...... Disclaimer: If you are tired of hearing about all I have to do -- just skip today and come back tomorrow.
*Halloween Costumes to finish.....I have to find red ruby slippers, a huge lollipop, and a very large crown by Wednesday.
*I have a list of people needing bows. That is on today's agenda.
* Find a babysitter for 4 kids for two nights in a couple of weeks.....
*Thank You notes to write.
*Church stuff to figure out -- what bible study is next? do one at all?
*Sweatsuits for A & M for 101 Dalmatians.
*Dog catcher costume also for 101 Dalmatians.
* Work with girls on learning lines for 101 Dalmatians AND Christmas play.
*Finish reading book and blog about it (come back on Thursday -- it's a great book!)
*Set up picture sessions for B and the fam. (Natalie -- email me....)
* Plan Menu and get groceries.
*Start planning L's birthday party.
*soccer game -- let's hope it's the LAST one.
*Switch out my summer/winter clothing.
* Get tickets for The Nutcracker -- figure out when we are going. We will see it here.
Is that it? I don't even know.....I'm sure it isn't.
Anyways! Hope ya'll have a great Monday. I will be back tomorrow to tell you all about our party filled weekend.
In HIM --
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
** I was going to post my menu yesterday but just never got around to it. I know you are devastated.
**I'm am totally operating on about 3 hours sleep. Went to bed at 11PM. At 11:05 B woke up and had a dirty diaper and then wouldn't go back to sleep. So, hubs moved to the couch and B came to sleep with me. Took him FOREVER to go back to sleep. i think that happened around 12:30A. At 2A -- I am awakened by crying from L. It wasn't crying as much as sniffing and whimpering.....she had a bellyache. We were up and down -- not sleeping -- until 5AM. She finally threw up and felt better. She has some congestion and I think that is what got her tummy upset because she doesn't have a virus and she was fine as soon as it was out. So then we slept for until 6:30 when it was time to get up and get everyone ready for school. No sleep makes me feel a bit under the weather myself. Anyone else?
**I had the bright idea to have *TWO* parties this week. I am completely a glutton for punishment. There is so much to do around here that I don't' even know where to start. For sure, it's a hot mess!!!
**One of those parties is for Miss A who is EIGHT today. I cannot believe I have an eight year old. She is beyond excited today. We took cupcakes and capri suns to school for her class today and she wore a button that said "Birthday Princess". She hides her excitement well, doesn't she? We will have a family party on Saturday and I plan to do her birthday post after that.
**The other party we are having is a Pumpkin Party. I am super excited about it. We have quite a few new young families coming to our church so in order to get some of the newbies together with some folks that have been her for a while, we are having a party. It is going to be fun! There will be pictures. This party is Friday night though.
**Not to mention all the run of the mill, everyday things that have to be done....laundry, housecleaning, soccer practice and soccer games, dance and musical theatre, and church.....whew. I'm even more tired just thinking about it.
Ya'll have a good Tuesday. I'm hoping to make it back to talk to you all tomorrow and more this week -- guess we will see.......
In HIM --
Saturday, October 17, 2009
About the book:
Your physical body needs oxygen in order to survive. Inhale, exhale ... one leads naturally to the other. Inhale too long and you feel as if your lungs will burst. Exhale too long and you get light-headed.
The same rhythm is essential in the life of faith. You inhale life-giving strength from God through things like prayer, study, solitude, and silence. You exhale generosity, hospitality, and service to the poor. If you try to do one without the other, you wont' last very long.
This fresh perspective on the classic disciplines of the faith will empower you to process the oxygen of the Spirit. Discover how you can develop a balanced spirituality that reflects the life of Jesus and keeps your faith growing stronger.
About Richard: Richard Dahlstrom is Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, in the heart of the city, among university students, young professionals, families, the homeless, and the elderly. He is also a popular teacher in North America and Europe for the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers. He holds a M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary.
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Win a signed copy of 02 for yourself! There are two ways to enter! The winners will be announced 10/26.
Jump over to Pastor Richard’s blog “Pastoral Musings from Rain City” (http://www.raincitypastor.blogspot.com/ ) and leave a comment between October 5th and October 24th. Just say hi or tell Pastor Richard what you liked about his book, or share with him how you’ve experienced ‘new life’ in your faith!
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Hope you all are having a wonderful Saturday!!!
in HIM -
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Do you have days like this one? A day where you just feel blah......a little down......a little lonely.....far from God -- like you can't hear Him?
That is the kind of day I'm having.
And this rainy weather that won't go away?
It's not helping......not at all.
" Lord, Move in the way that I've never seen before. Cause there's a mountain in the way and a lock on the door. I'm drifting away. Waves are crashing on the shore. Lord, move....or move me."
Matthew 11:28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Move in a big way, today Lord. In my life but also in the life of so many friends who are down, too. Amen......
Saturday, October 10, 2009
"Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father's house. The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord."
I long to understand this and pass it on to my sweet daughters. I want them to know and understand FULLY how God sees them and not still be struggling with it when they are 35.
What about you? Do you struggle with this like me? How do you show your daughters how God feels about them? I'd love to hear your idea's.
Friday, October 9, 2009
First, I saw a news story about how Chicago is very dangerous because kids are being killed on the streets and in schools. (Disclaimer: the story I saw was on the Today Show yesterday, this one, while relaying the same message, is different). It IS a tragedy that kids are being killed for no apparent reason but here was what I had an issue with. They interviewed a young man who said something to the effect of: "There are no after school programs so this is what kids do here."
I'm sorry ? What? I don't understand that comment. Kids can't choose to make better decisions than to join gangs and kill people? YES THEY CAN!!! It isn't the schools fault that the kids are choosing not to go on home and do their homework and instead are going out hurting others.
The very next story was about the David Letterman Fiasco. Honestly, I don't want to hear about it all. But again, my beef is that Joe Halderman's lawyer is trying his darndest to make his client out to have been forced to try and extort money from Letterman. Hello? Choices!!! He had a choice. No matter what Letterman did, Halderman didn't have to commit a crime for A.N.Y R.E.A.S.O.N!!!!!
I see it closer to home, too. I think is an epidemic problem in the USA. We are always trying to blame someone else for the choices we make. And the kids I see these days are even worse. The 'D' he got on his report card? Not his fault. The teacher didn't give him time to study. So, instead of finding out the whole story the parents just go yell at the teacher. Nevermind that the kids plays soccer 6 nights a week.....
OR what about this? A kid says something really rude and mean to an adult (or even another kid) and all their parents do is say "tsk.tsk. you shouldn't do that.". Where is the responsibility? Why aren't we making our kids take responsibility for the actions they take? Make them actually apologize for saying things they shouldn't be saying?
I could go on and on with the examples. But I won't. I'm in no way perfect and struggle myself with not blaming something or someone else for my sins. God cares about this! believe that God wants us to take responsibility for ourselves. Matter of fact....we are to confess our sins -- which means we HAVE to accept the responsibility of our choice to sin -- whatever that sin may be. ( 1 John 1:9). It is an individual thing. No one else can get us to heaven and no one else can keep up from it. We each have choices about everything. How we are going to respond to that person who keeps telling lies about us. How we are going to act when the people around us are choosing things that aren't Godly. We have a choice and are responsible for the choices we make. Our friends, enemies, parents, neighbors, teachers, and the strangers on the street are NOT responsible for any choice made than the ones they make themselves.
I think the big issue is this.....Churches are full of Christians who aren't Godly. I think maybe we have forgotten what it means to be a Christian. It isn't about salvation alone -- it is about a changed way of life. Showing God in all we do. Being Godly -- not just humanitarian....Not taking responsibility for the choices we make? That isn't Godly at all.
I'm right there, too. I have a difficult time taking responsibility for the choices I make at times. But I know it isn't right and that I'm just adding another sin to my list of things that need to be confessed. And I do feel that it is a HUGE issue in this country right now.
Joshua 24:15: "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Whew! I'm glad that I got that out.....Have a great weekend everybody. I'm off to lunch and a birthday party later.
In HIM --
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
It was truly a wonderful trip. All of the girls LOVED it had we are all hoping to go back next year!!!!
Have a wonderful Wednesday everybody!!!
in HIM -