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Thursday, December 29, 2005

A Haitus

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We sure did! We are heading out to see my family this weekend and have had a very busy few weeks. I am going to take a blogging haitus for a while.


 


I will return when I can, but until then, please have a lovely January!


 


Warmly,


Kate

Monday, December 19, 2005

I love Christmas!

A Merry Christmas to you!


 



 


We are happily finishing up our Christmas duties and I am wrapping gifts late at night while the little ones are sleeping. I love Christmas and our children are so excited. It is infectious and I look forward to this friday, when we will see my husband's family, as well as to Christmas morning here. We do stockings, and gifts, and we have really really enjoyed reading Jotham's Journey. He has not quite finished it yet, and I believe he ends on Christmas Eve. What a wonderful story. We will have to get one of the following books for next year.


 


I have enjoyed much Christmas music this month as our local Christian station has played it non-stop all month! We also have a few very lovely albums that I enjoy a great deal. One of my favorite songs is Angels We Have Heard on High. There is nothing like Christmas music to bring about a happy feeling.


 


Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.


 


Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


 


Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?


 


Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


 


Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.


 


Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


 


See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.


 


Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!





Indeed, glory to God!


 


Some CDs you might like for next year...


 


Michael W. Smith's, Christmas


 



 


Mark brought this home from his trip to Tennessee:


 


Appalachian Christmas: An Old-Time Country Christmas


(featuring Scott Miller on Hammered Dulcimer)


 



 


Celtic Christmas by Eden's Bridge


 



 


And my favorite Handel's Messiah from our BMG Music Club a few years back!


 



 


There are so many great ones - what are your favorites?


 


May God give your a blessed Christmas as you enjoy the day we celebrate His humiliation. May you, like me,  remember the reason why He needed to come - why He suffered Himself to become a man so that we could have life!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

What a beautiful discovery of ancient faith!

You can see some lovely pictures of it at the site linked below.


Israel Church a Major Discovery
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
AP
 
MEGIDDO PRISON, Israel — Israeli prisoner Ramil Razilo was removing rubble from the planned site of a new prison ward when his shovel uncovered the edge of an elaborate mosaic, unveiling what Israeli archaeologists said Sunday may be the Holy Land's oldest church.


 


The discovery of the church in the northern Israeli town of Megiddo, near the biblical Armageddon, was hailed by experts as an important discovery that could reveal details about the development of the early church in the region.


Archaeologists said the church dated from the third century, decades before Constantine legalized Christianity across the Roman Empire.


 


"What's clear today is that it's the oldest archaeological remains of a church in Israel, maybe even in the entire region. Whether in the entire world, it's still too early to say," said Yotam Tepper, the excavation's head archaeologist. (…)


 


Razilo, who is serving a two-year sentence for traffic violations, was one of about 50 prisoners brought into the high-security Megiddo Prison to help excavate the area before the construction of new wards for 1,200 Palestinian prisoners.


 


Razilo was shocked to uncover the edge of the mosaic. The inmates worked for months to uncover all the parts of the mosaic — the floor of the church, he said.


"We continued to look and slowly we found this whole beautiful thing," said Razilo, who used a sponge and a bucket of water to clean dirt off the uncovered mosaics Sunday.


 


Two mosaics inside the church — one covered with fish, an ancient Christian symbol that predates the cross — tell the story of a Roman officer and a woman named Aketous who donated money to build the church in the memory "of the god, Jesus Christ."


 


Pottery remnants from the third century, the style of Greek writing used in the inscriptions, ancient geometric patterns in the mosaics and the depiction of fish rather than the cross indicate that the church was no longer used by the fourth century, Tepper said. (…)


 


The inscription, which specifies that Aketous donated a table to the church, indicates the house of worship predated the Byzantine era, when Christians began using altars in place of tables in their rituals, Tepper said. Remnants of a table were uncovered between the two mosaics.


 


The building — most of which was destroyed — also was not built in the Basilica style that was standard under the Byzantines, he added. (…)


 


(The rest of the story here - with more pictures!!)





What moves me the most is to think that so many years ago, our brothers and sisters in Christ were here worshipping the same Savior we do! And we will meet them someday. What a legacy of faith through their beautiful artwork they have left behind for us!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

God Working in the Lives of Men and Women

That is what history is. God's hand over the course of events. I recently discovered a gorgeous blog full of insightful posts and beautiful letters of history. If you are in any way like me, a person who loves real stories come to life, then you will really appreciate this blog! Melkhi is posting her grandmother's letters about her life growing up in a Polish orphanage starting here. They are moving and painful to read sometimes because of what they faced, but worth you time!


 


I hope you stop by her blog.


 


Kate

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Books of Beauty

This week I have been a reading mother, amongst all the other things required of me! As a family we are reading Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent. I really had no idea when I bought this that the message of consequences for life's choices would be so powerfully displayed. In most places this book is hard to find because it is towards the middle of the advent season, but if your family is looking for a quality book to focus on the Christmas season, this is a really good one.


 


The other book we are reading as our history read aloud, Alone, Yet Not Alone: The Story of Barbara Leininger. It is the amazing story of God's providential protection of two young girls after their captivity by indians during the French and Indian War. It is a moving account that brought me to tears more than once.


 



 


God's faithfulness and the faith of Barbara Leininger were powerfully displayed in this book. All I can say is this is one beautiful story.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

You know your day is doomed when...

You offer to baby sit for your friend so she can take her friend to the doctor. You offer thinking the hospital is filled with germs and why expose her two-year-old to that, right? Well, the day goes well until you see your youngest daughter getting red cheeks and she has not been outside and it is not terribly warm in the house. Hmmm you wonder - what could that be from? It goes from bad to worse when her eyes glaze over with fever as you are cooking dinner for your friends now. You rock her and she falls asleep in your arms. Unheard of unless she is exhausted. Oh boy. She wakes to a  stomach that rumbles and proceeds to evacuate her stomach contents onto your person. Hmmm. This was *not* what I had planned for today and I can guarantee you that it was not what my friend had planned for.


 


Thankfully my smallish person is well today. It must have been a quick bout, but I sure hope they are not blessed with the same quick bout on account of me!


 


Pre-sickness picture...


 



 


She is simply too squishy to be sick.


 


 

Monday, December 05, 2005

Wisdom in young places

Spunky's recent post, is a really important and powerful one. If you have not read it, I encourage you to. How are we to get to the end of our parenting journey? It is a good lesson for me and a sad one for others.


 


Here is a good bit of it...


 


A month ago we all heard the sad story of the double murder of Kara Borden's parents by David Ludwig. This week brought more tragic news of fourteen year old Marlee Johnston allegedly murdered by fourteen year old homeschooler Patrick Armstrong.

Do the teen years have to be so turbulent? Here is a previous post recounting a conversation I had with my own son about the teenage years last year. I don't consider myself an expert on parenting. My own children are not yet grown up. So my credibility is not super strong but I am seeing encouraging signs. Here's the post...

Don't Bend The Wire
A few months ago I took Jason (then 14) out to lunch. Actually, he suggested it and he was buying so off we went to Arby's for the 5 for $5 special. While I watched him eat his four sandwiches in the length of time it took me to eat one, we chatted about a lot of different things. When there was a lull in the conversation I switched the subject to a scripture that I had been meaning to ask him about. Proverbs 22:36 says "My son, give me thine heart and let thine eyes observe my ways." This seemed like the appropriate time to ask him if we still retained his heart even though he was in the middle of growing from a boy to a man.

He grinned and said, "Mom, if you and dad didn't have my heart then do you think I'd be sitting here with you at Arby's right now?"

Good point.

So I pressed him a little on why he thinks teens seem to stray away and what could a parent do to keep a child from rebelling against them and the Lord.

He said, "Don't bend the wire." I was confused. What exactly does that mean?


 


For the wise and important answer, click HERE. Thanks, Spunky, and keep up the good work!!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Official Mascot

This is one of our official mascots, Mr. Meriadoc Brandybuck. He does not look like a male, but he is. We call him Merry for short.


 



 


We think he looks Egyptian and really should be a female, but that was not for us to decide.  All we have to decide is what to do with the cat that is given us.


 


This is our son with one of our mascots.  Good thing I didn't say he was our other mascot, huh. This is because I don't give birth to cats. I know that was on your list of concerns. In case of possible mix-up, our son is on the left.


 


Seven Sevens

In answer to Spunky's call for seven sevens here are my answers in no particular order.


 


1. Seven things (I hope) to do (or see) before I die


 


Go to England and Ireland with my family.
See my children all walking with the Lord.
See my children happily married.
Live a long life with my husband.
See the east coast with my family.
Buy a brand new vehicle.
Read all the books I wish to.


 


2. Seven things I cannot do


 


Stop loving my husband and children.
Eat liver or salmon.
Mountain climb.
Snow camp, again.
Work on our van.
Fly to Europe without my family.
Stop reading good books.


 


3. Seven things that attract me to my husband.


 


His faith in Jesus.
His laughter.
His eyes.
His humor; most of the time.
His support of me.
His love for our children.
His commitment to me.


 


4. Seven things I say most often


 


Sit down!
Eat your food.
We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Do your math.
I love you.
No.
Clean your room.


 


5. Seven books (or series) I love (quick thinking list)


 


Bible
Lord of the Rings
Jane Eyre
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Cadfael Series
E. Nesbit books


 


6. Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would watch over and over if I had the time)


 


Lord of the Rings
Pride and Prejudice
Luther
Persuasion
Braveheart
Wives and Daughters
Little Women


 


7. Seven people I want to join in, too


 


Sparrow
Jo's Boys
Moms4Psalms
Anne of Green Curtains
karenciavo
Middle Earth Mom

Aslan


 


Now, if you are one of these folks and you kindly participate, please do let me know by a comment here. Happy thinking!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

For those who are looking...

I thought I would occasionally share when I have posted a new entry of interest on my "work" blog. I really love the company I featured today so I felt it worth your while!


 


Kate


(Now removing her official hat ...)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

My Daughter Gifts!

A proud mother moment on Thanksgiving day...


 



 


As you can see, I have much to be thankful for!

Monday, November 28, 2005

To shop or not to shop...

That is the question for a lot of you - and where - and do you avoid certain shops? I was reading an interesting thread on a posting board and one of the posters had this to say:


 


Where can I shop for my children without compromising my values? Target = no Salvation Army (but if I ever decide I want an upside-down tree, that's the first place I'll go!!); KMart, Sears, Kohls, & Walmart = No "Christmas" in their advertising or in-store displays.


 


And American Girl? I have a soon-to-be 3-year old dd named Elizabeth (named from P&P, of course) with beautiful blue eyes and blond curly hair. I had planned on getting her the Elizabeth doll for Christmas. They could be twins!! But now AG has connected itself with Girls Inc. and I'm not comfortable with that. My 6-year old dd (named Emma, of course) has Marisol and I'd love to get her the rest of the doll's clothes before they become unavailable, but...see above.


 


Is there ANY retailer at which I can shop whose CEOs (or whoever) have not bent so far over backwards to be p.c. that they've ridiculously contorted themselves into a very offensive position to Christians?


 


Or should I just shop wherever, shut my mouth, and stop being so political?


 


We do shop, and we shop all over. I mostly shop online because it is easy and brainless and I can do it late at night when all curious eyes are closed. That said, I did purchase from Walmart, K-Mart as well as Target for this Christmas. Did anyone wish me a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? Probably not because I did all my shopping before Thanksgiving. However, would that have mattered to me at all? I think I understand the underlying frustration of this person - that Christmas isn't Toymas, or Holidaymas, or Giftmas, but Christmas. But understanding and empathizing are two different things.


 


The discussion turned into a very heated discussion about the origins of the Christmas, be they pagan or not, or partially pagan, or even religious at all for some. Some people went so far as to say, "Christmas IS about Christ no matter how much others want to deny it....."  Each family that I know treats Christmas in their own particular way. I am glad that no one tells me I have to do ABC in order to have a true Christmas otherwise I would be sure to disappoint someone!


 


I cannot say that I think that Christmas is 100% about Christ's birth for our family. Yes, we read an advent story, and of course read the book of Luke, but we also read some of our favorite Christmas stories. Many of them have a Christian theme, and I love that. I love that we can have the story of the importance of Christ's birth woven into a treasured Christmas book. We also watch Polar Express, It's a Wonderful Life, and Elf with our family. We enjoy Christmas stories like the Night Before Christmas too. We enjoy the cultural aspects of Christmas without compromising ourselves. We do not tell our children that Santa is truly coming down our non-existant chimney and we do not tell them that he is a real person in the flesh, but we allow them to be children and to enjoy the story of Santa for what it is - a story.


 


There is a fine balance to what Christmas is. I cannot say that Christmas is 100% about Christ's birth to us because that would be a lie. We do not open presents on the morning of the 25th because Jesus was born. But on the other hand, would I be celebrating anything at all on the 25th if the Christian church so many years ago did not decide to make it an official holiday? Probably not! Would we buy gifts and fill stockings if we did not have the commercial culture we have today? Probably not! So, it really is a mix of tradition and faith all wrapped up in one.


 


We have friends that do not celebrate Christmas at all - they are morally opposed to it. Now can I - or even should I - argue with them about it? No, because each family needs to make those choices for themselves. I do feel badly though because I think they miss so much. Even though this time of year can be stressful, it can also be a lovely time - with precious memories that live in their hearts forever. That is what Christmas is to us - Jesus, memories, family, and love.


 


Whatever it is to you and yours - whether you shop or not, go to certain stores or not, celebrate the birth of Christ or just enjoy the gifts, may the season that is upon us be a blessed one to you!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I am Maximus!


Thanks to Jill, who's Crib Chickin' it, I obtained this funny quiz. See who you are! I am not so sure I fit this description, but those of you who know me will know best.


Link at the bottom! 


Kate






You scored as Maximus. After his family was murdered by the evil emperor Commodus, the great Roman general Maximus went into hiding to avoid Commodus's assassins. He became a gladiator, hoping to dominate the colosseum in order to one day get the chance of killing Commodus. Maximus is valiant, courageous, and dedicated. He wants nothing more than the chance to avenge his family, but his temper often gets the better of him.
















































Maximus





67%

William Wallace





58%

Lara Croft





50%

Indiana Jones





42%

The Terminator





38%

El Zorro





38%

Batman, the Dark Knight





38%

James Bond, Agent 007





33%

Neo, the "One"





33%

The Amazing Spider-Man





25%

Captain Jack Sparrow





21%

Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
created with QuizFarm.com

Saturday, November 19, 2005

In the reading hour...

I was on a blog the other day that listed all the books she had read over that year. It was on her sidebar and I will be doing that this year - I really like the idea. However, because I didn't do that this year, I spent some time thinking of the books I did read and came up with the following list. I am sure I have missed some because I did not keep a running list anywhere and I didn't blog about all of the books that I read, but keeping a blog *is* helpful for the books I did blog about!


 


 


Here is my list:


 


Basket of Flowers (reading)
Middlemarch (reading)
Independence (Drums of War Series)
Hawk and the Dove
From Basic to Baghdad
The Apprentice
Ink on His Fingers
Thunderstorm in Church
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day
The Beggar’s Bible
Eldest
The Summer of the Danes
Brother Cadfael's Penance
The Daisy Chain
Far from the Madding Crowd


Magyk


Inkheart
Lorna Doone
Agnes Grey
Mansfield Park
Blackthorn Winter
Susan Creek
Sarah Plain and Tall
Skylark
Caleb’s Story
In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
Story of the Amulet
Wuthering Heights


 


I think it is pretty obvious that I have a certain like for a certain type of book! LOL. What are your favorite fiction books?


 


Kate

Friday, November 18, 2005

Daughter Gifts

It is a great and marvelous blessing to have daughters. I know that not all of you have such gifts, but are blessed with sons. I have but one of them and find them just as marvelous, but for tonight I want to write about my lovely girls.


 


We went to visit some friends this evening for dinner - just me and the children as their father is gone. When we returned home all three of the younger children were put to bed and promptly fell asleep. I decided to redeem the time and oh, what a blessing to *me* it was.  


 


I fixed some special holiday tea in the pretty china Daddy gave me years ago, lit our spicy fall candle and even our indoor oil lantern, turned the lights down low and brought out The Basket of Flowers. Many of you know what a beautiful book this is, but we are only learning.


 


I am so blessed with my daughters; so truly blessed! I thank God for them! There are so few times that we have these precious moments that I resolve in my weak human frailty to make them happen more often. With God's hand upon our lives we will. I have spent a little more than an hour of lovely time with two budding young ladies and I am the better for it.


 


Tea and time and a good book - life's moments with my precious children. My daughters are God's gifts to *me.*


 


Warmly,


Kate

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I have been so busy this week

I have not been my regular "blog" self. (Whatever that means!)


 


I would like to ask that you pray for the safety of my husband over the weekend and my friends who will be meeting for business and some fun down-home Tennessee time. He is in the air as I write and all prayers to our Great Protector would be so very appreciated.


 


Oh, and Jo, if you want to come to CA for a visit - this would be a great weekend...


 


Kate


 

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Searching for that perfect gift?

This whole week I am doing a series on educational or just plain fun gifts on my "business blog." You can find the entries here. I just thought I would share for those of you in need of that "perfect" gift.


 


 Kate


 

OH, I loved it!

I am a very big Jane Austen fan and really enjoyed the BBC version, but this is nothing like that. They are so different that you really cannot compare them. This is a stunningly filmed movie with rich texture and a very real feel to it. Earthy in parts almost - and vividly portrays the reality of living then. It is not glammed up at all, but still gorgeous.


 


I was very surprised that I liked Keira Knightly as Elizabeth and Rosamund Pike, who plays Jane, was lovely and charming. Bingley and Mr. Collins were funny and perfect, and Charlotte was lovely and real. I thought all the acting choices from Darcy on down were superb. Darcy was wonderful! Three of the actors in this movie were also in one of my other very favorite period pieces, Wives and Daughters.


 


It is just a completely different film from the BBC - not better or worse, just very different. It is lovely for what it accomplishes on its own merit. The scenery made me ache – it was so lovely. The very real-life feel this movie had was much much more than I expected.


 


I will own this one right along with the BBC one and enjoy it just as much – perhaps even a little more! (But don't tell anyone I said that...) :+)


 


Oh, and I did "Dress Regency" - at least to the best of my 21st Century ability. Picture, hopefully, to be forthcoming. :+)


 


See it!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Tonight!

I am very excited. Tonight I am going with a dear friend of mine, who is going with dear friends of hers, to see the new Pride and Prejudice! They are dressing up for the event as they are coming from a dance. I am not sure if I will be the sore thumb, and stick out in my normal attire, or if I will make an effort to "Dress Regency." It is, as some of my readers know, a great favorite of mine.


 



 


In any event, I heartily look forward to this - even if I am not so sure what to think of some of the acting choices. I have an open mind though, and will tell you what I think after I see it.


 


One way or the other though, I expect to be excessively diverted!



Kate


 

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Beautiful Honest Post

Found HERE. You will be glad you spent the time.


 


Warmly,


Kate


 

A little plug...

A new blog is out there for those of you who like new homeschool products, or older favorite homeschool products, or interesting homeschool products! It is a new endeavor, by yours truly, to share a bit of her favorite people, companies, and products out there for your reading pleasure. OK, plug over!


 


Kate


 

I DON'T HAVE HYSTERIA

Susie Tucker wrote this at her psychologist's suggestion. He encouraged her to express her anger after she read the Pocono Record May 2, 1996 column by Bob Groff, "Protests Continue over Physicals at Lambert School, but Why?" The letter was provided by Mrs. Paul Tucker to Pamela Hobbs Hoffecker on May 24, 1996.


 


I DON'T HAVE HYSTERIA


How dare you call my family and I liars. The only liars in this situation are you and anyone else who believes you. My information is first hand information because I was there. Your information is second hand. If you were in that room, if you had to go through that torture, if you were so scared that you cried, your accusations would be against the nurses, doctor, and the school board. For your information, I would die before I would ever apologize; and answering your question why the protests continue, because I want justice, I want to stop the insomnia, the waking up at 2 a.m. and not being able to get back to sleep, I want to stop the nightmares, the feeling of being violated, I want to get my power back and most of all I want to give them my shame. So until you become a fragile, sixth grade girl and you have your rights taken away from you, you shouldn't accuse people of anything you know nothing about.






The real lesson of the East Stroudsburg genital exam incident
by Marshall Fritz


ON MARCH 19TH LAST YEAR, the day the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, 11-year-old Susie Tucker was asked by a school official to go the nurse's office. She was one of 59 sixth-grade girls at J.T. Lambert Intermediate School in East Stroudsburg, Penn., who were required that day to undergo a genital exam.


 


When asked to disrobe, Susie claims she told the school nurse that she wanted to call her mother to make sure it was OK. She claims she was denied access to a phone. The newspaper reports in the Pocono Record indicate that several of the girls cried and asked to leave, but that the exit was blocked and they were required to submit to an exam searching for genital warts and lesions. (The exam was performed by a female physician.)


(The rest of the story.)


 






Can you not understand why Mark and I hold our right to homeschool so fiercely? We happen to have an eleven year old daughter. I cannot imagine the suffering and pain it would inflict upon her. Where have we come in our nation when this is acceptable? May God forgive us for allowing such treatment of our weakest members and may He comfort the now young woman who endured it. 


Kate


 

Sunday, November 06, 2005

New Beginnings

"The thing life is fullest of is the thing we find hardest to believe in. New beginnings. The incredible gift of a fresh start. Every new year. Every new day. Every new life. What wonderful gifts! And when we spoil things, and life goes all wrong, we feel dismayed, because we find it so hard to see that we can start again. God lets us share it too, you know. Only God can give life, it's true - make a new baby or a new year - but he gives us the power to give each other a new beginning, to forgive each other and make a fresh start when things go wrong."


(From The Hawk and the Dove, Penelope Wilcock)


 


Thanks God for His new beginnings! I praise Him for my new heart and for friendships that do not die with hard ends, but are renewed.


Kate


 

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Striking Bible Gold Today

With all the theological chaff out there blowing in the wind, I find solid wheat in the posts of one of my favorite theological bloggers, Pyromaniac, yet again.


 


May his post, and his blog, make you think today!



Have you noticed how radically different the Bible's war plan is from the conventional wisdom of contemporary evangelicalism?


 


Nowadays we see book after book being published on ministry philosophy, church-growth strategy, and Christian leadership—virtually all urging church leaders to compromise, conform, accommodate, adapt, and adopt the language and thinking of the world. Youth Specialties and Zondervan (under Rupert Murdock's shrewd leadership) have built a major industry publishing how-to books that teach young pastors and youth leaders how to suit their style to the latest worldly trends.


 


I am frankly weary of all the self-styled experts who are telling pastors and church leaders today that unless they get with the times, tone down their message, adapt their methods to meet the worldly preferences of the current generation, accommodate their message to the postmodern dialectic, bone up on this or that academic fad, or otherwise adopt some fleshly strategy, the church will die or lose the battle for the souls of the next generation.


 


We've tried all those strategies for at least three or four generations now, and we're still losing ground. In our mad pursuit of "relevance," has anyone noticed that the church is becoming more and more irrelevant? All this accommodation to the culture is the very thing that makes the church culturally irrelevant.


 


We are supposed to be in this world but not of it, remember?


The rest of the article...

Heartbreaking!

Five children killed in SR-395 head-on collision
KREM 2 News Staff


 


SPOKANE - The Washington State Patrol has confirmed five people - all children - were killed in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon on Highway 395 north of Spokane.


 


The five children are all members of the Schrock family from Chewelah, Washington. They are 12 year old Carmen, ten year old Jana, eight year old Corina, five year old Jerrill and two year old Creig. The children's father, 38 year old Jeffrey Schrock, was transported to a hospital with life threatening injuies.


 


(More here.)


 


I cannot imagine waking up to this nightmare. May we all lift them up in prayer and may God's compassion, comfort, and love surround them during this terrible time.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

A Tiny Niece!

I would like to publicly welcome my sweet new baby niece, Laura Elizabeth to the world. My brother, Adam,  called on Sunday to tell us about her debut. She weighed in at eight pounds and twelve ounces! She is my first and only niece and I am tickled pink about her! Mama Wendy is doing well - we are so proud of you!!


 



 


It is a precious thing to have a new baby girl! Welcome, little Laura! You have a lot of love waiting for you at our house!

Monday, October 31, 2005

The Spark




Romans :16-18


For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."


On this Reformation Day, I want to remember a fire brand for God. On this day in history, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg. He started the fire that brought about our freedom from a corrupt church.


Martin Luther dealt the symbolic blow that began the Reformation when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. That document contained an attack on papal abuses and the sale of indulgences by church officials.

But Luther himself saw the Reformation as something far more important than a revolt against ecclesiastical abuses. He believed it was a fight for the gospel. Luther even stated that he would have happily yielded every point of dispute to the Pope, if only the Pope had affirmed the gospel.


And at the heart of the gospel, in Luther's estimation, was the doctrine of justification by faith--the teaching that Christ's own righteousness is imputed to those who believe, and on that ground alone, they are accepted by God. (Source.)


There is an amazing wealth of information out there for those of you interested in Martin Luther. Here is a site that has many of his selected works as well as many of his beautiful hymns.


I just finished watching the amazing Luther for the second time. There are men and women of history that move me in a way that is hard to describe. The courage and amazing faith God gave Luther - to stand up to the indescribable power of the church at that time. Well, there really are no adequate words for me. I am grateful that God chose him and used him in such a mighty way.

His hand was upon him so many different times. He even married a former nun, Katharina von Bora and they had a happy marriage and six children.

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;

Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:

For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;

His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not his equal.


Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;

Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:

Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;

Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,

And He must win the battle.


And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:

The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,

One little word shall fell him.


That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;

The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:

Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;

The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,

His kingdom is forever.

Martin Luther


God still uses Luther!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Spark


Romans :16-18


 


For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


 


For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." 


 








On this Reformation Day, I want to remember a fire brand for God. On this day in history, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg. He started the fire that brought about our freedom from a corrupt church.


 


 


Martin Luther dealt the symbolic blow that began the Reformation when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. That document contained an attack on papal abuses and the sale of indulgences by church officials.


 


But Luther himself saw the Reformation as something far more important than a revolt against ecclesiastical abuses. He believed it was a fight for the gospel. Luther even stated that he would have happily yielded every point of dispute to the Pope, if only the Pope had affirmed the gospel.


 


And at the heart of the gospel, in Luther's estimation, was the doctrine of justification by faith--the teaching that Christ's own righteousness is imputed to those who believe, and on that ground alone, they are accepted by God. (Source.)



There is an amazing wealth of information out there for those of you interested in Martin Luther. Here is a site that has many of his selected works as well as many of his beautiful hymns.


 


I just finished watching the amazing Luther for the second time. There are men and women of history that move me in a way that is hard to describe. The courage and amazing faith God gave Luther - to stand up to the indescribable power of the church at that time. Well, there really are no adequate words for me. I am grateful that God chose him and used him in such a mighty way.


 








 


His hand was upon him so many different times. He even married a former nun, Katharina von Bora and they had a happy marriage and six children.



 


A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.


 


Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.


 


And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.


 


That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.


Martin Luther


 


God still uses Luther!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Time Marches On

It is hard to believe that three years ago today I was celebrating the birth of our baby, Emma. Here she is in all her sweet little girlness:


 



 


It is her third birthday today and I don't know where the time went! Life is so fast and some days I forget that they are only little for so long. My oldest, Hannah, just turned 11 in September. Where did that time go?! I remember being pregnant with her and the wonder of this tiny precious thing that is now almost my height!


 



 


I find myself amazed that I am no longer in my early twenties, that I have five children, and that the oldest is on the brink of young womanhood!! I think someone else has been living my life some days.


 


I truly am blessed by my family; my children are my greatest gift and treasure. I know I am not worthy to be the parent to these children, but may God help me to be the kind of mother He wishes me to be. I need a lot of prayers on this one!


 


Warmly,


Kate


 

Friday, October 28, 2005

For His Service

Michelle Malkin honors a serviceman that the New York Times had the audacity to only partially quote. I suppose it suits their purposes, but cannot a man's final statements be quoted completely even in death? I highly recommend you read the rest of the story.


 


I want to honor Corporal Jeffrey B. Starr and thank him, and his grieving family, for his amazing selfless  service - he re-enlisted three times. He was more than a dedicated soldier, he believed in the beauty of freedom. He believed in his role there. May God keep his family and comfort them. He was 22.


 


Saturday, October 22, 2005

In response to...


Willena from Rambling Rose! I upped it five since I did this long ago on another blog. 


1. While on a TWO day trip to Paris I overslept and missed the Louvre.


2. On our first date, my husband and I hiked in the Redwood trees and picked up trash.


3. My first car was a tan colored Plymouth Champ, and I drove it over rocks and anywhere I could. It was amazing.


4. When in Ireland I hung upside down and kissed the Blarney Stone.


5. I had an underwater birth for my fourth baby. (The baby was underwater, not me.)


6. I was proposed to on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean near Half Moon Bay on a clear and gorgeous January day.


7. I went through the Hampton Court Maze in England, successfully!


8. I climbed to the top of a crumbling 1200's Anglo-Norman castle wall that is across from the ruins of Clonmacnois monastic community. (Castle up close.)


9. I was locked in a pitch black prison cell on Alcatraz Island.


10. I stood exactly at Longitude Zero, otherwise known as the Prime Meridian where the world's time starts.


And there you have it, Willena!





Don't forget to see my entry just below this - I would really like your feedback.


Warmly,


Kate

American Girl Controversy - What's your take?

Groups Threaten to Boycott American Girl



By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer
Fri Oct 14, 7:39 PM ET
 
NEW YORK - American Girl, manufacturer of a highly popular line of dolls and children's books, has become the target of conservative activists threatening a boycott unless the toy maker cuts off contributions to a youth organization that supports abortion rights and acceptance of lesbians.
 
The protest is directed at an ongoing American Girl campaign in which proceeds from sales of a special "I Can" wristband help support educational and empowerment programs of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit organization which describes its mission as "inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold."


 


The rest of the article here.


 


So what is your take on this? I would really like to know.


 


Warmly,


Kate


 


 


 


 

Voice of the Martyrs

I don't know if you have ever heard of this ministry, but they do powerful things for God's persecuted people in over 40 countries all over the world. There are times I have read their free newsletter and cried for the suffering of our brothers and sisters that goes on in almost every continent across our earth. We think we have come so far in today's society - that we have eliminated slavery and torture for one's faith. Far from it. Voice of the Martyrs is one of the few voices speaking up and providing help and comfort to the suffering. I encourage you to go there and sign up for their newsletter, and to pray with your children for those less fortunate.

Here is a sampling of some of their stories:

God's Most Beautiful People

Damare Garang - Sudan


Damare was captured by Islamic soldiers when his Sudanese village was attacked. Only 7 at the time, he was sold as a slave to a Muslim family. He became a camel boy even though he knew nothing about caring for them. His master enforced his learning with beatings. One day a camel got away. The master threatened to kill Damare for this mistake, but something restrained him. The next day when he found out that Damare had sneaked away to attend a Christian church in the village he became determined to punish this boy.


The master found a large board, several rusty spikes and a hammer and dragged Damare out to the edge of his compound. He forced Damare’s legs over the board and drove the long nails through his knees and feet. Then he turned and walked away, leaving the boy laying in the field screaming from pain.


A man passing that way heard Damare’s screams and sneaked into the compound and carried this boy to the local hospital where the nails and board were removed. A year-and-a-half later, Damare and the man who saved him were in a village that came under attack, and they were separated. After the defense forces managed to drive away the Islamic soldiers, Damare was left standing along. When the commander heard him speak, he realized that he was from the Dinka Tribe and took him back to their camp. After hearing his tragic story he tried to locate some of Damare’s relatives. When none could be found, the commander adopted the former camel boy and took him to his home.

Today Damare is 15 and lives in Mario Kong. He cannot run fast like the other boys, but he says he has forgiven the man who nailed his legs to the board. He knows that Jesus was nailed to a cross so all our sins could be forgiven. He asked the Christian children in America to remember to pray for the children of Sudan.


(VOM Newsletter, January 2004)


* Pray for Damare. He has forgiven the man who nailed him to the board but still bears the scars and handicaps resulting from the punishment.
* Pray for the leaders in this violent country that they may reach a just peace and end the civil war.
* Pray VOM’s projects into Sudan will be directed where God is leading.

House Church Pastor and Evangelist Arrested in Henan
October 4, 2005


China Aid Association

Midland, Texas (CAA, 10-4-2005)—Mr. Ma Shulei, a full time house church evangelist, was arrested in Mianchi County, Sanmenxia City, Henan Province, along with his 58-year-old father, Mr. Ma Yinzhou, who is a house church pastor.


September 26, 2005, Mr. Ma Shulei returned home from Yunnan Province to visit his father. Someone immediately reported this information to the police. When the police arrived, Mr. Ma Shulei was not at home. Therefore, the police arrested his father Pastor Ma Yinzhou, and forced him to reveal his son’s whereabouts. To save his father, Mr. Ma Shulei turned himself in October 2. However, his father was not released and both are now in police custody.


In 2002, Mr. Ma Shulei and his father were detained in Beijing for more than 40 days after a church leader’s meeting was raided by the police. Later they were put on probation and ordered to report to the police every five days. Instead of following the probation order, Mr. Ma Shulei went into Yunnan Province as a house church missionary. Mr. Ma Shulei graduated from a Chinese seminary in Myanmar in 2002.

“To hold the father in order to arrest the son is certainly a very harsh tactic to use against two innocent individuals.” said Bob Fu, “We urge the Chinese government to immediately release Pastor Ma and his son.”

VOM would like to encourage our readers to write a polite letter of protest on the behalf of Mr. Ma Shulei and Mr. Ma Yinzhou.


Embassy of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador
2300 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 328-2500
Fax: (202) 588-0032



I frequently feel helpless when it comes to our suffering brothers and sisters. At least there is something I can do - and God hears us when we pray for them. May He bless Voice of the Martyrs and keep His persecuted people in His perfect peace.


Warmly,

Kate