Thursday, May 27, 2010

The World According to John

Today John commented to me,
"It's a good thing this isn't the 1800's. They would never put up with all the squealing that goes on at our house. They were pretty strict."
We have had many 1800's discussions lately, since we are enjoying The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder as a read aloud. Although I think that in some areas we all are guilty of "chronological snobbery"-thinking that since the way we do something is newer, it must be superior, I am glad that I do not have to train my children to be "seen and not heard" for them to be socially acceptable. However, I must admit there are times, especially at the dinner table, when that rule sounds pretty good to me.....:)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Marriage and Family

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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The above referenced Issues, Etc. radio program (click on the Wednesday, May 12, 2010 link) is a refreshing change from the many "how-to" discussions on Christian marriage. What makes a Christian marriage is NOT the superior performance of the husband and wife, but the presence of Christ IN their marriage and Christ FOR them. If we are married, we are married to sinners. Our spouses are married to sinners. Christ graciously forgives us, and out of that forgiveness we forgive our spouses, and they forgive us. So we are able to say to our spouses through the good times and the bad, "I am not going anywhere." This is a rock solid love, for it is the love of God. We do not possess it, but the presence of Christ, which is also "not going anywhere", gives it to us. We Lutherans believe that we can always find the presence of Christ in the Word of God and the Sacraments.

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Spring Ball 2010

Last Friday, I went with a friend to a spring ball, which was organized by a Christian homeschool group. It was lots of fun, and I had a blast getting to wear a formal prom gown. The theme was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," from Wizard of Oz, so there were lots of rainbow/Oz themed decorations. It was a great evening. Here, I have posted some pictures of me in my dress. Mom did a great job on my hair! :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Issues, Etc. 24

I'm more than half-way done listening to these great Bible studies! If you are interested, go to the Issues, Etc. website, click on "Listen", then "On Demand", then choose one of the twelve featured studies.

The first two are taught by Stan's professors. Good stuff!