Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Star of Bethlehem

Sunday was the first week of advent so we had planned to talk about the wisemen. Our Pastor trumped us though and showed a clip of the video, "The Star of Bethlehem". I was so amazed at the information presented I leaned over to my patient husband and asked him if we could get it that afternoon. We watched it later that evening and were amazed at the possibilities. I understand that this video isn't the Bible so I won't take as fact but it was awe inspiring. If you want an amazing experience and a great conversation starter with your children you might want to check it out. For further information you can check out the website at

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Merry Christmas 2007

Dear Family and Friends,

This year we're trying something a little different. We're sending out Christmas Cards without the traditional letter and directing people here to do our part in "being green".

We've had a great year! Here's an update from each of the family members:

Dawn - I'm still busy with homeschooling the kids, which I enjoy more and more as the kids get older and we start talking and learning about really interesting things like the science of creation or the effect of Christianity in Rome or the foundations and beliefs of the United States. It's great fun! This year was extra chaotic as I directed our church's summer VBS program, hosted my Grandma's 80th Birthday and am currently co-directing the Christmas play. The word 'No' is still a concept beyond me. Scott and I did manage to spend some quality time in NYC for our 11th anniversary where my wonderful husband took me to "Mary Poppins" and "The Lion King" on Broadway. I loved every second of it and then and there determined to bring the kids to "The Little Mermaid" which was being held in Denver for pre-Broadway shows in August. We had a magical time. Oh, and we went back to Disneyland with our adopted family Mo and Alex Gulas in September. I know, it's an addiction but one not likely to end any time soon. Overall, God is good everyday and has blessed us with a fabulous year!

Scott - I'm now in my 3rd year as a consultant, and I've spoken at 3 conferences and have a technical book out with an interested publisher! I've been fortunate to only work with one major client this year, and that work has taken me to New York City, San Francisco and Oxford, England! Oxford was a particular treat, since I took a little extra time (on Mother's Day nonetheless, which Dawn continues to point out...) to go on the C.S. Lewis tour and experience this incredible city! Dawn and I have been able to travel quite a bit together this year, including New York City, San Diego (twice), and our favorite: Disneyland! It was great to spend the day with Brandon and getting to meet Carina! We also got to see the Red Bull Air Races in San Diego on that trip (very cool!). I was also blessed to take Collin to a Broncos game, and Connor to Game 3 of the World Series! Caileigh and I have a special engagement in December, too. This year, I also took the MSF safety course and now have my motorcycle endorsement, and am saving patiently for a good commuter bike. Life continues to be busy, but fun, and blessed with good family (including a new nephew, Garrin!) and friends.

Connor - I am 9 years old and in 5th grade, and learning Spanish, Latin and started a new math program from Singapore (Singapore Math). In June I went to a Bible camp by myself for the first time, called Maranatha. I went with my best friend, Austin. I played basketball last January, and I learned about a new programming language called Scratch! I continue to learn piano and compose my own songs, too! I really liked going on California Screamin' at Disneyland and getting soaked at Sea World. I got to meet Dusty Baker at the World Series, which was AWESOME!

Caileigh - I am 6 years old and in 2nd grade. I have a really fun math and I like to do art the most. I had swim lessons and went to Soccer Camp this summer, which I really loved. The new Nemo ride at Disneyland was really fun. I liked the roller coasters too. I also went to Sea World and saw the dolphins which I really liked. I got to talk to a dolphin trainer, too. I had a great time seeing Little Mermaid before it went to Broadway! I really studied hard and got a really big part in the Christmas Play; the character's name is Holly. Merry Christmas!

Collin - I am 6 years old and in 2nd grade. This year I went to Disneyland and my favorite was getting Miss Mo on Tower of Terror, since I had to go on Pirates (I was scared and didn't like it)! I went to Soccer Camp with coach Poncho and I loved it. I've been in soccer for a long time. I also went to Grammy's house with my favorite cousin, Jadin. I also went to the Children's Museum with my friends Carly and DiDi. I loved going to a Broadway show, too. It was very special and I didn't have to wear a tuxedo! I went to the Broncos game and had Dippin Dots (yum)!

We hope you enjoy this special time of year as we celebrate the birth of God's son! Merry Christmas!

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Monday, November 05, 2007

What are we buying?

Recently Connor and I had a school assignment to sit down and watch T.V. together. Not a usual occurence and got a "really?" from Connor in response. Our assignment was to note the commercials and try to figure out what they were really selling us. Just a car? No, the thought that if we bought a certain car we would no longer be invisible and would stand out in a crowd. If we bought and drank a certain drink we would be as talented and famous as a celebrity. What they are selling is a worldview. We see it everyday on t.v. in magazines, billboards and on the radio. We can't get away from it but we are called to be discerning. One of my favorite verses 2 Cor 10:5 says "
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
. Connor and I had a great discussion on worldviews and taking every thought and making the captive to Christ by applying the light of the Bible to these commercials. What does the Bible say about what makes us worthy? Do we need things to make us happy?

It was a great time with my eldest. I might watch more t.v. with him in the future to help develop our skills in determining world views.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Skip Counting

This school year we changed Math curriculum to Singapore Math after much research and thought. They all have done very well although Connor and I have had to get used to some new thought processes. The twins have done very well and have enjoyed the way Singapore introduces topics. Recently, they started learning skip counting as a pre-requisite to multiplication and division. This week they started multiplication and division and I have to say that skip counting has made the transition flawlessly.

If you are not familiar with skip counting, basically it's counting by 2's, 3's,4,'s etc. through the 12's. For instance, 4,8,12,16,20,24,28,32,36,40.

I taught these to the twins using m&m's. I first placed two m&m's per group for ten groups and then we counted them together. Once they memorized the 2's we moved onto the group (oh and ate the well deserved m&m's - for 2's they received 2, 3's they received 3 etc.) This made a very easy transition into multiplication, as 2 groups of 2 is 4 (or 2,2's) or 5 groups of 5 is 25. Division was a similar transition, if we had 15 m&m's and we all wanted an equal share how many would we each get? Once they divided the m&m's and ate their share, the concept of division was a breeze.

I wish I had taught Connor this way. It would have made these concepts much easier, I think he wishes I would have taught him this way as well! He would have had many more m&m's.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

In the Beginning

School is almost here, so it's time for that annual event, dig out ( I mean clean) the classroom. I'm pretty sure I had cleaned it at the end of the school year but 2 boxes and 3 trash bags later, I came to the the realization that the classroom breeds trash. It does, I promise. While cleaning and rearranging the classroom I put up a really cool Bible timeline with the MFW timeline that the kids had done the previous year. I didn't measure (of course) so I had more room at the beginning than I had at the end. I studied the problem, and being as I am naturally lazy, I didn't want to take it down again, I decided to add a verse ( oh so spiritual of me, I know). I decided to use John 1:1-3 which says, " In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." It reminded me of the discussions that we have been having regarding creation but here is the crux of the matter - "through Him all thing were made, without Him nothing was made that has been made". Through Him, the Word, Jesus Christ.

As a last fling of the summer we went to Rocky Mtn National Park and camped for the weekend, I read this verse to the kids while sitting out side, eating breakfast with a view that firmly convinces me that it wasn't made by chance, it was designed. Caileigh says it best, "Mommy, isn't God a great artist?" Yes, Caileigh, God is an amazing artist.


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Missing the point?

Wow! I am amazed at the responses I have received from my previous postings. I appreciate all the comments even when the viewpoint differs from my own. While I think that creationism is an important, worthy and stirring debate ( and I enjoy a good debate as long as everyone still remembers the golden rule), I find it interesting that none of the comments have spoken to my original point. Why are children leaving the church in droves? What are we teaching our children? Or are we so concerned with our viewpoints that we are missing opportunities to train our children? Are we sending our children to schools that are inundated with secular humanism and then failing to train them at home? Are we sharing our worldview and how to tell the difference between the warring worldviews? There is a battle going on and we will lose the children if we are not pro-active in our training.

Just this morning, I had the opportunity to talk with my children about a pre-school cartoon's casual use of the theory of evolution as a fact. I still maintain that we need to teach our children that God can do what He says He can do and we need to be very careful to teach our children that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that the Bible's authority reigns supreme over what man says, every time. If this offends some, I am sorry for the offense but not the belief behind them. If God is big enough to forgive me for my sins then He is big enough to create the world (pre-fall) without death and destruction as evolution maintains.

I want to see us raise a Godly generation of children ready and able to bring glory to God and to be tools that God can use to bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, our debate could rage on but really, what's the point if our children go to hell?


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Raising Godly Adults part II

I recieved this comment from a reader and I wanted to share the discussion with you. Please note that while we disagree, I appreciate that he is willing to comment! My reply follows, what do you think? What's your worldview?

Erm, if Ken Ham quotes such a high percentage of children turning away from the faith of their parents, then perhaps this is because of the tin-foil-hat wearing variety of Christian faith that Mr Ham espouses.

I see a direct correlation between well meaning but scientifically ignorant parents who teach their children that dinosaurs were on Noah's Ark, and teach this 'fact' as a bolster for their Christian faith (precisely the purpose of the Creation museum Ham has opened), and children who then go on to examine these beliefs intelligently and critically and conclude that, since a belief in dinosaur/human cohabitation is the worst kind of benighted nonsense, that maybe what their parents said about God aint too convincing either.

This correlation should be as obvious as anything. I work at a Christian School and am raising my own four year old boy to be a strong Christian. We reject young earth creationism outright as scientifically, factually wrong, and therefore, poisonous to Christian faith if served alongside the Gospel. Perhaps, one day you will see this and your kids will thank you for it.

Besides, Ham is an egomaniacal bully who has fraudulently ripped off a sister Creation ministry in Australia, now the subject of legal action that has Ham angrily hanging up on Christian publication journalists who dare to ask him about it: read some more at


You are wrong to give Ham any credence or respect.


I appreciate you commenting on the blog. I think it's great that you are being pro-active in teaching your son your beliefs. It is what I am trying to encourage, that parents are pro-active rather than reactive in training their children.

Mr. Ham was not the only speaker who commented on that statistic and I think we can all observe in our churches and in families we know, that many young adults are leaving their Godly heritage. I do think that in fighting between Christians only damages our young people further instead of teaching them to learn to agree to disagree.

On the belief that God didn't create the world in 6, 24 hours days, I will respectfully disagree. I believe in a young earth. God was the only one there when the world began so I will have faith that it was done in the way in which He said it happened. Hebrews 11:3 says " By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command so that what was seen was not made out of what was visible." and Heb 11:6 " And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." I personally want to fall on the side of faith that God is omnipotent and all powerful and the creator of all things. from your comments, I think that you are saying that you believe God created the earth but not in 6 days and that evolution may have been a part of that process. I know this is a very popular belief amongst Christians (some of my own friends believe this as well) and I respectfully disagree. I think that dinosaurs did co-habit with people and that God created them on Day 6 and I believe that when Job 41 talks about a Leviathan it's a dinosaur. I think it comes down to your worldview. How you see the world and your beliefs about it. My worldview comes from the Bible first and foremost and I pray that's my children as well. It's not what I say or what experts or scientists say that matter to them, it's God's word that counts. Everything must go back to what God says on the matter. I hope my kids will even question my words and hold them against the word of God to form their worldview.

For more information on worldview and how it seeps into our belief system you can check out the and Summit Ministries at

Thanks again for the comment and discussion. I appreciate it and I pray we both continue to seek God in all these matters.


Monday, July 30, 2007

Raising Godly Adults

At the home-school convention, I heard a staggering statistic. Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis said that 9 out 10 children raised in the church turn away from the faith of the parents. I was floored and what's more I was concerned for my own children, I immediately started praying, "O Father, not mine, please God let my children love you and never stray from you. Let them be that 1 %." Then I started thinking about the children that I know and love outside of my own and I became really concerned. I don't want those children to stray away from the love and safety of Abba Father, either. Throughout the summer and while Directing VBS (which is why I haven't written in so long) the thought keeps coming, "Why? Why are the young adults turning away in droves?" After much prayer and during several Bible studies, ( don't you love when God answers your prayers from many different sources - I love that!) here are a few of my feeble conclusions, I hope they get you to thinking as well.

1. The power of God - we have watered down the power of God. I have been participating in Beth Moore's study " Believing God" and I think she's onto something! We have let evolution and modern science convince us that God can't do what He says He can! If He can't create the world in 6 days with a word then how can we believe that Jesus is the son of God and has the power to cleanse us from our sin and raise from the dead? If God can't do what He says He can then what's the point? We have to give our kids the blessing of belief in an all knowing, all powerful God whose word is infallible and can change their lives! Nothing is too big for an all powerful creator! He created us and so He can save us from what we need saving from! Hebrews 11:3 says "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible." We have to believe this by faith and Heb 11:6 says that we cannot please God with out this faith.

2. Is God everything to us? Does the love of God permeate our everyday lives? Duet 6 says to speak about God to our children in when we raise up and lie down and when we are walking on the road. In other words, we are to instruct our children in the ways of God all day long but to do that we must have Him present in our lives all day long. He must be an integral part of everything we do so that our children can't imagine life without him. Matt 22:37-40 tells us to "YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'38"This is the great and foremost commandment. 39"The second is like it, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' 40"On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

3. Bible Memorization - Psalm 119:11 says "I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you. " We must encourage them to hide the word of God in their hearts. Even 2 and 3 years olds can do this! Start with Gen 1:1 and start early to instill a Biblical Worldview. Check out the CD's Seeds of Faith, Seeds of Courage and Seeds of Worship - an easy way to memorize verse while singing in the car!

4. Pray, pray , pray! Pray for our children - those that are in your home and in your church and family! We must ASK!

5. Get involved! I saw this in a dramatic way during VBS. I was able to talk and discuss the love of God and his greatness with children that I never would have been able to otherwise. If we don't pass on a Godly heritage to those around us who will? I don't want to face God with just my own children but with a crowd of children.

Maybe you have some other ideas? I'd love to hear them!


Thursday, May 03, 2007


At my house lately, we've had some issues. Issues with disobedience, issues with respectful tones of voices and issues with treating each other with kindness. I don't like having issues, they make me grumpy. After being grumpy for several days, I realized that I hadn't gone over my expectations of the kids in a while. So, the kids and I sat down and talked over the problem. Each child picked out a proverbs that they needed to work on and wrote it down and decorated the page to place on the frig as a reminder. As the kids wrote their Proverbs down, I sat and made a list of my expectations and the consequences - both good and bad. I believe that a list of expectations for my kids needs to be biblically based. I then went over the expectations with the kids and what they should expect if they should meet these expectations (rewards, praise, extra privileges and what they should expect if they don't meet those expectations (corporal discipline, the chore jar, loss of privileges). We all now have a firmer grasp on the expectations we have for our home and we are slowly beginning to have less issues. I am less grumpy, the kids know clearly how they are to act and I have a plan to follow for discipline. I like having discipline plans, they seem to cause less stress in times of conflict.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A Curious Girl

My three children recently spent a week with their Grandparents, something they love to do. Grammy and Papa are wonderful and they always are up for a new adventure and have lots of fun, interesting activities planned. You never know what might happen if you spend a week at Grammy's. However, the following activity was thought up by the one and only Caileigh.

I was unpacking Caileigh suitcase and while separating her clothes, I found an egg. Yes, I said an egg. I called Caileigh to me and I asked her, "What's this, Caileigh?".

"It's an egg, Mommy." she blandly stated.

"Why do you have an egg in your suitcase?" I calmly asked.

"I was curious." she replied.

"Curious about what"

" I was wondering if I put the egg in a warm, dark spot if it would hatch a chick. I had an hypothesis and I wanted to see the result." she informed me. ( My friend, Mo, says it's my own fault since I have a five year old who can properly use the word, 'hypothesis'.)

"Well, the egg didn't hatch because it needs a Mom and Dad to have it become a chick." I explained. "Where did you get the egg, Caileigh?" I queried.

"From Grammy's refigerator." she quietly said while she began to look downward and place her hands behind her back.

"Does Grammy know you took an egg?" it's a fair question, Grammy is very curious too.

"No." Caileigh said.

"What's that called?" I prodded.

"Stealing." she sheepishly replied.

"What's that called by God?" I further prodded.

"A sin."

"What do you need to do to make it right?"

"Say sorry and pay for the egg."

So Caileigh and I talked about making restitution with Grammy and Papa and how it's okay to be curious and do experiments but that we might need to talk to the grownups to make sure it's okay. I struggle with not laughing at times like these because I found the whole thing hilarious. I might not have found it quite so funny if the egg had broken but it didn't. I can't wait to tell this story to potential suitors someday. It'll be great fun!


Saturday, February 03, 2007

Snow, Snow, Snow

I like snow, I really do. I have always liked snow. I like great big blizzards where you must stay inside, drink hot chocolate and watch movies or play games all day. (Well, being home-schooled you still have to do school, then play the rest of the day.) I like watching the snow fall gently from the sky. I like building snow men with my kids. I like snow ball fights. I like sledding and tubing in the snow. I like skiing (if I was allowed to go). I like snow, and I like lots of snow but after 6 weeks of snow, I am about done, but here is a quick idea for a bible moment with your kids.

For those of you who still have snow at your house like I do at mine, you might want to take a moment to look at a snowflake . Place several pieces of black paper in the freezer for a couple of minutes while you gather the kids, a magnifying glass and a Bible.

Scoop up a handful of snow (or if it's currently snowing catch them on the paper)and place the snowflakes gently on the paper. Have your children look at the snowflakes with the magnifying glass. After a moment or two have the children comment on the flakes. Are they alike? How many points do they have (they should have six)? Watch them as they melt and note that they are frozen water. Guide them to see that each flake is unique. God created each of them to be different and unique. In all the millions of snowflakes, they are all different. God made us unique as well. He made each of us to be special and unique, and He has known us from the time we were in our mothers' womb. Read Psalm 139:13-16

Psalm 139
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

God has a special plan for our children and He made each of us unique so that we may fulfill that plan, just as He made snowflakes unique.

Take the snow as an opportunity to remind your children that they are precious to God and to you!


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Obedience is Our Foundation

I recently took a Discipleship class in which I needed to write a three point devotional on Luke 6:46 - 49 which says, "46"
Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? 47I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

I used the devotion with my kids and it worked well so I thought I'd share with you (if it had failed, I would have kept it to myself!)

Items needed - sink or tub, water, legos or building blocks and clay

1. Our foundation is obedience.

Plug a tub or sink and fill with a small amount of water and ask, "Imagine this is an ocean. Would it be wise to build a house here?" Build a small house out of legos and place it in the water. "Is this a safe place to live?"> (Noooo) Read Luke 6:46-49. "Jesus says our obedience is like a foundation of rock."

2. Each time we obey we build our foundation stronger.

Take the house our of the water. Have the kids make small balls out of the clay. Start building a foundation of clay in the water and Say, "Each time we obey, we build a stronger foundation."Have the kids name things that would be obedience , like coming right away, cleaning their room, talking in a respectful tone.... and continue to build the foundation out of the water. Once the clay is out of the water ask, "Now would the house be safe out of the water?" Place the house on the foundation and simulate a storm in the water. "The house is still safe because it is built on a foundation of obedience to Christ. Every time you obey Mom and Dad, you are really obeying Jesus. Jesus always needs to be put first, and obeying Him is the best way to do that."

3. Disobedience brings calamity

"Each time we disobey it takes a chunk out of our foundation." Have the kids name times that they are disobedient and take chunks out of the clay until the house falls in the water. "Without a foundation of Obedience to Jesus we fall just like the house." Read Luke 6:46-49 again ans stress to the kids that without Jesus we can have no foundation.

This worked as a great visual with my kids, I hope it does for yours as well. Let me know! Have a Happy New Year!