Archive for August, 2010

Caleb turns 20!


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Being goofy On the job site

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A musing

L oves the Lord

E fficient

B rave



Hey bro, sure glad you are a part of our family!! May your next year be full of unimaginable blessings from the Lord. Love ya!

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Building Character…One Story at a Time


“Many times the reading of a book has made the future of a man.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Having trouble finding captivating books that make a lasting difference in your life?

Look no further!

Lamplighter Publishing is a company that has proven to be a tremendous resource for our family! Their classic, hardbound books are packed full of riveting plots, endearing characters, and rich spiritual truths that will give you a renewed desire to follow Christ with all your heart.


Here are a few of our family’s favorites:

The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth

Unlike any story you’ve ever read, this book makes a great family read-aloud. But beware! It has been known to cause abnormal heart rates, loud exclamations of surprise, and very extended periods of reading. ;)

“Once you begin this novel, you will not be able to put it down! The Hidden Hand is strewn with mystery and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. You will find yourself laughing aloud at some of Capitola’s antics. But don’t let her feisty, mischievous character and Old Hurricane’s cantankerous personality derail you from seeing the gracious providence of an all-wise God. His hidden hand can be seen at work in the most difficult situations.”


Prisoners of the Sea by Florence M. Kingsley

We were sure that The Hidden Hand would forever be our absolute favorite, until we read this incredible story! Let’s just say they tie at the top of our list. :) The mystery keeps twisting and turning all the way up to the last chapter!

“This suspenseful, historical novel takes place during the period when France’s King Louis XIV renounces the Edict of Nantes and declares Protestantism illegal. Tolerance is a thing of the past, and we find a band of Huguenot refugees bravely facing one narrow escape after another. But the peril of the tumultuous seas is the least of their worries‚–little do they know what terrors lie ahead! Even through the kidnapping and endless corruption, they stand firm and confident in the providence of God. Prisoners of the Sea gives little relief from its unyielding tension and suspense, but the jaw-dropping revelation doesn’t come until the very last chapter!”


House of Love by Elizabeth Cheney

Although we didn’t read this one together, it was scarcely finished by one member of the family before it was picked up by the next! “You’ve gotta read this!” After following pure-hearted Doris through her unfolding life journey, I personally came away with a deeper love for my Shepherd and a new perspective of what it means to “dwell in the house of the Lord”.

“Aurelia Wilde is cruelly selfish and downright miserable—a victim of her mother’s desperate attempts to place her delicate “prized possession” on an unreachable pedestal. But her glory is only surface deep. Aurelia’s complaining spirit is a stark contrast to that of her servant-girl, Doris, who knows that in spite of life’s troubles, she will one day “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Her many talents and cheerful disposition cause her to be loved and appreciated, even by the notable residents of Waverly Manor. How jealousy swells within Aurelia’s vengeful mother! She’ll get even yet…”


And if you think that Lamplighter’s books must be wonderful…JUST WAIT until you hear the new Lamplighter Theatre radio dramas!!!

I am not exaggerating when I say that we cannot recommend these radio dramas enough. Not only have they been produced with very excellent quality, but each gripping drama is filled with dynamic role models and undeniable truths!

Go to to listen to some samples and get more information. Season 2 is currently being recorded and will begin in September. Each week, a new episode will be posted on the website where you can listen to it free for one week!


These resources from Lamplighter Publishing are a valuable investment that we hope you will consider for your family’s encouragement and spiritual growth!

P.S. By the way, Christmas is only 4 months away. ;)

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Photography Class


Last week Mom and I attended the World Photography Class led by Kerzdenn Kowalchuk. It was really amazing. It is well worth all the hard work! If you are looking to get into photography, Kerzdenn does an awesome job!!! Here are some of my pictures from the assignments…….

(click on the pictures for titles)

And this is the amazing group of photographers!!!

So, if anyone need some pictures taken, I’m looking for people to practice on. :D

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The Birthday Guy


John-ClayJ olly

O riginal

H umble

N ight owl

*hyphen* = Sesquipedalian :)

C amera man

L oyal to family

A dventurous

Y earns for the Lord

John-Clay John-Clay

Happy Birthday John-Clay! We love you, and are blessed by your love for your family, and for Jesus. May He continue to draw you closer and closer to Himself as you seek Him with ALL of your heart.

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Indy road trip


John-Clay and I had the totally fun opportunity to drive to the Indianapolis ATI conference together. Just the two of us. :) I worked with the COMMIT program for girls ages 12-15, and J-C worked in the video department. And we managed to squeeze in some really fun stops on the way there and back. :)

Here’s a quick overview of our trip:

We won’t say who took this picture…..and who was driving. ;)

We stopped and spent the night with the Burns’ family….fresh blueberry pie,  foosball (five people at a time), laughing, talking about making films, laughing, listening to soundtracks, J-C’s stories, LAUGHING, and not enough sleep. We had a grand time!! :)

Caitlin (my friend on the COMMIT staff team) joined us for Chinese buffet – a family tradition right before  a conference.

One of my jobs with COMMIT is to organize the electives held each morning. These activity groups have always been a favorite of mine, so I really enjoy being able to coordinate them for the girls! Two of the favorites this year were fixing hair and making cards.

Throughout the week, we spoke about overcoming fear, becoming best friends with your siblings, knowing God’s love, how to hear God’s voice, and much more. The Lord really did a mighty work in many of the girls’ hearts. His truth is so life-changing! And being a part of that work is amazing.

Afterward, we got to tour a much anticipated highlight of the trip – the  Creation Museum!! If you ever get the opportunity to visit this fascinating place, DO IT! You will be tremendously blessed.

Dinosaurs are everywhere!!!

This was a time line of all the ways men have tried to destroy God’s Word since the beginning of the world.

Guess what. It’s  still here, and it’s still true! :)

Martin Luther, posting his 95 theses. Everything in the museum was done with excellent quality, including all of the life-size wax figures.

One of my personal favorites was the models of the Ark. They gave me a whole new perspective on this verse –

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7

I want to ride one of those someday. :)

Life Death, after sin entered the world. The best part of the museum was the “Last Adam” video that was played at the end of the tour. I won’t even try to describe it to you. You’ll have to see it for yourself. :)

These were the wonderful people that took us through the museum, and then they treated us to Skyline chili – yum! Thanks, Henlines!

Wow, lots of good memories made with my incredible brother! Love ya, J-C.

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