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Super Tuesday…

Feb
27

“Which candidate do you like? Who are you going to vote for? Where does this candidate stand on this subject or that subject…what about that candidate?”

Oklahoma’s primaries are on March 1st…just around the corner.
Politics is definitely one of the top conversations around here! If you are questioning whether or not to vote, here is a video explaining some reasons why this election
is so important.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to try and convince you who to vote for.
Even as a family we don’t all agree on the same candidate…but I do want to encourage you to pray and seek God on who HE wants you to vote for.

How do we know who we can trust, who is telling the truth?
Instead of starting by asking questions like, “Who can make America great again?” or “How are they going to solve illegal immigration…etc.?”
What if first, we asked, “What makes America great to begin with? Is there a candidate who is grounded morally? Who fears God? Who has the character of Christ?”

It is very clear that God’s standards for a leader aren’t stature or the most charisma, but godly character! Self-control, humility, gentleness…etc.

Our nation doesn’t just need fixed, it needs fixed morally, which begins with a personal relationship with Christ, then the family, and the Church. The president can’t fix the moral problem in our country but with that being said, as Christians, we have the opportunity to elect a man who will uphold Biblical standards. One who will protect and defend our nation’s structure/constitution, our Christian foundation. Someone who will not continue to cause our country to spiral away from God, so that as Christians we will still have the freedom to live out our faith. 

Don’t get me wrong, the other topics are important! Go look at the candidate’s past record, that tells a lot about them…but what good is it if we have
a president that will lower taxes or rebuild our military…etc. if we don’t
have the blessing of God?…if we as a nation don’t heed 2 Chronicles 7:14?
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
We don’t need a president who says he’ll do the right things, but someone who
seeks God first, then we can trust that God will lead him make the best decisions for our country.

Now, I told you I wasn’t going to try and convince you which candidate to vote for, but I will give you a link that describes concerns about Donald Trump.
Please take a couple minutes to read this!

Also, here is a link that shows some comparisons between candidates on
different topics. If you want more information on a certain candidate…
let us know and we’ll see if we can help you out.

So again, I encourage you to pray and seek God on who he wants you to vote for. Don’t vote for someone because everyone else is, think it through and ask Him.

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October Recap – Lot’s of fun memories!

Nov
03

No, it can’t be. October is gone. Done. Over. History. Wow!

Here’s a little glimpse into our lives during the month of pumpkins, chai tea, jackets, beginning of Thunder basketball season, hunting season… AKA October. 

This is Benjamin with a squirrel that he…I want to say accidentally hit with a rock…but he was trying to hit it, he just didn’t mean to hit her square on the nose and knock her senseless! But she did recover and continued to drive our dog crazy!

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Dad, Mom and Grandpa attended our cousin’s wedding.IMG_3094

Hunting season is looking good! Caleb has shot 2 deer and this is Benj’s first deer of the season! It was a doe…till he got up close to it then…oh…um…it has antlers! IMG_6938FullSizeRender

Lots of venison for the freezer!

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Maggie and Mom got to go to the last pre-season OKC Thunder game. It was a first for Maggie and I think it’s safe to say she LOVED it!

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Like last year, some of us drove to Arkansas for the annual craft shows there. But we didn’t just craft shop…we hit as many thrift stores as we could too! And boy did we find bargains! We were so happy Hannah and Evan got to come along for the fun.

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Maggie has been working part time at a daycare for the past 2 months and just loves her little kids! And yep, they like her just a little bit too!

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Our uncle had a “get together” at his house…We played lots of volleyball, rode 4-wheelers, roasted wieners, ate s’mores, held babies, played basketball, watched the OSU game…

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Some of us went to OKC for a Protect Life and Marriage rally. It was really good!

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And this little guy just continues to grow up so fast! If you get a chance, you’ve got to ask him his animal sounds! Especially a deer, frog, snake and monkey! :)

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Phil 2:13-15

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world…”

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Getting Involved

Feb
14

A week ago, we were privileged to participate in Home Educators’ Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol. A dedicated crowd of 2,600 homeschoolers showed up to be a presence to our legislators at the Capitol who had just began the first week of the legislative session.

Oklahoma State Capitol
Oklahoma is special. We are the only state who, ever since our Constitution was written over 100 years ago, has recognized that parents may teach their children at home by providing other means of education! There is a lot of freedom to home school in Oklahoma. That’s something we don’t take for granted and that we want to continue to uphold and fight for.

A Native American statue stands proudly on top of our capitol's dome.

I LOVE our country. The incredibly rich history of our nation never ceases to amaze me. Even just a simple trip to the state capitol and taking time to think about how all “this” came to be fills my heart with awe! There is just nothing like it. The freedom I live in every single day is HUGE.

Hundreds and hundreds of OK home educators! 
Finding a slot in the crowd to see was not easy with the floor and the two surrounding balconies filled. :) Governor Mary Fallin, who is very supportive of home schooling, gave a speech, as well as several other people, including…

Town Hall Meeting
…Meet Representative Josh Cockcroft! Josh is a home school graduate who we attended church with for many years. When he got elected at age 22 in 2010, he was the second youngest person to get elected in history of the House of Representatives (beat by another home school graduate who was elected the same year and is slightly younger than him).

Josh is a great example of the fruit of home schooling! It was thrilling to listen as he addressed everyone at the rally and so encouraging to see a young man willing to step out and do big, hard things for God in our country!


Meet TJ Schmidt, Oklahoma’s HSLDA’s attorney. HSLDA does an incredible job of helping protect our liberty to home school that is constantly being attacked and challenged.

After the inspiring rally, we met with our representative and senator – both of whom have eaten our homemade peach ice cream at the Stratford Peach Festival. :) Representative Hilliard and Senator Paddack are great at listening to constituents and representing us well.

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And if that wasn’t politically inspiring enough for one week, we had the unexpected opportunity a few days later to attend a rally for presidential candidate Rick Santorum!!

John-Clay, Charity, Carinna, and I walked into the hotel room with seating for 600 that was basically full, except for some back row seats and reserved seating. We were just about to claim the back row, when a lady gave us a red streamer to go get seats in the reserved section…on the sixth row from the front!! We weren’t about to turn that offer down. (That’s the second time we’ve gotten a really nice deal when four of us kids were together…hmmmm. Kinda like this.)

Partial Panoramic :) 
J-C ran over to the front corner of the room to take a quick panoramic picture of the full crowd that was there, when suddenly everyone started clapping and cheering, and Rick Santorum entered the room from that corner and stepped right in front of John-Clay! All the photographers began snapping away with a very shocked J-C in the background. *chuckle*
 
Rick Santorum
With a very enthusiastic audience of about 1,000 supporters, Rick gave a bold, timely speech to the issues facing our nation.


He is definitely not afraid to say what he believes, especially when it comes to his faith in God.

 
“If there are no rights that government needs to respect, then what we see with ObamaCare is just the beginning of what government will do to you.”

“The Constitution is there to do one thing: protect God-given rights. That’s what makes America different than every other country in the world.”
-Rick Santorum


Several of us managed to squeeze to the front to get his signature and shake his hand. :) Santorum went on to a rally of 4,000 people in Tulsa – the biggest crowd his campaign had had so far.

This is not an endorsement for Rick Santorum, by the way. There are still lots of issues we are weighing between candidates, but Rick Santorum’s value for faith and family as the key to our nation’s strength is something that we greatly appreciate! And since our family will have a total of 7 voters by November, these important issues are a daily topic of discussion for us. :)

This election is crucial to the future of our nation and our families and the world. Research, study, pray! We have a responsibility to protect our God-given freedom for the next generation – don’t take it lightly.

“You will never know how much it cost our present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” 
–John Quincy Adams

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