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quick pics December 31, 2008

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here are a few pictures from the holidays… i didn’t have my camera handy on Christmas morning…so these are from my cell phone…ahhh technology…

Abbie and I made Kinsey a bed for Christmas – we took a towel, and sewed up the edges and bought a pillow, unstuffed it and stuffed the towel/bed.  She loves it!!


Abbie also recently decided to cut her hair again!! Shorter yet…so here is the latest on that..I hope to have some group shots soon..


I also added one of the was just lovely..if I do say so myself.. almost hate to take it down tomorrow..

 I’ll write again NEXT YEAR!!!!


Happy New Year, everyone


something borrowed, something blue, something old…. December 29, 2008

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Borrowed this from Pastor Austin Gardner’s blog

hope he doesn’t mind!! =)




Don’t hurt yourself to spite your parents!

This devotional is for our teens and singles. I am not sure you understand the word spite in the title so I thought that I would give you a definition. It just might be a word from the old days and we old people.

They used to say when I was a kid-don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. What in the world! I will give you the definition and then leave the rest to your imagination.

According to Websters the word spite means petty ill will or hatred with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart. As synonyms we see malice — in spite of : in defiance or contempt of : without being prevented by

Now the verse that I want you to consider is:

Genesis 28:8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

Esau and Jacob are marrying age. Jacob receives instruction from his parents about who to marry and who not to marry.

Esau is angry with his parents and so he intentionally goes and marries someone that he knows will hurt and displease his parents. I guess he feels like he is vindicated and has taken vengeance on his parents that way.

But what a foolish move. He hurts himself in order to hurt his parents! That is he hurts himself to spite his parents. Some of you may be considering doing that! How foolish could you be.

Your parents have your best interest at heart. God puts them in your life to give you good counsel. You have others that would give you good counsel.

Don’t marry someone to hurt someone else. That is a consequence that you will live with for a long time. You may think that you are hurting your parents when in reality you are hurting yourself even more.

How many suffer for many years in a bad marriage or divorce because in their youthful immaturity they wanted to rebel. Think it through. Why hurt yourself more than even the people you think you are striking out at!

I love you guys and want God to work in your lives. Please realize that after salvation this is the biggest decision that you will ever make.

Get counsel!


what is christmas? December 24, 2008

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The best explanation I ever heard was the one Linus gave to Charlie Brown…


And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 

And the angel said unto them, 

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

   LUKE 2:8-14

what does Christmas mean to you??????????


meaning behind the song..interesting… December 23, 2008

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the 12 days of Christmas……

In 16th Century England, it was a crime to be a Catholic. Catholics were forbidden to practice their faith publicly and privately. Throughout history, when Catholics were persecuted they found little traditions to practice their faith and to recognize other Catholics. Thus came along “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to help young Catholics remember the tenets of their faith without getting caught.

The twelve days of Christmas represent the days after Christmas until Epiphany (December 26-January 6). Epiphany is the day the wise men went to Baby Jesus bearing gifts. In some cultures this is called the Day of the Kings or Three Kings Day. In many cultures, gifts are given this day or all twelve days rather than Christmas Day.

The “True Love” refers to God. The “Me” that receives the gifts refers to every baptized individual. Each of the gifts have a special reference as well.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree – Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ’s sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . .” (Luke 13:34)

Two Turtle Doves – The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God’s self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.

Three French Hens – The Three Theological Virtues: 1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Four Calling Birds – The Four Gospels: 1) Matthew, 2) Mark, 3) Luke, and 4) John, which proclaim the Good News of God’s reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ.

Five Golden Rings – The first Five Books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch: 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity’s sinful failure and God’s response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

Six Geese A-laying – The six days of creation that confesses God as Creator and Sustainer of the world (Genesis 1).

Seven Swans A-swimming – The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: 1) prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, and 7) compassion (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

Eight Maids A-milking – The eight Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. (Matthew 5:3-10)

Nine Ladies Dancing – The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit: 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness, 6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

Ten Lords A-Leaping – The ten commandments: 1) You shall have no other gods before me; 2) Do not make an idol; 3) Do not take God’s name in vain; 4) Remember the Sabbath Day; 5) Honor your father and mother; 6) Do not murder; 7) Do not commit adultery; 8) Do not steal; 9) Do not bear false witness; 10) Do not covet. (Exodus 20:1-17)

Eleven Pipers Piping – The eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.

Twelve Drummers Drumming – The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy catholic Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.

There is some controversy over the actual history of this song. Although, church historians have declared this account basically accurate. Some people say it originated in a children’s book as a memory game. Some say it came from France many years before.

So know you know the rest of the story..


This was copied from another web site, I just enjoyed the history of it, and the disclaimer:  

allbeliefslisted abovedonotnecessarilyreflectallthoseofmyown- said very fast and in a deep commercially voice


Xerox – Let’s Say Thanks December 16, 2008

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support our troops!!

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IDENTITY THEFT December 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Corey @ 4:36 pm

i stole this off of Christa Taylor’s blog – really something to think about….

Be A Chef

If I cook great dishes, make them into literal works of art as I work them up in a commercial kitchen, and serve them to people I’ve never met, or will ever meet again, I am called a chef, an artist!

But, if I cook those same dishes for the ones I love most and I nourish my family in the realm of my fathers home, it is said that I am wasting my talent.

Be a CPA

If I go to school for years, become a CPA, and manage books for other people that I have absolutely no ties with; I’m a career woman, I’m independent, I am a woman of the twenty first century!!!!

But if I, after years of studying, keep my dad’s books, I am then wasting MY life, all that training down the drain!

Be a Childcare Professional

If I take care of a other people’s children, I become their nanny, I am then a childcare professional, I am valuable and important!!!

But, if I take care of and nurture children GOD gives me, then I am old-fashion. I am repressed by a sexist society of dominate males! I am told I am wasting my life!

Be a Cleaning Professional

If I care for rooms, homes or offices that belongs to strangers; I’m a housekeeper, a cleaning professional.

But, if I remove dust bunnies out of my own home and make it clean and orderly for my family; It is thought that I am a house wife and am wasting my life with coupons and soap operas! (who has time for soap operas???)

What is the difference between the examples above? Why is nanny-hood OK, but motherhood frowned upon? Why is professional respected and domestic criticized? Why is going through a secular college an assumed event in every high school graduate’s life, but simply learning at home and continuing education in many mediums highly disregarded?

Ironic isn’t it?


It is our duty and delight to shine forth as examples of true-womanhood in action. Many of you are exemplary women who have utilized societies tools (college, career etc) to great advantage without being taken advantage of, or losing your foundation.

Any stories you care to share?


thought of the day….

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‘Not called!’ did you say?
‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say.
Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army



think of this the next time you pass a bell ringer, the intention was not to feed the belly, but to rescue the soul….