Monthly Archives: April 2009

April Shower of Pictures

Finally! That new chip Keith got for our camera holds so many pictures, I have no motivation to clear it & get all these pictures on Flickr so you can see them. The wait is over. Since April is winding down, thought I’d put all this month’s pictures on at once. There are five new pages (89 new photos in all) on Flickr now. I’m still learning how to compress them best, so forgive the perhaps too small or grainy ones. Next time, I won’t compress so much for Flickr, but the first time or two are experimenting with how small to make them so they don’t hog up all the space for the month. I could’ve redone them, but hey, let’s not get crazy!! Again, here’s an incentive shot to keep you flipping through to all the new ones & not just the first page…

Easter morning, 2009. See what you’ll miss if you don’t go to Flickr & scroll down? Click on the above picture to take the magic portal straight to them.dd;ve

Forget Going Green, I’m All About the Orange

If I had a magic wand that would work out all the minor details for me (like provide the $500 plus bucks it would take, set up the frequent flier ticket, watch my children for me, etc.), I would LOVE to be at the Orange Conference in Atlanta next week. First hearing about this 252Basics thing from a blogger friend of mine a few years back, I have been intrigued by reThink ever since. It’s expensive, but I enjoy tooling around their site & “picking their brain” for ideas. I think this is their second year of conferencing & some of the breakout sessions sound awesome.

Here’s a sample of one of the sessions synopsis:

“How to Awaken Spiritual Parenting in Today’s Families – Parents are being awakened to their God-Given roles to be the spiritual nurturers of their children. But most parents feel inferior and ill-equipped for such a role. How does the church effectively come alongside their parents and both inspire and equip them to spiritually guide and grow their children, instead of merely taking on this role directly.”

It’s neat to see a curriculum produce some of the things we are trying to do in our family & what we feel very strongly about: family worship, sharing your faith in a real way, strengthening families to raise godly children, trying to help them see that as their role & not the church’s, etc. The church is here to encourage, support, equip, not take over the spiritual responsibility of church-goers’ kids. Here are a few quotes that especially excite me…
“…equipping parents with kids at every age level to become the primary spiritual leader for their kids – to partner with them so that the one hour the church has with kids each week is multiplied at home.”
“…creating opportunities for families to invite their neighbors to a relevant and engaging environment at your church – to see what happens to their own faith when they begin investing in those around them.”



Orange-ology: Is the belief that two combined influences will make a greater impact than just two influences.

RED = Church YELLOW= Parents


RED + YELLOW = Orange-ology!

Orange is a color that symbolizes INTEGRATION and CHANGE. When you take the two traditional colors of red & yellow, blend them together & you have a whole new color, symbolizing what happens when you merge the church & family. It kicks it up to a whole new level when those two work together. *YES!!* “Every innovative idea and creative program will ultimately grow old. Styles and methods need to change more frequently than we are willing to allow. That’s because the idea of change makes comfortable Christian leaders nervous, and it keeps the Church lagging behind culture. As a result, we give a generation the perception that the Church and maybe even God are irrelevant.” Another *YES!*

Anyone have a magic wand I could borrow next week? Can’t seem to find mine. I wonder if they put their stuff on youtube or something for those who can’t attend the conference? I’ll look into that one of these days coming up & let you know if I find it.

Chilling Winds of Change


The change America voted in sure is coming fast & furious. Check out these two articles Keith showed me this afternoon…
Hate crimes bill – Due to be rushed through by the end of the week.
Answer cost her the crown? – One thing I know, it wasn’t her looks that kept her from it.

If things keep on, pastors could be imprisoned within months for preaching on Romans 1. It’s hard for me to believe this bill could really pass, but then again, I never thought America would vote in a socialist who bows to a Saudi king & has all “religious symbols” removed from a school’s wall before he speaks. It was the letters IHS for crying out loud! I don’t think Gorbachev would’ve done that. Maybe Stalin. Is that where we are now? Amazing. Just amazing.


Loud Love & Table of Contents

I know, I know. I’ve already sent you over to Prodigal Jon so many times before. But these last two have been really good. The one today is my new fav serious post he’s done. Excellent! Go read it. I’ll wait. I know I’ll be thinking on that one & weaving it into my talks with the kids for a long, long time to come.

The one from yesterday made me laugh out loud, again. I especially love the shofar horn bit. You’ll just have to read it. He is too funny! Hope he made your day as much as he did mine.

Cadbury Easter Eggs

I just found this funny!! I agree – those Peeps are weird…

Amazing Penguins

In the spirit of Anders’ birthday party last night, I bring you this amazing BBC footage of some pretty amazing little creatures…