Saturday, February 28, 2009

Baby Amusement Park

Elizabeth is a great one for coming up with creative things for everyone to do. Last week she hosted an baby amusement park in the backyard. Here are some pictures from the day. Notice that their was at least a chill in the air since everyone had on jackets. ;-)

A tent for preparations.
The baby rollercoaster.

Riding the baby rollercoaster. Apparently, her already knows
to raise his hands.

Jack and Emma on another ride.

Trying to convince Creed it was fun.

Oh wait! He agrees!

Look at those baby blues!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Prayer for Lent

Just as Advent serves as a time of preparation for the celebration of our Lord's incarnation at Christmas, so Lent serves as a season for reflection as we prepare to remember His death and resurrection at Easter.

Most holy and merciful Father:
I confess to you and to the whole communion of saints
in heaven and on earth,
that I have sinned by my own fault
in thought, word, and deed;
by what I have done, and by what I have left undone.

I have not loved you with my whole heart, and mind and strength. I have not loved my neighbors as myself. I have not forgiven others, as I have been forgiven. Have mercy on me, Lord.

I have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. I have not been true to the mind of Christ. I have grieved your Holy Spirit. Have mercy on me, Lord.

I confess to you, Lord, all my past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of my life.

My self-indulgent appetites and ways, and my exploitation of other people, I confess to you, Lord.

My anger at my own frustration, and my envy of those more fortunate than I, I confess to you, Lord.

My intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and my dishonesty in daily life and work, I confess to you, Lord.

My negligence in prayer and worship, and my failure to commend the faith that is in me, I confess to you, Lord.

Accept my repentance, Lord for the wrongs I have done; for my blindness to human need and suffering, and my indifference to indulgence and cruelty; for all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward my neighbors, and for my prejudice and contempt towards those who differ from me.

Restore me, good Lord, and let your anger depart from me, favorably hear me for your mercy is great. Accomplish in me and all of your church the work of your salvation, that I may show forth all your glory in the world. By the cross and passion of your Son, our Lord, bring me with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

We have a winner!!!

Here would be our very high tech drawing going on...

And the winner is:

Cathy!!!! And how convenient that I have your address!!! Expect your CD in the mail coming soon!! And wishing I could package up some of our warm temps and sunshine to go along with it!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Celebrating the Move with a Giveaway

A givewaway, a giveaway....why would I do a giveaway? Sometimes you enjoy something so much you want other people to enjoy it as well. That is they way it is with us and this CD:

The Way the Story Goes

by Jamie Soles

The great thing about this CD is that Jamie Soles does a marvelous job of putting bible stories and scripture to music allowing the gospel to shine through. Some of the stories are well known and others a bit obscure and I have been left amazed at what we have learned from this CD as well as the other Jamie Soles CD's we own. And I have to add that the songs are simply a lot of fun to sing! Our kids have made up so many skits to the songs that you probably should be glad I can only upload a 100 MB video!

So I am giving away a copy of The Way the Story Goes to a reader of this blog. Leave a comment before Wednesday at 5 PM and your name will go into a random drawing. If you already own The Way the Story Goes, enter anyway telling why you like this CD or what your favorite song is and if you win you'll have a copy with which to bless another family.

Be sure to check out Jamie Soles' website and music. We own several and love them all.

Below is a video of the kids singing part of Abram from Gen 15. This is one of my favorite songs as it reminds of of God's promises and how we need to trust Him to do what he says; that faith is trusting in what we can't see.

Here are the lyrics for those of you that can't quite understand childrenese:


Abram why are you so sad?
Is it 'cause there's no-one who can call you their dad?
Abram do not be afraid
I am your shield and your reward will be great
Abram look up in the night
See how many stars there are shining so bright Tell Me,
can you count every one that you see?
So shall your descendants be

Abram believed in this word
God made him right when he believed what he heard
Trusting the promise by faith
Is what God desires of the people He saves

Children, believe in your King
Trusting all that Jesus says in everything
When you have the eyes of faith you truly will see
Abram's children you will be

Children, believe in your King
Trusting all that Jesus says in everything
When you have the eyes of faith you truly will see
Abram's children you will be His children you will be