Tuesday, July 3, 2007



I've decided to move my blog. I will no longer be posting on blogger!

I will be HERE.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

In the hands of a capable God.

Either the Bible is the Word of God, not to be questioned, but to be believed and obeyed, or it is an outdated religious record to be applied at our discretion and convenience.

If you accept the Bible as the Word of God, you can’t pick and choose which Bible verses are pertinent to our culture. You must believe that God is capable of writing a book that is supra cultural

---M. Pearl

Hmmm...you all think about that tonight.

To read the article this quote is taken from go here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Why to Go to Public School...10 Amazingly Good Reason

Why send your kids to public schools rather than home-school? Here are ten good reasons...

10. Skill development: Public schools do a great job of teaching children to sit down and shut up while the teacher engages in crowd control and mindless administrative duties. The ability to put one's mind on hold, sit there and do nothing is a skill that will be in high demand in the competitive marketplace of the future.

9. Lack of ability: I could not teach my own child, I do not know how. After all, anything meaningful in life can only be taught by those properly trained and certified to do so.

8. Financial aspects: We cannot financially afford to home-school. Without the school based health clinics, how could we afford to keep our children supplied with birth control?

7. I want my children to learn all the correct stuff: Given how fast history changes, I want to be sure they are up on the most recent version.

6. Scheduling benefits: Staying on the same schedule as everybody else has its benefits. That way, when we go to Disneyland, we can make sure that we spend our time waiting in lines rather than wasting it on all those rides and attractions.

5. Close friendships: I like the fact that my children are spending so much of their time with people not in their family. I would much rather my children's closest friendships be outside the family rather than within.

4. Separation of church and state: As long as we keep church and state separate, then the more time I can keep my kids under the control of the state, the less time they can possible be under the harmful influence of a church.

3. Socialization: What possible better way could there be to give your children the social skills they will need as adults than to stick them with children their own age all day. Besides, the best influence on your child is the one randomly assigned to the seat behind him or her in home-room.

2. Class size: Learning cannot occur in groups of less than twenty students. There is nothing quite like being lock-stepped through material (with thirty other students) to really develop (within a person) that true love for learning.

1. Class pace: I want my child to know how to learn at the proper pace. If a child cannot keep up with the class, then it serves that child right to be left behind in the dust. If the child is learning too fast, then he or she needs to learn to slow down. And besides, what gives any child the right to assume that he or she can learn things he or she wants to learn rather than what the board of education decides should be taught for any given grade level. Anything learned at the wrong time might just as well be left unlearned.

Yeah...for all you public schoolers out there, we home-schoolers find the particular list amusing not because we want to make fun of the school system, but because we get so much flake from the school system.

And besides, truth it truth. Nobody can deny the reasons listed here. ;)

I've never seen the movie.

I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

:: E L I N O R ::

You are Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are practical, circumspect, and discreet. Though you are tremendously sensible and allow your head to rule, you have a deep, emotional side that few people often see.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Every six seconds a child dies of starvation.

That fact nags on me relentlessly.
Every time I buy a stick of gum.
Every time I buy a favorite snack of flavor blasted gold fish.
I look down at the smiling fish in my hands
and see a dozen meals worth of money,
a dozen saved lives,
set aside
so I can satisfy my craving.

I see the faces of children, their faces
caved in with hunger.
I see the woman who holds her dying child. Her eyes
are empty, lacking the hope of God. Lacking
the strength
that God grants.
Her eyes are deep and emotionless.
Because she cannot provide sustenance
For her child to survive.

I come upon the verse,
"remember those in bonds
as if you were bound with them"

If they are naked, cloth them.
If they are hungry, feed them.

Two simple commands that are forgotten
because our churches need
soft, cushioned chairs
so we can have someplace to sit.
We forget that millions call a cement floor
a luxury.

I remember the pictures
that the women at church brought home
of people
living in trash.
Of a boy who was shamed
because all he had to wear,
all he could find,
was a T-shirt
and a pair of girls tights.

He did not have
a pair of boy's pants.

Unknown to most,
you can feed an entire family
for less
then a dollar day,
on the other side of the planet.

We turn our eyes away from the scruffy man
sitting outside the supermarket.
Turn them away from the harried, grubby mother
who snaps at her children.
Twenty dollars
in the name of God
for food or a night out
is enough to impact her
for the rest of her life.
A smile
without scorn
could make her cry.

You feel guilty as you read this,
but you will forget

My words will pass

But my dreams will not.

Because I cannot stop dreaming of those children.
I keep dreaming of those children,
and in those dreams
I hold them.
I tell them Jesus loves them.
I tell them of a better Father
a better place.

But then I wake
And the children are gone.
So brief a time that I was with them.

So how come
I can't forget them-
push their faces away?

You might be able to forget,
but I cannot.

God will not
allow it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful plough man strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

The only nation whose name begins with an "A", but doesn't end in an "A" is Afghanistan.

Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie

It's against the law to burp or sneeze in a church in Omaha, Nebraska

Thomas Edison was afraid of the dark

Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cant find any food

There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones

It's against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland

A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate

The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump

More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world

Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave

Of all the words in the English language, the word set has the most definitions

Dogs and cats, like humans, are either right of left handed

Nose prints can be used to identify dogs, just like humans use fingerprints

Thursday, May 24, 2007


God is so incredible! I LOVE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All who whole-heartedly agree with me, leave a comment about how much you love God!

I have nothing more to say, because sometimes what I feel inside when I think of freedom from sin, being Christ sister, everlasting life, and how much God loves His children...words just don't describe how wonderful it is!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Eva Vertes

I found this to be a thought provoking and interesting speech. I even learned a few things from just listening! As you all know, Brett and Alex have already posted about Eva Vertes on the Rebelution blog, which got me interested in the first place. I googled, searched, and found this video which I'm sure you'll enjoy. This young woman doesn't seem to be drawn to money or world renown, but seems to genuinely have a passion for science and medicine. Enjoy.


Tuesday, May 1, 2007

A love story

My Love Story

By: Shalom Brand

Every girl I know who has a desire to find a good man and raise a family has the same fear. Will I find the right one?

Is this the one, or what about him? That guy is nice, too. A lot of girls make a list of what they want, or what they think they need. I can tell you, we girls don’t have a clue as to what we really need.

When I was at the end of my nineteenth year, I met the man whom I would come to love and call My Man, but at that time, I could not have picked him out in a group of five. He was just one of all the other guys who hung around our community. It was over a year later that I would come to see him as the man for me.

From the time I was quite young, I knew that I would need lots of wisdom, and my parents’ guidance, in choosing the man to whom I would say “yes.” I am a very gullible person. I still remember falling for the line, “Did you know that the word “gullible” is not in the dictionary?” My brothers would never leave me alone, thoroughly loving to trick me and lead me on. It was this trait that eventually caused me to pray for wisdom and be totally open to counsel.

There was a steady stream of young men asking for my hand in marriage, and I would have most likely fallen for some of them if my parents had not had the wisdom to protect me, or if I had not gained the wisdom to obey them. My parents knew there was only one man out there good enough for their girl, and they were going to make sure I found him.

Along about this time, my dad held a one-week men’s Bible and missions training camp. All of us girls helped with the cooking. Justin Brand was there among the rest of the young men for that week. It was the first time we had met, even though I cannot really remember him from that week. His parents had asked him to go to this Bible camp, and he had found work excuses not to go, until the man he worked for decided to take the week off. Since he couldn’t work that week, he decided to get in his truck and came on down to check it all out. He was only nineteen, and just a boy at heart. His parents had told him that the Pearls had a daughter about his age and had hinted for him to check me out. He did, and he loved me from that brief beginning.

That week, a group of men, Justin among them, signed up to go on a mission trip to Thailand. My brother was among them on the same mission trip, so Justin and Gabe became friends. Justin did not see me again until a few months later at a seminar near his church. His parents came also, hoping to meet me, because Justin had gone home and told them that he was going to marry me. At the seminar, my Dad, being funny, told the crowd of young men that he was taking applications for his daughters’ hands in marriage. Justin, as soon as the meeting was over, came running back to the book table to fill out an application. We all thought it was funny. Time passed.

My brother, Gabriel was planning a young people’s June weekend camp, and he invited Justin and his brother to come down for it. They lived a couple hours from us. The next few months, Justin found one reason or the other to come down to visit. He worked in the children’s ministry for his church. At that time, my sister and I were making puppets to use as a ministry tool, so he would use that as an excuse to come and borrow the puppets to use in his ministry. He got to know my family during that time.

I worked long hours and would come home tired and really never thought about him as a potential husband. I actually did not know a lot about him, but I knew by this time that he liked me a lot, because my brothers were always laughing at how obviously in love he was.

A whole year passed, and he came back for the June camp. It was on my parents’ property, and all of the girls stayed at their house; the guys slept on the grounds around the creek. We had lots of activities during the day, including volleyball, hiking, swimming, and canoeing. Every chance Justin had, he was right there telling me what he wanted out of life, and what his goals were. I found it cute that he was so persistent; most guys would have given up. But he knew what he wanted, and he was determined to keep trying.

I had always prayed for wisdom so that when the right man came along, I would just know God’s will. I also knew that when my parents finally said “Yes” to someone, that meant something, for they had said “No” to several good, godly men. My dad does not value what most men value. He is not impressed with appearances, money, schooling, houses, jobs, family ties, future possibilities, etc. I cannot explain to you exactly what it is that my dad looked for in a man, but I knew, without a doubt, that I could trust him to make a wise decision. I had been praying for some understanding, and I knew that God wanted me to have a man who would love me as much as “He so loved me.”

It was at the end of the camp week, while I was visiting my brother and just getting ready to leave, that Justin pulled up in Gabriel’s driveway. Justin had just returned from dropping someone off at the airport. I later learned he had called his parents and told them that he was going to talk to me about getting to know me, with the idea of marriage in mind. If I said “Yes,” he was going to stay the weekend, otherwise he was coming home.

Well, it was about ten o’clock at night, and I was in the car ready to leave when Justin came flying out of his truck and said, “I need to talk to you.” I still had no intention or interest at this time to get to know him, but said I would walk with him so he could talk. He talked and talked about everything he could think of. I had always thought I would marry someone who was in a ministry. But as he talked, he kept saying, “My family will be my ministry, no matter what I do or where I go; they will come first. My children will know that they mean the world to me. If I lose one of them, then I will lose my heart.” He said this with tears in his eyes.

At that moment, God gave me peace in my heart about this persistent young man, and I knew that he was God’s man for me. If he loved his children, then he would always do what was right for them and me. Nothing else really mattered. I didn’t know his parents, and I had never really known what he did for a living. He still lived at home, and he had not really thought much about the future, except that he wanted to marry me, and have children who walked with the Lord. So, after about an hour of him talking with me, I told him, “If my dad says ‘yes’ then I say ‘yes’.” He turned to me and started to pray and thank God for his blessing, asking God to bless us as we were seeking to do his will. He reached out and took my hand as he prayed, and I knew then that I would be marrying this man. God had put complete peace in my heart.

The next morning, Justin showed up at the house before Dad was awake and waited outside for him to come out. I do not know what was said, but all of us girls were watching from the herb garden. After about two minutes, Justin came running down the hill yelling “Yes!” It was such a fun day! He spent the weekend hanging out with me, and the family. I shocked him by introducing him to my grandparents as “My Man.” It shocked them too, because two days earlier I had no thought of having a man, and now I was preparing to marry him.

God is such a Big God, and he likes to bless those who want his will and seek after him. Three weeks later we were engaged. Two months after that, we were married. We will have been married five years this coming September 2007, and I can tell you honestly that every moment has been a wonderful blessing. God knows what he is doing. All I had to do was trust him.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Stupid...but fun.

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4 and write what it says.
“This information was current as of September, 2006”

2.Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What can you touch?
Umm…air, empty space…take you pick.

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.

5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
Whoa…err…8:50. *blush*

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
My dad’s shop vac and my mom and sister talking.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
About 6:30. I got out of the car and held one of our baby chicks.

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
The Rebelution’s post about Virginia Tech

9. What are you wearing?
Blue jeans, a comfy white cotton shirt with a cat swimming under water ‘window shopping’ for fish and red socks.

10. Did you dream last night?
Yes. Always.

11. When did you last laugh?
I don’t know. That’s not as sad as it seems, I laugh a little at random things all day. It’s hard to keep track.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
A clock…some nice prints of eagles catching fish that our friend’s ex-boyfriend drew. A family photo.

13. Seen anything weird lately?
Some people down the road just shaved their Lama. Trust me, it’s weird.

14. What do you think of this quiz?
Heck I dunno… It’s like some odd exercise for me.

15. What is the last film you saw?
The Fifth Element!

16.If you became a multi - millionare overnight, what would you buy?
I’d give part of it to my parents, buy a cheap car. Then I would buy materials to spread the Gospel.

17. Tell me something about you that I don't know.
I gave up sugar for Lent, and in consequence dreamed, like, three time about eating ketchup. I was that desperate. Ketchup was one of the things I craved the most.

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
I would have Christians take the bible literally.

19. Do you like to dance?
I would LIKE to dance. I don’t know how.

20. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
I’ve settled this years ago! Goewin.

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
Hrmm. I don’t know

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Oh, yes! I would love to go to France.

24. What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gate?
Welcome home.

25. 4 people who must also do this quiz on their blog.

Gee, I don’t know enough people on the blogshpere.