QUOTE:

"This is how grace works; it enters the soul, penetrates the heart, saturates the conscience, abides in the memory, affects the affections, gives understanding to the understanding, and imparts real life to the heart, which is the seat of life." Spurgeon

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Promises Kept

Pastor Pete today opened his sermon with a quote from a book called "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich". In it the author chronicles all of the promises of Herr Hitler. Hitler promised to respect and never invade Poland, Russia, Austria and Belgium. Hitler promised a thousand year reich. Hitler promised to make Germany Great. Hitler promised much, but broke his promises. This book is really just about the broken promises of a crazed dictator.

We learned today that the Bible is a history of God's promises kept. We studied John 16:22-24:

lSo also you have sorrow now, but mI will see you again, and nyour hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 oIn that day you will pask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, qwhatever you ask of the Father in my name, rhe will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. sAsk, and you will receive, tthat your joy may be full.

Our Lord made audacious promises. And he has kept every one. Remembering these promises causes us to have faith that He is Mighty to Save! God you are the First and the Last. If God is for us, then who can ever stop us? And if our God is for us, then who can stand against us?


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Feed My Starving Children '11

In 2009 the kids challenged us to put on a FMSC food packing event where a bunch of friends joined us for a golf tournament and packing event that produced over 100,000, incidentally just before the earthquake in Haiti.

Today we joined another group to help pack 30,300 meals which will feed 82 kids for an entire year! The kids all had a great time. Half way through Saili said "I am taking a BLAST daddy!!"

The child pictured is a little 3 year old Haitian boy named "Nesly". Nesly weighed only 10lbs and was near death when he was discovered by FMSC and began receiving daily food. Nesly didn't walk or talk. After one year on FMSC meals, Nesly is healthy and happy. It was a great day....

Please check out fmsc.org and search for a packing event in your neighborhood!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Victor Emmanuel Watters

Victor was an awesome kid. This is a link to an incredible true story about a family that loves Jesus and lives for him as they walk out their faith. We got to know them in Minnesota and went to church and schooled our kids together. Please give this a READ

I [Will] want to be like Victor one day. He finished strong and he made his life count for what matters most. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Was Blind But Now I See .... Literally

This video was taken during Camp Hope this summer in Zambia. Tela is a little Zambian orphan that was blind . . . but was healed.

Monday, September 5, 2011

On the AMERICAN airlines Plane home!

At the airport!!

Last day in London

We spent our last day traveling via Chunnel from Paris to London and then viewing the musical, Shrek with Steve and Anne Shipley, then out for dinner at Sophie's Steakhouse. We ended the day enjoying an "Eton Mess" a traditional English prep school dessert of merengue, strawberries and creme! Delicious! Will had a Very nice birthday.

We are now on our way home and can't wait to get there!!!
It's been a big adventure!
Most excited to:

Saili- "see Maggy!!!!!"
Tommy- "jump in pool!!"
Lex- "see black puppy, my room, sit at our table and eat, look at the pictures on the wall, and sleep in my bed."
Claire- "be home, get organized, see
friends, and sleep in my own bed."


The Eton Mess

Sunday, September 4, 2011

38!!

Today we are celebrating the grace of God to each of us as we realize the blessing of our Dad, Husband and Friend....Happy Birthday Will!!
We pray you know how much we love and appreciate you today and each day this new year. You continue to be the loving, fun, and always forgiving friend to each of us! And cheers to the best European tour guide we could imagine!!!
We love you!

A Very Special Day!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Louvre & Musee D'Orsay

Today we walked about 10 km together and went to the L'Arc du Triomphe, the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and The Eiffel Tower.

We saw countless Monets, Renoirs, Manets, Degas, Van Goghs, DaVincis, and others. It was a huge privilege to see masterpieces by so many of the same artists that we saw in Rome and London. Many of the paintings and sculptures depict scenes and historic moments that we have studied on this trip and before. Going through Europe and viewing the places and monuments and art of each period has been like looking through the photo album of mankind in the home of the Historian. Just as te only way to get to know and appreciate another person is to spend time with them, seeing these works first hand is critical to perceive the story they each tell, their place in history and their relevance to humankind.

The Louvre used to be the royal palace until Louis XIV decided to move his family to Versailles in 1682. Since about that time it has been used for art exhibitions and as a museum. Today it displays over 35,000 pieces from prehistory through the 20th Century on over 650,000 square feet, making it the largest and most visited museum in the World.

Tonight we will eat French food near the Eiffel Tower and sit in the park and spend time watching the Tower and all the street performers and talk about our trip and start planning for our trip to london tomorrow and then Dallas on Monday.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Paris

Bonjour,

Great food. Amazing sites. The Louvre. The Musee d'Orsay. The Eiffel. Magnifique!

Au revoir