Since I have used up all my storage on this blog address, I have had moved our blog to another site:
I still have some work to do on it, but will be posting over there from now on!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
I love these guys so much! I love that they are such great friends, too. They make me laugh often and hard :)
Cameron had to read three famous American sermons from the 1600s and 1700s this week. One each by John Winthrop, Cotton Mather, and George Whitefield. After reading them he had to write an essay on why it is reasonable to give your life to Christ. Here is what he wrote.
29 November 2012
Accept or Reject
What is the purpose of life? Is it to make money, pursue your desires, to help others? All of these things can only lead to temporary happiness. There must be something more- Someone greater. Could the meaning of life be to bring glory to Someone greater than anyone else, the glory that they deserve? This paper will assert an opinion on why it is logical and smart to give your life to Christ, and ultimately, find the purpose of life.
People often want to live a life full of meaning, and purpose. They look for it in places where it cannot be found. However, Jesus explains in the Bible that He is the Way the Truth and the Life. (John 14:6) If a person knows why he is placed on this planet, he can know that he has a purpose, and that he can make a difference. Having this outlook, a person faces the day with joy and hope. So many people have gone through all types of things, but then at the end of their life have looked back and they feel everything has been done in vain. Even Tom Brady, a successful NFL quarterback, in a speech once said he still feels empty. In the book of John Christ tells us that what gain is it to a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?
Giving one’s life to Christ is the only way one can find true joy. Happiness can be found in other things, as well, however. Yet, there is a difference between happiness and joy. Joy is being happy in all circumstances, whether good or bad. Happiness is when one is happy for a time, but happiness does not last without Christ. With Christ one can go through their life with a joyful heart.
Another reason why giving one’s life to Jesus is reasonable is the matter of hope. There is a world out there full of hurting, hopeless people. God promises us that when we give our life to Him, we have the hope of eternal life. Many people live with the fear of death. This often leads to depressed, frightened people. Not only is the life-span of a depressed person full of turmoil and pain, but oftentimes it is shorter. A life of hope makes a person much more joyful, and one can never explain how much different a person’s life is when they are joyful!
Many people in this world are looking for true love. This leads to many problems such as broken relationships, broken hearts, sadness and more. In the Bible Jesus tells that he has loved us with an everlasting love. This love is unconditional, and unending. If we give Jesus our hearts and our love, He will always do only what is best for us. With such powerful love coming from such a powerful loving Being, people are joyful, hopeful, and satisfied.
What else can a person ask for than a life filled with satisfaction, joyfulness, hopefulness, and true love? Jesus can give a person all these things and even more. If you give your heart to Jesus, He will also bless you and look out for you, and be your best friend. This goes to show why it is reasonable to give your life to Him. God already loves you, He is just waiting for you to reciprocate it so than He can give you all these wonderful things and more. In the end, then, you can accept or reject this great love.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
17 years is not a long time. It is actually quite short. I have proof! It was only yesterday that Brianna was born and she is trying to tell me that it was 17 years ago. Crazy girl!
Really, though.... despite the warnings from all the old ladies when Brianna was a baby that she would be out of the house before I knew it, I did not believe them at all. At that point, each day sometimes seemed like years! I am pretty sure that I wouldn't have been so discouraged about my lack of sleep, tying Brianna's shoes, getting her dressed, buckling her car seat, feeding her food, explaining why she had to eat her vegetables.... And I am certain I wouldn't have rushed her growing up. Why was I so anxious to have her start on solid foods or get rid of her pacifier or have her start school? I remember the days when I would just want a nap so I would have her lie down in my bed with me while Cameron was sleeping in his crib. She would not.stop.talking. I would tell her to please be quiet it was time to rest. I would tell her that if she talked again she would get in trouble. Oh how I miss those days! (not that she can't still talk ;) Now she is seventeen, a senior in high school, heading to college in the fall, perfectly capable of running a household, takes care of babies like a pro, can cook anything to perfection, drives (a 15 passenger van!), and is one of my very best friends.
Happy Birthday to the sweetest 17 year old I know!
We love you Brianna~
Friday, November 23, 2012
It was wonderful to be in NH for Thanksgiving. Nice to be around family and all things familiar. We ate our main meal at Ron and Bobbi's new house. They were gracious and very brave to have all of us over to their home. With 20 people all together, it was a house full!
I didn't have my camera so all these pictures were taken using Matt's phone. I thought it would be better to have these than have none at all. I love to capture sweet memories :)
Alissa made name cards for each place setting.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
We got a small taste of winter on Thursday. It didn't snow much, but it was enough to make a snow man. The kids had a ton of fun in the snow and can't wait for a real snow fall. :)