Gretchen’s Life Day – 173

24 Oct

My 8 year old son, Logan just sat me down at the computer. He showed me his Power Point presentation on the Dallas Cowboys. He’s 8! How does he know how to do a Power Point presentation? I was 28 before I learned how to do that. I’m thinking he has his Uncle Stephen’s talent for computers. Certainly not mine as I chicken peck my way through this blog. 🙂

Kelly day 106

23 Oct

This is a piece I’m working on for a client

Gretchen’s Life Day – 172

22 Oct

Ellaray has never seen anyone eat a Oreo cookie. So, being the fabulous mom that I am I sat her down with a whole box. She proceeded to take apart everyone and lick the creamy center out. How did she know to do that?

Kelly day 105

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Rachel – Day 166

6 Oct

The News: Jennifer Knapp – A Christian Musical Artists Comes Out. Click on link to watch Jennifer on Larry King Live with Pastor Ted Haggard and Pastor Bob Botford.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xDWc7SvBOA

My Comments: I am aware this is not current news, but I hadn’t seen this Larry King interview until tonight and it provoked me to share it with you. My comments regarding this interview and this issue as a whole are still in process. I have so much to learn about Christ and though I have some opinions (of which I will state because this is the section labeled “my comments”), I will also say I believe God has greater callings for our lives than to sit around and debate on hot topic issues when all He really wants us to do is be the hands and feet of Christ here on earth. So here goes:

I refuse to agree with a stance that segregates a group of people (and honestly, I hate that I have to use the words “group of people” because that in and of itself seems to separate them from others which I distaste), judges them, limits their involvement in the church and makes assumptions about that group of people’s relationship with God. I grew up in Christian circles, largely evangelicals of whom couldn’t see a horse in the room if it was standing right in front of them because the plank in their eye was so big. As a believer, I have traveled a journey with what I believe, how I see Jesus and what His cross and his Word (scripture) mean in my life. I admit it’s taken a lot of life experience and some pretty hard falls to be able to see that God’s grace covers all and that he is going to pursue us again and again regardless of the choices we make or the sins we commit. I have sinned enough to require the fullest of God’s grace and it’s because I know this side of the Lord that I also believe you can be homosexual and a Christian or a Believer, whichever term is preferred.

Consider this: Remember when whites used to think blacks were a lower human form, when they thought blacks were graver sinners, when they segregated them, judged and belittled them. Remember also when the Germans did said the same of the Jews, or even when it was accepted as fact that if you had AIDS, it meant you were homosexual and thus a sinner? Or remember when women weren’t allowed to speak in the Church (oh wait that still happens today)? Or remember when women had no rights at all? When Women were inferior to men (oh wait that is still the case in some places)?

I’m just saying, I don’t want sit here and say this or that group of people are sinners, they are separated from God, or they’re this or that. As we’ve moved along throughout history, we have had to put our tail between our legs and say “I’m sorry. Blacks are not any less than whites, Jews aren’t any less than Germans, women aren’t any less than men.”  Who are we to say they are? Are we God? NOPE. Thus, homosexuals (or gays to use the most current PC term) are certainly not any less than heterosexuals and definitely do not deserve the condemnation, judgement and segregation they have had to endure from many church people.

God’s highest commandment of us is to love Him and love each other as we love ourselves.  Let’s just focus on that 🙂  As I mentioned before, I don’t believe God wants us to be spending our time proving our interpretation of the scripture. I believe instead of focusing on the Christian “hot topics” of the current time, Christ would rather us be serving the poor, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and loving our neighbors. Mother Teresa new what was up.

Click on the link below if you’re interested in seeing Jennifer Knapp in concert. She is currently on tour.

http://www.jenniferknapp.com/shows

Rachel – Day 165

4 Oct

The News: Dream Manipulation. Since the hit movie “Inception” hit theaters, people have become more interested in dreaming. Research shows one can manipulate their dreams by doing a number of things. You can concentrate on what you want to dream about as you go to bed at night. Chances are you will dream about the last thing you were consciously thinking about. You can introduce an outside factor like having someone whisper to you as you are sleeping or having them make a noise or flash a light. All of these things can redirect your dreams.

You can go to bed telling yourself you want to find the solution to this problem in your life and sometimes this will work. Scientists have dreamt lucid formulas and solutions to problems while they are sleeping.

Also, if you think on dreaming during the day and make mental notes that you are not dreaming, then your dream recall can be higher. The more you are interested in your dreams, the higher probability that you will remember them.

(http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2010/07/20/am.science.sleep.inception.cnn)

My Comments: Dreams have always fascinated me. I dream quite a bit and I remember at least one a night sometimes more. Often times I can’t recall all the details of my dreams but occasionally I will be able to remember every little detail and emotion I had while in that particular dream.

My whole family dreams and I believe they are significant dreams. I think God chooses to speak to us while we are sleeping if we let Him. My mom dreamt a solution to one of my life’s dilemma’s several weeks ago, isn’t that crazy? I think dreaming is our brain’s (perhaps our spirit’s too) way of working out the overload of our lives because we can’t do it all when we are awake. I think dreaming helps us unwind our stress so that we feel truly rested and refreshed for the next day ahead of us.

I think dreaming is spiritual, beautiful, creative, weird, and sometimes very scary. Try to remember your dreams tonight, I wonder what’s in your head?

Rachel – Day 164

3 Oct

The News: Looking for World Altering Documentaries? click on the link below to view a list of the 12 most influential, life-changing documentaries that have literally altered the way people think and live in lasting ways.

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20429546,00.html

My Comments: I guess I have to start liking documentaries more because I haven’t seen any of these. However, I did just recently watch an intriguing documentary that’s not on the list called “No Impact Man.” Its about a guy who somehow convinced his wife to go along with his year long plan of having literally no impact on the earth in a detrimental way. So this couple with their 2-year-old daughter live for one year buying only local food; only reused/second-hand products (they bought nothing new unless it was food); having no trash; using no fuels (walk and bike everywhere); no electricity (no refrigerator, no blow dryer, no washing machine…..nada). The guy did his research and pretty much accomplished living without any harmful impact on the earth for a year. Pretty crazy and a little inspiring.

Stephen: Day 180-183

1 Oct

I was in LA this last weekend. I can’t believe I didn’t take very many pictures. I had breakfast with the lovely Kara Lee Burk and drinks with Norman Buckley — an old family friend. Both visits were a great time. Got time to hang out with some new friends, go on hikes, and eat my weight in cupcakes and cookies; not to mention a good ol’ hamburger from In & Out. And I got to spend time with the coolest guy ever! Thanks, John!!!

Day 180

Welcome to HOLLYWOOD

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This next one reminds me of Congo (minus the humidity and smell of casava):

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Our decimated cupcakes from Crumbs bakery

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Bless you In & Out. Bless you.

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Day 183

And one more of the palm trees for good measure

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