Thursday, June 28, 2007

Flowers, Keys, and God's Love

I found this awesome object lesson at I think it is an incredible message for today's young people, so I wanted to pass it along.

Flowers, Keys, and God's Love

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

True Freedom

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances." ~ Viktor Frankl

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


If you are looking for a great youth/family activity, have I got an idea for you!! (It's not totally my idea as I got it off the internet somewhere, but I did tweak it to fit our youth group.) I called it "Someone Broke the 6th Commandment." (Now, I must stop and give a disclaimer here, as I was using the internet to verify my commandment numbers, I discovered that some faiths divide them a little differently. Where as we Baptists have the 6th commandment as "Thou Shalt Not Kill", some have it as "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery". You should really want to be careful with that one. Can you imagine the gossip at church if I'd gotten that one wrong! ) We had 13 youth playing and it took about 1/2 hour each time. The youth played twice, then they sat in the rooms and let the adults play. Then, some of the adults and some of the youth wanted to play a fourth round so those of us not playing sat in the rooms. It was so much fun, and turned out to be a great family activity.

Here's how to play:


Before Hand

  • Choose seven rooms in your church facility (or wherever you’ll be playing). I chose: Nursery, Youth Room, Library, Church Office, Sanctuary, Children’s Church Room, and Ladies’ Sunday School Room. Create signs to clearly mark each room.
  • Choose seven weapons. I chose: Brick, knife, Hymnal, poisoned chocolate, guitar strings, mike stand, and garbage bag.

  • Write each room name and each weapon on separate index cards.
  • Write each room name on seven separate envelopes.
  • Write “solution” on another envelope.
  • Create Sleuth’s pad with each item listed and plenty of room to add “suspects”.

  • Choose seven non-playing people to sit, one in each room, as witnesses. Make sure they know the rules and what is expected before hand.

Day of the Event:

  • When the entire group arrives add each person’s name to the Sleuth’s pad then make copies. Write each person’s name on individual index cards.
  • Create three stacks of index cards: One stack with names, one stack with weapons, and one stack with rooms. (Make sure each stack is well shuffled) Take one from each stack and place in “Solution” envelope. Make sure only one person (who is not playing) knows what is in the solution envelope. Divide the rest of the index cards among the seven “room” envelopes making sure the remaining room cards go in the matching envelope (the library card goes in the library envelope, the youth room card goes in the youth room envelope). Don’t seal. Give the envelopes to the appropriate witness. (The “Sanctuary” envelope to the witness sitting in the sanctuary, the “Nursery” envelope to the witness in the nursery, etc.)

  • Divide the group into teams. I think no more than three to a team works best, but feel free to try it any way you like.

Directions to Witnesses:

As detectives enter your room they will accuse one of the suspects of committing the crime with one of the weapons in the room you are in. Check your envelope. Do you have any of those cards? (You should have the room card unless the murder happened in your room.) Show any cards which contain any part of the accusation. You can show up to two cards to the detectives, but not all three even if you have them. Continue doing this until someone wins the game. (For example: The team may say, “I think Cassie did it here in the library with the hymnal.” If you have Cassie, the library, or the hymnal show that card to the team. If you have two of those, show both cards to the team. If you have all three show only two to the team.)

Directions to Detectives:

Someone broke the 6th Commandment. Who, with what, and where are in this “Solutions envelope”. Only I know the answer. You’ve each been given a Sleuth’s pad with all the possible rooms, possible weapons, and suspects on them. You will go from room to room making accusations as to who, with what, and where, and will mark off any of the items shown to you by the witnesses in each room. If the witness has the card in his or her envelope, then the card is not in the solutions envelope. You may enter the rooms as often as you need to, but not immediately. You must enter another room and make an accusation before re-entering. Your entire team must be in the room before making accusations. When you think you’ve solved the murder, find me and make a formal accusation. If you are correct, the game is over. If you are not correct you must sit the game out until someone else has solved it.

I hope that's clearer than mud. LOL! Have fun!

He's Back!

Just a little update to let everyone know my Dear Son age 19 is back from his mission trip. I wish I could really share with you where he went and his deep insights on that experience, but I'm afraid it would jeopardize the Kingdom work going on in that particular part of the world. You'll just have to trust me that it was awesome for him and for me to vicariously go with him. He returned at 4:15 am Monday morning. DH and I got up and looked at his 163 pictures. (Oh the wonder of digital cameras!). He was so hyped up from the experience that I had to rejoice with him all day. (Or at least until he totally crashed at 6:15 last night. He was wide awake this morning at 3:00! Jet lag is getting the best of him.)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Why am I doing this?

Oh, yeah, it's because I love blackberry jelly!

My back hurts.

I'm sore all over.

My hands, arms, and legs are covered with scratches.

I must be crazy.

I guess I am...crazy about blackberry jelly! About a month ago my dad gave me a gallon of beautiful blackberries. Since I'm not crazy about plain blackberries, I decided to make jelly out of them. All I can say is, "AWESOME!" My kids and I can't get enough of that stuff. A friend of mine has quite a few bushes growing on her pond dam, so the girls and I picked another 5 quarts. When I discovered that blackberries added to homemade smoothies are the bomb (an exclaimation of delight used by today's generation), I knew I didn't have enough in my freezer. DD12 and I picked another gallon today. I made these into jelly, six pints to be exact. Now I'm in the process of making homemade bagels to go with it. (Thanks for that recipe, Jimmie! It's the bomb too!)

(Note: These pictures weren't taken today, though they were taken at my house of my goodies.)

Friday, June 15, 2007

A Praise from Kris' Mother

"After 34 days in the Trauma unit we were finally released!!! We were transferred to the rehabilitation hospital in our own town!!!! He is doing very well!!"

(Don't stop praying!)

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Update on Kris

From Kris's Mom:

Kris is at (name of hospital). He had surgery Thursday on his broken pelvis. He is improving. They are going to try to ween him from the ventilator this week. He will be here for 6-8 weeks, during his healing. He has an external stabalizing bar on his pelvis that will have to be surgically removed in 6 weeks.

The trauma nurses call him a miracle. We had already knew that!! I will let you know more as we go.