Tuesday, April 29, 2008
1. He walked into the kitchen saying, "May I have an ice cream cone-dot-com?" (You know your child was born in the Digital Age when...)
2. Calvin kept talking this evening about being a "pork chop." Okay, whatever, we thought. Then he mentioned something about Bee Movie. Then it hit: when he said he wanted to be a "pork chop," he meant he wanted to be a "Pollen Jock."
Three-year-olds = Free entertainment.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The main museum is in the Centre Family Dwelling ~
This building served as the home for up to eighty Shakers. Members lived as brothers and sisters on opposite sides of the building. They came to be called "Shakers" because of their charismatic trembling or shaking in worship services.
A broom-making demonstration ~
We had been to the Shaker Village once before in the fall. This visit, we spent time at the village farm ~
Saturday, April 26, 2008
One of our outings was to the Farmington Historic Plantation ~
We got a glimpse of plantation life in the 1830's on our self-guided tour. Mostly, though, we enjoyed seeing the grounds and gardens ~
Sunday, April 20, 2008
This type of flowering tree is common around the neighborhood--a type of Magnolia, perhaps?
The daffodils at the Zoo's Etscorn Garden ~
Flowers from my sweetheart on our anniversary, the sweetest flowers of them all ~
These are branches of an Eastern Redbud tree, very common in this area ~
I am not trying to rub it in, dear Minnesota friends. You will have your spring soon enough! And isn't it extra sweet after the long winter months?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Now that we have two little ones, we enjoy the music that much more. The music is fun, and the lyrics are word-for-word from the New International Version of the Bible.
It's a great scripture memorization tool, as the warning on the CD jacket states:
"WARNING:This package contains songs that may result in the listener unintentionally MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE. Furthermore, those who learn these words may find themselves inexplicably recalling and/or applying them to real-life situations, as the Holy Spirit leads. USE WITH CAUTION"
Click here for some audio clips from Seeds of Faith.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
We were all equally matched, and all four of us came close to winning. The game got tense toward the end and I had to remind myself to breathe...
And then I won it all.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
"Men say that it [the Sermon on the Mount] contains no theology; in reality it contains theology of the most stupendous kind. In particular, it contains the loftiest possible presentation of Jesus' own Person. That presentation appears in the strange note of authority which pervades the whole discourse; it appears in the recurrent words, "But I say unto you." Jesus plainly puts His own words on an equality with what He certainly regarded as the divine words of Scripture; He claimed the right to legislate for the Kingdom of God."
J Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism, page 36
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
We toured an historic candy factory, Rebecca Ruth Candy Company. Can you guess their signature candy? (This is Kentucky, remember) That's right, folks, the Bourbon Ball ~
The boys choosing candy out of the "non-alcoholic case" (Thank goodness for that) ~
A famous jockey (Calvin something-or-other) ~
The state capitol building ~
The grounds have enormous tulip beds, which are a week or so away from blooming. We'll need to go back again!
Also on the capitol grounds are the biggest hanging planters I've ever seen, though they've yet to be planted this season. It made me think, what flowers would I plant in these?
The Executive Mansion (Ken is not the Governor of Kentucky...FYI: neither is Teddy Dean.) ~
My new favorite flowering tree, the Jane Magnolia ~
This floral clock is supposed to be quite a sight when it is planted with annuals. Again, something to go back and see later in the season ~
We also learned some state history along the way at the gravesite of Daniel Boone.
Thanks to my sweet husband for planning this family trip!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
(The robot told me its inspiration for robotics came from an episode of Curious George.)
Thursday, April 3, 2008
We have also been reading another children's Bible lately called The Big Picture Story Bible, by David Helm. This is a fabulous children's (or adult's!) introduction to biblical theology. It's what Ken calls a "Thematic Bible"--It's a retelling of the Bible in such a way as to emphasize central themes. You cannot read this Bible without catching these two messages:
1. God is the ruler over all, and
2. Jesus is the Forever King.
The Big Picture Story Bible highlights God in every narrative. Instead of looking at the people of the Bible, their characteristics, virtues and vices, it looks at God. It answers questions such as, "What is God doing in this story?" "Why?" and "What is God's plan?" It tells the story of how God has acted through history.
Throughout its pages, this beautifully illustrated book traces God's hand through creation, the fall of man, God's promise of a coming King who will crush sin and death, and the ultimate fulfillment of God's promises in Jesus Christ.
My favorite part of this book is pages 400-411. Jesus has been raised from the dead and is teaching the disciples how all of Scripture points to him. It says, "In [God's holy book] were many word pictures that proved he must die to pay the penalty for sin." The illustrations on these pages are mini drawings from previous stories...A ram being sacrificed on an altar in place of Isaac...the Israelites painting blood over their doors at the first Passover in Egypt...the articles of the temple...the temple destroyed and rebuilt. All these are word pictures that point to Jesus!
The book is engaging for preschool children (Calvin said last night, "Let's read the whole thing tonight!"), and I would guess children through elementary school would enjoy it as well.
By the way, if this sounds familiar to readers of Graeme Goldsworthy (one of Ken's favorite theologians), it should. The acknowledgments at the front of the book say, "We are indebted to Graeme Goldsworthy, who first helped us grasp the Bible along the lines of 'God's people in God's place under God's rule.'"
What a great way to introduce children to the Kingdom of God, to his plan and his rule!
Another theologically rich children's Bible is The Jesus Storybook Bible. See our blog entry here.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I would recommend this movie. Calvin loved it and Kimberly and I laughed out loud at numerous points. If you liked Seinfeld you will like this movie. I only remember one line that was not pleasing to God or a parents ears.
I would be interested to hear of other children's movies that are clean and enjoyable for both children and parents.