Just some odds and ends tonight…
Let me start with Legos… Who doesn’t love ’em! My little boy sure does!
We had a wonderful time at the Lego convention last weekend in Raleigh. Josh and Katy drove up from the Marine base on the coast and joined us. So, get ready for a load of Legos pictures. The life size models you are seeing are all made from Legos. Amazing!!!
Here’s one of my personal favorites. I loved R2D2 and C3P0 when I was a kid!
One of the cool things at the convention is that you could make stuff. One of the areas of creativity was the tower-making section. Josh and Andrew were building up a storm…
Finally a lady came by who had “STAFF” written on her shirt and said, “That’s tall enough guys.” Josh said, “Yes ma’am!” So here’s the finished product:
We stayed overnight in a hotel because the convention lasted till 8:30 pm. That was wonderful! Of course, Andrew got back to the hotel room and before bedtime he just HAD to put together the fire truck I bought him.
It was great fun being with all the family…
See the smiles on Katy’s and Kandace’s faces? They always enjoy reuniting. Can I remind any siblings who are a bit older to remember that you won’t always have your brother or sister with you. Enjoy the time you have with each other.
When we got home on Saturday evening…even Clara got into the Lego act…
Legos. It’s total creativity. You have to create to build with Legos. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy the fact that Andrew like to play with them. I want him to explore and create. So much of how children are educated today is totally cookie-cutter. There is little self-expression and creativity. Legos provides total self-expression and creativity.
Speaking of creating… Take a look at this wonderful concoction Andrew and I whipped up for our annual Cake Bake to raise money for our summer mission projects in Mexico/TX:
Oreo Cookie Delight!!! OOOOOOIE!!!!
Notice that faint chocolate mustache over Andrew’s top lip? Don’t tell anyone…we ate about 4 Oreos each!! We had to taste test you know. 🙂
Want to see some of the other great cake creativity? Here’s a Reese’s Cup Cake:
Check out this Bear Cake. You could eat the ears, legs and arms! Sounds cannibalistic…but, boy it was YUMMY!
Check out this creation! It’s of the church in Mexico…
Now this was one of my favorites.
I’ve been teaching about the Apostle Paul’s love for the church at Thessalonica. See Paul? He writing at a desk and he’s worn out. He’s resting on his arm. And there’s the Mediterranean Sea and all of Paul’s missionary journeys. Isn’t that the coolest thing? (I got to eat a piece of Paul’s arm. That sounds crazy too!)
Check out this delectable Chocolate cake…
It had chocolate covered strawberries too! Man oh man! It was awesome!
Get this! We raised over $2,800! Every penny of that will be used to reach souls in Texas and Mexico this summer as we continue to partner with our brothers and sisters and encourage them in their walk with Christ.
Have I told you that I love flowers? Well I do. And I’m very secure in my manhood. 🙂 I just happen to love flowers. Now let me show you something. Here’s my Christmas Cactus. And it’s blooming for a second time! Twice in one season! It bloomed a few days before Christmas and it’s in bloom again!
I guess I’ve got a green thumb. But who’s bragging? 🙂
I see a lot of potted plants and flowers because I’m in a lot of hospitals and rest homes. Here’s one of the strongest ladies I know. Her name is Geraldine Combs.
She has cancer. But, would you just look at the smile on her face? It’s contagious! She has a cheerful heart that does good like a medicine. Do you know people like her? Can I admit to you that I complain way too much. Not Geraldine. She is one of the strongest ladies I know. Strong how? In her faith. She uses her cancer for the glory of God. She reminds me of Becky Lynn Black. I think women handle things better than men. I’d like to tell you that I would be as strong if I had cancer, but I’m not sure that I would. Thanks for being such a champion for Christ Ms. Geraldine!
This verse is posted in the home of David and Kathryn Hall. We only get to see this wonderful family 2-3 times per year because they live in Raleigh. But, our Legos adventure in Raleigh made the visit perfect!
Truly the Halls are like the sun rising at full strength in our lives and we love you dearly Halls!
Kandace told me about this great video about the truth about Bikinis. Give it a listen…
Oh…did you hear that the homeschool family from Germany that was going to be deported are going to be allowed to stay in the country? Here they are…
The Obama Administration had made clear that they had to go back to Germany (where they would have likely been arrested, because homeschooling is illegal). The Supreme Court refused to hear the case yesterday, but in a stunning turn of events the Department of Homeland Security said today that they can stay.
A World magazine article summarized the situation…
The Romeikes fled Germany in 2008, where they faced fines and the possibility of having their children removed from their home because they didn’t send them to state-run or state-sanctioned schools. The Romeikes are Christians and believed the secular schools would be a bad influence on their seven children. An immigration judge in the United States initially granted them asylum, but federal courts ruled the German ban on homeschooling did not amount to persecution because it applies to all citizens equally. As is custom, the Supreme Court did not give any reason for declining to hear the case. The Obama administration fought the family’s appeal every step of the way, making today’s news even more surprising.
This was a miracle! God still moves!!
Proverbs 21: 1 “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord, He guides it wherever He pleases.”