Thursday, January 31, 2008

A few new pictures of Rebekah Rose

A sleepy, two day old Rebekah Rose
being held by Uncle Greg

Three month old Rebekah Rose
being baptized.

Later that day
at a party in her honor,
again with Uncle Greg.

Last August,

being held by Grandmommy,

with Sarah

Being held by Grandmommy

in early December.

10 months old,

at the zoo with Mommy.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Another Birthday Party

Last Saturday, we had a birthday party for Trey and William. Per Trey's request, we had carrot cake and cream cheese icing. The next day, on William's birthday, we had chocolate cake and cram cheese icing. His other choice was carrot cake with chocolate icing, but I vetoed that.

Trey's birthday dinner was hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and corn. Sarah made brownies for dessert that night. For William's birthdya dinner, we had stuffed shells and salad. I wanted ot make bread, but we didn't have enough salt.

Here are the gifts Trey received:
Uncle Greg and Aunt Caroline - Star Wars figures (R2D2 and Darth Vader) and a Star Wars coin collector
Grandmommy - More Star Wars figures (Emporior Papatine and a sand trooper)
Aunt Beth (with Laura and Prescott) - GI Joe plane kit.
Grandmother and Grandfather - Model Airplane and a book on Flight.
Mr. and Mrs. Blair - $25

One of Trey's favorite presents was just something Unlcle Greg brought to give him. It is a calendar about unmanned vehicles. It went up on his wall right away. :-)

Here is what William received:
Uncle Greg and Aunt Caroline - A remote control race car
Grandmommy - Another RC race car
Aunt Beth (with Laura and Prescott) - A Spiderman action figure
Grandmother and Grandfather - Jonah book and mittens and army men
Mr. and Mrs. Blair - $25

The Animal Walk

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus has come to town. They arrived this morning by train. We can'ty afford to go to the circus, but we did go downtown this morning to see them walk the elephants and horses from the train station to the arena.

We were planning to leave at 8:30a to give us plenty of time to find a parking spot and a good place to watch before the 9:30a parade. At 8:00, I checked the local tv station website for local news and their site said the parade was at 9:00a! YIKES!!!!

I rushed the children through breakfast and got everyone dressed warmly and jumped in the van. We rushed downtown (me praying that the road I think is Washington really is - it was! PTL!) and parked in the lot across from the Presbyterian Church. There was NOTHING going on at 8:50am. We strolled downtown, wandered around a bit, wandered back down Washington. We ended up waiting an hour! *LOL* Try to keep 6 excited children behaving for an hour.

But it was worth it! The elephants were so cute, wrapping their trunks around the one in front of them's tail. How cute! And then the horse were great. My boys were even thrilled when one pooped in front of us and thought it great that there was truck following behind cleaning up the poop! They asked how much that guy got paid and I said, "Not enough!" LOL

I thought of hanging out downtown for while afterwards, but in our rush to get out of the house, not everyone had visited the potty before we left the house. Also, the 11mo was exhausted. We decided to come home and spend the rest of the day catching up on chores and watching videos. I hope to get them outside this afternoon. We have an experiment to do about rainbows that needs sunshine. :D

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Does God care if you use a chemical birth control method?

If you believe that life begins at conception and that abortion is murder, then please read this!

Can some types of birth control cause early abortions?

Many women today choose the convenience of chemical birth controls - either birth control pills, shots, or IUD's. But how do they work? The best way to find out is to read the Full Prescribing Information provided by the manufacturer. These can be obtained by looking on-line, checking Physicians' Desk Reference, or by asking your pharmacist. Once you have this, look under the heading "Clinical Pharmacology". This is where the manufacturer tells how the birth control works. Most chemical birth control methods have three mechanisms. Although the primary mechanism is inhibition of ovulation, other alterations include changes in the cervical mucus, which increase the difficulty of sperm entry into the uterus, and changes in the endometrium which reduce the likelihood of implantation.[1]It's that last phrase which should concern Christians. This means that a fertilized egg would be unlikely to be able to implant in the uterus. If life begins at conception, then this is an abortion.
[1]Physicians' Desk Reference (Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics, 1998)

What does the Bible say about children?
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;" Jeremiah 1:5a

Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the LORD. May the LORD bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. Psalm 128

May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. Gen. 28:3