Most all of my extended (brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews and my parents for one day) go as well. It is always fun to spend more time with them.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Our whole family except Jonathan went. We had thought that we would all go but Jonathan didn't feel like taking a long trip (6 hours of driving each way - so not that bad but still quite a while in the car) and wanted to be in church here on Sunday to try to connect more with a new young man that had started coming. His staying home meant that he could do the chores and he was able to go help my dad with barn building so it seemed to make sense. While he was home my Sister and Brother-in-law also had him over for supper one night and my father-in-law came over to go kayaking with him so he stayed fairly busy and didn't get to lonely. Jonathan also cleaned the house while we were gone so that was a big plus for him staying home!
We camped at the fairgrounds in Fairmont where the event was being held. It was a pretty nice place (lots of trees and grass) but unfortunately somebody had very recently spread pig manure on the field right next to the fairgrounds and the place smelled horribly like a hog farm much of the time. We thought about wearing kerchiefs over our nose. I felt very thankful to not live on a hog farm.
Aaron also shot in Air Pistol and got 10th place (score of 286) , another 10th in Silhouette Rifle (score of 10), and a 7th place in Standard Air Rifle (score of 231). His team (of 4 intermediate shooters from our county) place 1st in 3 of their 4 events and 2nd in the other one. We are pretty happy for them.
Aaron just did one shooting event early Sunday morning and then we drove over to Worthington, MN to go to church. My roommate from college moved their to marry a man a few years ago and I was hoping to surprise her at church. It just so happens that a guy that I grew up with (he is several years younger but his older sister is a great friend of mine and his parents and younger sister still live here and go to church with us) had recently moved there as well to be an associate minister in the church there so I thought it would be fun to see them too. We did see Dan and family but my friend Stacy was out of town though I did get to meet her husband.
After church we headed up to Walnut Grove, MN because we wanted to see Plum Creek and the area that Laura wrote about in "On the Banks of Plum Creek".
I really love the Little House Series and my family has enjoyed it as well. It was fun to finally see this spot which was the setting of the one book. We have also gone to see the spot where they lived in Little House in the Big Woods. I also was able to see Desmit, ND when I was a teen.
Exploring new places is fun but it is always lovely to come home! Have you gone traveling this summer? Did you have any favorite places to visit?
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Anyway, we like to grill steaks or hamburgers from time to time. For most of the summer we have long days and we have plenty of light for our grilling but as fall draws near the days get shorter and if we have a late supper we can be left grilling in the dark.
The grill light came in a nice padded box along with a little screwdriver that you could use to open the area where you change the batteries. The light seems to be quite sturdy and well made.
But over all it worked fine for grilling and it is a nice light. I did also take it camping this past weekend and it came in handy there. I also think that it would make a nice bike light.
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Does your family like to grill? What is your favorite thing to cook on the grill? Also - who runs the grill in your household? I do the strong majority of cooking in this family but when it is time to grill - Ken is in charge.
Disclaimer: I did receive this product free for purposes of reviewing but all opinions expressed are my own.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
- He has been driving himself to work most of the time rather than riding in with Ken when he goes to work and then hanging out at Ken's office for the extra time. I like this because that means Jonathan is home more. Jonathan thought it was really important because then he could do his school work here at home where I could be around to help when needed. He is able to give Mara rides some too when their schedules work out.
- He has driven to baseball and church some just because it is fun or because he was already in town for work or he thinks he needs to go to the store afterwards. That is really kind of weird to me to be bringing multiple cars and not have my family all together but I think this will tone down a little and it isn't a big deal.
- When the rest of the family went to a 4-H shooting event in southern MN last weekend Jonathan opted to stay home and do chores and was able to drive over to Grandpa and Grandmas to help out, go to church and go over to my sisters' for supper all in his own car.
- He was able to take his siblings on errands.
- He was able to go after work over to help his Granddad out.
- And today he and Aaron headed off on their own to go camping. We do have other family members camping up north too and we are joining them tomorrow but still it is weird to have our boys just leave us and go like that. I think it is cool though too - Ken and I can't go early because of our work, Mara has schooling to work on and Megan actually did go early catching a ride with Granddad and Nana but the boys can go have fun all on their own. It was pretty fun watching them get ready for it as they planned all their food to prepare on their own until we get their tomorrow evening. They also took along tarps and all of our tents so that they can get the whole site set up before we arrive. It is looking rather nice to have a son with his own wheels.
This experience is also a good opportunity for Jonathan to learn about budgeting and managing money wisely. He worked and saved up to pay for his own car. He is also the one who pays for his insurance (under our plan so that he saves money but he pays for his part) and for his gas and any repairs that are needed. Ken had him work out a budget before he ever got the car to figure out how he would pay for everything. For us having the kids pay for things like this themselves makes sense as we think it makes them appreciate it a little more and to start realizing what they are going to be facing as adults and to prepare for that.
Do you have children that drive? Did that change things a lot at your place? I am curious what your take is on having children paying for things like their own car and insurance - do you do it that way or do you prefer to pay for it for them?
Friday, September 8, 2017
Well, another school year has begun! I meant to write this Tuesday which was our first day of school but that didn't end up happening. Septembers always seem to be a very busy time! :-)
I have been having fun continuing to go through things and get rid of excess. On Monday evening (just in time for school to start!) I cleaned out our school cupboard where we keep many of the books we are actively using that year. It was fun to get that organized again.
This past week was successful in that I got rid of 25 plus things and went through 5 different areas. Hooray!
I was excited to start school again and though the youngest two denied it I think all the kids were kind of excited to start school too.
We keep our homeschooling pretty simple. I don't do any elaborate lesson planning. We don't buy tons of books at the beginning of our school year (that isn't really in the budget nor do we find the need for it). My kids for the most part are using Math books that I used when I was a child being homeschooled. It is Saxon math and it still works well and they have been used by many children now. For writing they do copywork out of the Bible into a notebook and also write letters and essays when I give them that direction. They are using some English books and Spelling books that we had gotten others years or had been given to us. The younger two are also going through some geography books that were given to us.
How is your school year going? How do you make it simple for you?
I do realize when I write about our ways that others might find that overwhelming but it is what works for us. I do think that homeschooling methods though we can truly learn from each other they are highly personal. We each have our different styles and we need to figure out what is the best fit for us.
Monday, September 4, 2017
The church is spoken of in the Bible using various figures of speech. Let's look at some of those:
"Kingdom" - Colossians 1:13 "For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son," Check out also: Matthew 16:18 & 19, Acts 28:31 and Acts 19:8
"The Flock" - "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood." Acts 20:28
"The Body of Christ" -Ephesians 1:22 & 23 "And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all." See also: 1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 12:4 & 5, Colossians 1:24
How did this church begin?
To begin with the church/the Kingdom was prophesied about in the book of Daniel. You can look at the whole story in chapter 2. King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which Daniel with God's help interpreted. It spoke of quite a few kingdoms that were strong and then destroyed and then it talks about the Church/kingdom in verse 44: "In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all thses kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever." If you look at Daniel chapter 2 along with history you can understand this prophesy more fully.
The kingdom/church was spoken of before Jesus died for us on the cross. John the Baptist ("Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, Repent, for the kingdom of haven is at hand." Matthew 3:1 & 2), Jesus ("From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heave is at hand." Mt. 4:17), The Apostles ("And as you go, preach, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Mt. 10:7) and the seventy ("and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, "The kingdom of God has come near to you." Luke 10:9) all preached that God's Kingdom was coming very soon.
In Mark 9:1 Jesus told the apostles "Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power." Assuredly they have all now died and the kingdom has indeed come. Jesus when he taught the disciples to pray taught them to pray for the kingdom to come.
Here are some scriptural predictions which were given concerning the coming kingdom/church:
"I also say that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:18 & 19
So Peter was going to be instrumental to the beginning of the church.
"Now it will come about that In the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths." Isaiah 2:2-3
This time it wouldn't be just for the Jews - it would be for all nations!
"And that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem." Luke 24:47
Again - it was for all nations and here were find another clue - it would start in Jerusalem.
When did this kingdom, the church, actually begin?
You can find this story in Acts chapter 2. There were people from many nations in the city of Jerusalem at the time. The apostles and other followers of Jesus were altogether. The Holy Spirit came upon them. They were all able to talk to all the people assembled there in each of the listeners own language. Peter then started to preach. He told them all about God's plan and how He had sent Jesus but how godless men (and they were among them) nailed Him to the cross but how He rose again. He proclaimed Jesus as Lord.
"Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?" Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself." And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!" So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." Acts 2:37-42 In verse 47 it talks about the Lord adding to their number (in some versions it says the church) day by day those who were being saved.
What a blessing it is to be a member of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Church and to follow King Jesus! Do you have that blessing in your life?