Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Cropped Town

The key to making our town look industrial cool is to crop.

Someone graffitied the star on the flag with a sickle and a gavel.  Solution crop.

Boots are the footwear of liberty and my little Reagan models them so well.

When he saw this, Fritz said, "I look all grown up."

Love Jane's facial expression, Fritz said she looks like a chipper chipmunk.  Indeed she does.

Don't know what this rusted drum is, but it is behind the tattoo parlor...so we took a quick photo and didn't loiter for fear we might get inked.


My kids claim that this is a haunted house across from the library.  Maybe the ghosts got Alex, because he was absent in all these photos. 

Pearls & Girls

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Jars of Eggibolical Beauty

We did an eggibolical experiment on our counter top.  Uncooked brown eggs were soaked in mason jars filled with vinegar for 24 to 48 hours, and the shells completely dissolved.  They became rubber ovals.

  We poured out the vinegar and put the eggs in tinted water.
 The eggs absorbed the food coloring and are now jewel tones and exquisite.

We measured the eggs' circumferences in shell and after their vinegar bath and recorded our findings.
The eggs grew noticeably on the metric ruler.
Lined up for the mad scientists.
We are now trying to shrink them.
The eggs are in salt water and bubbles are forming over the egg's surface. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A Book in the Hand

Ever since learning how to read (which was frankly quite late)...I've been a word lover.  Well-chosen words can form interesting sentences. Interesting sentences form fascinating paragraphs. And fascinating paragraphs form unforgettable stories and a jewelry-box of ideas. For these reasons, I personally know a book in the hand is worth two in the bush, because it can be read then and there. And if it is actually in my hand, that means I have wiled away some time while I stir my cup of Ramen and the kids', between matching socks for feet that are all the same size and scooping up dust bunnies which perpetually congregate in the burrows of our hall. With a stack of my most recent reads beside me, here are some suggestions for you.

This is an excellent in-depth look at what is eternally important and God may use it as a means that could transform your whole life.   Don't read this if you are too comfortable or not serious, because you will find it provokes a response.
This is a pure blessing to read as Words of Life are so beautifully entwined in her Spirit-filled account of going after the enslaved and forgotten victims of human trafficking.  A must-read for all who wish to be like the Good Shepherd who goes after the one lost sheep.  This book will inspire a closer walk with the Whisperer of Our Soul.
Tear-jerker.  I feel I understand the life of an elite soldier so much better.  Between bruises and broken bones, bravado and brotherhood this is a redemptive story.  Adam is a brother of mine as I will meet him in the resurrection.
Meet God who brings us out of the far corners.  An amazing read of an orphan who the Father of the Fatherless took from Stalin's controlled Ukraine to the wastelands of China and beyond.  Not often can we see a whole life with such detail and with such clear supernatural guidance even among unspeakable desolation.  God is the focus and that makes this book irresistible.
A California wildfire will be the means which God uses to change the lives of two particular families in this modern miracle story.  There seems to be a reoccurring theme that in the devastation God can be trusted and he has not abandoned his own.  How God works all things together is a great mystery, but once again God's attribute is to turn ashes into beauty.

This book is difficult to read, because in some ways it is more graphic than any of the others above.  There is such pain in the telling that it angers this protective parent, but somehow God takes the worst of situations and shapes, Josh McDowell, a man with a tenacity and assurance that can only be His work.  Again God gets the credit for wooing this influential thinker into his kingdom and healing his past.  

Clickety Click Goes the Camera

Monday, January 07, 2013

A Face-Off

Who wins most expressive.... girls or


The Cross Holds Us Together

Sunday, January 06, 2013