Monday, July 31, 2006

Not a Religion? - by Brad

Religion: 1. beliefs and worship. people’s beliefs and opinions concerning the existence, nature, and worship of a deity or deities, and divine involvement in the universe and human life

Religious: 1. relating to religion. relating to belief in religion, the teaching of religion, or following the practices of a religion

[definitions from Encarta Dictionary]

So, is Christianity a religion? Yes.

Am I religious? Absolutely!

I often see t-shirts or hear anti-religion statements going hand-in-hand with promoting Christianity. I am not trying to put down anyone who uses the "non-religion" method to evangelize, but I guess I think of the terms different than most people.

I understand what they are getting at since they (and the world) often view these terms as meaning mindless ritualistic ceremony. For example, I might say that a friend of mine uses Q-tips religiously. Certainly, Christianity should not meet this definition of the word. However, it seems to me that denouncing Christianity as a religion all together seems ignorant.

That's my opinion... but I may not stick to it.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Spontaneism - by Brad

We were planning on staying home from Creation yesterday, but around noon, Lindsey was feeling spontaneous and wanted to take the boys to the Gorge again. I am amazed at how much Elliott picks up during the sermons. There was one point where the speaker said, "Everybody close your eyes with me... and look inside yourselves..." Immediately Elliott turned around and said, "I can't see with my eyes closed!"

Same goes with Wesley. There was a speaker whose catch phrase was, "when the world says 'no way', we say..." and then everyone shouts "Yahweh!". Wesley caught on pretty quickly and would just say "no way" every time instead of "Yahweh". I hope this doesn't mean he is going to be rebellious later.

Today Lindsey's sister is watching the boys, so we have the whole day there to ourselves. Tonight is Thousand Foot Crutch, David Crowder, Third Day... and oh yeah... Superchick!

Anyway, here is a bonus picture from last night. Wesley had fun spraying me with water.

And we're off again...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Computers, Popsicles, & Music - by Brad

So here is the latest photo update...

We finally moved from dial-up internet to a fiber optic connection. It's pretty slick, so now we can really spend a lot of money on ITunes (Brad said with a sarcastic tone). Our old computer was running pretty slow, so we bought a new one. Now the old computer belongs to the boys. Now it only has their games on it so it works alright for that.

I am taking this week off to try to finish up some of the exterior trim on our house, as well as go to the Creation Festival at the Gorge. Lindsey and the boys were great at keeping me company while I was painting in the 100+ degree weather.

We are trying to transition Wes to being able to sleep in a bed rather than his crib. Three nights in a row, and he would rather sleep on the floor.

Last night we took the boys to the first night of Creation (the festival that is). We took the boys because it was just in the evening... and children under 5 are free. It was really hot when we got there and the boys were dragging a little. But immediately after the sun went down over the hills, they started jumping all over the place. We had a great time with them. If you look closely, you can see Jeremy Camp on the big screen.

I am working more on the house today, but then Lindsey's sister is going to watch the boys so that we can go to Creation tomorrow and Saturday.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Chimps - by Brad

I read the Science & Space section of on a daily basis. I read something interesting this morning in an article about a group who is trying to map the genome of the Neanderthal.

Apparently last year, this group mapped the genome of a chimpanzee. The chairman of this group said that the chimp genome, "led to literally too many questions, there were 35 million differences between us and chimpanzees -- that's too much to figure out."

My guess is that when they map out the genome of the Neanderthal, they will find out that there are few differences between us and them, and that there are still 35 million differences between the Neanderthal and the chimpanzee. I guess I like knowing that even though evolutionists say that we are closely related to monkeys, we are soooo very different.

Well, maybe I can see it...

Honestly, I really don't have an opinion on how humans came to be... except that God created us. Whether God created us just 10,000 years ago, or whether he formed us through millions of years of evolution, I don't find that it contradicts anything in God's Word.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Fuzzy Memories - by Linz

Last night we spent the evening watching videos of Elliott and Wes. I don't think we have laughed so hard in a long time. I have fond memories of watching movies with my family when I was growing up, but there is something even greater when it your own kids.

It's funny what we think we remember.

For instance, I thought Elliott's crazy-hyper self was a new thing...not so. There were several instances when we would ask him to sing a song, or say a verse and he would just run up to the camera, arms waving and razz! He seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself. We did get a few sweet songs out of him and a great reciting of John 3:16...from a two year old, pretty cute!

The videos of Wesley were where most of the laughing came in. To be honest, we were laughing at him...his hair really. He had the worst baby hair ever. I remember feeling kind of bad for him and knowing that it looked funny. But evidently I didn't remember how bad it was. I know we talked about cutting it, but thought that might make it worse. In retrospect, nothing could have made it worse. I think Brad said "we ruined his babyhood with ugly hair." He also apologized to Wes a few times amid the laughter! Good thing Wes is too young to be offended. He has more than made up for the not-so-cute baby pictures since then!

There was one very short clip where Wes was in the high chair and Elliott runs into the picture carrying a toy golf club. He's headed straight for the high chair. Mom shouts "NO WAY", Elliott pauses and the camera turns off! That pretty much sums up Wes' first year of life.

So it was an enjoyable evening. It's fun to look back at all of the things that were worth pulling the video camera out for. It seems they still strike a chord with mom and dad!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Dear Diary - by Brad

July 3rd – We had my parents and my sister’s family over for a pre-4th-of-July barbeque. My nephews and nieces wore out Elliott and Wesley so much that evening, they both slept past 8:00 AM the next morning. This might have been the first time they BOTH slept past 8:00! It was great.

July 4th – We all went to Ohme Gardens here in Wenatchee. It was extremely hot. We then went to Lincoln Rock State Park to let the kids play in the river. Later that night, there were many small fireworks at home and then we took the boys to watch the big fireworks. Wesley slept through them while Elliott, Jake, and Ryan were in awe. On the walk back to the car, we had to speed up to avoid a small gang fight. It was rather nerve-racking.

July 5th – Work. Started feeling sick at night, fell asleep at 8:30.

July 6th – Sick – stayed home from work. Lindsey took the boys to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seatlle. [this picture really is at the zoo]

July 7th – Work. Still sick. SHOULD HAVE stayed home. Bad fever.

July 8th – Still sick. What a waste of a Saturday.

July 9th – Finally better! Went to church. The youth group came over for a hike up Castle Rock. It was very hot and a few people got dizzy and almost sick… yee-haa. Everyone made it back and we had a lot of fruit, pizza, and foosball (we didn't eat the foosball). After everyone left, I gently mowed our sad, sad looking grass.

[Sod update] A few weeks ago, the irrigation main broke down the street from us, causing our irrigation water to be shut off for almost two weeks. Our water is back on, but we now have dalmation grass. So sad.

Monday, July 03, 2006

The Purchase is Paying Off - by Brad

Lindsey made her Sunday morning drumming debut at church yesterday! She is probably one of only a few pregnant chick drummers out there.

She made me proud!

...and she didn't even drop a stick!