Thursday, November 22, 2007



The Kautt Family
8 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;make known his deeds among the peoples! 9 Sing to him; sing praises to him;tell of all his wondrous works! 10 Glory in his holy name;let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 11 Seek the Lord and his strength;seek his presence continually! 12 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,his miracles and the judgments he uttered, 13 O offspring of Israel his servant,sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! I Chronicles 16:8-13 ESV

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Canadian Clear Lake

Caleb's drawing. He named it "Canadian Clear Lake". Beautiful!

The picture of Vermilion lake, which Caleb got the idea for his drawing from.

Here is a really nicely done drawing that Caleb did a couple of weeks ago. I'm going to post his drawing, then the actual picture his drew it from. He found the picture in a book about Canada. It has a bunch of really beautiful pictures in it. Enjoy!


P.S. Keep looking for drawings that I'll be posting. I'll try to post them more often!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Joel loves to take nature pictures. He snapped these while up in Oklahoma recently.

Delicate yellow



Big boy

Here are some photos that Phoebe took of Jaden & Caleb mowing.

Getting a long row cut

The second time to mow!

Jaden, Caleb's helper

Friday, November 16, 2007

'Tis the season... to give Thanks!

With ThanksGiving fast approaching here in America, I wanted to take the time to express my gradtitude.

I have been blessed to grow up in a home where giving thanks is not just reserved for one day out of the year. The other night, while at the dinner table, we all had a chance to express our thanks to God about one thing that He has done in our lives, and then also to say something about the person to our right. I always enjoy these times of worship, and thanksgiving. We should remember to give thanks every day, and not just on ThanksGiving!

On Sunday our church held it's annual "Blessing count Sunday". This is a time where instead of a formal sermon preached by Dad, the people of the congregation are invited to express their thankfulness for what the Lord has done in their life, blessings they've received through other people, etc. I was not able to attend the actual service, but I know that it was good from past experience.

Afterward, a potluck meal was served and we all enjoyed a time of food and fellowship. The ladies group at our church presented to our family a large (and I mean large!) fruit basket. It was the "perfect" gift, since our famiy is vegitarian. Joel had our digital camera, so we don't have any we can upload at this time. We did take some with our other camera, but we'll wait for those pictures. What a blessing from God! We have been enjoying the oranges, kiwi, pears, apples, strawberries, grapes, bananas and bell peppers tremendously! We look forward to Thanksgiving day, and the hoped for fruit salad.

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever... Who gives food to all flesh, for His mercy endures forever." Psalms. 136:1,25

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wonderous works! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth." Psalms. 105:1-2, 5

I am especially grateful to God this year for: The Bible, which is always true, and is a piercing light that leads me, and convicts me, strengthens me and is an everlasting comfort in times of trial and affliction. My parents, who if it weren't for them I wouldn't be here. :) They are a great encouragement to me to walk as a daughter of the King of Kings should, and as a daughter in her father's house. I have learned much from their examples, and words of wisdom and instruction. My family, this includes our dear friend Larry Amos (we miss you!!), they have been a huge encouragement to me to walk in the Lord. Also, they are such dear fun to be around, what would I do without you all? I love all of you and pray that the Lord will bless you in a very special way this Thanksgiving!

I pray that you, our readers will have a very blessed Thanksgiving. God bless you one and all!

"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thessalonians 5:23


Remember Joel

Jaden & Joel digging for fossils
Today, Joel the eldest Kautt Kid, left for 10 days of vacation in what we call "heaven on earth" i.e. Colorado. The other children and Dadikins took him to Uncle Jay's house in Ft. Worth. The rest are coming home as I write this. Joel will be traveling with, Poppy & Grams, Uncle Anthony, Uncle Jay & Uncle Abe. This will be a "working" vacation, I'll let Joel explain in a later post on his vacation.

Please pray that Joel will:
-Have Safe travel both to and from CO.
-Be a bright, faithful witness to the others he's with
-Be rejuvenated and refreshed after months of stress
-Have a lovely time in the mountains
-Not get sick (or homesick)
-Sleep well :)

We'll have to post pictures of his trip after he returns. He took three cameras (including our only digital) with him and he 's quite the photographer, so we'll possibly have some good ones to share upon his return.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Fossil Dig!! (as told by Phoebe)

The group on "Crinoid Hill".

Yours truly by a drill hole on a large piece of rock.

Mr. Bob Dugas talking to the group at the first stop.

Nehemiah Wall (8-9), & Caleb hunting for fossils by the side of a small cliff.

(Left to right): yours truly, Jaden, & Joel looking like "true" paleontologists!? LOL

The majority of the group was around the rock pile that is pictured above. Behind the pile is the side of the mountain that was blasted out.

(Left to right): Jaden (on top of car hood), Johanna, Joel, yours truly, & Dad eating a "hood" lunch. Caleb was taking the picture.
(Left to right) Mrs. Wall holding Lazarus just 6 weeks old, Amos (2-3 yrs. old), Beulah (5-6), Mr. Wall, Johanna, Dad, & Jaden. Johanna & Jaden cleaning off the rocks with paint brushes!
Phoebe here. I'm finally getting around to posting something. We've been very busy lately.
On October 23rd 2007, we got up at 5:30am to prepare to travel to the Arbuckle Mountains, in Davis Oklahoma. We had done a lot of the needed preparations the previous days, so there was only a few last minute things that needed to be done. We ate a quick "bite" (literally!) of breakfast, then headed out the door around 7:45am. Abby had so unselfishly volunteered to stay home with mom (we had originally thought one of our friends were going to stay with mom, but our friend got sick and couldn't come), so there was only the six of us: Dad, Joel, Caleb, Johanna, Jaden, & I.
We got to the first stop at 10 minutes after 10, hoping to get there sooner than that, but we sort of got lost a couple times! Once we got to the first stop (which was actually a scenic outlook) we got out of the car and walked over to the place were Mr. Bob Dugas (the main director) and all of the other families were. We listened to Mr. Dugas for about 1 hour, telling about the different layers, the formation of the Arbuckle Mountains, and a few more things. (He said that most scientists think that the Arbuckle Moutains used to be 20,000 feet high at one time.)
We left from there to split up into two different groups to take a bathroom stop. That took several minutes with several families, even with the split into two different groups.
We finally got to the third stop at 12:30pm to eat lunch, which was actually down the mountain from the first dig site. We had a yummy "hood" lunch (we ate on the hood!) with tomatoes, homemade bread, carrot sticks, onions, celery sticks, orange & yellow bell pepper sticks, peanut butter, homemade granola, & fresh strawberries!
We then loaded our backpacks and arms and started up the hill, after getting instructions from Mr. Dugas. The first dig sit was mostly made up of piles of rocks that had been blasted out of the side of the mountain about 50 yards away from the pile. There was also a couple of other places that were very good spots to chisel and dig. I mostly found mine by flipping over rocks, looking them over good, and rejoicing when I found one! I estimate that we found well over 50 small fossils, mostly sea shells and crinoids. Dad, instead of digging for fossils, he dug and found a new friend. He struck up a conversation with a man (Dad of 8 children, home schooled) who, come to find out, knows several of Dad's acquaintances. We had actually met them at the bathroom break on our way to the first dig site. We met all of the Wall family eventually, by the time the whole day was over. They had a good conversation while the rest of us had a great time finding fossils.
We left the first dig site at 2:37pm to travel about 1/2 a mile down the road to the second "dig" site. We got there about 3 minutes later, and got out of the car. We really didn't need our shovels or chisels, because at this site (Crinoid Hill) the fossils we were looking for (crinoids) were out in the open, uncovered, and out of rock. That only took a few minutes, and then a closing word from Mr. Dugas and we were off, so we thought...
...We actually drove down the road to where we had stopped for lunch to help a lady who locked her keys in her car. Providentially, we had our "slim jim" (a tool that you stick in between the window on the car and the seal, with a hook on it to try to grab the lock and pull it up) and after about 15 or 20 minutes of trying, Mr. Dugas, with help from slim jim (and others) got it unlocked and we were happily on our way. That was around 3:30pm.
We then drove down into Davis and stopped at a gas station for the bathroom usage, and eat a bite of food at 10 till 4:00. We decided that we could probably find a better place to sit and eat, so we drove across the street and sat under a large shade tree, right next to a chicken coop. After making the noise of opening and closing car doors, 12 or 13 chickens came out of the chicken house, along with a little kitty cat. We sat there for 20 minutes or so, and then traveled to the same place where the 1st stop was. Took several pictures, walked around and looked at the odd form of the layers, viewed a 3-4 inch long orange & black centipede, and finally hopped into the car to head toward home-sweet-home.
Finally getting home around 7:15 after a great day of looking at God's judgement on sinful man. We are very thankful for the Providential protection for us while on the road, and for Mom & Abby at home. October 23rd, 2007 we will always remember.
Until next time,

Where have we been?

We have been exceedingly busy this week (I know it's only Wednesday). Saturday & Sunday always take it out of us. We had a pretty normal Sunday, with church and all. Saturday we spent the day shopping for groceries and whatnot, go home to clean the house and prepare for Sunday's activities.

We have two upcoming posts that need to be published soon. One is about the recent fossil dig that the crew went on, but since I didn't make it I can't really tell you what went on. It will have lots of photos and so keep on the look-out for that one. I'll try and prompt some folks into writing it soon. :)

Joel will hopefully have a post up about our recent excursions with the Creation conferences we've been apart of. He's at work today and will be busy through the weekend, but maybe he'll post on Sunday afternoon.

On Friday last, our long lost cousin Reece (21) came for a visit, and stayed for several hours! It was wonderful to see him and talk and laugh. We always have such in depth conversations that run the gamut of topics. We had an interesting conversation about modesty and how guys react when they see immodestly dressed young ladies. He also told us about his recent trip to Colorado, and how that went. Too bad he didn't take any pictures, but he was there for a discipleship conference. Reece is busy with school and his work as an electrician, so we don't see him as much as we used to before he got so busy. The rest of his family (Mom & 4 younger brothers), are regular visitors here. We love you guys! And I have to say guys because there are 5 young men in that family.

It got cold yesterday. The high for today is... in the 50s (as I write this its 46 degrees, cold to us Texans!). Last night Phoebe & I covered the plants that are still growing in our experimental garden. We also had to bring in all of our patio flowers, and covered the raspberry bush that is so huge! The faucets were wrapped and covered to the best of our ability. I'm not the most handy type person, but I've learned from trial n' error. Joel & Caleb were down in Dallas all day, trimming trees at Grandpa & Grandma's. They also attended MIOS (Metroplex Institute of Origins Science) meeting and saw our homeschooling friends the McKnight family! Hi McKnight family! I'll let Joel or Caleb fill you (our dearest readers) in with all the details.

I need to clean the house, and do tons of school work. I posted because it had been several days since we'd done anything up here (sorry Camille).

Have a lovely day everyone!