Friday, February 26, 2010
The boy stood on the burning deck, whence all but him had fled;
the flame that lite the battle's wreck, shone round him over the dead.
Yet beautiful and bright he stood, as born to rule the storm;
a creature of heroic blood, a proud, though childlike form.
The flames rolled on; he would not go without his father's word;
that father, faint in death below, his voice no longer heard.
He called aloud- “Say, father, say if yet my task is done.”
He knew not that the chieftain lay unconscious of his son.
“Speak, Father,” once again he cried, “If I may yet be gone.”
And- but the booming shot replied, and fast the flames rolled on.
Upon his brow he felt their breath, and in his waving hair;
and looked from that lone post of death, in still, yet brave despair;
And shouted but once more aloud, “My father, must I stay?”
While o'er him fast, through sail and shroud, the wreathing fires made way.
They wrapped the ship in splendor wild, they caught the flag on high,
and streamed above the gallant child, like banners in the sky.
Then came a burst of thunder sound- the boy-oh! Where was he?
Ask of the winds, that far around with fragments strewed the sea.
With mast, and helm, and pennon fair, that well had borne their part;
but the noblest thing that perished there, was that young and faithful heart.”
As you can see, the snow was thick even on the road (it doesn't get much traffic)
The beauty of snow of the bushes, trees and the chain-link fence
In this spot we got 5 inches. There were some spots with as much as 6 inches. Our Uncle & Aunt in Ft. Worth got 13 inches! Unbelievable!
One word: BEAUTIFUL!
Winter wonder land! Are we in Narnia?!
Having fun with snow balls :)
Our second snowman... the first one toppled over. :)
Let us know how much snow you got in that snow storm by leaving us a comment. Thanks!!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
A sweet model for my photography, Deborah W.
Ha! Really? The speed limit is only 55 in our playhouse? That's scary. :P
Cups, cups, cups! I took this photo when we went out to eat with some friends, but at the time I had only seen 2 or 3 cups. But if you look closely you can see about 6 cups!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
If you live in Texas, we would urge you to cast your vote for Debra Medina for Texas Governor on March 2nd.
She takes a stand, unashamedly, on:
- the Second Amendment
- Biblical, traditional marriage
- State rights, and sovereignty
- the Sanctity of all Human Life
We Texans... Common Sense and Common Values.
Watch Debra Medina in the two Texas Gubernatorial debates, here and here.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
A little more than 2" at around 9am. Since then we've gotten a lot more.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Taken from Psalm 1, Psalm 18:28-33, Isaiah 55:1-3, 6-9 and John 14:6. Very powerful!
Here are the first few paragraphs:
I’ve got a two-question survey I’d like to conduct this morning – and guess what? Your number is the one I’ve dialed and I’ve got you on the line… So, will you participate with me in this?
Question number one is designed for you to show your response to what I
ask, by raising your hand. But, question number two – let’s just say that I
invite you to take it up with the Lord, just between Him and you – without any
visible response on your part at this time…
Here’s the first question: “How many of you believe that God’s way – His plan – is the BEST way to go?” Raise your hand, please, if you agree with that statement.
Okay, now to question number two – and, again – I urge you to take this one up with the Lord, just the two of you. Here’s the question: “If people watching your life were to try to discern whether or not you really believe that God’s way is best, what would they say – what conclusion would they draw, based upon the way you live your life?”
“God’s way is the very best way” – our survey says that an overwhelming majority of this crowd, at least, really believe that to be the case. But, the question – the one that makes us squirm in our seats, the one that pricks our consciences, or maybe even causes our blood pressure to go up – is not: “Is God’s way the BEST way?” But, rather, “Does my life line up with my acknowledgement and confession that God’s way is best?”
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Frosting the cup cakes with cream cheese frosting (let me know if you want the recipe, it's very simple)
Frosting the cake (which was made out of the same batter as the cup cakes)
The delicious birthday meal: Quesadillas, vegetable stir-fry, whipped pinto beans and guacamole/salsa
Yesterday was Johanna's 12th birthday. I was so busy baking her cake and cup cakes, along with preparing for her special supper meal, that I wasn't able to post something about her birthday, ON her birthday.
We had a great celebration last evening, with cheese quesadillas for the special part of her meal. Then, for dessert we had hummingbird cake, with mango coconut milk ice cream. Then to top it off, a very mysterious-cold dessert. Very fattening. :)
I hope to post pictures soon, possibly tomorrow.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
We are sorry that we never posted any photos from Christmas. We haven't developed the photos yet, so it might not be up in a LONG time! Dad had the digital camera with him in Germany while we were in Tyler and we only had a film camera with us.
~Johanna (for the Kautt Clan)
Monday, February 1, 2010
To avert from men God’s wrath,
Jesus suffered in our stead;
By an ignominious death
He a full atonement made;
And by His most precious blood
Brought us, sinners, nigh to God.
That is the first of 4 verses included on this CD, and all of them have a powerful Gospel message contained therein.
I am fascinated by the way God uses ordinary people, who are courageous enough to stand on God’s Word alone!
Although, we would not necessarily agree with everything that Jan z Hus stood for from a theological perspective, he and others like him (Tyndal specifically) blazed a trail with their ashes for what would later become known as the Prostestant Reformation, and would produce such men as Luther, Calvin and Zwingli.
His testimony reminds me of these verses:
32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.