Tuesday, January 24, 2012

In Memory

Arkansas Trip

Our Great-grandma died at the end of December. So our family traveled up to Arkansas for her funeral. We were able to rake and do other clean-up at Great's house. We were thankful to be able to spend visiting time with family we don't often see. Below are so photos of our time there.

Abby, looking at really old photos (late 1800s, early 1900s) 


Great Aunt C, Great Uncle Paul and Uncle Jim

Phoebe and Jaden, playing baseball


Dinner time!

Aunt C

Uncle Jim :)

Our second cousins, Madison R. and Chloe T. with yours-truly

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Perishing Land and Burning Wilderness

While the following passage was directed at unfaithful Israel, it could just as well apply to the United States of America.  Notice especially the last part of verse 2 with regards to the prolonged drought in Texas.  The last verse makes it clear that the non-Jewish nations who do not serve Jehovah will also be punished.     
Jeremiah 9:2-25
2 Who is the wise man who may understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it? Why does the land perish and burn up like a wilderness, so that no one can pass through?
13 And the LORD said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it, 14 but they have walked according to the dictates of their own hearts and after the Baals, which their fathers taught them,” 15 therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. 16 I will scatter them also among the Gentiles, whom neither they nor their fathers have known. And I will send a sword after them until I have consumed them.”
The People Mourn in Judgment
17 Thus says the LORD of hosts:

      “ Consider and call for the mourning women,
      That they may come;
      And send for skillful wailing women,
      That they may come.
       18 Let them make haste
      And take up a wailing for us,
      That our eyes may run with tears,
      And our eyelids gush with water.
       19 For a voice of wailing is heard from Zion:

      ‘ How we are plundered!
      We are greatly ashamed,
      Because we have forsaken the land,
      Because we have been cast out of our dwellings.’”
       20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O women,
      And let your ear receive the word of His mouth;
      Teach your daughters wailing,
      And everyone her neighbor a lamentation.
       21 For death has come through our windows,
      Has entered our palaces,
      To kill off the children—no longer to be outside!
      And the young men—no longer on the streets!
       22 Speak, “Thus says the LORD:

      ‘ Even the carcasses of men shall fall as refuse on the open field,
      Like cuttings after the harvester,
      And no one shall gather them.’”

23 Thus says the LORD:

      “ Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
      Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
      Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
       24 But let him who glories glory in this,
      That he understands and knows Me,
      That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
      For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

25 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that I will punish all who are circumcised with the uncircumcised— 26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, the people of Ammon, Moab, and all who are in the farthest corners, who dwell in the wilderness. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stop SOPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Sir/Madame,

I am contacting you today concerning H.R. 3261 S.O.P.A which allows the federal government the power to shut down the internet.  I find this to be an encroachment on the freedom of the press, and we the people’s ability to challenge the traditional forms of media, by doing our own research.

In my estimation, S.O.P.A  is Orwellian and another way for the government to fear monger, and intimidate average Americans into the believing that these kinds of laws are helpful for the future of our nation.

I would strongly urge you to VOTE AGAINST S.O.P.A (H.R. 3261) when it comes to the floor for debate later this month.

Please take a stand for the future of America’s freedom!

I would strongly urge you my fellow readers to contact your representatives and senators and urge them to vote AGAINST S.O.P.A (H.R. 3261) when it comes to the floor for debate on the 24th.  You can find out more information here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Photo Shoot

I know this is weird, but I just did a photo shoot with a bundle of letters. ;) Anyway, below are the photos from the shoot.

Which one(s) do you like best? I think my personal favorite is the last one. :) I edited the photos using Picnik.

Monday, January 2, 2012

English Country Ball

Our family recently got to attend the English Country Ball. :) It was SO much fun! We got to visit with friends, eat, dance and take photos.

 "The Virginia Reel"

Jaden was my partner for "The Virginia Reel"

the press thought that they needed to take photos of Jaden and I. By the way, my over-skirt is made from curtains. :) 

Jared C.

most of the P. family

Brittany C.

Sara P. and Brittany C.

Jadon C. and Jaden


Brooke G., Brittany C., Caroline A.

the A. siblings: Allison, Caroline and Clay