July 24, 2005

Monsoon Skies

My son took this picture today. Many of you have never seen a Monsoon sky so I thought I would share it with you. If you live in the Mid-west, this type of cloudy day might signal the approach of a tornado. In our case, it just means that a monsoonal flow is heading our way and that we should prepare to expect heavy rains, winds and possible hail.

July 23, 2005

Viva Las Vegas

My dear dh is heading to Las Vegas today. He and a friend are off to the city of lights to record their Golf radio show at several golf courses in the area. My husband is a radio-guy and has been on the radio many times in his adult life. He hosted a radio and cable TV show when we lived in No. California for a while and now is co-hosting a Golf show with a friend.

I really do not like it when he travels. I guess I have always been one of those people who doesn't like to be alone. I never sleep well when he is not home and although I have family near by, I just do not like the way our routine gets interrupted.

I am really going to miss him.

July 20, 2005

Changing Churches

I don't know if you have every chosen to change churches or not, but for us it is something we have done several times during our 21 years of marriage. Most of the time, the reason was due to moving from one home to another, or to be able to fellowship with friends and family. This year we have chosen to leave our large, non-denominational Bible church for a smaller church that is around the corner from our home. It was a tough decision for us because we loved our church and had been fellowshipping there for 9 years. We had friends from sunday school, Awana, church staff, enrichment groups, and bible study. It was home for us and we loved it.

We were at a cross-roads as ds is in Jr. High now and we need to find a good solid Youth program that offered both fellowship and discipleship opportunities. The youth program at our bible church was active and had over 200 members regularly attending. It had a solid message -- reaching teens for the Gospel of Christ -- especially those that do not attend church or know about Jesus. It was evangelistic. It was pulling in teens from the high schools and Jr. Highs and was serving a segment of the population that desparately needed that message.

The problem for us was the culture and environment that this program supported. It reflected the current scene in most metropolitan secondary schools. Worldly. Sensual. Provocative. Hip. You can imagine it because I am sure you have seen the kids that get on the bus near your home or who hang at the mall. There are language issues, modesty issues, and other tangible issues that can easily confuse tender and sensitive children who have not been exposed to this so-called 'normal' part of being a teenager.

One of the main reasons we chose to homeschool was to remove our son from that particular culture and to teach him solid biblical values so that he could grow strong and be a mature Christian. It is a difficult position and I have good friends who feel as I do as well as just as many who believe that their children need to be light in a very dark world. I understand and accept this position. but for my child, I knew that he would not benefit from being exposed to that culture on a regular basis. We pulled him from public school because of this culture and we believed then as we do now that while it may be the norm in our society, it is not the norm that God desires for his people.

So we made the choice to attend a much smaller church near us. This church is no different from our large bible church except for the size. It has an active youth program and about half the students who attend it are not members of the church. Almost all are public school kids. You might be asking, "well, what's the difference?" The difference is in it's size. It is much easier to work with a smaller group of kids and have a greater impact on them, then to try and reach hundreds with the same message.

Anyway, it was a hard choice to make but we are committed to finding the right group for our son and we feel that this place will work best for us.

July 19, 2005

Mud Volcanoes

My son really loves volcanoes. He has loved them since he was a child and reads any book or watches any informational program he can find on them. We have made several volcanoes as science projects as well.

Created out of mud

But today, ds, decided to create a mud volcano outside. There is not much to do here in the hot summer except swim or stay inside, so I was quite surprised that he chose to spend his afternoon outside in the heat and sun. But he did. We all got to watch him set his creation off !