Wednesday, August 19, 2015


So, if you've been around long, you've probably noticed I keep this place pretty uncontroversial.  I am unashamedly a Christian, a home schooler, and Southern, but I don't touch politics or most other subjects that stir up ire here, not because I don't have opinions on those matters, but because I know no one has changed my mind by spewing something on the internet.  If you want my take on those things, let's sit down and have a chat.

I got flamed for infant baptism in a comment.  I get notifications when a comment comes in, but I let it go until it was pointed out to me that the comment was on a recent post.  As it was posted not with my original post on my children being baptized, I have removed it.  He also linked to his own blog and it seemed that the reply was one copied and pasted, which is a bit spammy.

I've hemmed and hawed (see, southern there) about how to reply or whether to bother.  I decided to go ahead.  The commenter quoted scriptures that I've heard my entire life, including one about a whole family being baptized (in Acts 16), since our whole family includes children, this is where many decided paedobaptism is proper--if the head of the household believed the entire household was baptized.  That, and the transition from the blood sacrifices of the Old Testament to the water in the New.  The young boys of the Jewish faith were marked by circumcision, the people of the new covenant, including their children, are marked by baptism.

It took us being established in a church for a good while, sure we were ready to set down roots before we chose to have our children baptized.   Here is why...people often feel very strongly on this topic.  Justin and I feel that there are essentials, things that truly mark a people as Christian.  Infant versus adult baptism is not one of those.
     - Jesus told the thief next to him that he would join him in paradise. (No chance to be baptized)
     - We are told to go to heaven the only thing we MUST do is believe.  (No requirement to be baptized)
     - And as for the full submersion, I've read arguments that the river wasn't full enough to allow that, not that I'm sure that it matters...

So, if you want to pick a fight, you came to the wrong place.  We have chosen to fall under the authority of our local church, which recommends infant baptism.  If you choose to wait to have your children baptized, I see no fault in that either.  If that's what your church requires, then it is good you are under the authority they have, so long as the foundational theology is accurate.

The one thing I did disagree completely with Mr. Commenter on is that little children have not sinned and do not need to repent.  Little children do not need to be taught to be selfish or deceptive.  Our one year old has been hiding behavior that she knows we disapprove of for months.  She will take things that she knows don't belong to her and hide them.  No one taught her how.  She is fallen, but she is loved and forgiven.

Now, you can comment, since I brought it up. :)  I won't even delete it this time, so long as you are civil.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Funny

Nate: Those bird's wing leafs.

Me: You mean feathers?


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Nate: What are those yellow flowers in the garden?

Me: Marigolds.

Nate: Do bees like miracles?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Funnies & a Little Life

Nate: We have red lights so people can walk or drive without being interrupted.  Yellow lights mean go slow, and green lights me go medium, but I wish we didn't have red lights.

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Justin grumbled about another driver.

Gabby: Why don't you honk your horn at them?

Justin: It wouldn't help

Gabby: Well complaining doesn't help either.

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As you might be able to tell we've spent more than our normal amount of time driving this week!  Kate is away at camp until about midnight tonight with some of her AHG troop.  In the mean time we signed Gabby up for a four day AHG day camp a little closer to home.  It wasn't as close as I thought when I filled out the paperwork, but she had a great time.

Thankfully we were able to share in another group's carpool.  Gabby rode along with them for the first two days.  I drove with the carpool one day, and the final day, I just drove her to and from the house myself.  I am very thankful for that carpool because it is a bit of a haul over to the camp ground!  Some of the oldest girls stayed on site for three nights as they worked on their badges.

I can't wait to hear about Kate's week too!

Monday, July 13, 2015

I'm often asked if we school in the summer.  The answer is usually not really.  I mean the kids read ALL the time.

Then there was the time Kate broke her arm and couldn't do summer, so we did school between physical therapy sessions and doctor's visits.

And the summer before Ellie came that we did school so I could take the time after she was born.

And now evidently there is that summer that I asked Nate, in jest, after buying him a folder, so are you ready to start school on Monday that he answered, "YES!!!" with such enthusiasm I was shocked.  I looked over at his sisters, who kind of shrugged.  I looked at the blazing hot weather forecast, and shrugged.  So we started school.  In July.

So now, I guess the answer is about half the time...

If you need me I guess we'll be working on lapbooks, drawing a prairie habitat, and writing a letter of introduction!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Funny

On the radio: You've got to hear this story.

Nate: No, I don't gotta!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It's Fireworks Day!


Kate: You mean the 4th of July.

Nate: No, fireworks day!

Happy Independence Day!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Funny

I love sugar and Ellie most of all! -Nate