Thursday, December 30, 2010

This Will Hurt a Lot of Families

adopting in China. When they travel they will not be able to Skype home. My parents just signed up to Skype with their out of town kids. Thankfully no one is in China. China is closing itself off. Wonder what they are gearing up to do? There has been speculation that war with the US is in the not to distant future. That came from comments made by the Chinese military this past year. Very interesting and very scary. Obviously they are afraid of freedom for one.

Too bad our American liberal/progressive movement wants to go more toward communism and away from freedom. That movement will hurt us much more than it has already.

Wow, Just Wow

I found this at this blog. She is right, it is beautiful.

By far my most favorite song that I truly believe should be sung year 'round.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Compassion of a Child

Today I awoke with a terrible sinus headache due I am sure to the snow with which the weathermen keep threatening us but will never come. G is staying with my parents this week while I work so after church we came to wait at their house for them to come back from out of town.

So G was changing from her Sunday clothes and wanted me to stay in Grammie's room with her while she changed. I told G that unless I went to take some medicine right then, I would throw up. She stopped a moment and said, "Mama, can I watch you throw up?"

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Most Treasured and Lasting Gift

Made by a Grandfather's hands with love. My dad made G a doll house totally unfinished in that she had to do all the decorating of it herself, well with a little help from mom that is. I used some of my mother's Southern Living mags (for indoor pictures) and Birds and Bloom mags (for outdoor pictures) and we went to town.
She is still working on it today with the roof. We glued some of the permanent stuff and used tape for the Christmas decorations. She received a doll , which is the perfect size for the house, for a gift from our cousins.

We love decorating it. Merry Christmas everybody!

Book Review: Bible Reference Book

Book description from Nelson publisher: "The beloved Biblical Cyclopedic Index from The Open Bible is now available as a stand-alone resource, for use with any Bible or translation.

With more listings than any other Bible resource available, Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index reference tool helps readers quickly pull together a thorough and comprehensive Bible study, lesson, or sermon.

Completely unique, Nelson’s Biblical Cyclopedic Index combines the features of a concordance, a topical Bible, and a Bible dictionary. It is a special kind of subject index that combines the best features of a concordance and a topical index. It’s an incomparable resource for Bible study, with more subjects detailed than any other publication. The Biblical Cyclopedic Index offers more listings than any other similar Bible resource available. With more than 8,000 subjects, names, places, things, concepts, events, and doctrines of the Bible, it is the one resource every church and personal library can’t do without."

I like this handy index. It is smallish, easy to handle and use. It gives the definition and the location used in the Bible but not just where it is used but how it is used. Example of "Happiness of the Saints" gives where it is derived from fear of God, trust in God etc; examples of Israel, Mary, Paul; in spite of Discipline, suffering etc; described as blessed, filled, in God alone; and then the other names like gladness and joy for reference.
Some definitions and locations aren't as detailed but it depends on the word and how many times it is used in the Bible. It will be very useful to me as I prepare every Saturday for Sunday's lesson. So if you need a good reference I couldn't recommend it more highly for ease of use and no intimidation factor.
I received a free copy in exchange for the review and the opinions are 100% mine.

A Little Pre-Christmas Recap

Yesterday, Mom, G and I took off to a local town nearby to see the display of nativity scenes from around the world. I felt like I had personally gone around the world. It was a very nice display. There was a very cool Orthodox display with the nesting dolls and a series of iconic plates. It really was awesome. One nativity had a pig in it which represented wealth in the culture from where it came but would not have obviously been in the original stable.

Irish nativity and Orthodox nativities

Part of a China triptych, and a nativity made of banana leaves.

Then we headed east a bit to see my aunt (mom's younger sis). We landed just in time for lunch and it was a good visit to boot. Speaking of boots, heh, G got a new pair of brown boots one size larger than the ones she wears All. the. Time.

Then after that visit we headed north a bit to a local "Old McDonald's" where G enjoyed the playland while Mom and I visited with a long lost 1st cousin of Mom's. Long lost in the sense that they basically lived their lives within 30 miles of each other but until their own parents died never really hung out together. That was very nice to visit and hear the differences in the families.

Then G and I brought Grammie back home and headed to dinner with a friend to a Japanese restaurant where G ate cucumber sushi, sans the cucumber, and actually really liked it. I think it surprised her a bit.

But before all of these activities G and I opened all the wrapped gifts to her from me, Grammie and Grandad at my parents house.

I thought that was a great idea so that today she could focus on the Santa gifts. G didn't really like that though but couldn't really verbalize why.

We were so busy we didn't even go to the candle light Christmas service at church. I tried really hard to make that a tradition but we were just too busy this year.

Now the parents are off to my sisters and G and I have obligations at church tomorrow so we stayed home. We are playing at their house for a bit before we go home and watch a Christmas movie or three.

It's Christmas Day at Our House

I would say G had a wonderful Christmas. And that Christmas might not have started so early except I forgot to turn off the alarm.

I wish I could say that pic with the blankets was the "first" look but she sneaked and saw before I was ready. That pic is the I am excited and embarrassed for being excited all at once.

Views of a Christmas Play

About half way through the program I told my mom that I thought G was intentionally hiding behind the little girl in front and Mom said, "You are just now figuring that out?"

So after it was over I asked and sure enough G said she was hiding because there were a lot of people that came to watch, heh.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Okay so I can post on the blog from the phone but can't figure out how to post photos. Still trying to find out. Stay tuned because I have some cute ones of G

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Visiting Santa and Snow in the Fall

We visited Santa Saturday afternoon after the Yogi Bear birthday party of our cousin. 

Cute movie BTW. Anyway the Santa made a comment about G being another year older and in the car G got really excited because Santa remembered her age, heh.

Oh and Saturday morning we woke up to "a centipedes" worth of snow on the ground. At 5:30am there was a lot more of the white stuff than when I took this picture at 8am. Sunshine makes a difference. It is very unusual for us to get snow this early or rather late in the fall since Dec 21st is the first day of winter. Rarely do we ever get snow in December but maybe this year, ya know with that whole climate change thing happening and the whole Gore effect.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Guess Who Lost a Tooth?

This makes her third tooth gone. It was really really loose and the one beside it is pretty loose too. She had to go to the nurses office yesterday before the Christmas party at school because "it was bloodin'."

She said this morning, "Look mama, I got my blink back." When I brushed her teeth last night I new it was ready to come out. I offered to pull it for her but she wanted to do it herself. She tried and apparently it made a sound or hurt a bit because she didn't do it. So I got a floss stick and played with it until it popped out. I am not sure who was more surprised. She didn't realize it came out until I told her to spit it out before she swallowed it.

And wouldn't you know the tooth fairy was cash-poor. So we wrote a note and said if a trinket would be better then G was okay with that. We had seen "Jane and the Dragon" (excellent cartoon by the way) where the Princess lost a tooth with the tooth fairy bringing her a trinket not money. G decided that children in Africa really don't have a lot of store to buy things so the tooth fairy must leave trinkets for them as well so why not her too. So the trinket was a magnetic hangman game. G was so shocked that the tooth fairy knew she loved hangman.

Oh and yesterday Santa told her he had seen her sing at the program (which I will need to blog about with pictures this weekend) and it blew G's mind. "How did he see me, mama?"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Santa Visit 2010

Thanks to my parents, who were able to go to G's Christmas party at school, I have a photo of her with Santa. Needless to say, we haven't been this year. We have an opportunity this weekend and I hope we can go.

Do You Know What Today Is?

Do you know what today is? Go here to see for yourself. It really is a pretty important day, then as now.

Another great link.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gift vs. Payment

After a very terrible weekend in behavior (both mine and G's) I was strongly convicted about what gift giving really means, especially if Santa plays a part in the giving at Christmas. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, Who was Himself a gift given to an undeserving people to save us from our sins. He didn't come because we were good, actually it was the very opposite, we weren't/aren't good (to our very core we are evil continually).

So here we are at a celebration of that gift given not based on how we act other than rottenly (is that a word) and yet we use Santa to control our kids using the same concept of gift. Santa won't come bring gifts if you aren't good or well behaved. Well if that is the game we play, then the child doesn't receive a gift, s/he receives payment earned on his/her behavior. I was convicted in that how can I tell G that she will only get gifts if she is being good but then tell her that her being good isn't needed when it comes to the gift of eternal life in Jesus. I do not want to tie her behavior to the word gift.

Now, I am not knocking Santa because the history of St. Nicholas is based on an Orthodox Priest who was loved greatly by the people. He himself was a priest to the Gift that we celebrate on Christmas. St. Nicholas spread the gospel (good news) giving people a gift of life through introducing and celebrating the Babe in the manger (not necessarily the way we do today). So Santa (though his image has been changed to fit our culture) is not necessarily a bad concept (and he visits us on Christmas) in giving gifts that represent the greatest gift of all, but maybe the tying good behavior to it could be rethought.

Well, like I said, bad behavior fit us both this weekend, her instigation and my poor response, such that I took all her presents away from under the tree. Then I was sorely convicted. I gave them back and explained that her gifts weren't based upon her or anything she does or doesn't do but are solely based on me, the giver. I explained that Jesus didn't give us the gift of eternal life based on us but on Himself only. And that Santa gives based on a heart to show Jesus to the world through giving gifts to children.

I explained that some children get things to meet their basic needs rather than things that would be useless for survival and that we get to be to those children like Santa through giving money to the church or shoe boxes through Samaritan's purse.

I am really this close (pinching fingers tight) to telling G about Santa being a historical person (with all the history) and now being more of a thought or idea to make surprises at Christmas special. But I do really like the idea of Santa in context and so G will not be earning her gifts. They will come and forget the elf on the shelf or coal in stockings; G will be given gifts because I love her, she is mine and I claim her. I want to show her what a gift is so that she will eventually see Christ's gift being only based on Him and His love for her. He has claimed her as His own and showers her with His gift of love and life.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Attacks on Christmas Carried Out in the Name of Tolerance

"Make no mistake about it, those who rip Christmas out of public life are duplicitous and exploitative, no matter what they claim their victim status to be, and no matter how noble their motives. It is duplicitous to attack the majority culture under the pretense of tolerance, when the outcome of the ostensible tolerance is to be intolerant of the majority culture. It is exploitative to use privileged victim status to enforce personal preferences at the expense of a profoundly important cultural and, yes, religious observance. There are few things more self-centered than using privileged victim status to erase part of the culture one finds themselves in. If Westerners went to non-western nations and tried this ungrateful, petty behavior, they would be rightly condemned or worse, depending on the locale."

Read the whole thing.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Look What G Learned to Do

Sort of...

She was so tired after learning to skate and being in the cold. She really did enjoy it even though her face told a different story. Then in the afternoon she attended a roller skating bday party so she skated practically all day yesterday.

This is a temporary ice rink so we will probably only get to go one more time before it ends. But maybe this will be a once learned never forgotten type of thing.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

G Conversations

The other morning G was still very tired and therefore not awake enough to eat breakfast even though during the week we are on a time crunch to get to school and work on time. So I was fussing at her encouraging her to eat when she looked at me and said, "How would you like it if someone waked you up and you were still ti-urd?"

There is still brain matter on my ceiling from where my head exploded.

And that is how our mornings are deteriorating going, how about yours?

Watch with Awe and a Bit of Fear

This is scary if you think about it.

Reason TV Productions

I agree! Need a simple explanation why Obamacare and government subsidies are always a bad thing?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Statistics Can Be Fun

I took this from Instapundit blog via google reader.

This Is TOO Funny

A new take on the Hallelujah Chorus! Loved it. Too funny.

Such a creative way to watch and hear the Hallelujah Chorus.

Remembering Pearl Harbor-December 7

This is fascinating to see. Yesterday was the day Pearl Harbor was attacked that caused the US to declare war on Japan. Michelle Malkin's blog has posted pictures and stories with a video of the day. I am sure there are many ways to find the same info but the link in this post will take you to her site to see it. We need to continue to remember and thank our military personnel and their families' for their service to our country.

And yes I am a day late in posting this but it is very important to remember. We are doomed to repeat history if we forget.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Before and After

She did it. She passed her rank test and now is a yellow belt in TaeKwonDo!
And she told me she tried not to smile! This is a Christian based martial arts so along with the forms and stances she must learn memory verses. She received a certificate and an orange New Testament to represent the color belt she will try for next. Also, the teacher said at the yellow belt she is given a "dagger" and at the black belt the "sword" which is the Word of God. I liked that analogy. She was very proud but she tried really hard not to show it. I am so proud of her. I will post the video of her form later. Right now I am trying to get out the door to a birthday party at a skating rink an hour away.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

You Know...

This ought to make anyone who has every tried to follow the rules and work to support themselves and their families really angry. Do you see how entitlements hurt the American dream? Why try to make any money if you get more by being on welfare and the government dole?

Link is in the title.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

If Only...

I could merge the two pictures of G and me, I would have one frame worthy family photo, heh. After church I decided to set the camera timer to capture a pic of G and me. I had 10 free cards to order from Shutterfly so I needed a picture done before the expiry date on the free cards. These two were the best from the day but neither was the best of us both at the same time. G looks disturbed in the one and I look more disturbed in one than in the other. I wish I had some photo editing tools to combine the two but since I didn't I used the one with the best shot of G. I need to include myself in more photos just for future reference. I am not patient enough to do the whole photo editing out of stuff either. So other than trying to make one sepia toned or more sepia toned I didn't really touch them up. Like Lincoln said, "Paint me warts and all."

Friday, November 26, 2010

Have I Ever Mentioned....

G's enormous feet?

We say she takes them after Grandad.
G had a great time playing all kinds of games even being introduced to battleship (peg and hole not electric) by grandad. G loves LURVES games of all kinds. I loved watching her play. Now she and her grandparents are now decorating the Christmas tree and singing Christmas carols!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Incredible Moment

If this would happen on Black Friday and I could be sure to be there to see it, I would def. shop on Black Friday.

For all you out there shopping, enjoy the day, becareful and I hope you find all the deals you can carry.

Breaking of the Board

Finally I was able to get the karate teacher to e-mail the board breaking video. And no G didn't weaken the board with all of her attempts. She really surprised herself when she did it too and in her words, "I tried not to smile" after it broke.

Because it was sent so late (that is my term because timing wise couldn't have come at a better time) G's cousins got to see it along with her grandparents! And had I even thought G would be able to do it I wouldn't have had run down batteries!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's Thanksgiving Time

I'm really feeling fine...

And if you need directions to cook a turkey, here is G's instructions:

"I cook my torkey like this. I pule the fethers off. Then I cleen it. And then I put it in the pan, and then I put it in the uven. And then I eat it." (for those who couldn't read it)

What further instructions could you ask for?

Oh and I forgot to take a picture of the karate uniform Monday because we were running a bit late. Coming in late to class costs 10 push ups and so far we have avoided that. I will next time for sure though. Here is a not very good pic taken with my video recorder/camera:

Happy Thanksgiving everybody. May God grant traveling mercies for all of you needing to travel this Thanksgiving weekend.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Productive Sunday

I had a most productive Sunday and didn't even get a nap. No nap was actually not a good thing, other than that though it was very productive.

Anyway, I managed to finish 11 Christmas gifts, from which my hands still smell like vanilla, get G's patch on her new gi, and get the free Christmas cards from Shutterfly done. That did take a minute but I got it done. And now for your viewing pleasure, the Moore family 2010 Christmas card:

Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that she has a fall shirt on but she looked so cute yesterday morning leaving for church that I took her photo in the back yard. It seems to me to be much harder now to make the time to get a good Christmas picture or for that matter any picture especially since I have no computer at home. I lose my motivation to make pics.

G also got her gi on Friday but I haven't taken a good picture of that either. I plan on bringing the good camera to karate tonight for a really good picture of her in it. And yes she does look adorable fierce in it; until I post it you will have to take my word.

So my favorite holiday is this week. I love the idea of taking time to thank our Savior for his provision of this year. And yes I know I should be doing so everyday but this holiday, so far untainted by the commercialism of Christmas and Easter really does make a mark on me. I promise it is the holiday not the food as I really dislike traditional Thanksgiving fare.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

School Project

G had a school project sent home last Monday that we as a family were supposed to do. It was a turkey that we were to decorate. So G and I brainstormed what all to put on it. I had some stuff left over from the whole aquarium thing so I let G use some of it. Most of the sections are of different materials but from stuff we had at the house. I had to glue it to a card board container to support the weight of the fish tank rocks. Isn't he a dream. Kind of makes you hungry want to be a vegetarian this Thanksgiving huhn?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This Is Powerful

and very real. We need to listen and take heed. Contact the lame duck congress and let them know we want change now!

Monday, November 15, 2010


G participated Saturday in a basketball camp. I dropped her off, ran some errands and came back to wait for her. The basketball camp director came to tell me she was the camper of the day and that there is some true potential because she is a pretty good player. He said maybe there could be scholarship potential there. I said that yes she is a lot like her granddad, coordinated, but that she will need a def. growth spurt. He said something about point guard. I assure you I won't get my hopes up but I have known she has some sporty talent in her tiny body.

Friday night after karate she attended a bday party that was actually a sleepover but earlier in the week G decided and I was okay with her not spending the night. At 10pm I called them because silly me thought the mom would bring her home (like she offered) at 9pm when the girls were winding down. But G was very very tired and melted down after she got home. Then she was mad at me for her not getting to spend the night, never mind that she had made the decision not to earlier in the week. Truly, I had no problem with either decision. I could see a benefit for me either way, heh. Anyway, that anger she shows when she is tired puts me over the edge sometimes. We had a pretty good night sleep after some quiet cuddling.

G asked me yesterday after karate to play the game on my phone and when I told her no she said, "Oh I get it, I can play only when it is convenient to you." You got that right sister! Most things are only when it is convenient to me, heh.

Next Saturday we have 2 bday parties, one is a late one. She was actually asked to a third but I had to decline due to three bday parties are really 2 too many for me.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lost Post

Looking for something?  It is not here

Pray for the Persecuted Church

Today we bind together to pray for the persecuted church. All over the world Christians suffer for their faith at the hands of governments, other religions and just evil people. Pray for God's comfort and strength as our brothers and sisters suffer sometimes very alone. Even in a more free China there are Christians suffering, being thrown in jail, beaten and killed by the government for the Christian belief.

We in America suffer, as a former pastor used to call them, flea bites of persecution in comparison. And sometimes those flea bites will shut our mouths whereas the persecuted church stands bold all for the cause of Christ. We need to pray that we are able to be as bold in our faith as our persecuted brothers and sisters.

Hebrews 11, “Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them.”

Hebrews 13:3 "Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Illegal Immigration

In our big city news paper there has been (in conjunction with the school system I might add) a story about an illegal immigrant, his journey to America and the people he left behind. It is written to make you very very sad for this guy and try to make a case to legalise all the illegal aliens in the US. I think the article series is trying to get lots of sympathy for this and other similar cases.

Personally, the author ought to follow someone who is applying legally and follow that path of bureaucratic paperwork and passing of time to show the difficulty and heartbreak of those individuals who are denied or forced to wait for unreasonable issues. People like this who provided jobs aren't given much thought against the border runners coming up from Mexico. Sad really, this couple do it right and get punished while the Dems are crying in their drink over Arizona trying to protect its citizens by enforcing Federal law.

First off it must be said that if someone comes here illegally they have already broken a law showing they have no respect for this new land. Second, illegals are using, for free, services reserved for citizens in need. We should have no problem with people coming here legally, but the ones coming illegally are taking away precious time and effort that could be used to get those individuals who have played by the rules to America legally. If we don't secure our borders the harm and physical and financial damage illegals do to the US will only get worse over time. Arizona has it right. Obama has it wrong.

This was the Christmas picture outfit I sent G to school in Thursday, flip flops and all. We have had some crazy warm weather for November but today is back to the cold drizzly rainy weather we expect in Fall.

And this was the picture face she gave for the photo. Ha, just kidding. She was being silly for her dear ol' mom.
She really is a very silly girl. Don't tell her you saw this picture 'cuz she didn't want to share.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remember to Thank a Vet Today

I found this video here. This is a way to give back to our veterans who have given so much for us.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

235th Birthday of the US Marines

Happy Birthday! Thank you for your service and success.
Michelle Malkin's site has a history of the Marines which is a pretty interesting read.

This Is the 2000th Post

And if I had had my act together I might have done something special for you all but alas I didn't. I will regale you with stories straight from G's heart though. She has come up with some doozies lately. G has said she lived in a trailer when she was in China. She remembers it. She said when she was "18 or 17 old or maybe 16" her foster momma showed her pictures and told her about where she lived. I told her that I had her when she was "18 or 17 old or maybe 16" (months) not her foster momma. Then she changed the age and said, "Well was I held by my foster mom at 8 or 7?" And I said, "Yes at 7 or 8 months you were probably with your foster mom."

Then she told me that her China dad was really old and died already but her China mom was really young and still alive. She said she had papers that told her where she lived and where her China mom is. Oh how I wish it were so.

Yeah so the imaginations of a child are wonderful things. And yes we have open and (as honest as I can be with the info I have) honest conversations about China, her time there and her adoption into our family.

So much for anything big on this 2000th post for the blog. Thanks for continuing to read. Oh and as a last request, please stick your neck out and leave a comment to let me know who you are, where you are from (blog addy is fine too), and what your big plans are for the Thanksgiving holiday (just because I am nosey).

Monday, November 08, 2010

A Gift For G

From the CSN stores. Remember this? Well, the same week I ordered it, it was delivered. I didn't pick something for me, instead I am able to fulfill G's Christmas list one free piece at a time. And it appears that it was very easy to put together. G and her grandad did it in less than an hour. Then she had a bright sunny (but chilly) afternoon to kick the ball around.


She now has her very own practice goal for her soccer set. This became an early Christmas present from me to her. I received this free through a promotion from the CSN stores in exchange for my review. The opinions are 100% mine.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

What a Spectacularly Busy Weekend

We had such a funfilled weekend that I believe I need a vacay just to rest.

Friday night we went to a family party at karate. They even had board demonstrations. They let the students (all ages mind you) try to break a board. G did it. She broke two (not at the same time) with an ax-kick. My little board breaker!

I took these pics today. I am waiting on video of the action taken by her teacher because my battery died Friday. So, no I don't have video yet of her doing it but I was a witness to the skill and talent of my little karate kid. I will say though if taught right anyone can break a board. There is no trick to it. None of the kids her age could break it with fists due to the lack of body weight; though, they could so with feet. I was thrilled for her being able to break the boards.

Saturday we went to a family day at a museum here in big city. Best part: It was free! G was able to draw to her hearts content. There was a scavenger hunt going on for some candy as well. The picture of G drawing the fish vase was part of the hunt: an answer to her favorite thing on display. She was to draw her fav. picture but she liked the vase more. It was from the Qing dynasty. She also got to draw some things from a still life display.

Another picture she was able to do was a pre-printed water color painting with water color chalk. Part of the picture was a pre-drawn something (hers was a man in the forefront and a factory in the background) then the kids added to the picture to make it a personal work of art.
She even got her face painted with a very pretty fish.

After that we had a birthday party of a neighbor kid then went bowling with the director of the ministry where I volunteered and her grandkids. G loves to bowl. She bowled for me this time too. She made a strike for her and for me she bowled a spare. Neither of us won but she did get to play lots of video games too. She may not be getting better at the bowling but she is getting much better at the video games, heh.

Last night was my most favorite, bar none, night of the whole year. Yes I love the fall back of daylight savings time end. I left our bedroom clock alone and set the alarm for one hour later so that we got up on time for Church but we also got that extra hour sleep. Of course my dog ruined my evening mostly by needing to go outside every hour on the hour until roughly 3am. So today is nap day for me! And as soon as I hit "publish" I am out for a nap. Enjoy your weekend or what is left of it.

Friday, November 05, 2010

On This Day In History

With a Christian twist. A book out by Robert J. Morgan with 365 inspirational stories of our Christian faith. So for today November 5, 1414, the Council of Constance, the largest church council and most important since the Council of Nicea, began to answer the schism between the French and Italian factions of the church.

Because of this schism, which started with the death of Pope Boniface, there ended up being 3 Popes, one French, one Italian and one elected to replace both the French and Italian Popes that wouldn't resign. So in the little village of Constance, population 6000, 5000 delegates with "an army of servants, secretaries, peddlers, physicians, quacks, minstrels and fifteen hundred prostitutes" came to end the "Great Schism" by electing a new leader, "Pope Martin V," in 1417.

On my birthday in the year 590, Pope Gregory I was consecrated. Pope Gregory I sent Augustin to evangelize the British Isles. He did many wonderful things for the church as well as wrote liturgy and popularized the Gregorian chant. He wrongly though upheld tradition as equal to the Bible, he established the dogma of purgatory and the mass. He encouraged the worship of relics and popularized legends of saints. To read more of the good and bad of Pope Gregory I check out September 3, 590 in the book On This Day in Christian History by Robert J. Morgan.

In response for this review I received a free copy of the book. All opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

G Really Rocks Her Boots

Seriously loves the boots. She wore them today and looked so cute but I forgot to take a picture of her. I will have to get one after school if she is clean enough. By the way, it's finally fall, Ya'll. I am trying very hard not to turn the heat on yet though because we are warm while asleep which is really all that matters right?

Finally, Halloween Pictures

Here is G in her costume we made together. Never ever use any glue other than Elmer's. I learned the hard way. The stuff we used actually pooled out from under the rocks we tried to clue and landed in the corner of the box. I ended up having to use clear packing tape to tape the rocks on the bottom. We made the front and back mirror images as close as we could. Then on one side we added the plants like the front and the other a treasure chest. G rocked it. She got more comments on the cuteness and creativeness of the costume. Made this mama proud. Last year she didn't wear a costume so she didn't go trunk or treating.

Go here to see more and try to win a camera from the SITS Girls.