Friday, October 24, 2008


I love fall! I love the colors of the trees, wearing boots and sweaters (but NOT jackets!), pumpkins, fall festivals, autumn food like coffee and cider and soups and pot pies. I love just about everything about fall, except the reminder that winter's on its way. Yesterday, the kids and I carved a pumpkin -- they designed and I executed. They did NOT like digging the seeds out, which I thought they'd love. But they really liked the rest of it. We roasted the seeds in the oven and I've been snacking on them ever since! I roasted a little pie pumpkin the other day and pureed it so I can use it in recipes next week. More on that later!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Children's Worship

I'm going to preface this post by saying that I really don't like children's performances -- plays, musicals, recitals, etc. Mainly because I don't care about what other peoples' children are doing on stage, and mine perform for me ALL THE TIME. That said, our kids had a part in a children's worship service this past Sunday. It was mostly cute, and partially embarrassing because Joe is a real ham on stage. (Another reason to not like these things! :)) Anyway, both sets of grandparents came to admire the little darlings, so it was wonderful to be able to see them.

Mom and Berk with the kids.

Mommy and Me!

Kaity singing with her group.

Kaity also sang on the praise team during congregational songs.

Joe, in a rare moment of clarity when he actually sang along.

Jeff's parents with the children.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Creation Museum

Thursday, Jeff and I packed up the kids, along with three of our college friends, and drove up to Kentucky to see the Creation Museum. It was truly amazing. We loved going through this museum filled with the truth! It was refreshing to be able to let Katie look at and read the displays without having to explain to her why what she just read isn't true. It was nice to be able to say, "See how God's hand is obvious in all of creation?" instead of having to continually remind her that the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God. We know by faith that God created the world in six days by speaking it into existence, but it was definitely exciting to see all the scientific evidence of a world designed by a Creator. The museum was also full of evidence for the flood, and showed how the worldly explanation just doesn't make sense.

The museum has a petting zoo, dinosaur exhibit, botanical gardens, a planetarium, lectures, short films, and restaurants in addition to the main body of the museum. We brought a picnic lunch and ate outside -- it was an absolutely gorgeous day!

Ben, Hope, Joe, Kim, and Kaity in the hotel room.

Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. The museum told the history of the world from creation through the fall of man to Christ's work of redemption on the cross.

Kaity is looking at a model of what "Noah's Ark" may have looked like on the inside. That part was really cool!

Here, Jeff and Ben and the kids are looking at a huge area with an ark "under construction".

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory ..." John 1:14

I took this picture of the outside of the museum while standing at our picnic table.

Joe feeding goats at the petting zoo. There were also llamas, zebras, a camel, pigs, chickens, turkeys, several other different kinds of birds, and donkeys. The highlight for all of us was when the camel nuzzled Jeff.

The Tyrannosaur in the dinosaur section.

God's amazing creation on the drive home.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Breakfast for Supper!

Growing up, we had breakfast for supper often -- we loved it! I think my main motivation was getting to have cheese grits, and NOT having vegetables. :) I fix breakfast for supper for my family now for lots of reasons. It's easy, cheap, everybody likes it, it's healthy ... the list goes on. I've made the pancake recipe in this post a few times and everybody loves them. Tonight, Joe ate his own along with scrambled eggs, plus one of my pancakes, then one of Daddy's leftover pancakes!

Yummy Oat Pancakes

1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
1 egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons melted butter

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and pecans if desired. In a small bowl, beat the egg, buttermilk, applesauce and butter; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup half full to pour batter onto a lightly greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until second side is golden brown. Yield: 4 servings