Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas at home!

 Playing yatzee

 Haddie and Katie Rose  Hosannah and Summer Ann
 they also each got a small harp they are going to take lessons this year at KEY.

The girls new dolls.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

We had Christmas today with my parents Missy and the grandchildren..

Colton devouring the cheese platter.

 Riley opening her first gift, oh she was so funny, she said, it's just wood. Boy did we laugh
 but she liked it in the end when she found out it was a little box with drawers to store her doll clothes.The boys liked their treasure boxes and they found out they could sit on them like a little chair.Grandpa Myron made them all.

A marshmellow war!

Even great grandpa got into the fight
I wonder whose idea it was to get them marshmellow shooters.

My parents with the great granchildren.

Missy made the cherry pie.

 my grandchildren had to each pick me out some candy for Christmas,
 My beautiful bathroom set from Missy & Haddie. How beautiful, now to keep Myron away from my white towel.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Singing at the mall!!!!!

Fun singing at the mall with our church family last night.'

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


The nativity I bought for the grandchildren to play with.
 A project I was working on for a couple of my grandchildren

 Haddie did the edging around the doll blanket.

Monday, December 17, 2012

A critical spirit is a far graver sin than any of your husband's bad habits. It is God's business to direct him and convict him. Your job is to trust God.
‎10 Questions Christians Need to Ask Themselves – Our response to the Connecticut shootings

I don’t usually write about current events here on Raising Arrows. I leave that to other blogs to deal with accordingly, not because I don’t feel like current events should be addressed, but because the focus here at Raising Arrows is more on the little things that make up the big things that affect our world, rather than the events of the world itself.

Even today, I don’t intend to break down the events of Friday in Connecticut, but rather offer a focus in the form of some tough questions and eternal Truths.

The Truth is that human beings were made in the image of God and were created with purpose, but the humanism of our modern age ignores this Truth and creates an environment of devalued life and a purpose that thinks only of self.

Every single person killed on Friday, gunman included, was created in God’s image. Every single person on this earth, no matter their faith (or lack thereof), their skin color, or their political affiliation were created in the image of God with purpose. Not all see themselves or others this way, not all work toward fulfilling a purpose rooted and grounded in the Word of God; however, the fact that people do not see purpose in their lives or the lives of others does not null and void the fact that they have been created by Design.

We have to start seeing ourselves, our children, and everyone in this world as created in God’s image. We have to speak purpose into our children’s lives. We have to stop seeking self and start seeking God’s perfect will. We have to raise up a new culture. Only then will anger and lawlessness be stopped. Only then will men cease to do what is right in their own eyes. (Judges 21:25)

Many people will try to control what happened in Connecticut with pointed fingers and stiffer laws. There will be blame laid all over the place, but few will take the time to dig deep into what really happened.

We have created a culture where every man is out for himself and few seek the One True God. We don’t acknowledge life as God-given and we don’t respect much outside of our own thoughts and opinions. We take more than we give and we demand more than we defer. We are so focused on the here and now and the culture of self that we have no need of God and no need of a Savior. After all, we’ve done nothing wrong…or at least, nothing as wrong as that other guy.

Our church service last night was spent breaking down the truth of what happened on Friday. We looked long and hard at the value of human life and the role of humanism in our modern society. I walked away from that service with a heavy heart, one that grieved over my own part in this crisis.

I began to ask myself some tough questions. Questions I believe every Christian should ask themselves…

1. Inside and outside my home, whom do I serve? Am I busy self-preserving or serving others in Christ’s name? Is my heart inwardly or outwardly focused?

2. Do my children know they are created in God’s image, not just by my words, but by my actions as well? Do they know they have a God-given purpose. Do they know we see each and every one of them as blessings and that we gladly accept these gifts from the Lord? Do they know that Mommy and Daddy rejoice in being able to raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? (Ephesians 6:4)

3. Am I spending my time as a mother training my children up in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6) or am I guiding them toward a humanist worldview? Do they know that life is not about living for yourself and doing the things that make you happy, but that life is about loving and knowing God so that you can love others?

4. When I see sin in others, do I become self-righteous or do I grieve over a back turned on God? Do I love others enough to not want to see them go to hell? Do I love others enough to take the time to be a beacon of Light and Hope?

5. Do I spend a lot of time complaining? Am I upset over my current situation or at the people in my life who bother me. Am I living a life full of “poor-me’s” or am I striving toward the joy of a life lived for Christ?

6. Am I living as salt and light? Do others see a life steeped in the Word of God? Do I point others toward Christ? Or am I too focused on myself to keep focused on Him?

7. Am I striving to do the Lord’s will faithfully? Am I content with where He has placed me? Am I content with His timing? Am I content with His purpose in my life? Am I searching for what benefits me or am I seeking and waiting upon Him? (Psalm 27:14)

8. Do I truly love others? Do I believe every life matters? Do I believe every life is God-given? Not just the ones who do no harm, but also those who do?

9. Do I know how to condemn the sin, but grieve over the sinner? Do I know how to love the hard-to-love?

10. What is the biblical response to sin and evil? Where does my hope lie? (1 Peter 3:15) What can I do to proclaim this hope, not just when tragedy strikes, but every single day of my earthly life?

Dear readers, I know what it is like to lose a child. I know what it is like to try to cram everything you want to say about your child onto a piece of stone. I know what it is like to always feel as if a piece of you is missing.

And I know my daughter’s life and death had purpose and meaning.

Now is not the time to find blame and point fingers. It is time to offer hope. It is time to outwardly live a Gospel-centered life that reaches across this land and beyond.

It’s time the Salt became salty once again.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Found this today, It's Proverbs 24:16

16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Sometimes we feel we just keep trying and falling. And no matter what we do we just keep falling. I guess one thing I need to remember when I fall is this verse. When I fall I can get back up again, because Gods there to lend me a hand. So I guess my point in posting this is to let you know you aren't alone. And Gods got you. He will always be there to pick you up when you fall down.
Psalm 63:8
" I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely."

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:2

"When we choose to do what is right in a given situation, God is worshiped. Even if no one else notices or cares, God does."
~Louie Giglio

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My Ponderings! came across my path on the story of Hosea. I was then challenged again by that message

Hosea was married

to someone who ran around. And he loved her anyway,

The story portrayed Hosea being told by God to take Gomer to be his wife.

They had children, but she still ran around, then she left for someone who could give her more.

Until she didn't please him any more and she was taken to be sold at the market.

Where Hosea bought her back for alot, which portrayed his love for her.

portraying Gods love for us.

This is the kind of love I want to have, but I'm not there yet.

How do we find a love like that? Only through Christ!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

the little bit of pond Haddie found so she could skate.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

 Went from this to this! How time flies!

  The little tiny patches of ice the girls found to skate on!!
 This is all thats left of the poor snowmen!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Paperdolls & Dress-up

 the girls had a lot of fun making chinese paperdolls!
 we are gluing on the clothes and making a border of paperdolls from the different countries we visit on our trip around the world!
 the girls had fun dressing up in some costumes for China and they are holding their passports and little booklet they made today of the animals of China!
 does she look Chinese? they had fun with the costumes anyways!
Levi trying not get in any of the pics, He wouldn't dress up for a picture and wouldn't make paper dolls. We started working on our lapbooks today too.

We are working on a poster for Missionaries around the world so if you know of any from whatever country let us know, we would like to have pictures of them but not necessary!
we will be praying for missionaries in the country and any persecuted Christians!
Having fun with our cricut, cutting all the letters out for our posters!!
We will be reading stories from
about Gladys Aylward.
This is the sight we used for our paperdolls!

Monday, January 16, 2012


 here are our posters we made! and we will be adding things to it as we go!
 this one we will be adding the animals that we learn about for each country!
 Haddie wrote her name, hello and thank you in Chinese!
 Hosannah writing about the animal she picked which was a golden monkey, she learned that they are herbivores with lichens being its main food source!
working on their passports and learning a little about China!