Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Isaac's kindergarten graduation

Isaac finished up kindergarten last week and we had a little graduation party for him after the morning service this last Sunday. I think wearing that funny hat was the best part for him, along with the soda, sweets, and lollipops he got to enjoy. We also went out for dinner at Macaroni Grill after the evening service which I loved.


  1. Isaac looks so grown up in those pictures. I really like the one of Solomon looking proud of his little brother.

  2. Thanks! Solomon is a really good big brother to all the younger ones. He loves teaching Isaac and John, and is way more patient than I am. He also always goes out of his way to praise Miriam for obeying. He'll be a great Dad one day.

  3. Hey! I love Isaac's toy gun and I'm glad some parents are still sensible enough to know those types of toys are perfectly OK for a little boy. You are raising them to be MEN and responsible gun owners one day. Church and Guns! Amen! :]

  4. I was wondering if anyone would catch that Isaac was holding a gun and send me angry comments.

    Of course the first thing I will do when my citizenship goes through is get a concealed weapons permit. And I plan on carrying a handgun with me once I get it. There are so many crazy people out here and I have been threatened several times at ATM machines, parking lots, gas stations etc. You are in kind of a vulnerable situation when you have 4 kids toddling along behind you and can't run off fast. Which is why I make sure to always be back home long before dark, but it's not like bad things don't happen in broad daylight here. Not to sound stereotypical, but these illegal immigrants that make up half of Arizona's population came here by breaking the law, and many came here only to keep breaking the law. They have nothing to lose and know that all too well.

    Of course, no guns are legal at all in Germany where I am from. Hitler took gun rights away when he came to power, and it has been unchanged ever since. Gun control works, just ask Hitler.

  5. Good for you! You refuse to be another victim and aren't content to just "leave it in the hands of the police". I'm sure they do all they can (I'd like to think so, anyways!) but at the end of day, they've got to make it home alive and save their own skin. Being a woman with several kids makes you a prime target. Nobody has as much at stake as you do and no one can protect your family as you can. I've been meaning to get a carry permit myself, just have to get around to it. My wife was initially afraid of firearms, but I don't blame her..."Guns are EVIL" is the prevailing thought in today's society. We've had a few scary situations in the past couple of years and now I think she wants me to have a permit more than I do.

    Gun control has been an absolute failure everywhere it has been implemented, but the anti-gun zealots will never realize that. How differently would the Virginia Tech Massacre have turned out if just one those students were armed? They were sitting ducks waiting for the police to arrive, but help NEVER CAME.

    "An armed society is a polite society."

    Also, I really like Pastor Anderson's pulpit. I think it has alot of character and it'd be neat if the church kept it around as it continues to grow and fill larger and larger spaces.

  6. What part of:
    Exodus 20:8-11 states it is ok to go to Macaroni Grill on the Sabbath?

    20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

    20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

    20:10 But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates:

    20:11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

    Just wondering....

  7. Wendylou,

    1) The Sabbath would be our Saturday (like "sabado" in Spanish). Sunday is the first day of the week, not the seventh. Which is why Seventh Day Adventists don't work on Saturdays, and go to church that day. We went to Macaroni Grill on Sunday night. Sunday is the first day of the week, and the people in the Bible worked on what we call Sunday.

    2) With Jesus having fulfilled some of the Old Testament rituals that were a foreshadowing of Him, we no longer are required to observe the Sabbath (a symbol of entering into God's rest) just like we don't do the animal sacrifices any more (because Jesus was the final and perfect sacrifice).

    3) The New Testament clearly states in Colossians 2:16-17 "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." (as I said in point 2, a shadow of the perfect rest we have in God when we die and go to heaven) Romans 14:5 says: "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."

    If you do not go out to eat or shop on Sundays out of your personal convictions, I will not try to persuade you otherwise. It's great that you hold yourself to higher standards. But I do not think it is wrong to go out to eat on Sunday, and the NT says it isn't. I do think that stores and restaurants should not operate during church hours, but 9:30 PM is not a time any church has public services.


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