Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Hebrews 12:1

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


1st row L-R: John Calhoun, John Calvin, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L Sayer, Lady Jane Grey

2nd row: Jane Austen, St. Augustine, Elizabeth Gaskell, Martin Luther, Charles Dickens

3rd row: William Wilberforce, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry 

4th row:William Shakespeare, John Bunyan, Abigail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Madison

5th row:Thomas (a.k.a Stonewall) Jackson, J.S. Bach, Robert E. Lee, King Edward VI, Sir William  Blackstone

We had a lot of fun looking up people and trying to decide who should go in the collage.  Some people's picture (like John Calhoun, Dorothy L Sayer, Patrick Henry, William Blackstone, and William Wilberforce) was totally unfamiliar to us so it was nice to have a face to go with the name. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Behind the Name

On of the best things about history is that you can study a person's whole life.  You can see how the choices they made, both the good and the bad, came to fruition.  Hebrew 12:1, which is one of  the mottoes for this blog, talks about being compassed about with a great cloud of witnesses.  These are the people who have run and finished their race.  They now serve as examples to us, encouraging us to persevere to the end of  our races in a God-honoring, glorious manner.   

I have always been amazed by the wisdom of the past.  Its insights are so clear and its criticisms are so just, that I am constantly astonished how people hundreds of years ago, whose life is nothing like mine, can possible counsel me how to best deal with a problem or inspire me to be all that God expects me to be.  

This is only possible because the Truth of God's Word spans time.  The Truth that these men and women studied and then applied to their lives is constant.  What they wore, where they lived, what they ate is inconsequential when compared to the fact they loved God so much that they allowed His Word and His Truth to form their character and permeate every area of their lives.  This is what makes their lives and examples a timeless model and makes their advice worth having.

So how do we know who are the best models?  First off, we must know the Bible ourselves.  You can't steer clear of  bad thinking if you can't recognize it.  Then, assuming that the person has a Biblical worldview, we examine their lives and ask ourselves a few questions.  How do they develop their God-given talents?  How do they use their time?  How do they respond to trials?  What do they do when they fail?  

Proverbs 27:27 says, " Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."  By taking the advice of those who have gone before and learning from their lives I sharpen my character against theirs.  What could make them a more Worthy Friend?

How many of my Worthy Friends in the collage can you name?  Comment and let me know.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Greetings from Metalmouth!

Jacqueline got her braces yesterday morning!  Get used to this look.  She will have it for the next two years.  We told her with any luck she will have nice straight teeth for her sweet sixteen!   She has had some pain but it seems to be diminishing. Jacqueline has also had some problems eating. She can't seem to close her mouth enough to chew.  But even that is getting better. She had some toast for breakfast, albeit cut up, which is better then yesterday.  For dinner she had leftover chocolate frosty! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Our Ron Paul Box Came!

Look what we got!

One yard sign  and ...

 Two t-shirts.

 Now for the fashion show.

My shirt says "Ron Paul for President Defender of the Constitution" on the front and the Constitution on the back.  Jacqueline's says "Ron Paul 2012 Revolution". We are both racking our brains for places to wear them. Mom has us thinking about a logical argument to give, as opposed to a bunch of random thoughts, if someone should ask us why they should vote for Paul.  I think Jacqueline and I will be watching a few videos to make sure we have our figures straight.  Lets just pray there isn't as essay in our future.  I just love being home schooled!

 ( Jacqueline Note: I  went into cardiac arrest when I found out that Audrey bought and intend on wearing a t-shirt, but  I'm fine now, thanks for asking.   A trip to the ER was not necessary.) 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


what I rescued from the pool!  It is the cutest mouse I have ever seen! If only I could keep him. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sunshine and Falling Leaves...

means Autumn is making an early appearance!  In the 7 years we have lived here, I think that this is the earliest that it has ever started to cool off ! The temperature was in the high 70's with mid-low humidity! Maybe this means I can start wearing my favorite sweaters soon.