Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Posting for my college girls

Some days I don't have anything exciting to write about, but I am just thinking and praying for my two college girls, and I want them to know that. Blogging is our main communication. They write at times and scold me for not blogging more. So, on a beautiful Wednesday morning, I just write a quick "hello" to my college girls. I hope you girls are having a wonderful day. We miss and love you so much, and Dad and I prayed for you this morning.

Tom and I appreciated the sermon so much this past Lord's Day. It was on Numbers 11. Jody was showing the contrast between the complaints of the people of Israel and the complaint of Moses and then the difference in God's response to both of them. It was so encouraging to see how patient God is with us, when He judges the wicked. It was a good sermon - and if you are interested, it is now posted on our website - Providence Reformed Church in Des Moines. If you google it, you can find the church; click on sermons, and listen to the one on April 25th - the morning sermon! It is exciting that Jody's sermons are now available to hear. So, listen up girls!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

One More Week!

Only one more week until school is done. I have two more classes to teach, one make-up class, and two finals. I still have plans to teach this summer, but at least I will get a short break!

I know that everyone is ready for the semester to be over. You can tell that all the kids are ready for swimming, sleeping in late, bike riding and more.

Our college girls will be home in a couple of weeks!

I love the summer.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wishing Kyrie Jo a Happy, Happy Birthday!

I did get to call Kyrie this morning, but wanted to close the day by saying, "Happy Birthday! We love you so very much, and miss you!" We are so thankful that the Lord is blessing your year at Grove and we are praying for you as you close out this semester.

I am so thankful that the girls have been blessed to be in Christian colleges and have Christian friends and godly professors, and good churches. We are grateful for God's full blessing that way. We are always excited to get the girls home for the summer and learn about what they have learned. We are hoping to see them in a few weeks.

DMACC will end the first week of May, but for now, I have committed to teaching two courses in the summer and two in the fall. Tomorrow I have an interview for another teaching position that is associated with DMACC, but is off the beaten path a bit. It would be very similar to what I was doing at Faith Academy. I am meeting with the director of the program to learn more about it and see if it is something that I might be able to do.

Life only gets busier and busier. I miss the part of summer where life slows down!

We had a great Bible study last night on Revelation 5. Jody was recently approached by some Jehovah's Witnesses that were denying that Christ is God, so he took us to Revelation 5 as just one example of where scripture shows the deity of Christ. In the end though, it would be such a hopeless theology to believe in Christ as only a man. How could we ever be saved? Revelation 5 shows that Christ was able to open the seals - which only God could do, and then He is worshiped and glorified.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Baseball Games and Old Friends

We were invited to watch the I-Cubs from the skybox last night with some wonderful old friends who love baseball. The skybox treatment is really fun because it is warm when it's cold outside, tables and chairs to sit in, and a great view of the game. I am not sure that I saw much of the game because we spent lots of time chatting and munching on popcorn and nachos.

Baseball is fun that way though. It doesn't require too much of you. You can participate at just about any level and it is still fun. Some of the "boys" are cheering (the wrong team, I might add), while some of us didn't even know the score.

Usually I watch the game, but even when I don't, it is lots of fun.

Thanks Chuck and Christie!


Monday, April 5, 2010


Our worship yesterday morning was such a blessing! We sang resurrection hymns and Jody preached on the resurrection. The sermon was on the blessed hope that we have in our Lord's resurrection, not just for our salvation, but for our sanctification. Christ died and rose so that we might be free to live for Him. It was such an encouragement and comfort. In our lowest moments our Lord is our hope. It is a beautiful truth.

Spring in Iowa

Spring is so beautiful in Iowa. Everything is very green and the flowers are coming up everywhere. Things grow here, even though the winters are cold and long. I love the spring . . . except - I have allergies. I don't know what I am allergic to, but I always seem to fight with them in the spring.

This spring seems especially awful, though Tom says I say that every year. I had to teach today, and I was coughing and sneezing and my eyes were watering so much that my students thought I was going to die! It was rather humorous. I kind of lost my voice by the end of the class and came home to crash!

The girls are working on all kinds of school projects - chemistry speeches, Iowa brochures, and art projects.

Kayren was invited recently to a wedding to practice taking photos. Our pastor's wife very kindly invited her so that she could learn some things. Kayren had a wonderful time and is hoping to get another opportunity this coming month!

Lorien is participating in the play as an extra. It is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which should be lots of fun.

Aleya is trying to get over her own cough, but loving riding her bike outside.

Tom is working late the next three nights, so he will be very tired for the rest of the week.

Spring in Iowa.