Earlier this week everyone was home (and off work) and we decided to take a trip to a ghost town about an hour's drive from here. We hadn't been there in years, in fact the twins had never been there. I guess when you live in the desert, visiting desert locations doesn't appeal to you as much.
That guy in the background is my hubby. 3 of my kids are in the front car of this little train.
We had a great time though, and I'm so glad we went.
My oldest son is the family clown, and when he saw this bathtub, he took his shirt off, hopped in, and asked me to take a photo. He's also a new youth minister. I'm not sure how the new church will feel about this photo, but they're sure to see it as it's now his facebook photo :-)
These photo-ops are several places in town, but are in need of a new coat of paint, I think. Maybe the faded look is for effect.
This is what my family does whenever we get near the edge of a cliff...we throw rocks to see who can throw the farthest.
A little explanation of Calico.
Some of the buildings in town and a town view.
The Indians on the building are permanent residents :-)
Last but not least, our family (minus me, as I was taking the photo).
Today I am writing about a book I’ve recently read. I was contacted by the author, Julie Ferwerda, and asked if I would review it for the blog tour she is doing this week. I visited the web site she offered, and since it sounded very interesting, I agreed.
I wasn’t prepared for the way it would touch my heart.
The book is called “One Million Arrows”, and to say that this book is inspirational, is putting it mildly. This book challenged me to think about the way we are raising our children. Of course, we’re trying to do things right, as most parents are. However, this challenge is to raise them to impact their world. To want to make a difference.
Author: Julie Ferwerda
Julie was inspired by Dr. M.A. Thomas, a man she calls “Papa”.
Papa went to India in 1960 to serve as a missionary and church planter, but in 1978 he began rescuing orphaned and abandoned children off the streets of India. He raised them in his “Hope Homes”. In these homes, "they experience family and belonging, and receive a top-rate education, as well as the opportunity and training to become disciples and servants of Christ. Since then, Papa’s “father of the fatherless” ministry has become one of the largest Christian ministries in India, with over 21,000 pastors and missionaries trained and sent to the mission field, a majority of them once abandoned children. His ministry has also expanded to the countries of Malawi and Haiti."
God inspired Papa with the “One Million Arrows” vision. Julie met him, and has written this book sharing his vision. It isn’t just talk with Julie either. In 2007, she and her husband were led by God to sell their newly built “dream” home, in order to build an orphanage in Haiti.
I want to include an excerpt from the book:
“On his tour called “The Better Questions,” Christian musician Todd Agnew told a story about going to India and seeing all the poverty and how it totally changed him. When he can back from the trip, he asked himself, “Why does God allow this kind of suffering?” After praying and studying the Bible on this topic, he came up with “the better question”:
“Why do I allow suffering?”
People get all bent out of shape at God, wondering why He isn’t solving world hunger, or giving destitute people homes to live in, or giving people clean water to drink, or keeping people free from curable diseases. The fact is, God’s children--you and I--are His ambassadors on this earth. We are His hands, His feet, His heart, His food, and His money. You and I are possibly the only chance this world will ever get to actually see Jesus.”
I wish that I could share this book with all of you. It will inspire and challenge you in your thinking. It will inspire you in your desire to raise your children to serve others instead of themselves. I’ve often said that our goal as a home schooling family is very limited. In fact, we really only have two goals. The first one is to teach our children to love God and desire to serve Him, and the other is to “learn how to learn”. This book takes it farther than we do, showing a parent how to impact their children, and by doing so, impact the world.
There is one more thing I want to share about this book. In honor or Papa’s vision, all proceeds from this book are designated for international orphan ministry. I think that is really putting “your money where your mouth is”.
Thank you Julie, for allowing me the opportunity to review this wonderful book. I hope all of you will get a copy, and be inspired. Here’s the link for Julie’s website:
My youngest daughter, Micaela, turned 15 today so I'm taking a little pictorial trip down memory lane.
Did any of you have a baby that seemed to get into everything? That was my Micaela. I guess it didn't help that we took photos of her in the midst of her capers. It mght have encouraged her a little :-)
She does look so innocent too, doesn't she?
Well, maybe not here :-)
Micaela is a talented young lady. She loves playing the piano and is very creative in the kitchen.
She's turning into a wonderful young woman who loves God and wants to honor Him.
We didn't make it to the beach last week, although we thought we might get down there. It just didn't work out. We started scraping, sanding and painting the trim on the outside of our house and ran out of week before we ran out of work :-) That doesn't stop us from "Putting on the beach" around here though. The little photos above were made out of some flash cards I have from my homeschooling supply.
I was given some teal/turquoise leather couches a couple of years ago. Almost new, and in great shape, so I couldn't turn them down. I've been trying to decorate around them ever since! The pillows change with the seasons.This is our simple little living room.
I tried to get a photo of the picture over our couch, but it just wouldn't turn out too well. Here it is anyway.
Here's a few views of my mantel. This is how we bring the beach to the desert :-)
Some little seashells added to some twigs and thrown in a vase.
The beach I grew up playing at made from an old postcard (Manhattan Beach, CA), and our family when they were all a little younger :-)
I've been on a blogging break, as life has been busy around our household the last few weeks. We also had some computer problems, but have hopefully gotten those worked out. My older two sons are now both college graduates! We're very proud of them and all of the hard work they've accomplished. Ryan, 22, has been hired as a youth pastor. Randy, 20, would like to teach English in So. Korea or China for a year before going on to get his Master's degree and is applying to several programs. Here are some photos of the wonderful day. Thank you to the dear friends who came to help them celebrate!