Dec 15 2011

An Encounter....

You’ll Know It When You See It – An Encounter At The Wishing Well by Craig West
While at the mall recently, I shared an elevator with a young man who appeared a little troubled.  His name was John.  I asked John if he was O.K.  He asked me if I knew where the well was.  “The well?” I said.  He replied, “Yeah, the wishing well.”  
You see, last week John’s friend asked for a coin to throw into the wishing-well.  With out much thought, he tossed a coin to his friend, and watched him trot off to make his wish.  It wasn’t until days later that John realized that what he gave his friend was no ordinary coin, but a silver coin from WWII that belonged to his Grandfather!  It had been passed down to John as a keepsake and he carried it with him all the time. 
I offered to help John search for it; together we rolled up our sleeves and started picking up one coin afteranother.  I would bring each coin a couple of inches from my face to examine it.  That’s when John said something that I’ll never forget.
He said, “You’ll know it’s my coin because it’s silver, and it shines brighter than the average coin.” 
At that moment I remembered this story from Luke 15, 
"Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!' In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents".
John’s frantic search for something precious and rare so reminded me of Christ’s desire for the lost of this world.  And if you ever feel lost, which happens to me often, even as one of His kids, just know this: Jesus knows those who are His, they shine brighter.  And He will always find you.


Inflatable Down!

It's always fun to explore a new community and it's neighborhoods. Well, our travels brought us to this house! Hope we get a chance to see them in their full glory.


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Dec 14 2011

Kids spoiled?

A TODAY Moms and online survey of 6,000 parents found that three-quarters of us think our children are a little or a lot spoiled. Almost 60 percent of us think our children are more spoiled than we were as kids. ("When I was your age, I would get socks for Christmas, and I liked it! Then I would walk to school uphill both ways in the snow.") Moms reported they plan to spend an average of $271 per child this holiday, with one in 10 saying they'll shell out upwards of $500 on gifts for each child. Despite the struggling economy, only 1 in 4 moms say they plan to spend less on presents this year.  Read the full article.


Drive Safe!

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending that we stop using cell phones, even hands free, while driving because it's too much of a distraction. What's your biggest distraction while driving?



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Dec 13 2011

Tebow's genuine faith

We found this video and love the description of Tim Tebow's faith!


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If you're facing a challenge today, a tough situation at work, concern for your child in school, trying to make ends meet, even simply overcoming a habit, here's a quote my wife, Christine, shared with me.

"Faith doesn't deny a problems existence. It denies it a place of influence." The faith that you have in God right now isn't to help you pretend something bad isn't happening, but to help you see it for what it really is, properly label it and then say to it, "Now sit down and be quiet. My Father is telling me what to do with you."

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Dec 09 2011

Finances, One Gift and more....

Not just Gifts from Santa!

A job for their mom or dad. Money for the heating bill. Food or a place to live. Maybe gloves or boots.  More and more, children are asking for less for themselves and more for mom and dad.  With unemployment stubbornly high, more homes in foreclosure and the economic outlook dim, children are becoming more aware of their parents plight.  A reminder that kids are listening and they’re understanding the situation mom and dad are in financially. 


We were recalling that when we were kids we had no clue what financial situation our parents were in.  They never talked about it in front of  us, but it seems that's not the case today.  Do your kids know what's going on with your situation?  Do you talk about finances in front of the kids?     Read the full story




Just One Gift

We talked with a woman today who told us how her parents taught them about the true meaning of Christmas.  On Christmas morning, she and her siblings would wake up to a Christmas tree surrounded by tons of gifts!  The kids would tear into them all excited at the amount and different kinds of gifts they each received.  And after the fray, mom and dad would then say, "Now.  Pick one gift.  Only one.  The rest we are giving to a family in need."  Wow!  She said it was shocking at first, but when they saw the joy of the family in need receiving the gifts, well, it all made sense.  The feeling of joy and love were gifts that you couldn't purchase, and they were gifts that weren't fleeting.  They remained.



A Special Family Recipe from Amy!


McTwiggan Meat Dip


1 pound beef

1/2 c chopped onion

8 ounce can tomato sauce

1/4 c ketchup

3/4 t oregano

8 ounces cream cheese

1/3 c parmesan cheese


Brown beef and onion, drain grease


Add tomato sauce, ketchup and oregano; simmer 10 minutes.


Stir in cheeses until melted.


Serve hot with chips or crackers.


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