Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the NEW EightCrazy! I hope you like my new look! I've been working really hard on it! I just wanted to have something really fun, bright and cheerful! Plus I wanted to try out some new things I've been learning and some new fonts I just purchased! I was looking over my blog posts from the past year and realized that I did not post even ONE creative idea for ya' I'm going to try and be better about that in the New Year! Which means I have to get creative!!!

May you all have a very blessed New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

See ya next year!

I'll be back after the new year......with a whole new look!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Even More Winter Fun!

Many of you commented on our "perfect snowman"
How do you get a perfect must have a Type A husband who literally went in and chizeled the snowman with a knife until the shape was perfect!'s the hubby that gets the glory for that one!

This first picture is for LeeAnn....this was taken on Sunday before the round of snowfall after the ice....
This is my little Dare Devil......

This is my BIG Dare Devil......

The snow is so powdery that it just FLIES up in your face when you are going down the hill...It's so much fun!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Fun!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

**** Arctic Blast ****

According to the news we are experiencing an ARCTIC BLAST! And since we are experiencing an ARCTIC BLAST the only logical thing to do is to have the news on about the weather ALL DAY LONG!!!! Now, when the news is on ALL DAY about the snow there are so many "very interesting" news stories to watch. I mean I just can't get enough of those reporters showing me how their shoes slip on the ice, or how deep the ruler is going into the snow. And PLEASE can I watch that reporter show me how to put snow chains on again...even though I didn't really get to see how since his head was in the way of the camera the whole time! Oh and if I don't get to see the news reporters one more time with their big fury parkas on...well, I just might get depressed if I couldn't see that some more!

AHHHHH! The news is driving me crazy! Is it just where I live or do ALL the newstations around the country do these same stupid things and make everything a bigger deal than it needs to be?

News people....please go away and let me watch the View tomorrow!

Monday, December 15, 2008


I spent the majority of the day in BED. For some reason I woke up and my lower back was totally tweaked. It got worse as the day went on and soon I was laid up in bed. It's not that I couldn't walk..nothing that bad...just that it hurts when I do. But then again it hurts just sitting here right now. I'm hoping that when I wake up tomorrow morning the pain will have magically disappeared the same way it magically appeared this morning! Oh pain....please go away. And if any of ya'll want to send a prayer my way....I'll take it!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Can I get an AMEN!!!

Some of you...the locals....probably knew that my dad has been searching for a job for SEVERAL months now! Can you todays market...and at the age of sixty-something! It's been a tough road..but I'm so excited to announce that my dad has BEEN HIRED! I'm thinking it's not proper to mention the company I won't! But we are all super excited for him and very proud of him! Congratulations DAD! And THANK YOU LORD for your provision for my parents over the last several months.

oh...and my dad reads my blog don't ya'll dare think about clicking out of here without sending some congrats or encouragement his way!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Answers part 4....

Anonymous said:
Tell us what is the number one thing you love about your husband. (gee I wonder if my husband asked this question?)

The think I love most about my husband is that he truly tries to honor God. He seeks to have God sit on the thrown of his heart and because of that he allows himself to molded and shaped by God's hand. I'm a lucky woman to have a husband who really loves the Lord and seeks to honor God with his life!

Blogger Trish said...

If you were planning a "date night" for you and Todd, what would it include?

If Todd plans date night for the two of you what does it include?

Seriously we are kind of boring date night people. It usually consists of dinner and a movie, or dinner and then somewhere else for dessert. Or dinner and walk along the waterfront.

You have often spoken of finding hope for your once troubled marriage. Would you care to share how the healing happened and where you are at now?

Healing happened after many years of simply being roommates. Years of accepting less than God desired for our marriage. Things finally came to a head through circumstances that I choose not to get into in this public of a setting.....but God ultimately saved our marriage. When it seemed to the world that walking away would be the easiest thing to do...instead we turned to the Lord. And we turned to the people in our lives that we trusted to speak the truth of God's word into our lives. Looking back a key word that stands out is OBEDIENCE. When we read God's word and knew that he was speaking to us...we acted in obedience. When God put people in our lives who spoke the truth of God's word to us...we acted in obedience. Being still...reading God's word...listening and being obedient is what allowed us to experience God's healing. And through that Healing we experienced God's Grace and God was glorified! God restored our marriage and made it new, and stronger than it EVER had been previously. We fell in love again and we now have a new outlook on marriage. We don't just sit back and let it happen. We do our best to be pro-active within our marriage. Preventative to speak. We know how bad it can get and we are resolved to never let it get to that point again. So does this mean that there are never bad days...or bad seasons...NO. But now we recognize them and do something about them....instead of just letting satan win by slowly killing our marriage. WE FIGHT...and GOD FIGHTS FOR US!

Christmas Party Time

On Friday I hosted our Churches staff christmas party at my home. Every year there is a team of volunteers who get together and throw this party to honor our hard working church staff. It was a sit down dinner for 43 people. I didn't have anything to do with the food. That was all the volunteers. I just got my house all decorated for christmas, set the tables and all that fluffy stuff. It was great fun! I'm not posting people pics because I didn't ask permission...but here are some pics of the food and the surroundings!

Monday, December 8, 2008

answers....part 3

Blogger Tamara said...

What do you want for Christmas?

Do you have more than one tree in your house - like a theme fancy tree and a kid ornament tree?

Are you and your dad as close as you and your mom?

What is your favorite beverage?

I'm not sure what I want for christmas. I guess I kind of already got it. I've been wanting to set up a "walking workstation" and we just put it together last week. I'm using it for the first time today. I'm I type on the computer...walking at a slow pace on my treadmill. I have a wall mounted computer monitor above my treadmill that doubles as a tv for when I actually workout on the treadmill. This way I'm not just sitting on my butt all the time!

Yes, I have two trees. One is fake with multi colored lights with all of our family ornaments. The kids mainly do the decorating on that one. Then I have my pretty tree with white lights....and I do the decorating on that one. Now, I'm not saying that multi colored lights aren't pretty. I'm just saying I prefer white! My family tree is alreay up. My pretty tree...not yet. This week though!

My dad and I have a unique bond because in HS my folks were separated and I lived with my dad for 4 years. My sis left for college at that same time. So for 4 years it was just the two of us in the house. We at times can fine ourselves in TEARS of laughter and nobody else has a clue as to what is so funny! I love it. I'm also proud to say that my parents are BOTH awesome role models about what it means to make a marriage work. They have been back together for the last 16 years!!! In a few days they will celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary!

my favorite beverage.....I guess it's caffeine free diet soda. I'm not picky!

~Rhonda from Minnesota
Where would your favorite place to live be?
I've always wanted to live in Texas. I love how Texans have the attitude of Go BIG or Go HOME! They are die hard loyalists and I love that!!!

I would love to see more of your new house pictures, and more of your crafts.
I will post some more house pics this week.....of it decorated for christmas

How do you girls organize your "girls getaways"?
We all take turns hosting it. It is always on the same weekend of the month of September. If it is your turn to host then you are also suppose to share a hobby or pass time of yours with the group. So we can experience a little bit of your life!

Thank you for letting us share in your life.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More Answers...kind of....

Well a few of you asked for some new creative ideas. Sadly these days I don't really have any...or more to the point I don't take the time to do them. Most of my creativity gets channeled into my blog designs. However I've pulled up an archive post from last christmas with a great gift wrapping idea that I had time for a year ago!

Since I don't have any I'll point you in the direction of a few....
Jenni has a great tutorial on how to make these beautiful paper snowflake stars with your kids.

Emily has a great tutorial on how to make the cutest paper ornaments. You could totally do it with your kid!

Beckie over at Infarrantly Creative has a fabulous tutorial for how to make a fabric envelope for all of you budget minded gals who use the envelope system

There you have it....they aren't all mine...but they are CREATIVE!

Some Answers

Here are the answers to a few of the questions. I will do more later this week!

Jennifer P. said...

alright--this one's about as nosey as it gets, but i've been DYING to know how much you make with your blog design business? I stil feel partly responsible for its establishment, and just wondered if it's paying for more than an occasional new pair of shoes :).

You did say ask ANYTHING!

Ok Jenn....way to get down to the nitty gritty! I've always been one who has no problem talking openly about mooolah...but some people think it's I will try to have some tact here. Let's just say that my income is able to contribute to the household budget these days. I'm a bargain yes, I could buy LOTS of shoes from Target. You definitely get some of the credit girlfriend!!!

annaliese said...

ooh fun! I'll play! If you could be anywhere, with anyone--where and who would it be? :)

Yes...Texas with Beckie would be fun....but I'm gonna have to choose......ITALY with my handsome hubby!!! Yes, I could've given the "with Jesus...anywhere" answer...but I went with the more practical one here!

lee ann said...

If you have one entire day to yourself, what's your favorite way to spend it?

First I would sleep in until like 10:30 or 11:00 (which is what I do on Saturdays by the way!) Then the rest of my day would consist of something creative (designing), shopping, and a favorite TV show. That's what I like to do if I'm all by myself for a day! Kind of boring...but that's it!

I will answer more tomorrow...or maybe even later tonight!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Questions Anyone?

I've seen a few other people do this, so I thought I'd give it a try. Throw out a question.....and I will give you an answer.

Blogland is such an interesting place. We look into the lives of all these people we don't even know. Somehow we begin to feel that we are some small way. But there are times when we wonder or have questions. We want to know more. So if you want to know more about me, my life, a post, whatever... ask a question...any question...and leave a comment, Jeapordy Style (in the form of a question) ha ha!

Lurkers....feel free to "de-lurk"!!

I will answer the questions later this week.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

One from "the early days"

I'm posting a link to a blog post that was one of my very first posts. To this day I still get comments on the post. People still seem to find it through sites like Tip Junkie or Today's Creative Blog. Or even from a Google Search.
Since it appears to be my most "poplular post" I thought I'd revisit it. It's a great project for a christmas gift!

So go check out my old post about how to make your own fabulous Wall Art

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I went on a date with my son tonight. He was so cute. He went to his room on his own and put a sweater on over his shirt so that he looked nice for the date. I on the other hand was just wearing my Tennessee hoodie. You see last time we went on a date he MADE me wear a dress. I HAD to be all fancy! Then when he chose where we were going to go eat it was this little mexican fast food joint. Well, lets just say the hoodie was a good choice because he chose the same little restaurant again. The best part though....dinner was only at total of $6.25 for the two of us!!! When they called our number he RUSHED to the counter before me to carry the tray to the table. Then he put the tray down and placed my plate in front of me. When I said thank you he told me "that's what a gentleman does" HOW CUTE IS HE!!!

After that we were off to Target...I's not very "date like" but I had something I needed to get and he was hoping to get a toy out of the deal! He pushed the cart and at one point he wasn't looking when I stopped. He ran into my foot and his little face was just at the right height for his lip to have a run in with the shopping cart handle. YUP...he cut his lip open and there was blood. Luckily it wasn't bad...and nothing a "batmobile" toy couldn't cure! Not to mention a stop at the Target cafe for some ice cream!

As we sat in the cafe I watched a "family". The dad was saying goodbye to his two daughters. The could see the coldness in her eyes. Her arms were crossed and she wouldn't even make eye contact with him. They debated about whose weekend it was and then he kissed his girls goodbye and told them he would see them next Tuesday. As he walked out the front door of the store he called out to his girls with one last I love and a "call me anytime!"

My heart broke for that family and in that moment I was soooo grateful for mine. For my kids, my marriage, my husband, and for God.

I had to wonder in that moment what had happened to get them to that point. My hubby and I have been through some hard times in our marriage and I'm blessed by how God has taken our struggles and strengthened us. There was something inside of me that wanted to go outside and grab him and sit them down together to share with them the hope of the Lord and how with God a marriage can be restored! There is hope! I wish they knew that there is HOPE! I've seen it! I've watched God restore broken marriages. Marriages that I thought had NO chance.

Now, I realize that I have no idea what they've been through. And I'm not trying to debate what warrants divorce and what doesn't. I'm simply sharing what I've learned in my own life...NOTHING is impossible with God!!!

I pray that as my son grows up and really does start going on dates and eventually gets married that he would cling to the word of God and always choose HOPE!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Could it be????

I was looking at my site meter for my design site and someone from Wasilla, Alaska was on my site (seriously there was!!)....could it be? Do you think Sarah Palin is interested in an EightCrazy Design? LOL! A girl can dream!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New Free Background

This is my latest Free Seasonal Background. Merry Early Christmas!! (The header is not included in the free background)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Back to the drawing board

I brought the old template back because I've got some issues to work out with the new one!
You have no idea how frustrating designing can be. Between different screen widths and different browsers...sometimes it makes us designers just wanna throw the towel in! UGGGG!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Trying Something out!

Hey People...
I'm trying out a new technique with my blog design stuff. If this looks off centered or anything like that to you, please let me know and tell me what size screen you have ( 15" 17" 19" 22" )
thanks!!!! It would be very helpful

***I've determined per all the comments that the issue is the 15" screen size. So it looks like all of you 15" people are just gonna have to go buy new monitors!! LOL! Just kidding! Looks like I need to rework this idea! Oh why oh why must HTML code be so difficult!!! Why can't what I want to happen just HAPPEN!! =)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Blog Communication made easier......

Do you ever wish that when the comments come into your email's inbox that you could simply reply to it instead of having to go to their blog and leave a comment or comment on your own blog and wonder if they would come back to read it??? I do...and guess what...It can work that way. You can just automatically reply.
All people have to do is go into their profile and edit it to "show my email address"
once they do that people can directly respond back to the emails.
Now everybody go and do this!

(one thing to note....this will allow an email me link on your profile as well)

It's happening....

My daughter is in her room with a friend...the door is shut and the music is PLAYING! Oh goodness...where has my little girl gone?

My son wore his cowboy hat to school yesterday. As he got out of the car to get on the bus there was this cute little blonde girl sitting in the front seat of the bus. When she saw him she got the hugest grin on her face. He walked onto the bus an plopped himself right down next to her! Oh where has my little boy gone (well...he is still little...but you know what I mean!)

One last Tennessee Post!

If you are interested I've put together a slideshow of a lot of our pics from our Tennessee trip! Enjoy!

Tennessee Trip Photo Show

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Megan over at Infertile Myrtle blessed me with a bloggy award! It is the "Encouraged" award. In her words she gave it to me because "she seems like a strong woman of God who encourages those around her."

I was blessed and humbled! We've never met...she's just a new bloggy friend! She calls herself infertile myrtle because she and her hubby have been trying for 6 years to have a baby. So please keep her in your prayers and ask God to provide her with a miracle!

Thanks Megan!

Here are the rules for the bloggy award:

The rules for the Encouraged Blogger Award are:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

I'm pretty new to this whole blogging and passing on awards thing, and I'm still learning about everyone in the blogosphere, so I'm gonna do my best with my limited knowledge of these ladies.

I'm now bestowing this award to these ladies:

Laurie at Tip Junkie because she is always encouraging moms in their home businesses!

Meredith at Therapeutic Ramblings because she is so good about taking what's going on in her life and being reflective about it in a way that encourages other people to do the same

Michelle A at Michelle My Belle
because she encourages me to be creative

at Graphically Designing and My 3 Boybarians because she encourages me to be more professional and she amazes me with how she gets all the designs done, homeschools, and deals with a special needs child.

Jenni over at Jenn's Pen
because she encourages me to simply do more!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Getting Jipped!

When I went to Tennessee a few weeks ago I discovered something....we are totally getting jipped here in the northwest!!!! I'm serious NW people! You should see the craft/decor stores they have out there. First there is Hobby Lobby. Oh my goodness all the beautiful decorative items just made me giddy! I couldn't believe how much fabulous stuff they had. Seriously....Craft Warehouse and Michael's are totally put to shame by this place! Then there was this other place called Old Time Pottery. Now, Hobby Lobby has a bit nicer decor items, but Old Time Pottery has like 10 times as much stuff. Seriously!!! Old Time Pottery is like a craft & decor store...ON CRACK!!
I really couldn't believe my eyes. It was like the size of Costco! Not only did they have seasonal decor (at really great prices) they had home decor, housewares, storage, bedding...I've included pics to try to give you an idea!
I'm not sure the pics really do it justice. But I was in awe enough to take pics of a store...does that tell you anything. AND...the prices are REALLY good! I'm telling ya NW people...WE ARE GETTING JIPPED!

bedding, curtains, etc..

This is the christmas floral section

This is just the dishware / kitchenware section

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Exciting Announcement!

*****oops, sorry...forgot to open it to the public! It's open now!!! Have a look!

In the generous spirit of Christmas and Thanksgiving EightCrazy Designs is currently offering FREE SEASONAL BACKGROUNDS.

To see the backgrounds and get the HTML code to install them please visit the
EightCrazy Designs Backgrounds Page


We really need Barbara Walters to help us figure out "what is a man? what is a woman?"
Oh my goodness what is this world coming to!

All I will say is this....It is completely ridiculous that the media is actually saying that there was/is a "pregnant man" She was born female, has a vagina, cervix, uterus...and no male's a WOMAN!

She cut off her breasts...that doesn't make her a man. What would that mean for women who HAD to do that because of breast cancer? They are still WOMEN!! Very beautiful WOMEN!

The whole thing is absurd!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No Boys Allowed!

99 of you have looked at this yet only 4 people had a puberty story to tell. C'mon people! Are you WOMEN or WIMPS! Have some courage...share a puberty story!

Ok, this is a girls only post ('ve been warned!)
So, puberty was a long time ago...way too long ago. I don't really remember too much about it. I remember the day I started my period. I was sitting there waiting for my friend Mindy and her parents to pick me up because we were going to be driving for 6 hours on our way to the state softball tournament. I had to sit in the car for 6 hours wearing a pad for the first time. Not to mention the fact that I had to play softball all weekend with one too! But hey....we won the tournament and we were state it wasn't all bad!

I remember sweating for the first time in know the kind of sweat that actually was stinky! It was so embarrassing to all of a sudden be getting sweatt spots under my arm pits. Do you remember that? Seriously I could take you to the exact spot in the gym where I was standing when I looked down and saw the sweat spot on my t-shirt!

I remember having growing pains in my legs when I was a kid, but growing pains in my "chest area" is something I do not remember. Do ya'll remember this? And why...please tell me the books out there on puberty insist on using the term "breast buds"? That term needs to be outlawed! eeeewwww..... it just weirds me out!

So what about you? What do you remember about puberty? What we remember we will relive through our daughters...and what we don't remember....well, we will get to live through it with them anyway! Gosh, I can't wait!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Cute idea for Thanksgiving Invitation

On years when it is my turn to host Thanksgiving I've come up with this little tradition where my kids are actually the host and hostess. I just simply cook the food and provide my home. My kids make the invitations, and a few years ago we made napkin rings and placemats together. This will be the third year we've used them. I'm excited to pull them out again! I saw this idea on HGTV's website for invitations and it seems right up our alley. We've got tons of leaves outside on the ground since we have a ginormous maple tree in our backyard. If we end up doing it I will post pics of our...but for now, here is the HGTV pic and a link to the has all the instructions on how to do it.


Sunday, November 9, 2008


I wacked my hair off!!! (notice how long it was before in my header)

and just so all the attention is not on me..... (I know I'm getting so mature! LOL)
A pic of my peeps in downtown Nahsville

And my kids school pics....

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Just a few pics of the fam

Pics from while we were in Tennessee

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

At the request of my sister.....

My sister, like many of you, is sick and tired of talking about politics. She wanted a non political mindless here it is sis....what can be more mindless than some new pics of my new home!

The den just off the foyer with the chairs I got off craigslist for $25 each!

Pictures from the foyer

Not too proud to be from my state today though.....

Ughh...I live in a state that just accepted, by vote, assisted suicide. I'm deeply saddened and embarrassed. What is this world coming to?

As far as the new President Elect, to be honest I'm scared as heck where he will take this country morally, financially and globally. But he has been elected and come January he will be my president and I will give him the respect the office deserves.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Hey ya'll don't forget to go and vote today!!!!! Express that wonderful freedom that we have which our men and women are currently fighting for!!!

oh, and while you are at it....


Friday, October 31, 2008

Something that's on my mind today...

****Update: to further the discussion*****

I came across this verse last night at our bible study and to me, it seemed to apply to this discussion and some of the comments. It is Romans 12:2
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is---his good pleasing and perfect will."

People, let's get something clear right now! I am in no way claiming that I do everything right! I don't! I'm human and I fail because sometimes I choose what my flesh wants instead of what God wants. Sometimes I choose what's easy instead of what might be right, but hard. This discussion is meant to be an exhortation to make you think about something that maybe you've really never stopped to think about before. Some of you have, I know. But I'm also willing to bet that some of you haven't ever really thought about or looked into the history and true meaning of halloween. I did this post to bring awareness to the topic and to also share how God was working on me in regards to it and changing the way I have been addressing it with my family.

I feel like the above scripture really applies here. Now, are there things in my life where I conform. YES! I'm not gonna lie. But I'm here to take the plank out of my own eye. After hearing that scripture I came home last night and erased recordings of a few shows that I've been watching over the last few years. Shows that I knew had content that I don't need to be watching. (nothing crazy...just mainstream shows on the regular stations) So I erased them, and I won't be watching any of the upcoming episodes either. I desire to renew my mind. I want to see God's will. In order to do that, I can't conform to the patterns of this world. Are there other areas I need to look at. Yes! Who doesn't. But that's where God spoke to me as of last night.

I shared what I was letting go of because I think sometimes we too often use other peoples failures as our own justification for the choices we make. Other people should not be the standard. The Bible should be.
Just wanted to share something that's been on my mind this week....
My family does not celebrate Halloween in anyway. We don't do harvest parties, go trick or treating, etc. We have always totally ignored it basically. I was pointed in the direction of this article and it's made me think a bit.....

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
By Pastor Eric WattGuest Writer – What about Halloween?
Should you and I be involved in the celebration of Halloween?
Finding the answer to this question has been an interesting journey in itself. I interviewed several people and then researched what many leading Christian writers, authors and spokesmen have written about the subject. I also searched various websites like,, and to read what others might be saying. What I found was an agreement on the origins of Halloween, but a mixture of recommendations about allowing our children to participate in this super-charged media driven holiday.
The origins of Halloween are Celtic in tradition and have to do with observing the end of summer sacrifices to gods in Druidic tradition. In what is now Britain and France, it was the beginning of the Celtic year, and they believed Samhain, the lord of death, sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves. The waning of the sun and the approach of dark winter made the evil spirits rejoice and play nasty tricks. Believe it or not, most of our Halloween practices can be traced back to these old pagan rites and superstitions.
But what about today? Perhaps we can still learn from history. In the fourth century, Christians attempted to co-opt the holiday by celebrating the lives of faithful Christian saints the day before Halloween. This was a conscious attempt to provide an alternative and re-focus the day away from ghouls, goblins, ghosts, witches and other “haunted” experiences. Since that time many Christians have decided to allow their children to dress in more “innocent” costumes of pumpkins, princesses, Superman or as a cowboy. Part of this is due to the simple reality that in today’s Western culture it is nearly impossible to “avoid” Halloween.
Just before reaching a conclusion on the subject, I was struck with the thought that I ought to further my search and find out what Wicca, the official religion of witchcraft, has to say about Halloween. Perhaps they viewed the day as a simple fun and innocent neighborhood activity?
“Shock” is the only word to describe what I found. Halloween is a real, sacred day for those who follow Wicca. In fact, it is one of two high and holy days for them. The Celtic belief of spirits being released is current, along with the worship of Samhain (the lord of death) – both are promoted as something to embrace on that day. There is no question in my mind that to those who believe and follow the practices of witchcraft, Halloween represents an opportunity to embrace the evil, devilish, dark side of the spiritual world.
So after discovering this, what is a reasonable conclusion? As Christians you and I are placed in this world to be a light in a world of darkness. There is no lasting benefit to ignore a holiday that exists around us, but it also does harm to celebrate Halloween as it has originated and grown over the centuries.
My suggestion? Christians should be teaching their children (age appropriately) that:
there is a spiritual world filled with goodness from God and evil from Satan (Eph. 2:1-10);
life with Christ has power over darkness (I John 4:4); and
those who celebrate Halloween either are unaware of its roots, or are intentionally promoting a world where evil is lauded and viewed as an ultimate power.
To counter the evil influence of Halloween, we need to join together and celebrate the reality of the heroic efforts of Christian saints over the evil in their day. Many leaders in the past -- and present -- have fulfilled the mandate of destroying the works of the devil through their sacrificial commitment to Christ and His Kingdom.
Too, rather than “hide” in the face of evil, we should unabashedly and boldly create an alternative that is positive and uplifting; that celebrates good over evil and the triumph of God over Satan. We need to provide an environment that also makes room for heaps of fun while using the day as a “teachable moment” to celebrate God’s protection, provision and purpose for our lives.

When I say that it's made me it hasn't made me reconsider my decision to participate in trick our treating or that kind of stuff. It made me think about the fact that I'm totally ignoring it and not taking the opportunity to use it as a teachable moment with my kids. I've got some ideas stirring around in my head for next year on how to approach it in a more teachable way with my kids. I want to come up with an idea that will teach them about the scriptural perspective of spiritual warfare, and to celebrate God's power! I've got a year! If anybody has any ideas and wants to join in next year let me know. I'm excited to take this in a new direction and claim this day for God rather than ignoring it and just giving it to Satan.

Part of the reason this has all come up is because my daughter for the first year is feeling left out. And trying to teach her just the plain old history facts isn't really cutting it for her. I tried to explain it this way..... "Ok, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. But there are people all over the world who don't really believe in Jesus, but they still celebrate Christmas. In their mind it is just a fun holiday where they get to give and get gifts. But just because they aren't acknowledging the fact that it's really about the birth of Christ doesn't change the fact that it IS about the birth of Christ! So halloween is the same. Millions of people all over the world celebrate halloween as a fun holiday where they get to give and get candy. But just because they aren't acknowledging the satanistic history and meaning of it doesn't change the fact that that IS the real meaning of halloween." That helped a little!! =)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A few pics from Dollywood!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Toothless in Tennessee--- Part 2---- the pics!

Ok, ya'll will think it's totally crazy but in our little family my hubby pulls our kids' loose teeth with plyers. The funny thing is .... it doesn't hurt at all! When you pull a tooth straight up out of it's little home, it comes out nice and clean. As opposed to breaking it off by wrenching it forward and backward. They love it and Colt couldn't wait to have his dad do it because he has seen it done to his sissy and he knew it wouldn't hurt!

The other tooth right next to it is loose too...they plyers will be needed again soon! Oh and the bonus is that we always go out for ice cream when someone looses a tooth!