Monday, October 28, 2013

Incredible and Intelligent Design

A few months ago I was involved in a internet debate with an Atheist.  Because of the online Pro-Life ministry I work with, sometimes I end up in contact with people who want to deny the Truth so they can believe their own ideology.  The debate had started with her stating that abortion was okay and me saying that abortion is never okay.  There is no circumstance that validates abortion.  It was interesting to see that she could only defend her belief by her system of thought.  I brought up the point that her beliefs do not change reality.  Abortion is murder and that is sin.  What God has defined, she is not going to change.  After she found that she was stuck in a corner and wasn't going to go anywhere, she tried to take God out of the picture.  Really?  Are you really going to try that?  Here she thinks that if she can take God out of the picture, that will validate her beliefs... but really all she is doing is going back to the beginning and trying to defend her beliefs through her ideology (and sorry, that's not going to work!).

Anyway, her next step was to give me all this "scientific" evidence to prove that there wasn't a God (oh right.  You really want to go there?).  While researching to comment back, I was (once again!) left in awe at the fingerprints of God left across our very world.  "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1
Hello!  It's that simple.

 Here is what I wrote to her: "Your ideology can be summed up in one word: "Chance".   Something can not come from nothing.  That defies logic!  There is no way that the universe can come into existence "just because of...".  No, there has to be a Higher Power.  Don't believe me?  Just look at DNA and the genetic code.  This stuff contains the blueprints for every living creature.  The digital code had to be created by an Intelligent Creator, not by random chance.  Oh, and the galaxies!  You are right about the universe expanding... but what is ironic is that this shows evidence of a Creator.  You see, scientists have extrapolated this expansion backwards through time, finding that our universe popped into existence very suddenly and from nowhere and for reasons unknown.  This experiment showed that our universe had a definite beginning; it was created.  I find it rather interesting that you seem to take this all as fact.  Who witnessed this?  Science can't prove anything. Your worldview is what defines your belief.   If something doesn't match up with your presupposition, you take it as false, refusing to even look at the evidence.  To sum this up, you are assuming that this universe came into existence by chance. Right there you have thrown logic, reasoning, and truth out the window by saying that something came from nothing.  If you have gone against the law ("from nothing, nothing comes"), how do you think you can go on to argue the next step?  The universe had to have had a beginning and it didn't create itself!"

I've always loved studying science because God's fingerprints are all over it.  From the minute atom to the massive universe, there is incredible and intelligent design from a loving Creator.  There is no way to push God out of science because He is the One that holds it together in the palm of His hand.

"Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all." 1 Chronicles 29:11

Friday, October 25, 2013

Crazy Corn Maze

For a fun Fall activity, we spent the morning at the corn maze.  Unfortunately Daddy wasn't able to come along with us and neither was Jordan (due to Bible Bee study), so it was just us girls and the little ones (but us girls know how to have fun!).  The weather was perfect and sun was shinning brightly!  (And someone forgot their sunglasses... name withheld to protect the guilty.) 

Ready to go!
Okay, so you might not be able to read the rules posted on the left there... but don't worry.  We had a little too much fun bending the rules for some joke pictures.

Broken Rule #1:
 There will be no eating of the corn!

Broken Rule #2:
 There will be no cutting through of the corn maze!

Broken Rule #3:
There will be no running through the corn!

Broken Rule #4:
There will be no rude treatment of the other participants!
(Yes, I made Eden take her shoes off before posing this picture.)

 But seriously, we were very good (as I'm sure you can tell).

And we were lost too (well, sort of).

 "Happy Trails to you until we meet again!"
(That's rather comforting, don't you think?)

 Mommy doing the live Facebook updates along the way...

 My favorite cowboy!

 Emergency Exit in case of an emergency.
This probably happened because I developed a nice blister within a minute of our journey... somehow I made it out of the maze alive. 

 Things seem to be slightly out of proportion here...

 I think this bear just got back from aerobics class!

Judah found some corn...

Uh oh!  He led Havilah and Benjamin astray!

Whenever there is a mirror, girls take advantage of it... 

Um, well, I guess it depends on what kind of mirror...
(But I did take advantage of it!)

 "Hey, come up here!  The view is fantastic!"

 There is the spectacular Mt. Hood in the distance.

 Aha!  Now we can figure out where the paths go!

Hey, everyone!

We made it through!

It was my idea to take a picture like this, but my Shiloh and Eden thought it was silly.
Their reason: "Everyone is looking at us!"
Well, I guess they were right.  This picture is now on our blog!
(The Phantom hand on the left there is rather mysterious...)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Just For Fun

I've been thinking and mapping out mentally where I want my blog to go.  I have always enjoyed Blog Categories, so I thought it would be a good idea to start introducing some of these series to the outside world!  If you haven't already guessed, this series is "Just For Fun" and it will contain the posts that make me smile or laugh (and hopefully that joy will be contagious).  Some of my upcoming ones will be my articles I've written, songs I've written, true stories I've written (you know how I alway get stuck in one of those ridiculous predicaments!), and even things I haven't written like my current musical adventures and the other topics yet to be determined.

I hope you will stayed tuned so it won't look like I'm just talking to myself.

Anyway, here we are:
Last year my brother decided to make an Internet Meme for fun or maybe because it was funny.  This is what he came up with.

Although I found it hilarious, I would have to say it's not totally authentic (well, maybe just a little bit... but not completely... I mean, seriously!).

Thanks for the laughs, Jordan!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

2013 Family Economics Conference Part 2

After collecting all the pictures from various cameras and locations (thanks to those who contributed!), I'm all ready to go on with Part 2 of our trip.  If you want to revisit Part 1, click HERE.

I must mention that it is very difficult to pick out the pictures for this post because there are so many good ones to choose from!  Wonderful memories caught on camera, right?

 Since Jordan qualified for the National Bible Bee, he had to cut out some time to study.
The first night we all found that if one person studies in a hotel room, no one else sleeps!  
And thus began a long night...

 There's nothing like Kevin Swanson waking you up in the morning!!!

Jordan and I back from a late night swim.
We only missed swimming one day!

 We enjoyed the V. family coming to have lunch with us every day.

 That evening we went out to dinner with some friends.
Ready to tackle this pizza?!

Someone's comment was, "Bethany, the pizza is almost as big as you!"

One very fun group.

I believe we are sitting "second row center behind Mrs. Howell."

One of the best part of conferences is getting to network with other like-minded families, meeting new friends, and catching up with the others you don't get to see much.  
Oh wait.  We're homeschoolers and we don't socialize!!!
(Yeah right.)

 
 Group picture!
Just as a warning: If you ever come near a picture with us in it, you might just be drafted to join!


It was really special seeing Grace and Madi A. again after so long!

Could this have been captured at a more perfect moment?!
Actually, it could have... but I'll leave that moment up to your imagination.
This must be what I look like when Madi reminds me of what day my birthday falls on.

 The conference hosted a big Pizza Party to close up the weekend.  It was a fantastic idea because everyone got to spend the last few hours together before heading home.

Hannah S, Madison C, and I brought our violins and had a great time jamming in the Service Corridor together.

It was great meeting the Hannah, Kaleigh, and Sarah S. who came all the way from Canada!

Tired out after a long day!

The next morning, we headed down to the beach for breakfast.  I had been wanting to swim for months and now was my big chance!  I got Daddy, Jordan, and Eden to do it with me... and the rest... well, they just missed out!
 It was so fun to have friends join us for breakfast!

 "I found a crab!"

Daddy and the three little ones.

The first thing we did was go for a mile run.  It felt great to be running on the beach with the sun shinning!
Ross and Paul L. joined us for the run and then Shiloh and Sarah L. followed us a bit later.

And then... then came the moment I was waiting for!!!!
 We all dashed out into the ocean for what someone called out "Polar Plunge!"
It was so amazing.  First the four of us held hands and sang the Doxology as we waded in ( during one of his sessions, Kevin Swanson mentioned that this was a wonderful family thing to do) and then we jumped and shouted "Praise the Lord!"
It wasn't as cold as I thought it would be and the waves were just perfect for body-surfing (which we did)!

It was great and I'm so happy we did it!
(Somehow Daddy didn't end up in the picture.)
And yes, I'll do it again next time I'm at the beach.

Shortly after, we jumped in the hotel jacuzzi to thaw out.

Heading back to the hotel, we packed up to leave.
"Sure, you can join us for dinner!"

All seven of us.

That evening we joined two other families for a wonderful meal and time of fellowship.
It was sad to say goodbye because we all had such a lovely time together!

We drove out on the beach for one last time before riding away in the light of the sunset.

A wonderful conference, special friends, and lasting memories.
The Lord blessed us in so many ways.  He is good!

"O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever."
~Psalm 30:12b

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

2013 Family Economics Conference Part 1

Alright.  So I posted this on the family blog, but since it was my writing I feel that I am able to post it here on my blog as well!

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The beach.  A conference with like-minded families.  Fun times as a family.

What more can you ask for?

Oh, I forgot... swimming.  And yes, we did quite a bit of that!  
But I digress.

This past weekend we enjoyed going to the Family Economics Conference.  For us it meant a family vacation (we don't go on vacation--we just vacation wherever we go!), listening to inspiring sessions by godly speakers, and (the best part for us social butterflies) visiting with so many wonderful families.  Since we take lots of pictures, I'm going to have to divide this in two Parts... so be sure to check back soon for Part 2!

 
Lunch for two very mysterious individuals.
Being that I'm the official wrap maker, I feel that I have artistic liberty to play around with whom I'm addressing the meals to.

Each member of our family loves to shop at the Goodwill not only because of all the great finds, but because we have way too much fun with some not so great finds!
 "Infin yer a cowboy, ya wear these here boots!"

 When sisters go shopping!

 We Jammin'!

 Who can find the highest heels without falling over?!

 Traveling musician.

 
Nearing Ocean Shores Washington.
I grabbed my camera right as we were going over this bridge and really didn't have time to focus, but I was rather amused to find that the picture ended up looking like a quaint oil painting!

 
Driving down the road with the sun reflecting off the water... just gorgeous!

 I don't need a caption for this picture!
(Oops, I just did one...) 


The most impressive thing for us Ex-Californians was the fact that you could actually drive out on the beach!

"Should we drive out into the ocean or just stay here?"

The beach was spectacular.  The first thing we did was jump out and take a picture in front of the glowing sunset.

Sorry for all the beach pictures, but I just can't pick a favorite because they all are so beautiful!





 "Flying, I am flying,
Like a bird cross the sky."
(An Irish song about the sea.)

 This is the infamous Beach Inspired Hair Style!

(Click on this panorama.)

 That one seagull just makes this picture!

Oh, how I love the beach!!!

Obviously I was saying something funny...

Jordan and Daddy.

 The best parents in the world!

"Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof."
~Psalm 96:11

Stay tuned for Part 2!