Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
The week before Christmas Sunday, we had another baby dedication. They are always so precious.
Karry & Bryn acting like they were going to attack Blake's gingerbread house.
Bryce visited Blake's Sunday School class and couldn't resist making a gingerbread house, too.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
I realize it is the day after Christmas, but I just found this youtube link. Myles Young is a recording artist and songwriter. I sang a duet with him a few years ago on one of his WestCoast projects. In my opinion, this California Christmas song should be used at Disney California.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Jonathan Contreras playing "Carol of the Bells"
Daria Espinoza making her debut singing, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Blake singing "White Christmas"
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
In the book, The Tipping Point, it tells of two Princeton University psychologists that conducted a study based on the story of the Good Samaritan. A group of Seminary students was asked to prepare a talk on a "biblical theme and then walk over to a nearby building to present it." With one part of the students, the experimenter would look at his watch and say, "Oh, you're late. They were expecting you a few minutes ago. You'd better get moving." He then told the remaining students, " It will be a few minutes before they're ready for you, but you might as well head over now." All of the students ran into a man on the ground, coughing and groaning, as they walked to their destination. The question was: " Who would stop to help the man?" Of the students that were told they "were late", only 10% stopped and of the students that were told they "were early" 63% stopped to help. Surely, all of these students would say that they were compassionate, but when given the choice to be helpful or be "late", 90% of the students had their helping-hands-hindered by schedules and appointments that they would not change, even in the face of one who was suffering. In fact, one student walked right over the man, as he rushed to give his presentation.
We are often amazed at the responses of the Priest and Levite in the story of the Good Samaritan, but what about your response when you see a "need" that needs to be met? How many times have you told someone that you would pray for their need and never got around to it? Are you too busy with things you think are too important for you to change your priorities for - to help those around you, especially those that may not have bones that are broken, but hearts that are?
We are admonished in Galatians 6:2, to "Carry each other's burdens... " Christ on earth always stopped. He stopped by a well to visit with a woman, He stopped to allow His feet to be washed with tears, He stopped when the "road-side" cries for mercy reached His ears, He stopped when His virtue flowed. As Christ is your example, you must be ready to stop and not "walk over" your God-directed moments to help others. Because the only time you should look down on someone - is when you're lifting them up.
It says in Proverbs 12:25, "Worry is a heavy burden, but a kind word always brings cheer." (CEV) So take the time and make the call; mail the card; send the email; or pay a visit.
Because, if you're too busy to help those in need -- than you're too busy.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
RULE ONE: Grab one of the books closest to me, go to page 56, type the fifth line and the next two to five lines that follow.
RULE TWO: Pick five people who love books (I think) and who could receive the Bookworm award with honor.
"But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death." Exodus 21:29
Does this mean you better keep your animals in your own yard? LOL
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
A Beary Merry Christmas.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
(For a more recent photo of Amber, view my older post dated November 19, 2008. http://janaallard.blogspot.com/2008/11/happy-birthday-mother.html#comments )
Saturday, December 6, 2008
BY JORGE BARRIENTOS, Californian staff writer, Thursday, Dec 4 2008 12:20 PM
The Bakersfield bondsman accused of tricking and coercing clients into giving up property that had been put up for bail has about four to six month to live, his doctor confirmed Thursday. Joaquin Cruz has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has trouble affording all the prescription medication. He was recently arrested on suspicion of 13 felonies in connection with defrauding clients of his bail bonds business. Joaquin Gracilazo Cruz, 65, has pancreatic cancer that in recent weeks has started growing rapidly, Dr. Ravi Patel said.
“His cancer is aggressive, and his life span is short,” Patel said.
Cruz and his wife, Eduvina Diana Chacon, 57, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Kern County court. They are accused of fraudulently getting titles to clients' vehicles, houses and other property to sell, or for their personal use. Together they are are charged with 19 felonies.
Losses total nearly $300,000, according to the California Department of Insurance.
Upon sentencing, a judge could take a person’s health into consideration for the sentence.
In the meantime, Cruz sits in Lerdo jail because he does not have money to post bail, Revelo said. If he comes up with money, a restriction says he must prove the bail money was obtained legally.
Entire article here: http://www.bakersfield.com/hourly_news/story/628920.html
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
The word "humblest" in the above quote caused me to ponder, is there such a thing as "humblest?" It sort of sounds like an oxymoron. Are there levels to being humble? Humble, More Humble, Humbler, Humblest? Makes me chuckle thinking of it. Or would it be similar to the competitive spirit such as who's the fairest (humblest) of them all? I would tend to believe not. Regardless, humility is a character trait that is easily admired. Scripture tells us, "...a broken and contrite (humble) heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." (Psalm 51:17) Being humble can promote goodness in the world but, the personal benefit of humility is knowing God will never despise you or me.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
P.S. I want to add thanks to Greg Galban, Ron Ferrell, and Bryce for the many hours they volunteered to get this job done.
Part of the sitting area.
Below is the link to Rochelle's blog.