Please Pass the Hymnal

The church we went to out West only sang hymns. At first, I didn't welcome this at all. I missed the more contemporary singing we did in past churches. The Lord worked on me giving contentment in this small area. I really began to love hymns and learned many new ones. I found a lot to appreciate about their deep poetic lyrics and their music can be fun. Really, if you don't sing them in monotone with a long face, they are not that boring! It also helps to have a good piano accompaniment.

Part of Leyla's home school curriculum is "Language and Thinking for Young Children". They suggest doing a "whole" method of memorizing passages whether it be hymns, songs, poems, Bible chapters, etc. We are doing this with hymns by singing (and I try to play the piano) one through each day for a month. Then, the hymn has hopefully been memorized.

Over Thanksgiving Leyla INSISTED that all the relatives sit and listen to her sing "My Redeemer". All four verses, 2 times through. (The 2nd time because Auntie Rachel missed out.) The twins were too shy, but they light up and sing their best when one of their songs are picked at church.

As a side note: there is contemporary music that glorifies the Lord and is a part of our lives also.

I hope to give my children an appreciation for hymns. Not for the sake of being staunch or old fashion. Not to make them narrowminded, but rather broaden their musical taste. To cause them to learn from beautiful language and deep truths. Truths that they may not understand now, but will be in their memory to think upon as they grow. To shape their view of Jesus and what He's done for them.

The lives of many hymn writers are profound stories of Christ's work. I hope to look into those more. I wonder how many blind authors there were and why?

We have a few tiny hymnals with no music, just lyrics. They are great to keep with your Bible for encouragement and meditation.

Recently my inbox received a devotion containing this very subject by Elisabeth Elliot. When I was a child my father and mother gathered the six of us in the living room after breakfast every morning for family prayers. First we sang a hymn, omitting none of the stanzas, accompanied on the piano by one of our parents. It was in this way that we learned a good bit of solid theology without any conscious effort.

I don't claim to be an expert on this. I'm just thankful for the gift of hymns.


The BIG 3-0!

Today is Andy's 30th birthday.

We celebrated by going to a Broncos vs. Chiefs game. Go Denver! Even with the little ears & tongues in our house, the weekend was kept a "surprise".

Fall was still in the air outside the art museum.

Some assume that after 8 years of marriage you might be bored of each other...but for some reason our love has only grown. We can truly say that life together is only getting better.

The Lord is very gracious.

Happy birthday, I love you Andrew Frank!

He's not looking bored is he??? Nahh.


There were some logistics problems getting these runner's to their race on time, so they missed it. Thus the unhappy faces. They will try another one this Saturday.

Chloe, after her new haircut, helping make muffins.

The Shivaree:
A shivaree, is a clamorous salutation made to a newlywed couple by an assembled crowd of neighbors and friends. Add disguises, a hayride and bonfire to this party.

Sooo...the kids put to use their dress up clothes.

This is as disguised as we got.

On the hay rack going out to the campfire. Josie as Pocahontas.

Here is the Bride-to-be. I wish I got one of the groom-to-be also.

Cowboy Clayton

Ju and Dustin.


Here's another really interesting article: A Shocking “Confession” from Willow Creek Community Church


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Studies have long shown that the chances of a child growing up to become a criminal plummet to almost zero if he is raised by two loving parents Gene Edward Veith
Christians worried about the state of our culture often look for political and legal solutions. Others hope to turn things around by getting involved with the media and the entertainment industry. But culture begins at home.
Studies have long shown that the chances of a child growing up to become a criminal plummet to almost zero if he is raised by two loving parents. Two-parent families are also the most effective anti-poverty program.
One factor in the development of male homosexuality, according to Christian psychologists, is the absence of a father figure. The boy so yearns for a father's love that he becomes attracted to men. The effect of absent or emotionally distant fathers on daughters is that they so yearn for a father's love that they often become promiscuous.
I hasten to reassure single moms that none of these dire consequences necessarily come to pass. Christians, especially, have God's promise to the fatherless that "I will be a father to you" (2 Corinthians 6:18).
But Christians who want to strike a mighty blow in the culture wars would do well to build up their own families. Spouses must spend quantity time with each other. When they are both busy in their own separate spheres, they tend to become isolated. Married couples work to counter these effects by building time in their lives to spend with each other.
Parents must spend quantity time with their children. Many children spend more time with their peers than with their parents, which means they are essentially raised by their friends. If the statistic is true that the average father spends seven minutes a day with his children, he is not doing his job.
Often churches are part of the problem, with so many activities that add to the busyness of the week rather than encouraging members to devote time to their families.
Christians also need to recover the joy of family life, not a spirit of harshness, with the father trying to rule with an iron fist and the mother controlling her children with rigid rules and severe punishments. Ironically, this approach can spark the opposite of what is intended, breeding marital discord and turning children into rebels.
A revival of the Christian family would have far-reaching cultural ramifications. A network of strong and happy families would help stabilize American culture. They would also provide a powerful Christian witness to the cultural casualties who, on the deepest level, yearn for a family like that.


Wow, some fresh news is overdue here...
I guess, just like everyone, we have been busy. That, and I haven't felt inspired to post the latest events as they happen. For some reason it's getting a little old hat. Maybe if I was more creative. So, hmmmm... I guess I'll make a quick list.
Storybook Camp
Race for the Cure
Chloe got a haircut
Church hayride
Apple Orchard field trip
Andy went to Minneapolis & Dallas
Trying to eat more healthily
Gymnastics is so much fun
Camelot Play
Leyla is "reading"
Julie and Dustin moved away
Halloween: ok or not ok?
Andy's final weeks in his 20s
Leyla has 2 more cavities
Feeling the need to be more organized & scheduled
How did "Hannah Montana" and "H.S. Musical" enter my 5 yr. old's vocab?!
The kitchen has 2 new walls & a ceiling
Caden playing spiderman on the web of trimmed tree branches outside
Family pictures taken
We have NO plans this weekend