Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Invitation only

From this day forward, I will only be posting family information to this those who we invite or would like to be a part of the blog. All these posts automatically go to facebook... Take care...


It was another wonderful Christmas...and another one we could give all the glory to Jesus, the true gift of Christmas...He came to die for our sins.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Family pics

Mona's creation...awesome
Rafael and Noah...buds

just having fun with the new Nikon D40x...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow in Germany

Noah and Maria...having some cookies on the kitchen counter...
Rafael holding snow...wooohoooo.

View from the kitchen.

View from the balcony

It was wonderful to see the snow come down the other night.. It was beautiful to see it with the sun coming over the mountain. Praise the Lord.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bday video

not sure why..but the vid is acting up...hope you still enjoy

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tuesday night Bible Study

Tuesdays continue to be a blast as we study Isaiah. This week we looked into the prophecies surrounding the coming of Christ.
Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Mona blessed their socks off...I mean Japanese style

Well, the guys from Grunstadt came to the church.. Mona invited them over and they had no idea what was coming... A full treatment to Tonkatsu, Miso Soup and Rice.. It was great.. WE were blessed to have the Calvary Chapel crew together. Praise the Lord!!!

Maria...our doll

She is definitely a girl.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Jesus and Santa

Funny how this time of the year brings back so many memories... one of them in particular is a conversation I had with someone close to us.
This person asked "You mean you don't let your kids know about Santa!?"
I said, "That's right."
This person decided to yell and tell me why I was crazy, etc. After this Christian who attended church finally stopped.
I asked "Why do you want to lie to the children? What if they say, well they lied about Santa..guess Jesus is a lie too?"
The person hung up.
The person called back. Still angry yet calm... continued to tell me I was wrong. I thanked ... for the concern and then asked the question that hit the nerve.
I have never seen you this adamant and defensive over a make believe person WHO is completely opposite from Jesus, like Satan. Why don't you defend Jesus like this and tell others about Christ with the same passion during Christmas?"
She hung up.
The story does not end. That Christmas, the person was in tears as her children walked in the living room and ran back to their room. Those gifts were very expensive. The kids said, "That is not what I asked Santa for."

Is it any wonder how easy it will be for the Anti Christ to enter the world. People spend a great deal of hot air defending a satanic figure known as Santa...yet won't spend a second on the Savior, the real meaning of Christmas.

Wiesbaden Outreach.. GOD IS AWESOME!!

Guys, Through all of our doubts, through all of our struggles, through all of our good times...there is one thing that keeps becoming more apparent each day. God’s GRACE! He continues to love us, take care of us, guide us and help no matter what circumstance. We had a wonderful time this weekend at the outreach. We had turkey, then went to the German Christmas market...oh wow! ...the boys went on rides, a woman sang like she was in heaven, we shopped and just ran around the cobble stone road with the kids. WE then played songs all day in the streets of Wiesbaden. The teens, Brandon and Anthony, hung out with the Calvary Chapel Bible College guys (who later spent the night at our house) and Rafael and Noah handed out flyers about Christ.

All photos by Pastor Ron Hostetler, CC Wiesbaden

8 Calvary Chapel Bible College students came down to help with the outreach. All the guys came to our house...
Larry, Uli (Pastor's wife) and Alex...their son.
Noah in blue and Rafael in red...handing out flyers about Jesus...

Anthony right and Brandon left talking about COOL stuff ... Rafi is there

We rode the ferris wheel...uh...COLD!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Youth group having fun

Guys, Pastor Ron used his camera to take these photos and here is the movie..AWESOME

Vote : Baldness or not


I have been struggling with growing hair up front for some time now. I want to know what you think. Should I shave my head bald and get new glasses...ha. I know that this is in the flesh.. and worldly thinking.

I did this in photoshop...need your help.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The ACLU's real agenda in the Mojave Desert

This quote should grab you....
A quick comparison. In Berlin, Ronald Reagan thrilled millions by saying "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" The ACLU, on the other hand, squeals loudly, "Courts, tear down this cross!" Whose country would you rather live in?
Here is the story....

Where is Art Carney when you need him? The straight man for the classic Honeymooners TV show could deliver a line sorely needed at today's (Oct. 7) Supreme Court hearing on the fate of the Mojave Desert war memorial cross: "Simmer down, Ralphie boy!" In this case, Ralphie is Frank Buono, a man who has gone to absurd lengths to find offense. In fact, it's reminiscent of the false knock on the Puritans that they above all else feared that someone, somewhere was having a good time. In Frankie's case, he apparently fears that someone, somewhere might take comfort in a cross erected to honor America's fallen heroes.

At issue in Salazar v. Buono is the five-foot-tall (estimates vary) cross that is the latest in a series of crosses erected on Sunrise Rock since 1934 in California's Mojave National Preserve. The original was built by World War I veterans with the Veterans of Foreign Wars who had gone to the desert for their health and decided to honor their fallen comrades and the rest of America's war dead by erecting a wooden cross. The current one, made of pipe, was built in 1998 by a local resident, Henry Sandoz. The cross is in a remote region seen by few. But one of those is Buono, a former Park Service employee and ACLU member who told the ACLU that although he moved to Oregon, he comes down and sees the cross "two to four times a year." That was enough for the ACLU to file a lawsuit in 2001 demanding that the National Park Service tear down the cross. A quick comparison. In Berlin, Ronald Reagan thrilled millions by saying "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" The ACLU, on the other hand, squeals loudly, "Courts, tear down this cross!" Whose country would you rather live in? In 2004, Congress passed laws designating the site as a national war memorial and swapping the land on which the cross stands for some privately owned acreage. But Mr. Buono, whose complaint was that a cross on taxpayer-owned federal land violated his First Amendment right against establishment of religion, filed an injunction halting the transfer. He claims that he's an injured party although the government gave him relief on his original request: "Stop saying 'yes' to my demands, or I'll sue!" Naturally, the wacky Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco found merit in his argument, bringing us to the Oct. 7 hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Park officials years ago covered the cross in canvas lest the sight of it burn Mr. Buono's eyes on one of his strolls. After some patriot tore off the canvas, the cross was covered in a plywood box. Could there be a more apt symbol of what the ACLU wants to do to religion in this country? C.S. Lewis once remarked that the agenda of the Left is to make pornography public and religion private, a goal clearly reflected in the ACLU's endless string of nuisance cases. They've gained a lot of ground. While America is awash in Internet porn and ever-more coarse trash on TV, an obscure cross honoring our war dead gets hammered into a box. In June, the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), an antidote to the ACLU, filed an amicus brief that says Mr. Buono has no standing in this case because he is claiming injury based on his own injunction that has foiled the relief that he had sought. The brief by ACRU attorneys Peter Ferrara and Ken Klukowski observes that,
"It is therefore not an end to taxpayer support for the cross that Mr. Buono seeks, but rather to employ judicial power to compel the executive branch to destroy this war memorial. Standing doctrine should not be construed to empower plaintiffs to use the courts to convert the executive branch into a demolition crew that levels crosses to the ground."
The VFW and many other groups also have submitted briefs in defense of the cross. There is much at stake. An ACLU victory could imperil crosses and Stars of David on the graves of soldiers in 22 war memorial cemeteries and encourage the ACLU to look for yet more targets. They are still trying to tear down the 29-foot Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross near San Diego. In recent years, they've sued to have religious symbols removed from the seals of Stow, Ohio; Redlands, California; Duluth, Minnesota; Plattsmouth, Nebraska; and Republic, Missouri. In Los Angeles, the mere threat of an ACLU lawsuit motivated the County Board of Supervisors to vote to remove a cross from the county seal in 2004 despite the wishes of 94 percent of the residents. This past week, the Pentagon reported that eight more American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. They paid the ultimate price defending freedom and America's security. What do you think their fathers, mothers, wives, and children would say if they came upon that cross covered up in a box?

Friday, October 02, 2009

Great visit in Europe

Heidelberg Castle
Grandma saying bye to boys before they leave for school.
Bastogne Memorial

Well, it was a closed chapter to the visit today. They left Frankfurt Airport with beautiful weather. It was perfect each and every day. We closed the second week with a visit to Bastogne, Belgium..the site of the Battle of the Bulge. We then drove through Luxembourg, visited Trier, the oldest city in Germany...visited Frankfurt and closed with Heidelberg.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Trip w/ parents to Austria, Italy, Switzerland...

The mountains, the lakes, the boat rides in Venice and the scenic drive thru Switzerland...WOW!!! WE had a wonderful time this week exploring southern Germany. We started with a very sad visit to Dachau, one of the concentration camps used in WWII, then it was off to Austria. The next day we headed to Lake Garda, Italy, unbelievable!!! We headed out the next day for a day in Venice. We then took the scenic drive through Switzerland.

Parents enjoying the gondola ride through Venice...
Center of Venice...
Lake Garda...view from our room.