Why We Do What We Do

An e-mail we received this week:

1140webJust finished reading Keeping Our Children’s Hearts. It was an amazing book backed up with God’s Word. I started applying the principles and making changes to re-capture my son’s heart. I have become more selfless and have let go of a lot of busy stuff around the house.

My wife and I love homeschooling our three children and are doing more and more to shelter our kids and ourselves from the negative influences of the world.

Your conference inspired us and convicted me as Dad and leader of my home to make changes. My kids are already responding in amazing ways to me and my new focus and attitude.  Thanks be to God for your ministry. HE has used it in a impactful way in our family.

Love in Christ,
A Dad

“… to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,
and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just;
to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 

Luke 1:17

HTML: Step One and Two in Website Design, ITonRamp

Just a quick post to let you know that Joseph has scheduled his website design courses, and the first one is coming up soon!

JosephInstead of the ten-week course he taught last year, he split it into two classes. Step One, a five week course, begins April 15th, while Step Two, a six week course, starts June 3rd. Lord willing, he plans to add an advanced CSS course later this year. So, if you’re looking to take that one, the background of Step One and Two are suggested. (As a side note: if you took the HTML 10 week course last year, Step One and Two are nearly the same thing, so you don’t need to take it again.)

We’re excited about this opportunity for young people and parents alike. The courses equip those who take them with useful skills for creating awesome websites.

ITonRamp.com is here to help!

Serving Jesus,

“So teach us to number our days,
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Psalms 90:12

Friday Evening and Saturday in Pictures

BTW: we found out that our comment feature has been broken for the past six days. Sorry. We’re fixing it.

Random pictures ;).


We received a sweet package from a friend in the mail.


One item she sent was this apron. Sarah’s looking forward to making it!

This weekend was burrito-making time! To learn more about how we do it, see this old blog post.





Joseph’s house continues to make awesome progress. We have a number of pictures to share with you all later.


This morning, Mom and Mary decided to pull living room furniture to clean behind them. Mary said, “Let’s rearrange the living room!”

Mom agreed, so the process began! Less than two hours later, the living room was rearrange. Tonight’s Bible time felt very cozy in our new arrangement.




The final arrangement!



Anna made a delicious stir-fry on the grill.

“And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.”
Deuteronomy 12:7

Resurrection Sunday

Friday afternoon, Anna and I started the food preparations for Resurrection Sunday. Spring winds were gently blowing in the open window, making for a perfect baking day! I think it’s always best to bake with a sister or Mom, because it goes twice as fast and is more enjoyable than being in the kitchen alone!

A young missionary couple were staying with Christopher and Anna Marie for the weekend. The young man preached a great message Sunday morning about our life in Christ being like a seed. When the seed, which appears to be dead, is buried in the soil and then watered, it grows and finally multiplies. In a similar way, when we die to ourselves, and are watered by God’s Word, then we will bring forth spiritual fruit. It was a very good analogy.

Sunday evening all the relatives came over for a family dinner. After that we moved into a special time of reading God’s Word about Jesus’ resurrection. Don’t we have so much for which to be thankful?

Serving Jesus,

Making potato casserole.



Layering the salad.
Anna made crepes, and Joseph scrambled eggs.
The crepes were amazing! Anna made two different kinds: plain and chocolate. In addition, there were several different toppings and fillings. Yum.


Church Sunday morning.





Dinner group, minus the photographer ;).
Bless Christopher’s heart! He washed all the dishes after our big meal.

“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:6