Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rebecca's Bible Reading Party

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Rebecca's 1st reading through
of the Bible! She actually had finished in August 
when she was about 6 1/2, but we had a
tricky time finding a date that would work for the party.

Rebecca got to pick out all of the food!

It was quite a mix:

Kraft Macaroni
Annie's Macaroni
Homemade Gourmet Tomato Soup with Ravioli
Baby Pickles
Baby Carrots and Dip
Strawberry Bavarian
Chocolate Pie

The lineup

What a lot for a little girl to eat!

Mmm, Mmm Good!

She also got to pick out several favorite hymns!

Singing with Grandma B.

Then came a special time of Bible study together

Next were letters from special people

These were big surprises!

A scroll from Grandma and Grandpa M.

A special Bible reading certificate from one of our
favorite websites here
We are very excited to see how God is working in Rebecca's life.
She has been showing great interest in knowing more about Him
and His great gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
We pray that she will continue to read His Word
and live by it throughout her days!

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee."
Psalm 119:11

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Save the Dates!

As many of you know, Jon's boss, Tom Mcmillin, is running for state senate in the 13th district

Historian and author David Barton, who is also the Founder and Chairman of Wallbuilders,
will be the keynote speaker for a fundraiser for Tom on March 5th!

If you are in the Metro Detroit Area, this is a great opportunity to hear a true American historian, 
and support a great conservative candidate for state senate!

Visit to purchase tickets. 

See the flyer for more information:

Secondly, Jon will be speaking at the
Romeo Area Tea Party on March 10!

Also Allen West will be coming to MI on June 9!
More info to follow as we receive it...

These are important events we hope you can be a part of!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Guess Who? Challenge ANSWERED - February 2014

It's time for our monthly Guess Who? Challenge!

This an old picture of... well, give it your best shot!
Leave a comment with your guess of who is in the picture, and the answer
will be revealed a week after the original post.

This is ME (Lydia)!!

I cloned out the name on the bib,
so that it would be harder for y'all to guess :)

Get ready, 'cause it gets harder from here!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grace Bible Fellowship

Here is a picture update on our time at
Grace Bible Fellowship on February 9th!

We shared a concert with the church family

Mary and Julia played a duet

We even fit the harp in the van!

New friends

Great fellowship

Dutch Blitz

Lana and Mary

Alyssa and Julia

Lydia and Rebeca

Anna and Kaylah

We were encouraged to see God's work at 
Grace Bible Fellowship in Swanton, OH.

If you are ever in the Toledo area, 
this is a wonderful church to attend.

We are looking forward to our next time together!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

CollegePlus! Video

This video was made by CollegePlus! students to promote the CP! forums for CP! students.

Jonathan is involved with CollegePlus! while working through his degree.

Friends of ours were involved with writing/coordinating the video, and asked us
to do a couple of scenes as well.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Joseph's 18th Birthday!

Joseph turned 18 years old today! We are so grateful for 
his loving and teachable spirit, and look forward to how 
the Lord uses him!

Here are 18 fun and interesting facts about Joseph:

  1. He is the family comedian
  2. As a toddler, Joseph pulled out his hair and had a bald spot
  3. Loves to fix up engines (especially snowmobiles)
  4. He had a blanket called "The HMMMM blanky" (inside joke) until Jonathan convinced him to throw it away (this was many years ago!)
  5. Loves to go barefoot
  6. He is Rebecca's "brown-eyed boy" - they are the only two kids with brown eyes
  7. Interested in survival/preparedness resources
  8. Often takes two teaspoons of cayenne pepper a day
  9. Family mechanic (finished one project - quad - and acquired another - snowmobile - both today!)
  10. Loves listening to sermons from John MacArthur and J. Vernon McGee
  11. Joseph is our resident workout nut
  12. He is our lone string bass player - and does a great job of it!
  13. He runs the family garden
  14. Loves Subway
  15. He and Anna are best buddies
  16. Will soon get his driver's permit
  17. Loves rocking chairs
  18. Is the only member of our immediate family who has killed a deer

Feel free to leave a comment wishing Joseph a Happy Birthday!

The blessing of children: Duggar interview

Recently, Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar did an interview with
It really summarizes how we feel about God's blessing of children.

While in Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar sat down with Cortney O'Brien from to discuss large family logistics and relationships. The Duggars also shared a touching story about how their show saved a life. Here are the highlights of the interview:

Cortney: What are some of the benefits or most fun parts about having such a large family? 

Jim Bob: "We’re always going places and doing things. And I think in one sense, we have one of the funnest families in the world because there’s so many of us that it’s just non-stop fun.”

Jim Bob: "Even when we go do a work project. We can accomplish a lot in a short amount of time."

Michelle: "I think Jill summed it up one time. She said, 'People just don’t understand how much fun it is to be from a large family. It’s just like, the love multiplies, it doesn’t divide.’ So that’s why we named our book A Love that Multiplies." 

Cortney: What are some of your other favorite activities as a family? 

Michelle: "As far as energy activities, we love to go on bike rides..."

Jim Bob: "We’re always playing basketball and volleyball, and then in the front yard, the boys a lot of times are playing football. And the other night we went to [an] Arkansas Razorback versus Kentucky game."

Michelle: "Oh that was amazing. The kids love to sing. They’ll just break out singing when we’re driving down the road."

Jim Bob: "And they all love playing instruments together."
Michelle: "And entertainment. Just the fun of doing and saying the cutest little things kids do." The mother of 19 keeps track of her children's most memorable words in her iPhone.  

Cortney: Say you hired a babysitter for a night. What instructions would you give them? 

Michelle: "The babysitter or the children? I think I would instruct the children first." (laughing) 

Jim Bob: "For years, my mom would watch our children when Michelle and I would go on a date each week. And of course, now a lot of our older daughters are - "

Michelle: "She still does sometimes. She’s still willing and available to do it."

Jim Bob: "Now, some of our older daughters are in their 20s, and so they watch the little ones...."

Jim Bob and Michele also discussed their relationship with their kids and with each other: 

Jim Bob: "I guess, the main thing we try to do as parents is keep up [with] the hearts of our children. Having heart-to-heart talks with children is very important, and for them to build, confess things, and make things right...."

Michelle: "And always purpose to treat each other with respect. No teasing, no calling names, no putting each other down, but truly showing respect..... You know, you’re gonna have those relationships for life, and you really want to cherish and nurture those even now...."

Jim Bob: "And I think really the foundation of a close-knit family first off is having a close relationship between husband and wife, and then the children’s relationship with the parents, and then the children’s relationship with each other. And there’s gonna be offences and things that happen, but making sure that each one of us humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness."

Michelle: "We’re really desiring to teach them to love, putting others before yourself. The acrostic we use is ‘JOY’ - Jesus first, others second, yourself last - and if you put it in that order, then it makes for a very peaceful, harmonious place to live. Even at Josie’s age, who is now four, our baby in our family, just encouraging her to realize, you know what you can serve your big brother, you can go and get him his cup and bring it to the table and help serve your brothers and sisters, even though you’re the youngest...."

Cortney: I read another interview you both did and I think, Jim Bob, it was you that said a writer emailed you and said that your show prevented them from having an abortion. I was wondering if that is something that encourages you both to continue doing the show? 

Jim Bob: "Over the past ten years we’ve received several emails and letters from women who have said that after watching our show, they’ve decided to keep their baby. They’ve changed their perspective on the child - instead of seeing the child as a burden, they see the child as a blessing. But one mom in particular, back a couple years ago, she sent us a letter that said, ‘I was watching your show, 17 Kids and Counting.... I’d already gone in for my first initial appointment to have an abortion, and I was going to have an abortion the next day.... I flipped through the channels and saw your show.' And she said, 'Ya know, if that lady can do it with 17 kids, I can do it with one.' And she kept her baby." 

Michelle: "And she sent a picture!" 

Jim Bob: "And so that makes it all worth it. Our whole family really believes that the TV show is really not about us - it’s really about a ministry to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God."

Read the full interview on

Monday, February 3, 2014

Creation vs. Evolution

If you missed it, see below to watch the debate in its entirety!
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Colossians 1:16
Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era? Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham is joined at the Creation Museum by Emmy Award-winning science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society Bill Nye.
Ham, a former science instructor who emigrated to the USA from Australia over 25 years ago, is joined by the popular children’s program personality Bill Nye “the Science Guy” for this first and only scheduled debate. Each man delivers what he believes is the best information currently available for his case. Each then has an opportunity for rebuttal and afterward answers questions submitted by the audience.
The February 4 debate has generated significant attention from national media, and tickets to attend live were completely sold out within two minutes of release.
Don’t miss this “debate of the decade”! Watch at home, or organize to show the live stream to your small group, your youth group, or even your entire church. This event may be freely rebroadcast to groups so long as no admission or other fees are charged to any participants or attendees.
The debate was held in the 900-seat Legacy Hall lecture arena at the Creation Museum (sponsored by Answers in Genesis).

The live stream is available to view for free on YouTube for a period of time after the debate.