Thursday, October 18, 2012

6 Months Old and Teeth Already!

It's unreal that Elise is 6 months old already.  Here are a few pics.

 Here she is on October 10th, 6 months old.  Sitting up pretty good!

Here is her basketball binky that we bought before she was even born I think.  But, they were for 6 months old.  Well, she finally gets it!

Here are her two teeth coming in on the bottom.

Here is Elise and Kim when we went to get some pumpkins in Vicki's pumpkin patch.  It was getting dark and all I had was the cell phone so the pic is a little fuzzy.

Me and the baby girl

Kimmie and Ellie

Pups and Their Heating Pads

It's getting that time of year again when it gets cold.  Last year, we had a heating pad that Gracie loved to lay on, but one of them chewed through the cord (when it was unplugged) so we didn't like leaving them around.   They make pet-proof heating pads, but they were crazy expensive, like $40-50.  So, I went to the hardware store and grabbed some black tubing, cut it all the way down, and put it around the cord.  Now it's puppy proof for half the price.

This picture is actually one of a kind.  Normally, Gracie is hogging the heating pad, but she got under the pillow instead.  You can barely see her snout.

This picture is rare as well.  They were sharing.

Bob Evans Farm Festival

We took  trip to the farm festival this year with Elise and it was a pretty good time.  Here are a few pics.

The pigs

Welcome setup

Strong pumpkin guy

I think this was supposed to be a pumpkin

Here's a pony we saw as we were leaving.  There were actually two of them and the other kept drinking water and slinging it on this one.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church
By David Murrow

This book, in a very simplistic form, is basically the author’s view that the church is overly feminine, has been since the Victorian Era, and became increasingly more feminine during the Industrial Revolution.  He supports his view by showing a values chart from the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus and stating that the values commonly associated with women are the same values commonly associated with Jesus/Christianity.  His book is divided into three sections that ask where the men are, contrasts church culture with man culture, and gives some practical advice in making churches more man friendly.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  I got it from the “BookSneeze” website primarily because I wasn’t interested in anything else at the time and had a lack of options.  I honestly thought I would get the book and go through the painfully boring task of reading it through and probably disagree with a number of things.  Contrary to my original thoughts though, I loved the book.  One thing that was refreshing is that the author didn’t seem to be a self-absorbed macho man looking to call men into the church so we can knock the women down a notch.  I just don’t have time to entertain people who think that way.  Murrow seemed genuinely concerned that the church was at a loss from not having men because they can offer so much.  He simply calls us to look at the characteristics of men and base our methods around them.  His concern seemed to be seeing men becoming closer with God and in effect bringing other men to God.  It was encouraging, challenging, written in short chapters, and it was concise.  All of that was right up my alley.

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