“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Surgery,Dinner, Broken Bones and Princesses

So the last 2 weeks have been insane and gone by in a whirl wind. They started off with Caleb having his adenoids out.

He was quite excited about the fact that he got a popsicle and the fact that Ella would be so jealous. He also liked the fact that he got to wear his pajamas to the hospital. And when we got there he got to wear a "cool" gown.

The surgery went well and to quote the Dr "those were huge". In recovery he was asking for Jack and the nurse thought he wanted to eat at Jack's but for those of you who know Caleb you know what he wanted. Fortunatly his other nurse had already met Mr. Old Jack.

Finally came the best part of all

the popsicle, which made and discomfort of the surgery worth while. To quote Caleb "that wasn't so bad". He managed to take it easy for a few hours but by that afternoon was swinging on his rope swing and came to me and said"mom I'm starving I need a cheeseburger" so much for all the soft food I purchased! The funniest part of the whole day was when Ella was wanting some attention and Caleb said"Ella it's not about you today, it's about me".

The Saturday after Caleb had his adenoids out we headed down to Dothan to help my parents with their first farm dinner. What is a farm dinner you ask? Well just that a dinner on the farm with food grown on the farm or nearby. We had a great group of people and the evening was just beautiful the "crowning" moment was when the full moon rose up over the farm a beautiful sight to behold. For pictures go to Waterberry Farm here

Just when I thought life was going to slow down and I could get ready for Ella's 3rd birthday, Ella fell out of the car getting out one afternoon. She complained her elbow (meaning shoulder) hurt but we just thought she wrentched it, but Friday morning it was clear to me something more was wrong. Sure enough she had broken her collar bone, poor girl. As a bribe to get through the long day at the docs I promised we would get ice cream on the way home. While at the grocery picking out ice cream Caleb kept saying what he wanted Ella says frustrated "it's about me today Caleb!"
Finally Ella's birthday is here and after working late into the night I got it all done. All our little princesses showed up and so did Cinderella. It was a good party, Ella is still talking about it but boy did it leave me exhausted.
So this week has been about R&R and getting back on schedule

Saturday, April 26, 2008


OH my after almost 2 weeks of not posting I have so much to share, but where to begin? I could begin at the beginning where I left off or start at the end and go back, which is what I think I will do because it is the most fun

Today was Ella's birthday and what fun it was, she had a princess tea and yes I think I went over board with it. Everything was pink and white and girlie all over! We had wands, tiaras, beads and bracelets. And oh did I mention it was dress up? Yes 4 sweet little girls all dressed up as princesses and who should show up but the princess of all princesses Cinderella! She read stories and sang songs put a little make--up on each girls and crowned each one as a real princess. I made little princess cakes and because of Ella's insistence every girl got a pink chocolate rose!

It was a fun day and every now and then Ella keeps saying Cinderella came to my party..I think she will remember this for a long time.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Saturday morning as I was cleaning up from breakfast Dan walks in with this huge box and says
"King Crab Claws" quite confused and thinking we got the neighbors box I quickly take it from him (maybe we should keep it) but to my surprise it had my name on it. Then I look at the return address and it's from my girlie Sara who works for Shaw's Crab House in Chicago, now it is all coming together for me.

And in an instant my dinner questions are solved, we are having Crab Claws straight from the Bearing Sea! How cool is that? Inside is everything you need bibs, napkins, hotsauce, mints, and yes even tongs and 5 pounds of beautiful crab claws.

So after much excitement

and some cooking help dinner is ready.

I can't put into words how exciting this was for me, it was just so cool and fun and so unexpected. You too can enjoy fresh from the sea crab claws by calling Shaw's Crab House in Chicago and they will come right to your door ready to go. Definatly the sweeter side of the "Deadliest Catch"

Monday, April 7, 2008

On the Table

Menu for week of April 6

Sunday- Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Potato Gratin, roasted asparagus
Monday-Chicken Tetarzini, Green Salad, Fresh Bread
Tuesday- Grilled Pork Loin Chops with tomato chutney aoli, Creamy Polenta,Sauteed Spinach
Wednseday-Pasta with Fresh Veggie Saute and pesto sauce
Thursday-Chicken Asparagus Crepes
Friday-undecided :0

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tales from the Coop

Well our baby chicks are gone and each day they look more and more like chickens
Chicken life is good a whole lot of scratching and pecking, although every night there is trouble in the hen house. Dan put up a roost for them and they do love spending the evenings there but as they are getting bigger the roost is not big enough to hold 5. So 4 get up and get comfy and #5 not wating to be left out jumps up and scoots and pushes the others until she is in a half sitting position. Then they all start pushing each other until finally one falls down and it starts all over again. In the chicken world they would call it "Top Hen" it really is quite entertaining.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Creation Museum

What is man that You are mindful of him? (Psalm 8:4)

Recently, several of our families took a trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. What an amazing place! What a reminder of how magnificent our Creator and His creation is. Each display was a testament to the order and design of His universe. Each display also presented what evolutionists/humanists/naturalists would say is the logical explanation for the display. Right beside that, the Biblical evidence would be given. The idea of the museum is not to make an argument for creation from man’s perspective or wisdom, but to simply and clearly set forth the Biblical account.

One of the most amazing presentations is in the museum’s planetarium. There, a graphic demonstration of the utter vastness of our solar system, galaxy and universe is given. It is almost incomprehensible! At the close of the display, the minute size of the earth is compared to the rest of the universe. It is extremely humbling to see that our world is almost nothing in this context!

Yet, our God and creator placed us at the top of His created order when He spoke us into existence. Then, He looked at what He had created and said that “it was very good”. We then promptly rebelled and went our own way.

Yet, God in His infinite love, mercy and grace had a plan for our redemption. 1 Peter 1:20-21 says Jesus “was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” Not only did God have a plan, He also chose us to be saved before He spoke any of His creation into existence! Ephesians 1:4-6 says ”He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

How is it that we sometimes have to be reminded that God is beyond comprehension and He deserves all glory and honor? I encourage you to look around at the small part of His creation we can see and glory in our magnificent Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer!
If you ever find yourself near Cincinatti, Ohio, take the short drive to Petersburg and visit the Creation Museum. It is worth the trip!

written by

Chuck Wall, Minister of Children Crestway Baptist Church