Monday, October 29, 2012

Insta-Pics

 For my friends without Instagram, an update on our life...

 Fall in Banner-land
One of my only Pinterest projects, and Jake's toy. Is this a boys' house or what? Jake said the beans were quick-sand. :)
Have I mentioned I love being a sport's mom? This fall I created a section in my closet for school-spirit.
 Creator Designs - Breast Cancer Awareness tee
 He totally knows how adorable he is! Is there a modeling career in his future? After being so spoiled, he might not be good for much else.
Daddy's guard dog! She knows what Dwain loves.
Mommy's helper... keep those boys asleep Annie!
As I put on the Cold-Gear, headband, ipod, gps watch and sunglasses I thought... geez, when did running get so complicated?
Chapel begs to go to work with Dwain. He loves to "print"... ok, ok... maybe we'll skip modeling and go for a real job :)
Enjoyed a date with my precious mom and ornery dad. We went and saw Atlas Shrugged 2.

Pulled up at the bank and saw these bikes outside. It struck me funny... times are so bad they're repossessing bikes.
 Deacon brought some friends to cheer him on at the swim meet... great buds.
My favorite swimmer... this day anyway :)

You're thinking I'm at Bass Pro right?? No! It's my kitchen and I am in HUGE protest right now!!! Yes I agree it's a pretty bird BUT if we display everything all the #bannerboys kill, my house will look like a lodge... booooo It's time they buy a cabin :)

And last but not least, this is my favorite thing to do! Oh please don't grow up!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween... Evil or Not?

Hard to believe there would be anything evil about this? What a cutie... this is Chapel in 2009. I think almost every baby of mine wore this pumpkin suit, ♥ it!


But what Halloween represents is evil. My kids get creeped out by people's intense decorations, all the graveyards and skeletons. After studying up on Halloween one year, Dwain and I decided we didn't want any part of it. Living in a busy neighborhood, we shut our front door (which is never shut) and turned off the outside lights (rare also.) Our plans were to have a good evening as a family at home, feeling quite righteous... until the doorbell rang. 

We all stared at each other, we hadn't talked about what we would do in this situation. I reluctantly went to the door and cringed as I saw trick-or-treaters with eager eyes, holding up bags, expecting a special gift. Starting to explain, "we are Christians and we don't choose to celebrate Halloween because..." their empty faces stared at me; they didn't understand. All they could hear was "I'm not giving you candy, blah blah blah, I'm a Christian, blah blah blah." 

After several episodes of this, it was that Halloween that Dwain and I agreed, this would never happen again! As youth in our churches we had often went door-to-door witnessing, hoping someone would accept a track. From the day we were married we knew our house would be a tool to serve the Lord. We loved and encouraged company and wanted everyone to feel welcome. It was these two things that made us realize how crazy it was to not give the GOOD NEWS and hospitality to our community. We would never again have a dark, un-loving front porch, we would never again have nothing to offer those at our door, we would never again miss an opportunity to love our neighbor. 

Our Game Plan: now Halloween is one of the most memorable nights of the year in our home. The boys dress up and look forward to giving others candy, often inviting their friends and classmates. My brilliant sister, Becky, wrote this poem for us to attach to our candy bars, and feel free to use it for yourself...
“Our gift to you, a special treat. Tasty candy for all to eat. But we like to tell all we meet... We know of a gift, twice as sweet. God gives Jesus, His only Son, Who came and died for everyone. You can accept God’s gift today,When the candy’s gone, Jesus will stay!”

We do give full candy bars, wanting to surprise people with an extra "treat" along with the message they receive. We want our house to stand out to them as one filled with love, hopefully pointing them to our loving, generous Father in Heaven.

Where do you stand on Halloween? Do you have a game plan? Whatever it is... "love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love oneanother. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Praise the Lord... what Satan means for evil, our God can turn to good!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Politics & Tebow

Did you watch the debate? Wowzers, it was a shellacking! Not to get too political but I was SOOOO proud of Romney. He showed all I needed to see. Someone I heard put it best "it looked like a business man was debating a politician, one had a plan and the other just talked." Considering that I wasn't surprised when I saw this statistic:

The percentage of each past president's cabinet who had worked in the
private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet.

            T. Roosevelt................... 38%
            Taft................................. 40%
            Wilson ........................... 52%
            Harding.......................... 49%
            Coolidge........................ 48%
            Hoover........................... 42%
            F. Roosevelt................... 50%
            Truman........................... 50%
            Eisenhower.................... 57%
            Kennedy......................... 30%
            Johnson.......................... 47%
            Nixon.............................. 53%
            Ford................................ 42%
            Carter............................. 32%
            Reagan............................ 56%
            GH Bush......................... 51%
            Clinton ........................... 39%
            GW Bush......................... 55%
            Obama............................. 8%

I heard an Obama campaign worker dismissing the debate like "well Romney practiced for this debate more than any presidential candidate has ever practiced." Later a news commentator said Obama hadn't taken it serious, he was watching football right before. WHEN did we start looking down on someone for taking their job serious??? Do we respect the athlete that just shows up for the game or the athlete that is disciplined and trains hard? Tim Tebow says it best "hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

Moving on... :)
My two Tebow fans looking tough. Deacon finished his book awhile back and often quotes him, Bo and I just started reading it this week. I'm praying that it will speak to Bo, challenging him on a deep level.
Our friend, Brody, claiming TRUTH like Tebow.

So, politics and Tebow... maybe now Dwain will print me the shirt I always wanted...

TEBOW
FOR
PRESIDENT!

One more side-note... in 2008 our credit card was charge $2000 for "Obama for President". Of course you know we called right away to complain. The credit card company gave us the run-around saying we couldn't press charges because they would credit our account back. I insisted I didn't give them my #, that it had to have been stolen and that I wanted to prosecute. All this to no avail. I'm hearing this time around that somehow this is how the campaign is sneaking in money from overseas donors??? Have you heard anything about this? Does it concern you? Check your cc statement often! Sorry for all the politics... tis the season! :)
 
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