Amazing Sand Artist

September 18, 2009 1 comment

One of the most moving performances I’ve ever seen.

A Loss of a Friend

September 10, 2009 Leave a comment

A friend I’ve had since I was born, but lost contact with when she moved to California, died last night.  She fell from a building in Toronto, where she’s lived for a few years.  She was 29.

Here are a few links to the story:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/693495

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/09/10/toronto-woman-falls-death523.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/09/10/10818431.html

Categories: Life, News

Video of Bryce Doing His ABCs

September 3, 2009 2 comments

Bryce has known his ABCs for a few months, but we finally got it on video on his 2nd birthday.  It’s not the song, it’s him identifying them randomly.  I love how he says “W”.  Enjoy!

Categories: Video

Open Letter Regarding Two Iranian Women in Prison for Their Faith

August 10, 2009 1 comment

This is an open letter regarding two young Christian women that have been imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin prison for the past five months.  Their court case was yesterday, and they showed an incredible amount of courage and faith in the midst of intense persecution and suffering.  And we Americans complain when our hamburger comes with onions on it, when we SPECIFICALLY asked that it wouldn’t!!

“Dear friends,

In a dramatic session before the revolutionary court yesterday (Sunday August 9) in Tehran, Maryam Rustampoor (27) and Marzieh Amirizadeh (30) were told to recant their faith in Christ. Though great pressure was put on them, both women declared that they would not deny their faith. Maryam and Marzieh were originally arrested on March 5, 2009 and have suffered greatly while in prison, suffering ill health, solitary confinement and interrogations for many hours while blindfolded.

On Saturday August 8, Maryam and Marzieh were summoned to appear in court on Sunday August 9 in order to hear a verdict on their case.  The chief interrogator had recommended a verdict of ‘apostasy.’  However, when they arrived, no verdict was actually given.  Instead, the court session focussed on the deputy prosecutor, Mr Haddad, questioning Maryam and Marzieh about their faith and telling them that they had to recant in both verbal and written form. This made it clear that in the eyes of the court, Maryam and Marzieh’s only crime is that they have converted to Christianity.

Mr. Haddad, asked the two women if they were Christians. “We love Jesus,” they replied.  He repeated his question and they said, “Yes, we are Christians.”

Mr. Haddad then said, “You were Muslims and now you have become Christians.”

“We were born in Muslim families, but we were not Muslims,” was their reply.

Mr. Haddad’s questioning continued and he asked them if they regretted becoming Christians, to which they replied, “We have no regrets.”

Then he stated emphatically, “You should renounce your faith verbally and in written form.”  They stood firm and replied, “We will not deny our faith.”

During one tense moment in the questioning, Maryam and Marzieh made reference to their belief that God had convicted them through the Holy Spirit.  Mr. Haddad told them, “It is impossible for God to speak with humans.”

Marzieh asked him in return, “Are you questioning whether God is Almighty?”

Mr. Haddad then replied, “You are not worthy for God to speak to you.”

Marzieh said, “It is God, and not you, who determines if I am worthy.”

Mr. Haddad told the women to return to prison and think about the options they were given and come back to him when they are ready (to comply). Maryam and Marzieh said, “We have already done our thinking.”

At the end of the session, Mr. Haddad told them that a judge will give them his verdict, though it is not clear who will be the judge in their case now.  He also allowed Maryam and Marzieh to have a lawyer represent them in the case for the first time since their arrest.

Both women are back in Evin prison tonight.  During their five-month ordeal, both have been unwell and have lost much weight. Marzieh is in pain due to an on-going problem with her spine, as well as an infected tooth and intense headaches. She desperately needs medical attention. Two months ago the prison officials told her the prison had proper medical equipment and that they will attend to her, but so far no proper treatment has been given.

Despite the concentrated effort of officials to pressure them into recanting their faith, Maryam and Marzieh love Jesus and they are determined to stand firm to the very end no matter whatever happens.  They have demonstrated their love for Jesus and would offer their lives for Him if they were called to do so.  After today’s court session they said, “If we come out of prison we want to do so with honor.”

Maryam and Marzieh’s case is a clear and harsh violation of human rights and religious liberty by Iran’s authorities. They deserve the support of all those who respect human rights and to be released without charges so they can pursue a life of freedom.

Thank you for praying.

The Elam team”

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SOURCE: http://elam.com/articles/Urgent-Prayer/

TheBirdPad.com e-tailer now shipping product!

July 17, 2009 2 comments

Use coupon code Summer5 to save an additional 5% on all purchases.  Check it out!  Beautiful feeders and houses, definitely worth the money as they will last a lifetime.  Lifetime guarantee!

Click HERE.Birdhouse

New Video- Bryce and Justine

July 11, 2009 1 comment

This is a quick video I did of Bryce and his friend Justine.  I recorded it on our new Flip UltraHd camcorder, and edited it with Windows Movie Maker.  I sped up the video, added some vintage effects to it, and made it greyscale, trying to get the old silent movie look and feel to the video.  I hope you like it!

Hi to the Larious…Happy July 4th!

Blogging at garage sale

June 20, 2009 1 comment

Here I am, sitting at a table full of cinnamon rolls, selling our stuff at a friends house. We’ve done pretty well so far. It’s a nice day. Much better than the last two. We got two I ches of rain and some nasty storms yesterday. Nice and breezy today. I’m looking forward to fathers day tomorrow. We are spending it at my sister and brother in laws new house. Sorry for any grammar or misspellings. I’m typing this on my phone.

Bryce is talking well. Jazlyn is rolling over both directions now. Brielle is talking better and better everyday. She says these phrases that I have no idea where she picks them up and how she keeps them in context. Things are going well.

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Has it been nearly a month??

Wow faithful readers, I apologize for my tardiness on posting any updates.  It’s been almost a month, and it’s been crazy ’round these parts.

One of the guys here at work resigned, so I had to take over his job, plus do my own.  There has been overtime, no fun during the beautiful spring.  It’s nice coming home to a new house though, so that’s a blessing.  The marine industry is still in dire straights.  The 2nd largest boat builder in the US filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection the other day, so that is going to have a ripple effect throughout the industry.  It’s looking very bleak for the fall/winter, so if anyone knows of any jobs around here…let me know!  Contingency planning never hurt anyone.

The kids are doing well.  Nothing major to report.  Lael is enjoying being closer to friends now, so she has kept busy.  All in all, things are going well.  Busy, still a lot of the unknown, but God has always provided, and we’re looking forward to the future!

Categories: Family

Saddest Commercial Ever

This is a Thai commercial for a life insurance company…

Very well done and moving, even with the translation.