Five by the Sea

Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure DVD
October 23, 2009, 8:48 pm
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Skeeter book cover

Based on the series by Max Lucado Hermie & Friends, this DVD stars Skeeter and his “perfect” brother Sir Sinclair M. Skeeto and their adventures in the garden and using each other’s gifts to find “hidden treasure”. Throughout the story kids are reminded that God’s love for us is the greatest gift of all and parents unconditional love for their children. It also addresses sibling rivalry in a way that kids can really relate to. Sibling rivalry is a part of most lives, this cute DVD shows kids how everyone is unique and different and has their own special gifts. In the eyes of God, everyone is special. The Bible verse Psalm 139:13-14 talks about each of us being designed especially by God, this DVD nicely captures the verse in a way that children will understand all that God has in store for each one of us, and how encouraging and loving one another is a much better way to live than tearing each other down.

The DVD’s in the Hermie & Friends series are a good fit for the 3 – 8 year old age range. The pacing is slow enough for little ones to follow the story yet have enough interesting parts for older children to watch along as well. And as one might expect, this is definitely family-friendly with no violence or questionable language at any time. Overall, Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure is a nice addition to the Hermie &Friends series and enjoyable for the kids.


God Cares
October 19, 2009, 8:25 pm
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This is one of my favorite little cherished moments from Lars a few years ago–

My 6 year old son just started first grade at a Christian school in our area. He went to a different Christian school last year, but we changed this year to get him into a larger school with more to offer. We were anticipating not only a change in the jump from Kindergarten to 1st grade, but also into a larger school with more classes and more kids. Children Praying sign

During the first week of school I asked him how school went one afternoon after picking him up and he said “we prayed before P.E. today; do you really think God cares that we are going to be in P.E.?”

I thought it was so cute, and it gave me a chance to talk to him about the presence of God in all aspects of our lives. Even though we may think that we are doing something inconsequential like going to gym class, God is with us throughout our day. It was a good thing for both of us to keep in mind!

Farewell to the Dome

MetroDome Magic, MetroDome Mania–whatever you want to call it there is a certain energy, and special feeling to our Dome in downtown Minneapolis.

In 1987 the Minnesota Twins made it to the World Series and the city went wild. We all raced out to get our Homer Hankies that we waved frantically as our favorite players “G Man” Gary Giaetti, Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek and Dan Gladden took to the field to win one for the home team. What fun it was! The post season games of 1991 came roaring in with the same excitement and anticipation as many of the same players were playing for the Twins again- our favorite 1st baseman Kent Hrbek and home run hitter Kirby Puckett continued to win over the crowd in the MetroDome. With the white bubble above our heads, waving our white Homer Hankies there was no better place to be on those nights cheering on our beloved Twins. They won the World Series both those years, and I remember them like they were just the other day.

Hubert H. Humphrey MetroDome

Hubert H. Humphrey MetroDome

Many other events happened in the MetroDome throughout the years- Vikings games, opening ceremonies, the list goes on. There was the year that snow made the dome collapse, the complaints from baseball players that they couldn’t see the ball as it flew through the air against the white backdrop; people either loved the Dome or hated it. It is situated in downtown Minneapolis and can be seen coming into the city with it’s bubble-like appearance.

For all that it was, and all that it is, today is the last day of indoor baseball in the MetroDome for the Minnesota Twins. The city has completed a new outdoor stadium which will be opening in spring 2010. I am excited to see it, but a part of me will miss those loud and boisterous days at the Dome- the heat from all those bodies cheering their teams, the whiteness that envelopes you, there is a certainly air to the Dome that can’t be explained. For all the years, for all the games, thanks for the good times in the Dome Minnesota Twins. Let’s win one more tonight!!!

Bringing the Outside World In
October 5, 2009, 11:53 pm
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I feel as though I am trapped by the world at large, or rather my own small world in which I spend my days. As the mother of three young children I often feel as though the events of the outside world, outside of my bubble of everyday reality, go on without me. Although most of the time I could care less about the latest celebrity media circus or the rise and fall of the price of gas or the stock market. I should care, at least I tell myself that I should care, because that is what all the “grown-ups” (that would be my retired parents and in-laws, friends without kids, etc.) are talking about, complaining about, yelling about; but I really don’t care. Now that just makes me look like a horrible person that doesn’t care about the world, that is not the case, what I care about it is how the world affects my family and how we can teach our children about the world in a way that makes it real, see it through their eyes and bring it to a level that we can all learn from.

I don’t feel an overwhelming need to travel beyond the borders of my little world so much any more, not like I did when I was younger. But with that sense of being home and enjoying my community I do feel as though it is my job to find a way to create a space in my reality that brings the wonders of that vast outer world into my own- for me and also my children.

How to bring the world into my little bubble in such a way that my children realize that not all children in the world can make a trip to Target and choose from a wide array of shiny new toys, that not all children have parents that are able to work and bring food and clothing to them. How do I show my kids how incredibly lucky we are? How can I do it in such a way that doesn’t scare them, yet impacts them? This is my conundrum of late- how to teach empathy and gratefulness in a world that is anything but.

Book Review: intimate conversations- Devotions to Nurture a Woman’s Soul
October 2, 2009, 9:14 pm
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Intimate Conversations- Devotions to Nurture a Woman's Soul  by Alicia Britt Chloe

Intimate Conversations- Devotions to Nurture a Woman's Soul by Alicia Britt Chloe

There are three daily activites that a mother does each day.  They are so set in stone that we don’t schedule them.  There is no entry in the Blackberry, no red pen on the calendar. However, these are three things that each of us do.  Every. Day.   

We listen – to our kids, to our bosses, to our husbands, to our friends who vent over coffee, to the telemarketer who calls with an automobile survey.  It’s what we do.  And if we weren’t good listeners before kids, we certainly are now.  Endless “Mommy.  Mommy.  Mommy. MOMMY” and “Why?  Why?  WHY?  Must be answered.  AND NOW. 

We talk –We’re women.  It’s what we do.   

We share — We teach our children to share.  We share food, drink, time, maternity clothes, hand-me-downs, dinner with neighbors, and stories.  Oh the stories.  Okay, so maybe it’s called bragging and not sharing, but we do it…with fervor.  At the park, the bookstore, the doctor’s office, we’ll tell a story about our kids to anyone who is listening (Or even people who are not listening—aka your husband at the end of a long day).   

The one thing we don’t always do it stop and take a few minutes to spend with God. We put it off, we say “I’m too busy”, “I’ll do it later”, we have every rational reason in the world as to why we can’t possibly stop and take the time- for ourselves, for our family. Author Alicia Britt Chole’s book initmate conversations- DEVOTIONS to NURTURE a WOMAN’S SOUL shows ultra busy Mom’s and women how we must take the time to stop, and pray, and then wait and listen for the Lord to show us what His will is. The book is a collection of short devotionals that are easy to understand as they don’t take but a few minutes to read; the key however is to then use the Discussion and Reflective Journaling at the end of each devotion and apply it to your own life. This book can be read and used as a daily reminder of how much God loves us, and how much He wants to help us each and every day, in every situation, if only we take the time to STOP, PRAY and LISTEN.

Author Alicia Britt Chole brings the messages of the Bible into your home in this book, she writes with sound Biblical guidance and a gentle spirit that doesn’t force issues, but yet shows readers how just the simple act of allowing the Lord into your life and having Him direct your every day decisions can make such a big difference in how you live. This is a great book for new believers or those that have been believers for a long time. I highly recommend this to any Mom that just needs that gentle nudge to show yourself a little grace, take a load off and read one devotion a day- it can change you!

Available September 2009 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.