Saturday, December 20, 2014

He is a Gentleman: A Lesson from FROZEN

I'm sure many of you have seen the Disney
animated film Frozen. There are so many lessons
to learn from it. I know many of you will think
I'm "getting religious" on you, but here is
lesson I noticed in it: Anna's patience.
The definition for patience is long suffering,
and she certainly bore that. 

Anna didn't understand why Elsa would not come out of her room. 
All she knew was that she'd had a relationship with her sister, \
and now, for some unexplained reason, Elsa had cut it off.
Anna missed her sister, and Elsa missed her. But Elsa 
was afraid, afraid to open her bedroom door and let 
her little sister back into her life, for fear of
accidentally hurting her again. 
Throughout the years, Anna came knocking on Elsa's door,
always asking her to come out or let her in so they
could be together again. But Elsa's answer was always the
same: a closed door. 
What stood out to me about this was that Anna never once 
forced herself on her sister. I'm sure there were times she
felt inwardly angry, but we never see that part in the
knocking scenes. She was persistent, always asking 
and at times pleading, begging. But never once did
she say something like, "Elsa, either let me in or I'm
going to drag you out!" Not once did she ever barge
in uninvited. She always first knocked on the door,
asked for admittance, then...waited. Her waiting 
seemed endless. But she did wait. She waited
for her sister to open the door, and invite her
When their parents died, Anna tried harder than ever to 
reach out, but was left outside unanswered. Yet, she 
was still at that unopened door, waiting.

"Elsa, please I know you're in there. People are asking where you've been;"
"They say have courage, and I'm trying to..."
"I'm right out here for you."
"Just let me in."
"We only have each other, it's just you and me. What are we going to do?"

But it was always the same: no answer, Elsa wallowing in fear and a false sense of guilt.

Anna displayed a clear demonstration of long suffering and unconditional love.
She didn't abandon Elsa, ever. She was always there for her, just waiting and
longing to be sisters again.

Jesus Christ is like that with us. He knows what we need most of is Him. And He
wants to give it to us. He longs to have an intimate relationship with us, but 
He is a gentleman. Like Anna, He does NOT force Himself on us. He's 
always there at the door, knocking, asking, begging, but always waiting.
He's just outside the door of a person's heart, waiting for them to open
the door and invite Him in! He may do things to get our attention and draw us
to Himself, but He never forces the door open. He knocks, asks for 
admittance, and waits. He is always waiting. 

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice
and opens the door, I will come in to him (or her) and dine with
him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but
that all should come to repentance." II Peter 3:9

"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who 
comes to Me I will by no means cast out." John 6:37

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Surprise 25

It wasn't easy, especially not to let it slip out
but God helped us, anyway, Aunt Jean, our
cousins, Annah anad I planned a surprise
party to celebrate Mom and Dad's 25th wedding
anniversary. We held it a week after their real
anniversary so they wouldn't be suspicious.
We had to sneak pictures and stuff to Aunt Jean's
house. We thought for sure Mom would've
noticed the unity candle or wedding cake topper
missing from her and Dad's bedroom dresser
and we were trying to think of some excuse to
explain their absence. But she never noticed!

We chose silver, white, and pink for the theme
because those had been the wedding colors.
And the company did a great job making a
replica of Mom and Dad's original wedding

Aunt Jean's birthday is November 3rd, and she sent
a separate invitation to Mom and Dad. They thought
it was a surprise birthday party for Jean and asked
Mom to bring her. Mom was trying to come up
with a scheme no how to get Jean to the church
and get her to come inside, thinking she didn't know!
While Jean had already been there an hour or two
ago to help with decorating!

It came together beautifully. It was good to see all our
friends that came. Many of them had other activities
that day, like one family who had a wedding to go to,
but they came to Mom and Dad's party for a while!

Thank you to all our family and friends who helped
us pull it off and gave their time to come!

Mom was completely surprised!

Dad wasn't really. He figured out days before what we were up to!! 
Aarrrgghhh!! Sometimes he's a little too smart. We've said it before and 
we'll say it again: Dad is SO HARD to surprise!!

Oh yes, and we surprised them by putting them on the spot to
dance together in front of everyone!! They danced to one
of their wedding songs, There is Love. I cried watching them.

Little Caroline playing quietly with her balloons.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights;"
James 1:17

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Branson Again!!

The 3rd week of October we went down to Branson again
to celebrate Mom and Dad's silver wedding anniversary!
We went to quite a few craft malls and flea markets and
resale shops. We only spent one day in Silver Dollar City
this time. Dad and I rode the Lost River ride. Since it
was chilly out, hardly anyone was there. The first time
around was a bit slow and we hardly got wet, but not
the second time-faster, and soaked by the time we got off!
Later, Dad and I rode the log flume too! I felt very nervous
this time about the dip where we plummet down, and I was
hoping so much that I could hold on to the rails in our "boat"
and not fall forward. I screamed pretty loud when we
went down, which gave Annah and the other people
watching a good laugh. Boy, that water was cold!
I got to try their Frozen Lemonade this time, it was good.

Mom and Dad dressed up and went to Olive Garden the night of
their anniversary, and then a concert. Of course, we had to stop
by and shop at Ozarkland before we left town!

On the way down to the Ozarks

It is a long drive.
Beautiful sunset on the way in
Autumn colors
Going out shopping again

Mom all dressed up for a special date with Dad!

And after they came back, watching Love Crazy with William Powell and Myrna Loy
Silver Dollar City! They had so many of their craft booths out this time.

And riding the train of course.
It was so good though to get home and see Chloe! Thank you to our friends
who visited and took care of her while we were gone.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Upcoming Post

I'm sorry it's taken me sooooo long, but
here's a little sneak peek at my upcoming
blog post of George's birthday this year.
Leona asked us to make a birthday cake
of his favorite toy ever. In the mean time,
here's a picture of a happy birthday boy.
He loves playing in water.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Two Songs

These are two songs that I like so much.
They encourage me and fire me up in determination.
I'm thankful that God brought them into my life.
I like these songs so much because instead making
me feel like I'm in a box and there's nothing I
can do at all, these songs let me know that
being used by God, I CAN make a difference!!!!!!!!!

Stand for Truth

There's a war within our land,
A battle for the right,
The lies of the enemy are clouding out the light.
But God has placed His banner high,
He calls for no retreat;
As faithful soldiers let us stand,
Claim His victory!

Stand for truth! Though you're standing all alone,
Stand for truth! God will help to make you strong,
Run with courage in the fight, 
Walk in faith and not by sight,
Stand for truth, stand for truth!

And so the battle rages with choices everyday,
Will we search the Word of God, or toss the truth away?
Let us hold onto His promises and seek a higher call,
Listening for the victory cry, giving Him our all.

Repeat chorus

In God We Trust

A great and faithful heritage has been our legacy,
As men of honor sacrificed to make our country free;
But through the journey of the years, we've somehow gone astray,
When did we leave our sacred Guide to follow our own way?

If righteousness exalts a land and sin is our disgrace,
How can we gaze so carelessly while evil is embraced?
It's time again to raise a stand, to light the dying flame,
To stand for truth and holiness, to valiantly proclaim:


Let's go back to the founding of America,
Remembering Who made this nation blessed.
And as the men who fought at night
Who claim the Bible as their guide,
That once again this freedom cry 
Would ring throughout the land:
In God we trust! In God we trust!

America, America, God shed His grace on thee!
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea!
In God we trust, in God we trust,

-Rachel Wissmann Busenitz

Thanksgiving 2014

I know I have some posts to catch up on because
I need to upload photos. Anyway, here's my
list of some things I'm thankful for.
I have so much to be thankful for, it's
impossible to mention each an every one of them.
I have something to say though first.
So many people say they don't mention often
enough how much they have to be thankful
for, that they should do more than just on
Thanksgiving Day. Well, when I hear things
like that, it makes me want to make sure that
doesn't happen to me. Well, it does, but it
makes me more determined to make
efforts that that doesn't happen. I can't say
that I always do, but I try to make an effort
to express my gratitude to God everyday
for something I have to be thankful for,
or at least look around and realize how
much I've been blessed with.
Something else. I don't have a problem with
people trying to be humble. That's wonderful!
People need to! What does bug me is when
people seem to uh...what's the word...belittle
the blessings they've been given. It's
wonderful to realize that God has been gracious,
and that our blessings are gifts from Him, but
instead of hearing how blessed they feel and
how much of a blessing their blessings are to
them, I feel like I more often than not hear
people constantly say," I don't deserve this.
I don't deserve this. I don't deserve this."
Be humble by all means! Acknowledge God's
graciousness, yes! But hey, I have something
to say (I guess I usually do, don't I?): ENJOY
what God's given you!! Focus on what you do
have! Focus on the good that is in your life!!
I don't deny that there is evil and darkness in
this fallen world, but hey, how are we as
Christians supposed to be a light to the world
if we only focus on all the bad things out there,
and that's all we seem to talk about???!!!!
There are times where I feel like that's all I
hear. Come on! There are some good things in the world!
 Like beautiful sunsets, people who do demonstrate
kindness and care (don't take that for granted!!!),
friendly pets, there's many things in this life that
are worth noting and enjoying. And God's given
them to us because He loves us.

Things I'm thankful for:
-Jesus Christ, my Savior who went to the cross when
He could've not
-A Bible to own and read in our own language
-My family, immediate and extended
-Our home, all of its appliances and accessories,
Oh yes! I'm thankful to live in the Midwest!
-Dad's steady, well-paying job
-America  I'm thankful to live in this country!
I'm thankful for freedom and liberty! I'm thankful
for soldiers who risk their lives to protect others!
-Good working cars with CD players,
also to mention our new van! Yay!
-My own bedroom
-Books, I love books!
-Movies Yes, I'm thankful for movies! Decent, wholesome ones, that is.
-Dogs  I love, love, love dogs! I don't just like them,
I LOVE them!
-Winter  This is my favorite time of year!
-Christmas holiday and celebrations
-Sue Thomas FBEye show
This is just to name a few...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Branson 3#

Okay, this won't be a very detailed post, partly 'cause I
don't remember everything, but our third day in Branson
we went to Silver Dollar City again. I remember I had
a shake at the Ice Cream Parlor, and while my family
sat in there, I went next door to the Celebrate America
store. It was full of red, white, blue, stars and stripes-
right up my alley! I got a satin red scarf with white stars.
Annah and Dad rode the Thunderation roller coaster.
I'm sorry, but roller coasters are not for me!
Annah and I rode the log flume. That was fun! But
the drop, the impact took my breath away so I
wasn't able to scream all the way. That's what I remember
We decided to go home a day early, but as I started to rise
from bed that morning, I did not feel good. Instead of trying
to help pack up and load, I sat around alot feeling queasy.
We stopped at McDonald's in Springfield, and I ate very
slowly-that's not like me!
For the next few days I was sick with a stomach bug.
I was so happy to see Chloe. That sums up our first trip
to Branson.