Thursday, May 31, 2007

fruit

Jesus said that you will know a converted person by the fruit his profession produces (Matt. 7:15–23). A “profession of faith” does not validate a person’s conversion. James tells us that faith without works is dead (James 2:14–26)

Belated History of the World Mega Conference

Dad and Mom recently had the opportunity to attend the local home school conference and curriculum fair.

Why would they do that when their children are oh-so-old...?

the Haltermans, Mom, Dad and Cameron Heidrick

A number of reasons; one being the opportunity to hear and meet the great hero of the faith and cultural reformer Doug Phillips. And with that another reason; to gain wisdom and insight in order to lead future generations in making biblically based decisions about education. Dad was able to gather in some resources we can trust and recommend to young families who are right now formulating their plans for how they will educate their children.

"How the grandchildren will be raised" is a constantly reoccurring topic in our family's table talk. Each of us bringing ideas to the table as we come across them in lectures and sermons and in what we have witnessed in others to add to our father's vision for a ranch full of grandchildren.


One of the things that Dad brought home from the curriculum fair was Vision Forum's
"History of the World Mega Conference" on DVD.

Col. John Eidsmoe- Vikings: Their Law, Culture, and Conquests


Today Mom, Andrea and I enjoyed what we have named the,

"Belated History of the World Mega Conference 2007"

While we severly regret not attending the live conference in 2006, we did enjoy many activities at our private showing that the 2006 conference attendees did not.



We were allowed a double viewing of Dr. Paul Jehle's "What Every Christian Should Know About the Babylonian Empire" which was a masterfully done, informative, powerful and encouraging talk. Undenyably this talk was perfectly named. Every Christian should know what Dr. Jehle reveals here in order to impact our culture so riddled with occultism, paganism and even what our culture errantly views as a lesser evil, rebellious and disobedient children.


Early American Costume Pattern for the upcoming Independence Day Celebration.


We also enjoyed many multitasking events like: cutting, fitting, and sewing colonial costumes (for FPCR's upcoming Independence Day Celebration)

& meatball making...


There was also a musical interlude of piano playing and psalm singing, as well as numerous intermissions for hot dogs and popcorn and the switching laundry loads.

Oh, and one more thing...please note in the picture above that this year's belated conference attendees were not required to wear shoes...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Meet the Perez Maidens


Mr. Kelly was God's agent leading us to many wonderful people. By him we have been blessed to become acquainted with the Perez family and would like to introduce them to you.


The Perez are those worthies "of whom this world is not worthy" Heb 11:38. They are the princes "that prevail with God." Gen 32:28. They are those "excellent ones" in whom is all Christ's delight, Ps 16:3. His glory, His picked, His culled, prime instruments which He will make use of to carry on His best and greatest work against His worst and greatest enemies in these latter days. (adapted from Thomas Brook's Heaven On Earth pg 9)


The last violin lesson that we took from Mr. Kelly was right before his surgery. He had crammed that day full lessons with his students since he didn't know how long it would take him to recover. The Perez ladies came in near the end of our lesson and as Andrea and I were not used to playing in front of anyone we immediately lost the meager amount of accomplishment we had and scratched through Ol' MacDonald had a farm. Mr. Kelly could see it was time to end our lesson. We were introduced to the Perez ladies and from the start we could see there was much we had in common. We asked them if they were home schooled to which the reply was "Yes." It was evident that they shared our conviction for modest dress. But what I loved the best was the very evident servant hearts the daughters displayed as they went about cleaning Mr. Kelly's house. You see, the Perez family adopted Mr. Kelly as their Grandfather. They cooked for him and cleaned for him and when it was time for a family get together of one sort or another he was their honored Grandpa.
While Andrea and I took care of Mr. Kelly after his surgery it was a special delight to see the Perez every day. They came in the afternoons to help in anyway possible and it was during these times that we found that Providence would have it that we meet. We shared with each other convictions for about biblical parenting, maidenhood, father-daughter relationships and even God's vision for entrepreneurship and we became immediate friends.
The most precious memory I have of the Perez family comes from what I witnessed of them at the bedside of Mr. Kelly as he passed. The Perez ladies had the honored privilege of attending to Mr. Kelly in a way no one else could as he left this world for the next. Playing hymns on their violins, they brought him a consoling peace and assurance. They played flawlessly and with Christian confidence and fortitude that is rarely seen. It was very evident to Andrea and I where they had learned it. As the girls ministered with song, their father was the embodiment of these virtues posing a commanding stature before his daughters holding their music that they might play. At the moment when it was evident that Mr. Kelly was leaving us the room filled with the mournful sounds of weeping, Mrs. Perez however, turned to her daughters who were in the midst of a song and and commanded them to remain steady by saying, "You play." The girls continued and I marked their absolute trust in their parents in my memory.
The Perez are a fine example of a well ordered family. I would that my children exhibit the same character as they do. It is a honor to share the name Christian with them.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Baby Martin

Today we were blessed by a visit from the Martins. After a wonderful dinner we just couldn't help ourselves, we had to break out the quilt tools and fabric...
there's a baby on the way!

Mrs. Martin constructing the first quilt block for the crazy quilt.

What every little boy loves.

The first block is done and ready for a trim.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

A timely letter...

This letter is quite timely in that we have an instructional post in the works on the topic of colors. In it you will find just how important is it to wear the right colors, what the right colors are and what part colors play regarding modesty.


Colors are indeed very important. God created the most amazing spectrum and categorized it and his people within it too...stay tuned to find out why. Now, the letter...

Hi Kelly and Andrea,

I was wondering if you had any suggestions on some good books or tapes etc. on the subject of Modesty? I'm trying to learn a little more about modesty and what modesty truly is.

Dear Reader,

Wow, what an important topic. First of all, a perfect standard of modesty isn't something that we've "arrived" at. We've had to constantly check our hearts, be on guard against temptation and reevaluate our wardrobes in light of any new understanding we've gained. The heart is truly deceitful above all things. For us, understanding this issue was a gradual unfolding process. Just when we thought we'd arrived, we learned something new and back through the closet we went. I know I still go through my closet, pull out things and say "What in the world was I thinking when I bought this?" As sisters, we've been able to help one another in pointing out (kindly) when an article of clothing just isn't up to par. It's very helpful if you can find someone who will be honest with you and let you know when there's something you've missed. Sometimes a person just can't see things that others can see. It can be a little harder to evaluate an outfit when you are wearing it. For instance, many times an otherwise modest skirt will become see-through when standing on front of a bright light such as a sunset. This can be very embarrassing.

Also, for me an important question was "Why does God require us to be modest?". When I saw the principle in 1 Corinthians 8 that it would be better to err on the side of modesty, lest we should cause our brothers to stumble, I was convicted of my need to revamp my own wardrobe. I didn't and still don't want to be guilty before God for causing a man to lust. Men are responsible not to lust, and women are responsible not to cause them to lust.

It's not an easy thing to walk a counter-cultural life. It requires much humility, prayer, reliance on the grace of God and a firm conviction that the Scriptures are the only true standard which we can pattern our lives after. It's helpful to constantly be renewing the mind with Scripture and surrounding oneself with like minded people, whether through books, CDs, websites, personal friendships, etc. Here are a few articles and a book/CD which I particularly enjoyed. L.A.F. (Ladies Against Feminism) has a whole section on the topic of modesty.

I love the way Mrs. Chancey differentiates between the standards of modesty and the concept of personal taste. Kelly and I are a classic example of this, she tends to like western styles, whereas I would prefer old-fashioned frills. Neither one of these is right or wrong as long as we are both modest. There is also the issue of what is expedient or appropriate for the particular occasion. I have to put away my long "prairie muffin" apron for business meetings, but when I am out in the garden or cooking in the kitchen, I am free to wear it as much as I please. :)
Modesty and the Christian Woman

Mr. Phillips here lays a good foundation for the issue of dress standards.
The Public Undressing of America

This is an incredibly eye-opening book and CD set by Jeff Pollard. When I read this book (with jaw dropped), I just couldn't put it down. Though they have the same title, the CD is really made to compliment the book. I would highly, highly recommend both of them.
Christian Modesty and CD set

In this article Mrs. Chancey paints a sweet picture of the honor and virtue of modesty and femininity.
The Secret Garden

Here is a short article on the topic of "eye traps", which is basically anything which tends to be such a distraction as to draw the eyes away from where they should rightly be focused-on the other persons face and eyes. There are many obvious and not so obvious forms of eye traps, from a pair of shorty shorts with a slogan across the backside to a merely ill-placed button and everything in between. Many of today's fashions are classic examples of what not to do in this area, made specifically to draw other's attention away from the face.
Attracting the Wrong Type of Man

Hopefully this will be helpful and what you were looking for. :)

Joyful in Christ,
Andrea and Kelly

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Knittin'...


When the folks next to you act like those in the zoo.
A grumblin', a growlin', and spittin',
It's a pretty good plan
To be calm as you can
and do somethin' useful--like knittin'


When a gossipin' Susan, with poison-barbed tongue,
Comes into the room where you are sittin'
And starts to defame
Some neighbor's good name,
Count stitches out loud--and keep knittin'.


When there's been a slight misunderstanding at church,
And others hint broadly of quittin',
Why, the very best thing
You can do is sing,
And stay at your post--and keep knittin'.


When Satan moves in with his cohorts of sin,
Say, "You'll never find me submittin',
You irk me I find;
So get thee behind
And please don't disturb me--I'm knittin'."


In the middle of problems, the big ones and small
It's always most proper and fittin'
To trust and to pray
Till the Lord shows the way--
And go right ahead with your knittin'.

Monday, May 21, 2007

37 years ago today...

Dad and Mom met 37 years ago today so to celebrate we spent the evening dining in "real southern style"
What was on the menu? Crawfish!

...and lot's of them.
At this point Andrea said, "They are touching the potatoes!"
Some things never change... She had planned to eat the potatoes while we waded through the yuck food.
Dad in a humorous mood jests,
"Marry me and I will take you to Texas to eat crawdads someday"
After an instructional demonstration by our waitress,
Mom, the ever faithful companion, embarks on the endevour.

Andrea and I silently observe..."Is this what marriage is all about?" Mom quipped, "I think I'd rather have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.....on white bread" Oh my, that is pretty bad. White bread and everything!

Dad offers a peeled one so we don't have to touch them to eat one.
Are you going to try one?
Being as adult-like as I can...

I didn't even flinch. Andrea stared for sometime and then asked, "What did it taste like?" All I could think of was, "Lunch meat. The cheap kind. Cheap turkey lunch meat." to which I received a giggle.

Our prize for being "real good southerners," a plastic alligator for each of us.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

What did you say?

"...reason and speech do difference us from brutes."

" Use therefore your tongues to those noble ends for which they were given you."

Motive XVII. Holy conference will prevent the guilt of foolish, idle talk. Men will not be long silent, but will talk of somewhat, and if they have not profitable things to talk of, they will prate of vanity. All the foolish chat, and frothy jests, and scurrilous ribaldry, and envious backbiting, which taketh up men's time, and poisoneth the hearers, is caused by their lack of edifying discourse, which should keep it out. The most luxuriant wits and tongues will have most weeds, if they be not cultivated and taught to bear a better crop.

Motive XVIII. Your tongues will be instrumental to public good or public hurt. When filthy, vain, and impious language is grown common, it will bring down common plagues and judgments! And if you cross not the custom, you seem to be consenters, and harden men in their sin. But holy conference may, at least, show that some partake not of the evil, and may free them from the plague, if they prevail not with others so far as to prevent it.

"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him," Mal. 3:16, 17.

Motive XIX. Consider what great necessity there is every where of fruitful, edifying speech. 1. In the multitude of the ignorant; and the greatness of their ignorance. 2. The numbers of the sensual and obstinate. 3. The power of blindness, and of every sin: what root it hath taken in the most of men. 4. The multitude of baits which are every where before them. 5. The subtilty of Satan and his instruments in tempting. 6. The weakness and unconstancy of man, that hath need of constant solicitation. 7. The lack of holy, faithful pastors, which maketh private men's diligence the more necessary. And in such necessity to shut lip our mouths, is to shut up the bowels of our compassion, when we see our brother's need; and how then doth the love of God dwell in us? 1 John 3:17. To withhold our exhortation, is as the withholding of corn from the poor in a time of famine, which procureth a curse, Prov. 11:26. And though in this case men are insensible of their need, and take it not ill to be passed by, yet Christ that died for them will take it ill.

Motive XX. Lastly, Consider how short a time you are like to speak; and how long you must be silent. Death will quickly stop your breath, and lay you in the dark, and tell you that all your opportunities are at an end. Speak now, for you have not long to speak. Your neighbours' lives are hastening to an end, and so are yours; they are dying and must hear no more, till they hear their doom, and you are dying and must speak no more; and they will be lost for ever if they have not help: pity them then, and call on them to foresee the final day; warn them now, for it must be now or never: there is no instructing and admonishing them in the grave. Those sculls which you see cast up; had once tongues which should have praised their Creator and Redeemer, and have helped to save each other's souls; but now they are tongueless. It is a great grief to us that are now here silenced, that we used not our ministry more laboriously and zealously while we had time. And will it not be so with you, when death shall silence you, that you spake not for God while you had a tongue to speak?

Read the complete direction here.