Archive for July, 2007

The 100 Acre Personality Quiz

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!

It’s nice to find a wholesome quiz online. I don’t know why I like the silly things so much. This quiz is on a nice site that also offers “great clothes, keepsakes, items for baby, stickers, & more!” I’ll have to check it out!

The United Reformed Church Takes a Stand Against the Federal Vision Error

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

I am a regular reader of Dr. R. Scott Clark’s blog. Dr. Clark is Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary, California. He is also one of the pastors at the Oceanside, CA United Reformed Church.

Much of what Dr. Clark posts on his blog, the Heidelblog, are lessons on the Heidelberg Catechism. Using the long-time confessions of the reformed churches, such as the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster Catechisms, Dr. Clark has for some time been alerting the readers to the errors of a current movement called the Federal Vision.

He reports on his blog that THE NINE POINTS OF (URCNA) SYNOD (SCHEREVILLE) 2007 speak against the errors of this system. If you wish to read these nine points, they are available here.

One more from the Ranch

Thursday, July 12th, 2007


This fellow has some interesting stories to tell, I’m sure. 🙂

More About Vacation

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

While on vacation, we worshiped at the First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. The folks there were so welcoming, inviting us to stay for a meal after the morning worship service.

One family at the church owns and operates a horse ranch. They kindly invited us to their place on Monday, July 2nd, and proceeded to give the children horseback riding lessons. Here are some photos Rick took of that memorable occasion. 🙂


Our Debra is being introduced to the horse she will ride by Pam, the mom of the ranching family. Thank you, Pam and daughters, for the hours of instruction and the memorable experiences you gave our children!


Seth would have liked to ride, and ride, and then ride off into the sunset, uninterrupted by the others waiting for turns. He had to exercise patience, and did learn to keep his “toes out” and his “heels down”.


This is Seth’s friend Austen getting some pointers from Pam.


Rebecca on horseback. Rebecca and Lydia learned how to ride their horses comfortably while the horse is trotting. I believe this is called “posting”.


Bianca, Lydia, Rebecca, and Austen in the foreground, outside the corral.


Rebecca, Debra and Lydia.


This is what the countryside looks like around Petaluma, CA, where the ranch is located. Dry, but beautiful.

After the exciting time of horseback riding, we followed Pam and daughters to Tiburon, CA for dinner. Pam and her family are caretaking her late parents’ estate there, which was built by Pam’s maternal grandfather in the post-World War I years.


Some Beach Pics

Monday, July 9th, 2007


Debra, Bianca (Lydia’s friend) and Lydia at Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area.


Bianca strolling the beach.


Debra loves the ocean. Must – Get – Soaked!


Here we have Lydia and Bianca again, at the beach, though you can’t see it in this shot. 😛


Seth and his friend Austen.

Beverly Beach, Oregon

Monday, July 9th, 2007


Here’s a shot of the yurt we stayed in at Beverly Beach in Oregon. The yurt is an ideal camping facility, in my opinion.
Rebecca and Lydia are in the foreground, and Debra is sitting with her back to the camera.

We’re still in Inverness

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Once we’re home again and the vacation photos are on the computer, I plan to upload some to the blog. For now, words must suffice.

Yesterday, Rick found that it was necessary to replace the hot water heater here at his dad and mom’s place. Their 30-year old water heater had started leaking prior to our arrival. They had purchased a new one, which was being stored in the shed until an opportune time to install it. Rick being handy at such things, the opportune moment arrived. However, we forgot to remember that the local hardware store would be closed on July 4th. Hmm . . . What to do?

No problem. The Home Depot in San Rafael, about 40 miles away (many of those miles being winding country roads) was open. Off we went to purchase the necessary flexible tubing, couplings, reducers, nipples, pipe tape, etc. After much searching through innumerable bits and pieces in the plumbing department, Rick found the appropriate pieces, and off we went, but not home.

We proceeded on our way to spend the 4th in . . . the beautiful city of San Francisco! The day was warm, a bit breezy, but no fog, which is a good thing when you’re hoping to watch the fireworks display later on.

Aunt Kathy, Rick’s older sister, went with us, and was navigator extraordinnaire. She pondered the map and directed us to Golden Gate Park, which was packed out beyond believability. Rick maneuvered our 15-passenger van into a curbside spot near the Japanese Tea Gardens.

The nine of us – Rick, Kathy and I, and the children, Debra, Rebecca, Lydia, Lydia’s friend Bianca, Seth, and Seth’s friend Austen – explored the lovely tea gardens, deciding not to partake of refreshments yet, and then moved on to one of my favorite stops of the day, the San Francisco Botanical Garden. We arrived just one half hour before closing time of 4:30pm, much to my disappointment, so had to briskly walk through the gardens rather than stroll. The plants are arranged according to how they grow together in various regions. For example, one area showcased the flora of New Zealand. The areas blend seamlessly into one another, however. Very lovely. Someday I would like to spend several leisurely hours truly observing and enjoying this remarkable place.

Next followed a great adventure, which I will leave to Rebecca, Lydia and possibly Seth to recount. Suffice it to say that no one got separated from the group or lost, though we were truly surrounded by pressing throngs of San Franciscans and fellow tourists.

By the way, this morning Rick installed the hot water heater with all its bits and connecting pieces, and Debra is currently enjoying a hot shower. Hurray for the can-do man!