Archive for July, 2009

Part of our family’s tradition, is to go to Glacier Bible Camp for our vacation. This year, camp started on July 3rd and went through July 10.  We had a very good time.  Here are some snippets and pictures of this year’s vacation.  Click your Internet Browser’s “back” button to return here after viewing the slide shows.  Enjoy!

John

Click the picture to see more of our 4th of July.

We spent July 4th at Ashley Lake, near Kalispell.  We had lots of fun with lots of friends and lots of relatives.  The kids got plenty wet, we did plenty of boating, we ate plenty of food, then we watched plenty of fireworks.

Click the picture to see our fireworks.

After the fun day, we set off a bunch of fireworks.

Click the picture to see more of Ana's Honor Star Crowning.

On Monday, July 6,  Ana and several other girls were Crowned as Honor Stars. Each girl spent a couple of year meeting several requirements that include a lot of Bible reading and memorization.  Great Job Ana!

Click the photo to see more from the fun NASCAR parade.

On Wednesday, July 6, the camp had a parade.  This is about the third year for the parade, and it has become a fun part of family camp.  This year’s theme was NASCAR.  Here are some of the imaginative entries.

Click the photo to see more of our relaxing evening with family and friends.

Bible Camp is always a good time to relax with family and friends. On Thursday, July 9, we had some of both over to the cabin.

Click the photo to see more of our fun at Lion Lake

Our last full day at camp was Friday, July 10. We enjoyed a bit of time at Lion Lake, a small lake near Hungry Horse lake.  It has become part of our time at camp and enjoy getting wet here most every year.

Click the photo to see more from "Spoon Lake"

Spoon Lake

A few years ago, we stopped by a small lake (pond?) on the way home from Glacier Bible Camp, to stretch our legs.  While fiddling around, one of the kids found an old spoon.  We took that spoon and buried it at the base of a certain tree, and christened the lake “Spoon Lake”.  We though it would be fun to check in the future to see if the spoon was still there.

This year, on the way home, we did stop once again at “Spoon Lake”.  After searching under the wrong tree for several minutes, we picked one last tree before leaving.  Lo and behold, there was the spoon.  It was full of pitch and took some time to clean it off.  We got some pictures and once again buried it for a future visit.

Where is “Spoon Lake” you ask?  We can’t tell you; you might go and find our bit of treasure.

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Click the photo to see more from Carol's and Desire's birthday party.

Carol and Desire’ celebrated their birthdays together on July 2nd.  It was early for both of them, but as almost always, Carol’s usually occurs during Family Bible Camp, and Desire’s usually occurs during Jr. Teen Camp. This year was no exception, so we relaxed with a day of celebration well ahead of their actual birthdays.  They both seemed to enjoy it.  Click on the picture to see more from their combined birthday celebration.  Happy Birthday Carol! Happy Birthday Desire’

John

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On a very starry night, love was in the air!

On a very starry night, love was in the air!

Thirteen years ago today, on a cloudy night (actually early morning, or last night after midnight), on the dock at Ashley Lake, near Kalispell, MT, the Lord parted the clouds for a brief moment just for us.  I dropped on my knee, took Carol’s hand, and nervously asked her to marry me.

With each of us in the other’s arms, God’s glory shown with the heavens ablaze.  It was magnificent!  A short time later, the clouds again closed up the sky.

Thank you Carol for saying yes; and I would do it again in a second!

I Love You Carol,

John

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The Mandelbrot Set Fractal

The Mandelbrot Set Fractal

A couple of months ago, Desire’ (my daughter) and I were playing with a program called “Fraqtive“.  It is a simple program that enables one to crawl around in the Mandelbrot fractal.  Over the past years, I have found it fascinating to be able to dive further and further inside the Mandelbrot Set as computing power increased.  At this particular time, when Desire’ and I were exploring, Carol (my wife) was watching.  I commented to here something like, “Fractals prove there is God”, or some such thing.  Anyway, I believe these simple, infinite mathematical pieces of art show God’s workmanship.  Look at what we found hidden deep inside the Mandelbrot Fractal (The Picture Below).

Recently, I gave Carol the book, “The Shack“.  She became engrossed in it.  I travel around the state a lot, so I purchased “The Shack” in audio form to listen to while I travel.  Wow, what a book, and it sure makes you think.  While listening to the book, Sarayu (the Holy Spirit) shows Mack (the main character) a messy, fractal garden.

Papa then arrives. Mack says how, though the garden is a mess, he somehow feels strangely comfortable in it. Papa and Sarayu smile at each other. Sarayu says, “And well you should, Mackenzie, because this garden is your soul—this mess is you! Together, you and I, we have been working with a purpose in your heart. And its wild and beautiful and perfectly in process. To you it seems messy, but to me, I see a perfect pattern emerging and growing and alive—a living fractal.” Mack crumbled. He looked at his garden and it really was a mess, but incredible and wonderful at the same time.

I encourage you to read “The Shack”.  It will challenge your theology.  What ever you think of the book, the fact is, God is passionately in love with you and wants the deepest relationship with you!  For the real story, read your Bible.

Yes, when I see fractals, I see the fingerprint of God, and He has placed His fingerprints EVERYWHERE!

Click on the picture to see a larger view.  Right click and select "save as" to download it for wallpaper for your computer desktop.

Click on the picture to see a larger view. Then, right click and select "save as" to download it for wallpaper for your computer desktop.

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