28 May 2016


Last weekend, we enjoyed a Touch-a-Truck event sponsored by Beats for Bristol. The founder of that organization is a Clark family friend. This event is a fun way to support her and her organization!

When we went to last year’s event, Damon didn’t appreciate the trucks or their noises. We thought he would be more excited about things this year, especially the “bump gucks.” But he was rather timid. The event was crowded with lots of trucks and lots of people. I’m sure he’ll really be into it next time!

Damon and Avery’s favorite “truck” was the school bus. I can understand why Damon liked it so much. After watching Avery get on and off the bus every day, I’m sure he was excited to finally see the inside of the bus. But Avery? Well, I guess we should be happy that she enjoys riding the school bus so much!

26 May 2016

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11 May 2016

Talking tike

Damon’s language really exploded over the past few months. Once he started talking, he just can’t stop! So here are a few videos demonstrating his verbal prowess:

I love the way little ones say “pease!”

I was pretty surprised the first time Damon said “apple juice.” I thought that was a pretty difficult term for this little boy to speak!

Damon is pretty good at recognizing all of the colors. He also loves to saying them. Saying the word “truck,” on the other hand, is a bit difficult. So “truck” is “guck.” In this video, you can hear him say “bump guck” for “dump truck” and “tash guck” for “trash truck.”

It’s so much fun to listen to him speak new words!

10 May 2016

BSF 2015-2016: What I learned this year

Whew! We made it through our study of the book of Revelation this year! I’m so glad we studied this important part of Scripture. Here is what I learned this year:

What I learned in my personal study

God is my magnificent, glorious Redeemer, and He alone is worthy of praise. At the beginning of this study, I was worried that it would be all gloom and doom. Instead, I saw God and His complete character. I saw Him seated victoriously, magnificently, and gloriously on His throne. I saw His sovereignty in His plan for all people, both now and for eternity. I saw His compassion, mercy, and patience as He calls people to salvation through Jesus until the final moment when it becomes too late. I saw a beautiful picture of Jesus as my slain Lamb who finally brought an end to Satan and his evil plans.

Heaven is a real place. Heaven is not just an ideal or a dream. It is a real place that will be filled with real people. Heaven is a physical, eternal place surrounded by gates and firm foundations. It is adorned with gold and jewels. And the most remarkable part is that God will dwell there face-to-face with His people for all eternity.

Jesus is coming...soon! There is no doubt that Jesus is coming back to earth. He will return to establish His kingdom on earth. He will return to take His children home with Him. He will return to judge unbelievers for the way they rejected Him. While we know that Jesus will return, we do not know the day or the time. So we must be prepared and ready at anytime. Are you ready for Jesus’ return? Do you know for certain that He will give you eternal rewards as someone who trusts in Him instead of eternal judgment as someone who rejects Him? He is ready now to receive you as His child. Will you humbly accept His sacrifice on the cross as payment for your sins?

What I learned by serving in the School Program

God’s gift of salvation is available to everyone. The difficult concepts of salvation, eternal life, and heaven can be understood and accepted by even young children. God makes Himself accessible to everyone, including children. In fact, sometimes the youngest among us can be the ones who most clearly explain the truths of God. If you are looking for a place where you children can be grounded in the truth of God and His Word, look no further than BSF.

I hope you enjoyed our study through the book of Revelation! Has my experience this year piqued your interest about studying God’s Word? Are you looking for answers to your questions about Christianity? Check out BSF! Find a class near you and commit to learning about God through the our study of the book of John next year. Or find a Bible study at your local church, ask a friend to study with you and hold you accountable, or start studying on your own. God will reveal amazing things to you and will change you from the inside out when you commit to studying His Word.

See you in September when we start our study of John!

09 May 2016

Mow gass!

Lately, Damon has been obsessed with mowing the lawn. He loves the noise, he loves watching other people push and ride lawn mowers, and he loves saying “mow gass” all of the time. Daddy made Damon’s day when it was time to mow our yard. I knew I had to capture his reaction on video:

Damon wore out a path in our floor between the back door and the front windows. He loved watching Daddy at work. I’m sure Daddy can’t wait to have a little helper join him with this task!

06 May 2016

7-year doctor's appointment

Three months after her birthday, Avery finally had her annual doctor’s appointment yesterday. Here are her latest stats:

Weight – 41.4 pounds, an increase of 3 pounds since last year (10th percentile)
Height – 44.5 inches, an increase of 2.25 inches since last year (between 3rd and 5th percentile)

The poor girl is not going to be very tall!

We had just one major issue to discuss with the doctor. We have noticed that Avery tends to put books very close to her face when she reads, and it appears that she has difficulties reading things that are far away (though she’s never complained about not seeing the whiteboard at school). The nurse gave Avery a quick eye exam, but I could tell Avery was a bit uncomfortable in the situation. Her doctor said it wouldn’t hurt to get her eyes checked out by an ophthalmologist. So scheduling her first eye exam now is on my to-do list!

05 May 2016

03 May 2016

BSF 2015-2016: Revelation 22:6-21

Three times in this passage, Jesus says, “I am coming soon!” Believers are called to keep the message of Revelation alive until Jesus returns.

Christ’s return is a promise for the entire world. He will bring a reward for His people and a rebuke for those who reject Him. Christ’s return is imminent. He will return soon. “Soon” does not mean immediately. God is not bound by time. For Him to say soon, it means Jesus will return in the Lord’s time.

How do we keep God’s Word alive until Jesus returns? We guard it and our time spent in it, we watch over it to be sure we don’t malign it, we don’t add to it, and we don’t subtract from it. Stand firm on the truth of God’s Word. After reading the prophecies in Revelation, we should become bold witnesses for Jesus.

In verse 6, an angel told John that everything he saw and heard in his visions of Revelation was true. Jesus told John that He is coming soon and blessed those who keep the words of this prophecy. Then John bowed down to worship the angel. The angel told John not to worship him because he is a servant like other believers. We should worship God alone.

The angel also instructed John not to seal up the words of this prophecy because Jesus is returning soon and people need to know about His return. As we wait for Christ’s return, we are to grow in purity and holiness. We must keep Jesus’ imminent return in the forefront of our minds, obey His Word daily, long for His return., persevere, share the truth to others, and serve God and others faithfully.

For a second time, Jesus told John that He is coming soon. He promised to bring His recompense with Him. He also promised to bless those who obey Him.

Jesus described two groups of people – the insiders and the outsiders. The insiders were washed by the blood of the Lamb; they will live in God’s eternal city. The outsiders rejected God and continued in their sins; they will not be allowed in God’s eternal city.

Jesus presented an invitation to come drink freely of salvation in Christ. Believers are called to offer this same invitation to others. We must share the fullness of the Gospel – Jesus is full of mercy and grace, but He also is a righteous Judge. If you receive Jesus, He will receive you; if you reject Him, He will reject you.

Finally, John warned us not to add to or subtract from God’s Word. And he tells us that God’s grace (verse 21) helps us keep the message of Revelation alive.

It is true that Jesus is coming back. Are you ready?

Things to Think About
  • This year we saw the vision of Jesus, we read His letters that encouraged and rebuked the seven churches, we saw angels and saints worship God on His throne, we saw Jesus the Lamb in the center of God’s throne room, we saw the coming judgments on the earth and evil, and we saw God judge unbelievers and send them to the lake of fire and reward believers with an eternity with Him in the new heaven and the new earth.
  • How are you living in light of Christ’s return?
  • God’s prophecy is authentic and true. Those who obey God’s prophecy will be blessed.
  • How will Jesus respond when He sees you – will He lovingly accept you or righteously reject you?

This Week’s Memory Verse
“ ‘Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in  this scroll.’ ” Revelation 22:7 NIV