Wednesday, December 1, 2010

White Christmas - Bing Crosby

When I was a little girl my great-grandparents owned a variety store in the small town of Burney, California.  During the holidays, Bing Crosby's voice greeted you as you came in to shop.  Bing Crosby had even visited in person a few times through the years.  (He owned a ranch up in the mountains close to Burney)  White Christmas is one of my favorites and brings back cherished childhood memories of a snowy small town Christmas and family.  

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Where have all the blogs gone....?

(My son took this pic of my nephew, Jadon at a wedding recently)

Well, it's been awhile... and I notice from the blog roll on my sidebar that it seems to be a trend.  Maybe it's that interest is waning... facebook is keeping them busy... or maybe everyone is just too busy living life... whatever the cause we are just not blogging as much.  In some ways, I really like the idea of writing, self-publishing and the creative options that go along with the blogging... but so far for me it's just been an "idea" to dabble in occasionally.  So for those FEW of you that do visit my blog sporadically, I apologize for the lack of activity... maybe someday it will be more!  But until then... continue to live life to the fullest...use your God-given abilities and talents and do things that a worthwhile and make you happy!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Youth On Missions - Hong Kong

Logan & Olivia are on an adventure in Hong Kong with Youth on Missions!!
June 12-28

Updates are posted at

Sunday, May 23, 2010

PENTECOST - Past and Present

I love the study of the Jewish Feasts.  Once I began to study them and become more familiar with them, it seemed that everything took on a higher purpose and the pattern and plan was more evident.  During our Biblical Studies while homeschooling, our family became more familiar with type and shadow, as well as, the fulfilling of prophecy through the study of Biblical Feasts. With the Season of Pentecost upon us, I thought to share some facts and information for those that may not have ever considered or studied them for themselves.  I came upon an article by Mary Fairchild and thought it an excellent, concise synopsis on the subject.  I have inserted parts of that article into the following compilation.


Paul said in Colossians 2:16-17 that the Jewish feasts and celebrations were a shadow of the things to come through Jesus Christ. And though as Christians we may not celebrate these holidays in the traditional biblical sense, as we discover the significance of each, we will certainly gain a greater knowledge of God's Word, an improved understanding of the Bible, and a deeper relationship with the Lord.

Pentecost - Shavuot - Feast of Weeks:

Pentecost or Shavuot has many names in the Bible (the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Harvest, and the Latter Firstfruits). Celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, Shavuot is traditionally a joyous time of giving thanks and presenting offerings for the new grain of the summer wheat harvest in Israel. The name "Feast of Weeks" was given because God commanded the Jews in Lev. 23:15-16, to count seven full weeks (or 49 days) beginning on the second day of Passover, and then present offerings of new grain to the Lord as a lasting ordinance.

Shavout was originally a festival for expressing thankfulness to the Lord for the blessing of the harvest. And because it occurred at the conclusion of the Passover, it acquired the name "Latter Firstfruits." The celebration is also tied to the giving of the Ten Commandments and thus bears the name Matin Torah or "giving of the Law." Jews believe that it was exactly at this time that God gave the Torah to the people through Moses on Mount Sinai.


Celebrated 50 days after Passover, this feast has special significance. This time served to link the deliverance from the bondage of Egypt to the giving of the Torah, or God’s covenant law. It, therefore, serves as a reminder that the redemption from bondage was not fully complete until God’s people had received the fullness of God’s covenant word and order, or law.

Since 50 also signifies a time of jubilee according to the covenant (legal cancellation of debts, indentured relationships and restoration of land), this feast represents the shadow of a special time of jubilee.

Time of Observance:

Pentecost is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, or the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (May or June).

Throughout Jewish history, it has been customary to engage in all-night study of the Torah on the first evening of Shavuot. Children were encouraged to memorize Scripture and rewarded with treats. The book of Ruth was traditionally read during Shavuot. Today, however, many of the customs have been left behind and their significance lost. The public holiday has become more of a culinary festival of dairy dishes. Traditional Jews still light candles and recite blessings, adorn their homes and synagogues with greenery, eat dairy foods, study the Torah, read the book of Ruth and attend Shavuot services.

Jesus and Pentecost:

In Acts 1, just before the resurrected Jesus is taken up into heaven, he tells the disciples about the Father's promised gift of the Holy Ghost. He tells them to wait in Jerusalem until they receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, which will empower them to go out into the world and be his witnesses.

A few days later, on Pentecost, the disciples are all together in an upper room, when the sound of a rushing mighty wind comes down from heaven, with tongues of fire resting on them. The Bible says, "All of them were filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance." The crowds observed this, and heard them speaking in different languages. They were amazed and thought the disciples were drunk on wine. Then Peter got up and preached the Good News of the Kingdom and 3000 souls were added to the church!

The book of Acts continues to record the miraculous outpouring of the Holy Ghost that began on Pentecost. Once again we see the Old Testament revealing a shadow of the things to come through Jesus! After Moses went up to Mount Sinai, the Word of God was given to the Israelites at Shavuot. When the Jews accepted the Torah, they became servants of God. Similarly, after Jesus went up to heaven, the Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost. When the disciples received the gift, they became part of the Kingdom of God. Jews celebrated a joyous harvest on Shavuot, and the church celebrated a harvest of newborn souls on Pentecost.

"Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart." (II Corinthians 3:3)

More Facts About Pentecost:

~Shavuot is one of the three pilgrimage feasts when all Jewish males were required to appear before the Lord in Jerusalem.

~One theory on why Jews customarily eat dairy foods such as cheesecakes and cheese blitzes on Shavuot is that the Law was compared to "milk and honey" in the Bible.


The seven Feasts of Moses are not only commemorative, but also prophetic:

The first three, in the month of Nisan, are predictive of the First Coming of Jesus. The last three, in the month of Tishri, are associated with His Second Coming. It is this one, in between, which is associated with the Church. The Birth of the Church appears to be a fulfillment of the Feast of Pentecost, or Shavout.

Jesus predicted it...

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." (John 14:26)

It was also fulfilled precisely on the Feast of Pentecost. Acts 2:1-47

It is interesting to carefully compare Acts 2 with Exodus 19.

This is by no means an exhaustive explanation of the prophetic nature of the Biblical Feasts.  It takes just a simple "google search" to see the extensive information available.  In my opinion, the study of the Biblical feasts sheds so much more light and excitement to God's Purpose and Plan.  God has a perfect PLAN and we can be part of it!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Month of April

Since April is the month of my birth, I thought it might be interesting to explore some April trivia that may or may not be trivial.  April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of the four with the length of 30 days.  Some of the months are named after Greek/Roman gods, while others are named for an act or placement on the calendar.  "Aprillis" apparently translates to the "second month" in Latin, which is where April originally was in the line-up of the months on the Roman calendar until around 700 BC when January and February were added.  Another Latin explanation of the month's name comes from the word "aperire," meaning "to open," which alludes to the onset of spring and blossoming flowers.

Both the Sweet Pea and the Daisy have been recognized as the "Flower of the Month" and the diamond is the gemstone for the month.

Recognized Days in April

What about April Fools Day?  Before the 1560's, April 1st was New Years Day throughout Europe.  The calendar changed to what we now use, but those who still celebrated New Years Day on April 1 were dubbed "April Fools".  The "fools" were teased and a target for practical jokes.  Some historians believe that the Scottish and French customs of pulling pranks in a way reflect the old ancient feelings of spring.  There are many theories around the world concerning where this holiday came from.   It has also become known in some circles as "National Atheist Day"... taken from the scripture in Ps. 53:1, "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God."

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.

April 16 - Patriot's Day.

April 15th is Tax Day in the United States.  On the humorous side, Ronald Reagan once said, "Republicans believe that every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe that every day is April 15th."

Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is on the fourth Thursday in April each year where parents are encouraged to take their kid to work with them for the day as an educational experience.

Easter many times falls in the Month of April and the Jewish holiday of Pescah (Passover) is also celebrated in April.

April 7th is recognized as World Health Day.

Arbor Day usually falls in April and Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd.

Administrative Professionals Day/Secretaries Day is celebrated during the 3rd week in April.

April is also Humor Month, National Poetry Month, and National Grill Cheese Month in the United States.

Link to other special and unusual days in April:

April in History

The American Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775.

The Pony Express began on April 3, 1860.

On April 9th in the year 1865, General Robert E. Lee commander of the Confederate Army surrendered to U.S. Grant and the offical end of the American Civil War took place.

On  April 30, 1939 television was first publicly broadcast from the Empire State Building.

On the 15 of April 1912, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank.

April 1969 saw the Concorde's maiden flight.

The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, when South Vietnam surrendered.

First federal U.S. mint established, 1792.

Congress adopted the flag with 13 stripes and with 1 star for each state, 1818.

Robert Peary reached what he claimed to be the North Pole, 1909.

The United States declared war on Germany in World War I, 1917.

United States patent system established, 1790.

Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary April 14, 1828.

John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln April 14, 1865.

Yuri Gagarin, Soviet astronaut, became first person to orbit the earth in 1961.

Paul Revere made his famous ride - April 18, 1775

April 18, 1906 - The Great San Fransisco earthquake hits, killing 700 people.

April 29, 1913 - Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, NJ patents the zipper.

Famous People Born in April
(Just a few interesting ones ... there are too many to list!)

Otton von Bismarck - Prussian Statesman born 1815
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Russian Composer born 1873
Charlemagne - Medieval European Ruler born 742
Hans Christian Andersen - Danish writer of fair tales, born 1805
Walter P. Chrysler - Automaker born 1875
Washington Irving - American Author born 1783
Booker T. Washington - Amerian Educator born 1856
William Wordsworth - English poet, born 1770
William Booth - English reformer and founder of the Salvation army, born 1829
Joseph Pulitzer - Newpaperman, born 1847
Charles Evans Hughes - Chief Justice of the US, born 1862
Henry Clay - American Statesman, born 1777
Thomas Jefferson - 3rd President of the United States, born in 1743
F.W. Woolworth - American merchant born 1852
Leonardo da Vinci - Italian painter, sculptor and scientist, born 1452
Wilbur Wright - Inventor born April 16, 1867
J.P. Morgan - American financier, born April 17, 1837
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev born April 17, 1894
Adolf Hitler - dictator of Germany born April 19, 1889
Charlotte Bronte - Novelist born April 21, 1816
Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, born April 21, 1926
V.I. Lenin - 1st dictator of the Soviet Union born April 22, 1870 (April 10 on Russian Calendar)
William Shakespeare - April 23, 1564 (traditional date celebrated)
James Buchanan - 15th President of the United States born April 23, 1791
William I - Prince of Orange born April 25, 1533
Oliver Cromwell - English General born April 25, 1599
Guglielmo Marconi - inventor of the wireless telegraphy was born April 25, 1874
John James Audubon - American ornithologist and painter born April 26, 1785
Samuel F. B. Morse - inventor of the telegraph born April 27, 1791
Ulysses S. Grant - 18th President of the United States born April 27, 1822
James Monroe - 5th President of the United States born April 28, 1758
William Randolph Hearst - publisher born April 29, 1879

To see other famous Birthdays:

And of course, last but not least:  =)

Lonnie Doyle Journey born April 4, 1926 in Keota, Oklahoma
Joseph Domingues born April 12, 1935, in Fall River, Massachusetts
Beverly Applegarth born April 27, 1946 in California
Lori A. Domingues, born April 26, 1967 at Damron Hospital in Stockton, CA
Jadon Edgar Renison born April 26, 2008 in Stockton, CA

"April is a promise that May is bound to keep."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Political Prophet

Thomas Jefferson

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which, if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them...

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Celebrating 20 Years... and counting...

While the years fly by;
none can deny;
that time only strengthens
true love.

Love is not a matter of counting the years,
it's a matter of making the years count.
~ William Smith

Love's promise
is fulfilled
one day at a time,
one year to the next,
one joy after another.

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.
 ~Paul Sweeney

Married - February 17, 1990
Stockton, CA

A successful marriage requires
falling in love many times, always
with the same person.

Mignon Mclaughlin

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It's God's Church!

Whether the "Apostolic movement" is in trouble or not shouldn't be of great concern. Organizations, fellowships, and religious orders may come and go but this I know: The Church remains triumphant! For all those fearful Chicken Littles out there, God's not worried. Everything is on time and going according to His Grand and Glorious Plan.

What is disturbing is the negative fear mongering that goes on in various venues on a regular basis. Not getting enough attention? Got a problem with identity? Need a following? ......... Create an "enemy" or "crisis" and then rally those who are gullible to your cause. It's an old method tried and true in its effect.

The Church is in beautiful shape! Its victory is guaranteed. Now your "little kingdom" may be in trouble but God's church ......NEVER!!!

Matt 16:18
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Eph 1:3-12
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Published with permission from the author:  Larry W. Renison (My Father)

Friday, January 22, 2010


  • Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they already know there is not enough money?
  • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars; but have to check when you say the paint is still wet?
  • Why didn't Tarzan have a beard?
  • Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
  • Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
  • If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
  • Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
  • Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
  • Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
  • Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
  • How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
  • When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, 'It's all right?' Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, 'That really hurt, why don't you watch where you're going?'
  • Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
  • In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer when we complained about the heat?
  • How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
  • Why do stores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?
  • Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a DIET coke?
  • Why do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?
  • Ever wonder why we leave cars worth thousands of pounds in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage?
  • Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin ?
  • Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
  • Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?
  • Why is a man who invests all your money called a broker?
  • Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
  • Have you ever heard of mouse-flavoured cat food? Why not?
  • Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
  • Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
  • Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
  • If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the "terminal"?
  • Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
  • Why is abbreviated such a long word?
  • Why does monosyllabic have five syllables?
  • Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
  • Why is a carrot orange more than an orange?
  • Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
  • Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
  • Why are they called apartments, when they're all stuck together?
  • Why do scientists call it research when looking for something new?
  • Why do they call it a building? It looks like they're finished. Why isn't it a built?
  • Why is it when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it's called cargo?
  • Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are almost dead?
  • Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?
  • Why is it that night falls but day breaks?
  • Why is the third hand on the watch called a second hand?
  • Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
  • Why do the signs that say "Slow Children" have a picture of a running child?
  • Why do they call it 'chili' if it's hot?
  • Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game," when we are already there?
  • Why is a boxing ring square?
  • Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?
  • Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?
  • Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?
  • Why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive?
  • Why do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight?
  • Why do they have drive-up ATM's with Braille lettering?
  • If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
  • If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
  • Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?
  • Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
  • Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
  • Why do 'tug' boats push their barges?
  • Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting?
  • Why is it call "after dark" when it really is "after light" ?
  • Doesn't 'expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?
  • Why are a 'wise man' and a 'wise guy' opposites?
  • Why do 'overlook and 'oversee' mean opposite things?
  • If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?
  • If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
  • If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?
  • Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?
  • Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?
  • Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
  • If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to make terrible?
  • Why isn't 11 pronounced onety one?
  • If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?
  • Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?
  • What hair color do they put on the drivers licenses of bald men?
  • Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
  • If croutons are stale bread, why do they come in airtight packages?
  • What do people in China call their good plates?
  • Why are they called stairs inside but steps outside?
  • Why does mineral water that 'has trickled through mountains for centuries have a 'use by' date?
  • Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp no-one would eat?
  • If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
  • Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?
  • If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
  • Can blind people see their dreams?
  • If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that Acme stuff, why didn't he just buy dinner?
  • If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?
  • If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
  • Why do the alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
  • Do illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?
  • Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
  • Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
  • Why are Trix only for kids?
  • Can you cry under water?
  • How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
  • Since bread is square, why is sandwich meat round?
  • Why do you have to "put your two cents in"...but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to? Taxes?
  • Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?
  • How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
  • Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?
  • If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
  • Why are you IN a movie, but you are ON TV?
  • Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
  • If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?
  • If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?
  • How can there be self-help "groups"?
  • Is it possible to be totally partial?
  • Is Marx's tomb a "communist plot"?
  • If swimming is good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
  • What if there were no hypothetical questions?
  • If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?
  • If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?
  • If you're born again, do you have two bellybuttons?
  • If you ate pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?
  • If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
  • Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them?
  • How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
?????? Questions...Questions...So many questions....??????

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy New Decade...

We will open the book.
  Its pages are blank.
  We are going to put words on them ourselves.
  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
  ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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