Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fun in the Snow

It has snowed over 20 inches in the last two days. Yesterday, we took Samuel outside and let him sled for the first time. The backside of Denver Seminary has some sweet hills. We're going to go back outside in just a bit to hit the slopes again. Maybe we'll take Caleb with us today??

Enjoy the show!

More quotables from the Sam-Man

This morning, Daddy was getting dressed. Since it is chilly and majorly snowy, he was putting on his long underwear. (We affectionately call them "fruity pants" in our family.) Once he got them on, Samuel took one look at them and said, "Cute!"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Samuel's latest amusing quote while looking at an illustration of Moses' mother putting him in a basket into the Nile River: "Moses' carseat??" Well, sort of. :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A worthy calling - Ezekiel 44:23

"They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean." Ez. 44:23, ESV

What a great responsibility it is as parents, Christians, pastors, etc. to faithfully teach our children, friends, congregations, and one another the truths needed to live well, to live lives worthy of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The boys on family picture day . . .

We've been given a sneak peak of our photo shoot today, so we'll share with those who we love . . .

Thursday, October 22, 2009

More hodge podge

Here are some recent photos of our crew. Caleb is sporting his cowboy outfit (the undershirt says "wanted") from Auntie Carmen. Samuel and his little buddy, Cole, are hanging out at the pumpkin patch at nearby Littleton Museum. It was impossible to get them both looking the same direction AND smiling! The last pic is one of the handsome, blue-eyed, Proctor men together.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Coloring of the American Church - and why I like it!

A great line from a recent CNN article ( "Heaven on Earth is all kinds of people," Dowling says, "We don't have to wait 'til we get up there. It's all right here."

American churches, especially Catholic churches, are being rocked by the massive amount of immigrants. As such, historically predominant white churches are finding a bit more color among the pews. The quote above reflects exactly God's desire for the Church. We are to be a people that reflect every nation, tribe, and tongue. That's a key reason for Jesus' death (see below)!

Revelation5:6Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sang a new song:
"You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth."

Saturday, October 17, 2009

ABC's and hi to Grandma Teddy

Here, Samuel shares his alphabet with you, as well as a hello to his great-grandma Teddy whose health has been failing the last few weeks.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

We're going on a bear hunt!

Here is a picture of Samuel's latest pastime, arranging toys, blocks and books in rows. Here you see all of his farm animals lined up next to him. He plays like he is lining them up to have their picture taken. Once they are in position he exclaims, "Cheese!"

Also, here is Caleb just hanging out. He wasn't in the smiling mood this particular day, but he is still a cutie. (Not that we are biased at all...)

The video is a bedtime story read by father and son a few nights ago. Thanks for the book, Grandma Mary and Grandpa Steve!!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Anniversary Edition of a Modern Classic

Monday, October 12, 2009

The boys show off their latest tricks

Samuel has been playing with his little brother. (Yes, you heard right. He said "Peek-a-doo.") He has also been helping me bake ("fuffins", as he calls them). And Caleb is smiling and chatting all the time, besides just being darn cute in his little sweater vest. :)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The boys

So Samuel's latest entertainment for his family includes the following conversation which took place at the dinner table:

Samuel: Dip, please.

(Daddy puts dip on Samuel's plate.)

Mommy: Tell Daddy, 'Thank you for the dip, Daddy.'

Samuel: Thank you, dip.

Kids really do say the funniest things...

Luther 95 Theses Rap - My Professor is Cool!

Today, Dr. Buschart, the professor who teaches my 16th Century Thought class at Denver Seminary, sent me this youtube video. You know you go to a great school when your professor is passing out youtube clips for educational purposes. If you want to see the lyrics to this video, click:

Monday, October 05, 2009

Kern Family Foundation -

I just spent the weekend with 38 students from 8 different seminaries who are all in their 3rd and final year in the Master's of Divinity program. We spent 3 days together at Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, WI.

We are all a part of the Kern Scholars Initiative. This is a scholarship program financed by Bob and Pat Kern, two generous octogenarians who have this stated goal: Bob and Pat Kern are committed to helping Kern Scholars realize their dreams of becoming pastors whose leadership positively transforms congregations and communities to the glory of God. They care deeply about the Kern Scholars’ spiritual development, educational program, and ministry experience. Bob and Pat have been blessed. They celebrate a shared sense of responsibility and gratitude as they seek to be good stewards of their resources.

I have been blessed to have the tuition for 3 years' of seminary to be fully paid for by the Kern family. They are kingdom-minded people who want to see God's kingdom manifest in this country who understand such endeavors require the leveraging of our time, talent, and treasure.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Kern. (not for just the $$, but for setting a good example of investing in the kingdom!)