Thursday, October 30, 2008

Is this Biblical?

"For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible."

It's one of those things that I read, thought was profound, and then began to question whether or not it was an accurate assessment. People didn't understand Christ's parables, but He explained them to his disciples and then, they did.

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Science Day

Well, this picture isn't very big here, so you may not be able to see our science lesson. However, we demonstrated the color wheel in a few ways. One of them being

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Heavens Declare

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork" (Ps. 19:1, ESV).

This really puts Jeremiah 31:37 in perspective!

May this inspire you to worship His indescribable majesty today!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

What's That Word

That three syllable word that Grace said was:


I caught it on video...on of these days we might upload it--lol.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Big Words

Well, Grace said her first three-syllable word today. We were quite surprised. Any guesses on what that word would be???

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Matthew was sitting on the bed reading a book Sunday morning. He pointed to a picture and said, "Is that a forklift?" I answered, "Yes Matthew, that is a forklift." He then said, "Where is the spoonlift?"

Isn't it great to see how the logic flows in the mind of a three-and-a-half year old!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My First Civilian Day

Today is my first official day as a civilian. My leave ended at midnight (2359 for military folk) and I am officially a civilian today. Now, how do you celebrate such a huge transition? I am open for suggestions, but I was thinking of maybe having a cook-out followed by some cake. It's a little last minute for inviting friends over, however, I am usually bad at planning things until last minute anyway so I can always try. Enough of my babbling, the floor is now open for suggestions.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008


So...I'm sitting here watching the debates with my husband...judging the candidates and criticizing them for continually not answering questions and simply slamming each other...then, the Holy Spirit convicted me...Didn't I just finish watching Paul Tripp expound on the importance of words? Didn't I just feel convicted about my own heart in the matter? I'm no different from these men. I love people and speak kindly to them when they are vehicles to help me get what I want. I speak unkindly to people when they are obstacles to what I want. It's what's in my heart because I love me. These men are just two sinners who need compassion and prayer...not my criticism. They need God's grace in the same way that I need God's grace...moment by moment. Please join me in prayer for both of the candidates. God is sovereign, and He directs the hearts of rulers for His glory! May God be glorified in this election season!

If you're interested in listening to/watching/reading Paul Tripp's message, you can download it here: War of Words: Getting to the Heart for God's Sake


Civilian Blues!

  The transition between military and civilian has been taken place for the last month while I have been on terminal leave (terminal leave is paid vacation that you use at the end of your tour while getting out of the military). Today was probably the hardest day for me during the transition. I applied for around 40 - 50 jobs in the last month and interviewed for two. I got an offer on my dream job and accepted it. I start this next Friday, however, it's not my "usual" attire that I am used to for home or work. Basically, its business casual with a tie. My normal attire, jeans and a t-shirt, does not bode well with business casual. So today was a trip to the mall to buy some new clothes for the new job.
  This is where the biggest transition for me took place and it sent me through loopholes of thought and fear. I walked up to the shirt section, and they had different colors to choose from. Then I had to match ties with shirts and pants to both. The selection was HUGE! Then we got to the socks section, and they had brown socks, blue socks, socks with designs, socks with different colors. I never knew so many choices existed. I've been shopping at Navy Exchanges for my work clothes for the last 7 years and it was fairly simple, blue shirt, navy blue pants, black socks, white t-shirt and black steel toe boots. Very simple and they had lots of different brands, but they all looked alike! Now I was stuck between what colors to choose for shirts and what tie would look best with it and what color or type of pants to wear with my cool new socks.
  Being able to express yourself through colors and styles of clothing in the workplace is something that I had forgotten all about. This was by far the biggest transition problem so far for me to date. For anyone that is going to be transitioning soon, I hope this helps prepare you for future endeavors.

  P.S. The pictures below are not me, however, they are there to illustrate the differences.

Monday, October 6, 2008

What Was That Something?

Here's the answer to last month's color-combo question. I call it the Jet-Puffed-Marshmallow shirt b/c that's what all those colors together remind me of. I had to take the picture while my son was sleeping because I wasn't ready to open that package of marshmallows, and I knew that he'd want one when he saw them--lol.

Anyway...I've been asked for something of an update since my husband is getting out of the Navy, we were expecting our next baby, etc. We really didn't want to leave the area that we're in, largely because we have learned and grown so much from the church that we're a part of, and God in His kindness has allowed us to stay a bit longer. My husband was offered a job at the local bank in the IT (information technology) department. It is his dream job; he'd do it for free if he could. The pay is great for this area, and he'll be working with a lot of the people that we go to church with. Everyone is excited, except the people who wish they could afford to have David on their payroll :/ (Sorry Jeff!)

As for the newest member of the Hankins family, she is healthy and a joy and blessing to our family. She's starting to sleep six hour stretches at night, though she likes to stay up until midnight. I'm sure we'll get her to bed a few hours earlier before too long.

Well, I'm not too creative with this whole blog-posting thing, so that's all for now.