A Sunny D-Day at the Admiral Nimitz Museum

Today we enjoyed a perfect sunny day in historic Fredericksburg at the Admiral Nimitz Museum. Born on the 35th anniversary of D-Day myself, we decided it would be fun to spend the 71st anniversary honoring and learning more about a WWII hero from our neck of the woods—Admiral Chester Nimitz, a “German Texan” from the quaint and touristy town of Fredericksburg. Below are some of the day’s highlights.

The Admiral Nimitz Museum

The Admiral Nimitz Museum

Two Little Sailors on a Great Big Gun

Two Little Sailors on a Great Big Gun

The Cutest Little History Buffs Ever

The Cutest Little History Buffs Ever

Seeing, Touching and Interacting with History—That’s the Way to Do It!

Seeing, Touching and Interacting with History—That’s the Way to Do It!

Man Your Battle Stations!

Man Your Battle Stations!

After the Museum, We Ate an Authentic German Meal in Old Town

After the Museum, We Ate an Authentic German Meal in Old Town

German Sausage and Potatoes—A Hearty Meal for Tired Sailors

German Sausage and Potatoes—A Hearty Meal for Tired Sailors

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 June 6th, 2015|Family|

We Are Delighted to Introduce to You…

This morning at 9:30am God graciously gifted to our family a new little member—a sweet little baby girl! We are grateful for the many prayers lifted up on our behalves and are pleased to introduce to you…

 

Genesis Verity Turley — Born April 28, 2015

Genesis Verity Turley — Born April 28, 2015

Genesis – The first book of the Bible, containing historical accounts spanning the first 2,369 years of Earth history, beginning with creation and ending with the death of Joseph.

Verityn.

[Fr. verité ; L. veritas, from verus, true] Truth ; consonance of a statement, proposition or other thing to fact.

“After more than two centuries of facing the heaviest scientific guns that could be brought to bear, the Bible has survived—and is perhaps better for the siege. Even on the critics’ own terms—historical fact—the Scriptures seem more acceptable now than they did when the rationalists began the attack.”
—From an article in Time magazine, 1974

“Yea, Hath God Said?”

Despite his best attempts throughout the ages, The Enemy of our Creator has failed to destroy the credibility of God’s infallible Word. The assaults have only proven to further reinforce what Scripture has touted all along: That it is without error and can be trusted on every point. Nonetheless, his attacks persist and what better place to start in discrediting God’s Word than at the very beginning?

The Book of Beginnings

Whether it is from the God-hating philosophies of Darwinian Evolutionary theory, or the biblically and scientifically incoherent compromises such as day-age theory and gap theory, the book of Genesis has found itself at the epicenter of a battle waged for the souls of men, fought with particular ferocity in the last century and a half since the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species*.

While perhaps almost cliché in their familiarity, the opening verses of the first book of the Bible—the account of God’s work during creation week—serve as the very bedrock to all of our Christian faith.

“…if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” —Psalm 11:3

It is then no surprise to find that the Enemy’s focus has been to discredit the book of Genesis. If the opening pages of Scripture were proven to be inaccurate and unworthy of our trust, it would only stand to reason that the rest of His Word would be likewise dubious at best. However, far from untrustworthy, Scripture repeatedly proves its dependability and continues to be consulted in the disciplines of archeology, biology, geology and others as the most reliable historical document we have. Discoveries in every field of science—from life’s irreducible complexity, the miracle of birth, red-light shift, the presence of soft dinosaur tissue, the world of genetics, and a whole host of others scream “designed!”. Even the flood-deposited, fossil-filled strata layers remind us that, if we become silent on this issue, even “…the stones will cry out!” (Luke 19:40)

6 Literal, 24-Hour Days

Despite many creative compromises concocted to avoid conflict with the widely accepted evolutionary worldview, the Bible is explicitly clear that creation week consisted of 6 literal, 24-hour days, roughly 6,000 years ago. On this truth rest the doctrines of sin and salvation, therefore we reject any theory that suggests the presence of death before sin—implicit in theories such as the day-age theory, because, if the Bible is wrong in identifying sin as the cause of our spiritual death, then Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins ceases to accomplish what Christ stated he came to accomplish. Scripture is clear: when man sinned, sin entered the world:

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned…” —Romans 5:12

“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” –I Corinthians 15:21,22

Fighting the Good Fight

A mis-guided although honest assessment by an evolutionist:

“Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing!” —Bozarth, G. Richard, “The Meaning of Evolution,” American Atheist (February 1978)

Bozarth errs in this important point: We do not fight against science. Science is an important vehicle through which to bring glory to God by uncovering the brilliance of His creative works. We fight rather against false philosophies and vain deceit and “…and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God … bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

God be praised for the wonders of His magnificent creation! We will not lean on our own understanding, but trust wholly in His infallible Word and the indisputable Verity of Genesis.

*Full Title: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

 Our smallest baby yet, weighing in at 7 lbs. 3 oz.

Our smallest baby yet, weighing in at 7 lbs. 3 oz.

 Biggest brother Calvin is absolutely smitten!

Biggest brother Calvin is absolutely smitten!

Big brother Christian is elated at her arrival!

Big brother Christian is elated at her arrival!

A sister for Shiloh at last! And a real live baby doll to play with!

A sister for Shiloh at last! And a real live baby doll to play with!

2017-02-22T16:44:03+00:00 April 28th, 2015|Family|

Saturday at the Birmingham Zoo

When Standing Upright, this Pelican Was Taller then the Boys!

When Standing Upright, this Pelican Was Taller then the Boys!

A Stunning Display of The Designer’s Skill

A Stunning Display of The Designer’s Skill

Small as Tigers Come, This Malayan Was a Mere 280 lbs.

Small as Tigers Come, This Malayan Was a Mere 280 lbs.

But 280 Pounds of Cat is Intimidating Face-to-Face

But 280 Pounds of Cat is Intimidating Face-to-Face

Few Creatures Exude a More Sinister Aura than the Alligator

Few Creatures Exude a More Sinister Aura than the Alligator

Shiloh REALLY Enjoyed the Animals!

Shiloh REALLY Enjoyed the Animals!

Looking is Fun, but Interacting is So Much More Engaging!

Looking is Fun, but Interacting is So Much More Engaging!

400 Pounds of Solid Muscle–Yikes!

400 Pounds of Solid Muscle–Yikes!

We Thought Perhaps This Fellow Inspired Some of Dr. Seuss’ Characters

We Thought Perhaps This Fellow Inspired Some of Dr. Seuss’ Characters

On the Back of Sturdy Bo, a 1300-Pound Camel

On the Back of Sturdy Bo, a 1300-Pound Camel

King of the Hill and King of the Jungle

King of the Hill and King of the Jungle

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 August 5th, 2014|Family|

Happy 238th Birthday, America!

What an amazing time we had today, filling the pews of Bruton Parish, shaking the hands of American legends like Patrick Henry, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, touring Mount Vernon and getting drilled by patriot army sergeants…. all without leaving Alabama! :)

Below are some of the highlights from our day at American Village where our boys had the time of their lives donning their homemade 18th-century continentals’ uniforms.

Our little continentals in front of an exact replica of Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish

Our little continentals in front of an exact replica of Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish

In the pews of Bruton Parish, listening to Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty!” speech

In the pews of Bruton Parish, listening to Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty!” speech

Fiery Christian statesman Patrick Henry and our boys after his famous speech

Fiery Christian statesman Patrick Henry and our boys after his famous speech

History comes alive for the boys in their interactions with the reenacting crew of the 1st Pennsylvania regiment

History comes alive for the boys in their interactions with the reenacting crew of the 1st Pennsylvania regiment

Special thanks to Capt. Ziegler for his hospitable welcome and tour of his captain’s tent

Special thanks to Capt. Ziegler for his hospitable welcome and tour of his captain’s tent

Calvin and Benjamin Franklin after his demonstration on electricity

Calvin and Benjamin Franklin after his demonstration on electricity

First in war, first in peace, and first in the heart of their adoring father

First in war, first in peace, and first in the heart of their adoring father

In front of the famous home of George Washington — Mount Vernon

In front of the famous home of George Washington — Mount Vernon

We were grateful to see the event so well attended

We were grateful to see the event so well attended

The roof of the car proved to be the best seat in the house for watching the fireworks show

The roof of the car proved to be the best seat in the house for watching the fireworks show

And what a show it was!

And what a show it was!

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 July 4th, 2014|Family|

A Fantastic Gulfshore Weekend

This past weekend, we spent several unforgettable days along the Gulfshore on one of Dad’s events, the Heroes of History tour. On Friday June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day—the Allied invasion of Normandy (and also incidentally my 35th birthday)—we met with WWII veterans who were there on that very day. We shook their hands and listened to their amazing stories. We dressed in 40s garb (dressing in period attire always seems to augment the experience at any event!) and had a wonderful time at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. From there we ventured to Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi, the last home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Next, we stopped at Mobile Bay to visit the 90-million-pound U.S.S. Alabama, and even spent the night aboard the ship! Lastly, we spent the afternoon at the beach at Dauphin Island—the children’s first time to see the ocean! Below are just a few of the highlights from this singular weekend:

Too Cute for Words

Too Cute for Words

What a Fun Time! The Whole Family Got Into the Spirit of 1944

What a Fun Time! The Whole Family Got Into the Spirit of 1944

The Boys Stop to Play War on One of Many Military Vehicles Present at the Celebration

The Boys Stop to Play War on One of Many Military Vehicles Present at the Celebration

A Sobering Larger-Than-Life Newspaper Announces the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

A Sobering Larger-Than-Life Newspaper Announces the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Melissa is Interviewed by a Local New Orleans News Outlet

Melissa is Interviewed by a Local New Orleans News Outlet

Calvin Poses with the Reenacting Crew of a Higgins Craft

Calvin Poses with the Reenacting Crew of a Higgins Craft

Historic Court of Two Sisters Where Grandma Visited as a Little Girl

Historic Court of Two Sisters Where Grandma Visited as a Little Girl

Boys at the Courtyard Fountain, Which Grandma Remembered from Her Childhood

Boys at the Courtyard Fountain, Which Grandma Remembered from Her Childhood

Our Little Sailors Salute in Front of the 90-million-pound U.S.S. Alabama

Our Little Sailors Salute in Front of the 90-million-pound U.S.S. Alabama

My First Visit to the Beach in 10 Years, and the Children’s First Ever

My First Visit to the Beach in 10 Years, and the Children’s First Ever

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 June 11th, 2014|Family|

Fun at the McWane Science Center

Reason number 5,287,651 why biblical “home” education is superior: Let’s drop everything and go to the Science Center!

Standing Beneath a Magnificent, Giant Pre-Flood Turtle

Standing Beneath a Magnificent, Giant Pre-Flood Turtle

Dragons of Old — Perched in Front of a Pteranodon Skeleton

Dragons of Old — Perched in Front of a Pteranodon Skeleton

Oohs and Aahs Over Gigantic Bubbles

Oohs and Aahs Over Gigantic Bubbles

Delicate Beauty, Designed by the Same God Who Created the Supersaurus

Delicate Beauty, Designed by the Same God Who Created the Supersaurus

Nothing Sweeter than a Baby’s Awe, Because Everything is New!

Nothing Sweeter than a Baby’s Awe, Because Everything is New!

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Family|

The 149th Anniversary of the Battle of Selma

What fun we had hearing the earth-shaking boom of cannons, and watching the chaos of cavalry and infantry scrambling across the smokey fields!

Posing at the Battle of Selma Reenactment

Posing at the Battle of Selma Reenactment

The Whole Family Decked Out in (Mostly) Period Garb

The Whole Family Decked Out in (Mostly) Period Garb

Two Little Soldiers Captivated with the Booming Cannons and Sounds of Battle

Two Little Soldiers Captivated with the Booming Cannons and Sounds of Battle

Our Boys Pose with a “Real” Confederate Soldier

Our Boys Pose with a “Real” Confederate Soldier

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 May 2nd, 2014|Family|

Our Hilltop in Beautiful Hill Country

We always enjoy the opportunity to visit our land whenever we’re in Texas. Here we enjoy the always-breezy hilltop and the perfect Springtime weather on a recent visit to the area.

The Whole Family Atop Our Beautiful Hilltop

The Whole Family Atop Our Beautiful Hilltop

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 April 19th, 2014|Family|