We Five, We Happy Five

Special thanks to our friend Kimberly for taking this family shot for us.

We Five, We Happy Five

We Five, We Happy Five

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 August 10th, 2013|Family|

Delighting in Our Little Girl

These Boys Are Absolutely Smitten!

A Good Problem to Have: Deciding Whose Turn it is to Hold Shiloh!

A Good Problem to Have: Deciding Whose Turn it is to Hold Shiloh!

Me Lovely Lassies

Me Lovely Lassies

Papa and His Girl

Papa and His Girl

Snugglin’ With Aunt Mary

Snugglin’ With Aunt Mary

Our Faithful Friends—The Wenneker Family—Pays Us a Visit

Our Faithful Friends—The Wenneker Family—Pays Us a Visit

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 July 3rd, 2013|Family|

We Are Pleased to Introduce to You…

A splash of pink has been added to a once all-blue home this morning as God has graciously and safely delivered to us our first daughter! God was exceedingly gracious to us and my wife was amazing. We are grateful for the many prayers lifted up on our behalves and are pleased to introduce to you…

Shiloh Faith Turley — Born June 29, 2013

Shiloh Faith Turley — Born June 29, 2013

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ….” —From Romans 5:1

What’s In a Name?

As with our boys, we have striven to give our firstborn daughter a name rich with meaning—one that is beautiful, will be an inspiration to her, and serves as a proclamation of those things which we as a family hold dear. Her name holds the following significations:

Shiloh

Shiloh is a name rich with meaning. It’s familiar in the Bible as the name of an ancient town wherein the Ark of the Covenant was first hosted before the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. It’s also familiar as the place where Samuel was dedicated to the service of the LORD by his parents and where he was first called by God.

Shiloh is also used in Genesis 49 during Jacob’s benediction to his sons where he states that “the scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes.” Shiloh is a term used here to describe the Savior, Jesus Christ, and—derived from a root word most commonly interpreted as “peaceable”, “tranquil”, or “quiet”—the meaning ascribed is thus “Peace Bringer” or “Bringer of Peace”. Peace then in this sense is reconciliation, namely to a God against whom we have trespassed. Without the blood of Jesus Christ, there is no peace with God. Without His sacrifice, there is no reconciliation. He offers us both peace and reconciliation—but on His terms. Praise the Lord—the Prince of Peace—for reconciling us to Himself!

“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” —Colossians 1:20

“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation . . . and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. —Ephesians 2:16,18

Lastly, Shiloh is the name of a town just 100 miles from here and the site of one of the most well-known and pivotal battles of the American Civil War, fought in 1862. We learned that we were expecting Shiloh on the sesquicentennial year of that battle. The battle is of particular significance to our family as our ancestors were owners of a portion of the land that was to become the site of the great battle, and men from both sides of my family were present and fighting there for Southern independence.

Faith

Shiloh’s middle name is Faith for it is by our faith in Christ Jesus that we are justified and reconciled to Him, and by which we are made at peace with Him:

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand….” —Romans 5:1

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God…” —Ephesians 2:8

More than anything in the world, we desire that our children would submit themselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ—the Prince of Peace—and that He would grant them faith in Himself that they may live a fruitful life of service to Him, exercising great faith in Him, and living at peace with their Creator.

2017-02-22T16:44:04+00:00 June 30th, 2013|Family|

Six Years Ago This Week!

Hard to believe six years have already passed since the Jamestown Quadricentennial.

Composite image of me and me true love ere we were courtin’

Composite image of me and me true love ere we were courtin’

Reenacting the landing at Jamestown, 1607

Reenacting the landing at Jamestown, 1607

You know it’s a great event when you can dress in period garb!

You know it’s a great event when you can dress in period garb!

Sam lands on the shore of the James River and grasps the English standard

Sam lands on the shore of the James River and grasps the English standard

Thanking God for safe arrival and imploring Him for success in our endeavors

Thanking God for safe arrival and imploring Him for success in our endeavors

Melissa and her sister Lindsay in 17th-Century attire

Melissa and her sister Lindsay in 17th-Century attire

2017-02-22T16:44:05+00:00 June 13th, 2013|Family|

25 Years Ago…

Happy anniversary to mom and dad! May 14 marked the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of my parents. I praise the Lord for His grace in my life for giving me God-fearing parents who have served in so many ways as guides and examples to me. I have been instructed by them in love, zeal, humility, patience, kindness and more, and any good qualities I may posses, I owe all to them–the other things I must have picked up at government school. :) Below are some ‘vintage’ pics from that happy wedding day and newlywed days.

Happy Groom and His Bride Cutting the Cake

Happy Groom and His Bride Cutting the Cake

Happy Newlyweds — And a Right Handsome Couple I Do Say

Happy Newlyweds — And a Right Handsome Couple I Do Say

2017-02-22T16:44:05+00:00 June 10th, 2013|Family|

Birthday Reflections

Today I’m 34. God is gracious and I’ve been the continual recipient of that which I do not deserve and He has no doubt withheld from me that which I do deserve (punishment for sin). As I grow older, I find myself more frequently taking inventory of my life. I ask the Lord to help me be faithful, to love Him more, and to use me for His purposes. I’ve also found it profitable, inspiring and convicting to take inventory of history and to take note of the men (and women) who have left their mark on the world. Just for fun, I’ve compiled what I’m sure is a woefully incomplete list of men (and their ages at death) who were allotted only as many years (at most) on this earth as I have already lived, but who nonetheless are known to all the world for their significant contributions to history (for good or ill).

Edward VI of England (15)
Nathan Hale (21)
Billy the Kid (21)
John “Gallant” Pelham (24)
Patrick Hamilton (24)
William Travis (26)
John Wilkes Booth (27)
Jim Elliot (28)
Franz Schubert (31)
General J.E.B. Stuart (31)
Alexander the Great (32)
Our Lord, Jesus Christ (33)
William Wallace (33)
General Hiram Granbury (33)
George Wishart (33)
Jesse James (34) (for non-revisionist history of Jesse James click here)
—– Bonus Years :) —–
Mozart (35)
Henry V of England (35)

2017-02-22T16:44:05+00:00 June 6th, 2013|Family|

A Portrait of Fatherhood…in Boots!

I love being the father of two rough ‘n’ tumble little cowboys! I suppose I’ll need to retake this shot soon with pink boots thrown into the mix. :)

A portrait of fatherhood…in boots!

A portrait of fatherhood…in boots!

2017-02-22T16:44:05+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Family|

Happy Mother of 3 On Mother’s Day

Thank God for faithful, hard-working, devoted, fruitful, joyful, skilled, productive, happy Christian mothers!

My Wife—The Happy Mother of Our Three Children

My Wife—The Happy Mother of Our Three Children

2017-02-22T16:44:05+00:00 May 14th, 2013|Family|