Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How Do They Keep Straight Faces?!

These are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down by court reporters.  I can't imagine how they could stay calm while these exchanges were taking place!  Having been on two juries a few years ago I can't say we had anyone say anything quite this funny, but I can definitely see how it could happen!

ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral...
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
And last:
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Evening Light

 It's been warmer lately and the snow has really melted fast.  Saturday evening I was walking around the farm with my camera and enjoyed taking pictures in the evening light.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Little Quilt Blocks

A pile of triangle scraps sewn into squares and made into 5 1/2" star blocks; a fun project for a cold snowy spring! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blow the Chaff Away

"I always find that the older saints become more Calvinistic as they ripen in age; that is to say, they get to believe more and more that salvation is all of grace; and whereas, at first, they might have had some rather loose ideas concerning free-will, and the power of the creature, the lapse of years and fuller experience gradually blow all that kind of chaff away."

- C.H. Spurgeon

Monday, April 22, 2013

It Matters

~ It Matters Whom You Marry ~


Thursday, April 18, 2013

No Earthquakes

Snowing snowing all day.... 
This winter weather in April reminds me of this quote:

"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.
"So it is."
"And freezing."
"Is it?"
"Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately.”
- A.A. Milne

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Little Cutie

We girls went to quilting day with our friend Moya and her daughter Mercedes yesterday.  
I enjoyed taking pictures of the baby!  

 Love those big dark eyes!

So cute!

 Moya and Mercedes <3

Mercedes and Ana :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013


 It's Not Just Another Conspiracy Theory
When Idaho legislator Curtis Bowers wrote a "Letter to the Editor" about the drastic changes in America's culture, it became the feature story on the evening news, people protested at the capitol, and for weeks the local newspapers were filled with responses.
He realized then that he'd hit on something.
Ask almost anyone and you will hear, "Communism is dead! The Berlin wall came down." But although the word "communism" has fallen out of favor, Marxism continues to have a powerful influence upon our nation, as this new film quickly reveals. Join Bowers for a fascinating look at the people and groups that have successfully targeted America's morality and freedom in their effort to grind America down.
It’s a well-documented agenda.

Go HERE to watch this film free for a limited time!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Visiting with Little Girls...

{picture taken by Ana}

Ana and I had two little girls, Hazel 3 and Danika 5, to watch for CWC yesterday.  I've watched Hazel since she was a baby and have enjoyed seeing her grow up. She has definitely gotten much more talkative in the past few months.
Yesterday she was coloring, and chatting away about all the colors of crayons she was using, when she suddenly announced "I love being three!" and then went back to talking about crayons!  Later, when she was coloring a teddy bear, I asked her if she had one at home. "No," she said "But I'm going to buy one at Walmart." 
This was Danika's first time with us and she was very sweet.  She told me quite seriously that her favorite things to do are bake, paint, and eat cake.  
I love these little conversations with young ones!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Edith Schaeffer

"Edith Schaeffer, co-founder of L'Abri Fellowship and widow of theologian-philosopher Francis Schaeffer, died on March 30th at the age of 98."   I was surprised to read this announcement that morning when I logged onto facebook. It brought back many memories of reading her books and of the time I was able to meet her.  When I was about 13 mom and I went to a series of meeting on music the L'Abri people in Rochester MN were putting on. After one of her talks, Mrs. Schaeffer (who was probably in her 60s at the time) spent time speaking with people and autographing books. I always remember her kindness to me in taking the time to visit while she wrote her name and drew a picture in my autograph book. There were many people waiting to talk to her but she didn't rush. She treated each person as someone special and important; I thought she was one of the nicest ladies I'd ever met.  I've always treasured this memory of her and think of it whenever I see or hear her name. 

The page she signed for me. :-)

I found this article about her and thought it summed up her life well:
Here are 9 things you should know about Mrs. Schaeffer: 

1. Schaeffer was born in Wenzhou, China to missionaries who were serving with the China Inland Mission.

2. In addition to her English name, her parents gave her the Chinese name Mei Fuh, meaning "beautiful happiness".

3. On June 26th, 1932, Edith attended a meeting in her liberal Presbyterian church where a Unitarian minister delivered an address on "How I know that Jesus is Not the Son of God, and How I Know that the Bible is not the Word of God." She was prepared to offer a rebuttal when a young man stood up and said, "My name is Francis Schaeffer and I want to say that I know Jesus is the Son of God, and He is also my Savior." After Francis delivered his testimony, Edith added a brief apologetic for the truth of the Bible. The two began dating that night and married three years later.

4. To put her husband Francis through seminary, Edith tailored men's suits and made gowns and wedding dresses for private clients.

5. After three years serving in active parish ministries in the United States, the Schaeffers moved their family to Switzerland in 1948 to help churches in their efforts to resist both liberalism in theology and existentialism in the culture after World War II.

6. L'Abri Fellowship began in Switzerland in 1955 when Francis and Edith decided in faith to open their home to be a place where people might find satisfying answers to their questions and practical demonstration of Christian care. It was called L'Abri, the French word for "shelter," because they sought to provide a shelter from the pressures of a relentlessly secular 20th century.

7. By 1960, L'Abri had become such a phenomenon that it attracted the notice of Time magazine. Edith's "Family Letter" had a circulation of 1,300, and her Sunday evening "High Tea" was hosting upwards of 50 people from around the world every week.

8. Edith helped to restore and popularize the all-but-lost arts of hospitality and homemaking within the evangelical community during the last twentieth-century. As she wrote in her book, What is a Family?, "There needs to be a homemaker exercising some measure of skill, imagination, creativity, desire to fulfill needs and give pleasure to others in the family. How precious a thing is the human family. It it not worth some sacrifice in time, energy, safety, discomfort, work? Does anything come forth without work?"

9. Edith wrote or co-wrote 20 books, two less than her husband. Two of her books (Affliction) and (The Tapestry: the Life and Times of Francis and Edith Schaeffer) won the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
(From: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/04/01/9-things-you-should-know-about-edith-schaeffer/ )

"Do the Lord’s work in the Lord’s way in the Lord’s strength, not your own." 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Agnus Dei (Lamb of God)

Beautiful duet with David Phelps and his daughter Maggie Beth Phelps!  Love this!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Train off Track

Last week there was a train derailment near a friend's home.  A wheel broke and several cars ended up coming off the tracks.  Some oil was spilled, but thankfully it was cold enough that it froze and they could get it off the field fairly easily...or so we heard anyway.

The track was fixed by Sunday, and I snapped this picture as we waited for the train on our way home from Easter dinner at our friend's barn. 

Farther on we could see the damaged oil cars.
 What a mess!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Resurrection Sunday

Yesterday after a lovely service, several families from church headed out to The Barn for Easter dinner! It was a fun afternoon!

 Our host, Mr. D.  (He and his wife restored the barn.)

Some of the guests...there were 14 in all. :)

Amy and Uncle T. looking at an old hymn book.

 Random fun picture taken by Ana!  Uncle T was concerned that since I am usually taking the pictures, I am never IN them...so this is proof that I was there, along with the picture below... ;)
(taken by Uncle T.)

Collection of pretty things on one of the cupboards in the barn.  Mrs D. was so good at decorating!

"Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity."
- Matthew Bridges