Thursday, November 28, 2013

Counting our blessings

O     N     E    !  


T     W    O    !  

Zachary and Abigail

T     H    R    E     E    !  

Zachary, Abigail
and Benjamin

F       O       U      R       !  

Zachary, Abigail,
Benjamin and Sarah

F        I      V     E      !  

Zachary, Abigail,
Benjamin, Sarah
and Solomon

S            I          X         !

Zachary, Abigail,
Benjamin, Sarah,
Solomon and Hannah

S       E     V     E     N     !

  Zachary, Abigail,
Benjamin, Sarah,
Solomon, Hannah
and Joanna

E     I      G      H     T     !

Zachary, Abigail, 
Benjamin, Sarah,
Solomon, Hannah,
Joanna and Rebekah

N        I       N       E       !

Zachary, Abigail,
Benjamin, Sarah,
Solomon, Hannah,
Joanna, Rebekah
and Susanna

T          E          N          !

Zachary, Abigail,
Benjamin, Sarah,
Solomon, Hannah,
Joanna, Rebekah,
Susanna and Noah

E     L    E    V    E    N   !  

 Zachary, Abigail, 
Benjamin, Sarah, 
Solomon, Hannah, 
Joanna, Rebekah, 
Susanna, Noah 
and Samuel

T    W    E    L   V    E    !

Zachary, Abigail, 
Benjamin, Sarah, 
Solomon, Hannah, 
Joanna, Rebekah, 
Susanna, Noah, 
Samuel and Gideon

T   H   I   R  T  E  E  N  !

Zachary, Abigail,
Benjamin, Sarah,
Solomon, Hannah,
Joanna, Rebekah,
Susanna, Noah,
Samuel, Gideon
and Joshua

F  O  U  R  T  E  E  N  !  

Zachary, Abigail, 
Benjamin, Sarah, 
Solomon, Hannah, 
Joanna, Rebekah, 
Susanna, Noah, 
Samuel, Gideon 
and Daniel Amos Klein

Friday, November 01, 2013

A hymn for parents, too!

This hymn always seemed to be about farming or Thanksgiving. It's actually a soul winner's hymn. But it also has a good message for christian parents, whose job is to train their children in the way they should go, to persevere.  

So much of parenting, which is a privilege and blessing,  is teaching and doing the same thing over and over and over, in the midst of learning on the job, being tired or impatient, struggling with our own growth in the Lord (or lack).  We need to keep our purpose before us and remember what it's all about.  It all works together for good to those who love God.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Psalm 126:5

And let us not be weary in well doing: 
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 
 Galatians 6:9

Bringing in the Sheaves
Knowles Shaw

Sowing in the morning, 
sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide 
and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest, 
and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, 
bringing in the sheaves.

Bringing in the sheaves, 
bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, 
bringing in the sheaves;
Bringing in the sheaves, 
bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, 
bringing in the sheaves.

Sowing in the sunshine, 
sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds 
nor winter’s chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, 
and the labor ended,
We shall come rejoicing, 
bringing in the sheaves.

Going forth with weeping, 
sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained 
our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping’s over, 
He will bid us welcome,
We shall come rejoicing, 
bringing in the sheaves.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Missionary wall

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, 
and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, 
that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: 
that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 
Ephesians 6:18-20

Our current home has a lot more wall space that the previous one, so it allowed us to have a dedicated missionary wall area.  

Some dear friends gave us the idea, as they had a similar set up in their home, with a map and current prayer needs.  So, after moving to this huge house, we set it up in our dining/devotions/school area.  It is a focal point and helps to keep updated with prayer requests for those who are unreached, and the christians who have left all to seek to reach them.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; 
and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body 
be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.  
Brethren, pray for us.  
1 Thessalonians 5:23-5

So we have room for a laminated map, hung almost level, and a big whiteboard that is separated into areas for those we want to be regularly praying for.   We also had plenty of room for a book shelf, so we took apart a retail book display and modified it.  It gives us space to keep missionary related books and newsletters displayed and accessible in the same area.  We use some of those 3 prong portfolios to collect newsletters on this rack.  In the center, we have some bulletin board strips for photos or recent newsletters.

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, 
that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:38

Our desire is to remember what God is doing beyond our zip code and time zone.  It is a struggle to think outside our own territory.  The whiteboard especially has been a big help in keeping up to date with current events for missionaries.  The addition of a dedicated calendar to mark up with events, travels and outreaches is the next ingredient we need.

We give thanks to God always for you all, 
making mention of you in our prayers;
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, 
and labour of love, 
and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, 
in the sight of God and our Father; 
 1 Thessalonians 1:2, 3

2014 Saint Louis Homeschool Missions Fair

We are super-excited that the Lord has opened the door for another homeschool missions fair!  We were first involved in one with our dear friends in Wisconsin, and it was such a blessing!  If you are in the St Louis area, here are the details!  (Click each photo to enlarge - it is in brochure layout, so you kind of have to figure out where panel one begins!)

If you have any questions or want to sign up, please email us!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

God has a purpose

by Art Dappen

We have found this article, which was written in September of 2004, to be a much needed challenge.  We hope it will be a blessing to other christian parents, too.  This past summer, we have heard many lament, in effect, "Where are the Timothys?"  Perhaps the answer is not that hard to find.  -- the Kleins

When God says "Teach my words to your children," he has a purpose. 

What is the purpose of teaching the Bible to our children? The modern world does not think it is important to teach the Bible. Even the modern church thinks that it is more important for children to study academic subjects than to study the Bible. The average Christian boy or girl studies six hours of academics a day, compared to a few minutes of the Bible. Few parents seriously teach the Bible to their children. 

God tells parents many times to teach his Word to their children. God desires that the children know his Word and come to him. The Word of God causes children to know God, to believe him, and to understand what he wants them to do. It tells the children how to follow Jesus. 

The Law of God reveals God's righteousness, just as the whole visible Creation of God reveals his power. Without the Law of God, no one could imagine the character of God, because that character is not seen in the physical universe. You could watch the sun, the mountains, and the ocean for thousands of years and never realize that God is full of mercy and truth.  His merciful and truthful character is not declared by the trees, rocks, and rivers, but it is revealed in the Law of God. The Law reveals the qualities of God's character as he acts in righteousness and as he judges sin.  God's judgments against sin teach us that such sinful behavior is unacceptable to the righteous God.  

What then will a child receive who diligently studies God's Law? He will obtain the knowledge of God's righteousness. He will thus know who God is, and what God expects him to be. He will also understand why certain behavior is evil: because it opposes the righteousness of God.  

All the men whose lives are described in the Bible are examples to us, but especially the example of Jesus. These examples show us what it means to believe God and to be servants of His righteousness. Jesus tells us to follow righteousness, and the way he walked was the perfect expression of righteousness.

Today many people are trying to serve God, but not in the same way that Jesus and Peter and Paul were serving him. Modern methods are very different; they do not depend upon the power of righteousness, but the power of electronics, the power of mass psychology, and the power of medical science. Modern Christians are enlightened by human knowledge rather than by the knowledge of God's righteousness.  

For this reason God does not answer their prayers to the same extent. A lowered knowledge of God's righteousness has resulted in a lowered power in prayer. Since God does not answer their prayers as he did in the book of Acts, they must resort to human technology and science. Thus the modern Christians are rapidly departing from the faith of the New Testament, a faith rooted in righteousness and depending wholly upon following righteousness.  

The thing that puts power in prayer is the righteousness in the heart of the one who prays. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (James 5:16.) Jesus said the same thing to his disciples: "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John15:7.) When Jesus speaks of "his words abiding in us", he is speaking of his righteousness abiding in us.  

Modern education does not teach righteousness, but teaches all of man's modern discoveries as a substitute for righteousness. Those who place great value on education are those who have lost the power of righteousness, or perhaps never had it to begin with. They do all their works to be seen of men and to receive the accreditation of men. They diligently seek the praise of men because God gives them no praise. Their lives have little righteousness. Jesus said of such men, "How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?" (John 5:44.) 

Jesus and the apostles did not use the world's education or science in order to serve the lost and needy because they had something vastly better. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (John 14:12.) In order to work such works, we Christians must be full of faith in Jesus, particularly in his words which he left to teach us the ways of righteousness.  Abundant righteousness in the heart will come from meditating upon the Word of God. It will not come from studying the words of proud men who go about to establish their own righteousness through their good works. 

How are we going to represent Christ in this present darkness? By seeking his righteousness and showing the world the power that exists in such righteousness?  Or by seeking the wisdom of modern man's science and showing the world the power that exists in such science? Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus, and follow the example of his life.  

We should hunger and thirst for righteousness so that we can properly serve the Lord. The Word of God will create that hunger and thirst for righteousness.  However, let us identify the substitutes for righteousness which the children are taught to nibble on, and which take away their hunger for righteousness.  

In the first place our society has a general craving for fun, enjoyment, and excitement. Children are fed a constant diet of things to awaken and deepen their craving for fun and thrills. This "fun and games" mentality is an unscriptural training which will poison the hunger for true righteousness in the child.  

In the second place our society has a craving for success, prosperity, and security. Children are fed a constant diet of ideas which will awaken and deepen their craving for success, prosperity, and security. This "get ahead” and “be successful" mentality is an unscriptural substitute for the true righteousness which is the only true security. "But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12: 20-21.)  

Spiritual growth will not occur in children if the parents are appealing to the child's flesh. When parents appeal to the flesh, they will get growth of the flesh, nothing else. But when the parents appeal to the spirit, they will get growth of the spirit. The most spiritual thing on earth is the Bible. For this reason God commands the parents to teach the words of the Bible to the children, and teach them without ceasing: while at home, while traveling, in the evening and in the morning. His words should be written upon the doors and posts of the home.  

Will this cause the children to hate the truth? No more than speaking constant English to a child would cause him to hate English. In reality, the constant exposure to anything will cause a child to like it more. This is why Australian children like Vegemite.  

Timothy was a child who had been taught the Scriptures from his childhood, and it did him great good:  "...from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Tim 3:15.) Little wonder that Timothy was different from other men. Paul testified of him, saying, "But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel."  (Philippians 2: 19-22.)  

When God says "Teach my words to your children," he has a purpose. He wants more Timothys. The word of God will produce them if the parents teach the word diligently to their children. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Autumn Praise

O breeze that rustles waving grass,
That sighs your way o'er plain and hill,
And sways the leafy maple boughs,
While never resting, never still;

O birds that fly in heav'n above,
Who trace the path which years before
Your fathers laid, who, this same time,
Began their flight at autumn's door;

O trees, crowned now in all the fire
The seasons ever grant to you,
Who drop your beauty to the ground,
Enriching all with scarlet hue;

O sun, that dyes the scen'ry gold
With brightest glory ever seen,
A diamond pure, in sapphire set;
In sapphire strong, at peace, serene;

All nature come, join with me now,
O breeze and birds, the trees and sun:
Begin your autumn praise to Him —
Come sing the song that must be sung!

-- Hannah Rose Klein

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

One of the best parts of our summer

We had such a full summer, full of learning and work and meeting people from all over the place!

At first, we were a little wary of west coasters....and also their shoes.

But actually we had lots in common.

We all like eating.

We all wash dishes.

We all love singing about the Lord!

(Daddy plays bass.)

And now we feel just like family....and we are!

Daniel met the grandbaby of the folks who arranged the first creation science conference our family ever attended...back in Sacramento in the '90s!  But he was unable to get her autograph.

Another sweet family from the land of our ancestral heritage, excited about the Lord, his Word and his wondrous works!

We met these sweet sisters at the local laundromat.  They live in town but had never known much about the 7Wonders Museum until we showed up on their laundry day with 7 full hampers, and 5 full laundry baskets.  It just demanded an explanation.

This great Canadian family came for a tour and gladly obliged our requests for them to say "again" again and again!  More power to them!

Another family from the pacific northwest, but new to Mount St Helens.

We were happy to meet in person this local, young family who came for a tour and stayed for dinner and devotions.

We all found it fantastic to know that even though we live thousands of miles apart, with different circumstances and struggles, the Lord is showing us many of the same things in His Word.

We are thankful for the wonderful blessings the Lord gave us through fellowship with His people who crossed our path this summer! 

Thursday, August 08, 2013

We meet again!

We have been blessed by several visits from family during our time here in Washington.  We try to stay headquartered here at the museum, and it has been a good place to meet.

Grandpa Edd and Bachan flew up just to see us!  

"Hey, tell me a story, kid."

Bachan makes herself at home.

Road trip.

The big boys chilling.

Saying goodbye takes a while!

Poor Uncle Chuck, passing through on his way to the Klein reunion, didn't know what hit him!  He is the youngest of the nine.

And here we have...

Grandma and Grandpa Klein...also in the area for the Klein reunion.

Off to do some blueberry picking.

The proof is in the muffins.

It's a grandma thing; you wouldn't understand.

Playing "dictionary" to win, kinda. 

Haven't seen Aunt Helen since this little girl was a baby in Minnesota!

Watch out for those Kleins-- especially if you happen to be a bowl of ice cream.

Friday, August 02, 2013

August 10th: Open field trip

Mount St Helens Field Trip

at the

7Wonders Museum at Mount St Helens

Saturday, August 10, 2013, 9:30 – 5:30 PM

No fee, but reservations requested

You are invited to a full day of discovery beginning at the 7Wonders Museum and Bookstore, located on the beautiful Spirit Lake Highway, gateway to Mount St Helens.

When Mount St Helens erupted in 1980, it didn’t just blow away its summit…. It also blew away the assumption that it takes millions of years of slow gradual changes to produce geological features such as canyons, rock layers and river systems.  The eruption gave geologists a front-row seat to events which can create petrified forests, causing reinterpretations at Yellowstone National Park and Petrified Forest National Park.  In the aftermath, its ecological recovery amazed the naysayers.

Here is our itinerary (times are tentative):

9:30 am.  Arrive at 7Wonders Museum and Bookstore, 4749 Spirit Lake Highway, Silverlake, WA 98645.  We are 9.5 miles from Interstate 5 (exit 49, one of two Castle Rock exits). 

10:00 am  Attend 7Wonders of Mount St Helens presentation

11:00 am  Depart 7Wonders for auto tour, stopping at Buried A Frame, bridge overlook at entry of blast zone from the May 18, 1980 eruption.

Noon  Arrive for a lunch break at the Forest Learning Center (free exhibits, gift shop, picnic and small playground).  When done, depart for Hummocks Trailhead

1:30 PM  Hike Hummocks Trail inside the Mount St Helens Volcanic Monument, a two hour hike (with interpretive talks,) 2.5 miles.  This is a fairly easy trail for all ages, with some uphill at the very end.  Hike on top of the landslide debris deposited by the largest landslide in recorded history!  Observe the amazing recovery in plant and animal life! 

3:30 PM  Depart trailhead for our last stop, Johnston Ridge Volcanic Observatory.  This is on your own.  Fee area ($8 per adult, age 16 and up, children free).  Exhibits, shop, films of eruption and recovery, easy, paved vista trails for great photos.

Please note

·      There will be about 45 miles driving from 7Wonders to the final destination on our tour.
·      Bring:  sack lunch, water/snacks, sunscreen, hats, sturdy shoes/boots.


Email us at:  mshcreationmuseum@yahoo.com or call us at:  360-274-5737  And check out our new website7wondersmuseum.org.  You may also contact us to schedule other tour dates for your group, church, family vacation, homeschool group, etc.

Twelve years ago today

Twelve years ago today, our day began with a phone call that Dave's dear mom had gone to be with the Lord.  We had left California a few years before, and we were living in Minnesota at that time.  

Grandma Carmen

I never knew you, but you knew me
I did not have much of a choice
But I am longing your face to see
I want to hear your dear voice
If I could choose, I know what I would want
To grow up under your care
But our dear Savior had other plans
And you are so much better there

I hear the stories of your life down here
They make me love you the more
Your love for Christ makes you all the more dear
As I walk where you've gone before
Your strong reliance upon the Lord
Your joy and deep humility
Your love for Jesus and for His word
Those things are my legacy

You are much more than a Grandma to me
You are a hero for Christ
I am so thankful, and always will be
For the heritage of your life
You are a treasure that I long to see
But until then, as I run this race
I want to follow Christ as faithfully
Till the day that I look on your face

-- Hannah Rose Klein, who was 5 at that time

Thursday, July 04, 2013

From the Bible read by America's founders...

Let every soul 
be subject unto the higher powers.

For there is no power but of God:
the powers that be
are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore 
resisteth the power,
resisteth the ordinance of God:
and they that resist 
shall receive to themselves damnation.

Romans 13:1 - 2

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

And here we are....

...at the 7Wonders Museum in Silverlake, Washington.  

We were met with a huge meal prepared by our hosts, Lloyd and Doris.  They have been wonderful and feel like family already.  They are letting us take over their house, and they are staying in a vacation rental nearby while we learn the ropes.   

So, we are going on four weeks here... 

four full weeks of....






More looking.












And just relaxing.