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Nov 26 2014

Thanksgiving Thieves

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving

and I am being pursued 

by Thanksgiving Thieves!

 

Let me explain:
More this year than ever,I am bombarded by stores trying to entice me to spend your money sooner and sooner. Walmart announced the death of Black Friday and the birth of a week of specials for the holiday. What! That one day of chaos wasn't enough?


Now don't get me wrong, as a Christian business owner, I know that Christmas sales are critical. But in the last year caring for Ed's 86 old mother has taught me that it is good to slow down and focus on what is important. The world will not end, and the things we need will be provided if we seek His peace first and foremost. 

Think about what Jesus would do during this time of year. I can't imagine Him rushing about in pursuit of the next great item. Instead I envision Him as with the little children - spending time with people and loving them. As disciples of the King of kings, let us be a light to those who do not know Him and be the hands of Christ on earth.Speak up about the True Reason for the Season, and their need to accept the gift of a relationship.

Don't let Thanksgiving be stolen from you! Praise God for all He has done for you in this last year and enjoy one another and the yummy things for your tummy! Why not stay home, cuddle on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa, and watch a Christmas movie or play a game together. And then when everyone is tucked in bed, shop online.

 

And if you don't need or want them personally why don't you play it forward with this idea:

  1. Choose a special person - like someone you are trying bring to Christ or someone in need

  2. Wrap them and secretly leave them at the door Christmas morning or stocking. 

That will turn the tables on those "Thanksgiving thieves"!

 

Jun 30 2013

♥DUCK DYNASTY - Faith & Family

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      After a day of running to little league games, summer basketball, lawn work, or just a crazy day at work, you may need to get a glass of lemonade and chill before the next task. If you haven't 'plunged' into the bayou of Duck Dynasty, you might want to check it out. Like ourselves who are 'swimming' the waters of building and running a family business they learn from their mistakes, laugh at themselves, show love, speak spiritual truth and have fun. The spiritual morsels that are served up evening dinners at the end of each episode feed watchers hunger for truth. If you have not 'tasted' the funny antics and every day living for Jesus which these crazy loving duck hunting, deer shooting, wild game cooking family of Phil and Kay Robertson clan, you are missing out!. Episodes are available both online and A&E for your enjoyment, so why not pop some popcorn, gather the family and enjoy people being' HAPPY, HAPPY ,HAPPY'  all because Jesus came into your lives! And if you need a cup, why not order this one?

  Like the Robertson family, we are a family owned and operated business. We share their priorities of:

  1. relationship with God
  2. relationship with spouse
  3. needs of the family
  4. needs of the business
We just wanted to encourage them to continue to stand lovingly firm on God's word regardless and suggest that you need a chuckle, sit down with some 'sweet tea' as Uncle Sy does and watch the craziness of the DUCK Universe! The A&E Robertson Clan will never disappoint! 

 

Dec 04 2013

Christmas Traditions

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In our large family, gift giving has been pared down for the adults. Perhaps it is due to the fact that they now pay their own bills or simply what they would like would take a big bite of a budget!  So, we focus on grandchildren gifts and sweetie gifts.

However, we still all enjoy the tradition of stockings filled with orange chocolate and other surprises. Last year, I made personalized stockings for everyone. Some got their favorite team colors (Rock Chalk Jayhawk or KS Wildcats purple) with a touch of bling, or a fashion color they are known to love. Our newest son in law got green and gold being from the land of Chicago! Each had their name embroidered on the cuff. Needless to say it was a riot of multi-colors hanging in our livingroom. 

However, the one complaint was the stockings didn't have any stretch - for extra stuffing! 

What is your favorite tradition for the holiday? Is it stuffing stockings, giving gifts,  or even stuffing yourself with the wonderful dishes that are made only at this time of year? How about the joyous music and all the holiday movies. We have discovered UPtv this year. It is wonderful to watch movies with clear spiritual messages intertwined into the plot.  Or is it relaxing and catching up on all the Duck Dynasty episodes you recorded before you watch their latest holiday special on December 11.  Of course a plate of holiday cookies, eggnog, and hot cocoa will be needed for that adventure!

Whatever your favorite activity is, be sure and really focus on the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ our Savior! Share that blessing to those around and have a Happy Happy Happy New Year!

FREE GIFT GIVEAWAY 2013 CONTEST sign-up ends soon, so don't miss out. 

 

 

Oct 20 2013

Free Blessings

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As the last few months of 2013 arrive, one can't help but think about all that has transpired. For our family, it has been a year of elder care challenges, college graduations, weddings, career changes, financial hurdles, and a whole host of blessings sprinkled through out. Just this month, in midst of the government shutdown, I was marvelously surprised with a birthday visit from my oldest son and family from Denver. As a government attorney, he, his wife, and two boys were able to 'hide' at our daughter's house for my birthday dinner. Needless to say, it was the best birthday ever! I had not expected to see them for the holidays and had no idea of the plans afoot.

And aren't the unexpected blessings the one's you cherish the most?

In light of that fact, we want to thank you for shopping with us in 2013 and in appreciation, we wanted to alert you to THREE unexpected 'free blessings' that you could partake:

>>>>>> October 21, all orders of $35 or more will receive a free gift starting with the  

Quanities are limited -if you really want the above bracelet, shop NOW
a new item will be chosen for the $35 +up order offer when the above is gone

>>>>>>Beginning in November 2013    

FREE Holiday Christian Gift GIVEAWAY Contest 

7 lucky winners of one of the prizes
 >>>>>>> BLACK Friday Weekend Sale
+ special BLACK FRIDAY FREE Giveway
  1 LUCKY customer will win $25 gift card
valid through March 2014 

And remember, the greatest gift you will ever share is the love of 

Jesus, the Reason for the Season! 

            

Jun 27 2012

Travel again??????

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 As you may not know, we started our business exhibiting at the big Christian music events like Creation East, Creation West, Cornerstone, Spiritwest Coast, and the like. Our summers were spent on the road with our family of five children from the time our youngest was 3 or so. We were able to keep abreast of the happenings in the spiritual kingdom and could test new designs. While the pace was hectic, we were able to meet a lot of you and despite the occasional glitches, it was good for us. 

With our youngest a junior in college, our nest has become empty and our prior helpers unavailable as they begin their lives as adults. Thus, we decided to stay put and focus strictly on online sales except for our yearly Leadership Training for Christ family Easter gathering. Ever since the economy crashed, Ed has worked for a multiple of marketing companies and I have ran the business. Then his mom health failed and we had to take on her daily care. She is doing better, but still requires constant monitoring. So we assumed that was life for us.  However, as He often does, God has thrown us a curve ball!

Beginning in July, we will begin exhibiting at various events once again. Plus two well-known organizations, "Women of Faith" and "Promise Keepers" have asked us to join them at their gatherings. So, pray that God will bless us with energy and come see us!

Feb 29 2012

Come Enjoy the Good Life in Kansas.

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      Imagine my surprise when it was announced by the local media that our little town was on the Bloomberg's Business Week list of best places to raise a family. It ranked #1 in Kansas and #6 in the United States!

Belle Plaine, Kansas
Population:                                            1600+
Median age:                                              35.2
Median household income            $ 48,387
Kansas median income:                   47,817
Median home value:                           78,054
KS median home value:                  125,500
Standard of living index:                        81.8
National average:                                  100.0

Having raised five strong willed disciples, I know its' true. It wasn't easy - after all they come from strong willed and opinionated lineage (dad too, lol)! Our decision to leave city life and live in a smaller but more family oriented community help make it a little easier. Ed and I were able to help his mom as his dad suffered with Alzheimer's and now are beginning elderly care as she is 83. Our kids spent lots of time with Grandma and Grandpa Burrows and have tons of funny memories to share. Constant face to face encounters with extended family was not possible living in the big cities of Anchorage, Boston, and Seattle. And even now, two girls see Grandma quite often. Each child had a chance to explore and discover their leadership skills and develop their talents in the local school and community activities. And as I have shared in a previous blog, Ed and I couldn't be prouder of the people they are.


In a scientific study they undertook to choose from 4169 cities that fit the follow profile: crime rates less than 10 percent above the national average, populations between 1,000 and 50,000 people, and median family income within 20 percent of the state median. From those communities, they did a scientific study to determination the BEST places to raise a family. Factors used in the calculations were: Bloomberg Rankings, real estate information from Onboard Informatics, school scores, air quality, crime rates, child-centered amenities, and income. Each state had one city selected and then the list was ranked nationwide. Our average school math score is 89.67 - the state's average is 85.95; and our reading score is 92.44 while the state's average is 88.88. Our town's median family income is $74,463.

Statistics don't tell the whole story. What really matters is every day life in Belle Plaine. With good school facilities, opportunities to participate in a wide array of sports, music, journalism, student government, service organizations, and the like parents and kids alike are kept quite busy.There is even a small city pool for summer enjoyment, a community swim team for those interested, and city parks with a skateboard course.The local Presbyterian church which closed recently is being sought as a future community center. So if you choose to live here, you will have small town living with easy access to the city life of Wichita, Kansas. Why you must not miss out on the Warren Theaters, there.These jewel features Art Deco design, state of the art sound, and dining in your seats as you watch first run movies. Choose from IMAX view @ 21st Warren or the wide screens of the 13th Warren or Old Town Warren. If you need some uninterrupted adult time, the Old Town Warren allows no children after 8:00 pm.


One of the jewels right here is Bartlett Arboretum. The beauty of God's creation is boldly seen in iris, tulips, and trees blooming each spring and summer. A gorgeous venue for weddings (see our daughter's wedding pics), the Arb also hosts the Tree House Concert series from April to late July each year. Bluegrass music fills the air as artists like Nitty Gritty Dirt Band play to those fortunate enough to purchase one the limited tickets. Your housing options may soon change. Jeff Lange Realty, small real estate brokerage from Wichita has recently purchased a large tract of land just outside the west city limits. (The same side of town as the Arboretum). Steps have begun to secure from Sumner County officials the necessary requirements for a development of custom homes on large lots. Or perhaps you dream of doing your own house rescue  like on television? With a little money, lots of desire, and sweat you can find a neglected older home and give it new life. And who knows, you could be the star of the next 'must watch' on  HGTV or DIY Networks!


But for us, the best part is the small church with which we worship and work.While we dream of someday returning to the joy of full time ministry for the 16+ years when our children were young the congregation is not able to support staff. Ed, our son Phil, and two Lawless brothers take turns preaching and teaching.Ed and I strive to use our talents and experience to build up the Body of Christ and lead others to Him, but there is so more we would like to do if there were time and funds to do so. 'A Different Direction' is the primary source of  income for our family. We were hit very hard by the recession and we are just now seeing the light at the end of tunnel. But it has come at a great cost of time and energy to get it back on solid ground. So thank for your business and ask for your continued patronage and prayers.Know that when you choose to shop from us, souls will be saved and lives changed forever. You are empowering us to do what we love -  mentoring the current younger disciples, reaching out to produce more disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything that God has commanded (Matt 28:18-20). God bless you!
  
 Currently the band of workers of this church is small with many having been recently call home to the Lord. But that only causes us to rely on even more for help. Just see what He has already done: Sept 2011only 1 teen was left and a handful of young children and their Christian parents worshiping together. But already the Body has seen prayers and hard work begin to open hearts. Here are just a few:

  • 25+ teens coming to activities - 6 of them High School
  • 5 - 8 elementary and early middle schoolers allow me to teach them about God and His word
  • Several seeking families are worshiping with us on Sunday. 
So why not plan a visit to what was called 'Paradise Valley' by the early settlers. Why not catch one of bluegrass concerts in the Tree House Series or,how about Tulip Time Festival and enjoy Art in the Arb in April? Better yet , come worship with us. You will hear God's word shared and you will meet people that care. Potluck is the 4th Sunday - the ladies and men are good cooks. And if you want, you can come to our house where we will feast on cupcakes and a cup of tea or coffee and continue our chat.
So what do you think?

Debby

Nov 30 2011

Mary and Joseph

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 Have you ever considered what Jesus' earth parents had to go through to participate in the Eternal one's plan? After all, God could have chosen a different way to bring him into the world, but instead he chose normal human beings who had faith. But their faith was tested! Just contemplate the ridicule and disdain Mary must have endured as others came to know of her 'condition'. Even her betrothed, Joseph, had to question her virtue and commitment to purity! After all, who ever heard of a woman becoming pregnant by God, that sounds like an incredible 'excuse' then and now. But when Joseph was spoken to in a dream by God, he accepted the truth. But to top it off, scripture tells us that he honored God and Mary in delaying the consummation of their marriage until after Christ's birth. Their faith under trial is inspiring because they were everyday people just as you and I walking by faith, not by sight. God chose well! This clip got me to thinking about this: 


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