Saturday, May 21, 2016

Selfish Shellfish

Struggling to contribute to the development of other centered individuals, I am tempted to resort to extreme measures like taking my children to spend the night with a homeless family. As I write this I can hear several of my friends saying "why not?" Well, perhaps my own selfishness is getting in the way.

At any rate one of our family objectives is the application of Philippians 2:3 which says "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."

I have to admit that it is my own selfishness that drove me to create this post because I was trying to imagine where my children could meet the best marital prospects. My mind quickly turned to ministries that call for an abandonment of personal interests and comfort. And now I can hear my theologically minded friends saying "social gospel? works based salvation?". 

My question is simply this: have you observed or participated in programs that involve young people in practical ministry? What was it? Was it effective? Did it lead to the forming of the type of friendships where they would "stir up one another to love and good works" (Hebrews 10:24)? Please share your comments below!

Our Family Target


 Have fun together often.


Stimulate a hopeful disposition with a constant appetite for Heaven & the eternal state.


Encourage & train family members to be wise & faithful stewards of the resources placed under their control so that they will be responsible caretakers, generous givers & cheerful tithers.


Prayerfully arrange for family members to be mentored and befriended by people who will encourage them to discover & pursue God’s plan.


Raise children who have an accurate understanding of their talents and gifts. Arrange opportunities for them to develop & employ their passions in the advancement of God’s kingdom through their daily life and vocation.


Worship together in the home and with other members of the body of Christ.


Discover the truth of God’s word together through regular Bible reading & study.


Raise children who honor and respect their parents


Raise children who desire to love the Lord with all their hearts & come to know Him as savior at an early age.

Live other centered lives.


Honor one another through kind speech & loving action.


Testify about salvation thru Jesus Christ – in word and deed.


Glorify God – Serve the Lord with gladness & obedience.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

THEO: Great Children's Videos

Our family had the pleasure of being introduced to a new-to-us animated series called Theo. There are several titles. We watched Theo: Teaching Children God's Word.

The DVD is organized into four brief videos that highlight Bible stories. Theo is a kindly old sage who interacts with two mischief making mice, Luther and Belfry, that live in his country cottage. The writing is clever and the 2D animation is well done and reminded me of the Adventures in Odyssey series.  The DVD also comes with a helpful study guide.

Our children enjoyed the DVD and were eager to watch all the episodes!

There are also some very interesting Special Features on the DVD. I enjoyed being introduced to the creator of the series and learning how the animation was done. Kids who are interested in animating can get a very informative introduction!

Theo is produced by Whitestone Media. Thanks to FishFlix.com for sending a sample of Theo Volume 1 - God's Love DVD in exchange for an honest review.  You can get this and many other Christian Movies at FishFlix.com.

To sample Theo for yourself download the free episode Good News at http://www.theopresents.com/products/good-news. There are also free coloring pages available.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Annie Grace is here!

We are grateful to The Lord that Our 13th child, Annie Grace has arrived! She was born at Baylor Medical Center, McKinney on Thursday, September 19, 2013 (She was born on her due date!!!) She weighed 8 lbs, 5 oz., and was 20 1/4 in.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review of "Love Food & Live Well," by Chantel Hobbs

My second book review is for the book Love Food & Live Well, by Chantel HobbsI really enjoyed this book! Since I am all about exercising and eating right, this book was right up my alley!
I love the way Chantel Hobbs writes. She doesn't write as an expert who's learned everything there is to know about diet and exercise and talks down to the reader. She writes as one who's "been there and done that." She is humble and candid about her own personal difficulties about food and weight loss. To my delight, she writes as one who is in the trenches with the reader, teaching from what she has learned and is in the trenches with the reader to teach and encourage. In other words, imagine sitting at an intimate table, having coffee or tea with a friend and having a wonderful conversation. That is what her writing style is all about and I really like that!
One of my favorite quotes from the book is "...Living well, while loving food..." She makes the important point all throughout the book that it is not food that is wrong, but our perception of food that is the problem. In addition, the point is made that we should set realistic goals for ourselves and see ourselves as uniquely made by God. We shouldn't try to fit into a mold that God never meant for us to fit into. Another quote I loved is when she said "(I had to) choose to live a life of moderation in a world where excess is encouraged." This is so true! Anyone living in the United States of America can relate to this in some form or fashion, no matter what situation they're in.
I really like the fact that she makes complicated concepts regarding calories, fat, protein and carbohydrates, simple and easy to understand. Some authors go into great detail about these things, thereby making them sound very complicated. For me, that translates into "too much work," and not very important. Chantel keeps these concepts simple and easy to manage on a day-to-day basis.
The chapter I didn't agree with entirely is the chapter on fats. She has many important points about fats, but in my opinion, she leaves out one of the primary points about fats. She doesn't mention at all, the difference between long chain fatty acids and medium chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids are the ones we need to steer toward and long chains are the ones we need to steer away from, because of their cancer-causing effects, etc. I do wish she had made this point in her book; however, all the other information is very good, informative and important.
The truth is, so often, books about healthy eating leave out exercise entirely. I believe it is because many people think of exercise as a four letter word! But, not so in this book! Chantel talks much about the importance of regular exercise and how it should be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. This is so important! She also includes many exercises she has created. I really love the chapters on exercise and I encourage you to read them too.
Lastly, just like we need to keep God in the center of everything we do, she reminds us to keep God in the center of our healthy lifestyle change, no matter what! In order to succeed at anything, as Christians, nothing else is more important than keeping God the center of everything we do. I encourage anyone interested in developing a healthier lifestyle to read this book. It is full of encouragement from someone who overcame a weight issue and has maintained a healthy lifestyle ever since. After reading, you will feel encouraged and blessed!
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This is a great book!

"Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man's Ferociously Funny Quest to Discover What It Means to Be Truly Transformed."
Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man's Ferociously Funny Quest to Discover What It Means to Be Truly Transformed

I loved this book! It was entertaining, yet theologically profound from beginning to end! This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up to read. However, I was positively impressed. Matt's writing style is a mix of watching 50's monster movie, with the imagery of C.S. Lewis, and loads of humor throughout. I found myself being pulled into the story line. I also enjoyed sharing humorous excerpts with my husband.

This is a book for both Christians and non-Christians alike. For non-Christians, this is a very entertaining way to learn the simpleness of the Gospel message, and that Jesus is the only one who can help us break the sin-cycle. The various types of monsters represent different facets of our sin nature. Even as Christians, we have different "monsters" that we allow to appear in us from time to time. The redeeming message for everyone is that Jesus is the only one who can help us overcome the "monster" within us...we just have to accept His forgiveness.

All in all, this book is a great example of entertaining storytelling, while folding in the gospel, at it's very best. There is an amazing example of Jesus and the ultimate sacrifice He made for each and every one of us. I would recommend this book to any teenager or adult, whether Christian or non-Christian.

Check out the author's video: http://www.tyndale.com/video/296
Check out these websites:  http://mattmikalatos.com and www.tyndale.com 


Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

What People are Saying About My Husband and His Video Production Skills


My husband is a skilled media producer. Of course, I'm proud of him and would like share what others think too:

I have worked with Don on numerous shoot's, and I would work with him anytime!!! He is always a joy to have on set! He is very knowledgeable about film in every aspect, including preproduction, production, camera, sound, lighting, post production, etc. He is also very creative! He has a great eye for out of the box creative shot's, which I love, and with his ability to tell a story!!! As he gets involved in a project he is always willing to help and share with his amazing ideas, and he's a great leader as well as team player! 

As well as being a great filmmaker, Don is a person of great integrity! He is trustworthy, a great listener and a very hard worker!! In fact as you work with Don, you will gain a dear friend, because you cannot work around him very long without seeing how much he cares for and loves people! You absolutely cannot go wrong when you hire Don!!! I would recommend him anytime!!

Theresa Davidson
3:17 Film Productions

Don has honed his creative and technical abilities during two decades of service to Christian ministries. He has directed and produced award-winning television programs, and has led international film expeditions. His compassionate storytelling skills strike the perfect tone for legacy videos.

Richard Carpenter

Don Gordoni is a gifted artist, writer, and producer.  A family treasure is created with each legacy video. He finds the hidden treasures of memories and people through his inquisitive nature, and combines these together beautifully in a keepsake that lasts.  His videos always capture the personalities of the family members, and bring joy to those who watch them. He is a professional who is committed to providing high-quality videos.  I am honored to highly recommend Don Gordoni to create a Legacy Video for your family.
Terri Turner

"I would enthusiastically recommend Don for any video project. He is highly skilled, experienced, personable, responsive, very qualified and professional.  The video production of Jean was so touching, incredibly moving, a masterpiece, a true legacy."

Libby :)