Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Son of a Peach -- posted by Mom

The kids found a peach tree on the property today... a peach tree bearing peaches!  How did we never notice it before?  It's not like it was found on the back forty--  it's by the workshop where there is heavy Allen family traffic.

And nobody is particularly weirded out by this but me. :/

Friday, July 26, 2013

Allen Family Kickball -- posted by her brothers


Why Am I Just Now Seeing This? -- posted by Sarah Grace

Must watch until the end. 

Billy actually bragged on being part of the 74,000,000+ who saw this before us.  :p

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Despicable Me 2 -- posted by Mom

It's rare when all the boys can get their schedules together for the theatre, so we were thrilled when it happened for this flick.

Oh how I love Daddy Gru!  And I want Agnes.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Independence: It's Not Just A Day -- posted by Sarah Grace

SarahGraceAllen's The 4th 2013 album on Photobucket

No doubt when you're at the Lexington County Peach Festival, there are some sights to behold. This time, we saw a genteel, pleasant-looking grandmotherly type... until we noticed HE had a full, gray, Tom Selleck mustache.

Of course being there again brought back memories of watching Billy enjoy a slice of genuine Southern Americana (which is identifying more Southern than American these days) when he came with us to the festival back in 2011. He had never seen rusty old pickup trucks with Confederate flags waving off the back, or tasted peach ice cream, or watched families dancing the Shag in front of the bandstand. Prior to the Peach Festival, while playing a game, Billy learned the hard way that we value freedom over respect... a lesson he'll never forget. So this year when the band played Aretha Franklin's "Think" (with the refrain of "freedom") and then "Respect," I had to text him letting him know where we were, and that we were thinking of him.

Yes, we love our freedom for our God, Bibles, and family, and when like-minded people congregate in lawn chairs watching their kids play frisbee or throwing the football while waiting for the fireworks show, there's a certain communal peace and contentment. Unlike much of the world, we know who we are.

Once the sun went down, we broke out the Dollar Tree glow sticks, and this year, after playing the traditional glow-in-the-dark ring toss, my brothers decorated me the Queen of Tron. They also reenacted a chain gang scene from "O Brother Where Art Thou?"

There's really no place like home.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Great Swelling Words of Theology -- posted by Mom

ὑπέρογκος (hyperogkos)  -- overswollen

2 Peter 2:18  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

Jude 1:16  These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.

For Our Home Scholars:  Here's the list of theological terms I want you to learn but not necessarily use, lol.  However, you will be quizzed nonetheless. :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Drew and his Nephew -- posted by Mom

In this current ice age, it was warming and delightful to see that Will's co-worker we recently met chose a picture of himself holding his baby nephew for his Facebook profile pic.