Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Bridal Shower

Last weekend in Harlan, I went to a bridal shower for my cousin Marissa. The room was decorated with some really cute "bags" with the couple's pictures on them, and to eat we did fruit and cheescake both to die for. A great big CONGRATS! to Marissa and Andrew and we wish you guys the best. By the way Aunt Carol is toilet paper bride on the far right, and I think we did a mighty fine job dressing her up!

Monday, July 28, 2008

What a "Dunker"

So...I got back into the picture taking mood this weekend and had to laugh at Colton during supper time Sunday evening. For dessert we offered him a chocolate chip cookie or a cupcake well as you can imagine he decided on BOTH! We weren't too surprised. However, as he started to eat we couldn't help but laugh, he was dunking his cookie into his cupcake!

Monday, July 21, 2008


Was that a tornado that just went through my house? No it was my son! This last weekend we spent most of our time inside out of the heat and Colton rediscovered all of his toys. Actually I pretty sure he took every last one of them out of his toy box by Sunday night. Of course it is always great fun to see him cooking up a storm in his kitchen or playing tractors, but this weekend what a surprise to see him sit on Nathan's cousin Darin's lap for over an hour reading book after book! What a blessing that the kid loves to be read to..I just hope that lasts. Anyways just thought I would bring to you a glimpse of what our weekend had in store. Bye for now.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Preaching this Sunday

Once a month, on the third Sunday, I get the opportunity to preach and lead worship at the Arthur United Methodist Church, in Arthur, Iowa. During the summer church starts at 8:30 am, which is okay for me because I have been up for a hours by then, and after church there is ALWAYS fellowship time filled with lots of goodies! The Arthur group is like one big family and they are such loving people. As I am working on my sermon for this weekend I thought it might be fun to post what I will be saying on Sunday morning. Granted this is probably not a final draft, I usually edit until I walk into church on Sunday, but I think you'll get the idea.

July 20th, 2008

“Christians Don’t Need Roundup”

A Man was stopped at a stop light waiting for the light to turn green. When the light finally changed, he was distracted by something and didn’t move. The woman in the care behind him honked her horn. Still, he just sat waiting. She honked again. By this time, she was pounding on the steering wheel and blowing her horn non-stop. Finally, just as the light turned yellow, the man in the front care woke up and drove through the light. The woman in the second care was absolutely beside herself. Still mid-rant she heard a tap on her car window. She looked up to see the face of a police officer. “Lady, you’re under arrest,” he said. “Get out of the car. Put your hands up.” He took her to the police station, had her finger printer, photographed, and then put her in a holding cell. Hours passed. The officer returned and unlocked the cell door. He escorted her back to the booking desk. “Sorry for the mistake, Lady,” he said. “But I pulled up behind you as you were blowing your horn and cursing out the fellow in front of you. I noticed the stickers on your bumper. On read “Follow me to Sunday School.” The other, “What would Jesus do?” So, naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.

We just never know do we?

There was a pastor a year or so ago who began a new ministry in a lovely little church in Atlanta. The building itself was big and brick with a tall steeple and wide front doors. The church sat back from the street on a hill. The lawn began level with the sidewalk, then descended and rose up to the church. This pastor described the church as pretty enough to be on a postcard, or so she thought until the first spring came. She says she was expecting a nice carpet of grass to appear, but what showed up instead was everything but grass. Dandelions, thistles, and crabgrass covered the front lawn. She quickly phoned the president of the property committee and cried, “Emergency, Emergency!” The president replied, “Calm down, when we mow, no one will be able to tell the difference, whether it’s weeds or grass out there. Cut close, it all looks green.”

We just never know!

That is what our gospel lesson was about this morning. To recap, Jesus tells a parable of a farmer who has planted wheat. One day his servants come running in to tell him there are weeds all over the field, and in short the farmer says to leave the field alone until harvest at which time they will burn the weeds for fuel.

To most of us in Iowa this sounds like nonsense to leave the weeds in your field until harvest? Won’t they take over the good plants and kill them? The farmer in this story has realized that this particular type of weed is very hard to distinguish from the wheat plant and so in pulling the weeds it is inevitable you would also pull some or even a lot of the good plants. He decides it is better to wait until harvest and separate the weeds from the wheat at that point.

How does relate to our lives now? Well, Jesus explains that he is like the farmer planting all of these seeds and the field is like the world. Jesus has put all of us on this world, planted the seeds in the fields. Now we cannot tell whether what is growing is a good plant or a weed. All of us “look” the same, we are all humans. The “good” plants if you will, would be those following Jesus and the weeds, would be the sinners. Jesus explains that there will come a time to harvest, we assume this means a judgment of some sort to gather those who weeds and those who are the wheat plants. But just as the farmer does not want his hired hands to go out and weed the fields, neither does Jesus want us to weed his earthy field, this world.

There have definitely been times in the history of this world when the church has been focused more on weeding than on re-planting or even just general maintenance of Jesus’ garden. If we look back at the past two thousand years we can see that the most tragic areas in the church’s life have been caused by this passion for weeding. The Crusades are an example, perhaps the women accused of being witches and were thrown into the fire like weeds to be burned. Those who were deemed bad seeds were excommunicated and cast out of the church into despair. Sometimes being called weeds simply because they were different from whoever was in power.

As a child and even now as we drive by fields I can hear passengers in the car making remarks about how that field needs to be sprayed or they need to do something about that field it looks awful dirty. Now not being a raised a “farm” girl I was not always so involved in these conversations, but I understood what they were talking about that those responsible for taking care of the crops were not taking care of the weed problem and in so doing not taking care of the valuable crops in the field. But God is not some neighbor or farm manager driving by to see how many weeds have grown up in the field. God is far more concerned about the weeds we pull up than the weeds we pass by. For the weeds are always people; people who are pointed at, chastised, condemned, and cast out. Instead of tearing people down or pulling weeds, do like we teach our young people If you can’t do or say something nice don’t say anything at all.

On the other hand, does God really wish us to live among the weeds, or the sinners, shouldn’t we try and fix them, and if they are beyond fix to just get rid of them? Well..have you ever read this thing called the Apostles Creed? In it there is a line that says he descended into hell. Perhaps, Jesus went to hell to preach the gospel of repentance and salvation to those who are already there? No one can no for sure, but if Jesus is willing to go to the depths of hell, maybe we could learn to live with a few weeds?

Let’s remember back to the story I opened with about the lady who was cursing and throwing a fit because someone “forgot” to budge during a green light, I think we can all remember a time when we might have acted in a similar nature? It’s hard to tell who are the wheat and who are the weeds. There are times when we are weeds and there are times when we are considered the wheat. Even for us Christians in church every Sunday there are times when we falter. The real question should be not whether we can live among the weeds or not, but whether we believe in our hearts the weeds can become wheat. I believe we all have it in us, and the Bible thinks so too.

A few years ago in Georgia, a state representative made a speech before the legislature imploring his colleagues to pass a bill that would impose extra penalties for hate crimes committed against racial minorities and gay people. He told the legislature that all his ancestors in the 19th century had owned slaves. His great-great grandfather had fought in the Civil War. His third-grade classmates had clapped when President John F. Kennedy was shot and the news was passed along in the classroom. His college fraternity had ostracized six of its members because they were gay. He told of the African-American woman who had raised him, changed his diapers, and taught him more than anyone else the difference between right and wrong. He told them how one day when he was a boy leaving for school, she had leaned over to kiss him on the cheek. And he had averted his head because he assumed that such a thing was not supposed to happen. An African-American woman kissing a white boy. He spoke of the regret he had carried ever since. “On the day that we buried that magnificent woman, I pledged to myself that never again would I look in the mirror and know that I had let prejudice or hate or indifference negatively impact another person’s life. Then he said, “I have figured out that the only way we are ever going to make progress is when someone steps up and takes a stand. I urge the House to pass this hate-crimes bill.” And so they did. And there it is. Weed to wheat.

Like today this parable is being studied by a bunch of farmers, or peoples who have grown up around farming and agriculture all their lives, this was also the case the day Jesus told this parable. The majority of individuals in Jesus’ day would have also been farmers, they would have understood how crazy Jesus’ words were to not weed the field. It would only make common sense. The object of this lesson was to teach us to not judge others, and to realize the weeds in this world have the opportunity before the harvest to turn into wheat, and if they fail to do this God will judge them not those of us on Earth. It is not fair for us to judge, Jesus planted the seeds, we just live among them.

Let us pray, Dearest Lord Jesus we thank you for planting out seeds and giving us the opportunity to be the wheat in your field. Help us to not judge those who are the weeds, and instead to show our love to them, just as you do. We pray to have more times as wheat and less times as the weeds and with your help we know we can be ever more stronger disciples of your love. Amen.

Home Improvements

Well as many of you know we are constantly it seems like working on our house. Time sure flies, we bought the house a year ago already. So far we have painted all the walls inside, redid the entire main bathroom, put down new floors in the bathrooms and kitchens, new doors on three sides of the house, painted all of the buildings and many more things that I am probably forgetting about. But NOW.....we are getting rid of that awful greenish color of the house. Here are a couple of pictures from last night, when we were working on the house!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My attempt at photography

Well last night I took Colton outside after work to "try" and get some pictures of him. Nathan's mom had given me a shirt that all three of her boys had their picture taken in and wanted one of Colton in the same shirt. So after downing some popcorn and cheetos we put the shirt on and ventured outside. He was really more interested in playing with Mom than letting me take his picture, but I think I got a couple good ones.

Monday, July 14, 2008

My Son the Painter?

Isn't this the cutest picture ever? Of course I am a slight bit partial, he is my son! My Dad took this picture of Colton as they were getting ready to paint their house. You can imagine how "cool" he thought he was in these goggles!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pool Time!

Anyone from around here knows that this week got pretty steamy! So we filled Colton's little swimming pool Thursday night and let him splash around for a couple of hours. You will notice from the pictures that our dog Tinker tried to go swimming as well. Colton was none to excited about this, but enjoyed trying to drink out of the pool like the dog. He has mastered the art of getting mom wet, but he seems to enjoy himself!

Friday, July 11, 2008


This June I had the amazing opportunity to represent my church and my district at the Iowa Annual Conference of the Methodist Church. This involves spending three days a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Ames along with 1000 other Methodists from around the state of Iowa. When spend the long weekend voting on all kinds of legislative issues from budgets to wording of procedures.

Not only was it an amazing experience to learn about this side of the church, and to hear amazing sermons and sing emotional hymns, but it was also the location of my graduation from the School for Lay Ministry. The School for Lay Ministry involves 12 weekend long classes spread over three years, going for a weekend 4 times a year. We are taught everything from Preaching and Bible Study to Care and Nurturing. It was an amazing experience and one that I cannot properly explain with words, but I made 8 other wonderful friends, who I believe will be lifelong friends, people we know we can always go to if we need anything...including a prayer request every now and then.

Anyways, during Conference on Friday night, my family came down to watch me walk across the stage and receive my certificate from Bishop Palmer himself! I was introduced as the baby of the class who had the first baby during the three years of school. I was always known as the young person, for the entire school I think! I had Colton in the middle of my second year of school and infact left Nathan home with the baby after just two weeks so I could spend the weekend at school! It sure was a sacrifice to finish Lay Ministry School, but I am very excited about what the future holds!

A New Venture

Most of you that know me, know that I LOVE scrapbooking and pictures! mom and I have decided to start a business involving our love of scrapbooking. The idea is that people will bring us their pictures and ideas and we will do the scrapbooking for them. We have an awesome website . So if anyone would like to us to do some scrapping for them let us know! I am posting some pictures of some of the layouts I have done in the past.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Twice Blessed!

On May 17th almost two months ago now I became an aunt! My sister-in-law gave birth to two beautiful baby boys, TWINS! Their names are Carter and Hunter, and just a couple weeks ago Nathan and I were proud to become Carter's godparents! We are all excited to see these little guys grow and can't wait to see what kind of trouble they will get into with Colton! Colton by the way just adores the twins and loves to hold them and put their pacifiers in and out all the time. What a blessing these two little guys are!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A New Sister!

On June 21st our family hosted the wedding of my brother and his now wife Kayla on our acreage. We had spent the last few months painting our buildings a nice shade of barn red, and our porches white, as well as mowing and trying to do some lanscaping, and I think it all turned out well and the place look very nice. Not only was the wedding help at my acreage but I was also a bridesmaid and as a newly comissioned lay missioner I also conducted the ceremony with the help of our local pastor. It was a beautiful day, filled with many memories, and I am so grateful for a new sister, and a new aunt for Colton who just adores Kayla! The Boysen's wish Craig and Kayla all the happiness in the world and of course it wouldn't be a wedding without lots of pictures!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


After reading many of my friend's blogs and enjoying hearing about their lives and such I have decided it would be something I could do as well! I am excited to share the many great things that have happened with my family in the past year as well as what is to come in the future! So welcome to the Boysen Blog, more to come in the near future!