Mark Twain HS

Kaleo Church has moved!

For three years Kaleo has been meeting at Mission Valley AMC theater. The theater met our needs, but it was time to move on. We had been praying for a new building where we could have proper classrooms for the children as well as a place where people could congregate before and after service.

Mark Twain HS in Linda Vista is a diamond in the rough. It’s a continuation school and is one of the least funded schools. Kaleo has the opportunity to serve the school and the community surrounding it. Our first project was to paint and clean the auditorium as well as buy new chairs that are being donated to the school. The principle, vp, students and teachers are excited about the work we are doing and have helped in the design process.

John 1

I started attending a women’s bible study and we are going through the book of John. We have only met twice and am already excited to study and learn.

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The Deity of Jesus Christ
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Witness John
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. The Word Made Flesh and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'” For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

Who is Jesus? Jesus is God, the Word, life, creator, light, the messenger of good news, a prophet, king, priest, all powerful, selfless, loving, gracious, honest, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, couragious, our Saviour…just to name a few.

The 5 Love Languages

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The New Year is all about making new resolutions. Mine is to make sure my priorities are in order. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s always a good idea to evaluate the past year and then see what changes need to be made so that your life continues to run on the right path. Sometimes you need to let things go so that you can enjoy something new.

I’m still working on my list, but it goes something like this.

1. God
2. Husband
3. Corbin
4. Family/Friends
5. Church/Service
6. Extracurricular activities (photography, computer, tv, creative things)

Going through my list in my mind and now on paper has made me realize that my marriage needs work. All marriages need work from time to time, even if you’ve only been married for 1 year or 50 years. My idea was to read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. I was surprised at how small the book was (74 pages) and excited because I never finish a book and I knew I could get through this one. It was an easy read, but challenging in many ways. The book is teaching you to find your love language as well as your spouse. The author asked the reader to venture out of your comfort zone and find out what makes your spouse happy…and do the things that speak to their language even if it does not come easy and comfortable to you.

Discovering the primary love language of your spouse is essential if you are to keep his/her emotional love tank full. But first, let’s make sure you know your own love language. Having heard the five love languages, some individuals will know instantaneously their own primary love language and that of their spouse. For others, it will not be that easy.

1. Words of Affirmation
2. Quality Time
3. Receiving Gifts
4. Acts of Service
5. Physical Touch

What is your primary love language? What makes you feel most loved by your spouse? What do you desire above all else?

I have suggested three ways to discover your own primary love language.

1. What does your spouse do or fail to do that hurts you most deeply? The opposite of what hurts you most is probably your love language.
2. What have you most often requested of your spouse? The thing you have most often requested is likely the thing that would make you feel most loved.
3. In what way do you regularly express love to your spouse? Your method of expressing love may be an indication that that would also make you feel loved.

My hope for 2009 is that I fall into a deeper love and appreciation for both my Lord and Savior as well as my husband.

December

Where did December go? I guess that’s what happens when you have so much going on…it passes by before you know it.

Corbin started off the month by celebrated his first birthday on December 2nd. He’s now crawling, cruising, babbling constantly, pointing at objects and starting to look and act more like a toddler every day.

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We attended Luke’s company holiday party at the US Grant on December 6th. The best part was not having a curfew thanks to my parents who cared for Corbin overnight. Yippy!

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Christmas Eve we gathered at my parents house for a feast. We talked, ate, played games and just enjoy the evening. This year was particularly fun because Corbin could chase my nieces around and as well as just being more involved in general. We also played Pirates Cove for the first time with my family. They were all good sports and by the end I think they all enjoyed themselves and wouldn’t mind playing again.

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Christmas morning we had lunch and opened presents at my brothers house. Time with my family went by too fast especially because we had to leave by 2pm to make it to Luke’s parents by dinner time. Sometimes sharing holidays is tough, but thankfully this year we made it to Apple Valley in record time. We were actually early for a change.

The rest of the week was spent with Luke’s family in Hesperia/Apple Valley. We were really hoping for snow, but it all melted by the time we arrived. Oh well. Family was the real reason for our visit and the grandparents and all the family loved spending time with Corbin (and us) and he (and us) loved the attention. All I can saw it that Corbin is one loved kid. When we weren’t being entertained by Corbin, we played games like Pirates Cove, Settlers of Catan, Phase 10 and Train (Dominos) as well as catching up on old and new news. Overall it was a fun and relaxing time.

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Once back in San Diego we ventured out to La Jolla Cove and the Wild Animal Park. What a way to end 2008!

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