Hi, again. Come on in and grab some cheesy bread sticks from Papa John’s and something to drink. We, clearly, had pizza for dinner.
After two weeks of my kids being on Spring Break, the youngest first and then the oldest, everything gets back to normal tomorrow. The trip to California with my youngest was the fulfillment of our mother/son trip promised to him for when he was 13. He is now 15. There had to be alternate plans made the year he was 13 and our trip to Hawaii we were hoping to take last year turned into a complete comedy of errors (not funny at all though) and it had to be cancelled. My oldest and I went to the Holy Lands and Egypt when he was 13. That is not a trip my youngest would enjoy, so it took some time to figure out something he would really enjoy. This trip was perfect for him and we had a great time. We were constantly on the move going from San Francisco to LA and back, ending the trip with a Golden State Warriors game (it was a great game against the Rockets, too). One of the favorite parts of the trip for me was the Audi convertible we rented. I had SO much fun driving the curves of San Francisco. A convertible with an ocean near me is an extremely happy place for me.
Thursday and Friday of last week, during my oldest’s Spring break, he and I went to a sign museum, where we saw a demonstration of how they made neon signs, and also went to The Ark Encounter. This is a life-size replica of Noah’s ark. It is 120,000 square feet, 51 feet tall and one-and-a-half football fields in length, making it the largest wooden structure in the world. The work that went into this project is amazing and the final product is beyond description. The animals they created, especially after watching the video of how they did it, were so lifelike. The structure is massive. They have the sound of a storm playing to give a more realistic feel of life on the ark. We both enjoyed it very much.
You may have heard of this attraction after Bill Nye’s (The Science Guy) very vocal antagonistic comments about it. He made a big deal about the tax break they received and said that creators of the ark depicted the world and creation as truth. When I looked into the accusations about the tax break, I found that every other tourist attraction receives this break in the state of Ohio (maybe elsewhere as well, I didn’t look for that information). After touring the ark, Nye felt it was not good for children to see it because they depicted creation and not evolution which he believes is false. He was addressed by one of the children who was at the ark the same time he was that told him that he needed to change his way of thinking. He said that she and other children like her were being “brainwashed”. Why is it brainwashing and wrong to present information from the Bible, a Book that was written at different points in time over a period of 1,300 to 1,500 years with historical accuracy? The prophecies given in the Bible that have come to pass were fulfilled down to the last detail. It is both a historically accurate book and a book of faith. I just don’t understand. Why does the Bible create so much anger in those who don’t believe in it?
Well, that’s a question to be covered at another time. How was your week?
~ Joanna Lynn
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14