Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Have you ever noticed how often "lol" is used??

Maybe it's just me but it seems that we use this term for almost every text whether it applies or not.

Laughing out loud.... You would think this would be reserved for those times when you really DO laugh out loud, but no, we over use it. Lol

See I just did! Anyway, I know this is an off the wall post but I've been noticing that a lot lately & thought I would pass it on to you to annoy you from now on!

Enjoy your day lol!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Tuesday Tunes (a little early)

Remedy Drive - Daylight

Has everything you've counted on
Left you right here with no warning
Have your dreams become invisible
Wait with me dear till the morning
Light will make the night burnout

Hold on - daylight is coming
Daylight is coming to break the dawn
Daylight is coming

The brightest stars are falling down
Is hope lost in the black skies
The darkness must precede the dawn
Hold on till the sunrise
Light will make your night fade out

Finding God in jail

This may seem like a strange post but bear with me here....

My parents adopted 3 little babies when I was 11 and Andrea 13. Mind you, 2 of them they had in foster care for many years before the adoption took place. Andrea and I were never once jealous of the kids. I went from being the baby to being a middle child at 11. We loved them so much that it never crossed our minds to be even the slightest bit jealous of them.

They have been through struggles, probably more then most people would have to endure in a lifetime. It is too personal to go into on here but I think God placed 2 of them with my parents for a reason. Now, it's not been an easy thing for them over the years to raise us all but they did the best they could.

My little brother Daniel is probably one of the biggest hearted people I know. However, it has also been his downfall. While I know he has made his own choices, he has also been taken advantage of as well. The short of it is he has been in trouble with the law several times. He is now in jail for quite a long time. He renounced God a while back saying that he can't believe God would allow so many things to happen that he has seen and been through. Now I know there is such a thing as free will but we won't go into that here.

What I do know if that jail can do different things to people, and up until this time Daniel would describe it as a "family reunion" of sorts. See he just didn't get it but maybe something has changed. However too often I have seem people get "religion" in jail to come out and abandon it all. Mom & Dad went to visit Daniel last week. He told them he has been going to church and reading the Bible (which is a first) so we will see.

I will hold on to the Hope that someone has influenced him and it will be lasting.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


We have had a busy weekend. Thursday night we attended the Remedy Drive concert at church. It was SO good!! The guys were so down to earth and went out of their way to talk to people.

Friday we started Aimee's tournament early, she had 3 games Friday and 3 on Saturday. They got put out by one run tonight, it was heartbreaking cause we led the entire game!!

However, I must say I am not too upset because that means we get to go to church tomorrow!! We have missed the last 2 weeks due to tournaments. I can really tell when we miss going too! We need that fellowship with believers! I have learned that people in today's' world are looking for hope. Just some glimmer of hope to rely on. The tend to rely on retirements, money, people, and so many other "worldly" things. Why don't they see that our hope rests in Jesus Christ?!?!?!

Take some time to assure those around what Jesus means to you and the HOPE you have in HIM!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Youth Bash tonight!

Youth Bash!
Loogootee United Methodist Church

Tonight, Thursday, June 25

Games: 6pm-7pm

Concert: 7pm-9pm

Concert and Food are free, a love offering will be taken

Featuring: REMEDY DRIVE!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday Tunes

Third Day - Born Again

Today I found myself,
After searching all these years,
And the man that I saw,
He wasn't at all who I'd thought He'd be,

I was lost when You found me here,
And I was broken beyond repair,
Then You came along and sang Your song over me

Chorus 1

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
For the very first time,
In my life

Verse 2

Make a promise to me now,
Reassure my heart somehow,
That the love that I feel,
is so much more real than anything
[Born Again Lyrics On http://www.elyricsworld.com/ ]
I've a feeling in my soul,
And I pray that I'm not wrong,
That the life I have now,
It is only the beginning

Chorus 2

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
For the very first time

It feels like I'm breathing
It feels like I'm moving
For the very first time
For the very first time


I wasn't looking for something that was more,
Than what I had yesterday,
Then You came to me,
Then You gave to me,
Life and a love that I've never known,
That I've never felt before

Final Chorus

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
I'm living for the first time

It feels like I'm breathing
It feels like I'm moving
For the very first time
I'm living for the first time,
In my life

Monday, June 22, 2009

My Salvation is About Him
by Max Lucado

Who would look at the cross of Christ and say, “Great work, Jesus. Sorry you couldn’t finish it, but I’ll take up the slack.”?

Dare we question the crowning work of God? Dare we think heaven needs our help in saving us? Legalism discounts God and in the process makes a mess out of us.

To anyone attempting to earn heaven, Paul asks, “How is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? ….What has happened to all your joy?” (Galatians 4:19, 15 NIV).

Legalism is joyless because legalism is endless. There is always another class to attend, person to teach, mouth to feed. Inmates incarcerated in self-salvation find work but never joy. How could they? They never know when they are finished. Legalism leaches joy.

Grace, however, dispenses peace. The Christian trusts a finished work.

Grace offers rest. Legalism never does. Then why do we embrace it? “Those who trust in themselves are foolish” (Proverbs 28:26 NCV). Why do we trust in ourselves? Why do we add to God’s finished work?

But the truth is, we don’t. If we think we do, we have missed the message. “What is left for us to brag about?” Paul wonders (Romans 3:27 CEV). What is there indeed? What have you contributed? Aside from your admission of utter decadence, I can’t think of a thing. “By his doing you are in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Salvation glorifies the Savior, not the saved.
Your salvation showcases God’s mercy. It makes nothing of your effort but everything of his. “I—yes, I alone—am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again” (Isaiah, 43:25, emphasis mine).

Can you add anything to this salvation? No. The work is finished.

Can you earn this salvation? No. Don’t dishonor God by trying.

Dare we boast about this salvation? By no means. The giver of bread, not the beggar, deserves praise. “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:31).

It’s not about what we do; it’s all about what he does.
My Mom sent this home with Cole for me today! He spent the night with her and papaw last night! I put it on my wall and here it is! I love it!!!

Thanks Mom!!

This verse was a verse given to us as a family by Kara Thomas so it has special meaning to the Farhar family!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

My Dad, My Hero

Happy Father's Day Dad!!!
I HATE these.....

But on the other side of this one we found this.....

Chester, Illinois... Home of Popeye

Ed thought this was pretty cool

Olive Oyl and Sweet Pea



Souvenir Shop
Aimee was thrilled.... lol

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What a class act

He is deemed to be the best hitter in Major League Baseball. He is probably perhaps one of the best players of all time but what I find attractive about him is his service to people.

Albert was born in Santo Domingo and raised by his grandmother. When Pujols was a young boy, he first displayed his passion for baseball by going to dirt fields to play. Pujols and his family immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1996, first to New York City. In the U.S., Pujols displayed his skill of hitting by batting over .500 in his first season of baseball at Fort Osage High School in Independence, Missouri. He hit .660 with eight home runs his final year of high school. At Fort Osage, Pujols earned all-state honors in baseball twice. Pujols graduated from high school in December 1998. He went on to attend college in the Kansas City area during the spring of 1999.

Few big league teams were very interested in Pujols. Not to bore you with the stats but his were unbelievable and he quickly became a club favorite. But it wasn't his stats that really interested me. It was his attitude and all around personality. He is a class act.

In 2005, Albert and Diedre Pujols launched the Pujols Family Foundation, which is dedicated to "the love, care and development of people with Down syndrome and their families," as well as helping the poor in the Dominican Republic. Pujols has taken several trips to the Dominican, by taking supplies as well as a team of doctors and dentists to the poor who need medical care. The Pujols Family Foundation also holds an annual golf tournament in which members from the Cardinals and other people play golf to raise money to send dentists to the Dominican Republic.

Pujols and his wife are active Christians; his foundation's website states, "In the Pujols family, God is first. Everything else is a distant second."

We have had the opportunity to see the Cardinals play many, many times over the past few years and although Albert is good........

Yadier is my favorite!! (had to get that in here somewhere)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesday Tunes

Two Hands
By Jars Of Clay

I’ve been living out of sanity
I’ve been splitting hairs and blurring lines
I am a house that is divided
In my heart and in my mind

I use one hand to pull closer
The other to push you away
If I had two hands doing the same thing
Lifted high, lifted high

I have a broken disposition
I’m a liar who thirsts for the truth
And while I ache for faith to hold me
I need to feel the scars and see the proof

And if we just keep digging we can reach the foundation
Of our souls
And if we just keep cutting all the chains from our hearts
We’ll lose control

And it feels like giving in
It feels like starting over
It feels like waking up, and you know it’s coming
It feels like a brand new day
Open your eyes

Monday, June 15, 2009

Whew! It was a long weekend... 8 games in 2 and a half days and I wasn't the one playing!! Aimee was SO worn out! The college coach was there for the first game. Aim was SO nervous that she struggled a bit but after she settled down she did really good. The college is in Ohio and she INSISTS that it is too far but having someone come watch her was neat! She is such a home body!

I'll attach a couple of pics I took, I stopped cause they seemed to play better when I wasn't being the paparazzi!

We leave Friday for Cape Girardeau, Missouri for another tournament. I endured my first softball sunburn of the season so I hope to tan up after this!! I do not tan easy unlike my kids and my Ed!

I finally got around to checking my email today and found this enjoy.... It is from Max Lucado

My Message is About Him
by Max Lucado

The request came when I was twenty. “Can you address our church youth group?” We aren’t talking citywide crusade here. Think more in terms of a dozen kids around a West Texas campfire. I was new to the faith, hence new to the power of the faith. I told my story, and, lo and behold, they listened! One even approached me afterward and said something like, “That moved me, Max.” My chest lifted, and my feet shifted just a step in the direction of the spotlight.
God has been nudging me back ever since.

Some of you don’t relate. The limelight never woos you. You and John the Baptist sing the same tune: “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less” (John 3:30 NLT). God bless you. You might pray for the rest of us. We applause-aholics have done it all: dropped names, sung loudly, dressed up to look classy, dressed down to look cool, quoted authors we’ve never read, spouted Greek we’ve never studied. For the life of me, I believe Satan trains battalions of demons to whisper one question in our ears: “What are people thinking of you?”
A deadly query. What they think of us matters not. What they think of God matters all. God will not share his glory with another (Isaiah 42:8). Next time you need a nudge away from the spotlight, remember: You are simply one link in a chain, an unimportant link at that.
Remember the other messengers God has used?

A donkey to speak to Balaam (Numbers 22:28).

A staff-turned-snake to stir Pharaoh (Exodus 7:10).

He used stubborn oxen to make a point about reverence and a big fish to make a point about reluctant preachers (I Samuel 6:1-12; Jonah 1:1-17)

God doesn’t need you and me to do his work. We are expedient messengers, ambassadors by his kindness, not by our cleverness.

It’s not about us, and it angers him when we think it is.

We who are entrusted with the gospel dare not seek applause but best deflect applause. For our message is about Someone else.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Well, it has been a BUSY week! I was pleased today to not only get a facebook message from Chang but also from Hou Hou! I love my Asian boys =)

We went to see Cole last night at his mission camp. He is having a ball, and we got some pretty good compliments about him so that made us proud!!

Tonight I had yet another dreaded board meeting... with NO PIZZA ROLLS! I was out (this is my comfort food for board meeting days). Now, I am getting ready to pack.

Aim's travel ball has kicked off. Here is our schedule:
June 12-14 Columbus, Ohio
June 19-21 Cape Girardeau, Missouri
June 26-28 Bloonington
July 3-5 Terre Haute
July 10-12 Bloomington
Jule 18-26 Panama City, Florida
July 31- Aug 2 Bloomington

We got some good news this week as Aim has a college coach coming to watch her play this weekend. It is a school in Ohio (which she says is TOO FAR) but it's a neat thing! I'd appreciate any prayers you could send her way for a good outing this weekend!

I walked in the house today after work and the first thing I did was sing my Chang song. We had this song that went like this: (me) Chang a wang a wang a wang, (Chang) Chang a wang. We did this everyday, it was just so natural. Today there wasn't a reply, yes I shed a tear or two.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Departure

Today was the day......

Notice the sign on the building in the background.... irony!

Heading in to the airport

The kids....

Holding up his pants cause they made him take his belt off !

The Jones Clan waiting for the plane
One last wave bye....

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Today is Chang's last day living in the Farhar home. I try not to think too much about it cause I get all teary!
His flight is tomorrow at 6:55 a.m (7:55 our time) I would appreciate prayers for his travels and his safety while he is back in Korea during these tough times over there.
He has impacted so many lives while he has been here and we will not forget what he means to us all! I will miss his smile and upbeat attitude. I never once saw this kid in a bad mood while here!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Living the life

I was listening to the radio this morning and Dr. David Jeremiah said that there was a poll taken asking why people didn't witness more. The #1 answer was because of how they were living their lives.

That got me to thinking about how hard it can be to witness especially when people know your past and the things you have done wrong. But on the flip side of that, God spoke to me and said it doesn't matter what your past was, I have forgiven you and you pledged your allegiance to me.

Many times in my life it has been my reaction to things that has been ungodly. I have never really handled reactions well. As a matter of fact just this past week I got mad at Ed, not once but twice. I haven't been that mad in a while and you know what it was stupid. I was driving to Andrea's house Friday night for a cookout and I was so mad... I felt that anger creeping back in and you know what it felt good to be mad. I don't like that part of me and usually anymore I can tell when it happens and I can stop it. This time it overwhelmed me and it took me a while to calm down. I felt I "deserved" to be mad. Well, I was wrong. I needed to learn to control my reaction. This is something I have been really working on and for the most part I have done well but there are times every now and then I slip up, but you know what.... It's ok. We are human and we must understand in those times we have to turn to God and realize that we must strive to do better the next time, God knows our heart. As I drove last Friday I began to pray and the more I prayed the more the anger seemed to subside. It took a little longer than I had hoped but it is something I must continually work on.

Last night as we were driving home from Terre Haute I had a phone call. It was an aggravating phone call but I handled it as best as I could think to. After I hung up Ed said boy Christy you handled that well. A while back you would have told him what an idiot he was. Aimee kinda chuckled at this I think! I said well you know when it is something you can't control, it isn't worth it to get all mad because you can't change it and I would just make myself miserable. I hope in that moment it was a life lesson for Aimee because the call had to deal with something she had her hopes up for but didn't pan out.

Life is full of disappointment and it's how we react to it that counts. What are the things in life that get you to react in an ungodly way???

As my dear dear friend Annette said "In the total picture of like it doesn't matter" (this was to the phone call) and she was right.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


I have been dreading this post coming cause it means change. I do not like change!

The official countdown to Chang's leaving is on. He leaves in less then a week. Next Wednesday early in the morning he flies out. Ed can't get off work so I'll be going alone. Anyone want to go???

I still remember when we took Hou Hou to the airport. It was emotional to say the least. He cried, I cried, & Ed cried. I can still see him walking down the terminal & every few steps he would turn to make sure he still saw us there.

Hosting exchange students has become something we absolutely love to do. I say we would never get a student that wasn't Asian & probably not anything but a boy. Unlike so many others I know, we have had nothing but positive experiences from doing it. I have been proud of Aimee & Cole too because they accept them as one of their own. These kids hold a special place in our hearts. Hou Hou is planning a visit for this year. He came for Christmas year before last, & I still get calls from him about once every month or two.

Chang has been such a blessing for us. He is outgoing. Hou Hou was shy. Both are musically talented. I find myself comparing them often. While each are different in their own unique ways, they are alike in many as well.

Chang will be doing another exchange program in South Dakota since he isn't old enough to enroll in college yet. He plans to go to IU as of right now sop that excites us. He jumped right in & experienced so many things. He was in band, on the basketball team, & played in the praise band at church.

Next Wednesday will be a hard day but we will try to remember this past year with fond memories.

As Lauren says "changing the world one Asian kid at a time". =)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Feel the Heat

As I left work Monday it was hot, I mean HOT. Sweating in places you shouldn't hot, fanning yourself with your church bulletin when being convicted hot. As I drove on, I thought geez o pete is this what a hot flash feels like?? What is going on...

It was then that I realized that the air in the loaner car wasn't working. Let me tell you, I had a 3 year old temper tantrum. I may have even thrown myself on the floor if I hadn't been driving. The more I drove the more I got mad.

How ridiculous....

About half way home I had that mental smack in the head in Jesus name. You know the one I'm talking about. The one when you realize how stupid you are acting.

Yep, I then sat & thought how spoiled I was. There are kids in Uganda starving, with little medical treatment. People in Darfur being tortured & murdered, people in China being persecuted for being a Christian. As these thoughts flooded my mind I felt ashamed that I was mad about something so trivial.

I began to really feel that all too much my human condition gets in my way of being in God's company. Why did I let something so silly like that take me from the throne of God?? Because folks all too often we get caught up in "things". Things that, let's face it, don't really matter. So what that I didn't have air conditioning. I live in a land where I can get my Bible out & read it and not worry about being thrown in jail for it. I live in a place where we have an adundance of food & adequate health care.

A few years back I went on a mission trip to Mexico. It opened my eyes but too soon I got back in the groove of taking things for granted. That's for another post!!!

Luke 11:39-41 says "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but the inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But give what is inside the dish to the poor & everything will be clean for you."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

All Along-Remedy Drive

It’s not everything it seems - the world and its dreams
Slipping like water through my hands tonight
All the things I thought would fill me up inside
Left me empty here - and now I know why

All along I was looking for something else
You’re something else
All along I was looking for something more
You’re so much more
I finally found what I could never see before
You’ve always been the one that I was looking for

All of my castles in the sand - washed away again
And I’m left back where I began tonight
The only thing that can ever fill me up
Has been right in front of me all the time

I won’t miss you - I won’t miss you this time
I say I want you - yeah I want you in my life


Youth Bash!

Loogootee United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 25

Concert: 7pm-9pm
Games: 6pm-7pm

Concert and Food are free, a love offering will be taken

Featuring: REMEDY DRIVE!!
-see music video below!

Plank? who me??

Luke 6:41-42 (New International Version)  41"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Well, talk about convicting me this morning. I'm sure we have all been guilty of this even if just by some small thought we have had.

Jesus doesn't mean we should ignore wrongdoing, but we shouldn't be so worried about others' sins that we overlook our own. We often ratonalize our sins by pointing out the same mistakes in others. What kinds of specks in others' eyes are easiest for you to critize? Remember your own "planks" when you feel like citizing, & you may find that you have less to say.

That was my commentary in my Bible. Geez.... I'm guilty! Something I have been working on & will continue to.

How does the Bible convict you??

Monday, June 1, 2009

Bring the Rain and That Girl

Go to Bring the Rain on my side bar & read the post about our dear dear Lauren. It's amazing!!


I have been amazed to hear that for the first time since Roe vs. Wade there is the majority of people considering themselves pro-life.

The Gallop Poll is now 51% Pro Life to 42% Pro Choice. CNN says Pro Choice numbers have gone from 53% to 47%, so you know if CNN is reporting this than it must ne true & a big deal!

This is an amazing thing considering that we are now under the most pro-abortion president ever as well as most leadership roles in Washington.

The trend is most likely from 2 sources. The first is the pain that people have either experienced by having an abortion or someone they know have had one, and the number of people realizing they are a survivor of abortion when it has become so prevelant.

The thing is we must not becpme complacent in the efforts of Pro Lifers!