Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Every Thanksgiving, I make it a point to make contact with friends and family who have made an impact in my life over the years. Just a quick note or phone call to thank them for being in my life! I want to do the same to all of the readers of theMangoTimes!

Thanks for reading, thanks for interacting with me, thanks for helping me laugh, thanks for helping me think, thanks for reminding me when I've encouraged you, thanks for telling me when I've stepped on your toes! I am thankful for social media, blogging and the chance to interact with so many of you!

Eat well! Fellowship well! Be grateful!

Quietly making noise,

Advent in The Barn

This Friday, November 23rd 2012 @ 7PM


Join us as we bundle up and kick off the Advent season with a Christmas movie out in our barn! 

On the day that most call "Black Friday," we like to remember it's the first day of Advent season by joining together with friends and family for a movie, some good holiday fellowship and some focus on the reason for the Chrismas season.

This year's movie: Elf

A few things to remember:
It can be cold in the barn, we will have heaters, but you may want to remember to dress in WARM CLOTHES.

What Should You Bring?
All you need to bring is a lawn chair to sit in, warm clothes/blankets to keep yourself comfortable and your favorite mug!

We will provide the movie - some light snacks - and a hot drink to fill your mug!

We hope you can join us and feel free to bring a friend along

Quietly making noise,


A combination of a really busy October and a remarkably high level of complaining people and criticism has zapped my desire to blog lately.

We were busy.  We celebrated my parent's 40th anniversary, attended my twenty year high school reunion and then hosted Reformation Day 2006.  That, on top of a normal busy life, made for a draining month.  Kendra and I collapsed into bed after our Reformation party and wondered again why we planned so much in the month of October.

If you haven't noticed, theMangoTimes tends to be a bit edgy.  I highlight that, because whether it is poking fun at goofy lollipop Chrisitanity or taking a swipe at those that treat the grace of God with stifling rigidity, theMT will occasionally assault your sacred cows.  Our family does not homeschool in a box, we don't always toe the party line, and we will often respond with the unexpected.  So don't be shocked when you read something here that "doesn't fit" with your version of what Christianity should be.  Don't flip out when our style of homeschooling doesn't look exactly like you think it should.

Yes we are orthodox in our beliefs. Yes we are confessional...and covenantal...and reformed...but in all of our nifty descriptions, we still like to have fun.  We haven't forgotten to enjoy the Lord and all of His creation.  Let me give you an example..we teach modesty, we enjoy the great hymns of the faith, and we encourage sobriety...but every once in a while you may show up at our house and find us dancing in our bathing suits on the back porch while Jimmy sings about the tropics and the blender spins up some frozen boat drinks.

"That my joy may remain in you...and that your joy may be full"

Quietly making noise,