Day Four: New Testament Study Series

woman_lifts_her_hands_toward_heaven_1768699Day Four:  New Testament Study Series



Chapter 9:  God is Sovereign!

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,  that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.  For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:  Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;  Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.   Romans 9: 1-5

Hello again!  In case you didn’t notice, this week’s page wasn’t quite so full.  That doesn’t mean it’s not a meaty chapter, though.  It just means that chapter 8 skeered me and I didn’t draw as much this time.

0001Verses 1-5 tell us that Paul is grieved that his kinsmen won’t accept Christ.  He gives a list of all of the things they were blessed with leading up to Messiah, and shows just WHY they (of all people) should’ve been ready to follow Him.  I counted seven things in there.  How many do you see?  Make a list of all of the blessings Ha’Shem bestowed upon His chosen seed, Israel.

Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.  For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.   And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;   (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)   It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.   As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.  Romans 9:6-13

0002Verse six sums everything to come up:  The Word of God is what goes.  He’s the one who gets to choose what happens with people.  And it shows some of his choices, here.  in vs 7-8 it shows Him electing Abraham to be the one from which comes His promised seed.  Then Abraham has Ishmael and Isaac, and Isaac is selected to be the chosen one (even though he wasn’t Abraham’s firstborn).  By the way, that’s why the Muslims hate Israel so much – they’re the line of Ishmael, and they weren’t the chosen ones.  Then from Isaac came Jacob and Esau, and even though Esau was firstborn, Yehovah chose Jacob to be His chosen one.  I drew pictures (you could do a family tree or flow chart) to show the choices, and which way Yehovah went.

(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)  …  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.   Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?  Romans 9: 11, 14-16, 18-19

0003Don’t be mad at me for jumping around a little.  First I re-quoted verse eleven, then read on, skipping verse 17.  Mostly because verse 17 is a summary of what all of these verses say.  We’ll get to that in a moment.  But do these three sections of verses have in common.  Take a look, and share what you think.  I came to the conclusion that the message here is that the Lord chooses who He will have mercy on even before they are born or commit any sin.  So there’s no prejudice based on bad behavior or station or anything else.  It’s just His choice.  Now for verse 17:

For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.  Romans 9:17

And there it is.  The whole reason for making there be a choice of God’s in the first place:  Because without a selection to reject, His power is not seen.  In other words, there can be no triumph without a ‘Pharoah’ to triumph over.  There’s no display of power without something to have power over.  He wouldn’t be sovereign if there were no decisions to display His sovereignity.

Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,  Romans 9:20-23

0004Ah…!   ♫♪♫  Have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way… Thou art the potter, I am the clay…♫♪♫    ((Love to sing!))  ♫♪♫ Mold me and make me, after Thy will, while I am waiting, yeilded and still…♫♪♫   Okay.  Hadda finish it.  We can talk about the lovely pot I got to draw on my page.  But basically this is just another illustration of Verse 17.  He’s great and mighty Creator, and a Creator can make a fine urn to hold expensive herbs and oils or a garbage bin for stanky trash.  ((Just sayin’.))    It’s poetic… but it ain’t got NUTHIN’ on the next verse:

Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?  Romans 9:24

PRAISE HA’SHEM that His mercy is not just for the Jews!  I have to tell you… for a while there, I wondered if maybe – somewhere back in my furthest backiest geneology – maybe there was some Jewish blood… and that was why I have been called of Him to explain certain things.  But y’know what?  This was a real revelation for me (myself).  Because while it would be kewl to have come from some lost tribe of Israel that got lost during the diaspora in AD70… the truth is that it’s WAY more amazing and wonderful that I’m NOT a physical Jew, and He *STILL* chose me, in His mercy!  (((Insert smilie face, beaming ear to ear.)))  That’s… just so… There are no words.

As he saith also in [Hosea], I will call them My people, which were not My people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.  [Isaiah] also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:  For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.  And as [Isaiah] said before, Except the Lord of [the Sabbath] had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah.  Romans 9:25-29

0005Y’know how I just said it was so  amazing and wonderful it is that He chooses me… even as a Gentile?  Well, this phenomena was predicted in the Old Testament.   Paul is referencing the scriptures, here.  Check out Hosea 2:23, Isaiah 10:22-23, and Isaiah 1:9, and see if they actually match up to what he’s written here in Romans.  Paul isn’t just making stuff up, here.  He’s quoting scripture to back up everything he’s stating!

What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.  Romans 9:30

 Here we go with the faith/works thing, again.  Verse 30 is the ‘Faith’ part of things.  It says that the Gentiles – NOT chosen to be the Lord’s special lineage – STILL attained righteousness by Faith.  Which would lead us to believe that all you have to do is have faith, and you’re good to go.  Believe in Jee-zus, and you’re saved, brother!  Um… no.  Because if you look in James 2:17, it says that ‘faith without works is dead’.  Just because this particular verse doesn’t show the entire picture before the next verse takes up the rest of the thought, doesn’t mean it can be ripped out of context and used against the rest of scripture.  Faith doesn’t EVER negate obedience.

 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.  Romans 9:31

Here’s the flip side to vs 30:  The Jews – who WERE chosen to be the Lord’s special lineage – could not attain righteousness by works (remember that verse “not by works of righteousness, which we have done…” (Titus 3:5)?  Or how about “…[we are saved thru faith], and yet not of ourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works… (Ephesians 2: 8-9ish… you can read the whole thing yourself).

It’s like I’ve been saying for years, now.  The Jews have obedience to Torah, but not faith in Messiah.  The christians have faith in Messiah (well… a Western version that’s stripped of his Judaism and weakened into something called ‘Jee-zus’), but not obedience to Torah.  BUT… in Paul’s time, he was teaching them to have BOTH.  That’s what the sign of an actual follow of Ha’Shem is:  both a believer in Messiah Yeshua and an obedient servant via the commandments of Torah.  And I’m not just talking about the top ten most popular, here.

Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;  As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  Romans 9:32-33

The two verses Paul is quoting here are Jeremiah 6:21 and Isaiah 8:14.  There are two other ‘stumbling block’ verses, too – they’re 1 Corinthians 1:23 and 1 Peter 2:8.  Read the verses, please, because you need to SEE them for yourself.   THE JEWS WERE FORETOLD TO REJECT THE MESSIAH!!!  Can you believe that?  Incredible!  And what’ll really bake your noodle later (<<Matrix reference) is the realization that the Jews read the Tanach (OT prophet books) every single year in Parshat [daily portions]… so they should KNOW that they were foretold to reject the Messiah, so in hindsight, wouldn’t they know that Yeshua bar Yosef of Nazareth – who was rejected of the Jews – was the one they were prophesied to not accept… as they currently are?  I’m just sayin.  It’s kind of cray-zay to wrap your mind around, if you think about it.

And that wraps up another amazing study session.  I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this…!

NoTe:  I have concerns.  If this fall is ‘The Year’… I’m not going to make it thru Romans before the end of the feasts.  Which means I won’t be able to finish this series.  Have been considering possibilities… speeding it up and doing two a week?    The thing about that is that I’d have to either a) schedule them to show up later, or b) back-date them and link on the sidebar and then ‘bring them up’ as we get there, c) combine the study part with the journal part (that’d be too long, don’t you think!?) or d) just link to the journal page (as a .jpg) and post the link at the front of the study.  Not sure what to do…

Day Three: Romans 9

woman_lifts_her_hands_toward_heaven_1768699Day Three:  Romans 9 Journal Page



Day Two: Countdown Chains


ELUL!!  The 30 days that build up to Rosh Ha’Shana… which is also known as ‘The Feast of Trumpets’, and ‘The Feast of the Day that No Man Knows’.  It is also Yom Teruah, which means ‘Head of the Year’.  Rosh Ha’Shana is the birthday of the Earth, the first day on the Hebrew Calendar, and just plain awesome!!  So naturally you count down to something that great.

At any rate, we have been developing our family traditions for this, and this year is a bit more involved than others.  Partly because the kids are old enough to memorize Psalm 27 (which gets recited before breakfast and supper each evening of Elul).  And of course we also blow our REAL shofar from Jerusalem, Israel ((WooooT!)) and keep track of the days of Elul with countdown calendars.

What do we do for countdown calendars?  We make paper chains, and rip one chain off every night before bed.  This helps the kids keep track of how close the big feasts are – how close the Day that No Man Knows is.   We count down with bated breath.!

Here’s a gallery of our countdown chains so far:
2007’s chain was long… and rather impractical.
So in 2008 we made two chains that were more manageable.
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a chain countdown of her own.  She loved it.
2010 Countdown chains – my favorites!
Got fancy in 2011 – combining pictures.  Nifty, eh?
And in 2012 all of them, together.  ((grins!))
elul2013Last year’s chains.
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And of course this year’s chains!
This year, Lydia has been very much about collecting the acorns in our yard, so her’s is a tree with acorns on it.  Isaac did a LEGO guy blowing a shofar.  Ethan did a shofar, while Owen opted for a honey pot.  Meanwhile, Aaron did a mailbox.   ((Ours is not to reason why…))  I did a beehive.  Because of course themes for the feasts is fall, honey, bees, shofars, apples, and pomagranates.

We had some trouble with chains thru the years – the size issue.  So in case you choose to do this, the strips have to be 4 inches by 3/4 inch in size, or it’s miserable to do the chains.  Our headers were 6×4 inches, in case you wondered, and everyone designs their own.  Lydia helps Owen, while I help Ethan and Aaron.   But there they are!  And two links free, as of tonight!

Day One: What is Elul?

It’s that time of the year again – Elul has arrived!!!
Um, kewl, Anna.  But… what is Elul?

Okay… first, the Hebrew Calendar is really different from ours.  Each month is from new moon to new moon… so you don’t have to worry about trying to figure out which ones have 31 days (I say the poem, some people count knuckles… it’s all wrong, and you STILL have to have a leap year every four stinkin’ years.)  Originally, the Lord set it up that each month would have 30 days in it, but since the Great Flood, we were thrown off our rotation and… things got complicated.  But Israel tries to keep it close to 30 days by just adding a month every so many years.  Which in my humble O is a TON easier than the Gregorian way, but then I’m rather lippy about… nevermind.  The Hebrew Calendar starts on Rosh Ha’Shanah instead of January 1st… which is usually September/October (our speak).  Elul is the LAST month of the old year.

More, Elul is 30 days (numerically symbolic of Divine order) from Rosh Ha’Shana, but more importantly, it’s 40 days from Yom Kippur.  The thirty days being a time of preparing to come before the Lord, and ten extra days between Rosh Ha’Shana and Yom Kippur to allow all of humanity a last chance.  It’s BIG stuff!

Elul is a special month-long event… it’s a time in which you get your house in order to start the new year fresh.  And it’s not just about cleaning (although I will be posting some MAJOR cleaning posts).  It’s about making sure you’ve returned everything you’ve borrowed.  It’s about paying off whatever things you can to set your finances in order to the best of your ability.  It’s about cleaning house with relationships.  It’s about forgiveness – getting right with the people you’ve had grievances with, breaking from the ones that are bad for you to associate with.  It’s about repentance – really taking a hard look at yourself and recognizing bad behaviors and setting them before the Lord and turning towards better behaviors.  It’s a FANTASTIC month… a busy time of preparing!

For us as Messiah followers, it’s more than just preparing for the New Year.  It’s about preparing for the rapture.  For those of you unfamiliar with the rapture, the Lord has promised to take His faithful out of this world before He releases the final wrath.   So Elul isn’t just about getting your estate, heart, and relationships in order for the next year… it’s potentially to get everything set in case this is the year and you suddenly disappear.  Your preparations are important for those left behind, and to you in regards to your heart condition as you approach the Throne of the Lamb.

If you observe the practices of Judaism, you will use these 30 days of Elul to set everything right – with your money, your home, your kids, your spouse, your friends, and your Savior.


During Elul, people recite Psalm 27 morning and evening every day.  If they have a shofar (trumpet), they sound it every day, as a ‘wake up call’ to people – a last call sort of thing.  We started with a kazoo, graduated to a recorder, one year made papier mache shofars, and finally ordered a real one – all the way from Jerusalem, actually! – and Brian blows it as we close each day (and start the next, sorta).  We make a paper chain countdown and each kid gets to cut off a chain every day until Rosh Ha’Shannah.  I have a checklist of cleaning that I’ll be posting.  I try to have ALL scrapbooks up to date by the end of the year, and Elul is my crunch time.  It’s very intense… if you want to set goals, finish projects… this is the time!

As I’ve said, I’ll be posting about this pretty much on a daily basis for the next 30 days, because I take Elul very seriously.  We all need a season of refreshing, re-examining, and re-committing.  I hope you consider the possibilities, and set about a Elul celebration of your own.

The Desert & the Secret Chamber

And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ, or, lo, He is there; believe him not: for false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take heed: behold, I have foretold you all things. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as lightning cometh out of the East, and shineth even unto the west; so shall the coming of the Son of Man shall be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagle be gathered together.

Do you remember two weeks ago when I posted the three tellings of the Olivet, combined and in chronological order?  This is a part of that.  The part that comes after Messiah’s run-down of what’s going to happen in the future of His disciples, then the future of the subsequent ages… all the way thru the ‘Beginning of Sorrows’ and the start of the war on Israel.  This is after everything WE’VE seen.

This section is what’s next for US.
Which is why I want to look at it, once more before Elul.

Most of the scripture – the dark green part – has already been said – TWICE in the Olivet discourse. Once at the beginning, once in the seal six description, and now again. Is it all the same, just significant enough to say three times, or are these three different instances of false prophets? I wasn’t sure before, but now I believe that it refers to something different, each time.

The first thingto address before anything else is the underlined bit – “Behold, I have foretold you ALL things.”  Christ is giving His followers AND US the rundown – ALL of it – from that moment when He was sitting, overlooking Jerusalmen to the end time. People say, ‘No man knows’… but we know A LOT. He TOLD us a lot. We really should be paying more attention… because with what we know, we can follow along with the Book. ((You will know it is time to turn the page, when you hear the chime ring, like this… sorry, I digress.))

Then Matthew goes on a bit more about it than Mark. And note the two places he mentions: the desert and the secret chamber.  These are religious references.

The desert would be the Imam reference – Islam’s attempt to sway people.  The secret chamber sounds like Catholicism to me – the Christian attempt to keep a hold on people… the False Prophet?  Is something going to happen with this current pope, or is this a reference to the Westernized Jee-zus?  More, could it mean some sort of revelation concerning BOTH of these places/beliefs?

Regardless, we haven’t seen these two things, yet.  The Desert and Secret Chamber.  We need to see them before it’s time to be raptured.  So if this fall is THE year?  We’re going to see the false Christs of the Desert and Secret Chamber.  NOW.   And here’s where I get a little hypothetical… because maybe we’re seeing it, even as I type?

There’s a very big trend on FB, right now.  Tons and tons of people are posting this gold symbol as their FB profile picture.  Have you seen it?  I saw that six different women on a homeschooling board that I frequent had it as their pics, and I felt a shiver of dread… it looks like the Islam symbol above a little, doesn’t it?  So I went off to look it up.  According to what I’ve seen, it’s a Catholic-led (Christian followed) movement to ‘stand with the Middle Eastern Christians’ .  I haven’t seen anything like it, not even when the gay movement had those little red equal signs all over Facebook.   It has nothing to do with God’s chosen people – the Jews.  It has nothing to do with the Promised Land (Am Y’Israel).  It has nothing to do with Truth, at all.  It has to do with two other groups… the desert, and the secret place.  And ironically, take a look at this:

Each have their own warped/wrong version of Messiah
Here are the false christs: blue-eyed, white Jee-zus and the 12th Imam.

The timing is impeccable.  The players are precisely who I was looking for.  The prophecy is ripe.  I don’t know… you tell me.  But I see everything lining up, right before my very eyes, in Arabic, on the FB pages of naive ‘believers’.  And it is SO. EXCITING!!!

Because what happens after Israel is surrounded on all sides and the war begins, after the two ‘false christs’  appear?  Look at those last verses again (I’ll repost ‘em so you don’t have to scroll back up):

Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as lightning cometh out of the East, and shineth even unto the west; so shall the coming of the Son of Man shall be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagle be gathered together.

Directly after the Desert and Secret Chamber, we have the coming of the Son of Man.  That carcass/eagles bit?  That’s the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, baby.  If we are going to ‘rise up on wings, as eagles’ – aka be raptured – we are going to be gathered together to the meal.  People think of a carcass as nasty, but think how it is for an eagle!  That’s a rapture reference, right there.  And here are the verses AFTER that:

And immediately in those days, after that tribulation, there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the power of heaven shall be shaken.

That’s the Wrath, baby.  The ‘as lightning so is the coming of the Son of Man’ and ‘eagles/carcass’ thing is the rapture, and directly after is the Wrath/Great Tribulation.  So somewhere between the ‘beginning of sorrows’ and the wrath, we’re gone.  NOT at the end.

But first we need to see something
having to do with the Desert and Secret Chamber.
I’m watching, I’m seeing, I’m slack-jawed… are you?

Snapshot Sunday

Since the big LEGO exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum ends August 31st, we took this kids this weekend to go and see the exhibit.  Bought a membership, too… because a membership for a family is the same price as two visits (for the seven of us)… and starting in October, they’re going to have ‘Real Pirates’ – which will be another fun touring exhibit to go and check out.  Besides, there are reciprocal locations that we can get into for free on our GRPM membership – Impressions 5 in Lansing, for example.  Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is reciprocal (not that I think we’re going there, this next year, but still.)

IMG_1113 (444x333)    One of the places we went on our spring vacation was to LEGOLand: Chicago.  Well, what with ‘The Lego Movie’ that just came out, we got the McDonald’s 3-D cups, and each came with a ‘free admission to LEGOoLand: Chicago with paid adult’ tickets.  So since we were crossing the Big Lake, coming down the east coast of Wisconsin, and then curling up thru Chicago and around back to Michigan, it was on the way… why not go?

I shared pics already on my FB of the experience.  It. Was. Fantastic.  The first thing you see is a giant giraffe that you have to walk thru the legs of to get INTO the building.  On the front wall facing the doors is an ENORMOUS Albert Einstein with his tongue sticking out… made of LEGOs.  The lady at the counter was SO kind – she let us use THREE coupons (even though we only had two adults), so we got $35 dollars off our admission – almost half price!  And LEGOLand: Chicago has a movie theatre (4-D: when the LEGO IMG_1150 (433x444)dragon pops out of the screen and spits clear blocks at you, water from above your seats sprays down on you… it was kewl.), there are two carnival rides, there are all sorts of photo ops (with Hagrid and Harry Potter, with animals and racecars and Snowmen…

Here’s me with Darth Vader… since I was Vader for Halloween, you know.  Owen posted with R2-D2 who was bigger than *he* was, and Ethan with Harry Potter, Isaac with a life-sized Batman…  There are different rooms with different themes: A Star Wars room, A Jungle Room (with hippos, monkeys, alligators, a life-sized Indiana Jones, etc.), a Chicago Room (the entire downtown, made of LEGOs), a LEGO Factory tour, where we learn how LEGOs are made, a Build-n-Test area, a Giant Block pit… it was fun.  We had a marvelous time, and was definitely worth the stop.  If you ever get a chance to go, you’d love it.  There’s fun for all ages, and the amount of LEGOs…!!  ((But the store is OUTRAGEOUS.  We ended up driving back to Otsego and getting little LEGO packs for the kids from Meijer, instead.))  But check out the astounding creations!
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So of course we wanted to see the LEGO exhibit in Grand Rapids, after that.  It (of course) wouldn’t be LEGOLand, but… it could still be really impressive, right?   I mean, we went and did the Mars’ Exhibition there, and that was impressively big.  So yesterday we went downtown and went into the museum.

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As you enter the Museum, you see the world’s tallest building,
the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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Then you go upstairs to the second floor, where there’s this little box with…
the Grand Rapids Public Museum done up in LEGOs on display!

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There’s one small room, with this sign on the outside of it.
I… had concerns.

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Pretty much?  It was a room the size of our living/dining room,
with 10 national landmarks done over in LEGOs.

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Fallingwater, for my friend GidgetPeke (Ellen),
who just took her son to see it IRL.

We moved along, working our way thru a ‘Can you find these things in the museum’ packet that Aaron had, and came to the BIG room where the Mars Exhibition had been.  It was all closed up.  Was that one little room IT?  Seriously?!?  But as we went down the hall, we saw a ‘Local LEGO creations’ sign.  I’d read about that on FB… they had asked kids to make/submit LEGO stuff for the museum to display.  I’d figured (at the time that I read it) that there would be SO MANY displays, we wouldn’t need to make anything.  In hindsight?  I was wrong.  We should’ve.  Because… ((shakes head))

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They had a LEGO downtown Grand Rapids. I didn’t recognize much of anything.
It wasn’t the Amway Grand or the RiverHouse.  But they had a
‘Do You See… check list of things to look for in the display”, so we did that.

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There were FOUR things displayed, made by locals.  One was a Calder Monster (you’d have to live in GR to know what I mean),
one was a ‘Wild, Wild West’ monster, And this Phoenix was the only amazing thing – the winner, btw.  This other one? My kids make things like this daily.
(Is that a dolphin in the grass?)

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And that was IT.  Extremely anti-climatic.  But we had the rest of the museum to explore, and the carousel to ride (naturally)… and what I REALLY liked was the coins. I’d never noticed them, before, but they have an ASTOUNDING coin collection, there!!

And now, we’re all set for the next traveling exhibit…

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