Saturday, June 30, 2007

Our 1st Letter

A Common Story
A teenager graduates from high school and moves off to college where his or her Christian faith is challenged and often ridiculed.


The rate of college students who leave behind the Christian faith is startling! The Church must actively teach high school students that the Christian faith can be rationally defended – even at college. Since Christianity is ACTUALLY TRUE, it can answer every challenge that is brought against it. Christians do not need to run and hide when our beliefs are scoffed, but rather we must obey God’s command:

“But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ALWAYS BEING PREPARED TO MAKE A DEFENSE to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect” (I Peter 3:15).

The need level is extremely high for training in apologetics and the Christian worldview among the youth in the Birmingham area and beyond. I currently have the tremendous opportunity of teaching apologetics to the seniors at Shades Mountain Christian School (many of you are the parents of students or former students of mine). I have seen the hunger and desire teenagers have for this vital information and it is exciting to equip them to defend their faith against an increasingly hostile world.

But now the vision has expanded. In addition to teaching at Shades Mountain, I am the youth specialist at the Apologetics Resource Center. In this capacity, I am working to take apologetics training to teenagers through youth group meetings, retreats, camps, home school groups, and one-on-one tutoring.

In order for all of these things to happen, however, I need your help. My status is that of home missionary who is filling a needed area of specialized ministry (youth apologetics) among the people of God in Birmingham and beyond. This means I must raise support.

Will you be willing to support this needed ministry? Will you invest in the future of our young people by making a monthly donation? Your gift will enable me to labor in training this generation of teenagers to be able to defend the Christian faith for the glory of God.

In order to support my family (Page, Noah 5, and Anna 3), I must raise at least $2,600 a month beyond my salary as a teacher. I appreciate your one-time gift or your ongoing monthly gift in order to make this ministry possible. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. If you have any questions or suggestions, please call me at 205-853-0807 or cell 205-907-8322.

Sincerely,

Jason Dollar



If you would like to be on our mailing list for ministry updates email me your address at pagely@juno.com. Please keep us in your prayers as we seek to raise support and for Jason especially as he trains the next generation!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Sweet June Treats!



Well, I've got that baby fever and these two bundles of joy don't help matters! My friend Holly, who worked up here at ARC had Grace Saturday June 23 - she is so sweet with a bunch of brown hair. Monday I finally got to see her and rock her! She brought me much JOY that day!Tiny Lovin'!




Then comes Ella Kate Thursday June 28 - she is also adorable. She is my friend Shalita's baby. She gave me some sweet smiles before falling asleep in my arms. She's got a hint of RED hair - which Shalita couldn't be more proud of! Congrats girls - now you have to help me deal with this itch by allowing me full baby access! Love you girls and your babies too!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

She makes us so PROUD!


Brandon just brought me some of Anna's Ballet pictures we had done when she grew out of her ballet shoes. They are all so cute! Here a few of my favorites!

She's got so much personality I know! It could be a generational curse or blessing!!
Thanks Brandon! You're the BEST photographer in the WORLD!


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Chuck E Cheese

My adorable nephew Turner turned 4 yesterday! He had his Birthday Party at Chuck E Cheese! He looks paralyzed in this picture because Chuck E was right behind him and he was unaware that he had moved. He looks sad but he really had a good time.

Anna DID NOT have a good time! She was terrified. The minute we walked him she was looking for Chuck E and crying - saying she wanted to go home - when we told her we weren't going home said she wanted to go outside! We didn't do that either. So she was looking over her shoulder at every sound. She was best in a booth surrounded by my dad, mom and me! She literally FREAKED OUT! She was shaking, crying, paranoid! I felt bad for her! There was no talking sense into her! I also felt bad because after being there 2 1/2 hours she finally got the nerve to go and play (after Noah had used all her tokens). I saw her up in the tubes playing! And you guessed it - it was time to go! She said when we got in the car "I never cry when I leave this place! Only when I see SHUCKEE!!" Delilah, she was like Hannah in the pool! So get ready if we ever decide to go to Chuckecheese! You'll have to just throw her in! HA!

Miserable!
He's not over there!

Where is Chuck E?!?


My dad looks funny but Anna is totally FREAKING!

Poor thing couldn't even enjoy her cake! That is REALLY SCARED if she can't enjoy CAKE!

Noah on the other hand had a GREAT time! He got 189 tickets! I was shocked! I'm pretty sure he took the risk and gambled all his and Anna's tokens away! But he didn't seem to mind! He loved all those tickets! I wrapped him up in them! Everyone was shocked and my brother made him go show him what machine he was using! I really think he just hit the jackpot on something! He also got a "goody" bag full of candy - he ate a sour straw (or something like that) and that is the "Silly Sour Face" at the bottom!



Noah lovin' the Party!

Look Dad - I hit the Jackpot! 189 TICKETS

So SOUR!!

I had a GREAT time too! I love seeing my nephews Turner and Cole and I never get too! It's a shame! I also talked to Karen's (my sister in law) sister in law at the party and she adopted boy twins - brought them home from the hospital at three weeks! She had a GREAT testimony of God's provision and hand in her adoption process. It's crazy she got a set of TWINS - WHITE - and she already has a little boy! It wasn't a long process either. And it's weird because they look like her! It really was a "God thing". I love to hear stories like that and she was testifying of God's work in their family! I wish I would have taken a picture of them! SWEET! But here's my Chuck E Cheese pictures! MINUS JASON! I miss you TERRIBLY! Nights are the worst! But it's just 3 more days!

Turner and I sporting our cool gloves we got!

Chad had to pay Cole to take this picture! Can't you see the $$ in his eyes! He's getting too big to be LOVED ON! Oh well, we both got what we wanted. Cole got Tokens I got Lovin'!

So that was one adventurous trip to CEC...

Monday, June 25, 2007

YUM!




I'm 27 - Just growing right up! My mom bought this cake for me - it's ice cream! And so delicious. If you know us Dollar girls you know - WE LOVE CAKE! Anna was so excited it was someone's birthday!


It was fun! I got a pedicure Saturday with Mom, Macie, and Sally we also had lunch at Pablos - which is always a treat! Sally took the kids out, so I got to spend some quiet time with Jason. Which was much needed because he had to go to camp on Sunday - my actual Birthday. I got some really sweet cards and emails. Sally gave me a NEW SUDOKU book - YAY and other goodies or undies HA! All in all - it was a good birthday. I just wish Jason could have been there for the whole day! I love you Jason!!
And I topped of the great weekend with going to see Holly and GRACE! Holly had Grace Saturday. I can't wait to post pictures of her - she's adorable!

So - how did you celebrate your 27th Birthday?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Here's the Deal

Here's the deal. I'm pretty sure we are taking the "leap of faith." As some of you know Jason works for Shades Mountain Christian School - mainly teaching 12th grade Apologetics and also 9th grade Old Testament. He LOVED it to say the least. He loved teaching these kids how to think through their beliefs and then to defend them, he loved seeing kids respond to what they were taught. He was able to write (and of course teach) his own Apologetics curriculum. And you may know as well that I work for the Apologetics Resource Center. So...a couple of weeks ago ARC had a staff meeting and wanted Jason to attend to talk about his curriculum he developed this year. Jason was hesitant to go - but I told him he needed to go to see what they wanted. Well, as they had this meeting Craig offered Jason the Youth Apologist job here at ARC. That is so exciting - he would be able to teach at Shades Mountain, possibly Briarwood, and also work with homeschool groups teaching Apologetics, he would also be tutoring students who wanted to go deeper than the class level. He would also speak to youth groups and set up training Sunday School teachers in Apologetics. ARC also wants to help him publish his curriculum. Summit Ministries is the only other ministry that has curriculum for High School. So it is a needed resource. ARC also has forwarded 3 youth camps to Jason for the summer (before all this "youth apologist" work came about). One is next week at Ponderosa Bible Camp! So, I was so excited but then it hit me - actually I had to be told! We will have to quit the church. We will have to raise support!! That always makes me nervous! We were just set to pay off debt and be steady financially. Satan is attacking too! If you've read my blogs you see that spiritually I am struggling right now. I don't see why God would answer our prayers if I've been so distant lately - not relational. I'm so glad God isn't at all sinful. Because if I were God, and dealing with me being the "prodigal" in the relationship, and all of a sudden, here comes Page because she needs money or really "security" - "I'd teach her a thing or two about leaving!" That is Satan I know! See, I know! So, pray for me and Jason as we take this "risk" (thank you Keith!). So, we are definitely asking you to pray for us - that doors will open and support will come. Also, Craig is meeting with the headmaster at Briarwood next Thursday 6/28 - to see about setting up an apologetics class there! Pray that meeting is VERY fruitful! Just as a side note, Shades Mountain is on board with this too! Which is a blessing! So pray - because I think we are gonna JUMP! Also, if your interested in the ministry - talk to your church and get involved!

ALSO, I put my book down in fear of flying through it but more quotes are sure to be on the way! As someone put it - I'll provide the "Cliff Notes!"

Thursday, June 14, 2007

AH HA! Someone Knows

Okay, Thank you LAINE!! I just started reading my Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World at lunch today. I've been having this feeling - like I'm missing out. I read y'alls blogs and the Lord blesses Laine with two kids from China and specific prayer requests for Kimmie and Quan, LOAs, for them to "know" each other...the list is so long, Laine I love your blog, the Lord is proving himself to me through them! Then I head over to Keith's and I am constantly amazed at how the Lord is giving direction and peace to the Watson family - Clarity, Faith, Excitement, Joy - abundantly. Then there is Graced who has such insight in the everyday occurrences of life - who can teach us all from a butterfly! I have GREAT encouragement surrounding me and I feel empty. I feel like I want that. I feel like I know all the "right" answers but the connection is not there! All my fault of course. BUT, today I was encouraged. Haven't found the answer just yet but I feel one coming on! Joanna Weaver wrote what I was too embarrassed to admit - but now it seems easier because - I'm not the only one to feel this way! Here's a couple of excerpts that encouraged me today.

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. The thought intrigues you. Deep inside of you there is a hunger, a calling, to know God. To truly know Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Spirit. You're not after more head knowledge -it's heart-to-heart intimacy you long for.
Yet a part of you hangs back. Exhausted, you wonder how to find the strength or time. Nurturing your spiritual life seems like one more duty - one more thing to add to a life that is spilling over with responsibilities.
It's almost as if you're standing on the bottom rung of a ladder that stretches up to heaven. Eager but daunted, you name the rungs with spiritual things you know you should do: study the Bible, pray, fellowship...
'He's up there somewhere,' you say, swaying slightly as you peer upward, uncertain how to begin or if you even want to attempt the long, dizzy climb. But to do nothing means you will miss what your heart already knows: There is more to this Christian walk than you've experienced. And you're just hungry enough - just desperate enough - to want it all.
That's just it. I feel like I know things but no intimacy. I WANT INTAMACY! I have a lot of faith. I believe in Jesus as God's only Son who came to take MY place and MY sin. And I even rejoice in the fact - but I want to feel something and I know feelings aren't everything – but they sure are good! But it's been a while since I've felt the Lord working in my life! So later she talks about something I find myself doing right now:

...Perhaps you've felt the same way. You've known the Lord your whole life, and yet you haven't found the peace and fulfillment you've always longed for. So you've stepped up the pace, hoping that in offering more service, somehow you
will merit more love. You volunteer for everything: you sing in the choir,you teach Sunday school, you host Backyard Bible Club, you visit the nursing home weekly. And yet you find yourself staring into the night and wondering if this is all there is.

Or perhaps you've withdrawn from service. You've gone the route I've described above and frankly, you've had it. You've stopped volunteering, stopped saying yes. No one calls anymore. No one asks anymore. You're out of the loop and glad for it. And yet the peace and quiet holds no peace and quiet. The stillness hasn't led to the closer walk with God you'd hoped for, just a sense of resentment. Your heart feels leaden and cold. You go to church; you go through the motions of worship, then leave and go home the same. And at night, sometimes you wonder, "What is the good news? Can someone tell me? I can't remember."

I think I’m just hungry enough to find the answer!

Monday, June 11, 2007

BEACH BLAST 2007


We had a BLAST at the beach! There are a ton of pictures to prove it. NO ONE wanted to come home! Anna cried - she wanted to stay at our Beach House! I already miss the laziness: Just hanging out at the pool and spending the afternoons at the beach hanging around in my lime green cover up - no shower, no make up, no hair-fixin: PURE LAZINESS!




My favorite thing we did was fly kites on the beach. The waves were so rough and it made me so nervous because Noah enjoyed "fighting" the waves - he loved to get knocked down by them - so this particular day we didn't even go close to the water. We just got the kites out and watched them fly! The kids loved it too. This is how lazy I am: I loved it because it was so windy they didn't even have to run! They just stood there and watched them fly!

Thanks to Delilah I'm now addicted to Sodoku Puzzles (easy ones of course). So, I would just sit by the pool and work my puzzles. I feel like I'm so smart when I complete them but they are the EASY EASY EASY ones! I just like saying I can work Sodoku puzzles. Just say it - It makes you feel like a little genius! HA! Jason was hooked on a book he was reading for school and Delilah was hooked on Harry Potter! So we all just hung out! That's the LIFE! That was one successful family vacation! Below are a few of my favorite pictures...slide show to come!!















Tuesday, June 5, 2007

My Sweet Puppy!



Look what I found! A sweet Anna Puppy! I sent the kids out to play while I packed. They are so excited and right under me - so OUT THEY WENT! They had a GREAT time too! They love to play under one of the trees in our front yard. I was shocked when I walked out to call them in. Anna turned and she looked just like a puppy to me! Like Spot or Patch. She had a brown circle over one eye and a brown nose and a dusting of brown all over her face. She also had that innocent look on her face - kinda like - You like what I've done, right? It's moments like these that make LIFE so GREAT!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Set Apart


We are going to the Beach Wednesday and I couldn't be more excited! The kids haven't been to the beach since Anna was 8 months old and Noah 2 years old! Noah barely remembers and Anna not at all. We've all been counting down! Noah is so funny. He's trying to put what he remembers and what we have told him about the beach into a framework of understanding. For instance, he keeps asking - "Where are we going to park because there is sand everywhere!" "Why do you just stand in the ocean, and it will move you?"(speaking of the tides I'm assuming!) This has been really exciting for him! Wednesday he realized we will be at the Beach on Sunday and we won't be a church! He told Jason that he could preach to us on Sunday! THANKS NOAH!! (just kidding - I thought that was so cute!). He said "we can just worship God all together on Sunday" and he wants Jason to preach on the stories of Daniel. He is so unique (set apart) when it comes to his faith! He has such a BIG faith - Child-like! I had that when I was growing up and MAN - I miss those days! Believing in a HUGE God without any doubt! I was so proud to get his report card today, he is promoted to K5 and Mrs. Moore wrote that "he is such a sweet boy with a heart for the Lord." She has told us some pretty funny things he has said and done in class. Once in class they were talking about Worship and how to prepare for worship and she told the class that Noah's dad was a preacher - she said, "Noah, how does your dad prepare for worship?" Noah replies - "Well, he starts reading his bible but then he just gets on the computer and prints it out!" One day all the kids were asked about what their favorite story was. All the kids replied with Dora the Explorer, Spiderman, Batman, Strawberry Shortcake...kids stories. Well, it's Noah's turn and he replies, "I like the story of John the Baptist - where he baptizes Jesus." Mrs. Moore also told us when they take prayer requests that he never prays about himself or things it is always for someone with a real need. I love having a teacher that tells us these things! I'm gonna miss her next year!! Anyway, I guess I got carried away - what can I say, I'm so proud of him. He really does have a sweet spirit and a GREAT heart. That's my boy!! I wonder if any of this has to do with Jason strolling him around our house at bedtime listening to John Piper the first 2 1/2 years of his life?!? If so...Thanks Jason and John!



PS - for those of you interested in Anna's injury (Keith - I know you are) she is healing wonderfully but what I really want to share is: SHE NO LONGER SUCKS HER THUMB!! It's been 2 weeks!! She did tell my mom the other day that she really missed it. My mom told her to just suck her thumb if she wanted to and she said NO!! YEA - GO ANNA!! I'm so proud of her too!! This is the last picture of Anna sucking her thumb! Those were the days!