Loren Hamar (to the tune of Old Rugged Cross)

I adjusted the lyrics of “The Old Rugged Cross” in memory of a dear Pastor friend who passed away in his sleep on Monday at a young age of 65.

On a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross,

The emblem of suffering and shame;

Loren loved that old cross, where the dearest and best

For a world of lost sinners was slain.


So he cherished, the old rugged cross,

Till his trophies at last he laid down;

He always clung, to the old rugged cross,

And exchanged it Monday for a crown.


To the old rugged cross, he forever was true,

With his beau-ti-ful wife, a perfect pair

Lor-en was called, this day, to his home far away,

Where God’s glory forever he’ll share.


Let’s cherish, the musical-memories of Lor—en

A great Pas-tor, what more can you say

He taught us, and loved at all times

And shared Jesus, with people every day


Now we cling to the old rugged cross,

We’ll exchange it some day for our crown.


We’ll see Loren again that sweet day

He’ll be laughing and joking around


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Alexis Song

I wrote this song to the tune of Come to Jesus by Chris Rice after our baby girl was stillborn in 2004


Alexis Song
to the music of “Come to Jesus the untitled hymn” by Chris Rice

The wonder of a child
In her mother’s womb
As parents we were overcome with joy
We gave thanks to Jesus
We gave thanks to Jesus
We gave thanks to Jesus for life

Wednesday there was no movement
From our little child
Thursday the baby’s heart refused to beat
We prayed to Jesus
We prayed to Jesus
We prayed to Jesus she’d live

The weekend was a journey
With God the leading one
He gave us peace and renewed our faith in Him
We drew close to Jesus
We drew close to Jesus
We drew close to Jesus and praised

Late on Monday evening
We delivered our silent child
She rests in peace and God is by her side
She went to Jesus
She went to Jesus
She went to Jesus our Lord

Sad and hurting parents
We lost our little child
But we don’t fret for God is on our side
We turn to Jesus
We turn to Jesus
We turn to Jesus for peace

With her final heartbeat
She kissed the world goodbye
She went in peace and brought our faith to life
We cling to Jesus
We cling to Jesus
We cling to Jesus for strength

She’s now with Jesus
She’s now with Jesus
She’s now with Jesus, our child

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Twas a year for the Bischof, 2015

‘Twas a year for the Bischofs

December 2015

‘Twas a typical day for the Bischof family

The kids went to school for a full day of learning

Mom was at work, the project was churning

Daddy stayed home, taught guitar in the morning

The day was a jumble with plenty to do

Each one of us taught or learned something new

Thank God for the day, as the evening draws near

There’s still lots to do before tomorrow, I fear
Homework, gymnastics, reading and math

Dinner and dishes and lunches to pack

Get ready for bed, get your stuff put away

It’s bedtime for you, it’s the end of the day


Each one of us has things we like to do

Some things we enjoy with others too

Daddy loves playing guitar music still

Mommy likes reading and roaming Goodwill


Our little guy Caleb (8) is lively and quick

He loves to play games and is sharp as a stick

More board games than Target, he plays them all day

And he laughs and jokes and asks you to play

“Come on Mommy and Daddy and Savannah and Jadyn”

He’ll hug your neck or cuddle at night

He’s a blessing to live with, a shining bright light


Jadyn (10) is artistic, her art work is rad

But her very favorite thing is still the iPad

While designing a wild world in Mine Craft

She fits in a writing assignment rough draft


Her homework assignments, after all the fuss

Show evidence of what great work she does

With such a kind heart, her love always grows

Her compassion for animals, daily she shows


And then with a cartwheel, Savannah (13) shows up

She’s happiest when holding a coffee cup

She flips and arches and walks on the beam

When she trips or falls you’ll surely hear her scream


She’s dressed all in cozies from her head to her feet

She plays her sweet flute to the rhythm and beat

With a big messy room just like all other teens

Mommy must harass her to ensure that she cleans


Jadyn’s eyes-how they twinkle! Her laughter so merry!

Savannah’s cheeks are like roses, her posture like a fairy!

Caleb’s little mouth is drawn up like a bow,

With a head full of hair that continues to grow.


Daddy holds the guitar tight in his grip

With the strap wrapped around so it doesn’t slip

He plays us sweet music with his God-given gift

Every note that he plays reaches your spirit so swift


Daddy looked over at jolly old Mom

And he laughed when he saw her because she’s the Bomb

A full set of eyes in the back of her head

The children had learned, so her mind they had read


She spoke not a word, the silent treatment at work

And filled the air with silence, and then turned with a jerk.

And pointing her finger out in front of her nose,

The kids quickly turned, up the stairs they rose!


With Jesus’ great love as we begin 2016

Many wishes from the Bischofs with a ton of great cheer

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good year!”


Love, Tim, Christine, Savannah, Jadyn & Caleb Bischof

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Carolyn Harris poem

A life filled with laughter

Has transitioned to the great hereafter

Carolyn made a living caring for others

And even sometimes ruffled a few feathers


She had a heart for her fury friend

Her love for Jack would never end

But Gil was her one true love

Her very best friend who was sent from above


God was the master of her life

During her role as daughter, sister, aunt and wife

She enjoyed having fun with others around

Playing board games with a large crowd


Her boisterous voice was all her own

You could recognize it anywhere, even on the phone

The world is a bit less happy without her

But she’s dancing with Jesus, we know this for sure

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The 12 Months of 2014 (Bischof Family)

The 12 Months of 2014
Written By Christine Bischof

NOTE:  Sing this to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas

In January 2014 the Bischof family learned
Mama is going crazy

In February 2014 the Bischof family learned
Homework is no fun

In March 2014 the Bischof family learned
Kiddos are so smart

In April 2014 the Bischof family learned
Pets are so much work

In May 2014 the Bischof family learned
God is A-l-w-a-y-s F-a-i-t-h-f-u-l

In June 2014 the Bischof family learned
iPad causes battles

In July 2014 the Bischof family learned
Village raises childeren

In August 2014 the Bischof family learned
Daddy teaches music

In September 2014 the Bischof family learned
Life will have trials

In October 2014 the Bischof family learned
Giving is so fun

In November 2014 the Bischof family learned
We have been so blessed

In December 2014 the Bischof family learned
We love friends and family

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What Students Need To Know

I read an article that was absolutely amazing!  You can find it here:  https://affectiveliving.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/what-students-really-need-to-hear/

Then I decided to put it into short statements that my 7, 9 and 12 year old children could fully comprehend.  Here is the list I ended up with.  Hope you enjoy it!  Many thanks to the original author C Mielke!

What Students Need To Know

  • I care about you as a person! (not because of your grades or intelligent)
  • Academics are important, but they are not the MAIN reason for school.
  • The MAIN reason for school is to learn how to deal with life and the difficulties that come with it.
  • Learning how to overcome a forgotten locker combination teaches you how to solve problems on your own.
  • Learning how to work with difficult classmates will help you learn how to deal with difficult people in family, work and life.
  • Dealing with gossip now will teach you how to be a person of integrity and why it’s important not to participate in gossip.
  • When you are in school, people will doubt you and your talents. This teaches you that you can still succeed and prove to yourself that you don’t need to doubt yourself. And that others cannot define you.
  • School helps you learn how to push yourself to concentrate when a million other thoughts and temptations are trying to interfere.
  • The adversity (difficult times) of the school years help prepare you for regular life, by learning to bounce back quickly after difficult times.
  • School is not the most challenging years of your life. These are the years that will help prepare you for dealing with the far greater challenges of adult life.
  • Your adult years will also be far more amazing than these school year.
  • Yes, you will face tragedy, frustration and fear in your future, but these school years will help prepare you for those days.
  • If you ‘quit’ now by throwing away your day, you are not preparing yourself to be persistent in life.
  • If you ‘quit’ by not even trying to do a difficult assignment in school, you lose the opportunity to learn how to keep going when times are difficult.
  • Skipping school is a way of ‘quitting’ on your free education.
  • Being on time for school teaches you that it is better when you delay your temptation to sleep in, and investing in your own intelligence/education.
  • Doing what is right even when you do not want to teaches you that sometimes short-term pain creates long-term gain. And that it is good to make sacrifices for a greater good.
  • Learning not to be rude and disrespectful to adults in the hallway teaches you to problem solve maturely, not letting your judgment be impacted by your emotions.
  • Working hard for a good grade is not about the number or letter. It is about learning to work harder and pull yourself together and do the hard work. To make sacrifices and keep going even when things seem impossible. This also helps you find hope and courage in the hopeless, difficult times.
  • Every time you take the easy way out, you are building a habit of quitting. And it will destroy your future and it will steal your happiness if you let it.
  • Our society cares nothing for quitters. Life will let you die alone, depressed, and poor if you can’t toughen up enough to deal with hardship.
  • You either deal with the difficult times and grow stronger or blow in the wind and dissolve.
  • As long as you are in my life, I am NOT going to let quitting be easy for you. I am going to challenge you, confront you, push you, and coach you. You can whine. You can throw a tantrum. You can shout and swear and stomp and cry. And the next day, guess what? I will be here waiting — smiling and patient — to give you a fresh start. Because you are worth it!
  • So, do yourself a favor: Step up. No more excuses. No blaming. No quitting. Just pick your head up. Rip the cords out of your ears. Grab the stinkin’ pencil and let’s do this.

Orignal by C. Mielke, simplified by Christine Bischof

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Life Manifesto song lyrics

You should….live your life, Proud
Seek your dreams, now…….be sure you
walk the path, that is straight
strive to be, something great……because you
change the world, as you speak
touching hearts, as you seek…..to be God’s
hands and feet in this world
life is short, live it full
every day
live this way
no regrets
make no bets
love complete
never cheat
be a friend
till the end
This is your life manifesto
you must decide which way you will go
south may seem right, but its not so
north may be tough, but you must go
there will be roadblocks
but think outside the box
you will get through somehow
don’t worry about it now
take one step at a time
things will turn out fine
You will win in the end
the scars, they all will mend
every day
live this way
no regrets
make no bets
love complete
never cheat
be a friend
till the end
This is your life manifesto
you must decide which way you will go
south may seem right, but its not so
north may be tough, but you must go
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