Friday, November 27, 2009

The Mysterious Islands

"At the far end of the world, there exists a strange and unusual chain of islands, resting above vast tectonic plates. This is the world of the Gal├ípagos Archipelago, home to salt-spitting marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises that can live to be more than 150 years of age. It is also the birthplace of Darwinism, for here in 1835, a young Charles Darwin began to formulate a theory which would turn the world upside down. More than a century and a half later, these mysterious islands remain at the center of a controversy that has shaped the way modern men perceive science, religion, and life itself. The unique ingredients found on the Gal├ípagos have led many of Darwin’s followers to describe it as Darwin’s Eden — a “laboratory of evolution.”"

~Vision Forum

You can watch the trailer of this amazing documentary by clicking on the picture below.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Science Quiz Answers, Late :)

Thank you everyone for engaging in this quiz! I am so sorry that I'm so late - but my family and I went to the Gulf of Mexico and I quite forgot about my blog! I will post some pictures of our vacation soon.

Here are the answers:

1) Paleontology is the study of anything that is dead.

2) Europasaraus Holgeri actually a mini dino that was discovered in 1998 near Goslar, Germany.

3) Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980

4) Less than 1% of all fossils paleontologists find are dinos! (ask me in person for more details)

5) A fossil is actually a chunk of minerals that looks like the original item.

Congratulations to Issac Sommers for being to only participant to get all the answers correct!!!
How did you do that Issac? Oh, Google...I see :D

Friday, October 9, 2009

Science Quiz #1

C'mon guys! Lets get a lot of answers to the "Science Quiz #1". THANKS!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Science Quiz #1

Ok, now it's time for some fun! I am going to host a Science Quiz! Please comment with your answers, and I will post the answers to the questions on Oct. 17.

1) Paleontology is the study of:

a) Anything dead

b) Anything living

c) Rocks

d) Dinosaurs

2) Europasarus Holgeri is:

a) A giant fern

b) A type of fungi

c) A miniature dinosaur

d) Something my little brother refuses to eat

3) Mount St. Helens erupted in:

a) 1950

b) 1960

c) 1972

d) 1980

4) “___” of all the fossils we find are dinosaur fossils.

a) Less than 1%

b) Between 1% and 5%

c) Between 10% and 50%

d) Between 50% and 100%

5)A Fossil is:

a) A bone

b) A chunk of minerals that look like the original item

c) Anything that’s dead

d) Something I’m scared of

Please format your comments like this:

#1: (your answer)

#2: (your answer)



Armadillos sleep in the middle of the road
with their feet in the air.

There are 5,000 types of snakes on earth and 4 ,998 live in Texas .

There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000
live in Texas , plus a couple no
one's seen before.

If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites.

'Twiced' is a word.

People actually grow and eat okra

'Fixinto' is one word.

There is no such thing as 'lunch.'
There is only dinner and then supper.

Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you
start drinking it when you're two. We do like a little
tea with our sugar!

'Backwards and forwards' means I know
everything about you!

Djeet is actually a phrase meaning 'Did you eat?'

You don't have to wear a watch because it
doesn't matter what time it is. You work until you're done
or it's too dark to see.

You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH them.

You measure distance in hours. Like its 6 hours from Houston to Dallas ...

You'll probably have to switch from 'heat' to
'A/C' in the same day.

'Fix' is a verb. Example: 'I'm fixing to go to
the store.'

You install security lights on your house and
garage and leave both unlocked.

Yes, Friday night high school football games is serious football!

You carry jumper cables in your car . . ..
for your OWN car.

There are only four spices: salt, pepper,
Tabasco and ketchup.

The local papers cover national and
international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and sports..

100 degrees Fahrenheit is 'a little warm.'

We have four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer,
still Summer and Christmas.

Going to Wal-mart is a favorite past time
known as 'goin' to Wally-World.'

A cool snap (below 70 degrees) is good
pinto-bean weather.

A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola or
pop. .. . . it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example:
'What kind a coke you want?'

Fried catfish is the other white meat.

We don't need no stinking driver's ed . .. ...
if our mama says we can drive, we can drive.

EVERYONE can't be from Texas .
You might say it's a gift from God!

And the most important thing we learn growing up in TEXAS is...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Janelle's Birthday Party

My sister Janelle just turned 11! We had a birthday party for her at our house.

Eating Cake (and ice cream, of course)

The Girls Boots :D

Group Photo

Marcie and David Jumes

Monday, September 14, 2009

Reformation 500 - July 4th - Firework Show at Night

Here are some pictures of the awesome Boston Firework Show! It was estimated that there were more than 500,000 people there.

Reformation 500 - July 4th - Day

In the morning (about 8:00) all those in costumes assembled at a nearby park in Boston, Massachusetts. The people (including me) formed into a long line (4 abreast) to march through Boston. The pictures below 'kinda show what the parade looked like.

1/3 of the Audience

And, of course, Charlie Zahm

Us in our costume, The Pirch Family!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 3 - Reformation 500

I think most notable event of day 3 was the Boxing Match of the Millennium! Mr. Doug Phillips acted as the moderator for the debate between Calvin and Darwin. Below are some pictures of the show.

Then, of course, we listened to some amazing music by Charlie Zahm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

July 2

The 2nd morning of Reformation 500 started out with lectures from Doug Philips, Marshall Foster, and others.

In the afternoon we took a mini-tour of the Massachusetts State Capitol. The Massachusetts State Capitol is in my opinion, the most amazing capitol in America. The original, handwritten, book by William Bradford called "Of Plymouth Plantation" is in this capitol.

Monday, August 3, 2009

July 1: First day of Reformation 500

Our morning started out with a mini-tour of the USS Constitution by Bill Potter. It was amazing to walk on the oldest commissioned ship in the world. This wooden-hulled ship is the only remaining ship from the original 6 authorized for construction by the Navel Act of 1794.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

George Washington Bridge and Arrival in Boston

We crossed the George Washington Bridge in New York City.

Paying the toll to use bridge.

Photos of the Bridge

And we arrived in Boston, Massachusetts soon after.

The View from our hotel room.

Boston Trip Begins

The first notable place we stopped at on the 3 week trip to Boston, Massachusetts was Mammoth Cave National Park. Below are some pictures of us there. There were some amazing caves there.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Boston, Massachusetts

I am sorry that I have not posted in so long, but I (and my family) has been very busy. We are going to Boston, Massachusetts in less than 2 weeks! I probably will not be posting for the next month. When we get back I will try to post a report on the 500th year Reformation Celebration.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Lights, Camera, Action! - Highlights From the 2009 Christian Filmmakers Academy

Any person involved in the Christian film movement would greatly benefit from listening to the “Lights, Camera, Action!” CD set. This CD set covers topics ranging from the practical aspects of film making to the philosophy of film makers.

“Light’s, Camera, Action!” is a collection of lectures from the various speakers present at the San Antonio Christian Film Academy. Some of the teachings include:

  • Isaac Botkin explains the correct use of technology to accomplish much with less expensive cameras.
  • How to use Adobe® After Effects
  • How to position the camera
  • How to use color to show your message stronger
  • Doug Phillips explains the theology of the film industries and what a Christian’s philosophy should be.
  • How to improve a film in ten minutes
  • Peter Pallock explains “Photography for Filmmakers”

Through all of the twenty-two hours on this CD set the main emphasis is: “Every movie has a message, portray your message in a exciting way.”

Included in the CD set are special lectures such as “The Story of Fireproof” by Stephen Kendrick, and “How to Win the $101,000 Best of Festival Award” by Doug Phillips. Special guest speakers include Dean Jones, and others.

You can purchase your own set here:

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Tornado!

Recently a tornado has passed near our farm. It began in the middle of the night. When we woke up in the morning our farm was in chaos.

Our 8' fence was in many places, ripped out of the ground.

Here's a picture of our chicken coop that was tipped up.

Our 4x4 truck even got stuck in the mud.

We had to call our neighbor to help us out.

Here is a picture of our road flooded with water!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

5K - 10K Foot Race

Me (Jordan) crossing the finish line of the 5K (3.1 mi).

Cody Carrnet coming across the finish line of the 10K (6.2 mi.)

Natasha Vernier crossing the finish line of the 5K (3.1 mi.)

My sister, Janelle, in the middle of a 1 mile race.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hatching Chicks!

One day, about 3 weeks ago, one of our chickens decided to go broody (hatch chicks). It normally takes 21 days for chicks to hatch. The picture below is of our hen sitting on eggs.

On April 17 the chicks you see in the picture below hatched! (Click on any picture for a larger view)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

San Antonio TEA Party

On April 15, 2009 the Pirch Family went to the San Antonio Tea Party. This Tea Party was not your typical one with scones and tea. This Tea Party rally was to protest high taxes and the runaway spending of our country’s government. These nation-wide rallies were called “tea parties” because it was a representation of The Boston Tea Party. Although no one at the San Antonio Tea Party threw tea into the sea, many other rallies in coastal states did. These “tea parties” were held in every major city across the USA.

By the time the rally started at 6:00 pm, over 16,000 people had packed into the
Alamo Plaza, which was were the rally was held.

From 6:00pm until 8:30pm eleven individuals spoke on topics varying from the duty of a citizen, to the right to bear arms. I think the best speech was “Freedom at Risk” by Doug Phillips. You can download that speech for free from

We started off Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by making signs at our neighbor’s, the Verniers’, house.

When we (the Pirch family) arrived at the Alamo at 2:00pm the Plaza was already packed.

We, along with thousands of other people, held up the signs we made earlier that morning.

P.S. (I photographed all the pictures.)