Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Matthew and I went out for breakfast for his birthday. Matthew is growing into such a nice person. Three has been a difficult year for both of his brothers, but I am not sure if we will have a similar time with Matthew. I so enjoyed my time with him. How could I not? (See picture below.)The other highlight of the last week has been Caleb's conquering of his fear of riding his bike! Caleb was very nervous about learning to ride. He didn't want to fall. My mantra with him while we struggled together was, "Caleb, I want you to do the hard thing." I didn't care if he learned to ride a bike or not. I just did not want him to give in to his fears. Yesterday when I got home from work, he was so excited to show me what he and Amanda had done. I am so glad that Amanda and I are on the same page about things like this. I know some moms would just baby their boys. Not Amanda, she jumped right in there and worked with him for two hours. But Caleb was the one to do it. I am proud of him. Now we have two bike riders. Two to go.
See more pictures here.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Hymn of the Week
I Will Sing of My Redeemer
Words by Phillip P. Bliss
Music by George Stebbins
I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.
Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,
With His blood, He purchased me.
On the cross, He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt, and made me free.
The group of artists is headed by by Derek Webb, formerly of Caedmon's Call. He has given away his music before in other formats. I am not a huge fan of his music but I love his philosophy of art and music. The one album that I have really enjoyed from NoiseTrade is Kate York's Sadly Love. I had heard some of her music before and enjoyed it. You should definitely give it a try. Listen below.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
We were thrilled, scared and excited.
He grew, stopped screaming and started smiling.
We grew too in our love for him.
Brothers and a sister were added,
But his place in our heart was sealed.
Benjamin turns six-years-old today. Last night we built a fire, played frisbee and told stories. It has been a sweet gift to enjoy spending time with our kids. Benjamin is such a pleasant person, interested in learning, enjoying being close. He likes reading, is interested in shipwrecks,video games and extreme sports.
Tomorrow we will celebrate his birthday with our yearly breakfast out. I can't wait!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
"I'm so glad you like the thermos. It's not exactly an exciting gift, but came right off of your kaboodle list. I, for one, am a big fan of gift lists. I know the excitement of a surprise is lost, but you do get what "you always wanted" and it saves trips to the store to return the gift you didn't want or like. Or, worse yet, it keeps you from pretending you like something and then stashing it in the closet and hoping that the giver doesn't notice. I'd be interested in hearing how others feel about wish/gift lists."
In my opinion, a wish list is definitely second best. The best way to receive a gift is from a person who is involved in your life and who knows what you would like. This is also the most fun way to give a gift. It is great when you know the person is going to love your gift. Unfortunately our communities and families are fragmented to the point that this intimacy is difficult if not impossible. Gift giving has become expected, scheduled, mandated and formalized. What do you think? To wish list or not to wish list?
For those who have asked for gift lists and for those who use them, please don't take offense to this post. I wish we were all closer together so that we wouldn't need wish lists. But alas, that's not the way that God has written it. So, wish list if you will or don't wish list if you won't.
There is something beautiful about a cup of coffee: the taste, the smell, the conversations that it loosens. A colleague brought me a sample of Caribou Coffee the other day and it has been sitting on my desk, scenting my whole office. For my birthday, my mom got me the thermos pictured above. It is great. It has allowed me to transition this morning from one travel mug full to more than half a pot in my real mug. It is a huge thermos but it makes me feel very blue collar. I look forward to many enjoyable mornings with it on my desk. Thanks Mom!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Enjoy my recent favorite version of the Doxology below.
Hymn of the Week
Words by Thomas Ken
Music by Louis Bourgeois
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I've also put a slide show of both of the list on the right hand side of the blog. Check 'em out.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Last weekend I traveled to Plymouth, Indiana for the annual get together of my friends from college. It was a great weekend of camping, swimming, and hanging out by the camp fire. It is great to be with people who I've known and who have known me since I was 19. We will be together again (minus one) in October when we all travel to Washington state for Ken's wedding. He is the last of us to get married and I am very excited for him. It was a great weekend with great friends.