Saturday, September 29, 2007
Jason's parents are visiting us for the next week and a half. They came in yesterday afternoon so we wanted to do something low key today....while they're still adjusting to the 5 hour time difference. I've been wanting to check out the Chip & Cookie store here (the owner is Wally Amos...former owner of Famous Amos cookies) and on Saturdays he makes appearances to read to the kids that are there (his mission is to stress the importance of adults reading aloud to children). Of course the Saturday we finally decide to check out the Chip & Cookie store, Mr. Amos wasn't going to be in...so we had to take our pictures next to the poster of his face instead. But the cookies were oh so yummy...a little over-priced but a nice treat.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.
The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Yes this will be good material when the boys bring their dates home to meet the family.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
My friend Melissa and I were just talking the other day about not knowing where things are in scripture to explain the Truth to others that ask why we believe what we believe. I had asked Jason where I could find a particular Truth in Scripture and he gave me Romans 9 (I love having a seminary student for a husband...he is a great concordance). So once again I didn't get around to reading it, yet, but I did pick up my "Bible in a year" schedule and it happened to be that particular chapter in the reading for today. I'm sure I've read it before and parts sounded familiar but because I was specifically looking for this, it resonated with me so deeply...maybe more so than if I had just breezed through it to check it off on my "Bible in a year" schedule.
The women's Bible study in my church has been going through the teaching of John Piper in his book "Battling Unbelief". John Piper is always a lot for me to digest but I enjoy the challenge because it gives me a better understanding of the amazing depth of who God is and how it is not about me...but what Christ did. As my friend Anne, who is leading our study, says we are not going to grasp everything John Piper is teaching the first time we read it, but we can take away nuggets at a time and each time we come back to it we can grasp a little more. So the lesson we studied this week was on justification....by faith alone and through faith produces good works. When I read Romans 10 today it reinforced that Truth and added another nugget.
I have also been attending another study with a friend of mine about parenting. We just did a personality study (I know many of you have taken this one or at least heard of it...golden retriever, otter, lion or beaver). I was excited to do this, not because I can justify my sin by saying "well that's just my personality" (although that is so tempting), but so I could see the sin in my heart and pray that the Holy Spirit would help me to change. Once I took the test and found out I was part Beaver and part Golden, I wanted Jason to take the test and fill it out the way he saw me...I knew it would probably be a more accurate picture since I am blind to a lot of my sin. I told him to be completely honest and not to worry about hurting my feelings because I wanted him to be truthful. I began to see a pattern in the weaknesses section that was very ugly and of course characteristics I didn't mark when I filled out the profile...resentful, impatient, negative attitude, withdrawn, moody, critical, short-tempered. Ouch! That is the ugliness of my heart...and by God's amazing grace and justification allows me to be his child...in spite of. That kind of love is so much more powerful when I realize how wretched of a sinner I am. So the other reading I did today was Psalm 66...which once again resonated with me so much...in part because it points me to Christ, (who pours on us an amazing joy and contentedness...which we can rest easy in) who is worthy of praise...and away from myself (relying on my own "power" which brings the above yuckiness of my heart).
"Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious!
Say to God, 'How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.
Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man's behalf!'" (v. 1-5)
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
These are a couple of portraits he took.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
And then had Ethan glob on the paint so that when we folded it over, there would be enough paint to make a mirror image of the side he painted.
Wah-lah! A butterfly.
And don't worry, this is not going to turn into 'what we did today for our preschool at home' blog. But we were being creative and I think I wore myself out over this one. So I thought I would post while the creative juices were flowing.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
And to top it off we did a little bit of art (picture at top) and made a caterpillar out of an egg carton. Anything that has to do with painting is a big hit with Ethan.
Monday, September 03, 2007
"The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories."
So now I know. Happy Labor Day!