Sunday, July 31, 2005
Today after church I had breakfast with Dad and his pal Lou, who attented the 9 o'clock. Then we went shopping for Baby Shower gifts for a friend of Mom's. Then we went to the shower. This woman, Missy, got more gifts then I have ever seen at a shower!! Good for her, shes set!
Now Mark is on his way to the train station to pick up his Mom and nephew who will be staying with us for the next 3 days. I just got a call from him saying the battery light came on in the car and he hopes he will make it home!! Yikes!!! Oh..and he has Malachy with him. Its after 4 o'clock and the last time Malachy ate baby food was 6:45am (before church) so I asked..."did you give the baby lunch" Mark replied "he didn't act hungry, why do you expect me to think of these things?"...hhhmmmm!!! Hope he's had a diaper change!
Should be an exciting couple of days!
Thursday, July 28, 2005
With all of that going on the message was amazing for those who were able to focus and hear it! Something wonderful and frightning is happening at Willow. I don't know how to explain it but the man we meet in line for coffee (who Kim has labled affectionatly a socialist) called it the natural progression of those who follow Christ. The message was about Gods mana and how we are commanded to only take enough mana for today. The point was that we shouldn't store up for a tomorrow that may never come when there are people starving today. We shouldn't hoard, we should share with those less fortunate. we should have all things in common... none with too little and none with too much. We should always be on gaurd not to allow Gods blessings to replace God and ruin our lives. All of this we have heard before but none of which we really live by. If we did we probably wouldn't be sitting at home on our computers right now.
You could almost feel people putting up walls at points and not wanting to let in what the speaker was saying. And you could see his desire to not get off stage until we got it. I can understand why people were hesitant to get excited about giving not just their left overs to the poor but a real leveling of the playing field. But he made it clear that was Gods call and anything else falls short. Very interesting night it will be a while before I get my head around it.
I thought I would include this link if any of you were interested in checking out the financial break down at Compassion. I have heard more then one person say they don't sponsor a child because they are afraid most of the money would go to overhead and not to the child directly. Compassion is comitted to keeping overhead as low as possible. Another great orginazation is World Vision this link will take you to their financial statement. I think it is something worth investigating!
Im really excited about building a friendship with Samuel and being able to write to him and encourage him directly. It takes a long time for the letters to get back and forth but I will keep you all updated!
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
This is a photo of Malachy on the Cubs opener day! Mark got to go to the game with a friend and Malachy and I cheered them on from home. (it was the day after I got out of the hospital) Malachy is a big Cubs fan despite cool Aunt Laurens disaproval.
Here is a photo of Kimmy and Malachy at Lords park. I don't know why Malachy's hat always gets twisted like that!
This is Malachy in his favorite Saucer! Now that he knows how to crawl he's not a big fan of the saucer! He's always on the move and usually searching for sneakers to put in his mouth!
I hope you liked the pictures Sara! You should start a blog so we can all see what you and Steve are up to! It's really easy there should be a start your own blog button on the top right hand corner of this page. And Jason if your reading this you should do it too!
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
This first picture is of Nathaniel Hawthorne's house. The blurry people in front are Kim, Mark, and baby. Nathaniel lived next door to the Alcotts for a little while and was friends with Louisa's (Jo's) father. He would go for walks with the girls and talk to them about his love for nature. He was not in the book Little Women but his house gives you an idea of what the neighborhood looked like. (and maybe was her inspiration for the fictional wealthy neighbors home in Little Women) Nathaniel Hawthorne was another famous author from Concord Mass. He wrote The Scarlet Letter and many other books. We also visited his birth place in Salem Mass. while we were there. (and the House of 7 gables)
This one is the side view of Orchard House and Kimmy is out front.
This is the school of Philosophy that Louisa's (Jo's) father built and taught in. It is right in there backyard!
This is a blury postcard I scanned in. It is the front view of the Alcott home (Orchard House) the front was under construction when we visited. It's a beautiful home! Remolded from 2 buildings built before the revolutionary war! So it's OLD! Loisa wrote Little Women here in 1868. She had lived in the home for 10 years at that time.
Ok well those are all my pictures from Old Orchard house. I hope you liked them Emily!
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
I got an e-mail at work today that had a link to a new conference being held at Saddle Back. I'm proud that Willow is partnering with them in adressing this subject.
"Find out how God has changed the hearts of two of America’s most influential pastors, the hearts of their wives, and the direction of Saddleback Church."
Click here to check out the conference.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
This is POST 4 today...scroll down and check them all out!! Wouldn't want you to miss out on Mark's "fitness"!!
"Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spells that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years. "
C. S. Lewis, "The Weight of Glory"
Is there a place for magic in the imagination of a Christian child?
'Magic' is activity not obedient to naturalist law and material quantities. Rowling is writing a broadside, Christian attack on 'the reign of quantity', error, evil, and ugliness in the modern world; what better place to cast the counter spell to the enchantment of modernity than in a technology free world of magic alongside our own? And, yet, because of the poetry of magic she uses in her defense of the greater view, she has drawn fire from the very community she defends.
The irony of Christian objections to Harry Potter is that they are uniformly made against their magic and 'occult elements.' There is a real danger in the occult, and I protect my children from any exposure to it, even in 'popular culture'. Objections to the magic in Harry Potter, however, mistake the edifying use of magic in literature for actual invocational sorcery condemned by Scripture which it clearly is not.
This is Key and I at the Plymoth plantation living History museum. He wanted to hop into the craddle but he settled for tasting it.
This is Mark and I in front of the Maflower 2 a remake obviously of the original.
This is the cutest baby ever in the grass at the House of the seven gables in Salem, Mass.
This is Malachy and me on the whale watching boat in Boston.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Malachy still finds swinging to be one of his favorite things.
Kim at the park with her dearly departed glasses :-(
Malachy and me on the teeter-totter. This park is less than a block from Noah and Lauren's house on base.
My favorite part of vacation was Uncle Noah getting to know Malachy.
We spent hours laughing at Malachy.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Vacation and spending hours upon hours in the car and on the train made me really reflective. I have always been an over thinker when it comes to relationships of any sort. Lately I have been consumed with mistakes and regrets from relationships in the past. Something's are best forgotten but I have a hard time letting anything go. I don't know how to explain it but it feels some what like I owe the memories respect for making me who I am. If I just throw them out it would mean the pain or joy I went thru was meaningless.
At the same time I think I am the healthiest I have ever been emotionally and I don't want to be held back by the past. I rarely spend time "reflecting" out of joy. I reflect when I'm down so I can feel sorry for myself about everything I have lost or ruined. Which is ridiculous because I have more then I have ever imagined possible and I have many more joyful memories then painful ones. I just choose to think about the painful ones. Maybe it's a need for closure or a desire to figure out a way to fix it. I think I really know that's all just an excuse to indulge and wallow in painful memories that have nothing to do with who I am today and only hold me back from the joy God intended me to have and the joy my family deserves from me.
Hmmmm....Reading that back to myself I think it comes off heavier then I intended it to be. I'm just thinking on "paper" and it's not as serious as it sounds. I feel really great about my life right now especially my new Harry Potter book which I should be reading while Malachys being soooo good! So I better get going.