Monday, May 22, 2006

Class reunion

I've just spent the last little while on my high school class reunion's message board, reading what everyone has been up to over the last ten years, and it is pretty amazing. I'm further encouraged that when I'm teaching kids, my own or other people's, and they're driving me nuts, I can just remember that in a few years they'll be traveling the world and using their talents to do incredible things.

In honor of the homeland, I posted this picture that my brother sent me. A reminder of the time a moose walked up behind me, at least this close, as I was getting on the bus. I can't wait to visit NB again this summer. There's just something about going home. :)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Isaiah's first birthday

Yes, that is an entire piece of birthday cake the Isaiah is shoving into his mouth. My question, how can he still breathe?

Here he is after the 1st piece. He went on to steal Elijah's piece and eat his as well. This was just totally fascinating to all of us. None of our previous six children (I'm including all of the cousins who were there as well) really cared much for their first piece of birthday cake. Most just took a few licks and were done. Just more confirmation of the uniqueness of every child.

Elijah and Olivia showing us their "sweet moves." Elijah is dressed up like a power ranger... again. His costumes are like the blankie or teddy bear that most children have. He is naturally shy and sensitive, so when people come over, even people he knows well, instead of grabbing for a blankie, he puts on a costume. There is security in pretending to be someone else I guess.

Micah and Garrett in a rare moment of relative peace. Eric and I discussed just today that lately it seems like the only way Micah knows how to play is rough. Whatever toy he has is smashing into things, falling, catapulting, flying through the air, being thrown off the deck, into the pool, down the stairs, out the window of the van... you get the picture. I'm beginning to think he has a future in demolition.

The birthday party was terrific. No new news to post on our transition except that we're now considering that we may have to rent our current home instead of selling it. Maybe there is a family who really needs a nice home, can't buy a house but would be able to rent it, and maybe God wants us to serve them in this way. Or a hundred other possibilities. All in God's timing.

Friday, May 05, 2006

We're Moving

Yup it's true. Clubhouse Drive will be our humble abode no longer. For quite some time now we've been talking, praying, discussing, lamenting, dreaming over some pretty exciting life changes. It is now public and official. Eric has been accepted at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, KY for this fall, so our house is for sale, we're looking for a home to rent in Wilmore, and we have resigned from Brown's Chapel. We hope to move in July if our house sells. We will certainly our dear friends here and our Brown's Chapel family, but we definitely feel burdened to move on.

The absence of posts during the last month and a half can be partially attributed to the fact that we've been packing and making repairs. This house is going to look better the day we sell it than it ever looked the entire time we lived here. We spread 3 cubic yard of mulch on Wednesday, we replaced the garage door, painted the window boxes and trim, and there is still a list to complete for the next family moving in. Anyway, this all seems pretty boring and trivial after reading about Bethany's trip to Cuba.

Isaiah's first birthday party is tomorrow, so we're going to celebrate with the cousins. I'll try to post pictures soon, but no promises. I still haven't been able to successfully post pictures from the Mac at home. Safari quits every time I try to import a picture. Again... technical advice anyone?


Simile Metaphor Collection

Elijah after running: My heart is beating like a coconut rolling down a hill.
Elijah on urination: Pee is like horses galloping out of the gate. Once they get started you just can't stop them.
Elijah: If school were a human I'd give it a wedgie.
Elijah: I am like a hot rod and I just want to be a plain old Ford
Elijah on the fruits of the spirit: I've got them all covered except self-control. Its like a tiny green tomato and the rest are all big ripe ones. Especially love. Its like the biggest tomato we saw in the garden tonight.