Monday, July 30, 2007

Down from the Mountaintop

I haven't posted in a while because I've been here:

My Sweetie and I had a fabulous anniversary trip in the Rocky Mountains! In addition to simply enjoying 3 1/2 days of grown up conversation (thanks to Mom & Sis for watching the young 'uns!) we were in constant awe of the splendor of our God's creation!

It was a time of romance, worship, and refreshment for our souls. Just the thing to "fill my tank" before beginning a new school year.

"Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all."

I Chronicles 29:11

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

By God's grace, married to my best friend for 15 years today.
I love you, Sweetie!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Our Family Table

Lori at Glass Half Full began a "Family Table" tag and I decided to play! This is where we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is where we have family devotions and family meetings. Sometimes it's a school desk, sometimes a sewing table, most of the time it's just a big mess! Above all, it is where countless memories have been made.
It's old - note 2 of the original chairs have been dismembered and gone - My Sweetie bought it for me as a surprise when we only had three olive shoots sitting around the table. Now, with five, it's getting too small. Once our little K.L. outgrows the high chair, we will be in trouble! Praise be to Him who has done exceeding abundantly!

The green paint is new and the "runner" is a big sample of the fabric I'm planning to use to make window treatments. Someday maybe we'll get the whole room decorated!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Book Review

I am not nearly skilled or eloquent enough to offer a serious critical review of anything, but here is a laywoman's attempt. A very dear friend recently suggested I read C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces. I can't believe I had never discovered it before. It is a grown-up book -- a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. A sublime work that shows how well good ole "Jack" really mastered the art of a novel.

As a story, it was entertaining and captivating. At first, I just took it at face-value, enjoying the tale. But when I finished the book, thoughts of it stayed with me for days. I found myself meditating on certain passages and themes. Lewis finds a way to tell a pagan myth while illuminating such Christian ideas as the gulf between believers and unbelievers, the even bigger gulf between God and sinners, and the glories and joys of just knowing God.

I really can't say more, both because I'm not a literary critic and because the impression the novel left on me is in many ways beyond words. Read it and discover this masterpiece for yourself. Thanks, Wendy, for a great recommendation!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Long Time, No Blog

It has been a couple of weeks since I had a chance to visit the blog world. We went on vacation, and then I took a "vacation" from the computer for a bit while I got our little world back in order. It really takes about three weeks to pull off a one week trip: one week to prepare and pack, one week for the travel, and one week (at least!) to recover. I think we are back to normal for a while - until the next trip, anyway.

Here are some stats:
1700 - approximate number of miles put on "the Burb" (our trusty family vehicle) on this trip
5 - number of states we drove through
90 - total minutes the baby slept on the entire trip!
innumerable - the number of times a parent said, "Find her the binky!"
immeasurable - the joy of visiting loved ones we rarely get to see!

(Here's the best shot we got of all 5 at Lake Michigan. Impossible to get them all looking at the camera at the same time on the beach!)