Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sock it to me

I wandered in the bathroom (the door was wide open) and Sage was sitting on the toilet and yells, "Privacy!"
I leave. A few minutes later I go back to the bathroom and she's still sitting there on the toilet except now she wants to talk.
"I dont know which socks to wear. I want to wear my Elsa socks because they're pretty bit I also want to wear my Anna socks because they're pretty too."
For the record...
I told her to wear one of each.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Southern trek

God doesn't want anyone to spend their time thinking of the different ways they might die at any moment. God does want us to know that we could die at any moment and let that affect how we live. Not to inspire fearful behavior, but boldness to do His will.

These were the thoughts going through my mind while I was trying to sleep at our Airbnb in Georgia on the way to Florida. I was having my usual THINKFEST instead of sleeping. The next day God helped to compound my feelings by offering me a learning experience when another driver rear-ended us when we were about 30 minutes away from Brenyn's house. We were not hurt, I didn't have the typical feelings of fatalism and fear (besides the initial is everyone alive and whole moment).

I'm thankful with the gentle ways God has dealt with this insistently sinful person.

We're in Florida now and we've been taking walks around the lake and marshy area near Brenyn's house and we saw an alligator, many turtles, Florida parrots, a pink bird, grackles (they're everywhere!) and of course lizards. We even saw a bright green anole.

Brenyn's Florida baby shower was charming and beautiful. Delightful food and beverages and a beautiful location and lots of smiles. So many charming, perfect details.
Sage told several baby shower guests that "blueberries make (her) poop."

Solo wants to lead people. He always wants to be the first one to crest the hill or be eaten by the alligator, either way.

Marley's support and kindness are such a blessing in my life. It's SO obvious what a helper she is, I can't even take it for granted. Which is good and sometimes overwhelming and ALWAYS humbling. Thankful.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Kid translations

Me talking to my phone sending a voice to text to Bob: "What's the name of the guy from church with the mustache and darker skin?"
Solo in an amazed voice: "How does Google know that!?"


Bob is away in NYC for business and we've had very "the-chief-is-away" attitudes around here. Tonight we played charades while eating breakfast for dinner (AKA raisin bran).
Sage's turn came up and she deliberates for a minute and then picks up two freezer packs and walks normally across the room while everyone throws guesses out. "Mailman!" "UPS guy!" But no one got it, so she told us what she was doing. "I was Cleopatra carrying stuff."
Duh people.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Jerry Lee

When we were young, there was only a handful of young people and everybody was old. Now that I'm old seems like everyone is young and there is only a handful of us that's old. -Jerry Lee from home-group.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Good things

Sage and all the Winduebs were playing in the backyard and making shelter houses for themselves and Sage tells me about hers in 3-year-old-speak.
"This is my home. It's a broken home. I have to swing alone."

Broken referring to the tree limb. Funny but sad. I'm thankful that none of that is actually true for my kids.


We had co-op today. It delights all of us each Monday.  Sage loves "preschool". Marley enjoys self improvement in any way. Solo gets to gym-class (that's a verb right?). I get to talk to other parents and see my kids have a good time... and eat lunch. I love lunch so much.

Today Marley and Aimee made cakes for Mystery of History class and frosted them and labeled them to look like ancient Egypt.  Full sized sheet cakes by the way. Boy was that good news at lunch.

Also today we introduced Toby to the first Harry Potter movie. Important rites of passage.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Nothing rhymes with Ish-bosheth.

David inquires and then the Lord speaks.

In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord . “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The Lord said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.
2 Samuel 2:1 NIV

...and David inquired of the Lord , “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
1 Samuel 30:8 NIV

he inquired of the Lord , saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” The Lord answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”
1 Samuel 23:2 NIV

Once again David inquired of the Lord , and the Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.”
1 Samuel 23:4 NIV

so David inquired of the Lord , “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?” The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”  Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; so David inquired of the Lord , and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.
2 Samuel 5:19‭, ‬22‭-‬23 NIV

Friday, October 6, 2017

When humans judge other humans it tends to go badly.

Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days. Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?”
1 Samuel 25:10-11

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I catch myself worrying what some people will think of me.

But it's foolish to think of another human as being an authority on truth, joy, faith.

The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,  and the idols will totally disappear.  People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.  In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.  Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
Isaiah 2:17‭-‬20‭, ‬22 NIV