Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween

Another Halloween comes and goes. Halloween may be over, but at least the candy will last for weeks to come.

Miss Bookworm goes indian.

Ed the cow girl.

F.G. decided to go as a baby.

Every family needs a rock star.

It is kind of hard to see Little Foot under the sheet.

K.D. is in love with Star Wars and went as a storm trooper.


Our little Princess Anna.


Miss Bookworm went to youth group the other night with a friend. They were suppose to dress up in pairs.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

“I’m so Happy”

The other morning I walked into Anna’s room to get her up. She stretched her arms above her head nice and slow looking particularly satisfied from her night’s rest.

Anna: Dad, I’m so happy.

CrazyD: You area? Why are you so happy?

Anna: I love my bed.

CrazyD: Good. I am glad you love your bed.

Anna: And I have ice cream in my bed.

CrazyD: You had ice cream in your bed?

Anna: Yes . . . I’m so happy. I love my bed.

It finally dawned on me that she must have had a dream that she could not quite distinguish from reality. And this dream of eating ice cream in her beloved bed moved this normally happy girl to an even higher state of happiness.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Trusting Chariots?

The unprecedented drop in the stock market this week has reminded me of a question I have struggled with in the past – do I genuinely believe something about myself that is not true?

This thought first struck me years ago when I was reflecting on an exchange between Jesus and Peter in John 13. At the last supper Jesus was explaining to His disciples that He would be going away and they could not yet follow Him. Peter responded to this by saying, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You." (v. 37)

I believe Peter was genuine in this expression of devotion to Christ and honestly believed that he would be willing to lay down his life. And while in the end Peter did indeed come to a place where he was willing to lay down his life for Jesus, Jesus knew Peter better than himself and answered, “Will you lay down your life for Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you deny Me three times.” (v.38)

Will I do what I think I will do? It is hard to know until the time comes.

Well the time has come for me to see if my belief that I do not put too much confidence in my financial investments is really true or not. This week I have been standing outside of myself watching me watching the market. On the one hand I say, “See, I don’t value our investments too much! I am sleeping fine at night and am not stressed out over it all.” On the other hand, I look at CrazyMom and see what it looks like to really not be emotionally involved in the markets. I see from her that I still have some room to grow.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7

Friday, October 3, 2008

Anna Tells a Story

I have not posted about Anna lately, so I grabbed the video camera last night at bedtime and asked her to tell me a story. She happens to be long winded, so don't feel obligated to watch the whole thing. It does give you a great opportunity to observe two things, however. First, one can see the current state of her English skills after starting to learn English about seven months ago. Second, one gets to see how adorable she is. :-)