Friday, April 28, 2006

Modesty on Your Wedding Day

This is the title of a post over at Girltalk, which is team written by Carolyn Mahaney(C.J's wife)and her three daughters. (Hat tip: Joshua Harris)
It's an important reminder that modesty should not be suspended at a wedding. I love reading what these four women write. I highly recommend reading their posts. You will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Packing Faux Pas

Here's a lighthearted moment amidst all the stress of moving our household to Ottawa. We went to the Moving Company's warehouse today to pick up some additional boxes. While there I asked one of the employees for cardboard sections to place inside the box to keep my glasses and mugs from smashing into each other.
Well...he looked at me and promptly said, "We don't use them anymore, we haven't used them for twenty years." And while I slowly nodded my head with a silent, "Oh" on my lips, he slammed dunk my packing error by reiterating that no one packs glasses like that anymore. It takes up too much space. He went on to say that only the liquor stores pack glass that way nowadays. Standing in a warehouse gravel parking lot with a man with blue workpants on and his uniformed shirt, I felt the weight of my packing faux pas come down hard on my tired shoulders. As we got in the car, I was already laughing at the man's aghast demeanor when he realized how I was wanting to pack my glassware. Who knew?!
I am humbled.

Packing Tape

Moving Truck comes tomorrow! Very exciting times for a little boy who is almost three! Must...keep...packing.

The twins are out!

Two new baby boys were added to our extended family yesterday evening, Baby J and Baby T.
Congratulations to my brother and sister-in-law and my older nephew C.
The boys were delivered by C-section and everyone is doing fine. They are 4 weeks early but both are over 5 pounds.
More details and hopefully pictures to follow.
Praise God for His care over our family.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Greatest Game Ever Played

We watched this Disney Movie on Tuesday night and we really enjoyed it. I'm not good at writing reviews, but I will say one thing. This movie did not patronize you with phrases designed to encourage the hero or it's audience. No one told the young golfer, Francis Ouimet, "Just follow your heart and your dreams will come true." Or "You can do whatever you dream." Those who thought well of his golf-abilities sought to give him opportunities to play, but no one pushed him into "believing in himself". When he initially turned down the offer to play in the US Open in 1913, they accepted his answer without much of a reply. It was his own determination(according to the movie) that led him to change his mind and accept the offer to play.

I personally don't see the benefit in telling young children that "they can be whatever they want to be". Simply because that is not the reality of our world. On the other hand, we need the courageous people who do not take no for an answer, who continue to try despite setbacks and without seeing success. Their drive inspires others who perhaps will be able to finish what they themselves could only start.
I highly recommend this movie, even if you do not have an interest in golf. I do not follow golf and I picked this movie.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Great Blog Recommendation

I found this blog awhile ago, but forget to mention it. Godward Thoughts is consistently an excellent read. He currently is posting on two topics, Jesus' death and resurrection and his ongoing studies into the differences between dispensationalism and covenant theology. (For the moms in my life,) this is a great and easy way to look at the two views. And you can study along with him. Be sure to read the comments as you go, as his readers are from both sides.

Monday, April 10, 2006

In a Whirlwind

No this isn't about Job's conversation with God. That's how our Ottawa trip went this weekend. We left our son with Nannie & Grampie on Wednesday night and headed out Thursday morning. We arrived there after about 10.5 hours of traveling. Friday we headed out to look at two apartments. After viewing both, we went with the first appointment. We like it a lot as it has just gone through a complete renovation. Everything is new. And with original hardwood sanded and stained until it shines, it is very beautiful.
So our moving date is set for the last week in April.
We drove home yesterday and got back in time to catch the grandparents before they headed back to church with our son. Tired, but happy with our success, we are now awaiting approval for the apartment application.
Now the real work has to begin. Packing and sorting for a moving/yard sale.
My upstairs neighbor is going to help me sell at the yardsale. Apparently she's got great selling techniques for these jobbies.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Moving Memories

We'll be moving up to Ottawa for the first of May. My husband and I plan to go up this week/weekend (it's all of an eleven hour drive) to find a place to rent. Hopefully we can be settled by the time of his official start date of mid-May. I have already packed about 20 boxes and have barely made a dent. My almost 3 year old son is a big help...kinda...if you call knocking down walls of boxes and making me stumble around them helpful. Or throwing things in boxes that aren't quite ready to be packed. Or wanting to carry his scissors in his back pocket like Mommy does. Aren't kids great?!
The picture of the moving truck reminds of the way my father-in-law drove the rental truck on one of our previous moves. The move included several back country roads which harbored two deer that he managed to swerve around only injuring one while he was pouring himself a cup of tea from his thermos! My mother-in-law, baby son and I were riding behind in our car watching the whole catastrophe unfold before our eyes. I felt quite self-righteous as I had been just remarking prior to the deer that he was driving insanely fast and quite erratically. Thankfully the only damage done to the truck was a smashed headlight and the deer eventually limped off into the forest as my husband and I leaned over the ditch to assess her injuries. I think she was glaring at my father-in-law, or maybe that was just me.
Dad, if you're reading this, thanks for all your help, but I think we'll get professionals this time!