Saturday, April 30, 2011

on technology..

I love technology. Tonight while I was sitting in the dark waiting for Olivia to fall asleep, I decided to buy the book my book club is reading next month from Amazon. Two clicks and 30 seconds later, I was reading the book. Lying on the floor of my daughter's room in the dark. Seriously, how crazy is that?! Could anyone 50 years ago (or 10 years ago, who am I kidding) have imagined this scenario? How utterly convenient. And completely strange. I wonder what I will be able to do 10 years from now that I could never imagine doing today?

Ahh technology. My best friend, but quite possibly, the biggest potential invasive monster in my life. I really need to make sure I am actively not letting technology creep too far into my life and become too invasive in my daily doings. After all, gadgets and gizmos last year after year, but these little children won't always be here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Baseball Boy

Will got his first hit tonight-- a single-- and made it all the way
home a short time later! Way to go Will!! :) He was sooo excited to
have gotten a hit. Pizza after the game to celebrate!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Dan is off to Haiti for work as of 6:30 this morning, gone till Wednesday. Thankfully we all got to attend Easter services at PCC last night. (Props to a church that has 6 Easter services over the whole weekend, including one in Spanish! :))

This morning while the kids wolfed down breakfast, I read aloud the Easter story from the Jesus Storybook Bible (easily my favorite kids' bible ever!) and was struck anew at just how much Jesus gave up for us. I'm so grateful to God for all he has done and continues to do for me!

I'll leave you with these song lyrics, and this video. I love them both! :)

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save

Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live!

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life's first cry till final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand

Sunday, April 17, 2011

a week "off"

With Dan's new job based out of Springfield, MO, we are entering a whole new season of life with him traveling for work. (He is headed to Haiti next week, and El Salvador two weeks after that!)

This week, he needed to be in Springfield, so we decided to send our older two along with him to spend the week with their grandparents in St. Louis. Ohhh were they ever excited to hear about this idea! 

So a few hours ago I kissed my three big travelers goodbye and shooed them out the door to the airport, leaving me home alone with my 4- and 1- year-olds. For the first half-hour or so, Tristan absolutely did not know what to do with himself. Never in his his life has he been left without at least one of his older best buddies to pal around with! Thankfully he rebounded quickly. 

Hallie will be turning 6 on Wednesday, marking the first time I've been apart from one of my kids on his/her birthday. Mima has great plans, though, and Hallie couldn't be more excited about spending her birthday elsewhere, so I am not worried. (Only for myself. ;)) 

This is also the first week of being home in over two years that I haven't had school to do with Will and/or Hallie. So I am facing a week of being home with two preschoolers?? What could be easier, or more adventuresome! I told Tristan to think of some fun things he'd like to do this week in the mornings since we'll now be free to roam the countryside. His answers? Go to Chuck E. Cheese, the library, Red Robin, Orloski's (the local gas station, to get "treats"), and Knorr's (by the creek, for a picnic). I am happy to say that we plan to do every one of these things this week! And by Friday we will be most ready to welcome our travelers home again.