Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I feel like I'm reading a good book and I'm just not ready for it to end in a few weeks.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

To Anna

Sweet Little Anna,

You are no officially walking! You have been working on it for about 5 months now :) Today was Saturday. It snowed and we were all home together as a family. We went to a neighborhood Egg Hunt inside a warehouse. You squeaked and pointed and waved excitedly at the Easter Bunny. Daddy and I think you did not crawl at all today - your first day of no crawling! And you were a lot more brave in walking without holding on to anything. You had an excited smile and glow every time we told you you did a good job.

You had a 5 piece chicken nuggets from Wendys and a clementine for lunch. You took a 2 1/2 hour nap. I saw you rock your baby doll today by swaying side to side. Too sweet. You've been calling me "Mama" more and more lately and each time I am caught off guard. It is my very favorite sound right now. Especially when I hear it from the other room and I know you are looking for me.

We also played a lot of scaring each other form around corners. I can get a guaranteed deep giggle from you when I pop out at you. Thanks for loving this game with me. It is not Daddy and Hopey's favorite. After your bath, before bed time, all 4 of us sat on the couch together. You and Hopey shared some cheerios out of a bowl. I read some library books, but you were more interested in your board books next to you. We had March Madness on in the background. You smelled like baby shampoo and lavendar lotion. Your thin hair was soft and clean and straight. You wore your snuggly white and pink bunny footie jammies.

I love you at this age. I love you walking and how it opens up a whole new level of play for you, and how it makes you happy. You make me happy.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Trip to So Cal

We had a wonderful trip to So Cal back in February. It was a great getaway from the long winter. It was quite the treat to go for 2 weeks without coats, play outside, and walk on the beach. We think it did just the trick to help our psyche :) Not to mention, we made great memories with our families and enjoyed the familiarity of the area. Below are about a bizillion pictures. We got to see lots of friends too, but unfortunately I didn't get any pictures.

The following are our Disneyland pictures. It was Nannie's (Mark's Mom) 60th birthday, so we went to celebrate. We had a great time. We went for 2 days and stayed in Anaheim at Mark's brother's time share. The girls were pooped by then end, but there was so much going on they didn't get cranky. It was magical, and full of memories.

Hope and Luke. She wore the dress the entire two days.

Uncle Phil and Anna. For some reason she often makes this face when squinting. We find it very endearing. :)

Andrew and Hope taking a snack break.

Standing in line for Dumbo!

Mommy and Hopey on Dumbo.

Anna LOVED Tiger. In fact we discovered on this trip that she loves any non-humans. She squeaks and squeals and talks up a storm.

The boys on Splash Mountain. They took this picture off of the screen, cheaters.

About 4 o'clock the first day they fell fast asleep. It was very sweet.

Oh, the excitement!

Meeting Mickey.

Meeting Minnie.

Minnie greeting Anna.

Probably my favorite picture from the trip.

Hopey and the birthday girl! It rained the 2nd day unfortunately, but we made the best of it.

Family picture in front of Small World.

On Small World for the 3rd time :)

This is how she walked from the back of the park to the bus to take us home. I think she felt like a big girl getting to hold the umbrella. And she's intense like that.

Mark and I went to Oceanside for a night while my dear family watched the girls. Its the first time we've gone away for a night since Hope was born.

My family at the Wild Animal Park. It was a great day! We love zoos.

On the tram to see the roaming animals. I think the girls whined and cried the entire tram ride. This must have been one quick calm moment.


Auntie Rah-rah and Hopey in a cave.

Robin and I have a picture like this from when we were in high school, so we had to recreate it. Its framed upstairs at my parent's house.

Hopey and her Grammy.

We were happy to be there for Valentine's Day as well. It was great.

The girls loved making music with Pappy's many instruments.

Playing the piano with dear Auntie Rah-rah!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Is Coming

Its been in the 50's lately, which means I can walk to and from the mailbox with no coat and not freeze! AND more importantly we can go outside and play comfortably, the snow has melted (completely!), and we are starting to see some GREEN! I am really growing in my appreciation of the seasons. The anticipation of Spring and its fulfillment is quite a joy. And in the seasons there are so many resemblances to the seasons in our lives, no? We hope for Spring, the winter is dark and cold, but Spring is coming... all will be made right when we see God face to face and we are no longer have to struggle against the things of this world. And, on a much smaller scale, out of the hard times in life comes new growth. Persevere. He who is faithful does not give up on you. Have you heard Steven Curtis Chapman's "Spring is Coming?" If not, you should check it out.

Sidewalk chalk!

How exciting it was to see these things popping up. Anyone know what they'll be?

Still not walking consistently. She's lacking the confidence. She thought it was pretty cool to pull up on Sissy's bike, though.

When we get home from the library, Hope likes to sit and "read" her books herself. It is fun becuase 1. it keeps her busy for quite a while 2. I get to hear her imagination at work since she really has no idea what the books are about 3. Anna will sit with her and do the same with her books and its just so very sweet.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

"Misguided Christian Outrage"

Here's a little excerpt from an article I read today by Russel Moore titled "Misguided Christian Outrage." It has to do with some Christians being bothered by a missing line from the new "We Are the World." The line goes: "As God has shown us by turning stone to bread..." (I know, it makes no sense). I have wondered for a while what really the issue is with people who are bothered by not saying "Merry Christmas," and with the 10 Commandments not being allowed to be posted everywhere. To me it makes sense: Many (most?) people in America are not Christians.

"These Christians mean well. They don't want to see the gospel disrespected. But there's something parabolic here, I think. It's the same sort of thing we see when Stephen Colbert interviews a U.S. Congressman who wants to legislate the Ten Commandments in federal courthouses but can't name them. We'd almost rather have the affirmation than the revelation.

Why are we so desperate to see "God" affirmed by the outside culture, even when the "God" they're talking about more closely resembles Zeus (or, as in this case, Lucifer) than Yahweh? When we reach this point of perpetual outrage, are we closer to identity politics than gospel proclamation? I'm afraid so.

Could it be that the problem is we really want the reassurance that we're "normal"? We'd like a shout-out in our pop culture and our political speeches to signify that we're acceptable, that Christianity isn't really all that freakish. But, if that happens, apart from submission to the Cross, is it really Christianity anymore (Jas. 4:4)?