Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I have no idea what Ken was going to ask Calvin. The question was completely forgotten as we hugged each other and laughed.
Teddy is learning to feed himself with a fork. I put some food on his fork and held it out for him. He pulled the food off, put the food on his tray, took the fork and stabbed the food himself, then ate it and grinned. My apologies, Teddy, for thinking you needed a little help.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Today, however, God allowed me a taste of fruit from my labor of disciplining Calvin...
Calvin threw a toy at Teddy after I had just told him not to. I told him to go sit on the naughty chair for two minutes. He went to the chair without any struggle. After two minutes, I called him into the kitchen to talk. I told him once more what he had done to deserve correction. He responded by clasping his hands together and saying, "Let's pray! Dear God, I sinned. Please forgive me. Thank you. Amen." I said (after I stopped gaping in shock), "Now go make things right with your brother." "Okay," he said, and then he ran to the living room to apologize to Teddy.
God knew how much I needed that encouragement today, to see Calvin receive correction without a fight, and to see his heart tender before the Lord.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
At the end of lunch yesterday, Teddy took a chunk of cornbread and threw it across the room.
Kim: Teddy Dean! No throwing food!
Ken: Did Teddy do that? What an arm!!
Yes, that's why children need both a mother and a father.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
- B-- The Belle of Louisville. I had seen pictures of it before, a restored paddlewheel steamboat that cruises the Ohio River. What I didn't know was that it is one of only five remaining paddlewheel steamboats in the United States.
- O-- "for Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Louisville's original parks system. He moved to Louisville after designing Central Park in New York City."
- S--The Seelbach Hotel is talked up all over town as the swankiest place in the city. Do you recognize the name? It is a hotel featured in the book, The Great Gatsby.
- T--"Thunder Over Louisville, the nation's largest annual fireworks display, and the official kickoff for the Kentucky Derby Festival each year."
The book has also given us a new list of places to be sure and see in Louisville: Churchill Downs, Henry's Ark, Iroquios Ampitheater, St. James Court Art Show, historic Old Louisville, the University of Louisville, and Water Tower park.
That's a big list. We'll see how far we get while living here.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
As we were taking pictures, Ken said to Calvin, "Give your snow man a hug!" Calvin responded, "No, Daddy, I'm going to knock him down." And, just like that, the nice snow man came to a crashing end.
Monday, January 21, 2008
My predictions: The Patriots win big in the Super Bowl. Favre comes back for one more year and the Packers win it all.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
And you thought seminarians spent all their time pondering the trinity and the providence of God.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
And a second dining table set up in the entry way...
We comfortably sat fifteen people for dinner! Here are a few pictures of our friends enjoying the fellowship in our home:
This group on the couch is watching the Packers game. What Christmas party is complete without football, right?
We also played a group game that revealed some little-known facts about one another. Every one's kiddos were with baby-sitters, so we all actually enjoyed some uninterrupted conversations. It was a fun night! And now, it's time for the Christmas decorations to come down.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Time passed and we thought nothing of it. Three mornings ago Calvin said to Kimberly and me at breakfast, "Those two men said that Jesus is 'a god', but that is not right, he is the God!
Wow, what a lesson for us as parents. Our children are always listening and they are always learning. The Bible says that we are to, "...teach them (the Scriptures) diligently to your children..." (Deut 6:7). Every moment we are teaching something about God to our children in words AND actions.
Friday, January 4, 2008
We have enjoyed receiving Christmas cards and photos this year from family and friends new and old. A couple years ago, my cousins Jeff and Nancy had all their cards on one wall in their home. It looked fun and festive and really put the cards on display. So I stole their idea and created our own Christmas card wall.
As is our tradition, when I take down all our Christmas decorations (mid-January for me!), I will tuck all the Christmas cards from 2007 in one of the decoration boxes. Next year, when I decorate once again for Christmas, I'll take out the stack of 2007 cards and Ken and I will sit together and look through them once more. I plan to use the cards after that to make Christmas crafts with Calvin and Teddy.
Thank you, friends and family, for all the cards and photos! Can you spot yours in the photo?