Sunday, December 27, 2015

christmas magic

Tim and I made a little magic on Christmas Eve this year. After tucking in kids and wrapping the last presents we set up our tiny tree in front of the paper cupboard with a star of equal size hung from the ceiling. Calli got a glimpse of Santa at the mall a few weeks ago (+ we watched Santa Buddies together) so she was all about Santa this year. The first thing she said as she burst into the room was, "I love Jesus and Santa and my Family!!" So the "real" tree magic was worth it.


Calli's first present had gold writing - To Calli | From Santa. When she saw it she screamed and ran around the house, "My very first present from Santa!!" But she also asked why Santa used our wrapping paper, to which I replied, he was out and needed to borrow some. 
Air tight case.

We made Calli smile like a normal person after this shot but it turns out I like this one the best. Unprompted joy can be scarce in a world with a 5 year old. (Well I guess all the presents were sort of a prompt but you can't even count on that!)

   ♥  ♥ ♥

And then there was a fabulous Christmas dinner at Dallas and Kelly's house. 



Best presents: A pencil set for me, a $2 snow globe ornament for Calli, a Black Friday Special iPad, and a nice watch for Dad.

Video of the morning: Calli had 4 presents left and Grant was out so we gave her a speed round and one of her favorite presents was included. Enjoy!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

merry christmas

We had a cousin swap this week and it was my job to drive across town thru the dark rain with two boys and a nerf gun in the back seat of the car. At the time, I have to admit, I was slightly annoyed that there was not one break in the funny voices, jokes, and laughing fits. It's like the two shared one brain as one would start a sentence and the other would continue it through to the punch line...and then another punch line...and then another. But looking back at it now it's one of my favorite memories of the Holidays - because you just don't forget a funny story where all the kids get rabies for Christmas.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

monsters are a menace

Running with Grant today, talking about Minecraft of course, he said,

     Monsters are a menace, but they're also a prize because you can use them.*
     But Silverfish are just a menace.

It made me think of trials in our lives. I don't totally know why bad things happen, but in my experience I've been noticing more and more that some struggles bring forth a prize. New wisdom, new connections, new pain that can be used for good. And then there are other struggles that are pretty worthless, besides maybe being a reminder that we are not home yet.

My prayer is that we would be able to distinguish what we must slay (Monsters) and what we must wade through (Silverfish).

"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14

*from what I've gathered, this includes zombies and skeletons who you plunder and kill to use their bones for bows and arrows, etc. 

Friday, December 04, 2015


We watched a bunch of home video clips tonight and laughed and laughed! I have not done a good job keeping up lately but I'll post the few movies I have. From me to my kids (in the future). I promise to try harder next year to capture your hilariousness.


Thursday, December 03, 2015

will you run with me

She bursts through the door
angry and tired of fleeing 
She sees me and shouts across the room
"Will you run with me?"

And things aren't fair
And things aren't right
And why the torture God? Why?
We aren't sure

But I see myself in her
She isn't perfect
But she is good
And even in her goodness she falls

She suffers
She weeps
She laughs
We run

What a blessing it is 
to be invited
to be asked
"Will you run with me?"

- My reflection on being a mentor at Shepherd's Door