Friday, December 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Last week, Eliana and I "read" Peter Spier's Noah's Ark for the first time. The wonderful illustrations (which do not include the above) do all the "talking." I think it was the first time the devastation really sank in with Eliana. When she saw pictures of other animals standing outside the closed ark deep in water she finally realized how many more animals died in the flood than were saved. I suppose her response was typical--"That's not fair."
But praise the Lord we do not get what is "fair!" If that were true, then there would be no hope for any, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) We can choose to focus on the "bad" things that happen in the world as a means of trying to question God's character, or we can look at the many blessings in our lives and wonder in utter amazement, "How is it that good things happen to sinful people?" Let us thank the Lord our God, who is mysteriously well-pleased to lavish upon us His love and grace.
Looking at an illustration of the ark at sea, I thought I would try a lead-in to point out Noah's great faith in God again. I asked Eliana how she thought she may have felt being on that ark, adrift at sea, rain falling from the sky, surrounded by water and no land in sight for so long. Her response?
Friday, November 07, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Trying not to lose them
(It didn't work, but, thankfully, it was a small maze.)
Evangeline making friends with a goat
(She walked right up to it, full of excitement and expectation, and said, "Hi! Whatcha name, goat?" Ahh, you just had to be there.)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
It was so nice to catch up with Tim and Kristin at the wedding. We miss you!
We enjoyed seeing Multnomah Falls while we were in the Portland area.
Then we drove to the coast, where we walked on the beach and ate way too much clam chowder.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
But I simply cannot leave one major event unmentioned any longer. You see, earlier this month our little Evangeline turned TWO. We thank God for blessing us with this little person with a big personality. She brings us such great joy and has been one of God's major instruments in teaching us more about patience. We are now holding on for dear life but definitely enjoying the ride.
We took Evangeline to a portrait studio on her birthday to forever capture her two-year-old self in some nice birthday pictures. Below you can see part of the finished product. I think we succeeded. :)