“This is the main difference between the Gospel and philosophy. Although the philosophers speak on the subject of morals splendidly and with praiseworthy ability, yet all the embellishment which shines forth in their precepts is nothing more than a beautiful superstructure without a foundation, for by omitting principles, they propound a mutilated doctrine, like a body without a head.” Paul [in Romans 12:1-2] lays down the principle from which all the parts of holiness flow.” John Calvin

Family,

Los Gatos Creek Trail

We travelled to Los Gatos for a light walk. It was a beautiful day, we were a little bored of being inside the house. So we decided to kill some time and enjoy the outdoors. We parked at Vasona Park and started walking down a trail that I thought would be a nice walk. As we walked and walked it seemed like the sun was beating down harder and harder. There wasn?t much shade around. Highway 17 was only tens of feet away, so instead of the peaceful sounds of outdoors, it was more like stopping your car on the freeway and walking down the shoulder! I tried to keep my composure and enjoy the walk. I looked back at Jenn to see that she wasn?t very happy. Several times she asked where we were going and when we would be there. I think my first response was ?over there?. I don?t think she appreciated that response. My second response was something like, ?just around the corner?. She said she didn?t believe me. I don?t blame her. I began to think about what it must have been like to be in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. I suppose it was like a spiritual journey. Well, not really. Jenn was hysterically upset by the end. She was laughing and complaining yet she swore that she was really mad. We finally arrived in the downtown area. I was dripping sweat. I pointed out a beautiful Victorian style home to ease Jenn?s mind. She was quick to say that she didn?t care about the house one bit. Even though it seems like we were having hardships, we were actually enjoying our time together. I guess that?s one of the special things I like about Jenn. We have our disagreements and conflicts throughout the day, but in the end, I wouldn?t sell you a moment of our time if you tried to buy it. My time with Jenn and Matthew is priceless. We stopped at a place called Blendz to get a couple juice smoothies. Then headed to the nearby town center park to rest in the shade and drink our smoothies. The park had a small section for the kids to jump through geysers of water spraying out of the ground. I walked Matthew around the park and he was very interested in all the trees that lined the perimeter of the park. After a short while, he started to notice all the kids running through the water. I wonder what he must of thought seeing something like that for the first time.

Family,

Matthew Dedication

We dressed Matthew for the first time in a cute jean overall outfit that was given to us by our dear friends Alejandra and Raul. This was a special day for us. We stood before our church, Jenn and I along with other families. We were on stage with the lights on us. It was definitely a new feeling to be on the stage. It’s like walking off the couch and into the television set. I know it’s just our stage at our home Church. But somehow it felt like I was on television with all those lights and camera on us. The stage has monitors that you can look down onto and see yourself. I looked up at the large projection screens at one point to see myself looking up at the screens! The pastor speaks into a wireless microphone, his voice is filling the entire room. Jenn and I stood their to confirm our dedication to raising Matthew to be a man of God. We vowed to do our best to teach him about the God of the Bible and guide him in the wise ways of God. Church on the Hill also vowed to help out; teaching and guiding Matthew to know and love God. Thank you God, and all the faithfull believers at Church on the Hill

Family,

Pee and Poop outside the diaper

I picked Matthew up to discover that he had pee’d enough to wet the diaper and make his blanket and bassinet a little wet. So I brought him over to the bed to change his diaper. Everything was going fine until I noticed a new look on Matthew’s face. As I look at him, he looks back at me, but I notice a stream of pee flying past his head and completely onto the other side of the bed! I called for Jenn to come and check out the long distance wet spot he made. She came with a towel to wipe it up and as she was wiping it up, he began to pee on her arm. Jenn screamed as her arm was being washed with Matthew’s pee. Simultaneously, he started pooping all over the changing pad. I thought it would be wise to block the stream of pee with the old diaper, but this just made a puddle of poop and pee underneath Matthew! He didn’t seem to be bothered by any of this. And most of the time this was happening, Jenn and I were laughing histerically. I wish I had a picture to show you, but I don’t. Our hands were full. So here’s a photo of Matthew and I.

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