“In the media today, the Christian media, there’s too much triffling with God, too much slapstick, too much triviality. There aren’t enough tears. There isn’t enough seriousness. The Joy has a light silly flavor to it. Not the kind of flavor that out to be there when you have suffered and died with Jesus. We ought to be calling the world to a kind of joy which has tears on it’s face and can walk through dark valleys. Instead of trying to sound like the silly banter of primetime, drive time, world.”
John Piper, “Looking at the Kindness and Severity of God 2

Family,

A Veggie Cross

Recently, Matthew has found it fun to eat some food items with a toothpick. It started when we sampled some sausages at Costco. They used the little toothpicks to serve them.

I served the little slices of sausage on a plate and he wanted to eat them with a “stick”. It took forever to figure out what he wanted because it had already been days since our Costco trip and we had long forgot. Matthew kept saying “stick, stick!”. And he wouldn’t eat the sausages.

In our normal manner we probably said something like, “no, we’re not playing with sticks right now, eat the sausage”. But he was very insistent and pointing up above the microwave saying “stick”. Well, we keep the toothpicks above the microwave and after deep blank thought, and by the grace of God I finally, I realized he wanted to eat the sausages with a toothpick.

“Oh, you mean a toothpick?” Matthew agreed.

So now he likes to eat various foods with a toothpick. He pleasantly surprised us recently when he suddenly said, “look, Jesus cross.” And we turned to see his veggies put to good use.

And he ate his veggies too.

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Sayrah’s Photo Shoot

Our 14 year old dog Sayrah has had bone cancer and a broken leg for over a month now. She's hanging in there. I took her to another vet recently and she said I'm doing the right thing to not do the amputation, just keep her comfortable, on pain killers and let her enjoy things as they come. We took her to the park yesterday and she hopped around, sniffing things and just enjoying the change in scenery. I recently posted some photos that we took with her.

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See any similarities?


Here we asked Matthew to put his head real close to her.

This is very typical of Claire to get excited and bang on something. But isn’t she just adorable when she’s doing it? Oh yeah, we should discourage this behavior. Oops, I was distracted by her cuteness. cheese

Family,

She Looks So Innocent

Jenn always wanted a sweet daughter to love and nurture. What she didn’t expect was to get a generous amount of spice. Here’s a photo of Claire with the infamous grab the brother’s face move.

Sometimes Matthew grabs her and because she’s just starting to walk she can easily fall over and get hurt. Sometimes we hear her crying and we come to see the aftermath, but we’re not quite sure what happened. Here’s a photo of a precarious situation. Looks lovely and sweet, but it’s really an unstable situation. We just hope Claire can survive her brother’s hugs.

Oh, okay, here’s that sweet girl that we signed up for. This is what makes every bad moment worth the trouble. wink

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Family,

Photos from Jenn

Jenn is taking some photos these days. Some of them sat on her point and shoot HP camera for nearly a year. Here’s a photo of Matthew and I at his 2nd birthday party. Yeah, it’s old considering he’s now 3 years old. So it’s actually amusing to see how different Matthew looks. There’s also some photos of Jenn while she was pregnant with Claire.

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