March 31, 2008

He Built This All By Himself...


... by following (what seemed to me to be) a vague 2 page layout in his K'nex book. There's no way I did anything like this when I was five. Shoot, who am I kidding? I can't do stuff like this at 41, either!

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March 29, 2008

Yin & Yang? and/or Harmonious Co-existence?

Yin & Yang  and/or  Harmonious Co-existence?  #1

Yin & Yang  and/or  Harmonious Co-existence?  #2

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Nature and Infrastructure at the local university. A strangely beautiful combination, methinks.

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March 28, 2008

Gerbers make me smile.

Such a Cheerful Flower...

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. - Helen Keller

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March 27, 2008

I have talented Friends.

And they're both way better with words than I.

Kim writes books. And Girl (I can't help but say that after reading her book :-), Heavenly Places is a fun, "girly", encouraging, redemptive story about a woman whose life is transformed while studying the book of Ephesians with a group of women. I thought it was downright serendipitous that I got to read the bulk of it on Easter Day. You can read more about it at Kim's website, or you can swing by your local bookstore and pick up a copy.


And Lisa writes song lyrics and music. And plays piano and guitar. And sings like an angel. I was thrilled and blessed to have her sing ... way back in the day ... at my wedding. Last week she sent me her new demo cd, Intimate. And it is. It feels like Lisa's here in my home, sitting at the piano, and singing from her heart. It's just lovely. Lisa's previous cd is also wonderful and can be purchased at Lisa's website.


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March 26, 2008

Like a Hand in Glove: Boys & Dragons

Like a hand in glove:  Boys & Dragons

Fairy tales don't tell children that dragons exist, children already know that. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed. G. K. Chesterton

This book completely enthralled my son.
The Discovery of Dragons by Graeme Base. I highly recommend it. And everything else by Graeme Base.


Dragons must not be merely read about; they must also be fed.

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March 24, 2008

Easter with Boys

This is how I picture pretty Easter eggs.

Happy Easter
My Dad's traditional "ugly egg" is the back left one; and my Husband's "Darth V'eggter" is the back right one. The rest are very pretty. (These are our eggs from last year)

However, this is the reality with Boys decorating eggs.


This year, my Eldest made a bloody Captain Bones (one of the main characters in the book he's writing) egg. My next eldest made a lovely yellow egg and then put stickers on it: "Haha, Mommy, look! The bunny got run over by the firetruck!" My youngest dipped his egg for a whole 2 minutes and then wanted stickers and shrink wrap all over it.

But lest you fear I'm raising a bunch of hooligan heathens...


... My Middle Dude recreated Good Friday with Legos - the crown of thorns and the 3 crosses with the Yellow Cross being Jesus ("because He's the Light, Mommy."), the Red Cross being the criminal who remains in his sins, and the White Cross being the Criminal who Believes and is Saved.

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March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it happened that while they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling apparel; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen." Luke 24:1-6

Mustard ... enhanced.

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March 22, 2008

This Week's Miscellany...

The Birthday Boy


Birthday Boy

A Beautiful Day at the Park

doing her thing.

Leslie's daughter doing her thing.


Wild Mustard

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March 21, 2008

Good Friday.

Psalm 113:3

And it was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, the sun being obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, INTO THY HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT." And having said this, He breathed His last. Luke 23:44-46

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Ready. Set. Throw!! Repeat.

Ready.  Set.  Throw!    Repeat.

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March 20, 2008

California Poppies

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California Poppies

These lovely poppies are encouraged to grow wildly and abundantly on the local university near us. And I have to keep explaining to my youngest Dude that, while it's sweet of him, it is technically against the law to pick these particular wildflowers to give to Mommy.

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March 19, 2008

My Baby Turns Five. Oh my.

My Baby's Turning 5

Beach Boy


He's such a sweet, funny little guy who loves Lego Racers, and building with Legos/K'nex/blocks and cars. And he makes a BIG MESS in the process. He wakes up early, stays up late, and occasionally falls asleep in the middle of floor while doing whatever he's doing. And whenever possible, he likes to be right by his Daddy's side. Happy 5th Birthday, Littlest Dude!

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March 17, 2008

Portraits of the Middle Dude

Nearing Completion - Book 6
Nearing Completion - Book 6!!


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A room with a view.

A room with a view.

Sunrise a couple weeks ago, as seen from my bedroom window. It's not often the moon hangs out on the back side of our home come morning.

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