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Pool Time

One of our favorite things to do in the summer is hang out at our pool. No schedule, no plan. Just relaxing and spending time together.

When Olaf met Jim Morrison

I know, I haven't posted anything in a while. I hope to change that, but in the meantime you can watch this. Sam and Nate found a CD with this Doors song, and our parakeet (Olaf) loved it. Go figure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KymNQmJVpIE

Regret

Sam came into our room crying this morning at 2:30 a.m. I assumed he was having a nightmare, but I was not prepared for his response when Gina asked him what was wrong.

I miss my tooth. (sniff, sniff) I wish I didn't sell it to the Tooth Fairy.

Why do you miss it?

It was my biggest tooth. (loud bawling)

Well, maybe we can put the money back under your pillow with a note to the Tooth Fairy.

No, I want the money too.

I should feel guilty that I laughed, but I couldn't help it.

Education

Today we learned about Abraham Lincoln. He got shot by an actor. ~Sam, age 6, after telling me what he learned in school today.

Education: what sticks after you forget everything the teacher told you.

Encountering Faith

It is one thing to read in a history book about people empowered by their faith. But it is quite another to meet an otherwise very ordinary person, in the backyard of a very ordinary house, who has managed to do something utterly extraordinary.

~Malcolm Gladwell, on rediscovering his faith in God while writing the book, David and Goliath

You can read the full article in Relevant Magazine.

Scrunchies need not apply

Daddy, everybody thinks I don't like girls. That's not true! I do like girls! I just don't like ponytails!

~Nate Alexander, Age 5

Post-Turkey Down Time

image Nothing helps you recover from a day full of turkey and pie like some Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Mirror, Mirror

Sam: Daddy, look what Nate did to me! (Pointing to massive glob of gel on top of his head) Nate: I didn't do that! Sam did! He was trying to handsome himself.

Pass the Blue Bell, Please

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good...Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.

~C.S. Lewis

In God's Hands

A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly. Entrust yourself to God’s hands.

~Oswald Chambers

Anatomy 101

Daddy, I have 3 knees. This knee, that knee, and my hiney!

~Nate Alexander, age 4

My only question is, where would my innocent child learn such potty humor? Any guesses? Anyone?

Speed. I am speed.

I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.

~Eric Liddell, Chariots of Fire

God made you fast, Daddy. But He made me just a little bit faster.

~Sam Alexander, age 4

Moments

I've been home all day with Sam because he woke up with a fever. We played and watched a movie in the morning, then we went to Whataburger for lunch. As he was going down for his nap, he said ...

I liked having lunch with you, Daddy. I like talking to you, just like you and Mommy talk.

That is awesome on so many levels.

Faith

A life of faith is not a life of one glorious mountaintop experience after another, like soaring on eagles’ wings, but is a life of day-in and day-out consistency; a life of walking without fainting (see Isaiah 40:31). It is not even a question of the holiness of sanctification, but of something which comes much farther down the road. It is a faith that has been tried and proved and has withstood the test. Abraham is not a type or an example of the holiness of sanctification, but a type of the life of faith—a faith, tested and true, built on the true God. “Abraham believed God. . .” (Romans 4:3).

~Oswald Chambers

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

May there always be work for your hands to do.May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine on your windowpane. May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you. May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

~An Irish Blessing

Counsel

We need to rely on the resurrection life of Jesus on a much deeper level than we do now. We should get in the habit of continually seeking His counsel on everything, instead of making our own commonsense decisions and then asking Him to bless them. ~Oswald Chambers

This seems like a good mindset to start the second half.

Storytime cuddles

There is a lot I like about being a daddy, but this ranks at the very top.

But this is a close second ...

Trusting and Believing

Living with Oswald and seeing his faith in God and knowing that "by his faithfulness he is speaking to us still" is the secret of life these days, and I feel as if it will be overwhelming to one day see what God has wrought, and one will only be sorry not to have trusted more utterly. So just go on praying and believing and we will surely find that God is doing his wondrous things all the time.

Gertrude "Biddy" Chambers, in a letter to her sister a couple of weeks after the death of Oswald Chambers