Hmmm…not much happening

So – we are a sick household. Strep and it’s ugly little bacteria have infected almost all of us. Ruth and I began the medicine yesterday. It has worked wonders for Ruth. She is ‘thanking the Lord’ that she feels better – she keeps telling me that. Daniel is starting to show signs so I will fill his prescription today. As for me, I don’t think it’s killing the germs yet and on top of the strep, I started – well maybe you don’t want to know. Let’s just say that it hurts to swallow anything and it’s twice as painful when food is rejected and sent back up!

On the brighter side of things, we have another addition to the family… can you guess what this is…

Hmmm… maybe this will clear it up…

Yup, Daddy brought home this sweet calico kitten for Ruth today. I am at a loss with what to do with her. I can handle a new baby just fine, but this wee bit of fur is going to be a challenge, I think. She’s only eight weeks old and she’ll have to get used to us. In the meantime, we need to keep our resident humongous German Shepherd away from her. I know that the Johnsons & Toifels are laughing at us right now! Ruth is so excited and wants to call Abby to tell her. I’m not sure if it’s bragging or excitement, so I’m holding off for right now, but Laura, if you’re reading this, maybe you can show the kiddos the pictures. Ruth is trying to come up with a name. Feel free to leave ideas in the comments.

So, I guess that’s all for this post. I’ll go keep taking medicine and hoping it will stay down, feed the baby and kids, feed the fire (because we got another 4 inches of snow last night!), try to get some laundry done, keep the kitty safe, eat the ice cream that Tracy surprised me with if my throat doesn’t hurt, etc.

Here are a few more pics…

Morning Coffee…

“The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.


Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the LORD
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
Psalm 24:1-5

Easter songs…

Here are a couple of videos of Ruth singing songs appropriate for Easter. She loves to sing and I love to hear kids singing about Jesus. She gets a teeny bit dramatic at the end of The Gospel Song! She also can’t seem to sit still during either video – but she’s my girl and I love to hear her sing.

Also, some video of Ezra and Daniel – the boys! So cute!


Mmmm… Can I have more potatoes and gravy??

Mary’s Love

We heard a great sermon in our church today – Thanks Pastor Hart!

The text came from the Gospels. We looked at Mark 14:3-9 (and the other gospel accounts that correspond)

“And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Pastor Hart reminded us that the woman in this passage is actually Mary (sister of Martha and Lazarus). I love to see her unashamed, unguarded, full-out love for Jesus in this passage. Jesus called the act a beautiful thing done to Him. Don’t you want to love Jesus like that? Remember when she sat at Jesus’ feet to learn from him and Jesus said that she chose the better thing. At the end of the Mark passage Jesus said that wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she did will be told in memory of her. What an awesome testimony! I also love that Jesus rebukes the complainers and defends Mary and her act. Do you think she knew she was preparing his body for burial? I wonder what she thought when she heard Jesus say that?

We were also shown the contrasting hypocrisy of those gathered and in particular of Judas, but for now, the love that Mary had for her Savior shines brightest as I reflect on the sermon.

Happy baby

I promise I have a text post coming soon…

In the meantime, here are some Ezra pics to see how he’s adjusting.




Desiring God National Conference 08

Who wants to go with us????

The Power of Words and the Wonder of God
2008 Desiring God National Conference
September 26 – 28, 2008
Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
Speakers: Sinclair Ferguson, Bob Kauflin, John Piper, Dan Taylor, Paul Tripp
More details forthcoming