a reflection of Him

31 . March . 2007

what a picture of God’s mercy & grace
this community is to our family today.

at evening, here’s where we are:

5. acknowledging the Lord knows yesterday, today & tomorrow
4. cheered that the hospital is just a short,
head-clearing walk from our house
3. glad that cory looks decidedly golden
instead of the green-gray hues of yesterday
2. hopeful that they’ve identified it as pancreatitis
& we’ll see where it goes from there
1. cory’s in the icu at roosevelt hospital
after a withering 18 hrs preceeding going to the hospital

59th & 10th, 8th fl, ccu rm 46
(bring your own sense of humor as his is
quite diminished by his pain.
2 visitors allowed in his room at a time)

thank you, cade & melissa, lisa, carrie,
justin & anita, the jennings crew,
bill t, dan k, hisaya, for starters.

thank you, mom, for flying in tonight.
she’ll be here until wednesday morning.

we love you, cjc.

Psalm 139

O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.

Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?

I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

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steady does it

30 . March . 2007

i want to be sign painter man
when i grow up.
such high aspirations; i know my mom is proud.

firstborn

30 . March . 2007

our sweet
nathaniel james cates.
happy 8th birthday, love.
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the Lord has gifted you
specifically to be the
lead sibling in this happy crew.

your theology, curiosity,
faithfulness, wit & logic
are delightful to us.
(not to mention mad
chess & farkle skills)

praying for you this morning, julia & houston.

ps – morv, can you hear the screams across
the pond? “creepsfromthedeep!creepsfromthedeep!”

dana: the lazy man’s pandora = fred flare’s boombox
(click to rock, on the right)

A: betsy’s (clean) tights
luckily they were in the stroller as i
forgot to bring the bandana.

the 9th day of spring

29 . March . 2007

my spring update:
bangs (a tame amount),
and those chanel brownplummy nails
that everyone seems to be wearing (the sephora version)

grateful pause:
that God is the same.
steadfast
permanent
unchanging

grateful that the
true worship and service
of this steady, true God,
mankinds creator & redeemer,
is our life.

digression: Q.  who can make out what i
used as a blindfold for the pinata
boys? and i got by with it.

thank you

28 . March . 2007

thanks, wedding bee.
(and bridalicious)

and it’s only wednesday

28 . March . 2007

cory was grinning as we walked home from
the movie theatre tonight;
coming home early from work to
play with us & have a great time
with nathan & his friends
(hooray for carrie);

and charis & melissa had
offered to babysit and even
clean up from the party while
we went out for the evening.
(thanks, amigas; what a gift)

and it’s only wednesday.

the week’s off to a very sweet start.

[we had all of the boys from nathan’s
class over for a par-tay:
pinatas, bouncy castle, chubbybunny,
you get the idea]

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clever seamstress

second set of eyes

27 . March . 2007

okay, we’re having nathan’s boy classmates
over for a little birthday soiree tomorrow afternoon
(wednesday)

what am i forgetting from this plan?

i am all for dropping a game
or two because we’ve happily run out
of time, but doesn’t chaos always seem to
ensue when i run out of tricks and
am sorely outnumbered?

luckily, cory & carrie will be here to emcee and
help corral the funny farm–er, party.

ps – we’re all trash-pickers at heart.

pps – i dunno, i kind of dig it.