18 . April . 2010

out of love for those who did not love,
the Father gave the Son,
the Son gave His life,
and the Father and Son together
have sent the Spirit,
to save sinners from misery
lead them into glory.

-the reformation study bible, p. 1663 on ‘love’


cory’s famous

18 . April . 2010

we’re fainting at the smell
emanating from our oven:

cory’s famous apple pie
in the oven
in anticipation of
our dear ms. black’s
arrival later this evening.

superthanks to elena + jandro
for sharing their playmobil
treasures with us;
we’re in heaven.

one nathan under the
lydia-ezra-caroline+pillows pileup.

thank you, volcanic ash

18 . April . 2010

the only good news to come
of the volcanic ash that has
shut down airports across europe?

nicky’s stranded and can’t
get home to london;
which is awesome news for us,
can’t wait to see you, nb.

now, here’s wishing her sister +
brother-in-law + lu + jellybean
were in tow…

p + julia

hudson river valley

17 . April . 2010

breathe in,
breathe out.

(can you spot two little girls
looking for bugs?)

‘come drunk’

16 . April . 2010

tell him to come drunk‘,
a generous AA leader encouraged a
friend calling on behalf of another friend.

‘come drunk.’

come in the throws of idolatry,
come knee-deep in the muck + trouble
of my own selfishness + sin,
come to the
One Who Rescues Me,
without trying to clean myself up first.

‘if you tarry
’till you’re better,
you will never
come at all.’

come drunk, as it were.

forgive + renew

15 . April . 2010

Lord Jesus Christ,
though being in very nature God,
when you came to redeem us
you humbled yourself and
made yourself nothing.

though you were rich, for our sakes
you became poor,
so that through your poverty
we might become rich.

we confess how unlike you we are
in our attitudes and actions.
we strive for recognition from others,
and we sulk and become bitter
if we do not get it.
we attend to our own needs and concerns,
yet fail to care for others
except when it serves our purposes.

forgive us our sin and renew our hearts.
grant us to realize that we only
achieve greatness and gain our lives
by giving them away.
work in us by the power of your Spirit
so that we become more like you
and so bring glory to our
Father in heaven. Amen.

-from our good friday service

on becoming redundant

15 . April . 2010

pretty soon,
i’ll just be kept on retainer
around here for cuddles,
book reading,
and joke-telling
(ask me about brown-and-sticky).

now that my kiddos are
taking over all of my jobs,
what’s a girl to do?

before school,
nathan starts the laundry,
(i cracked up
the first time he said,
‘mom, we need more oxiclean’),
and the other 3 kiddos rotate between
unloading the dishwasher,
clearing the breakfast dishes,
making our bed.
(the kids have lofts,
so ours is the only
proper bed to be made)

how am i to have a pityparty now?

they’re killing my ability to feel
sorry for myself
by lightning my load.


i refuse to straighten these covers:
this bed represents
15 giggling minutes
and three young children to
get it to look like this.


ps –
over dinner with
andrea + betsy
a few weeks ago,
i had to sit on my hands
to resist the urge to get out my
pen + notebook + start taking
nerdy notes at the table –
i was just drinking in a’s
example of how she so gently
manages housework with her kiddos.

i wrote them down
as soon as i got home.

and started implementing them
moments later.

and here we are,
light-years ahead of
where we were.

keep those examples coming, friends;
we’re in this together.