on love + compassion

17 . January . 2012

for as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

as a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

psalm 103:11-13

the words of encouragement
from sunday morning’s service
ethical cultural society
64th + cpw

jess, amy + regan

j’s apple-ish handiwork

shall we settle?

a record-setting
fourteen infant baptisms
on sunday morning,
strong work, david.

hooray for ichiro [lin]

may the God of all grace
saturate your heart
through and through, lovey*.

snuggled in between these two,
listening to tim’s ridiculouslygood
sermon on marriage,
what a morning.

i can’t believe you’re


ellie, our jedi-in-training

[i bet they never thought of
this move]

blackjack with daddy

it was a mere twenty degrees
on sunday,

cory’s weekday turf

11 madison,

cory + caroline
crossing 23rd toward me
with bookshelf materials in hand,

and look at the bldg to the right.

one of our favorites.

see the name?

‘the caroline’

[one of] the way[s] to my
husband’s heart;
scrumptious chicken + veg

a special day, mlk day.

thankyou, boys!

bedroom shelves,
breathe in, breathe out.

ps – knock off this
mirror for my bedroom?

via vivian

*remind me to ask j for
the words he prayed over
sweet i – they were stunning

he thinks he said:

‘this is ichiro takahashi lin.

david asked me to baptize him because he can’t
pronounce his name.

ichiro is first son in his generation on both sides of the family,
which is why we named him ichiro, which in Japanese means “first son.”

ichiro takahashi lin,

i baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, Spirit.

may God’s grace dwell upon you richly.
may you grow in knowledge, love, wisdom and fear of the Lord.

and may you come to know and
experience the grace of Jesus Christ our savior, God’s true “first

amen & amen.


good q.

16 . January . 2012

am i looking at anyone else
with any kind of envy?

am i giving in to any of even
the first motions
of lust, of gluttony?

am i spending my time on urgent things
rather than important things?

am i being
Christ’s beauty

or by fears,
need for approval,
love of comfort + ease,
hunger for acclaim,
the ‘fear of man’?

‘disciplines of spirituality’

top shelf, baby.

i pay top dollar for
the finest painters
in the biz.

ps –
a winter’s evening playlist?
charles trenet on pandora

bible study

10 . January . 2012

bible study with em

meanwhile, henry cooked dinner
for all of the girls to eat
after study.

bananas a la henry =

what God said:
moses, go to egypt.
moses, i made you.

what the people said:
eh, i’m scared.
i can’t do this.

and a fun bit of sewing
at the end.



on frozen ‘gifts’

10 . January . 2012

twelfth night party
w/ elders + pastors + wives

white elephant gift exchange
with 50 numbers in the pot?

love it.

thanks, missy + bruce.

a gentle monday

12 . December . 2011

betsy’s impression of
tim’s sermon yesterday.

early morning rounds of

because chess is funny.

the way adam + nathan play it, apparently.

3rd sunday of advent

11 . December . 2011

well, hello, little mr. halsey sanders!

[i could barely bring myself
to let him go back to his mama. xo]

celebrities in our midst!

a christmas welcome to terry & dorothy.


cory carries on a compelling dialogue
about n’s jamestown research paper
while never missing a floor-laying-and-staining beat.

earlier in the weekend…
congrats, love.


ice skating w/ regan
@ wollman rink.

well, we’ve never done
this one before:
we did a serious grocery shop
@ tj’s and after 25 freezing minutes
(think: 35 degrees & we’re in windbreakers)
and not a taxi to be found,
we simply borrowed the cart.

yingyan & andrew hosted the
most awesome neighborhood
ice cream social;
well done, friends!

one of her many exquisite
handmade delicacies.

hosts extraordinaire.

adam calls this,
‘one of everything’

b loves l’occitane
for reasons just like this:
oj in a champagne glass
while sauntering
through the store.

don’t mind if i do,
and she smiles as she saunters + sips.

my toothy companion

bible study

happy bday, saralove.

on marriage

8 . December . 2011

consumer vs. covenant relationship

ps –
pregnant with grace?

melting words by ann v.