Mar 262008
 

The Site
The picture gallery has been taken offline for now as we try to update the website. Sorry for any inconvenience if you have tried to look yourself up in our gigantic picture gallery. If you know us and hung out with us at least once, we definitely have a picture of you!

Trip
Things have been going well. We are very much looking forward to our vacation in a couple days. Italy here we come! Make sure to check back for those pictures which we’ll be happy to share.

Spring
It’s here! Which means we have to go outside to work in the yard and that is definitely not my favorite thing to do. This year I decided to get more involved as we had some awful looking azalea bushes out front which needed to go and I was happy to spend the day digging those puppies up! Now I’m looking forward to having some lively looking plants out front. We’ll see what we come up with.

House
Well, it’s definitely looking like a Pottery Barn catalog around here but since I love, love, love that store then it’s not a problem. I feel like Rachel from that episode of Friends where she buys everything from Pottery Barn and then lies about it to Phoebe. It’s sad but on some days walking around that store can make a dreary day seem a little bit better. The bathrooms are in the process of being remodeled and I’m happy to say not by me. I picked out the stuff, but the man here has been busy with the ceramic tile, vanities, etc. The bad thing is sharing a bathroom in the process. Girls and boys should not share the same bathroom!

The dog
Since my last post on little Jack, things have improved a little bit. It turns out the dog has a malfunctioning thyroid and has hypothyroidism. He is now on thyroid medicine and is back to being his old self. He has lots of energy and some of the fur around his ears have started growing back!

Politics
What can I say? Not much interest around here for any of the candidates. I guess it will have to end up being the best of the worst in November and it will probably not be an improvement for how we’re doing here lately. Even if I sound pessimistic, I encourage everyone to go out and vote! It is important and a great responsibility. Remember JFK “think not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” NOT the other way around as many have come to think in society today.

TV
Lost is AWESOME even though we have no answers. American Idol is back and I watch it like a school girl. Waiting patiently for The Office…….
I’ve been watching Masterpiece on PBS Sunday nights as they have been presenting the works of Jane Austen (my favorite novelist of all time). They have done a beautiful job with some of my favorites. Sense and Sensibility is coming up this week and I can’t wait.

Important
John 17:20-26.
“My prayer is not for them alone (the disciples). I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:20-26.

This was Jesus’ prayer for future believers the night before he was crucified. I thought it was important to mention since it was Easter this past week and let everyone who might read this know that He loves you and wants a relationship with you. Think about it! Without Him, none of it matters! (house, trip, politics, etc.)

Merry Christmas!

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Dec 252006
 

Just a quick note to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. We’re off to spend time with family, eat lots of food, and open presents.

If you can, take some time out today to think about the proverbial “reason for the season” – the birth of Jesus Christ. He’s the real source of joy for this world, and I’d just like to wish him a happy birthday!

Nov 062006
 

Tomorrow is the big day. All of the relentless political commericials will finally stop.

Anyone that knows me can figure out which way I’ll be voting tomorrow. As a Christian, I have to vote for the candidate (or basically the party) whose policies more closely resemble my beliefs. That, of course, are the Republicans.

People can say what they want about the war in Iraq, but here is what I believe. We went in because we thought they had WMD. We know they did have them in the past, but they don’t have them now (at least active ones). So we were wrong about that. That being said, we cannot pull out and leave the Iraqis to fend for themselves and succumb to terrorists. I believe we are doing the right thing over there, and I want us to win. I think our troops think the same thing.

The Republicans haven’t been the most fiscal bunch lately, but I know the Democrats would be even worse. The economy has already benefited from Bush’s tax cuts and is humming along quite nicely. I mean, the Dow is at an all time high! Most important of all – the country has not suffered another terrorist attack. That’s the most important issue right now and will be for a long time.

As a Virginian, I have three big votes tomorrow. There are two hotly contested Congressional races and a constitutional amendment defining marriage (as well as two other less-publicized initiatives). If you value lower taxes, family values, and smaller, limited government, you’ll vote for Geoge Allen and Thelma Drake, and yes on the amendment. These are state races and issues, but their outcome has national consequences.

Pope

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Apr 012005
 

The Pope isn’t doing so well right now (as if you couldn’t tell by the 24 hour news coverage). He’s the only Pope that I can remember, so I’m not sure what happens when the Vatican appoints a new one, but I’ve read a little about it. It should prove interesting to watch, and the next Pope could factor into world events for years to come.

I think Pope John Paul II is a very good man, and has lived a very Biblical life. I don’t agree with some of the tenants of Catholicism, but I do believe he is a very devout Christian and tried to lead the church to the best of his ability, following traditional Catholic guidelines. Popes are very powerful in that respect and could potentially lead the church in directions that may or may not be Biblically sound.

I know Monica’s family will certainly mourn the Pope’s passing when it happens, and it’s interesting to watch all of the people gather in St. Peter’s Square at all hours of the night. He probably has mere hours left on this earth, but I know he’ll be welcomed in heaven when the time comes.

Victory

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Mar 272005
 

And now, it’s Sunday. Today is a day for celebration.

Many people will chose this as the sole day to visit a church, and it will be beautiful, I’m sure. But as you’re eating your ham or turkey or whatever it is today, remember why we are celebrating. It’s not just a day for chocolate and the Easter bunny (though I loved that as a child).

He is risen.

Mar 252005
 

Anyone remember those commercials from the 80s for The Book? I always wondered what the heck it was…like was it just the Bible or was there additional stuff in there?

Today is Good Friday. What makes it so good? Well, it’s really what happens on Sunday that makes it good (or holy, rather) in the long run. For more info, read The Book (as in, The Good Book, not the one from the 80s).

Dec 252004
 

“And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid… And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

“And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” and suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men.”

“That’s what christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Mar 092004
 

I haven’t talked about seeing The Passion of the Christ here yet, mainly because I’m lazy, but also because I was trying to sort out what I was feeling after seeing this film.

I’m still not sure what I’m feeling.

This movie troubled me, and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Yes, it’s graphic. No, it’s not anti-semitic. So what could be so troubling for me?

Whether you are a Christian or not, it is to be incredibly difficult to watch a person willingly being brutalized and suffering such an agonizing death and in such excrutiating pain, and all because he knows it’s what he must do. You see very clearly in the film that the treatment isn’t forced upon him, but that he does everything voluntarily. And then during one of the most poignant moments of the film, when things are being done to him by the Romans that no ordinary human could bear, he calls out for their forgiveness.

Wow.

This film depicts Christ the way no other film has. You haven’t really seen Jesus “the man” depicted in films or television, and it can be difficult to get a sense of that when you read the Bible. Yes, Jesus was God, but he was also a human being, and he felt fear and pain just as we all do, and that is very apparent in this film. It’s easy to read about the sacrifice made, but to see it played out on the screen, it made His sacrifice more real, more clear in my mind.

The images will stay with me forever and will weigh heavily on my heart.