Archive for December, 2008

A prayer for a snowed in Sunday

December 22, 2008

Come, come in
Invade all You see of us
Any man, who’d walk Your road is welcomed here
And You’re the only one

Chorus:
Jesus, come and walk the halls of this house
Tread this place and turn it inside out
With Your mercy…
Jesus, teach us the prayers that open these doors
Until Your light floods in and illuminates these floors
And let Your truth be on our steps and in these rooms
Jesus invade…

Reach, reach in
With the hand that heals all our suffering
Conquer all that is not of You
Bring Your spirit throught
As we fill these walls with Your praise

Chorus

Bridge:
I call for angels
I call for mercy
I call for freedom
In the name of Jesus
In the name of Jesus

Church at home

December 21, 2008
christmas snow
Image by misfitgirl via Flickr

Since we have had an insane amount of snow this weekend (at least a foot just today), church has been cancelled for tomorrow. I’m actually not that upset about this; we’ve been thinking about finding another church that’s a little more conservative, not like nutty conservative, but like more into the Word and more of an intimate setting. Not sure how or if we’re going to find that, but that’s another story for another day.

Anyway! Sunday we’re planning on having church at home. Since we have three kids, we wanted to encourage and include them.

1. Curr168.pdf (application/pdf Object)
http://children.calvarychapel.com/site/pdf/New/Curr168.pdf

2. Curr167.pdf (application/pdf Object)
http://children.calvarychapel.com/site/pdf/New/Curr167.pdf

3. Curr165.pdf (application/pdf Object)
http://biblestudyplanet.com/kids/new/Curr165.pdf

4. Curr170.pdf (application/pdf Object)
http://biblestudyplanet.com/kids/new/Curr170.pdf

5. Christmas devotional: Just a Manger
http://www.hoyweb.com/lh/manger.asp

I’ll also be playing some Christmas carols on the piano; it’s shaping up to be a nice morning.

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Is there a pill for patience?

December 17, 2008

Since we’ve had three snow days this week (and with today’s blizzard, we’ll probably be out the rest of the week), all three kids are home. This isn’t much of an issue with Emma and James, since they find a lot of stuff to occupy themselves with: sledding, reading, painting, etc. However, with Henry, it’s a whole ‘nother ballgame.

Henry is our special needs kid, and as he gets older this becomes more prevalent. He’s falling further and further behind academically, socially, and emotionally, and this is something that we just have to deal with day by day. He is afraid of everything: horses, sledding, Polly Pockets (uh huh), you name it, he’s probably got some sort of sensory issue with it. Plus, he tends to scream whenever he’s frustrated, angry, or confused – which is most of the time. This makes for a pretty stressful time of it.

Dean and I pinch-hit with Henry. For the most part, we usually don’t get stressed with his behavior at the same time (unless he REALLY is on a roll), so if one of us is getting frustrated or burnt out, we can pass him off to the other one, or take the other one aside and remind them that we’ve got to be patient. This happened this morning, in fact.

I don’t know where I’m going with this, exactly. I guess that some days are harder than others. Henry has changed me profoundly in ways that I would never have imagined, and I’m grateful for that. It’s just that I never thought that the process would be so dang hard.

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Snow days

December 17, 2008

Well, we’re going on our third snow day here in the Portland area, and the fun is just unending here in my house: ceaseless sledding, Christmas treats and other baked goods popping out of the oven, and lots of snuggles by the fire trying to keep our poor frozen bodies warm. Tonight we played Uno and the kids were NUTS; Henry completely lost it at one point and was laughing so hard his face did that weird contortion thing that happens when you go past the point of polite laughter to the edge of peeing your pants. Good times!

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

December 15, 2008
A tree covered with Snow
Image via Wikipedia

SNOW!!!

A lot of snow. A LOT of snow! We got dumped on yesterday here in the Portland area, and everything is shut down, including schools. We played in the snow most of yesterday with a bunch of sledding, hot chocolate, and coffee with peppermint creamer. I’m still sore, actually. Temps are expected to be in the low 20’s all week, with more snow coming tomorrow night, Wednesday, and Thursday, so honestly, I don’t think the kids will be going to school at all this week. Which is both good and bad. Good, because it’s the week before Christmas break and we’ll get to watch lots of old Christmas movies, make popcorn, presents, and homemade goodies. Bad, because the kids will be bugging me every five minutes to go outside again, which, hello? It’s COLD.

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

December 15, 2008
A tree covered with Snow
Image via Wikipedia

SNOW!!!

A lot of snow. A LOT of snow! We got dumped on yesterday here in the Portland area, and everything is shut down, including schools. We played in the snow most of yesterday with a bunch of sledding, hot chocolate, and coffee with peppermint creamer. I’m still sore, actually. Temps are expected to be in the low 20’s all week, with more snow coming tomorrow night, Wednesday, and Thursday, so honestly, I don’t think the kids will be going to school at all this week. Which is both good and bad. Good, because it’s the week before Christmas break and we’ll get to watch lots of old Christmas movies, make popcorn, presents, and homemade goodies. Bad, because the kids will be bugging me every five minutes to go outside again, which, hello? It’s COLD.

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Birthday boy

December 12, 2008

This Sunday, Henry turns eleven, and he has been reminding us of this fact for, oh, I don’t know, months? Yes, that sounds about right.

Birthday celebrations commence today. He’s requested that we bring Oreos and licorice for the class; last year, we brought donut holes which I personally was a big fan of because I got to eat all the leftovers. This year, not so much.

He’s also let us know that he is in charge on Sunday, and that means of the remote control, the meal schedule, and where he sits in the car (he has called shotgun). Henry obviously has very specific ideas on how this birthday is going to go!

He’s asked for Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls for his birthday breakfast; all the kids usually ask for them and I’m happy to oblige, even though they take about three hours to make (!). Then he wants Papa Murphy’s “paparoni” pizza, and he wants to watch the Garfield movie. After that, he’s pretty much done – that’s the pinnacle of his birthday wishes. Simple and easy to fulfill. Hopefully, we’ll have some snow to add to his joy!

Christmas at the Grotto

December 11, 2008
the grotto
Image by errrrrrrrrika via Flickr

Last night as a family Christmas present, my mother in law took us to Burgerville (hazelnut shakes nom nom nom) and then to the Grotto, a Catholic shrine dedicated to Mary that features a large Christmas display every year – lights, actors, singing, concerts, etc.

It’s great. I’m not a Catholic (although I have been investigating Catholicism – seriously) but it’s so reverent and holy there. Even the kids were quiet as we listened to the Christmas story, watched the candles flicker, and quietly paid homage to this strangest yet holiest of stories.

I’ve been struck this year by how odd it was for God to come as a baby. Babies are so helpless, yet so utterly charming and kissable. Even when they keep you up all night screaming, you still can’t help but snuggle their baby chub and hug them close. And Jesus was a baby – Mary had to know that he was God, right there in her arms, yet still….that tummy wasn’t going to kiss itself. There’s nothing in the Bible that says Mary didn’t mother Jesus like he was a regular baby (if there is any such thing as a “regular” baby, that is!). It makes me smile to think of it.

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I'll have a hard time hiding this one

December 10, 2008
R2-D2 model
Image by ewen and donabel via Flickr

My husband is a huge Star Wars geek. Huge. Like, he has action figures all over this desk, posters carefully placed in giant cardboard tubes, and at least ten Christmas ornaments that are currently on the tree (including one of Princess Leia in her Jabba the Hutt bikini. Huh.). So I knew this Christmas I wanted to get him something to add to his collection, something that he would totally go nuts over. So I hit Craigslist, and lo and behold, I found a walking, talking R2-D2 that is brand new in the box, only been used a couple of times, for $40. It originally sold for almost $200 last year, so I feel pretty proud of myself for being so cheap finding such a bargain.

So I had to be quite the sneaky girl yesterday in order to actually obtain this item. Since Dean and I both work from home, I made up a library errand (the gig was almost up when he decided he was going to go with me, but I gave him the slip) but I actually went to the Starbucks parking lot and met the nice lady who sold me this fun toy. It’s HUGE. I had to hide it in my closet underneath all my jammies; hopefully nobody will look there. Craigslist is awesome!

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I’ll have a hard time hiding this one

December 10, 2008
R2-D2 model
Image by ewen and donabel via Flickr

My husband is a huge Star Wars geek. Huge. Like, he has action figures all over this desk, posters carefully placed in giant cardboard tubes, and at least ten Christmas ornaments that are currently on the tree (including one of Princess Leia in her Jabba the Hutt bikini. Huh.). So I knew this Christmas I wanted to get him something to add to his collection, something that he would totally go nuts over. So I hit Craigslist, and lo and behold, I found a walking, talking R2-D2 that is brand new in the box, only been used a couple of times, for $40. It originally sold for almost $200 last year, so I feel pretty proud of myself for being so cheap finding such a bargain.

So I had to be quite the sneaky girl yesterday in order to actually obtain this item. Since Dean and I both work from home, I made up a library errand (the gig was almost up when he decided he was going to go with me, but I gave him the slip) but I actually went to the Starbucks parking lot and met the nice lady who sold me this fun toy. It’s HUGE. I had to hide it in my closet underneath all my jammies; hopefully nobody will look there. Craigslist is awesome!

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