Thursday, September 28, 2006

Water & Powder

So I know it's been awhile since I posted and my readership is probably quite low. However I will press on. For those who live in Saskatchewan you are aware that it's been very wet weather we've had recently. Well, it's been wet at our house too. Somehow one of the boys socks got in the drain in the floor in the basement and we didn't notice until the dishwasher and the washing machine had done a load each (with all the waste water flooding the floor in our basement!!). So we flooded our own house!! Then one of the boys spilt water on one of Tara's bibles and then on a journal. So we had a water themed day this week.

Then a little later in the week our boys decided it would be fun to play with baby powder. They thought it was great stuff and proceeded to empty more than 2/3rds of a LARGE Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder into various parts of our bedroom. Including, but not limited to our bed, the closet, the clothes in the closet, the clean clothes in the laundry basket, the heating vent, the walls, under the bed, onto books, they tried to get it in my camera bag and pretty much anywhere else their little minds thought would be good. My house smells of baby freshness. So if you see me with wrinkly clothes that smell a little of baby powder, you know why.

Also, Randall has had some excellent referrals to articles in the last week or two. Check it out.

Also for those who care... I found via here, a site that will let you watch any episode of the Simpsons at any time for nothing. Oh dear, I'm sure someone will get in trouble for doing that, but for Simpson fans, getting things done just got harder.

To quote a tshirt I saw once....Procrastinators UNITE... tomorrow.


Saturday, September 23, 2006

Something I saw and liked

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Oh man...

Okay so I have been doing some reading and studying recently. Working some on a sermon series on the Psalms. I have been slowly going through, (again) Walter Brueggeman's The Message of the Psalms: A theological commentary I have found that to be a helpful thing in my understanding of the Psalms. And then I happened upon this post from Randall Friesen's blog quoting Eugene Peterson. From there I looked at where he clipped that excerpt from and my head is kinda spinning.

So to sum up, I have nothing of my own to say today, but I decided to point the few of you to what's been going through my head. And for what it's worth, I feel like I'm in a transition towards "new orientation" (see Brueggeman) and that's a good, albeit uncertain place to be.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

And ever it rained...

I have not much to say other than my mood is affected by the weather more than I'd like to admit. I have no good reason to complain or be moody and yet I find myself that way. In my defence, it's been raining forever. Okay, 3 or 4 days. But still. I am thankful for a great many things. I've noticed that lately, those things aren't the first things to come to my mind, nor are they the second things either. While this might not sound too out of the ordinary, I usually try to keep my blessings before me. Heavy emphasis on the try, lately though, the try is somewhat lacking.
Historically I begin reading the psalms at this point.
Psalm 34:8-10 (NIV)
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

David (the psalmist) calls to me. I'm off to seek refuge.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Some more thoughts from... others

First off I'd like to share THIS with you. I thought it was funny.

Secondly, Henri Nouwen shared this with me and I'm passing it on to you, my loyal blog readers (thanks by the way, it gives me warm fuzzies to know someone is reading this)

Blessing One Another

To bless means to say good things. We have to bless one another constantly. Parents need to bless their children, children their parents, husbands their wives, wives their husbands, friends their friends. In our society, so full of curses, we must fill each place we enter with our blessings. We forget so quickly that we are God's beloved children and allow the many curses of our world to darken our hearts. Therefore we have to be reminded of our belovedness and remind others of theirs. Whether the blessing is given in words or with gestures, in a solemn or an informal way, our lives need to be blessed lives.

So I leave you with one of my favorite blessings:
Numbers 6:22-27
22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 "Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

24 " ' "The LORD bless you
and keep you;

25 the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;

26 the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace." '

27 "So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."

(NIV- taken from

Have a great day all.


Sunday, September 03, 2006

And now for something refreshing...

Given the week(s) we've had, I took the boys to the playground and took this (among other) pictures. I thought I was happy enough to share.

It makes me smile and sometimes even chuckle out loud.