Archive for May, 2010

We went up for a day and night of alyssa’s homeschool group’s camping trip. it was great. we went for a hike to the falls, too.


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He was helping his in-laws (my family) lay tile.

When I call, my SIL says he’s good at it. When he walks in the door, he says, “you know the joke: Q: “Do you know how to play the piano?” A: “I don’t know. I never tried”

so he’s never tried tiling, but apparently he’s pretty good at it.

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some of the complementarian response to the feminist movement tends to portray marriage and motherhood as some highest good thing for women in a way that just rubs me as being a little off. I liked this paragraph on Wendy’s blog:

Motherhood is not the greatest good for the Christian woman. Whether you are a mom or not, don’t get caught up in sentimentalism that sets it up as some saintly role. The greatest good is being conformed to the image of Christ. Now, motherhood is certainly one of God’s primary tools in His arsenal for this purpose for women. But it is not the end itself. Being a mom doesn’t make you saintly. Believe me. Being a mom exposes all the ways you are a sinner, not a saint. Not being a mom and wanting to be one does too. We may long to get pregnant, looking at motherhood from afar. God sanctifies us through that longing. We may lose a pregnancy or a child, and mourn the loss of our motherhood. God conforms us to Christ through that as well. We may have a brood of children of various ages, and heaven knows God roots sin out of our hearts that way. It’s all about THE greatest good, being conformed to the image of Christ – reclaiming the image of God that He created us to bear through gospel grace. And God uses both the presence and the absence of children in the lives of His daughters as a primary tool of conforming us to Christ. http://www.theologyforwomen.org/2010/05/for-moms-former-moms-and-wannabe-moms.html

That’s some good food to chew on. It’s not about male or female, marriage or singleness, motherhood or not (as important as those things are in their place). Being transformed into Christ’s likeness is God’s goal for us.

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end of March, my whole family went on a week of family vacation. we celebrated Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and just were together.

Andrew led us in celebrating a Seder dinner

the girls got tons of dress-up clothes for Christmas

we went boulder-climbing up a river one day

the All-Grandkids Birthday Party

the girls expressing their fatigue after another long hike

The week was an all-around good time!

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OK, Vitaliy says Chicago like “CHicago,” not like SHicago. I just asked him not to say it in public, please, so we mostly said it in the car. I smiled a lot about it.

We spent last weekend in CHicago at Morningstar Baptist Church.  My hyperlink function isn’t working for some reason, so you can find them at wordcentered.org

I hope to post more pics if i ever get my blogging life back to normalcy, but that is a question.

Saturday, while I was galavanting around with a nurse-midwife looking at birthing wards, then gabbing with my good friend Joy, Vitaliy took the girls to a discovery museum.

the "body bubble" machine

They had a lot of fun, to say the least.

That’s all for now. !!

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Vitaliy with a headless rattlesake--rock climbing trip today!

the girls in the wading pool by the Aquarium

Leah Huguenin and her two daughters at Berean's lovely Mother-Daughter banquet

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Today is the International Day of the Midwife!

Here is some information you can enjoy.

Bridget Lynch, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) from Las Perlas del Mar on Vimeo.

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