Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Andrew turned into a brave boy this past year. I'm proud of him.
The whole family got into the act. I think Matt really liked it, maybe.
The double luge...priceless.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thanks grandma and grandpa! Andrew is really loving the truck and car.
Thanks halmuhnee and harabagee! Matt said that the Legos were his favorite.
Thanks Cancun! Emery really did love the markers...really, she did.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The kids sang for "big church" today. They did WAY better than last year! (click here to see that) Well, Emery did way better than last year. Matt's performance is eerily similar to last time.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
- "When we pray the Lord's Prayer, observed Luther, we ask God to give us this day our daily bread. And He does give us our daily bread. He does it by means of the farmer who planted and harvested the grain, the baker who made the flour into bread, the person who prepared our meal."
- "Most people seek God in mystical experiences, spectacular mysteries, and extraordinary acts they have to do. To find Him in vocation brings Him, literally, down to earth, makes us see how close He really is to us, and transfigures everyday life."
- "This is why all vocations are equal before God. Pastors, monks, nuns, and popes are no holier than farmers, shopkeepers, dairy maids, or latrine diggers. In the spiritual kingdom, in a divine egalitarianism (which would also come to have cultural implications) peasants are equal to kings. All are sinful beings who have been loved and redeemed by Christ."
I thought Veith did a very good job explaining how God uses people as His agents when we work for others. We are the means that God uses to give others their daily bread. We are also the means that God uses to serve others, lead others, teach others, etc. in the church.
But the best book I have read on employment is Business for the Glory of God by Wayne Grudem.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Unfortunately, after taking advantage of this teachable moment, I couldn't get back to sleep. Before I had kids, I didn't sleep that well. My sleeping (or lack thereof) became worse with each child. If we have any more kids, I may never sleep again! When I talk to parents with older children, they don't seem to remember these days. I hope that someday I too will forget how tired I am. It is a joy and blessing to have these precious children, but with feedings, nightmares, sickness, random crying, bloody noses, potty training, and my own small bladder, it sure is tiring to be getting up at least once or twice a night for the last 7 years!Although her strength is not sleeping, Emery does say the funniest things. I was working on a small project with the toilet which finished with surprising ease when she stopped by to watch. I told her it was a piece of cake to which she peered intently into the toilet bowl and said, "There's cake inside there?"
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This morning, Matt busted into our room with a very urgent tone in his voice, "Dad!"
Me: Yes. (wondering if someone was bleeding or if possibly the house was on fire)
Matt: Dad, come look! Look at all the snow! It's covering the ground!
It snowed last night a couple of inches. To me, it was just snow. But to this 4 year-old boy, God had done a miracle. Despite the temperature, the kids HAD to go out into the snow. Does that snow suit on Emery look familiar? Well, it's because it originally debuted on the blog on Matt - see this post almost exactly a year ago.Here's Matt in action.Look what the kid can do...he's got potential.
Sandy wasn't about to go outside with those temperatures. But she managed to be a part of the fun...sort of.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
On the fifth day of sickness, my neighbors gave to me:
- four coughing fits
- three headaches
- two sleepless nights
- and a hacking co-ugh with a sore throat!
I'll spare you the full 12 days. But by the grace of God, I am well! Last winter, I was sick for approximately 50 days. So 12 isn't so bad this year. Although I know, winter is just starting. But it's funny how being sick for a while and being forced to change your daily routine can really change your perspective on life.
Do you feel like you're a pretty good person overall? I generally do. It's not something I would vocalize to others, but deep down in my heart, I have a tendency to think better of myself than I really am. But sickness has a way of bringing out my true self...and it's not pretty. The first few days, I had things in perspective and was trying to pray regularly and seek the Lord's grace. But by day 5 or so, the selfish, self-absorbed, petty, grouchy, depressive, dramatic Pete came out. My wife deserves a lot of praise for being forgiving, kind, gracious and for taking care of the family for 12 days straight!
So one good thing that came out of my sickness is that God reminded me of what a truly wretched, wicked, selfish, arrogant, foolish and sinful man that I am. This obviously leads to what an amazing, kind, compassionate, merciful God I have who forgives my sin through the death of His one and only Son. God's mercies are truly new every morning and His lovingkindness never ends. I experienced that again! It never gets old.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
There's always lots of singing and dancing in our Christmas decorating!