Sunday, May 24, 2009

Is it Soccer or Football?

J was asking why asking facetiously why do people in Europe call soccer, 'football' and in the United States we call football, 'football' instead."

S explained that we call it, 'football' because in football there are a lot of 'hikes'.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby B!

One year ago today we welcomed Baby B into our family. I can hardly believe it has already been a whole year! Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girl!


In the Hospital


Blessing Day


She's a Smiler!


Mischief


First solid food


Sitting Pretty



When did my baby turn into such a big girl?
Happy Birthday B! WE LOVE YOU!



Sunday, May 10, 2009

Perspectives On Cemeteries

In anticipation of a future service project, we drove through a cemetery today to review the extent of the headstone cleaning we will be doing.

We visually toured acres of upright headstones (we couldn't read all of the on-ground headstones) engraved with symbols and pictures that helped explain the personalities and beliefs of those memorialized by them. You can't help but respect the people who came before you and ponder about what kinds of experiences they had while they were alive.

It was the first time I've been into that cemetery and I was impressed with how nice it was. The cemetery sits on a hill overlooking a small lake spotted with lily pads. The opposite border is padded with a nice evergreen forest. Beautiful blossoming cherry trees guarded the front.

I was thinking out loud about how nice it would be to invest in some personal real estate at a this or a similar cemetery.

Shortly after a family of deer peacefully walked through the cemetery, J (12-yr-old) piped and commented, 'This would be a nice place to be buried."

K (age 7) joined the band wagon, "This would be a great place to play hide and seek!"

Friday, May 01, 2009

Conflicting Messages

The other morning our 1st grader was getting ready for school when I walked into the room.

He said with a confused tone, "Dad, do you know what? When we have writing at school, [my teacher at school] says, 'take your time and do the best you can.'

"...Then half way through she says, 'I want to see smoke coming out of your pencils.'"