Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Silas took his first spin on a motorcycle this afternoon with a friend.  It was love at first ride! 


Monday, July 28, 2014


Maybe I have a new favorite app. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Poetry Competition

Jude recited that sweet little version of Psalm 23 this morning.  He wore his Spiderman watch.  He was ready for action.  We gave him pep talks about speaking in front of his classmate and promised ice cream if he shared his recitation.

But when that teacher asked for poems, his courage failed a bit. (Or his stubbornness overtook.)

I think it's safe to say that Silas didn't perform either.

So there is no ice cream in our house tonight.

But the Spiderman watch was well-earned and I hope this little poem stays in his mind a long time.


God is my Shepherd / And I am his little lamb. / He feeds me / He guides me / He looks after me.

I have everything I need. / Inside, my heart is very quiet. / Even when I walk through the dark scary, lonely places / I won’t be afraid / Because me Shepherd knows where I am.

He is here with me / He keeps me safe/ He rescues me / He makes me strong and brave.

Psalm 23 Children's Paraphrase
from The Jesus Storybook Bible (shortened for memorizing)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

1. Today was the half way mark in my intensive linguistics course.  I know enough about bilabial and back velar articulation to last me a life time.  It's seriously been a profitable class.  Maybe one day, ten years from now, I'll be as fluent as fluent can be. And all these steps along the way will feel worth it.  Right now, let's be honest….I'm ready for a break.

2. Jude has a "Poetry Competition" at school on Friday.  We're bribing motivating him with the promise of a Spiderman watch to learn the rendition of Psalm 23 found in the Jesus Story Book Bible.  Pure sweetness to hear those words coming out of his mouth.  The actual performance is unlikely to be quite so solid as his practice….but he's definitely made progress since our play school drama fiascos.

3. Silas's teacher sent home a notice that he is also requested to recite a short poem.  Um.  Silas doesn't really talk.  A poetry competition!? I'll let you know how it goes.

4. David is manny-of-the-year.  He made a broccoli quiche this week that was ah-mazing. He's tackling  with gusto that long list of house projects that piled up over the summer.

5. Why all the projects to complete? Well, friends, if all goes as planned, four months from this week we will be on a plane to America.  We'll be hugging those grandparents and eating Thanksgiving dinner with actual turkey. There's a lot of space between here and there but we certainly feel the window closing.  It's hard to believe we've been on this journey for three years. God's grace has been sufficient for us.

I really will write something a bit pensive and serious soon.  There's more stirring in my brain than I have energy to output. For now, that's what's up around here this Wednesday!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Fun

We broke out of the house to enjoy some monsoon coolness at the zoo this weekend. It was fantastic! Check out those cute hugging turtles...

Saturday night my sweet, amazingly encouraging friend, Sara brought a celebratory cheesecake over. Yay for no more language tests!

After some of that goodness, we played our new favorite game, Ticket to Ride. If you are a Settlers of Catan fan, this should be your next step! 

Monday is here again. Hope you have a good one! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

The roaring lion

This is a little video of Silas. He seems to have quite the imagination for a two year old.  Sometimes he stops what he's doing and breaks into a "scared" pose, then sprints away, very obviously playing with some sort of imaginary someone.

He's taken up his brother's habit of becoming a cat or dog, barking and crawling about.

Today, he set his little, teeny lion up as a guard around the toy chest.

He would sneak up on him and then run away shouting "Lion, Lion!" Videos only show so much.  Trust me, it was hysterical.


The kid's got flare.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The results are in...

I passed the language evaluation. 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chef Hubs

David is knee deep in "manny" duty around here. (And I'm knee deep in phonetics and linguistics;) He has taken the shift in stride and even made his own menu plan for the week. That's my organized man! 

Last night was Basil Tomato Chicken and pasta. Mmmm! 

Keep it comin', hubs!