Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Insight from My 6 Year Old Son

Last week at Pogy’s Subs, on our table there was a laminated card that had this saying:

Dear God,
So far today I’ve done all right.  I haven’t gossiped, I haven’t lost my temper, I haven’t lied or cheated.  I haven’t been greedy, or grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent.  I’m very thankful for that, but, in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed.  And from then on I’m probably going to need a lot more help.  Amen.

We all smiled after we finished reading it…except my 6 year old son.  He had a serious look on his face while he claimed, "That’s not true!"  We asked, "What do you mean?"  He explained, "This person said she hasn’t done anything bad so far but that’s not true.  She has been boasting."  Wow…my son had a deep thought!  It is often easy for us to think that we are doing all right or that we are doing better than that person or those people.  We need to be very careful not to let pride creep in our heart and mind.  Pride pushes God aside; God hates pride.

"As it is, you boast and brag.  All such boasting is evil." James 4:16

"This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord" Jeremiah 9:23-24

"If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.  ….But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."  2Corinthians 11:30, 12:9

"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything, for ourselves, but our competence comes from God." 2 Corinthians 3:5

By the way, we can sin even when we’re still lying in bed.  We need to remember to take captive our every thought to make it obedient to Christ….in bed and out of bed.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Trip to the Oregon Zoo

On Sept. 14th, we took the kids to the Oregon Zoo.  A baby Asian elephant has been the main attraction lately.  We waited in line for about an hour and a half to get a peek at this cutie.  He was born on August 23rd.  "Samudra" is his name (nicknames: Sam, Sammy); it’s a Sanskrit word meaning ocean (the calf apparently likes his bath time).  He weighed 336 pounds (as of Sunday when we were there), up from 286 pounds at birth.  His mom, "Rose" kept close eyes on him :) .
Other animals that we visited included black bears, bobcats, mountain goats, beavers, bald eagles, Steller sea lions, sea otters, polar bear, penguins, lorikeets, tigers, leopard, babirusa, chimpanzee, mandrill, gibbons, African birds, rhino, hippos, zebras, pygmy goats, giraffe, crocodiles, duikers, Nile monitor, fruit bats, and python.  We also saw the Frog traveling exhibition featuring frogs from around the world, including the endangered Oregon spotted frog.  We had fun and got lots of exercise as a bonus (P.E. credit?) :) .
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

I Didn't Know Birds Can Be So Funny :)!

My 9 year old son told me today that Barred Owl and White-Winged Dove say, "Who cooks for you?"  and California Quail’s location call is "Chicago."  Inca Dove should become a spokeperson…a spokesbird for "Whirlpool" (they continually repeat "werl-pool").  Yellow Warbler certainly doesn’t have any problem with self-esteem; its song sounds like "sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lovin' Country Life

On Labor Day (Sept. 1st), we purchased 2 female goats to graze our land.  They are sweet and friendly.  Our kids enjoy spending time with them.
DSC04842 This is Nubi (1 1/2 yr old Nubian).
DSC04886 This is Vicki (3 yr old LaMancha).
DSC04878 Our boys like hanging out with our goats and our neighbor’s sheep, Midnight.

We have seen 3 deer in our pasture.  We enjoy the visits by a variety of birds.  So far…we have seen mourning dove, scrub jay, steller’s jay, woodpecker, American goldfinch, house finch, house sparrow, white-breasted nuthatch, red-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, dark-eyed junco, cedar waxwing, robin, hawk, and hummingbird.  My 9 year old son has turned into an ornithologist! 

We love trees, especially fruit trees :) .  We have 3 hazelnut trees, 2 pear trees, grapes, and blackberries on our property.  We have wonderful neighbors (only 3 other homes besides ours sit on our road).  They have already brought us apples, green beans, cucumbers, canned salmon, and berry cake.  When the weather is nice, we like sitting around our firepit on the patio roasting hotdogs and making s’mores, gazing at the stars at night.  Life is good.  Country life is groovily good!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

17 Years of Blessed Blissfulness!

DSC03327 DSC04897Today my beloved and I are celebrating our 17th anniversary.  I never stop thanking the Lord for blessing me with the best husband/friend in the world.  He has always been and will always be the love of my life. 
He gave me this beautiful amethyst heart-shaped pendant and necklace (he already gave me in the past anniversaries an amethyst heart-shaped ring and amethyst heart-shaped earrings).  He is very sweet, loving, and thougthful as usual.  He knows I love heart-shaped stuff :) .