Archive for March, 2008

Easter Festivities, Frivolity, and Focus

Easter day was a tremendous blessing this year. Though we did not dive into Lent like I wish we had, we were completely blessed by a wonderful Sunday.  I must mention that Friday and Saturday for my girls was spent in a convention center in Dallas. Much scripture was quoted! How much was Christ glorified? Perhaps the worst part was the drive for them and other friends who managed to make their way to Dallas on those days. The boys and I spent Friday at home, at work (and they were so good), at Lake Pflugerville, and cooking steaks and watching old Voltron episodes on Netflix instant view.  Saturday was boring though.  Dad did spring cleaning like window washing.  Again, the boys were tremendously patient.  NCAA basketball kept the house even louder though.

But Sunday, ahhhhh. Eggs were strewn about. Moses went racing around (even though he is not a morning person). And when Judah and Charity discovered he was finding $$ in the eggs, they got involved too! Tam and I made sticky monkey bread with cream cheese (gorilla bread). Then off to church. Tamara directed class as from Luke we worked through the garden, the arrest, detention, humiliation, the walk, crucifixion, Christ’s death, and His glorious resurrection.  And through it all we pondered the temptation thrust upon various individuals, their feelings and responses. Then we wondered about Saturday!  What happened?  The gospels say nothing much other than fearfulness. How long that day must have been! The conversation peppered with what might have been and what did he mean when he said….  Did they remember chapter 18? Who grasped it in earnest hope? We’re told of no one.  So, what do we think our “Saturdays” are any different? I don’t know, but class was inspiring!

And our time of worship was wonderful too. It seems that Kevin was borrowing from Tamara’s notes, or the Spirit was tickling 2 sets of ears last week. The rest of our day… a Sabbath rest.  God be praised!

Baskets stuffed with goodies.

Finding eggs

Charity’s artwork for LTC ’08:  “Here I am. I’m listening.”

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Back in ’82

Some of you might think I’m referencing what my father looked like in 1982, but actually this is a partial quote from my favorite character in Napoleon Dynamite.

Uncle Rico: Back in ’82, I used to be able to throw a pigskin a quarter mile.
Kip: Are you serious?
Uncle Rico: I’m dead serious.

I was thinking the stache was Kip-like, but Tam was good enough to contradict me in favor of Uncle Rico. Bless her. At least she doesn’t think I’m livin’ too much in 82.

Field Trip #18 – Mayfield Park

During one or more of the Wednesday afternoons with a huge group of homeschoolers at Pfluger Park, someone introduced Tamara to one of Austin’s hidden wonders. Mayfield Park is near downtown Austin on the edge of Town Lake near Laguna Gloria….

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Field Trip #17 – Old Settler’s Park, Round Rock

We spent a day at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, just north of us. Great trails for bike riding and hiking, good picnic areas, water, and open areas for games….

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Field Trip #16 – Home again, home again

A bit of the bug hit us again this week, so it became necessary to stick so close to home that we were actually there.

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Field Trip #15 – San Marcos “Spending Spree”

For this trip we delved into the mysterious world of finances.  Now, over the years Pop (dad’s dad) has consistently shipped rolls quarters over 600 miles for every birthday.  And every child gets some every time.  So, over the years there’s been a good bit of practice.  It’s a good thing to get some experience with the handling of cash-o-la.  So it was off to the shopping capitol of Texas, San Marcos.  There are 100’s of stores in the outlet mall that dominates the landscape of this mid-sized town.  Tamara and the kids spent several hours with a goal in mind: 1) purchase something I need, and 2) purchase something I want.  Each had 20 bucks.  All managed to spend the cash.  However, one of the things that Tamara emphasized on the front end was the grace of giving.  Finding a way to give at least 10% back to the Giver was the plan.  This last Sunday Tabitha dropped $4 into the plate.  The other children found other ways of giving as well.

We’re here.

Yep, we’re really here

Some “wants”.

More “wants”.

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