Thursday, April 30, 2009

We've enjoyed a lot of things online lately. Susan Boyle singing to silence her critics, Compassion bloggers in India, and yesterday the most moving video of one family's story. The idea of adoption isn't one foreign to us and maybe one day soon we'll be free to share the incredible story God is unfolding in our hearts, but after seeing the precious dedication of our friends' baby this weekend and this beautiful video, we are captivated by the joy of children and the beauty of adoption. Enjoy with us:

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Simple Things

This was our view after Thursday morning's date out to a village bakery and trip to a park. Jason plans one week. I plan the next. This week we explored the little town of Pendleton and found some treasures.

Could anything be more beautiful than the sun shimmering down through new-growth-green leaves against a clear, blue sky? Thursday morning we thought not.

Friday, April 17, 2009

3.1 Miles

Some things will never make sense. Like why hot dogs come in packs of ten while buns come in eights or why you park in a driveway and drive in a parkway. Add to that list why people pay money to run on an ordinary road with hundreds of others. And why some take it so far to push themselves 13 or 26 miles and pay for the experience! But tonight I became one of them.

I was convinced running was for some but not for me! I had never run more than half a mile in my whole life before this school year. Jason, who runs four miles almost every day of the week, tried to encourage me, even beg me to start. It got me out the door, but a student named Hannah helped me put one foot in front of the other. We are "sole" mates. And we worked up slowly until four miles were finished. I still can't believe it. And tonight, precious Hannah ran every step by my side for 3.1 miles with Jason (who finished in record time and came back) running the last half mile in with us, cheering us on. And we made it with even a sprint to the end! 31 minutes, 55 seconds. No record but a great accomplishment.

Hannah, we did it! Ready to shoot for under 30?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

These Weeks

The weeks of our blog silence have been loud in real life. Easter week was birthday week for the older of the kids I, Kelley, nanny and training for Jason of new resident assistants.

Easter was significant and silencing in the reality of the deepest of love and our absolute dependence on Jesus' life, death and resurrection. We celebrated over a cookout with a view and by missing the whole Easter sermon for fear the person in front of us would fall off the pew sleeping. No reflection on the sermon, Pastor Tom, just some medication complications we think. Needless to say coughing and kicking the pew were to no avail.

Since then a banquet for orphan care, a new SUV that's soon out the door, and deep thoughts that have no words. And that's where we sit the week of April 12, 2009.