Thursday, June 28, 2007

A New Way to be Human

"THOSE thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it."

-G.K. Chesterton

Thinking on the incarnation of Jesus, that God became man, gives us in itself a view of humanity that cannot be shared outside of the Christian faith. Oh, that God became man! What a glorious event for human kind, made in His image. We are made in His image and made to reflect His nature and character by LOVING one another, in the same way that Christ loved us by giving up of himself, sacrificing his life for the life of his people. We ought to live this out here and now, with our brothers and sisters surrounding us. This idea of sacrifice must be so isolated from the idea that we as human beings are isolated matter, complex, yet a coincidental collection of atoms. This gives us no need to live in community, no need to love anyone but ourselves. And this makes our existence less than fulfilled, entirely empty, and alone. We, as the body, ought to have the highest view of humanity, and the ability to urge all peoples to fulfill all their hearts longings by the redemption we all are searching for: to live in community with the Godhead, to live in community with the saints.

Monday, June 25, 2007

" So Oregon-Hip"

The other night a new friend told me that I looked "So Oregon-hip." I'm not precisely sure what she meant by the comment, but it probably had something to do with me strolling around town on my bike in my keens and 3/4 length denim skirt - I loved the comment.

Does this post make me a narcissist? It kind of makes me feel like one. hmmm.....

There was Feasting...and Now He's 2!

(notice what is clenched in the birthday boy's hand as he's blowing out the candles. This was his present, and he was so excited to get a motorcycle! He hasn't stopped playing with it.)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Happy Summer Solstice & Happy Birthday Colson Christopher

Wow, 2 years ago today I had already fallen in love with our new little man, Colson. I couldn't wait to meet him. He was born in the morning, and all day I was so excited, and exhausted, but I could not rest a minute while this squeeking little baby was so perfect and here! and mine! and i could see him finally and touch him and hold him. I was so happy, and so excited to get to know him.

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And today, i can hardly believe this little toddler running around our home, full of love and mischief. Oh how his personality shines through at this age - always on the go, a hard worker when it comes to anything with wheels, and a boy with a tender conscience. Even now he seems to be independent and secure. He's ready to listen and learn, and he loves his books and songs. I don't know how so much of a personality can be held in so tiny of a body. His spirit is definately full of life and joy. I couldn't be more pleased to be his mother, and I'm so very excited to watch what the Lord has in store for this future man. He has brought such life and wonder into our lives, and I thank God for such a wonderful gift in our son.

It is so fitting that he was born on the first day of summer. He is color and growth and fruit.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

After the Long Silence

Now that life is settling down and i'm learning to re-manage my time after I received my bike (I am wanting to be on it at all times), I'm finally updating my blog. As you will see, it's mostly my life in pictures. I hope you enjoy.

Back to Moscow!





Today we picked strawberries right out of a patch and popped them into our mouths. Colson of course loved them, even though he doesn't normally like those fakies from California! I can't blame him, the real deal is quite the treat. We also picked wild poppies and took a bike ride to take these photos.

*sigh* I love warm days of spring.
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Summer Days


Bath time is so much joy!

At the Park


If it involves a tractor, it's gold to Colson.
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My Birthday Present

This is what was waiting for me when I came home from Oregon. KC has bought me the most perfect bike to ride all over Moscow on. Colson attaches to a hand-me-down trailer, and we both couldn't be happier. I have been riding almost daily running errands or simply breathing in the landscape and wild flowers along the route. This is probably the best birthday gift I have ever received in my entire life. KC is wonderful and knows me so well.

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"Mama, I'm rolling." -"Yes, Colson, I can see that. Roll away child."

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Photos of our trip


Guess who loved the Oregon Coast? Colson couldn't have been more pleased to play in the vast sand box.
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Oregon Landscape

I love how small I feel with my feet in the sand and my eyes towards the vast ocean, the inescapable hum of the rolling waves whispers and demands all at the same time, beckoning me to a quiet humility.

I love these reflections from creation to the Creator.

(And of course, it's worth clicking on the picture to enlarge it.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Glorious Oregon


...More to follow.
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