Thursday, January 19, 2017

a prayer

I love our church in Nashville. I regularly listen to their sermon podcasts, and one of the pastors (Elliott Cherry) prays this prayer before he preaches. Maybe it's a common prayer somewhere, but I don't know what it's called. Nonetheless, I love it, and I wanted to write it down for myself.

"Would you take your word and apply it to our heads that we would not grow shallow.
Would you take your word and apply it to our hearts that we would not grow cold.
Would you take your word and apply it to our feet that we would not just be hearers of your word but doers also.
Save us from ourselves, Jesus.
It's in your name and only because of your name that we can ask anything from our Father, and so we do so with great confidence. Amen."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

spotlight student

guest blogger: Heidi

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I was the Spotlight Student the first week of January. When you are the Spotlight Student, you get to choose someone to read to the class. I brought in Big Guy.

I got to sit on the chair next to him. When he read the story, he did silly voices.

I love you, Big Guy! Thanks for coming to my class!

[Photos from Heidi's kindergarten teacher!]

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Let Freedom Ring! at Green Lane Park

This year, we tried a local spot for our attempt at our MLK tradition - Green Lane Park. We hiked the Hemlock Point Trail, figuring we'd find a good spot to read the end of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Parts of the water were frozen enough that we could stand on the ice.

We found a great spot to shout.

Anyone want to join us next year? (I'll try to get my act together for a group event next year?)

Monday, January 16, 2017

a protégé

With three girls, we generate a rather large pile of hand-me-downs. Fortunately, we know two little girls who love our style. Pictured here is one of them (Adelyn) wearing some of Anna's favorites.

Friday, January 13, 2017

family Christmas selfie

I forgot we took this on Christmas with a selfie stick. Here we all are (minus Malec - he was asleep under the desk).

Thursday, January 12, 2017

baby smitten

We stayed with one of my cousins over the weekend. They have a newborn in the house, and Heidi was smitten. (Jesse kept calling her Malec because all babies are Malec to him right now.) One night, Heidi fed her a bottle,

 helped change her diaper, and then dressed her in her pajamas.

Props to Adam and April for hosting a family of six with a newborn in the house. Thank you so much for having us!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


guest bloggers: Lydia, Heidi, Anna, & Jesse

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We had a two-hour delay on Friday which gave us just enough time to sleep in and then sled in some fresh snow. Plus, we tried our our new goggles.