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Trying to catch up

19th February 2008

Trying to catch up

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Because I’m not posting very much, I’m just kinda out of the groove. So here are a few random things that I’ve been thinking about.

1. If you google “Costco juice boxes” Philoxenos in the #1 search result! Important stuff being written about here, obviously.

2. Learned today that one of Handsome’s older brothers is moving from England back to Australia, which means that Handsome’s parents will have one son in New Zealand, America, England, and Australia.

3. Handsome and I just had our birthdays. Each year I make an Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake which is DIVINE. I’m guessing that if there is food in heaven this will definitely be on the menu. Although I’m thinking that worshiping at the feet of Jesus will have a much higher priority than eating cheesecake. Anyway. It was excellent, as always. I only make it once per year for a few reasons. 1) it’s expensive 2) I don’t even want to THINK about how many calories, fat grams, and carbohydrates might be in it and 3) it’s somewhat time consuming. I used up all of nap time on Saturday to make it. That’s a big sacrifice for me!

4.  We have been having a lot of people over for meals the last several weeks. Been averaging at least one family/group per week, often more than that if you count playdates and morning tea invites. We’re being very purposeful about issuing invitations. We want to make more friends, for starters, so we’re inviting people over that we want to get to know better. This has resulted in some great evenings. We often have folks over on Friday night which is our homemade pizza night. It’s more relaxed, not so much pressure about the food. Just good times. We’re also doing it because we want to live by example in our church. It seems that here in California it’s simply not as common to invite people over to your house. It’s more like - hey, let’s meet at such and such a restaurant. That’s fine and everything, but having people over to our home is much more conducive to building a stronger relationship. It’s also the best way for us to include our kids in hospitality.

5. I’ve recently made a new friend. We’ve known each other since September but only in the last couple of weeks have we gotten to know each other. She has a lot of unhappy things going on in her life at the moment, but she always looks so put together. I’ve noticed that from the beginning. She particularly pays attention to her jewelry. My jewelry consists of a wedding band (I’ve even stopped wearing my engagement ring because it gets dirty and it’s hard to clean) and a watch. I haven’t worn earrings in YEARS. I do have a couple of necklaces which I wear only occasionally. She came over last week and brought with her some jewelry that she wanted to give me. A few pieces that she likes but doesn’t wear anymore. She has encouraged me to wear jewelry even if I’m wearing a tshirt, put on a little makeup even if I’m just staying home with the kids. Not to impress anyone but more to lift up myself. And it works!

6.  Our son is nearly one year old. And I think that he is finally sleeping through the night. He slept this morning until 5 am then Handsome got him back to sleep until 5:45am at which time I got him up. He went to bed about 6:30 the night before so we decided that was pretty darned good. People, this has been one of the longest years of my life. I have never slept so little. EVER. Now if I get seven hours straight I can’t even go back to sleep! Who cares if it’s 4:30 in the morning. So this morning I got up and folded some clothes, had a great time reading my Bible and praying, enjoyed a cup of tea with Handsome. And it was only 6am!

I need to get the kitchen cleaned up before I head to bed by 9pm. BSF tomorrow so we’ve got an early start.

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  1. 1 On February 19th, 2008, jen said:

    Happy Birthday to the pair of you

  2. 2 On February 20th, 2008, Leigh Ann said:

    Love that you’re leading by example. Hubby & I found the same thing when we came back from Korea. We craved the closer relationships we had overseas, but nobody else seemed to be used to getting into each other’s homes for fellowship. It makes such a difference! You really feel like you know someone much better when you’ve been in their home & had a meal together. Keep up the great work & I hope it rubs off in your circle! (Even if they don’t change, they’ll feel closer to you & you to them.) Hospitality - it’s a good thing!

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