November 14, 2007

I was actually thinking about making meat loaf. I’m not sure why, maybe because its starting to be cold out. I’m not even sure that I’ve ever even eaten meat loaf. Anyway, I’m looking for advice. Is this a worthwhile endeavor? And if so, can anyone recommend a good recipe? And also, what would one eat it with? Read more

November 14, 2007

I get really irritated when my favorite bloggers don’t post ever day, or worse, take a whole week off from blogging. In that same spirit, I offer my deep regrets for taking almost a whole week off from posting. Thing is, I preached Sunday after not preaching in a long time, and I kept meaning to post my sermon, but then I added and adjusted so much as I was actually speaking, that I decided to bring it home and… Read more

November 8, 2007

I, frankly, outdid myself tonight on the subject of Supper.Butternut Squash SoupI roasted the squash, and then scooped it out into my pan, added probably four cups of chicken stock, salt, pepper, curry powder, ginger powder and cream and, when it came a simmer, went at it seriously with my (well, Matt’s really) super cool immersion blender. Creamy, golden orange, I believe Matt used the word ‘heavenly’.Along with miniature biscuits done with an irritating flower cut out. But so puffy…. Read more

November 7, 2007

Matt discovered, to our amazement, by staring fixedly at the baby for some time, that she really looks, really really looks like…my dad (Dr. Robert Carlson). I thought it would be so unfortunate for a girl to have to be the spittin image of her father, image having to be a combination of one’s father and maternal grand father. Plus she really does look like R. Read more

November 6, 2007

I’ve been going back and back and back again to Psalm 19 lately. It’s always been one of my favorites, particularly since being in boarding school and hearing some of my school mates when their parents came to visit—a CRWM family from Mali—sing the second part (verse 7 on) of it all together beautifully. But also because it’s a perfect summation of the Christian Life and what produces real happiness and joy. The psalm articulates the liveliness of the Law,… Read more

November 4, 2007

E, on the way out of a store where she and I had been browsing together on our own: ‘All those things in there, that’s what made it so wonderful.’ (relish and emphasis on the ‘wonderful’)E praying in the evening after hearing the story of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac (a favorite):’Dear Jesus, thank you for Isaac and his family and how long he lived and that he he was a nice baby but grew up and lived a long time… Read more

November 2, 2007

So we had a reasonably good time on Wednesday.It was balmy-windy and warm-and there were lots of little kids running top speed from house to house. We got to meet several neighbors hitherto unmet. Everybody wanted to see the baby. I’d been walking the block for months pregnant so I guess it was only fair.The highlight of the day, though, was accidentally wishing our very good friends/neighbors a Happy Reformation Day-such a fun thing to wish Roman Catholics. K- wanted… Read more

November 2, 2007

I’ve just turned on that word verification thingy because I’m getting comment spam. Sorry about the extra hassle.I’ve got to get up and madly clean because all three kiddos are sleeping (E is at school), and who knows how long it will last, so I’ve got to seriously get moving. I have exactly one hour before the next visitor. So much to do, don’t even know where to start. Read more

October 31, 2007

If you have a moment, pray for my mom who is currently in the air, traveling back to Nairobi via JFK, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. She is set to arrive Friday morning and we are all awaiting the good news that she is there safely and soundly. In the meantime we are all in grief that she is gone. We had Such a Good Time while she was here and will miss her very much. Read more

October 30, 2007

However controversial, we are going to be ‘celebrating’ Halloween this year, again. Matt grew up with fond and warm memories of Halloween—running around safe neighborhoods, receiving safe candy, not dealing with the theological implications of celebrating Halloween and ignoring All Saints. I, for understandable reasons, never celebrated Halloween or All Saints Day—the one because it was too close to the occult for a Baptist Boarding School and the other because it was too Catholic. Both days always passed carefully unmarked…. Read more

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