Thursday, April 28, 2011
Tonight we have plans to make fancy headgear,which we will wear in the morning as we sip our orange juice tea. Thanks to an online name generator we have all been assigned royal monikers for the occassion as well. Check them out:
HM Queen Katie Lulu Leeberton of Hollandport
HM King Kevin Heston Andrewberton of Hollandport
Duke Gavin Crispin Andrewton of Hollandton
Princess Anne Arabella Hopeton of Hollandbury
Marquess Gibson Astrup Nickolasberton of Hollandshire
Sir Gabe Waddington Evancock of Hollandham
What about you? Are you planning to watch the wedding? If you take two seconds to find out your royal name we'd love to see it in the comments!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
And bloomed a rose that day
And praise Him that He suffered through the guilt, the grief, the shame
Oh and praise Him that His tender love will still forgive today
Oh praise Him all ye people praise the King"
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The devotional asks two important reflection questions:
1. How often do I check email or my Facebook page? Do I crave connection?
2. What are some steps I can take this week to develop a new friendship?
There is a danger in devoting all of our relational efforts in the 140 character connections offered by technology. I fear it offers a false sense of connection. I often struggle with this space as I realize how one sided this exchange can be. There is an impression that by checking in with a blog or facebook page that one knows just what is going on in the hearts and lives of our friends. Yes, social media is an amazing spring board for interaction, news sharing, and conversation but we are so much more than what we share there. I believe there is much more we desire in friendship?
Don't get me wrong. Facebook has been a wonderful vehicle for making a first step in getting to know someone new, connecting with groups for encouragement, and rekindling acquaintances from the past. But, it's important to take the next step. To send a special message. To invite. To do life together. Because real relationships require more than a "like" button.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Since we were in the creating mood, we ended the day with a visit to our local pottery painting studio, Paint a Pot, where Gavin and Anne Hope each created a masterpiece.
(If you are local you may want to check out their facebook fan page which features a coupon for a FREE painting time. A fun way to try something for the first time.)
Monday, April 4, 2011
Gavin no longer has to take a daily nap because he is usually at school during rest time. Yet, when he is home on the weekends (and now for Spring Break) he does have a quiet time while the other kids are sleeping. During that time he is able to read or write in his room.
Lately, he has been enjoying Shel Silverstein and has been writing his own creative poems. There is one I would enjoy sharing, but they are his so I’ll have to ask before I do so. I love the way Gavin thinks, the enthusiasm with which he writes, the imaginary worlds he creates, and the words he uses to experiment.
When I write I try to think in symbolism. Sometimes I am cryptic. Mostly I list it like it is. Always I wish for the talent of creative writing. Now I am hoping to learn with, and from, my little writer.
Together we are working through the book Rip the Page: Adventures in Creative Writing. It’s a joy to play with words and experiment with open ended prompts. Yesterday’s assignment, “I write with…”
Our joint writing adventures begin with “the razor sharp edge of new red ice skates hopping down the short river” and “the only piece of fluffy white cloud in the blue summer sky.”