Monday, December 21, 2009

One of the best Christmas YouTube vids

This one is a Christmas time favorite!


Engaged!


So my darling little sister is getting MARRIED! Her boyfriend (now fiancee) proposed in Hawaii in October! They're both so excited and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Steve to the family. Here they are with Sam this summer! (BTW...the big date is October 23rd)

Sticker bandit strikes again...



Wanted: One two year old infamous for notorious stickering all over the house. Recent victims include: holiday outfit, dolly, and baby brother. Reward.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My not so helpful Elf...

Jen: I'm back from Christmas shopping...what have you been doing?
Mike: (pause)
Jen: Did you wrap my presents?
Mike: (pause)
Jen: Have you been sitting in front of this computer the whole time?
Mike: Well...yeah...I'm doing something important. I'm trying to decide if I believe in global warming.
Jen: come again?
Mike: Yeah, I'm watching this video about climate change and polar bears.
Jen: sigh...Oh good...

Pretty sure Santa and I are NOT concerned about global warming at this point in December! :) Jen

Monday, December 7, 2009

Fair Trade

One of the really cool things about our church is that they give concrete ways that we can change our lifestyle a small bit at a time, but in a way that can make a big impact. One example is buying Fair Trade. To that end, we saw this video.



Do something good with your spending this Christmas - buy something fair trade. Maybe some coffee, maybe something else... even if it costs a little more. The website for this group is -

http://tradeasone.com/justone

Sunday, December 6, 2009

All the single ladies

So we were driving in the car yesterday when we reached a new pinnacle in parenthood. We were talking about Christmas, or something like that when all of a sudden we hear Addie in the back singing... and she sort of sounds like Beyonce.

"all single yaydies, all singa yaydies, all singa yaydies..."

Oh snap. Jen and I looked at each other with expression of combined shock, horror, and amusement.

At least she didn't say "if you like it, put a ring on it".

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tree Obsession

Jen has a growing Christmas tree obsession. It started a few years ago, and has grown to over 20 trees in and around our house. Here is an idea of what I'm talking about.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thinking about God & Money, cont'd

In my previous post, I gave some thoughts about Goldman-Sachs employees making a zillion dollars while pretty much everyone else is bearing the brunt of a painful economic collapse. This isn't a surprise, what was (and is) a surprise to me was that they tried to say they were doing "God's Work". I was reading this in my Bible today, and wonder what they would say to it:

James 5
"Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter."

Now, that should put to rest any arguements about if these dudes are "doing God's work." But, so that it isn't all point-the-finger-at-those-guys, this passage presents a challenge to me and probably you if you are reading this. Most of us make more than 80-90% of the rest of the world, so by that standard we are also rich. Consider that a challenge - what are we doing with our money that IS God's work?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mom thoughts...

You know that you have two children when you actually finally buy under eye concealer and use it everyday. When will I get to sleep again...?

Note from Mike: Posts like this are why I wish Jen would get her own google account so she can post stuff under her own name.

Halloween Fun!





Halloween in Cleveland was fun and cool. We took Addie out trick-or-treating for about 45 minutes and only took Sam out to a few select neighbor's houses. It was Addie's first night trick-or-treating and she loved it. About half way through the night she realized the candy people were giving her was hers and she could eat it. She calls it her "treats" and this was really her first taste of chocolate candy bars (besides those bribing M & M's for potty training...see below). Sam was a cute little dragon and despite Addie screaming for a good 15 minutes about not wanting to wear her costume she decided it was "cute" after we finally got it on and took a peek in the mirror. All in all, a successful night...

Hummus

Every so often I eat foods that I think I hate just to make sure I don't like them. I recently re-tried hummus (roasted red pepper) that some friends brought over and really liked it. I'm eating it for lunch today.

The cool thing about hummus is that it counts as a vegetable, but doesn't necessarily taste like one.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Help me out here...

So Mike has recently started watching (brace yourselves, please) Battlestar Galactica. This show is about some aliens and space. It's super dorky. Dorkier than Lost and Star Wars. He told me that "Nerd is cool now Jen." I told him that "Nerds think Nerd is in." I used to pride myself on having a only semi-dorky computer nerd husband. I think Battlestar Galactica just took us to a new low. Or high. Depending on who you ask...

Back me up here...

Potty Update

Earlier post referenced bath ball in potty. Potty now clogged. Pretty certain it was the bath ball despite Mike's efforts to convince me otherwise. ("I've seen those pipes, they're really wide.")

Greed and Goldman Sachs

An article caught my attention today on a news website. The title is "I'm doing 'God's Work'. Meet Mr. Goldman Sachs" You can read it here.

The article goes on to explain how the people that work on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs justify how much money they make: "Average pay this recessionary year for the 30,000 staff is expected to be a record $700,000. Top earners will get tens of millions..." Blankfein, from whom the title quote comes from, makes an insane amount of money: "$68m in 2007 alone, a record for any Wall Street CEO, to add to the more than $500m of Goldman stock he owns"

Let's get this out in the open: Greed is a sin. This is clearly a guy who worships money, and as the Bible tells us, you cannot worship both God and Money. Let's be clear - Christianity does not promote greedy, self-indulgent, self-centered living, period. This guy making 68 million bucks a year is not serving God, he is serving himself, period. Read the article - the lifestyle of a typical Goldman employee revolves around luxurious homes, boats, vacations, clothes, etc. Read it, seriously, and listen to how the employees' only purpose for living is to serve the company.

In fact, I propose to you that even making profit the way a company like this does is borderline sinful. Read the OT, and it is pretty clear God doesn't like us exacting profit when lending:

Leviticus 25:
35 “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. 36 Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. 37 You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit."

Exodus 22:
"If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him. 26 If ever you take your neighbor's cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, 27 for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate."

Ezekiel 18:
"10 “If he fathers a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, who does any of these things 11 (though he himself did none of these things), who even eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor's wife, 12 oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, 13 lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself."

Proverbs 11:4
"Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death."

These are a very very small selection of what the Bible has to say on the issue of interest, profit, greed, and generosity. Look people, making gobs of money when the average Joe is having a really hard time making ends meet is sin.

I saw a quote from another article - "Griffiths also used religion to justify his stance, saying, 'The injunction of Jesus to love others as ourselves is an endorsement of self-interest.'" You can read that here.

Let us, perhaps, contrast this with the words from the New Testament, and you can decide what "God's Work" truely is.

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Matt 6:24

The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. Luke 16:14

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:33

Matt 25:34-46
41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

Luke 12
13Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
14Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" 15Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
16And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
18"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '
20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Potty Adventures....

So no one actually told me how funny and aggravating and ridiculous potty training can be. Addie asked to go to the potty while she was in the bath so I popped her out of the bath onto the potty so she could do her business. I flushed the potty and then turned around to see her throwing her bath toy right into the flushing potty. It was a small pink ball that quickly went down the bowl. She started to cry and said she wanted it back but I told her it was all gone. Now, whenever she sees a potty, she promptly announces, "My ball is in the potty. It's allgone."

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Losties!

My company had a sweet halloween party and Dave & Busters. We went as members of the Dharma Initiative... right now you are probably like the people at D&Bs - either you are thinking "wow, that costume is sweet" or "uhhh, what am I missing here"?

 
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Greatest Show On Earth!

Much thanx to a phat hookup from our friend Dana, we got some tix to the Circus last week. Wow, it was way cooler than we expected! Human cannonballs, high wire guys, dog tricks, elephants, tigers, zebras, horses, flaming hoops, and of course, clowns! Addie ate 5 pounds of popcorn.



We asked Addie at intermission if she was tired and wanted to go home (it was WAY past her bed time), to which she replied: "No Mama! I need sah-more circus! I want to do it again!"

Needless to say, we had a great time, even if the light toy we bought cost 22 bucks!

Apple Pickin'

What's fall without a trip to the apple orchard? Here are the pics:



Aunt Michelle accompanied us out to Pic-N-Save, a fun orchard out in Hinckley. Mike thought we needed 5 buckets, thank God Jen prevailed as 2 buckets was 40 lbs of apples! Addie clearly ate her weight in delicious green and red beauties, and Sam is just along for the ride this year.

Sam turns Six Months Old

Our little guy turns six months old tomorrow. Check out some of his latest tricks:

Monday, October 5, 2009

High School Sweethearts...

So you know that we're high school sweethearts, right? Well sometimes, I have this bizarre alternate-universe-feeling that we're still back in high school despite the fact we're pushing a double stroller in the mall. It happens when Mike says something like this, "Why won't you let me get a super sweet hat? Do you know how cool I'd look right now if I was wearing a super sweet hat?" Yes honey, I do know exactly how cool you'd look...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Perfect!

We talked about Matthew 5:48 last week in group and it has been on my mind lately. Jesus says - "Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect."

CS Lewis has some awesome thoughts on the matter in his book Mere Christianity:

"That is why He warned people to 'count the cost' before becoming Christians. 'Make no mistake', He says, 'if you let me, I will make you perfect. The moment you put yourself in My hands, that is what you are in for. Nothing less, or other, than that. You have free will, and if you choose, you can push Me away. But if you do not push me away, understand that I am going to see this job through. Whatever suffering it may cost you in your earthly life, whatever inconceivable purification it may cost you after death, whatever it costs Me, I will never rest, nor let you rest, until you are literally perfect... This I can do, and this I will do. But I will not do anything less.'"

Perfect? Yes, perfect, you ARE going to be perfect! God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy - he will love your first stumbling attempts at Christian life, but he will not be content to leave you there... he wants you to run the race!

It seems the only caveat is that we have to not push His will aside. So it seems that the first step in the Christian life is shoving aside sinful nature, our natural self, so that Jesus can do this radical surgery on us.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit" anyone? It seems to be the key!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dedicating Sam...


Many of you may know Mike and I chose to dedicate Addie and Sam and save baptism until they're older and can make that decision on their own. We got to dedicate our little boy on August 2nd at my parents' church along with all of our family and friends. When we were contemplating adding to our family we prayed for a healthy little boy and God answered our prayers. So it seemed fitting to use Hannah's Bible passage to celebrate the day, "and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, "I asked the Lord for him."


Grandma Elaine

Grandma Linda (seamstress extraordinaire)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How could she do this to me?

Jen went upstairs to put Sam to bed at like 9, and I was just waiting for her to come down stairs (while packing the lunches, etc). The problem is that she left me with the TV on, and I had to watch Glee for an hour. Doesn't she know I'm helpless to the TVs powers? I went up there 5 minutes ago and found her asleep!

How could she do this to me?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Summer Vacation...


The great thing about my life is that there will always be a first day of school and there will always be a summer vacation. I know....I'm totally fortunate and I don't take it for granted! :) I spent my summer filling it to the brim with fun and frolic for my little girl, my newest little boy and me. We found time for all sorts of excitement in between potty training and newborn spit up. Here are a few mommy highlights!

Mommy & Me Gymnastics Class

Playing at the Splash Pad in Medina


Playing at Memphis Kiddie Park (Mommy & Grandma went here when they were little girls!)

Riding the ponies at SpringMist Farms in Brunswick thanks to Marlene's recommendation!

And who could forget Nana & Papa's pool!?!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Eavesdropping in First Grade

"They make a lot of things in China. My family's from China"
"We got a table from China...it says MADE IN CHINA."
"My tv's from China"
"Ya know they eat dogs in China"
(Mrs. Medved) "No they do not and that is inappropriate. Get back to work."

Saturday, September 5, 2009

the funny sister...



So I have a lot of talents. And by "A lot"...I mean three. There is one talent, however, to which I will concede. My sister is hilarious. She's so the funnier sister. Don't believe me? Check out her blog

http://adventuresofaquarterlifer.blogspot.com/

Sure it's funnier than mine...but she wouldn't even have a blog if it weren't for our heckling...so at least I can hang that over her 'obviously funnier and more clever blog than ours' head. Kudos shell...kudos...

Waiting for Sadie's baby brudder...



So our friends Caitland and Stephan have decided to adopt their next baby from Rwanda! We're so excited and proud they're adopting. We wish them the best and are following along on their blog: http://sharps2rwanda.blogspot.com/ or see our blogs to the left. Sadie is less than a month older than Addie and we can't wait to meet, as Addie would so term him, Sadie's new baby brudder. Follow along with us...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Uncle Fritz Pt. 2

As the night wore on, UF became more and more of a real person to me and less of a subject of photographic interrogation. Or maybe it was the beer.
 

 

 

 
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Uncle Fritz Pt. 1

So I know at a wedding, it is supposed to be all about the bride(s). At this wedding, I figured that was covered by everyone else, and I thought my Uncle Fritz deserved to have a little bit of photographic journalism going on.

You see, Uncle Fritz is that Uncle that is always taking pictures. Always. "Smile!" "Get together..." So I decided this night I would take pictures of UF taking pictures of people. Here is the first batch.

 

 

 

 


It is a compulsion, he just can't help it.
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Post from the Elfmaster General

Word up, doggs. I know it has been awhile since I've laid one on ya, but here I am. I've been kickin' it fo real at my new pad.

 


Check out my sweet ride. Yeah, with a car like that, it is easy fo an elf to pick up the ladies.
 


I've been getting my drink on, let me tell you. I don't know if I'll make it to this year's Christmas party, this place pretty much has it all.
 


Cept they need some better health care up in this piece. Check out my hand!
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

7-29-09 DMB

Jen & I went and saw DMB on a rainy night at Blossom, on the day between our birthdays. Kelly & John were along for the trip, it was a great show!

 
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Side note: we may have spent 45 minutes looking for John's car after the show. We were not happy. But, it was still awesome!

Hocking Hills Pt. 3

One of the big attractions down in Hocking is Ash Cave... it is the leftovers of glacially deposited rock. Some dudes lived here for awhile - it is really cool that something this big is in Ohio. It was a very peaceful scene, and made you feel little.

 

 

 

 
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Hocking Hills Pt 2

The ladies took a horse back ride (in the rain), and Samuel learns to play Catan!

 

 

 
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Hocking Hills Pt. 1

So we took a family vacation to Hocking Hills in southern Ohio. It was really nice - my brother set the whole thing up. We had a cabin (w/ hot tub!) and were only 20 minutes or so from most attractions (caves, swimming pool).

 

 

 

This picture is pretty trippy...
 
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