Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
* Cleaning out Harrison & Truman's closets (F's was already done a few weeks ago) - resulting in lots of items for the garage sale and 2 bags of trash
* Sorting through all of the photos/scrapbook stuff... HUGE amount of stuff (photos/memorabilia from each of our births until we went digital in 2004)
* Listed mass quanitities of furniture/electronics on Craigslist & Cheapcycle
* Sold several items already - $231 worth so far!! This is better than a garage sale!
Yippee!! Three cheers for cleaning up and cleaning out!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
John & Natalie
Tommie & Amy
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tonight, we walked one block over to their house with a grill and a huge bowl of watermelon or "each-go". (I cannot speak Japanese, but this is how they pronounced it!) We had prepped the boys ahead of time regarding the language barrier, expected behaviors and the fact that we had no idea what food would be served and that they were expected to eat it and be polite about it! I had never met Sayako's husband and did not know if he spoke English or not. Thankfully, Tommie & the boys were up for the adventure!
We had a GREAT time together! Mari came to dinner also, though her husband had to work late. Sayako's husband (whose Japanese name I cannot pronounce, but goes by "Randy" in the U.S.) spoke a little bit more English, so that made conversation easier - but not much! We definitely spoke very slowly, using simple words, re-worded sentences sometimes and got out the translator frequently. It was slow-going, but very fun & entertaining. We ate meat - lots and lots of meat. Deep fried shrimp, large shrimp on the grill, corn on the cob, steaks, giant cuts of meat grilled and cut into strips, salad... then, after we'd cleaned up from dinner - she served cut fruit & coffee. Then, she made rice balls and served Tommie and I a dish that was similar to roast with potatoes & carrots. We were STUFFED! I don't know how many of the items were designed to be familiar to us and what were more traditional Japanese dishes. We had a really yummy mushroom sauce with the strips of meat and a delicious sesame/soy salad dressing. They tried to teach us how to eat with chopsticks, which they found pretty amusing for some reason. The rice balls reminded me of California spring rolls. All in all, we enjoyed one another's company and plan to get together for dinner again soon.
Rice balls with seaweed (yes, those green flecks are kelp!). These actually tasted pretty good!
Correction: I remembered Sayako's husband's name and realized that "each-go" means strawberry - which we did eat, but it does not mean watermelon!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
and buying THIS:
The post entitled "Deliberate Simplicity" on my friend's blog included a question that I hope to never stop asking and re-evaluating in my life.
What is God asking you to do today to follow after Him?
"The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple." (Psalm 19:7)
We just had a sermon series at church regarding money. The main point of the series was that the way to financial freedom is to: GAIN WISDOM. I pray that the decisions we are making are God's wisdom, not man's. One of the ways we can discern that is through studying God's Word.
God promised us life through His son, Jesus Christ. (John 10:9-11) He promised us that He would always take care of us. He never promised us it would be easy. He never promised that we would make lots of money or be able to drink Starbucks every day. He never promised us that it would make sense when we look through the eyes of our culture. He did promise us that if we obey Him, we will be blessed.
No one can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
This Friday morning, Sayako is coming over to my house to have coffee. I'm excited and nervous. Will we have to keep the Yahoo Babelfish translator handy? Will there be an excessive amount of smiling and nodding without much real conversation? She asked if she can bring a friend. Yes! Hopefully, between the three of us - we can figure out how to communicate. Please pray for us!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Surrendered Your life upon that cross
Great is Your love poured out for all
This is our God
Lifted on high from death to life
Forever our God is glorified
Servant and King who rescued the world
This is our God