The euphoric giddiness is wearing off somewhat, my backside is stuck to this chair and my eyes are bulging out of my head...but I am happy as a clam! Who knew that 17" of light could be so wonderful?
So many things to catch up on...
First of all, Heather's home from Africa and I simply can not wait to meet her newest son on Monday. What an amazing adventure! Well, she might not be to the point that she can call it amazing and awesome yet...it had some pretty deep caverns from what I have heard...but it's done and she's home and I cry every time I think about it. There is no sweeter picture of all that love is or can be than this. You can read her father's blog and see photos at this locale. Be sure to grab a tissue first.
Speaking of God-authored stories...are you going to see End of the Spear? I am hoping to go this weekend. I desperately want to see it but I am a little worried about the accuracy of the portrayals. This is one story that absolutely must be told right. If it's not...it would be so wrong. I am hoping I'll be able to read some reviews before I see it, so I'll be prepared.
During college, I read Elisabeth Elliot's book, Through the Gates of Splendour. The account of that journey changed me.
It was the first time I ever deeply realized how little my faith has cost me. I live in the United States and in the South where faith is often presumed. I was raised in a family that was deeply impacted by Chritianity--was early and still is. I move in circles of people who are of a similar faith as myself (most of the time). I am severely comfortable. That realization troubled me then (in college) and it still does from time to time. This story means a great deal to me. Hence, the desire to see it told correctly.
In other news, Joal is number 5 in his company's sales force for the year 2005! and that makes it official. We are definately going on the cruise to Mexico in February!! I'm so proud of him. He works smart, hard, efficiently, with integrity and he's always looking for ways to improve. I love that about him. (That's #5 out of about 650.) Mexico...counting the days.
I've been reading so many things lately (during the computer meltdown)...I think the library ladies know my name now, I've been in there so much in the past few weeks. It's been a good change-up to get back to reading. I'm going to keep that up. I accidentally (or providentially perhaps) ran across a book that every parent should read...oh wait. Not every parent. Only those who have at one point or another raised a loud voice to their perfect angel. Or really wanted to. LOL! I, of course, have never yelled at my children...(insert gagging and coughing noise here.)
Seriously, even if you aren't a chronic screamer, this book is insightful and a worthy read.
Oh yeah and it meets my #1 basic criteria for an acceptable parenting book--the author is actually a parent.
Scream-free Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel
Last note: I know I need a new banner. Soon, I promise.