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Monday, June 23, 2008


Thanks to Immanuel Baptist Church, which is only about a 10-minute walk away from us, our kids are attending VBS this week. Today was their first day and they came home bouncing off the walls with the fun they had. Our kids actually don't have much contact with "church" kids here in Madrid, so I think it's great that they are finding out that there are others like them in our city.

I'm really grateful to IRC for providing this free ministry for our kids!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

End of year show

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Why we love our Dad by Meg & Nic

  1. Because he's funny. (Meg)
  2. He likes to be silly. (Nic)
  3. He goes on walks with us. (Meg)
  4. Sometimes we go to the park. (Nic)
  5. Sometimes we play a play with him. (Nic)
  6. Because he gives us good-night kisses. (Meg)
  7. Because he tucks me in. (Nic)
  8. Because he reads stories to us. (Meg)
  9. Because sometimes he picks me up from school. (Nic)
  10. Because he helps us with math. (Meg)
  11. Because he makes us oatmeal. (Nic)
Happy Birthday from 2 of your 3 biggest fans!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Mommy Powers

I picked up Mac (formerly known as Max, but he's a grown-up dog now!) from the living room floor and opened Nic's door.

There was a gasp from the bottom part of his bed, and the desk-light behind the hanging sheet wall winked out.

"Nicolas," I said. "It's time to go to bed. You need to leave your light off now."

"I know, Mom." Then, "How did you KNOW I had my light on?"

"I didn't. I just came in to bring you Mac."

"Oh!" with a bit of relief.

I think my magical Mom powers just got a little tarnished.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Morning Prayers

We have started using prayers from Celtic Daily Prayer during our family devotions at the breakfast table, and it has been really cool to watch the kids interact with it.

Nicolas especially is excited about it, and he gave himself the job of opening and closing our prayer time with "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." The past few mornings he also volunteered to be the "leader" in the responsive section. The first time he did it, I was amazed with the feeling that he put into the words...

Call: Who is it that you seek?
Response: We seek the Lord our God.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your heart?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your soul?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your mind?
Response: Amen. Lord, have mercy.
Call: Do you seek Him with all your strength?
Response: Amen. Christ, have mercy.

Even though he is only seven, I pray that the beauty and the impact of these statements will begin working themselves into the deep parts of his heart.

And in the meantime, this Mom is blessed to hear this spoken challenge from the voice of her son.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Boxcar Children books

If you feel like helping us acquire a book or two, please leave a comment on this post so people know what books are still missing! Thanks!

By the way, this post will stay at the top for awhile, but there may be newer posts further down!

Monday, June 4, 2007

Identity Crisis

Overhead in our house this evening:

"Did you tell Nic he could have a magazine?"

"Yeah, I told him he could look at one until Meaghan was done reading" (Meg is sleeping in his room while Grandma is visiting.)

"Today's Christian Woman?"