The Haunted Theatre

29 Oct

A couple of weekends ago, the girls, Dan, and I attended the Tacoma City Ballet’s “The Haunted Theatre.” It was so fun! Paige (our roomie) had originally bought the tickets for us all to go together and then she got scheduled at work and couldn’t go! Big bummer.

The Ballet apparently does this every year for Halloween and I am so glad they do. It’s kid-friendly, cheap, and only an hour-long!  All the kids are supposed to dress in their Halloween costumes too! When you first arrive, you have to check in and then wait in the waiting room for your haunted tour which ends with them seating you for the performance.  All the kids are encouraged to sit on the ground in the front for a good view of the ballet. These pics look horrible but believe me, this is exactly what it looked like in there. Crazy lighting!

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This is the only good picture I got with the girls. Go figure. I want you all to know I also wore heels for this. HEELS. Becky doesn’t wear heels. After the show, they invite all the kids out to dance with them. It was so cute to watch my girls dancing! Then Solace got mixed up and couldn’t find me after all the kids sat back down so she was just standing out on the stage with the performers waving and saying “Mama? Mama?” until finally she saw me and came running. Pretty sure she peed her pants while up there because it got all over me when I picked her up. Proof:

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Poor girl. But you can tell who she is? :) I decided Belle is from the Victorian era. I have no imagination left this year.

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10.26 :: It always seems to be the perfect Favorite Day

27 Oct

Every year I get asked, “why in the world is TODAY your favorite day?” or “You can have a favorite day? For whatever reason?” Yes, I have a favorite day and have celebrated it for the past 8 years! This is so exciting to me.

I’m not sure what made me start. Why did I need a favorite day? How did I choose this one? It just seemed…perfect. The perfect fall day. And October is the best month of the year, everyone knows that. It all fell into place and I started to celebrate it faithfully every year. It’s almost like Christmas, that’s how much I anticipate it. I also have an amazing husband who goes way out of his way to make it special every year.

All week-long it has been raining. But not this day! It was sunny and gorgeous. I, of course, picked out adorable outfits for the girls. They actually didn’t look like ragamuffins.

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We had our church gathering in the morning. Jeff and Jayne spoke together about prayer and man was it good. I finished my book club book (Alice I Have Been) during nap and then we carved pumpkins! Well, the girls colored on their pumpkins. I don’t think they need to use knives yet :)

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We hung outside with the girls before dinner. You could definitely tell they hadn’t gotten to play outside in a while. They were just loving it.

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Hello baby boy. Please come out. 

Dan came over to watch the girls while Nick and I went out for dinner. We ended up at Art House Cafe. Neither of us had ever had their dinner so we thought we’d try it out! My burger was super yum.

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Because we are old, we were home by 7:50pm. We ate ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and Oreos while we watched Catching Fire on Netflix (full disclosure: this was our second night trying to get through this movie and we still didn’t make it. Why are we old now??) My last view of this perfect day was:

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Yes. I love it. I can’t wait til next year!!! Tell me some of you are finally going to pick out a favorite day??

Autumn

18 Oct

No, we haven’t been so busy these past couple months that I have barely blogged. It’s not that, for sure. It’s just…life. Pregnancy. Family. Babies. Friends. I don’t do very well when I’m pregnant. I don’t like it and it sure doesn’t like me. Unfortunately that means other things get put on a back burner and almost forgotten about. My precious blog is one of those things.

But now, it’s my favorite time of year. My favorite month of the year. Soon to be my favorite day of the year. Not to mention this baby boy is due in 3 weeks. Here’s a peek inside our lives the last few months up until just two days ago.

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She looks like a little wood nymph.

Solace and Belle’s baptism

16 Sep

Welcome my husband, Nick! I asked him to guest post on my blog because he’s good with words and I love him :)

On September 2—two week ago and on my birthday—our friend, Eddie Koh, baptized Solace and Belle during our weekly missional community gathering. Some of our closest friends were present for this special occasion. We live in close community with these friends and they have committed to help us raise our children to follow and know Jesus. It was such a God-glorifying and Spirit-filled time for my family.

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I know some of you are thinking that I’ve lost it. “Wait, weren’t you raised in a baptist home?” Yes, I was. And I’m incredibly grateful for my upbringing. So, why did we baptize our girls? Well, I could bore you with a 5000 word essay on why we now believe paedobaptism (infant baptism) to be historical, biblical, and good. I did, in fact, begin writing out all that took place in this transition and erased it because I knew it was going to be too long and Becky asked me to keep it short. Besides, the resources I will share with you state their case way better than I can at this point (just being honest).

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We do not believe that Solace and Belle’s baptism was salvific. We do believe, however, that Solace and Belle—since the moment they were born—have the same covenant status that Becky and I have. The same covenant that was given to Abraham (Genesis 15:1-6; 17:1-8) that applies to all of God’s people (Jews and Gentiles) past, present, and future. Our kiddos are part of the New Covenant, by God’s grace! Such good news. In 1 Corinthians 7:1, the Apostle Paul states that the children of believing parents are holy. We truly believe this. We won’t raise our children as pagans until they put their faith in Jesus. We will raise them as Christian children fully trusting Jesus that he will draw them to himself at an appointed time. Our God is their God. Our faith is their faith. Our Church family is their Church family. Again, such good news!

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If you’re interested, here are some resources that we found helpful on our journey toward becoming paedobaptists:

BOOK: To a Thousand Generations: Infant Baptism — Covenant Mercy to the Children of God by Doug Wilson
ARTICLE: Rethinking Baptism by Michael Horton
BOOKLET: Why Do We Baptize Infants? by Bryan Chapell
SERMON AUDIO: Infant Baptism by R.C. Sproul
ARTICLE: Why I Changed My Mind About Infant Baptism by Liam Goligher

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Rejoice with us! May Jesus bless and protect our little ones. They are his. And we are grateful that he has entrusted them to us in this life. 

My first book club meeting!

5 Sep

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You guys, I helped start a book club! For real! I have always, always wanted to be in one. Last night was our first meeting. As with most things, for me, it was a little awkward at first since I didn’t know everyone really well (the three of us that started it all invited 1 or 2 of our own friends so we would have more diversity and meet new people) and I had no idea what to do at a book club. However, after diving into homemade brownies, cheese and crackers, and breaking open the wine, everything started flowing much easier.

After everyone revealed what they love the most about reading, we all discussed our #1 book choice that we wanted to read this year. There are 10 of us in the group so we each got to pick one book automatically and then we drew 2 random ones for the last picks. Here’s what we came up with! They all ended up being fiction but they are still so different!

September: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
October: Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
November: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
December: The Giver by Lois Lowry
January: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
February: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
March: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
April: Merlin Trilogy (just the first book) by Mary Stewart
May: The Selection Series: The Selection, The Elite, The One by Kiera Cass
June: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
July: Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
August: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

I’m so excited! Read along with us if you’d like! I’ll try to update about each book as we read.

Pictures :: 2014 vacation with the fam!

19 Aug

It has been a long summer. Long and hot. I’m ready for fall!! Anyway, we visited our families for almost 3 weeks and I have so many pictures from those days that it would blow up Instagram to post them all. So, hello my little blog. I have missed you.

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Annnnddddd…that’s a wrap!

A Father’s Day prayer

15 Jun

I think it’s only fitting that I break this blog silence (brought on by ridiculous morning sickness which I shall address at a later time) to talk about my husband, Nick.

Today is Fathers Day. And let me tell you, our children have the greatest father. I pray that if the girls (and our unborn baby) take after any parent, it be Nick. The amount of character qualities they can learn from him is astounding. I myself am always learning things from him.

*He’s the hardest worker I know. I pray they learn to work hard.
*He’s the biggest dreamer. I pray they learn how to have dreams about the future. Many of them!
*He’s the most personable. I pray they learn how to interact positively with people around them.
*He’s thoughtful. I pray they learn how to be caring and thoughtful of others.
*He’s the most hospitable. I pray they learn to love hosting in our home and making people feel loved and wanted.
*He’s quick to apologize. I pray they learn how to be humble and ask forgiveness.
*He’s loving toward me; his wife and their mother. I pray they learn how to care for and love me and the same toward their future spouse.
*He’s the biggest servant. I pray they learn how to serve and give of themselves to others.
*He’s in love with Jesus. I pray they will desire Jesus’s love and give it in return.
*He’s attentive to detail. I pray they learn to see the small things.
*He’s clean and orderly. I pray they learn to take care of themselves and their belongings well.
*He’s creative. I pray they learn to have big, creative imaginations.
*He loves to read and learn by reading. I pray they will see how important reading is and enjoy it to its full extent.
*He’s self-sacrificing. I pray they learn to put others first.
*He’s resourceful. I pray they learn how to manage money and their time.
*He’s so passionate. I pray they learn to have a zest for life and opinions about things that truly matter to them.

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Solace and Belle, you have a servant as a Papa. Everything he does is for your good. He loves you fiercely, protectively, and tenderly. You’re his favorite. Someday you’ll understand all he does for you and why.

We are so thankful for you, Nick. Thank you for being such a great Papa to our girls. And for teaching me how to be a better parent and person. We love you. Happy Father’s Day.

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What better Father’s Day gift could we give Nick then entering him into a contest to win a trip to Ireland! Vote for him to win here

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