Friday, February 29, 2008


I have been reading updates from this blog that chronicles a mom's recent
trip to Africa to visit her sponsored child. Her stories and photos have
brought me to tears, as has this music video by Sara Groves.

Ultimately, it has caused our family to consider sponsoring a child.
We checked out the website and discovered a little boy who has
the same birth date (day and age!) as Elisha. We feel this is a great
opportunity to teach our kids about sacrifice, sharing, and compassion.

A reader on Shannon's blog left this comment, and it really resonates
with where I am right now: seeing needs and struggling to discern
what my specific role is in meeting those needs.

"Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention
to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances,
are brought into closer connection with you."

- St. Augustine of Hippo

How do you respond to the overwhelming needs you see?
Do you have words of wisdom
concerning balance and discernment?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Special Delivery

Elisha and Madelyn received money for their birthday
from Great-Grandpa and Grandma Bowman. They decided
to combine their resources and order some play food from online.
It arrived this week, and they were thrilled!
This food is really cool - it has Velcro that sticks it together
and you can use a knife to "cut" it and serve. Very fun!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Growing More

My latest picture today at 28 1/2 weeks.
It's hard to believe I have several more weeks to grow...
I think you will only understand what I'm saying
if you are or have been pregnant before.
You seriously start wondering how big you can get.
The whole baby growing inside of you feeling is a bit surreal.

Sunday, February 03, 2008


Conversation in our kitchen Friday night:

Elisha: Mom, what is a show off?
Me: Someone who wants everyone to pay attention to them.
Elisha: Well then, Mrs Cerny (his preschool teacher) is a show off.
Me: Why?
Elisha: Because she always wants us to pay attention to her.

There's just something about the English language that requires more than a simple definition, you know? :o)