Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Recent Videos

We have caught some good memories on video this week.

An impressive performance by the girls in the back of the van on the way to Dubuque:

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Naomi's first experience with her new toaster:

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Isaiah and Naomi wake up the girls on Christmas morning:

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Isaiah's Christmas Eve performance:

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Adoption

Unofficial announcements have already been made in various circles. This makes it official.
We have submitted an application to the Holt international adoption agency for an opportunity to adopt a baby from China.
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We're aready deep into the process of qualifying ourselves to be fit parents. Holt is an excellent agency, and they're very careful how they screen applicants. We estimate that it will be at least 12 months before the process is complete.
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God has already blessed us with two beautiful children in Isaiah and Naomi. Since Naomi was given to us, we have felt the prompting to expand our family in a different way, looking to add to our family a child who doesn't already have a family.

Dinner

There is a Scovill Creek sirloin tip roast in the crock pot, complete with herb rub. If I had a time machine, I'd rush forward about 6 hours. Can't wait.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas everyone once again. This is my (Micah's) first post since exactly one year ago.
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Isaiah performed in the Christmas Eve service at Hope Church this evening. It was a mediocre performance on his part. Most of the time, he was looking at his classmates, seeking clues for what gestures should be made next while they navigated the lyrics to Away in a Manger.
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However, I was listening to those lyrics. One of the stanzas in that song is:
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The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes
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Jamie mentioned to me after we got home that no one has any way to know whether Jesus cried or not. The author of Away in a Manger took some fairly liberal artistic license when he assumed that the Lord Jesus wouldn't have cried if and when the cattle woke him up.
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You know what though? My bet is that he DID cry. Know why I say that? Because he was a baby . . . . and I've found that babies cry. They also vomit, shiver, flop their heads around, and feed from thier mothers' breast. I have to assume that Jesus did all of those things, because he was a baby -- a human being. The same God who created the universe with a breath had become a baby. A helpless, crying, vomiting, shivering, limp-necked baby. But also God. Ever think about that?
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Why did it have happen this way? I'm not sure I'm qualified to say. But for reasons that I'm sure make perfect sense, God knew that something had to be done. He knew that the human race was helplessly broken. The mankind that he had created in his image had rejected him, chosen their own path, followed other gods, and had even attempted to become God in his place. Because of who God is, this was unacceptable. Someone had to pay a price for this. It was either us . . . . . . or it would be him.
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Because that God who breathed the universe into existence is also a loving, graceful God, he apparently decided that it would be him. He would pay the price. He would make the sacrifice. And the redemption plan was launched when Jesus was born.
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Tomorrow, we celebrate once again this plan having been launched. He really took on the form of humanity in order to set in motion the rescue plan required. All of these Christmas carols refer to an event to which I may have become mostly immune. But on nights like these, it's helpful to remember how dramatic a story it really is.
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Merry Christmas, everyone. Hopefully, you'll thank God with me for the plan he had to rescue us -- in the person of Jesus Christ.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree

Today we made a gingerbread Christmas tree. The kids loved it. Micah did too. He supervised the event.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Making Cookies


Posted by PicasaThese are my favorite holiday cookie. Tessie and Rexhina helped us make them today. Mom made them for me every year when I was a kid. Thanks, Mom! Yum!

The Barhams Visit

Dad and kim came for a visit earlier this month. We had a fun time. They even got snowed in and had to stay an extra day. I think that they will limit vistiting to warmer seasons in the future.