Can I just tell you about this concert?

Man oh man, did I have a good time!! I can’t even really describe it all–there were good friends, great coffee, terrific weather, wonderful conversation, oh, and did I mention the music? Oh, yeah, and God. He was there too. I mean, of course He’s everywhere, all the time, but He was really feeling-ly there.

We do not have, in human language, words to possibly explain what God embodied is like. I’m not even sure if trying to would somehow lesson its power, but I’ll try.

Imagine the coziest moments, most comfortable moments, happiest moments, wildest moments, out-of-control moments and most intense moments you’ve ever experienced in your entire life. Combine them. Throw in some crisply fresh breezes and scarlet macaw feathery sunsets for good measure. Add butterflies and pink lollipops just for fun. Now you’re close to how I was feeling last night. I was just celebrating our Creator, who knows every single cell of our bodies, and every single thought in our heads, and who loves us with a exquisitely pure love–and in my celebrating Him, He in turn celebrated me. Extraordinary!

We were created in His image. And yet, all the pleasure and purpose and fun and feeling we can summon in ourselves in the face of God’s magnificence is a carnival teddy bear compared to a Grizzly in her native Canadian glory.

I hope, dear reader, dear friend, that you can experience His love, in you, for real. You only need pray the prayer that never fails.

“Lord, Your will be done. I want to know more. I want to know YOU. I want to be cool like You. Help me, Lord. Show me what to do, and I’ll try.”

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A Pictoral Post

I want to get back into my book, so here’s a bit of an update from the last few days.

Saturday: We went to a pancake breakfast, the girls raced in a toddler run and we attended a lovely “tandy tapwade”.

Sunday we had church, a crazy trip to the grocery store during which one mischievous munchkin pushed the cart down the aisles and the other tossed in junk food, while their dada was checking out and their mama was reading a gossip rag. The day concluded with a lovely grilled out meal at a friend’s and lots of wonderful adult conversation.

Monday: We had an early early appointment at the chiro, so early that we couldn’t even do the other errands I had planned because the stores weren’t open, so we had to kill some time, and then ended up colliding with Brielle’s nap time, which led to her screaming bloody murder for 40 minutes (the entire way home and then some).

Tuesday: We made what meant to be a lovely three layer mocha chocolate cake for Amelia’s birthday, but she ended up with a flat tire and couldn’t come. I had our first MOPS event of the year, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Today: We weren’t going to do anything, but I was finally able to bribe the preschooler to take a nap for the first time in four days (and she is SO hard to deal with when she is overtired, and still very much needs a nap); we went over to another friend’s for some afternoon fun. And Aviana went on her first date. 🙂

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what I do late at night…

You Are a Red Crayon

Your world is colored with bright, vivid, wild colors.
You have a deep, complex personality – and you are always expressing something about yourself.
Bold and dominant, you are a natural leader. You have an energy that is intense… and sometimes overwhelming.
Your reaction to everything tends to be strong. You are the master of love-hate relationships.

Your color wheel opposite is green. Green people are way too mellow to understand what drives your energy.

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Then we ended up having to grab lunch at a convenience store, as there weren’t any real restaurants in any of the small towns. We went to spend afternoon at the Hennepin Canal Visitor Center. It’s just one of those sweet little places to go–this one had native animals on display, a marsh diarama, real animal skulls and bones the girls can touch, among other hands-on nature exhibits, and a model of an old fashioned barge on the canal. Kevin thinks it is just a fascinating story.

Aviana’s take: We saw animals that were real, but not alive.
Gigi: Oh you mean like stuffed?
Aviana: Yeah.
Gigi: What else did you do?
Aviana: We went for a walk
Gigi: Did you do anything else?
Aviana: No.

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We were going to make another little stop or two on the way home, but it started pouring. We did fit in a visit to “The Toy Shoppe”. They have a wonderful selection of Melissa and Doug toys, Corolle Dolls, Raggedy Ann and Andy, wooden doll houses and kitchens, –basically your old fashioned, classic, lovely toys. We got an alphabet stamp set and a balsa wood plane.

Here’s Brielle as we were walking down the hill to The Toy Shoppe. And Aviana and Kevin enjoying the plane as soon as we got home.

And what happens if you let me play with your plane.
Even worse, my first attempt took a serious nose dive into the mud, and this is my second try!

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Scenes from a preschool

Gluing beans on the numerals 1,2 3
I just love this excited face!
Night v. Day sort
Shaving cream–we traced numbers into, practiced color mixing and just played

The beginning of our creation booklet

credit for our amazing printables goes to Hubbard’s Cupboard Bible and Rhyme Curriculum for 3’s

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