Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Pretty much the only picture of Ellie, as she was on my back the whole day
Monday, December 15, 2008
So there we are: a fool, with fun Amazon toys.
For those interested, the aquarium was great, especially when I managed to adjust the rucksack that Eleanor was in so it didn't feel like she weighed 100lbs on my shoulders. Everyone loved the dolphins the best, even though they weren't wooden. I think they would have been a little less dramatic, somehow.
I'll post some photos when I come up for air from my frenzied Christmas-making...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
"A dolphin show? I'm so excited, even though the dolphins are only wooden."
"What? The dolphins aren't wooden! They're real dolphins, performing tricks and things."
"You mean the dolphins on the stage aren't wooden? How do they do that?"
Stage? Wooden porpoises? I think she's in for rather a great surprise...
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Since Emily was happy to babysit while I did a spot of dog-chasing (Praise God and Bless Emily!), I jump in my car, driving around our road and go stomping around in the woods behind the house, looking for this blasted dog. He sees me coming, does a runner, and I manage to corner him on the neighbor's front porch and sweetly persuade him to return home with me. Mind you, this isn't that big a concern for most dog owners (I suppose), but throw in the fact that Thor doesn't like other dogs AT ALL and will happily devour a cat, particularly our neighbor's cat (who is the fattest creature I've ever seen and delights in taunting our canines), and I start wondering just how many cookies I would need to make to apologize for my animal eating someone else's animal.
Who says that housewives have no excitement!?
Monday, December 8, 2008
Billy and Dave, my brothers - it explains a lot...
Anna with Joy (top) and Mojo (below), the newest members of the Straga family.
That's all I got! I had hoped for more, but some of you (Lisa!) are rather hard to nail down. So don't forget to email me some great photos - they may be immortalized in blogworld!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Finally, the demolition and reconstruction of my kitchen. The wall has been cut out, cupboards bought, painted and installed. Now we need to get ourselves and a counter and we'll be in business!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Eleanor's cutting teeth - talk about doing a hard thing! Poor girl, her smiles are fewer of late, but just as dazzling as ever. She's also going on to 'big girl' food. Loving that grain cereal and pear!
This week is Thanksgiving. "Duh", for the Americans; "Oh, yeah!", for the Brits. Just to clairfy, Thanksgiving is the celebration of the first English settlers managing to survive their first year. Go here for a full-er story.
Off to make lunch...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Everyone else at our church seems to have linked this to their blogs, and I was beginning to feel inadequate, so I've done it too. In truth, we really wanted our UK (and other US) friends and family to see some of the people that we are privledged to worship with, as well as see all that God has done in the lives of some of His children.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Vision Forum and Westminster Bookstore: 2 great places for good, proper reformed-theology books and media. Often cover books you couldn't get in places like Barnes & Noble and even Amazon. Received a Jonathan and Sarah Edwards biography from my Mom from them - thanks Mom! Vision Forum has launched a new media website call behemoth.com for downloads, etc. I haven't looked at it yet, but if it's anything like the rest of Vision Forum, it's bound to be pretty good.
Mark Driscoll: He's the senior pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and I'm sure many of you have been listening to him for a while, but for the uninformed, he's worth checking out. He's speaks the truth - not always tactfully - but listening to his training sessions on Spiritual Warfare leads me to believe that the man knows his stuff.
Sovereign Grace: I know, big "Duh" coming there, since we've been going to a Sovereign Grace church for more than 18 months. However, our church, formerly known as Chesapeake Community Church, one week ago became Sovereign Grace Church. Changes are afoot, which is exciting, though I am naturally one to be very nervous about change. When God is in the midst of and in charge of the change, though, then it's the best place to be. For more info about Sovereign Grace Ministries, check out http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/
Other things I'm learning:
For a 2 year old boy, puzzles and mega blocks are most fun when thrown on the floor and kicked around.
Eleanor can reach new heights in volume and pitch - I'm worrying about the windows.
I am completely insufficient to parent my children, but God is faithful and His grace is enough.
I can survive without the DVD player for a couple of months! And Samsung take ages to ship parts to fix their broken TVs!
If I find that I have more to do in a day than can actually be done in a day, then I am doing things I wasn't meant to do.
Children are masters as remembering something you told them you would do, allowing you to forget what you said, and then reminding you when it's too late to do anything about it.
Children are also masters at showing you the worst part of yourself, either by drawing it out in your own sinful attitude and behavior or displaying it in their attitude and behavior.
Anna looks like a little Laura Ingalls Wilder in braided pigtails.
Abigail can run almost as fast as me (shameful).
Finally, that God's mercies are new every morning. Okay, that one I kind of already knew, but it's shocking how quickly I forget and wonderful every time I remember.
Anyone else learning anything interesting?
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
First, it was a day and night in Southend with the family after a long and sleepless flight over the Atlantic. Respect to immagration at Terminal 5, though - they saw all the children and led us to the front of the queue!
Then it was on to Birmingham to see (in order): The Lane and Styles families, The Wards, The Fergusons, St John's Church, The Davies, The Varleys and The Harrisons - whew!
Then we had another few days in Southend, visiting family and 'resting'. Finally, we had some time with the Delves family, who set us safely on our way to the airport.
It was great to see so many people, even more than we had initally hoped. God was so faithful and good to us - time with friends and family was wonderful, though never really long enough. It's so great to know that there are still so many people in our lives who we may not see enough of, yet can still pick up where we left off.
Now we're looking forward to playing host to all of these lovely people who so generously hosted, fed and generally put up with us and all our STUFF!
Monday, September 29, 2008
... and what looked to be a really cool exhibit on 'making things', if only it were open.
The best part, by far, was the water area. Of course.
And to make up for an awful lack of Eleanor & Toby photos...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Abigail and her birthday dress