Friday, May 30, 2008

Memorial Day

Tessi came for a visit and to celebrate Memorial Day and Judah's birthday we went here:

And here:
And did a lot of this:
And some of this:
And after over an hour of that we felt a little like this:

And this:

But we felt much better once we got here:

And on the way back down we went here:

And did some of this:

But by the time we finally got back to the car, we still felt like this:

So it's a good thing that that evening it rained cats and dogs and we could get refreshed by going out and doing this:

All in all, it was a good day!

(pics from the birthday party later this weekend!)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

My weekend's labors...

So, this weekend's wedding went very well. It was my first chance to try a biedermeier bouquet and it turned out pretty well, I think. Lots of fun and I loved the way the colors turned out. So gratifying to see what's been in my head for so many months now realized and in living color!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Can I get an "Amen!" ?


I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself. I tried, really, I did...............

Oh, Ye of Little Faith (episode two)

Here are the pics of my birthday present from Jeremiah, as promised:

The problem is that he lost the "before" pics when we changed computers recently :( So you can't really tell what we did. But that's okay, I'll just tell you. The brickwork and $25 in bedding plants at Lowe's was my birthday present from my perfectly wonderful husband :) The "before" pics would have included some shots of the house as it looked when we first bought it. I'm sure most of you have heard about that... It has come a long way, hasn't it? I am so thankful for and proud of this place. We've put a lot of work into it.

These pics are a bit old. The roses are in bloom and all the plants are bigger. I'll try to update in a couple days.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Wrestling with difficult issues

The things we Forsheys (along with some friends) have been discussing lately on our many blogs are not easy to understand (not saying we understand them, either). They're not easy to talk about, nor are they easy to come to consensus on.

But I think that "not talking about" it is not the way to deal with difficult issues. If a discussion is carried about in a respectful, loving way, I think that nothing but good will come of it.

I think that when the church (any denomination) falls into the trap of not asking questions, not looking for answers, not searching for truth or agreement among it's various members, we're asking for rottenness to creep in.

I think that "There lives more faith in honest doubt, than in half the creeds."

I think that covering up the debate on an issue within the church so as to present a unified front to the rest of the world, opens Christians up to criticisms of hypocrisy.

I think that even when we conclude at the end of the day that we still disagree with one another, we can learn from the opposing viewpoint, if we are willing to honestly consider it.

I do not think that one must end by agreeing with the opposing viewpoint in order to prove that one is honestly considering it.

I do not think that there is anything wrong in having a strong opinion about something, as long as you are not convinced in your own mind that you have the only righteous opinion. There's a big difference between opinion and righteousness.

I think that there are very few disagreements among Believers that actually involve a valid conflict between righteousness and unrighteousness. Mostly it's opinions.

I do not think that animation necessarily equals animosity. Nor does a heated debate indicate heated tempers.

What do you think? (if anyone's still reading...)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

On Homeschooling

A very articulate look at one part of the decision to home-school. I was greatly encouraged and refreshed by this post and wanted to share it with you. Especially my friends who are also home-schooling mothers of young children!


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Oh well

So much for my "blog break". I blame it on Susi.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Answering Ben

In the midst of a hot and heavy discussion on my sister and brother-in-law's website in which we are discussing a pretty wide range of topics relating to military and police service, public defense and generally a man's (or woman's, I guess) role in society, Ben asked this question:

But since my job directly relates to the physical aspects of (a man's responsibility to) "defend his family and community", and I am nothing if not a teacher to my soldiers, I ask the readers of this post what they intend to do, if anything, to physically fulfill that physical responsibility?

I was having trouble articulating my reaction to this question as we Skyped about it this afternoon, so I wanted to give it another go here.

My main problem in answering this question is that I think it's the wrong question to be asking. I think the more important question is "how does a man's responsibility to protect his family fit into his (primary, over-reaching and more important) role as a servant of Christ?" I think you have to have an answer to that question before you can talk about how to fulfill that role.

So if we're debating owning a handgun, whether to carry concealed, what's a police officer's role in society and how to protect liberty while providing for the public safety, I think we've already whizzed past the more important issue. That is, how would Christ have us view potential enemies/threats/dangers? How do we approach the Reader's Digest scenarios as suffering servants? This is why I was bringing up the example of the man who takes his family into war-torn third world countries with a holy disregard for the danger, in order to spread the Gospel. Your response was to (I felt) somewhat dismiss that as a separate case of a "special calling". I disagree. What the Scripture says about our attitudes towards these kinds of things doesn't just apply to missionaries. Of course, I don't for a minute pretend to understand exactly what the Scripture says about it. I'm just saying that I think it's the bigger, and more important question.

So here's the conflict I see between the guy with the concealed weapon in his pocket (well-trained and legal as he may be) and the picture of the suffering servant. It's a question of emphasis, I think. How much time and energy are you putting into scoping out the park-- that homeless guy on the bench, is he armed? what's that woman doing with such a large bag, is she packin'? how about that dude over there-- he's movin' fast and headed right this way! Versus noticing that the homeless guy is practically dead on his feet from exhaustion and could really use a lift to a shelter, the woman with the bag is elderly and the bag is heavy, the big dude is chasing down his two-year-old who is heading toward the pond. Ought one's focus be on protecting one's own? Or on reaching out to those around you, regardless of personal safety? What is this idea of a man's role as protector? Is it Biblical? And what's the difference between 'protect" and "defend" and how does that apply here? And are there other "roles" or responsibilities as a Christian Man that supersede this idea of protection or defense?

Think about the great men in the history of the church and all of them (at least that I can think of atm) had an emphasis on self-sacrifice. Isn't our calling to be about the business of the Gospel and leave the protecting to the Lord? Won't we be more effective for Christ as Servants, rather than Warriors?

That said, I recognize that the role of Warrior is vitally represented in the Bible. King David springs to mind. And he was a man after God's own heart. So I don't know exactly how that fits into the issue. And I'm no Bible Scholar. This is simply my gut reaction to the question. It bothers me. And I realize, that you and Jeremiah, as Men, have a greater personal stake in this discussion. I, as a woman, am somewhat removed from the discussion by the simple fact that I have a big, strong man around to worry about my safety for me. So it's easy for me to say "leave the protecting to the Lord" as long as my husband is around as God's personal bodyguard for me. :)

I'd be very interested to hear your response to all this!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Judah is DONE!

What's a body to do when Mom just doesn't get the message?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"On a break"

Only those "Friends" fans among you will 'get' the reference in the title...

I"m going on a blog break for a while. I've got a bazillion things going on and wedding season has started. And since Laura's leaving me to do the first one all on my own (!!), I'm going to have no time to call my soul my own-- much less blog. So, you won't be seeing much of me for a while here. Maybe some pictures and movies, if you're lucky, but no pithy commentary or deep thoughts. And I'm only writing this because I know how much everyone depends on my (almost) daily insights (*stinging sarcasm*) and I want you to be prepared.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

A new link

I'm adding a new blog to my list today. Days To Come is a blog that is currently on holiday in England! Lots of well-written, entertaining stories about the author and her (large) family and their travels and adventures. I'm enjoying the chance to "travel the world" on someone else's dime...

I'd give credit here to the person that pointed me to this blog, but I can't remember who it was. May have been Ellen.... Speak up and take credit for yourself if you know who you are!!

Waaaay cool

So I have sitemeter on here, in case you haven't noticed, and I just found a really neat function of their service. I can actually get a list of where all you people are who read this blog-- as in geographical location-- although not who you are. There are some locations listed that have me completely baffled as to who the person reading might be. Jacksonville, Louisiana? Who are you?! Of course, Ben in Iraq takes the prize for "furthest distance traveled" to visit this blog. But now I'm really curious. Who is reading? Are any of you regular visitors? How did you find me? And where are you from?

If anyone reads this post and has not yet broken radio silence, please do so and at least take the opportunity to post a link to your own blog so I can "see" who you are and say hi. I'd love to "meet" some new people and return the favor of your generous patronage.