Monthly Archives: November 2009

New Van and Other Exciting Things

I keep waiting for that good bloggin’ wind to start blowing.  Just haven’t been struck with the muse for a few weeks.  Here are a few things for my 12 consistent readers:

FYI, new blog over at Ethiopian Cleland.

We bought a new van this weekend.  Our old van which we loved and were so thankful for was quite literally on its last leg.  Erika and I went out Saturday “just to start looking.”  The van we bought was the first one we looked at.  We did do a little more looking around just because as Erika said, “We can’t just buy the first thing we see.”  It’s a 2005 Honda Odyssey.  It has a little dent in the hood that brought it to our price range.  So yes.  I’m a mini-van guy.  Nothing wrong with that.

I’m still dieting.  I’m back in all those pants that I said I was going to get back into one day.  Of course they’re all out of style now.  What do I care?  I’m a mini-van guy. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)  I’m cautiously optimistic that this has gone beyond diet to lifestyle change.  I’m actually enjoying making healthy choices.  We’ll see how it goes.


We Don’t Get to Pick Our Trials

Sad FaceMy brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.                      James 1:2-4

It occurred to me the other day that we don’t get to pick our trials.  Sometimes when I teach this passage or even just think about it I can feel pretty equipped for any trial I can think of.  But God doesn’t usually bring trials into my life that I’ve thought through.  They’re usually ones that I haven’t really considered.  My pride leads me to dare think that I’m prepared for anything. Then God brings something that I never considered and I have to start right back at the beginning and try to count it all joy.  The real trials teach me far more than the ones I thought up.


Standard Time

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since I last blogged.  There was a trip to Walt Disney World that ended a little early because Harry got sick and we had to come home.  Since then we’ve enjoyed several different events at church and there are more to come over the next couple of weeks.  Probably the most signficant thing is the time change.  Sure an extra hour of sleep is great but nobody bothered to tell my kids.  Right now we all have to go to bed later but get up at the same time. 

There’s a new post up on our Ethiopian Adoption Blog.  I hope to be updating that site more regularly to update everyone on our progress.  We’re coming up on a time when we’ll be needing God to provide more funds for the adoption.  Every cent that we’ve spent thus far has come in most unexpected ways and we have no doubt that He will continue to provide.

There are a couple of parenting resources that I’d like to mention.  First of all, I was really encouraged by the book Gospel-Powered Parenting by William P. Farley.  I hope to post more thoughts on this book soon but I like the way he presents parenting as a life to be lived in front of our kids and not as a system to be implemented.

Second, I see that my friend Gerald Hiestand is rereleasing his book Raising Purity.  If you go to the website he is offering a chance for a free copy.  I highly recommend this book and you can check out what I think of it in the customer review section of the books page at Amazon.