09 August, 2009

Waking the Dead

Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive by John Eldredge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has changed my life. The underlying theme and goal of Eldridge is for us to 'think' with our hearts. The heart is the central engine of our lives as human beings. It's the part of all humans the enemy attacks first and then continues to on a consistent basis. Eldridge backs up his theories with quotes from the bible and paragraphs from sources such as: G.K. Chesterton, A.W. Tozer, William Gurnall, George Herbert, George MacDonald and many more. It makes for a more appealing read.

As well as a book it is also a guide/step-by-step on how to guard your heart, heal hurts that keep you back and how to let more of God in. God wants us to have so much fullness! He has so much to fill our hearts with. Yet we are unable to receive because our hearts are covered with 'scars' such as people-hurts, disappointment, lies we believe about ourselves etc.
There is also a rather all encompassing prayer you can pray everyday (quite long though!). I shall probably keep this one on hand to reference back to.

06 August, 2009

Fun with the Out-of-Towners

Cristina, my good friend from Pensacola days, and Lindsay came to visit Atlanta this weekend as their husbands work down here, off and on. We took the opportunity to hang out and go to the Imagine It Children's museum right by Centennial Olympic Park.

Let me say that simply being there watching everything you lose weight - I think I lost ten pounds in two hours! It's a crazy place FOR SURE, but goodness do the kids love it. Makes it all worthwhile.

here is lindsay's baby lily, all smiles as per usual

not-so-baby Mia squirming to be released from her chair! 'can i come too? please?!'

'ok, i'll sit here with the balls which i can barely hold with my tiny pudgey fingers...'
'so many! which should i hold first...? how about i juggle! wheeeeee!'
'what's this here contraption? i must get on it!'
team work! go girls!
'alrighty there folks, this here be my tractaw'
'you wanna ride?!'
'i'm in charge here'

portion control by chloe
some tasty green plastic
what has happened to the standard of our drivers these days? isn't the point to be able to see over the dashboard?
the girls were not impressed by his 'women drivers are rubbish' speech

'hello mummy?! see my hand is raised! doing the right thing here! ANSWER ME!'
i got the baby! i got the baby!
evan took a portrait shot of himself, he grabbed the camera from me and just fired away! he's like a month old!
i must go lay down now. children are very busy people.

05 August, 2009

Night out with Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is my brother's hero. He has loved him for about 8 years now - loved his music, lyrics, even his crazy voice! He's hardcore about Bobby D. When it was announced that The Bob Dylan Show would be here in Alpharetta, Cowboy Dave flipped out. He was in Orlando at the time and was miffed as to why he hadn't been informed! Why hadn't they called to tell him?! Wude.

Here is some documentation of the night (historic night cowboy dave might say).

pleased to see some recycling receptacles!

filling up nicely. we were front row!...of the lawn.

debbie & danny, the funky hipsters

look at our positioning - we could throw our rubbish from our seats! Can't beat that.

willie nelson! he played first as his bedtime is 8:30pm.

jim, joan & their very awesome binoculars arrived just in time.

joan has some super cute feet! mine are like giant flat feet.
so i don't feel insecure here is my foot compared to cowboy dave's. hmmm, my angle makes them look the same size! I did not mean for this to happen! Mine are at least two sizes smaller. AT LEAST!!!

here is Mellencamp. I'd never heard of him but he can rock the stage!

picture of a very happy person

brother no eyes.



At this point of the evening cowboy dave was no more. He had passed out from shock, joy, amazement, giddyness and a whole other bunch of happy emotions.
It was a great night!

04 August, 2009

Trinity Softball! Blue vs Red

This year Justin signed up for the church softball league. They play every Tuesday night and all skill levels are welcome to join. Being a churchy thing the idea is to have fun and socialize rather than compete agressively (although a lot of the men wish differently!)
I got out there this past week as their game was at 7pm which gave me enough time to get home and in bed by 9:30pm! I don't really know anyone who goes to bed at 9:30pm except for some seven year olds. I just praise the Lord above for inventing Tivo.

here's our player - numero 6

here's Eliu - a sweet & lovely person but right now, the enemy

ready to make the reds cry like babies

homerun people!
here's andy - our trusty pitcher
'they're all animals these softball players!'
not really - i just wanted to shout it out as the picture says.

here's cowboy dave laughing about my shouting earlier
he's not a very good model though - wouldn't look at the camera
see, here he's thoroughly embarrassed by my antics
look at the homerun stud, just hanging out. 'this is my home!' he declares.
i hoped for some kind of numeric melody here. number 19 messed the whole thing up.
thanks for nothing 19!
cowboy dave tensely grips the fence
baby pascal volunteers for next play. he doesn't realize there is a height restriction.
sorry to squash your 18 month-old dreams.
at least he knows which end the handle is!
number 6 deeply assessing the play
baby pascal shouts advice from the sidelines
andy & j-man - the wonder team
i dare say that was a rather spiffy play! ratherrr!
till next time folks!