Pop (as in bubbles) Culture

“Find people interesting”

Strange advice, but I know I gravitate toward some personalities, while others slip below my radar.

The advice is from a book by John Piper called Finally Alive, and is followed by a quote from C.S. Lewis:

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would strongly be tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.” –C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1949, p. 14–15)

You might not agree with the worldview that informed Lewis’ understanding, but the logic is impeccable: If you believe human life continues in some coherent form beyond the assumed 80-odd years and into Eternity, there are no unimportant people. Each and every person you see today–behind the checkout, on the road, at the office, veiled by familiarity or obscured by anonymity–is significant.

The Bible anchors this significance to our image-bearing nature; And it is God’s image with whom we are stamped: His portrait and His inscription. We reason, create, value, relate. This resemblance is tarnished in every aspect, yet it remains, pitted and stained, but legal tender nonetheless.

Our culture, having ejected this truth, searches for another ground for our worth. It finds it not in what we are, but in what we do. Life in this picture is the game of rolling your coin down its byways, seeing what accumulates on its surface: toys, degrees, influence, people and experiences. Those with the coolest coating are the winners.

A few months back Tara and I attended a parents meeting for Elisha’s kindy. The discussion at one point revolved around the topic of how to warmly integrate a child who has a mental disorder. It seemed that many parents were at pains to affirm the child’s equality, but stumbled for a way of expressing this without denying the fact of his difficulty, which was the very reason for the discussion. How I wished someone, me?, would say: “God is pretty keen on kids, regardless of what they can and can’t do: He made them, and calls us to love them in the same way.”

What a relief that our dignity and worth are inalienably assured by God.

Best of a bad bunch

Took some photos of the kiddies for Mum A for mothers’ day. The children were not very cooperative at all!

Also didn’t have the camera settings quite right and everything came out very blue, have had to fiddle with the photos a lot.

Here’s the best of the many many many that I took. And yes, I did try to get a photo of the three of them together, but they did not work at all!

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Here’s an original untouched group shot, just to show you how bad it was!

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Happy Mothers’ Day to both our mums.  We love you both, and really appreciate everything that you have done and continue to do for us.  We pray God’s richest blessings to you.

Mothers’ Day Interview with Elisha

My Mum

I really love it when my mum helps me.

My mum likes to wear clothes.

My mum always tells me, “To do the right things”

The best thing she does is I don’t know.

It makes her happy when I do the right things.

My mum loves to I don’t know.

I like it when she cuddles me.

The best thing she cooks is burgers.

When my mum shops she likes to buy *shakes head*.

My mum’s favorite household chore is cleaning.

My mum’s favorite TV show is the disc she got for her birthday. (House)

If she could go on a trip, she would go to Melvourne. (Melbourne)

I love my mum because she love me. (There it is… no beautiful)f

Happy Mothers’ Day!

The day got off to a wonderful start, Jos let me sleep in until almost six o’clock.

Cayley also got up, but I put her back in her room and locked them in there. I had a little bit of quiet time and then let them out about seven. They went and visited Daddy in bed. Cayley came running down the hall way full pelt… Brett must have reminded her it was Mothers’ Day.

“Mummy!” she cried enthusiastically, “Make my breakfast!”

I received some lovely gifts. Elisha made choc coconut balls and a coathanger for me. He also bought some lovely blue crystal earrings at the mothers’ day stall at school. Cayley made a treasure box at playgroup. And they bought me some ‘Cheeky Monkey’ slippers, which Cayley has hardly taken off since she unwrapped them this morning. I had a hard time convincing her that they actually aren’t hers.

In all seriousness though I am so thankful to be a wife and mother. It is such a joy for me to serve Brett and Elisha and Cayley and little Jos. I’ve been reading ‘Feminine Appeal’ by Carolyn Mahaney this week, and the last little bit I’ve been reading has been about not only serving but also cherishing. I realised that I do the serving part quite well at times, but very often leave the cherishing behind. I pray that in the days, weeks, months and years ahead that I will grow in treasuring my family, and letting them know that I do. Not just doing the things that need to be done for my husband and children, but taking the time to stop and enjoy them too.

More Confessions

Elisha now tells me that he wrote I love my mummy because she loves me… but I’m SURE his name was on the beautiful one. I’ll have to check on Tuesday!

After putting up the cute little video of Elisha, I was a bit sad that I don’t have much of that for Cayley and Jos, due to upgrading my camera to a digital SLR and letting little children use the point and shoot resulting in the point and shoot not working. So I went out and bought one today. Pity I didn’t buy an SD card too! Thought I had one here at home but NOPE.

Happy mothers day to all mums out there. Hope you get spoiled and appreciated.

My boy

There has been a lot of secret mothers’ day stuff going on at kindy this week, and Elisha has been FANTASTIC at keeping the secrets. There was one thing that I was allowed to see however, and that was his portrait of me.

I don’t have a picture of the picture to share, but I had to tell you what he’d written at the bottom.

The prompt was “I love my mum because” and Elisha’s response? … “she’s beautiful”.

Melt my heart moment.

Sometimes…

…it’s tough, but I am so thankful!

On Monday Brett had surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament (acl). It was the start to what have been a hard few days.

Monday morning I woke with an upset stomach. It was not happy all day. I didn’t even manage to get out of bed to help Brett with the kids and packing for hospital. I resorted to television for baby sitting.

Tuesday morning was still not fantastic.

Brett came home, and ever since I’ve been flat tack looking after him, even though the big kids are having a short stay with Nan and Pop. I’m surprised at how little I’ve managed to get done.

And yet, even though I have been frustrated, at the same time I am so thankful. There’s some very strange and conflicting stuff going on in my head today.

I am so thankful that Elisha and Cayley have been able to go and stay with mum and dad, and that they were able to take Brett to and bring him back from hospital.
I am so thankful that I have a husband and children to care for… they are such a precious gift from God to me, and they bless me in so many ways every day.
I am so thankful that Brett has been able to have the surgery and at this stage things are looking great, he feels that this operation has been more of a success than the last (on the other side), even though it is early days.
I am so thankful that Monday when I was feeling poorly, the children did a really great job of playing together and Jos was easy.
I am so thankful that Elisha wanted me to go to the party with him today.

I am also thankful for the simple pleasure of my bed… which is where I am about to head off to!

Time Flies

Just been going through some old photos and came across this little video clip of Elisha.  It is too cute.

It is hard to believe he has grown so much since then. I need to get another camera with video so I can catch these moments with Cayley and Jos.

Down on the Farm

Or is that UP on the farm?

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about the farm.  We have been to visit, but I don’t think I’ve ever written about it again.

Brett has just finished a VERY busy time at work and we decided to get away for a few days (and use up some of the time he could have off for the extra hours he worked).

I had great fun playing with the camera (and teaching Brett a bit about how to use it too).

A ‘bully’ ant.
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He was rather large.
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I also have a photo of a rather large orb weaver, but thought I better not put that one up in case it freaked someone out!

Think this is my favourite photo from the whole weekend.
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I had a lot of fun over the weekend looking in the shed for things to take photos of.

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And outside too.
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Pig melons, paddy melons… whatever you call them…
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… there was no shortage of them.
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I tried taking a few shots of the kidlets, but they weren’t being overly co-operative.  And yes, I admit to dressing Cayley (aka Cayley-Lou) for the occasion.
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Ooh, I just love this face!  I could eat it up!!!
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Lots of interesting finds in and around the shearing shed.
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I even played with manual focus a little.
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