Monday, September 28, 2009

Ministry to Me

Just recently I started doing Ministry to Moms for a local family who has seven kids: A 12-year-old boy, a 10-year-old boy, an 8-year-old girl, a 6-year-old girl, 3-year-old twins (a boy and a girl), and a 7-month-old girl.

Tonight I went to their house for dinner, and after dinner we were nominally watching Star Wars Episode IV but then the 6-year-old asked me to hold her, so I picked her up and then dangled her upside-down. She liked that. The evening quickly became a sort of gymnastics demonstration. I dangled the 6-year-old and the 3-year-old girl repeatedly. Then 3-year-old girl wanted to ride on my shoulders, so I hefted her up and then bounced up and down for a little while. That was, apparently, the coolest thing ever. So 6-year-old wanted a turn, and then 8-year-old wanted a turn. I found out that I can in fact trot about obediently with a gangly 8-year-old clinging to my head. I am a good pack mule. Then 3-year-old boy wanted a ride, and he felt like nothing after his big sister. Then I declared that rides were over and sat down. All of them heaped on top of me for a while, and all of us laughing. Eventually they got off (mostly) and 6-year-old lay next to me, looked up, and said, "I think we're used to you now."

Friday, September 25, 2009

Encouraging thought of the day

Pessimistic voice in the back of my head: "You wouldn't be able to do that. You're afraid of it."

Me: "So? I'm afraid of everything."

I'm starting to realize that I can be as uncontrolled by fear as someone who is completely fearless--if I'm afraid of talking to anyone I don't know, I might as well make a speech to a roomful of strangers; if I'm afraid of leaving my room, I might as well leave the country, etc.

Boy, that little thought I had this morning could be the start of something pretty cool.

In Memory of Vivian

I'm finally posting again, dear readers, because this can't go in Twitter--partly because it's more than 140 characters and partly because even a blog post is not adequate--but it's the best thing I have at my disposal.

krazyglue Vivian Marie died at 5:10 am in her parents arms. So brief her life; so beautiful their love; so exquisite the grief of all who love them.

I can't add anything to that, except to ask those of you who aren't already to pray for Kyle and his family. (He posts here and here.)

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Because just okay is never enough

While doing some monotonous homework tonight, I was listening to this song:

Which reminded me of this song:

And I thought I'd share them with my faithful blog readers.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Scatterbrained Chef: Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

Today on The Scatterbrained Chef, we will show you how to make a delicious and filling snack (it can also be breakfast!) with everyday dorm room staples.

Step 1: Pour a packet of oatmeal (we use Quaker maple and brown sugar, but any mild-flavored oatmeal will do) into a bowl.

Step 2: Remove half-gallon of milk from mini-fridge.

Step 3: Attempt to dislodge chunk of frozen milk from mouth of jug so you can get to the lovely liquid goodness beneath.

Step 4: Fail at Step 3.

Step 5: Look for powdered milk.

Step 6: Fail at Step 5.

Step 7: Remember that The Scatterbrained Chef's Special Hot Cocoa Mix* is 75% powedered milk.

Step 8: Heap a few generous spoonfuls onto your oatmeal.

Step 9: Go to the nearest drinking fountain and squirt on enough water to cover the oatmeal-cocoa mixture.

Step 10: Go to the nearest microwave and cook for 90 seconds or until desired stiffness.

Step 11: Because you are 4, decide you want marshmallows on your oatmeal.

Step 12: Toss in a handful of marshmallows and stir. They will melt away to nothing.

Step 13: Toss in another handful of marshmallows, because what's the fun of marshmallows if they all melt away to nothing?

Step 14: Eat.

*The Scatterbrained Chef's Special Hot Cocoa Mix will appear in a later episode.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I'm still here

I feel like I ought to put something in this space, and blog posts are simply not happening. I don't entirely know why; maybe I'm just lazy and should be forcing myself to write something, to get my thoughts out there. But for now I'll just apologize to my faithful readers and say that I never forget about the blog. I just don't think I can promise weekly posts anymore. I can't really promise anything except that when the time is right I'll write again. In the meantime, all my blog-friends remain in my prayers, and if you could spare a prayer for me I'd appreciate it.