Smelling Salts

loved this from here

 Jesus hates suffering, injustice, evil, and death so much, he came and experienced it to defeat it and, someday, to wipe the world clean of it. Knowing all this, Christians cannot be passive about hunger, sickness, and injustice. Karl Marx and others have charged that religion is ‘the opiate of the masses.’ That is, it is a sedative that makes people passive toward injustice, because there will be ‘pie in the sky bye and bye.’ That may be true of some religions that teach people that this material world is unimportant or illusory. Christianity, however, teaches that God hates the suffering and oppression of this material world so much, he was willing to get involved in it and to fight against it. Properly understood, Christianity is by no means the opiate of the people. It’s more like the smelling salts.”

All I got

Remember this post?

Tomorrow I get to collect on my most generous gift from my Bodyflow participants.

I’m getting a one hour massage.

And I’m so excited about it I might not sleep tonight.

And that’s all I got.

It’s the small things in life for this mama.

Old Pictures

On NYE Zach and I stumbled upon some old picture CDs. So fun to see. For your viewing pleasure:

Trysten with my father-in-law at a wedding.

My brother and a few friends visiting baby Trysten.

Trysten giving Dailah (in my belly) a little hug.

Trysten fishing with Papa John.

How could I not post this?

Trysten with one of our friends (who lived with us at the time). They were so precious.

Mid hair-cut. Only Zach would do this…and then take a picture of it. Trysten is still cute.

And then this. Proof we weren’t always as cool as we pretend to be now. Gross. Avert your eyes.

Welcome 2011!

We had such a great time bringing in the new year. I told the kids they could try staying up until midnight this year (I think I’m deranged in multiple ways). I planned many ways to keep them entertained throughout the night.

First, we had dinner, complete with sparkling grape juice for the kids.

We gave the kids showers and then settled in for the next chapter of Harry Potter (we’ve been reading the first book as a family).

After that was a quick game of Life. Interestingly enough, Tomas made the best decisions. Went to college, became a doctor, lived in a trailer until he had saved enough money to buy a house just big enough to fit his family. I was impressed!

And then…ice cream!

Daddy showed the kids his skills with the DS.

Tomas wore ridiculously small PJs, apparently I was the only one disturbed by this.

Bini posed his tiny little body.

Dailah started to get a little crazy, or as we like to call her “Delirious Dailah”.

Movie (Ice Age) for kids, some time with Z$ for me.

At about 11, Dailah looked to be the only one who could still continue for hours unscathed. I negotiated a deal. They go to bed now and have a sleep over, or go to bed at midnight and sleep in their rooms. They chose sleepover.

An hour later, I was forcing my husband to take a festive picture with me. This marked the first time in 9 years 5 years that I stayed up until midnight.

Happy new year to all of my blog buddies! I wish you health, happiness and more joy than you can possibly imagine.