Elisabeth went off to camp this week. She is apart from us longer than she ever has in her life! On a side note, I remember the first time I went off to camp – I did not change my underwear the whole week. I was deathly afraid of changing in front of the ‘older boys’. That still is a story that the Larson family talks about.
The bag that Elisabeth packed was bigger & heavier than her. (she even packed her lava lamp! – don’t ask.)
On the bus…
with the homies…
…Caleb, the pied piper of children – at the good-bye time.
“Demographers at Wayne State University in Detroit recently found Greater Los Angeles to be the most economically segregated region in the country. The study found only about 28% of its neighborhoods to be middle-class or mixedincome, compared with more than half of those in Nashville, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Portland, Ore.” – LA Times
That is the city I am moving to next month!
American Floyd Landis won the Tour de France today, and going on-line to read about it was very interesting…
Landis said he believed that certain aspects of his upbringing, in a strict Mennonite family in eastern Pennsylvania, with no television and many expectations about what constituted proper behavior, contributed to his rise to the top of his sport.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pretend to know a lot about whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on in life most of the time,Ã¢â‚¬? he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But I had good parents who taught me that hard work and patience were some of the most important things in getting what you wanted. It took me a long time in my life to learn patience. But that and persistence, I think, is the lesson that even I learned from this race.Ã¢â‚¬? (from the NYT)
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day; Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do, direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Went to Pirates of the Caribbean the other night with a good friend of ours from church. He had a great idea to dress up for the movie as pirates. The kids went for it, even though Michelle and I did not. (actually the theater was so full, that we could not even sit together — but that was okay with Elisabeth because she did not want to sit by us ‘non-pirate’ people – namely Michelle and I)
Nobody laughed at them, or made any snide comments to them at all. It might have helped that Frank is 6’8″, and 300 pounds!Ã‚Â HasÃ‚Â a heart like a teddy-bear though & he is a Lord of the Rings fanatic! The kids love him. Here is to you Frank. You are a dear friend.
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, price paid, wages, from merc-, merx merchandise
1 a : compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power; also : lenient or compassionate treatment
This morning I was reading Psalm 51 and I realized how dependent I am on God’s mercy in my life. I am so dependent, and grateful that God’s mercy is so rich.
Prayer: Merciful God, how dependent I am on your mercy! Everything I am and all I do falls short of your glory. Still, you do not condemn me. Gratefully, I live in your grace and experience your forgiveness in Jesus. Amen. –E. Peterson
Great ARTICLE on Bjorn Lomborg, regardingÃ‚Â huge issues like …
HIV/AIDS, malaria, malnutrition, dirty water, trade barriers, etc.