Monthly Archives: July 2006

camp week

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.)

Saying goodbye


On the bus…

with the homies…


…Caleb, the pied piper of children – at the good-bye time.


Rich, Poor Live Poles Apart in L.A.

“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!

Landis wins Tour de France

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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.

“I don’t pretend to know a lot about what’s going on in life most of the time,� he said. “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.� (from the NYT)

Prayer for the day

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!  Has  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.




Pronunciation: ‘m&r-sE
Function: noun
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

prioritizing the world’s most pressing problems

Great ARTICLE on Bjorn Lomborg, regarding  huge issues like …

HIV/AIDS, malaria, malnutrition, dirty water, trade barriers, etc.