December 31st, 2007

As I am thinking “How fast this year has gone by!” I am reminded of something Peter and I read together on our honeymoon. C.S.Lewis wrote in his book “Reflections on the Psalms”:

“When the poet of Psalm 84 said “For one day in Thy courts is better than a thousand”, he doubtless meant that one day there was better than a thousand elsewhere. I find it impossible to exclude while I read this the thought which, so far as I know, the Old Testament never quite reaches. It is there in the New, beautifully introduced not by laying a new weight on old words but more simply adding to them. In Psalm 90 it had been said that a thousand years were to God like a single yesterday; in 2Peter…we read not only that a thousand years are as one day but also that “one day is as a thousand years”. The Psalmist only meant, I think, that God was everlasting, that His life was infinite in time. But the epistle takes us out of the time-series altogether. As nothing outlasts God, so nothing slips away from Him into a past. The later conception…of the timeless as an eternal present has been achieved. Ever afterwards, for some of us, the “one day” in God’s courts which is better than a thousand, must carry a double meaning. The Eternal may meet us in what is, by our present measurements, a day, or (more likely) a minute or a second; but we have touched what is not in any way commensurable with lengths of time, whether long or short. Hence our hope finally to emerge, if not altogether from time (that might not suit our humanity) at any rate from the tyranny, the unlinear poverty, of time, to ride it not to be ridden by it, and so to cure that always aching wound (“the wound man was born for”) which mere succession and mutability inflict on us, almost equally when we are happy and when we are unhappy. For we are so little reconciled to time that we are even astonished at it. “How he’s grown!” we exclaim, “How time flies!” as though the universal form of our experience were again and again a novelty. It is as strange as if a fish were repeatedly surprised at the wetness of water. And that would be strange indeed; unless of course the fish were destined to become, one day, a land animal.”

Time has seemed to speed up for me. Maybe it’s adulthood. I remember when time would pass so slowly, but then, I did not as a child have much of a grasp on it.

My prayers for this year are many, but mainly that God would continue to make our boy’s hearts tender and speak His truth to them. That we will glorify God in all we do and say, and learn to enjoy Him more.

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December 31st, 2007

We hadn’t seen Peter Freeland since we were engaged! What a wonderful time we had catching up and reminiscing together! We went on a hike to Sage Ranch which turned out to be an all afternoon tromp. Tea time when we arrived home was cozy and lasagna dinner at Mom and Dad’s that evening was wonderful! A grand Saturday indeed! Hope to catch you again before you leave the States, Peter!

Hiking at Sage Ranch in Simi Valley Our rock climber  A cave!  pretty light     Peter took this candid of usanother candid…you think I’d be more aware of the camera.Last light by Peter FreelandIt was great having the afternoon to catch up on six years!That evening Aunt Abby taught Jerome the game of Slap Jack…now maybe he can teach me.:-)Daddy caught this great shot of Ian visiting with the baby in the mirror.

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December 28th, 2007

This reminded me of Jerome begging Daddy to take him out exploring on a hike or hunt:

“I am the Most Wise Baviaan, saying in most wise tones,
‘Let us melt into the landscape – just us two by our lones.’
People have come – in a carriage – calling. But Mummy is there…
Yes, I can go if you take me – Nurse says she don’t care.
Let’s go up to the pigsties and sit on the farmyard rails!
Let’s say thing to the bunnies, and watch ’em skitter their tails!
Let’s – oh, anything, daddy, so long as it’s you and me,
And going truly exploring, and not being in til tea!
Here’s your boots (I’ve brought ’em), and here’s your cap and stick,
And here’s your pipe and tobacco. Oh, come along out of it – quick.”

~Rudyard Kipling

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December 27th, 2007

The meaning of Christmas gets more and more real to me. Since God has given us sons and made me a mother, I understand a little better the miracle of the Incarnation. In teaching my boys about the reason we celebrate and give gifts to each other comes the reminder in my own heart to daily, hourly, and moment by moment surrender to Him who lives in intercession for my soul and for redeeming the souls given into our short care!

We are so blessed to be able to live near Peter’s parents. They have loved us and supported us, fed us and helped with the boys. Holidays with them are real celebrations and God honoring events in our lives. I’m thankful that our boys have the influence of godly grandparents and aunts and uncles, and cousins, too.

Here’s a glimpse into our Christmas with them: Abby took all of these pics, by the way:

My gift from Peter Jerome and Zachary Sisters-in-law

Aunti Anna is always so excited!  She’s a real favorite with the grandsons! Not around here!

Ian got the most fascinating gift - all of the boys were playing with it! The newlyweds Our lovely matriarch

  {xmas 2007}

My pink halo Time to pack up and go home!  It was a wonderful Christmas celebration!

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December 27th, 2007

This was the first Christmas we’d ever had with Gigi in our home with us! She spent the night after helping us wrap the boys gifts and put them under the tree. Since Ian is teething our nights have become eventful and she said she slept through it all…

It was SO wonderful having you a part of our Christmas, Gigi! You MADE my day! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Here are some pics from our morning together:

Seth was woken up a bit earlier than he would have liked. He just stood there looking at Jerome’s stocking dumped out until Jerome dumped his out for him!


Thank you for the music table, Mema and Gigi! Ian loves it!


And so does Seth. 🙂


Breakfast break for Ian:


Seth got some new trains for Christmas and he gathered them and went to his room to play!






This one makes me laugh! Yes, we had a terrible night:


Jerome’s big gift:


And Seth’s gift:


And of course Seth was immediatly outside with it:


And Jerome is indoors building with Daddy:






Merry Christmas, Gigi! Thank you so much for spending your morning with us, you made it so special and cheerful! And there’s just something about having someone who shares the same memories and little traditions from childhood that makes it familiar and understood. I love you!

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