Saturday, May 31, 2008
"Don't judge by his appearance or height........ The Lord doesn't make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at a person's thoughts and intentions."
Friday, May 30, 2008
Like we always say, it's never dull with Carys around.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
After the race we all went to the church family celebration together. These guys blessed us with a song to end our time together. It was one of the songs they played and sang in the car on the way to the marathon and Benay asked if they would lead our church family in this song later in the day. They loved the idea and it was an incredible time of praising God together. There is an excitment in worshipping God when we are with these brothers. Christian, one of the guys from the chácara shared about the race and how it applied to the Christian walk as Paul explained in the Bible. Now you can see how the videos we showed at the celebration applied to the marathon as well as the race of our Christian faith.
Please pray and keep praying for these men as they continue to learn to rely on God and not drugs and alcohol to guide their lives.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
As mentioned in the title, Anderson is a perfectionist with many things. If he doesn't succeed the first time, he can get upset. This is what happened when he first started trying to make a shot with this new basket. The cheap ball that came with it was overinflated as well as warped and so he already started at a disadvantage. I tried to get him to use a different ball that would bounce straight and be easier to shoot and I tried to get him to allow me to take some of the air out of the new ball. He didn't want either option. Here is his reaction after a few frustrating attempts with his new, ginormous, hilarious looking ball:
His perfectionist nature won't allow him to quit before he succeeds and so here he is just a few minutes later making his first shot. You think I'm kidding about the ball? Just watch its goofy bounce:
Which brings us to this week. Anderson has thrown away his lightweight birthday present ball (even after we let a bunch of air out of it to make it bounce better and be easier to shoot) and moved on to my official basketball that I got for my birthday last year. It's too heavy to use for this backboard but it's hard to tell him no. He really thinks he's Michael Jordan and so who am I to tell him not to use a real ball. I think you'll see some improvement:
Friday, May 23, 2008
We normally have lunch in our house after we enjoy our worship time together. After having people in our home from 10:00 to 3-4:00 most Sundays, Benay and I sometimes need some chill time. As you can imagine with 5 kids this is easier said than done but God blessed us with a time like this a couple of weeks ago. Benay and I went upstairs to watch a movie and our kids, along with Giu and Lana, stayed downstairs and goofed around.
When we came down after the movie they were watching a soccer game. We actually didn't know what they had been doing while we watched the movie. We could hear them having fun together but didn't have a clue as to why they were laughing so much.
Today as I began to upload some videos from our camera to the computer I found the following video. It's what they were doing that day. After a few practice runs they ended up with this:
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Just so you know, it's a boy. As our teammate Matt said we are now officially the Brady Bunch. 3 boys and 3 girls. Benay has had numerous doctor's visits since we found out we were pregnant and every ultrasound so far has shown us a healthy little boy. His due date is scheduled for September 13.
Here is the most recent photo of our new son. The bottom photo says: "Hello everybody, I love you all!! Signed, The boy."We don't have a name for him yet. We just KNEW it was a girl until we had the second ultrasound. We had the name picked out (Cássia) and everything. Maybe we can have a "name that baby" contest for this little guy (feel free to put your names in the comments section) because we don't have a clue as to what his name is going to be. Since the beginning of this pregnancy we had someone encourage us to read and re-read the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah and to ask God to impress upon us a name for this child. We really felt the Spirit was leading in the girl's name and we know He will do it with the naming of this little boy.
We ask for your prayers for a healthy mom and little boy.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
17 They brought the Ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And David sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord. 18 When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 19 Then he gave to every Israelite man and woman in the crowd a loaf of bread, a cake of dates,[a] and a cake of raisins. Then all the people returned to their homes.
20 When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”
21 David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. 22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!” 23 So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.
Why in the world would they get so excited about it? Because they're free. When you obey, you're free. When you disobey, you're in bondage. All around us we see individuals in bondage because they're in sin, and all they talk about is freedom. They're not free. The obedient guy dancing is free.
I should warn you, when you're really free, the people who are not so free will have trouble with your being free. Look at David's wife in verse 16. Her husband is down there dancing and singing and shouting, and there's Michal up in the second floor flat, frowning down on her husband. "Then it happened as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart" (2 Samuel 6:16).
Two things strike me here. Both have to do with the issue of focus; one is horizontal, and one is vertical. David's eyes were on the Lord; Michal's eyes were on other people.
First, the better you know where you stand with the Lord, the freer you can be. When you do the homework, you find out where you stand with your Lord, and when you follow His plan, then you are free. I mean really free! Many won't understand, of course. To some, you will be seen as independent---a maverick. You'll be misunderstood. Like David with his own wife. But you won't care that much about public opinion either. You'll care mainly about the Lord's opinion. There is no freedom like the kind He provides. In a word, it's grace.
Second, the freer you are before the Lord, the more confident you will become. When you know where you stand, that is real security.
Knowing where you stand before the Lord leads to true freedom. Being free before the Lord, you will become confident, and that is genuine security.
Friday, May 09, 2008
These are his buddies from school.
This is his girlfriend Tati. (pronounced Tah-chee)
And of course he had to have some birthday cake.Then he came home. As is our tradition, the birthday person gets to pick the food and activities for the day. Anderson chose a backyard picnic with the following foods: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, "oatmilk" (oatmeal) and cheese. He thankfully forgot about the oatmilk and so we enjoyed sandwiches together.
Later he got some phone calls from both his Brasilian and American spiritual family wishing him a happy birthday.
....and we even played musical chairs with a twist. Chairs left the game when the music stopped, but the players stayed in, leaving this at the end: