If you were a gifted painter, what picture would you want to paint first?
A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
~ Sir John Bowring
The light that shines the farthest will shine the brightest at home.
~ Dr. Oswald Smith
There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.
~ Jerry Seinfeld
Thanks to Uncle Bill, we had a great outing to Six Flags last night… dinner, a visit with Santa, and lots of fun rides. Here are some picture highlights…
When I was a kid I always thought it was strange that anytime a baby would sneeze my mother would say “Oh, my! She would say this in a voice unique to her that expressed both reassurance and concern.
Now, with my fifth baby in the house I once again find myself using my mother’s expression “Oh, my!” any time the baby sneezes. I don’t say it volitionally, it just pops out before I can stop it.
This makes me wonder if the expression originated with my mother, or if perhaps she had heard it often from her own mother or father. How many generations might this go back?
I expect that someday when all of the kids are home for the holidays along with their own families, to be holding a grandchild who sneezes and for there to be a chorus of voices as each of my adult children say with me, “Oh, my!”
Adrian Boethius Criswell Stilley was born at 2:48 a.m. on Thursday September 18. Like most Stilley’s, he did not want to get out of his comfort zone so they broke his shoulder while exercising some tough love in separating him from his mother. His liver is not functioning quite like it should be, but they are allowing us to bring him home today and we have to take him back in tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 9:00 a.m. for them to see him.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow … [Read more…]
I feel guilty. I am a threat to the universe. When the universe reaches maximum entropy it will be my fault. Woe is me, I am undone…
At least, that is what some of the chicks over at WowOWow are saying. Here’s what they have to say about the fact that I will soon have five, count them, five children.
According to Joan Ganz Cooney my irresponsible childbearing will result in the extinction of whole species, [Read more…]
Would a rose smell as sweet by any other name?
Names are definitely a hot topic around the Stilley household. Six weeks to go till Child #5 arrives and we haven’t even managed to put together a short list of name possibilities. I am convinced that it will be easier for John McCain and Barack Obama to decide on what name will be on the ballot as their running mate than it will be for us to come up with a name for this child.
We came to quick agreement on names for Parker Jordan, Daniel Willmann, and Gabriel Paige. But, with Tessa, Susan had been in labor for about six hours before I gave in. Susan leveraged her pain and agony to get the name she wanted. And, I’m glad she did. It is hard for me to imagine Tessa by any other name.
How different would Tessa have been had we given her a different name? How would her life have changed? Would people have treated her differently?
There is a great line in the movie Cars, where Mater the tow truck is showing the rookie race car Lightning McQueen how to drive backwards. McQueen is impressed and asks, “How do you do it?” Mater responds, “I don’t have to know where I’m going I just have to know where I’ve been, I use my rear view mirrors.”
I know there has to be a great life illustration in there somewhere. Ideas?
Once upon a time in the land of Kevin-is-not-too-bright, I forgot a wedding anniversary. Don’t do that…
Below is a chart to help you add a little special touch to your anniversary gift giving.
|1st||Paper||Clocks, Plastic, Gold Jewelry|
|2nd||Cotton||China, Cotton, Calico, Garnet|
|3rd||Leather||Crystal, Glass, Pearls|
|4th||Fruit, Flowers||Appliances, Linen, Silk, Nylon, Blue Topaz|
|6th||Sugar, Iron||Wood, Candy, Amethyst|
|7th||Wool, Copper||Brass, Desk Sets, Onyx|
|8th||Bronze, Pottery||Appliances, Linens, Lace, Tourmaline Jewelry|
|9th||Pottery, Willow||Leather, Lapis Jewelry|
|10th||Tin, Aluminum||Diamond Jewelry|
|11th||Steel||Fashion, Turquoise Jewelry|
|12th||Silk, Linen||Pearls, Jade|
|13th||Lace||Textiles, Furs, Citrine|
|14th||Ivory||Gold Jewelry, Opal|
|15th||Crystal||Glass, Watches, Ruby|
|16th||Silver hollowware, Peridot|
|18th||Porcelain, Cat’s Eye Jewelry|
|32nd||Conveyances (e.g., automobiles)|
|42nd||Developed real estate|
|46th||Original poetry tribute|
|49th||Luxuries, any kind|
|75th||Platinum||Diamondlike Stones, Gold|
Today’s Scripture reading from Mark 6 reminded me of a story I once heard. I share both below:
He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” (Mark 6:1-4)
Soon after he became president in 1912 Woodrow Wilson visited an aged aunt he hadn’t seen in some time. She asked him what he was doing now. [Read more…]