Dec 26, 2008


Written from the perspective of one of His followers. It may be helpful fr you to know that fere is an Old English word for mate, or companion.

"Ballad of the Goodly Fere"

Ha' we lost the goodliest fere o' all
for the priests and the gallows tree?
Aye lover he was of brawny men,
O' ships and the open sea.

When they came we' a host to take Our Man
His smile was good to see,
"First let these go!" quo' our Goodly Fere,
"Or I'll see ye damned," says he.

Aye he sent us out through the crossed high spears
And the scorn of his laugh rang free,
"Why took ye not me when I walked about
Alone in the town?"says he.

Oh we drunk his "Hale" in the good red wine
When we last made company,
No capon priest was the Goodly Fere
But a man o' men was he.

I ha' seen him drive a hundred men
Wi' a bundle o' cords swung free,
That they took the high and holy house
For their pawn and treasury . . .

I ha' seen him cow a thousand men
On the hills o' Galilee,
They whined as he walked out calm between,
Wi' his eyes like the grey o' the sea,

Like the sea that brooks no voyaging
With the winds unleashed and free,
Like the sea that he cowed at Genseret
Wi' twey words spoke' suddenly.

A master of men was the Goodly Fere,
A mate of the wind and sea,
If they think they ha' slain our Goodly Fere
They are fools eternally.

by Ezra Pound

What a man! Merry CHRISTmas!

Dec 18, 2008


Tomorrow my family and I are flying to Houston, because I'm GRADUATING on Saturday morning at 9am!!

Praise God!!

Dec 16, 2008

Santa Baby

And a Christmas P.J. shot!!

Merry Chrismas!

"You want to essercize with me?"

This is Mandie's new favorite movie:

Mandie will watch this all by herself! She uses little tubs of play dough for her weights, she calls them "tapes".

Today is baking day!! I am meeting my friends later and we are going to bake all day! I'm making Oreo Balls (which does not actually require an oven), but I hear should be quite tasty! I got the recipe from another blog! I'll let you know how they turn out and I'll share the recipe if they are good!

Kristen, aren't you glad you don't have to read about poop any more!

Dec 5, 2008

Not for those with weak stomach's!

This is gross.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Last night Mandie and Matt were taking a bath together. I was reading a book in there while they were playing. I glance over and see that Mandie has stood up and assumed her "poopie position"*.

Mom: "Mandie! Are you POOPING!?!?"
Mandie: "grunt, groan, grunt"
Mom: "Well finish in the pottie!!!!!!" as I scoop her out of the tub, and place her on the pot.

The poop was flying! In the tub, with the baby of course. On the floor. On the potty. And, amazingly, in the potty as well.

How can so much poop come out of such a petite little girl?

The poop was cleaned up, the kids were cleaned, the bath was cleaned, the toys were cleaned. Then it was bed time, which would lead you to believe it was sleep time. Guess again.

I was up every 2 hours for 15-30 minutes per session with alternating kids. Thankfully, my wonderfully amazingly fantastic and HELPFUL hubby took the kids when they woke up so I could get one more hour of sleep.

When I woke up he went straight to work. I started getting the kiddos dressed. Mandie first, then Matthew. Matthew had slept that night in fleece footie P.J.'s. I guess all of our noses are so stopped up that we just can't smell anything, including poopie diapers. Matthew was poopie. Unfortunately his diaper had failed him. One side had come unfastened. Poop had smudged it's way down his leg and into the footie of his P.J.'s.

So gross.

I am the mom. A.K.A. Manager of all things poopie.

*Poopie Position- half way between a stand and a squat. Knees slightly bent. Elbows bent. Fisted hands close to armpits. Neck veins bulging. Face red. Overall disgruntled facial expression.

Dec 1, 2008

Spiritual Forces

Last Sunday at church Brian was talking about moving God, and hearing God. What can we do to move God, and what does it take to hear him? One of the best points I thought he made was that a lot of times we believe that God is capable of talking to people . . . OTHER people. Why do we not think we are worthy or able to hear God speak to US?? I am in the middle of reading 'This Present Darkness'. It is opening me up to what could be going on around me at every moment. It has put me on guard.

I guess I don't really know what else to say about this topic, I feel like I am leaving it unfinished. How do you all feel about spiritual forces? Angels and demons? And what does it sound like when God speaks to you?