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New Things

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I am taking a break for this week to work on a very special project. I will return to regularly scheduled posts at an indeterminate time in the future, dependent on how long this project takes me.
In the meantime, these pictures are for you:





The Ick: Reclaiming Shiloh

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When I was growing up on the mission field, my dad was always on the lookout for the perfect missionary vehicle. At various times we had a big pickup, a land cruiser, a tiny yellow jeep(nicknamed the Bee, with a little green trailer nicknamed the Bumble), but my favorite was The Ick.


This is not an actual picture of Ick. I couldn't find one in any of my photo albums, so I found this one on pinterest. This is how I remember Ick, though I'm fairly sure my memory has degraded. In my child mind, Ick was at least twenty feet tall.

The Ick was an old Swiss army vehicle, painted white with a foam roller. It sat at the same height as the "micros"(city buses). It was known to power through rivers and over salt flats. The back converted from benches into a full-sized mattress by a genius hack of my father's invention, with space for Bibles and sound equipment underneath. The engine was in a hump between the front captains chairs, and if you didn't mind getting your bum…

A Page From My Sketchbook: Mr. Stick Man Experiences Anxiety

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Edmund

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When the other children woke up the next morning(they had been sleeping on piles of cushions in the pavilion) the first thing they heard-from Mrs. Beaver- was that their brother had been rescued and brought into camp late last night; and was at that moment with Aslan. As soon as they had breakfasted they all went out, and there they saw Aslan and Edmund walking together in the dewy grass, apart from the rest of the court. There is no need to tell you(and no one ever heard) what Aslan was saying, but it was a conversation which Edmund never forgot. As the others drew nearer Aslan turned to meet them, bringing Edmund with him.
"Here is your brother," he said, "and- there is no need to talk to him about what is past."

I don't know about you, but of all the characters in Narnia, I like to think of myself as Lucy.

Peter was brave and noble, but a bit pigheaded and obtuse, slow to understand when Aslan spoke.

Susan was so concerned with popularity and worldly happines…

Overwhelm: A Beginner's Guide

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Just in case you aren't overwhelmed enough by life, I have written this list to assist you in becoming a manic genius.

1. Start five baking projects at once.

2. Have two potty-trainees and a teether

3. Homeschool

4. Make all your Christmas presents. All. Of. Them.

5. Get all your impacted wisdom teeth removed when you're almost thirty. Get dry socket in at least one of them, prompting several more dental visits.

6. Teach your toddlers to do dishes

7. Find out the dishwater all ended up in a box of rags under the sink

8. Do a few extra loads of laundry

9. Let the kids play in the mud and run through the house

9. Scrub all your carpets on hands and knees

10. Try to plan ahead for moving in seven months without knowing where you're going

11. Build counters in your house, one at the head level of each child for convenient bumping

12. Go to Costco two days before Thanksgiving

13. Let the two year old play lego unsupervised

14. Give your burgeoning readers books just beyond the…

Proactive Thanksgiving

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I've always found it strange that Thanksgiving comes before Christmas on the calendar. I know that it's a harvest celebration, and it wouldn't make sense to have it later, but what I am most thankful for every year is Christmas. So this year, I have decided to have a Proactive Thanksgiving rather than a retroactive one.

In the traditional, or retroactive, Thanksgiving, the focus is on what has already happened that you can thank God for. In my Proactive Thanksgiving I will be grateful in advance for what I know already God will do.

For a start, Christmas will come. The celebration of the incarnation of the Saviour of mankind will proceed as usual this year. There will be Christmas trees, candy canes, eggnog, cocoa, and Doctor Who specials to help us celebrate that God became man.

Turkey dinner will be experienced with some of my extended family. It will be delicious and sociable, and my kids will enjoy playing with their second cousins.

Plans will be made. Church contact …