Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Day six: Back to the coast

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We're headed home in the morning but we spent the last couple of days on the Atlantic coast of Maine and Massachusetts.  The architecture is incredible and the seafood is delicious.  We give an enthusiastic 2 thumbs-up to Cape Ann and the towns of Rockport and Gloucester!  Both are beautiful communities on a picturesque ocean. 

There isn't as much fall color as we saw a little further north in New Hampshire but it's beautiful, none-the-less.  As much as we have enjoyed this trip, we look forward to spending tomorrow night in our own bed. 

Will post an epilogue in a couple of days  . . . .

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Day five: Appreciating the simple things

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One of the places that we visited this week was the Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH.  The Shakers were known for embracing simplicity.  In that same spirit, I've been intentional about trying to capture some of the simple images that we've seen this week  . . . images like the ones above. There is as much value in the simple things that we observed this week as there is in the historic sites or the halls of great institutions of learning,

I wonder what we miss in life by overlooking the simple things?

More tomorrow . . .

Monday, September 27, 2010

Day four: "Every path has a few puddles"

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It was rainy, misty, or foggy all day today.  Oddly enough, I noticed a sign yesterday that said, "Every path has a few puddles."  I'm pretty sure that the author meant something much more profound than this but today, our path literally had a "few puddles."  We spent the day driving through rural New Hampshire and on to coastal Maine.  We checked a few "must do's" off our list today, too.  We ate clam chowder, lobster bisque, a lobster & crab roll,  and fresh apple cider.  It was good day with beautiful vistas, colorful fall foliage, and a new appreciation for the diversity of the New England landscape. We'll be back home soon but we'll remember this trip for a very long time.  We're keenly aware of the blessing it is for us to get to do this. 

More tomorrow  . . .

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Day three: My favorite day . . . at, least, so far

I think today has been my favorite day of this trip  . . . at least, so far.  We drove through the countryside and just enjoyed the sights of rural New England.  We stopped a couple of places along the way and this collage of pictures was taken at one of them.  Care to guess where it is?

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Here are a couple of hints:
  • The center picture of the collage is an image often associated with the owner of this land.  He and a neighbor used to walk this stone fence each spring, putting the stones back in place that had fallen away during the winter. 
  • His grandfather didn't think he'd ever amount to much so he gave him this farm to ensure that he wouldn't end up homeless. 
Note to prospective burglars: Fred Morrison is the other neighbor that's keeping an eye on our house while we're gone.  When I was in Haiti earlier this year, Fred noticed right away that he hadn't seen me out in the yard and came to inquire about me with Julia.  He's observant that way.  Not much gets by Fred.  You'll get to meet Fred if you decide to visit my house while I'm gone. Did I mention that Fred is also really good with a gun?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day two: Where do you think we are today?

The adventure continues  . . . take a look at the pix below and see if you can guess where we are today.  I'll give you a couple of hints:
  • this city is home to one of my favorite desserts
  • if you doubled my IQ., I still wouldn't be smart enough to get into this school
  • I wonder what these people do with all of those "R's" that they don't pronounce
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Note to prospective burglars:  Remember the dogs? They're still at home and Mary Maybaum is feeding them sparingly so they're probably hungry and a little cranky. Mary has been honing her shooting skills at the pistol range and she's pretty certain that she can ensure that any person who attempts to burgle the house will be able to cancel his appointment with the urologist for that little "snip, snip".  She thinks that if her shot hits it's mark,  each of the dogs will get a little "treat", to boot!  Just saying  . . .

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lost vs. Wrong

How does it change your perspective if you view someone of another faith as lost rather than wrong?  How would you respond to them differently?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A slice of "humble pie"

Care to join me for a slice of humble pie?  The next time that I start to whine about how hard it is for me to memorize scripture these days, I'm gonna remember this little 2 year old girl.  

Amazing, isn't she?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monopoly, The Recession Edition

by Steve Kelly, courtesy of the Times-Picayune

For much of our nation's history, each successive generation has enjoyed an increasingly prosperous standard of living.  An obvious exception to this would be the Depression Era of the early 20th century when the country experienced a monumental economic downturn.  It was during that time that the original Monopoly board game came into being and provided people with an escape from the harsh reality of the times.  In the cartoon above, editorial cartoonist Steve Kelly does a great job of updating that game to line up with our current situation.  Where did we get the idea that life was always going to be rosy, anyway?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Witness or apologist?

Last week, in our small group Bible study on the book of Romans, the conversation veered off to a discussion about truth and other faiths. The discussion involved how one might talk with someone of a differing faith about the truth of scripture and God's plan for man.  That got me to thinking . . . do Christians sometimes confuse our call to be a Christian witness with a call to be a Christian apologist, a skilled defender of the faith?

Friday, September 17, 2010

I was warned . . .

When I first started this blog, the guy that helped me also warned me to be careful about what I wrote on it because it could come back to bite me.  I didn't think this was what he meant, however.

Thought you just might enjoy this lighter look at blogging.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What I learned from the bloggers who traveled to Guatemala

Photo by Keely Scott, courtesy of Compassion International
Lindsey, Ann, Amanda, and Lisa-Jo are four everyday folks who accompanied Shaun Groves and a few other Compassion International staffers to Guatemala last week and shared their experiences on their blogs.  You can read their stories by clicking here.  Here's what I learned from following their accounts over the past few days:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Interested in learning about Compassion International?

Compassion Bloggers: Guatemala 2010

A small group of  bloggers is headed to Guatemala on behalf of Compassion International, one of my very favorite relief organizations.  If you'd like to hear first-hand accounts from folks just like you and me who have a heart for kids and want to be a part of freeing them from poverty, then click here to meet the bloggers and follow their trip.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sitting in the "learner" seat

Tonight, Julia and I will be moving into a completely new role with regard to small groups.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A timely reminder

As the U.S. ends it's combat role in Iraq, it's a good time to be reminded of the debt of gratitude that we owe to those that served in the defense of freedom in this war and the ones that preceded it. 

(My thanks to my friend, Lane Hoage, for sharing this with me and to for this video.)