Here's that movie of Jonathan and Andrew...
...and one of Andrew dancing yesterday morning. Sorry this one is sideways; I wasn't thinking when I was shooting it. I still think it's fun to watch.
Incidentally, I have no idea where he learned how to do this. We are very strict about such questionable activities like dancing. *wink*
Household Principles for Children from the Old Testament
(Lamentations of the Father by Ian Frazier)
Laws of Forbidden Places
Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all
foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the
living room. Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you
may eat, but not in the living room. Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain
or with cheese, you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the cereal
grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the oats, and of all the
cereals that are of bright colour and unknown provenance you may eat,
but not in the living room. Of quiescently frozen dessert and of all
frozen after-meal treats you may eat, but absolutely not in the living
Of the juices and other beverages, yes, even of those in sippy-cups,
you may drink, but not in the living room, neither may you carry such
therein. Indeed, when you reach the place where the living room carpet
begins, of any food or beverage there you may not eat, neither may you
But if you are sick, and are lying down and watching something, then
may you eat in the living room.
Laws When at Table
And if you are seated in your high chair, or in a chair such as a
greater person might use, keep your legs and feet below you as they
were. Neither raise up your knees, nor place your feet upon the table,
for that is an abomination to me. Yes, even when you have an
interesting bandage to show, your feet upon the table are an
abomination, and worthy of rebuke.
Drink your milk as it is given you, neither use on it any utensils, nor
fork, nor knife, nor spoon, for that is not what they are for; if you
will dip your blocks in the milk, and lick it off, you will be sent
When you have drunk, let the empty cup then remain upon the table, and
do not bite it upon its edge and by your teeth hold it to your face in
order to make noises in it sounding like a duck: for you will be sent
When you chew your food, keep your mouth closed until you have
swallowed, and do not open it to show your brother or your sister what
is within; I say to you, do not so, even if your brother or your sister
has done the same to you.
Eat your food only; do not eat that which is not food; neither seize
the table between your jaws, nor use the rainment of the table to wipe
your lips. I say again to you, do not touch it, but leave it as it is.
And though your stick of carrot does indeed resemble a marker, draw not
with it upon the table, even in pretend, for we do not do that, that is
why. And though the pieces of broccoli are very like small trees, do
not stand them upright to make a forest, because we do not do that,
that is why.
Sit just as I have told you, and do not lean to one side or the other,
nor slide down until you are nearly slid away. Heed me; for if you sit
like that, your hair will go into the syrup. And now behold, even as I
have said, it has come to pass.
Laws Pertaining to Dessert
For we judge between the plate that is unclean and the plate that is
clean, saying first, if the plate is clean, then you shall have
But of the unclean plate, the laws are these: If you have eaten most of
your meat, and two bites of your peas with each bite consisting of not
less than three peas each, or in total six peas, eaten where I can see,
and you have also eaten enough of your potatoes to fill two forks,
both forkfuls eaten where I can see, then you shall have dessert.
But if you eat a lesser number of peas, and yet you eat the potatoes,
still you shall not have dessert; and if you eat the peas, yet leave
the potatoes uneaten, you shall not have dessert, no, not even a small
And if you try to deceive by moving the potatoes or peas around with a
fork, that it may appear you have eaten what you have not, you will
fall into iniquity. And I will know, and you shall have no dessert.
Do not scream; for it is as if you scream all the time. If you are
given a plate on which two foods you do not wish to touch each other
are touching each other, your voice rises up even to the ceiling, while
you point to the offense with the finger of your right hand; but I say
to you, scream not, only remonstrate gently with the server, that the
server may correct the fault.
Likewise if you receive a portion of fish from which every piece of
herbal seasoning has not been scraped off, and the herbal seasoning is
loathsome to you and steeped in vileness, again I say, refrain from
Though the vileness overwhelm you, and cause you a faint unto death,
make not that sound from within your throat, neither cover your face,
nor press your fingers to your nose. For even I have made the fish as
it should be; behold, I eat it myself, yet do not die.
Concerning Face and Hands
Cast your countenance upward to the light, and lift your eyes to the
hills, that I may more easily wash you off. For the stains are upon
you; even to the very back of your head, there is rice thereon.
And in the breast pocket of your garment, and upon the tie of your
shoe, rice and other fragments are distributed in a manner wonderful to
Only hold yourself still; hold still, I say. Give each finger in its
turn for my examination thereof, and also each thumb. Lo, how
iniquitous they appear. What I do is as it must be; and you shall not
go hence until I have done.
Various Other Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances
Bite not, lest you be cast into quiet time. Neither drink of your own
bath water, nor of the bath water of any kind; nor rub your feet on
bread, even if it be in the package; nor rub yourself against cars, nor
against any building; nor eat sand.
Leave the cat alone, for what has the cat done, that you should so
afflict it with tape? And hum not the humming in your nose as I read,
nor stand between the light and the book. Indeed, you will drive me to
Nor forget what I said about the tape.
Complaints and Lamentations
O my children, you are disobedient. For when I tell you what you must
do, you argue and dispute hotly even to the littlest detail; and when I
do not accede, you cry out, and hit and kick. Yes, and even sometimes
do you spit, and shout "stupid-head" and other blasphemies, and hit
and kick the wall and the molding thereof when you are sent to the
corner. And though the law teaches that no one shall be sent to the
corner for more minutes than he has years of age, yet I would leave you
there all day, so mighty am I in anger. But upon being sent to the
corner you ask straightaway, "Can I come out?" and I reply, "No, you
may not come out." And again you ask, and again I give the same reply.
But when you ask again a third time, then you may come out.
Well, I was on PBS' website today and I noticed that they have a new series like this coming out, called "Texas Ranch House." It debuts the first week of May. I hope it's a good one. There was one that was a bomb in between this one and "Frontier House," called "Colonial House." I did not see that one, but evidently the community did not do well in large part due to the fact that they had to abide by religious rules. The women in particular objected loudly to having to submit to their husbands. (Imagine that!)
Also, I wanted to mention that this past Sunday, David and I FINALLY sat down and watched "Crash." I have wanted to see this movie since it debuted in theatres. I highly recommend it. It's an important and well-crafted film. I'm glad it won the Oscar. It is an intense two hours, and David and I could not stop talking about it after it was over.
A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring on a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls. As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?" She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?" "Yes," was his incredulous reply. She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."
When I asked Cameron what it meant that Jesus had risen he said, "He wasn't dead anymore."
"If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied." I Corinthians 15:19 (emphasis added) Praise God that we hope in Christ for this life and the life to come!!
In their Easter finery. How nice to have a day that was 85 and sunny!
After church we had a crowd over for a big ham dinner. Folks were here until after 6! What fun!
By the way, you can always click on these photos to make them larger.
Cameron's big hit
The whole gang. They were FILTHY!
(Caleb, Alex, Sarah, Peter, Ben, Cameron, and Andrew)
Not pictured are the two babies, Jonathan and Grace.
Ben's name in lights!
Waiting to ride the kiddie train
Riding the train was their favorite part!
Here's his collection of old photos...
He's one month old here (taken in Worcester, MA)
And I couldn't resist posting this one, it's my favorite. Ben sneezed just as the camera clicked.
This is shortly after his first birthday (taken in Fremont, CA)
Here he is staring at his second birthday cake (taken in Camarillo, CA)
And about this time last year, when he turned three (Charlotte, NC)
We had a great day yesterday. Ben opened his presents and then we all went to a minor league baseball game. They even put Ben's name on the scoreboard between innings! I'll put those in another post...
The format we used is one from a friend of ours who is an Old Testament scholar. He left most of the text in the traditional Jewish format, with the four questions:
1. How does this night differ from all other nights? On all other nights we eat either leavened or unleavened bread. Why on this night do we eat only unleavened bread? (God's command to the Israelites on the first Passover; see Exodus 12)
2. On all other nights we eat all kinds of herbs. Why on this night do we eat only bitter herbs? Why do we dip them twice? (a reminder of the pain and bitterness of slavery)
3. On all other nights we eat meat roasted, stewed or boiled. Why on this night must we eat only roasted meat? (a remembrance of the sacrificial lamb)
4. On all other nights we eat either sitting or reclining. Why on this night must we all recline? (slaves stand and have no status; those who are free may recline)
But at the end, the author added a "fifth question," essentially asking "where is our hope?", and the evening concluded with a reading of Isaiah 53.
My favorite part of celebrating the Seder is remembering that this is the meal that Christ shared with his disciples at the Last Supper. He was the one breaking the matzah that symbolized the Passover lamb.
When the Israelites were in exile and there was no temple where they could sacrifice animals, they substituted the "middle matzah" (there are three) for the Passover lamb. It was broken and consumed as a remembrance of the lamb.
When Christ raised it at the Last Supper, gave thanks, broke it, and said "This is my Body," he pointed to Himself as the Lamb on the eve of being broken for the sins of the many.
"Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."
I Corinthians 5:7-8
NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!
This was her first time meeting Andrew and Jonathan, because the last time we saw her was shortly before we moved to California.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the visit...
Our night at Sonic
I think Ben took this one.
Thanks for coming, M! We can't wait until we see you again!!
His birthday cake was a bathtub which unfortunately started cracking before it was eaten. Don't ask me why there are three candles...I did get that fixed before we sang to him.
Sorry we've been off-blog for so long. I'll try to catch up this week.