Sunday, September 28, 2008

What I do with my "spare" time...

I love craigslist.

Especially because you can find things for free! (See the previous post to gain a better understanding of how much I love free things.) Today I was looking at the free listings and found this:

It's a free rock. And the ad says that it is "wonderful."

(Jeff says we don't need a rock, even if it's free and wonderful.)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Shopping for freeeeeeeee!

Yesterday was a fun day, despite the fact that the night before, Jeff had gotten food poisoning (damn you Del Taco!) and been up for much of the night puking and being sick. Poor Jeff. Even though he was not feeling well, he insisted that I not cancel/postpone the swap party last night. He's really swell-- he had to stay in our bedroom pretty much the whole night, which ended up being good for him cause he needed the rest.

Anyway, what the heck am I talking about? Last night, some ladies from church and I had our first "Swap, Don't Shop" party at our place and it was so much fun! Anything with yummy sangria, homemade apple pie and chocolate truffles, getting new/old clothes, and Joanne, Amanda, Kelly, and Carly is fun!

We each brought 3-5 items of clothing that we no longer wear but are still fashionable/cute/wearable. Here were the goods:

Then, amidst eating, chatting, and bonding, we went through the clothes and picked things that we liked to try on. We had planned to draw numbers and do things in an organized fashion but we just ended up trying on everything, making outfits and everyone ended up with at least two "new" things to add to their closets! See Kelly modeling a skirt from Carly below-- doesn't she look so cute?!:

Afterwards, some husbands joined us and we got to hang out some more! (Amanda is also wearing a top that she swapped!) Good times...

And here's a random picture of Jeff and Jonas from earlier in the day because we know that Grandma Roos and Grammy check the blog regularly. :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Jonas is getting big...

At 15 weeks, our boy is growing! He barely fits into his car seat (shoulder width-wise, he still has some room to grow in length!) and is enjoying his first exersaucer. We think he's doubled his birthweight at this point, and he's wearing clothes for 6 month-olds. We are hoping this continued growth leads to more defined and toned arm muscles for me and Jeff!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

what will heaven be like?

A friend started a line of discussion recently, asking what heaven would be like. His concern was that the harps and pearly gates we often think of don’t sound too interesting. I offered this response:

It's lame to quote Scripture and say "That's what heaven will be like!" As if you didn't already know where to go in the Bible to find where it talks about heaven. So, in the spirit of lameness:

"And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God'" (Rev. 21:2-3).

When God tells us about heaven, he tells us about a city, but it isn't a city so much, because when are cities like brides? The bride is the city, the bride is the church, the city is the church, and God lives in the city (us).

I don't know about the no conflict thing. I don't think the idea is that life will be drama-less. If there's drama in God's dealing with his people in Scripture, then I imagine there will be plenty of good stuff to keep us occupied in the hereafter. The best part is that the God we can only make attempts at describing and understanding from where we are now will be "making all things new" (21:5), and we're included in that renewal/recreation.

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis has a really great passage about the Trinity that Tim Keller (in The Reason for God) relates back to what heaven will be like. Lewis writes, "In Christianity, God is not an impersonal thing or a static thing - not even just one person - but a dynamic pulsating activity, a life, a kind of drama, almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.... [The] pattern of this three-personal life is... the great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality."

It seems to me that the more we think about the awesome God we serve, the more we reflect on his character, the more those words "the dwelling place of God is with man" will strike us as incredible. The more we understand who God is - that he is fearful and jealous and a consuming fire (Deut. 4:24); that he is a holy, holy, holy God (Is. 6); that he is abounding in steadfast love (Num. 14:18, Neh. 9:17, Ps. 86, 103:8, 145:8, Joel 2:13, Jonah 4:2); that he, though we were DEAD in our trespasses and sins, because of the great love with which he loved us, made us alive with Christ and saved us by his grace (Eph 2:1, 4-5) - the more we know this God as he tells us of himself in Scripture, the more we will rock back on our heels, amazed that one day WE (who used to be dead, but now are alive) will be his dwelling place in a way that is true now, but will be SO MUCH TRUER then.

Friday, September 12, 2008

My poor eye

I've been really bad about taking care of my poor left eye (the one that has gotten two scratches on it in the last 3 months!) and Jeff was kind enough to leave me this reminder on the mirror in our bathroom. Isn't it kind of cute and scary at the same time? It includes a picture of what my eye will look like if I don't put the gel in it. I love my husband.


Working two nights a week has helped me to really enjoy my time at home with Jonas. One of our favorite things to do together is to read the picture books I accumulated from years as a first-grade and reading teacher! Here we are reading "The Little Engine that Could":

He likes books! What a surprise! :)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

What a weekend!

We were very busy visiting family this weekend. We're still recovering from all the driving and fun times so here are some pictures to recap:

Jonas had to spend lots of time in his car seat. He practiced sucking on his lower lip. (We think he might be teething already!)

First stop was Grandpa Locke's where Jonas got to spend some quality time with his great-grandpa.

We also went to church with the family on Sunday in Covina and afterwards had a nice brunch with everyone. Here's Jonas and Grandma and Grandpa watching Mason do something that is apparently very interesting to watch. :)

Then off to Grammy and Grandpa's in Ventura. Jonas gave big laughs and smiles to Grandpa...

...and played new games with Grammy...

...and dipped his toes into the Pacific Ocean for the very first time with Daddy!

We also hung out with Uncle Nini and Katie at APU where Jonas got his first taste of life as a college student. It was good times!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Escondido's not so bad.

On Tuesday, we went on a little family outing to the Farmer's Market on Grand Ave. (Yes, the same Grand Ave. of Cruisin' Grand on Friday nights that Jeff griped about last year.) It was very quaint and we got some yummy tacos and gyros and kettle corn, and ran into Jeff's friends from the seminary.

Some pictures of what we saw...

Then, yesterday, we visited the Escondido Public Library for their sidewalk sale. We got all of these books for only $8!

We also found a treasure in one of the books I picked up. Inside of a very old grammar book (published in 1891!) was this:

It's an old letter, written in French, from 1900!!! Needless to say, Jeff and I were very VERY excited to find this "treasure" (that's what Jeff kept calling it).

Alas, Escondido really is not so bad.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Happy 3 Month Birthday Jonas!

Jonas is 3 months old today and just as big (he's huge!) and cute (as you can see) as ever. We are proud and thankful parents, amazed at how quickly time is passing.

Here's Jonas and me on his big .25 (or 1/4, however you like to represent it).
Jonas is practicing his Godzilla impression here.

Jonas and Mommy playing one of their favorite games.