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Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas! Blogger's mobile app only lets me do two photos per post, so more another time. Joyeux Noel to you and yours!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Here's A Peek

One of the things that impedes me from getting blog posts is photos. I don't always take them on the same device and I have to consolidate them and then upload and often edit them before posting. I need to work on a better system, if I can find time for that.

The other reason is I often succumb to the excuse that I need to make something look perfect before I document it. And thus it occurred to me yesterday I don't think I have shown you a picture of my living room. I took a photo yesterday morning specifically to share with you. I purposefully didn't pinterest-perfect stage it, so it's an authentic look into my house. It does get messier than this, but it also gets a bit neater, so it's pretty normal. It looks like this at least several times in a week. If I'd allowed myself to perfect it'd, I'd have snatched the stuff off the dining and coffee tables and the couch at least and put the dining chair and arm chair in the "right" positions.

See my awesome backed moodas? Those are the cane chairs and are my dining chairs. I love them!! I have a tiny like bitstro table, which here is covered in books and boxes. So the space to the right is my dining space, which is why Dreamer's yellow high chair is there. And see my Christmas tree peeking out there? (The placement is mainly due to the availability of outlets lol.) The dining area is the most "me" zone in the house, in that the majority of our furniture is hand-me-downs from his parents (like the couches) but I picked out the table and chairs myself, as well as we got those rugs on our honeymoon in Manali and the tapestry is one that I brought in my suitcase when I moved here from the States.

Now my coffee table has a great textile art type table cloth on it. It's also got Dreamer's stacking ring toy and one of her clean diaper covers that I'd taken off the line (those doors lead to my balcony) only to realize the corner of it was still damp so I left it on the coffee table to finish drying and got another.

The bag on the floor to the left of the balcony doors is Ryan's work bag, which for once is in the correct place. He always puts it on the couch or a chair which to me looks more cluttered, I prefer the set it on the floor and leave the chairs free, also probably not quite as "flung" there as it looks here.

Of course you can see our couch is anything but, it's still very cluttered. I think there's a sweater of mine and of Dreamer's we'd shed as well as some paperwork holder that I think Ryan put there when he was searching for something. Additionally there's a small duffle bag that Ryan brought home last week with his company's logo on it that I have yet to find a home for, so it's just been sitting there. And of course, that's Vex the cat. Beyond him you can see we do have a cat tower (not all that large, it's sitting on an end table) in the window.

Then in foreground you can see our heater and then the arm chair, which is supposed to be aiming towards the coffee table and in the living room area more, but as you can see I tend to turn and aim it towards Dreamer's swing and the computer desk, which is to the right of where I was standing when I took this picture. As you can see I was able to take this picture during one of her naps and little Dreamer is dreaming here.

And so that's my little mini-tour of one half of our "hall room", the other half is our computer area, which is where we spend a great deal of our day because Ryan and I are both computer addicts plus we use it as our television.

Hope you liked peeking into my house!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Facebook "Rant"

I recently wrote a small essay on a facebook comment. It was in a Christian blogger group I'm in where someone was fishing for our perspectives on the Christmas story for a "progressive reflection" upon that story, including in his prompt asking if we believed in aspects such as the virgin birth. I went really theological with it and wanted to share it with you:

I'm wondering what you mean by "progressive." 

I was a religion minor and a rabbi professor of mine once challenged Christians in his class around Christmas time saying the virgin birth was too preposterous because it was really two miracles: that there was the idea of a virgin conceiving in the first place, but then also that with today's science we know that DNA wise Mary had no Y chromosomes, and yet she had a son, not a daughter. Apparently that there was both the miracle of virgin conception and also the miracle of the creation of a Y chromosome was too much for him. And yet this is supposed to be the God who created all of mankind: no Y chromosome that ever existed was made without Him. Why is it so preposterous for a man who not only believes in that God but dedicated his life to him (as I said, a rabbi professor)? Does faith boggle us if it goes "too far"? Or is it that as Jesus said we are all people of "little faith"? 

In another class during my religion studies days I was reading a text by Christian scholars who reported to believe in Christ and yet they were saying obviously there wasn't both a feeding of the 4,000 and a feeding of the 5,000. They said instead there must have been one event but two contradictory accounts so they both got recorded instead of the authors of the NT deciding one over the other... but why? Why would a man capable of the miracle of feeding the 4,000 then *not* be able to feed 5,000 on another occasion? What about that is too hard to believe? If you make the leap of faith to believe it happened once, why is it so hard to have the faith to believe that it happened twice? 

I know and believe Jesus said he is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." He is the Truth. He is not a shadow of the Truth or a partial Truth: Jesus is Truth. And so I believe in Him, heart and soul. Why would I put one foot in and say I "kind of" believe in the Christmas story? I do understand it's a huge thing to believe in the gospel and some lack the faith. But once you take that leap of faith to believe in Him who gives Life, well I don't really understand only being "in" for a penny when you can be in for the whole pound. 

I believe in Him who was born of a virgin, who died for my sins, who rose again. Who was with God in the beginning and is God and is in me and is with the Father on His throne. I believe in the ability of the Holy Spirit to have preserved the Truth in scripture throughout the centuries and I believe in His ability to illuminate that Truth to me as I read it. If I have the faith to believe in any of it at all, why not assume God to be the all powerful, all loving being He claims to be that such preposterous and wonderful miracles are true? 

In fact, if I maintain to believe in Him but not in they who He sent (the writes of the Bible) do I really believe in Him, in His ability to communicate to man, to do miracles in a creation of His own creation? Do I believe in His ability to preserve my soul if I don't believe in His ability to preserve Truth? And if I do believe in a God who is bigger than me, whose thoughts are ever larger than my own and for whose Truths I must abandon leaning on my understanding then who am I to decide what I believe in or not? 

When faced with the Truth of who He is, I choose to be His, I choose to believe in Him, not pick and choose what I want any longer but surrender instead to Him I acknowledge as *Lord*. For me that is not a platitude of Old English but an acknowledgement that He is the one in lordship above me, the one with authority to declare what is True, and I do not have the authority to disagree with that, but instead to acknowledge that since He *is* True that what He says is True even when I don't understand it.  And in return for that love and humility He has grown my understanding so that the longer I have faith the stronger are my spiritual eyes to understand the nuances and implications of Truths that once were merely words on a page.  

I end with a C.S Lewis quote: “The great difficulty is to get modern audiences to realize that you are preaching Christianity solely and simply because you happen to think it true; they always suppose you are preaching it because you like it or think it good for society or something of that sort. Now a clearly maintained distinction between what the Faith actually says and what you would like it to have said or what you understand or what you personally find helpful or think probable, forces your audience to realize that you are tied to your data just as the scientist is tied by the results of the experiments; that you are not just saying what you like. This immediately helps them realize that what is being discussed is a question about objective fact — not gas about ideals and points of view.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I probably went overboard... haha. But it's good to think about such things sometimes.

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." -Philippians 4:8

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

On the Move

My little Dreamer and me are having a fun day... But guess what?

She's mobile!!

Earlier today I put her on the mat on the floor... and looked away for a minute and when I looked back she was three feet away!!

I do not think she was actually crawling. Lately she's been scooting backwards, though not that efficiently. So I think it was some sort of pre-crawl scooting thing. Once she had my attention she was so delighted she didn't try to move again despite my encouragement. She was triumphant though, it was obvious she was pleased with herself. I am sure she'll repeat it soon and this time I hope to have a camera handy.

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