"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March Mishmash, part 1

1-- freezing rain; home all day

2 -- 60° so Tanger with Zach; entered taxes into H&R Block software at my parents' house

Still had a little icy slush left from our recent snow

Zach told my mom that he made a "different-language friend"

3 -- Children's Museum with Zach; cool again

4 -- watched Sophie some; took Zach to Tanger


6 -- Bristle Block creations

Aren't they great?

7 -- Zach left for the mountains

Sophie and Poppy

8 -- hiked at Hanging Rock State Park; visited Rockford Village briefly in Surry County

View from the top

Felt great in the sun

9 -- made butterscotch cookies

11 -- to Myrtle Beach with Andrew and Michael

12 -- Myrtle Beach

13 -- walked on beach; departed for home

14 -- Miss Shawver died from cancer (just detected a few days prior); received tax letter about property taxes the former owner needed to pay

15 -- party with the family plus the Cruzans

16 -- tax situation resolved (William paid it; he thought escrow had already); to a Mebane park with Zach where he built a stick forest on the sandy volleyball court, and he came home and decorated his tricycle with flowers

Zach's stick forest

finding flowers

"I'm getting it ready for spring!"

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Family Gathering

We celebrated the February and March birthdays* on Sunday, March 15.  Since Zach was coming back from the mountains that day, we invited his maternal grandparents to join us.  My parents' church allow us to use their fellowship building so we'd have a little more room to spread out.

Sophie waiting for everyone else to arrive

A picture with her daddy

enjoying the food

Sophie and her Nana, Megan's mom

It was a lovely day so after we ate, we went outside and watched Will fly the drone he made.  Then we just stood around and talked.

Zach wanted to get that drone!

Playing ball with Daddy

Talking about trucks or guns or something

Zach was too busy to join his family for a picture

Later we went inside to clean up!
He had fun sweeping

Cleaning is fun!

Or, in Sophie's case, we had some more banana pudding.  :)

February - Stephanie (10th), Will (23rd), Michael (25th), David (28th)
March - Mama (19th)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Last week we had the opportunity to take Michael, my now thirteen-year-old (wow!) nephew, to the beach. He has been going with us most years since he was four and a half.  I'm glad we were able to keep the tradition alive!

We left on a Wednesday - weird for us - and came home on Friday, March 13th.  We had a great time.  Here are a few pictures to remind me of our time there.

A view from our room

The water was quite a bit colder than the air so there was some fog

along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Guys playing on the beach; drainage project in the background

I took a little time to sit on the beach

Great guys!

I love how Michael looks just like a chocolate chunk in that ice cream

Michael and Andrew

Sunrise the morning we left

view from our room

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Jewish View

Sometimes I wonder how Jews view their stories in the Bible so today I asked my only Jewish friend about it. Here is what she said. She told me I could share it on my blog since I wanted to keep her notes. Thought you might find it of interest.


Hey, hope you are doing well! If you have time one day, I'd like to hear the Jewish thought (or yours since I know you don't speak for all Jews) on Genesis. How much of it is literal, and how much of it is just Israel's story of God calling them as a nation set apart? How are the creation stories interpreted? Do Jews favor evolution over literalism? Is Abraham a historical figure? Is Adam or Noah? I'd appreciate reading your thoughts. Thank you! 


Rashi, whose verse by verse commentary on the Torah is considered flat out indispensable, begins his study of the first words of Genesis with a question I think no Christian would ask: why does it start here? Why here? Why with the beginning of the world? Why with stories of creation and ancestors?

To Jews, the question is an obvious one - to us the Chumash, the 5 Books, are a code of law. Christians wonder why all rules about what priests wear should be mucking up the pretty stories. Jews wonder why all the stories should be in among what should be a law book.

The answer he gives is a legal one: G-d gave us the land - to make it legal, he had to prove his ownership of it. He proves that by showing that He created it, and it is therefor his to give.
What I am trying to say is, when we read these books our approach isn't "is it literal?" The approach is,what does it teach us? What can we learn from this or that story?


Mostly why I am interested in this subject is because I finished reading The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins by Peter Enns last night. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tybee Island, Georgia

And here are a few pictures from Tybee Island.  It was a great place to visit.

Pictures from February 21-23, 2015. Click to enlarge.

Saturday morning after walking along the beach, we enjoyed the swings!

Going to see the view from the lighthouse

Tybee Island Lighthouse

Walking along the Back River

Back River view

Surfers and such on Sunday morning

Sunday evening stroll

Sunday sunset


Monday morning bike ride before heading home

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Savannah & Fort Pulaski

The cold weather went so far south that the fountain froze
this tree nearly ate Andrew at Fort Pulaski
After a nice warm up mid -January which in my book, SAVED January.  Meaning by that, of course, that it was so, so nice to enjoy time outside in the usual bleakest of the winter months.  By contrast, February was quite cold. Thank goodness it's a short month, right?  We found ourselves with free time (since Andrew's work is quite seasonal) and bitterly cold temperatures (single digit lows) so we looked South. More south than we are already, and found that the Savannah area of Georgia was chilly, but not as chilly as home. Plus, it was warming up to rather nice temperatures so we decided to go! 

We stayed on Tybee Island just a short walk from the beach.  What a great time!  I will share pictures from Tybee another time, but for now, here are a few pictures from Savannah and our Sunday visit to Fort Pulaski which is very close to Tybee.

Great trees in downtown Savannah
At Fort Pulaski

Damage from the Civil War

Cockspur Island Lighthouse

a closer view

Kayakers near the lighthouse

a view of Tybee Island from Cockspur Island