Cinderella’s New Palace

About a month or so ago Carolyn got a tadpole for her classroom.  As I’ve mentioned before, the kids decided to name the tadpole Cinderella.  (The girls in that class outnumbered the dudes 14-8.)

Poor Cinderella seems to be developmentally challenged.  She’s never changed.  At all.  In fact, the last day of school, one of the little boys tried to convince Carolyn that Cinderella was actually a fish.  Carolyn tried to convince him that Cinderella really is a tadpole.  Neither could persuade the other to change their view.

Well, now it’s summertime and Carolyn and I, for the first time since we got married four years ago, have a pet.  Here’s Cinderella in her new room in the palace:

Seriously, she really does have her own room.  She lives in what was our guest room.  Now it’s Cinderella’s room.  Here’s an aerial view of her tadpole castle:

I suppose it’s possible she has some kind of growth problem and will always be a tadpole.  That’d be kind of nice, actually.  Feeding her tadpole pellets is a lot less disgusting than having to feed her live crickets.

So if Cinderella is already a princess, and she turns into a frog, what would she then turn into if you kissed her?  Not that I’m considering it or anything.

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Published in: on June 10, 2008 at 5:45 am  Comments (6)  

Keep Your Eye On the Ball

At CrossWay yesterday we had the second week in our Play Ball! series.  The message was called “Keep Your Eye on the Ball” and was about focusing on Jesus.  It was based on Hebrews 12:1-3 & 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.  The podcast should be up in a day or so.

Published in: on June 9, 2008 at 5:13 am  Comments (2)  

Last Day for Carolyn’s Kids

Yesterday was the last day of kindergarten for Carolyn’s kids.  It was her fourth class, and a great one it was!  She has to go back for a couple days next week before she’ll be finished, and then… summer!

Published in: on June 7, 2008 at 5:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Joltin’ Joe the Magic Time Traveller

On eBay I found someone selling an autographed postcard with a picture of Joe DiMaggio on it.  In the item description it says: “Signature appears to be newer than postcard.”

I would hope so.  But if Joltin’ Joe somehow managed to sign a postcard before it was made, that’s a pretty cool trick.

Can you say, “suspected forgery”?

Published in: on June 6, 2008 at 3:46 pm  Comments (2)  

CrossWay Church Sermon Podcast Scores Mennonite Mention

Last night I was reading the latest issue of The Mennonite, which is the national publication for our denomination. The table of contents mentioned an article called “Sermons Heard ‘Round the World.” When I turned to the article, I saw that it was about Mennonite churches that are podcasting. I was surprised to see us mentioned in the article! That was pretty cool.

You can read the article here or listen to it at this site.  But just so ya know, CrossWay only shows up in a sidebar in the actual magazine, and is not mentioned in the online article.  Oh well.  It’s still an interesting piece about podcasting Mennonites, especially since so many people don’t think we even use phones.

Oh yeah, that reminds me–I need to update the podcast.

Published in: on June 6, 2008 at 5:32 am  Comments (2)  

And the Nominee…

Looks like Barack Obama is going to be the first biracial major-party nominee for President.  This is shaping up for an interesting November!  It’ll really be interesting when we see who the picks for VP will be….

Published in: on June 4, 2008 at 5:14 am  Comments (2)  

Wolf Babies, Among Others

A couple days ago Carolyn and I went to the zoo in Salisbury.  About three or four weeks ago the two wolves there had babies.  We’ve been at least a couple times since then hoping to see them, but were unable to catch a glimpse of them until Sunday.  They never left the den, but once in a while we could see them playing.  This is the best shot we could get of any of them:

Speaking of babies… While we were at the zoo, some baby wobbled by and called me “Da-Da.”  What’s up with that?

In other zoo baby news, here’s a picture Carolyn took of a tiny little baby turtle swimming there:

I know you can’t really tell from the picture, but this little guy is about the size of a Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookie.

One more picture–this dude’s not a baby, but he was quite little:

It was by far the chipmunkiest day we’ve ever had there.  They were everywhere–I’m surprised we didn’t step on any and squish ’em!

Carolyn was extremely excited about the baby wolves, so I’m sure we’ll be back in the very near future.

Published in: on June 3, 2008 at 5:49 am  Comments (1)  

Misspelled Food

I forgot to share the other day that Carolyn made some totally delicious chicken cordon bleu on pasta for supper.  I have no idea why the word “blue” has to be misspelled whenever you’re talking about food.  Maybe it’s so you can give it a weird French-sounding twist at the end, as in “bloouh,” so it sounds all fancy and stuff.

She was in the kitchen doing something–I didn’t know what–while I was in the living room.  I had no idea what she was doing, so I was very pleasantly surprised when I ventured in there after a while and found this amazing meal just now being set on the table!

Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of it, due to the combination of my hunger and its wonderful scent.  If it ever has a sequel, I’ll try to remember to snap a shot.

Published in: on June 2, 2008 at 5:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Put Me In, Coach!

We kicked off the new series “Play Ball!” yesterday at CrossWay.  This is a triplecord series that we’re doing together with the Gathering Tree, SonRise, and the Ocean City Worship Center.

The first part in this four-week series, which we did yesterday, is “Put Me In, Coach.”  We looked at how a typical baseball game has some people in the bleachers, other people on the bench, and still others in the ballgame.  The church is very similar: There are some who just come and sit and watch.  They might cheer on the team but they have no role in helping the team succeed.  There are others who wear the uniform and work out with the team and come to every game, but never jump into the action.  And then there are those who have responded to God’s call to be in the starting lineup on His team.  God’s desire is for everyone to be in His starting lineup!  Those who are in the ballgame are active in helping God’s team to win, to achieve our mission.  Our mission?  To make lifelong followers of Jesus Christ throughout our community and around the world!

Just as a baseball team needs different people doing their part in different positions, so it is with the church.  Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12, and Romans 12 teach a lot about this truth.

At CrossWay, we encourage people to get in the ballgame by making five commitments which will help us achieve the win.  They’re all summed up in our motto: Loving God, Loving People.  Here are the five commitments:

(1) We will love God by worshiping Him with His family.

(2) We will love God by developing intimacy with Him through daily spiritual habits.

(3) We will love people by serving them.

(4) We will love people by building friendships with them.

(5) We will love God and love people by inviting others to participate in the first four commitments.

If everyone at CrossWay were to seriously make these commitments, God would take this underdog team and gain an astonishing victory!

So what do you say?  Put me in, coach!

Published in: on June 2, 2008 at 5:47 am  Comments (3)