Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jesse's Away in Germany

Sunday evening

Pip and I dropped Jesse off at the airport. We met Michael Collander and Pip wanted to walk around the airport for a bit. Keep in mind that this is the Moscow Pullman airport and it's a one room terminal. So we walked around and that was about it.
We went outside and watched the airplane land. It was so loud and Epiphany covered her ears. We took shelfies with Jesse and gave our last hugs and kisses. Then we left. Or... we thought we did. We got back to the car and I buckled Pip in and then I started to look for my car keys. I couldn't find them anywhere! Oh no! I remembered that I had started the car with my keys, but that Jesse had driven so he must have put them in his pocket. I called him and sure, enough he had them in his pocket. Haha!

Pip and I went to Winco and stocked up on food and supplied. Mostly junk food - popcorn, chocolate pudding, gummy worms, etc. :) Then we started for home. We got to the traffic light at the one-way street Jackson and A St and Pip says "Mom, I'm not buckled!" I had forgotten to buckle her in! I pulled over and buckled her in and told her good job for telling me. Then I told her how dangerous is was to be unbuckled in a car (not going in to any details really) and she started crying! I hugged her and said "Should we go home now?" Pip: "Yeahhhhh, I'm so tired!" She cried off and on for the next 15 minutes and I remembered that she didn't nap today. I don't think she understands about Jesse being gone or how to process him coming back. She had so much adrenaline and excitement and then crashed and cried. :( Poor sweetie.

When we got home, we had yogurt and called Jesse on speaker phone so Pip could talk to him and she liked that. She got in cozy jammies (Pip says "Cozy! Cozy! Cozy!" when she wears cozy clothes) and brushed teeth and went to bed. My turn to crash.

Jesse left Seattle and is on his way to New York. He'll get there at 2:30am our time, but it'll be 5:30am there and the sun will be up. I'm praying he can sleep tonight on the plane.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ephesians 2:8,9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Honor and Respect Due to Those In Authority

"Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders."

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Middle of the Chapter

"Tried to work up the courage to watch this [Fourth video by CMP on PP selling baby parts], but that was really useless. "Another boy!" she says, as she prods about bits of a child in a pie plate. How horrific can it get? 

But we have a promise from our God that all of this will be undone. 

God makes all things new, and on the day we awake with new bodies--new and yet the same--we will see all of these children alive in the fullness of their glorious innocence. We will see the children starved in death camps and all the little girls ever discarded because they weren't boys. We'll see those massacred in abortion mills made whole and every male under the age of two whom Herod slew because they might have been Jesus. 

They and the martyrs and our Jesus Himself will stand before the world and He will say, "What you did to the least of these, you did to Me." And the least will say with their Lord--the first words of the unborn: "We were broken for the broken world. You broke us. We love you."

And some will find that more horrific than all and be lost. And many, having repented long before, will weep with gladness to see at last the limbs they tore restored, made whole and one and healed not only to their original state but to a glory past imagining, which is the glory of our Lord who was Himself innocent and torn limb from limb, side pierced. 

Those who rejoice to see their works undone will run to all that love spilled out and kneel. 

And you know the rest of the story. This is the certain future, even though, for now, ‪#‎PPkillsbabies‬and ‪#‎PPsellsbabyparts‬"

By Chloe Richardson, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


The issue of abortion is not new and it's not radical. To abort is to kill and whether its done on the inside of a woman or the outside, death is part of our world. 

But the idea that one human has more rights than another ... we've got names for that. It is sexists if we say a man has more rights than a woman. Or it's called racists if we say that a white man has more rights than a colored man. To say that, a woman has more rights than an unborn human growing in right womb, that's called feminist. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Third Tuesday

What is going through the mind, the heart and the body of a woman who previously had an abortion as she scans Facebook today? Fear? Anger? Shame? Is she nauseous? Does she delete her account, or unfriend those who share the photos, videos and articles?

How terribly painful are these revealing videos to someone whose claim was that she wanted 'a choice', who wanted 'control over her own sexuality', only to discover that any tissue that resorted from her body's abortion was sold.

A form to sign. Blood money. Parts of conception. A mass. A potential human. No choice. No control.

They lied to you. They deceived you. They hid your own child from you. You never saw her; you could never grieve over him. Your child went unnamed.

I wish I could hold and hug each mother who is staring at a screen today, looking at the picture of the aborted child with price tags printed across it's body. We mourn with you who mourn.

#PPshoutyourstory #ProLifeSummer #WomenBetrayed

Friday, November 07, 2014


Written and directed by Jon Favreau and packed out with a classy cast, Chef boasts a colorful picture for any food lover.

Chef Carl Casper is passionate about food and loves to cook, loves to eat and loves to make people happy with his food creations. The movie begins by showing him climbing the ladder of success, reaching for an excellent food review that coming night at the expense of his son's desire for time with him. It's clear he feels awkward around his ex-wife while she acts naturally and comfortably in the role of the divorcee which she's played before.

Carl's passion to food is driven by tasteful creativity and his desire to wow the food critic clashes with the owner of the restaurant, played by Dustin Hoffman, who insists Chef Carl serves the critic standard menu fare. The critic is not impressed and rates his meal 2 stars. A twitter war ensues driving the restaurants publicity up which makes the Hoffman's character happy, though Carl knows people aren't happy with the cooking; it's just a trend.

After a heated argument, Carl is fired and demoralized. His ex-wife invites him to take a trip back to hometown Miami to get in touch with his roots and he buys a taco trunk. The rest of the movie is of him cleaning the truck, making really good food and making people happy while he and his pals cooking along the road home to LA. The movie ends with  the food critic becomes a pal after he tastes chef's real food and the estranged family is reunited.

The movie is colorful and the characters are real. The camaraderie between the chef and his staff is stuff books are written about and the relationship between Carl and his son is touching and true.

However, Carl is a passive character and really boring to watch. His lines are punchy and the most memorable scenes could stand alone, but everything that happens in this movie is caused by outside characters, outside forces and Carl stands there taking the one-twos.

Unfortunately, this is often real life. Even when we think we are the protagonist, it's often our son. It's the one who knows how to laugh, to love always and to be used to handing out forgiveness. The real hero is the one who explains things, who teaches and encourages. And tells us what Twitter is.