Saturday, 28 April 2012

Big Happenings

Recently Nathan and I discovered a wonderful city park called the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum.  It's full of mature trees, has winding trails, and, best of all, has a beautiful creek running through it.  This is not your typical South Dakota creek, which I've dubbed "ditch creeks."  A ditch creek is just a narrow ditch with steep sides that happens to have water running through it, usually sluggish and pretty dirty.  The creek in the Arboretum is wider, has running water which is clean and clear, and, best of all, level sandbanks on the side and sandbars in the middle, perfect for playing.  We had a picnic dinner there last Wednesday and a good time was had by all, particularly one little boy!

And (drum roll!) Eden crawled for the first time today!!  She was pretty shaky and frustrated, but she did it!  She got chocolate chips in her Easter basket, and Nathan put one on the other side of the rug.  And she got it!  Unfortunately, our camera ran out of memory right at the end, but you can see most of the big event.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

The Matchlock Gun

Z and I finished another chapter book last night, called The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds (who is also the author of Drums Along the Mohawk).  The story is set in New York in the 18th century and is about a young Dutch family attacked by Indians.  The 10 year old boy in the family must use the matchlock gun, also called the Spanish gun, to defend his family.

Z says about the book, "I liked the part about the boy and the gun.  I liked what they put in the gun and I liked the boy because he looked up at the gun and he liked the gun.  They put two bullets, nails, rocks, and two brass buttons in the gun."

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Only One

Three weeks ago we went to Chaska, MN for a wedding.  Chaska is a quaint little town on the river.  We stayed in a nice hotel that had an indoor pool, which the kids loved, and a malt shop right next door.  The wedding was lovely, and Nathan was very handsome as one of the groomsmen.  In the midst of all these photo opportunities, I managed to take only one picture.

But I like it.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Easter Reflections

I was reminded by my mom through a link on Facebook that yesterday was the anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s death. The comment (not Mom’s) was complimentary towards Bonhoeffer’s piety but critical of him as a theologian. This naturally prompted me to think of all the reasons I love Bonhoeffer’s theology. These are too many for a single blog post, but the one that stood out on this third day of Easter is Bonhoeffer’s love for this real, concrete world and his unflagging hope that it would be redeemed by the Christ of God.

Sunday in church we sang a song that Nathan wrote that includes the lines:

You raise me up in this flesh,
With these eyes I will rise
And see your goodness!

And I was suddenly reminded that seeing the goodness of God is not confined to seeing God himself, although certainly that would be enough!   But as always, God is more than generous, so seeing all that he has made good in the resurrection is also a way that we will see God’s goodness. When we see all the ones we have loved and lost, that is seeing God’s goodness. When we see an earth made whole and beautiful, that is seeing God’s goodness. When we see the Church perfected, that is seeing God’s goodness. And seeing it with our own eyes, these eyes that have been raised up from the grave, that is God’s goodness.

So now, in this time before the resurrection of all flesh, we anticipate and reflect the goodness of God when we love the things of this world, when we practice an earthy faith that refuses to believe that anything is unredeemable, when we see the world as it will be even as we live in it as it is.

"We cannot pray for the coming of the kingdom on earth if we try to flee from the cares and responsibilities of earth, this earth.  Our prayer . . . places us in complete solidarity with our fellow men in their evil and their guilt.  When we pray for the coming of the kingdom of God we stand together  with the world.  We grind our teeth with them and with them clench our fists.  This is no time for lonely piety." 
   - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Battleforce 5

Z is crazy about  Battleforce 5.  He has a DVD that has an advertisement for it, and either he has a very good memory, or he's watched the DVD way too many times.  See for yourself . . .

Monday, 9 April 2012

Christos Anesti

We had our usual Easter festivities this year, with a few extras thrown in.  It was a wonderful day.

Dying eggs was a new excitement for the Hitchcock family.  Z had a great time.  I was a little worried because we used brown eggs, and they didn't seem to be taking the dye very well.  But we left them in for a LONG time and the color ended up very deep and pretty.  (Except for the blue and purple.  Those didn't turn out so well . . . although Z did say they were his favorite.)

Believe it or not, this was the best picture I could get of these two in their Easter finery.

The fun and excitement of Easter baskets (or boxes, in our case)!

Z's favorite Easter gift -- Kalus and his vehicle, Fangore.  For the uninitiated, Kalus is a bad guy in Battleforce 5.  It's his latest obsession.  Since he opened the gift, I seriously don't think he's talked about anything else.

This is the first week I've been able to get a barrette to stay in.

The every exciting and challenging Easter Egg Hunt!

Lisa of course joined us this year.  Really, I should say, we joined her!  She very gladly hosted the whole party -- all 18 of us!

The end of a long but happy day.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Eden's Birthday

Pictures of the big day and the sweet, sweet, girl!