Sunday, 31 March 2013

"This Is the General"

An Easter Homily from Melito of Sardis, Peri Pascha
(2nd Century)

When the Lord had clothed himself with humanity, and had suffered for the sake of the sufferer, and had been bound for the sake of the imprisoned, and had been judged for the sake of the condemned, and buried for the sake of the one who was buried, he rose up from the dead, and cried aloud with this voice:

Who is he who contends with me? Let him stand in opposition to me. I set the condemned man free; I give the dead man life; I raise up the one who has been entombed.

Who is my opponent? I, he says, am the Christ. I am the one who destroyed death, and triumphed over the enemy, and trampled Hades under foot, and bound the strong one, and carried off man to the heights of heaven.

I, he says, am the Christ.

Therefore, come, all families of men, you who have been befouled with sins, and receive forgiveness for your transgressions.

I am your forgiveness, I am the Passover of your salvation, I am the lamb which was sacrificed for you, I am your ransom, I am your light, I am your savior, I am your resurrection, I am your king, I am leading you up to the heights of heaven, I will show you the eternal Father, I will raise you up by my right hand.

This is the one who made the heavens and the earth, and who in the beginning created man, who was proclaimed through the law and prophets, who became human via the virgin, who was hanged upon a tree, who was buried in the earth, who was resurrected from the dead, and who ascended to the heights of heaven, who sits at the right hand of the Father, who has authority to judge and to save everything, through whom the Father created everything from the beginning of the world to the end of the age.

This is the alpha and the omega. This is the beginning and the end – an indescribable beginning and an incomprehensible end. This is the Christ. This is the king. This is Jesus. This is the general. This is the Lord.

This is the one who rose up from the dead. This is the one who sits at the right hand of the Father. He bears the Father and is borne by the Father, to whom be the glory and the power forever. Amen.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Happy Birthday, Little Girl!

It is snowing outside today, just like it did two years ago on March 25th.  That was the day Eden was born and amazingly, now it is two years later.

She's talking all the time and is in the super-cute stage.  Instead of saying "Ok," she says, "O-tay!"  The other day I hit my arm on the door while getting into the car and said, "Ouch!"  Eden, from her car seat, asked in a very concerned voice, "You o-tay, Mama?  You o-tay?"  She likes to watch "Wile Tatts" (Wild Kratts -- for you Stegalls, this is the latest incarnation of Kratt's Creatures) with Z.  And she sometimes asks to "Otch pee ee esss?  Peese!"  ("Watch PBS?  Please!")  Right now she's working on jumping, and actually manages to get both feet off the floor at the same time.  Only by about a centimeter, but that seems pretty good for a little girl who only started walking about 5 months ago.  When we sing Psalm 4 at bedtime she always chimes in on "new wine!" with great enthusiasm.  And when we pray she calls out names of people to pray for:  "Amah!  Unc Yonny!  Apa Yon!  Yaya!  Papu!  Daddy!  Hee!  Hin!"  (Amah, Uncle Johnny, Papa John, Yaya, Papu, Daddy, Z, Phin.)

Right now Eden loves turtles!  She also somehow has gotten birthdays and turtles all mixed together because she thinks the words to the birthday song are "Happy turtle to you!"  (Actually she says, "Happy turtle, whoo whoo!")  So we decided to have a little birthday party on Saturday with a turtle theme.  I made a turtle birthday cake out of cupcakes, we gave her a stuffed turtle and a turtle egg (you put it in water and it hatches).  And we all sang "Happy Turtle to You!" and she loved it.  Here are some pictures and videos from the day.

Opening presents:

Our wonderful friends Mitch and Jennifer:

The turtle cupcake cake:

Happy Turtle!

All the kids enjoying the cupcakes:

Our good friends Tracy and Anna:

Eden with her present from Mitch and Jennifer -- a turtle nightlight.  The shell has stars and a moon which shine on the ceiling.  It's actually really cool!

How you have grown my little girl.  
From the prettiest baby I've ever seen to a rambunctious and talkative toddler!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Video Games and Babies

Amah brought over a Cat in the Hat costume.  Eden loved it!

Z decided to make himself a healthy snack after school and was thrilled with the results:

Phin found her long lost duck.

Z and Eden eating their Saturday morning cereal together.  Eden is in a hat phase right now.

Nathan trying to get information out of Eden about her day.  What will she be like as a teenager??

Video games and babies don't mix!  Eden doing her best to distract the boys from their game, and a great catch by Mama at the end!

Saturday, 23 March 2013


Yesterday at school Z wrote his name using cubes.  His teacher told me he did it all by himself with no help at all!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

London! -- St. Paul's Cathedral and the British Museum

Dear Nathan

Trudy and I are 100% exhausted and so ready to come home tomorrow.  But, also completely satisfied.  We saw St. Paul's this morning/afternoon and then only had about an hour in the British museum before it closed.  Another wonderful day.  We actually climbed up to the stone gallery of St. Paul and got an amazing panorama of London.  We also went to the Whispering Gallery which is just under the dome and is so cool.  If you turn and whisper along the wall, it travels all the way around the room and you can hear it with perfect clarity.  Trudy walked away to go to the other side.  She stopped to look down into the nave, and I quit watching her and looked the other way.  After a couple of seconds I heard her say, 'Christina,' and I started turning back saying, 'I thought you were going to the other side. . .' only to find she WAS on the other side.  Completely on the other side.  Very weird.  You would have been very proud of me because I went up and up even though it was somewhat nerve-wracking.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's

Going up and up and up!

We made it!

What a view.

That's the Globe, Shakespeare's theater, on the other side of the Thames.

How many pictures did Trudy take??

The ceiling of the choir and Jesus chapel were mosaics of the creation and various other biblical stories. They just glittered and shone.  They are made out of 6 million pieces of colored glass.  Apparently the Cathedral took 35 years to build, and when it was finished, Sir Christopher Wren was the first architect to see the cathedral he designed actually finished.  Another cool element was that around the bottom of the dome were statues of various church fathers, like Augustine, Jerome, Basil, the Gregories, etc.

Scones and clotted cream just outside St. Paul's.  
I'd been looking forward to this treat the entire trip!

Oh, I forgot to tell you that outside of one of Westminster Abbey's doorways there were statues of both Bonhoeffer and King, almost right next to each other.  And as we were walking home from the tube last night, at about 11:30, we saw a fox, an actual fox!, in the park!  It was red and looked like it had just walked out of a Beatrix Potter book, and right in the middle of London!

The London park where we saw the fox.

This e-mail is just a hodgepodge.  I am REALLY tired.  What struck me at the British Museum this time was what total thieves and shiesters the Brits are.  Everything in there is stolen.  If I were Greek and went into the ancient Greek rooms, I would be so pissed.  They just pried whole panels of carvings straight off the Parthenon and shipped them back to England.  According to the guide book, they are 'protecting' the artifacts for Greece. 

Inside the front doors of the British Museum.


Moses and even Joseph may have seen this very carving.


The Rosetta Stone

Assyria/Babylon (I can't remember exactly which!)

This huge statue was just sitting out in the open.  I said to Trudy, "Wow, it's just right here.  Maybe Daniel touched this.  And now we can just reach out and touch it."  As I reverently did just that, a security guard walked by and snapped at me, "Hey, don't touch that!"

I love you so much and am SO glad to be coming home to you tomorrow.  More kisses and hugs for the little ones. 


Goodbye Foreign Missions Club!

Goodbye Great Britain!

Hello Airplane Kitty!  What was the name of the this wonderful kitty-pillow, Trudy?

To see all the blogs of the St.Andrews/London trip, follow these links:

From the Past

Nathan found these old videos the other day.  I think they're from the fall of 2011, which makes Z 4 and Eden about 6 months.  Nathan and Eden are making a video for our church's worship album.  And Z is talking about a hole he and his friends were digging at Little House (his daycare).

Thursday, 7 March 2013


Life just goes on in its normal way.  Here are a few pictures and videos of the day-to-day.

Trying out new hair-dos on Eden, since her hair is getting a little longer.  Pig-tails:

This is a fun one, with three rubber-bands on each side.  I adore the little curls at the end!