Why does it seem like everything always happens at the same time? It seems like life is either super relaxed and boring or super crazy and hectic... but rarely somewhere in between. For example, my husband is finishing his Master's thesis in the next few months which means that he will be starting a new job before the start of the year. We are very blessed that he already has a job lined up but unfortunately it means that we are going to have to move. So, that means that before January we need to get our house ready to sell, sell our house, find a new house to buy or to rent, move out of our house, move into a new house, finish a Master's thesis, celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, start a new job, and oh yeah... have a new baby somewhere in the middle of all that! I have faith that things will work out for the best but I just really wish that things were all figured out right now. Does anyone have any good advice or tips for selling a house? Or for moving when your baby is only a few weeks old? Ack! Don't think about it... just don't think about it.
I have really loved the Celebration on the Family that has been going on the last two weeks. There are have been some incredible posts and I feel like my understanding of the Proclamation has really grown. So thank you to all the wonderful people who helped make it possible. It was great. I thought I'd link up to some of my favorite posts from the Celebration:
The Family Proclamation Includes Everyone by Because Life Moves On
The Rights and Entitlements of Children by A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman
Tarzan, Vines and Forgiveness by Middle-Aged Mormon Man
Oh, and Middle-Aged Mormon Man also linked this one up to the blog hop "We Are at War " and it made me laugh so hard that I have to share it. It would be really sad, because it is so true, except for the fact that we know we are the winning team. So too bad little minions.
On Sunday afternoon we took a walk up the canyon by our house. It is starting to feel and look like fall and I love it! This is my favorite time of the year. The best part of the walk though was that Asher found a caterpillar. He was so excited about it and carried it all the way back to the car-- which was a good 45 minute walk. He kept talking to the caterpillar the whole time telling it, "Caterpillar, you are my best friend. Heavenly Father sent you to me and I will take good care of you. You make my heart feel good Caterpillar. Don't be scared. You are going to be a butterfly." It was adorable.
We put the caterpillar in a jar when we got home and he carried it around all day. He even drew it pictures and hung necklaces on its jar so that it would be happy. On Monday morning I woke up to a mason jar being pressed into my face and a little boy telling me "Mommy, my caterpillar is sleeping". Well, it "slept" most of the morning and I was starting to get worried that we had somehow killed his caterpillar. I didn't know how to break the news to him... but he was undaunted and about mid-morning we realized that the caterpillar wasn't dead but that he was spinning a cocoon! By Tuesday morning this is what we found in the jar.
I am so excited about this... maybe even more so than Asher. I can't wait to see it hatch and open up and am so excited to see what type of butterfly we are going to get! I hope we don't get a moth, though I guess that would still be neat.
I thought that this article "10 Reasons Why The New NIV Bible is Bad for Women" was super interesting. It addresses the fact that the new version of the New International Version of the Bible has been changed to make the language more gender- inclusive. The author argues that changing the language in the Bible to be more gender-inclusive (ie. saying "man and woman" when the Greek or Hebrew translation only says "man") actually hurts women rather than helps them. Here is part of what she says,
I know that there was quite a bit of discussion about gender-inclusive language in the scriptures when I posted the article "Women in the Image of the Son: Being Female and Being Like Christ" and so I thought this might be of interest to some of you. I'd love to hear what more about what your thoughts are about gender-inclusive language and what this author has to say.
I care about women. Deeply. I long to see them experience healing and wholeness in Christ Jesus. I do them a disservice when I apologize for the Bible, fail to embrace its unvarnished beauty and power, and shrink back from sharing the Words that are perceived by some as foolishness and a stumbling block, yet are actually the power and wisdom of God for righteousness and sanctification and redemption. I fail women when I try to make God or His Word more palatable. I empty the cross of its power (1 Cor. 1:17-30).
Gender and gender language is important. It touches on the essence of a woman’s identity, the essence of the character of God, and on the essence of the gospel. We get things so very wrong when we think we can improve on the Bible’s teaching on gender or the gender language it uses. The big picture informs us that from the very beginning, God’s plan for gender has very little to do with us and very much to do with Him. And we need to trust that even if we don’t fully understand them, the words, images and means He has chosen to display His glory are not only right, they are also good. Very good! And also very good for women! Read the rest
If you haven't entered the giveaway for the celebration of my 3rd "Blog-iversary" it isn't too late! The giveaway will be open until Sunday at midnight. So make sure you go over and enter, there are some really great prizes... if I do say so myself.