Friday, December 29, 2006

Gearhart Family Christmas


Each year we gather at Grandma Gearhart's house for family Christmas. This year was no different. I love spending time with Joel's side of the family and I'm thankful that we live close to one side of our families. I can't imagine being somewhere far from all extended family. This photo was taken at the end of the day. Josiah really didn't want his picture taken. The twins look happy though! That's Gabe with Krisitin and Sam with Nate.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Our Freezer Door Squeaks



Yes, it's true! Our fridge is one year younger than me, and the door to the freezer squeaks....much to Joel's delight. We have no intentions of fixing the door so that the squeaking will cease. When Joel was a kid, his Dad would often get ice cream after Joel and his siblings were in bed. Back then, the Gearhart freezer door squeaked so the kids always knew that Dad waited to have ice cream until AFTER they were in bed.
Now Joel does the same thing and truly delights in it. I guess ice cream tastes better when there's absolutely no chance of sharing with a toddler!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Our Beloved Elf

Since we can't convince Camden about Santa Claus, I've decided to tell him that Daddy is Santa's head elf. You can check out Joel's Elfness here. You're sure to get a good laugh! We love you, Daddy!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Interesting article

I just read an article online about a man who was executed in Florida. There is a huge outcry because it took 34 minutes for the man to die by lethal injection, and it even required a second dose of the chemicals. You can read the article here.

The man was convicted of murder in 1979, and is just now being executed. I would think his appeals and such were exhausted a long time ago. I am in favor of the death penalty, and the fact that he might have suffered a little doesn't alarm me. He caused great suffering for the one he murdered and that victim's family, for sure. It sounds harsh, but he got what he deserved.

There will be an investigation and we'll see where this goes. I don't think that it is cruel and unusual punishment that he had to be given a second dose, that he moved some during this time and that he licked his lips and mouthed some words. But, my opinion doesn't matter. He's not my relative and I don't live in Florida.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Winter

Camden is discovering the fact that our weather changes with the seasons. We had a really cold snap about a week or so ago, and in teasing Camden I asked him why he made it so cold. He responded that HE didn't make it cold, GOD did. Here's exactly what he said (words of God in a deep, bold voice:)

God said, "Let it be cold." And it was cold.

Simple enough. Oh, to be 3 again!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Would the REAL Santa please stand up?


Camden is getting very excited for Christmas. Last year we told him that Santa Claus was just a cartoon character, much like Mickey Mouse or Thomas the Tank Engine. That answer seemed to work just fine, and he accepted it.
This year is different. Once again we discussed Santa, only adding that he is a fun pretend part of Christmas. We've even told Camden that Daddy and Mommy really put the presents under the tree, just like Mimi and Bapa do at their house. Camden told me, "I think you're lying to me. He IS real!" Um, no son....he's not.
So, we've made a few trips to the mall to see the nice man in a red suit. I wanted Camden to see that he's just a nice man dressed in a costume. While he agrees with me, he thinks that the real Santa sent these nice men because he's too busy making toys to be at the mall.
I guess we'll just keep telling him the truth and have some fun. After all, eventually he'll believe us....even if he's 30 before he does. :)

Quiverfuller? Me not so much.

Well, I'm sorry it has taken so long for me to give you my opinion. Our internet connection was down because of an outtage in our area. My response? Here goes:

My thoughts on this are varied. I guess I don't have a problem with the quiverfull idea necessarily, but I don't agree that it is for everyone. I know that not every warrior's quiver was the same size, and I really think that mine is on the smaller side!

I also believe that God gave me a brain and a uterus for a reason! Women's bodies generally run on a very predictable cycle. I tend to think that perhaps this is so we could figure out how to adequately plan/avoid pregnancies. For some people this is still like saying, "I don't want any more blessings from God." But...we need to be careful not to put God in a box.

Furthermore, I believe that we shouldn't have any more children than we can effectively care for and disciple. Joel and I don't make a huge salary. We live a comfortable, budgeted lifestyle. We could not possible expect to raise 6 kids on this salary! Some then say, "cut corners, shop discount stores, go to thrift stores...." I ALREADY DO!! Also, I don't want to have to figure out a way to make sure each child gets adequate attention and care. With my small (in some eyes) little nest, I can do that more effectively. Some are able to handle more. I think THAT is a special gift from God.

So, a quiverfuller? Not so much. However, my quiver is almost nearly full. :)