*Michaela and Lydia are rockin' kindergarten and second grade. They love their teachers and are always busting out of the minivan in the morning, excited for another day.
*The not-so-new/newish-to-me I Am They album is playing on our Spotify.
*James is off chemo this week and is feeling pretty good. He lost his hair last week and commented yesterday that his pain is less than a month ago. Around here, we try to take feeling crummy as a good sign that chemo is killing off more than hair follicles.
*James is reading rather voraciously these days - in the past two weeks he's finished Tim Keller's tome Walking with God through Pain & Suffering, Eugene Peterson's Run with the Horses on the life of Jeremiah, Kevin DeYoung's Freedom and Boundaries and The Hole in Our Holiness, and Francis Chan et al's The Road We Must Travel. When I can snatch them out of his hands, I've read some of these as well. Great books! The other two I'm about to finish are Kate McCord's In the Land of Blue Burqas and Don Whitney's Simplify Your Spiritual Life. Just in case any of you are looking for something to read...
*Dear friends gifted us an AMC gift card (fun!) and so we are heading this afternoon to see Shaun the Sheep, The Movie. Shaun has long been a He family favorite, so we're pretty excited about a full length movie. It'll be good to laugh together.
*Last weekend we traveled to Midland, Michigan for our cousin's wedding. Everything was beautiful, and we were so blessed to get to be there. (Bonus for the girls - free cake!) We were able to spend Saturday afternoon in the Dow Gardens and Sunday morning in the pool. Not an altogether bad way to spend the weekend.
*We've gotten on an Asian food kick for lunches...so good to see thinly sliced meat, bean sprouts, soy sauce, and Thai peanut sauce around. A break from "meh" American food seems to feed the soul.
*I'm slooowly working my way through 1 Peter, and am also enjoying Wayne Grudem's commentary alongside my study. I'll leave you with a quote from him - God has used it to encourage me these days. May it be good fodder for thought on your end too. Commenting on 1 Peter 1:17-20, he writes
The God whom Christians fear is also the God whom they trust forever,
the God who has planned and done for them only good from all eternity.
Have a great week! You are awesome.
--james and kristen