Friday, April 27, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I cannot wait for the boys to start talking - I know they will never stop but at least I'll know what they want or what is bothering them! We've tried some baby sign language but with little success - perhaps 3 languages in less than 2 years was a bit overwhelming. Anyway, Patrick has started screeching about everything. He screeches and cries if he isn't getting his way and screeches if he want anything - even if he's happy. Ugh. Hopefully it will pass soon.
They are both sweeties but a handful and they make me very tired by the end of the day. All the hugs and kisses do tend to make up for the tough days. And I have to say, they are obedient for the most part which is a big blessing.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
First, any country that seeks “peaceful” nuclear power at the same time it is completely self-sufficient in energy production is de facto suspect. Iran has enough natural gas to meet its clean electrical generation needs for two centuries. The only rationale for its multi-billion-dollar program of building nuclear reactors—and for its spending billions more to hide and decentralize them—is to obtain weapons.
I can understand why some country totally devoid of any energy resources would want to build nuclear reactors, but it’s illogical that a country brimming with all the energy resources it can use would spend billions of dollars to get another one. The only reason Iran would conceivably want nuclear reactors is for weapons purposes. Second, in his solutions, Hanson makes the following points – which serve both as a warning to Iran and a somewhat unnerving source of hope for the West:
In conclusion, let me offer a more ominous note of warning. Israel is not free from its own passions, and there will be no second Holocaust. It is past time for Iranian leaders to snap out of their pseudo-trances and recognize that some Western countries are not only far more powerful than Iran, but in certain situations and under particular circumstances can be just as driven by memory, history—and, yes, a certain craziness as well.
The same goes for the United States. The Iranians, like bin Laden, imagine an antithetical caricature—which, like all caricatures, has some truth in it—whereby we materialistic Westerners love life too much to die, while the pious Islamic youths they send to kill us with suicide bombs love death too much to live. But what the Iranian theocrats, like the al-Qaedists, never fully fathom is that if the American people conclude that their freedom and existence are at stake, they are capable of conjuring up things far more frightening than anything in the 7th-century brain of Mr. Ahmadinejad. The barbarity of the nightmares at Antietam, Verdun, Dresden and Hiroshima prove that well enough. In short, there are consequences to the rhetoric of Armageddon.
So far the Iranian leader has posed as someone 90 percent crazy and ten percent sane, hoping that in response we would fear his overt madness, grant concessions, and delicately appeal to his small reservoir of reason. But he should understand that if his Western enemies appear 90 percent of the time as children of the Enlightenment, they are still suffused with vestigial traces of the emotional and unpredictable. And military history shows that the irrational ten percent of the Western mind is a lot scarier in the end than anything Islamic fanaticism has to offer.
I had never thought about it before, but the West has definitely exhibited that “certain craziness” before. I think that Hanson is correct that it is still there (though I’m sure some might disagree), but I hope there is no reason for that craziness to appear!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
We are so blessed to have such a wonderful son. We remember his birthmom especially this weekend and pray God's blessing on her. She has given us a gift and we will be forever grateful to her for choosing to give Calvin life. We are so glad he is a part of our family - he brings us lots of joy. We have enjoyed watching him develop over the past almost 8 months and we look forward to seeing him grow and change over the next months and years.
Boxes are awesome fun!
Pefecting his golf swing with a little help from Uncle Elliot.
God bless you, Calvin. May you know God's love and grace as you grow. We love you more than we even knew possible. You are a good big brother to Patrick. You are a brave and courageous little boy. You are a delight to us and you have added so much to our family. We love your laugh, your smile, and your twinkling eyes. We really just love YOU so much!
The birthday boy and his brother Saturday morning before the party.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
My first stomp missed, and the ‘roach took off moving faster than I could imagine. My second stomp was well aimed, however (I used a little Kentucky windage, which proved helpful) and SPLAT! What a mess. It stuck to the bottom of my shoe, and guts went everywhere. Yuck!
After cleaning up, I walked back to my office, thinking – well, that’s my good deed for the day. I wonder how I should bill my time for that?!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
As noted above, there is much that is beautiful and intriguing in our world. But the events of today remind us that there is much evil, too. My heart goes out to the families of all the victims. I am very thankful for the reports that the churches and some of the college ministries on campus are actively reaching out to the hurting, physically and emotionally.
This is one of those times that it is hard to know what to say to those who question where God is in all of this. It is hard evening knowing how to pray. How good it is that we can pray through the Spirit, who helps us in our weakness, and who Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Patrick is doing well. He has no known medical issues at this time and is growing like crazy! We are so delighted to see the love and comraderie the boys have for each other. Patrick has also become increasingly affectionate towards Andrew and me (lots of hugs and kisses!). It is a constant joy! We are so blessed to have two such wonderful children. God is good and we are continually reminded that His plan is perfect. He has given us two gifts, the desire of our hearts, and we are thankful!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Lots of great photos were taken – the boys’ first Easter egg hunt, and “opening” their Easter egg baskets, and some shots of the boys “dancing” in their carseats, as described below :) Hopefully we’ll get them up soon.
Friday, April 06, 2007
For the first time, Calvin tried to “run away.” He packed many of his Duplo blocks into a grocery bag and trudged toward the front door. Upon reaching the entryway, he turned and looked at me, smiled, and waved. Then he reached for the door.
Unfortunately for Calvin’s plans (but happily for me), his little adventure stopped there. He couldn’t reach the door knob. So he paced the area, waving to me occasionally, and kept trying to reach door. He never could. It was as if he expected the door to swing open any minute so he could walk out.
Patrick joined his brother in the reaching part, as this photo shows, but he wasn’t much help. Either Patrick planned on traveling light or was only helping Calvin leave, for he didn’t go through any of the preparations Calvin did.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Despite all that, I don’t remember ever seeing one up close, despite living on a farm for the first five years of my life and periodic visits thereafter. Ironically, Chicago residents and visitors today had a storefront (or closer) view when a year-old male coyote strolled into a Quiznos and settled in the drinks cooler. (Yes, in the cooler!) He remained in that spot, watching and being watched, for almost an hour until animal control dragged him out.
Contrary to my childhood impression, the video clip on our evening news of this coyote portrayed him as cute, friendly, and almost harmless. While I’m sure caution was appropriate, the degree of force used to subdue and remove him appeared to be unnecessary. But I guess they're taking good care of him, and have named him Adrian.
I understand that coyote sightings and encounters in Chicago are not all that uncommon (see stories above and this report from several years ago), although Quiznos visits such as this one are more unusual.