big happenin’s

:: Liana and Camilla are arriving tomorrow evening. Do you know how excited I am? Of course, there’s the usual yay-my-family-is-coming sort of excitement. But it’s a bit more, too. I love having a huge family, and I love being the oldest — except for the part about being grown up, out of the house, and across the country when the youngest set is still growing up. Way too sad. So getting to spend a whole month with my youngest sisters is an extra-special blessing for me. I can’t wait for all of the special and everyday moments we’ll share this month.

:: William plays peekaboo. It’s so cute. You’ll have to take my word for it, because I don’t have the video, but it is over-the-top adorable. So is the bit of babbling he’s been trying out lately. Oh, that boy is the sweetest!

:: I’m not usually trying to find ways to ditch my kids. I actually love having them around. That’s okay, right? Occasionally, someone will communicate their deep pity for me when William screams his head off in the arms of a total stranger. You know — you poor thing, you never get any break. As my friend at church said, “Well, that’s kind of what we signed up for.” Yup, and I love it. All that said, when Ryan offered to take not just Jameson this evening, but William, too, I jumped on it. I’m beat. I’m now also totally lost. What to do, what to do? (I opted for the just sit option.)

:: I’ve been slowly working my way through Why We’re Not Emergent, and am loving it. I don’t have much to say about it right now — simply that it’s nice to put words to my gut instincts (which these guys do), and I’m realizing anew how much I love ancient boundaries. (There. I managed to not even rant. Not even a bit.)

:: My two sisters are coming! And did I mention that they’ll be filling my house with violin and piano for a whole month? Do you know how much I miss a house full of music? (Because, no, I don’t sit and play the piano all day. And yes, back home there is always someone playing something. Always.)

:: I shall now continue my restorative sitting.

7 Comments big happenin’s

  1. abbi

    I had heard of “Why We’re Not Emergent,” but had assumed that it was just an anti-Emergent rant. After you mentioned that you were enjoying it, I looked at some of the reviews on Amazon and decided that the book sounded really interesting. Perhaps I’ll get the chance to pick it up this summer. Thanks!

  2. Keila

    It is so funny that William and Ben Jr. are so neck and neck on their milestones! I was just thinking I needed to videotape him playing peek-a-boo, not only is he adorable, but he also laughs his little heart out! How much more fun would it be if they were closer!

  3. Carina

    I am so excited that the girls are going… but a little jealous. Jealous they get to be out there, and jealous that I live too close to that them stay at my house for a month, but far away enough that I don’t get to be with them 24 hours-a-day.

    But, I am glad you are all coming to the East Coast this summer.

    What I really want to know? I want to know more about William’s personality. I kind of picture him having a “Louissa-ish” personality? I want to know!!!!

  4. Randi

    I looked at the book on Amazon. There is a difference between emerging and emergent? Do tell?! I personally am against the whole movement as I’ve read other literature similiar to this. But one review on amazon says there’s a difference and I have never heard of that.

  5. Danica

    @Randi: The authors of Why We’re Not Emergent lay out the differences between “emergent” and “emerging” at the beginning of their book, and then explain why they’ll use the terms interchangeably and treat it as one movement. The quick definition, though, is that basically the “emergent” church embraces some truly wacko doctrine, while the “emerging” church puts more emphasis on simply doing church differently.


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