Friday, August 24, 2012

Roaring River Day 1

Last week, all the Brickers went to Roaring River State Park for the whole week! It was our Christmas present from Liz and Kevin, my inlaws.
We have a new car- a Suburban which is super nice and even has a dvd player which nobody likes at all. I heard Ethan whisper to Charlotte, with a huge grin,as they were putting on their headphones, "It's like we're teenagers!"

It's like they've never seen a tv before. 

Ethan plays checkers really well. He tried to teach Charlotte, but she has her own rules.

What's better than a bed that pulls out of the wall?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Circle of Life

Ethan found a dead butterfly the other day and decided to bury it. Then we held a funeral.
Caden prayed for us.
"Thank you Jesus this budfy not die."
Well, he tried.

 Ethan decided what to put on the tombstone.
Straight and to the point. I like that.

The Newest Love of My Life

Better late than never right? 
This handsome little guy is Judah, born on our 8th anniversary earlier this summer.
I didn't have a real camera until just before we went on vacation, so once I figure out how to get the pictures off Jeremiah's iphone, I will show you some more of the sweetness.

Even when he's freaked out he's adorable.

He's been smiling for about 2 weeks now. Caden always wants me to take a picture of the two of them together.

This is how he rolls most of the time. He loves the sling, and its a surefire way to get him to go to sleep. And look at all that hair! He was born with it and he hasnt lost any yet. None of our kids had this much hair at birth. He was our biggest at 8lbs 3 oz. He looks just like Jeremiah.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

My thoughts on the whole Chick-Fil-A thing...

As it turns out, living in this the greatest of all nations has some perks. While other people across the world right this very minute are struggling with deadly viruses, war, famine, and a myriad of other other actually life threatening issues, what do us First Worldians  have to be concerned about?

Oh, yes. The "CHICK-FIL-A CONTROVERSY 2012".

Pretty sad isnt it? That we dont have anything else to be in an uproar about. Not that Im particularly upset about that. I mean, Im not pining for a rash of Ebola in my neighborhood, or for a mortar through my bedroom window. But I guess us Americans just have to have something to fret over. And as the Twilight Lovers Scandal seems to be dying down, this appears to be just the ticket.
I'm really very tired of hearing about it, but its like a bad song that gets stuck in your head: you just have to sing it to get it out. So here is my 2 cents:

1. Get over it. If you dont like it, dont eat there. Shockingly, there are worse things in the world than someone whose opinion differs from your own, at a fast-food restaurant, that you can choose to eat at or not.

2. If Chick-Fil-A's mission statement offends you, perhaps you would also like to stop giving your business to other companies who share in it's beliefs like:

Hobby Lobby
Interstate Batteries
Forever 21
Mary Kay
ServiceMaster (Terminix,MerryMaids, American Home Shield)
In-N-Out Burger

Just to name a few.

3. Love of Jesus is not hate for others. We are all sinners in need of a righteous Savior, whether we know it yet or not. Perhaps actually reading the Bible might help those who like to use bits and pieces of it out of context to bash or put down others, to understand what Jesus was really teaching.

4. Christians, please. If you are inclined to think that you are better than someone because "God is on your side", please refer to #3.

5. Maybe the reason that people are so shocked that a Christian owner of a Christian company would "admit" ( which by the way, implies wrong-doing) that his OPINION is that marriage is a biblical union of a man and a woman is because it is shocking that a Christian would actually come right out and say it and be bold enough in his convictions to not back down when people call him hateful and stupid and a bunch of other things I can't write here.
 Why are the masses so surprised ? Because the majority of Christians are exactly like all the non-Christians. We are supposed to be set apart. We are supposed to live our lives in such a way that others will see the wonderful Jesus who by grace we are blessed to call our Savior. But when we act just like people who don't know him, all they see are people who maybe sort of go to church and throw out some bible verses sometimes and drive the car with the fish sticker on the bumper. And if they can see nothing special about the Jesus who died for us, how will they come to know that he also died for them?
So Christians, stop being chickens! ( pun intended) Be a man (or a woman!) of Christ and be brave! Let's live out our faith and stop bowing down to society's views on what is socially acceptable or cool or politically correct. And while we're at it, lets really knock their socks off and do it lovingly and humbly, with grace.