Friday, October 30, 2009

The Wonder of the Dawkins Family

mir⋅a⋅cle  /ˈmɪrəkəl/ noun

1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
3. a wonder; marvel.
4. a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality

God spoke and creation burst forth. He sent swarms of frogs, ate the earth with locust and brought all of Egypt into utter darkness to display His power to Pharaoh and free His people Israel. He fed His people with manna from heaven in their wandering in the wilderness. He brought down a taunting giant with David's slingshot. He entered the world as a baby born of a virgin. Jesus healed the lame. Gave sight to the blind. Brought the dead back to life. After a relentless trial and crucifixion, the Christ - dead and buried - defeated death and rent open the grave. These are just a few recorded in His Word. John said that if all the things Jesus did had been written, the world itself could not contain the books. His followers were known to cast out demons and heal the sick in Jesus' name. Miracles of all sorts continue. In my short life, I've seen more than you might suspect, heard about plenty more from the saints scattered around the world, and believe very much in the possibility of the miraculous.

On a level that definitely differs from the creation of the mountains and stars, but is no less apt to produce wonder, there are quite a few entirely explainable occurances that nonetheless seem to shout the wonder of God's creative and even miraculous work. Life as we live it is full of them.

This fall, the Dawkins house is experiencing what I consider to be nothing short of a miracle though it is admittedly of the more common sort: the gift a new little life.

Monday we went to the doctor and heard a tiny heart beating inside of me. Little hands, feet, fingers and toes are growing and moving at this very moment. God is knitting together a little Dawkins baby.

That's right...for those of you who need it in prose: Baby Dawkins is due May 16!!!

Miraculous life. What a gift from God. We are more than a little excited.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The trees are on fire.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

Last autumn, we were intrigued by the expansion of fall colors from our Southern repertoire.

The locals told us it was a muted autumn though. We didn't have enough rain over the spring and summer.

This year we had more rain...but I didn't take too seriously their promise of more glory. As usual though, the locals were right.

This is the most spectacular fall I've ever seen! I unashamedly gawk at the trees as I walk along the streets, examining leaves and exclaiming wonder aloud. When every street looks like a crayon box, it's easy to get a little distracted by the beauty.

The more I see of this beautiful world, the more I notice that sometimes God is just down right showy in his display of splendor. I love it. The trees in Louisville are shouting praise.

A Disclaimer

After my rave review of the John Adams series...I think I need to give a little disclaimer after watching the entire film. This is an HBO series...and definitely not without moments of graphic footage about serious (and at times violent) subjects that were very much a part of early american life. I confess that I had to close my little eyes several times during this series. Nonetheless, I found it to be a very moving historic depiction. Just warning you...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Hubs!!! (a day late)

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
A. A. Milne

Yesterday was David's 29th birthday!!! Hubs was such a great sport...though he definitely didn't get birthday-ed quite as much as usual due to the ole cold. He did get to celebrate with his favorite candle-blowing friend though, Miss Savannah Boeving.

This is last year's celebration:

My, how they've grown!

Happy Birthday, David!!!!

Back in the Saddle...

Well, friends. I caught the cold...and consequently spent the past 4.5 days making a home of my couch, eating chicken noodle soup, calling for my sweet hub to bring me this or that and watching all 8 hours of John Adams plus a little Anne of Avonlea.

Thankfully after my long absence...this morning,I'm back in the saddle again.

Friday, October 23, 2009

President Adams

Last Christmas my mom, who's always had a knack for picking out great gifts, gave David a series on the life of John Adams. I yawned. David was exceedingly excited. But, as our life goes, there have not many nights when we've settled in before the television during this seminary season. This week while he was sick, though, David took advantage of the need to lie motionless on the couch by popping in his John Adams series. Consequently, he's talked of little else. I rolled my eyes...thinking of some dry historian reading pages from a book....until I sat down for a few minutes to watch one with him. I was instantly hooked and can hardly wait to watch more of the series! These videos, based on the book by John McCullough,are an intriguing blend of American history, biographical information about our nation's 2nd president and compelling patriotism. In this retelling, history becomes the living story it was meant to be.

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth. ~ John Adams

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Quarantine

My apologies for my long delay from the blogging world. I know you've all been on the edge of your seats to know what's going on in the Dawkins house. We've been quite the tragic comedy this week.

Last week, after a ridiculous string of events, the long awaited trip to Indianapolis was sadly cancelled. Not even a t-shirt to show for it.

I spent the weekend researching for a paper...that was due this past Tuesday. David spent the weekend trying to recover from a bad cold. As I've mentioned before, he is a terribly pitiful sickling. So sweet, kind, thoughtful... and pitifully dazed. He drinks orange juice by the gallon and carries a Nalgene around with him everywhere he goes.

As I had a big week coming up at work...and obviously with that 10 pager that I'd procrastinated on....he quarantined himself in hopes that I wouldn't catch it.

Yes. He did.

By Saturday, he was wearing a face mask when he came out of his room to talk to me. He set up camp in the dining room (our spare bedroom for those who are familiar with our beloved air mattress:). He even slept there a few nights. He lysoled door handles and gave me facts about the longevity of germs on apparel and surfaces.

Thankfully, the quarantine is over now. The paper is completed. And life is resuming a level of normalcy for which I am grateful!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Officially Stepping Down

Remember ever so long ago when I blogged about my October goal of completing the Indianapolis 1/2 Marathon? Blogging about such a goal pretty much equates full commitment in my mind. Shamefully enough, I just haven't made that goal this time. Physically, the 1/2 has just been a little more than I can handle in this season.

Thus, I've officially stepped down as Laurin's running partner and recently switched my registration to the little 5K so I can still make the weekend trip with all the hard core runners!

At least I still get a t-shirt?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Weathered Friendships

This weekend a few friends from the deep South made the trek up to Louisville. It was so sweet to have them around for a couple of days. All of us went to college together at MC and hung out in the same little group of friends. Stacey once told me that she thinks the reason why our college experience was so rich is that within our circle of close friendships, there was such a beautifully complete representation of the gifts of the body of Christ. We were all wonderfully different in our giftings and yet bound together in love for Christ. What a gift that a few gathered in Louisville this weekend.

In honor of Leslie's birthday, we surprised her at Shiraz for lunch!

This little Mediterranean restaurant just down Frankfurt Avenue is one of my favorite places to eat in Louisville. Delicious. And the company couldn't have been better..

We went to a little Fall Festival in Clifton after lunch. They had large inflatable fun, free food, a cake walk (which no one from our crew won, despite our good odds!), and a cartoon artist....

Tamara and I were roomies when I lived in Jackson, MS for a few years after college. I loved living with her and we got to know each other quite well. Yesterday we played "The Name Game" and 3 out of 3 times Tamara guessed my name right off the bat. I thought they were such clever names too. I even used Tebow because everyone knows I don't watch football...EVER. She still guessed it on the first round. In fact, the last name we picked was the same very random name. Now that's just plain weird.

Sweet weekend.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Those Duggars

Source: Discovery Health/MSN

David and I do not have cable, in fact our television still doesn't have a box installed. We flip on a movie ocassionally but neither of us are big TV watchers. Just never seems to fit into the schedule. If we had cable though, there's one show I'm pretty sure would make me a quick addict: 18 Kids and Counting

I find the Duggar family from Arkansas completely intriguing. I confess that I do indeed google them quite often. The latest news, of course, is the birth of their first grandbaby. Every time I read an article about them I learn something to make home made laundry soap, fun free family activities, tater tot casserole recipes. They're the one reason I wish I had cable.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lift n Lunch

One of my favorite parts of the week are the days when I meet up with my friend Erin for what she so appropriately calls "Lift n Lunch." We tote our gym bags over to the Rec Center from our offices (ah, the joy of working in a place with a built in gym!) and go up to the weight room for 30 minutes. Then, weather permitting, we sit at a patio table afterward and eat our lunches.

Why is Lift n Lunch such a motivator for me?

I hate to lift weights by myself for the following reasons:

a. cardio's my thing.
b. there's so little immediate gratification.
c. sweatless work outs aren't very satisfying to me.
d. the body builders in the weight room who are bench pressing my body weight somehow make me feel a bit weak...with my 5lb weights in hand.
e. if i use the machines i take all the weight off because usually lifting the bar is just about it for me. this i find humiliating.
f. deciding what to do with hand weights is more difficult for me than greek.
g. i get the same feeling that those biking shorted blurs give me, i'm just waiting for someone to come up and tell me i'm doing it wrong and i should just stop.

Lift n Lunch takes so much of the pressure off.

1. I know that we can only stay for 30 minutes - no pressure to get the most out of my trip to the gym.
2. Erin is a pro at weight lifting. I don't have to decide what to do with the hand weights, I just follow her lead.
3. I am so busy talking to Erin that I don't notice the man bench pressing my body weight.
4. I actually have the satisfaction of knowing that I'm building muscle. Today I am sore. Yep. Got a little sting in my arms.

I do love Lift n Lunch.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Reunion

On Friday night we hit the ole ECS cafeteria for burgers and nachos with the classes of '79, '89 and '99! I'll admit it...being the nerds that we are, Friday night was one of our favorite parts of the weekend because it gave us a chance to see several of our former teachers. David and I loved being back on least for a night:)

One of David's favorite parts was watching the ECS football team beat Bishop Burn. Just like old times! As we were leaving, he kept drifting back to the fence line to catch 'just a few more plays.'

A few of David's classmates on Saturday night at the Hughes Pavilion at The Dixon Museum. It was a fun evening. Undoubtedly, my favorite part was sitting at a table while Baxter, one of my classmates who also married a '99 told old stories and attempted matchmaking.

My favorite comment of the night was from one of David's classmates who told me that I am skinnier than he remembered and that I dress quite stylishly now. This statement I found hilarious. I'm thankful that was his assessment. I confess I may avoid the topic with him when the 20 year reunion rolls around though...and quite the opposite will likely be true!

After the game, we met up with a few friends over at the Dawkinses' house. As always...old friends are one of the best parts of going home! (Besides our sweet families, of course:)

It was a fun weekend. We're glad to be home though!

Friday, October 2, 2009

10 is a significant number.

David and I are headed to Memphis this weekend for his 10 year reunion! Last year before we went home for mine, I spent some time on
In keeping with tradition, here are a few photos in honor of David's 10 Year as well!

ECS Homecoming? yeah, right!

I am looking forward to a weekend watching my hub reconnect with some of the guys he grew up with at ECS. Our Louisville friends, the Boevings graduated with us respectively - Laurin and I in '98 and David and Aaron in '99. Who'd have known 10 years later we'd all be in Louisville?

Aaron actually played for a band in high school. Laurin, does this bring back warm memories?

Happy 10 Year Reunion, Hubs!