Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
(This is a poem I wrote last Saturday morning and sent out with some pictures to friends and family. Most of you who are reading here probably got one, but in case you didn’t… here it is! Merry Christmas! Things have been fun and crazy around here… More info to come soon!)
08’s almost gone, 09’s drawing near
Much is the same, but Timothy’s here!
Born 7-07-07 (what a birthday!)
God brought him to us and he’s ours, here to stay!
In March, just a picture, a name & a promise
With July came a phone call! “Can you come in August?”
Mikaela & Toby would soon meet their brother
Surely we have a God who is like no other!
To Bangkok we flew as a family of four
August 24th, watched Kamin come through the door
And then, what adventure! Elephant rides,
Cousins to play with, a new name to decide
Finally home from Thailand, a family of FIVE
A new toddler and jetlag… By God’s grace we survived!
Now Mikaela is 8, thriving in 2nd grade
And Toby is 5, still at home he does play
Lowell still works for the Housing Authorities most every day
But when he comes home, he’s ready to play
Melissa is grateful for all of God’s grace
As she serves at home and at church—what a pace!
And our youngest son? Mr. Timothy Kamin
Such noise does he make
Such joy does he bring, he fits right in!
Life is often crazy and full to the brim
Of lessons and love straight to us from Heaven
As we look to the future only one thing is sure
If we rest in God’s hands we will be secure
So in all of our stress and in every mess
Jesus, help us remember: WE ARE SO VERY BLESSED!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
With Much Love,
Lowell, Melissa, Mikaela, Tobiah & Timothy
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Christmas is NEXT WEEK. You are all probably more aware of it than I am. It seems that every year I feel like I can’t think too much about Christmas until Mikaela’s birthday (which was last Saturday) is over. We had a lot of fun celebrating her birthday (party on Friday with a bunch of screaming happy girls that involved lots of glue and glitter) and ended with a trip down Christmas Tree Lane on Saturday. Then Timothy was dedicated at church on Sunday morning, which was very special.
I’m also leading worship at church again this week and helping coordinate the Christmas Eve service (for Christmas Eve of course)… so blogging has once again been bumped off the “to do list”. Because you do, after all, want to get a Christmas card/letter from us, don’t you? (If you don’t think I have you address, you can email me and at least I’ll email you an electronic version. J) I’ll probably post whatever we end up writing (because I can’t stand to send out a picture/card without a letter) here on the blog, whenever it gets written – which had better be soon if I don’t want people to get them after Christmas!
OK. I’ll stop rambling. Just wanted mostly to say HI and I hope you’re more prepared for Christmas than I am! But prepare your heart, if nothing else, because that’s what gift Christ wants from you more than anything. J
Friday, December 05, 2008
Hi Everyone! Long time, no blog… I know! I don’t like using the word “busy,” but I have been BUSY! There’s just no other way to say it! If you read my last entry, you might recall I said I had some opportunities to share come up (though come “down” from God would be more accurate). One of those involves leading worship at church (a couple weeks per month) and that by itself is taking up a bunch of time I wasn’t aware that I had. I have also been occupied cleaning up after Timothy who has learned how to climb onto tables and drag stuff ALL OVER THE HOUSE (oh, and I’m trying to keep him off the tables, too.) especially when I’m trying to get ready for worship practice. Sooo, thankful as I have been, I haven’t found much time to blog about it. Or anything else.
But at the moment, I’m having an issue I thought you might be able to help me with. AND I’m hoping to catch 2 birds with one cage (because that sounds nicer than killing 2 birds, don’t ya think?) Tomorrow morning (in oh, about 12½ hours) our church is having a women’s Christmas Tea and I’m helping coordinate the program part of it (because I’m too lazy to decorate a table and would MUCH rather talk and sing than cook, thankyouverymuch). I get to introduce the theme of the morning and also introduce the theme of our women’s retreat (coming in February 2009!) Trouble is, I haven’t written anything out yet. And I’ve learned that I ramble a lot more and sit down afterward thinking “why in the world did I say THAT?” when I don’t write out my thoughts before I get in front of a microphone. But I was having trouble figuring out where to start writing… which is why I’m “talking” to you. I thought maybe if I tried to explain what I’m talking about to you, I’ll feel less pressure and catch both birds (have the intro’s written and a blog post, too!) So, after that RIDICULOUSLY LONG intro, here’s what I think I’m going to say about our theme “The Glory of Christmas”.
A week or so ago, my son Toby told me he had figured out why the moon was normally in the sky at night instead of during the day. It had something to do with the moon not shining brighter than the sun. I let him finish his explanation and then I tried to explain to him that the moon doesn’t really have any light of its own. The only light the moon has is a reflection of the sun’s much brighter, more brilliant light. The moon is a reflection of the sun’s glory! Many times in the Bible, glory is talked about in a way similar to light. In talking about a new heaven and new earth, Revelation 21:23 says “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” I think light is amazing . You can see a source of light like a light bulb or the sun, but you can also see light reflecting off something else. Think about it for a second. Look around and see if you can see any light. What you will see is either a source of light or light reflecting off of something else.
God’s glory is the same! We see God’s glory in 2 ways: By experiencing God (through His word and Spirit as He reveals Himself to us) and by seeing His glory reflected in the world He created and in the people He has created in His image. We were created to reflect God’s glory! When Jesus was born, an angel of the Lord appeared to some shepherds and “The glory of the Lord shone around them” Then a GREAT host of angels appeared with the first angel praising God and saying (say it with me): “Glory to God in the highest!” And after the shepherds hurried off to see the baby, they returned “glorifying and praising God.” God’s glory was shining and being proclaimed like never before that night in a manger and the hills of Bethlehem and today we are celebrating the Glory of God that still shines when we celebrate Christmas today.
(And that’s all you get for now…) J