Month: December 2009

Lots of Christmas gatherings

Lots of Christmas gatherings

Oodles of photos from the past week of festivities: 23rd: Dinner with John’s Aunt Pat and cousins 24th: Christmas Eve with John’s paternal extended family 25th: Christmas Day with Lucy’s paternal extended family 26th: Brunch with Lucy’s family and friends 27th: Christmas with John’s maternal […]

The best Christmas present

The best Christmas present

John and I had just finished Christmas Eve celebrations with the Jameson/Arrison clan and arrived at my parents’ house, crawling into bed around midnight.  As we were praying before sleep, I felt the baby kick.  For the first time, I was sure this was the […]

A Blessed Birthday

A Blessed Birthday

I felt so very loved on my birthday this year.  And by “on my birthday” I mean Thursday through Thursday (my birthday was Tuesday).  What made me feel most loved was simply people remembering and saying happy birthday (which I need to remember, since I’m not that great at remembering birthdays outside my immediate family).  E-mails, phone calls, Facebook messages, and just saying hello and happy birthday did that.  Many people this year went way beyond that.

Pictures are here.

I felt very spoiled and appreciated by mailed packages and/or cards from Megan, Max, Anna, Gram, and Granzi and Granpop.  Eileen hosted a birthday party for me at her place that included John, Sergio and Marcia, my dad (and my mom via phone who was prohibited by her doctor from coming because she was too contagious to be around her pregnant daughter), my GREAT Uncle Frank, and Margaret (a friend from church).  My mom still made my favorite cake and sent it along with my dad, which was a hit.

On my actual birthday, I woke up to a card and a gift from Sergio and Marcia, with my breakfast all set up.  At school, I was sung to several times, and during one class a whole group of seniors whom I had taught last year or the previous year burst into my room with a beautiful cake, singing.  I won’t post the photo of all of them since posting pictures of my students can cause legal issues, but I will post the photo that Sarah took of the absolutely delicious cake that Kent made for me!  One of the silly things that I do to attempt to make physics more engaging, memorable, and amusing is toss a small plush panda in the air and talk about various aspects of his motion as he’s in the air.  He’s the Freefall Panda, and he amuses my students.  So thanks to Kent, Spencer, Chris M, Chris G, Dan, Allison, Mike, Sophie, Anne, Greg, Angela, Sarah, Dave, Christina, Annie, and the guy I didn’t know who came during their lunch when they could have left campus just to wish me a happy birthday.  Kate, my 9th period class secretary (a person elected by the class at the beginning of the year whose main job is to keep communication open between my students and me, but who also celebrates everyone’s birthdays) made me brownies. Shauna stopped by to see me and drop off a hilarious card and a bracelet about being sisters.

John took me out to dinner at Penang, a nearby Thai and Malaysian restaurant that we go to the most often.  John bought me my favorite kind of chocolate (and, I would be very remiss to neglect–a positively gorgeous and fun bike that was delivered in June and is even blue to boot.  It was delivered in June 🙂  Sergio and Marcia came to dinner with us at my request to help celebrate.  It turns out that the hostess is in their English class and her dad is the chef, so we got personalized recommendations, especially good service and conversation, and dessert with a candle and the entire Penang staff singing to me.

All of this special treatment bears a stark contrast to the birth of our savior so long ago.  Every life, including my own, is a miracle.  But it pales in comparison to God in flesh, living a life without ever doing anything wrong, being betrayed by one of his closest friends, willingly submitting himself to separation from God and taking the punishment that I deserve, going to Hell, and rising from the dead to release the hold of death upon us.  Whereas I was born in a well-equipped hospital to married parents and treated to every comfort, the king of all creation’s humble beginnings included being born to an unwed teenage mother.  In a stable. In a foreign land.  Shortly before having to flee because people were trying to kill him.  C.S. Lewis compares the absolute humility of God becoming man to you willingly becoming a crab or a slug.   That sacrifice — his first of many — is what we celebrate this Christmas.  Merry Christmas.

Advent

Advent

(Lucy’s pic)

5D Mark II

5D Mark II

Yup. We’re once again armed and dangerous. I’d missed having a real camera.

A namesake

A namesake

Len & Ruby (some of our new neighbors) joined us and the Nascimientos for dinner, and brought along a lovely photobook of life in China:

And Len made my week by pulling out a showtune from a generation past:

Sergio and Marcia’s First Snow

Sergio and Marcia’s First Snow

Sergio and Marcia, missionaries on furlough from Brazil, have been staying with us since Thanksgiving.  They are a delight to talk to, and do more housework than they create, so they are welcome to stay for as long as they like.  Today, it snowed.  It […]

New Life at the Duckpond!

New Life at the Duckpond!

We are proud to announce the upcoming addition of a duckling to our duckpond!  We’re expecting his or her arrival at the end of May or the beginning of June, 2010.  Overall, I’ve had a blessedly easy pregnancy thus far, and everything is pointing to […]

06 Girls Reunion!

06 Girls Reunion!

Early in November, The Jameson Inn hosted our first ANNUAL (hint, hint) ’06 girls reunion.  This is the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship (PEF) crew.  There was much laughter, a celebration of Sarah’s birthday, lots of catching up, and more laughter.  It was so good to see my sisters.

On Friday night we had seven ’06 girls sleep here (and John, of course : – ), and on Saturday night, six.  Lisa, Anna W, Tiyona, Noelle, Vinitha, Sarah, and I stayed here.  We also enjoyed visits from Bonnie and Ruth much of Saturday, plus some friends of ’06 girls who stopped in–Christina, Aime and Greg, and Debbie.  We had video chat or call-in visits from Damara, Sharon, and Carl, too.  Mostly we just spent time together.

The moms had made stuffed shells, and brought us a “salad” of candy, so we only had to take care of breakfasts and two other meals with fewer people.  I was still quite low on energy due to our duckling,  but my girls were extraordinarily helpful.  Noelle showed up early to help with last-minute cleaning and prep, and there were always ample helpers to cook and clean up.

Overall I’m very happy with the expressions in the photos, but not so thrilled with the brightness and the graininess.  I’ve been totally spoiled by DSLR’s.  But that’s okay because we’re getting a new camera this week!  We decided we needed one for the duckling.  Some of my favorite pictures from the weekend are here, but check out our 06 girls gallery for the whole set.   Girls, check your e-mail for a zip file you can download at full size–these pictures are smaller than the originals.  See you next year!!