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Loosing teeth and multitasking

My 9 year old has lost 3 teeth since Friday! He's growing so fast.
I was thinking about how loosing our teeth may be one of God's ways of saying, "You have to be humbled before you can be lifted up." We go from strong, meat ripping teeth, to gums, funny faces and childish lisps before we get permanently strong chompers. Even when our strong, permanent meat-rippers come in, and we think we're strong and grown up, as Brennan Manning wrote:

... God has ordained the later days of our lives to look shockingly similar to that of our earliest: as dependent children. -from All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir

There's a debate in our house about whether multitasking is a skill or a disability.

Some say I'm not a good multitasker and I should work on being a better one.  I SAY that, I said that last night, and then went looking for data on how to improve your multitasking ability.

What I found would have seemed self-serving if I had set out to find proof that be…

Favorite shots from Malibu area

Pelicans? I think these are pelicans (actually I keep calling them blue heron but my hubby says they're pelicans).  They kept flying over the shoreline in groups and getting REAL close to the waves.  So purposeful and serene.  It was really cool!

Feet and Foam
Everytime I see the ocean chase its way up the beach and then run back out to sea I think of this from Job:

Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:  "Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, 'This far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!'- Job 38: 1,8-11Treasure Hunting

James and the boys had a blast using their metal detector here.  Its fun to hunt for treasure!

American Picker Wannabes

We saw this house in the Santa Monica Mountains and felt like it might have been the house we saw in an episode of American Pickers o…

Favorite shots from Coronodo Beach

Unsuspecting boy playing in sand.  Dad 10 feet away.
Unsuspecting boy hollers for his brother to check out the "gold" in the sand.  Dad gets an idea.
 Unsuspecting boy continues digging for "gold".  Dad moves in for his move.
Unsuspecting boy bends further for more gold.  Dad places foot in position for boy-tipping.
 Boy lands, turns fast to see what knocked him over.  Finds dad with mischievious "chase me" face.
Boy chases dad with handful of "gold" sand.

One of my greatest joys is watching my boys play together.  All three of them.

Quieted, Sheila

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

We've been gone for 17 days on our annual trek to Northern Cali and Southern Oregon.  It feels like "three months"- as my youngest announced today.  We made a ton of memories.  I wanted to blog my way through the trip, by posting each day, but Internet wasn't always available and when it was it was dreadfully slow.  It was kind of nice to take a hiatus from the Internet, blogging, facebook, etc.  But staying caught up on writing and email I think might out way that long of a technology vacation.  Especially for a must-second-live-everything-by-journaling type of person like me.  Now I feel sort of mentally constipated.  Too much to try and catch up.  So I won't. I'll let the pictures do the talking (most of which I posted on Facebook).
Spiritually I grew on this trip.  I finished a probably-controversial book on the road trip to Oregon by Brennan Manning- All Is Grace, A Ragamuffin Memoir.  It was controversial to me!  It challenged me to see that my life spea…