Thursday, February 23, 2006

Alegria Incomparable

Fatherhood is a joy beyond joy.

I teach Sunday School. The joy I get from sharing the love of God with wide open minds, draws me back again and again.

In Ottovalo, Ecuador, I met a boy named Javier. He has no father. He speaks no english.

In the two hours we spent together, I gave him all the fatherly love I'd been storing up on a week away from my own kids. I shared God's love with him, his brothers and sisters, and his mother.

Alegria incomparable.

Joy unmatched.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Normal Children

"A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn't act that way very often."
~Author Unknown

I've long since deserted the idea that my children are common. There's an extra-ordinary quality in their every move. I'm beginning to believe that they have a whole lot more charm and potential than I ever had.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Mt. Whitney, California

"Your long year
Ran right by here
Just another short day to me
So how have you been
In your beatiful skin
Did you solve all life's mysteries
In your long year?"
- Daniel Amos

There are times in my life when I see my own children knowing the same fantasies, dreams and wishes that I had (and, for the most part, still have) when I was a child myself. I love these moments of hope and promise for a future they will own.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

I'm A Millionaire

What is happening to me?
My mind's diseased
Even my vision is impaired
I'm losing my hair
Cos when i hold her in my arms
I feel like Fred Astaire

My temperature's high
Just met a girl
Who believes we can fly
I'm a bull, not a bear
I'm a millionaire
And when i hold her in my arms
I feel like Fred Astaire"
- James

Our anniversary is for reflecting on the highs and lows of our marriage so far, and celebrating our joy and endurance.

Her birthday is for thanking God that she was given to the world and me.

But Valentines Day is for showing the world how totally beautiful and beyond my grasp she really is!

For my Dreefee,

You are supernatural.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Golden Afternoon

"Forward, backward, inward, outward
Come and join the chase!
Nothing could be drier
Than a jolly caucus-race.
Backward, forward, outward, inward
Bottom to the top,
Never a beginning There can never be a stop."

It was a fun weekend spent with my best friend from high school and beyond, Loren "Captain Bogg" Hoskins and his new wife Janelle. What a joy to share my beloved family with them.

I often wonder what life would be like if we were still as close as we were back then. He's living the creative life we always dreamed of and I found Ohana. Perhaps, if we were closer, we'd each have a greater measure of both.

I know we're both happy where we are. I know we're happy for one another.