(W: Here are a few things that Cheryl has made in previous months. Really enjoy watching day by day how she’s using her time to image her Redeemer by getting stuck into creativity that serves others. In contrast, my knowledge of sewing and crafts is limited to opening my wallet and paying for materials…)
1st Birthday Card – We gave this one to Sean and Kaumosi’s cute 1-year-old, Elijah.
Get Well Soon card – We wanted to give Gavin something after hearing he had to go into hospital last month. That’s a hand-drawn bird under a rain cloud.
Made the next two at Hyde’s cards night (http://craftinglittleblessings.wordpress.com/). Hyde runs a card making session each month with materials and ideas from Stampin Up.
Fathers Day Card
Wow we have hit a milestone! I think early too, for once. Very simple symbolic play…
Yesterday morning, Eden picked up the egg shaker, pretended to take a bite, and continued chewing with her mouth closed for some time. She said ‘umum’ and signed yummy. Then fed me, I chewed and said/signed yummy, as well as egg. We did this again until I said it was time for sleep, to which she readily agreed and later gave back the egg with no fuss.
(W: Recently we’ve sung a few songs that almost went out of their way to be unintelligible. Here’s Cheryl’s thoughts on the fine line between creativity and intelligibility.)
Song lyrics are a form of poetry, and poetry should obey grammar, or at a stretch at least poetic grammar. Note that the further you stretch grammar to make it fit your poetry, often the less coherent it becomes. “Jesus, I have taken my cross” vs “Jesus, I my cross have taken.”
Even so, there are still conventions governing ‘poetic’ grammar that means saying “Jesus, my taken I have cross” is really getting into incoherent and downright ungrammatical rather than creative. If one of our chief aims for singing worship songs is to “teach and admonish one another” (Col. 3:16), I’m perplexed as to why songwriters would craft lines like:
I’m thankful for the efforts of songwriters to help us “sing a new song” to the Lord in light of what He’s accomplished in Christ. But please, check for grammatical errors!
On Saturday, had a wonderful day making pizzas with a family from church. I recently helped Cheryl to buy a breadmaker via work’s staff purchasing list (FPH have some sort of deal with Panasonic where we can buy their products for below retail, contact me if you’d like to see their catalogue). The funny thing is, so far she’s made bread with it just once. The rest of the time we have enjoyed things like croissants, and several well-formed pizza bases. So we had a go had making pizzas, the Waltzes had four children who enjoyed designing their own flavour/topping combinations:
Eden did have some pizza but she is getting into lots of other foods too. Here she’s got a pear in hand…
In between her naps, Cheryl got the chance to chat and learn from Kelli, who is doing such a good job at raising and nurturing four really well-behaved, book-loving children.
We hit the local playground afterwards. Since she turned 1, Eden’s developed a newfound appreciation for the playground (won’t be long till she asks me to take her there!) She likes the swing and the see-saw.
Sunday we had a wonderful morning of gathered worship. Peter preached an encouraging message on finding true joy in difficult times, something I really needed to hear right then. I led the singing and we sang all hymns from a range of sources. The church seem to have picked up two Indelible Grace songs very well, Psalm 130 (From the Depths of Woe) and Jesus I My Cross Have Taken. To top it all off, we then enjoyed a steamboat lunch with the young adults, what a blessing!
In fact, right through the past week God has really blessed us. Cheryl’s pregnancy-related nausea etc. has been manageable, Eden has been eating and sleeping well, we had dinner with our favourite brother-in-law and sister 3(!) times (where Eden learned to climb their stairs), and got to enjoy time with other family and friends. Once again, I’m reminded that the gospel is such a potent glue to bind deep, meaningful friendships together.