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YOUR VOTE IS NEEDED IN COMMENTS!
Well, it was Baby Luke’s first Halloween. While we are not huge fans of Halloween, we do enjoy the dressing up and, of course, giving and getting candy. And, as first time parents, we have been looking forward to, and enjoying all of Baby Luke’s ‘firsts’ so why not have some fun dressing him up?
PROBLEM: What do you do when BOTH mom and dad buy the little guy a costume? Well, not only do you trick or treat twice, and have two separate photo-ops, but you take the issue to your blog readers and ask them to vote!
YOUR DECISION: Which costume was better? The POWERFUL JEDI KNIGHT, Luke Skywalker (not forgetting Luke’s NAME is “Luke”) or dressing him up as a rodent of unusual size?
Please VOTE in the COMMENTS for JEDI KNIGHT or RODENT. Here are the pictures to aid in your valuable vote decision….
CHOICE ONE: The Rodent (aka Mickey Mouse)
Here is Sara with her little adorable mouse boy.
Is he simply adorable, or what?
Em, Eye, See, Kay, Ee, Why?
Em, Oh, You, Es, Ee!
Did you say “Candy?” Oh, wait, I have no teeth yet!
You’ll never spank ME will you?
CHOICE TWO: The Powerful Jedi Knight, Guardian of Peace and Justice in the Galaxy!
Jedi Dad with his Padawan Learner!
Off to get candy from the neighbors… too bad Jedi Luke can’t eat it!
Back inside to play with an X-wing fighter and eat a pilot!
This is sooooo much fun!
I got to go trick or treating twice!!
(granted, only 2-3 houses each time, it was COLD out!)
What IS this stuff people gave me?
I wonder if it is edible?
“Luke, I am your father!” (had to get that in, of course)
Jedi Luke playing with his light saber.
I offered him Darth Dad’s helmet and asked him if he would like to chose the dark side… I was delighted to see his tears… truly a good jedi at heart! Never will he join the dark side!
OK – YOU’VE SEEN THE CHOICES: Noble Jedi Knight, or Rodent. PLEASE VOTE IN THE COMMENTS for your choice!BY THE WAY: Is this Baby Luke with the mascot from the Chicago Wolves? Yes, it is!!
Hope this wolf doesn’t like eating mice!
My nephew, who lives down the street, won a sweepstakes to participate in a costume contest at a Chicago Wolves Game – and then he goes and wins first place! His prize? The official mascot of the Chicago Wolves comes to HIS HOUSE and goes trick or treating with him and his family and friends! Not bad, eh?
Baby Luke in the arms of a WOLF!
Here is my nephew winning with his Ginger Bread Man’s Revenge costume. Full Story Here.
Thought this video was pretty cool. Wish I knew how to download a video from YouTube, but below is the link. MAKE SURE YOUR VOLUME IS UP!
ARE YOU READY?!?
This is an awesome video. (Very Short) Enjoy!
UPDATE: On downloading YouTube Videos, I tried FireFox extention, and it chokes. But TubeSock is well wortht the $15 registration fee. And here is my MP4 file for you to download of the video above: Are You Ready? Your welcome! (thanks for the comments that helped me find this!)
As I’ve posted before, my brother is a writer for MLB.com , and specifically as the beat writer for the BlueJays. (see me endangering my life to show my support this past season)
But with all the senior writers being busy with the World Series, my little brother Jordan, got to cover a major article, about the death of Joe Neikro.
I wanted to post the link to the article on my blog because I wanted to show off how great a writer my brother is.
I enjoy do enjoy baseball. If you drop by my house in the afternoon, you may find me tossing a ball at the pitchback in my backyard, a recent new habit when I just need time to think. I’d like to claim credit for teaching Jordan everything he knows about baseball since I AM his big brother, but he and I both know better. But I’m not a huge fan or follower of baseball, though I do really enjoy championship games, and especially when they are Chicago teams!
But I am always amazed how my brother can take a subject that usually isn’t of great interest to me, especially the death of a player I’d never heard of, and mingle in a bunch of otherwise unrelated facts, and craft it into an article that gets me engaged.
Now I have all these questions about this Niekro family. I learned about a dad who taught his boys a knuckleball pitch that he developed when he injured his pitching arm. A pitch that the older Niekro, Phil, used to build a very successful career, and one that he tossed his little brother during a game in 1976 so that the younger Joe could have his only home run in his twenty-two year career. I liked imagining the big brother, setting aside team rivalry when Joe came to the plate, to toss his little brother the “secret family pitch” so he could get that home run. Not that Joe wasn’t a good player, but his records were to be made on the mound, not at the plate. Then I learned that just oever ten years later, Joe’s eight year old son, Lance, a bat boy at the time, got to ride in a post-season celebration convertible with his dad…. and must have caught the baseball bug too, as he would later follow his dad and uncle into the major leagues.
All that to say – a good writer pulls you into a story that you otherwise would have no interest in, and leaves you wishing you knew more about the characters within.
Way to go little brother!
I wish I could say I taught him all he knew about writing too.
Go ahead, read the article yourself!
You can travel to far away places to find beauty and to marvel at God’s creation, or you keep an eye out the side window of your car… if you open your eyes, you may be surprised how often you can spot God’s handiwork in your daily routine, and how often you’ll discover glimpses of his creativity just off your usual path. As I did today, on my way home from jury duty. There was barely a place to stop my car and getting across the busy street on foot was a challenge, but it took only five minutes to capture some of this beauty that others were zooming right past. It makes we wonder how much of life we miss because we never stop to look. I know I’ve been one of the hyper-busy ones for years and the cost of not slowing down sooner was high.
(All these images can be viewed much larger by simply clicking on them)
Sometimes, (and preferably) we pull over in life intentionally to take in some rest and be refreshed by God’s creation – but at other times the car of life breaks down and we are forced to stop and take a break. But either way – it is good to “Be still and know that He is God.”
In the middle of this lake are dead trees. They are surrounded by life – but they are dead. Perched within them is life, as birds make their nests, but the trees themselves are still dead. We may find ourselves at times feeling like those trees, seeing life all around us, but feeling dead and used up. Others may be perched upon us, even pecking at us thinking we are no longer of any use other than to be a symbol of something past. But the truth is that God can bring life BACK and He can renew!
Gordon MacDonald, in his book “MID-COURSE CORRECTION” calls it ‘Vital Optimism.’ “A quality of spirit possessed by a person where there is a persuasion that the best is yet to be. Whatever the past, the future will be better. Hope,” he writes, “is the confident expectation that history is going somewhere and that God, our Creator and Redeemer, is powerfully directing it. Without such vital optimism or hope, life is, to say the least, quite troublesome.”
When and how to we lose this ‘Vital Optimism?’ From our youngest age we are taught that “we can do anything, go anywhere, and acheive any goal if we are willing to work hard enough. And this wonderful reasonably true myth keeps us going for some time,” Gordon explains. “But,” he continues, “reality can chip away at this myth and erode our dreams, and by the time we are in our late thirties (gulp! that’s me!), the fight to retain any kind of vital optismism is fierce.” He warns, “from living life built on great expectations, we gravitate toward a life built on little more than obligation.” What do we do when all of our lofty goals are finally attained, and they become instead weekly obligations that wear us out and drain our spirit? What then?
Gordon writes further, “We came to believe that if we pushed ourselves hard enough, we could achieve a certain level of saintliness, a coveted spiritual maturity.” I know for myself, my flurry of spiritual activity and frantic service for God was supposed to bring about a deep and abiding faith, but instead, it was the very thing that threatened my spiritual life and robbed my soul of God’s best for me. I wish I’d seen this destructive pattern sooner! I wanted to be like D.L. Moody who said, “the world has yet to see what God can do through one person totally committed to Him.” My mom used to say to me, “Karl, if you ever get all this energy focused in one direction, watch out world!” Those were great words to me, and I’ve strived to fulfill them and make my mom proud, even though she has gone on ahead of me. But now I know there is another side of the soul, and instead now, I think I would warn, “If you ever get all your energy focused in one direction, even if it be ministry, watch out soul.” You risk losing the very thing you are striving to attain – vitality of soul and a deep walk with Christ.
Like the teenager whose t-shirt says, “Jesus could return any day… look busy!” we run the risk of becoming dead trees in the middle of the beautiful lake. In the end, it is not how busy we are that counts. It is not how much we have accomplished. It won’t be the number of programs we ran or the attendance at the events we organized that Jesus will ask about… he’ll just want to know, “Did you know I loved you all along?” While I’ve longed to hear him say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” I fear he may have said to me instead, “Welcome home, I’ve missed you. Maybe now we can be finally be friends.” God give me that Vital Optimism!
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