Monday, July 27, 2009

highlights from the 2009 swim season

breaststroke and backstroke

his "dive" at the beginning of the season...
and his dive at the end of the season

freestyle and fly
a butterflyer in the making

backstroke and freestyle
backstroke is a favorite for him

cheering for fellow team-mates
games between races at the meets

backstroke and freestyle
she took 10th (of 16) in Sundance in the 100yard back

IM (individual medley- butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, free) and Fly
my drawing was voted for the cover of the Sundance programe

lots of rest!


Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by heart council.
Proverbs 27:9

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17

"Manners may differ from culture to culture, just as sauces do, but the presence of them is nearly universal...manners help us learn how to be considerate of one another...manners are designed to adorn and beautify our lives, not to gum them up." -My Life for Yours by Douglas Wilson

"How we honor God (or not) in an overt way drives or defines how we honor Him (or not) in our day-to-day activity as we are dealing with other members of the family." - ibid

asseveration- the solemn or emphatic declaration or statement of something

aphorism- a pithy observation that contains a general truth
- a concise statement of a scientific principle, typically by an ancient classical author

triumvirate- a group of three powerful or notable people or things existing in relation to each other

modicum- a small quantity of a particular thing, especially something considered desirable or valuable

connexion- a relationship in which a person, thing or idea is linked or associated with something else
- a supplier of narcotics

substratum- an underlying layer or substance, in particular, a layer of rock or soil beneath the surface of the ground

excise- a tax levied on certain goods and commodities produced or sold within a country and on licenses granted for certain activities

Thursday, July 9, 2009

More than a Relaxing Moment?

What a treat, what a treasure, what a memory, when three brothers who call themselves "the trio" go out of their way to creatively come up with their own way to bless the ladies in their family. "The trio" put their three heads together and decided to open a spa for the girls. They wrote out a list of all the things they could do, and passed it around for us to review. We were ushered out to the patio with our books to relax and enjoy: foot scrubs; lotion for feet, legs, hands, and arms; back rubs, and shoulder massages. 

When the paper was handed around I heard my mind preparing to say something like: "I have work to do," "I need to finish math," "no, thank you...." and so on. But suddenly, I realized I was about to crush the hearts of three little boys who went out of their way to bless me. I didn't have to be invited, but they wanted me to be there. They wanted to give me a gift of their time and love. How could I say "no" on pretense of being "too busy?" As I enjoyed the treat, because I did say "yes, thank you," I wondered if this was a treat that they would repeat with any regularity, and in time become more proficient at it. Then I thought what a blessing it could be to their future wives as well. I hope in the future I'll still be able to catch my tongue before I say "no," and think about how it might impact who they will become.

I hope the picture turned out ok. I tried to scan the paper of spa options. They also listed things that they could do to bless Momma, such as: working in the garden, cleaning, and helping out. =)

Sunday, July 5, 2009


"You know that a man is educated, not by what he knows, but by what he knows he doesn't know."
-C.S. Lewis

"On the page, punctuation performs its grammatical function, but in the mind of the reader it does more than that. It tells the reader how to hum the tune."
- Lynne Truss from her book: Eats, Shoots & Leaves

pejorative- expressing contempt or disapproval

atelier- a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designe

abrogate- repeal or do away with (a law, right or formal agreement)

lade- load (a ship or other vessel)

solecism- a grammatical mistake in speech or writing
- a breech of good manners; a piece of incorrect behavior

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July by Robert Herrick

First, April, she brings with mellow showers
Opens the way for early flowers;
Then after her comes smiling May,
In a more rich and sweet array;
Next enters June, and brings us more
Gems than those two that went before:
Then, lastly, July comes, and she
More wealth brings in than all those three