Sunday, April 30, 2006

Amen.

He’s the King of righteousness.
He’s the King of the ages.
He’s the King of Heaven.
He’s the King of glory.
He’s the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords.
Now that’s my King.
Well I wonder if you know Him. Do you know Him? Don’t try to mislead me. Do you know my King?

David said the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament show His handiwork.
My King is the only one whom there are no means of measure can define His limitless love.
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
Well, well, He’s enduringly strong.
He’s entirely sincere.
He’s eternally steadfast.
He’s immortally graceful.
He’s imperially powerful.
He’s impartially merciful.
That’s my King.
He’s God’s Son.
He’s the sinner’s saviour.
He’s the centrepiece of civilization.
He stands alone in Himself.
He’s honest.
He’s unique.
He’s unparalleled.
He’s unprecedented.
He’s supreme.
He’s pre-eminent.
Well, He’s the grandest idea in literature.
He’s the highest personality in philosophy.
He’s the supreme problem in high criticism.
He’s the fundamental doctrine of proved theology.
He’s the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion.
That’s my King.
He’s the miracle of the age.
He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him.
Well, He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously.
He supplies strength for the weak.
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He saves.
He guards and He guides.
He heals the sick.
He cleanses the lepers.
He forgives sinners.
He discharged debtors.
He delivers the captives.
He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.
He serves the unfortunate.
He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.
Do you know Him?
Well, my King is a King of knowledge.
He’s the wellspring of wisdom.
He’s the doorway of deliverance.
He’s the pathway of peace.
He’s the roadway of righteousness.
He’s the highway of holiness.
He’s the gateway of glory.
He’s the master of the mighty.
He’s the captain of the conquerors.
He’s the head of the heroes.
He’s the overseer of the overcomers.
He’s the prince of princes.
He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords.
That’s my King. Yeah. Yeah. That’s my King. My King, yeah.

His office is manifold.
His promise is sure.
His light is matchless.
His goodness is limitless.
His mercy is everlasting.
His love never changes.
His Word is enough.
His grace is sufficient.
His reign is righteous.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Well. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable. He’s indescribable. Yes.
He’s incomprehensible.
He’s invincible.
He’s irresistible.
I’m coming to tell you, the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explaining Him.
You can’t get Him out of your mind. You can’t get Him off of your hands. You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.
Well, Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him.
Herod couldn’t kill Him.
Death couldn’t handle Him
and the grave couldn’t hold Him.
That’s my King. Yeah.
He always has been and He always will be.
I’m talking about He had no predecessor and He’ll have no successor.
There’s nobody before Him and there’ll be nobody after Him.
You can’t impeach Him and He’s not going to resign.
That’s my King! That’s my King!
Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.
Well, all the power belongs to my King.
We’re around here talking about black power and white power and green power, but it’s God’s power.
Thine is the power. Yeah. And the glory.
We try to get prestige and honour and glory for ourselves, but the glory is all His.
Yes. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and glory, forever and ever and ever and ever.
How long is that?
And ever and ever and ever and ever. And when you get through with all of the evers, then, Amen.
-S.M. Lockridge

Thursday, April 27, 2006

an imperial life.

well, the word on the street is that we might be moving back to eau claire. i myself don't know if i would buy it, but, that's what they say!

okay. we have narrowed our life down to two main options! (or at least our 5 year plan - going beyond might be a bit like Bottlerocket no?!)

option #1 is this: we stay in florida for 2 more years (at least) during which time matt completes the certification requirements for the state. at the end of this time, he would be licensed here but nowhere else - except for maybe mississippi where i hear you don't even need a GED?! if we were to want to move to wisconsin, he would enroll in another emergency certification program where he would work at another ghetto-fabulous school for a year while taking still more classes - at the end of which, he would be certified for the state of wisconsin.

option #2 is: we move up north, where i would work and matt would study in a two-year add-an-undergrad program. at the end of which, he would be licensed in the whole union.

so, the question is, do we go for 3 years of hoops with a paycheck and small licensure, or 2 years of hoops with no paycheck and a good licensure? if you please, tell us your gut reaction, and then tell us your prayer-filled reaction. assuming you would like to pray for us. please do. :-)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

que viva la santa!!!!!!

for kelly's birthday, fernando planned a lovely surprise party in the park. we had chorizo, vacio (a lot like entrana), salad, and cupcakes! these are the girls who came. the one standing next to me, ana, is often mistaken for eva longoria! she even gets asked for her autograph!
these are the gentlemen in attendance. we all met up after church which coincidentally was one of the craziest services i've ever attended! the speakers were a pair of brothers who are musicians - salsa and merengue. they performed a bunch of their songs and spoke in between (they were really good too! so good that matt may have even emitted a "ZA!!!" - but then again maybe not.) there was a group of seminary-kids visiting, and they were pulled up to the stage to dance. a couple of them were sconnies, which means they had 2 dance moves to choose from: skanking and the polka. so needless to say they were up there swinging those elbows and skanking away - we were laughing so hard!!! ;-) it was cute. made me homesick.
in conclusion, i have told you about kelly's birthday. THE END. :-)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

do you know how george clooney woos his women?

by feeding them tiramisu! as reported exclusively by in touch magazine! wow.

after seeing the picture of it we got crazy-hungry for it, and so here i share with you the recipe (from, of course, the world-famous in touch magazine.) we made it last night and it was really good! can you tell? can you tell by matt's reaction?

1/2 cup strong black coffee
1/4 cup of kahlua
2 cups (16 oz) of mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 package of ladyfingers (about 24)
1/4 cup cocoa
a dash of cinnamon
1 cup heavy cream

1. combine the coffee and kahlua in a bowl.
2. beat 1/2 cup of cream in with the mascarpone cheese and sugar (with a mixer)
3. in an 8X8 inch pan, arrange one layer of ladyfingers. use a pastry brush to coat them with half the coffee/liquor mix.
4. spread half of the creamy mixture over the ladyfingers. repeat layering again! (ladyfingers and creamy stuff.)
5. dust on top with cocoa and cinnamon - chill for 2 hour.
6. beat the rest of the heavy cream mixed with a splash of rum to put on top for one final fluffy layer. :-) that is our own addition.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Anthony

On a very different note, tonight gave me such a reminder of why the resurrection is so important. The family of one of my previous 5th graders, Anthony, is in the news down here. Someone poured gasoline all over his mom, lit her on fire, and then locked her up. She's in the hospital now, and not expected to make it. I wonder, who does he go home to at night? Who is there to take care of him???

Sometimes the story of Christ feels so removed; sometimes it's unavoidable. In these days I - I don't know. I am appalled by what happened, it makes me sick to my stomach. And in these days I just fall on my face thanking God for who he is. Thanking him for how he made it possible to find hope in this shattered world; thanking him that when he promises to give us life, it's not a cliche but a reality, something I can feel deep inside me. On this day, I am so grateful for the cross, so grateful for the torn curtain, so grateful for the empty tomb, so grateful that he is there when Anthony goes home at night.

Shabat shalom! & Happy Easter!

For Good Friday, we attended a Messianic synagogue. We had been hoping to blend in (being Gentiles and late), but as soon as we walked in the rabbi stopped his sermon and said "Shabat Shalom!" There were only 6 people there, so of course they noticed we weren't regulars - also I think the fact that we didn't speak Hebrew gave us away? The rabbi switched to English for the message (mostly) and talked about how the passover and subsequent escape from slavery is a parallel for Christ and our redemption. It was an awesome message. Then we got to play tambourines!!!
On Easter morning, we woke up very excited! Actually, that is a lie, as I woke up grumpy. Alas, it was my 2nd holiday away from home. However, Matt cheered me up with a lovely display of candy that said "Happy Easter!" Then Matt set off to find his basket! Fyodor was very excited about finding his candy. Look at him licking his lips! Observe the craziness in his eyes!
We went to church at the amphitheater. At our service was a good 20,000 people! It is always a unique experience worshipping with so many people. Five different choirs sang, including the little kids, the high schoolers, and the gospel choir. It was awesome. Afterwards we went to Kelly and Fernando's where we ate grilled mojo chicken!
Then we played Farkle and hunted for eggs. Here is Kelly, finding one tucked away in Mariela's hair! The search got a bit aggressive - as you can see, poor Mariela's arm was torn right off, leaving her with just a hand. I'm just glad it wasn't me, as I look forward to playing not one but two tambourines next year!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

mongolian cow sour yogurt super girl's voice

i was just reading in the news about china's version of american idol: mongolian cow sour yogurt super girl's voice! the chinese are leap-years ahead of us in that their name is infinitely cooler than ours. i mean that.

anyway, this was in the news because the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television recently made new rules for the show, such as that contests should contribute to "constructing a harmonious socialist society ... they must not make a hubhub about things as they please and must avoid creating stars." also, judges "should be positive and healthy ... they must not make contestants embarrassed."

it is speculated that "...authorities worried that voting for TV contestants would make the Chinese want to vote in other contexts, such as for their political leaders." (-Time). 400 million viewers watched the finale last year - will they clamor for freedom in the name of mongolian cow sour yogurt super girl? will a movie be made starring mel gibson? or will china overcompensate for the threat by broadcasting only dragon-dances with a 6 second delay? these are all important questions to consider.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

burning the old year

our school year is about to come to an end, which means it's time to kiss all this goodbye! (both of us lost our jobs due to low enrollment, which is very-much okay but means we have a lot of searching to do soon.)

the interview matt had, it's at the same school where i've been working ~ we should find out sometime next week!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

skull island!

we found an island! and while we were there, we saw dolphins swim by! three of them!!! it was awesome.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

the resurrection of jet jaguar?

while aaron and abby were here, they came up with a plan for our future which includes moving up to wisconsin and starting a band - which, of course, matt has been dying to do, especially considering the low amount of rock'n'roll this state has to offer. (you know what's weird? when i wrote that just now, i was trying to think of another word for rock'n'roll since that could also encompass throaty linkin park type of music, and i thought "aha! is it called 'alternative'?" whereupon i realized that word hasn't been used since like...94? how do i get so behind the times??)

anyway. all the rock'n'roll talk brought back thoughts of the glory days when matt and the other members of the hypothetical "middle school boy-band" jet jaguar were invited down to take on a pro-wrestler in the ring. anyone remember that? the guy who kept sending matt obscene emails as they duked it out over rights to the name jet jaguar?

anyway. i hope they make a band, and then me and abby will get to be merch girls. here we are looking so darn cute. :-)

Monday, April 03, 2006

i think i might run into mr. ecko any moment...

'cause this place looks just like lost!!! the swamps we had been to thus far were kind of disappointing - lots and lots and lots of gators, but mostly just saw grass. the saw grass is super-sharp and kind of rattles in the wind, but we were looking for a swamp truly worthy of the name the glades.

this weekend we finally found it! it's only a half hour away, really near the ocean - in fact, it's connected to a lagoon, and it's full of manatees during the right season! anyway, this is the kind of swamp that has trees with roots that reach way way down into the water. most of the roots don't even touch the dirt! they just dangle down from the tree, kind of like straws that swish around. some trees look like cross-sections, with roots that go up a good 8 feet in the air before the trunk starts. some of the best climbing trees i've ever seen!! the whole place looks like the amazon. makes me want to put achiote in my hair and shrink a head. or something.