I added more pictures to the December album (click here). There are some videos too (click here)

There are a few things I've wanted to give a post of their own, but I haven't gotten to it: Abigail's preschool Christmas program & decorating the Christmas tree are two that come to mind. For now, the albums will have to suffice :)

A note on links:
Ever since I changed the blog layout, I have noticed that when I post a link it doesn't change the font size or color to indicate a hyperlink.

I used to always just put the link in with the text, like this: I added more pictures to the December album
But with the new formatting, you can't see just by looking that in the last sentence "December album" is a link.

I'm going to see if I can fix it, or at least try to remember to specify when I have inserted a link (like I did at the top of this post). If you think something might be hyperlinked, just hover your mouse over the words. They should turn red and show that there is a link to click through.

Preschool Project: melting crayons


Electric griddle covered with foil

Paper (we used construction paper & coffee filters, but any paper will work)

Broken crayons

Oven mitt
Paper towels

Add one very excited 4 1/2 year old

1) Heat griddle to "Warm" or the lowest setting.

2) Careful, it's hot! Now draw/scribble/write on the foil with crayons.

3. Using an oven mitt, press paper onto the melted wax.

4. Lift off paper and admire your finished product as it cools.

5. Wipe wax off foil with paper towel, then draw again.

New Pics

Posting new pics in the December Album. Here are a few:



Posted by Picasa

Eliana trying to give Lucia a tiny green tomato


We've been enjoying unseasonably nice weather, so we all played outside today. More pictures in the December album



Posted by Picasa

Yay for Aunties and Uncles!

Auntie Kendra and Uncle Jeremy visited for a few days. We love all our Aunties and Uncles!

Radical Womanhood

Can you tell I'm on a reading kick? This isn't one of the books I received from Thomas Nelson as part of the Book Review Bloggers program, but I loved it so much that I wrote a review anyway because I'd love to encourage more people to read it. (Thanks to my friend Elisa who initially recommended the book to me!)

Radical Womanhood, by Carolyn McCulley

I thoroughly appreciated this interesting and thought-provoking book. Radical Womanhood gives a great overview of the history of both Christian and feminist thinking regarding the identity and function of women, and how the various shifts in thought have affected modern thinking.

This is an extremely valuable resource for Christian women seeking a biblical understanding of the value and role of women within the home, the church, and society as a whole. Many books on biblical womanhood approach this subject with a practical-application or devotional approach. This book is different in that the bulk of the text concentrates on an historical overview of how our modern culture came to embrace the views of women that dominate much of our thinking.

Distinguishing between the three historical "waves" of feminism, the author draws from the writings of influential leaders of those movements, as well as the church's response. There is humble acknowledgment of the church's failure to respond biblically to some of the complaints brought by feminists seeking to end abuses against women, but careful delineation noting when the feminist cause veered into serious error and charted a course at odds with scripture.

Biblical principles like male headship in the home and the admonition for women to submit to their husbands make many women bristle – even women who do not consider themselves feminists. This book sheds light on both the reasons for this reaction, as well as explaining what those admonitions actually look like within a framework of biblical context. Clearly, christian women are the target audience of this book, and I heartily recommend it for any christian woman. But men also could find this book a valuable resource on understanding the influence of feminism on our culture. Even secular feminists interested in truly understanding the perspective of Christian women who embrace these ideas would greatly benefit from this book.

Me & God & Depression

I'm not comfortable in front of a camera, but wanted to share a little bit. Video was actually easier than writing for this one (although I had to cover up the computer screen with sticky notes so I didn't have to watch myself while I was recording :P )

Me & Depression & God from Sarah Caprye on Vimeo.

Picture update

Here are a few pictures from recent activities. A few more posted in the November web album.

Playing with Fuzzle with Grandpa Peter & Grandma Grace

Playing in the leaves, in the dark, with our good friends the Fa'agutu's

Roasting marshmellows and making s'mores (with 6 kids ages 2, 2, 2, 3, 4, & 5)

Sweet Lucia

The [expanded] Bible

I have agreed to review books for Thomas Nelson Publishers. As part of their Book Review Blogger program, I have agreed to post brief reviews on my blog in exchange for free books. To learn more, or to sign up to become a reviewer, click the icon in the sidebar.

The Expanded Bible: New Testament

“Study the Bible While You Read” is the tagline emblazoned on the front cover, spine, and back of this bible. It is promoted as a study tool that can make in-depth bible study easier and reveal the full richness and dimensions of meaning within the original text. It aims to accomplish this by incorporating study notes in-line with the biblical text, especially when the original language can be translated in multiple ways. It sounds like a great idea.

My current preferred method of bible study is slightly physically cumbersome. I love referencing the Hebrew and Greek meanings of words, but I have no formal training in either language. So, bible study for me usually involves lugging out my well-worn and very large, heavy copy of Strong’s Concordance with the best of Vine’s Dictionary. I wondered, “Could this bible incorporate the best elements of that study experience within one volume?”

Unfortunately, my experience with this bible has shown it to be an insufficient resource for in-depth study, while at the same time being too visually and textually awkward for meditative or devotional reading.

Other reviewers of this book have detailed the various ways that the text tends to result in a choppy, disjointed reading experience. (see other reviews here) so I won’t linger on that point.

For me, the issues with this bible start with the translation from which this bible draws its base text. The base text is a modified version of the New Century Version, which is described by Thomas Nelson Publishers as “maintaining the integrity of the biblical text without complex theological vocabulary” (source). Personally, I find the NCV to be lacking in much of the richness and depth that I find in other translations. (I most frequently use the NKJV and NASB.) Nevertheless, I understand the appeal of contemporary functional-equivalent translations. These translations are seen by many as making the bible accessible for individuals with limited English reading skills, or those who have no familiarity with biblical, theological, or doctrinal language. However, the stated goal of The [expanded] Bible is to give the reader “the full richness and variety of God’s message” and “all the dimensions of meaning in the original languages.” The attempt to achieve those aims on the basis of an interpretation that specifically aims to avoid complex theological language seems contradictory. Why not simply use a more robust translation in the first place?

While the in-line notes do provide some additional nuance to the selected text, they are no comparison to the breadth of information available in an actual concordance and Bible dictionary. Specifically, The [expanded] Bible provides notes for only selected words, phrases, or passages. In Acts 11:5, the notes clarify that the phrase “Peter saw something” could alternately read “Peter saw an object”, but they give no further definition to the phrase “I had a vision while in a trance”.

I can see potential value in this bible for those who are devoted to the New Century Version of the Bible and want a reference that will give more depth to that translation, but for other readers there are many other more fulfilling resources.

Barney's visit

Abigail's preschool class has a pet dog named Barney, and he's been staying at our house the last couple days. Here's a letter Barney wrote to tell Abigail's classmates all about his stay with us.

Abigail and I had a great couple of days together! I got to sit on Abigail’s lap on the way home after school. (All the other seats in the van were full because Abigail has three sisters.) After a snack we snuggled in bed and looked at books during her quiet reading time. Next we watched Jelly Telly while Abigail’s mommy got dinner ready. I learned about a guy name Anthony who lived a long time ago and gave away lots of money to poor people. After dinner Abigail and her sisters took baths, so I hung out on her bed with some of her stuffed animals. Before bed we read a book about how our bodies work (well, about how people’s bodies work. I’m a dog so mine’s a little different) and a Bible story about Jesus healing some people, then we went to sleep.
The next morning we had Abigail’s favorite breakfast – bread with peanut butter, honey, cinnamon, and cranberries! Yummy! We had plans to go to a kids prayer meeting later, but Abigail’s mommy had to get dinner in the crock pot, so we ran out of time. At lunch I got to help Abigail make Mac-n-cheese. Her mom did the part with the boiling water, but we did the rest by ourselves. After lunch we were going to try to visit Abigail’s Daddy at work, but baby Lucia had trouble taking her nap. So we stayed home and played with Abigail’s sisters Eliana and Joelle instead. Abigail likes to act out stories, so we pretended we were taking a trip on a train. Later we played dress up. Abigail was a princess, and I got to wear a crown, too!

An impromptu song about Fall

Jumping into the leaves

Eliana & Joelle worshipping

Fall Fun

There are lots more pictures in the October web album. Enjoy :)



Posted by Picasa

Eliana and Joelle going crazy with strollers

All the advice books say that you should have a quiet, calming routine with your children to help them "wind down" in the couple hours before bedtime. Well, this is more like what our house usually sounds like before bedtime:

I think they are saying "Round and round", but I'm not sure.

Abigail and Joelle

Abigail and Joelle working on an animal puzzle together:

Abigail holding Lucia

Abigail is getting pretty good at holding Lucia. See here:

Joelle singing Kumbaya

Joelle loves to sing. I don't know where she learned this song, but here she is singing "Kumbaya"

Eliana singing Jesus Loves Me

Eliana singing Jesus Loves Me.
Her lyrics include "Jesus" "Bible" "I know" & "Lay down" The "lay down" is in there because we usually sing it when I'm putting them to bed, and there are frequent interruptions to the song as I remind them to lie down. :)

Lucia smiling and cooing (full version)

Cute video of Lucia smiling a lot and cooing a little. Most of the action is in the first 45 seconds, but I put up the whole thing for those of you that just can't get enough.

Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham

I recently signed up to review books for Thomas Nelson Publishers. As part of their Book Review Blogger program, I have agreed to post brief reviews on my blog in exchange for free books. To learn more, or to sign up to become a reviewer, click the icon in the left sidebar.

Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham

Written by best-selling author and researcher Marcus Buckingham, this book applies Mr. Buckingham’s research and consulting background to women, attempting to “prove women really can ‘have it all’”. In the author’s own words, “If ‘having it all’ means drawing enough strength from life to feel fulfilled, loved, successful, and in control, then that is something every single one of us should aim for and every single one of us can attain.”

To be completely honest, I thought I would strongly dislike this book before I ever read the first page. From the genre (I’d call it self-help), to the title/subtitle (Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently), to the author (Marcus Buckingham, a man, writing this book all about how women can be happier and more successful), I was skeptical that I would find much value within.

As I read, I was surprised to find some passages that strongly resonated with me. I recognized myself in some of the women’s stories. I thought about a very rough period I went through last year and realized that some of his advice may have helped me break out of some unhealthy cycles I was in during that time. The Strong Life Test ( defined my Life Roles, and seemed to hit the nail right on the head – I’m primarily an Advisor, with Weaver as my secondary role. I was intrigued by his perspective of looking at strengths & weaknesses in respect to an activity’s effect on me, instead of simply in terms of my effectiveness or performance.

But, at the most fundamental level, I think this book gets some things very, very wrong. First of all, I do not think this book is coming from a biblical perspective at all. The author throws in a few uses of the word “God” in the most vague and generic way, but makes no attempt to align his message with biblical truth. Secondly, the inherent message of the book is extraordinarily self-centered, as are the methods proposed for finding happiness and success. I appreciate the author’s intent – to help women identify the things that make them feel happy and successful. But feeling happy and successful is not God’s primary goal for us. Third, the perspective is so heavily skewed toward working women that it seems to nearly disregard full-time motherhood. In fairness, the author never dismisses motherhood outright as a worthy full-time devotion. But this book simply is not written with full-time mothers in mind.

I found the book overall to be relevant in some surprising ways, but ultimately flawed in its philosophy.

Tummy time - family style

I put Lucia down for some tummy time tonight, and soon everyone else joined in, too!


Posted by Picasa

Family Pics, & album update

I have added a few more pictures to the September web album. Here are a few family pictures taken while my mom & Aaron's parents were visiting. We are so thankful to everyone who has been such a support to us in these first weeks as a family of SIX! Especially our parents, who helped make the transition so much easier. Thank you Grace, Peter, Peggy, and Mike!!!



Posted by Picasa

More from Lucia's first week

Here are a few more pics of our new little Lucia.
For more photos, see these photo albums:
Lucia's Birthday

Introducing Lucia Danielle

She's here! Our new baby girl, Lucia Danielle, was born at 2:20pm today. (We are using the Italian pronunciation for Lucia: Loo-chee-ah) She weighed 7 lbs exactly, and is 19 inches long. She is beautiful and healthy. We'll give more of an update later, but she's sleeping, so we should be too! You can see our first round of pictures on the Picasa site, or in the slideshow below.

Watching Cicadas molt at the park

Spent the morning at the park, playing and watching Cicadas molt.

Videos of Eliana & Joelle talking

August update

There are a few more pictures in the August album (also video album here).

We had a little excitement on the way home one day when I saw what looked like a tornado forming just ahead of us. I snapped this picture with my cell phone, and it ended up on a local news station's website. (Article here)

A few more pics from recent fun. Reading with Daddy, and coloring on our "Countdown Calendar". We're counting down to many things - Grandma Grace's arrival, Daddy's birthday, Baby sister's due date, First day of preschool, Nana & Grandpa Mike's arrival...

Posted by Picasa

Happy Birthday Eliana & Joelle!



Posted by Picasa

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Search This Blog

Blog Archive