For centuries Japan celebrated Boy's Day on the 5th day of the 5th month. In 1954 the festival became known as Kodomo-no-hi, a national holiday celebrating the healthy growth of all children - both boys and girls. Families with a son would fly fish-shaped windsocks outside of their homes on a long pole. The windsocks, known as koi-nobori, represent carp swimming upstream. Parents hope their sons will overcome obstacles as they grow up and become men. "Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." Ephesians 6:10
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Here they come! There was whooping and hollering and clapping.
The paperwork to get Nate home took a long time. Very long. Too long for this family. They had his picture for over a year.
But now he is home!! And we rejoice!
Welcome home Nate!!
I was reflecting on Nate's arrival and thinking that it sort of reflects when we will one day go home to heaven. There probably will be the whoops and hollers from the great cloud of witnesses as we arrive! Everyone watching as we greet Jesus and our parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, great-grandparents, our unborn babies and the children who died before we did. And then the crowd will expand as others greet us. King David, Ruth, Moses, Elijah, Dwight L. Moody, and on and on.... And maybe there will even be some sort of heavenly Puffs too. There will be a feast for sure!! What great rejoicing that will be!
"Life is a temporary assignment. Your identity is in eternity, and your homeland is heaven."
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I must preface this post in saying that I am usually a safe grandma. Really. One of the things the kids love to do is walk on my treadmill. And sometimes jog too. I am by their side ready to intervene if necessary. I was in gymnastics in highschool and know about spotting. I don't let them go too fast (unless we are putting stuffed animals on it to watch them whizz off which is hilarious to do!) A few days ago, I let them go a little faster and when I saw them jumping, it made me laugh so hard - (they were being careful, I promise). I had to take a picture but as soon as I did, I was back spotting them again.
I took this picture through the screen of my kitchen window. We have had a hard time in years past because they want to nest right over our doors. And of course, that makes for a poopy mess on the floors. I am ok with them nesting in the corner of the front porch. So fun to watch them while I do dishes!!