Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Midweek Ramblings

This week has been unique. (Beginning with a rhyme is always good, right?)

First, Leslie, Steven and Ava Grace flew to California on Saturday. Reports from the Left Coast are that all is well and that Ava misses her Nana. I'm confident that she misses me very much less than I miss her. Who'd a thunk (as Beaver Cleaver would say) just a year ago that my heart would be so smitten by this little one? Many people told me that you can't imagine what it's like to be a grandparent until you are one. That was a colossal understatement.

Anyway, Leslie has now enjoyed some of the California haunts that Steven loves and will hopefully blog about all that when they return. For now, they are enjoying time with Grandpa Gompers, Great Grandma Elaine and Aunt Tracy and family. They will head to the wedding of one of Steven's college roomies this weekend and then return to us on Sunday.

Monday, David had severe back pain that he thought stemmed from a pulled muscle initially. As it became unbearable, I took him to the Urgent Care because Nichole had an appointment that she couldn't miss. Seems he had a kidney stone and is still dealing with it--so please remember him in your prayers. It was basically a "kill me or heal me" kinda pain and I have to say I've never seen him so miserable. If you've had one, you know. If you haven't, I hope you never do!

Finally, I finished reading "The Shack" on Monday night. There are quite a few theological/doctrinal inaccuracies in the book but if you can read it for what it is, a work of fiction that endeavors to present a lavish-love Father (Papa)to a wounded soul who has only been able to conceptualize Him as a God of rigid requirements that must be performed perfectly, then it's not a bad read.

Speaking as one who has gone through the rigors of a thick-skinned writing critique by Moody Editors including Jerry Jenkins, I couldn't help noticing the numerous literary no-no's employed by this novice author, but he never intended this book to make it to the mainstream. He wrote if for his six children and self-published the work. It's a "word of mouth" phenomenon that has made it to the marketplace without being published by a major house. Apparently, it was rejected repeatedly by Christian publishers saying it was too controversial, and by secular publishers who said it was too Christian. Therefore, if nothing else, I give it two kudos for that. It's a feat people.

I am currently reading "The Copper Scroll" by Joel Rosenberg. So far, there is nothing I can say except GET THIS BOOK. It is fascinating and it will suck you in like a Dyson on the first page.

Well, it's time to get back to work. Happy Wednesday and God Bless~


  1. Hope David is able to pass his stone quickly and easily!

  2. Oh, I bet that you are missing your sweet little grandbaby!!! Hope they have tons of fun in CA!
    Fred and I read The Shack a couple of months ago as well. Very interesting. I agree: many theological inaccuracies, but a great picture of God's grace and love.

  3. thanks Heather! I'm sure he does too!

    Lindsey, I DO miss her--so much, but I'm happy they are having fun. We love ya'll and can't wait to hear your news today!