Sunday, March 11, 2012

First Game of the Season

We've wrapped up the men's basketball home games. (They're heading to Omaha for the big dance!).

So now we move on to the next sport: BASEBALL!

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE going to UVA baseball games. They are very kid friendly and relaxed. Friday, we headed to our first game. It was beautiful. And, we managed to score some great seats, just behind the backstop.

Henry was amazingly into it. He has been wearing his little baseball glove at home all of the time. And was so excited to actually see big boys catch the baseballs into their gloves.

Here are a few pics.

We only made it through the first 5 innings or so. Then it was night time.

But we will be back again soon! With the weather looking to be in the 70s this week, it might be very soon.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Two Snowy Days

It's been a very quiet winter up and down the east coast, really. But in the last two weeks, we've finally seen some snow.

Here are some pics from the couple of inches we got on February 19:

Our little cul-de-sac. (Henry actually called it a cul-de-sac today. Too sweet!)

Ready to take on the snow!

For my birthday, Andrew gave me a birdfeeder for our back deck. To say that I LOVE IT is a terrible understatement. I can watch these precious little creatures while I cook and even while we sit at the dinner table. Here are a couple of our favorite friends escaping the downpour.

And, perhaps, one of my favorite views: the woods in our backyard blanketed in snow. Just makes you want to go, "Ahhhhhhh."

Today, ALL of central Virginia was caught by surprise by an early morning snow storm. We easily got 4 inches or so at our place. But nearby towns got 8" and counting!

We managed to get into work this morning and I snapped a few pics just outside of the building where I work.

This is a view of the "Addie, Kesiah, Uncle Greg, Aunt Krista, Gwenny, Charlie" parking lot. This is where we tailgate and Henry has a very keen memory of our tailgates!

This is the view outside of my office window. I know. I'm very grateful and try not to take it for granted.

This is the courtyard between the two buildings at the ed school. I ran this through the app Instagram; that is why it looks so old timey.

When I got Henry home, and after his nap, we headed outside to make a snowman. Turns out, I am way out of practice. He called it a snowman anyway (he is so sweet to his momma). But he was very gracious, as it was really one mound with a small ball on top. He squealed with excitement anyway. JOY!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


As I've wrestled with this new issue of human trafficking that is heavy on my heart, I have been praying for clarity as to how to serve as a suburban Virginia abolitionist.

One of my very best friends, Kristen, shared with me the beautiful work being done by Compassion International.

I've been doing some reading on Compassion's website and I came across a blog post. A woman was talking about her sponsorship in light of the epidemic of human trafficking among the world's most impoverished. And she said that by sponsoring her little boy, she was keeping him from being trafficked.

He was learning to read and write, he was being well fed and clothed. As he learned more, he became more aware of the traps set by traffickers. With the help of his sponsor, he was also less of a drain on his family's very scarce resources.

That's when the author declared herself a preventative abolitionist.

How much do I LOVE that! A preventative abolitionist. THAT is something I could do!

In the mail today, we received our packet about Mikael. He is ours. Ours to sponsor. Ours to encourage, to pray for. Ours to introduce to Henry as his buddy in a far away place called Africa. Ours to write to and love.

If you, like me, get overwhelmed by the amount of need in our broken world, I invite you to pray for Mikael. Your prayers can make a difference is this one precious little life. He is 5 years old and lives with his grandparents, who--when they can be--are employed as farmers.

I love this quote that was in one of our All Souls worship guide a few weeks ago (from Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission):

While there are millions victimized every day, our work will always be about the one. To succumb to the enormity of the problem is to fail the one. And more is required of us.

Mikael is our one.