Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Whose Wearing the Pants?


This is an actual Dockers Store Ad. I've seen it around a few places (I think on Becky's Blog first) and it's made me laugh, and made me think. Hmm.....they must feel it's a good marketing ploy to appeal to men to "wear the pants." What does that mean? Not sure....but I'm wondering. (Hey - it's cold and our Japanese Lessons were cancelled. ::snort::). They must not fear a huge backlash from feminists. That could be a good sign. They must think most men can think of nothing to better prove they're men than to give in to a clever marketing ploy. They assume most men feel brow beaten....Of course, I believe Levi's owns Dockers and they are known for supporting things that certainly don't encourage traditional manhood....but for today....this Ad made me smile. Though I haven't ordered any Dockers yet.

Bre will be home in 8 days
Krista will be home in 10 days
Jamin and Josiah will be home in 12 days

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Brrrrr.....I'd Forgotten...

....about garbage can lids that are frozen to the can.....

....about "warming a car up" before you hop in.....

....about windshield wipers that freeze to the windshield....

...about snow that falls briefly and then melts...leaving ice and gloom...but soon we'll have lots and lots of white....or so the old timers tell me.

I'm content to stay home. WHY are Stacia and Zander still running around in shorts when the rest of us have jackets, toe socks, long pants and warm slippers on?????

Bre will be home in 8 days
Krista will be home in 10 days
Jamin and Josiah will be home in 12 days

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Quick Update

It snowed yesterday. Not a lot..but enough to make some of the roads tricky and a long commute home for Mike. The roads thawed by noon and were icy by 4:30.

It's ironic that I've planned life out here on the Japanese Prairie so that lessons and Bible Study come to US. This takes into account the well-known fact that I've had at least one accident in each Northern Tier assignment. Our first day with yucky roads of any sort and I had a 8:45 a.m. doctor's appointment for Arielle. ::snort:: We took it slow. We were fine.

Arielle most likely has strep. She was feeling BAD yesterday, but I look for her to feel increasingly better each day.

School, more PWOC calls and emails...life is just life. ::snort::


Bre will be home in 8 days
Krista will be home in 10 days
Jamin and Josiah will be home in 12 days

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

New Advent Storybook


For over eleven years our family has read one of the books in the Jotham's Journey Trilogy during Advent. These books follow a child, each on a rather incredible journey that climaxes in Bethlehem at Christ's birth. A passage is read each day. A devotional is included, though I often found my theology wasn't a "match" with the author's. We enjoyed this practice. This year as we pulled out the book, I began to realize that Stacia is old enough to realize the danger in the story, but not quite old enough to fully realize it's a MADE UP STORY and everything will be ALRIGHT IN THE END....she struggles with bad dreams. Rather than give her an exciting hook to deal with each night...."It was Decca of Meggedo, now go to bed...." through Advent we began a search for something different.

We've enjoyed having more time to linger over our Jesse Tree Devotionals and Adorenaments (which cover the names of Christ).

Christie, my partner in Children's ministry these past few months, suggested a book she found on clearance and had been reading to her 3 year old. The Advent Story Book, is a child's picture book. In this book by Antonie Schneider a young bear is eagerly waiting for Christmas. Mama bear tells him that Christmas is just "24 stories away" and each night she tells him a story about the adventures of a little bear as he follows his special star to Bethlehem. It's a cute story. It's also a bit fanciful at times. The illustrations are great. Each night's story is only a page long. Our book arrived yesterday and Stacia, Zander and Nolan sat down to read the first 15 days of the book with me. More was requested, but I informed them we'd caught up and now would have to wait for bedtime to read a page a day. ::snort:: If you are looking for something for your younger ones to enjoy with daily readings, this may fit the bill. It does NOT have devotionals....but it does have a daily thought....and we are doing other devotionals.

Samples of daily thoughts are: "faith can move mountains," "if you are ever lost in the dark, this light can lead you home," "a good deed can bring unexpected rewards,"God's love can warm and brighten the coldest, darkest night."

Visit my All Things Advent Index for more ideas, tips and reviews.
Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...