Posts Tagged ‘elephants’

So what’s up with the Turtle?

I am happy to have returned to the blogospeher, even if not as regularly as I would like.  And I am happy to be praying, even if not as regularly as I’d like.  As a turtle, I move and change slowly.  My best hope is that movement is in the right direction.

Last week we took a roadtrip with my youngest daughter.  She loves elephants, so we drove to Kansas City and saw elephants.  I’ve never spent any time in Kansas City before.  It is a fun town with lots to see (besides elephants).  Lots of fountains and monuments, music and barbecue, shopping and museums.

I really enjoyed spending time with family and I know the time was good for me.

… and yet.

And yet I did act out.  There was some time when my wife and daughter left to do some swimming or shopping and I stayed behind.  And I acted out.  I looked at internet pornography while they were away.  

Very disappointing.  I wonder some times if I am even trying.  Don’t I want to get better?

Still … I am trying.

I am back at the office and trying to work daily prayer back into my life.  I am trying to check-in with accountability partners.  I am trying to be honest when I blog.

Lord Jesus,

Have mercy on me a sinner!  And grant me the grace to want to do what is right and the strength to surrender to what is right.  May my struggles bring you glory.



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At our house the phrase “Circus Weekend” usually refers to the weekends when we have all six children at home with us. But this past weekend the Circus was a source of incredible joy and celebration — especially for the Chatty Chatty Princess!

The Chatty Chatty Princess loves elephants. When she was four years old, Santa brought her a stuffed pink elephant that became her favorite toy. Her friend Georgia had a stuffed green elephant that had a rattle in its belly which Emma loved to play with when they were together.

When she was five, the Chatty Chatty Princess asked Santa for a green elephant like Georgia’s. Santa delivered! Now Baby Green Elephant is Emma’s dearest friend. She sleeps with her, travels with her, comforts her, and loves her.

And the Chatty Chatty Princes has developed a love for all elephants. She has many stuffed elephants of various shapes and sizes. Most of them live at the foot of her bed. But until this weekend, Emma had never seen a real elephant.

And then the Circus came to town! Not only did the Chatty Chatty Princess get to see real elephants, she got to ride on an elephant! Riding on the back of a beautiful pachyderm named Cindy, the Chatty Chatty Princess was transformed into the radiant Elephant Queen!

Emma on Elephant

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