Monday, March 23, 2009
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Friday, January 02, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Rosemary Wells, a former professor at the Northwestern University Dental School, found evidence that supports the origin of different tooth fairies in the United States around 1900. Folklorist Tad Tuleja suggests postwar affluence, a child-directed family culture, and media turned the myth into a custom. The Tooth Fairy, a three-act playlet for children by Esther Watkins Arnold, was published in 1927. On May 28, 1938, MGM released The Little Rascals short entitled, The Awful Tooth, in which the gang agreed to pull their teeth out to make money from the tooth fairy. A reference in American literature appears in the 1949 book, "The Tooth Fairy" by Lee Rothgow. Dr. Wells created a Tooth Fairy Museum in 1993 in her Deerfield, Illinois museum. In a March 1961 Peanuts strip, new character Frieda asks if the prices are set by the American Dental Society. The Tooth Fairy has appeared in several children's books, an adult book, and films, and the eponymous radio series.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
As tagged by a number of different folks -- here the story of my year, using the first sentence of the first post of each month.
Brett and Thomas took off with a friend for some "manly" activities at a Store for Tough Guys called Rural King.
Your Language Arts Grade: 100%
The fact that you are reading this letter means that you are considering an adoption plan for your child.
This picture is from Sunday night. ----------------------------->
Guess who figured out how to roll over yesterday?
Ever have one of those weeks where you have so many things to blog about that you don't even know where to start?
First of all, THANK YOU for all the prayers you've lifted up for Brett over the past six weeks.
One of my favorite Austin restaurants is now closed.
We visited my grandparents yesterday.
The kids and I lived through Halloween together.
We have been parents for five years now.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Today is our fifth family day.
Here is a link to a sermon I preached where I talked about our trip to Guatemala to adopt Thomas.
I love our little boy and can't believe that he has been with us for five whole years.
The best Christmas gift I ever received -- becoming a mother!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Christmas Season has the capability to stir up all sorts of memories and feelings -- some pleasant and some not-so-pleasant. In speaking with various clergy colleagues over the past couple of weeks, it seems that the combination of this terrible economy, the stress of the holidays, and plain old grief has coalesced into a big mess in many families and congregations. I've seen a couple of examples at Big Church. I know GGF has seen her share. My oldest son is really anxious and whiny about Christmas this year -- the anticipation is almost beyond the point where he can enjoy it.
Our Director of Christian Education began our staff meeting yesterday by reading us a portion of that lovely Peter Marshall sermon titled "Let's Keep Christmas". The sermon concludes with these words:
nor 'observe' Christmas.
We will 'keep' Christmas -- keep it as it is . . .
in all loveliness of its ancient traditions.
May we keep it in our hearts,
that we may be kept in its hope."
I hope that the next week is particularly kind to all my friends who are working to make the church a safe and welcoming space during this holiday. I hope that those traveling to be with friends and family are not automatically placed in whatever role their presence assigns them within their family system.
Brett is at the pediatrician with Baby D for his 12-month checkup. I will report later on the massive baby growth. Right now I am happy to be in my warm house, feeling slightly less puny than I did yesterday. I am going to try and blog more often in the new year. Adding a third child to my household has made things a wee more complicated!
Thanks to those who continue to blog my regularly. I do read and keep up with all of your activities.