After struggling to practice oboe for a while, we found that I can do 20 or so minutes after her morning nap. Not enough time for the Vivaldi Concerto I was working on, so I switched to going through the Ferling Etudes – good, fun, challenging, and short enough that I can do one/week, giving me extra motivation to practice. I’m still hoping to find ways to get plugged in musically to the community here, but am not sure yet exactly what that will look like – church? starting a chamber group? Toddler music class?
favorite recipes// maple sweetened apple pie // double peanut butter cups // pumpkin cheesecake // caramel pecan pie // beet pesto pizza // paleo crepes // pomegranate jeweled cheese ball // apple-walnut stuffing // carrot peanut soup // rustic chicken with garlic and gravy // how to cook kabocha squash
best of online// 10 Convictions about Labor and Birth From a Christian Worldview // Which Comes First, The Notes or the Music? // “My Spouse is my best friend” // Parenting Means Wrestling Demons // What Christians Just Don’t Get about LGBT Folks // Which Diet is Best? // 5 Movement Habits for a Better Birth // Efficient Practicing for Busy Parents // 31 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Children // Pixar’s “Up” in real life // Unconquered – WORLD’s Daniel of the Year Award // Is Something Bad Going to Happen Tomorrow?// Christ in You
reading of late// Paul Washer’s “The Gospel’s Power and Message” // Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp // Compassion Without Compromise – Barr/Citlau // I’ve also been listening to lots of audiobooks, including: Follow Me (David Platt) , Eight Twenty-Eight (Ian and Larissa Murphy), and Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert (Rosaria Butterfield).
Also, we’ve been watching more movies (and Doctor Who). Studio Ghibli films are easier to find over here. Some of the ones we’ve watched recently:
– The Wind Rises
– Kiki’s Delivery Service
– Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
– Princess Mononoke
– Grave of the Fireflies
– The Cat Returns
Of those, we enjoyed The Cat Returns and The Wind Rises (though I watched that one by myself when E was gone) most. Grave of the Fireflies was good, but it’s hard to enjoy it. Unlike most of Studio Ghibli’s other films, it is not fantastical or lighthearted. It’s about a boy and his little sister at the end of WWII and is very gritty and real. A tin of fruit drops plays a big role in the film, and when I found these at the 100¥ store I almost burst into tears.
It’s a good film but be prepared to cry and feel very down afterwards (thankful E suggested I watch To End All Wars while he was gone to put an uplifting spin on the same era). Someone’s comment on Amazon explained it as life as it’s cruelest, and as a portrayal of war for those not involved in the politics of it.
thinking about// the martyrs under the altar are numbered – their deaths are not outside His control // How do we go about daily life after terror attacks? How do we post trivial things? In a sense it shows that the terrorists don’t win. God wins. God always wins // what can be left unsaid in allegory, and what needs to be said in order to avoid heresy // refugees (more on this coming with my Advent posts) // in the darkness of the soul – how big is your God? He is greater than the night //
a thankful list// nursing past a year // being together // warmer days // apple pie // Emmanuel
Miss Munchkin// is getting much more into playing WITH me, which is a lot of fun. She brings me books or hands me the toys she wants me to use and then we play – usually it’s with her ball or some puppets we have. She’s obsessed with my oboe and loves to blow into the top joint when I’ve taken the reed out after practicing.
writing// Javi’s Cafe, 23.