We had fun hanging out with our friends in Jackson. There’s plenty to do, even without wifi or TV. In this photo we’re playing Left, Right, Center. My goal was to get rid of all the candy bars I had left over, and the scheme worked for me. Everyone else won rounds of the game except me.
There’s plenty of time to sit and admire the mountain views.
We took our friends to see the Cunningham cabin, and I couldn’t avoid taking a few “through the window” photos.
We also drove them through the National Park.
Then we returned home and shot some pop cans with a bb gun. We all found out it isn’t easy to shoot from a moving swing, but it was a lot of fun.
We had a great opportunity to watch the full eclipse of the sun at my dad’s home in Jackson Hole. Some friends from Kansas–Gretchen and Jim–came to join us, as well as two of our kids. Thankfully, the weather was great that day.
Paul and Jim set up tripods for their cameras and we watched the entire process with great enthusiasm. We had free glasses from the library.
We saw the crescent sun in the shadows from a colander we had on hand.
And also in the shadow of the trees.
But the most exciting moment, of course, is when totality arrives and the beautiful horizon lights up in all four directions.
We could clearly see the corona effect. Then, very soon, it was daylight again and it was cool to see a jet that had apparently come across the Tetons to view the total eclipse turn back to the North.
Compassion’s ministry is helping thousands of mothers, especially young ones, to learn now to care for their new babies. They’re providing resources, education and supplies that make it possible, literally, for the babies to survive. This is a really sweet and compelling video you don’t want to miss:
This title says it all; it’s about providing baby goats to children in need. I know how important they can be for the families of our children. When I sponsored a boy in Haiti, every time I sent extra money for Christmas or birthdays he would buy a goat. When he graduated and I asked if he had a younger brother I could sponsor, Compassion sent me a new child packet for the brother and it said he was responsible for the family’s “herd of goats!” I just had to giggle. How wonderful!
Here’s a great new video from Compassion highlighting the importance of sponsor letters. Do you ever get goofy statements from your sponsored child that are hard to understand? This video might help you understand why some words get “Lost in Translation.”
Here are more great quotes I’ve come across in recent months.
O God, when my faith gets overladen with dust, blow it clean with the wind of your Spirit. When my habits of obedience get stiff and rusty, anoint them with the oil of your Spirit. Restore the enthusiasm of my first love for you. –Eugene H. Peterson
When the Ark of God was carried to the Tabernacle in Jerusalem, three men were given the honor of directing the choir for the festivities: Asaph, who wrote many psalms; Heman, who wrote Psalm 88; and Ethan, who wrote today’s psalm [Psalm 89]. In Psalm 88 Heman holds a dour view of life–basically, “Life’s a mess and then you die…” But Psalm 89 starts by singing the mercies of God. We get three-quarters of the way through Ethan’s song before we realize anything’s wrong…”Oh, the kingdom of Israel is falling apart,” Ethan says, “but God is good. His unfailing love will last forever.” Ethan’s name means “steady, rock-solid,” and you can tell that his perspective keeps him steady through the storms of life. No matter what happens, he sees God’s great mercy, and he sings about it. You should also know that Ethan later changed his name to Jeduthun, meaning “the Lord is steady.” Because of the Lord’s steadiness, we can live with a solid confidence, whatever our circumstances might be. —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/14
I love that! It isn’t enough to have a name that means you’re steady. We aren’t steady and calm, but God is! We can trust Him when everything else is falling apart.