Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sophia Marie DiBernardo.
baby, mommy and daddy are all doing fine.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
thankfulness requires two things: the one who gives thanks and the one who receives them.
it's nice to know that no matter what's happening in our world today, we can rejoice that our own Thanksgiving holiday, conceived on November 1, 1782, reflects that Truth as evidenced in the Congressional Proclamation establishing said holiday.
"IT being the indispensable duty of all Nations, not only to offer up their supplications to ALMIGHTY GOD, the giver of all good, for his gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner to give him praise for his goodness in general, and especially for great and signal interpositions of his providence in their behalf: Therefore the United States in Congress assembled, taking into their consideration the many instances of divine goodness to these States, in the course of the important conflict in which they have been so long engaged; the present happy and promising state of public affairs; and the events of the war, in the course of the year now drawing to a close; particularly the harmony of the public Councils, which is so necessary to the success of the public cause; the perfect union and good understanding which has hitherto subsisted between them and their Allies, notwithstanding the artful and unwearied attempts of the common enemy to divide them; the success of the arms of the United States, and those of their Allies, and the acknowledgment of their independence by another European power, whose friendship and commerce must be of great and lasting advantage to these States:...Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these States in general, to observe, and request the several States to interpose their authority in appointing and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the twenty-eight day of NOVEMBER next, as a day of solemn THANKSGIVING to GOD for all his mercies: and they do further recommend to all ranks, to testify to their gratitude to GOD for his goodness, by a cheerful obedience of his laws, and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness."
happy thanksgiving, dear reader & friend.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
OK, maybe you can.
here at the U-pick pumpkin patch though, it's every grammy, mommy and cousin for himself.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So, thank you. And God bless you.
just look at those cute Veterans!
John, US Navy; Dad, US Army; Mario, US Army; Mario, USMC
baby caleb, ???
Thursday, November 6, 2008
"The church is safe from vicious persecution at the hands of the secularist, as educated people finished with stake burning circuses and torture racks. No martyr’s blood is shed in the secular west. So long as the church knows her place and remains quietly at peace on her modern reservation, let the babes pray and sing and read their Bibles, continuing steadfastly in their intellectual retardation: the church’s extinction will not come by sword or pillory, but by the quiet death of irrelevance [emphasis mine]. But let the church step off the reservation, let her penetrate once more the culture of the day and the face of secularism will change from a benign smile to a savage snarl."
-R.C. Sproul, John Gerstner, and Arthur Lindsley
stay tuned, i've got wagner family pics & info to share!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
when mommy and ella were at the star trek exhibition with grammy (see post http://thissurereallife.blogspot.com/2008/10/split-infinitive.html below), daddy and josiah had a "men's day" of beer brewing and getting dirty.
someone didn't get a very good nap because grammy is SO exciting to spend time with. that same someone pretty much lost it at chili's...although it might have had something to do with the molten lava cake we fed him.
p.s. he pulled his shirt over his head like that all by himself...
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
that's right faithful reader, josiah got his golden locks chopped. much to my surprise he actually enjoyed the clippers- they must have tickled.
it's unclear to me though who the real star of the show is?!?...
i miss the way his hair combed over into that "little boy haircut."
he does, however, look completely awesome with a buzz- even with a face full of pesto!
well done, daddy...
Sunday, September 14, 2008
so, without any further ado
one completely satisfied viewer, eviltella, had this to say about the guitarist Jim Durham:
"Filmed a short while after his conversion you can still see the Irish Punk attitude that first endeared him to Elvis Costello. Jim had captured the imagination of a group of parishioners, who frankly wouldn't have known "cool" if it had descended from Heaven on a golden calf, and organized their Thursday night choir practice into this gem of early eighties new wave...."
I guess that about sums it up.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
ella is now an official kindergartner. as of tuesday, august 19th, ella is a sundance elementary school wildcat. her teacher is a very sweet lady named ms. scattareggia- ms. scatt for short.
incidentally, ella is attending the same elementary school that aunt michele did...many, many, many years ago :-).
ella's enjoying school, i think mostly because she gets to carry her very own hello kitty lunch box (complete with hello kitty thermos and hello kitty insulated food container). if only i could get her to eat all of the food i pack into the hello kitty goods...
did you know they make you buy those separately now?!?! what a crock.
now a week into kindergarten, ella is a seasoned veteran. it's so fun to see her socialize and be her very own person.
well, that is until i realize that my little teeny girl is growing up. then mommy puts on her sunglasses and sheds a few silent tears of joy with just a pinch of sadness.
without further ado, here's our girl. so precious. i just love her.
little brother seems to enjoy the idea of kindergarten too. although, he does bellow "ella" throughout the day, so maybe he's not quite caught on yet...
waiting in line to go to class after the morning bell.
ella's new favorite "photo" face. it's been a real fun development.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
lucky for us, the navy decided that the USS kitty hawk needed to retire and at the same time japan decided that it would be OK to have a nuclear (not nu-cu-lar) aircraft carrier stationed in atsugi, japan. so, the kitty hawk got traded in on a new model- the USS george washington.
why are we lucky, you ask? well, because the navy decided that the change over would happen in san diego.
our three good friends- josh thompson, logan ridley and caleb mcdow, who were stationed on the kitty hawk, got to come to SD for a while. so, we didn't have literal japanese visitors, but we did have three japanese residents come to visit.
it was great. these three guys and their wives (minus logan who remains single, girls ;-)) were great friends of ours in pensacola. logan went through OCS with john, we met caleb and his wife our very first sunday at covenant OPC church, and we met josh & sabine soon after moving to p'cola through another good friend matt (now of matt & alayna).
one thing that i loved about p'cola (among many, many things) was the AMAZING friends we made. have you ever had a time in your life where you just felt so good and so blessed to meet and spend time with an amazing group of people? well, for us pensacola was like that. maybe it's the fact that we were all away from home and were all new to the navy thing but it was so wonderful. and though in some cases we only got to spend less than a year with these friends- they are so special. i couldn't gush enough about how much all of them meant to us.
not that i don't like you, dear reader, if you are not one of the p'cola buddies. but you know i love you, because i've known you for so looong.
anyway, we only got to see josh for an evening- when he graciously agreed to attend a squadron function with us. unfortunately we don't have any pictures of us together, because we both forgot our cameras. i know that is probably killing sabine as much as not getting to be there for the mini reunion.
logan and caleb spent the weekend with us (josh got to go and see his sister- who of course outranks friends).
since we're homeless (to be discussed in a future post), the guys stayed with us at john's dad's house. it was so much fun.
we really love these guys.
one small complaint. we never get to see their wives!!!
apparently, this is MUCH more comfortable than a "rack."
and this is much more comfortable than a bed.
and caleb is way more fun than mommy.
and a 5 year old and a naval aviator may be an even match at checkers
(at least at this point in the game).
and sitting between logan and caleb is dreamy when you're five.
not a big shocker, but john's son enjoys beer.
and the claim jumper remains a fun place to bring visitors.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
i guess it's only fair to include a shot of daddy's first meeting, 6 weeks later.
actually, josiah turned one on july 16th. mommy isn't very on top of things, so josiah's birthday party wasn't until august 21st. i don't even know if you'd call it a "party," it was really just an opportunity to get his picture taken with a face full of cake.
followed by a tentative examination
a careful tasting, 'ah...i taste a hint of something sweet. yes, yes, there's also a good deal of fat in there. hmm, interesting i think i like this.'
'oh, by jove, yes. i do like this. quite a lot actually.'
'delicious, mother, really. you've really outdone yourself with the box cupcake recipe.'
'if...i...could...just...reach...that...crumb...there...ah, yes there it is.'
'i LOVE you mommy (not quite as much as i love cake, but you don't need to know that), thank you!'
and, it's bath time.