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and i will open up my heart and let the hero let me sing

OK – I did a quick blog about Eli schooling me in coco-nutty bowling…now it’s time for a blog about Eden’s coolness.

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Eden was singing “I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever” today. We are always laughing at how our kids will learn songs really quick, but they don’t always hear the words correctly. But they usually make up something that’s pretty close – and funny too.

Here are the correct lyrics for the chorus:
Over the mountains and the sea, Your River runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart and let the healer set me free

Here is Eden’s interpretation:
And I will open up my heart and let the hero let me sing.

I like Eden’s version. Kids are smart. Smarter than we think.

eli beat me in a video game

eli beat me in a video game. i had imagined this would happen at some point in our video game adventures years from now, but never expected it this early. eli is 5. and he beat me. and i was trying really hard. no joke.

we were playing “Ooh & Aah’s Coco-Nutty Bowling” at playhouse disney.

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eli schooled me. he scored 4,915. i think i scored 4,300. he was trash talking me the whole way.

great job eli!

See if you can beat a 5 year old in coco nutty bowling…try it.

blogging the double edged sword – a year of blogging

i’ve been blogging for a year now.

blogging is a double edged sword. it’s great because it’s a place for me to gather my thoughts and pin down my ideas and connect with some great people. but the other sharp side of the sword is that blogging is very self focused. it can become self revolving. i see it in myself and others.

but i take the good with the bad, and i’m hanging on the good today – that God continues to take me along on my journey and make my paths straight. and this blog is a fun place for me to track what God is doing in my life.

this entry below was my first blog entry. at the time, i barely knew what a blog was (i’m a little slow with the techno). even now i’m surprised to find that this first blog entry still seems to fit my skin…

It’s winter…we’re leaning forward into the white snow…waiting – at least my kids are. The past few months have been really great, leaving little in the way of yearning. Except something is still missing. Can’t put my finger on it yet. I’m trying to understand what it really means (for me at least) to say that I follow Christ with everything. There are still too many compartments and separations in my life. Worship seems to be connecting them, and making certain parts of my life no longer fit…which is a good thing. I’m trying to lean forward into this winter storm that’s coming, anticipating what’s going to happen – how things are going to stop, and how quiet it’s going to become. I know things will be clear soon…

shake it, don’t break it

i taught them everything they know…

friday thought – GoGurt

After finishing lunch today, here’s my Friday thought

yogurt is really really good in a tube

tubes - the new staple

GoGurt Portable Yogurt, affectionately referred to as “tubes” by my kids – are a staple in our house. And when Dad packs his lunch – they are fair game…

james part 2 – to trust? or play the skeptic?

Ben and I set out on our homeless lunch thing again today. We had an appointment to pick up James, our lunch was on all our calendars. Ben and I had a little wager going on whether James would show or stand us up (like Donald did). Ben was right, James did follow through on his word. James was waiting on the corner for us – hands crossed, bright yellow gloves + military green trench coat.

We had a great lunch with James. We learned more about his complex story. Her are some random bullets…

  • Today was the first day in 2 years that James has had a cheese steak.
  • He was able to get his medication from the VA.
  • He’s about to get his “daddy’s” house in Laurel. He’s waiting on all the legal stuff to go through.
  • His dad died last year, right before Christmas.
  • He’s going down to Georgetown today, to get his birth certificate.
  • He likes jazz and gospel.
  • He gets help from the friendship house.
  • He wants to buy my kids some Christmas presents. (I’m all for that!)
  • He is a lieutenant, and was a sniper in the marines.
  • He sweeps the parking lot of the Hertz rental place near the Wilmington train station. And they let him sleep in the garage there.
  • He has seizures.
  • He has cancer.
  • He has no family in the area.
  • He holds honor in a high place in his life.
  • He likes to salute….

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In all of these details, James is a really likable guy. Our biggest challenge with James is trust. He’s given little reason not to trust him. So far, he’s been a man of his word. Still, his story has holes. And it’s outrageous on many levels. It’s easy to play the skeptic and point to the inconsistencies.

Ben and I both agreed that we are rooting for James, and we’ll do what we can to help him. We have another appointment on Wednesday, to take James to the DMV so he can get his ID. The plot may thicken yet!…

Teach us to love like you love, Jesus – unbiased perfect love, selfless perfect love

Trying to see past circumstance…

sharing a meal with “charlie” – a simple act of worship

Ben and I set out for our bi-weekly homeless lunch again today, walking Market Street and Rodney Square in Wilmington. You can read Ben’s account here.

I was up first, I went up to a guy and asked if he wanted to join us for lunch. He said he had some important business to take care of. As we were walking away, Ben had the wisdom to go back and make sure he knew who we were in case we ran into him again. Once we talked to him a little more, he basically said – “Hey I changed my mind, I will come to lunch with you today.”

We shared a meal with Aubrey Willis, a.k.a. “Charlie”. Charlie moved to Delaware when he was 5 or 6 (in the 1950’s) and has been in Delaware ever since, although I get the idea he doesn’t like it that much. He couldn’t understand why Ben moved here from Texas, Charlie is a Dallas Cowboy’s fan and he especially likes the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders.

What struck me about Charlie is how average and ordinary he seemed. He seemed to have a clear mind, and he had an even temperament. He didn’t seem eccentric. He is a regular guy.

Charlie was different than Eric. Eric had grandiose (though somewhat delusional) thoughts about how he was going to start a real estate business and become wealthy again. When we asked if Charlie had any hopes or plans, he said he didn’t have any.

When we asked Eric what he needed most, he said cash. When we asked Charlie what he needed most, he said a warm jacket and some work shoes. Jackets and shoes are something Ben and I can help with. Our plan is to take Charlie a new jacket and a new pair of shoes next Monday.

Here are some random thoughts from today:

  • even homeless men have normalcy and routine in their lives
  • some of them really are hopeless, and others just have unrealized dreams just like me
  • everyone has their own unique story
  • everyone needs some compassion in their lives
  • no one person is above any other, though we like to put ourselves above others – that’s not really the way it is

author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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