Health News: The toothache/loose crown turned out to be a broken tooth (above the gum). I see the oral surgeon on Monday for extrication. Yep, I'm losing a tooth. The cost of an implant is too much so I'm getting a flipper. Fortunately it is a premolar (#13) and not front-and-center. Pain got much worse and an abscess formed so I'm slugging down antibiotics and ibuprofen. Also on a liquid diet because chewing hurts like heck. But enough complaining...
Today is the feast of St. Timothy
That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. (1 Corinthians 4:17 ESV)
Hello, Little Blog! Sorry I forgot about you for a few months (again).
Out My Window: Beautiful sunshine, blue-blue sky. 60 degrees heading to near 80. Love Arizona winters!
On My Mind: I've got a toothache and a loose crown. I'm in pain and have got to see a dentist. Probably the worst thing about moving, after the heavy lifting, is finding new doctors, dentists and barbers. We now have good insurance with Mr. Bee's new job. That is a relief! But the dental coverage provided us a list of dentists and required us to pick one. Kind of hard when you are new in town. I did what research I could on the internet and decided on a guy who seemed okay. Small office and not part of a chain. I'll find out this afternoon. In the meantime I'm sipping green tea with honey & lemon (from my lemon tree). Could use a couple more ibuprofen.
Church Stuff: The new church is working out well. Liturgy has renewed my interest in keeping up with the daily lectionary. I have found 2 resources I like a lot: Liturgy Geek and Psalm Tones. A nice combination to start each day.
Reading: Time to start the list over for 2015. Currently not reading anything. My Apocrypha reading bogged down in Sirach and never recovered. I'd still like to read those books, just need to muster some motivation. I don't know what chapter I left off on and I really, really don't want to start over from the beginning. There are 51 chapters in Sirach - Ugh!
Today is the commemoration of Sarah.
For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. (1 Peter 3:5-6 ESV)
Out My Window: Ah, fall. Only 90 today. Monsoon season is over and the weather is drier and cooler. Skies are clear and cloudless. The a/c has been off for 3 whole days.
Reading: Just finished Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary. I read her blog now & then and find it funny. Enjoyed the book.
My apocrypha reading has bogged down in Sirach. I like to read narratives but I struggle with proverbs. They just don't capture my attention. Slowly plugging along.
Church Search: I think we have settled on a church - a small, liturgical LCMS congregation. It still feels awkward and we are still "the new family," but it gets a little easier each week. But, I like, like, LIKE liturgy and sadly liturgy is rare and getting harder and harder to find in Lutheran churches. I'm glad my kids are being exposed to it, because it will probably disappear completely in their lifetime.
Prayers: For my FIL Jim, starting chemo this week. For my children who are struggling with the new schools, new friends, new jobs, new church, new everything. For my DH who is having nagging health issues. Thanksgiving for the blessings of a home and food, family and friends, and a church that proclaims the Gospel and administers the sacraments.
Out My Window: Clouds & sun. Serious heat on the way this week - 110s!
State of the State: Today is Charlie's 21st birthday. A friend from MN flew down to celebrate with him. Kids are still moping around the house, but luckily it is time to get ready to go back to school. Supplies to get, new clothes to buy. Linus has freshman registration next week. It'll be good for all of us for school to start - including me.
Kirche: We haven't settled on a new home church yet. We have been visiting 3: 1. A large LCMS. 2. A large WELS. 3. A very small LCMS. There are advantages/disadvantages to each.
Pros: 4 services to choose from, 2 traditional; Many service & fellowship opportunities; Personable pastor; Pews super comfortable; Nice welcome basket (coffee mugs!)
Cons: The altar looks like a stage (drum kit, mics, projection screens); Do not kneel for communion during some services;
In-between: Linus & Sally were the only kids at the traditional Sunday service; Protestant-like sermon series - not preaching on the Gospel.
Pros: 4 services, 2 traditional; Close to our home; Friendliest greeting of those we visited; Pretty church;
Cons: It would be a denominational change; Communion twice monthly
In-between: Linus & Sally two of only three kids at traditional service; Different liturgy;
Pros: Liturgical; Pretty church;
Cons: One service; Farthest from home
In-between: Not just our kids in worship; Uses 1-year lectionary
Out My Window: Sunny & hot. Such predictable weather here in AZ. This is Monsoon Season, the time of year we are suppose to get some rain. Nothing so far.
Desert Life: I'm learning bit by bit about living in this arid climate. I was worried about dehydration because I'm not a fan of drinking water, but I've learned I like water much more with some cucumber slices in it. I'm staying hydrated fairly well, but my little daughter, Sally, seems to get a little dehydrated most days and needs reminders to drink some water.
Bible Study: Finished Wisdom and started Sirach, another book of proverbs. Some good verses:
For fear is nothing else but unfaithfulness to thinking helpful things. (Wisdom 17:11)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and was created with the faithful in the womb, and walks with elect women, and is known by the just and the faithful. (Sirach 1:16)
Moving: It's been hard on the kids. They are unhappy here. Lucy, our oldest, started a new job today. She is a social worker and got a CPS position. Charlie thinks he is going to move in with a friend from high school who lives in Tempe (we'll see). Linus has been sleeping or playing video games. Sally watches TV. School will start for Linus and Sally on August 7. Hate to wish away summer but I am tired of watching them mope around.
In the Kitchen: It is Mexican Monday and we are having chicken tacos, rice and salad.
Outside My Window: Another hot & sunny day in the Sonoran Desert! :) We arrived in Tucson on April 30th. What a trip! We crossed Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and southern Arizona. It took 5 days and I hope I never have to drive it again. I do not have what it takes to be a long-haul trucker.
I am enjoying the desert so far. The mountains are beautiful and the landscape is interesting. We have flowers and grass and lots of birds and lizards. It is very alive and vibrant.
Weighty Matters: I am down 4.4 pounds! Stress is less, weather is great, activity is up, eating better and feeling better. The best I have felt in months.
Reading: Things got crazy and my e-book expired before I read very much of it. I'll try to get it again later. Not reading anything currently. Still have boxes to unpack, not quite settled yet.
Scripture: I have been reading Wisdom (or Wisdom of Solomon) from time to time. I'm finding it is much like Proverbs. Some verses I've highlighted:
Those who trust in Him, will understand the truth, and those who are faithful in love will rest in Him, because grace and peace is for His elect. (3:9)
For the Lord will not exempt anyone's character, nor will He stand in awe of anyone's greatness, because He Himself made the little and the great, and He is equally concerned for everyone. (6:8)
For instead of a fountain, even everlasting in flow, you gave human blood to the unjust, and while they would be crushed into disgrace because of the murdering of infants, you unexpectedly gave your own abundant water, (11:7-8)