Random Thoughts #24: Love, Yoga, & Oceans


Kindergarteners on a bird in a Dr. Suess book:
“That does NOT look like a bird.”
“That doesn’t look anything like a bird!”
“What kind of bird that?”

Sally: “Do you believe love is the answer to everything?”
Pianist: “Boy, I sure hope not.”
-Charlie Brown

More from our eloquent kindergarten boy:
“You’re faster than me, so this is very challenging.”
“Like a kaleidoscope.”
“You could break a bone, or crack your head!”
“I just got frightened because of a loud noise.”
“Here’s the ridiculous woman.”
“I can’t pronounce some words.”
“A little more effort.”
“My suspect-er went off at him.”
“She’s going to prepare us pizza.”
“To my surprise…”

3rd grader walking by a group of kindergarteners: “Hello there, little dumplings.”

“I need a bandaid, because I damaged myself.”
-tiny kid

Watching a princess movie, a second-grade girl wondered in an annoyed voice, “How come they always have to be about love and marriage?”

“I wonder why adults make such a big deal about kissing on TV when every Disney movie has kissing!”
-perceptive 4th grade girl

“Some exposure to childhood and other diseases in a school environment.” -in a craigslist ad for substitute teachers

Tan, green, and pink are a group of colors that go together very nicely.

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When You don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust
I will trust
I will trust in You

Snoopy and Sally discussing whether to start a story with “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time” culminated in “Once upon a time, it was a dark and stormy night.” 😛

Had the most interesting convo with a smart and forthright 7th grader
Him: “Do you do yoga?”
Me: “Noooo…”
Him: “Because you look like the type of person who would do yoga.”
Me: “Inner peace and all that? 😉 ”
Him: [surprisingly quickly and emphatically] “YES!”
Me: “Y’know, it’s not yoga. Reading the Bible is really peaceful. You should try it.”
Him: “I tried that a little bit…”
Me: “Try the Psalms. They’re really good. David wrote them, you know that?”
Him: “Oh. Just not the part with David and Bathsheba.”
Me: “Yeah, there’s no Bathsheba in Psalms.”
Him: “Ok. Good.”
Love when I have a chance to naturally share Christ with these kids 😀

It’s been so long since we in Cali had rain, I literally stopped to smell and listen to the neighbor’s running sprinklers.

Cute multimedia art piece!

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The ocean is such a powerful place, but a calming one too, if you know that God sets its bounds and rules the waves.

O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea;
Psalm 89: 8-9

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Random Thoughts #23: Eloquent kids, boots, Just Be Held


Little girl trying to play with/control 2 balls: “I’m babysitting!”

“First grade is horribler!”
-a first grade boy, during “-er/-est” homework

My sister just ate her oatmeal with a fork.

“I have no idea what we are playing here.” Lamented a first grade girl as she passed with a classmate making strange playacting noises and gestures.

I really wanna see Kung Fu Panda 3.

The middle schoolers had no idea what to do with the answer of “mostly classical” that I gave to their question of what kind of music I like to listen to. That and movie soundtracks. And sometimes CCM.

This new kindergartener has the biggest vocabulary of any I’ve seen so far.
• “Darth Maul is Darth Sidious’ apprentice.”
• “This is excellent! I can make anything I want with this clay.”
• “I’m taped to the ground with indestructible metal.”
• “I’m going to do something on the monkey bars. …If I have enough courage.”
• “Or, as a alternative…”
• “Do you think that would be wise?”
• “The name of the bad guy [in a game of pretend] is Carius Matoya.”
• “And when I whirled around, there was nothing.”
• “Can you see the pupil on this bug?”
• “I was just curious…”
• “Isn’t that oddly shaped?”
• “I love my rock collection. One was all dull on the outside but had sparkling crystals on the inside.”
•”If you look closely, you can see the shimmering on this side of this rock.”
• “I’m not sure, but I’m assuming it’s this one.”
• “I’m suspecting it’s made simply by mixing clay and water together?”
• “It’s a scroll. Which they used for paper in the olden dayspapyrus.
• “I love Greek mythology!”
• “We have a situation over there.”

It’s much better to undersweeten peppermint herbal tea than to oversweeten it.

A windbreaker over branches sounds just like the wind.

These boots of mine made quite the stir the other day!image
Kindergarten girl: “Ooohh! You’re wearing your new boots!”
4th grade girl:”I really like your violet purple boots. They really shine out.”
Random lady at the library: “I LOVE your boots!”

“I’ve been rapping since I was 4.” -7 year old

Some of the daycare kiddos:
“I don’t do anything for Earth Day. What are you supposed do?”
“You clean up stuff other people littered. …For the Earth.”

“Girls like boots, don’t they?” -my sisters’ 60-something male piano teacher
XD 

This song is my favorite right now.

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 
-1 Peter 5:7

Random thoughts #22: Oscar, kids think, & 7


“I’ll call him Oscar.”
“Oscar? You can’t name a lamb Oscar. You name a lamb Fluffy…or Cottonball…But you don’t name a lamb Oscar.”
-Paws & Tales kids radio show

“Ten days after I turned 8, got my lips stuck in a gate; my friends all laughed. And I just stood there until the fire department came and broke the lock with a crowbar and I had to spend the next 6 weeks in lip rehab where I met this kid named Oscar who got stung by a bee, right on the lips, and we couldn’t even talk to each other until the fifth week cuz both of our lips were so swollen. And when he did start speaking, he just spoke Polish, and I didn’t know but like 3 words in Polish, except now I know 4 – because Oscar taught me the word for lips.”
-Veggietales “I Love My Lips” silly song

Took me the longest time to figure out what Larry was saying in that ^^ monologue 🙄 

“He’s my pet and his name is Oscar. He’s mine.”
-kindergarten girl, of a fly buzzing around the room.

You don’t want to hear how these giraffe puppets took so much time and hassle to make. You just want to see the cute picture. So here you go. 😛
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Bright teal and cherry red hibiscus make me ridiculously happy. 😀

Going out of your way to step on and crunch the few dried deciduous leaves = fall in Southern California.

Wintery crafts are the best!

Me to two middle schoolers who were fighting: “It takes 2 to tango.”
One of the middle schoolers: “Yeah, but…but…it takes one to…play video games…”

If coffee is warmed in the microwave for 22 minutes instead of 2, the smell takes over 2 months to go away. 😛

“I call it, “Victory of Life”!” -kindergartener in a melodramatic voice, of a pattern she’d just decorated her paper with XD

According to a 1st grader, you can “speak Texas.” 😛

When the Carl’s Jr. root beer tastes like it’s been mixed with sweet tea 😕

Straightforward kindergartener: “Once I had something go in here [points to arm] that touched my blood to see if I could have eggs or not.”

“A hacker is someone who goes on a computer and makes your technology not work.” -2nd grader

Do you know how hard it is to arrange 7 things in a perfect circle?

Now a half circle or mountain, that’s not hard:   

 Speaking of 7, and of 7 stars, I really like how the symbol for Aragorn’s kingship is the same as Jesus’. 8)

I came across this verse in my daily Bible reading:

And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. -Revelation 1:16

That’s our Jesus!

Random thoughts #20: YouTube, kid problems & solar system


My brother was trying to voice-dictate a Youtube search for “how to defeat someone in wrestling.” This is what came out:

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how to delete someone in listening

Kid: “I fell. But nothing hurts.” Well, that’s good.

Observatory – for looking at/studying stars from outside. Planetarium – for looking at/studying stars from inside.

I would stand in line for this
There’s always room in life for this

A kindergartener had studied astronomy in a summer camp, and it showed: “What happens if the Earth falls in a big black hole?”

Little girls discussing how hard it is to pronounce words like “spaghetti,” “certificate,” and “photographer.” Totally hilarious!

My sister: “I pocket-dialed YouTube and it’s playing a Joseph Prince video!” #howdoesthatevenhappen

Catching Fire!
Katnisss going back to The Games
Needs an ally to win, and here’s the next name
It’s Haymitch, victor of the last Quarter Quell
Could there be a better ally than him? Pray tell
He’s studied The Games the past 25 years
“I’ll save you Katniss” -Peeta volunteers!!!
-Studio C’s “Peeta’s Song” (most hilarious way ever to pick holes in the Hunger Games 😛 )

A convo among kids 10 and under on music consisted of the singing of snippets of secular songs and the following words. Taylor Swift. Michael Jackson. Wrecking Ball. Bruno Marx. “Really gross.” “Terribly inappropriate.” Parents, PLEASE keep track of what your kids are listening to.

Ahhh, the diversity of Southern California. White, Black, Oriental, Mexican, Indian, Middle-Eastern…it’s wonderful to see so many different people anywhere you go.

The brave heart never stands alone

Your random alligator fact of the day: “Alligators have even been known to survive freezing conditions.  They have been known to rise to the surface if the water is about to freeze, with their nostrils above the surface.  This allows them to breathe through the ice as it forms.  In extreme cases, they may get frozen to the surface of the pond for several days and then swim free once the ice melts.” 

“I never study.”
“Then how do you pass?”
“Just sheer knowledge.”
-2 middle schoolers

Finally got to watch Interstellar. Mind-blowing!

The T-shirts kids are wearing nowadays reflect what they’re getting taught. And I gotta say, we’re failing our kids by clothing them with these egotistical, self-centered, excuse giving messages:
“It must be the candy talking”
“The sarcasm is strong with this one”
“I tried being good, but I got distracted”
“Perfect princess”
“Sorry, I always win”
“Shake it off”
“Awesome is my middle name”
“Always looking good”
“I’m sassy, cool and sweet”
“Give me space”
“Even my swag has swag”
“Winning isn’t everything, it’s just what I do”
“My swag gets the most likes”
“It’s not that I forget, it’s just that I don’t care”
“Princess of everything”

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.

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pic courtesy of Microsoft clip art

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies


I know, this review is late- sorry! Also, it goes without saying, but there are spoilers. Images are from the Hobbit Facebook page.

I feel like there isn’t much to say because, well, it’s basically one big battle. As the title reflects. But here are some thoughts. Before I get started, let me just get out of the way what I didn’t like about this movie and about the Hobbit trilogy in general.

• It’s too long and drawn out. It just feels…”stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread” (Bilbo in FotR).
• The Fili-Tauriel-Legolas love triangle. So ridiculous. And the tension between Legolas and his father Thranduil because the latter doesn’t approve of her. Legolas leaves in the end because of this.
• The title. It was supposed to be called There And Back Again (which would’ve been much better) but with the move to a trilogy, the title was changed to the current one. It made a huge deal of something that took a few pages in the book and sounded like any cheesy action flick.

And I was pretty annoyed that the killing of Smaug was over in like 5 minutes. Bard was such a hero and that part was so spectacular.

20150422-214153.jpg And then- whoop, it was done. That said, this movie was a satisfying ending to the Hobbit trilogy. The focus moves from killing the dragon and taking the mountain to international relations 😛 The Elves have heard of the turn of events and come bringing relief for the people of Dale (which is really decent of them, seeing as how Thorin’s company didn’t even offer after inadvertently unleashing the dragon on the town); they also wouldn’t mind some of the treasure that’s just been freed up. Dale’s mayor and Bard, leaders of the townsfolk, agree to seek some help from Thorin’s company in the Lonely Mountain, as they’ve suffered the brunt of the dragon the company stirred up, and were also responsible for killing it. These both are reasonable requests. 20150421-230751.jpg But Thorin is so full of himself, proud, greedy, struck by gold lust, and absorbed with finding the Arkenstone and being the king that he rejects all attempts to talk. 20150421-230643.jpg He ends up sending for reinforcements and his cousin Dain comes with a Dwarf army. Talk about a mess caused by selfishness and bad communication. Tensions abound. 20150422-210921.jpg20150422-210930.jpg20150422-211617.jpg The White Council also makes an appearance as they go to rescue Gandalf and come upon the Necromancer in Dol Guldor. Elrond, Saruman and Galadriel get some epic fight scenes in. But they made Galadriel use the “dark” mode that was used in “Fellowship” to indicate how she’d become with the power of the Ring. That was weird as she had a strong, good power that she would’ve used to cast down dark powers; she wouldn’t have gone “dark.” There was a great line used by Galadriel in the White Council parts—

“I am not alone.”

While the evil feels confident against just one of the Council, Elrond and Saruman appear, showing that evil flees in the face of united goodness.

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

20150421-230541.jpg 20150421-230549.jpg So, battle lines are being drawn between the Elves and Men on one side, and the Dwarves on the other. Bilbo tries to smooth things over by giving the Arkenstone to the Men for them to bargain with, as he knows Thorin really wants it. He totally loses Thorin’s friendship over this. He is courageous and commendable, for all he wants to do is make peace.

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. -Romans 12:18

20150421-230849.jpg Ultimately, Thorin’s cousin Dain arrives with a mass of Dwarves ready for battle intent on “liberating” Thorin’s company from the Lonely Mountain where the Elves and Men have “besieged” them, and a battle appears imminent. Gandalf arrives just in time to refocus them onto the real threat, Azog and Bolg’s huge Orc army arriving just then. So, finally the Elves, Dwarves and Men join forces to defeat the real enemy. There were quite a few heroic scenes as the Dwarves rally behind Thorin, their rightful King. 20150422-210248.jpg Thus, the battle that comprises most of the movie. It was filled with unrealistic but cool stuff, like Legolas jumping UP falling rocks like stairs. The killing of Fili and Kili was definitely not done in the best way either. They fell defending Thorin in the book, so I was expecting a heroic stand, but was quite disappointed. Fili being ambushed was really sad, and worked in the movie story, but Kili’s dying in defense of Tauriel was ridiculous and took the focus off the family bond among Thorin and his nephews. 20150422-212856.jpg But everyone good had a hard time against their foes. Bolg fights Legolas and Thorin and Kili and Tauriel and still is ok. Thorin is killed because of a stupid mistake in not making sure Azog was dead. But it was nice that the book was followed in Bilbo getting knocked out on a rock, and the Eagles saving the day. 🙂 20150422-212549.jpg20150422-212822.jpg So it was sad because three members of the Company were lost. But Thorin and Bilbo part friends. Then Bilbo returns to his home in the Shire only to find his house a mess and his belongings being auctioned off as everyone thinks he’s perished. So it’s not as neat an ending as Return of the King, but it works. The messy houses fades into the scene in the beginning of Fellowship, as Bilbo is making party preparations and Gandalf comes to visit. And totally made me want to watch the LOTR saga again 😀

So though it wasn’t the best Middle Earth movie or even the best of the Hobbit trilogy, this was a nice ending to the Hobbit movie trilogy. And the ending song was just perfect. So sad 😥

And to finish things off, here’s a cool wallpaper generator: http://wallpapergenerator.thehobbit.com

I can, I can


I love this song. You probably haven’t heard it because it doesn’t commonly air on the radio. It’s included at the end of an episode of Insight for Living’s children’s radio show Paws and Tales. (Explore their site, listen and download episodes here.) In fact, each of those shows has a song at the end. I’m telling you, the lyrics and music are so good, those songwriters would win awards.

So, anyhow, here’s one of my favorite songs of the series, from the Paws and Tales episode “The Least of All,” a dramatization of the story of Gideon. Listen to it here.

I can, I can, with the Great I Am
I can do the unbelievable
I can, I can, and I know I will
‘Cause with Him all things are possible
Yes, with Him all things are possible

I see God’s power in a tiny seed
It grow and flowers and becomes a tree
So, in God’s hands, if I just believe
He’ll do greater things through someone like me

I can, I can, with the Great I Am
I can do the unbelievable
I can, I can, and I know I will
‘Cause with Him all things are possible
Yes, with Him all things are possible

A boy named David stood by himself
Overcame a giant ’cause he had God’s help
And Moses set God’s people free
He believed and The Lord opened up the sea

I can, I can…

So if God calls me to climb a mountain, I won’t turn away
I’ll follow Him ’cause, by His strength, He will make a way
That’s why I say…

I can, I can, with the Great I Am
I can do the unbelievable
I can, I can, and I know I will
‘Cause with Him all things are possible
Yes, with Him all things are possible

Yes, with Him all things are possible
With Him all things are possible

Random Thoughts #17: Out of the mouth of babes…


Lemon meringue tea? The things these kids come up with…

Okay so a group of 3rd grade girls was playing a game they called “Survivor’s Remorse.” Near as I could figure, they’d hold hands in a ring and spin in a fast circle. Some would lose their balance, let go the others’ hands and fall; they were dubbed the “remorsed” and whoever was left standing was dubbed the “survivor.” 😕 I wonder what they’d think of the real concept…

One 2nd grade girl to another: “Why is your hair all soft and smooth, like a polished pearl?”

Daycare boys discussing whether Power or Speed is “king.”

My littlest brother just substituted “deoxygenated” for “dehydrated.”

Then we were talking about planting apple seeds and growing apple trees. And he started out, “Plant tomato seeds, get tomato… tree…”

*some kindergarten girls are playing pretend*
K 1: “But when does she [a character] turn good?”
K 2: “At the end of the game.”
K 2: “That’s a long time.”

Here’s a couple more from my brother:

“I put salad dressing on everything. Except soup.” (He does.)

“Shouldn’t have told me that [piano] pedal makes it louder; now I use it ALL the time.” (He does.)

Kindergarten girl: “I love toys. But my [4th grade] brother doesn’t. But I think he changed his mind and still likes them.”

Reading about the Israelites in the wilderness, my littlest brother remarked: “They act like bad children. No, not like children—like bad adults.”

Gooz: “These plans are amazing! Papa Chuck thought of everything! This is going to be a great treehouse. When you get done with your treehouse, you gonna build this one?”
Stacy: “We are building that one.”
Gooz: “Where’s the big beam to hold up the roof? This has 2 windows and a rope ladder. Yours has a stick holding up the ceiling.”
Stacy: “…We got a little ahead of ourselves, but it’ll be good and strong when we’re finished. We’re the kind of builders who…work off a picture in their heads. What do you call those builders?”
Gooz: “Unemployed.”

-kids building a treehouse in Paws & Tales: “A Good Foundation”

I tell ya, Insight for Living‘s kids radio show “Paws & Tales” has some great writing. ^^

Older boy, trying to get the girl who has the ball to throw it: “Yoga class is over!”

One kindergartner to another, over some squabble they were having: “You’re making us want to cry and you’re breaking our hearts.”

Overheard in a kindergartener game of pretend: “Of course, you’re just born, so you’re 0.”

Kids are hilarious. But don’t underestimate them! Remember what Jesus said:

And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read,
‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected praise’?”
-Matthew 21:14

Random thoughts #15: Wind, Kid talkers, & Foreign


I’ve seen it get so windy the stream of water from a water fountain was getting knocked around.

Kindergartener 1: “I’m scared of monsters.”
Kindergartener 2: “Monsters aren’t real.”
K 1: “I know. But I’m scared of spiders and snakes.”
K 2: “Spiders and snakes aren’t rea…”
:p

Kinder girl, a little confused on her announcement of her dog’s pregnancy: “I’m making new puppies. Um… I’m getting new puppies hatched.”

A 3rd grade girl was chatting with my coworker, and mentioned wanting to go to a “really good” college. My coworker asked “Oh yeah? Which one?” The answer: “Oxford.” #booyah

I’ve seen it get so windy a bee couldn’t fly straight.

Once I opened wordcounter.net and the page came up, containing the last college essay I pasted in there 3 weeks back 😮

Time for “Guess That Kindergartener-Mangled Word”! Here it is: “BEKUTOR.” And the answer is… “COMPUTER”!

Leprechauns and faeries. Easter Bunny and Father Christmas.

3 posts before this one is the first post in a mini-series about my trip to New York City this Fall 😀

“At Rome things can or cannot be done; when you are told anything cannot be done, there is an end of it.”
“It is much more convenient at Paris,—when anything cannot be done, you pay double, and it is done directly.”
-The Count of Monte Cristo.

I haven’t been to either Rome or Paris (YET), but nonetheless I thought that quote ^ was hilarious 😆

Good thing da Vinci studied birds to learn how to fly, and not dragonflies. Dragonflies’ flight is so erratic.

A 1st grade girl drew a picture of the Titanic at daycare. I asked if she was learning about that in class, and she nonchalantly said, “No, I just watched The History Channel.” So sweet that learning is so natural to her.

We were watching “The Jungle Book” in daycare, and one little girl asked, “Does he [Mowgli] grow up to be Tarzan?” Noooo…but…good question…

Talking to people from other counties is SO. Much. Fun. Not even sure it classifies as a “conversation” since they do most of the talking, but still. Plus, the accents!!

How come Dr. Pepper tastes so much like cherry? 😕

Speak life, speak life
Through the deadest, darkest night
Speak life, speak life
Though the sun don’t shine
And you don’t know why

-“Speak Life,” TobyMac

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
~Isaiah 55:11

Speak God’s Word. It won’t return void.

And because I haven’t put a picture in this post yet, I’ll close with this, which you may recognize as the 2012 National Geographic photo contest winner. I love nature photography and I LOVE tigers (so exotic, clever, and majestic!!) so I love this photo!

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Graduation trip journal (part 1): New York, New York


September 18, Thursday – We took a bus from southern California to Las Vegas, because we got a good deal on a flight from there.

On the bus

On the bus

My first taxi ride was that day, from the bus stop to the airport. At the Vegas airport, we had several hours till the fight so I read “The Hobbit.” We tried to sleep during our red-eye flight …it kind of worked 🙂


September 19, Friday – Reached Philadelphia in the morning and were picked up by my cousins.

Good morning, Philly!

Good morning, Philly!

Stopped at Dunkin Donuts to get breakfast. The day was spent relaxing, chatting, playing a Lord of the Rings game with my cousin, cooking, and shopping for an outfit as a gift (thank you Victors!).


September 20, Saturday – Graduation day! In the morning, we attended a ceremony for an award I got, and then after a light lunch, the Thomas Edison State College 2014 graduation ceremony in the afternoon. IMG_0601 IMG_0688 We were also able to visit the college nearby and take pictures. IMG_0830 IMG_0836Since my idea of a great evening is pizza and a movie, we ordered veggie pizzas from Papa John’s and watched a cool futuristic movie called “Day After Tomorrow” 8)


September 21, Sunday – First day ever in NYC!! My oldest cousin treated us to a showing of the “Les Miserables” musical on Broadway. Thank you Sarah!! IMG_0937 IMG_0957I’d seen a couple movie versions, and I like the story, so to see the stage production was really neat! It was a wonderful performance! I love the songs and the actors were great! Afterwards we met some of the actors and got autographs.

Javert

Javert

Student

Student

Enjolras

Enjolras

Marius

Marius

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Thenardier

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Times Square

Next we walked to and around Times Square, and spent time walking lower Manhattan. It was so busy! Cars and people shared the road. Truth be told, I didn’t expect it to be quite so chaotic, but it was all good. A different pace altogether, from Los Angeles. IMG_1152 IMG_1151Stopped for dinner at a restaurant that sold several kinds of food and did a little shopping. IMG_1145 IMG_1176The night was pretty warm. The lights and number of people still moving about the street and sidewalks made it seem not quite so late. IMG_1219IMG_1235IMG_1237 IMG_1294We planned to come back the next day, so we left around midnight. I was already anticipating tomorrow 😀


September 22, Monday – Having driven the day before, this time we took the bus from our cousins’ place in Philly to NYC. First stop: Wall St. There was a protest going on over global warming; environmentalists were intending to #FloodWallSt, many were sitting around, the Bull was unreachable, Wall St. was closed off, and there were police everywhere. IMG_1483 IMG_1517 IMG_1496It was kind of disappointing to not get to see the Bull up close, but this was an interesting experience. We walked around more…IMG_1464 Then, the highlight of the day (well, kind of the whole trip 😉 ): the Statue of Liberty! We took the Staten Island ferry which travelled to the Island, and on the way gave a view of the Statue, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more. The ride back I spent on the deck of the ferry, instead of inside, which was fun. My new zoom lens came in handy as I was able to get quite good close-up shots with it. 😀 And then the Statue against the backdrop of the city looked awesome!IMG_1643 IMG_1662 Next we headed to Ground Zero. There were two huge holes in the ground, where the Twin Towers once stood. They’d been turned into fountains and water kept running down the holes. Forever down. The holes were ringed with the names of all who perished. It was sobering. IMG_1898 But directly behind was the new World Trade Center, the tallest building in New York; quite a demonstration of overcoming.IMG_1895 We rode the subway back up to mid Manhatten, and our last stop was Hershey World at Times Square. We looked around and bought a few souvenirs for the chocolate-lovers in our family 🙂IMG_1980 And to cap the day off…we took a taxi to the bus station! That New York City taxi ride was way cool. You really have to know your stuff to drive down there…with pedestrians all around, squeezing and streaming though…in the dark…on wet streets.IMG_1228 And that was the end of our time in NYC. I thank God for this amazing experience! And, one day, I want to go back 😀


Look for a more detailed and picture-heavy version of this post, coming soon on This Is Our Father’s World.

Random thoughts #14: Nautical, classics, beverages, & brothers


“One o’clock precisely!” (Love that book! Read it here for free 8) )

When the theme from a movie you haven’t watched in ages comes on the online radio station you’re listening to. Whoa, blast from the past.

Pretty neat to watch a girl with long, thick hair braid it up into something cool. Like, you can’t even see it and you’re doing such a good job :O

Ah, it smells like rain. 😀

I’m in a nautical mood. Just finished reading Treasure Island, visited a Maritime museum, saw ships in a bottle, spent some time at the beach, volunteered at a VBS with a Sea of Galilee theme, heard a presentation on “US history through maritime song,” visited a lighthouse…

Bullfrogs and butterflies
They’ve both been born again…

I’d like a boat ride. Or a ship in a bottle.

Did you know how they make ships in bottles? The boat part is small enough to fit through the bottle’s neck, and the sails are all folded down and attached to a string. The boat is slid into the bottle, then the string is pulled, and the sails go up. Voila! You’ve got a boat in a bottle.

You know what’s super cool? Taking pictures of the moon with your new zoom lens. 😀

A rockin’ Christian worship song (in English) song came on the radio and my littlest brother wanted to know if it was Spanish. 😐

Pineapple soda is a paradox. Like…this tropical, fresh taste of pineapple, and then this clearly artificial carbonated fizz.

*two younger brothers are playing with action figures*
Littlest brother: “Superman is losing.”
Older brother: “Superman doesn’t lose.”
Littlest brother: “I said losing, not lost.”

Green tea is pretty awesome 😀

My favorite name of God is “I AM.”

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