Friday, December 30, 2005

Colds, Cheese and Narnia

Have you ever tried to scream when you have no voice? Jason did his best to make the van spin and slide in the Target parking lot tonight. We got yet another snow storm last night and today, which is not unusual, except for the fact that the snow was wet, which is unusual. So, the spinning was a good try. The van is not the best vehicle to spin in the snow with!! Oh, and I can't scream because I have a cold and have lost my voice. My family has had fun making fun of me trying to talk.

It was a very special day here other than the fact that it is Friday! We were able to go to Costco (thank you Claudia and Ray!!) and get Tillamook cheese! Now I know that you all think I am extreme in wanting Tillamook when in all reality I am right next to Wisconsin where there are loads of cheese. Well, when you come and visit, I will give you a taste test and you will fully understand!!!! The cheeses from Wisconsin are the speciality cheeses that cost a lot, so I haven't tried the "really" good cheese here. Believe it or not, the Tillamook cheese is cheaper than the cheese from Super Target or Cub Foods! So, with very thankful stomachs, we are greatful for good cheese!! The kids and I probably looked like we were in a candy store, we were all grinning at the cheese when we saw it! We probably would have embarassed you all had you been there! :) That's what we get for being in the Loon state!!! Mordor-ky! (that's for you Trev and Bec.)

After Jason and I previewed the new Narnia movie, we weren't sure if the little girls should see it. But, on Monday after Christmas, we were all sitting around and decided to all go (thank you Mandi and Adam!). The kids loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and can't wait for it to be out on DVD so they can watch it again. We haven't really let on that you can see it again in the theater.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Let's Laugh at Ourselves

It is the day after Christmas and all through the malls, people are taking back the stuff they asked for and don't want now...

Oh, if we stop and think carefully, we will realize how silly much of what goes on in the materialistic United States is. How will God look at this nation? How will history look back at us? We are entirely rich, and entirely self-consumed.

Those who are theologically minded are pretty self-consumed, as well. Therefore, it seems appropriate that we should poke some fun at ourselves. If you know what the emergent church is, or dispensationalism, or hyper-Calvinism, click on these links and laugh out loud. If you can't laugh, you are too self-absorbed.

You might be emerging if...

You Know You've Attained Dispensationalist Divine Status When...

Help I'm going hyper...

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas Eve!

On Thursday, I took my last final for the Reading the Greek New Testament class. It took almost three hours. After that I was pretty drained. Fortunately, Wendy and I had a babysitter lined up and we were able to go out to Chipotle our new favorite fast food restaurant. Apparently, there is one in Portland, so y'all might want to try it out. I don't think it beats Peppers, but since Peppers isn't in MN, we have to do our best.

After big burritos, we went to see Narnia. We thought that we should preview it before we take the kids, and it was a good idea, because neither Kayleigh nor Brooke would have lasted past the first few minutes.

I don't have classes again until January 9, so we are going to try and spend some much needed family time together. The kids are waiting for me to finish this post so we can play. I have a lot more to say, but it will have to wait until later.

It is our prayer that you see and savor the wonder of the Christ-child this weekend.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Paper's Done!

I clicked send on the email last night at 11:57 pm. The paper was not late if emailed by 11:59 pm. Barring any internet glitch, it was turned in on time. I really am thankful to God for the ability and priviledge of writing that paper. It was a joy to dig so deeply into Hebrews 10:26-31. As soon as I can figure out a way to post a link to the paper on this site, I will do it.

Thank you to all who have prayed for me. I have one more final tomorrow afternoon and then break for Christmas. It will be a wonderful time, I am sure.

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Stones Have Rolled

Today was a momentous day this week. I stayed up Sunday night and worked on my paper. At 5:00 am this morning, Wendy looked up from bed, looked at me working at my computer, and said, "Have you not come to bed yet?" I turned around and said, "Five more minutes!" I crawled into bed at 5:15 am with a major draft completed. It is due tomorrow night, so I still have to revise the paper and interact with secondary sources, but at least the draft is done.

This afternoon, the other major problem in my life went away. That is a significant praise. Enough said. At least I don't have to go to the doctor....

We heard Vancouver had a bit of snow. It must be cute out there.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Seven Days til Christmas

I can hardly believe Christmas is almost here! I've been wrapping presents tonight, which I love to do! Jason is working on his paper. It's cram time for school. Finals are this week. I am looking foward to a less stressful week next week! It is still a snow covered land out here at about 10 F. Ice skating here we come! After last winter's famous hockey stop for Jason, the kids are not so sure he should be allowed on the ice yet.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Snow Day

Hello! We received about five inches of snow today. The kids loved it! You can see in the picture two birdhouses covered with snow.

We hope that you are enjoying the weather wherever you are. Come play with us if you want.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Snow and Stones

It is Tuesday night and the weatherman says that we should be getting five to eight inches of snow between now and Thursday. That sounds kind of fun. Despite the fact that snow is a regular occurance in Minneapolis, if it goes two or three days without snowing, people forget how to drive in it. So, tomorrow's commute should be very slow.

As for stones, the doctor says I have them. As in multiple kidney stones. I have had several recurring instances of extreme abdominal pain in the last four weeks, so at the strong urging of my wife, I went to see the doc. Sure enough, the Star Trek like CT Scan indicates that small rocks have formed in my left kidney and have decided to make like Mick Jagger and be rolling stones. Unfortunately, the route they want to roll is a bit small. The doctor called today and insists that I get in ASAP to deal with this problem, but I have an exegesis paper due in 1 week, as well as two finals. I don't have a lot of time for either snow or stones.

Needless to say, we could use your prayers.

Monday, December 12, 2005

We Begin!

Hello! My name is Jason Abell, and this is the new blog for the Abell clan that is currently located in Minnesota. We want this blog to be a place where our family and friends can see what is happening in our lives and interact with us.

We don't know whether this will work or not. We don't know whether we will keep it up, or whether anyone will even look at it. But, we are going to give it a try.

We will try and post pictures, and blips of information about our family and the happenings of life.

Thank you for visiting!