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One of Those Weeks…

Have you ever had one of those weeks?

  • Last Friday Taylor and Madison both had their wisdom teeth extracted. Taylor had a vein bleed out and I had to rush her back to have it restitched. They both ended up with dry socket. And the pain meds made Madison terribly sick so that she spent most of Monday night puking her guts out. Fun, fun, fun.
  • Wendy called me on the road Tuesday night to tell me she flushed her cell phone down the toilet.
  • Thursday morning I went to check out of my hotel room and make a b-line for the hotel. I couldn’t find my eyeglasses anywhere (Perhaps, I flushed them down the toilet). The housekeeper couldn’t find them, either.
  • Last night I heard banging coming from the girls’ bathroom. The door knob stopped working and Madison was stuck inside the bathroom (see picture). I took the door knob off to find the latch was broken and permanently jammed into the door frame. I had to crawl into the bathroom window from the roof (in the rain), take out the hinges and pry the door open.


Mom & Dad’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

We had a very long, but great weekend with the Vander Well clan as we gathered to celebrate my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. When we approached mom and dad about it earlier in the year, mom really wanted to be with her family and dad kind of wanted a nice open house. So, we gave them each what they wanted.

On Friday night just the family (all 15 of us) met at Noah’s Ark restaurant in Des Moines. Noah’s is an old family favorite, and all of us enjoyed a great meal together. Good food, good wine and lots of laughter!
On Saturday morning we all gathered to take family pictures at the park and then spent the afternoon welcoming family and friends at the folk’s church for an open house. It was amazing to see so many people come to celebrate. There were family, friends and neighbors we hadn’t seen in years.

(btw, mom and dad have always dreamed of going to Hawaii, but raising four kids and six grandchildren have kept them poor and busy. So, in honor of all they’ve done for us through the years, we pitched in to send them on their way. They leave for Honalulu in October!)

Here’s a few pics of the family. Enjoy!

Chapter-a-Day Matthew 17

Peter broke in, "Master, this is a great moment! What would you
think if I built three memorials here on the mountain—one for you, one
for Moses, one for Elijah?"

he was going on like this, babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped
them, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice: "This is my Son,
marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him."

Matthew 17:4-5 (TM)

It’s funny how we humans think in comparison to God. The Son of God  stands in His Glory and the world is on the verge of experiencing the one act that will be the salvation for all mankind. The disciples reaction? Let’s memorialize the event!

This moment was so not about Peter and the boys. God even interrupted him. Jesus presence on the Earth was about action and the disciples part was about action:

Be my witnesses.
Go out into the world.
Preach the Message.
Heal the sick.
Feed the hungry.
Clothe the needy

How often it is that we prefer to sit and build memorials to God rather than doing what we are called to do.

Guthrie_tourIt seems like forever
since I last posted. Things have been crazy, and in the daily scramble my daily habit of blogging didn’t make the cut. The hectic schedule isn’t over, but I miss the routine of writing – so I’m making time for it this morning.

Wendy and I had a wonderful weekend in Minneapolis. I had to be up in the cities for business last week, so Wendy went with me and on Friday, after my last meeting, we drove downtown to meet up with our friends from Central College Theatre. Each semester Central takes a "cultural" weekend, so we joined in the fun.

On Friday night we saw an amazing production of Don Juan Giovanni at Theatre de la Jeune Lune. The company produced a thoughtful mixture of Moliere, Mozart and contemporary staging. On Saturday morning we had a back stage tour of the new Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis (see photo). In the afternoon it was a production of Huck Finn at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, and Saturday night we saw Doc Severinsen’s final bows as pops conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra. Of course, while we loved the productions, the highlight of the weekend was the good company, the good food, and the laughter.

Shakespeare Rolls On!

TomandwendypsclrIt was another wonderful night for Pella Shakespeare and Much Ado About Nothing. The weather was perfect with pleasant temperatures and a cool breeze to blow the bugs away. We had pre-show entertainment with a lesson on medeival swordplay (no one was hurt!). The audience was the most responsive we’ve had, with plenty of laughter and enjoyment that really motivated the actors to take it to another level.

Grandpa and Grandma VW came to bring the girls for a pre-show picnic and to enjoy the performance. It was fun to watch the family enjoying the performance.

Tonight the show is at the Tulip Tower on the Pella town square at 6 p.m. NOTE: Sunday’s performance at Prairie Creek Playhouse has been cancelled!

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