Saturday, January 27, 2007

A Prayer for Wisdom

I am ordinarily not a religious person, although I believe in God and the power of prayer. It may come as a surprise to some of you, but for at certain critical times in my life, I have prayed to God for His guidiance. Now I have reached another critical juncture in my life, and I find myself once again asking for some help from the Almighty.

Is it out of character for me? Not really. I think those people who really know me should not be alarmed. And I am not afraid to let you know that I pray nearly every day out of devotion, and to let the Big Guy know that I'm trying to be good!

So, here goes:

Almighty God, you know the perils that surround me, and how easy it would be for me to slip and fall. Give me the wisdom that I need to do your bidding, and avoid the snares that are set before me.

My path is dark before me. Send your Holy Spirit to fill me with your light, and to guide me.

Help me do your will, and to do what is best for me and those who depend on me.

Grant me the grace of wisdom. Make me wise enough to choose truth over falsehood, that I may not be deceived to my own undoing, and to the harm of others.
Update: Someone has contacted us upon reading this message, sounding quite startled. This note is just to say that no one is sick (outside of Russell's autism) or in current danger. I am merely recognizing that we've got important decisions to make regarding the kids' future--such as school or pre-school--and well-being. This is in addition to some career decisions that we'll be making soon.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Happy New Year 2007

We haven't really done much in 2007 yet. Based on our birthday party experience, we decided to take the boys to the San Francisco Zoo one Sunday. Unfortunately, the public feeding of the lions and tigers was cancelled (perhaps permanently) because a zookeeper was mauled last month by a tiger.

This past weekend, we went on a play date to our friends' house in Berkeley. It was a smashing success because they have 3 girls, all of whom are very friendly, and a house that resembles Disneyland. Both Russell and Punky have been clamoring for a return visit. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera.

After a long day at the zoo, Punky and Russell snooze in the car Posted by Picasa

Punky is excited to see the ducks Posted by Picasa

Russell wishes he had some bread to feed the ducks Posted by Picasa

The view from the rickshaw is fabulous Posted by Picasa

Punky observes a prairie dog colony Posted by Picasa

Russell checks out the penguins Posted by Picasa

Russell and Punky get pushed around at the San Francisco Zoo Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Merry Christmas to All, Part 2

Jenny's mom with a lovely (heh heh) Christmas gift Posted by Picasa

Russell is about to be enveloped by another present: a parachute Posted by Picasa

Punky and Russell check out some presents: John Deere toy tractors Posted by Picasa

The Brewster Boys jumping on the sofa Posted by Picasa

Honey-baked ham, chicken with garlic and couscous Posted by Picasa

Prociutto and breadsticks Posted by Picasa