Wednesday, January 19, 2011

VI, reading Jesus, and litte sister

It’s been awhile since I’ve been around here. Sorry about that, life’s been a bit crazy. New city. New jobs. New illnesses. New problems. New apartment to paint and buy cabinets and such. And other stuff too.

But I’m back, and with a new city the material should be flowing. I haven’t had time to put together any long or deep thoughts lately, so here’s some quick hitters:

-I’m beginning to wonder if my son has Voice Immodulation disorder. He says everything at full volume. All the time. And he loves identifying things he knows. One of his favorite things is cars. We go outside, living in a city with thousands and thousands of automobiles, and he will quite literally shout at the top of his lungs “car” at each parked car we walk past. People from hundreds of yards away will turn to look when he cries out.

-Where would your life be without the tooth fairy? Probably at least $2 poorer (unless you’re like a college friend of ours who sold his teeth on ebay for $20). Well in France you’d still be ok thanks to La Petite Souris. Yup. The Little Mouse. In France, there is no tooth fairy, but rather a tooth mouse that comes to replace fallen teeth with treats and money. We have a young friend, American who’s lived most of her life in France, who recently lost her first tooth. We were with her family the night she placed the tooth under her pillow, and she told us all about the little mouse. When asked why there’s not a tooth mouse in America, she responded simply “the mouse can’t cross the ocean, silly.”

-When you live abroad in a modern, western country, it’s often the little things that drive you batty. Take for instance, grocery carts. Here in France, someone decided to make all grocery carts with four fully turning wheels. Trying to wrangle a grocery cart with four spinning and turning wheels through a crowded grocery store is like trying to push a red wagon through a slalom course on an ice rink. It just doesn’t work well. Lock the two front wheels, please!!

-Yesterday while eating his breakfast, Sawyer pointed to his children’s Bible and said “Read Jesus... please.” Melted my heart. I can thank his wonderful, godly mother for that one. She models it for him each morning, reading her own Jesus stories over breakfast.

-If you read this and you think about it this week, pray for a strong easterly wind over the Atlantic ocean. Somewhere in the ocean there’s a ship. On that ship there’s a crate. On that crate is our name. Oh how we long to see that crate. You see, nearly four years ago we packed up our meager belongings (dishes, dresser, decorations, photo albums) into storage and moved to East Africa. 15 months ago we transferred those items into a wooden crate and bought a few new things to add in (couch, mattress, chair). It’s scheduled to arrive sometime in February. It’s not that we’re addicted to our stuff or anything, we’d just like to sit on something other than a trunk and an exercise ball and have more décor than a couple of ikea bookshelves!

-I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here yet, but it’s pretty official that Sawyer will have a little sister coming into the world in about 3.5 months. We are incredibly excited and can’t wait for her arrival! Name suggestions welcomed, but be not offended when we don’t use yours :). We really don’t have it narrowed down much, still in the brainstorming phase.

Until next time...

10 comments:

M.S. said...

You're alive!!! I laughed out loud at the grocery cart comment. How is it that every one of them is the wonky cart everyone avoids at Wal-Mart? It's a sick, sick joke. Maybe it's b/c the French shop in small quantities and rarely use a cart? Is that how they haven't been driven batty? Oh wait, they ARE batty...

I would love to name your baby girl, but I myself have very few girl names I like. I lucked out with Evelyn Joy being that Evelyn is a family name. Annie is too but my sis-in-law grabbed that one first. Annie would be nice maybe? Sam? I liked Amelia or you could go totally French and Brigette or qqc comme ca. :D No matter, I want to be there when she gets here. I can help, just give me a couple of hours to get there.

can we see you guys next month maybe? Nice has a big ol' carnaval you might want to come see www.nicecarnaval.com Just sayin'...

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Nice in February sounds wonderful. Maybe celebrate my birthday at TexasBurger? Thanks for the name ideas, we'll tuck those away. Will look at the carnival, could be fun indeed.

Yeah, carts, ugh. At least they have the cool escalator ramps here that magnetically lock your cart in to go up and down floors. Useful since the elevators are broken 90% of the time.

Hallie said...

Loved the voice immodulation comment...classic will ferrell. Well played, Michael.
Got a suggestion or 2 for you on the name front.
What do you think about Helga?
I think its a nice European name, though your child's age might be questioned. :) Glad to see you are all doing well and we will be asking for the glorious crate!

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Helga hmm? Yeah, not sold on that one. But thanks for trying.

Where's all our HandsOn folk who gave us boy names 2 years ago?! You guys ought to have some girl ones in reserve!

Note to MS and all other France residents... Auchan carts have 2 locked wheels! They work! I'm sold, know where I'll be shopping now.

Courtney said...

Well let's see...all I know is that Maria has staked her claim with the name Amelia, so you better not use that one. Madeline, call her Maddie? I've always liked that name. Or Abigail, I like the meaning of that - the father's joy (1 Sam. 25:3). Hope. Jewel. Lilian. Tamara. Ok, there's my suggestions, do as you wish! Love you!

Aaron said...

Well I did vote for Sawyer the first time around so I'll throw this out there...Jade. It's named after a jewel that is suppose to have "magical powers" to provide protection against intestinal disorders. Cool name, weird background, I like it.

Anonymous said...

Balzac.


You're welcome.


-Paul

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Why do I even ask in generalities? I should clearly just call Paul. So helpful.

Maria better step up her game if she doesn't want to lose out on names...

Thanks, I do like how you all think. Love the name meaning Court, like the idea Aaron, sure you don't want to save that one for yourself?

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Oh, and I didn't thank you Hallie! Appreciate the suggestion, sorry I don't dig it (mix with our last name, not a fan of the allitteration). You said 2...?

Anonymous said...

East Africa brought Sawyer. Western Europe brings.....
How about Hope, Faith or Charity?
How about Joi? Calamity Jane? Or the one who carried Paul's letter to Rome - Phoebe? Tryphaena or Tryphosa? How about a Tolkien name, like Galadriel, Arwen or my personal favorite, Eowyn?

Love, Tim