Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Erich at eleven months

Little Erich isn't so little anymore at eleven months. He is walking and has all the characteristics of a little boy. He loves to play with his dad's toy fire truck (a genuine, made in the USA Fisher Price model from the early 80s!).

Shown here: Erich walks around with a ladders from the firetruck.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Dead Sea Scrolls

This past long weekend, a few of us from the Bridge went down to the Pacific Science Centre in Seattle to "discover" the Dead Sea Scrolls. It was an eye-opening experience. Having recently studied the some of the biblical texts of the Pentateuch, this visit seemed to have that much more meaning. To be able to witness actual manuscripts reported to be about 2000 years old added a certain validity to the words I already knew to be true.

The serendipity and the metaphors of the entire experience took me by surprise. I went to the box office early to pick up tickets. When the office finally opened, I was greeted by Jesus -- yes, that was really his name! -- who promptly sold me the tickets. Upon entering the exhibit, I learned that the scrolls were actually discovered by a shepherd looking for his lost goat in a cave. He discovered the scrolls in jars of clay, one of which were on display. It sheds new light to Paul's letter to the Corinthians:

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. " -- 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NIV

In addition to visiting the dead sea scrolls, we also met up with Karen's cousin Keane and his roommate. Shown here is a photo we took at Pallino Pastaria in University Village near where they live.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Want an arrowroot, Elias?

Erich has recently acquired taste for arrowroot or teddy bear cookies. He loves them as snacks. We've also found that he loves to share. When we gave him his first few cookies, he liked them so much he offered one to his cousin Elias! A true "Kodak" moment! :-)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Congratulations Teresa Leung!

We've known Teresa (second from the left in photo) for the past 9 years. We first met her at CCCC - she's Danilla and Daniel's mum. As we ministered there, we grew to know her and her family.

We were privileged to be invited to her ordination ceremony at Maple Ridge Baptist Church. We felt honoured to have been part of her life as a Christian, and to have ministered to her children. It was also a reunion of sorts - we saw, albeit briefly, many of the people from CCCC. See photo below:

Teresa: We're so happy that God has called you to this ministry in Maple Ridge, and that God has led you to serve him full time as a chaplain in the Baptist Housing ministries. We have seen what your influence has had on the residents there. May God continue to bless you and your family as you continue to serve Him.

After the ceremony, we headed back home just to be stuck in traffic for two hours(!) due to an accident on the Pitt River Bridge. Both Karen and Katherine had to think of some pretty creative ways to keep Erich and Elias occupied!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bath Time!

At about half past eight each day, Erich takes a bath. We unhook Erich's little translucent blue IKEA bathtub from our wall, and place it in our bathtub where it gets filled with lukewarm water. When Erich hears the sound of the tap turning on, and the water splashing into his bathtub, he rushes enthusiastically into the bathroom. He stands next to the bathtub watching and waiting with eager anticipation. The sound of mommy's voice assures him it is what time he thinks it is -- "Erich! Bath time!".

Mummy and Daddy quickly get him ready for his bath. As the photo suggests, he's got the whole "man scratching his chest" thing down to a tee.

Erich loves to play in the water with all his water bath toys. He particularly likes the yellow and blue submarine that Grandma gave to him. It can wind up and tread its own water and can submerge just like a real submarine!

When Erich finishes he is all refreshed. Daddy comes to get him with his special towel and dresses him with a fresh new diaper. Then the pajamas go on and Erich is all ready for bed.

Photos: Various photos of Erich's bath time routine - around 10 months old.

Videos (available until Feb 2007):

1. Erich walking to the bathtub
2. Erich gets ready for his bath