Saturday, November 28, 2009

Giving Thanks!

The Mathews family is so thankful for this time of year! What a wonderful time to focus on the goodness and faithfulness of our Lord. Today we were at Target and a sweet girl came up to Hallel and was talking to her. Her mom asked how old Hallel was and I told them she was born on Christmas. The little girls eyes lit up and said, "Christmas! That is when Jesus was born." Her mom apologized for what they were teaching her in school. And I said "Oh, we are celebrating Jesus being born too!" It is so special to see a child's tender heart this season!

Josh has said for the last three days that is feels like Saturday and it is so nice to be so relaxed! Thanksgiving afternoon we went to the square and brought Hallel's little scooter car and let her just walk around pushing it. She is getting so fast and was the envy of several other children so we worked on sharing skills.
Then we had a HUGE feast with about 5 other families on campus. Those Southern girls know how to cook! It was great fellowship and fun, and of course pumkin pie!

The day after we found the perfect Christmas tree and put up the decorations. Hallel just loves to look at the tree and talk to the ornaments. She "sings" to the Christmas music and "dances" to her favorite songs! What a fun stage. In the evening we went to San Rafael for a Winter Wonderland. They had a huge sledding hill of snow for the kids to slide down, an outdoor market, and a parade at dusk. It was a great start to the Christmas season. We came home and had some more pumkin pie!

And today, we did some Christmas shopping and Josh is baking another Turkey so that we can have left overs and of course pumpkin pie!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I am so glad that you got to hear a blog post from Josh last week and see some of what he is up to in this program! It is exciting to be on our third year here at Seminary. Josh is doing an amazing job in the Lord with a crazy load on his plate. I am amazed at what he does each day!
His blogs are also written much more eloquent and well written so now your stuck with me again:)
Hallel and our pastors daughter at the pumpkin patch. Her mom takes awesome pictures!

Some things in life are free? I don't know if it is because of the economy or because I am just a huge sucker for a good deal but we have been so blessed last week with some very fun freebies!
On Wednesday Hallel and I went with two other mom's and kiddoes to the free day at the Bay Area Discovery Musuem. We spent most of our time in a tunnel with rain coming down over some rocks. Hallel was in there mostly because there was another little girl with a sparkly pink bow in her hair.

On Thursday they opened a new Chipotle (a place where burritos are tasty, huge and cheap) near us and were giving them away for free! So we had dinner and left overs.
Friday night the Seminary put on a Parents night out with free babysitting so Josh and I grabbed some scrumptious dessert while Hallel played with about 25 other kids!
And to top it off on Saturday morning Hallel and I headed down to Safeway to do our grocery shopping and we used our coupons for free breakfast! This included a dozen eggs, package of bacon, a loaf of raisin bread, and a carton of oj, yummo!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Meaning of the Pentateuch

My advisor Dr. John Sailhamer's book on the theology of the first five books of the Bible, has just recently hit the shelves. Putting into practice what he believes is preached at the core of the Pentateuch's (and the whole Bible's) message, he has studied and meditated on Scripture for many decades, and this book is the result of much of that study and meditation. I'm excited about it not only to read it myself, but also because I think it has potential to be significantly impacting for the scholarly world and for all Bible readers. He has already been instrumental in opening the Bible to people's eyes and many people's eyes to the depths of what Scripture, particularly the Old Testament, means for us today.

I think maybe the most exciting thing about his approach to the OT is that he ends up understanding it very much in line with the message of the New Testament. Jesus and his anticipated Messianic work are everywhere at the forefront. In this book Sailhamer shows that Moses' message and theology are very similar in a lot of ways to Paul's and the other NT writers'. This kind of approach is not a new one but one that has lost some of its popularity in recent centuries, especially in a Christian world where the OT is often thought of as communicating a message that is not meant for us, about a god who is quite different from the gracious God who sent his Son Jesus.

It's a big book but readable, engaging, and I think even exciting. Anyway, that's my plug. It's published by IVP but I got it through Amazon for quite a bit less. Check out these links:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

pumpkins and costumes

This October 31st started off with a trip to Kaiser to stand in line for a H1N1 shot. We got there a half hour early and still the line was wrapping around the bulding and out to the street when we left. We then enjoyed a beautiful day of sunshine as it has been gorgeous here lately! And ended the day with some neighbors who invited people over for food and games.

We have some very creative friends that did a great job with their costumes!
Some of the kiddos dressed up the night before and played, they were so cute.

Hallel was an aerobics girl.

Pumkin Spice Latte

John and girlfriend plus 8

Hallel playing with her costume on.

What a ham! She was playing peek a boo with herself in the mirror after I turned the video off.