We started the month celebrating a somber 4th of July. Why did it feel more like a funeral than Independence Day? Could it be that here in California we’re all basically under house arrest? Except for our convicted criminals. They’re being let out of jail by the thousands. Anyway, I thought Titus’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner fit the mood. Here’s the link.
Joel and Nathan got to take a road trip with their Opa up to Idaho to visit cousins. Besides an amazing show of hospitality by Tom’s middle brother and his family, Joel finally got some good catfish-ing under his now 15-year-old belt.
My IG Birthday greeting to this remarkable boy read like this:
“Happy Birthday to my fish catching, game hunting, piano playing, fly tying, snowcave sleeping, omelette flipping, anything high climbing, board shredding, highest peak in the lower 48 summiting, Gospel sharing, bike jumping, poker winning, truth loving, schoolwork dodging, gun toting, arrow sending, Bible thumping, trouble making, thrill seeking, wilderness surviving, double daring, son Joel. And that just describes the first 2 years of your teens. I can’t imagine what God has in store for you in the years to come. He obviously custom made you for adventure.”
Unfortunately, he and Titus have been unemployed since March. Tom, thankfully still has a job, but the camp being shut down for 5 months has obviously been a hardship. Keeping a houseful of 3 teenage boys, and 2 that might as well be, busy and in order with no work, no school, no camps, and limited interaction with friends has been a challenge to say the least. Mainly they’ve just been running wild in the woods all spring and summer. But honing those wilderness survival skills isn’t such a bad idea given our current political climate.
I was able to reign them in briefly to do some night-sky gazing recently. Jupiter and Saturn have been stunning this month. Our telescope was able to give us the first clear view of Saturn’s rings we’ve ever had. And of course, there was the Neowise comet. I think there might be one or two nights left to catch a glimpse of this 3-mile wide space rock orbiting our sun. You can find it right below the Big Dipper. I’m reposting some illustrations the boys did back in 2019 of the various kinds of space rocks and a poem to help you remember each kind.
“Dirty snowball out in space
with smudgy tail making chase
Ice melts off and leaves behind
Dirt and rocks that sometimes find
Their way through Earth’s thick atmosphere
But burn all up before getting here
Except for sometimes they crash on through
And hopefully don’t land on you!”
Titus wasn’t interested in our childish bit of poetic nonsense so here are some more accurate definitions from him.
Anyway, hope your July has been star-spangled and that August will still find us all fighting for the land of the free and the home of the brave.
9 thoughts on “July Fly-by”
I love the kid’s art! So creative.
Loved the poem and art and the tone to Ti’s very accurate paper reminded me a lot of Gideon’s tone during the “lello”/“yewwo”/“yellow” debate. 😆
I love their pictures!! I look at these, and I feel like I’m doing this parenting thing all wrong in the middle of suburban Maryland. We need to be in the California wilderness drawing asteroids and catching fish like you guys!!
Are you kidding me? You and Alan are amazing parents! And under incredibly challenging circumstances too. I recommend your blog so much.
Thanks for sharing
I think I read a review by you of Narrative Apologetics on Amazon. My small group is looking for a deep but “not too scholarly” book on apologetics to read and study and discuss. Any advice?
Hey! Thanks for the inquiry. Yes, I do book reviews for Crossway and Baker and Narrative Apologetics was one of them. As I recall, I didn’t give it high ratings. I’d love to put a little more thought into your question but off the top of my head I’m wondering if you’ve looked into Apologetics by John Frame?
I will look at Frame. He is scary smart. What do you know about Biola?
Your first comment reminded me that I have 2 books I need to put reviews up for. But now this comment makes me want to do a post on colleges. Either way, I guess I’ll be busy writing today. Thanks for lighting the fire under me. I’ve been in a serious slump of late 🙂