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Nannies Know: About Ezzo

Nanny Katherine Ross wrote an article summarizing Babywise for the professional newsletter published by the International Nanny Association. While I haven't found the newsletter available online, the author has made her article available in full.

It's interesting to see thoughts of someone whose educational background and daily experience is focused on normal child development, as they evaluate some of the teachings of Gary Ezzo.

Want to read more? Check out the GFI / Ezzo / Babywise archives here at TulipGirl or the classic Ezzo.Info.


May 29, 2007  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Memorial Day, 2007


Little Soldier

Little soldier, little child
You're still too young to know,
The impact of the battlefield
Or how its memory lingers so.

Playing war is now a game,
Its truth you can't conceive
Should you defend, until its end
Our freedom to believe.

In God, in man, in liberty
With rights for one and all,
Little soldier, little child,
That day you'll stand as tall.

Written by Maureen Kuehne
Copyright 2003

Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund

Project Linus


May 28, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Some Cool Sites







May 27, 2007  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 12

Q. 12. What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the estate wherein he was created?

A. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience; forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death.

pain of death
Genesis 2:16-17, James 2:10

(via OPC/CRTA)


May 27, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Etic and Emic

Learned something new today. . .

The terms and ideas connected to etic and emic were developed by SIL linguist Kenneth Pike. While I'm learning these terms in the context of anthropology, it is interesting to see how the ideas developed from a linguist whose chief interest was understanding languages and people, for the purposes of the Gospel.

"But culture had to be viewed in relation to the people who utilized their units within that culture. What was crucial to them? What kind of ‘native reaction’ made one item relevant and another one not noticed? These items forced us to look at the analogue of ‘phonemics’ in anthropology, and we needed to build on our experience with phonemic analysis. So I took the word phonemic, crossed out the phon- part meaning “sound”, and generalized my use of the new emic term to represent any unit of culture, at any level, of any kind, which was reacted to as a relevant unit by the native actors in that behavior. In the same way, I created the word etic from phonetic. . ."
--Kenneth Pike

This is the second time recently that I've been in a situation in which the idea of understanding people's ideas from their points of view (emic), and trying to communicate to them on their terms has been presented as a. . . novel. . . idea. While I haven't had the terms etic and emic before, the concepts are not new to me.

Perhaps having been involved in missions and cross-cultural communications is part of my "why, of course" assumption. But I don't think that is it, because the idea of understanding another's cultural context isn't limited to just the missionaries I've known, but has been a common idea among the Christians I'm around in general.

Are health care providers, drug counselors, students and those in academia really as new to the idea of valuing the understanding culture from the other person's perspective? Isn't it obvious that sort of cultural understanding is needed when trying to communicate or provide care?


May 26, 2007  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Half Pint House Moving Day

Megan and I both made major moves simultaneously a couple of years ago. She was my partner in packing and keeping sanity, even though half a world away. A more minor move this time, she's relocated her blog to a new url. Update your bookmarks:


May 25, 2007  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



For the Mommy-Encouragement Files. . .

"You do what’s best for your babies, while keeping in mind risks and taking reasonable and responsible precautions. You hold, cuddle, carry and nurse your babies (as you are able) in ways that provide for their emotional/spiritual needs as well as their physical, according to what is most appropriate within your family dynamics. No two families or babies are identical, things will work differently under different circumstances. You also learn and grow with each new baby and methods and priorities sometimes change or transform. Sometimes something that works becomes a habit with future babies."

--Valerie, Mom of many


May 24, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Fiesta Penne

Fiesta Penne

Chicken Breasts or Tenderloins
One Yellow or Red or Green Pepper
One Onion
Handful of Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
Cumin, Celery Salt, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper
Penne Pasta

Start water to boil penne, and follow directions for cooking it al dente. Stirfry in olive oil in a large wok or iron skillet the amount of chicken you'd use for your family. When it is mostly cooked, dice it and add back to the skillet or wok. Add in diced pepper and diced onion. Add a bit of Cumin, Celery Salt, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper to taste. After veggies are crisp-tender and chicken is all cooked, add in the grape tomatoes. When penne is cooked, drain, and toss with the veggies and meat in the wok.

This was very yummy, and was the result of me wanting fajitas and having most everything on hand, except tortillas.

Another modification--Cajun Elbows. In addition to the veggies listed above, add garlic, okra, yellow squash and/or whatever you have on hand. Instead of the seasonings above, sprinkle liberally with Tony Chachere's seasoning, paprika, and parsley. Prepare as above. Kiddos really liked this last night.

Yet another mod--Italian Ribbons. Yellow squash, green bell pepper, onion and garlic, chicken, grape tomatoes, handful of spinach, parsley, and ribbon pasta.


May 21, 2007  |  Comments (5)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 11

Q. 11. What are God's works of providence?

A. God's works of providence are, his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.

most holy
Psalm 145:17

Psalm 104:24

Hebrews 1:3

Nehemiah 9:6

Ephesians 1:19-22

all his creatures, and all their actions
Psalm 36:6, Proverbs 16:33, Matthew 10:30

(via OPC/CRTA)


May 20, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Art After Dark

Last night we took the boys to the Tampa Museum of Art and their Art After Dark program. We each had iced coffees as we strolled around the museum. I love this stage of life with our family--we do so much together, enjoy it together. I loved the baby/toddler/preschooler time, too--and I miss it. Yet our family has shifted and Hubby and I are conscious of it and really enjoying it.

We spent quite a lot of time looking at the glass sculptures, and it was fascinating to see which pieces caught the boys' attention. Gave me glimpses into their personalities and thoughts. I can't find images online of the pieces I liked most, but they were by Martin Blank and Michael Pavlik.

Overall, though, the boys are still classicists and their favorite exhibits were either Greek, Roman, or reminiscent of the styles of the classical periods.


May 19, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Still Need That Shoulder

What About Mine?

When you cried as a little baby
Mom and daddy let you cry
Thought that that was the best way maybe
To make you grow all strong inside
Now that you're older
You need someone's shoulder
What about mine?

Growing' up your mind was closed
For repairs for a long long time
You could feel the loneliness in your hairstyle
Just like mine
Now that you've grown up
You still need that shoulder
What the hell are you waiting' for?
It's mine

I promise not to chase you
Only to embrace you
I promise not to bug you
Only just to hug you all night

When you was a little baby
Mom and dad they let you cry
They thought that's the best way maybe
To make you all strong inside
(Were they) wrong? (Yes)
Mine……What about mine?

--Paul Westerberg

Hear it Barlowised.


May 18, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Anne's Meadow

Reading Anne's Meadow, the blog of a mama in Kyiv, makes me really sentimental.


May 15, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Ну, погоди!

Memories of Ukraine, just for my boys.

Ну, погоди!


May 12, 2007  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



These Orbs of Light and Shade

"Our little systems have their day;
They have their day and cease to be:
They are but broken lights of Thee,
And Thou, O Lord, art more than they."

--Alfred, Lord Tennyson


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What Life's About

Happy anniversary to my wonderful Dad and Mom. I love you dearly.


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Praying For The Persecuted, Clarifications

I posted about the martyrs in Turkey last week, and have received an update with some clarifications:

A preface from Turkish World Outreach:

We received a few emails saying some elements in "A letter to the Global Church from the Protestant Church of Smyrna" were exaggerated. However, since none of the messages stated what was thought to be exaggerated, we did not send a retraction. Instead, we contacted the pastor and his wife who prepared the message and shared the negative email messages we had received. The spouses of the men who were slain reportedly say they want people around the world to know what took place, and the real objections appear to be from foreign workers who understandably feel threatened by unwanted exposure to their mission
work. In addition, some people felt the graphic details of the torture the men experienced (though apparently factual) should be omitted. The following corrections were sent by Pastor Bocek and his wife, and we have made these corrections in the attached text. Thank you for your prayers.


Dear Friends,

We are amazed at how quickly the Global Church communicated the message of our friends' deaths. Thank you for your continued prayers for Semsa, Susanne and the Church in Turkey.

We need to make a couple of corrections on the letter we sent out.

First, if you forward the letter again, due to sensitivity issues please take all the details of the torture off, replacing it with "They were brutally tortured for 3 hours" and ask your friends who you have forwarded the previous email to do the same. Also, later in the article where it says their throats were slit "from ear to ear, practically decapitated" we are not sure of the actual size of the cuts, so please delete those words from the letter as well. We won't know actual details until autopsy reports are made public; news reports and articles we were basing our information on were possibly exaggerated.

Second, my faulty estimating mistake put the word "thousands" when in fact there were only about 800 people at Necati's funeral.

Third, I made mistakes in names. Susanne Geske (not Susanne Tilman),
and Tilmann not Tilman.

If you can make those changes, and pass on the information I'd appreciate it.

As a wonderful follow-up, we know for a fact that three people in the last week have committed their hearts to Christ in response to the sufferings our friends went through: John 12: 24-25 I tell you the
truth, unless a kernal of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds. The man who loves His life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Darlene Bocek

for The Protestant Church of Smyrna

Further clarifications, via Emeth:

From —– —–, the pastor of Diyarbakir Church

30 April 2007
Diyarbakir, Turkey

Dear brothers and sisters,

I greet you in the peace and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May the Lord abundantly bless you, your families, your churches, and your work.

We know and appreciate very much your heart for us.

Brothers and sisters, in the last ten days we have experienced very painful moments, which words cannot begin to express. Our painful experience has shown us that our lives are as the Lord describes: “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” For this reason we have understood one more time how holy and close to the Lord we
should live our lives.

We have also understood that our society is easily given to emotion and that in such painful moments some people, whether intentionally or not, report certain events inaccurately and we have not prevented this or have not been able to do so.

When the Malatya massacre happened we, the brothers from Diyarbakir, besides those already on the scene at the time of the crime, were the first to get there. When we got to Malatya our brother Ugur was still alive, but his condition was critical. Around 5:30 PM Ugur entrusted his spirit to the Lord.

Dear brothers and sisters, that painful moment has slowly come into perspective for us so that now we have begun to see some things as we should. For example, it appears that those who murdered or arranged for the murder of these brothers are getting what they hoped for. By means of our reactions we may unwittingly help them. If we do not bring the facts into the light, these people will end up getting what they desired.

Brothers Tilmann, Necati, and Ugur were murdered in a bloodthirsty way. This is a fact. But there are also some inaccurate claims about this massacre and one of these is the extent of the torture. According to rumors brother Tilmann was stabbed with a knife 156 times. Brother Ugur had countless knife wounds, it has been said. These rumors, however, are unfounded. At the
morgue we wanted to put brother Tilmann’s body, which was in a plastic bag, into the coffin, but the officials and police did not like this. “It is sinful to do it this way, we should wrap the corpse in a shroud,” they said.

I accepted this idea and did what was right in their eyes. I asked them for a shroud (white cloth) and the officials moved Tilmann’s body out of the plastic bag, which they placed to the side. I took advantage of this opportunity to examine brother Tilmann’s body as far down as his stomach. I did not see any knife wounds. Only Tilmann’s throat had been slit 8-10 centimeters and there was the stitched autopsy incision down the middle of Tilmann’s chest. Unfortunately there are very different rumors circulating about brothers Tilmann and Necati. It has been said that their noses, lips, and ears were cut. These rumors do not reflect the truth. I telephoned our brother —– —– in Adana because I knew he had seen brother Tilmann’s body. I asked him about the knife wounds on brother Tilmann’s body. He said to me, “Brother, I came across three or four knife blows in the chest area. I didn’t see his back. On his face I can’t say there were knife wounds, but scratches, maybe from hitting his face when he fell down.” I knew that Ihsan
Ozbek from Ankara had seen bodies. I asked him which bodies he had seen and he said, “I saw the chest area of both Tilmann and Necati. I saw purple from bruising on Necati’s lips and chin, but I did not see knife wounds. I looked at brother Tilmann’s chest, but I did not see knife wounds.” These are the statments of those you saw the bodies of these two brothers.

It is true that our brothers were knifed and tortured. But it was not to the extent of statements such as “too many wounds to count, beyond description.”

Apparently —– —– looked more carefully than brother Ihsan and I did. He saw three or four knife wounds in the chest.

No one saw brother Ugur’s body because on the night of the same day the murder happened, around midnight, his family took his body for burial.

I believe that brother Ugur had knife wounds similar to those of our other two brothers. It has been said that Ugur was stabbed all over his body, including his genitals. I do not believe this. You may ask why I don’t beleive this. I think someone stabbed this much would die on the spot. Ugur would not have been able to remain alive until 5:30 PM if he had been stabbed so much. That nothing abnormal happened to Ugur can be understood from the fact that exaggerated statements have been about our other two brothers, too.

Therefore we reach the following conclusion: yes, these brothers were tortured, but not to the extent that has been explained.

We are sons and daughters of the truth. Unfortunately unfounded news reports and media exaggerations have now gone out all over the world. Our brothers and sisters and people sensitive to such news have been misinformed. We do not intend to offend anyone. But whether the true facts are, let us report them without exaggeration. Let people everywhere think about the plain facts.

Who started these exaggerated facts about the Malatya massacre? We purpose two possibilities:

1) Those who perpetrated the crime planned this the spreading of exaggerated facts from the beginning and the murderers were simply tools for these people who had planned to blow the murder into exaggerated proportions. The goal of those who planned this murder and the exaggerated claims was both to frighten the Christians living in Turkey, causing them to shrink back and be timid, and to humiliate Turkey as a country that invites and causes such bloodthirty massacre, thereby damaging Turkey’s chances of entering the European Union and making matters worse in the country. Furthermore, the planners of this massacre wanted to give the government and our people the impression that Christians distort and exaggerate everything.

2) In every situation we see that the media either totally disregards something we say or totally exploits it. We investigated the bloody clothing that was submitted to the public as the underclothing of our brothers. None of this clothing belonged to our brothers. That clothing had been taken off the bodies of people shot to death weeks earlier. But what did the media do? They took this clothing and presented it as freshly removed from the bodies of our brothers. Is there anyone who does not yet know about the exaggerations and sometimes boldfaced lies of the media?

Therefore, brothers and sisters, if we do not explain the true facts to you our hearts will not find peace. I have written this report because I have read exaggerated or unfounded facts in news both home and abroad. The true facts are those in this report.

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

—– —–, the pastor of Diyarbakir Church

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church --Tertullian

Continue to pray for the Church around the world, Turkey and elsewhere.


May 06, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Hubby Brought Me Flowers


I've been having a rough weekend. Hubby brought me flowers. I feel loved. He puts up with a lot with me, and then goes further to comfort me. How blessed am I.


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Arise, My Soul, Arise

Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands,
Before the throne my surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above, for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead:
His blood atoned for all our race,
His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,
“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away, the presence of His Son;
His Spirit answers to the blood,
His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.

--Charles Wesley


May 06, 2007  |  Comments (2)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Mother's Day Give Away!


How cool is this!?


May 05, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



Watching the Babies Hatch

Ohio's Peregrine Falcons - NestBox Cam

We've been watching this today--they are supposed to be hatching soon!


May 04, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



One Anothering

For the Mommy-Inspiration Files. . .

The Blanket Commands


May 03, 2007  |  Comments (0)  |  TrackBack (0)  |  Permalink



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