GNO: Chasing Rainbows

GNO: Girls Night Out

It was a typical Saturday afternoon for the Asker 5.  Brian was whittling away a chunk of concrete while the kids biked around – please don’t tell Social Services.  Note: XS poked his little fingers in his ears every time Brian started the saw.  Then he’d yell “BA BA” over and over again until Brian was done cutting.

Try to zoom in and you can see XS trying to protect his hearing.

Try to zoom in and you can see XS trying to protect his hearing.

Calista and I had decided we needed some “Girl Time” so we dressed up and headed out for a night of just us.

Earlier in the month, we had attended a church function where the issue of women in leadership was discussed.  Calista heard Brian and me debriefing it and asked a lot of questions, including why she had never seen a woman in the pulpit.

The Vineyard down the street has females who preach and I found out Saturday night one of them was on.  Well ye-haw!  Sounds like fun, don’ it?

I did bring her to McDonald’s first, and that Ty Beanie Baby probably saved the service for Calista.  I’m not sure she was much impressed, no fault of the worship team or preacher.  It was an interesting discussion about God’s care for creation.  Therefore, we are called to be “fellow gardeners,” enjoying what He has made as a reflection of Who He is.  There was a call to enjoy creation this week and ask what about God we saw in the beauty.

Upon leaving church that night, there was a broken rainbow over Lake Superior.  Calista couldn’t quite catch a good look from the back seat, so we ended up chasing the rainbow all the way up to Hawk’s Ridge.

We ran out of the van, scrambled up a platform they use in watching the birds migrate and caught a great panoramic view of Duluth, the Lake and the rainbow.

Can you see it?

I am just now realizing how horrible my iPhone pics translate to blogging… must fix that problem

Then she noticed a path that headed back into the woods.  “Can we explore momma?”  Why not, in church clothes and shoes, we flip flopped and sandal-ed our way back on the Superior Hiking Trail.

hike 1 hike 2We found some blueberries plus a mystery, tasty berry.  Thanks to posting a pic on FB and my knowledgeable friends, I discovered these are “juneberries.”  We may have to hike back for more!

 

at the game

at the game

We have been trying to get the big kids out for 1-1 time with parents this week.  It seems to be a good idea… until it is time to leave!  Xuan Song gets the silent tears and clings to the parent sticking around.  The other sibling not going also cries.  There is a horrid separation process, the parent left behind scrambles to find a diversion and then eventually peace returns.  It is agonizing.  But we learn as part of this “outnumbered club” someone is always upset.  We are just trying to keep the majority happy, the minority alive and love on all those present or otherwise.

XS continues to love to take pics on our cell phones.  Here is his perspective while Elam musters up courage to try 2 wheels.

XS continues to love to take pics on our cell phones. Here is his perspective while Elam musters up courage to try 2 wheels.

 

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this is the best we could do.  remember: we are outnumbered.

this is the best we could do. remember: we are outnumbered.

the boyz

the boyz

I am strong.

I am strong.

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