Saturday, June 28, 2008
Bekah and I loaded up the car on friday afternoon after work to embark on yet another road trip. As usual, it started with me yelling at her for the amount of luggage she was bringing for a 2 day trip and suggesting we rent a U-Haul. Then we argued about directions, my driving, her music selection, and the way she started freaking out when it began raining.
We finally made it without Bekah's mouth being duct-taped this time! We even stopped by Wendy's on the way in so she could get her daily serving of ice cream.
As little girls, we would stay up talking until the wee hours of the morning whenever we got together. Well, as college graduates (or soon to be college graduates:) we had no problem crashing!
The next morning we leisurely got out of bead, made waffles, and left to explore uptown Charlotte. I brought my camera and got really good pictures of Kelli. (Bekah had a bad attitude about being a model:) We then walked around fun jewelry stores and came back to make homemade pizza and chocolate cake! Our evening ended with a sappy chick flick and wonderful laziness!
Being the analyzer that I am, I always find the relationship between me, Kelli and Bekah fascinating! I am the pessimistic, analyzing, planning, and sarcastic one. Bekah, on the other end of the spectrum, is the optimistic, free spirit, clumsy and genuinely blonde one. (despite Clarol:) Kelli seems to be the perfect mixture of the two of us. She is artistic but also level headed; creative but also analytical.
Being different is what makes us appreciate each other. Personality clashes are what we find endearing. As we have always said, life would be boring if we were all three "Ambers", life would be scary if we were all three "Bekahs", and life would be...well, contradictory if we were all three "Kellis."
While at times, we considered ourselves "the three blind mice," I can't wait to see how the Lord continues to use our friendship to both encourage and keep each other straight!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I love movies that make me think. I love movies that critique culture. I love movies that have a purpose or a message whether it is right or wrong. I love movies that allow me to discuss ideas with both believers and unbelievers. I'll admit: quite often it is very nice to insert styrophome into my DVD player and allow my brain cells to veg with Meg Ryan or some other mindless chick-flick. However, the movies I find myself wanting to see again or recommend to others are ones that challenge me.
I recently saw the movie "Rendition" with Reece Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, and Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie is about the ethics of torture and the way the American government responds to this controversy. I was doubtful the movie would accomplish anything more than making me sick to my stomach but, in the end, I was very surprised by the way they tastefully got their message across.
What an ethical dilemma this creates! It is so tempting to think, “Well, they would do it to us!” or, “It will save thousands of lives!” My biggest concern with this line of reasoning is that it adopts the utilitarian axiom that it is better to sacrifice the one for the many. With this mindset, we would also have to affirm that it is morally permissible to conduct stem cell research on a few to save the masses. Furthermore, scripture, unlike the Qu’ran, makes no provision for torture of any kind. It certainly does support capital punishment for crimes that have been committed and deserve death. Scripture is also clear that our treatment of enemies should be no less guided by the principle of “neighbor love.” (The Good Samaritan parable)
From an ideological standpoint, it is important that the means used to protect human life must not encourage contempt of human life at the same time. While there is a place for “just war” and capital punishment, the main goal of supporting human life as creatures formulated in the Image of God must be kept in perspective. Of course, prisons should not be Day Spas and interrogators shouldn’t sound like Oprah. After all, protection of innocent life is a major factor in “neighbor love.” However, a proper perspective is in order before such activities are adopted.
Whether or not you agree or disagree with the movie’s anti-torture message, I’m sure
I have recently been exploring the many delicious ways one can eat Ezekiel Bread! I was never a fan of the loaf bread but I absolutely love the english muffins.
I have also been contemplating how to intake more coconut oil. (internally, that is :)) For the past couple of weeks, I have been spreading 1/2 tbs of coconut oil on each side of the muffin and drizzling honey on top. It took me about a day before it went from a mediocre way of eating something beneficial to absolutely addicting!
On a more fattening note, try toasting the muffin and spreading some butter on top. Once the butter is soaked in, pile on some Nutella!
I hope they have these things in Europe! Otherwise, they will definitely be added to the list of things for people to bring when they come visit!
This guy loves being in front of a camera! Whoever said having 7 kids in the family would squelch their personalities??