June 13 AP 164– Discussions with my dad about anything. He opens my mind and challenges me to a new way of thinking each time we talk. Also, Momma-Daughter time curled up on the couch with ice cream and a movie.
June 14 AP 165– Fascinating scientific discoveries. T-rex blood cells. Hello!- Awesome! Genetics- alleles and switches and loci and how the tiniest variations can make huge differences… Read this: Taxonomic Significance of Racial Classification
“Lewontin used his analysis of variation to mount an un-
justified assault on classification, which he deplored for social
“A proper analysis of human data reveals a substantial
amount of information about genetic differences. What use,
if any, one makes of it is quite another matter. But it is a
dangerous mistake to premise the moral equality of human
beings on biological similarity because dissimilarity, once
revealed, then becomes an argument for moral inequality.
One is reminded of Fisher’s remark in Statistical Methods
and Scientific Inference(12) ‘that the best causes tend to
attract to their suppor the worst arguments, which seems to
be equally true in the intellectual and in the moral sense.’”
And how you can follow early human migration and trace ancestry through DNA…. and the light that DNA sheds on natural selection and adaptation. This world and our bodies are AMAZING and I love learning about it!
June 15 AP 166– Our exciting new fishes! Frederick A.W. Bailey, the late Mr. Brown, Eyez, and Diab(lo)
June 16 AP 167– Learning how to create and host my own website… and code and file sharing 101
June 17 AP 168– NAPS!
June 18 AP 169– Dreams and goals. However seemingly impossible they are to obtain, I like to reach for them and work towards them.
June 19 AP 170– Avatar: The Last Airbender the series. Its story and charm.
June 20 AP 171– My dad is here for me to spend time with and talk to, whenever I need him, and Ben is a great dad to Adry.
June 21 AP 172– Summer! Summer soltice- long days, water fun, sunshine, and seasonal festivities.
June 22 AP 173– Baby fever. Also, that Ben is a devoted father who thinks his son is the most awesome thing to walk the earth.
June 23 AP 174– Adry’s new language development and communication skills. I am beginning to be able to reason with him!
June 24 AP 175– Living so close to the dollar movies.
June 25 AP 176– Dozing with babies.
June 26 AP 177– An awesome, wonderful, amazing day of complete pampering from My brother, Matt. Breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe, a Grand Manicure at Charle’s Penzones, awesome ice cream from jeni’s, and an impromptu adorable movie at the dollar theater. Thank you, Matt. I needed that.
June 27 AP 178– Matthew’s birthday lunch and Food Woman MEATLOAF. MMMM!
June 28 AP 179– A wonderful family zoo trip with babies. Pictures to come soon.
June 29 AP 180– My son amazes me every day. He has been pretend-reading books and gets many of the words spot-on because he remembers them from when I read to him. He is beginning to tell jokes and develop a sense of humor (like every letter in the alphabet is “A”- HAH HAH HAH, HILARIOUS!) Oh my goodness, I just love to hold him and pray time stands still so I can take him all in. He is also growing physically stronger and more coordinated– he has a great pitching arm, and loves to shoot hoops. He is a beautifully created being and I am so blessed.
June 30 AP 181– Marriage counseling sessions (Fireproof Series), Week Two and going well. (I winced when I copied this appreciation, but in hindsight I still believe this is true. I’ll just leave it at that.)
July 1 AP 182– Ben got a second interview.
July 2 AP 183– Fireworks! Columbus’s Red White and Boom! Pictures coming soon!
July 3 AP 184–
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
I haven’t felt anger in this current situation. Not once. Not even for a second. Towards anyone. Embarrassment, yes. Deep, deep disappointment, yes. Disgust, yes. There is no bitterness, there is no grudge, there is no hate. There is heartbreak and numb depression. Upon discovery I wailed. I have never wailed before and I didn’t even recognize my own voice. Ben came in and held me. I tried to get up and my knees gave out and I collapsed on the floor. All the while I’ve had a peace in my soul, and unconditional love and endless forgiveness for everyone, no matter how I should decide to handle this. And I believe the folks most intimately involved (S. and B.) are responding in perfect appropriateness to my reactions and the situation. I hope it doesn’t sound twisted when I say I appreciate that… and them… for doing so.
We are ALL human and we ALL sin and fall short. Yes, some sins have far greater natural consequence than others, but where there is confession and repentance, there is grace and redemption.
July 4 AP 185– Our great nation’s independence.
July 5 AP 186– Toy Story 3. AAAAW! Adry actually let me watch the whole thing, too, which was superb! And yes I DID cry! I would have burst out in tears like a big sappy baby, but gosh darnit, I used up all my energies to hold it in because I was too embarrassed.