Sunday, October 31, 2010

happy halloween

From Peter Pan, Tink and a couple of crazy pirates :)

reformation day

493 years ago Martin Luther wrote and nailed this to the Whittenberg Church door in Whittenberg, Germany. In doing so it started a reformation to end the catholic church's abuse of power and to restore the beliefs of God's teachings in His Word.

In the Name our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

    1. Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, when He said Poenitentiam agite, willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.

    2. This word cannot be understood to mean sacramental penance, i.e., confession and satisfaction, which is administered by the priests.

    3. Yet it means not inward repentance only; nay, there is no inward repentance which does not outwardly work divers mortifications of the flesh.

    4. The penalty [of sin], therefore, continues so long as hatred of self continues; for this is the true inward repentance, and continues until our entrance into the kingdom of heaven.

    5. The pope does not intend to remit, and cannot remit any penalties other than those which he has imposed either by his own authority or by that of the Canons.

    6. The pope cannot remit any guilt, except by declaring that it has been remitted by God and by assenting to God's remission; though, to be sure, he may grant remission in cases reserved to his judgment. If his right to grant remission in such cases were despised, the guilt would remain entirely unforgiven.

    7. God remits guilt to no one whom He does not, at the same time, humble in all things and bring into subjection to His vicar, the priest.

    8. The penitential canons are imposed only on the living, and, according to them, nothing should be imposed on the dying.

    9. Therefore the Holy Spirit in the pope is kind to us, because in his decrees he always makes exception of the article of death and of necessity.

    10. Ignorant and wicked are the doings of those priests who, in the case of the dying, reserve canonical penances for purgatory.

    11. This changing of the canonical penalty to the penalty of purgatory is quite evidently one of the tares that were sown while the bishops slept.

    12. In former times the canonical penalties were imposed not after, but before absolution, as tests of true contrition.

    13. The dying are freed by death from all penalties; they are already dead to canonical rules, and have a right to be released from them.

    14. The imperfect health [of soul], that is to say, the imperfect love, of the dying brings with it, of necessity, great fear; and the smaller the love, the greater is the fear.

    15. This fear and horror is sufficient of itself alone (to say nothing of other things) to constitute the penalty of purgatory, since it is very near to the horror of despair.

    16. Hell, purgatory, and heaven seem to differ as do despair, almost-despair, and the assurance of safety.

    17. With souls in purgatory it seems necessary that horror should grow less and love increase.

    18. It seems unproved, either by reason or Scripture, that they are outside the state of merit, that is to say, of increasing love.

    19. Again, it seems unproved that they, or at least that all of them, are certain or assured of their own blessedness, though we may be quite certain of it.

    20. Therefore by "full remission of all penalties" the pope means not actually "of all," but only of those imposed by himself.

    21. Therefore those preachers of indulgences are in error, who say that by the pope's indulgences a man is freed from every penalty, and saved;

    22. Whereas he remits to souls in purgatory no penalty which, according to the canons, they would have had to pay in this life.

    23. If it is at all possible to grant to any one the remission of all penalties whatsoever, it is certain that this remission can be granted only to the most perfect, that is, to the very fewest.

    24. It must needs be, therefore, that the greater part of the people are deceived by that indiscriminate and highsounding promise of release from penalty.

    25. The power which the pope has, in a general way, over purgatory, is just like the power which any bishop or curate has, in a special way, within his own diocese or parish.

    26. The pope does well when he grants remission to souls [in purgatory], not by the power of the keys (which he does not possess), but by way of intercession.

    27. They preach man who say that so soon as the penny jingles into the money-box, the soul flies out [of purgatory].

    28. It is certain that when the penny jingles into the money-box, gain and avarice can be increased, but the result of the intercession of the Church is in the power of God alone.

    29. Who knows whether all the souls in purgatory wish to be bought out of it, as in the legend of Sts. Severinus and Paschal.

    30. No one is sure that his own contrition is sincere; much less that he has attained full remission.

    31. Rare as is the man that is truly penitent, so rare is also the man who truly buys indulgences, i.e., such men are most rare.

    32. They will be condemned eternally, together with their teachers, who believe themselves sure of their salvation because they have letters of pardon.

    33. Men must be on their guard against those who say that the pope's pardons are that inestimable gift of God by which man is reconciled to Him;

    34. For these "graces of pardon" concern only the penalties of sacramental satisfaction, and these are appointed by man.

    35. They preach no Christian doctrine who teach that contrition is not necessary in those who intend to buy souls out of purgatory or to buy confessionalia.

    36. Every truly repentant Christian has a right to full remission of penalty and guilt, even without letters of pardon.

    37. Every true Christian, whether living or dead, has part in all the blessings of Christ and the Church; and this is granted him by God, even without letters of pardon.

    38. Nevertheless, the remission and participation [in the blessings of the Church] which are granted by the pope are in no way to be despised, for they are, as I have said, the declaration of divine remission.

    39. It is most difficult, even for the very keenest theologians, at one and the same time to commend to the people the abundance of pardons and [the need of] true contrition.

    40. True contrition seeks and loves penalties, but liberal pardons only relax penalties and cause them to be hated, or at least, furnish an occasion [for hating them].

    41. Apostolic pardons are to be preached with caution, lest the people may falsely think them preferable to other good works of love.

    42. Christians are to be taught that the pope does not intend the buying of pardons to be compared in any way to works of mercy.

    43. Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor or lends to the needy does a better work than buying pardons;

    44. Because love grows by works of love, and man becomes better; but by pardons man does not grow better, only more free from penalty.

    45. 45. Christians are to be taught that he who sees a man in need, and passes him by, and gives [his money] for pardons, purchases not the indulgences of the pope, but the indignation of God.

    46. Christians are to be taught that unless they have more than they need, they are bound to keep back what is necessary for their own families, and by no means to squander it on pardons.

    47. Christians are to be taught that the buying of pardons is a matter of free will, and not of commandment.

    48. Christians are to be taught that the pope, in granting pardons, needs, and therefore desires, their devout prayer for him more than the money they bring.

    49. Christians are to be taught that the pope's pardons are useful, if they do not put their trust in them; but altogether harmful, if through them they lose their fear of God.

    50. Christians are to be taught that if the pope knew the exactions of the pardon-preachers, he would rather that St. Peter's church should go to ashes, than that it should be built up with the skin, flesh and bones of his sheep.

    51. Christians are to be taught that it would be the pope's wish, as it is his duty, to give of his own money to very many of those from whom certain hawkers of pardons cajole money, even though the church of St. Peter might have to be sold.

    52. The assurance of salvation by letters of pardon is vain, even though the commissary, nay, even though the pope himself, were to stake his soul upon it.

    53. They are enemies of Christ and of the pope, who bid the Word of God be altogether silent in some Churches, in order that pardons may be preached in others.

    54. Injury is done the Word of God when, in the same sermon, an equal or a longer time is spent on pardons than on this Word.

    55. It must be the intention of the pope that if pardons, which are a very small thing, are celebrated with one bell, with single processions and ceremonies, then the Gospel, which is the very greatest thing, should be preached with a hundred bells, a hundred processions, a hundred ceremonies.

    56. The "treasures of the Church," out of which the pope. grants indulgences, are not sufficiently named or known among the people of Christ.

    57. That they are not temporal treasures is certainly evident, for many of the vendors do not pour out such treasures so easily, but only gather them.

    58. Nor are they the merits of Christ and the Saints, for even without the pope, these always work grace for the inner man, and the cross, death, and hell for the outward man.

    59. St. Lawrence said that the treasures of the Church were the Church's poor, but he spoke according to the usage of the word in his own time.

    60. Without rashness we say that the keys of the Church, given by Christ's merit, are that treasure;

    61. For it is clear that for the remission of penalties and of reserved cases, the power of the pope is of itself sufficient.

    62. The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God.

    63. But this treasure is naturally most odious, for it makes the first to be last.

    64. On the other hand, the treasure of indulgences is naturally most acceptable, for it makes the last to be first.

    65. Therefore the treasures of the Gospel are nets with which they formerly were wont to fish for men of riches.

    66. The treasures of the indulgences are nets with which they now fish for the riches of men.

    67. The indulgences which the preachers cry as the "greatest graces" are known to be truly such, in so far as they promote gain.

    68. Yet they are in truth the very smallest graces compared with the grace of God and the piety of the Cross.

    69. Bishops and curates are bound to admit the commissaries of apostolic pardons, with all reverence.

    70. But still more are they bound to strain all their eyes and attend with all their ears, lest these men preach their own dreams instead of the commission of the pope.

    71. He who speaks against the truth of apostolic pardons, let him be anathema and accursed!

    72. But he who guards against the lust and license of the pardon-preachers, let him be blessed!

    73. The pope justly thunders against those who, by any art, contrive the injury of the traffic in pardons.

    74. But much more does he intend to thunder against those who use the pretext of pardons to contrive the injury of holy love and truth.

    75. To think the papal pardons so great that they could absolve a man even if he had committed an impossible sin and violated the Mother of God -- this is madness.

    76. We say, on the contrary, that the papal pardons are not able to remove the very least of venial sins, so far as its guilt is concerned.

    77. It is said that even St. Peter, if he were now Pope, could not bestow greater graces; this is blasphemy against St. Peter and against the pope.

    78. We say, on the contrary, that even the present pope, and any pope at all, has greater graces at his disposal; to wit, the Gospel, powers, gifts of healing, etc., as it is written in I. Corinthians xii.

    79. To say that the cross, emblazoned with the papal arms, which is set up [by the preachers of indulgences], is of equal worth with the Cross of Christ, is blasphemy.

    80. The bishops, curates and theologians who allow such talk to be spread among the people, will have an account to render.

    81. This unbridled preaching of pardons makes it no easy matter, even for learned men, to rescue the reverence due to the pope from slander, or even from the shrewd questionings of the laity.

    82. To wit: -- "Why does not the pope empty purgatory, for the sake of holy love and of the dire need of the souls that are there, if he redeems an infinite number of souls for the sake of miserable money with which to build a Church? The former reasons would be most just; the latter is most trivial."

    83. Again: -- "Why are mortuary and anniversary masses for the dead continued, and why does he not return or permit the withdrawal of the endowments founded on their behalf, since it is wrong to pray for the redeemed?"

    84. Again: -- "What is this new piety of God and the pope, that for money they allow a man who is impious and their enemy to buy out of purgatory the pious soul of a friend of God, and do not rather, because of that pious and beloved soul's own need, free it for pure love's sake?"

    85. Again: -- "Why are the penitential canons long since in actual fact and through disuse abrogated and dead, now satisfied by the granting of indulgences, as though they were still alive and in force?"

    86. Again: -- "Why does not the pope, whose wealth is to-day greater than the riches of the richest, build just this one church of St. Peter with his own money, rather than with the money of poor believers?"

    87. Again: -- "What is it that the pope remits, and what participation does he grant to those who, by perfect contrition, have a right to full remission and participation?"

    88. Again: -- "What greater blessing could come to the Church than if the pope were to do a hundred times a day what he now does once, and bestow on every believer these remissions and participations?"

    89. "Since the pope, by his pardons, seeks the salvation of souls rather than money, why does he suspend the indulgences and pardons granted heretofore, since these have equal efficacy?"

    90. To repress these arguments and scruples of the laity by force alone, and not to resolve them by giving reasons, is to expose the Church and the pope to the ridicule of their enemies, and to make Christians unhappy.

    91. If, therefore, pardons were preached according to the spirit and mind of the pope, all these doubts would be readily resolved; nay, they would not exist.

    92. Away, then, with all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, "Peace, peace," and there is no peace!

    93. Blessed be all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, "Cross, cross," and there is no cross!

    94. Christians are to be exhorted that they be diligent in following Christ, their Head, through penalties, deaths, and hell;

    95. And thus be confident of entering into heaven rather through many tribulations, than through the assurance of peace.

gainsville high

Friday night the boys had another high school football experience. Micah had been to a game there before way back in the day but Connor hadn't. It was the last home game that their band would be doing their competition show and since Joel is a senior on their drumline, it was the last chance to watch him march as well.

The boys, of course, loved listening to the bands in the stands and then watching them on the field. It was even more exciting since they knew one of the drummers. Micah's face lit up when we got there and Joel waved to him!

Connor was antsy again in the stands, surprise, surprise, but at their stadium you can pretty much walk anywhere around the field so Linda (Nana) took them on a lot of walks. She also took them down to the field level to watch the band march so they good get a better look.

Our goal is always to make it through half time but tonight we stayed through the third quarter because that's when the band gets to have a break so Micah and Zach hung out with Joel a bit while Connor and I took a walk to watch the ball (game) and chat with Poppy (Tom).

We got home around 11:30 worn out and ready for bed but it was and oh so fun night.

peter pan goes to preschool

Friday was dress up day at Preschool. They were asked to dress up like a storybook character and bring a book along to share with the class. Though it was more like here's my costume now what book might match that!? Connor and I spent the whole day there helping out with the activities. There were reading rounds first where parents read the books aloud to the friends, then a visit to the church's pumpkin patch, followed by pizza and cupcakes, a quick stop at the playground and then trick or treating on the square in Covington.

I'm still trying to get to know the other parent's there. A lot of these kids have been attending the preschool since the one year old class so I feel like a definite 'newbie' and I've also never been good at conversation starting. However, as awkward as I might feel sometimes around 'strangers', Micah made me so proud. It just amazed me at how comfortable he was with all the other kids. I can still see the shy not wanting to intrude actions in certain situations but there was forever a smile on his face. Maybe I need to get some pointers from him :)

Micah and Connor waiting to go outside

Micah's and buddy Ben with their pumpkins.
They bonded the day they both wore cowboy boots to school!

A little laugh over Connor who threw all the pumpkins on the ground.

Sitting in his spot between two little ladies!

Getting candy on the square.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

embrace the camera: doctor

I took Connor to his first 'sick' visit last week :( While we were waiting for the doctor he fell asleep on my shoulder. Since this is rare for him I had to get a picture!

Loved {embracing the camera} this week :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


A year before Zach and I were married both of my mother's parents passed away, one in December and one in June. While going through their Minnesota lake house we found some interesting items. 5 of these stood out as good 'gifts' for each other, and by gifts I mean random objects to pass around and/or hide in each other's homes until they are found and passed again.

The 5 items...
1) a hat with a plastic fish head lives in South Dakota with my Uncle Jerry
2) a creepy stuffed frog doll with a straw hat lives in Illinois with my Aunt Julie
3) a half moon with a kind of intoxicated looking farmer crow is a centerpiece in my sister's kitchen in Alabama
4) a wooden rooster lives in my bathroom. My aunt glued beads in the shape of panties and a bra on it for my lingerie shower. It's quite a conversation piece :)

Only one is left in circulation and by the title of my post you have probably guessed that it has something to do with polka.

5)Yes it's a polka cassette tape. As far as I know none of us have actually listened to the tape but many of us have been in possession of it. It has hidden in diaper bags, baby beds, make up drawers, purses, shower stalls, suit cases, packages, presents and the list goes on and on. It continues to be a favorite game of hide and seek and I am curious to see how long it lasts :)

And for you movie buffs here are some (semi) famous quotes about polka from a couple of my favorite movies. Can you guess which ones!?!?!?!

* Polka King of the Midwest? The Kenosha Kickers? No? That’s okay I thought you might have recognized– …Anyways I had a few hits a few years ago. That’s why I… Polka, Polka, Polka?(singing) Polka, polka, polka… No? Twin Lakes Polka… Domavougi Polka A.K.A. Kiss me polka…polka twist?

* How about a nice polka? It's got something for everybody. That's it Harve. You're exactly right. Bingo!

*I think Handsome Hans will fit right in at Slippery's Bar. It's a TAVERN!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

sunday song

You Lifted Me Out
Chris Tomlin

You turned my way
You heard my cry
You turned my mourning into shouting
Sorrow may last for a night
But with the light I am seeing
I am singing

You lifted me out
You lifted me out
And set me dancing, dancing
Free, now I am free
Your love rescued me
Now it's the anthem I'm singing

Many will see
Many will hear
And find You strong enough to save
Many the wonders You have done
Your light has come, I am singing
I am singing

Lost is where You found me
Shattered and frail
But You love me still
Trouble may surround me
My heart may fail
But You never will
You never will

Saturday, October 23, 2010

country living fair

Stephanie and I went to the Country Living Fair on Friday. It's the first time it's been in Atlanta and we were anxious to see all the fun stuff. While we were a little surprised at all the 'new' merchandise there ( we were both expecting it to be a little more vintage) we still had a lot of fun and saw some good things. Here are some of the favs...

French furniture
There was a vendor with all French (or French inspired) pieces

I'm not a big swan fan but there were EVERYWHERE! I guess it's the 'it' decor right now.

This is from a furniture maker out of Gainesville, GA. They build all of it themselves and take custom orders. They also give a percentage or each of their sales to support missions in Africa. Very cool!

I was amused by their name ;)

Steph found a fabric booth. She was more than a little excited.

At this same booth they had quilt patterns available for sale. If the quilts had been for sale also I would have had a hard time not buying these next three!

A piggy shot for my mama :)

This just cracked me up

Sea of children's chairs and benches

My favorite booth by far is this next one. Great Stuff by Paul out of Maryland. He had lots of cool wooden trays, dough bowls, rice bowls, well buckets and asian baby bathtubs. Along with other baskets, grain barrels, burlap sacks, and more.

This is what I came home with. The third from the top is currently on my kitchen table waiting for it's semi permanent spot. I loved the dark wood and the price tag. All the other items were $20 plus more than this.


Thursday night was a long awaited time for our great friends Mike (and Lindsay) Kinnebrew. Mike released his first CD last week and had the CD release concert that night in Macon, GA. We met the Kinnebrews the first day we visited Christ Community and have been friends since that very first day. Even though they moved to Macon over 4 years ago we have remained close.

We have a long history of listening to their music. Early in our friendship we would often go with them to their gigs at restaurants and coffee houses. Zach even played djembe with them a few times. Now Zach just does Mike's photography and design work and even got to do the pictures and artwork for this CD.

When he got more musicians to work with him and started playing at Eddie's Attic more and doing shows in Macon it became a tradition for us and the Cardozas to spend the evening together watching our great friends (Matt and Leslie have known them longer than us!) so we were all excited about going and seeing them. Stephanie and Justin were able joined us because they had never heard them apart from personal recordings Zach had shared.
Mike didn't dissapoint! They had a great show and we were so proud to be a part of it.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

zoo atlanta

On our break between Gainesville and Enterprise, we took a day just for ourselves. Though we did go to a zoo in Lousiana this summer we wanted to take Micah back and Connor for the first time to Zoo Atlanta to see some of the bigger animals.

We left after Connor's doctor appointment that morning (he'd been running a fever all week) to go to the zoo. The only minor problem was the fact that we had forgotten to put shoes on Micah before we left which he reminded us of as were zooming down the interstate. After a quick stop at the Target off Moreland avenue we were back on the road.

Zach packed us a lunch (yes Zach!) so we picnicked there and then strolled around to see all the animals (some a few times) for the whole afternoon. The weather was cool and the crowds were small so it turned out to be a pretty relaxing afternoon.

I had never been in the parakeet house before. When Micah and I went in we saw quite a few love birds. Two of them were should I put this...CLOSE. I didn't take a picture of them!

Close encounter during feeding time

Sitting on a dragon

Micah's absolutely favorite!
First trip to zoo in August 2008
Second trip October 2010

interesting overbite!?
team work

Excited about getting to go
Anxiously awaiting the ride

I love when we make a conscience effort to do things with just the four of us. Too often we, and I'm sure you as well, are so wrapped up in the every day or the activities you do with friends and family that your own little family doesn't get as much specialized attention. Then again if we didn't have so many people who loved us that we spent our time with than I probably wouldn't appreciate nearly enough the time I have with just my boys. Crazy how it all works out huh?