Friday, December 16, 2005

Evidently I'll still be here next semester- Thank the Lord for His faithfulness- only one more finals week(next spring) to go and I'll be done with final exams forever- lol. We'll be heading north tomorrow morning- so I don't know if I'll have access to a computer to update this thing or not. If not, here's to a very merry Christmas for you all.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Here's looking into our backyard
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Even the little wires on the planters we have on our deck were covered
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God is truly an artist, every little detail of the trees were coated with hundreds of perfect little ice crystals
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This morning when I headed out to my Internal Medicine exam, I was met with a beautiful wintry wonderland
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Friday, December 09, 2005


ahh... what a good pillow
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hmmm... needs ketchup
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everybody's dressed up to go outside
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enjoying the snow like a true stegman
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just look at that fancy new dress
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someone is very proud of the fact that she can roll over now
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mmmm... good
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Well as many have suspected, I have been crazy busy with preparation for final examinations (they begin monday). This semester has felt like one long finals week and I haven't really had much extra time for thinking and writing. Nevertheless, here are some new pictures for you to enjoy. Hopefully I'll have time to post some more once my life slows down a bit for the Christmas break.
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Friday, October 21, 2005

Well, as you might notice there are some new pictures posted. A couple of weekends ago we traveled north to be with my parents for a couple of days. We've been incredibly busy as of late- I have at least one exam every week for almost the rest of the semester, lots of fun. Everyday I'm reminding myself that another day past is another day closer :^). Anyway, enjoy the pictures- we always enjoy seeing your comments too! Ben

life is good
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So fetching in her new pink
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005


And Auntie Rachel
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Those Uncles had some pretty stiff competition from the Aunties though- Here's anna
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Uncle Mike thought it was pretty neat too
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Uncle Justin and Emily
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group hug :)
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Uncle Tim didn't seem to mind too much having Emily for an extended period of time
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Grandma and Grandpa were sure happy to see Emily again (us too they assured us ;) )
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Saturday, October 01, 2005


fresh from her bath... and loving being in bed with mama and papa
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Diapers clean, Tummy's full, life is good
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nothing seems to make her quite as happy as this position
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And she still definitely likes to sing...
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Emily's just full of smiles now
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I've been reminded several times that I've been behind in my postings :)... classes have had me incredibly busy lately... yes I know it's an old excuse. Enjoy the new pictures.
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This past week I've been reading in First Thessalonians, here are some thoughts I had while going through the first chapter. It struck me that the Thessalonian Christians were excellent examples of how Christians should act if they desire to be effective for Christ.
Verse 3: Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
Paul was impressed with these Christians: here he speaks of the cause and effect relationships that should take place in the lives of Christians, and was demonstrated by the Thessalonian believers: work proceeding out of faith, labor (diligent, patient endurance) out of love (for God and for the brethren), and patience out of hope (which is the "mystery", "Christ in us, the hope of glory"). These Christian's lives were bearing direct testament to the change that had taken place within them when they had believed the Gospel. Were it not true that they were in Christ, baptized into His Body, they simply could not have wrought what they did. God saw this, and was pleased.
Verse 4: Knowing brethren beloved, your election of God.
Paul is expanding the thought of the prior verse, referring to the predestination of all Christians to be conformed to the image of God"s Son, a thought that is developed in Romans 8:29.
Verse 5: For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
This verse tells of the evidence to Paul of the Thessalonian believer's full acceptance of his doctrine. Further testimony to the power and inspiration of the message he was carrying was the fact that Paul's claim that he was not merely presenting facts to the pagans, he was bringing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus on Divine mandate under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. There were results that defy the imagination. When we act in response only to the moving of the Spirit, we may expect to see God do great things (Paul realized this, as he said in Colossians 1:29: "striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily"). This didn't require Paul to be a great persuasive and flattering orator, it required him to trust and obey.
Verse 6: And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
Receiving the word in much affliction is something we westerners truly don't comprehend; when a man believes the Gospel in the United States, there is no real backlash to speak of, perhaps emotionally, but no one is in danger of losing their life because of believeing on Christ. Not so elsewhere in the World. But despite their unpopularity among the pagans, the Thessalonian believers received the Word with joy, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Verse 7 and 8: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
The best witness for Christ, without exception, is Christians simply living like Christians. This was true to the extent that news of the Thessalonians conversion caused Paul's evangelistic efforts to be enhanced, if not overshadowed and made unnecessary. It's simply not natural for individuals to suddenly abandon culture when it stands in the way of living biblically, and when Christians whole heartedly live their faith without fear of retaliation, the world takes notice.
Verse 9: For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
The Thessalonians biggest show of faith was seen in their totally abandoning their old system of beliefs and ways of living, their entire culture essentially. They were true evidence of the fact that "if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away, behold: all things are become new."
Verse 10: And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
As Paul said in Romans 5, one of the "ends" of faith is a patient endurance till we see our Saviour face to face. Christ has redeemed us, how can we give Him anything less than our all? The Thessalonian believers embodied this, may we all strive to such an end.
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Friday, September 09, 2005


auntie anna sure does love holding emily
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all those women... oi! Jen on the left with Gideon, Anna with Heather and Emily
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my own family... what a thought.
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the new cousins together at last
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ann geddes eat your heart out ;)
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almost 90 years difference in ages!
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I love sunflowers
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grandma nasby has some beautiful flowers
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whoops... forgot sister in law anna, in the middle on the right
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great grandma and grandpa on the lower right, grandpa and grandma nasby on the lower left, brothers in law stephen and aaron on the upper right, and brother and sister in law (with gideon) on the upper left
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here we all are
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even more beautiful than the sky ;)
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that beautiful Saskatchewan sky...
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optimistic as always
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oh what a feeling... finally here
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here we are, my friend Dean and I performing a n exploritory laparotomy on a dog.
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this dress certainly doesn't taste very good
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here we have that lovely little lady in her new dress
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We arrived in Ames at about 4:30 in the morning on tuesday, after driving almost 2000 miles on a round trip between here and SK. It was a very rewarding trip though and I'm glad we went. On thursday I had my first surgery session- my team and I were working for almost 6.5 hours on our dog... we were all very glad to be finished! It was a wonderful experience though- we all learned a great deal. Amazing to think of how many people don't get such an experience.
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Whew what a week.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Not nearly as interesting as that cat though...
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Boy is that ever an interesting faucet
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I just love splashing
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Like father water rat, like daughter water rat...
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such a sound sleeper
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And doesn't think too much of the onsies idea
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somebody enjoys not being confined by clothing altogether too much...
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such a cuddle bug
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