Friday, November 2, 2007

Weekend Reflections....Part Three

It's time to wrap up my journal of last weekend's "festivities"; for one thing, the weekend is here again with a fresh set of pictorial opportunities. We are finally having our special dedication service for Reagan on Saturday. Finding the time to pull this off has been difficult with everyone's busy lives, but we are proceeding anyway, even though it may not be as full scale as in the past. Our family sort of started our own tradition in the way we welcome/dedicate our babies. It is special for us, and I look forward to sharing it with you in the days ahead! And for any friends reading who may be within driving distance, please know that you are welcome to come! Email me for directions and details.

Now, back to last weekend. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time being with friends, and the time passed way too quickly, as it is prone to do when you're having fun. We made it home late Saturday night, and prepared for our Sunday morning worship. Sunday night our church hosted its Family Fall Night, complete with 'trunk or treat' for the kids. I assume everyone knows that new twist on 'trick or treat'; if not, just ask! Now, here I will stop to interject some highly personal opinions. My feelings have nothing to do with anyone else's choices or decisions. And whatever you do/do not choose to do with your family doesn't offend me in the least. Here's my thing: I HATE Halloween. I hate everything to do with it. I hate acknowledging it any way. I hate having an alternative, because it somehow seems to legitimize its existence. I live in a state of heightened awareness this time of year that the spirit world is activated full force, not only on Halloween, but in the days surrounding it, before and after. If I held to my own personal feelings for my own personal self, I would completely and totally IGNORE the existence of the day altogether. Except, maybe, to sing a rousing rendition of "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" in honor of Reformation Day, October 31st. BUT.....I have children. So I have caved and compromised. We allow the children to dress up in some cutesy, harmless costumes, and we take them to our church harvest party and to my parents' church harvest party. We don't say "Happy Halloween" or do anything scary. The kids, OF COURSE, love it. I tolerate it, and do my best not to impose my feelings onto them or others. They are adorable to look at, and take pictures of, if I do say so for your viewing Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, and Cinderella (oh, yes, and Cinderella's pumpkin!)


Kimberly said...

i'm with you on very much disliking the "haunted"'s real!!.."Point of View" had a great program on these issues.

But the kids are sooo cute and T/T is so fun, whatever you call it:)

Kelly S said...

I don't like it either, but I do take my kids to the mall. Last year I said I would never do it again because there were so many scary adults dressed up. But this year I found a different mall that said adults were not allowed to have their faces painted or covered with masks. It eliminated scariness for the kids. The church thing sounds like a lot of fun. We don't have anything like that around here.

I can't believe how much your oldest girl looks like you in these pictures!

Sonja said...

So much enjoyed your reflections - all three parts. Loved seeing you at YC. As always, I think your kids are terrific. Was sad to have to leave early. Would have LOVED to go to the Creation Museum with you. Wish I could make it to Reagan's dedication this weekend, but I seem to be working. At least, I'm sitting here in the office at 9:39pm on a Friday evening, so I assume I'm working. Love ya!

Queen Essie said...

What a cute pumpkin, definitely the best I have seen all season :)
(probably because it is Cinderella's) plus, Minnie and Buzz are too adorable!

I, too, enjoyed all three parts of your weekend reflections! I would have loved to have gone to YC and seen all of y'all and heard Vision. What a great time for your family. Derek would really like to get together with your family sometime, well mostly your Derek, but he does enjoy seeing pix of everyone's families. Not sure exactly where you are in KY but maybe with us in TN it's not too far away for a visit. You can "think on these things" and let us know!

julie f said...

I really enjoyed hearing about your weekend...the museum sounds fabulous and it was so fun to see pictures of old friends and their beautiful children.

I hope your special day with Reagan is delightful and meaningful. Can't wait to see pictures!

kayla said...

Let me just say that when you decide to compromise, you do it right. The costumes are adorable.
Wish I could be there for Reagan's dedication. That is another thing you always do right, love all the special touches.

Kim M. said...

Your kids are so cute. Love reading your updates.

David and Sarah Fry said...

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Enjoyed lurking. :)