Our hunt for hidden treasure and a pearl of great price

We kept up the parable adventure with two more: the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl. (You can read about our initial parable adventures at We’re going on a parable hunt.) First, we read the parable of the hidden treasure. It is short and sweet: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it … Continue reading Our hunt for hidden treasure and a pearl of great price

Poor kid just wanted to wash his hands

It was a common scenario. Eating dinner and having a shotgun conversation with my husband. Me: “How was your day?” Middle son: “Daddy, I want a drink.” Husband: “It was OK.” Middle son: “Daddy, I don’t want water. I want milk.” Youngest son: Getting out of his chair and almost breaking a bone as he stumbles to the floor. Husband: “Drink your water, son. That’s what I got … Continue reading Poor kid just wanted to wash his hands

Toddler Bible: the fiery thermos and other tales

When our three-year old told us, “Daniel disobeyed God and the lions ate him!” we started to realize that what we teach our children is not always what they understand. Case in point, our five-year old was “reading” the story of Elijah this morning. “Elijah was fed by raisins,” he read. The stories seem clear enough to us when we read them to our children, but somehow input does … Continue reading Toddler Bible: the fiery thermos and other tales

Crossing the border: turn the other cheek

Sometimes we have “aha moments” where something that has been in the shadows stands out in crystal clear form. Sometimes these moments are painful. Mine happened a few days ago. We were trying to cross a border from a neighboring country back into the country where we live. It had been a rather stressful trip. On the way down our car had started breaking down … Continue reading Crossing the border: turn the other cheek

Laghman in the Buff

After a long search, we’ve found the best laghman in town: on Gogol Street near Gorky Park. I’ve ordered the “As Kazan” laghman several times now, and it’s simply the best. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not much of a spicy, burn-your-mouth guy, so I’m happy to report that As Kazan laghman has the perfect heat level for me. Plus, it has bean sprouts, which I grew … Continue reading Laghman in the Buff