Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Bringing Up Boys"

I have been reading Dr. James Dobson's book called "Bringing Up Boys".  It has been very enlightening.  The book is focused on some of the big dangers that boys are facing in today's culture.  It's very scary to think about all that is against boys in American culture.  But it's comforting to know that there is someone much greater who is looking after Bronson, who can protect him so much better than I can.  Here is a quote that I read today from a chapter about postmodernism.

"The interesting thing about postmodernists is their ability to live comfortably with contradictions.  Why?  Because there are no troubling absolutes to be reckoned with.  For example, moral relativists celebrate human dignity and racial harmony as precepts but then advocate killing (or helping to kill) the elderly, the unborn, and even full-term, healthy babies as they exit the birth canal.  Human life is expendable if it is inconvenient.  'Wait a minute!' you say.  Those ideas can't coexist in the same mind.  'Sure they can,' says the postmodernist, explaining nothing...

Now what does this moral relativism have to do with raising boys?  Just about everything, in fact.  It has confused all the age-old distinctions between right and wrong, between proper and improper, between priceless and worthless, and between human and inhuman.  It has also resulted in a moral free fall that has yet to hit bottom.  Postmodernism has given credibility and free reign to every form of evil.  Yes, I said evil.  Boys, with their tendencies to push the limits and defy authority, are the ones most vulnerable to it.  They are enticed into terribly destructive behavior that would have been stopped cold in its tracks by previous generations, who knew that some things are unquestionably wrong and that all ideas have consequences."

I'm really praying that God will equip Luke and I to counter the culture in our parenting and that Bronson will grow up to be a godly man.  I'm reminded of these verses.

Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Ephesians 6:4, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."

Sunday, March 11, 2012

New Purchases

We have a few new items in our house after this past weekend.  They held what is called a "Bazaar" at a nearby Army base last weekend.  It's a sort of flea market-type thing where they bring in a bunch of vendors to sell their stuff.  We had heard lots of good things about these bazaars and wanted to check it out.  We ended up coming home with 3 large pieces of furniture.  I was NOT expecting that.

(Please excuse the lighting in these pictures.  I happened to take them at night.)  We got two bookshelves.  One has glass doors on each shelf.  We thought it might be nice to have since Bronson seems to love to pull things off of shelves.  These bookshelves are solid oak and VERY heavy!  It was hard to get them into the house and to their spots along the wall with two big guys carrying them.  Whew!  I'm glad we had those guys because I would have been no help at all. 

This, surprisingly is my favorite piece.  It's an antique Mongolian buffet cabinet.  Actually, the vendor who sold it to us called it an "Imperial Cabinet".  Luke told me today that that's what he wants to start calling it.  Right now it is serving as our TV stand until we get back into an American house where it will serve as a buffet.  At first, I wasn't really digging the colored furniture that seems to be a big characteristic of a lot of Asian furniture.  But this one was a little more subdued, and I loved the painted on flowers on the cabinet doors. 


Another new purchase was this tea set.  Isn't it the cutest thing you've ever seen?  After buying this set, I keep seeing owl things all over the place.  I love it!

I will end with this.  I don't even know what to say.  It's so Luke.