There is much I want to post, but I haven't had the heart.
Scout has had an ear infection (right ear) but seems to be getting better now. She seemed to want to destroy things for a couple of days after we got back from vacation, but is returning to normal now (well, normal for her). She ate one of my favorite little books this week, an old prayer book with pictures. It's kind of a first for her.
We went out to eat and saw the movie Ratatouille on Friday night. My thoughts: it's a cartoon, and it's rated G, but it's not really a kids' movie. It has a wonderful message, very uplifting. The animations are fantastic. Paris looks gorgeous. I'm not sure whether kids would "get it" or not. If anyone who has kids (you know, younger than 19) and has seen it, let me know.)
Our congregation's music minister is leaving us, and going to a church in Arizona. It was his last Sunday today. Very sad. But we heard lots of good music, including the gospel anthem: Total Praise (if I knew how to link to sound, I'd do it), Toccata from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in Dm, and Sousa's Liberty Bell March. Also, our children's choir director wrote new words to Billy Joel's song, 'Piano Man'. I don't have the words in front of me, but I remember a couple of lines..."Play us a song, you're the organist... the back of your head's your best side..."
Also, I had a baptism this morning. I officiated at this couple's wedding about 5 years ago. They moved to Colorado. Then early this summer I got a call and they said they were going to be in town: would I baptize their son? They have a three year old daugher, baptized in their church in Colorado, but half of their family still lives up here and they wanted them to be a part of it. I said I would be honored.
I'm not sure if this was the "right" answer. I know children are supposed to be baptized in the congregations where they are going to grow up. But I do know that this family takes the baptismal promises they make seriously. The great-grandparents are or have been members of my church.
There were some connections made after the service. A former pastor renewed acquaintance with a couple he introduced to each other 40 some years ago. I enjoyed seeing this couple and many of their family members after five years. The "bride" said, "Isn't it nice to know that we are taking your advice and doing what you said?" (i.e., going to church, having their children baptized). Yes, it is.
And the Twins won. I should feel happy. But I'm melancholy.
I haven't posted a picture of Scout for awhile, so, to cheer myself up: I think I'll put up my favorite one. If you are having a bad hour, day, week or month, I hope it cheers you up, too.