Tuesday, April 29, 2008

our leader/servant

I'm on my lunch break and have about 7 minutes left so I thought I'b write something quick.

Here are a few challenging thoughts about Jesus from Dezi Baker a guy that we met back in February in CA at the Organic conference.

Jesus was:
  • positioned in poverty
  • a presence among the people
  • picked 3 people (Peter, James and John) and discipled them (granted he discipled a few more, but there was something special about his relationship with those "inner" three)
Am I doing that? Are you?

Sometimes I wish we had a bigger house in a nicer neighborhood.
Sometimes I get tired of all of the people I'm around.
Sometimes I just want to be by myself.

His way of life was completely counter-cultural. Is mine? Is yours?

Any thoughts?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

fun on our bikes

Here's one more video of the kids, this time actually having fun together instead of picking on each other!

more from the doc

Much to the chagrin of his sister!!!

a week in the life of...

I really should be doing some homework right now, but I've decided it would be beneficial to blog again since it's been quite a while since I've posted anything. Anyway, I thought you might like to see what a semi-normal week with the Peachey family looks like so I'll give you a run through of the past eight days.

Last Sunday:
We went to the SEND house in downtown Columbus for our monthly CNM network gathering and then stayed for lunch at the house with our fellow church planters. After that we traveled out to Dayton, OH to visit the National Air Force Museum with Naty's parents who were here for two weeks to visit. After we got home at about 6:30 some friends stopped in for a visit at about 7:00 and stayed until about 9:30. I had hoped to do some homework then too, but it didn't happen.

Gaby and I got up early and went to school while the rest of the family got to sleep in a little longer. For me, it was the first day of Ohio Achievement Tests for my students and I will keep giving tests over the next two weeks.
When I got home from school, no one was home so I took advantage of the time to work on my mid-point portfolio for my class at OSU, "Teaching and Learning with Drama". The rest of the family came home from shopping at about 8:00 or so and I kept working 'til about 11:00 when I got done.

Only I had to go to school today and then I went up to OSU for my class from 4:30-7:00. When I got home our dear friends Derrek, Carla and Noelia Wanty and Ximena Lozada were at our house making Seco de Pollo, my favorite Ecuadorian food. We had a wonderful time with them and then it was time to get the kids showered and off to bed.

I got up extra early to have breakfast with Joe Showalter at Bob Evans from 6:30-7:30 and then headed off to school. Joe is my mentor and I try to get together for breakfast with him once a month if I can. Gaby also had school this Wednesday. She has school every Monday and Thursday and every other Wednesday. After school, we helped Papapa and Mamama Briceno pack up all of their things and then took them to the airport for their 7:50 PM flight back to Miami. We were joined at the airport by our friend Maria to see them off and then Naty left with Maria to do some running around while I headed home with the kids. It was about 8:00 when we got home and still very nice outside, so we decided to take a bike ride around the block. Gaby and Marcus rode their bikes and I walked/jogged with Coffee (our dog). We then stopped at the park for a little bit to play. After that we went home and showered and Mommy came home as we were reading our Bible story before going to bed.

Another early morning as I got up to have breakfast with my friend Jim from 6:30-7:30 at Bob Evans. We meet every Thursday for breakfast and to talk about what we are reading in the Bible. Right now we are working through Mark. After that I headed off to school to give even more OAT tests. Gaby also had school today.
After school we had a short meeting at our house with five other teachers from our school district to plan a summer Bible camp that we are going to hold this summer at a local apartment complex. After that I set off to mow two yards for people on our street while Naty and the kids went to a going away party for some friends that are moving back to Ecuador. We got home at about the same time and showered, had family devotions and headed off to bed.

More OAT tests at school in the morning and then a normal afternoon. When I got home Marcus and I went across the street to Home Depot to do a little shopping. We got some Roundup, fertilizer, a small shovel and 40 feet of 16 inch high fence to put around our garden to keep Coffee out. We set up the fence and then got changed to go to the Santos' house for our house church planting study. We are starting a study called COSECHA (harvest) that explains how to share your faith and start new house churches. We are planning to do the study every other week along with out normal house church gathering every week. We had a great time of study, sharing and prayer and then got home at about 10:00.

We enjoyed a chance to sleep in until 8:00 and then got up to read the Bible and watch it rain. Marcus and I spread fertilizer on our lawn and one of our neighbor's lawns after the rain and made another quick trip to Home Depot for more fertilizer and fence.
At 12:30 we got in the mini-van with Mommy at the wheel as she took us for a "Birthday surprise", one of the few times I had no idea where we were going. We ended up at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City to have lunch with Russ, Melissa, Loretta and Derrick Parkinson, friends of ours from Virginia! It was quite a surprise!
After a hefty lunch we got back home and Naty and I each had a nap. After the naps the weather was beautiful again so the kids joined me in the garden and we planted some corn, beans, cilantro, parsley and basil. Some friends came for a quick visit in the middle of all of that and then Naty took off with Jaquelina, a friend from out house church, to visit a lady who was stabbed by her ex-husband and is now recovering at home. Gaby, Marcus and I kept working in the garden, putting up the rest of the fence to keep Coffee out as well as putting up some chicken wire as a trellis for the sugar peas to grow on.
We came in at about 9:00 and got showers and were reading Little House In the Big Woods when Mommy came home at about 10:00. Gaby and Marcus fell asleep while Naty and I were chatting so we took them to bed and headed to bed ourselves.

That brings us up to today. Naty has been at our neighbor Lori's house all day painting with her. After reading and studying Mark 7 & 8, the kids and I spread some mulch and planted three flowers in the flower bed out front. I came in and started writing this and Gaby and Marcus went over to the neighbors to be with Mommy and paint too. Now I really should do some homework for my class this week and then at 4:00 we are going to a baby shower for some other friends at the Spanish church.

Usually I just post a bunch of pictures without much of a description, so this time I thought I'd give a detailed description without any pictures. This gives you a glimpse into our lives and lets you see a little bit more of what we are up to. (and why I haven't been blogging as regularly lately!)

Dr. Marcus

Here is a funny video that my father-in-law took of Marcus a week and a half ago when Gaby had a follow up appointment for her eyes. He's pretending to be the doctor telling Naty what she has to do to take care of Gaby. Meanwhile, Gaby is watching Finding Nemo on TV and wants her brother to let her alone.
Sorry, you have to know both English and Spanish to follow the entire consultation!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

of the reading of books

I've realized that I love to read. I'm not exactly sure when this happened, but sometime over the past few years I've turned into a reader. My middle school students call me a book worm and a nerd, but I don't care. I'm learning, and I love it. My only problem is time. I've done a lot of reading about church and the Kingdom of God. I'm always reading my Bible, stuck in the Gospels and Acts lately, for about the past four months. I can't get away from the amazing stories of Jesus and the early church. Now, I'm doing a lot of reading for my class at OSU. Aside from that I have a stack of books at school about how to be a better teacher that I would like to read, it never ends.
My question right now is, do I stop reading so many church books and take some time to read more of the teaching books that I have? I find it amazing how much some of my reading for my OSU class (Teaching and Learning with Drama) is actually quite illuminating for being a follower of Jesus as well. The one article talked a lot about not judging your students before you really get to know them. Another talked about how sometimes you have to look stupid and be a servant to be able to teach children. Sounds somewhat along the lines of some things that Jesus said doesn't it? Good teaching is selfless and student focused. Being a good Jesus follower is being selfless and others focused. I'm wondering if I could take a hiatus from my church books and focus on some of my teaching books and maybe I'll be learning some of the same things, but in a different way that can be applied both inside my classroom as well as outside?


Sunday, April 6, 2008

Congratulations Peacheys!!!!

We are so happy for Daniel, Katie, Kara and Sydney as they welcomed Elaina Noel to the world yesterday. We are looking forward to meeting her next weekend as we once again head to Belleville with Naty's parents who will be visiting us from Venezuela. Perfect timing!

Here are some pics for you to enjoy the newest member of the Peachey family:

So Cute!

Daniel says she "looks like a Peachey!"

Trying to open her eyes...

The delighted big sisters.

One happy mommy

And the new proud Papa!