Archives for May 2008

Friday Favorites

The dog is a yes-animal, very popular with people who can’t afford to keep a yes-man.  ~Robertson Davies

There are days when you want someone to listen and obey without talking back. Those are the days that this cutie is my favorite little guy in the house.  

Could you resist this face?
Bailey is the official Team Coyle mascot, but really he’s just one of the family.  My yes-puppy.

Rock walls and Rockets

M and E had a weekend away with the Adventure Guides last week. They had a great time climbing rock walls, making model rockets, fishing, and practicing archery. M tells me that the boy’s campouts are so different from the girls. The boys spend a lot of time making messes and getting dirty, while the girls do sing-a-longs and practice skits to perform for the Dads. I thought that was pretty funny.

When E returned home, I asked him to sum up the best part of his trip in a sentence. He said ” I got a cool clock”. That’s right. He got a clock at the gift shop in the diner on the way home. This is the memory he has of an entire weekend “adventuring” with his dad. He got a clock.


When in Doubt

Great message from Tim at church on Sunday. I know there are a few of you who enjoy listening to his sermons online, so if you haven’t heard this week’s message on Belief and Doubt, then definitely check it out here at

I think the longer I am a Christian, the more comfortable I become with the fact that questioning and doubting is all a part of the process. It’s a part of “working out our salvation”, and not a sign of too little faith. There is a beauty to the mystery of faith that I think I need to embrace more in my life.
The fact is, God is big enough to handle any questions we may throw at Him. I’m sure He’s heard it all before:) And even when we can’t make sense of this life at times, He is enough.

Good reads

For years I was secretly waiting for Rachel to be old enough to read the books I enjoyed as a child. My lifelong love of books is second only to my love for my family. I’m not joking. I like books better than I like most people. When Rachel popped out a natural born bibliophile, I was beside myself with excitement. I could not wait to share all of my old favorites with her. When I think of my childhood, I often think of it in terms of what I was reading at the time. I want Rachel to look back on these reading years with the same fondness that I do. Imagine my delight when I was in Borders the other day and stumbled upon one of my favorite books of all time.

“From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” was sitting on the shelf just begging to be brought home.

Before giving it to Rachel, I decided to read through it once again to see what it was that captured my imagination so much as a kid. I remembered the basic plot, and loved the fact that it was an adventure set in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’ve always loved museums (thanks for that gene Dad), and I secretly dream of being a part of a great adventure someday. What surprised me the most about re-reading the book, was the fact that the main character and I are exactly alike. I’m sure at the time I read it, I wasn’t very self-aware, but it must have really struck a chord with me even then. It’s funny what we subconsciously understand about ourselves even as children.

Anyhow, it was a sweet reminiscence. I think I’ll go back and read a few more of my favorite childhood books. Let’s see…what’s next? How about my all time favorite, Little Women?
Stay tuned for my thoughts on Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Can you guess which character I am most like?


If the crown fits….

S thinks that when she’s dressed up as a princess, that she is instantly transformed into an entirely different person.  A person who does not have to obey her mommy because “I’m not S–, I’m a princess”.  A person who makes her own rules.  A person who suddenly has princess power over any adult in the room.

I’m now beginning to see the allure of the dress and crown.