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Do Not Be Afraid

I've heard it said that the command, "Do not be afraid," is the most repeated one in the Bible.  I can believe it is true.  But it is a hard one to obey, at least for me.  I've had a closer brush with terrorism this week than ever before in my life, and I hope never to be as close again.  On Tuesday at 3:29 PM, a young man armed with assault rifle and wearing a hockey mask barged into the crowded Clackamas Town Center mall near our house and fired off many shots.  I believe there are three deaths, four if you count his.  Allen and the kids were at the Clackamas Town Center that day for several hours and left only about twenty five minutes before the shooting began.  They left so they would be on time to get me; and I'm so thankful that he always leaves plenty of time for coming to get me.  He could have left at about 3:20 and still gotten me on time.
And now there's a new tragedy on an even larger scale: the shooting of teachers, kindergarteners, and other el…

The kiddos are growing!

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Surprise, surprise! They keep growing! Here are some recent pictures...

Okay, these have some backstory to them.  Right now, we're having what I like to call my "Little House on the Prairie" experience...i.e., having both of the kids in our room with us.  Why?  Because our basement is flooding and the landlords won't fix it (which, we've discovered after consulting a lawyer, is illegal).  In the meantime while we figure out what to do, the people living in the basement moved most of their stuff upstairs.  Toby is in Ruby's room, and Andy and Alishia are in the living room.  It's been...interesting.  Definitely not ideal.  Ruby's not happy about having her play area basically vanish overnight.  The living room is essentially off limits, and her room now has Toby's stuff in it.  And although I try to be patient, there is a lot of "No, Ruby, don't touch that" with stuff in our room.  I'm very thankful that we'll be in St. Louis …