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Saturday, December 30, 2006

A picture, some thoughts and a NT passage


This is the only picture I should probaby post (in this very public forum) of the birth of Levi Matthew. It is the view out the hospital window right after the birth occurred. Wow! What a skyline has downtown Toledo. Look at all those skyscrapers at sunrise! (sarcasm)

We really are a modest sized city, not "small" but not "big." It is a nice place to raise a family. Did I mention Levi was born at 6:30 am? That is the only time that I had to do all that labor through the night. It was different. It was not a bad time. It was the easiest yet.

We are home and adjusting to the new family member quite well so far. I just need to get more sleep. This is a lways a challenge when bringing home a new baby, as those of you who are parents can attest to. I am glad this only lasts for several weeks.

I wanted to post this passage which is one factor that inspired our choice of name/middle name:

Luke 5:27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. 29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" 31 Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
WHO is "Levi"?
(hint: here is a a parallel passage)

24 Comments:

  • Have a Great New Year!

    By Blogger jel, at 12/30/2006 10:29 AM  

  • I expect Toledo is a little bigger than Worcester.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 12/30/2006 4:01 PM  

  • At least the Baby came over the holidays so John can get some extra sleep.

    By the way, I'm up late writing this because I'm an insomniac. But no more! I need enough sleep tonight to last me the rest of the year!

    Get it? :-) Happy New Year.

    By Blogger Cleopas, at 12/31/2006 12:54 AM  

  • Congratulations!

    By Blogger goodnightsafehome, at 12/31/2006 4:39 AM  

  • Congratulations Rose and John! What wonderful news. How will you pronounce Levi?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/31/2006 2:59 PM  

  • I couldn't help but think how Levi might reflect as he looks at that picture from his first morning on earth. I can imagine how you and John will.

    (I think I need to go on record as very much approving of your choice in names as well.)

    May God bless you all in the coming year and always.

    By Blogger Kc, at 12/31/2006 9:03 PM  

  • Blessed New Year 2007 =)

    By Blogger audrey`, at 1/01/2007 3:57 AM  

  • Happy New Year, Rose!

    By Blogger Joe, at 1/01/2007 12:50 PM  

  • Hi Rose, just wanted to wish you and your family a blessed new year :)

    By Blogger Redeemed, at 1/01/2007 1:28 PM  

  • Toledo sounds like KC ... a big small town or a small city ... either way a good place to raise a family.

    Happy 2007 Rose!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2007 8:23 PM  

  • Congratulations and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Toledo is a little bigger than Cairo. We don't have any skyscrapers.

    That is an observation, not a complaint.

    By Anonymous Gordon Cloud, at 1/02/2007 10:21 AM  

  • Thanks, jel. Happy New Year to you as well.
    (hey, that rhymed)

    DF,
    I would love to see your little city. Will you miss it as you are gone?

    Cleopas,
    Yes, John does not seem to be missing a whole LOT of sleep. Some, but not big chunks. Hey, I know what goes with the territory. When a mother breastfeeds a newborn, this is what it is! I am just glad to be on the way to getting "back to normal." This is the last leg of the birthing process that is hard. Once the kid sleeps through the night, it is all a lot of fun and not a lot of trouble, IMHO.
    I hope you got enough sleep to last for the rest of the year! hehe

    Colin,
    Thanks for the wish! I even got a personally written card in the mail from Philip. I must have done something big ... having a baby and all!

    Jonathan!!
    Now what do you mean by that? What other way is there to pronounce Levi than "Lee-vie" (long e, long i)
    If someone pronounces it any other way, I will be shocked! I had not thought of anyone butchering the pronunciation of such a simple four letter name. Am I missing something? Is there a Hebrew shade that I know not of?
    Thanks for the congrats!

    KC,
    Yes, I think it is a touching picture as I reflect on that morning. It will be on the first pages of his scrapbook. (Oh - another scrapbook to do!)
    I am glad you appprove of Levi. Thanks for the blessing.

    Thanks, Audrey.

    Joe,
    Happy New Year to you and your wife, Bonnie. Thanks for stopping by!

    Sarah,
    You are a beautiful girl! It is very nice to see your photo. The New Year is already blessed! I hope 2007 will be a grand one for you, "redeemed." :~)

    Bob,
    Yes, that is a good description: big small town, small city. Maybe it is not a big small town, now that I think of it. It is definitely a city. It is just not a very big one. It is very modest.
    Happy 2007 to you and yours!

    Hi Gordon,
    Thanks for stopping by! We really don't have any scyscrapers, it would seem to me. Is 32 stories a scryscraper? That is how high the tallest building is.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/02/2007 11:50 AM  

  • Maybe.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 1/02/2007 3:43 PM  

  • a poet and didn't know it, huh :)

    By Blogger jel, at 1/02/2007 4:25 PM  

  • Those buildings in your picture look like skyscrapers to me. But then, I live in the country where anything taller than a two-story house is considered down-town.

    By Anonymous Gordon Cloud, at 1/03/2007 4:45 PM  

  • Rose, it is also pronounced like "levy."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/03/2007 4:47 PM  

  • Most people will think that Rose~'s son is named after the jeans and so they will pronounce it as such.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 1/04/2007 3:38 AM  

  • Gordon,
    I guess it is all relative! I have visited Chicago a few times and I lived in Minneapolis for 7 months, so what we have in Toledo feels very non-scraperish to me. ;~)

    Jonathan,
    Really!? I would think that only "levy" would be pronounced "levy". I guess time will tell how people see my boy's name.

    DF!!! (Stern Voice)
    You have expressed your scorn at our name choice for our son already. Now, will you desist? I believe that only the ignorant of ignorants will think that I have named my boy after a pair of jeans. I am not so concerned over it. I can explain to them that Joseph from the Bible had a brother named Levi. They probably will not know who Joseph is either.

    Not everyone can have such a smart name like "Matthew". Some poeple just have to settle for smart middle names.

    Austin?

    ;~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/04/2007 9:54 AM  

  • I have thought about introducing myself to people as Austin (another Texas placename, I think), but I am too used to going by Matthew or Matt.

    I do not mind being named after a car.

    God Bless

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 1/04/2007 12:43 PM  

  • John:You doing all right honey?

    ZZZZZzzzzzzzshcnukl...huh?

    Rose:Well....

    John:Hows the baby?ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
    Bless your heart honey...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZhuh? Oh Im right there with you ZZZZZZZZZZzzzz.

    If you need anything be sure and let me know ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.

    Oh man its 3 o'clock in the morning...bless your heart.ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz.

    "Saturday night in Toledo Ohio is like being nowhere at all. They roll up the street lights precisely at ten and people who live there are not seen again.... All through the day, how the hours rush by as we sit in the factory and watch the buns rise....

    ...ah but lets not forget that the folks of Toledo unselfishly gave us the scale, no springs, honest weight, so smile and be thankful next time you get weighed!!"

    Those are some lyrics from an old John Denver song I once remembered from back in the 70's.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 1/05/2007 11:59 PM  

  • BTW you guys...juss teasing. And John you should no by now I wasn't refering to you but exposing my sad behaviour with our 3rd born child and the joy I found in that she breastfed him:-)

    That was years ago though so I think Sandy has probably forgotten

    :-)

    I think.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 1/11/2007 6:33 PM  

  • DF,
    I know you are gone. I wish I had had a chance to ask you this before you left. Who knows - perhaps you will surf back to this post after you return and see my question:

    You said:
    I do not mind being named after a car.

    What car?

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/13/2007 11:49 AM  

  • Brian,
    I enjoyed your 1/05/07 comment! It seemed very familiar. Especially the If you need anything be sure and let me know ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz. Yes, this is how it goes with breastfeeding - Papa can't do it.

    That John Denver ... I have been hearing about that song since I was in grade school. Doesn't it also say "Toledo, Ohio - I went there for a week one day"?

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/13/2007 11:53 AM  

  • Yes I think it does. It was a live album Uncle Carson gave Dad when he got back from the States and returned to us in Hong Kong. The reason he gave it to Dad was because we were from West Virginia and John Denver of course had just recently come out with Country Roads. Of course it was favorable to us but the Toledo song for some reason was a slam.

    Is it really that slow around there?

    P.S- I knew it!! I just hope John can find it in his heart to forgive me.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 1/13/2007 8:40 PM  

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