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Nov 27, 2013

The Summer Set / Brave

Brave's latest Summer Set video just dropped a few minutes ago. 

Nov 19, 2013

Our Ever Changing Table


1.  Sand

2.  Spray w/ Chalkboard paint

3.  Use chalk



Nov 18, 2013

The City of Angels

Runyon Canyon 

Near the beginning of our 3 mile loop ... we witnessed something that struck us all as..... maybe..... possibly quite troublesome.  A nice looking 30ish year old guy...clean cut...well-groomed... appeared to be contemplating the thought of jumping off a cliff.  He sort of hopped...then skipped straight for the edge...then stopped abruptly.  Then he stood still and stared down.  Then appeared to move towards the edge again...miming a diving motion.....with the thought of jumping?????

Those of us who saw it...made eye contact.  This guy could very well be thinking of taking his own life.  

Brad turned back...caught up with him and asked if he was okay.

Turns out the guy has a guardian angel.  A lady angel who physically protects him from harm's way on a regular basis.  He was merely testing her out.

He was very, very very touched by Brad's compassion.  It had never occurred to him how skipping at a steady speed towards a cliff in such a whimsical yet intentional manner might look to others.  

Only in L.A.








Nov 15, 2013

Moments I'd Like to Remember



I would not trade our days together for any amount of whatever anyone else could offer me. 

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We found a new family doctor thru a friend.  We like her very much and she takes cash paying patients!  Love the free market system.



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Some days I have to deal with requests like this one....


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Zion very much likes to write with the plume pen that she got at the Civil War re-enactment.  


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She also likes making Stuffed Peppers and Roasted & Herbed Chick Peas.


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There's a National Geographic exhibit currently housed at The Annenberg Space For Photography.  Admission is free and it's pretty wonderful.  After viewing the 1/2 hour documentary that they have playing for visitors Zion seemed very burdened.  Seeing images of suffering around the globe made her contemplate how minor her problems are in comparison.  




P.S.  And it just now occurred to me.  Zion is apparently very attached to that headband.

Nov 11, 2013

Depressed Walken w/the Flu

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Civil War / Veteran's Day

This year we commemorated Veteran's Day by attending a Civil War Re-enactment.   I don't think the girls knew quite what to expect.  It really was like stepping back into history.

These people know their stuff and take things to a crazy serious level.   I was actually blown away by their passion & commitment.  It's inspiring.  

We were witness to The Wheat Field Fight at the Battle of Gettysburg...and to Pickett's Charge. 

Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address.  2 1/2 minutes.  That's all it took.

At some point during the speech Zion wanted to know... "Does this count as "school?"   


So cute that she has no idea what counts and what doesn't count.


The girls got trapped as the CALL TO ARMS came forth in the Union Camp. 

Interesting fact...^ the guy on the right is Bruce Boxleitner...the actor.  Who knew that dressing up as a Confederate soldier is his hobby???  

These cockades reminded me of an old post of mine. 

And I absolutely love that 100's of little boys and girls were running around bearing arms


Nov 10, 2013

The Cure


One of Zion's favorite films.   Mine too.  It's amazing.  Profound.

Nov 8, 2013

Big 47 / Bradley

I met my man when he was 19.  Today he turns 47.  That means I have known him 28 years.

28 years of my life have been spent with this man.

I am very pleased to be doing this thing called "LIFE" with him by my side.

Lots of misunderstandings...arguments...and tears.

Lots of laughter...shared dreams...and hard work.

Lots of ups.

Lots of downs.

Lots of loss and grief.

Lots of gain and celebration.

Lots of sacrifice.

Lots of fear, anger, and resentment.

Lots of safety, comfort, and partnership.

Lots of selfishness.

Lots of selflessness.

Lots of pride.

Lots of humility.

Lots of waiting and patience.

Lots of sin and repentance.

Lots of conflict and resolution.

Lots of baggage.

Lots of wounds.

Lots of healing.

Lots of conviction.

Lots of prayer and lots of growth.

Lots of forgiveness.

Lots of grace and lots of mercy.

Lots of hope.

Lots of joy.

Lots of drama.

Lots of calm...and quiet.

Lots and lots of love.

Phileo love.

Eros love.

And Agape love.

Lots of it.






Nov 7, 2013

Galilee Polina / Big 18

The first time ever I saw your face...little Polina.

It was cold.  There was snow.  Patches of snow.  And talk of a dog...a sobaka.  You liked the tea biscuits we bought for you...and for the others.  You got them all though.  Cuz there were not other children in the yard during our visit.   Your voice was so raspy.  You were very much afraid and talked and talked and talked.  I could tell that you were afraid.  And excited.  And you were ready.

Galilee Polina.


It hasn't been easy... traveling this road the Lord has us on together.   In fact, sometimes it's been really really really hard.   You are a fighter.  My prayer for you, Daughter.... is that you learn that being a fighter might feel safe but that it isn't always a good thing...especially if you are fighting for and against all the wrong things. 

Today I am proud of all the hard work you have put into coming closer to an authentic place of transparency.

I will never ask you to be anything but honest. 


Love,
Mom
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Turning 18 makes me feel nervous cuz I'm becoming an adult.  To hear that I am entering adulthood sounds scary.  I need to make appropriate decisions and be more mature behaviorally.  I need to take more responsibility.  I'd say adulthood is a serious subject.  This will definitely be a challenge for me. I'm kinda shocked to turn 18.

-Galilee Gregg


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Galilee is a highly unusual place name, Galilee being a large region in northern Israel, the home of Jesus during at least thirty years of his life, and also where he cured a blind man. The Sea of Galilee gets its name from the area. 
Gender:FOrigin of Galilee: HebrewMeaning of Galilee: "the province"
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The meaning of the name Polina is Little Stone
The origin of the name Polina is Russian



Nov 4, 2013

Blue Bloods

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Nov 3, 2013

Instant Mom


Mcabe's Instant Mom episode.

He had a great time on the show.  ^ That's him hiding behind his hand as it hit the airwaves tonight.