Monthly Archives: January 2009

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Ever heard of Sink Sailing?

I love living with kids. Seriously.  They’re hilarious and they always know how to keep you on your toes whether they’re trying to or not. It’s a full house living with Chris and Janelle and their four kids but it really has been fun and we’re forever grateful to them for letting us live with them. On to why I love these kids.

Last night, I went to go use the bathroom. When I turned to the sink to wash my hands, this is what I found:

 

Sailin' in the Sink Ocean

Sailin' in the Sink Ocean

 

Now, that’s what I call priceless.

Left To Tell

I enjoy books. I love hanging out in bookstores. I love buying books and, man, they sure do look good on my bookshelves but I’m not a big reader. Weird, uh? I enjoy reading but it’s not something I crave to do like some of my friends do. Maybe I’m just not disciplined enough or just too tempted to catch last week’s CSI: NY. Anyway, the point is that I rarely get to finish books but it’s always so rewarding when I do. I recently finished a great book by Immaculee Ilibagiza called Left To Tell.

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Imaaculee survived the Rwandan holocaust by hiding out in a 3′ by 5′ bathroom with 7 other women for over three months. It sounds like a movie, right? Something so horrible that it couldn’t possibly happen in this world or at least not in the past 100 years. And, yet, some of the most horrific things have happened to humanity in the past 100 years. 

But, history and politics aside, the real reason this book really hit me was the spiritual journey that Immaculee experiences. I cannot even compare any hardships I’ve been through to the turmoil she must have felt in that small room for 91 days. Here’s a part of a book review that sums it better than I can:

This searing firsthand account of Ilibagiza’s experience cuts two ways: her description of the evil that was perpetrated, including the brutal murders of her family members, is soul-numbingly devastating, yet the story of her unquenchable faith and connection to God throughout the ordeal uplifts and inspires. Her account of the miracles that protected her is simple and vivid. Her Catholic faith shines through, but the book will speak on a deep level to any person of faith. Ilibagiza’s remarkable path to forgiving the perpetrators and releasing her anger is a beacon to others who have suffered injustice. She brings the battlefield between good and evil out of the genocide around her and into her own heart, mind and soul. This book is a precious addition to the literature that tries to make sense of humankind’s seemingly bottomless depravity and counterbalancing hope in an all-powerful, loving God. 

No matter what you’ve been through, we’ve all been burned in one way or another. And it’s easy to play the victim and there are times when many of us are victims of something. The less common response is forgiveness…mercy for those that have hurt you. But who is our ultimate forgiver…and who have we offended most? This book was an emotion-filled reminder of His grace and love for us. It’s a book you will not be able to put down! Thank you, Immaculee, for sharing your story.

Those Mac-happy Taylors

Jon and I went to MacWorld in San Francisco last week and it was a lot of fun. We stayed with one of Jon’s friends (and groomsmen), Dave, his wife Becky and their adorable family of 5. They adopted a Chinese girl, Cassie, this past year and she’s A-dorable. I took some family pics of them so you can check out my photo blog to see the handsome family. :) Here’s Cassie playing with the Bubbles application on my iPhone. (If you have a toddler and an iPhone, download that app – they love it)

Cassie

Cassie

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Me, Cassie, and Tegan (yes, that's a rat) :)

And, speaking of photography, Jon and I are working on my photography site as we speak and I’m hoping it can be officially launched by February. In the meantime, I’ve started my new job. Yay!! I’m doing video design for a church in nearby Roseville. I’m so thankful for my training and skills in editing. It is a fun and creative field with good job security. My ultimate goal is to eventually be doing my photography stuff full-time but I’m excited and grateful to be doing video work.

Anyway, back to MacWorld…It’s usually about 3 or 4 days but we only went for one-day visit. There were 2 giant halls filled with booths for mac accessory retailers, software, and anything else remotely related to Apple. It was basically Apple heaven. :) Here’s some pics:

iTired

iTired

Woohoo!!

Woohoo!!

Presentation of iWork '09

Presentation of iWork '09

Me being the female Steve Jobs

Me being the female Steve Jobs

Yummy Fajitas

Yummy Fajitas

It was a lot of fun! Jon’s starting to fish for clients (cold-calling) and he’s got a few leads. Keep praying for him and his business! :) And, to keep with the Mac theme, check out this hilarious “news” report about Apple’s latest products. I know JOn and I are kind of Macaholics but we can poke fun at ’em too. Thanks Bleecker for sharing (via Hipp)!

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Much love!

J+B

Viruses, Sinus Infections, and Pink Eye…oh my

Pink eye in my right eye

Pink eye in my right eye

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Pink eye in both of Jon's eyes :(

Well, as much as we are enjoying California, she’s not been the best to us – health-wise. Before Christmas, I had a virus, then a sinus infection, then both Jon and I got pink eye. NOW, I have a cold (I think) and I brilliantly put my contacts back in my eyes and gave myself pink eye AGAIN.

Seriously?

Oh well, God is good and we are blessed, so I shall stop complaining. We are doing good other than the little health stuff. Jon’s website is up and ready for business. Check it out here at http://www.simplifiedmac.com. Bookmark it in your browser for any Mac tips. He’ll update it often with tips and tricks. Didn’t he do such a good job!? :) And I’m still working on my photography site but check it out and bookmark it too if you’d like: http://www.bretaylorphotography.com

We’re heading to San Francisco this week for MacWorld. Yes!!!!!! It’s my first time to San Francisco and both Jon and I’s first time to MacWorld which will be fun. Once we’re back, I’ll start working (almost full-time) at a church doing video work which will be great. Jon’s starting to cold call some clients and handing out his cards. Please keep him and I in your prayers – that Jon finds a good amount of clients, that my health would return so I can start work and begin growing my photography business, that we be diligent with our money to honor God and save, save, save. :)

I haven’t really felt home-sick yet…just people-sick. I miss my family and friends but still feel so blessed to be here serving alongside Jon. We’re having fun and my mom has already bought a ticket to visit for my birthday which will be so fun. :) My dad may also be visiting in April or May which will be fun too. I hope everyone is doing great.

Something cool that the neighborhoods do here is luminaries all along the streets. They typically do it on Christmas Eve but it was raining so they postponed it to New Year’s. Here’s a few shots I took:

Luminaries all down the street

Luminaries all down the street

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Happy New Year!

Much love!

J+B