Tahoe News from 6,225 Feet

The fires in Yosemite are still burning but the wind has shifted and we saw Lake Tahoe again today… even the east shore.  We aren’t feeling quite as “smoked” today and ventured out in the boat.  We dragged the kids around on a tube, which is really a game for the boat driver…. not the tube rider.  Figure eights make me laugh…. hard.  Well, when I’m not on the tube.  Every single blinkin’ time I ride in a boat on a lake I’m transported back to my teen years and water skiing on Anderson Reservoir above Morgan Hill, CA.  We always ate Arby’s beef n’ cheddars before we went and chewed wads of Hubba Bubba on the way.  It revives my dream of having a boat and teaching all of our kids to water ski.  I’m sure it kept me out of trouble… as it will them.  Some day.

Bags for Zaza has FIVE new bags posted this week raising funds for our adoption.  There is a darling pink surprise that was made from a NEW pattern.  Nothing but surprises over there.  www.bagsforzaza.blogspot.com.  And how is THAT news from Tahoe, you ask???  I got three bags cut out yesterday AT Lake Tahoe for next week.  And I was going to be all creative and make an animal print bag next week, but Jennie beat me to it and posted one yesterday.  It makes you want to roar and fluff your mane.  Check it out.

The Shack.  I’m fighting my way through the book.  I’m having a hard time with God being a fat black woman.  But my sister tells me that the guy in the story, Mack, had a problem with a white grandfatherly God, so she’s black and all that.  I’m drawn back to the book over and over, in hopes that it will grab my interest in another way.  My detailed book report with a ___ out of 10 star rating will follow.  Right now it’s leaning toward 3.  He does have flowery, imaginative verbiage, but the split infinitives are driving me crazy.  My apologies to W.P. Young. 

We head home tomorrow.  It’s sad, I know.  However the week was jammed full of the Settlers of Catan game that has become a new family fav.  Seriously, with two games in the house we probably played at least ten times.  I think what makes the game so enthralling is that it is different every single time.  The game board changes.  The shortage of building supplies changes.  The probability of the numbers being rolled on the dice changes every time, yet we still place out settlements according to the red numbers of high chances.  I think were grasping at an unattainable reality, but hey, it’s FUN!

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4 Responses to “Tahoe News from 6,225 Feet”

  1. Jennie C. Says:

    Terry is reading The Shack right now, too. He’s almost done. I’m next.

  2. LaVonna Says:

    Hi Linda,

    I am happy to know I was not the only one who had difficulty in imagining God as a black grandmotherly figure. I want to hear what you think on Jesus and the Holy Spirit characters, too. Maybe I just don’t have a good enough imagination.

    LaVonna

  3. Jill Says:

    I had a hard time with the book as well. REALLY hard time. In fact it made me so mad that I was determined to finish it to see if it got better. I’m glad I finished it. I’m still confused of why they had to write it that way – but I just focused on the growth of Mack throughout the book. All in all….. a good book.

  4. Linda Says:

    I read The Shack last fall. I liked it. I’ve read the controversy, but, in the end what I personally got from it was just how much God loves each and everyone of us. He’s very fond of us you know. :) As well as His desire for an individual relationship with each and everyone of us.

    As far as his style of writing, or grammatically correct writing, I’m not a writer and have really bad grammar, so I didn’t notice it! LOL (kindof like when I have a run on sentence :D)

    There were just some really powerful images that struck a chord w/ me personally. I wasn’t reading it thinking I was reading a theological dissertation. I looked at it as a piece of fiction, written by a man who was struggling w/ his own feelings.

    Have you read the authors personal story and why he wrote the book? It gives some insight into why he chose the characters to be what they were.

    It was fun seeing you at the convention. :)

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