Archive for April, 2008

Passover Seder

Posted in Misc. on April 23, 2008 by Annette Budd

Sunday night, Brian and Jeanie Kochis hosted an incredible passover supper for around 30 people.  It was a wonderful experience that I will always remember. Almost the whole family (not sure about little Phoebe) spent hours and hours cooking and preparing for it. Sure, I have gone to church Passover celebrations before but this was the first time I have ever celebrated it as a guest in someone’s home.  They celebrate it every year together as a family and this year they blessed a lot of people by sharing their normal experiences.

The children searched the house for little pieces of leavened bread. (The leaven represents sins.) When they found the hidden pieces, they used a feather and a spoon to scoop it up. Then they took it outside where the fathers helped them burn it.

A piece of matza bread was wrapped in a cloth and hidden from the children. (This represented Jesus.) They searched the house and Sarah and Michaela were the ones to find it.  As a prize, they got five coins.

We ate the things that were Biblically prescribed. One of the Kochis children asked Brian all of the traditional questions and Brian answered them. We drank all the cups and sang the blessings as we did so.

Laurel Cohen explained everything that was happening and the meaning behind it as we went through. She is one of the most amazing women that I know. Her heart belongs to God first and Israel next.  I am excited to see what God will do through her in the future.

She had a power point presentation that included a lot of different depictions of the last supper. We spent a lot of time analazing discussing them. (Yeah – Annette actually got to have an adult conversation!) Of course, there was Davinci’s portrayal. Which we are all so familiar with so I didn’t post it here. Then we looked at some very old artwork. And Laurel explained why so many of these images are so offensive to the Jews. I had never thought about that before. She showed us the following three images, which I find very offensive.

After looking at these, I understood why many Jews are so offended by Christian art. Much of the symbolism in portrayals of the last supper are as offensive to Jews as the above photos are offensive to Christians.  It really made me think. I had never understood it before.

To end on a more positive note: She also showed the photo below to us. I love it.  It is such an incredible understanding of who Jesus really is. 


Elissa’s Drinking Water

Posted in Parenting on April 17, 2008 by Annette Budd

Sure the Budd children mildly resemble other normal children . . . but behind closed doors they are all really quite strange.

You would think that I could leave Michaela’s bathtub crayons within reach of my 13-year-old son, Daniel without too many problems. But this is proof that almost nothing is sacred to them. Even the toilets in our home aren’t safe.

Almost Spring

Posted in Misc. on April 12, 2008 by Annette Budd

Dan Hoff just sent me this photo –

You know that it is almost spring when the girls start to show off their belly buttons!

William’s Doll

Posted in Parenting on April 12, 2008 by Annette Budd

I found this link on youtube – if you are any younger than I am (42) this will probably seem pretty odd to you but it gives me warm fuzzies! My family didn’t have many albums but we did own this one and we listened to it all the time.

Boys and Dolls

Posted in Parenting on April 12, 2008 by Annette Budd

Okay – I am not a man. I totally get the fact that when God gave me two boys, He knew that I couldn’t teach them how to grow up and be men. Only a man can teach a boy how to be a man. If my two boys grow up to be exactly like their father, not only will I be happy, the whole world will be blessed. But still. . .

Is it totally necessary to freak out if my eight-month-old son, David, crawls over to a doll that his two-year-old sister left on the floor and touches it?

I guess I grew up with Free to Be You and Me crowd. Sure, Alan Alda and Marlo Thomas are not the role models I would choose for myself and my children, but really – is it so bad for a boy to have a doll. I really do agree with the reasoning presented in the following song:

When my friend William was five years old
He wanted a doll, to hug and hold
“A doll,” said William, “is what I need
To wash and clean, and dress and feed

“A Doll to give a bottle to
And put to bed when day is through
And any time my doll gets ill
I’ll take good care of it,” said my friend Bill

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll
Don’t be a sissy said his best friend Ed
Why should a boy want to play with a doll
Dolls are for girls said his cousin Fred
Don’t be a jerk, said his older brother
“I know what to do,” said his father to his mother

So his father bought him a basketball
A badminton set, and that’s not all
A bag of marbles, a baseball glove
And all the things a boy would love

And Bill was good at every game
Enjoyed them all, but all the same
When Billy’s father praised his skill
“Can I please have a doll now,” said my friend Bill

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll
A doll, a doll, William wants a doll

Then William’s grandma arrived one day
And wanted to know what he liked to play
And Bill said, “Baseball’s my favorite game
I like to play, but all the same

“I’d give my bat and ball and glove
To have a doll that I could love”
“How very wise,” his grandma said
Said Bill, “but everyone says this instead”

A doll, a doll, William wants a doll
A doll, a doll, William wants a doll

So William’s grandma, as I’ve been told
Bought William a doll, to hug and hold
And William’s father began to frown
But grandma smiled, and calmed him down

Explaining, William wants a doll
So when he has a baby someday
He’ll know how to dress it, put diapers on double
And gently caress it to bring up a bubble
And care for his baby as every good father
Should learn to do

William has a doll, William has a doll
‘Cause someday he is gonna be a father, too

My husband is an EXCELLENT father. He spends tons and tons of time with our children. I have never seen a man who is so totally head-over-heals in love with all of his children. I do trust his judgment and I will continue to rip the innocent little toys out of my curious son’s hands in order to appease my husband but I don’t feel like it is a big deal at all if a boy has a doll. (Especially at eight months – he plays with anything that is within his reach.)

I know that as soon as I blink my eyes, he will be old enough for fireworks and will attempt to blow up Michaela’s dolls. My brother, who is three years younger than I am, got a tool set when I was six or seven. The first thing he did was saw off the noses of most of my dolls. I think this is normal behavior and I expect that David will do those kinds of things. So really, how necessary is my husband’s vendetta against dolls?

My afternoon

Posted in Me on April 11, 2008 by Annette Budd

I just spent the afternoon with a close friend. Because both of our lives are so full, the times we have spent together lately have been filled with running errands. I know that going to the paper store, Sam’s club, the bank and Cartridge World does not sound like a fun girls night out BUT it was.

I treasure the fact that we don’t have to do something fun in order to have fun.

It is important to not let your expectations about what good times should be stop you from having them. Even the things that tend to be monotonous can be full of joy if that is where your focus lies.


Posted in Misc. on April 7, 2008 by Annette Budd

Cleaning the house

When children are growing,

Is like shoveling snow

While it is still snowing!