I have a confession to make. I have never read the bible cover to cover. I have spent extensive time in the book of Ruth, and I love Psalms but I'm somewhat selective in what I read there. So, I am beginning The Bible in 90 Days: Cover to cover in 12 pages a day. I am going to do this, and to help me I am going to be using The Cast of Characters as recorded in the Old Testament.
The Cast of Characters is a labor of love written by Rita Kleve. Rita is a friend of our family, she's a member of our wonderful church family, and her son Matt is one of Luke's best friends. This year we also were honored by becoming God parent's to Matt and Charlee's baby boy B. So, we're practically family y'all!
Back on track. Cast of Characters is actually a family tree beginning with Adam and Eve and tracing the characters throughout the old testament, and you can actually follow it straight through to Jesus. This is good, because when I read I am constantly getting confused about who begat whom and so on. What is also really cool is that you can look up a character by name, locate them on the family tree, and in many instances the verse where they are featured is listed there. I got lost looking over this book the other day, and was surprised by how much there is in it. For example, did you know Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines (and Luke thinks that I am a handful)!
On a different note, I have been asked about this several times. Marie and Josie have lovies that are "sock monsters". They are wonderfully soft and totally funky, and well, we love them. I got them at Poisoned Creations. There are a ton of new, really cool ones up for Halloween. One of the neat things about sock monsters is that they come with a name and personality. We have Asha (Marie's) and Lilac (Josie's). I also got one for my nephew G named Bruiser. Right now she has some pillows with the Virgin of Guadalupe on them that are very cool, and I sort of want one.
Changing gears once again, have you looked at the stats counter on the blog lately? There are people checking in from T'ai-pei, Taiwan, Fargo, North Dakota, Odessa, Texas, Oulu, Finland, somewhere in the UK. That is just crazy! According the country stats, only 80% of readers are in the US. I'm just blown away by how far reaching the Internet is. Some of my readers I know exactly who you are. Crested Butte (Jess, you are gorgeous in that picture on your blog), San Antonio is Katie living in the most beautiful city in the US, my girls up in Canada, and I think a lot of the east coast are actually extended family. Its a lot of fun to see where in the world people are, and I'm humbled that so many care enough to check in on us.
As the title said, a bunch of randomness. I'm off to referee some crazy preschoolers (Josie and her friend A are currently being Batgirl and Batman) and Marie needs a change! Have a happy Halloween!