When you miss a few days on the Hake Family Blog, you never know what you will find when you get back to it.  New job and move, surprise dance lessons, Magi poem, beautiful Christmas pictures– I enjoyed it all!

Our trip to California was hard, but good.  All four of the kids were quite sick pretty much all ten days.  It was exhausting, and it limited/changed what we could do, but God still blessed us with some very nice times.  Joel and I had a late night date (after the kids were in bed) and saw The Life of Pi in 3-D,  Joel’s Dad and Mom took Talia and Micah to Lego Land (dosed up on Tylenol because they were still running fevers), we had some good chances to talk and catch up with Mike and Becca and with our friends Chad and Erika. On our way back, we got stranded in Atlanta for a night and half a day, and got a free room at the Marriott.  It was quite an experience, with our bedraggled little crew.  At one point, the owner’s rep. was serving as our porter and pushing our load of luggage on a cart.  He told us that he did not like children, and had opted to have standard poodles instead.  But he said ours were so well behaved that he wanted to take a picture of them.  Their behavior may have had to do with the fact that it was about 1am, and they were running fevers.  The workers there all took pity on us and were extremely kind.  As we left, I said to Joel that we had been treated like VIPs or royalty.  And he joked we were treated like VPPs- Very Pitiable People.  God kindly brought us all home safely, and everyone is healthy again. Thank you for all your prayers through the sickness and travel!

Here are some pictures from our time there:

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!


On our way home! The kids loved the airports.



You can tell Joel is a better photographer.  He took the picture of Caelyn and me, which is nice and crisp.  And this one I took of Caelyn and him is blurry. I still love the picture though.

Micah and Talia both enjoyed motorcycle rides!

Micah and Lorena watched Charlie Brown Christmas about 15 times during their delirious days. Here Maria joins them in Joel and I’s bed. 🙂


I also wanted to post 3 pictures of Lorena, celebrating the three years of life God has blessed her with!  She turned 3 the day we flew to California.  I am so thankful for this precious little girl!


Thank you all for your kind birthday greetings to me as well.

To close, I will share my own brief Mary thought.  I have been trying (in my own tiny way) to start reading some of the early church fathers. In some reading I did this morning, I was shown a new parallel between Eve and Mary that had never occurred to me: that Eve is believed to have still been a virgin when she sinned, basically being betrothed to Adam.  One example from Irenaeus, “Thus, the knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed  by the obedience of Mary.  What the virgin Eve had bound in unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosed through faith” (Against Heresies 3:22:24 [A.D. 189])  If this is true, it is yet another beautiful poetic parallel between the events surrounding the first and second Adam.  Eve carried the whole human race into sin and bondage when a virgin, betrothed to a man.  Mary carried the salvation of the whole human race when a virgin, betrothed to a man.  As I thought about this, I thought that we all, as the church, are a virgin betrothed to a man.  We are engaged to Christ, but the marriage feast and consummation have not happened yet.  We are waiting, already but not yet.  He has come and paid the price for us, and promised us that he is preparing a place for us.  We are fully His, and yet still waiting for the happily-ever-after.  It was in this betrothal time that Eve and Mary each were tried, and so with the church.  May we follow Mary’s example, choosing to believe and to obey.



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