Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Another Teenager in the House!!!

 
We celebrated Ethan's thirteenth birthday on Sunday before sending him off to Caton's Island for the week. We love this kid like crazy!!!


Team Tapper Triathletes

Thanks to the organizers of the Truro Kids Triathlon for putting on a great event! All four Tappers were finishers. All agreed that a triathlon is harder than they thought...and that swimming is the hardest part. What an adventure!
 





Monday, March 28, 2016

Tapper Egg Hunt!

 
We completed our Easter family egg hunt on Monday this year, since Andrew and I were away at his provincial hockey tournament while Mike and the rest of the gang were working hard with the Easter Bunny Blast and Easter Sunday at Moncton Wesleyan.
 
It was fun to read the notes that the kids are writing as they get older. They are really thoughtful, funny, and unique. This is definitely one of our favourite family traditions!



Thursday, March 10, 2016

Lenten Thoughts

 
By His Wounds We Were Healed, Anthony R. Falbo, contemporary
 
There is a strange dichotomy between the Cross of Christ and the cross of Christian culture. We wear it in beautiful chains around our necks--Christ wore it in bloody stakes through His hands and feet. We display it on bumper stickers and posters with pride, but shame consumed the One who hung there for hours. We hold it close and sense heaven--Christ embraced it and encountered hell.

Our sanctuaries display a cleansed version of the Cross--no blood, no struggle, no filth of sin--solely a monument to resurrection power. We celebrate the passion of Christ once a year, but for most of us the journey from Good Friday to Easter is a short one.

Somehow the horror of Jesus- final days eludes us as we bask in the glow of His ascension.

 
The Crucifixion: 'Behold Thy Mother' c.1805, William Blake

It's almost as if we've gotten beyond the Cross, though surely that has never been our intention. As believers, we want it to be central to our faith, but struggle to find a practical place for it in our lives.

What would it look like if we did? A morbid fascination with grim details? An aura of morose resignation settling in our souls? Sackcloth...ashes...melancholy chants from monotone choirs? Surely not.

But if no greater love has even been seen than when Christ lay his head on the crossbeam at Calvary, we must find a way to be consumed by it. If it took not gold or silver, but precious blood to secure our redemption, we must comprehend the incomprehensible. If God's glory is a jewel hidden in the hollow of the Cross, how can we do anything less than search for it with all our might?

(Reading from "Contemplating the Cross: A Pilgrimage of Prayer" by Tricia McCrary Rhodes)

 
Crucifixion, 1946, Graham Sutherland
 
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me,
and I to the world.
Galatians 6:14

Friday, March 4, 2016

Brothers: Formal Day


These two.
Only six months apart in age.
Couldn't be more different in most things...
Yet have a very special relationship.
And they dress up pretty nice, don't you think?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jadon is 9!!


We celebrated a special day for the youngest Tapper! A few pictures here capture Jadon's last year.
I tried to think of a few things that make Jadon so unique--here are just a few of his special traits among the Tapper kids:

1) Most likely to ace a math test
2) Most likely to wear the same shirt to school every Tuesday because "it's tradition!"
3) Most likely to make a pun, on purpose, or catch someone else's unintentional pun
4) Most likely to be able to tell you about some small part of his day in 1000 words or more
5) Most likely to say: "This is the BEST DAY EVER!"

His enthusiasm for life, quick wit, and love for others is incredible. Happy birthday, J.D.! We love you!!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Teenager in the House!


Happy 13th birthday to Andrew! We've seen this young man growing by leaps and bounds over the last few months--certainly, physically--but also in wisdom and character. He is loved by many (you can see a few of his biggest fans in the picture above), and we feel blessed to be a part of the adventure of living with a really awesome teen!