Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
~My daughter paid $17 for her Snowcoming dress. Her friend paid $10. I'm sending them shopping for me next time I need a dress. Mine might need to cover more body parts though.
~I love making new friendships, but may have overdone it at the new Walmart. I do, however, feel very popular when I go there and that may explain quite a lot.
~My daughter tagged me on this image on Facebook this week. Grammar aside, I was grateful.
~Last week, the Sunday school lesson focused on Martha and Mary. So often, in my childhood, I heard Martha portrayed as nagging, petty, shallow, but one thing I learned as I studied and wrote my discussion questions was that Martha was the one who invited Jesus to come teach in her home. She was a leader. She was spiritually hungry. I like her much better now.
~Last week I mentioned that I needed a ladder or two for my boys' beds. My neighbor and
~Pepper the dog has become a food thief. The cuteness of that is akin to John Edwards' cuteness these days.
~Still reeling from my accidental acquiescence to a camping vacation next summer, I listened as Checkered called a seller who had listed a pop-up camper on Craigslist. Checkered kept apologizing because the man couldn't hear him - even as the seller got increasingly frustrated at Checkered's mumbling. The seller eventually figured out that he was holding his phone upside down. And no, we did NOT buy that camper.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The other day, this boy who doesn't always recognize and articulate his emotions and who struggles in some other areas, was singing the chorus of "How Great is Our God." He has his mom's inability to get all the lyrics right, but his pure heart made the day absolutely beautiful.
How great is our God,
sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great is our God
Monday, January 25, 2010
But then those those stinkin' spammers found me. Those are a little like a Christmas present that holds such promise -- someone thought of me, someone took the time to get me something -- until it's opened and you see that it's a pair of dirty, stinky socks.
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I'm tired of being told I can earn money if I contact the reader, that the reader thinks my blog has improved OR that they supposedly can read my blog in English but can only respond in another language.So, comment moderation is on now and I finally get why so many of you moderate, too.
I would prefer that comment moderation work a little more like a loud whistle in the spammer's ear, but short of adding a word verification, it will have to do.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Time for Friday Fragments. Wouldn't you just love to meet Mrs. 4444 in person? I surely would!
**Someone destroyed our mailbox one night last week, so Checkered put the new one up on the "safer" side of the driveway. The problem is that the safer spot is right smack-dab in the middle of my pre-existing tire tracks. I'm apologizing up-front, Checkered, as I fear for the safety of the new mailbox.
**Said with a mix of braggadocio and love the other night, "Wow, Daddy, you're even grosser than I am and I'm pretty gross!"
**Our son came home from his buddy's house singing the joys of their bread machine. We replied, "We used to have one. Didn't like it. Gave it away." That same line was repeated for 24 hours, then we bought a new bread machine. Yes, we are in love.
**I also love Iced Caps from Tim Horton's even though they're kind of nasty tasting. Yesterday, one of my students was arguing in class about global warming and she mentioned how the ice caps were melting. Honestly, I did NOT hear a thing after she said, "...ice cap..." and yes, I did stop at Tim Horton's after class.
**I need a ladder or two for our loft beds, but never dreamed they would cost so much!
**Have you met Nancy? You should because she is a clever, clever writer. She has proposed a grand idea for bloggers. What if each blogger gave one hour of service to their community for each blog follower they have? I am so glad I have only a few followers - not that I'm counting. P.S. Nancy says watching your friends' kids and doing work for your church counts so I might already be done for 2010 !!!!!!
**Lionel Richie was in my radio singing "Sail On" this week and I sang along with gusto. Sadly, it seems that the only accurate lyrics I know are, "But I'm giving you back your name." A weaker person would have let that stop their singing.
**Mr. Asthma is now running a fever of 102. Looks like a week-end close to the house and I am A-OK with that. What's up with your week-end?
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
~In Maryland, two men robbed a funeral home after confusing it with a nearby bank.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Evan's mom has me thinking about what I'm thankful for. Here's today's completely incongruent list.
That when my kids are sick, it's just a short-term virus and they will be perfectly healthy in just a few days.
That I have a job which allows me to volunteer in my son's classroom.
That the meds are working for my son and we had a positive parent/teacher/principal conference.
That the best educational advice I still get is from my high school guidance counselor, my mom!
That the sun is bright and the sky is blue!
That I have neighbors who know my name and say it kindly.
That there was no ice and I could wear my nice shoes for the first day of the semester.
That when my child wet the bed the other night, the child who was sharing the bed with him didn't punch him.
That the Christmas wreath in my family room looks good with Valentine's Day tinsel on it and will look even better with St. Patrick's Day tinsel.
That Yaya's news had me smiling for hours and hours: )
That my kids have contracted with the neighbors to shovel snow, and that the snow has come during school hours, and that I have earned $40 shoveling thus far this year.
That when I kindly (albeit insincerely) offered to go camping for our summer vacation, I was able to hide my dismay when everyone said yes.
And that MOST of my blogging/FB friends agreed with me that adults don't skip anymore because of ... well... physical attributes.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Jesus is baptized
Warming up our memory banks…
1. How old was Jesus when he was baptized?
2. Who baptized Jesus?
3. In what river was Jesus baptized?
4. When Jesus came out of the water, what kind of bird came out of Heaven?
5. What did the voice from Heaven say?
The wheels are really starting to turn now!
2. Is baptismal water holy?
3. What three signs at Jesus’ baptism showed the presence of God?
4. Why would someone choose to be baptized but not really choose to repent?
5. Other people were baptized by John on the same day Jesus was baptized. How do you think they might have reacted to his baptism?
How does this apply to my own life?
1. If baptism represents our internal decision to turn away from sin, and Jesus was sinless, why did he get baptized?
2. After the baptism, God’s declaration that Jesus was his son is thrilling, but how does it also hint at sorrow?
3. There is an old expression for Christianity called walking wet. What do you suppose that means? Could it mean something deeper than the actual act of baptism?
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Checkered and our son went to a sports banquet last month and declared it the most perfectly run social gathering they had been to in a very long time (and that should be no surprise because Butoku Karate Doju is the best run sports program/school we know.) One of my guys' favorite elements at the banquet was the photo booth. I remember photo booths from my childhood where for too much money, we could get a strip of photos - sometimes two, sometimes four, usually in black and white. I used to see them at train stations (I think) and then, more recently, at arcades.
It would be fun though, wouldn't it?
Friday, January 8, 2010
~Someone I know just had a prescription increased from 1.25 mls to 2.5 mls, yet when the script was picked up at the pharmacy, the directions said .5 mls. A call from the pharmacist to a clerk in the doctor's office resulted in a dosage of 10 mls until the patient and pharmacist agreed that didn't sound likely. A second call from the pharmacist to the doctor's office finally brought about the right dosage of 2.5. Yikes!
~I got my hair cut at ... WalMart. $15 later, I look better than I have in months although the stylist may have been on speed.
~While walking into WalMart, I watched a very aggressive driver bebop around other cars and finally land in a handicapped spot. She and her cell phone parked and walked in front of other drivers to get into the store. As she entered the store, she raised her keys behind her head and pressed the lock button. Since she never looked back once, I do wonder how long it took her to realize that she had not pressed the lock button, but that she had pressed the remote start button.
~On Tuesday morning between 10 and 11 AM, I was told by three different clerks to have a good night.
~My friend sent me an email last week and referenced the song, "Why don't we just dance." I spent two days fretting about why she wanted to dance with me. Then I finally reread the note and realized she was just saying she had heard the song and liked it and she hoped we could meet for coffee. That I can do.
~Facebook has apparently not done anything to improve the rate with which I reply to email.
~FB has, however, offered yet another form of entertainment as I watch my friends interact with their daughters' boyfriends. In their FB posts, the boyfriends are all so cautious and solicitous of the moms' health, welfare, and social calendars. "Hope you have a great day, Mrs. So and So."
~And finally one last Facebook mention: next summer I have a high school reunion. This week I was overcome with doubt that anyone would remember me and that begat panic that maybe I never even had any friends in high school. When I hinted at that on FB, I received some absolutely lovely notes from high school classmates - although not nearly as many as I might have thought SHOULD respond!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
He is With You
There's a time to live
And a time to die
There's a time to laugh
And a time to cry
There's a time for war
And a time for peace
There's a hand to hold
In the worst of things
In the worst of things
He is with you when your faith is dead
And you can't even get out of bed
Or your husband doesn't kiss you anymore
He is with you when your baby's gone
And your house is still
And your hearts are stone
Crying "God what'd you do that for?"
He is with you
There's a time for yes
And a time for no
There's a time to be angry
And a time to let it go
There's a time to run
And a time to face it
There's love to seek
In all of this
Through all of this
He is with you in the conference room
When the world is coming down on you
And your wife and kids don't know you anymore
And He is with you in the ICU when the doctors don't know what to do
And it scares you to the core
He is with you
We may weep for a time but joy will come in the morning
The morning light
He is with you when your kids are grown
When there's too much space and you feel alone
And you're worried if you got it right or wrong
Yes He is with you when you've given up on ever finding your true love
Someone who feels like home
He is with you
When nothing else is left and you take your final breath
He is with you
He is with you
Here is Mandisa singing this beautiful promise.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
My latest service to the church? I am the developer of discussion questions for our family Sunday school class. It's a class where entire families sit and review whatever Bible story the pastor has just preached about. Although it pains me to admit, I love this class and may have said so on Facebook -- where my pastor is my friend. You can do the rest of the math on that one.
Last Sunday our topic was John the Baptist. Let's see how your J the B knowledge holds up.
Warming up our Memory Banks…
• Who were John the Baptist’s parents? (Zachariah and Elizabeth)
• How was he related to Jesus? (some degree of cousins)
• What was remarkable about his birth? (parents' age and infertility)
• What did John the Baptist eat when he lived in the desert? (locusts and honey)
• From what animal was his clothing made? (camel)
• John the Baptist’s job was to prepare people for which person?(no)
• What did John ask the people to do? (repent)
• In what body of water did John baptize others? (Jordan River)
Starting to See the Sparks Fly from our Brains…
• John the Baptist was a prophet. What is the job of a prophet (saying “To prophecy,” doesn’t count!)
• What was it that John prophesied? (the Messiah would soon arrive and that hearts needed to be prepared for his arrival)
• Why was baptism important? (it is an outward sign of a heart made right with God)
• John’s simple clothing and lifestyle was a visual protest against what?(self-indulgence)
• Why did so many Jewish people not understand why they needed to repent?(because as descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, they were assured of their place in Heaven)
How does this apply to my own life?
• Other than repentance and baptism, what else did John say people needed to do (Matthew 3:8)? (live a life bearing proof of their repentance)
• Some of the religious leaders of John’s time were caught up in the popularity of John’s message, but it was mostly a show for them rather than a genuine lifestyle change. Does this ever happen in our time?
• Like the Jewish people of John’s time, do we ever rely on things other than repentance to get us to Heaven?
Monday, January 4, 2010
~This was shortly after she learned that Santa had forgotten to buy one of the three things she requested and just before she learned that while he had purchased fragrances for her, they were not the fragrances she took him to the store to show him. This may or may not have impacted her decision to lobby us to let her move to Kentucky to live with her grandparents.
~Steady rain and wet wood made for a slow and steamy fire. (That doesn't sound exactly like I intended to say it...)
~Although there are no pictures (my mother thinks that maybe I don't exhibit the best editing skills in my pictures of her), we had a very nice visit with my parents. It's never easy to leave and the visit always seems inadequate.
~New Year's Eve brought my lovely friend by for a night of pizza, conversation, boardgames and a gaggle of kids in a hot tub.
~And then there was finally New Year's Day.
No appointments. No obligations. Just a book. A fire. And pajamas.
A very fine holiday season indeed!