Thursday, May 31, 2007
Time to go study...
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Last time, the tooth fairy brought him $2, and Ben begged me to take him to the dollar store to spend it. He got a pirate set (eye patch, hook, etc.) and an Army guy set (dart gun, compass, etc.) I think the dollar store is going to be seeing a lot of him!!
Just yesterday, I showed Ben a tooth fairy website, that made a sparkly, chimy sound when it came up on the screen, with the tooth fairy flying across. He kept wanting to see it again. Then, we printed out a tooth fairy coloring page, which he colored....He wanted to know if the tooth fairy was a boy or a girl. I said it is a girl. (Can fairies be boys? It just didn't sound quite right to me).
Ben posted his picture on our front door to "show it off," he said. :)
I had an entertaining day.
Name your price! Make an offer!
Thank you so much, ma'am!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
My conclusion is that it is hard to be a Christian in this world today; a lot of people hate God; people of influence desire to use that influence to sway the values and beliefs of the vulnerable....Out of frustration, I asked God if isn't a good time for Jesus to return, because it's all a great burden to bear. Isn't He sick of it yet? And, if He is holding out for just one more person to turn to Him, there just seems to be so many, many more, and it seems like the majority don't even care.....Then, I thought, with the magnitude of it, how could measly, small me make any difference at all? Now, I know all the right stuff to say at this point, like "all things are possible with God," and "it's God who does the work, and we just plant the seeds.." yadayadayada....But, if you really start thinking about it, like I did, doesn't it just seem so overwhelming? Maybe I've been too sheltered from the world for too long, and now I'm exposed to it by going to college. Even so, if my Biology class and this instructor is just a eensy, weensy drop in the huge pool of humanity, what does God think when he looks at the whole world? Does He weep for all the people who are so lost and they have no idea how lost they are? Now, I'm certainly not God, but if my experience with my little Biology class can reduce me to a heap, what does God think or feel? I know He loves the world so much, it must be incredibly painful for Him to see how people deny His very existence, and to see those people try to turn young people away from the Truth. People are so lost, and they don't even want to hear that they are....Someday it will be too late.
Maybe I've rambled. Maybe I've made no sense. All I know is, I feel burdened. I feel heavy. I love God! My life isn't so compartmentalized that I can block Him out from any area - even Biology! He is precious to me. And, when someone arrogantly stands in front of me day after day and insults Him, I am insulted. When my study partner says she believes in God in one breath, and in the other breath says she doesn't believe he picked up dirt and "poof" there was a man - it hurts me. I can't help it. I have a relationship with Him, and because I do, I believe His words to me. And, His Word says He created everything! So, I believe Him! PRAISE GOD! YOU ARE AWESOME! YOUR WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS, NOR YOUR THOUGHTS OUR THOUGHTS! YOUR NAME IS HIGHER THAN ANY OTHER NAME! THOUGH SOME HATE YOU, I WILL PRAISE YOU! PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME!!!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Oh-one more thing! Benny lost another of his bottom teeth yesterday, and the tooth fairy even remembered to give him some cash. :) She has been known to forget, and then - surprise, surprise! Oh my goodness! She must have left it here instead! That silly tooth fairy....
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Kay and her father (Amanda and Chase)
Kay and her fiancee, Buckley
Kay and Buckley having a fight
Kay on her way to the church
Tonight I will see, for the third time, Amanda's school performance of "Father of the Bride." The first two nights have been so awesome, each one like a different play, really. I'm looking forward to the energy of the last night. In most plays, this is when the cast tries to do silly stuff, so it should be fun to see what they're going to do. Some of the kids are part of a comedy/improv group, so you can only imagine what they have up their sleeves.....All in all, I am very proud of my daughter and all of her hard work. I think the friendships she has developed will be long-lasting, and that makes me happy for her. After each show, the cast gathers in the commons area, where people can talk with them, and it was so cool to see all of her friends coming up to her and telling her how beautiful she looked, and what a great job she did. I love to see my kids experience things like these, knowing what an impact it makes, and what cool memories they will have.........This is great stuff.....
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
There's nothing like....
- A good chewy molasses cookie
- Ripe, juicy strawberries dipped in sour cream and then brown sugar
- Seeing the first goldfinches of the season
- Hearing hummingbirds buzzing in the backyard
- Sitting in the warm sun in silence
- Getting an 85 on a math test, after bombing the last one
- Having your 16-year-old come up and hold you for a couple of minutes
- Helping your 13-year-old with math and actually be able to do it
- Reading books with your 6-year-old in bed and cuddling and kissing afterwards
- Getting an encouraging card in the mail from a friend you haven't heard from in a long time
My biology teacher made me cry yesterday. I won't tell the whole story, but he really seemed to be picking on me, and when I was defending myself across the room, I couldn't prevent my voice from cracking, because I was going to cry. I was trying really hard not to, and managed to hold back most of it. What a jerk.....
Today, Joe and I are going to do some weeding in the backyard. Most of my cool flowers are blooming, but they're surrounded by so many weeds, it's not pleasant to look at. I hope to get my bird feeders filled, so I can start opening up my screen door in the mornings and listen to them.....
Amanda and I are going to go to the thrift store to find some costuming for the Father of the Bride play coming up next weekend. I can't wait to see it - I'm going to all three performances!! I'm so proud of her and all the hard work she has done, while at the same time maintaining her schoolwork. I have been the most pleased about the friendships she has developed with some awesome kids who also go to our church. She is so healthy socially, it's cool to see that. Sometimes I see my kids act so healthy, I think, "Wow - maybe I'm a pretty good parent!" :)
Well, enough of my snippets for today. Gotta go weed the garden...
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
I didn't take a shower because I cleaned carpet. All frickin' day. Who said it was a good idea to own a carpet cleaner anyway? It took me forever to clean my upstairs, and I don't have a super huge house. In fact, as I was cleaning, I thought I will never buy a bigger house than this. I don't want to clean it! Furthermore, maybe owning a house is overrated with all the work it takes to own one. So, back to the carpet. I was a determined woman to finish my upstairs today, which is quite a feat with three children. After one child bugging me to take her to the mall, and another child bugging me to invite a friend over, I finally made this announcement: "I AM CLEANING CARPET TODAY!! I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT I AM WORKING VERY HARD TO GET THIS DONE, SO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO OR WHATEVER AGENDA YOU HAVE, I CAN'T HELP YOU RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE I AM CLEANING THE CARPET!! FIND SOMETHING TO DO, AND DON'T WALK OVER THE WET CARPET UNTIL IT IS DRY!!" Yes, those are capital letters, because I was yelling. Finally, my kids got it, and left me to my work. I was almost done when I ran out of cleaning solution, so I had to put my stinky self together and run to Wal-Mart, hoping no one I knew saw me looking (and smelling) so scummy. Of course, the "speedy self check out" was not speedy. The people in front of me were actually trying to feed cash into the system to pay for three things, and it took them forever. Then, I get behind the slowest people on the planet while I'm trying to speedwalk through the place. The good news is, I actually got in and out without seeing anybody I knew this time!
Once home, I finished my carpet - whew!! It looks pretty darn good for 9-year-old, builder's-grade carpet. I wish it could stay this fluffed all the time, but in a week, it will all be matted down, I'm sure. On Tuesday, I'm tackling the stairs and the downstairs, and this time, the kids will be at school!! Yessssss.......
I have a math test tomorrow, and a Biology test on Wednesday. I think I might be in pretty good shape for these. I hope. The last tests I took in these classes I didn't do so hot. But, things are feeling better, and working better since last week. Last week at church, our pastor said that he felt the Lord saying the word "grind," meaning for some people, it's life has been hard like you're just trying to grind something out - not smooth. I was thinking: "Yeah! That's me since this quarter started! So, he spoke some scripture, and prayed over those who had this "grind" thing going on. I'll tell you what - God has done something. This week, I've been clearer, managed stuff better and haven't felt so lost in these classes. I feel "on top of it" for the first time since the quarter started. God is so great how he knew that about me, and helped me...It seems like He is always trying to show Himself to us, to remind us of His presence and love, even in the things that we think aren't that important to Him......
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Anyway, it's been piling up for some time now, and quite a mess after last week, when we re-did our bonus room and had to find new homes for all of that crap. Guess where the temporary home was for all of the bonus room crap? Yep. Our room. SO! For the last couple of days, Joe and I have been going through everything we don't want in our room anymore and cleaning it. I have to admit that I got a little overwhelmed and a little depressed by the magnitude of it. I had to take a little break before I lost it. But, now, it's almost finished. We still have a bunch of papers to file, and I'm going to go clean the carpet with our new carpet cleaner.
The plus side of all this is: I have a walk-in closet I can walk into and nothing under my bed. There is no more dust, no more crap and no more dusty crap. It feels pretty good.
What I'm trying to do is not get overwhelmed thinking about all the other rooms that need to be gone through in order to have our garage sale in a couple of weeks. That's when I start to get a little depressed and immobilized....Maybe this is another life lesson on "Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard." I'll try to take it one step at a time...
Oh-before I go, I would like some feedback on how you deal with dust. What's your favorite product(s) to stay on top of dust?