I have cleaned up a very huge amount of orange juice and thrown away my small pampered chef quick-stir pitcher ) : because Lilly managed to break it when she was pouring, I mean spilling orange juice all over the fridge and kitchen. Later, Erika spilled her glass of milk all over the kitchen table. Kayla got beads and safety pins out and then looked right in my face and lied about it. I served breakfast at 10:00 which is a record late for me. So far, I have not lost it in a big way. Please God, have mercy on my day. I think this is why it is snowing!! A reminder of "washing us white as snow".
Okay, I am chastised mildly by your comments on my needy kids. A year ago I would have made all the same arguments. It just seems like there are alot of "needy" who sign up for all the good stuff-this from my hubby who sees the abuses of the system everyday, and other truly "needy" who don't know the system and fall through the cracks. Now, I need to tell you that I was one of those kids from the age of 3 until the age of 6. My mom would have died before she signed up for public assistance. There used to be a stigma attached to such thing. There still is for some people. We never even got free lunches. We also did not have much food, learned very creative cooking with what we had, and got one small toy from Santa. My best Christmas ever came from the church we attended (school bus ministry-my Mom worked midnights and was sleeping while we went). They brought us many boxes of used toys and we loved it. I am sure they brought us food as well but I only remember the toys.
A couple of years ago I delivered food (through my church) to two of my friends who had been through a divorce and were restarting their lives. I know they needed it, and I also know they weren't signed up anywhere. It made me feel good to help them. They probably both could still use it but they were embarrassed but grateful the first time. They would be embarrassed if it happened every year. Pride is not a bad thing. It encourages you to work your way out of a tough spot. Many people now a days abuse the system and do quite well mooching off others. I don't believe every name is that way, but alot of them are. It is sad. When I hear of true need, I don't want to have used up all of my "helping" money on abusers of the system. Every year God provides us with a family of true need(tornado victim without house insurance, man unable to work because he was dying of cancer, newly divorced, etc) and we focus there and then do a little other stuff too. This year, I just have not seen it. God forgive me if I have missed it because of our crazy schedule! Benevolence is a little overdone these days and the squeaky wheels get the oil. Alot of wheels are broken and not squeaking but that doesn't make them less broken.
Okay, there is my rant. Please don't think I am uncaring and selfish. I would rather give to anyone besides my children, really-they have more than enough!! I also can't quite stomach the thought of the system abuses that go on. Maybe I should not think so much. The whole point of this was to show mercy and compassion.
I am going to go enjoy the snow and the day!! I hope it sticks enough for snowmen. We don't have anywhere to be today. Sorry, dear hubby. Of course I want that only after you are done with your mail route. (This is his long weekend-Fri, Sat, Sun off) Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.