Friday, May 29, 2009
So why then should I feel ashamed and embarrassed to be an American? I try very hard to be good steward of everything God blesses me with. I am a generous person as are most of the people I know. The people I know who have alot more money than I do are usually (of course, not ALWAYS) abundantly more generous than I am. I am proud of our country as a whole and I think we are very benevolent.
Now, to argue the other side, I see wastefulness all around me. I see things set out for the trash man that are in perfect shape-people just don't want it and are too lazy to find it a new home. I am appalled at the way food is wasted. I can recall a holiday pizza party given in one of my kid's classroom. Those children had already had lunch and there were all kinds of other snacks brought in to "celebrate". I did not see one child take more than a bite of pizza. The rest went into the trash and my heart ached at the waste of food and money. I see programs where food that is not used is just thrown away. I worked at fast food restaurants where there was a timer and once the food reached a certain "age", it had to be tossed. It was called "quality control" but as a poor college student working two jobs and supporting myself, I called it a tragedy. One maverick manager let us eat the 'old' food on a break because we were a very hard-working crew. We all knew she could lose her job over it but we respected her greatly. We were all poor and she knew it. It was the right call on her part, in my humble opinion.
America is a nation of excess. It is all around us. Do I feel guilty about it????? NO!! I think it is an opportunity to bless others. I also think people are beginning to wake up and realize the value of a dollar. I think we, as a nation, are well on our way to making better decisions about our food, our stuff and our money.
Guilt is an effective way to get people to change, but I personally prefer the "knowledge is power" approach. When people know better, they will do better. As people all around us are losing jobs and trimming the fat in their budgets, it is the time to be generous if you can. Don't feel guilty for having a good job or being blessed with wealth. Choose instead to be generous and thankful to be able to bless others.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Yesterday was Hubby's 44th birthday. WHEW! He's getting up there. Thankfully I will always be 7 years his junior...except for the few months between Feb and May that I am only 6 years younger. Coincidentally, this was also hoof trimming day for my mom and stepdad. Thankfully, after a day of walker parades and trying to block the sounds of the "tools of the trade", Erik's mom and dad treated us to a steak meal for the birthday boy and family. It is my most favorite family tradition. I love a good grilled steak. In fact, my love of a good grilled steak, rib, burger, hot dog, chicken breast, chicken leg, shrimp, brisket, etc. is what keeps me out of the clutches of vogue vegetarianism. We had a great birthday dinner and a wonderful time of fellowship together once we were back home and the kiddos went to bed. Birthdays really are not that big of a deal for Erik or I. We are usually poor on both of our birthdays-mine is too close to Christmas and his is too close to mother's day, graduations, and the beginning of birthday season for all my nieces and nephews. Therefore, we don't pull out all the stops-we just savor the gifts we get from outside the family which vary from year to year. Sometimes we splurge on one another, but usually we are low key.
Today was a day of socializing in our homeschool group. We went to a park meeting and I am pleased to announce that I will be a part of the leadership team for our support group. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have lots of ideas and I have many friends I want to encourage to be an active part of the group. Some people want to do things and just need encouragement and opportunities to really do a good job. That is the secret to a good organization-support and delegate. Then everyone feels like they 'own' it because they do. I've already been rallying the troops and letting them know how much our group needs their volunteerism. (Mia, consider yourself ralied as well!)
After the meeting, we went to my friend Sue's house and we swam in her pool and dug perennials to bring home. Oh how I love to swap perennials. I had so many at our old house that I had swapped with friends. At this house, I have done very little gardening-but now that our back yard is tree-free, I am inspired again and having fun. I can't wait to share a few plants her way as well. I also dug a few at my mom-in-laws since I was already in planting mode.
Now, I am ready to get off of here and get some shut-eye. The older girls are at a sleepover and so Lilly and I get to enjoy the morning as a twosome. Look out yard sales, here we come. My kids are so much fun one on one. We should do that more often!!
I am blogging to a live band in the garage. Erik and his bands will be playing a local Artsy festival on Sunday. I am not sure how many of his bands. Too hard to keep track with my feeble mind. I have already warned the girls that we are skipping church to festivate with Dad. There are just so few family friendly opportunities for us to be FANS. So anyway, they are gearing up and sounding really good. This is a new three piece band and they are all really great guys that don't really need to practice a bit, but I am glad they are. Imagine blues and jazz, along with Stray Cat Strut and Let's Get It On. I predict they will be a hit. Come see them if you are local. ALSO, there will be art. Hands on artsy stuff for the kiddos. I can't wait. We love lowertown art festivating with Dad.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
So, with yesterday being such an on-track day, today is not so much. However, I am getting ready to crack my whip and rally the troops. We must fight through the bad days like our lives depend on it. And they sort of do. Not fighting through the lazy unproductive days begats more lazy unproductive days. And everybody knows, lazy unproductive days are best kept to summer vacation...8 days from now. Must resist...JUST A FEW MORE DAYS...Anyone else out there fighting for their life? BAND TOGETHER, strength in numbers and all that jazz.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We have summer camp just around the corner and some other things to look forward to. No big vacation though. Too much home improvement after the ice storm.
I have much to do before bed. Hope you had a good Tuesday and your Wednesday is even better.
Monday, May 18, 2009
I like the fact that this study is based on the writings of several different authors of differing opinions from the magazine. It made me question why I feel the way I feel. I believe that questioning our beliefs stengthens our faith, so I always enjoy asking myself why I have arrived at the conclusions and evaluating if a change should be made.
This Bible study is not a Beth Moore or Experiencing God life-altering study. It is an interesting look at the changes POP CULTURE brings to our Christian heritage and our country. I recommend it. It would even be a neat study to do as a family and maybe get some input from your kids about how our culture is influencing their lives. It might be an eye-opening experience for everyone involved!
Renovating Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck
This should have been such a quick read but it has taken me forever. It is all about a typical mom and her family. They move into a fixer upper and discover it is a whole lot of work and the biggest changes happen to her not the house. I have taken so long to read this book that even though it is a great story, I am just ready to be done with it already!!
Why can't they swim in jeans and thick sweaters?
Growing up girls is the toughest job on the planet.
Here's what you missed:
- Daisy's hot spots have been home remedied away. WHOO HOO! Go home remedies. Power to the people and all that.
- Our homeschool track club has grown and changed shape many times. Restructuring for the summer is on my list of things to do. Getting a coach is a high priority...I'm not exactly skilled in the art of running/track.
- The reading club I started for Kayla has changed into a reading/writing club at the insistence of the girls and they are working on a cool name.
- My 15 year wedding anniversary was celebrated with Hubby at one of our town's newest restaurants. For the price of an arm and a leg, we dined on a very large assortment of grilled meats. Guess what?!! LAMB sucks. It must be an acquired taste and I have no desire to acquire it. I could not even chew it up. BLECK!! BAAA-AAAD. The restaurant is great, the price is inflated and we may go again in 15 years.
- I lunched with Hulagirl and MamaMia + grandbaby on Friday. I had the best club sandwich ever. The conversation was wonderful. The friendships with these two ladies are so precious to me!! Hulagirl treated Mia and I AND we were very thankful for her blessing us with adult conversation and good eats.
- Friday night we finally went to the Shoe Carnival and bought much needed running shoes for Erika and Lilly. Kayla got hers a couple of weeks ago. I also replaced my antique worn our dressy sandals for some cool Sketcher's slides. We got out of there with 5 pairs of shoes and 9 pairs of socks for $90(Kayla and I got major on-sale shoes!!). I HATE buying new shoes for growing children but with them running now, it had to be done. AND, it had to be good quality running shoes.
- Saturday morning, we spent as much time as possible yard saling and scored some decent clothing needs. Erika has been picking up jewelry at yard sales for almost nothing and then recycling it into jewelry she likes using the things we bought after a Michaels jewelry workshop last week. She is doing really well with it and Kayla and Lilly are liking it as well. We are such a crafty bunch. Don't be jealous of our KRAFT SKILZ.
- We went to visit my Dad on his birthday and took him cupcakes and ice cream. He is 69. Wow. Almost 70. It doesn't seem possible.
- I organized schedules for, shopped for and pulled off a concession stand for Lilly's children's chorus. It made very little money due to freaky COLD weather and unusual location, BUT we had so much fun. The fun even made the 9 hours I spent on my feet bearable. AND I can add hot dog grilling, popcorn popping and concession stand "management" to my resume.
- Saturday night, after the concession stand clean-up, I came home and made it to bed around 1:30ish. Sunday morning, Erik got up and went to church with all three girls leaving me to come along later. At 11:36, he called to see if I was on my way to our CARE group picnic and WOKE ME UP from the best sleep-in EVAH. I hurriedly made my baked beans in my family skillet on the stove and got dressed ASAP. The beans and I were almost ready when he came to pick me up. I hear the sermon was great today but I'll have to get the Cliff's notes from somebody.
- A quick trip to the ATM this afternoon where I "shopped" for the baby shower at my church, a catnap in a chair, older girls to youth CARE group, a visit with friends this evening and follow up at a yard sale where a 'too good to be true' deal proved to be exactly that rounded out our Sunday fun. (Can you believe that is one sentence? Grammar SKILZ!)
- I am ready to start a new calmer week. Complete with a trip to the hoof doctor to get my mom's and stepdad's hooves trimmed. The fun is almost constant in this here neck of the woods.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Disssolve 2 aspirins-I crushed my aspirins first- into a cup of hot tea. Add 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. Trim the hair around each hot spot and apply mixture directly to the spots with a cotton ball or soft rag.
Works like a dream. They are almost all healed up. However, the trimmed hair around the spots makes her look a little pitiful.
She loves me even more if that can be possible. I made her owies all better. I'm thinking of trying it on the eczema spots on my hands from washing dishes by hand.
Monday, May 11, 2009
- If forgiveness offers us freedom, why do we hesitate to give it? Logically, with-holding it only damages us. Yet it still is so very hard to give to so many.
- I thought being a mom was really cool and fun until extra hormones entered our life. Now it is tough on a good day and tear jerking on a bad day.
- FIREPROOF, the movie made me cry. ALOT. Marriage is so hard. I highly recommend the movie, but be prepared for some raw emotions no matter the condition of your marriage.
- I am in the midst of massively de-cluttering our bookshelves. The PAIN is immense. I am a bibliophile to the core. Thankfully, I can visit the library as much as I want. Just walking in the door evokes a strong sense of calm.
- My list of things to do is shorter today...but not fun-size yet.
- My hubby called to interrupt my library fun today. Twice. Once to tell me he had my YARD-SALE-just-like-new-but-only-cost-$75 dishwasher installed. Secondly to tell me lunch was already prepared whenever we were ready to come home. I do love my hubby. Some men call to nag their wives.
- Our target last day of school date is June3rd. WOW! That is soooooo soon and yet sooooo far away.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Don't give up on me....
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Famous last words of a fool. All three now have highlights. Very different highlights. Lilly has two small strands on either side of her part. Kayla has a few strands in the front of her hair. Erika has them all over and they almost morphed into color. I would actually like to color over hers, but her dad encouraged her not to. He seems to fear I might make it worse. (She totally ratted you out MAN!!)
"I like it , Mom. I'm just not used to it yet." Erika is always very sensitive to my feelings.
Special thanks to Clairol House Party for making me eat my words!! I am off to search out my camera cord so I can share pics of all this and also the pics from my DYE party.
Monday, May 04, 2009
The sun is not out today. It does not look like it is going to even make an appearance. I am still tired from the weekend. Worn out, in fact. I hate that feeling.
I feel like a balloon that was blown up and then deflated. I have been feeling that way for about two months. It is not a happy-go-lucky feeling. Friends are what is getting me by. What is wrong with me? Easier asked than answered. Due to the fact that I do hold back some private details of my life (I know, I know-it is very shocking since it seems like I have diarrhea of the mouth!!), I cannot blog about all that ails me. I can tell you that homeschooling tweenagers who have angst has aggrevated the problem. I know this too shall pass. It always does...and then comes back...and then passes again. You know how life is, peaks and valleys. Sunshine and rain.
Soooooo, I have to go now and attempt to educate my children and then attempt to socialize them this afternoon. I think I am so much more excited for summer vacation to come than they are.
I could be wrong, but I don't think so. It's a jungle out there...
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
- Absolute relief that Hula's sister-in-law's body was recovered. I am so thankful our prayers have been answered and finding her was relatively quick.
- I am saddened that one of my friends lost her baby at 4 months. She was nervous about this new baby, it was to be her 4th and her current "baby" is getting close to double digits. She had much trepidation but she had gotten used to the idea and I know the loss has hit her like a ton of bricks.
- I am reading the book Jantzen's gift and I am just aching for children in other countries. People in other countries and how really poor a person can be. And how rich and spoiled we are. So glad my preacher loaned me such a "feel good" read.
- Tonight I am hosting a hair dying party. I am going to force myself to be in a party mood. My gray roots have been on display for weeks leading up to this event. Even though I don't feel all happy-go-lucky, I intend to fake it like a pro.
- I must go to the store now and buy my hair color and some groceries. Come on over tonight if you have a hankering to color you hair or watch other people do so.
I am praying for some joy in the midst of despair for myself and all the folks I know who are hurting in a big way and those of us who feel their pain just knowing about it. God be with them as they keep putting one foot in front of the other.