Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Yesterday, I got to play the game Life with my two sons. Now, I really didn't feel like playing because I had one of my bad headaches again and was tired. My eyes hurt too much to even read what it said in the little spaces on the board, but the boys helped me out with that. I didn't win the game, but I received quality time with my boys! And they appreciated the fact that I played with them.
I feel like I'm a chauffeur. I get to make 4 or 5 trips a day taking my kids to their friends' houses and then picking them up again. I'm glad they have some good friends though, and they are both really good about calling and checking in with me so that I don't worry about them as much.
I got to go to our church picnic on Sunday, which is something I wanted to do. However, it was hot and humid. During the last hour we were there, I sat and watched as Eric, Sam, Coop and some others played horseshoes. I was hot, getting a headache and had to go to the bathroom but didn't want to use the port-a-potty. Still, it was fun to watch the kids learn how to play horseshoes. Especially Cooper....I was waiting for one to come down and plunk him on the head! I was uncomfortable, but it was still a blessing to be there!
That's my "I Get To" list for this week. If you decide to post your own list on your blog, please leave me a comment to let me know, and I will post a link to your blog here.
Remember, try to find the blessings in your "I Have To's" and turn them into "I Get To's"!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Have a beautiful and blessed weekend everyone!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Please don't get me wrong...there are many celebrities whose passing has made me sad. I'm in no position to point fingers. It just worries me that our society (and the media) makes these people out to be more important than they really are, or in other words, makes idols out of them. I pray that the world will begin to pay more attention to the King of Kings rather then the King of "Pop" or anything else.
I want to pray for everyone but feel that there aren't enough hours in the day to cover each person and situation. Sometimes I just don't even know the words to say or to cry out to our Heavenly Father, and, therefore, I remain silent. Just what Satan wants.
Then I recently read this: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. Romans 8:26-27
We are the saints that this scripture is talking about. And when we are feeling weak, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. God knows what is on our hearts and minds even when we can't speak it. Yes, He does want to hear it from our own lips, but he knows there are times when we are mute due to our human weakness. Thankfully, He has given us the Holy Spirit to do the work or utter the prayers that we just can't seem to do ourselves.
Think about it. As your children have grown, you have helped them when they've gotten stuck. Don't you think our Lord will do the same thing for us, His own children?
So if you're feeling overwhelmed and heavy laden for others or even yourself, God understands and will come to your rescue. He won't leave you "stuck". Satan's super glue is like scotch tape to God. God will easily peel Satan off of our lips and let those prayers flow from our mouths. But don't worry about your silent times. The Holy Spirit is there with groans that words cannot express.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I'm going to get right to my thankful list today my friends!
- I don't think it has rained in 3 days!
- I see little tomatoes starting to grow on our plants! We've already enjoyed one round of radishes.
- I got to be the "cool" mom and take my boys and their friends to a skateboarding demonstration/show on Monday. My older son won a skateboard deck!
- My younger son had 3 friends spend the night on Tuesday and they DID NOT stay up until 4:30 AM this time.
- My hubby has been super busy at work and has been getting some new clients. This is wonderful for the time being because we are living under the shadow of Pres. Obama's new health care insurance plan. Eric is a group health care insurance broker and the new Pres may put him out of business. If this happens, we can't even collect unemployment because Eric is self-employed. So any business he can get and any income he can make now is a good thing! I'd rather not have to live out of our paid for jeep.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
It got me to thinking how I was probably made for common use. I'm not doing anything more than the next woman. I'm a wife, a mom, a daughter, a friend, a teacher....all pretty common things. When I hear about someone doing something that I and others consider to be more noble than what we common people are doing, I can feel rather down on myself.
That's where the "I get to" thoughts come into play for me. I am reminded to look at my blessings, which may seem ordinary to me, but they would mean the world to someone else. With so many marriages crumbling, I've been married for 19 years to a hard working, wonderful man. I have children; both of my parents are still living (in their 80's); I have lots of friends to have fun with and to lean on; and I really enjoy my job.
Even though I feel common, I have a feeling that I'm noble in God's eyes just because I'm His child. Hopefully, most things I do in my common life will result in noble purposes. My nobleness may not be revealed until after I go home to Him, but that's okay because that is how He molded my life.
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
- Yesterday, I got to take my two sons and their friends to a skateboard demonstration at a local mall. It was in the parking lot. It was hot (but no rain!), the music was WAY too loud, and the teens there were down right scary looking. There was some language I could have done without also. But my kids and their friends were very appreciative that I took them and my older son won a skateboard deck! He was thrilled because he's not known for his good luck. (Yes, he's the one with the broken foot.)
- On Sunday, I got to finish writing all my thank you notes to my students for the gifts they gave me at the end of the year. This is always a task for me, but the kindness of the parents is a blessing.
- This week I will get to take my older son to the doctor for some shots. Our doctor takes FOREVER. We could be there for hours, but it gives me time to just sit and read or to chat with my son. Plus, at least we have health insurance, and I'm able to take care of my son. I accidentally made this appointment for the same morning our dog has to go to the vet for his check up. So now my hubby has to take him to his appointment along with a nice fresh stool sample! (Maybe it wasn't an accident!)
- This Sunday our church will begin its summer service schedule. This means having only one service and it starts at 9 AM. We normally go to the 10:30 service. So now through Labor Day weekend I get to wake up earlier on Sundays to go spend time with the Lord and fellowship with our church family. I'm blessed to have a church home to go to and to be able to sleep in the other 6 days of the week during the summer! I shouldn't complain about this early Sunday service. (The hubs loves the summer schedule because we're home so much earlier!)
That's my "I Get To" list for this week. If you decide to post your own list on your blog, please leave me a comment to let me know, and I will post a link to your blog here. (I don't have the time to try to figure out Mr. Linky right now!)
Remember, try to find the blessings in your "I Have To's" and turn them into "I Get To's"!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
- I love the Lord but need to constantly remind myself to get into His word more often.
- I am by nature an introvert. I'd rather converse in writing. I HATE talking on the phone. (I know, that's some strong language to use.)
- Since I love God, I do push myself into more extrovert type situations in order to serve Him and to make sure I don't become a hermit!
- I am on medication for depression and anxiety. It's something that runs in my family, and I believe it is completely a chemical imbalance. I really don't have anything in my past or present to be depressed about! I did have a miscarriage last year, but the depression and anxiety existed long before this happened.
- I love the beach and would live there if I could afford to!
- I live in Pennsylvania but would move back to Chesapeake, VA, at the drop of a hat. (This can also be read as, "I dislike cold weather and snow!")
- I have two sons. Even though I grew up with all sisters and am really not a tomboy, I wouldn't know what to do with a daughter! I'm just not a girly girl.
- Besides the Bible, my favorite book is Little Women. The only reason I wish I had a daughter is so that I'd have someone to share this book with and my Little House on the Prairie books with. (Although, my boys did watch the movie Little Women with me once! Okay, it was a rainy day and they had nothing else to do.)
- My two least favorite household chores are dusting and emptying the dishwasher.
- I wish I could play the piano and the flute!
Now to pass this award on to 7 bloggy friends. They are, in no particular order, the following:
- Sara at Gitzen Girl.
- Cindy at Army Brats and Me.
- Kelly at Chatty Kelly.
- Sheryl at The Perch.
- Nan at Mom's the Word.
- Jennifer at His Grace is Sufficient.
- Sue at CREATE: Making Something of Today.
All of these wonderful ladies and their blogs have been a blessing to me. Please visit them for inspiration, reality and some funnies!
Hugs and Blessings to all of you today!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
How's that lime Coop?
- I am thankful that today is the last day of school for my kids. I enjoy having them home for the summer, and quite frankly, I'm always glad that they've made it through another year.
- I am thankful for the time I did have off before the boys finished school. I got quite a few things done around the house.
- Yesterday was my mom's 81st birthday!
- Sam's foot didn't need a cast. He just has to wear this lovely shoe for about 4 weeks.
- My neighbor and I have made progress in starting up a Moms In Touch group for 3 schools in our district!
- I'm thankful for my on-line friend, Kristie, who is leading me in a Bible study geared toward women who have miscarried or lost their infant in some other way.
So what are you thankful for today? Go over to Truth 4 the Journey and join in!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
About an hour later, Sam calls me to say that he and Z are at a store near Z's house and that they have t-shirts on sale. Sam wanted to know if I would take him back there on Sunday since he didn't have any money on him. I told him yes and hung up.
On their way back to Z's house, the clouds burst open and it poured! The phone rings again. "Mom, we're at Dairy Queen and I'm soaked. Can you come pick me up, take me home to change, and then take me back to Z's?" I was in the middle of something, and I think I muttered "Crap." Then I gave a big sigh and said I'd be there in a minute.
As I was driving in the downpour, I was agitated over the fact that I had to do this. Then I stopped myself and thought, "No. I get to do this." I thought about my miscarriage and about the couples who so desperately want to have children and can't. How selfish of me to be angry over a blessing that God has given to me! As annoying as it can be sometimes to play chauffeur for my children, it is actually a blessing!
I picked Sam up, took him home to change clothes and then drove him right back to Z's house. He was planning to spend the night there. Our younger son was going to a birthday party sleepover, so the hubs and I were going to have a date night!
We had just ordered some Chinese for dinner when Sam called us again. Guess what? Now I get to joyfully wait on Sam as his broken foot heals! Gotta love our little blessings!
Monday, June 15, 2009
So I need to let go of the plastic toys in the dirt and cheer my sons on as they walk on more fertile ground and grow into the men that God intends them to be.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Here's Otto the Super Dog enjoying a sunny moment in our backyard! His soccer ball is deflated. He pops every ball we give him. Alas, the boys were away, so he had no one to play with.
Go check out Mrs. Tracy's pics over at Our Journey, post some of your own and let her know that you're participating. I want to see some sunny photos!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
- Our trip to the WWII Weekend last Friday. It was rainy and muddy but still fun and interesting. And we got to meet some of the actual Band of Brothers! (If you missed my post on this, scroll on down.)
- On Sunday, I had an entire day alone! Eric took the boys fishing in Cape May. They had a gorgeous day for it, although they didn't catch a whole lot.
- On Monday, it was another beautiful day, and I volunteered for Cooper's 5th grade picnic over at our local park. His school is close enough to the park that the two classes were able to walk over. It was a lot of fun! He has a wonderful teacher who he will miss. (Coop had him for 2nd grade, too.)
- My older son, Sam, is taking an interest in golf. This is something he and Eric can bond over. They're going to play in a tournament on Sunday with other people from our church.
- I went to a Christian book store on Tuesday with two gift cards in hand. I thought they were both worth $10. Turns out that one was for $20! I got four new books for $15! Plus, I sold some books yesterday on Cash4Books.net for a little over $10 and one book for $5 on Amazon.com!
Yes, it has been a week full of blessings! Please visit Sonya over at Truth 4 the Journey to share your list of blessings. Just click on the button above.
My dear bloggy friends, I've been busy getting things done around the house before my kids are home for the summer. So if I haven't been to your blog lately, I apologize. I'll get there soon! I've also had a killer headache the last two days and it hurts my eyes to be on the computer. Thank you for still being faithful readers of my blog!
Blessings and hugs to you all!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I wish I had digital pictures of the wallpaper that was in our kitchen when we first moved in. Wowza! It had these large pink and orange flowers all over it! It was even on the ceiling! When we re-wallpapered the kitchen, we were just going to paint the ceiling, but then we saw the condition it was in underneath the old paper. We papered the ceiling with paintable wallpaper that has a stamped tin look to it.
My husband has always said that he would like to steal the sink when we do move out (minus the cabinets underneath). That sink is probably worth a lot of money! It is a cool piece to have.
Through the years, I have just had to chuckle at some things in our house. I think, "What were people thinking when they did this?" In the past, families made do with what they had and shared with others. Remember how I said the flooring in my laundry room was the same as in my neighbor's bathroom? Well, their master bedroom was also the same color as our boys' bedroom was. The two families must have shared the paint and the flooring!
And by the way, if you really loved my kitchen floor, we have a spare roll of it in our coat closet! It came with the house.
Speaking of our coat closet, this closet runs all the way under our stairs. At some point in the history of this house, someone put a toilet in that closet! There is a piece of wood over the hole now. In fact, we lived here several years before I even knew it was there. Apparently, my hubby knew but didn't tell me right away. How would you like to open up your closet and find someone sitting on a toilet?!
Since our house is so old, it has "settled". If you put a marble on our kitchen floor, it will roll all by itself underneath either the oven or the refrigerator. Whenever I bake a cake, I have to remember to go turn it so that it doesn't come out too lopsided!
Oh, I almost forgot the light fixtures. The rule is this: If the fixture calls for more than one light bulb, there will always be one bulb out. For example, our dining room light calls for five bulbs, but we can only have four in there. If we put five in, one will blow out almost immediately!
When our next door neighbors moved in a few years back, they told us that they had looked at a lot of houses in our town during their home search. They said that most of the houses have oddities to them.
Yes, living here is almost comical! I just have to keep reminding myself that it's a family that makes a house a home, not the house itself!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
My planned Sit on My Tushy and Do Nothing Day on Monday didn't turn out exactly as I had planned. First of all, my younger son's IEP meeting was rescheduled for 8 AM that morning. So I had to get up as usual and be at his school by that time. When I got out of that meeting, I ran into some other 5th grade moms and chatted with them about the end of year events coming up. As I was talking with them, my hubs quickly scooted out the door to get to his "business" fishing trip. Since he had to leave before the bank opened, I had to go make a deposit for one of the travel baseball teams that he is the treasurer for. Oh, what sacrifices I make! (Actually, I can walk to the bank from where I live.)
Here is my hubby in awe of the fact that he's speaking with Buck Compton!
And lastly, Ed Tipper.
Sorry ladies if you're not WWII buffs. Maybe your husbands will be impressed instead! There were tanks, jeeps, motorcycles and planes everywhere... some of them German. There were many encampments set up, and you could also see what life was like on the home front. We watched them do an old time radio show. It was neat to see them do all the sound effects! After the radio show, there was a typical public service announcement trying to get people to ration gasoline for the war effort. "Remember, if you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!"
We also listened to three of the Filthy 13 speak. They were really funny. Apparently, the movie The Dirty Dozen is based on their story. (I honestly thought that movie was a western!) Regarding serving in the war, one of the vets said, "We went in and did what we had to do. We don't apologize for it, and we don't brag about it." He also mentioned that 1200 WWII veterans die each day. So we're really losing this part of our history quickly.
Long post today, huh? Eric and the kids are fishing in Cape May today, so I'm home alone! However, I'll end this now. Have a beautiful Sunday!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
When Jackie died, my oldest sister was 11 and my twin sisters had just turned 8. I wasn't around yet. Before he died, my mom caught him making out his will. She was so upset that she took it and ripped it up. Jackie told her not to worry because she would have another baby. I was born in November 1964. I have always felt a connection to him because of what he had said to our mom. I also think that his comment is why I am a Christian today. I am meant to be here. There is a reason. God created me for His purpose. His purpose isn't always clear to me, but I keep striving to do His will.
Happy Birthday Jackie. I know we will finally meet in Heaven one day.
Friday, June 5, 2009
So now you've seen the embarrassing, ugly parts of my home. Guess what? It's your turn to share! Please go over to Mrs. Tracy's blog, Our Journey, to join us in this venture. Thank you Mrs. Tracy for using one of my ideas and for sending people over to my blog today!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
It's that time of the week again! A time to think about the things we are thankful for. This week my list includes:
- Being home and being able to do more around the house and cook decent meals for my family. This takes some of the burden off of my husband.
- That my hubby has appreciated #1 listed above!
- The juicy canteloupe we've been eating lately!
- That the weather hasn't gotten TOO hot yet. (Although, it would be nice if it was a little warmer.)
- I've had time to sit down and read a book! (And I've been able to keep up with my favorite soap opera... oh, I didn't really admit that here, did I?)
Click on the button above to go to Truth 4 the Journey and see what other people are thankful for and add your own list
Monday, June 1, 2009
The other morning, as I was mindlessly listening to the banter, this thought popped into my head: "Why do we need a 24-hour sports network or any other 24-hour "idol" worship? Why aren't we focusing on and worshipping God 24/7, and where is that 24-hour Christian network?"
Now, I only have expanded basic cable, so maybe there is a 24-hour Christian network that I don't know about. We do have one Christian station that we get, but in no way are big bucks spent on it to make it as slick and attractive as ESPN or other big networks. Why is that? Why are we so out of balance as to what we spend on our time and money on? I don't mean to be pointing a finger because I'm just as guilty. Even if there is a wonderful, up-to-date and current Christian television network out there, should we be spending a lot of time watching it?
Most of us are attracted to what's pretty or flashy. Those nice flat screen TVs make everything look colorful and sharp. We don't own one of these, but we love watching the one my parent's have. Especially the sports because you feel as if you're right there in person. (Although, I really didn't need to see that the Phillies' manager has hair growing out of his ears!) Unfortunately, anything pretty, flashy and colorful seems much more exciting than reading any of the 66 books in the Bible. It's a thick book! And mine doesn't have any pictures in it!
I guess my point is that technology (and that includes blogging!) can really become an "idol" to us. We need to remember that God doesn't like that!
You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,... Exodus 20:3-5
Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold. Exodus 20:23
Just for fun, I came up with some of my own titles that ESPN could stand for if it was a Christian network:
- El Shaddai Praise Now
- Everyone Shall Pray Now
- Everyone's Soul Pleasing Nourishment
- Everyone's Saviour Performing Nightly
- Eternity's Some Place Nice
- Eternity's Soothing Peace Needed
- Everyone's Saviour Painfully Needed
Okay, I know these are a stretch! I'm just being silly!
Seriously though, we need to be bold in striving to remove idols from our life and to focus more on God and His written Word. Remember, we're in this world but not of this world and have to try not to get sucked in. I'm in no way perfect and struggle daily with this. I just pray that we as Christians can be tuned into God's network 24/7 rather than anything else! Heaven will be more fascinating, beautiful and fancy than anything else here on earth!