Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Busy, Busy

I probably won't be posting today. It's the end of the month, and I need to change over my classroom and make purple playdough. Easter is in less than 2 weeks! I couldn't believe that I was already sharing the Easter story with my students yesterday!

Blessings to you all!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Funny Things and Meanderings

Preschool Funnies.......Today one of my students told her friend, "You'll be my best friend forever." The other little girl replied, "Well, I didn't see that coming." One of my little boys came into today wearing a baseball hat and wouldn't take it off. He had decided to cut his own hair, so his dad made him get a buzz cut. At least he hadn't cut the hair of either of his sisters! Another one of my little boys came up to me the other day and said, "Mrs. J I'm wearing boxers today!" Then one of the other boys told me, "I'm not wearing boxers today, but I do have some!" Yes, my job is a daily adventure with lots of smiles!

For about a year and a half now, I've been sponsoring a child through Compassion International. His name is Paulo, he's 12-years-old and lives in Brazil. I chose a boy around the same age as my sons because I figured I could relate better. This experience has been wonderful and I think of Paulo as my third son. His first letter to me arrived on my birthday in 2007. That made my day. In his most recent letter to me, Paulo wrote, "...I want you to know that all the letters you send me and also the pictures are kept in a box. I love you. Millions kisses." That just melted my heart. (You can go here to find out what Compassion International provides for a child that you sponsor.) With the way the economy is right now, I'm trying to cut back in other areas so that I don't have to end my sponsorship of Paulo. In addition to the monthly sponsorship, you can send money for a birthday gift and for Christmas. You can also provide money for a family gift. I've been able to do the birthday and Christmas donations, but I would love more than anything to be able to provide a family gift. I'm trying to think of a way to earn some extra cash to do this. Getting an additional job outside the home just isn't feasible. I like being home when my sons get home from school each day and being able to spend time with them. If anyone has any ideas about this, please let me know or just pray for me regarding this!

Tonight we have to go to a meeting being held for all parents of 8th grade students. It's supposed to be an informational meeting about high school. Yes, my oldest will be in high school next year. How did that happen? It's hard to believe that we really only have him for another four years. There's so much I still want to teach him and instill upon him. My youngest will be in middle school next year. No more elementary school for us! I know I just have to put them both in God's hands.

I've been all over the place in this post. I pray that each of you are doing well. Blessings to you all!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Does God Care? Part 2

Just to let ya'll know, I made it! I stayed awake long enough last night to put that load of laundry in the dryer, so I had clean undies for church this morning! I know everyone was just dying to know this!

Every summer we go to the Outer Banks with my husband's college roommate and his family. Johnny and I have the same dumb sense of humor that just makes people shake their heads. This morning my husband said that when we go to the beach this year, he's going to hold an intervention for Johnny and I!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Does God Care?

I had just shut off my computer for the night and was about to go snuggle down in my bed with a book. We have church tomorrow, so we'll have to get up early. Then I realized that the 2 loads of laundry I did today didn't include any underwear. I have no clean skivvies for tomorrow! I then thought, "Does God care if I wear dirty underwear to church?" After a debate with myself, I decided that no, He wouldn't care, but I certainly would! So I headed to my laundry room and threw in a load of wash. Now I have to stay awake long enough to get it into the dryer.

If I fall asleep before the washer is done and then forget to throw the load into the dryer first thing in the morning, it'll be dirty underwear for me! If this happens, I'll let you all know if God cares! (Perhaps I shouldn't sit too close to anyone else in the pew in the event that I'm struck with a lightening bolt!)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Miscellaneous Topics

I received a comment yesterday from Cindy about my blog. It was just the jolt I needed to post on here again. (Thanks Cindy for your kind comment.) I get so busy during the school year with work and my family that I don't get around to posting on a regular basis. If you've noticed, I mainly blog during the summer when I'm off and during my Christmas break. So here are just some random things going on in my life.

Since I work for a Christian preschool, our staff participates in a Bible study every school year. We've been doing Beth Moore's study on Daniel. It is FASCINATING! The first half is about integrity and the second half is on prophecy. Last school year our staff went out to Sight and Sound in Lancaster and saw their performance of Daniel. It was wonderful as are all of their shows. I've really enjoyed learning about prophecy and the end times. As you can see on my book list, I've recently read Armageddon, Oil and Terror and What in the World is Going On? I've always felt completely ignorant about what all the hoopla is about concerning the Middle East. These books helped me understand it a bit better, as well as, giving me a better grasp on the end times. I'm getting ready to read Jerusalem Countdown by John Hagee. I know he preaches on TV, but I'm not one to watch televangelists, so I'm not sure how reputable he is. If anyone has any knowledge of him, please let me know.

Here's a funny.........Our Bible verse at my school this month has been on the Fruits of the Spirit. At the end of each month, we ask each student to try to say the Bible verse on his/her own and then we give them a little certificate and a sticker. Well, one of my little girls was singing it to me and she replaced gentleness with easiness! I just cracked up! (These kids are only 4.) And did you know that one of the books of the Bible is Jennifer? One year when we were teaching the verse Genesis 1:1, one of the kids kept saying Jennifer 1:1. Very cute!

My younger son, who is 11, admitted to me the other night that he likes a girl! He turned red and giggled. What's a mommy to do?! My 14 year old still isn't into girls yet and claims he's never getting married. My younger son is my self-proclaimed mama's boy who always wants to live with me or near me. And now he has set his sights on another "woman"! I'm devastated! Well, if he has to have a crush, at least it's on a girl I like and know. We know her family too.

Eric and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary this week! We went out to dinner by ourselves. It was the most expensive meal we've ever had! The waitress even put my napkin in my lap for me! How swanky!

I went to my first dog agility competition this week. One of my acquaintances from church choir (I'm just getting to know her) was competing with one of her dogs. I've always wanted to see one of these in person. I've also always wondered if our dog could be trained to do agility. It was fun and interesting, but I don't think I have the time to do the training. Plus a competition can take up an entire weekend. Maybe once the boys are grown.........

I know I still need to do part 2 of my "Fall"ing Down post. I just haven't been in the mood to do it. Hopefully, I'll get to it soon.

Oh, one of my neighbors sent me this really cool YouTube link today. (It has a Christian message.) I'm going to try to put it on here. We'll see if I'm successful. I just bought the book Google Blogger for Dummies because every time I try to do something on my blog it doesn't work!

For now just know, "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Colossians 1:17 (Click on the YouTube link and you'll understand this.)