Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Your Language Arts Grade: 100%

Way to go! You know not to trust the MS Grammar Check and you know "no" from "know." Now, go forth and spread the good word (or at least, the proper use of apostrophes).

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And hat tip to Cathy at Call Her Blessed. This score will likely not surprise her, as she did not surprise me.


Sunday, November 26, 2006

A question from a six year old . . .

"How did God make time?"


Well, this is the time of year when we officially come together to be thankful for our blessings. I find it kind of sad that we as Americans, in the most blessed country in the world as far as freedoms and material blessings, must schedule a day for fear we might forget to be thankful. I believe that sometimes, in our overabundance, we can become blase about our blessings. Almost as though we deserve them. We are Americans, are we not? Everyone knows that God blesses America. Well, not to be the voice of doom, but the farther America walks from God's intended path, the less frequently those blessings will be observed. But I digress . . .

As a Christian, I should be innately thankful, every single day, for every single blessing; including the less than obvious ones, like hardships, trials and difficulties. But, in the spirit of the holiday (holy day), I believe I shall enumerate some of them.

Thank you, Father, for my husband. He works so hard to support us, and is an honest, forthright, and Godly man. I thank you for him and all he is to my life.

Thank you, Father, for my children. Thought I occasionally whine and frequently joke about them, I recognize that they are my greatest earthly ministry. I thank you for my intelligent, quiet Joshua who frequently shocks us into speechlessness by his insights and questions. I thank you for Blaine, our wide open little man. He keeps me on my toes and shows me Your love with his open hearted love for the world. I thank you for Justin, our dependent little three year old. Through working with his speech difficulties, you have taught me that not everything will come easily for us and our children. As I see him work so hard, and succeed, I understand the value of perseverance and patience.

Thank you, Father, for my friends. Thank you specifically for Melanie, who has known me for so long. She sees me as me, and not just a wife and mother. You know that I need friends who are not focused on wife and mother roles, to keep me centered on You. Thank you for her, and all she is in my life. Thank you also for Cathy. You know that I need to know I am not alone, to know that other moms have the same doubts and insecurities I do. I can see that she is a fantastic wife and mother, and I thank you for her Godly example and the friendship of someone who is where I am.

Father, I thank you for my physical blessings, including Nate's job, our warm home and the fact that our concern is how we will pay for Christmas presents, not groceries or the power bill.

Most of all, Lord, thank you for your son. Thank you for your love, and my salvation. Without that, none of these other blessings would be at all.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

With all due respect . . .

My friend Cathy posted a great poster she made at the site I used to make the one of Nate and the boys one post ago. And, one hundred percent, I agree with her thought that Jesus is the reason for the season.

But we celebrate His birth with such hoopla . . . with a party like no other holiday. And yet, His birth is nothing without His death. His death is nothing without His resurrection. And His resurrection means nothing, absolutely nothing, if we do not accept His sacrifice on our behalf and ask Him to be our Lord and Savior.

So, as we head into the Christmas season, think about the baby whose birth we celebrate -- the Holy Babe who was born to die.

Jesus Poster

I've been playing

So, I can't find time to blog, but I can find time to play. Let's see if this result works . . .

My creation

(Hat Tip to Cathy at Call Her Blessed for the cool tool.)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Well, I did it again

I did it again. I let another eon elapse between one post and the next. Anyone who is still reading is probably getting tired of the, "I'm too busy, I don't have time, but I'm going to make time," spiel. But I'm too busy, I don't have time, but I'm going to make time.

Believe it or not, I actually love to write. I really love the outlet this blog provides me. And I have tons and tons of entries written since the last one -- in my head. Why can't they just invent that telepathic computer connection? Man, I could get a lot done that way.

But as an update since our last post, the boys are doing great. We have decided not to pursue any potential testing or anything for Blaine. He is doing very well on a modified diet, and any diagnosis would just be an excuse to slack on the parenting for us.

Homeschooling is going well, I think. The boys are settled in. Josh has adapted pretty well, and continues to do so. Blaine absolutely loves it. He begs to have school, and gets upset when we don't have it on the weekends!! If you had been a fly on the wall the day he stood, sobbing, in our kitchen asking why he couldn't make better choices, and crying that he must be "the stupidest little boy God ever made . . ." Only then could you appreciate, truly, the way his excitement lightens my heart.

As for me, I think my walk with the Lord is getting stronger. I had sort of slipped into holding pattern for a while, but I've really began to delve and read more and more. I have a really great post written about the priorities the Lord has placed on my heart, and what He's doing with me right now.

I just have to get it from my mind to my computer . . . where did I put that headset?