Archive for November, 2011

Ten things

1. Life is brief. A dear friend was just fine last Tuesday, and tonight her empty shell is buried in the ground, leaving behind friends and family that miss her, and precious memories.

2. Memories are precious. Don’t underestimate the power of making good memories.

3. Smile. You don’t know who will be blessed by your smile.

4. If you have something kind or uplifting to say, say it. Don’t wait – you may not have a chance to say it later.

5. If you have something unkind or cutting to say, bite your tongue. Life is too short to be negative.

6. A headache is terrible for concentration.

7. If you use a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor – you’ll know that the name is a lie.

8. ASL is an absolutely beautiful language.

9. Cuddle with your littles while you can – they don’t stay little long.

10. It’s bedtime. Good night, all!

Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

You Should Shop Cyber Monday

When it comes to shopping, you like deals… but not at the expense of your own sanity.
You’d rather avoid the mobs and pre-dawn lines, even if it means you don’t get the absolute best deal.

You like to shop in the comfort of your own home, and you’ve found that you can still be a great deal seeker.
You are an amazing comparison shopper. You always get the perfect item for the best price.

What’s Wrong with the Picture?

Of course, most already know that the half-plate is supposed to be vegetables, and a quarter section is for meat, rather than the other way around.

Today I’m thankful for…

…family – both children and parents.
…paper tablecloths.
…automatic roasters.
…inexpensive turkeys.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Who can tell me what’s wrong with this picture? I’ll post the correct answer tomorrow.

Wordless Wednesday

“Just hand it to me.”

That’s what I said to my 2 year old daughter, when she couldn’t seem to get her shoes and socks all to me at once. She was just barely out of my reach, meaning that all she had to do was hold the shoes or socks toward me and I could take them from her, lightening her load and allowing her to reach me with the remainder more easily.

How often do we feel that we MUST do it ourselves, while God is just out of our reach, holding out His hand to us and kindly asking us to “Just give it to Me.”?

Monday holidays

I can understand why they attach holidays to the weekend – and Mondays are especially good for adding to a weekend, because who really wants to have to go back to work (or school) on Monday, of all days? Who is really ready for the weekend to end?

My problem is that I need to learn to continue the same on holidays as the rest of the time. My routine needs to be constant, and it isn’t. I need to work on self-discipline, and that is not an easy task.

Holidays are good, and rest is good, but some work needs to be done regardless of what “everyone else is doing.”

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Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Not only because I love to eat, but also because it meant having a chance to spend time with family and friends, fellowshipping and enjoying each others’ company. From as early as I can remember, we got together with people at Thanksgiving, and while we have not always been able to keep up the tradition exactly with my children, we still get together whenever possible around Thanksgiving, and for that, I am truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving with family visiting from afar. 🙂

Train set and table

This train set was on sale at Tuesday Morning for half of what is usually charged for the table alone. I think it was money well spent, as the littles (especially) are loving it! I fully expect the older boys to play with it, as well.

Today I’m thankful for…

…holidays that draw family together.
…frozen bananas that will become banana bread.
…fresh pumpkin that will become pumpkin snickerdoodles.
…a 15 year old son who will (usually) do what is asked of him.

Ten Things I Don’t Understand

1. Why would lenders rather end up owning a house they can’t unload, instead of selling it to the current buyer at a lower price?

2. Why do makers of small children’s programming use such annoying and repetitive songs and chants?

3. Why do some people seem to have an easier time staying up all night and sleeping during the day?

4. Why do people always want your attention when you’re trying to concentrate on something, and not during the several hours on either side when you aren’t?

5. Why does it take so much to motivate people to clean up after themselves? Shouldn’t a clean and tidy living space be enough motivation?

6. Why are fleas so hard to kill?

7. Why do kids not hear their parents when they’re standing a foot away, but they can hear the tiniest sound of candy wrapper from the opposite end of the house?

8. Why are people more willing to clean up for company than for family (you know, the family that LIVES here)?

9. Why does it appear that laundry reproduces when we aren’t looking?

10. Where did the years go?

Scheduling and Delays

We have discovered that things tend to go more smoothly – to some degree – when we have a schedule that we are attempting (and usually failing) to follow. Therefore, we have once again set up a schedule.

It started out well. We got up at the prescribed time, and got through the first five items listed. The sixth was in progress. Two of the boys finished that one, and I took the younger of them and the two-year-old in to my room to keep them occupied. Sarah was acting sleepy, so I decided that 9:30am was a good time for her to nap (we got up at 6am).

That’s where it broke down. Sarah did fall asleep, and so did JL, but so did I. Since I was not supervising the schedule, the remaining three did not finish the sixth item on the list, but instead took advantage of my inattention to nap themselves.

I had not planned ahead for lunch, so when I woke up without a plan, my husband ended up having to go get something, which made lunch late.

While it is true that more has gotten accomplished so far today than usually does in a morning, it is also true that we are going to have to really work at this to make it happen.

Why is it, do you suppose, that good things always take so much work? Nothing is ever easy.

Dinner on the Grounds

That is one of the things that happened often in churches of yesteryear, and not so much nowadays, but our church has dinner on the grounds three or four times a year. Today was one of those occasions. Everyone pitches in to bring a little something, and we end up with an amazing feast! We are blessed to have many excellent cooks in our congregation, and I always end up eating too much. Nevertheless, it is a good time of food and fellowship.

It is also a good reminder that Jesus told the disciples, “Come and Dine” and that we have access to the Bread of Life at any time of the day or night.

God bless you!


I did good for what? Three weeks? Then, life got in the way and my blog’s priority level dropped, and now there is a blank spot in the middle. Well, it isn’t the middle YET, but it will be. Consistency is difficult, and sometimes impossible, but as long as you pick up and keep going, the brief lack of it will become just a blip instead of a lifestyle.


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