Friday was pump the flat tire day as I picked up Sarah from school and Holmes from the airport. Sarah and I had lunch at Chipotle. It was pretty good--I like Cuca's better. Then we talked all afternoon and evening.
Today I mostly rested--did a little laundry, sewed a skirt for Noelle and did some alterations on Bethany's clothes. We didn't get the day started until 9:30am. On some days, naps are my favorite things! Sarah, pictured, demonstrates napping.
Today is the 18th day of advent. ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT UNTIL CHRISTMAS! I have gone full circle. The house is fairly picked up, but I must clean up the kitchen! All the presents are wrapped and under the tree. I only have two gifts left to purchase or make.
Jon and Sarah will be coming home tomorrow, but they will eventually show up tonight to watch movies--with friends of course!
Wednesday, December 17, I spent getting ready for GA. As usual, I thought of a complicated craft to do for our Christmas party. Since it was complicated, I did most of the work ahead of time! So the house is a mess, but the girls loved the cupcakes, Christmas goodies and the craft. Now I look forward to cleaning house and wrapping gifts!
We did our Ga program at VLMHP tonight! The girls were great! Since not all the girls came, I spent my time juggling girls around and figuring out who was wearing what costume. Mary and Joseph didn't make it to Bethlehem, so I had to find substitutes! At the end, we sang traditional Christmas carols that we don't sing much in church anymore. I don't know how many people were Christians at the program, but they all loved singing the songs--Joy to the World, Silent Night, O little Town of Bethlehem, and Hark the Harold Angels Sing.
Bethany screams . . . again. Some days are not happy days for her. Today is one of those days. Happy advent day 15!
Blogging everyday is difficult! Thursday, Noelle and I celebrated the 11th day of Advent by going to the dessert theater at church. Yesterday, I addressed, signed and mailed our Christmas cards. Last night we watched "Elf", a light-hearted Christmas movie. Today(December 13), so far, I've made chocolate chip cookies and sent a package of goodies and gifts to my Dad in N.O.
More gifts came in the mail today. Dad attempted to buy Christmas lights for the house--the new led lights that don't use much electricity--but the stores are sold out. He did find three strings, so we'll decorate a little. Last year our electric bill was enormous from the use of our lights, so we will do with less this year.
I talked to Pops. He is disappointed that we won't be there for Christmas. I'll miss being there too, but I do like being at my CA home as well.
Well, December 5 and 6 went by in a blur of activity as I worked on cleaning house and buying groceries and feeding and feeding and feeding Bethany. Thankfully, on Saturday afternoon, Susan took Bethany off my hands, so I was able to get ready for our SS party on Saturday night.
So on the sixth day of advent, we invited our SS class over for a potluck and fellowship time. We had a good turnout--filled up two tables, and most everyone brought dessert! We had Nedra's pumpkin squares, brownies, cheesecake squares, oreo cookie cheesecake and custard pie. To top off all that dessert, we made homemade whipped cream! Yum! I cooked ham and roast beef for our main dish. We sang Christmas songs and watched Butch's homemade dvd---it had Jon's guitar music playing in the background. Noelle played a Christmas song on the harmonica.
I got to talk to Marco's wife and found out that she is caring for three handicapped children. Her life consists of going to work and then taking someone to the doctor. I'm glad to be caring for only one handicapped child!
Actually, I already cleaned up most of the mess!
I accidentally took this picture, but I like it.
And what do you have to look forward to if you come to my house?
Let me just say that it has something to do with a flooded bathroom and ruined carpeting.
And it is all my fault for not babysitting the toilet.
Beware, because the man of the house is on the rampage.
I bet you can't wait to get here!
Maybe we should start a Reformation celebration. I think it would be fun. Maybe I'll research it this year. If you have ideas, let me know.
I liked Doug Metzger's message this morning, a challenge to make a difference in the world, but my favorite part was the story of the young man with Down's Syndrome. Challenged to make a difference in the store where he worked, Johnny decided to write down a "thought of the day" and place it in the bags of his customers as he bagged their groceries. Soon, Johnny's thoughts became so popular that all the customers lined up in his line at checkout. The store manager couldn't talk anyone into switching to a shorter line! There was much more to the story, but the point is that anyone can make a positive difference in our world.
Well . . . Noelle and I watched Ghostbusters tonight. A silly comedy, it reminded us both of Napoleon Dynamite. I'd recommend seeing it for a good laugh. I don't think Noelle cared much for it. She was looking forward to a scary movie!
Ben and Kris were married Saturday--a beautiful wedding. Mixing black tuxes, sky blue dresses, movie music and a beautiful bride, the wedding went off without a hitch. The minister, Anthony was funny and refreshing. We wish them the best!
Dad is leaving tomorrow after having to extend his stay because of hurricane Gustav. He finally gets to go home. He doesn't have any idea what he will find, but he can't wait to get there.
Jon and Sarah, our two philosophers, left for college yesterday. I already miss them both.
Today we started Writeshop II and GA. Both went very well. We have 17 students in our writing class. Nine girls came to GA--I hope we have more.
Ever the organizer, Noelle wants to start school next Monday because she wants to do a full weeks' schedule of classes. I can't say that I blame her.
Bethany obviously needs to see a dentist. Hopefully we can see one on Friday!
That's all folks.
Today, I am avoiding cleaning house. Alas, I can't put it off too much longer!
Well. . . yesterday I served taco salad for lunch. This morning at 5:00am, I figured out that I had forgotten to provide lettuce for the salad! I had seven people eating it, and no one said anything about whether we had any lettuce. Oh well, life goes on.
Today was the first anniversary of the day we said our final goodbyes to my Mother, and she went on to glory. I think of her everyday--she was so organized and so busy doing for others. Dad still sends us cards she had made ahead of time--it is so precious to get that remembrance of her.
We are discussing Romans 9 at the house right now. What a difficult passage to understand. I need to do much more study. Why did God make people when he knew they were bound for hell?
On prayer: our pastor preached a sermon saying that "God does nothing except in answer to believing prayer"-- a quote something like John Wesley said. We disagree with the premise, but do agree with the need to pray.
I finished my skirt! Now I need shoes and a purse to match. It never ends.
Tomorrow I'll do Bethany's therapy and prepare the next wall in my room for painting. Maybe I'll paint it too.
I'm reading three books right now. I'm reviewing Love the Lord with all your Mind by JP Moreland. I'm also reading Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges and CS. Lewis' Letters to Malcom. I've appreciated CS. Lewis' down to earth thoughts on prayer. I especially like the thought that you pray where you are mentally, physically and spiritually. Start praying where you are comfortable. Praise and thank God for the things you see right around you. Don't try to be someone you are not as you pray. God know us better than we know ourselves!
Sarah is going to paint my room. Hooray! Life is good.
Here is my poem:
First it is as savage as a roaring tiger
Then it is as swift as a speeding train
And then it is a milky white stallion plunging forward, his sides heaving with sweat
And now it becomes a mighty bulldozer hurling boulders over a massive waterfall
Changing into a jewel-encrusted cave, emerald and sapphire
Forming a cool, peaceful hiding place
And it is a meandering minstrel, happily humming
And now it flows gently, a prayer whispered quietly . . . peace, be still.
I just wrote a quatrain poem. I like it, so here it is.
Cheerfully, the bright morning greets the day,
Cheerfully, the sunflower faces the ray,
Cheerfully, the sun unfolds its glorious light,
Cheerfully, a warbler trills with delight.
Cheerfully, the doorbell jingles and rings,
Cheerfully, the radio plays and sings,
Cheerful is the coffeepot---but cheeriest of all,
My mother's smiling face lighting up the hall.
We got the cat out--now we will try to keep it out!
I'm voting for McCain. I'm also going to follow Rush Limbaugh's advice, and look for conservative candidates in local and state office to support. And then I'm going to pray!
See website: www.johnmccain.com
McCain, known as a maverick--He votes as a conservative republican most of the time (83%) according to Christian Coalition, but occasionally he joins with democrats to pass liberal legislation.
The most hated legislation among conservative talk show hosts is the McCain Feingold bill, which changed who could contribute funds to politicians and would-be politicians. It also restricted free speech by limiting ads by groups within a certain time period of an election. Some say that this bill is an abuse of the first amendment of the constitution.
Dennis Prager, conservative talk show host, says that he decided not to run for the senate because of this law. He says it keeps people who are not rich from running because they can't easily raise enough money to run.
Rush Limbaugh doesn't like him, but many people have endorsed him, including Trent Lott, The New York Times, many other newspapers, and a number of governors and congressmen. Michael Medved, another conservative talk show host, enthusiastically endorses him. For information about McCain's view, issues and endorsements, go to his website.
The other concern about McCain is his stance on illegal immigration. He seems to speak out of both sides of his mouth on this issue. His hispanic relations director, Dr Juan Hernandez, has dual citizenship in US and Mexico and is an advocate of open borders. McCain says he is for securing the borders, however. http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YmI4OGJhMjE2Y2ZkYzU5ODNiNGQ3ZTE1MjJiY2EwZTg=
Rebuttal on Medved's show: Dr Hernandez is a respected doctor, and he is only a volunteer for McCain.
Positives: McCain is a Christian, strong on foreign policy, experienced in politics, usually a fiscal conservative. He would say that he is an American first and a Republican second, and that is why he doesn't always vote for Republican bills. According to Trent Lott, he is 100% conservative on social issues.
Negatives: May not pay enough attention to the details of the constitution. A Washington insider. Age: probably not a big issue--McCain is a high energy guy.
Negatives: He has changed views on issues such as abortion in the past few years, so his record shows him more liberal than he says he is now. For some people, his Mormon faith is an issue. His experience in public office is limited. He doesn't seem to have clear convictions--easily changes his mind.
He is enthusiastically endorsed by Hugh Hewitt, conservative radio talk show host.
My opinion? I'm undecided. Both of these men have good and bad points. When I listen to Medved, I'm for McCain, and when I listen to Hewitt I like Romney. Since I am not in a "winner take all state", my vote counts in my own district so I may vote for someone else.
Social conservative--pro-life, pro-God, pro homeschooling, traditional marriage
Economically--his website says the right things. Practically, as governor of Arkansas he raised some taxes, lowered others. He grew government during his tenure as governor and imposed moral incentives and guidelines regarding healthy behaviors--reducing personal freedoms and choices.
The above blog lists all candidates and their economic positions and policies.
War, Terrorism--he hasn't had experience in this area, but his ideas and policies seem good.
Mike Huckabee is a decent candidate. His economic policies may be a problem for some. His outspoken beliefs regarding his Christian faith will keep some people from voting for him.
Pro-life, strict constitutionalist, Lutheran background, libertarian, limited government
The summation below is directly from the Club for Growth website. The difficulty with Ron Paul is that he wants perfect law and perfect changes. He won't accept positive changes that are good. If he can't have it all, he votes for none. He often ends up voting with liberal democrats because new laws are not exactly what he wants.
When it comes to limited government, there are few champions as steadfast and principled as Representative Ron Paul. In the House of Representatives, he plays a very useful role constantly challenging the status quo and reminding his colleagues, despite their frequent indifference, that our Constitution was meant to limit the power of government. On taxes, regulation, and political free speech his record is outstanding. While his recent pork votes are troubling, the vast majority of his anti-spending votes reflect a longstanding desire to cut government down to size.
But Ron Paul is a purist, too often at the cost of real accomplishments on free trade, school choice, entitlement reform, and tort reform. It is perfectly legitimate, and in fact vital, that think tanks, free-market groups, and individual members of congress develop and propose idealized solutions. But presidents have the responsibility of making progress, and often, Ron Paul opposes progress because, in his mind, the progress is not perfect. In these cases, although for very different reasons, Ron Paul is practically often aligned with the most left-wing Democrats, voting against important, albeit imperfect, pro-growth legislation.
Ron Paul is, undoubtedly, ideologically committed to pro-growth limited government policies. But his insistence on opposing all but the perfect means that under a Ron Paul presidency we might never get a chance to pursue the good too.Ron Paul has the most unique perspective of government among the candidates. I personally agree with him on many issues. According to his website, he would be more of an isolationist--staying out of other countries and avoiding war.
Giuliani made excellent economic progress as mayor of New York city. He turned a crime ridden city around with tough standards and laws. He was impressive in his work after 9-11. He would be good with foreign policy and fighting terrorism. He believes in God. I don't know his specific faith.
Cons: May be difficult to work with--personal life shows this--he has been married 3 times and divorced 2 times. He may not protect the constitution, although he says he would select conservative judges. He is the most socially liberal of all--most pro gay rights. Even though he is personally opposed to abortion, he doesn't believe the government should ban abortion.
(more is coming--I have to go to church!)
Thursday, February 02, 2006
birthdays and anniversary by monthJanuary
Anniversary March 28, 1992 Nathan and Michelle
4/3/98 Mallory and MacKenzie
Anniversary- Brian and Cheri- 6/1/84
Anniversary-Teresa and Holmes 6/11/77
Anniversary--Mom and Dad August 21, 1952
Anniversary--Aaron and Laura 12/7/85