Monday, August 30, 2010
So it is nice to know that I have people who think highly enough of me to come to my defense. But at the same time, the wind is most definitely knocked out of my sails and it doesn't take but a scant moment's thought about it and the tears want to come again. This person could not have chosen a more raw spot to pick. I probably won't be on for a couple of days. I feel wounded and I need to just be quiet and regroup.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This is the wall inside the classroom ~
And this will be used for attendance. Each time the children attend, they will be given a leaf to add to their basket.
Monday, August 23, 2010
YOU are my one true love,
The sunlight of my life,
Your love is my blessing from above,
I know your heart is true,
And to me shall bring no strife.
You are my one true love,
My helper through every pain.
I lay down before you
All that I own or ever hope to accrue.
A loving God surely drew you
From among His greatest treasures,
And gave you to me, to be my wife.
I promise I'll try to repay you,
For your trust and your affection,
By never being a disappointment
Nor cause a tear to fall from your
eyes of blue.
And so, my darling wife and helpmate,
Of my love you can be sure,
For I know that God made none better,
than YOU, MY VALENTINE.
Ahhh...tears. He had already been so sick for so many years at that point. We never would have dreamed at the time that God would call her home first, before him. She wanted SO BADLY to out live him to take care of him until his final breath. But God's ways are not ours, are they? But they are together now. And they are so happy.
Would you like to see some of the fruit of my labors in the kitchen?
A key lime cheese ball. Another yum. :-) It went to church last night along with...
...pepperoni & cheese biscuit bites! The kids love these. Not only that, they are so easy to make it's not hard for them to make them by themselves. Both of my kids have made these at different times. It's always nice to add something to their list of things they know how to make.
Well, I will close for now. It is getting late and, Lord willing, another day will start before we know it! Blessings to you all as you attend to the quiet pleasures of your home ~~**~~**~~
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
One judge said, "...if you come to court, you need to treat it with the appropriate respect and dignity it should deserve due to the occasion."
And can I just say ~ Amen!
I have to admit (and I'll probably get tomatoes thrown at me for saying this) that since I read this article this morning my mind has been thinking of all the places it would be wonderful to have a dress code for! Now, I know it will never happen, but it would be so nice to go to the store and not see women with body parts hanging out of their clothing, people that look like they have no clothing detergent in their house but some how they can manage to pay quite a bit of money for computer games, and people who have brought their children in barely clothed. (Seeing babies toted around town in nothing but a diaper gets on my very last nerve.)
I would even venture to say (get your tomatoes ready) that some churches could use a bit of guidance in this area. A little over a year ago, I was constantly amazed at how Christian mothers were allowing their teen age girls to dress at the church I attended. Spike heels and super short skirts seemed to be the accepted mode of dress for the teenage set. Two incidents stand out in my mind. One day I was in the midst of a large crowd that was moving very slowly headed to various class rooms. There was a teenage girl in front of me and the length of her skirt stopped literally one hand's width (turned sideways) from underneath her rear. It was paired with about 6 inch heals. Another time, I overheard a conversation one of the mothers was having about her daughter. She was saying that she was older raising this one and she was tired and let the daughter get away with things she never would have her older children. She literally said, "Yeah, I let her wear those hooker shoes to church. I never would have let my other kids do that when I was younger. That's what we call them. Hooker shoes." I could not believe my ears. I no longer attend there.
My parents were "older parents" raising me and there is no way I would have been allowed out of the house dressed like that for any occasion much less church. And I don't care how old and tired I get, I would never allow any child of mine out of the house like that.
Alright, I'll step down from my soap box now. I just wanted to share the article and think about how nice it would be if people cared enough to dress in a respectful manner in other venues as well.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
We have one second hand store, which we love. I have been able to find some very nice clothing and household items there at wonderful prices. But it is a place where you never know what you are going to find and there is certainly no guarantee that what you need will be there on any given day.
So you can imagine that buying clothing is a bit of a challenge. There is **nothing** at the local W-M that I would buy to wear. Now, please don't think me a snob for saying that. I am not someone who must have the best of the best or who is enthralled by a name brand label. And there was a time when I was able to find things to wear at stores like W-M. As a matter of fact three of my favorite skirts came from there ~ cotton blends, long, and A-line. But it was many moons ago when I purchased those and they simply do not sell anything at all like them anymore ~ especially in plus sizes.
Which brings me to my little rant....
WHY is it that clothing manufacturers seem to think that if a woman is of a plus size that she:
A) Wants to show off her chest area so everything must be very low cut? Of for that matter they assume that because you are plus size that that particular area of your anatomy must be extremely...blessed (ahem...) and everything is cut in such a way that makes it impossible for some women to wear them?
B) Wants to show of her legs? Can someone please explain this to me? WHY are dresses and skirts (when you can find them) cut sooooo short almost 100% of the time in the plus size department? I do not, never have, and never plan on wanting to show off my legs. I don't even like knee length or mid-calve length dresses. I want them ankle length. Period. Plus size = show lots of leg. I simply do not get it.
Now, I am not a dresses only lady but I surely could be if I could find what it is I am looking for! And I am having a difficult time. I seem to be able to find nice things appropriate for going to church and places like that. But something nice, neat, modest and a bit more simple for everyday wear? No... I cannot seem to find it.
Since W-M is simply not an option anymore I have turned to online stores. But I am finding much the same thing there. Is it really too much to ask to find a nice A-line skirt or some pretty calicos in a size that goes above a 12? So far, I have found some things that I have my eye on at The Vermont Country Store and one dress from Recollections. I just wish there were more choices. And I really wish I could understand *why* they make the clothing the way they do now. Because I honestly cannot wrap my head around it...
Friday, August 6, 2010
~ I am thankful for ~ A Lord who I can lean on, often and hard.
~ In the kitchen ~ A late night snack of chicken patties popped into the oven. Our Gospel Meeting started tonight and ds and I spent the evening at church. We got home late.
~ I am wearing ~ A gray pair of pajama bottoms and a purple top.
~ I am creating ~ I just finished my most recent cross stitch projects which was the towel I posted about a few days ago and a bookmark. It's now time to get out one of my large WIP pieces. I have one with a pair of swans I think I will pull out of the stitching bag.
~ I am going ~ Back to church in the morning for our morning meeting service.
~ I am reading ~ Stepping Heavenward with an online book club.
~ I am hoping ~ That my daughter feels better tomorrow than she did today and that she is able to keep up with school work this year.
~ I am hearing ~ Bluegrass music playing quietly in the background and the sound of my son's program in the other room.
~ Around the house ~ A few things need straightening up. I'm trying to get back into the school day routine of balancing housework and school work. One step at a time, a little more each day.
~ One of my favorite things ~ My new Bible I purchased for the Inductive Bible Study that I'm participating in. It's been a LONG time since I've had a new one.
~ A few plans for the rest of the week ~ Lots of reading, lots of studying, and lots of teaching home school lessons.
~ A picture thought I am sharing ~ The finished bookmark for the swap package I'm sending out. If the surface it is laying looks a bit odd, it's because it's a lamp shade. Most of the lights were out in the living room when I took it and instead of disturbing ds with bright lights I just put it up on the lamp shade so I could take the picture.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I don't watch much tv at all so I like to be able to get some of my news online. But for a while now, what other people apparently think pass as "news" just makes me feel a tad...well, aggravated to tell you the truth. Who are the people out there who actually care which celebrity is bed hopping, which outlandish outfit is getting current rave reviews (and it generally looks horrible to my assessment), and who is leaving their spouse to shack up with another person who also left their spouse? This is news? Really?.......Really? And if it's not nonsense like that it's generally stories of heart ache brought on by some type of sin and abomination before God.
I am not attempting to be holier than thou at all. I don't know another's heart and wish that they all would come to know God's love and grace and forgiveness. But what I am saying is that for me and my mind, I just don't want it filled with what the largest majority of this world has to offer.
So I am pulling back. I'm not visiting the websites that are supposedly carrying the day's "news." I have collected a nice little (emphasis on little) collection of blogs and websites written by other ladies who I either feel I have things in common with or from whom I gain insights or get uplifted by in some way. I am working on spending more time in the Word, more time with real books in my hands (not reading from a screen), more time with my needle and thread and more time with my family.
I know that with having bills and finances online and the needs of homeschooling and blogging I probably won't ever recapture the days of being online only once per month. But I am trying valiantly to step back from having such a large percentage of my life online as is possible in our time. Real life must be attended to.
My fear is that most of our society, at this point, has forgotten what real life is! They are all so plugged in they think it odd when someone decides to not participate in a life where one's eyes are stuck to a screen all day. Do you know, I actually read an article this week written by a college professor that was giving the argument that we are all really parts of a computer program? That we don't truly exist? He was trying to prove this stance and apparently felt he had done so by the end of his article. As I said earlier...sins and abominations before God.
May we all spend less time in the silly pursuits of the world and more time attending to the quiet pleasures of our homes!
Monday, August 2, 2010
After we finished at the hospital we stopped at a few shops because the only time we have a chance to go to them (since we live so far away) is when we are in the city. ~ And that is not very often. I went into a Lifeway Christian book store and purchased a new Bible cover for my Bible that I carry to church. I **love** this material. ~
Once we arrived home, I saw that my materials for the Bible study I'm participating in were delivered. I was so glad they came as today was day one of the study and I did not want to get behind.
(Inductive Study Bible & the companion workbook with a set of pens specifically made for the onion skin pages that most Bibles have.)
After we got home and everyone settled in...we all fell asleep! My husband, my son and I slept for about an hour. It was a long day and we all needed a bit of a rest. My daughter is still asleep and I'm not going to wake her up. She was rather miserable by the time we got home. She has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and running on that treamill really made her sore and tired. She will probably sleep until morning.
Then it was time for a late supper. Luckily, I prepared a casserole last night in anticipation of today being too busy and tiresome to cook. So all I had to do was put it in the oven and bake it. I'm so glad I had it ready ahead of time. It really helped out tonight.
Tomorrow is a homeschool planning day for me. Lots of planning to do as my daughter will be working in high school curriculum this year!
Well sweet readers ~ that is all I have the energy to write tonight. I hope you have a wonderful evening and may God bless you as you attend to the quiet pleasures of your home. ~~