Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Help!

I am trying so hard to "decorate" my blog for Christmas but to no avail. I have no idea how to change the background colors or anything. I found a neat header I want to use but it just doesn't go with the white background I currently have. Anyone who is willing to help me, I would greatly appreciate it!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Fools

I try to read my Bible every day (I set aside time during the kids’ nap time) and I try to read the chapter in Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month. For example, today I read Proverbs 19. I have been doing this for several months, so this is not new material for me. Yet, for some reason today, the words in verse 3 seemed to jump off the page at me. I don’t know why they seem so clear to me. Here’s what is says: “A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord.”

That is so true! I know in the past, before I learned I needed to have the mind of God, that I felt that way at times. Think about all the stupid decisions, mistakes, etc. we have made, I have made, and how God receives the blame. Also think about all the blessings He bestows on us yet we take the credit. I know not every bad thing that happens to a person is because of a foolish decision, but in most cases, this is true. Think about drug users. They make a foolish decision to do so, and then they get angry at God when they get caught selling/buying/possessing drugs. I know that’s kind of an extreme example, but you get the point. I can think of several examples from my own sin-filled life where I have made a poor decision and than wondered why God would allow “this” to happen to me. It’s crazy thinking that way, but more importantly, it’s wrong to think that way!

Anyway, that’s my post for the day. I am going to spend the remainder of the day pondering this verse and I’m sure I’ll be reminded of my folly while doing so. I just pray I have learned from those mistakes so I don’t repeat them!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

I Will Not Pick My Nose Today

Call me crazy or weird or strange, but just because all kids do it doesn't mean I have to like it. . . or accept it!

Just before bed this evening, as I was laying with Th talking about the upcoming week, he casually mentioned to me that every morning, upon entering his class, he tells his teacher he will not pick his nose. He said he didn't like telling her that because he wanted to pick his nose. I tried my best to not even hint at a smile because he was very serious as he told me this. In a controlled voice I simply explained that nose picking is not socially acceptable nor appropriate, and more importantly, germs live in noses; he could get sick from picking his nose and then doing what most kids do (I'll refrain from continuing, but if you don't know to what I am referring, spend a few minutes kidwatching and you'll quickly figure it out!) He agreed and said he'd try his best not to pick his nose tomorrow at school.

I hope he's able to control himself and his pickin' finger.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Veterans Day

As if I don’t have enough on my plate, I am praying about adding another HUGE undertaking. Last week while driving to school, I heard a radio interview with a man, named Carroll Moore, who is attempting to take as many WWII Veterans in my county as possible to see their Memorial in Washington, DC. I immediately knew it was something I wanted to help with, and I pray the Lord allows it. As a Veteran, this is near and dear to my heart.

I called him today to discuss his needs and hung up both excited and overwhelmed. His list of needs is many, but that is where I think you as my blogging friends can help. First I’ll give you the facts, then I’ll list the needs and ways you can support this worthy cause. There needs to be a sense of urgency in moving forward because:

  • Approximately 16 million Americans answered the call to arms in WWII.
  • 400,000 made the ultimate sacrifice
  • An estimated 3 million are alive today, BUT they are dying at an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 PER DAY!

The youngest of these Veterans are in their late 70s, but most are much older. These men and women deserve to see their Memorial, but because of health, financial, family, or other limitations, they would never be able to do so. There are many other cities and counties within the US that have successfully done this very undertaking, and the man I hope to work with has modeled his program after theirs. Locally in SC it has not been done, but in Henderson County, NC it has (visit HonorAir.com for more information). Mr. Moore is using their suggestions and guidance to rally local support here from the community and others.

If anyone locally wants to help, please contact me and I will give more specific details and instructions. Currently he is looking for anyone who supports this cause and will use whatever skills/knowledge you have. Specifically, Mr. Moore needs people who are willing to solicit monetary donations from the community, people to act as guardians and make the 1-day trip with the veterans, a photographer to document the trip and its planning stages, a media coordinator to contact local news outlets, etc. There are too many needs to list them all!

There are so many ways one can help honor our Veterans. Not everyone answers the call to serve, but you can help these heroes realize this dream before they die. Please help this cause by volunteering your time and skills. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Happy Birthday!

Having a contraction. . . (natural labor/delivery- no drugs!)



10 days old. . .
3 months old. . .

6 months old. . .

9 months old. . .

Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday Dear T.G.! Happy Birthday to You!


Today T.G. is 1! I can't believe it; I remember when I found out I was pregnant how scared and worried I was about having children so close in age (Ta and T.G. are 19 months apart). It took a very long time for reality to set in, and thankfully the Lord has blessed me with a very sweet, laid-back, easy-going baby. She has brought so much joy into my life, our lives, and I have difficulty remembering before she was born. I look forward to sharing in this next year of her life as it will be characterized with many more "firsts": walking, talking, and so much more!



I love you baby girl!

Friday, November 2, 2007

New Links

By the way, I added some new links under "My Favorites." When you get a chance, check them out as I feel they will be helpful to many.

October

I cannot believe October has passed! T.G.'s first birthday is fast-approaching, and I am a little saddened. My baby is growing too fast!

I posted some pictures from this past month, including Halloween. I love looking at the pictures, especially seeing the smiles on the faces of the residents in the nursing home; it is nothing short of sheer joy at seeing the children in their costumes. Th was a robot, Ta was Piglet, and T.G. was a pumpkin. I made her costume for $2.40 and I am really proud of myself. It's not the best in the world, but considering I didn't have a pattern and had to make one on my own, it turned out pretty good. It was a little big, but I knew it would be: I used Th as my mannequin because the only opportunity I had to sew was while she was napping. The picture is difficult to see, but I even sewed some green leaves out of felt for her hair.

Oh, I wanted to update about school from a few weeks ago. I found out I need 2 classes in order to get my Elementary certification. The only problem was that the 2 classes required a bunch of prerequisites, and I had most of them except 2. This meant that in order to register for the 2 classes, I needed to take the 2 prerequisites courses first. It was still worth pursuing because 4 classes now is cheaper than waiting until after I graduate and going back to finish a Master's in Elementary Ed. I'd have to take at least 12 courses to complete that degree!

So, after much prayer, I met with my advisor last week to talk about registering for the spring semester. The topic of the elem certificate came up, and I told her about needing the 2 prerequisite courses. She made a phone call and together we walked upstairs to talk to the woman over the entire Curriculum and Instruction Department (keep in mind my advisor just happens to be the Assistant Dean to the College of Education- she's pretty high up in rank). The prerequisites were waived, meaning I was able to just get into the 2 courses, because of my extensive college career. As I jokingly say, I am a career student! I have been working on this degree for 11 years (since I was a Senior in high school!) and have taken so many different types of classes. However, not to minimize the Lord's hand in this, I definitely give Him the credit because the classes were not exact matches. For instance, I needed a Physics and Geography class, and I have not had either. Instead, I've had Biology and World History. Similar, but not exact. So, that being said, I am still able to graduate on-time instead of postponing 1 more semester. I will be taking 4 courses next semester instead of my usual 2. Please begin praying now for my sanity! :)