Monday, August 31, 2009
It's funny to think about that now, because, let's face it................I do not like bugs, rodents, snakes, dirty water or conditions, lice, and the list goes on and on. I also am a picky eater (so perhaps I would have been thin!), and I had a small child to think about. I cannot really imagine any place God would have placed me that I would have actually gone or been happy in. I am not that sacrificial!
Life went on and I met Steve. I then knew exactly what I was suppose to do..........be a preacher's wife...........only, Steve didn't know he was suppose to be a preacher. He was an engineer, and he was pretty happy about it. Thus, began a three year journey/battle with God about this "calling".
Life as a preacher's wife ain't all it's cracked up to be! Sometimes, it's way more, but it certainly isn't the life I expected it to be. Church folk can be brutal, but they can also bring so much joy to your life when you truly learn to love them through the eyes of Christ. I long to love them more and more, just as they deserve.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
those women with whom you can share things and know that no judgement will come your way
those that even when you don't see them often, you can pick up the conversation like you haven't been away
those that when times are tough, you call
those that share your joy, happiness, and sorrow without having to say a word
those you laugh with and just enjoy being friends no matter what you are doing.
I have a few of these kinds of women in my life, and one of them sent me this email today. I wanted to share it with you since I don't really do email that much anymore.....................
Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So love the people who treat you right.
Love the ones who don't just because you can.
Believe everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it.
God never said life would be easy.
He just promised it would be worth it.
Today is sister's day. Happy Sister's Day! I LOVE YA SISTA'!!!
Girlfriend and Sister's Week I am only as strong as the coffee I drink, the hair spray I use and the friends I have.
To the cool women that have touched my life.
Here's to you!
National Girlfriends Day What would most of us do without our sisters, confidants and shopping,lunching, and traveling girls Let's celebrate each other for each other's sake!
TO MY GIRLFRIENDS!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The Obama adminstration is convinced that swine flu is going to get us. They probably hope that all of the conservatives are stricken so that they can pass their BAD healthcare plan. According to this article it's going to be an epidemic.
Luke got the first reported case of the flu in our county last year. He was a sick, sick boy! I certainly hope that he is spared this year. I've never gotten a flu shot, and probably won't this year. How about you?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
In2Books allows schools (especially title 1 schools) to sign classrooms of kids up to receive an adult pen pal. The kid and the adult each read the same book and then write letters to one another via email (basically) about the book. For Title 1 schools, the books are free to the kids. All adults must purchase their own copy or find one in the local library.
I highly recommend this program for older elementary kids. Not only did my fourth grade class participate, but I was also a pen pal to a little girl in Texas. The adults are screened, and ALL letters are screened before the kids see or send any. The teacher is responsible for reading each letter his/her students receive and then passing it on the student's inbox, and the teacher screens the kids response to his/her pen pal to make sure no personal info is being shared. The teacher then passes the kid's letter onto the adult pen pal.
Clear as mud?
If you have a few minutes to spare (because in all actuality, it takes for the ENTIRE school year about two hours of your time), I would ask that you consider checking out the website to see what it's all about. There is never a shortage of kids, but as always, there is a shortage of available adults.
The program is not without problems, however, so be patient. Sometimes it takes a while to hear from your penpal after you sign up, and teachers---sometimes it takes awhile for the program to send the books to you or for you to be assigned pen pals. If I encounter some of these same problems this year, I do intend to speak with them about this as I am a huge advocate of the program, but won't continue to recommend it if they don't get their act together.
Give it a look-see and help if you can!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
In all honesty, I should remember that my computer is a senior citizen......it's so old that I cannot, in good conscience even call it "seasoned" like we do with some of our older folks. NO, it is so stinking old that, if it were human, it might know Moses....you know, from Bible times!
If Moses knew my computer, he would probably throw it into the BURNING BUSH for me.
So, rant aside.....the problem might also be my oh-so-slow internet connection that is suppose to be "high speed" but in reality is just a step above dial up but so much more expensive. AND to top that off the provider of said "high speed internet" monitors your usage and if you go above the limit...they shut you off! We've never been above the limit, but you would think for what we are paying a month, they would come and wash our cars in gratitude.
I use the internet a lot--for school, for church, for the oh-so-important blogging, and so on and so forth; but mostly for school. It's mucho importante that I have it for school!
Now, all of that for this. I had to set up a personal learning network for school and I chose to use netvibes. I do believe that it is more trouble than it is worth. Every time I try to sign in, there's a problem. AND it takes my oh-so-old computer and my oh-so-slow internet ALL FREAKING DAY to load the page. UGH.......................school...........and all of this technology. I honestly love it, but I need a network and computer that will allow me to do what I need to do without my butt falling to sleep. Luckily, I think I'll be getting a new computer soon...............DSL.......I. MISS. YOU :(
Do you like to cruise? We've never been on one, but were invited to go with a group last night. The cruise leaves from Los Angeles on May 30, 2010. The cost of the cruise is $750 per person. Airfare will be booked separate. I think the price is pretty darn good. The cruise will take us to the Mexican Riviera for 7 days. I think some are planning to go a couple of days early to tour LA before leaving. This would be an awesome graduation present for me, so we are seriously thinking about it! If you would like to join us, I must have a decision by Sept. 1 and a $25 deposit at that time. Hope to have you cruising with us!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Imma needs to clone myself.
Imma need to forget about all of that lucious lemon cake I ate tonight and get back on my program tomorrow. Imma needs that weight to keep coming off and cake ain't the way to do it!
Imma need to find a weekend that I can spend with my husband to celebrate our anniversary which is weeks past.
Imma needs football to get started soon..............Imma ready:)
Imma need that stupid woman at Wal-Mart to not be working the next time Imma in there!
Imma need the rude customers to stay home, too.
Imma need the department stores to stop hawking Christmas in August. Please, can we have a little Halloween??????????
Imma need someone to explain to me why Obama keeps going in circles chasing his tale. Imma need someont to explain to him that he'd be better off to fix one thing at a time and stop throwing money at it.
Imma need to buy that Vogue magazine that First Lady Sanford is in. Imma thinks that maybe she should have been the governor.
For those of you first time readers, Imma stands for I am going to need. My friend, Janet, has a picture of her Ima and she's pretty funny! Check it out.
Monday, August 17, 2009
If anyone wants to ride with me to Charleston on any given Thursday, let me know..............I'd welcome the company!
Hopefully, that situation won't last the entire semester. As soon as she is comfortable driving there alone, she'll be left to her own devices.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that we also must throw football, Luke's acting classes, and holidays into the mix...................sheesh..................I might just disappear................................................
HGTV Design Star- okay, so not funny but fun to watch. I love seeing what they come up with and watching Vern Yip and Genevieve (from trading places, remember that show?) try to be stern and mean......funny! I'm pulling for Torie, I love everything she's done so far.
Flipping Out- this one is funny. It stars Jeff who is--actually I am not sure what he is--the premise is that he "flips" houses, but in this mortgage economy there is barely any buying happening so flipping is pretty much out of the question! He is a DIVA and treats his assistants like dirt.........why would any educated person put up with being told they are going to "get a punishment" for making a mistake (forgetting the guacomole at lunch). TOO, TOO FUNNY! I would have told him long ago where to STICK it. I do like what he does with his remodels.....at that he is good.
Ten Dollar Dinner with Melissa D'Arabian- Melissa is the new Food Network Star and she was our favorite all through the show. So, this is just a shameless plug for her! YEAH, Melissa!
Chopped- Another food show. You'd think I like to cook or something, which I don't, but Steve does and I like to give him ideas by watching these shows and saying, you should try that! haha! This is a competition show for $10,000. The contestants are different each week, and they have different kinds of difficult ingredients to use for each course. One chef gets "chopped" after each course.
These are guilty pleasures for me, and unfortunately, there are others! I'm addicted.......so, sue me :)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The view from our room in North Myrtle Beach, SC. We had a very relaxing few days there!
And while you can't tell it here, Luke did get his braces off and has beautiful, straight teeth! Looking forward to making many new memories this fall--my favorite time of the year--and planning to be oh, so much more intentional with the camera use!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Anytime something like this happens in the life of our church, our job is to minister in whatever way the family needs, to the survivors. It is a time of reflection, laughter, and tears. This week proved to be all of that, with something else that I wasn't expecting.
I didn't know the deceased and neither did Steve for that matter. So, when the family asked Steve to do the service at the funeral, he knew that he would need to know more about her. In order for him to accomplish this, we went and had lunch with them.
Laughter rang through the house as they recalled and recounted events from the past that brought memories of joy, and tears seeped out as they shared those important moments that are special to each individual who felt the loss. What struck me during this time was what happened when the conversation turned serious for a few minutes.
I began to hear things like, "she was a praying woman" ;"she loved the Lord and her church"; "she always did kindness for people, even when someone was unkind to her"; "she loved people and she showed it"; and my personal favorite, "she never said I can't, it's not my turn, I'm too tired or busy, or let someone else do it". Oh my, to be a person like that!
We sat there with these adult children talking about their momma,and I wondered what my children would say about me when I am gone. Will they have the same kinds of wonderful things to say or will they be at a loss for words? What kind of legacy am I leaving behind?
This dear sweet woman, even in her death, is still speaking kindness and love through her children.........will people say that about me? After this experience, I believe that I have been touched by Mrs. Rodgers. I believe that I will strive to be a better person, a stronger christian, a kinder soul. I want to be more like her............it has certainly been my honor and privilege to be around this family this week, and I am saddened that I was not allowed the honor of knowing her.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The fishing went great, for a while. Stevie caught the biggest fish of the night, but it got away before they could reel it in. Steve and Luke got nothing, but had fun trying. I wish we'd had our camera so that I could have taken a picture of Stevie's face when she realized that she had that big fish on her rod, and the look on Luke's face when he saw what was happening.......priceless!
So, Luke got bored and the kids decided to try 4-wheeling. Neither of them have ever driven a four wheeler and we didn't have helmets so I was FREAKING OUT to say the least. All started out well, with them slowly riding back and forth in front of me. Then, they started getting adventurous and riding around the pond all the while going faster and faster. Me, I'm sitting on the porch rocking back and forth and REALLY FREAKING OUT, but trying not to show it.
All of a sudden we start hearing someone yelling. I ignore it at first because I thought it was a neighbor who had been outside earlier yelling for something (I swear they were yelling for their pig.......but I don't know that for a fact). ANYWAY, the yelling continues and all of a sudden my mom ears perk up and I hear, HELP! MOM, HELP ME!! Needless to say, that was NOT an earthquake you felt tonight, but me running toward my child who I recognize now as Luke yelling for help. The couple we are visiting, thankfully, are faster than me and get to him first. I, of course, being scared out of my mind picture him lying dead (remember, he is yelling--so being dead wasn't really an option). By the time I get there, he is walking around so I get over to where he has come from. He tipped the four wheeler into a ravine! Steve and I didn't know if it was retrievable (Steve and our church member did get it out).
Thankfully, Luke is only bruised and sore; I am off to buy helmets; and we are ALL Praising our Heavenly Father for standing in the gap tonight by sending an angel for Luke to fall upon.
Thank you, Father for keeping my son safe when I couldn't. I will forever praise Your Name for the never-ending grace that you continue to bestow!
Monday, August 10, 2009
The book is about a lonely little boy whom nobody likes named Bradley Chalker. Bradley has several "pretend" friends who are really little toys with whom he plays and talks. The book follows Bradley through the fourth grade as he grows and learns, with the help of Carla the counselor, to like himself. Of course, this revelation leads others to begin to like him as well.
The book is a tale that will make you laugh out loud and make you cry. I literally had to stop reading at one point because most of the kids in my class as well as myself were all in tears. We had to put it down so we could collect ourselves. In my humble opinion, this book is a MUST read! I couldn't stop thinking about it or talking to other teachers about it for days after we finished it.
Why is the book named what it is? I have no idea. There is one scene where another boy accidentally goes into the girl's bathroom and Bradley sees him, but the book is nothing like it might sound. Unless the author was trying to make a point that at this age, awkwardness is a necessary part of growth.
- Definitely skim the book first so that you can practice giving each of Bradley's "friends" voices. Otherwise, it gets a little confusing about who is doing the talking.
- Many, many writing and journal topics can come from this book. For example, have the students talk about an imaginary friend they have/had; students can write about a time when they felt left out; most embarrasing moment
- Visualize Carla's office from the author's description and create it in a diorama (we actually did a diorama in which Bradley moved from the three major points in the book)
- Develop a puppet show with dialouge for the "friends"; create the puppets
- Use a thesaurus and rewrite one descriptive paragraph with different adjectives and/or verbs
- Create a digital book review using photostory.
Or, just enjoy the book for the excellent piece of fiction it is! There are many, many teachable moments in this one.
Please pray that I am anxious for nothing and that I allow God's timing to be my timing.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I am a part of the Kingdom of God
I am a disciple of the King
By His grace I pledge my loyalty
I will not look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be silenced
My past is redeemed, my present is victorious, and my future is secure
I am through will low living, sight walking, smooth knees, and no vision
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, popularity
I do not have to be right, recognized, regarded, or rewarded
I live by faith in His word. Walk by His Spirit, and labor by His power
My face is set, my step is steady,
The road is narrow, but my destination is sure
My companions are few, but my guide is reliable
My purpose is clear, my victory unquestioned
I will not be detoured or delayed
I will not be compromised, lured away, or turned back
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice
Hesitate at the presence of adversity
Ponder at the pool of popularity
Meander in the maze of mediocrity, or
Negotiate at the table of the enemy
I will not give up, shut up, or let up
I want to be prayed up, and filled up until I am called up to heaven
Either at my death or His appearing
And when I see King Jesus
I want Him to be able to look at me and say
“He is My disciple.”
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Michael Austin
I was turned onto this book by the illustrator, Michael Austin, who was kind enough to come and read to my class during Real Men Read. When you open the book and see the beautiful array of colors and impressively drawn characters, you just want to keep turning the pages. It was during this perusing of the pictures that I actually began to read the story.
The story is about Martina who is looking for a suitable mate. Martina gets some good advice from her grandmother about the temperament for a prospective husband. She originally thinks that the advice is crazy, but she follows it and soon learns that, indeed, a person's (or in this case, a bug's) true colors come about when things don't go as planned. Martina learns that the old adage, "beauty is only skin deep" is, in fact, true.
As one reads the story of Martina, one forgets that the book is about bugs and begins to think of the characters as people. Since children enjoy bugs, though, the author's use of voice combined with the illustrator's use of amazing talent to create these beautiful creatures, make this book a must-have for any school and /or classroom library.
- This is an obvious choice for character education.
- This book is a Cuban folktale. Compare and contrast this story with a folktale from another country (or perhaps a Native American story) using a Venn diagram. Students can use that diagram to organize a persuasive paper on: What are the best qualities for a friend to have? or Why the advice of older people is better than that of a younger person. Remember that when writing a persuasive piece the student doesn't have to agree with the stand they take, just sell it to others.
- Research different species of cockroaches (ewww).
- Make a word cloud of adjectives from the book.
- Choose one of the other suitors in the book and write an alternate ending pretending that Martina had chosen that particular suitor.
Many thanks to Michael for putting me onto this book. He is a really nice man who is super talented, and drove across Atlanta to read to my class (I didn't know him, had just found him on the internet). More talented people need to be like him!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Try it, you might like it.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Julie and I headed out early and jumped on the subway to head to Macy's only to realize that they didn't open until 10:30. WHAT????????????? So, we grabbed breakfast (me at the underground Burger King and she at some little pastry shop) and sat in the courtyard in front of the store. I was the one who really wanted to go there in hopes of finding the all-important snowglobe that Luke has requested. The snowglobe was a NO-globe as they don't carry those except at Christmas. We visited EVERY floor. There are a bunch of them!
After leaving there, we parted ways as she wanted another cupcake from Magnolia's and I wanted to find a snowglobe. As luck would have it, I got back to our room in time to finish packing and get my stuff down to rejoin our group since the limo was waiting for us. BUT, UH-OH.............no snowglobe..............so, I ran to the store next door and grabbed one. WHEW!
After checking in at the airport, we headed to the security line where there was a sign that said--NO SNOWGLOBES are allowed in a carry-on. (Oh, for the love of all that is good, can we please start using a little common sense like the Israelis do so that we peace-loving Americans can once again get on an airplane in our own country without aggravation? ) I decided that I would just go through the line in hopes that they wouldn't catch it. THEY DID. I.had.to.check.my.bag. and it cost.me. fifteen.bucks!
But really, here's the rub.................they were selling snowglobes downstairs, past security!
I was not impressed. The plane ride home was uneventful and seeing the kids and Steve after being gone for almost a week was wonderful,of course! (but I'm ready to go back for another visit)
Here are some of my tips in case you go...........
1. Central Park is free and beautiful, but only go during the day. Great place for a picnic--we didn't have time to visit, but I've been there before and each time felt like I was running a marathon through it.....take your time and enjoy!
2. Don't eat in Times Square.............give your money to the local mom and pops.
3. Don't pay full price for a show (unless there is something that you truly must see)--TCKTS is the way to go.
4. Go to the TCKTS booth at South Seaport.
5. Experience the cheesecake at Carnegie Deli.....expect to pay $12 a slice...worth every penny.
6. Don't be afraid to take a cab...it's not that bad, and if you aren't going too far, not too expensive (don't do this every time, though)
7. Do spend the money to buy the multi-day pass for the double decker bus unless you know where you are going.
8. Explore all of the neighborhoods.........the bus will help with this.
9. If you don't care anything about going to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island, ride the FREE Staten Island Ferry...you will get a good view of the statue and best of all FREE.
10. On Thursday (or maybe it's Friday) the Museum of Modern Art is FREE. Just check with them on the day--you have to wait in line to get a ticket, but the line moves very quickly.
11. DO see as many shows as possible. Including Rock of Ages which I forgot to mention--gives you a little "lighter" to hold up during those songs that warrant it. You know the ones, if you were in high school in the 80s.
Do you have tips that you can share? I know I would love to hear them because I do plan to go back soon, and others might like them too. Leave them in the comment section of this post.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Happy Anniversary, Steve! I love you!!
(cannot seem to find our wedding pics at the moment, but as soon as I do, I am going to post one)
Monday, August 3, 2009
I think that everyone involved in this decision thinks that it is best to wait until at least the spring semester for her to start. There's just too much to do in too short of a time to pull this off for the fall. She can take plenty of art classes at the Fine Arts Center here in Camden.
Furthermore, she just doesn't seem that excited about it, so why do it? We have several more places to visit so I guess slowing down the process will be a good thing. We got into this mess two years ago when we moved here before the semester was over in KY. That caused a problem when she transferred to GA and when we moved here, they weren't even willing to work with her. I believe that the guidance counselor's words were "I don't have time to deal with that."
Alrighty, then.............far be it from me to expect you to do your job! So, we enrolled her at the Adult Technical Education Center and she took and passed--with flying colors, I might add--the GED.
The problem with that is that she doesn't qualify this first year for any sort of lottery assistance UNLESS she goes to a technical school. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....where we go from here is anyone's guess!!
We will, however,continue to trust that God knows best and HE alone has already worked out this plan for her.
Only trust Him,
Only trust Him,
Only trust Him now. (a chorus from a beloved hymn)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's treasury secretary said Sunday he cannot rule out higher taxes to help tame an exploding budget deficit, and his chief economic adviser would not dismiss raising them on middle-class Americans as part of a health care overhaul.full text:http://finance.yahoo.com/news/2-Obama-officials-No-apf-2491158742.html?x=0&.v=7
Check out Steve's blog for a good analogy on this.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Dean and Laraine
One of Stevie's favorite people, Lauren
Lauren's parents- David and Myra
Sam and Jack
What's funny is that we didn't get a picture of her with the two of us or of all of our family! Oh well, we'll always have the memories!