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Friday, November 28, 2003

 
Family Dynamics
are a tricky thing. Neither Tim nor I are particularly close to our families so it gets even trickier. This year we spent Thanksgiving with Tim's family, which is no small gathering when he is one of seven children and though not married yet, the grandchildren are beginning to bring "dates." There are a lot of things at play in Tim's relationship with his family, a lot of old hurts (some new ones too) and Tim is usually the odd man out in the family and in all honesty, it's gone on for so long that he has no desire to fix it any more. Yesterday was a pretty good example of the subtle slights he gets. Many tables were put together running from the diningroom, through the archway and into the livingroom to accomodate everyone. When we first got there we were informed that there were place cards on the table and treated to a long story about how we should have seen the big hassle they went through deciding where everyone should sit. Imagine our complete lack of surprise to find that we had been seated at the kiddie end of the table and Tim's place was right in the doorway. The folding chair they had left leaning there for him wouldn't even open all the way. There was no room to slide chairs around and make room, though I did try. No one else offered. Tim ate his meal kneeling on the floor and the only comment anyone made was "since you're already down there you can say the blessing." Now, a couple of years ago this would have really gotten to us and ruined the day. It still stinks, but God has been working on us over the years and we've come to a point of peace. We know we have no control over what his family does, but we can control our own actions and reactions. We can choose to brush it off and exhibit good will and be living examples of Christ's love. We have peace with ourselves and with God and maybe, just maybe some of it will brush off. And once dinner was over, we did, for once, have a very nice time visiting with everyone.

posted by Stacy at 8:21 AM

Thursday, November 27, 2003

 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Here's a little something from Mikey's Funnies that may hit a little close to home today.

'TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING

'Twas the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn't sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep
The leftovers beckoned
The dark meat and white,
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning with anticipation,
The thought of a snack became infatuation!
So I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge full of goodies galore.

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
Till all of a sudden, I rose off the ground!!

I crashed through the ceiling, floated into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie,
But I managed to yell
as I soared past the trees ...

HAPPY EATING TO ALL,
PASS THE CRANBERRIES PLEASE!!




posted by Stacy at 6:55 AM

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

 
Would you believe I'm 9th in a Google search for meat scented underwear?!

posted by Stacy at 6:10 PM

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

 
Where I'm From

Curt over at The Happy Husband is collecting readers' efforts at mimicking the poem Where I'm From by George Ella Lyons. He offers links to a template that guides you through the process. It's pretty cool. Here's my effort:

Where Stacy's From

I am from blue jeans, from Pepsi and books.
I am from the Keystone state, mountains, rolling hills, meandering streams and green.
I am from the grass, the dandelion and cool, wet dew on toes and tomatoes, plump and juicy red, ripening in the sun.

I am from Sunday dinners at Grandma's and good behavior above all else, from Nana, from Pappy and Daddy.
I am from precious few hugs and too many tears. From the emotionally withdrawn and the critical.
From children being seen and not heard and respecting one's elders.

I am from sin saved by the grace of a loving Father.
I am from loving my neighbor (who ever he is) with action and deed, not word and mouth.
I am from teenagers, testing my knowledge, challenging my comfort zone and forcing me to grow.

I'm from Pennsylvania, born and bred. It's where they will bury me. From the keilbasa to the peirogies and halushki, from the Steelers to pop (but not soda), it's where I'm from.


posted by Stacy at 6:07 PM

 
Our pastor announced that he has been offered and has accepted a job counseling troubled teens in the community. He says he is pleased, that it is the one job he really hoped to get. His farewell sermon is December 14.

I'm glad he found something he will be happy in and hope that this will help those who were so upset in the church find some comfort and let the healing begin.

posted by Stacy at 6:04 PM

 
Only half a day left to get through and then it's... vacation time!! Not sure how much I will be blogging during my days off as the days are looking pretty full.
It begins tonight with a marathon of pumpkin pie baking with my mom.
Tomorrow will be spent cleaning the house.....and trying to get the offspring to help with said cleaning.
Thursday, Thanksgiving, we will be spending the day with Tim's family for a change. His oldest sister is hosting this year and his youngest sister (and family) is coming in from Delaware.
Friday is the day I'm waiting for.....as soon as Tim gets home from work and gets showered we are on the road for our long awaited, much delayed weekend away (it's been a year and a half since we've gone anywhere!). We'll do some antiqueing, some shopping, some sightseeing and Saturday night we're going to enjoy a Christmas dinner theater show. We're even going to attend the little country church all my family was baptized and/or married in on Sunday.
Monday will find us back at home. It's the first day of deer season. Tim has to be back at work, so hopefully Matt will find someone to tag along with.

posted by Stacy at 11:54 AM

 
Thanksgiving flop.

I saw in the paper that there is a Christmas Vacation 2 on NBC sometime in December. We love the original movie, so I'd normally be looking forward to the continuing story of the Griswolds. But for one thing, Chevy Chase and the rest of the clan will be missing. This installment will center around Randy Quaid's character, Cousin Eddie.....on an island. For another thing, I'm doubting the ability of the National Lampoon folks to be funny. We just watched their Thanksgiving turkey, Thanksgiving Vacation, starring 80's teen movie actor, Judge Reinholdt and the guy who plays the dad on Malcom in the Middle. It was pretty bad, even for something created by National Lampoon. I don't know that I laughed, but I did fall asleep. I was also a little disappointed that Judge Reinholdt had chosen to take on the role. I've heard a lot about how he became a Christian and that's why he had dropped out of sight. This movie seems like an odd choice, even if he was the straight man. This one had some of the worst sexual and drug humor yet.

So, anyway, that's why I'm not too exited about Christmas Vacation 2.

posted by Stacy at 11:21 AM

Monday, November 24, 2003

 
I'm, like, so confused.....

is it Thanksgiving or is it Christmas? Or is it possibly Thanksmas or maybe Christgiving? There is such a blurring of the line between the two holidays any more. Thanksgiving seems to get a bit lost and rather than viewing it as its own distinct holiday and traditions, many I know view it as the kick-off for the Christmas season (assuming they didn't start the Christmas season along with the stores back before Halloween).

Just this morning I grinned my way through work knowing I only have to survive through tomorrow to arrive at a 6-day vacation (whooohooo!), sat down with my co-workers for the company Thanksgiving dinner.....at 9:00 AM, suffered through a trip to the grocery store along with everyone else buying enough food to feed an entire third world country, shopped for the Christmas gifts that went on sale this week and finished putting up the outside decorations.....had to get that done, you know, as the weather is taking a turn for the worse today....maybe we'll even see snow!

Guess that makes me as guilty as anyone. Oh well, carve me a slice of turkey and I'll just sit here and eat it by the glow of the Christmas tree.

posted by Stacy at 12:08 PM

Saturday, November 22, 2003

 
Up too early...

and not enough sleep. Tim is working today so was up at 5:00. Guess who could not fall back to sleep?

In the name of keeping quiet and not waking up the kids I've been goofing around on the computer.

Hence all the quizzes.

posted by Stacy at 7:22 AM

 
Flannery O'Connor
Flannery O'Connor wrote your book. Not much escapes
your notice.


Which Author's Fiction are You?
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Thanks to What in Tarnation?

posted by Stacy at 7:19 AM

 
You're the W!
You are George Walker Bush! You are the most
powerful man in the world, which leaves you
little time to think for yourself. Fortunately,
you have your friends to think for you!


Which member of the Bush Administration are you?
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Thanks to Michael.



posted by Stacy at 6:54 AM

 
you are not a cat. you are snoopy.
You are Snoopy. You are one cool pup.


Peanuts Quiz
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posted by Stacy at 6:32 AM

Friday, November 21, 2003

 
Friday Five

1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year.
-Paint Megan's room.
-Totally clean the house from top to bottom.
-Lose weight.
-Get the computer fixed/upgraded.
-......this is tough. I can't think of another one right now.


2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again.
-Connie
-Roxanne
-Alison
-Eric
-Gwen


3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do.
-Ceramics
-Knit
-Make the computer do what I want it to do.
-Sew
-Let go of things and give them to God.


4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit).
-Tithe/start a christian youth center.
-Pay off the house and then add on to the house or buy a bigger house.
-Buy Tim a new truck and me a new car.
-Put away money for the kids' schooling or to give them a start when they get married.
-Buy a vacation cabin or cottage close enough that we could go to it anytime we felt the need to get away.


5. List five things you do that help you relax.
-Read
-Play around on the computer
-Read
-Watch television or movies.
-Did I mention reading?



posted by Stacy at 7:29 PM

 
Prayer Update

I heard from my friend whose young daughter was being tested for a rare bone disease. The results were positive. Please continue to pray for them as Danielle begins treatments and they adjust as a family to what this means.

posted by Stacy at 7:27 PM

 
A Heart Like His-Session 2

The women's group I belong to met last night for the second session in our study of David in A Heart Like His by Beth Moore. This week's video lesson was so powerful. Most of us were in tears by the end.

We looked at Christ, the lion-hearted and saw that;

A. He was the warrior. (Josh. 5:13-6:2)
B. He is the warrior. (Acts 9:1-5)
C. He will be the warrior. (Rev. 19:11-16)

Christ has done battle for us. He does battle for us. He always will battle for us. His philosophy is very much "you mess with my people, you mess with ME."

We looked at Christ, the tender-hearted in his response to Martha and Mary when they sent for him to heal Lazarus. They did not receive the response they were seeking, but they are an example of the right way to take our needs to Christ.

A. They acknowledged his lordship.
B. They were confident of his love.
C. They brought him their specific need (without embellishment or suggestion of solution).
D. They were not lacking in faith.

From their example in scripture we find that there are times it is appropriate to sit at his feet and times when we should fall at his feet.
And Christ's response to their grief? Jesus wept.

To maintain a heart like His:

A. We mustn't isolate ourselves from the joy and pain of others.
B. We can't allow learning to become more of a priority than loving.
C. We must allow God to keep our hearts circumsized to love him.

posted by Stacy at 12:54 PM

 
I like words, so had to share this:

FOUR ALL WHO REED AND RIGHT

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.

One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet,
and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that,
nd three would be those,
yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
but though we say mother, we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.


Thanks to Mikey's Funnies.


posted by Stacy at 12:48 PM

Monday, November 17, 2003

 
Will it ever end?

I was feeling really good today. Tim and I were married 19 years ago. We aren't celebrating today (busy schedules) but will be celebrating with a weekend trip at the end of the month. Still just the fact that we're still together in this day and age is reason for feeling good.

Then I got the call. An older woman from the church (and incidentally a distant cousin of mine) called to apologize to me for something she said about us because she felt it got back to me and that was why I snubbed her yesterday in Sunday school.

I had no idea what she was talking about. I didn't snub her that I am aware of and by her own admission, maybe it was her guilty conscience at work.

Anyway, her apology for slandering Tim and I behind our backs over the situation at church turned into me assuring her that I was not angry at her and then being on the receiving end of a major gripe session about how wrongly everything was handled. She ended by asking me to convey her opinions to Tim. Sigh. This is what's wrong with our church. No one is ever up front about things. It's always whispers in corners and rumor and innuendo and people getting mad and blowing up without ever going to the source for the truth. It doesn't seem like anything ever gets dealt with in the first person.

I'm really trying to do the right thing here and give back love no matter what comes at us, but I'm tired. I thought things were dying down and some healing was beginning. I thought people where beginning to stop hating us and pointing fingers. I wish I could tell them how wrong they are when they blame us for everything that has gone on, but I can't. The person(s) who is behind it has chosen to allow Tim and I to take the heat. We're no better than anyone else if we throw them to the wolves to save ourselves. Besides, we may not have been behind the push to get the pastor removed but we were involved and I still stand behind our actions.

posted by Stacy at 8:20 PM

 
Mystery Solved

Looks like you're all back on the list. At least for now. I heard Blogrolling got hacked in a major way.

posted by Stacy at 11:42 AM

 
Grrrrrrr!

I don't know what's up with Blogrolling today, but I see that my entire links list has been replaced by links to Laura's Blog....who ever she is. I'm trying to delete it all and get the rest of you back on, but Blogrolling is not cooperating.

posted by Stacy at 11:26 AM

Sunday, November 16, 2003

 
It's been a great day. I began with the daily study from A Heart Like His and moved into playing CD after CD of worship music while we had breakfast and got ready for church. It definitely put me in a right frame of mind. It is so awesome to be this excited about my relationship with God again.

Sunday school was excellent.

The morning service was great.

I sat in on a meeting of the elders for Tim, who is down with the flu or some such virus, about a man our conference is recommending to us as an interim pastor. His area of expertise is church renewal and revitalization and he could direct us through the healing and help us to make needed changes as few could. In fact, for someone outside our denomination to hire him would be very expensive. We have the unique opportunity to have a chance to bring him in as our pastor for a time. Today's meeting was about what details must be discussed among the church leadership and with this man. Tomorrow night is the difficult meeting.....sitting down with the treasurer and seeing if we can possibly afford to bring him in. If Tim is not feeling better, I have been asked to sit in on that one, too.

posted by Stacy at 5:54 PM

 
This is the day that the Lord has made.

I will rejoice and be glad in it!



posted by Stacy at 9:03 AM

Saturday, November 15, 2003

 
Playing Santa

It was just Megan and I today so we went out in search of the perfect Christmas gift for Tim.

I think we found it.

A home theater system and his own copies of Fast and Furious and 2 Fast, 2 Furious. Both sound awesome on surround sound.

posted by Stacy at 11:03 PM

Friday, November 14, 2003

 
Friday Five

1. Using one adjective, describe your current living space. Cozy

2. Using two adjectives, describe your current employer. If we're talking about the company in general, strict and watchful. The owner, odd and generous. My immediate supervisor, fair and nice.

3. Using three adjectives, describe your favorite hobby/pasttime. Relaxing, entertaining, educational.

4. Using four adjectives, describe your typical day. Long, loud, fun, hectic.

5. Using five adjectives, describe your ideal life. God-centered, love-filled, contented, purposeful, healthy.

posted by Stacy at 6:28 PM

Thursday, November 13, 2003

 
Great Bible Study

I can't say enough about Youth Specialties' James, 12 Inductive Sessions on Practical Christianity by Barry Shafer. It's part of the Small Group Studies series. It is very well thought out and the format makes the teens dig for answers, rather than being spoon fed the information. My group loved it! They all said it meant more to them to have found it themselves. They enjoyed the interactive parts, too. All said they couldn't believe how much they learned in an inductive study and are looking forward to the next session.

My favorite thing about it? Before each lesson is a section called "Prep It." It's an hour long (if you do it right) Bible study session to prepare the leader to present the lesson. I teach, but I don't really consider it one of my stronger gifts. I have Bible knowledge and understanding, but I'm not an exciting communicator. I think part of it is due to nervousness and being unable to let go and turn it completely over to God. Last night was different. I am excited about this study and I managed to convey that. I was animated and all the things a speaker should be. I'm not exactly ready for the speakers' circuit (huge understatement) but it was awesome to let go and see what God could do. I think the Prep It study had a lot to do with that. It got my heart and mind in the right place.



posted by Stacy at 9:51 AM

 
Brrrr

We are getting our first taste of winter today. The temperature is 30 degrees colder than yesterday. The wind is gusting up to 60 miles an hour. Every so often there is a snow squall with white out conditions. There's even been ice pellets. The part I'm thankful for? It's melting on the ground.

posted by Stacy at 9:46 AM

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

 
Stacy's got her groove back.

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time you know I went through a months long spiritual funk. Discouragement and emptiness were the name of the game.

I can't quite put my finger on any one thing or any one time, but somewhere along the way I started letting God work in my heart again and it's just been getting better and better. Now I finally feel like I'm back on top and fully alive in Christ!

Things are pretty up in the air at my church these days what, with the pastor leaving next month and all the animosity floating around. Our children's ministry is dead in the water, the youth group is down to just a small handful of kids, Sunday morning worship attendance is at it's lowest point in probably 20 years, the Bible quiz team is on the verge of dying out.......and yet I find myself more hopeful than I've been in ages.

There's a core at the church that is committed to unity in the body and to loving the church back to health. Ministry is not dead. There are delicate shoots of new growth springing up and blanketing all is a new attitude of love and compassion.

I hope to be a part of the healing and the future and I feel as though God is leading me in ways to do just that. This morning I wrote a letter and mailed it to several families in the church inviting them to join in a new ministry to our shut-ins. What they don't know is that the time spent in fellowship and preparation will minister to them as well. I have invited couples from both sides of the pastor issue so that we can all see that it is possible to work together for God's purposes in spite of our differences.

The youth have finished one series of lessons on serving others in love. Tonight we start an inductive study of James. They are always eager to learn practical ways to apply Christianity to their lives. I'm thinking I will learn as much as they do.



Sign me....
In search of a heart like His

posted by Stacy at 12:27 PM

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

 
A Heart Like His

Today's reading was 1 Samuel 15:1-35. It relates the story of Saul's battle with the Amalekites, whom once defeated, he was to completely destroy. He was not just to kill the warriors, but to wipe all evidence of the nation off the face of the earth. This directive came from God through Samuel.

If you remember the story, Saul charges off to battle as commanded, pumped up with the knowledge of certain victory. Then he screws up. He brings the king of the Amalekites home as a prisioner and rather than destroy all the livestock and riches, he allows his soldiers to keep the best of it.

God speaks to Samuel telling him of Saul's folly and grieving his disobedience......and regretting that he raised Saul to king. This upsets Samuel so much that he stays up all night crying out to God. In the morning Samuel goes to find Saul. Good ol' Saul isn't where he is supposed to be because he is off erecting a monument to himself.

When Samuel finally catches up to Saul he asks him why he didn't follow the Lord's instructions. Saul, like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar, says he did carry out God's instructions.

"Uh, Saul," asks Samuel "then what about all those cows and sheep I hear?"

"Wellllll........we brought back the very best ones to sacrifice to the Lord, but we, like, totally wiped out all the rest."

"Do you want to know what the Lord said to me about that last night?"

"Uh, sure."

"God said he made you head of Israel when you didn't think so much of yourself. He gave you a mission.....just one simple little thing to do. Go and destroy the Amalekites. Wipe them out. Why didn't you obey him?"

"But I did obey. I went on the mission. I wiped out the Amalekites. I brought back the king as a prisoner. I saved the best livestock to sacrifice to God."

"Saul, Saul. Is the Lord as pleased with your burnt offerings and sacrifices as he is with your obedience? It's better to obey him to begin with than try to make up for it later with your sacrifices. Rebellion is a sin like fortune telling because you are trying to set the course of your own future and arrogance is like idolatry in that love of self replaces love of the Lord."

"Ok, I really messed up, Samuel. I didn't obey God's command, but it wasn't my fault. I was afraid of the people, so I let them do what they wanted. Please forgive me? Oh, and it'd be really great if you'd come back to worship the Lord with me (because I'm afraid to go on my own)."

"No, I won't go with you. You rejected the Word of the Lord and now he has rejected you as king of Israel."

Ouch! Eventually Samuel does go to the temple with Saul, but not before letting him know that God is raising up another to replace him. And once at the temple, Samuel is in the unenviable position of having to kill the Amalekite king before God.

Today's Treasure: "But Samuel replied: 'Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice and to heed is better than the fat of rams." 1Samuel 15:22

Like Saul, we need to learn that obedience is what God really wants from us because it requires the giving of our hearts to him. It requires dying to self.

posted by Stacy at 1:52 PM

 
Warning: Do not read while drinking!

This list found at Buried Treasure had the young'uns and I holding our sides and snorting with laughter.

Top Children's Books You'll NEVER See:

* The Little Sissy Who Snitched
* Some Kittens Can Fly!
* Kathy Was So Bad Her Mommy Stopped Loving Her
* The Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Book of Wild Animals of North Amer-- Hey! Let's Go Ride Our Bikes!
* The Kids' Guide to Hitchhiking
* Pop! Goes The Hamster....And Other Great Microwave Games
* Testing Homemade Parachutes Using Household Pets
* Babar Meets the Taxidermist
* Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence
* The Boy Who Died from Eating All His Vegetables
* Start a Real-Estate Empire With the Change From Your Mom's Purse
* The Care Bears Maul Some Campers and are Shot Dead
* How to Become a Bully
* Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will.



posted by Stacy at 9:57 AM

Monday, November 10, 2003

 
hmmm....

De Kooning
Super!! You are WILLEM DE KOONING.
You think just like you paint: in the abstract. You
live well outside of the box and never know
where life will take you next. Your friends
admire your ability to fearlessly veer away
from the boundaries of society.


Which famous artist most reflects your personality?
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Thanks to Bryan for the link.

posted by Stacy at 8:09 PM

 
New Blogs
I've added some new blogs to the roll for your perusing pleasure.

posted by Stacy at 6:10 AM

Saturday, November 08, 2003

 
Prayer Update

Please continue to pray for my friends' and their daughter, Danielle. She is the toddler that is suspected to have a rare bone disease. The blood tests that were sent out to the Mayo Clinic were inconclusive and must be done over. Best case scenario is that they will know something definite in two weeks.

posted by Stacy at 11:48 PM

 
Our refrigerator has died and I really didn't hurry it along even though I felt it was ancient and too small. May it rest in peace, but life goes on and there is a huge, gleaming new unit sitting in the middle of the kitchen waiting to take its place. The new one is nearly twice as large with all kinds of gizmos that were unheard of 15 years ago. It's awesome. I can't wait to fill it up tomorrow.

(You know you're really a wife and mother when a refrigerator excites you.)

posted by Stacy at 11:30 PM

Friday, November 07, 2003

 
You are Ephesians
You are Ephesians.


Which book of the Bible are you?
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posted by Stacy at 10:43 PM

 
Friday Five

1. What food do you like that most people hate? Brussel sprouts.

2. What food do you hate that most people love? Coffee, any kind of nut.

3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you? Brad Pitt

4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find
attractive?
Tommy Lee Jones

5. What popular trend baffles you? Wearing flipflops and socks together. It's just wrong. And uncomfortable.




posted by Stacy at 10:25 PM

 
A Heart Like His.....

is the name of the new study the women's group I belong to started last night. I'm excited. Written by Beth Moore, it is a study of David and looks to be really excellent material.

It's meant to be a 10 week study, but we only meet every other week so it will probably stretch out over 5 months or so. Since there is a good bit of individual study required each week, we are hopeful that some will join us because of less time pressures.

The study sets seven goals:

1. A fresh recognition of God's authority.
2. A deepened relationship with God through prayer.
3. A ready response to authentic worship.
4. A reliable reception of God's Word.
5. A greater reluctance to judge by appearances.
6. A personal readiness to repent and be restored.
7. A heart remodeled after His own.

I will be posting more on this.

posted by Stacy at 12:56 PM

 
Barking up the wrong tree.
Someone found me today in search of a Christian singer. Whooo boy, did they come to the wrong place. I couldn't carry a tune across the street in a bucket!

posted by Stacy at 12:53 PM

Thursday, November 06, 2003

 
Welcome Back
Just as I've deleted him from my blog roll, The Brog Blogger returns.

posted by Stacy at 6:06 PM

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

 
huge, heaving sigh.

Why is it that we can "train up a child in the way he should go" and he will still make really, really stupid choices? Choices that go against everything he's been raised to believe?

And knowing the basic answers.....free-will, immaturity, inexperience, asserting independence, etc.....and knowing that there comes a point in a child's life that you have to let go and let them make their own choices......doesn't make it any easier to accept.

Why does a parent feel like a failure? There is concern for the child and how he will deal with his choices and the consequences of bad ones. There is fear of pain, be it emotional, physical or spiritual. There is concern for the future. For safety. For about a million things, but over-shadowing it all is the feeling of having failed.

I see Christian kids moving away from the belief system they were raised with and adopting a world view more and more. Kids who have a solid foundation and grasp of the Bible can still find ways (in their minds) to justify premarital sexual acts, drugs, violence, cheating, lying, theft and more. Many of these kids talk the talk like pros and in their minds I believe they feel they have a very strong faith and belief. Somehow, it just doesn't translate into their actions.

I see the parents of these same kids beating themselves up and banging their heads in frustration because they can't get through to them. They turn to pastors and youth leaders for help and from what I can see, we aren't getting through to the majority of them, either.

I can't even get through to my own kid.

Sorry. It's been a bad day on the parent/child front. The concerns and questions are still valid. How can we reclaim a generation?

posted by Stacy at 5:03 PM

 
Want a peek at my Christmas Wish List?

posted by Stacy at 9:38 AM

Monday, November 03, 2003

 
New Additions to Blogroll

I've added some new links.....and deleted some others.

posted by Stacy at 11:20 AM

 
There's more going on....
....than meets the eye, I'd say, when it comes to my darling daughter.

She has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). School has always been a major struggle for her. She has always hated school.

This year we started her on the new wonder drug Strattera right at the beginning of the school year. Strattera is the first non-stimulant to come along for those with ADD.

It was going well, I thought. She actually does her homework (at least most of the time) and seems to enjoy her classes and teachers. What she dislikes doesn't seem to be beyond the norm. Her test scores have been a lot better.

Today the school nurse called. Seems she has seen Megan 22 times since school began. It's mainly been for upset stomach and headache. Uh-oh. I don't know what to think. Meg's been known to visit the nurse or go to the restroom to get out of a class she doesn't like/has a hard time in. It also seems nausea is the most common side effect of Strattera. Hence the delima. Is the medication bothering her? Or does she just want out of class.

For now I told the nurse to use her judgement on whether to call me and I'm going to see if her pediatrician will talk to her and try to find out what is going on.

posted by Stacy at 11:02 AM

 
Good Monday Morning!

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed because....

I went to bed last night at the unheard of time of 9:30 and slept like the dead.

There is no elementary school in our district today due to parent/teacher conferences the next two days so while I still had to get up to get the secondary kids to school I'm home early, have more middle to my day and will get home earlier this afternoon.

Even better? The sun is shining. The leave are gorgeous. The temperature is heading for 75.

Indian Summer.

posted by Stacy at 9:17 AM

 

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