Brooke is at a sleepover tonight, so the boys and I went to pick up some Playstation 2 games. We left Gamestop and ran over to Target. As soon as we got in the store, Zach had to use the restroom. He turned to go, and Matthew decided he needed to go too. They walked hand in hand for a few steps, and then Zach started to drag Matthew by the arm. Matthew proceeded to fall down, and the struggle continued until they went into the restroom.
As we were walking away, Zach told me that Matthew got in there and said he didn’t have to go. After Zach had gone, Matthew decided he would go. Now Zach was talking in hushed tones because there were people around, but Matthew started telling the story a little bit louder. We were laughing at him when Zach says that Matthew pulled his shorts down and was standing with his fanny fully exposed. Zach was appalled, and I was confused. I said, isn’t there a door? At which point Zach says, “no he was using the urinator.” I cracked up! The Urinator… is that something like a urinal?
I’ve been thinking about intercessory prayer lately. Now, have I been thinking it, or has God been calling me to it? Yeah, I know! Anyway, while at the christian book store yesterday, I picked up a book about it. I haven’t started it yet, because I’m currently reading two already. Then I pick up my daily book of prayers and flip open to a page and find this. Read on…
Lord, I believe I was born for such a time as this, and that You have called me to pray for others. I pray for a divine visitation of Your mercy and grace upon my city, and my nation. I declare You to be Lord over these places. I know that part of my purpose on earth is to affect these places through intercession. Help me to do that. Help me to affect the world for Your glory. Stormie OMartian, A Book of Prayer, page 40.
Um, yeah, so now what do you think? Is it me, or is it God speaking to me?
Three things in life that, once gone, never come back: Time, Words, and Opportunity
Three things in life that may never be lost: Peace, Hope, and Honesty
Three things in life that are most valuable: Love, Self-confidence, and Friends
Three things in life that are never certain: Dreams, Success, and Fortune
Three things that make a man: Hard work, Sincerity, and Commitment
Three things in life that can destroy a man: Wine, Pride, and Anger
Three things that are truly constant: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
I ask the Lord to bless you, as I pray for you today, to guide you and protect you, as you go along your way. His love is always with you; His promises are true. And when you give Him all your cares, you know He’ll see you through.
Have you ever sat in church during a sermon about tithing, and could feel the tension building up in the room? I sat through this on Sunday, and came out with a few thoughts. When you look at other countries and compare their wealth to ours, we are rich! What do we do to help others?
Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can see what God thinks of money when you see the people He gives it to.” What does that say about us?
I’m not sure that it’s enough for us to give our 10% and let the church dole it out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the church does this for me, and I support all the different fields that it goes into. I just feel like there is more to do, personally. Can we be wealthy in ways other than money? I think so. I’m feeling like witnessing, using the scriptures, and helping. What do you think? Will it work? Will you try it too?
Stop the presses and go outside to check for damage. Indiana was rocked by an EARTHQUAKE this morning that centered in Illinois. This is being rated a moderate EARTHQUAKE at 5.4 on the richter scale.
We awoke at 5:37 a.m. to what sounded like a tremendous wind and the bed was shaking. I thought an airplane was flying really close to our house, like right above the roof! Brian actually said “that was an earthquake”. We then went back to sleep.
Now I’m up and seeing all of the information rolling in on the morning news. They’re saying this is the largest recorded earthquake for Indiana. Reports are coming in from Louisville Kentucky about some structural damage to some buildings. Everything’s fine here. An exciting way to start the day though. Now I’m gonna go re-read the book of Revelation!
Sometimes I just can’t think of a title.
Last week was spring break here, and it was cool and rainy. While the boys were at the grandparents house, Brooke and I hung out. The next day was her turn to sleep over at Grammie’s, so the boys and I watched The Game Plan and played games. We had two days with dental appointments, and on Friday Zach and I went to the eye doctor to see about him getting contacts. I was really surprised that his vision had gotten worse in 10 months, and with his glasses he was 20/40. He did really well with the contacts, and in fact got them in on the third and second try. Then he had to take one out, and put it back in, and his vision was tested again. The new prescription made him 20/20. It’s all pretty amazing to me to watch, but anyone who knows me understands what a weenie I am when it comes to eye drops. It just gweebs me out!! Now I’m watching my 9 year old son put these in his eyes like it’s nothing. Something I didn’t expect was the samples that they had in the office. They sent us home with them that day! After that we came home and researched “mens” haircuts. He decided on an Ashton Kutcher look and it turned out really nice. I’m just so glad I can see his ears and forehead now! Matthew got a buzz cut, not intentionally on my part. I said a typical boys cut, and before I knew what was going on the clippers were on and a stripe of hair was gone. Hopefully it will warm up soon so his head doesn’t freeze!
That doesn’t seem likely though, as the first race is scheduled for Saturday, and snow flurries are being predicted. We went out to the track tonight to practice, and the 160 motor is junk. I don’t even want to run it if we’re not going to be competitive, so we need to figure something out before Saturday. We’ll see.
I have so much on my To Do list this week, and I know it’s not going to get checked off. That really bugs me, but I still don’t see a way to get it all done. So this post was pretty boring, but my life. And I’m happy. God Bless You!
Tuesday night and Wednesday morning we were pelted with freezing rain and ice, so we had hoped for a 2 hour delay in school, but no such luck. I just have a problem with scraping the ice off of my car, while little pellets of ice hit me in the head, to drive my kids to school. Apparently the school board isn’t as concerned as I am. It wasn’t better at the end of the day picking them up either because it had continued to sleet most of the day. I took a few pictures to share with you, and obviously that didn’t happen.
Yesterday was Valentine’s day. I hope everyone had a great one, and felt totally loved. I fixed a great meal for everyone, and even dessert that was red to match the theme. It was the best meal I’ve made since Thanksgiving, and it was a whole lot less work. That made it even better! It was pork tenderloin and roasted veggies, angel food cake with strawberries, glaze and whipped topping. Again, I took pictures to post, and it hasn’t happened.
Today Brian and Brooke are together on a ski trip (a school field trip). This was one event that I passed on to Dad to do, as I really didn’t want to be in traction for the next 6 weeks! Field trips sure have changed since I was a kid!
I talked to Brian earlier and they both still had all bones intact. He was on the lift watching Brooke go down. I’m sad sitting here knowing that I’m missing such a big event with her! I took a picture this morning, and sent the camera with instructions for them to take lots, LOTS of pictures. (Do you see a theme here with pictures? I’m starting to think I should change the title of this post to something like, ” I took pictures but didn’t post them!) Well, I can just imagine her and all her friends laughing ang having a blast together. She deserves it too. I’ve been a little worried about her. She’s been complaining of a headache and stomachache a lot lately, and I’ve been trying to get out of her what’s bothering her. The typical pre-teen, she likes to keep things to herself. She told me that she’s being bullied by someone at school, someone who we’ve had problems with in the past. It hurts me to think about the pain she’s felt, and kept it to herself because she knew I would call the school to try and fix it, but then she would be a tattletale. Brian and I both talked to her, and yesterday she nicely asked the girl to stop. We’ll see what happens next. I’m praying about it.
That’s about all the random thoughts I have for now. Maybe I’ll post some pictures soon….
Well Christmas is over, and Santa did come. I found an ornament with Santa in the manger talking to baby Jesus, and I want to tell you what it says, but I’d have to go downstairs and I’m too lazy right now. Maybe later. I have enjoyed the kids being home, and not running to and fro with them. We’ve obliterated bedtimes and slept in, had days spent in our PJ’s, and thoroughly had fun. This time next week it’s over. I just want to dig my feet in and cry. Life is just too busy!! Brooke and I were up until 5 am playing games online together and laughing. (She’s still asleep BTW!) I told them we were going to have to get back on schedule so they’d be well rested and easy to wake up next week. That is after our Harry Potter movie marathon, of course!
We’d planned on having some friends over to ring in the New Year, but it didn’t happen. I think everyone just wanted to stay at home and hang out, which was perfectly fine with me. We had new furniture delivered, and I’d pulled an all nighter painting the living room, so it looked great. The rest of the house was fairly clean… so we just ate and watched a movie, played a game and then went to bed around 1:00 am. I sat around yesterday and watched it snow until it was time to take Zach’s friend home, then came home and fixed the usual New Year’s Day dinner of smoked sausage and cabbage with fried potatoes. After that, I set Matthew up with his PSP to watch Open Season while the rest of us watched a Steven King movie. Uneventful and boring, but great in my book! Hope yours was just as fun!
Today was the first day of Christmas vacation. I’ve been looking forward to this day for a few weeks now, but I spent it moving furniture and shampooing carpets. We had some new furniture delivered, and I’m sitting in the most comfortable chair right now, I could almost go to sleep. My house is still in disarray, but this room is peaceful. I don’t want to leave it.
I can’t believe Christmas is in 4 days. I haven’t wrapped any presents yet, so I feel an all nighter on Christmas Eve coming on. I hate to wrap presents because it seems like such a waste! Matthew is really excited this year about Santa, and we’ve been reading about the manger in several stories at bedtime. He has his own nativity set to play with, and I think he is understanding even more. We’ve been trying to do the Advent readings, but with all of us not home at the same time, it’s been more of a challenge than I’d like.
I’m tired so signing off for now.