Archive | April, 2009

Christ Is Risen! He is risen indeed!

12 Apr

Newsweek can ask us if Christianity is dying in America. Government can mock evangelical Christians. Some others can say God is dead. Christians around the world are persecuted for their beliefs as Jesus as their Savior.
ALL THESE THINGS CHANGE NOTHING. The truth is still the truth regardless of society’s shifting opinion.
Today we celebrate that Christ is risen. He is risen indeed! Death could not stop Him. The grave could not hold Him. He lives!
Words from one of my favorite hymns:
“I serve a risen savior. He’s in the world today. I know that He is living, whatever men may say…..”
Thank you, Lord.

Walk The Plank, Mate!

11 Apr

What is the deal with these Somali pirates? First of all they were idiots for attacking a ship flying an American flag. Then they lost control of the ship they tried to take. Then they are on a life boat that ran out of fuel. Now they are surrounded by other American ships…and yet they are demanding 2 million dollars for the release of the captain? Give me a break.
I say that we need to send in the Navy Seals. Have them go in there and get the captain and “take care of business” with those scum bag pirates (aka terrorists). I can’t believe it has taken this long to get the captain back!
The U.S. cannot allow the pirates to win this stand off. No money… Or else we’ll have pirates taking people left and right. The pirates aren’t going anywhere and they certainly better not hurt the captain or they will find themselves DEAD. If they kill him….they are forfeiting their own lives. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Back in the day when pirates were captured, they were hung. Swift action. Hey, being a pirate is a hard life….death might be a consequence. So be it.
I mean what would that say about our Navy if they are being held back by a handful of men in what amounts to a glorified row boat? The government needs to get on the ball.

I LOVE SOCIAL MEDIA!!

10 Apr

Here are some of my favorites that I think you might enjoy also.
Facebook.com —- a great site to keep up with all your family and friends. Great place to meet friends you haven’t seen since high school.
Twitter.com—-a “real time” feed of twitter all day. Let the world know what you are thinking in 140 characters or less.
Pandora.com—looking for just the right song? Make your own “album” for free. Mix and match and listen to your songs online. Very cool.
BlogTalkRadio.com—-Anything you want to hear is on Blog Talk no matter what your taste. YOU can even become a radio show host if you’d like. Share your opinion with others or just listen. Whatever. I can listen to home school news, conservative talk, home decorating, or how to fix my car or remodel my kitchen. I love the choices!
Smartgirlpolitics.com—For those of you that are female and are politically active…this is the site for you! Awesome women, awesome ideas!
Hulu.com and Joost.com—-two AWESOME sites if you want to watch movies or episodes of your favorite TV shows for free. Ya gotta love that!
Well….that’s it for now. Just thought I’d share some of my favorites.
I love the internet!

Extending The School Year….

9 Apr

The new secretary of education is considering having students go to school at least 6 days out of the week and at least 11 months out of the year. As a former public school teacher I can tell you that is NOT the answer. Until the education system in this country ENCOURAGES children’s natural love of learning…is creative, and exciting….it just won’t work. Putting children in classrooms for longer hours isn’t going to make them better students. That is just ridiculous! All that will do is encourage resentment and apathy on already overworked teachers and students who will be wondering how “school” has any real life application? The truth is “school” isn’t real life…..Learning IS.
I believe all children have a natural desire to learn. They are curious about things. They want to know why things are the way they are. Our school systems in this country have stifled that natural love of learning by cramming information into the school day that is only necessary to earn an “A” on a test. Unfortunately, teachers are under extreme pressure to “teach to the test”. If your students aren’t passing the tests then you, as the teacher, are a failure. (Of course, as a teacher you are expected to teach to ALL the students. Not just the “cream of the crop” as in many foreign countries. Sorry, it has always bugged me when we are compared to other countries– many other countries around the world don’t educate ALL their children. They only educate the rich, the intelligent, the motivated. To me that skews the statistics.)
In my opinion, I think the entire educational system in this country needs a serious overhaul. Nothing will change and nothing will get any better until the very foundation of education is changed. Teach to interests, weave math and language into real life daily activities, go on field trips to real places, have speakers come in to talk to students, read classical literature, discuss and get opinions. Make children THINK, not just memorize. Give students the chance to solve real life problems…not just fill in the bubbles on a test sheet. Do we as citizens of the USA want students who are creative, passionate, innovative, problem solvers when they graduate from high school? Or do we want students who are short term memorizers so they pass a test, who daydream of what they will do when this boring class is over with, and who wonder what the importance is of the material they had to read in a textbook? I guess the decision is ours…..what will that decision be?

He’s Alive!

8 Apr

Jesus Christ is alive! That message is just as exciting today as it was to Jesus’ followers all those many years ago. His grave was empty! Death could not keep Him in the grave. Praise God, He is alive! In this video Dolly sings He’s Alive.

My Body Didn’t Get The Memo

5 Apr

I guess my body sometimes decides to go on strike, not caring what I have to say about it!
I spent the wee hours of this morning flopping around like a hooked fish. I could not get comfortable no matter how I turned in the bed. Then from all the flopping I got tangled up in my sheet and blanket and resembled a modern day mummy…(only much better looking and with prettier sheets.). I finally got situated when my alarm clock woke me up and nearly sent me through the roof. I slapped the snooze button and laid there awhile longer closing my eyes and willing myself back to sleep. It did not work. The clock went off again. After stumbling out of bed and making my way to the bathroom, I took a good look at myself (as well as I could with my eyes only half open) in my “early morning” state. I have got some seriously wild hair. Seriously. Wild. It is desperately in need of a brush. I secretly remember to hate, okay strongly dislike, all the models out there who wake up looking gorgeous. So not fair.
I need to get ready for church this morning. It’s Palm Sunday….only a week until Easter. I guess I need to find something appropriate for church. My polka dot PJ’s probably won’t do.
Sigh.
Okay. I’m moving…..

Natural Childbirth

4 Apr

I needed a good laugh this morning….so I listened to some classic Bill Cosby. He is my all time favorite comedian. I remember listening to my Uncle John’s, Bill Cosby comedy albums back in the 70′s. (I’m still looking for the routine about Bill’s brother Russell and his dad who had “the belt”.) Who didn’t love Fat Albert? The Jello commericals…And of course one of my favorite shows from childhood is the timeless Cosby Show. ” Ya just gotta love “the Cos”.

For all of us that are parents, we can relate! Have a good laugh with these timeless videos.
Childbirth Part 1
Childbirth Part 2

With A Heavy Heart

3 Apr

It is with a heavy heart that I write about the tragedy that happened in Binghamton, New York today. When these mass shootings happen it always leaves everyone wondering…why? Why would someone do such a thing? What would possess someone to go on a rampage? Are there ever any answers to something like this?
Just so sad…..just so senseless.

LegWarmers, Do They Ever Go Out Of Style?

2 Apr

While going through some stuff today I came across two pairs of leg warmers that I had from the early 80′s….and no believe it or not they were packed away in a plastic thingy so they haven’t even dry rotted. haha!
Just between you and me, I cannot tell you how tempted I was to slip them on and dance around my basement like the girl from Flash Dance. Hey, don’t judge me….you know you would have been tempted too!
Why I still have those leg warmers I do not know. I feel like I shouldn’t throw them away, after all they have survived this long.
I wonder if I go out and buy a big over sized T-shirt and cut out the neck so it hangs over my shoulder, and then throw on some tights and my leg warmers….I could restart an old fad.
Okay, so I’m 40 years old now. So what! Do leg warmers ever really go out of style?

Watching HGTV AGAIN!

2 Apr

Yes, I’m on my lunch break and am watching HGTV. I told you it was an addiction.
It is really interesting watching people decorate their homes, work on curb appeal, or figure out which house to buy. I’ve always had a thing about houses….you can ask my family. Growing up I used to say things when driving by huge new cookie cutter houses…things like, “This house is not friendly. It does not say Hi,Welcome! It says, I’m cold and stand offish. Okay, so maybe I was the only one who could actually “hear” the house talking. Or maybe I am just the house whisperer.” haha.
Other houses are sunny and friendly and say, Come on in and visit for awhile! From the time you set foot on the property you feel at home….you know what I’m talking about. That has been my dream…crazy, huh? I’ve always wanted that friendly house. A house that loves visitors and has room for everyone. A house that lets neighbors know they can drop by for a cold iced tea and some good conversation, a house that is filled with laughter and most of all—-LOVE. (and yes, plenty of goofiness)
Building a new house in Ohio has been quite a feat let me tell you! We still aren’t quite finished….this house building has been more of an endurance marathon then a sprint, that is for sure! All that said, I am glad that my husband and I have had the opportunity to make this house the way we want it. Everything from the warm mahogany and etched glass doors that throw beautiful colored prisms on the floor, to the long deck that runs the entire length of one side of the house. I envision us grilling out on the deck, swinging on the porch swing, or lounging on the hammock with a good book. Our crafted cabinetry is going to be a joy to look at, even more so knowing the talented Amish men that made it. Some might think that concrete floors are cold and uninviting….and that can be the case, but the warm browns that Scott and I chose for our floor make one think of the floors of a beautiful Tuscan villa, and the radiant heat will keep our toes warm and toasty. I love fabrics and layering color. We have tall windows and so I will have long curtains that cover the windows and yet also gently brush the floor. The rooms will be filled with the colors of golds and greens with cherry word work throughout. The reddish hint in the woods will be brought out by the terracotta highlights of our floor.
When we actually move to our new house I will be sure to post pictures, so you can check out for yourself if you think our house says, ” Hey, I really like you. Why don’t you come and visit sometime?”

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