Monday, November 29, 2010


We have letters on our refrigerator. Two incomplete sets to be exact.

The first set was with the first kid. The second with the second. We've lost a few a long through the years (letters, not kids).

We leave random notes for each other all the time.

Random holiday messages.

Messages I've done when one of my boys is out of town.

We've even done a few messages that are completely inappropriate to take pictures of. Let's just say Daddeee and The Teenager have a gross sense of humor.

These letters can be purchased in the dollar section in the Toy Department at Walmart. I'm sure they can also be purchased for pretty cheap at any other store.

They're fun.

They're entertaining.

Today's message.

Because everyone knows Mommeee doesn't cook on Mondays.

(Like I said, they're partial alphabets so sometimes we have to improvise on the spelling.)


Today was just an ordinary Monday.

I got up, got dressed. Got The Kid up and got him dressed, too. That's how we roll.

Coffee was already made (thank you coffee pot with timer).

Lunches were already made too thanks to my overly efficient brain yesterday (why are you not always present?).

I took Daddeee to work, dropped The Kid off at the sitter and that's when it happened.

I barely made it home.

Never in my life has a stomach bug hit so fast.

I was fine this morning.

So now I'm home with no one to take care of me.

No 7-up. No crackers.

Just me and 2 worthless dogs.

Ranger, when will you ever learn to drive and take care of Mommeee?

(I don't ask Dexter because it's well known that he's just a 'tard.)

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Henry David Thoreau wrote:
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful...

But it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.

To affect the quality of the day...that is the highest of arts!

We can show our Christian enthusiasm by:

  • smiling
  • caring
  • listening
  • kind words or deeds
  • simply by loving each other

The Bible also says:

Ephesians 4: 25- 5:2
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,
for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.
29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.
32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

A modern trend is to dump our problems on others, to carry a chip on our shoulder, to honk our car horns, to flip the bird, to blow the whistle. All of these behaviors add stress to both the life of the giver and of the receiver of these negative communications. It is a lose-lose proposition.

Before you vent it next time, ask yourself these questions. Am I thankful that I am safe in spite of the apparent danger? Will it matter a hundred years from now or even next week? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? And so on.

Anger, sorrow, and hatred are not worth our limited time. Life is too short, too precious, too important for these.

Of course we will always have our many problems in health, occupation, human relations, and our relationship with God. But if we ignore the petty troubles we may concentrate on positive solutions to the major problems.

By adding cheer to our own lives, we lighten both our own stresses as well as the stresses of those around us!


This was a fwd fwd email I received. I don't normally pass along these sorts of emails but this one amazed me. I love the story and wanted to share it with all of you.


My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, 'God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!'

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, 'That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!'

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, 'Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?'

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my son and said, 'I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.'

'Really?' my son asked.

'Cross my heart,' the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), 'Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.'

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, 'Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already.'