Saturday, September 01, 2007

Happy Labor Day!

I'll be away for a few days. I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Please be careful and if you don't mind, please keep my family in prayer as we travel. God Bless you all!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What The World Needs Now Is Love, Sweet Love....

I received this in an email today and wanted to share. How often are we frustrated by other's actions not realizing what may be going on in their life? *sigh*If we could only remember to at least whisper a prayer for them instead of being aggravated!

Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the" jerk" who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

(Author: Unknown to Me)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Schools In!

This is probably going to be one of those rambling post about much of nothing! Let me see....... where do I begin? School started back this week and this has made me a little bit sad. All of you know how much I like my children home with me. My son is an official 7th grader. I cannot believe my once arm-held bundle of joy is now trouncing the halls in the middle school! If we could just keep them smaller for just a little longer! *sigh* I know it's just as well that we can't. All of mine would still be toddlers and that would not be a good thing. *smile* Just think, we would then deprive ourselves of all those precious memories of their growing up years.

Speaking of school, what about all those forms we must fill out the first day of school? Not only that, I had to write a paragraph about my son this year. I'm serious. The teacher noted this was an actual homework assignment for the parents that the student would be graded for! Thankfully, it was an easy task to write about my son. After penning how wonderful and helpful he is, she should make him the star student. *smile* I realize her goal is to get a better understanding of the child she is entrusted to teach for the next few months. Hopefully, she will see the same child I do.

Along with the forms what do you think about the "Student Suppy List?" It gets longer every year doesn't it? When I was going to school...ahem....and it wasn't that long ago, we usually needed the basics, paper, pencils, composition books, notebook, and a bookbag was optional. Here is my son's list:

  1. 1 dozen pencils
  2. 1 pocket folder
  3. 3 packs of index cards
  4. 3 marble composition books
  5. colored pencils/crayons
  6. personal pencil sharpener
  7. 1 pack pens (no gels)
  8. multilple packs wide-ruled paper
  9. 2 highlighters
  10. Kleenex
  11. 1 full size bottle of hand sanitizer/soap
  12. paper towels
  13. calculator
  14. 1 can of tennis balls
  15. protractor
  16. compass
  17. clipboard
  18. 1" 3 ring binder
  19. large 3 ring binder with dividers for each class
  20. bag of candy (individually wrapped- no gum)

I am thankful I don't have to purchase the textbooks.............. at least not yet........................