Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Bizarre but True: What People Really Believe and Think
According to Cornell University, 9 out of 10 children abandon the values of their parents.
According to USA Today, 83% of the youth leave the church, and 80% of the parents are very worried about their children and the influence on them of the mass media of entertainment.
A new study of 16- to 29-year-olds by the Barna Research Group shows that America's youths are growing more resistant and skeptical to Christianity than were people of the same age a decade ago.
Currently only 16% of young non-Christians said they have a "good impression" of Christianity and only 3% have a favorable view of evangelicals, compared to 25% of young non-Christians viewing evangelicals in the Baby Boomer generation.
USA Today noted that 70 percent of Americans were unable to name the Ten Commandments.
More Americans are familiar with the specific ingredients in a McDonald's hamburger than know the individual commands that comprise the Ten Commandments.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
When do you begin celebrating the season? Let me know by leaving a comment.
Obituary Mr. Common Sense
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Mr. Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.
Mr. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Mr. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Aspirin, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student; but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the ghost, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know my Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm a Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Just think, just a few short years ago we were writing like this.
Wonder what she is thinking?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I tried to get my husband to give it back to the attendant, but being a much more leveled headed person that myself he told me to just throw it away. I had other plans for it that included fire.
Here is a link to another pitiful article about the state of young girls in our land. Please mothers, lets embrace the virtues of femininity and modesty. Let our girls look like young ladies and not streetwalkers. Our daughters and their future husbands will be grateful.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
All day I have had my Papaw on my mind, then I remembered today was the one year anniversary of his passing. Papaw was always so funny and cheerful. I miss walking in his house and hearing him say "Hello, Mel Mel!" Although it was awful to say goodbye to him, the Lord was gracious to our family during that time. My Papaw was cared for by those that loved him the most during the last 2 weeks of his life. Round the clock there was one of us there, cousins, my aunts and uncles and other relatives. The first 5 days of his decline the Lord blessed us with a happy Papaw that sat up and greeted all who came to see him. He always had a smile and a joke, you see "John was a good boy", that was one of his sayings and you would have just had to be there to get it. Then the last week or so, when he could only lay in the bed he never wanted for anything. He was never cared for by a stranger. My family was awesome. I could have never imagined that all of us would come together like we did. The last day, after hours of unconsciousness, he glanced over toward my mother and Granny and smiled the prettiest smile, (can you just imagine what he was seeing?) and he dropped his robe of flesh and went home. No one wanted to leave, we all just wanted to stay together. After the funeral we planned to have sleep overs at Granny's so we could all be together more. Of course, we all got on with our lives and time has once again separated us, but I will always remember the special time when I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was with family who loved each other. Some of them I have not seen but a few times since then. But, I am glad to have those memories and I learned that although we may seem far apart.......we never really are. Thank you Lord for all of my family and for letting us have Papaw Red for so many years.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Here they are being labeled
I have numbered and initialed every pair, once they are taken off they will immediately be pinned (for the next week I will collect the socks and demonstrate this to the dc) However, should I miss sock removal they have been labeled. You can see I am using child's initials and a sock number
Here is my pin box
This is important, pin the socks this way to hold up better in the wash.
Now, I write all of this with lots of humor. I am a detail person and this just makes sense to me. I hope you enjoyed it and perhaps it will help someone else who often hears that dreaded phase "Mom, I have no socks!"
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
"It is the home that lays the foundation of a child's future. And though the strength of the foundation is determined by the virtues of both parents, it is a woman who holds the key to her children's heart in the early years of childhood. She has the privilege of weaving God's eternal truth into the daily lives of her children while they are still young and tender. A woman who is a mother, is she not greater than he that ruleth a city? Are not her children the foundation of all human life?" Fenelon, 17th Century.
Mother and Daughter with Vacuum