May 2008


(Under Contruction – We, as in my hubby, are working on a new pation roof.  Sorry for the mess and not the best picture.  This is the only recent one I have with both boys and no one else.)

It all started when my children would not stop asking, on Mother’s and Father’s Day, when Kids Day was.  They got tired of our standard answer of Everyday so Brother’s Day evolved.  June 1st was picked as this was about 1/2 way between each of their birthdays.

This is a celebration for the boys to appreciate the special relationship they have as brothers.  Did you ever realize that a sibling relationship is (traditionally) the longest relationship in your life?  You will, again in most cases, spend more time with them then anyone else in your life! 

Another reason we thought this would be a good idea is that my little one, who is adopted, usually would have an adoption day and that leaves the older one out.  Since our adoption went through close to this time frame it’s a way to celebrate the fact that he has been brought into our family and they each got a brother out of it.

The boys made cards for each other and purchased gifts (budget limit was $3 or under).  They will exchange gifts, we will play hard, maybe go swimming, go to church, and just have fun!!!

So pick up the phone and wish your brother or sister a “Happy Brother or Sister Day” and enjoy this special relationship!

Have a “Brotherly” Day!

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I got this from: http://jayleigh.wordpress.com/

The Duck & the Devil

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed
back for dinner.
 
As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck  square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile,
only to see his sister watching! 
 
Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch the next day Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.” Then she whispered to him,
“Remember the duck?” So Johnny did the dishes.  
 
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.”  Sally just smiled and said, “Well, that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to  help.” She whispered again, “Remember the duck?” So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. 
 
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer. He came
to Grandma and confessed that he had killed  the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said,  Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love
you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.” 
 
Thought for the day and every day thereafter?Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done… and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)…whatever it is…You need to know that God
was standing at the window and He saw the whole  thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. 
        
He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.  The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets. It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are
saved. 
 
Go ahead and make a difference in someone’s life today. Share this with a friend and always remember: God is at the window. 

Isn’t that a great story? 

Have a “forgiven” day!

Not too long ago I was around a person that I have known for awhile but I don’t see too often.  Now I don’t know about you but when you don’t see someone very often you don’t get to really know about their faults and problems.  It’s so easy to get wrapped up in what you think their life is like that you don’t notice they have issues just like the rest of us.  This usually can be a problem and in a little way it is but it’s also, in a weird way, helped me as well.

At first, I came away from the get together feeling a little discouraged (financially, personality, parenting, etc) but then God showed be that it could be turned into an opportunity to improve my own attitudes and life.  See I envision this person making better decisions then I may make at times.  When I get into a situation lately I am asking myself “Would XXXX handle it this way?”.  A kind of WWJD mantra (only no worship!). 

I am finding myself making some better decisions since I have encountered this person.  I really don’t think they are perfect, but I think how they might let something play out with their personality traits and it seems to work.  Crazy huh? 

I have come to realize that I don’t wanna know their imperfections, problems, and faults.  I am comfortable holding this person in high esteem and making some better decisions in my own life.  I don’t feel a need to be perfect because I know they aren’t.  I just don’t have the details of how they aren’t and that’s just fine with me.  I just needed to be challenged and this has done it.  So for now…I don’t wanna know.
Have a “Clueless” Day!   🙂   

Is everyone familiar with RedBox?  If not, it’s a great way to rent movies on the cheap.  Go here to find a location near you: http://www.redbox.com/home.aspx

Rent a movie for $1 a night. Return the movie at any Redbox location.  Many new movie rentals to choose from.

if you haven’t done this and like to rent movies this is a great and cheap way to go.  And if you give them your email address they will give you a promo code for the first rental for FREE!!!!!
Have a “Action/Comedy/Romantic/Drama” Day!

You gotta check this out:

http://www.therightfoot.net/mystuff/whatever/swf/bubblewrap.swf

Please send a prayer up for Steven Curtis Chapman and his family.  I can’t even imagine what they are going through!!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,357046,00.html

On Monday we had a record high of 110 degrees and today it’s going to be maybe 70 degrees!  How’s that for an adjustment to weather?  I think it’s going to be a record high and low in one week.

Can you beat that?   🙂
Have a “Cold – No, HOT, No, Cold” Day!

 

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