Friday, March 26, 2010

Somewhere in the World Today

I understand there is some controversary surrounding Wayne Watson, but I am old school and still have his tapes!  Literally cassete tapes!  Anyway... I was listening the other day and I heard this song and I just could not help crying!  I was driving and crying my eyes out as I song along to the song.  Voice shaking, tears falling... I must have been a sight!

The other day we were sitting at dinner and I think it was after the earthquake in Chile, we were letting the kids know what had happened and asking for them to add Chile to their prayers... I dont know how this conversation got started but we started talking about their futures and why it is important to pray for the wife/ husband that God has for you now.  So during the prayer, Matt prayed for his future wife.  It was a sweet prayer time and we have had many conversations about it since.  So anyway, when I heard this song I just could not help crying!  I told the kids what the song was about and we listened to it again.

We must, must, must pray for the spouses God has for them.  I so wish I was a better wife.  I KNOW that I want my children to be better husbands/ wifes. I KNOW that I want to teach and train and not have them living Dave and my mistakes or my parents and Daves parents mistakes.  I want more for them.  I want better for them.  Dont all parents want that!  Well we simply cannot leave it up to fate.  I know that our children can grow and and not do what we think is right, I know that they make a choice to marry a person that God did not design for them, I know that they can CHOOSE to not live in Gods perfect will. I am not oblivious to that.  But the other day someone told me, you have ZERO control over what your kids do.  I believe it is true that we have ZERO control because we are humans and we have the power to choose.  BUT I do not think that means we do not do EVERYTHING in our power to give them every chance available to them. 

I think people get to wrapped up in education.  I mean you worry about grades, you make sure to save money for college, you get them into programs so that their trascripts look good.  I think it is BUNK and a trap from the devil himself!  Sounds harsh but it is true.  What on Earth should be more important than their sprirtual walk, their character, Gods will for them?  Yes if it is God will for them to be a doctor- watch the grades, save for college.  But if that is not God will????  Why all this pressure? 

If you have money and they want to go a mission trip... what is going to be "worth" more in the spiritual/ eternal sense?  college savings or mission trip?

If you have a child who dances or plays baseball?  If God is calling them to do that than I guess fine but if not is it more important than a church class on Wednesday nights???

If you have time for your kids to be in 5 different after school activities so that they are well rounded individuals... do you have time to train their character???

If education is the point.. why am I bothering to take them to church? 

EDUCATION IS NOT THE POINT.... There are important points to education. But God is the point! 

I digress!

Back to spouses.  Back to zero power.  I want to give my children every available opportunity but those opportunities do not nessesarily revolve around a high school transcript, I want to give them every available opportunity so that they can find Gods will for their live.  The opportunities include, but are not limited to: Biblical foundation, biblical foundation, and opportunities to serve people.

Wouldnt you rather have that person for a husband/ wife for your child than a person who has only pursued the worlds agenda- not meaning being worldly but getting into the right college etc, but had no time for the other training?

We pray that they will not open their hearts to love before it is Gods time.

We pray that they will seek first GODs will not and not be moved by the heart.

Today I got an email that was connected with a LOVE DARE and it said

"The world says to follow your heart, but if you are not leading it, then someone or something else it.  the Bible says that "the heart is more deceitfull than all else. (Jer 17:9) and it will always pursue that which feels right at the moment.

We pray that God will be leading their hearts so that they are not moved by untrue perfect looking love,
the worlds viewpoint, the world agenda and their own desires.

We pray that God will show them in His own time what His perfect will for their life is. 

We pray that God will send people into the paths of our children that are there for his purpose and not there to be a deterrant to God goal.

We pray that if activities or time spent is not productive to these means that we will know it is time to stop.

We pray that we come across activities that are productive to these means. 

We pray that friends will cross our childens path that do not hinder but that serve to purpose in their hearts GOODNESS.

We pray that friends who cross our childrens path that will become a hinderance later in life that they turn from those wicked ways and find their way back to the narrow path.

We pray for the parents of our childrens friends that they might see the Truth and turn to guide their children in it so that we can all encourage and lift each other in building a family and children after God own heart.

Now folks that is a lot of praying... who has time for OPRAH!

 Wayne Watson- Somewhere in the World Today

Somewhere in the world today
A little girl will go out to play
All dressed up in mama's clothes
At least the way that I suppose it goes
Somewhere in the world tonight
Before she reaches to turn out the light
She'll be prayin' from a tender heart
A simple prayer that's a work of art

And I don't even know her name
But I'm prayin' for her just the same
That the Lord will write His name upon her heart
'Cause somewhere in the course of this life
A little boy will need a godly wife
So hold on to Jesus, baby, wherever you are

Somewhere in the world out there
That little girl's learnin' how to care
She's pickin' up her mamas charms
Or maybe, swingin' 'round in her daddy's arms
Somewhere in the world to be
Though the future's not real clear to me
Their's could be a tender love
Grounded in eternal love above

Repeat Chorus

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Quotes on politics...

"In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant."

                                                              ~Charles de Gaulle

Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

                                                              ~Ronald Reagan

There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators.

                                                              ~Will Rogers

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

                                                               ~P.J. O'Rourke

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

                                                              --- Abraham Lincoln

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

                                                              ---John Adams

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Because I need my blood pressure to remain in the normal ranges.

Because I have spent way, way, way too much time and energy discussing this already.

Because I want my blog to be mostly about happy times.

Because I said so..........

I am not going to discuss the healthcare bill.. or as I like to call it,

"The death of liberty..............."

Yes, I know you are thanking me!

Yes, I know you might have purposely NOT read my blog yesterday or today simply to MISS this post!

Yes, I plenty more to say but I am stuffing it down FOR YOU, my dear readers!

So onto my real post... arent ya happy!

I am disturbed by the sudden appearance of a sullen 9 year old boy. Yes, I used the word sullen. Matt has always been stubborn. He has an issue with getting angry- really angry. He can be almost downright mean sometimes becasue of his angry stubborn ways! BUT this, this child is not someone I recognize.

I am not happy about this...(almost as not happy as I am about this healthcare bill--oh wait, we arent discussing that are we?)

I understand preteen... hormones... puberty.


Definition of sullen:

a glum, hopeless shrug
having a brooding ill temper
sullen manner
a moody, resentful disposition

This is not fun to be around.

So we are obviously working on attitude adjustments around here!

A lot of the attitude happens at meal time. HE does not want to eat certain things. Give him pizza and he is happy as a lark- sweet, kind, helpful, generous. Give him a veggie and he is mean, ugly, sullen, unkind.

When did food have the power to change a person's attitude. Oh wait. Hmmmm.. I think maybe this is a generational thing because I expect food to change my attitude. I am happy when I eat things I like. I am upset when a food order comes out wrong.

So I guess this is food for thought?

Monday, March 22, 2010

THTCI update...

If you dont know what I am talking about go read THIS post...

Just wanted to update my fellow THTCI followers about my work in Zone 2- The School room!

I got the bane of my existence (well it is rivaled with Sheila Jackson lee- but we will work on her later!) out of my house!!! Honestly it is sitting on my front porch but hey- I will take what I can get!!!!

The desk is outta here!

Math U See Block Organizer

I got this idea from another blog...Confessions of a Homeschooler , I thought it was just such a useful suggestion. I got my box at The Container Store and I believe it was 14.99. With three kids using the blocks almost on a daily basis we waste a lot of time looking for the right blocks! I am very excited about this relatively "cheap" fix! I think it is the little things in our day that make for a "bad" time so I am trying to change a few of those things a little at a time to make the day run smoother!

Pa Pa's new toy!!!!!!

Are there any more words needed?

She lost the big one!!!

Now the story can leak out! This tooth has been loose for weeks and weeks. I am NOT a tooth person so I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad hubbie was home for this! So anyway, this tooth has been lose for weeks and on Friday night Emily and Kaitlin got in a "disagreement" and Emily tried to bite Kate (for everyone who is disgusted at my parenting tactics at this point I apologize- this truly rarely happens!), so she bit down and my eldest whacked at her with her other leg. Hence loose tooth falling out and blooding spurting from youngest face! AWESOME!

Wonderful evening. So after Dave got the bleeding stopped and all was cleaned up. I did ohhh and awe over her toothless grin and took my standard shot of all things Thompson. But then came the talk. I felt so bad because it was such a sweet moment but I couldnt let her get away with biting could I!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

All about me...

Repost from MOMMY OF TWO

I am... tired.

I think... that I am too hard on myself, on my kids, on my life.

I should... give grace, be more forgiving.

I dream... of a day that isnt perfect but right. Does that make sense? I want a day where I make all the right choices. Do the right thing!

I want... to save more. I want to not regret the money we do spend.

I know... that everything, and I mean everything is a season.

I don't like... folding socks. IT is the bane of my existence, oh and driving!

I smell... bacon. We had bacon and cheese omelette's for dinner and I still smell the bacon.

I hear... nothing. Well I hear the clacking of my keyboard.

I fear... being in small spaces, the kids being hurt or sick, the fate of our country.

I usually... get angry and blow up... Trying so hard to NOT do that!

I search... for ways I can improve myself, my kids, my family, my life.

I miss... people who are not here and am sad that I am not a part of their everyday life.

I always... eat more than I want to, i.e. might be why I am fat!

I regret... losing control and how I speak to the kids sometimes!

I wonder... what it will be like to LIVE LIKE NO ONE ELSE!!!

I crave... Rocky road ice cream.. another reason I am probably fat! :)

I remember... not much! It is why I blog and take pictures... It is my own memory box!

I need... to do the dishes before I go to bed so I wake up with a clean kitchen!

I forget... to take medicine. Any medicine! I am doing really good with the kids vitamins! Thank God for schedules and me halfway decently following one!

I feel... tired!

I can... tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue! Sometimes two knots. TMI????

I can't... whistle! CANNOT! I have tried and tried and tried!

I am happy... with our current school choices! I am pretty darn good on that front!

I lose... weight? I wish!!!!!

I sing.... in the shower! Sometimes I can just hear Dave laughing and I know he was just sitting there listening to me.

I listen... to talk radio! LIKE YALL DIDNT KNOW THAT ALREADY!!!

I shop... at Half Price books--- I love cheap books and giving gently loved books a new home!

I eat... when I am bored--- wow yet another reason I am fat!

I love.... My husband. I mean I get mad at him and I get frustrated with him but I love him unreservedly.

Katy and the Big Snow lapbook

Emily and Mary Faith worked on a Katy and the Big Snow lapbook. In the book it talks about directions as Katy went to all areas of the town to plow the snow for all the community helpers. Katy went North, South and East and West. So we worked with the girls on directions. We looked at the map of the city of Geoppolis, where Katy lives and works. We of course played with snow! We listend to snow songs on the radio and made a snowman! It was a great book time with the girls!

The House That Cleans Itself....

The House that Cleans Itself is the new goal! I mean who wouldn't want a house that cleans itself! Now I am fully aware that my house will not magically start cleaning itself after I finish this read but I do expect for my house to clean itself in the sense that I am going to be working smarter! The theory behind the book is basically WORK SMARTER! Make your home work for you! If you Always leave a keys and sunglasses on the shelf by the door- put a basket there! If your husband always dumps his briefcase and coat by the back door- put a coat rack there. If you always are finding things around the house to get given away put a basket somewhere that you can simply dump in in and when it is full --TAKE IT!

This is not brain surgery people. But I kept simply trying to change all my behaviors! Now dont get me wrong some behaviors HAVE to be changed, I mean you cant put the kitchen sink by the table because they leave glasses there! There is a time for training and disciplining! But not all the time, sometimes it is better for all around to simply make the situation fit YOUR lifestyle.

It is not about going out and buying every organizational tool known to man... it is about defining a space, making it work and then every now and than (if you dont already have something around the house to fit the need) buying something to fit THAT need.

We are doing this book at our kids book club but we decided to do a book for MOM this time and this is it! We all need it. We all want change in our homes and lives! We are all on board! In fact Brenda at The Family Revised is already posted about it, so follow along on her journey too!

I am in Part 2 of the book. I have already:

Divided my home into cleaning/ purging zones

Gone on a Prayer walk around my home and asked GOD how to make this house the best it can be and to help me be consistent and diligent.

Started an information page on each zone- what is important in each area, what I need to accomplish or change

Established my HOME BASE ZONE- which is the most important place to ME to be clean- THINK FLY LADY AND KITCHEN SINK

Got my Hubbie on board!!!

Done zone 1

Started on ZONE 2

So I am going!!!! If you would like to purchase this book and start on your own journey to a HOUSE THAT CLEANS ITSELF! Jump on board and post your story too!

Am I bugging you????

On the same trip to the health museum we saw BACKYARD BUGS-- huge anamotronic bugs that are much larger than life. I felt like I was on the stage with Honey I shrunk the KIDS. Which by the way is an awesome movie my children MUST see soon!

I DID not like the tarantula!!!! It had the fang things and all the eyes! IT was freaky!!!

Matt was not too sure about the huge ant thing! He was a little freaked out by it.

Healthy or not????

Last Thursday we had a field trip to the Health Museum. It was wonderful! The kids completed a scavanger hunt to find information all in the Your Body exhibit! We got to see a disgusting film about all the germs and parasites that live on our body-- gross!

The kids had fun and it was a nice preview to our next years study--- ANATOMY!!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Emily's Birthday Party

Sorry it has taken so long... the big b day happened on Friday night. It was a smorgasbord of activities all with the theme of Rainbow! From party bags, to games, to crafts to the cupcake rainbow cake! We had everything but Dorothy herself!

Emily thanks everyone who gave her such awesome gifts! They were all winners! Emily also says thank you to everyone who came!!!

The girls played an old fashioned game, clothespin in a bottle! They seemed to like it a lot and it made for cute pictures!