Friday, November 14, 2014

Changed My Mind

Yesterday I was bringing my daughter's friend back home after a time of hanging out at our house.  Snow has hit Minnesota and they were dying to go sledding together.  I was bringing her home and the friend said it's her birthday tomorrow and can my daughter go to a movie with her and then sleep over.  The movie they were going to see is Dumb and Dumber To.  So then my mind is both going a thousand miles a second and freezing up unable to think at the same time.  How do I feel about this?  If I say no, it's going to start a bunch of arguing and pleading by my daughter as to why I'm saying no.  And no amount of polite explaining is going to work.  It's impossible to explain things to her in a polite and vague way in front of her friends when the real reason I'm saying no has a direct correlation to the invitation at hand.  So my back and forth mind said that yes it was okay for her to go.  She's seen the first movie at home with us and that wasn't that bad.  Surely the friend's parents wouldn't be bringing their daughter to this movie if it's that bad. But all the while I'm thinking that I'm not sure about this.  Why did I say yes?  I should have just said no to begin with.  At home I go to my computer and look up a review.  I go to the site Plugged In to see what they've written about it.  I don't like what I see.  This PG 13 seems to be really pushing it.  So I tell her that I've changed my mind and the answer is no but we can totally pick a date for a sleep over.  "Let's get it on the calendar", I say.  To my surprise, although she was disappointed, she handled it well.  But I felt bad.  Felt bad that she had gotten excited about seeing a movie and having a sleepover with a friend and now I had taken it away.   But the only reason I had said yes in the first place was because she had been invited.  I would not have chosen this movie for her in any other circumstance.   So instead I treated her to the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Or whatever it's called.  A movie she had wanted to see, but because we hardly ever go to the movie theater, it's a movie she had not seen yet.  We shared and popcorn and a Mountain Dew.  She bought some Dots.  It was very enjoyable......and much more appropriate.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Scripture Prayer: Colossians 1:9-14

This beautiful passage of scripture is my prayer for my family today:

Colossians 1:9-14

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully

giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

He Who Promised is Faithful

Therefore, brothers, 

since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place 
by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,

and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart
in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled 

to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,

for he who promised is faithful.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds.

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another...

Hebrews 10:19-25

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Wonderful Beth Moore Simulcast

Yesterday I was very excited to get to go to a Beth Moore simulcast held at my church.  I had attended a live Beth Moore conference back in April and LOVED it.  So I was thrilled when my own small church in my small town was able to get plugged into the simulcast.  We joined in a live stream from her conference out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She said that there, in total, were approximately 190,000 women from all over the globe joined together in worship and learning.  Amazing.

One thing she talked a lot about yesterday was that each of us have an identity in Christ.  She gave us an identity declaration which goes like this:

I am a woman of God
Redeemed by Jesus Christ
Loved, pursued, and chosen
Equipped with words of life
Clothed in strength and dignity
Commissioned here and now
Gifted by the Spirit
Forgiven and unbound

Blessed is she who believed.
She has a beautiful graphic of this at her blog that you can print out.  Read this to yourself everyday and put on this wonderful identity.  Keep what the world and your own head says to you far away.
If you ever get the chance to see or hear Beth Moore I strongly recommend it. There are still some dates on her 2014 tour and the 2015 locations have also been announced.  Or check out some of her videos on YouTube.
Here is a trailer for her 2014 conference tour:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This 'n That

Today I went in to school to help with a few of the preparations.  Mostly, putting name tags in cubbies.  And putting some new supplies away.  The new metallic paint, not to mention the glitter paint, looks awesome!!  I saw and visited with the teacher I work with, our secretary, and our new director.  There will be lots of changes and a few unknowns, but all in all I'm hopeful for a great year in preschool.  I also threw out some stale, expired snacks (still in the cupboard from last year) and wondered what in the world a bag of many, many ketchup and mustard packets are doing in the refrigerator.  Speaking of that refrigerator, my neat-freak self just might have to go in and give that refrigerator a thorough wipe down before we start the year because if it doesn't get done now it may not get done and it will bother me all.year.long.  

I know who my daughter's teacher is for next year.   It's one of the perks of being a teacher/school employee family.  My daughter doesn't know yet.  Because as soon as she does she'll be on the phone seeing who her friends have.  So we'll just wait until the letters go out and everything is official.  Wouldn't you know she got a teacher about whom I know nothing.  But being that I do know how awesome 3 of the other 5th grade teachers are, I'm not worried.  I also know that there are two of her good friends in that class.  I'm not sure how good of friends those two are to each other though.  And that might be a problem.  Groups of 3 are hard.  The other day my daughter told me that I just don't understand 5th grade in the year 2014.  I may just understand more than she thinks, but....maybe not.

It's been more than a month since we cancelled satellite tv.  But with Netflix to save us we certainly haven't lacked for screen time.  I started watching Friday Night Lights starting with episode one and got completely hooked.  Sucked in.  Obsessed.  I'm now into season 2 episode 6.  In a week.  I'm telling you I have no life this summer and my brain has turned to mush and I need school to start for me as much as for my kids.  Though I maybe shouldn't have watched Friday Night Lights right before I signed my son up for 9th grade football.  You know, 'cuz of the very first episode where the star quarter back gets injured and his paralyzed for life.  But like I said....sucked in.

20 days of summer vacation left.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Summer's Here, but School's A-Comin'!

August already.  Of course the summer seemed to be kind of dragging me but now that it's August it's like,  "Aack! What! School's going to be here before I know it and didn't we just get out of school, like, yesterday?  Put away all supply lists, we still have some summer left!"

But, in all reality, I did, in fact, buy all of Emma's school supplies on Monday.  And I was actually excited when this came in the mail the other day:
I get out my pen and post-it notes and comb through the new Community Education catalog looking for great new (or old) activities for my kids taking special note of the registration deadlines.  Especially those that come up extraordinarily early.  Like when you have to registered for summer baseball by February 7.   So I've got Emma all signed up for volleyball and will sign her up for basketball soon.  Her piano teacher will be calling soon to schedule piano lesson day.  And ANY DAY NOW we will get the letter that tells us who her teacher will be.  Thankfully I am very impressed with our team of 5th grade teachers and I don't mind who she gets for a teacher this next year.  At least I don't think I do.  Emma's pattern has been to have tougher years on the even numbers and piece of cake years on the odd numbers.  Kindergarten?  Stomach aches and anxiety.  1st grade?  Easy peasy.  Last year ended up fine but started off rocky so I'm hopeful for a no-sweat kind of year coming up.  

Don't even get me started on the fact that my oldest starts high school this year.  High school !?!?!?!?  What is it about time that the days can be so long but the years are so short?  How is it that he was could curl up in my arms and now towers over me even with heels on (me not him)?  I know every parent feels this same way, yet it truly amazes me to be experiencing it for myself.  He did not have a school supply list this year and I am NOT going to complain about that.

Yet we really do have a month of summer yet.  School doesn't start until Sept. 2 and we're going to enjoy each day until then.  And then we'll back to a very familiar routine.