Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
You want to know how I've been humored this Sunday? Well, I'll tell you anyway. This weekend, in the blogosphere, there was an event called the Bloggy Giveaways. This is where literally hundreds of people post on their blogs something that they want to give away...FOR FREE!! How nice! How many things in this world are free? The only thing you had to do was go to their blogs, see what they were giving away, and comment on their blogs if you liked or were interested in what they had for a giveaway. I can't tell you how many I checked out, but I was on my computer longer than I've ever been since I've owned a computer. I never spend that much time on a computer.
Anyway, if you win something, the host blog would email you to let you know. Well, here is how I was humored today. I WON SOMETHING, and I wasn't really supposed to. What do I mean? Well, I went on http://www.thingsyoudidntdo.wordpress.com/ and Jen Campbell, the blog owner, was doing a Goods 4 Girls Giveaway, that is, Jen decided that instead of giving away something, she would ask people to post or comment who were interested in making sure someone else in "need" got something. She is making sure that underprivileged girls in Africa have access to sanitary napkins. They are called Lunapads. Anyone that commented on her post would have, courtesy and at the expense of Ms. Campbell, Lunapads sent to Africa in their honor. How neat is that!! So I did win in a way, and so did some girl in Africa that I don't even know. Well, to make this even better, Jen decided that since I was expecting nothing at all, she would give me something anyway-3 organic handkerchiefs from Lunapads. Well, needless to say, I was thrilled, I really got something for...well something, because it sure wasn't for nothing!! I got the knowledge and happiness that somebody I don't even know got something that they needed, and I got something else just for caring about that. Praise the Lord!! How precious. Well thank you Ms. Campbell.
Humor Me Sundays is usually about something we can laugh and smile about, a joke, something we've heard that makes us smile, etc. Well, I was really humored today because this did make me smile! I can't wait to see my handkerchiefs!!
Have a blessed Sunday!!
Friday, April 25, 2008
My precious readers, you want to know what kind of fun I had this Friday and what kind of fun you can have on some Fridays? Bloggy Giveaways and finding blogs that either you can relate to or that you just enjoy looking at because the pictures are so cool!! I don't get to do this often, nor do I want to (have other priorities), but there are so many interesting, talented, gifted, knowledgeable people out there in the blogosphere! Because I visited so many today for the giveaways, I got to come across some of the most wonderful blogs that I would love to go back and visit. One day, I will create a blogroll for my blog page, and share some of my blog finds with you. Then, you can enjoy them too. I know you would.
One of the interesting ones I found, that I will surely go back to and read more on, is http://www.kettleandcup.com/. This weekend, they were giving away an exciting book that I would love to have...FOR FREE...and I hope I win it! Before now, the only site I've gone on concerning winning something is http://www.pensieve.typepad.com/. It's because I know Robin and this is all safe, etc. Plus, I wasn't really into trying to get freebies from people for the most part. I didn't really care and this wasn't my thing, although receiving something nice from someone was nice. Well, while that's still pretty much my character and way, I have really enjoyed looking at the things offered during this "bloggy giveaway weekend." It was really FUN!! Next time, maybe I'll be better prepared and invite you to join in and see what all of the fun is about. I really think my readers will like and appreciate it...I think! Well, at least go to the two websites I mentioned above. You will enjoy these, one especially if you're a tea lover like me, and the other for the sheer "conversation" and some beautiful pictures to boot. I pray you had fun with your family or...with yourself in whatever you enjoy this Friday!! I sure did!!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
My wonderful readers, I have found a great blog that has a wonderful theme that I will now be a part of, called Marriage Monday. Talks on this theme run once a month at http://chrysaliscom.blogspot.com/. I will still continue my Mommy Mondays posts/theme the rest of the month, but because this subject is so important to me, I'd like to take one day a month to participate. Head over to this blog to get more details, or you can click on the Marriage Monday button here on my blog. Scroll down and look on the left side of the page for the button with the yellow and green rope tied in a knot. Monday, May 5th, will be the next gathering for the next topic--"The Crazy Way We Met." You get to comment about how you and your spouse met. Again, more details are at the blog site. You can also read archived articles and posts on the Marriage Monday theme. They are excellent! This blogger really has something worthy, useful, helpful, wonderful, etc. to say!!! Her posts are timely, timeless, and much appreciated!! I want to invite you to start joining in on Marriage Mondays also. You will see future themes for upcoming gatherings and the dates for them when you click on the button, as they are posted. If you really love and appreciate this theme and the topics and comments as much as I have (just recently), consider joining the Marriage Monday blogroll on the Chrysalis blog site and adding the MM button to your blog page if you have one. If not, just check in whenever you have time when you're online, and join in. We'd love to have you!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
The answer to this week's poll, "which country consumes the most tea annually?" is India. Can you believe it? Only one person thought of this one. Most of you thought that China consumed the most, and I think there was one for Japan. I can see why you thought this. You hear the most about Japanese and Chinese tea and tea drinking, but there are many regions in India that grow tea and practically the whole population consumes it several times a day. There are probably some there who don't get their 6-8 glasses of water a day and prefer to drink tea instead, with water coming in second instead of first. Look at the bottom of the blog page for the new poll for this week. Answer coming next week. Tune in. BTW, sorry no post for Mommy Mondays today. Mommy was being a Mommy and was too busy to post. See you for To the Tune of Tea Tuesday (tomorrow) hopefully.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Sorry I'm late with the list of things you can save on this month. Here I am giving you the list mid-month, and you've probably done a lot of your shopping and saving for the month already!! Well, if you're like me, and you haven't done all of your shopping and saving yet for the month, maybe you'll get some use out of this list. For the rest of you, this is good for that last minute thing or maybe next year. What things can you save on in the month of April? It's a good time to buy:
Easter clothes and accessories (haven't you seen this stuff everywhere?!!)
Electronics (time to get that new, expensive TV with HD that you're going to be forced to get whether you're satisfied with your "regular, working-perfectly-fine" existing TV or not, or, like us, get the converter box--wonder if April is a good month to save on that too--oh yeah, you can go online and get a coupon for the box--well, isn't that a wonderful courtesy to extend to ones you're forcing to do what they didn't choose for themselves and their family in the first place?--oh I keep forgetting, it's just a matter of keeping up with changing technology; it's for our own good; it's what you must do unless you plan on dieing any time soon. What was I thinking?!)
A kitchen stove
Paint (start thinking about refreshing those rooms guys!)
Wallpaper (oh well, skip the paint and go for the wallpaper!)
And these my dears, are all of the wonderful things you could have or can still save on this month! Have a really good shopping and savings day today. Come home, look over your purchases, and feel good about your careful, prayerful choices and what you did with God's money today!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Did you ever think that since you're not some famous old person or you're not dead:), you don't have anything to say, or at least anything profound that people want to hear? Well, maybe you really don't:) (kidding!), but...maybe you do! I think there is a famous quote or profound finding or statement inside of everyone, if you dig for it. Some may not have to dig too deep; they may be gifted that way. I'm not, but I like thinking, and I like hearing from the Holy Spirit and people that have thought carefully about their words, and when they utter them, it's profound, or needful, or interesting, or something like that. I'd like to hear from you. Let's make you "famous" right now. Why wait until you're dead? Let's celebrate your thoughts today!! You DO have something to say! Give me a thought of yours, that in the future, could be compared to some of the greatest quotes made by those who've passed away. Even if no one ever sees it but us (my readers...all 3 of them:) kidding again...it's 4!), you'll be celebrated and appreciated (and maybe even quoted!) TODAY!! As usual, I'll start us off. You leave me a comment and give me your best, your own, personal quote...GIVE ME YOU!
"Think about trials. Can God trust you with one?"
"If you can tell how a man will treat his wife by the way he treated his mother, you can tell how a woman will choose a man by the way her father treated her."
"Train up a dog in the way he should 'go,' and when he poops, he will depart from it."
"What your grandparents pour into you, you should pour out on paper; let the ink spill across the pages, then you use it to pour into the next generations, to pour across the ages."
"To raise a child, you really don't have to make more than a one-time investment. You make the decision once to invest in them for the rest of their lives."
"There will always be many ways to get from point A to point B, but there will never be more than one way to get There from here."
"Rather than trying to figure out how to get along with others, how to come across, how to help, etc., just love them and everything else just falls into place, every time."
"Love is eternally fail-safe and fool-proof."
"Whoever said that 'sugar and spice and everything nice' is what girls are made of must not have known mine, but they sure know their cup of chai!"
"If you could see the average mind at work, it would be waiting on something bad, hoping for something good, and doing the limbo in between."
"Babies remind us of many things: When we're young-why we're having them, when we're older-why we don't need anymore of our own, and when we're elderly-why we've lost our minds because of them."
"It's a sin to trash a great mind. Just know when it needs to go into the recycle bin."
"Some people don't need to write 1 quote or 12, because they really DON'T have anything to say:)"
Have yourself a thoughtfully "quotatious" Thursday!!!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Jacob was the most popular boy's name in 2006. That surprised me when I found the information. I don't think anyone picked that name as their answer either. So...there you go. There is a new poll starting today, if you're interested. It is at the bottom of the blog page. The correct answer will be posted next week. Go play along.
- What would you do and/or say if your son or daughter came home and told you that they were gay?
- What would you say to your child if you and they had dreams of them going to college and they suddenly changed their minds and didn't want to go at all?
- What if they told you they didn't believe in Jesus, but somebody or something else?
- What if they told you that they were atheist?
- What would you say if your child or mentoree wanted to get tattoos all over their bodies and/or piercings (and you didn't like them personally)? What about just one tattoo?
- What would you say to your child who insists on looking like the world (or Hollywood), no matter what you buy them and what you say?
- What if your child admitted to being bulimic or you found out that they were anorexic? Would you blame yourself?
- What if your daughter told you that she had an abortion without you knowing it?
- What if your teenage or adult son told you that he had fathered a child you didn't know about?
- What if your child told you they had been having sex for a while and you didn't know it?
- How would you handle your child wanting to leave home too soon, before the age of 18?
- What would you do if you caught your underaged child smoking?
- What if you found out that your child had an addiction to pornography?
- What if you found out that your child was the perpetrator of a hanous crime and you never knew until the news broke months or even years later?
Now I just realized as I was typing that almost all, but not all of these questions has been posed to me at one time or another. The rest I just sat here and thought about adding. I've always thought I would like to respond to these questions with perfect, Christian answers, and that is possible, but you couldn't do it alone. I have the perfect answer and the whole scenario and drama played out in my head on how it would go should I ever get into one of these situations personally. It seems to me realistically, we'd better be doing some preparation work in prayer now. We live in a fallen world, and again realistically, any of these things can happen to us, so the question still remains, "What would you say or do if...?"
Have a contemplative and prayerful Monday!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Robin over at Pensieve.typepad.com gave an opportunity for us to express ourselves with poetry once more, to write a Haiku or two, about Spring. I was excited about this as usual, so I did one or two, well, a few. Check out my little efforts below. I hope you enjoy them, and why don't you consider submitting a little something the next time she gives invitation. Haikus and many other types of poetry are really easy to write.
Insects come from dormancy,
trying out their wings.
Sun, kiss my cold skin!
Swim suit, shorts, sandals, tanks, tees-
Body, come alive!
Beam me up SUNny!
Now, you control my body!
I need to feel hot!
Cold nights slip away;
Warm days on the horizon,
She is almost here!
One day hot; one day so cold!
I think Spring is SPRUNG!
Pleads to go outside
Tired of winter's cold prison
Kids make their exit.
Okay, so I'm trying to think of something to do for a Friday fun post and I got inspiration from several of my favorite blogs out there, so, I'm combining all of my newfound ideas into one...A PICTURE, A POEM OR A POST.
Here's how it's going to work: You view or re-view the pictures I've posted on my blog. There are a handful of them; just click on earlier or older posts on the left side of the blog page, go to previous months, or, more simply, click on the label "photos." Look at them very carefully. My desire is that you write a short, little, simple poem about it, preferably something funny, since it's Friday Fun day, but you can do something serious or just thoughtful. I like that too. If you just feel you can't pull out a poem (I hope you are not intimidated by that--we're talking just something simple!), then post me a thoughtful comment about what you thought when you saw it; what did it make you think of? What stuck out or surprised you about it? Whatever you want to say. I can't wait to hear your comments or POEMS!! I'll start us off. This poem will be about me in the mint green prom dress. Lord help me!!
She wore mint green to her prom.
Where did she get the idea from?
It was mermaid style.
I was so chic!
I wore it awhile,
While the prom hours did tick.
Finally I shed my frock
That I now view with shock!
Wait! No! For my time, my look did rock!
Find the post that has me in my mint green prom dress.
Have FUN this Friday. I'm outta' heah!!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
WHAT HAPPENED TO MOTHER GOOSE AND HER NURSERY RHYMES?
Don't you remember that there was no nursery school without nursery rhymes? Could you even graduate nursery school or from your mom's knee if you didn't know every word to "The Old Woman That Lived in a Shoe?" And by the time you did graduate from one of these places, you could quote and/or sing so many so accurately that teachers beamed with pride and moms thought you were just the cutest, smartest thing in the world. I mean I didn't even realize that you could finish your mental growth process unless you learned a few nursery rhymes. That was the prerequisite to going somewhere in life. This was on every good parent's list of things to do with baby/toddler that day. What am I saying in essence? Nursery rhymes WERE IMPORTANT!! I loved them. I still do. What happened?!! Did they go out of style; were they politically incorrect; did we decide that the silly, senseless ones "dumbed down" our kids? So that's what happened to me huh?
Well, I'm going to have "dumbed down" kids because I taught them ones I grew up with when they were small, and they loved hearing them for the same reasons I did, the rhyme and rhythm, the time with parents, the stories they told, the song they sang. Now it seems that my 9 year old has forgotten them. I guess I didn't read them and sing them long enough. Did I join the fast-paced, technological age where we left this stuff behind in the dust for bigger, smarter, better things? Well, I miss those nursery rhymes. I want to sing them and say them to her again. My boys know them. I may have another chance to teach another generation these wonderful rhymes after all. I have a precious little baby girl that I babysit. She'll want to hear them...maybe.
What are your favorite ones? Can you recall them? How far can you quote them before you realize you've forgotten some of the words? Leave me a comment at the bottom of this post telling me your favorite one/s. Quote it if you can, if it's short, and in part if it's long. I'd love to go back down memory lane with you. I'm going to list some of the ones I remember below. I may have to cheat and look some of them up to finish the parts of it that my old brain won't let me recall.
Let's start with "Baa Baa Black Sheep"
Baa, Baa black sheep,
have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir
three bags full;
one for the master,
one for the dame,
one for the little boy
who lives down the lane.
All around the mulberry bush
the monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun.
Pop! goes the weasel.
A penny for a spool of thread.
A penny for a needle.
That's the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel.
Up and down the City Road,
in and out of the Eagle,
That's the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel.
Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
half a pound of treacle,
mix it up, and make it nice.
Pop! goes the weasel.
(Still love it! I can just see myself cranking the handle on a jack-in-the-box and hearing this rhyme/song still--I didn't even know what it was talking about then, but I loved it, and it still sticks with me)
Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle,
And never went there again!
You guys MUST remember The Eency Weency Spider and The Farmer in the Dell!! They are too big for me to type out here, but does that not bring back memories?!! There are so many more I remember like:
Georgie Porgie, puddin' and pie
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away!
What? Did ol' George think he was about to get the royal "beat down" from the boys who discovered he had kissed the girls and made them cry? Is that why he ran away? Oh Word! If we try to analyze nursery rhymes,...now that's a whole different story or post. We could have some serious fun with that!!
Well, thanks for walking down memory lane with me. I've really enjoyed recalling these. I think that I will not rule them out forever like some have. I think that even these modern day babies can still enjoy these...even if they don't know yet what they mean!:)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST, BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOUR CHILDREN?
You can give them Jesus and a Godly legacy. There is nothing else you can possibly give that will be better and longer lasting. They will have the benefit of Jesus in this life and the next. No other gift can do that (last that long); no other gift can "one-up" Jesus! It's the one gift that keeps on giving. Your children will have Him in this lifetime, they will pass Him on to their children, then they will pass Him to their children, and the legacy continues. Your children will then die with Jesus. Will live again with Jesus, and they will do so for eternity. What else can do that? What else is better?
I'm sitting here thinking of all that my children have to go through as teenagers in our world today. It's tough!! It's more than tough!! I wouldn't want to be a teenager in these times. It's hard enough being a parent of teenagers in these times. I'm not sure who is worse off, us or the children we're dealing with:)!!! Want them to have a fighting chance? Give them Jesus!
Even when you're smoothly sailing (never make the mistake of thinking you're going to perpetually sail smoothly when you're currently "smooth sailing"), they need to hear about this wonderful gift, Jesus. In this world, trouble will come inevitably (that's the job of the enemy, the trial of our faith and dependency on Christ and what happens as a result of "the fall"). What can you give them that will have them praising in good times (and bad)? Who can be the someone who understands and that they can run to during the storms, as they sail along? Give them Jesus!
Teens like to share. They will share their clothes, their latest technological devices, information, their time, their hair products, their food, OUR money:), everything. They even share things they shouldn't!! Obviously they will, at some point, share something. Give them the greatest "something" (I know;God is a "HIM") to share with friends (they won't share what they don't have). Give them Jesus!
Talk about Jesus when you wake up, when you lie down, as you go along in your day. There is a verse that says this better or more completely than I have typed it here, but where it is escapes me right now, but you get the gist of it. Talk about Jesus to your children whenever you get an opportunity, which is quite often if you pay attention. For those of you who want this great gift for your children, and you don't have the gift yourself, well, obviously you need the gift before you can pass it along. You don't have to immediately go anywhere or to anybody looking for Him . He is already there, yes right there with you (He is everywhere at all times!!) waiting for you to receive His gift (Himself; salvation, eternity with Him, no hell; He is full of benefits; all pluses, no minuses). Just pray (nothing formal is necessary; you could have never prayed before in your life; God isn't impressed by our words), tell him that you want Him; tell Him that you need Him; tell Him that you've sinned and you believe Him to be the ONLY person who can forgive all of your past, present, and future sins. Tell Him that you want Him for yourself and to give to your children. And if none of this makes sense to you after you pray, but you know you need and want Him, then go talk to someone about Him. Pray and ask Him to put someone in your life that He knows will lead you straight to Him. Call your neighbor (you know, the one you've been watching and are impressed with) who talks about God and/or goes to church and ask them about Him and where they worship. If you go looking for Him, you will find Him, and so will your children.
I'm the tea-cha on Tuesdays. I'm afraid I sound like the prea-cha on Monday:). Well, while I'm certainly not a prea-cha, I am a messenger of God's Word to any who will hear of Him. I pray that you give your children Jesus, the greatest gift of all. And if they already know Him, keep His name on your lips before them. Their acceptance of and following after Him will be relief and joy or balm to a parent's heart.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Okay, so you can tell by the title that there will not be much in the way of a post today folks!! I am really tired, and have been for the last 3 days. It's finally catching up with me. I'm the kind of person who doesn't even like to say she's tired, let alone "be" tired.
I think, if I do anything at my computer today at all, I'll go blog-hopping to a few of my favorite bloggers' sites...MAYBE.
I certainly hope that you, my readers, are having an ENERGETIC day though. Why don't you use this time to check out some of my other posts. I think you'll really enjoy some, if not all.
BTW, whomever answered the poll at the bottom of the blog page got all of the answers right. Everything listed was a fruit except, of course, the sweet potato. There will be a new poll today. Go check it out and see, in a week, if you got the answer right. I won't be too tired to at least put a fresh poll on the page. I think I can muster the energy to do that. Pray for me people!:) I'm getting old and don't have that unending supply of energy I used to have, evidently. I really HATE to admit that.:)
Have a good day!!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Well, since no one responded to the post "POST HUNTING AND A PRIZE," I don't have a winner to announce today. Too bad!! I was ready to give a good book away. Well, maybe next time!! I'll just keep the book and maybe enter it into another contest later, or...add it to my library.