Monthly Archives: September 2007

Pre-K Openhouse

We went to Natalie’s pre-K openhouse tonight. We were able to go in her classroom and look at all the work they have done so far. Which, I must say, I was impressed with how much they have already done and learned in a little over a month. She is learning how to write her letters and numbers, about the ocean, community helpers and more.

And I must add here, that I don’t really ever hear from Natalie what she learned. All she tells me about is the social aspect of her day. Which kid is nice, which one is not so nice, who was put in time-out or didn’t follow the rules, and so on. That’s my social, rule-enforcing butterfly!

My favorite from tonight, was where the teacher wrote down what kids said their mommy or daddy did. Natalie said, “My daddy goes to work. And comes home to give me kisses.”

How sweet is that?!

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Through the Valley

Several times this week I have heard the song by Third Day, “Mountain of God”. Could be because our radio station seems to be repetitive most of the time, but I also think it was a message from God for me.

You see, here’s the chorus:
Even though the journey’s long,
and I know the road is hard.
Well the one who’s gone before me,
He will help me carry on.
And after all that I’ve been through,
now I realize the truth
that I must go through the valley
to stand upon the Mountain of God.

You may wonder, why this week it has stood out to me? Well, once again in life, I have been observant of a tragedy. In fact, just yesterday we went to the Memorial Service of our co-worker who died just over a week ago. I share this because it seems that whenever I am faced with the suffering of this world, it breaks my heart. It is hard for me to grasp at times. And I find that I just don’t like it! Not that any of us do, but I am finding for me that it is a real issue of faith and trust.

Yesterday at the service, a counselor shared his thoughts. He basically said this, that life is confusing, messy, and even hurtful. And that he realized that most of the time he wanted to be able to “fix” that for people. And yet, he has learned that he can’t fix it, but more that he can be there to help people process and grow through it.

I, too, feel that way. That I want life not to be confusing, messy or hurtful. The Bible tells us that in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33). Yet, for some reason, I am continually surprised by the suffering. Not that I am saying I shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s becoming clearer that the process my faith and trust go to in the midst of it, is not relying on the Lord. As the rest of that verse and others tell us that God is with us in that suffering and to trust Him. It is all a part of the process of life. This earth is not our home, and we were not intended for the junk of this world. But because of sin, it is here! And God is here with us!

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Fight for Kisses video

OK…this is a hilarious video!

fight for kisses

Thanks to Parent Place at Orlando Sentinel for pointing it out.

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I WON!

I don’t think I have won anything before! But this time I won a beautiful bracelet!
bracelet

One of my favorite blogs to read is Rocksinmydryer. And she also has a section where she reviews different products and highlights various vendors. The other fun part is that most of the time she will offer a give-away for the product. So, last week she highlighted Silver Mist Studios who makes amazing jewelry. And they gave-away a free bracelet to the winner – which was ME!

So, THANKS to Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer and Silver Mist Studios!

FYI – Shannon has on her blog what is called “Works for Me Wednesday” posts each week. This is where she will post a tip she has and invites others to post their tips and you can find all their links to their posts right there. I have found lots of great ideas through it.

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