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Taking a break

from the internet for a bit. Instead of surfing the net, I’ve been reading aloud with my kids, hanging out at the pool, I’ve read a few trashy novels just for fun and have been going to bed early. I’ve even woken up early a few times and have wanted to walk/run on the treadmill. I guess miracles really do still happen!

I’ll be back shortly and my blog will be different. A new name, a new format. I’m working with a great designer to revamp this place. 🙂

See you soon!

Thursday Thirteen

my son (front left) with his cousin (right)


thirteen pros & cons
of the local pool

PROS:

1. lots of kids for my children to play with

2. Six lifeguards on duty at all times

3. huge area of pool that gets no deeper than 4 feet

4. only one side of pool has a deeper area for diving,
and that part is roped off

5. several huge swirly slides & a diving area

6. open every day until 8:00pm

7. I can relax & read a book after I’m tired of swimming
and know that my children are safe

8. forced 10 minute rest breaks (potty break) for all
pool patrons under age 15 every couple of hours

CONS:

9. lots of kids swimming in the pool

10. kids with poor manners running around the poolside,
dripping water on the books of those reading quietly

11. lots of kids… uh.. swimming.. in the pool

12. kids who need to take potty breaks

13. kids. in. the. pool.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Thursday Challenge

This week’s theme is:  WET

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Youngest daughter (right- wearing pink) & her cousin at the pool. 

Back from camp

Out of the 27 pairs of underwear I sent to camp last week, only about 15 came back dirty, none of those belong to my son.

Out of the 15 towels & 24 washcloths I sent, 6 towels & 1 washcloth came back dirty.

More shirts, socks & shirts came back encrusted with dirt than I have ever seen at one time.

Their new shoes are completely worn in & not new looking any longer.

Of the three new bars of soap, one looks like it has been used.

My laundry pile is huge!

name

I had a patient today whose name reminded me of an alcoholic beverage. Since I’d probably better not put his actual name on here, I’ll use an example.

Hypothetically, the patient’s first name is Light and his last name is Miller. When I typed it in last name first, it said.. MILLER LIGHT!

I felt silly sitting there chuckling about his name. I wonder if his parents realized that not only were they naming him two first names but also the name of a brand of whiskey.

Thursday Thirteen

thirteen songs I heard on a radio show called
“Way-Back Wednesday” that took me back to younger days

1. Cuts Like a Knife – Bryan Adams

2. Chains of Love – Erasure

3. Always Something There to Remind Me – Naked Eyes

4. Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles

5. She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

6. Jack & Diane – John Mellencamp

7. Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Richie

8. Straight Up – Paula Abdul

9. She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby


10. Invisible Touch – Phil Collins

11. Roxanne – The Police

12. King of Wishful Thinking – Go West

13. The Reflex – Duran Duran

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

treasures found

I’ve been listing stuff to sell on eBay the past couple of days. Yesterday afternoon, I came across a cookbook that was Meema’s. It was in a box of books that Mom gave to me to sell. When I flipped through the pages to check for handwriting or damage, I noticed some handwritten papers. Two or three were recipes written by my aunts.

I came across a handwritten list of books that Meema wanted to read. Seeing her handwriting again after such a long time had a profound effect on me. I couldn’t breathe for a moment.

I found lots of newspaper clippings in the cookbook.. recipes, articles about people she knew, an article about Aunt M. running for re-election, and a clipping with a photo of me after winning a state vocal competition in high school. (I’m the one with blonde hair)

I always knew that Meema kept clippings of us and that she knew what was going on in our daily lives. I knew that she prayed for us when she knew we had a test in school that day. Seeing that clipping was a potent reminder.

I miss Meema. A lot. I’m so thankful to have had her in my life.

In full bloom

African Violet


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Random letter meme from Debi.

1. Galaxy – Once when I told my son to do something, like that it was time to come in to take a shower or clean his room, he said I was the meanest mom in the galaxy. That’s pretty mean, huh?

2. Gallop – I love to ride a galloping horse, when the pace is smooth & it almost feels like flying.

3. Grandparents – I grew up in the same town as both sets of my grandparents. It was wonderful to be part of their daily lives. I cherish those memories and the life lessons I learned from them.

4. Green – my favorite color.

5. Greyhound – When oldest daughter was almost 2 years old & son was about a month old, I rode on a Greyhound bus from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City. Those were the longest 36 hours of my life.

6. Guinea pig – I do not have a guinea pig & have never had one for a pet. Once my aunt had one in her grade school classroom. The guinea pig was so used to children playing with it that during state testing, when the children had to be quiet, the guinea pig squealed because it wanted attention.

7. Gumbo – When I lived in Louisiana, I learned to make gumbo. I have not made it in several years because the kids don’t care for it and I don’t know how to make a small amount.

8. Gunny sack – When I was a child, my grandparents always had a sack swing on a tree in their back yard. It was a gunny sack stuffed with hay & tied with a rope to a big branch. We’d stand on the picnic table, swing the rope, jump on & soar.

9. Gyro – Gyros from the little Greek place next to where I work are one of my favorite foods.

10. Gum – My favorite chewing gum is Fire Dragon Gum. I posted about it here.

If you’d like to play, send me an email & I’ll send you a letter. 🙂

I am from

I saw a beautiful poem at D’s blog . The poem originated here.
To see poems of others, look
here.


I am from clotheslines, walking the fence and gunny sack swings, from Tide, Clorox and Burpee garden seeds.

I am from the kind of small town where everyone knows your family…..a two-story house at the end of the drive built just the way Mom & Dad designed it, safe, comforting, happy…. home.

I am from the tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, the touch-me-nots, impantiens, black-eyed susans and bachelor buttons.

I am from holidays with all the family at Meema & Grandad’s house and not being afraid of hard work, from Johnson and Bunch, Haley and Bennett.

I am from the walks along the railroad tracks and spinning honey from the hives outside and picking blackberries for cobbler.

From not sitting to close to the television, doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do and being kind to others.

I am from Mountain Fork Christian Camp, Bible studies in our living room packed with teenagers, trips to Six Flags over Texas with the youth group, late night devotionals on the shores of the lake.

I’m from Stillwater, Oklahoma and the Choctaw Tribe of Mississippi, corn on the cob and venison.

From the “Jeanie-Weanie I beat you”, the paddling from Mrs. Dean in 2nd grade, and Oreos, fishing and campfires when camping at the lake with Jack & JoAnn.

I am from the “dog will bite” sign for Chubbs, Chico, Wayside Grocery, Granny scratching my back on the front porch, Papa’s desserts, picking potatoes from the tilled rows at Grandpa Haley’s house, driving Uncle Ben’s golf cart.

I am from happy stories passed down from parent to child. I am from holding hands and praying together before dinner every night, waiting until Christmas morning to open gifts, a new ornament to mark each year, chocolate chip cookies and Easter bread.

I am from photos, family trees, birth and death certificates, our family roll number, the little red table & chairs, Meema’s quilts.

I am a compilation of both sides of my family, of my parents and of the choices I have made.

I am sure of my family’s love and friendship. This gives me strength, independence and stablility.

 

Aaaannnddd… they’re off!

This morning was full of the normal events that come with three pre-teens & their varying personalities. Oldest daughter was waiting in the car 15 minutes before we planned to leave. Son was trying to eat one more pancake/sausage on a stick thing before we headed off. Youngest daughter was rushing around, searching for her hairbrush, the lost shoe, her purse…. numerous other things that she “forgot” to pack yesterday & suddenly remembered.

When we got to the church building, we discovered that son forgot his pillow. Luckily oldest daughter packed an extra pillow (obviously she’s the organized one at our house) and offered it to son.

They hugged and kissed me (yes… in front of their friends.. can you believe it??) & got loaded onto the van. About 25 kids from our church are going.

Since I always send them mail when they’re at camp, I’d better get their letters addressed & ready to go out tomorrow so they’ll arrive before camp is over.

Aaaannnddd… they’re off!

This morning was full of the normal events that come with three pre-teens & their varying personalities. Oldest daughter was waiting in the car 15 minutes before we planned to leave. Son was trying to eat one more pancake/sausage on a stick thing before we headed off. Youngest daughter was rushing around, searching for her hairbrush, the lost shoe, her purse…. numerous other things that she “forgot” to pack yesterday & suddenly remembered.

When we got to the church building, we discovered that son forgot his pillow. Luckily oldest daughter packed an extra pillow (obviously she’s the organized one at our house) and offered it to son.

They hugged and kissed me (yes… in front of their friends.. can you believe it??) & got loaded onto the van. About 25 kids from our church are going.

Since I always send them mail when they’re at camp, I’d better get their letters addressed & ready to go out tomorrow so they’ll arrive before camp is over.

Countdown (part 2)

In less than 9 hours, I will be pulling out of the driveway with my car filled to the brim with three children, sleeping bags, towels, bug spray, disposable cameras & flashlights.

We’ve spent the day making sure there were enough pairs of shorts, socks & underwear, clean swimsuits, new cans of shaving cream (for the annual shaving cream fights), soap dishes & laundry bags.

The suitcases & sleeping bags are lined up at the bottom of the staircase, ready to go. All that’s left to pack are hairbrushes, toothbrushes & toothpaste after they get ready to leave in the morning. It’s amazing to see how much stuff is needed for a week at camp.

Forgiveness

A few days ago, I got the July issue of Family Circle magazine in the mail. There’s an article in the health section about forgiveness. I’ve been mulling it over ever since I read it.

Several authors who have written books about forgiveness are quoted and the steps of forgiveness, as well as benefits of the act, are discussed.

Fred Luskin, Ph. D., co-founder and director of Stanford University’s Forgiveness Project talks about the steps of forgiveness. He says that first, we should be clear about why we’re hurt. Then identify your feelings (are you remorseful, angry, sad). Last, confide in someone that you trust.. someone who will listen without judgement.

Ways of healing are also discussed. Among those are (paraphrasing): let it go (take a break from the hurtful person), trade places (empathize), focus on the positive, have realistic expectations (let go of perfectionist ideals), be thankful for the good things in your life, and give it time.

I find it interesting that many of the things they discussed.. findings from the studies of the effects of forgiveness, health benefits, levels of happiness, how it’s more for the “forgiver” & not necessarily about the “forgiv-ee,” are things that I have found to be true in my own path to forgiving my ex-husband & putting the past behind & moving on with my life.

If you come across the magazine, it’s a good article. I recommend reading it.

The authors/books mentioned are:

The Power of Forgiveness by Everett Worthington, Ph. D.

Forgive for Good by Fred Luskin, Ph. D.

How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To
by Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph. D.

Forgiveness is a Choice by Dr. Enright

Let the countdown begin…..

On Sunday morning at 8:00am central standard time, my three children will be on the church bus on their way to a week of church camp. I’ll spend the next 36 or so hours packing suitcases, sleeping bags, and permission forms. We’ve already gotten trial sizes of shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, sunscreen & bug spray. We need to pick up flashlights, notebooks, and a few last minute things.. but not much is left on the list.

I will miss them… toward the end of the week.. and they will have a blast.

I love church camp! What will I do with an entire week to myself?