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Where I’ve been! 

I am so sorry!  I haven’t been able to post for a while, and don’t know if I will be able to in the near future.  You see, I have some wonderfully frustrating internet difficulties going on with my computers ~ both of them!  My PC seems to need a new fan and so it shuts down after about 5 minutes of doing anything.  Right now I am on my laptop, which has been shutting down on internet stuff after about 5 or 6 page clicks or if I try to have several windows open.  Virus??? Don’t know… seems to be working right now, or maybe I’m just unknowingly racing against the clock (you’ll know if I get this posted, at least for this time.).

At any rate, I’ve been trying to make frequent trips to our public library and the public access computers, but do you have any idea how interestin it is to try to do computer work in a public pace with a 2 year old?  🙂  So, I’m just able to check into the important e-mails and race off a few replies before I need to duck and run from all of the glares of those around me.  “Don’t you people have any idea that this is the wa 2 year olds are?  AND this IS a public library with, might I add, a children’s section!!”  Anyway…

Fun with a map and compass and in the park! 

Have kept us going at our own leisurly summertime pace… still trying to make it through the whole disk golf course at the nearby local park… we are getting better, slowly but surely.  It sure is a fun way to explore a park!  I had no idea our park had so many hidden nooks and crannies!

The newest cheapie fun we’ve found to try is letterboxing.  Similar to the whole current GPS geocaching phenomenon, but you don’t need the high-tech gadgetry (ya’ll know me… not into most gadgets).  Just a compass and a stamp.  Basically, it’s a huge scavenger hunt going on all over the world!  We are currently trying to find one in another park… we’ve been to where it is, we just haven’t explored it’s hiding place deep enough.  So we’re about to set off for that again in a little while.  Another one we’ve tried is at a rest area… that one may have to wait until winter and the overgrowth dies back!  For more info, check out  http://www.lbna.net/kids/  and just clickj around a bit until you get to the main pae and links to other sites, as this sub-link is primarily for children.  You could also try googleing “letterboxing”.  Have fun and let me know if you’re getting into it!

Thanks so much for everbody checking in with me and asking if I’ve dropped off of the face of the planet.  So, I’m not off the planet, just the ether-planet!  I’ll try to get on as often as I can.  I’ll be at my folks house in a week or so, so maybe a little bit easier to post from there!  Granny is turning 89!  Happy birthday Granny!  We love you!  xoxoxoxoxo

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Give Away Time!

Know someone who is pregnant (there’s a soon to be 4th timer in my daughter’s GS troop) or are you pregnant or gonna be soon?  Check out 5 Minutes For Mom where they are giving away something called a belly band.  I didn’t use one, but it looks useful!  I entered for my friend.

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What is it about some books that frightens people? In a recent conversation with a good friend I stated that, while you should be very aware about how a book makes you think and how it may change your beliefs and actions, there is nothing inherently bad about any book. I believe that is a totally true statement. I further believe that folks are frightened because they don’t know themselves well enough to be assured that what they read will not insipidly alter the truths God has written on their hearts.

Now, before you start yelling at me (and you computer screen) and trying to get out a “but”, let me validate what I’m saying with some scripture and further explain how this very question has affected my life. I’ll also say that I’m not trying to offend anybody or start an argument… well reasoned or even plain ol’ “I believe” statements in the comments are welcome and encouraged, though.  For a list of some of the things I have read, check out my Book Bliss page.  All scriptures are from the NIV.

Psalms 56:13 ~ “For you have delivered me (or my soul) from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life” (light being referenced back to 36:9 meaning life in it’s fullness as it was created to be).

Romans 14: 13-23 Tells me to not judge anyone else or their beliefs, not to make someone do something that is against their belief, that things (in this passage food) are not in themselves unclean and to be aware of how my freedom in regards to this belief affects those around me. Also, “Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” (So, this post is not meant to try to change your beliefs about any particular book, but to try to explain my own freedom in this matter and provide the reasons I believe scripture gives me for this freedom. You are, of course, free to search the scriptures yourself and decide the boundaries of your own freedom.)

1 Corinthians 8: 4-9  Culminating in  “But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.  Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.”

2 Corinthians 12: 8-10 ~ “…” My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  …  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses… For when I am weak, then  am strong.”  and Ephesians 3:16-17a ~ “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”  and Philippians 4:13 ~ “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Hebrews 8: 10b ~ on the new covenant of Christ… “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.”

Hebrews 10:39 & 11:1 ~ “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.  Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

My faith is in Christ Jesus and my salvation through Him.  There is nothing else that is more powerful than that.  There is nothing that can change that for me unless I am being a lazy Christian and not paying attention to how Satan uses things.  That is the witness I want to be.  I also struggle to take myself out of situations where I might try to shove my freedom down someone’s throat or be their stumbling block.  The millstone being put around my neck is what makes me try to be constantly aware.  Sometimes I fail.  He does not.

 

 

And what about children’s books? Don’t we have an obligation to prevent our children from reading things that would harm them?  For me and mine, I believe my greater obligation is to prevent them from assuming a spirit of fear.  To be strong in their freedom and discerning of everything, not being spoonfed my own discernment and “protected” against things that have no power over us if we put our faith in Christ.  That does not mean that there aren’t things I would not suggest they read.  Some recent anthologies I have read spring to mind.  Books of short stories wherein much was engaging and entertaining, but some contained images that were not necessary to the story (where the author felt compelled for shock value, I guess, to include sexual comments and the like).  I told S and P that the stories were mostly good, but some of them I did not care for, pointed out the good ones and let them ask about the ones I left out.  That opportunity I took to explain to them the reasons I didn’t particularly care for those stories, exactly as I just did here.  Did they read them anyway?  I don’t think so, but I didn’t stop them by my words; I may have stopped them by my example.

And as for Harry Potter books and the like… if the problem with them is the children’s apparent flaunting of adults and their rules, then fine.  I get that.  What I don’t get is having a problem with the witchcraft and wizardry in the books.  These are fantasy books, after all.  The books aren’t meant as textbooks to teach witchcraft, although in the early days of the series I believe there were reports of many children who did view them as such.  My question has always been “where are the parents?”  If parents were there to guide their children, to ask the questions (is magic real?  no it’s not) and to monitor how the books were impacting their children’s lives, they could have proven to be the explanation for their young readers as to why God is greater than everything and His power alone will triumph.  Instead, by not providing that, or by “protecting” them from the books, well meaning parents give the accuser another tool ~ fear and ignorance.  I still am not saying everyone should read these books; I am saying, know exactly why you do or do not, so that you can relate that information to the children, giving them tools to fight their own battles.

I was a member of my last church for some time before a new pastor took over.  The first pastor’s wife had problems with the Star Wars movies and this idea of “the force”.  Her reaction was to give voice to her concerns that people got lost in the ideas of “the force” instead of God whenever the movies were brought up.  She did not try to persuade anyone to her fears, but instead warned and provided reasons for her warnings.                                                                                      The second pastor (whose wife used images of Star Wars to make some scripture come to life for her listeners) came in with “guns a’blazin'”, preaching from the pulpit how anyone who read these books or allowed their children to read them were fooling themselves into damnation.  Never mind that his own children were full grown and he himself had never read one of the books.  Now, these were his convictions and he is welcome to them.  I always wondered though, if he really believed that the best way to convince his flock of this was to yell, spit and pound his fists on the pulpit.  My impression of him as a leader of the church was not helped by this.  I struggle to get over that.  I delight to know that, in the end, our differences on this topic will not matter ~ I’ll be at the same table he’s invited to.  🙂

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Monday Milestone

I am happy to announce that M is no longer afraid of bath bubbles! yeeeeaaaaaaa!

On the family life front … we went out and enjoyed a new game yesterday~ disc golf.  Basically it’s the same as golf only with a frisbee or disc and baskets that you aim at.  We played 2 of the nearby baskets while M played on the playground and just about gave her Daddy heart attacks at every turn.  I got 7 on one and 8 on the other… par was supposed to be 3 on both.  I’m not a terribly good frisbee thrower.  At least it was free family fun, the best kind!  The man in the picture won the 2006 PDGA tour.  Yes, that’s funny!   (I would love to try geo caching when I can afford to get a GPS thingy or tag along with someone who does.)

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Why?

Why can’t I get the theme song for “The Fresh Prince of BelAir” out of my head?

“ya movin with your aunty and uncle in BelAir”

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Friday Feast

Appetizer
Name something you think is “the best.”

Time with my Dear Heart and children.  Some of “the best” children’s writers… JK Rowling, Madeleine L’Engle, Katherine Patterson.  “The best” place for a steak… chili’s.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 highest), how stressed are you today?

Yesterday it was off the chart.  Today I am probably at about 2 or 3.

Salad
What kind of cleanser do you use to wash your face?

They make cleansers for that?  hehe… whatever bath soap is in my hand when I’m showering.  Will use witch hazel if I have a break out that I can’t seem to get rid of.

Main Course
Tonight is a blue moon! What is something that you believe only happens “once in a blue moon.”

winning something truly useful.

Dessert
When was the last time it rained where you live?

About 2 weeks ago?  I know we didn’t get the hard storm that we usually get this time of year because my peony flowers bloomed and stayed beautiful for several weeks and the childrens’ birthday was not rained out.

Want to play?  Go to http://www.fridaysfeast.com to  leave your link and visit others!

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Oh what fun we had today! My daughter’s Girl Scout troop (well, 3 of the 11 girls) spent the day at the lake, about 1 1/2 hours drive from home. So it was me and the troop leader, our 2 sons, our 2 daughters, one other gs and my little M. The beach wasn’t terribly crowded, the weather was beautiful, the scenery gorgeous, the children well behaved, the conversation great and M was just as cute as she can be. We spent about half of our beach time on the shore with water lapping up into our Mommy conversation and M running into the water and falling face forward, catching herself before she went under ~ just loving it! And every time she would run out just a little farther. It is so relaxing when you don’t have to worry about the sudden drop at a pool. My style is to let them push their limits and I just can’t loosen up enough to do that at a pool. SO it was a very relaxing day for me. AHHHHH! 🙂

Headed up where our blankets were and to some shade and she was soon asleep. Well, not until she had walked everywhere within sight. But buddy, when she laid down she was out! Did not take her any amount of time. Crash! Then we went and poked around the campsites a bit and found some driftwood for my the children’s fish tank.

All told, we were there from noon until 6 or so. The girls are begging to go camping now. I’m going to have to find some really fun songs, jokes and stories, cause I went through my repertoire today on the car ride. Took my camera. Took 0 pictures. Here’s some from online for you!

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