Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thinking About School

Well, time to think about getting ready for the next school year. This weekend we are traveling to a nearby state to attend their homeschool curriculum fair. I am so excited. We will use the occasion to spend the night in a nice hotel with an indoor pool. I think this will offer a welcome respite from worldly intrusions. We also hope to visit the grave site of the wonderful Ellen Wilson, the first wife of President Thomas Woodrow Wilson. 
I look forward to being able to get back with you soon with some details about our choices for the school year. 
Today, we are off to Church for the monthly food and clothing distribution. We provide lunch for the workers and the guests, and it's always an adventure coordinating all of that. Today is spaghetti day. 
Hope you all have blessed days, enjoying your fellowship with the Lord. 
Thanks for enduring my rants and critical posts of late--
the world will always be the world, but we serve the 
great I AM  and His Son, Jesus Christ. Neither They nor Their precious Word ever change. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Good-Bye to Old Friends

I am bothered by the fact that everywhere we turn, we are confronted with pithy maxims lauding the victory of "love"
over hate and condemnation. When we went into the big city to pick up our son at the airport, it was everywhere. Disney World lit up Cinderella's castle with the rainbow lights for all to see their corporate endorsement of same-sex marriage. Today, however, represented a new low:  a cross-stitch merchant I have shopped with for many years is now hawking a pattern with a rainbow and a clever saying--"Love is Love."  I have received their emails and advertisements happily since about 2003.  I sent an email asking my name to be taken off of their email lists (the don't have an "unsubscribe" link).  I didn't tell them why, but if they ask, I shall. They won't--I am just one person who has probably spent far less than many customers these past 12 years. But how sad! 
I am removing them from my list of suggested places to visit on my other blog.. I won't mention their names because I don't want to give them publicity ever again. 
They have chosen whom they will serve.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

I found this picture on Pinterest and couldn't resist it for this post. I wish my laundry area looked like this.  I have to tell you all how pleased I am at a couple of accomplishments this week. Dear daughter painted her bedroom a very different color--it is a deep blue-green--quite a departure from the apple blossom pink that has festooned the wall for the last 10 years or so. Taking things off the wall and moving things around was pretty much her responsibilities, but she did it. She also did 95% of the painting. It looks great. I will get her to take a picture for us so you can see how pretty it is. Our plan is now to start really sorting through things to make cleaning and keeping things in order easier. 
The other accomplishment was the work we got done in the boy's room. JM worked hard, Dad helped a lot, and together we were able to clean their room "within an inch of its life!" HaHa! It really does look better. I am not finished with the chest of drawers, but they're "under way."  I convinced JM to help me get all of the "stuff" out of their closet (the boys share a room--they seem to want it that way--I am grateful). The closet is now what it is supposed to be--a clever repository for clothes and shoes! 
It is a very small walk in, but there are two distinct walls, with two shelves above the pole on each side. For years, I have tried unsuccessfully to keep their clothes more or less sorted. Now they are. I got rid of things they can't wear, washed and organized everything else, Underneath their respective clothes and shelves are baskets of jeans and their shoes. The belts and ties are hanging conveniently and neatly on the wall. Sheets and blankets are on the shelves above the clothes. 
To you, this probably seems like no big deal--but getting things in order is always a major accomplishment for me. 
What I wanted to achieve with this project was a means by which the boys could easily access (FIND) what they need when they need it. I can easily see what need to be washed or ironed. They can help me help them. I want to do things for them when I can while teaching them how to help when they're needed. I think this system will work. 
Moma said that "we can control our things or our things can control us."  Daddy loved the old adage, "a place for everything and everything in its place." For a long time, I have wanted  our home to be neater and cleaner, but more than that, I want it to be a comfortable, peaceful environment. 

Home Sweet Home

Our oldest returned last night from his trip "across the pond."  I think he was as glad to be back as we are to have him back. He was exhausted, and fell down on his bed, clothes and all. I brought his pj's and convinced him to change -- I hope he was able to sleep soundly. Sometimes you can really get "too tired" to sleep well.  He had been awake for so long, trying to get back in our time zone.
Yesterday, when we returned to the airport in "the Big City" to get him, I was struck as I always am about how I do not belong in that world. We make jokes about having 4 traffic lights here in our home town, but I am SO grateful to live somewhere like that!  (And I think we may be up to 5 or 6--look out Atlanta!)
We have all had enough excitement for the month! I am ready to settle down and enjoy each othere right here at our house!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Our Church Sign

Maybe it's just me, but despite all the hoopla and hoorays about the Court's recent decision regarding the nature of marriage, I think enthusiasm for Independence Day was not what it usually is.
Hmmm . . . . 

Our Sweet 2 and 3

Happy Birthday, James Martin! You're a sweet old boy. 
We put a hurting on those hot dogs, didn't we?

Yellow Happiness

Nothing lifts the spirits like a little housecleaning and a bouquet of  yellow flowers.  The lamp, the candle holders and the pitcher/vase are all second-hand store finds from over the years. Bosie was my Christmas present. She is usually playing BBN--and that ALWAYS lifts my spirits. 
The flowers were from a bouquet at Kroger's where we found James Martin's Black Forest cake for his birthday. I actually divided the flowers in half. The rest are in a glass milk bottle on the sink counter in the kitchen. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

What Do You Believe?

This has been quite a July 4th. I have wanted to post, but don't know really where to begin, with regard to the recent Court decision, the controversy of the Confederate battle flag (which sadly, has overshadowed the terrible loss of life involved in the tragedy), and the continued attack on God's Word, vis a' vis the Oklahoma Supreme Court's order of the removal of the Ten Commandments monument on the capitol grounds..

1. With regard to Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court has caved to the pressure to remain relevant. It has no power to enforce any of its decisions, so as a branch of the government, it is dependent upon the willingness of the others  to make their decisions reality through changes in the law.  As a body, the Court always worries about being ignored--with good reason. I believe that Chief Justice Roberts is afraid of a legacy of impotence in the face of  loud (but exaggerated) call for change. He is also afraid of this President. Roberts, et al,  are no doubt patting themselves as the heroes of the hour. They are like the fools in the children's story, The Emperor's New Clothes. In graduate school, I aspired to be a Constitutional historian; I have taught Con law for several years and American History for many. We are in a sad and sorry state.I no longer have ANY desire to be a Constitutional scholar. 

2.Similarly, I am appalled by how so many are patting themselves on the back for celebrating sin--we have family members who are outspoken advocates for this godless worldview. They claim to be Christians, but discount God's Word and His clear rejection of this way of life. Never have I seen so public of an endorsement of sin. "Love wins"? Really? Love won on that terrible day at Calvary, and we celebrate that victory by heeding Christ's words, "If ye love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15). Love does not win by celebrating sin. 

3. In the Oklahoma case involving the removal of a 10 Commandments monument, there are a lot of frightening elements:  the suit was brought by a Satanic organization from Massachusetts who threatened to erect a satanic monument unless the  other was taken down. Joining this group was a Baptist minister who just wanted to "keep government neutral."  Part of our problem is that we have turned a man-made document, the Constitutior, into a moral compass rather than an instrument of government. I disagree with my brothers in Christ who defend any Constitutional "principle" against the Word of God. They cannot see--they are deceived:  the Freedom of religion has been changed into a Freedom from religion, and they think they are doing right by defending a man-made standard rather than a God-ordained command.

4. For the first time in many years, I have not wanted to fly an American flag in our home. I do not want to sing, "God Bless America." We live in a Nation that has been blessed by God, but one that has run from Him and thrown His blessings away, congratulating ourselves along the way. 

5. The Christian community has been too quiet for too long. We have treated marriage and sex outside of marriage with contempt.  We have been silent as our rights to worship and pray have been taken away. We have stood by as abortion laws have changed. I know Believers who are pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. How can that be? There are Christians who belong to a political party that shouted down "God" in their platform. I had lunch with a man who I am sure thinks he is a Christian. He supports this President and what he stands for. His wife belittled my candidate, Scott Walker, because he doesn't have a college degree. Your priorities are of the world and not of God. 

Now is the time to know what we believe and take a stand. Silent acquiescence WILL turn into acceptance and then approval. 

Hear the words of Joshua:
Choose ye this day whom ye will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we wills serve the LORD>
Joshua 24:15

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Lovely Scene

This lovely painting is by John Sloane, and it is called American Patchwork.
Thank you, Mr. Sloane for reminding us of the beauty that is still here.