Friday, July 31, 2009
There would be some weeks I would be embarrassed to admit how much TV my kids watch. I try to limit it, but it's hard, especially with me working at home and needing at least a couple of hours of peace and quiet throughout the day.
I am pretty sure Nielsen doesn't receive too many diaries like ours. One TV in the entire house and very, very limited cable. Most of our viewing consists of PBS cartoons or America's Funniest Home Videos on WGN, but it repeatedly said the diary was important no matter how much or how little TV viewing was done during your week.
I am still perplexed as to why they gave me $30 to do this....but I'm not complaining, believe me. Nielsen bought Gogurt's school supplies this year!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This view is from the porch of the community center. It looks out onto the gazebo and the playground. Very nice!
This is the community center where the reunion was held. I'm not sure how long it has been there, but they sure keep it nice and clean. For such a small community, they have provided their citizens with a really nice place to have parties and get-togethers.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Faith is that
blessed grace which is most pleasing to God, and thus it is the most displeasing
to the devil. By faith God is greatly glorified, and
consequently by faith Satan
is greatly annoyed.All the powers of
darkness which are opposed to right and truth are sure to fight against our faith, and manifold temptations will march in their legions against our
confidence in God.Faith is your
jewel, your joy, your glory; and the thieves who haunt the pilgrim's way are all
scheming to tear it from you.Charles
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
They asked me if I would be interested in filling out a TV diary for their Nielsen Rating research. It's pretty simple. You fill out a few survey questions and then record your TV viewing habits for one week. The guide shows you just how to do it, the mark to make if your TV is off, the mark to make if your TV is on but no one is watching it, and so forth.
I was going to agree, and then the sweet lady told me I would get paid for doing this. Really? Yeah! 30 BUCKS! WOO HOO! Count me in!
I received the packet in the mail today. And inside was $30 in cold hard cash.
Our week starts Thursday. This should be fun, and probably guilt-inducing when I look back and see how much time we actually spend in front of our TV. But, I'll worry about that another day, right now I'm smelling the money, baby.
Friday, July 17, 2009
All good things must come to an end though, and last week most of the kids around here were gone to dads' houses, grandmother's house, or on vacation. So my kids had to be each other's company. The pool seemed like a good idea, so we filled it up and hopped in. Gogurt likes the water, but Poptart loves the water. She always stays in longer than Gogurt does. They were actually getting along quite well in the pool when this picture was made.
But alas, getting along with each other also comes to an end and they want to do something alone. Or should I say, Momma gets so tired of the arguing, I force them to do something alone.This is what Poptart chose. (I told you she likes water). This bucket is full of water, and she is "washing dishes." And getting soaking wet.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Poptart: "Momma, when are we gonna be in heaven with Jesus?"
Me: "I don't know, sweetheart. Nobody knows. We will either die and go to heaven, or we will be alive to see Jesus coming down from the sky to take us to heaven."
Poptart: "I need to know what Jesus looks like so I'll know it is him."
Me: "Oh, you'll know it's Him. He'll be the only person you've ever seen coming down from the clouds. Everybody will know it is Him."
Poptart: "What will we do in heaven?"
Me: "Praise Jesus, forever and ever and ever." "And we will get a crown and a mansion, but I believe all we'll really want to do is praise God."
Poptart: "What color crown will I have?"
Me: "Umm, I'm not sure." "What color would you like to have?"
Poptart: "Well, on Barbie and the Diamond Castle, she had a purple crown so I want a purple crown."
Me: "Ok, I'm sure Jesus will work that out."
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We are in the midst of Vacation Bible School thus my absence from the blog the last few days. Well, that and I just haven't felt like I had anything interesting to share.
I plan on posting some pictures from VBS once it is over. I haven't put any pictures on the blog in a while.
I really try to have my typing done by the time we leave for Bible School although yesterday I did not manage my time well and had to work after we got home. Today I'm doing better. I am all caught up at the moment (that's why I let myself get on here and post for you guys), but I am sitting here just waiting for a doctor to dictate so I can snatch it up, type it, and be done. I really don't want to have to work tonight once we get home.
It's not that VBS is so tiring in itself, it's just the fact that we are gone from home six nights in a row. For a family who stays home alot, that is alot. But it is worth it.
For Brad, late nights and arising at 5 a.m. do not mix. But at least he gets off early in the day so he can come home and nap before we leave. He's doing that right now. I wish this post had sound. Be glad it doesn't. Did you know that one of my doctors I type for"prescribes" sewing a tennis ball into the back of your pajama shirt to curb snoring? I had never heard of that before, but I'm tempted to get out my needle and thread.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I wanted to share a few of my favorites and add my commentary (which will probably not be profound or small) but since this is my blog, I can be as long-winded as I want to!
OK. Here goes.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Brad is still working on his application to seminary. If you have ever filled out a seminary application (or any other kind) you know it is like a book. He has had to write "mini-essays" concerning his salvation experience, what he feels his calling is, and how he defines a divine calling. He also has to go to the doctor to get "checked out", and he has to send in a copy of his immunization record. His Momma is working on that (how is that going, Nana?). I do know a little about trying to get your hands on your immunization record. I had to get a copy of mine when I started teaching preschool last year, and it turned out to be quite complicated. Anyway, I hope all these loose ends get tied up soon, and he can start the wait - the wait to see if he is accepted.
Once he is accepted, classes will start middle of August. He is planning to take one class at the extension campus and one class online. I'm so excited for him!
And since we're talking about school, can I say we've come upon the part of summer where Gogurt starts getting bored? He's told me several times today that he has nothing to do. It also doesn't help that several of the neighborhood kids are gone this week visiting dads, grandparents, etc. and he is here all alone. Poor Gogurt.
He wouldn't admit to being ready for school, and I'm not ready to say it either. I'm sure later this month I might say it (and by then I won't really have a choice), but for now I'm still looking forward to the few things we have left to do this summer. Vacation Bible School is coming up, and it is always fun. I am teaching 5th and 6th grade and Brad is teaching missions. I think I'm as excited as the kids this year! After VBS, we have a trip planned to Alabama for a family reunion. We missed it last year so I'm glad we are going this year.
After VBS and our little trip to AL, we'll have to start gearing up for school. All of us.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Brad is beginning the application process to seminary. He has filled out the application and handed out letters of recommendation. He spoke to someone on the phone yesterday at the extension office and was very encouraged by the conversation. He is hoping to take two classes in the fall.
This is very daunting. We've almost talked ourselves out of it several times and in fact there are voices, both in our heads and literally, that are discouraging us. Past failures are haunting us, but, as this song will say so clearly, we are striving to listen and believe the "Voice Of Truth."
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
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