Monday, May 28, 2012

Are we to thank veterans on Memorial Day?

Every Memorial Day it's the same.  I hear many people encouraging others to thank a veteran on this national day of remembrance.  While I love our veterans, this is NOT the purpose of this day.  I tend to get a bit annoyed by the seeming ignorance of other citizens in this matter;  however, I am beginning to realize the place of thanking a living veteran on Memorial Day.  I think, as Americans, we are so grateful for the price many have paid for our freedom that we want to thank someone...though, in all honesty, we cannot thank those who paid the ultimate price.

If you thank a veteran today, remember you ONLY do so because you cannot thank those for whom Memorial Day is intended - those who never made it home from battle.  Veterans' Day is set aside for those who fought, came home, and continue to live their lives.  Memorial Day is for those who have etched themselves in our memories by giving their last breath for our freedom.  If you thank a veteran today, thank him in the memory of the fallen soldier.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Father Abraham Had Many Sons...

...and I'm glad I only have three!

Let me explain.  Lately, my 4 oldest children and I have been taking turns telling the younger children the Bible stories.  It's been a great experience thus far and it gives the older kids some practice teaching the Bible.

Anyway....

Today, I finished telling the story about Sodom & Gomorrah (with help from most of the kids who acted it out).  Because we've been talking about Abraham this week, Cassia suggested we sing "Father Abraham."  You know, "right arm, left arm, right leg, left leg...."  That one.  Always a bit dangerous with 7 kids, but always a fun song.

Today, I could barely sing or move my appendages for laughing so hard.  My two oldest sons, while doing "right arm, left arm" were moving their arms in a way so that they could flex & admire their biceps.

Seriously...only boys.

I don't have as many sons as Father Abraham.  It's a good thing.  I'd probably laugh myself silly.


Change

Oh my!  I haven't been here in about a month and it appears the whole world has changed.  Well, the Blogger world.  I'm looking at my screen and it's completely different.  Very appropriate.

Why appropriate?

Well, because things around this blog are going to change.  At least, for now.  I will come and go as I please.  I will not be held to any self-inflicted schedule or assignments.  Lack of commitment?  Maybe.  Depends on your perspective.  My commitment is to my family.  I also have other commitments that I must adhere to.  This blog is on the bottom of the priority/commitment list.  I contemplated eliminating it altogether.  But, I love to write too much.  I can't do that.  But, I won't be here as often.  Well, as often as I was before I "left" for a month.

Photos will still be here.  Stories of my family will still be here.  Some heart-felt thoughts may still show up.

I will try not to waste your time or mine.  Lately, I've stayed away from a lot of blogs because, quite frankly, they often make my stomach turn.  "Look what an awesome wife & mom I am!"  "My life really isn't perfect...REALLY!  It just appears that way most of the time."  "Aren't my kids the cutest?  They even have matching & perfectly clean outfits.  Every. Single. Day."  "I love being a mom & homeschooling.  I NEVER have a day that I regret it.  I adore my kids and think they are precious EVERY minute."

I am totally afraid of sounding the same way here.  Not that I want to be a complaint-filled blog, either.  Because I only want to edify in a realistic way (quite a difficult task at times), I would rather be silent for long stretches than inadvertently discourage other moms.

Does any of that make sense?

How self-important am I?  Does any one REALLY care about what I think about certain aspects of life?  I'm not asking that to receive encouragement or pity or anything else like that.  It's more of a "life-is-too-short-to-think-that-others-really-need-to-know-all-I'm-thinking" kind of statement.

I'm happy when people stop by and read.  I'm happy when I can encourage someone.  I'm happy when I can make people laugh or smile.  Sometimes, it's important to me when people shed tears over something I've written...as it's important to grieve once in a while.  But, I'm not sure that I can do these things every day or every week.

So, stop by every so often to see if there is something here to encourage you.  If there's nothing new, I'm keeping busy raising my kids among other things.

Your word of encouragement for today - no job is inferior if it's being done to the glory of God.  If you do it for Him, He will one day say, "Well done." That's what it's all about.