Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's Been Awhile

Happy Belated Easter- HE IS RISEN

Bible Study Fellowship has been in the book of John this year and the events of Jesus' life in this study happened to correspond to our Easter Holiday season which has been fun and convicting and uplifting all at once.

So G has 5 more weeks of school then summer break.  New school next year closer to where I work so she will be able to be involved in after school activities.  There is so much I want to say and document about the last two years at this current school, but until I know something and the school is out I cannot speak.

G looked lovely on Easter for Church.  She has become a pink lover, the color not the person.  She has also taken up ironing her clothing.  I had to buy a new iron because I lost the one I had so many years ago.  I have no idea where it went. Had to get a new ironing board cover because the dog chewed mine up, also a long time ago.  I refuse to purposely purchase clothes which need to be ironed for me anyway and G is mostly in t-shirts, but she enjoys doing it.  Here she is ironing her skirt for school.

G picked the shirt for Easter.  No dress this year but no shorts either as she will be 13 on Saturday and no longer a child, so I refuse to allow shorts to church anymore.  We attend a very casual church.

I was honored to be a featured reader at our Easter service.  It was a 3 minute long list of all the places Jesus is found in every book of the Bible.  I read perfectly in practice right before going into the sanctuary then messed it up near the top of the list.  I finished strong though so only (as far as I know) G and I heard it. : )

So G will be 13 on Saturday.  Tonight she was invited at the last minute to see the Sound of Music musical at the theater in big city.  I wanted to take her to that myself and couldn't really afford it so next best thing: last minute invite from BFF.  I will call it a bday gift from them though I am sure they don't remember it is G's bday.

She called me at like 4:41 (I was still at work) and asked if she could go with the friend, and I said yes.  I failed to tell her to change into something not t-shirt/short wear.  She hadn't had supper.  I didn't know who all was going other than at least the mom and the friend, and I didn't know what time it started or when they would be home.  After looking at the start time on the website it I discovered she won't be home until midnight or very close. Tomorrow morning is gonna be a bear.  

We aren't doing anything for her bday.  She wanted to go to the zoo, but we went  like 3 weekends in a row right before the membership expired.  I couldn't afford to renew it this year, or rather not yet.  I asked her if she wanted me to get her cupcakes or if she wanted to make brownies; she opted for brownies.  Her bday gift from me is so expensive (good deal with tax refund) that I couldn't justify a party; though, I did ask if she wanted a make-up party like Mary Kay or Beauty Control- she said no.  So quiet bday weekend.  But 13, where did the time go?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Another Post! Miraculous...

Not really but it does demonstrate that I have the computer to use.  G and a friend from school are going to a youth conference with my church so I took off work to pick them up from school to get them there.  I have a weekend to do and watch what I want when I want and read all I want without being disturbed.  WOOHOO!

I pray this weekend will give her a "mountain top" experience.  I pray she can be less distracted by her friend being there to actually engage her mind.  I pray it is a conference that affirms the Bible and doesn't shove some progressive leftist stuff in there.  Our denomination hasn't been known for traditional Biblical stances in the past.  Slowly, they are coming back to the Book.  So with that, G is going and bringing a friend.

She just doesn't feel comfortable in our church's youth group yet.  I am not inclined to attend my old home church where her friends go and want her to be in our youth group.  That being said, I want this weekend for her to realize God calls us into a community of believers to be participants not consumers.

On another note, my dad is cleaning out my mom's closet.  I am the beneficiary of those items.  Mom and I have always been able (mostly) to wear each other's outfits and shoes.  This is both morbid and nice.  I needed some new jeans and really didn't want to spend the money to get any.  My mom can no longer fiddle with buckles and buttons so her clothing needs have dramatically changed.  He is downsizing now so it won't be an issue later.  Most of her stuff will be going to a women's shelter in town.  And honestly I would rather get the clothes now rather than when the inevitable happens.  My dad is not a person with emotional ties to things but I am.

Anyhoo, that is the update for the week.  Have a better one and be blessed.

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017

Record for remembrance:



So today the temperature reached almost 80.  G was out of school for President's day and I took off work to take her to the zoo.  The buttercups are from my yard.  Anyway, we are in flip flops, shorts and t-shirts in the middle of winter.  This is lovely but not the norm and not totally surprising.  Sometimes we have winter winter and sometimes we have winter summer.  Hopefully we won't have winter until well after next week. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Happenings


Pictures out of order, 1st a Valentine made by my mom with the sitter's help for G.  Kept my mom busy.  This is a keepsake.  My mom needs a busy blanket for adults.

The 2nd is from our annual work conference, me with a real live former astronaut, Borneo (call name) who orbited the earth for 17 days between the challenger and the other explosion.

The conference was good at least day 1.  Day 2 not so much.  The evenings events were basically a drunk fest of of which I did not attend.

G's school is out this week.  She's staying the days with my parents.  Though she has been accepted in the school I want for next year, I still don't know if I can afford it.  I am looking at other options.  I just know she can't go back where she is.  She has significant academic gaps because they teach no history, no civics, no social studies, no real economics, etc.

I have been extremely pleased with President Trump and very disappointed in the traitorous deep state.  The left is losing and fighting a war against Americans and the American ideal.

So much for the 2017 happenings so far...

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year


I put on my daddy's hat. He was at the grocery store and G and I stayed with my mom.

I overheard him calling someone or some company about sitters coming twice a week. Hopefully, he can get that worked out. Please pray the sitters are honorable.

In other news, I took Christmas down alone since the pre-teen copped a lovely attitude and has been pouting on the couch all day.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our house to yours. May the Christ of Christmas visit you in your activities, traditions and family and friend interactions as He has done in ours.

And if you are a believer go to your place of worship today. This is the day the world, across cultures, has elected to worship Jesus, the King of Kings, on His 1st Advent.





Sunday, December 18, 2016

2 Posts in a Month

So this is about a conversation G and I had one night.  G is obsessed about height, specifically, people's height.  She wants to know how tall people will be including herself.  Currently, she is 5 ft-ish.  I think she is 5'1" but not sure.  I haven't any idea how tall she will be.  I never was really concerned with how tall I would be at her age.  I just don't remember being so obsessed about this particular feature.  Maybe I was just taking my future height for granted.

Anyway, one night after the 15th question about a little Indian (from India) boy and how tall I thought he would be based on his parents who were raised in India, I asked her why she was obsessed and why it mattered.

She said, "I don't have anyone to look at to tell how tall I will be. You have grammie and grandad.  S has his parents, but I don't know how tall my parents were."

Touche'.  That stopped me.  I said, "okay, fair enough."  I went on to explain that even if she knew how tall her China parents were she still might not know how tall she would be now that she is living in America.  I explained that due to nutrition and her location in China she would be smaller than she is now living in America if she had stayed in China.  I told her that the China growth charts for children really are different from the US.  I also explained that though I do know what my parents look like I actually am the shortest in my family other than my mom and am not as tall as my dad, so even with knowing what parents look like I still would not have known my future height.

I am not going to say that I will not continue to be annoyed with all the obsessive questions about height.  I will, however, try to be more patient when talking to her.  This is one of the rare moments when adoption affects us.  One of the rare moments that she is conscious or more so and willing to discuss it than she is generally.  She continually insists that her eyes don't look Chinese and that all eyes are almond shaped.  She is very funny in this obsession.

So I just wanted this out there.  Sometimes adoption is a thing and sometimes it isn't.  Parents just need to be aware of this and question appropriately to guide growing kids through the thought processes.

Today G had a friend over to decorate (pre-packaged) ugly sweater cookies.  This friend knows that together they decorate gingerbread houses and told her mom that she and G hadn't done that yet.  I told G that and G was glad she remembered that that is a tradition now for them.  At this moment they are at a church function watching the friend's sister in a Christmas program.  Then they will go to my mom's church to a Christmas party.  Neither girl is good at using the phone to keep in touch with each other.  G's phone is jacked up and the texting feature doesn't work.  Her friend consistently leaves hers uncharged or lost for days on end.    I warned them that they had better find another way to contact each other or they won't be speaking in the future.  Of course I was kidding.

May or may not post before Christmas or after Christmas.  So Merry Christmas and Happy Holy Days.