Thursday, December 29, 2011

What Would You Say to a 1 Year Truth Challenge?

Phil Calloway said yes which lead to a very funny book To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man's Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie.

Calloway is a Christian humorist and no that is not an oxymoron as many people may think. This is the first book I have ever read by him and I have a laugh warning for you, don't read while drinking (coffee up the nose is not comfortable) and don't read where your LOL bursts might embarrass you or get you fired.

I believe Calloway is a very brave man. This is a dare that though I would like to believe I always tell the truth about everything, we just completed a holiday that celebrated the birth the Savior of the world but left me telling fib upon fib about a dead St. who brings toys to children overnight. So yeah, truth telling challenges would not be for the faint of heart.

Through his book, however, he demonstrated true spiritual growth because even his prayer time with the Father changed. He made a fine point that prayers where we say the opposite of how we feel is quite ridiculous since God knows your thoughts and heart anyway.

There are tears as well as Calloway walks through the dementia that steals his mother in this life but finally releases her to a glorious after life with her Savior.

I really enjoyed this book. I was able to read it quickly over two days both laughing and crying. If you have had a rough year or are facing a difficult new year, this book will not only lighten your load but will give you perspective. I know I will look at my own life much differently after reading his trip through the year of telling the truth.

I received a free digital copy of this book. The opinions are 100% my own.


Please pray, my nephew was taken to the hospital this morning by ambulance from the dr. office. He has pneumonia. My mom is beside herself with worry.

UPDATE: Nephew is still in the hospital but is better. Please keep praying. Thanks

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

ID's Required

great blog post shared by Dr. Wolf on the Wolf files with regard to the deep down belief of why ID shouldn't be required to vote when they are required in every other daily transaction listed in the pictre (also found on Wolf Files).

Monday, December 26, 2011

G's Dragon

One of G's gifts from me (was purchased 4 or 5 years ago) was a box set on how to draw or make paper dragons. This is a picture of G's Eastern dragon. She drew it and painted it. I helped a very little basically with encouragment and the green background. G did the face, majority of the body, scales, legs and feet. I helped with the tale and some of the interior of the design. It was a very good dragon and an interesting project for her.

Terrible Pictures from a Wonderful Day and Merry belated Christmas

These were taken with my phone in the only restaurant/bar open on Christmas. G and I were on our own for the day and after church, playing with some of the toys brought by Santa and a wee nap for me, I took G to see the movie The Adventures of TinTin. Very good movie by the way.

It ended after 6pm so I hoped and prayed we would find a place to stop and eat. Lo and behold one restaurant in the whole of big city was open and packed. A family who came in after me struck up a conversation because her brother and family adopted a 3 1/2 year old from some southern place in China (she couldn't remember now) about 5 years ago. So we had a conversation about her precious niece Quinn in MS and my precious G while waiting for a table to open up. Love the China connection (I really do).

While at dinner, I turned G onto the finer things of life like fried dill pickles!! As far as I am concerned fried dill pickles are a staple of life. Too bad I don't eat them except on special occassions and what could be more special than Christmas with my G?

While we waited G played the fire which also drew conversations out of other diners waiting. They all assumed it was her present. I explained that she was playing with the family gift because I never get to even hold it when she is around hardly.

Before we left the restaurant G asked if I would re-wrap all her gifts so she can open them again. She promised to forget everything she got so it would be like a surprise all over again! I said no.

G did receive from my parents a new set of sheets and bed cover (on super clearance from Target like REALLY SUPER CLEARANCED) and she slept in her own newly made up bed all night long last night! WOOT! We had left a (safety) heater on in her room so it was toasty warm for her and pretty much stayed that way even when I moved the heater back to my room. She played her new DS games while she fell asleep.

I have to say I loved having Christmas on a Sunday. We so enjoyed going to worship service Christmas Eve (candlelight service) then to worship the One Who came to the manger to grow and die on the cross for our sins, on that day we have chosen to celebrate as His birthday added so much to the day. Plus in a heathen way it broke up the present unwrapping so that celebration lasted longer too.

Today, I packed G up to spend the week with my parents since I have to go back to work tomorrow. She packed up most of her Christmas to bring with her to have something to play while here. Hoping she won't scatter all the bits where we can't find them. She is pretty good about keeping all the little bits together when she plays but has a bad habit of forgetting where she last kept it all. She also has 7 year old eyes that look for things only even with her standing line of sight.

Anyway looking forward to the New Year and praying it will be MUCH better than the last few.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Before Christmas Activities

Candycane Elf went with G (stowed away in her suitcase) to spend the night with the grandparents. This morning G found him tangled up in her over the door basket ball goal. It appears he must have been trying to slam dunk and got a bit confused at what is supposed to go first. Later in the morning as my dad passed under the door way, Candycane threw the ball at him.

G and I made a new ornament for their tree. I found the idea and instructions from Kim's Musings blogs. It is a walnut shell ornament. We used a rock for the face because we didn't have any beads although I thought we did. It is most itty bitty and the phone's camera kept trying to flash which washed the picture out but there it is. I painted G's name on one side and the year on the other.

Anyway, that is what we have been upto today, two days before Christmas.

I am very tired too because a friend and I went to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie. LOVED IT!!! LOVED IT!!! I want to keep Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes forever!!! Great movie. Now I want to see Mission Impossible and the Adventures of TinTin. TinTin may be a real possibility but MI may have to wait for the video.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Elves Talk to Each Other

Our Candycane spoke with another elf who said fishing in toilets was the thing to do so this morning, G found Candycane had caught a green goldfish out of our toilet.

**I almost hurt myself trying to not laugh!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hard facts to overcome...

interesting article about what Asians face in college admission practices. I guess G will just have to mark white. Of course we should exclude race questions from all questionnaires.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Needed in Our Financial Times of Trouble

Very timely for those of us struggling financially and in this economy very few people aren't struggling. Ellie Kay gives you a plan that in 60 minutes a day you can bring your family back into financial health. She guides the reader through a well thought out plan to reign in spending, get out of dept and save for the future. Each 60 minute work out has tips to use during the workout. This book is the 60 Minute Money Workout, out this month.

This is meant to be a workbook not just a book to read. This requires active participation from the reader as that is the only way to become financially healthy, active participation in planning, setting financial goals, looking at reasons we spend money and the whys we spend money on the things we do. It is a good resource for couples to get on the same page financially speaking.

I am hoping that this book for my family will be the turn around I need. I am going to go back through it actively now and really work it so that by the end of 2012 I will be debt free and financially healthy again.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my opinions.

Adventures of Candycane

Sorry the pictures are so bad. I used the phone to take them. This little elf has gotten into some fun places. One morning he was in my cabinet with a note pad and wrote "good behavior" to take back to Santa that night.

Then one day he used a sucker to have a treat in one of G's hand made cups from school. Then one morning he was just hanging around on the cabinet door.

He drank G's milk from the night before as he hung out in the refrigerator where she put it.
G wasn't too upset with that since she obviously didn't want that milk again.

The second morning he got into G's leap frog games and played a bit before we woke up.

The first morning he was with us he got into G's snack container where we keep her easy to reach snacks which meant she couldn't get into them for fear of touching him.

Candycane has sure been an interesting addition to our Christmas season.

Hank Hanegraaff's Book

Has God Spoken? uses a handy acronym "MAPS" to give evidence for divine origin of the Bible.

"M represents the strength of the manuscript itself as many actual fragments have been located

"A stands for the archaeological proofs that have been uncovered

"P is for the prophecy that has accurately predicted events

"S represents the scriptural synergy found in the unity, consistency, and harmony of the sixty-six books"

If you have someone who is questioning the veracity and authenticity of the Bible, this is the book for them. It is a very helpful book for apologetics that any Christian can use to have open and frank discussions with questioning individuals.

It is well written and follows logical arguments with invaluable proofs. Hank Hanegraaff does nothing half heartedly. This is a well researched book to help Christians give an answer for the faith. This book will empower, equip and encourage Christians to always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks, to give the reason for the hope in Christ-with gentleness and respect as Christians are admonished to do in 1Peter 3:15.

Hank Hanegraaff can be heard on the Bible Answer Man radio program and has authored several books such as the Complete Bible Answer Book and The Prayer of Jesus. He is the president of the Christian Research Institute (website is )

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

G's elf has been quite a treat. This a.m. He hung out with my running Santa. G said, "Why did he go to that Santa? It's not like that Santa's real!" Heh

Saturday, December 10, 2011

G's Drawing of Her Elf

G did this on the computer. She is pretty good, at least I think so.

Good Videos to Watch

Everything's Amazing, Nobody's Happy

Discussion on Tim Tebow

These need to be watched by everybody.

A Santa Visit with a Surprise

Today G and I went to Breakfast with Santa where I am currently temp-ing. There were so many activities and even a picture with Santa. The food was pretty good too. As you can see in this picture, Santa left something for G at my desk.

She had never asked for one of the little tattlers before this year. She e-mailed Santa this year though and asked for one. Since Santa was coming to work anyway, he just left it with a letter for G. Her face turned bright red and she got REAL quiet. Since then however she hasn't stopped talking about it. His name is Candycane and he "looks like" her with dark-ish skin, black hair and brown eyes.

G is on the verge of not believing and I think this may be the last year of true belief. Two boys in her class already told her Santa isn't real. I know the boys are trouble makers anyway so I was able to deflect their words. She is 7 after all and still wants to believe. I do constantly tell her the history of St. Nick who actually was a true person, bishop I believe who did give gifts to help poor individuals.

Anyway, this was a fun day for G. She made several ornaments, shopped in the Secret Santa gift shop (all of this was free by the way). She even got her presents wrapped. I hope this temp assignment turns to be permanent even though it is much farther than I wish.

Now all that is left is to register Candycane at the North Pole. I will have to give reports on Candycane sans photos this week and upload pics next Saturday. First report is tonight. G said she hoped she didn't have a meltdown tonight, heh. Maybe this isn't such a bad thing after all!

Friday, December 09, 2011

What Was the Best Part of the...

...parade according to G? Throwing out the candy, of course. Probably the best $2.50 I ever spent. Even getting candy for herself wasn't the best. And of course none of my well planned idea worked. Too much to tell from the fire. Will have to post later from a real computer.

So now I can update the parade. The photos didn't turn out very well from the phone so no pics. I had planned to walk up to our church which was the end location for the parade (not far from my house), meet my parents, have chili provided by the youth group as a fund raiser, and then walk with G to the parade meeting place (again not far) and back home after.

That was how simple the plan was supposed to be. In actuality this is how it went down: First, I met my parents at the right spot but then they had to drive me back to my house because I forgot the candy. Then my dad wouldn't allow us to walk to the meeting place and drove us to the parade beginning. Then they drove us home instead of us walking home which literally would have only been a block from their car. Then when I went to put what I thought was the spare house key in the door it wasn't the right spare. Dad had to let me in the house. So all in all my wonderful plans didn't turn out so wonderful after all.

The only thing that did work was G throwing the candy and even then we ran out half way through! G was able to even collect some candy after our part ended. We saw my parents on the side of the road and jumped out of our spot to watch the rest of the parade. G said she preferred to participate rather than just watch so we shall see for next year.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas parade tonight

Pictures coming soon. G and I are walking with her school. Very afraid it will be too cold. We are going anyway I think. At least right now that is the plan. I might be able to talk us both out of going or not.

So on another thought, this company for which I am temping has breakfast with Santa on sat. Not sure who is more excited me or G. I can't wait to post all about it on Sat.

Another thing, can't wait for Sherlock Holmes to open. Loved the first one.

Personally, I am in very great need of sleep. These next few weeks are going to be very busy with lots of late nights and potential tiredness meltdowns. We will get through this busy season. I just need to find one good napping day soon to boost me up for it.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

It snowed this morning and is still snowing but school hasn't been called. If it worked a snow covered tree albeit sideways posted from the phone.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

something good

I know sometimes most of the time I record frustrating things about parenting but in reality G is a very obedient child. Case in point: Sunday before church she lost the privilege of playing with fire during church while I sang in the choir. Now the reality was that I would have never known if she had played with it b / c although I can see her, I can't tell what she is actually doing.

For the beginning of the service until offertory I am in the choir loft with her on "our" pew watching our stuff. It is a small church so I trust her. There are also friends all around. So after I came down from the choir loft and G had met me as previously agreed, I asked her how she remembered to watch for me to come down? She said that while she played with her dinosaur sticker book, she would look for me at the end of each page. She had accepted the punishment of not playing with the fire despite my not being present to monitor.

Of course her ability to sit by herself quietly without disrupting at the ripe old age of 7 almost 8 is a testament to her good behavior in public. A lot also has to do with not wanting people to notice her AT ALL thankyouverymuch.

Now at home she isn't always so gracious in accepting negative consequences. Those are the frustrating times for me. On the other hand, we both can laugh at ourselves after the frustrations are over. I am reminded often how lucky I am to have G in my life. She is a super cool kid when you get past her wall.

Monday, December 05, 2011

The Queen of What Ifs

G is the queen in asking all the possible what if questions imaginable with regard to any situation. This morning it was in regard to canned goods food basket for the custodians. I packed two cans in G's b/p to take to school. Her 1st concern was what if the boxes aren't labelled? I said ask the teacher. Then her 2nd concern was what if teacher didn't know about it. She had several other unrealistic what ifs regarding the collection so that I ended up yelling kindly mentioning for the thousandth time that I will not deal with what ifs so she could just bring the cans back home. The note that was sent home that G read took care of all potential what ifs imagined.

Sometimes I think she asks these questions to frustrate me. Then I have to remember that sometimes she just needs everything worked out to her understanding. I like things worked out too so we are not that different after all. My goal is to remember the latter more often than believing the former. Maybe that will help us have peace and understanding this holiday season.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Necessary and Needed Updates.

Thanksgiving we spent with my parents. Mom seems to now be almost over her vertigo thankfully. G and I put up her Christmas tree the Friday after Thanksgiving. I took no pictures but should have since G was dressed in shorts, flip flops and a T-shirt. It was unseasonably warm that day. Then of course is snowed three days later. It is back up to high 50s low 60s today. Mom and G planted pansies that were a gift from my aunt.

I am on my 3rd temp assignment at this point, started the Monday before Thanksgiving. Large company long term possibility but I am not hopeful. The second temp assignment was supposed to be through the end of the year but didn't last that long. I had promised to not look for anything or take any time off during that assignment but the total assignment ended up lasting only 3 weeks total (hours wise and pay wise). Then I was off between assignments with no income for 2 1/2 weeks the first time and then 2 weeks 3 days weeks the next time. It has been financially difficult and I won't lie. Seems to happen right here at Christmas.

Thankfully while I was working I was able to snag somethings early in the year for G for Christmas and thanks to my mother's bday present G now will get everything on her Christmas list. It wasn't long to begin with. She really likes stuff but she is fairly content with just a few things.

With the gift from my parents I was able to get us the Kindle Fire which I now am loving. G will get some of the craft things she longs for with the rest of the Christmas money that will be from my parents to her.

I have my Christmas cards but haven't mailed them. Left them home accidentally today when we came to my mom's. I can't seem to get everything I want to do in the same place at the same time that I am thinking of it. Must be age.

The house sold and I closed with no tears last Monday. It was a short sale and I am still required (which I know I owe) to pay over the next two years the second mtg I had on it. Will never own another house ever never ever again. Will never buy a house in a bubble again. Had a dream that we had to move at the end of this month because I sold the house then I had to wake up to remember that we didn't sell the house we are in.

G has three different groups to walk with in the local town's Christmas parade. One is with the school's honor students. This year we will walk with them. Next year maybe with another group like her Karate group and maybe the next year with GAs that is if they all participate again. G has way more social events than I do.

This new job has a breakfast with Santa opportunity that I signed us up to attend. I think G will receive a special gift left at my desk from him that day. G has decided she wants an elf on the shelf so now I have to find one. New tradition? I am always up for that.

G drew this Santa at school in art class. I was very impressed with it. It is now hanging up on the wall of Christmas (that tends to stay up all year).

Thursday, December 01, 2011

What My Mother Got for Her Birthday

My father bought my mother a Wii for her birthday. In reality it becomes G's by default. My mother has no plans to play with a Wii.

Happy Birthday to my Mom

Happy birthday to you, Mom! I hope it is joy filled and fantastic. Love, your favorite kid(Me)