Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I am spending New Years Eve at home with my family this year, and it is really nice. Peaceful.
President-Elect Barack Obama chose Rick Warren to lead the inagural prayer. Ok...he is an Evangelical Conservative Christian, who supported Proposition 8 (ban same-sex marriage in California). And people are upset. They are upset because Obama said he supports same-sex marriage. Contradition? Obama said he chose him because he wanted
But the more shocking thing is that people are upset because Warren MIGHT dedicate the prayer in the name of Jesus.
Uh....HELLO! He's Christian! Who should he dedicate the prayer to? Bozo the Clown?
Warren did not answer directly when asked whether he would dedicate his prayer to Jesus. In a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press, Warren would say only that, "I'm a Christian pastor so I will pray the only kind of prayer I know how to pray." (Taken from Yahoo News)
The whole article is below.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
This movie is from author/Pastor T.D. Jakes. If this movie is anything like his books, then it will be a smash hit!!! It already looks promising.
Go out and support this movie when it comes out. We need more Godly movies in hollywood!
The site is http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/noteasilybroken/site/
and the movie comes out Jan 2009.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 7:14 (KJV)
These are my favorite Christmas verses, in the King James Version. I usually read from NIV, but not for these. It just seems right in the KJV. I feel more at peace.
Can't you just imagine what it must have been like to be told, that the Lord of all was born and that you were to go to Him? And what it must have felt like to behold all the world's salvation in the body of fragile baby. It is too much to fathom.
Brought down from Heaven so we could survive
A baby brought down to save our lives
Fire and wrath He protects us from
By His salvation, He is God's son
Monday, December 22, 2008
Some people say it is to dry themselves off, some say it is to get the perfume-y smell of the shampoo off of them, and others say it's just fun! Well my dog looks like he's having fun, my sheets are getting damp (for a short haired chihuahua, he certainly holds a lot of water!) but it is worth it cause my dog smells like flowers.
I didn't take a pic of the actual bath cause it took all my effort to wash him and not become completely engulfed in water.
But here is a cute pic of my hubby brushing him. I wash, he brushes.
I did a search of Obama and Christianity on youtube and i found this disturbing video. It shows President-Elect Obama quoting scripture to make his point, but if you listen to it, it actually is mockery. There are many Obama/Christian videos out there, search for yourself. I believe the uneducated opinion is truly the most stupid. If you have an opinion about something, good for you, but be educated about it. Your opinion doesn't have to match mine, but you should have facts and reasons behind all of your opinions. I do. It would be ignorant not to.
****The video has the watermark of a website. I do not in ANY way endorse that website. It is not a Christian website at all. It just happens to be the site that hosted this longer version of Obama's speech. I preferred the longer version instead of the shorter version on youtube so that what he says can be taken "in context". I don't believe in taking things out of context just to prove your point.****
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Ok, brace yourself, this is me, bundled up so i don't freeze. Really bad pic, out of focus, but it had started to rain and it was cold so it was hard for my hubby to take it.
This is the picture of the hot chocolate...yum!
And finally, here is the picture of our tree. lol. My daughter put the star up, like she does every year.
This picture is funny cause my son would not look at the camera, he thought it was soooo funny to eat my chin! And it really was hurting a bit, he REALLY took a bite!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Well today it is snowing, and it is the first real snow storm for NY this season. People are getting all flustered, schools closed (not my son's!), the salt trucks are out and my children will FINALLY get to use their snow sled that my dad bought them 3 years ago! It hasn't really snowed much in the last few years, at least not enough for us to use the sled. When it did snow, it rained quickly after and it was gone! So today they will use the sled!!! WOOOOHOOO! I'm so excited.
OH, did anyone ever tell you that men are like children? I am starting to really believe that! I caught my husband squeezing his present trying to figure out what it is!!!!!!!!!
I will not post what it is here, just in case he wanders by. lol. But come on! Squeezing????
lol. Anyway, happy snow day, and i will post pictures soon!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Although i consider myself FAR from fabulous. Maybe fabulous in training....
The rules of this award is to give it to 5 other sisters, and to confess 5 things i am addicted to.
Well lets see..
Sharing Life With Lisa
Brittany Becoming a Mommy
My reasons for picking these women will be apparent when you visit them. They are all in different stages of their lives and all are fabulous.
5 things i'm addicted to:
1) The Lord
5) Soap Operas
You Should Live in a Small Town
You prefer a close knit community to the bustle of the city.
You like locally owned businesses, local flavor, and friendly neighbors.
There's nothing boring about a small town!
I wish! I am so sick of living in a big city where no one really knows anyone. I would love to live in a town where everyone cares for each other, where the children can play together and i can local produce and know EXACTLY where my food is coming from!
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is just more argument for me that organized sometimes is not all it is cracked up to be.
*note- no picture of tree yet because the star is not on it yet and it is a small 4 footer so i feel embarrased*
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I have been sooooo preoccupied. I'm trying to enroll my daughter in a public school, because i had to pull my daughter out of the private Christian school because i couldn't afford it anymore. But because my daughter receives physical therapy the rules are different. The school says they can't enroll her without a letter from the agency she was getting therapy from stating that she will continue services with them. The school is supposed to compensate them for their therapy. The agency can't continue their services until the school enrolls her because the public school system has different rules for therapy. It is as if no one wants to work. I have spoken to the district leader of the board of ed for my district, i've been back and forth with the agency, and i'm getting nowhere. Right now my daughter is not in school AND not getting therapy. And some of the people i have spoken to have been downright rude and unprofessional.
Please pray that this gets resolved. My daughter needs her therapy because her legs aren't strong for her age group. She falls alot. And she needs her education.
I am at a loss.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
All my life i was taught to fight my hair. It is my culture to just relax it, to chemically keep it straight. Everyone i know relaxes their hair. There is only one person that i know who doesn't. My godsister. She embraced her curly hair since she was old enough to do it herself. To this day, you will see her with long very curly hair that is halfway down her waist. I never considered it for myself. My mom had me relaxing my hair since i was around 13. I just recently decided that enough was enough. It is past time for a touch up but i just didn't want to do it anymore. I researched ALOT on growing out relaxed hair, and i decided to do it. OH MY GOSH!!!!!! The two different textures of my hair have me so upset. So I decided to buy a home perm kit to curl my hair so that all of my head would be one texture. My husband did it for me.
See exhibit one.
Thats me grinning like a fool because my husband was cracking jokes about my hair the whole time. It took over 3 hours and i was exhausted. But...guess what? It didn't take!!!
My hair is so overwhelmed by the relaxer that it just would not really curl. Only the new growth on the top of my hair kept the perm curls.
So, out of frustration, yesterday in the shower I chopped my hair off. I cut a bunch of the relaxed part away (That is also the advice for people who are "transitioning" from relaxed back to natural hair). I refused to make it short enough for just my new growth to be seen. I will NOT wear an afro. Power to all those women who could pull it off, but that's just not me. So i kept it just long enough that it is somewhat easy to manage (just wash and wear) and it will make the transition less noticeable.
Oh, i forgot to mention that my husband had to rescue me because i made the cut to my hair REALLY uneven. And thanks to him, it also is a bit shorter than i wanted! He thought i wanted to shorten it more than it was, instead of evening it out. So even though it is not the shortest i have had my hair in my lifetime, it is shocking to me. Here is a quick look back at my looks over the years.
So here it is....the new me. Everybody hold their breaths..............Uh, where is the drumroll?
Here we go....the new me:
I know, I know, horrible pictures. Not the hair necessarily, but the way the picture is taken. Too close right? lol. But you can see my curls and i am not going to straighten my hair again, be it by chemicals or flat irons! I am embracing the curl! And surprisingly there are loads of website encouraging the same thing! Not only am I embracing the curl though, since i am not chemically treating it, it will be natural and (hopefully) healthy!
Monday, December 1, 2008
God is the healer and the keeper, and miracles can happen.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I will pray for you all on this great holiday,
Happy Thanksgiving friends,
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I eat but i can't really taste so it's not enjoyable for me and i am still kinda nauseous too. And food is my favorite hobby! lol.
Hopefully i'll be 100% before Thanksgiving. We are planning on visiting my favorite aunt who i have only seen a few times in the past 2 years (since my mom died actually) and we are really looking forward to getting back together with the family. If i am still sick i can't go since there are LOTS of children under 10 who will be there. Please pray i get better and that my hubby and kids don't get it!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Forget the tissues, anyone got the number to Hazmat?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Here's the bad news...
I don't feel well. I have a blazing headache and my nose has started to run and my throat hurts....Oh the joys of a contagious household.
Somebody please pass the tissues?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
When i really thought about it, it made me realize how much I love the fact that He is my Father.
I just found out a few years ago (when my mother died)that i was adopted. My father told me. He was forbidden by my mother to tell me. She thought that i wouldn't love her anymore and search for my "real" family. I don't blame her, the love a mother has for her children can cause irrational decisions if she thinks that something can come between herself and her children. I would never have left her, I wish i had the opportunity to show her that.
But people are imperfect. No matter how much you love them, your parents are particularly imperfect. Being a parent makes you imperfect because of all the mistakes you make trying to make your children happy, healthy, and well rounded. Parenthood did not come with instructions. You learn as you go.
But i know a parent who is perfect. My father, the Lord God.
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48
I am forever comforted in the fact that no matter what i do, He still loves me. He searches my heart and knows how i feel. There is no miss-communication with God.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
He is not just my Father, but YOUR Father. He connects us all with a heritage that transcends all (whether or not you want to believe that God created you).
Have we not all one Father? hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? Malachi 2:10 (KJV)
I am always welcome at my Father's house no matter what happens. God doesn't remember arguments.
In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. John 14:2
Even Jesus submitted to His Father because he knew that God's plans for Him and was for our benefit. Our Father God is never selfish. It is all for US.
For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40
I am so grateful that He is my Father. My eternal Father who loves and cherishes me unconditionally and that i am welcome at His table. He gives everyone the opportunity to love Him and to be loved by Him. He is just awesome!
This is Toby Mac, a Christian artist with the song "Made to Love".
Friday, November 14, 2008
Come back soon to see what Christmas layout i choose! I'm even anxious for that to happen!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
On my way back from the doctor, i stopped in a thrift shop in Queens and bought a never read 1983 version of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. I paid 1 dollar for it. It is a facsimile of the original 1838-9 in two volumes, with illustrations and advertisements (from the Nicholby Advertiser) from that time. I am really thrilled by it. It makes me feel as if i am actually in that time reading the book when it was first published, eventhough I would have had to pay 1 shilling for each installment. I wonder how much is that equal to the dollar i paid. The pages seem never to have been opened. It is still crisp, no dog ears or anything. I have not seen the movie and the reason i know of the classic is the tiny reference to it in the movie version of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. After I am through, i will watch the movie and then compare. I am so excited!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I know i should stay home, but my husband is still not working and we need the money. He took a test at his 1st callback but he needs a 2nd callback and so far he hasn't received word. Please pray for him.
I'll catch up on blogs when i feel better.
Talk to you guys soon!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
First of all, on election day, November 4th was my son's 4th birthday!!! He's growing up so much. We didn't have a party. Just us and them, as we usually do. He opened up presents, but we couldn't sing happy birthday. Every time we tried he would scream "no!" There was no cake because my son is highly allergic to dairy and nuts and i couldn't find a vegan bakery near us.
All in all, he was happy.
Second I just purchased a magazine that you all should read. It's called Seasons At Home. It is a homemaking magazine that has tips, stories, recipes, resources and wonderful pictures and illustrations.
Only time will tell. Until then we will just have to pray.
God Bless you my friends.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Don't you just LOVE my daughter's school? They love telling our kids what to think....
I can't wait to homeschool!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I praise God because if the Lord hadn't had my dad turn and go into the glasses store, we would have been right in the middle of that scene or trampled in the middle of the stampede of people running away from it. We reunited with my husband (who was so stressed after I told him what we almost was in, and after he saw all that blood) and we finished going to the toy store and left to eat at a restaurant.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I praise God that he got this far! I am so happy. I pray that he gets this job!
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4