Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know a lot of you will be feasting with your families tomorrow, giving thanks to the Lord for everything God that the Lord has provided for you and your loved ones. You will be stuffing your face, and loosening your waistbands as the night goes on. You will be laughing and joking, eating and drinking and having a merry ole time. I pray that your thanksgivings are grand. Just don't forget the people who can not make it to their families either because of disagreements, money, or they have passed away. Think of the homeless who have to have their thanksgivings in drop in centers and be given hand outs. Think of the first time single mothers who have to struggle with the holidays and the burdens of doing things on their own for the first time with a child and no help. Please think of these people who may not have as much as we may have but who are grateful nonetheless and pray for them.
I will pray for you all on this great holiday,
Happy Thanksgiving friends,
God Bless!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Coughs, and Croup, and Fever..Oh My! PART 3???!!!???

My father always says that bad things come in threes. I never really believed that, but he seems kinda right on that one now. Aside from the flu, and the asthma and all that i got PINK EYE!!!!!!! The reason i wasn't on before and really why i shouldn't be on the pc now is cause it's really contagious and i don't want my hubby getting it cause he uses the pc just as much as i do! So far my kids don't have it and my son is over the flu but i got a note from his school saying that pink eye is spreading in his school too. I am on eyedrops that burn when i put them in, antibiotics, new asthma medicine and something that is supposed to clear up all the mucus in my chest that makes it hurt when i cough (sorry for the gory details!). I'm so drugged up i feel like a pharmacy! I did manage to go to work for one night and it was a night of hell. I coughed the whole night through and blew my nose between typing. Then i went to the doctor and he yelled at me for going to work for that one day because i had pneumonia once and could have gotten it again. I have to stay home now for a week as per his instructions. My job was not happy about that! And the worse part of all of this is that i can't taste anything! :(
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

Coughs, and Croup, and Fever..Oh My! PART 2

I will not be blogging until this is over. I had a fever of 102.0 when i checked a few minutes ago.I'm nauseous, everything hurts (incl. sinuses, joints, muscles, head), I'm coughing, stuffy/runny nose, etc. etc. I think the proper name for this is the flu. My name for this is "the devil decided to take me out of commission so i can't work and help pay our bills disease."

Forget the tissues, anyone got the number to Hazmat?

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Coughs, and Croup, and Fever..Oh My!

Well my son has had croup for the last couple of days with fever. We had to bring him to the hospital because his breathing was so labored. The hospital kept him for a few hours and released him, but he's still sick. The hospital said be prepared if we need to bring him back, but he's been doing a bit better.

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

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My Father God

I saw a post on The Point about the names of God and what is your favorite name of God. I posted my comment on how my favorite name of God was Father God when i was praying to Him.

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".
Enjoy!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Is it Christmas yet?

I am in such a mood for Christmas already. I know, it’s barely the end of November. It seems that each year I want Christmas to come sooner and sooner. I’m already yearning to sing Christmas carols and decorate the tree and the house, and wrap presents (The Christmas commercials that are already on the tv doesn't help!). I know, most of it is commercialism, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. When i was growing up, all we knew and practiced the commercialized Christmas. We went to midnight mass only and then it was all about the parties and presents, but it was also great! I say that because my parents were the type who argued alot in their 30-something years of marriage. And Christmas time is one of the only memories where my family genuinely got along. My mother was happy, smiling, COOKING (towards the last years of her life, she gave up cooking meals and when she did cook, she was angry), not yelling at my father or me. She took me out, we went shopping, bonded, and just spent time together. It really was the best times of my childhood. That's why i adore those Christmas shopping traditions. It does not take away from the real meaning of Christmas, the day our Lord Jesus was born, it just adds to it.

Come back soon to see what Christmas layout i choose! I'm even anxious for that to happen!



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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Feeling Better and a New Book

I am much better now. Mostly due to the fact that my husband kept feeding me hot tomato soup with oregano (my favorite!). The heat and the spices really helped and it tasted sooo good. I had it days in a row and i didn't complain! I missed checking on my blog friends and i missed what i call "blog hopping" which is how i find new people and new friends. I didn't get on the pc at all and i missed it terribly. lol. Thank you all for your kind comments and prayers. I really appreciate it!

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

Under the weather

I have not been feeling good this past couple of days. My asthma has gotten me non-stop coughing, my throat is killing me, i have a headache and I can't really eat. The Lord will heal me in due time, until then i resign myself to the bed because i have to work tonight. :(
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!

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Friday, November 7, 2008

My daughter was teased again

Actually, she was hit. By the same girl apparently. We spoken to the teacher. I don't know what else to do, it keeps happening. My daughter has a quite way about her and her father tells her she should hit that girl back. I really doubt she will, and i don't want her to, but i just dont know what to do.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Things i missed posting

All this hullaballo has distracted me from blogging about 2 things that i wanted to mention.
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.

The beginning or the end?

The elections are over. I knew how it would end, that wasn't a surprise. I was at my job when it was announced. The hollering, screaming, cheering, laughing from my coworkers was deafening. I got laughed at by everyone who knew who I voted for, and promptly from everyone else when the news of that spread. My husband warned me. He told me do not talk about politics (or religion) in the workplace. I just grinned and bared it, but inside i wanted to cry. Not because of the teasing, but because of fear for the future. I don't think anyone at my job understood that what had just happened will change the future of this country forever. This country that (whether people like it or not) was forged under the Bible. That is why the Pledge of Allegiance says "One Nation, Under God". My husband and I were talking about this. Obama could just very well be the antichrist (If at this point you close my blog, you have that right, just as i have the right to post what i believe, being that this blog belongs to me). I know the antichrist is supposed to be someone everyone loves and is fooled by. At the very least he could be the tool of the devil. His heart could be in the right place, but it won't make a difference to what downfall he will create.
Only time will tell. Until then we will just have to pray.

God Bless you my friends.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Forcing election vote of my daughter

Oooooh, i am soooooooo mad. I try to control myself but i am completely in shock. My daughter came home from school and she showed me an "I voted" sticker. And the first thing that came out of her mouth was, "I voted for Barack Obama and he won!". Oh man, if steam could come from my ears it would!!!!! Apparently my daughter's school told her who to vote for, or at least whose side to be on. Of course they would choose Obama. I'm not going to lie, the school she goes to is a primarily African American and Carribean school because that is the neighborhood we live in. And I have not met (out of blogland) one single person who was of either race/culture who wasn't voting for him. But they have no right to force something like that on my daughter. I promptly told her, that in her school they might vote for Obama, but in our house we vote for McCain. Again, i'm not going to lie and tell you that my voice didn't raise just a bit when i said it, but I was caught completly by surprise by that one. And it's not the first time I have been surprised by her school. I went to the Christmas show that they held last year (when my daughter was using their Pre-K) and they made a point before the show to tell everyone how Jesus WAS a black man (Emphasis theirs!). Now i am not going to argue about whether Jesus was black, white, orange or whatever. The bible adresses this and if you are obsessed with this issue, go look it up. My point is that they were emphasising race when they SHOULD have been emphasising His love and the truth about salvation. Grade school children should not have race thrown into their face when they should be focusing soley on their Savior's love for them. Grades Pre-K to 8 should not have race issues ingrained into them at this age. They will grow up and face their own issues with race in due time. We shouldn't have them grow with it.

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

Danger at the mall and God's Providence

I was at the mall yesterday with my husband, children, and my dad. My dad was spending time with us because my son's 4th birthday is Wednesday. We went to Green Acres Mall in Long Island and we were having so much fun browsing and talking. Then my husband split up with us so he could buy something and my dad and the kids and I kept walking. We got to the other side of the mall when my dad suggested that he go into Cohens Fashion Optical to get his glasses adjusted. It was taking a long time and I started to get impatient to get going. All of a sudden about 50 people just started running past the store and screaming. My dad got his glasses and we left the store only to see all the stores in the mall on that side putting down their gates. We just stood where we were. My dad wanted to go to see what happened, but I told him not while he was with me and my kids he couldn't! Finally when the commotion stopped and all the stores opened up their gates (the sign that things were safe again) we went into the direction of everything. (We had to go past it to get to KB Toy Store to get presents) We saw all this blood everywhere on the floor. They had a big section blocked off by police tape, and there were police everywhere. The stories of what happened was mixed but according to people who saw what happened and the news, someone had a gun, and someone had a knife. They fought (apparently over a woman) and the guy got stabbed multiple times. No one was shot.
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