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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

To Clean or Not to Clean

Neatness is not on Baby Girl’s top ten list of things that are important in life, so her room has a tendency to descend into chaos. It was time to clean. After an hour of trying to help her along, my frustration level was high. I could not keep this child on task.

I stood, with hands on hips and a frown on my face, surveying her lack of progress. “I don’t think you want your room to be clean.”

“I want my room to be clean,” she answered, “I just don’t want to clean.”

The lazy will not get what they want,
but those who work hard will.
Proverbs 13:4

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Three Kinds of Crazy

"Boys are crazy," Baby Girl announced.

"Well," her brother replied, "there's crazy, and then there's crazy."

She frowned. "What do you mean?"

He ticked it off on his fingers. "There is the good kind of crazy, like Einstein, there is the bad kind of crazy, like super villains, and then there is the other kind of crazy."

"Other kind?"

"Yes, he nodded. "Like 'There's a banana walking down the hall' crazy."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chicken and Noodles

Things have been hectic around here lately, and I have not had time to do the regular grocery shopping. I found it necessary to send my better half to the store. He did have a list, but when there is a good deal to be had, my husband likes to take advantage. Chicken was on sale.

Usually this would not pose a problem, but someone had inadvertently left my freezer door open the previous week and everything in it had to be tossed out. So it was empty. Until the chicken arrived.

Some people say they could eat chicken every day. No one at my house seemed to mind a bit. I did change it up, making different dishes. You can do a lot with chicken. Not a single complaint was heard, and whatever I prepared disappeared with regularity.

One day I put a bowl of chicken and noodles in front of my son. After he had taken a few bites I asked, “How is it?”

He stirred it around with his spoon and answered, “Tastes like chicken.”

A man reaps what he sows.
Galatians 6:7

Sunday, February 20, 2011


My second son is a student at the local university. Like most young men his age, he has often shown a lack of understanding in the area of money management. Things got tight for him recently when financial aid dried up.

"Mom," he announced, "I looked at my bank balance and did some calculations." He sighed, "I'll have to get a job before I can buy a new camera."

Guess that college education is paying off.

The plans of the diligent lead to profit
as surely as haste leads to poverty.
Proverbs 21:5 NIV

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


One day, Baby Girl and I were having a fun time combing and curling, trying out various hair styles.

I struck a pose and asked her, "How does my hair look?"

She twisted her little mouth to one side and studied my new 'do'. "Well," she said, "it's a little dusty."

I examined my reflection in the mirror and realized that my locks did, indeed, appear to have a dusting of silver.

The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
If it is found in the way of righteousness.
Proverbs 16:31 NKJV

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Night Hazards

When my oldest took Driver's Ed, he was asked to list five hazards of night driving. His response of "black cows in the road" pegged him as a true country boy. While to most folks, black cows don't seem all that dangerous, if you have ever had to drive on pitch dark roads in cattle land you might agree with his answer.

Know the country you are in and you can more easily identify the dangers ahead.

The rich and poor have this in common:
The Lord made them both.
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
Proverbs 22:2-3 New Living Translation