Archive for May, 2008

Hard thing number one… is still hard

   I told you that I’d do follow-ups on myself whenever I posted about a hard thing that I’m going to work on. I’m glad that I’m doing this ’cause it kind of gives me some accountability. [Even if no one is reading] 😛

   Hard thing number one was my speech, and I’m afraid that it’s a harder thing than I had thought. Have any of you read Little Men by Louisa May Alcott? I love it! Several times over the past several days I’ve thought, “Man, maybe I should do what Professor Bhaer’s grandmother did to him! That might help me watch my words more carefully!” But I refrain, seeing that it would hurt so much – even though I’m 100% sure that the results would be positive! [Professor Bhaer had a problem with lying, and he just couldn’t seem to stop and think before he went and lied again, so his grandmother cut the end of his tongue with her scissors so that he’d think twice before saying anything.] So… instead I’m trying another remedy: Prayer. It’s not an immediate cure, but in the long run, it may be the ONLY cure. We’ll see what happens over the next week!

So… Sunday is Mother’s Day

So… What do ya’ll plan on doing for Mother’s Day? We are doing something bigger than we’ve ever done before. Well… maybe not. The biggest thing that we’ve ever gotten Mom is a rocking chair, and by no means is this gift going to be that size! BUT it makes up for size by *ahem* price. Deary dear, I do believe I spent more money on Mom than I’ve spent on a single present before, and I had help from Erica, Erin, and Dad paid over half of it. Any ideas? I want ya’ll to guess [Erica excluded. Sorry.] I’ll tell you that it’s small, expensive, and is not jewelry. I can’t wait to see what you might come up with!

And in review, since some people don’t comment even when I ask questions – or just comment without answering the questions (which I don’t really mind):

  • What are you doing for Mother’s Day?
  • What do you think I’m giving my mom?

Well, thanks for dropping by! And remember, I love any comments – even if you don’t answer the questions!

One long weekend…

that ended beautifully! 😀

   This weekend was… crazy. Mom has been sick – which is NEVER fun. On Saturday I prayed that Mom would be well enough to go to church with us in the morning – and God answered my prayer! Mom was doing pretty good! BUT Seth was throwing up and Dad didn’t feel too great. So we stayed home. 😦 I was so sad to be away from church, but one good thing came out of it: Erica and I were able to spend most of the morning learning Mark chapter one.

   Seth was feeling better – or mostly so – by the time afternoon rolled around, but Mom and Dad didn’t want to take him to church. So our men stayed home to brave it out together while us gals headed to church! It was the first night of the new quizzing season and my first time quizzing. Wow! It was great! I knew more than I thought I did! (Always a nice thing, right?) Anyhow… I started this post on Monday and am just now posting it. Sorry about that, folks.

   Today: I hope to go to prayer meeting tonight since Dad’s been getting off of work early! Yay!

 

Two Years Ago…

Two years ago my sisters and I were able to move down into our newly finished basement. After being cramped in a smaller room upstairs, it was wonderful! I still enjoy how cool it is in the basement during the hot summer days. It’s so awesome to have a Dad that can finish a basement for you!

At this point, Erin is in her own bedroom upstairs while Erica and I share the basement room. As I’d like to get into the habit of including pictures in my posts, here’s a start! [I hope this works! :D]


It happens

   What exactly is ‘it’? – Whatever I write about just now. Make sense? Yeah. Okay.

   I really don’t know where to start, seeing that none of you really know what’s been going on for the past… month or two. I guess I’ll back up to the beginning of April and take off from there. I did promise a long post, didn’t I?

   On April 5th, my dear friend and neighbor Mrs. B called to tell us that her son had been killed in a sky-diving accident. It was a major shock. He’s been sky-diving for a long time and was an instructor. He was doing a tandem jump with a student and both were killed. Three days later Mrs. B turned 82. Please pray for her!

   My family has been going to Woodside Baptist Church still. I am so grateful that God has allowed us to be going there! I hope that Dad decides to join soon. On the 13th we had a potluck, and Mom’s super-delicious chocolate raspberry pie was named Best Dessert. Mmmm…
   In spite of our not joining yet, Dad is allowing us to become more active in the church. We (Mom and I) will be signing up for nursery duty; Erica, Erin and myself are participating in the Bible Quizzing, Mom and Dad are thinking about joining the choir, and Erica and I were allowed to hand in our camp registrations along with everyone else – rather than sending them in alone. 😀

   I am really looking forward to making some money this summer. I’ve learned a lot about money management over the past 5 years, so I think that I’ll do better this summer than I ever have before. The jobs that I’ll have are cleaning a neighbor’s house and mowing Mrs. B’s lawn. I’ll feel really rich, I’m sure!

   On Monday we had our last Joy Club. Mrs. B is putting her house on the market and it’ll take a miracle for her to be able to stay. Her son was helping her pay her bills, and now that he’s gone, she’ll have to move. It’s sad to see the Joy Club ending, but I realize that it’s the only option at this point.

   Well, I’m going to post this even though I’m not exactly done with it. My life is so busy at this point that I’m writing posts a little at a time.

   Have a wonderful weekend, folks!

   Emily

An interesting email I received

After an exhaustive review of the research literature,   here’s the final word on nutrition and health:

   
1.  Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than  
     Americans 

  

2.  Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than 
      Americans


 
3.  Chinese drink very little red wine and have fewer heart attacks than Americans


 
4.  Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans 

 

5.  Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and
     fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans 

   
CONCLUSION:  Eat and drink what you like…speaking English is apparently what kills you, but the government is trying to correct the problem!

20 Days of Prayer Challenge

Miss Jocelyn and Miss Kylie over at HSB have issued a challenge for folks to pray for a specific country for 20 days. Kinda cool, huh? My sister is taking part, so I’m not about to be left out of the fun! Starting today, I’ll be praying for Taiwan. My grandma was a missionary there for awhile (I don’t remember exactly how long), so that’s part of the reason I chose this country out of the many countries I could’ve picked. According to this website, 93% of the Taiwanese people are a combination of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism – and a mere 4.5% are Christian. (Seeing that it’s a secular site, I’m sure that the word ‘Christian’ would include Catholics as well as Lutherans, Baptists, etc.)

I need to get going – I don’t want supper to burn! – but I thought that I’d quick share this and invite ya’ll to join in. Better late than never, right?

Emily