Monday, April 27, 2009

"The Noticer" by Andy Andrews

What happens to a town, when an old man passes through occasionally, dispensing words of wisdom? That is the premise of the new book by Andy Andrews, “The Noticer”. It is a story of a man named Jones, who seems to know more about the people around town, than they know about themselves. He is able to help a couple discover how to communicate, teens understand what to look for in a mate, a man to know what kind of legacy he wants to leave for his unborn child. And a young man takes a look at himself and ask, “What is it about me that other people would change if they could?”
This book is full of wisdom, and one of my favorite quotes from this book is, “A person could lose everything, chasing nothing.” That says a lot, with little words. It made me ask myself what have I been chasing.
“The Noticer” is a fast read, but one that is worthy of your time. Once I started, I did not put it down until I was finished. Mr. Andrews writes in a way that is easy to follow and engaging. I would recommend “The Noticer” to young and old alike.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

This Is When Parenting is Hard......

When your child has an irrational fear, it is hard. It is hard to rationalize with them. It is hard to make them understand. It is hard for them to trust you. It is hard to get them just to listen.
For the sake of honestly here, I am going to share some of the hard part of parenting tonight. That is where Ralph found ourselves tonight, as our smart, funny and sweet middle child had a total melt down. She has developed an irrational fear of thunderstorms. Let me explain why I say it is irrational - she wants me to check the weather on my computer when she sees the wind blowing, or see clouds. Even with the sun shining. It has gotten to the point where I have actually had to go get her from school a couple of time. Granted those times there were Tornado Watches and Warnings all around us. Her teacher has told me she has never taught a student this afraid of thunderstorms.
But tonight, it was simply rain, with a little lighting and thunder. Laney began to rock, and then cry and beg to see the weather. So, I scooped her up, opened the front door and told her, "We are watching the weather." She came completely undone. So, both Ralph and I both calmly talked with, trying so hard to get her to understand that she was safe. To get her to recall the verse - "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." Matthew 6:34
She was having none of it. Her fear had gripped her beyond seeing anything around her or hearing what we had to say.
That is when Ralph quietly got up and left. It took me a minute to realized he was gone, then I saw him. Through the door. Standing in the rain. With his arms outstretched. Showing Laney it was safe.
She still would not calm down. So, he did what any loving Father, who wants their child to trust, would do. He came to the door, picked her up and carried her out in the rain.

She did not immediately calm down. As a matter of fact, she kicked and screamed for a few minutes. Then after about the second round of lightning, she settled down. She realized she was safe. She was ok. She trusted.
When she settled down, Ralph brought her in and I ran to get her in a warm shower. After she was dried off and dressed she walked back into the living room and with the biggest grin, proclaimed, "I am NOT afraid of thunderstorms!" And those are the moments that speak to me, "Yes parenting is hard, but so worth it."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Review - "The Priniciple of the Path" by Andy Stanley

I have just finished reading Andy Stanley’s “The Principle of the Path”, and I have to say it was a book that made me think. My choices today will impact where I will be tomorrow - something I think all of us know, but sometimes fail to see. This book throws out the should of, would of, could of and instead says, “Your direction, not intention, determine your destination.”
Mr. Stanley’s book is an easy read, but gives you much to think about. The stories he shares are engaging and relevant to the topic he is discussing. He uses biblical stories and makes them applicable to today’s issues.
This book is one that I would recommend to anyone who is unsure of their direction in life. It is a must read for those who are wondering about how today’s choices impact their future.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Today is my husband's birthday. I am so thankful to have this man in my life and that he is the leader of our home. I am blessed. I am thankful. I am happy to celebrate him!
Happy Birthday Ralph! I love you!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pioneer Settlement Take 2

Another Friday, and another field trip to the Pioneer Settlement. This time it was Madison and Laney's turn. The Settlement was having "Folk Life Days" and there were lots of volunteers to show the kids what life was like over 100 years ago. They asked me to please come, so I did. I know before long they will not be so keen on momma attending field trips. Ralph surprised the girls by getting off early and showing up. I wish I would have had my camera ready to catch their surprise!
Here are a few random shot of the day.
Madison eating a biscuit.
Laney trying on Mr. Willard's glasses and looking at the fire in the Blacksmith shop.
Madison getting to do the same thing.
Laney working on a quilt patch.
The last shot was taken in the doctor's office. Gran came by and told Madison when she was young she came there to see the Dr. That really intrigued Madison. Needless to say examination tables have changed quiet a bit. The stir-ups, well not so much!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Yuck is the word I would describe how I feel this evening. In fact, it is the way I would describe how I have felt all day.
Sore throat.
Lungs burning.
Wow, I was starting to sound like a Nyquil commercial.
So on this yucky day, the remote and a book have been my companion. I was either flipping through channels or reading Andy Stanley's "The Principle of the Path". Or I was sleeping.
I am ready to head back to bed after having supper with the family (which my wonderful husband took care of making). Because I feel yucky.
I don't like days like today - yuck.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Not a good thing...

when this light is on at 12:00 NOON, as it was today! We have had lots of rain, wind and hail today. So far we are safe.

Saturday, April 11, 2009


It really is not right to have to have the conversation I got to have with my kids, before 7:00 AM, this past Friday. I should not say it's not right, because I am glad that they will come to me and talk. I just mean, it's not right, because I had not had enough coffee or time to fully be awake and coherent.
Morgan was getting ready for school, and she comes bee-bopping in and asks, "Mommy, is the "F" word bad?"
I wish I would have had a video of how big Ralph's eye got with that question!
My response to Morgan was, "Well baby, that depends. What word are you talking about?"
Then she says IT.
IT was THAT "F" word.
At this point I am trying to remain calm and my mind starts working in overdrive on how to respond to that. Laney then tells me that she knows the "F'ing" word as well.
Um, Ok.
Then they want to know what it means.
So, I tell them that it is a negative term to describe sex. I am so glad that we had already had some discussion on the sex issue.
Ralph jumps in at this point and tells them it is a word they can't use. I tell them that is more about being respectful. That this word is not a respectful way to talk. They all seemed to get that. That using that word was disrespectful and could cause them to get in trouble. A bad consequence.
Wow, all that before 7:00 AM.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday with Morgan

This how I got to spend my Good Friday - with Morgan, on her Kindergarten field trip to the Pioneer Settlement. It was a great day. I realize that I need to embrace the fact that my kids want me to go on field trips with them. It won't always be like this. So today, I am thankful.
Thankful that I can watch her glue patches on scarecrows.
Thankful that I can watch her crunch on a pork rind. Which, by the way, she loved!
Thankful I could watch her pump water from a pitcher pump.
Thankful that I could watch her happy face as she is riding back to school on the big yellow bus.
It was a good day.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Spring Break for the girls was this week, as you know by the last post. Thursday was dreary and rainy, all day long. Ralph had class in Panama City Thursday evening, so I thought it would be a good idea for the girls and I to go with him. I figured while he was in class that I would take them and watch a movie.
So, we go and drop Ralph off at school and make our way to the theater in the pouring rain. While we are in line to get our tickets, Ralph calls. His class has been canceled. After my initial frustration of having to load the girls back up, in the rain, I get happy. Great, Ralph can be with us and watch the movie. So, I trek back and pick him up and we head back to the theater.
We settle in watch the movie "Monsters VS. Aliens". I will admit, this type of movie really isn't my thing. It was a cartoon and it had a lot of spoofs on B Horror movies, such as the blob and godzilla. But it was great in the tech department. The cartoon somehow felt very real. It was about an alien attack on the US and how monsters who have been locked away by the government band together to defeat the alien and save the country.
Long story short, one of the monsters returns to "normal", but to save her friends decides to return to being a monster. A misfit.
Ralph and I were talking later about the movie, and I made the comment that I was glad the girl returned to being a monster to save her friends. Even though it meant she was not "normal". To which Ralph responded, "You would pull for the misfits." So, I asked him what he meant and he told me that I always pull for the underdog. The ones who are not "popular". The ones who don't have someone pulling for them or believing in them.
I took that as a compliment. I hope I am always the one who looks out for the misfit. The outcast. The unpopular. The different ones.
That is my prayer, that I will see what God sees in all the ones He allows in my life. His creation.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spring Break

Our girls have been out on spring break this week. We have had a good week. It has just been really soggy! Me and the girls went on a road trip Monday and Tuesday to visit friends in Bell, FL.
Then yesterday we went bowling. We had a blast. I won the first game and believe it or not Morgan won the 2nd game. Really, she bet us all! Here are a few shots of us at the bowling alley. And yes, Ralph was on his crack, sorry I mean, blackberry more than he was off of it, but least he was there!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A sure way

A sure way for us to get rain is for Ralph and I to plant our garden. Last year when we planted our garden, it rained over 10 inches in a matter of days.
We planted our garden on Sunday, almost two weeks ago. We actually had planted our potatoes earlier, but finished everything else then. So guess what, it has rained over 7 inches in the last week. And they are predicting more for tomorrow.