Archive for May 2011

A Day of Remembrance

May 30, 2011

Thank you

to all those who have served
and are serving
in defense of our nation.

I also thank those who have been their supporters,
the families and friends of each and every
soldier, sailor, airman, marine, and guardsman.
Your part is less noticed, but not less important!

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Christian Boy Meets Christian Girl – an article from World Magazine

May 26, 2011

Christians are not like the world when it comes to dating and courtship.  But in-depth interviews reveal a lot of confusion and anxiety among God’s young men and women when it comes to forming relationships and finding a spouse.  Read the whole article.

Susan Olasky writes about the muddle facing Christian young people who want to marry but who also want to save themselves for their future spouse.  The pressure to be sure that “it’s the right girl” makes guys slower about getting to know any girl, and the knowledge that another chance may be a long time in coming makes girls more anxious to make any relationship work.  It’s a lose-lose situation in my book, but we’ll have to wait till the next issue for Susan’s solution!

Everything I read on this subject confirms me in my decision to be friends before courting (not a fan of the dating game).  I believe that it’s important to have friendships with both men and women of all ages as I prepare for marriage.  And I do have friends of all kinds.  People will sometimes look at me, a homeschooler who went to college online and volunteers/works among the elderly, and say I need to get out more.  Genuinely concerned older relatives sometimes worry about the chances of me finding a boyfriend (thanks, but no thanks!).  But I do have friends!  Many of them are not of my own generation and are not marriage candidates, but every friend I have, whether girl or guy, young or old, is teaching me something that will become useful when I am someday married.

As I will be.  Yeah, I know, that’s a pretty strong statement, but I’m just confident in the Lord.  Four years ago He gave me the assurance that marriage was not a “maybe” but a “someday” for me, and I am not going to doubt now.  He’s got my husband picked out for me and me picked out for my husband, so I’m not worrying about the when, how, or who.  I’m busy doing the things He has given me to do right now, preparing for my “someday,” being the best friend I can be to every friend I have, and growing closer to Him.

For more, check out my posts on Singlehood and being a Woman Worth Waiting For.

Picky, Picky

May 24, 2011

I learned something the other day.

Okay, so that’s not a new thing around here!  But to start the story, some of my siblings and I were talking about this and that while folding laundry the other day, and we got talking about how picky my youngest brothers, twins TJ and BP, are.  Yes, they are identical (cousins as my father likes to add), but no they do not have identical eating habits.

One dislikes the way tomato sauce and cheese mix with pasta and therefore will not eat baked ziti, lasagna, or goulash (though he does eat spaghetti).  One eats lots of vegetables (currently the shorter one — figure that out!).  Neither are big fans of potatoes in almost any form, enough so that they didn’t eat french fries for a long time (more for the rest of us!).  Like most kids, however, they’ve begun eating more things as they’ve gotten older.  Sister, 3G, and I were the same way, once upon a time.

The thing is, we all remember eating a lot more variety of things much younger than the twins.  I think that’s why we (mostly Sister and me since 3G has been at college) have been giving them a hard time about the portions they eat — or don’t.  With 3G finally home from college now, we have a really good reference for how much a growing boy ought to be eating (the twins are 12, so they aren’t quite at the “eats the horse” stage).  Our resident hollow leg/black hole/bottomless pit can eat two platefuls, and when I say plateful, I mean a plate Full!

Mom joined our laundry conversation to give her explanation for why the twins are still picky at an age when their older siblings were eating just about anything she cooked.  You see, when I was twelve, the twins were two.  3G was 10, and Sister was 8.  And we watched the twins turn their noses up at plenty of different things.  Face it, babies are picky, and my little brothers were no exception!  Of course, Sister, 3G, and I didn’t want to be like the babies, so we stopped being so picky.

Ten years later, TJ and BP have no such motivation.  They eat most things, but often they will eat only a small portion of our main course and then have an extra roll or slice of bread.  3G made a comment that it won’t be too long until they begin eating like growing teenagers, when all you really care about is that it’s food.

He knows all about that!

Grown-ups: A Rare Breed?

May 23, 2011

Nation Down To Last Hundred Grown-Ups / The Onion.

According to recent data, the grown-up population has plummeted dramatically since 1950, when a Census count found that more than 24 million Americans could both admit when they were wrong and respect a viewpoint other than their own. Today, only one in three million citizens can provide thoughtful advice to a fellow human being instead of immediately shifting the topic to their own personal issues or what they had for lunch.

I knew about the rise of the Kidult, but apparently Grown-ups are not only rare, they’re dying out.  Defined as people who have foresight, are rational, personally responsible, and self-control (among other traits), grown-ups are, according to “the experts,” disappearing and could be gone in the next 50 years.  Personally, I find it hard to believe that only 104 grown-ups are left in our country.

The article does bring up the question, “How did we get to a place where this statement might be made?”  Why haven’t foresight, personal responsibility, and the other traits of grown-ups been passed on to younger generations?

I honestly think that some grown-ups have indeed been working on passing on those traits.  My parents for instance.  The reason why it doesn’t show up in the statistics right now?  Probably because none of their children are out on their own in the world yet, buying houses, running households, having families.  That doesn’t mean that my parents and other grown-ups haven’t been teaching the traits of grown-up-ness to a new generation.

Does that let others off the hook?  Nope.

So what are your thoughts?  Do you have a different idea about what constitutes a grown-up?  How are you coming, whether on being, becoming, or training a grown-up?

Thanks to Tim Challies for the link to this article.

Judgment Day Explained (via Benjamin Euler)

May 21, 2011

Then end of the world is a fascinating topic. The idea of setting a date for it, however, is pretty ridiculous since scripture clearly says that “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” (2 Peter 3:10). I like Benjamin Euler’s explanation of the May 21st date.

Judgment Day Explained For those of you in Rio Linda, it’s really quite simple. You take the number of atonement, 5 (yes), the number of completeness, 10 (of course), and the number of heaven, 17 (no argument there)…and multiply them all together. Square the sum (naturally), and arrive at 722,500 days. Add 722,500 from the number of days since the crucifixion, adjust for the Gregorian calendar’s implementation, and bingo, you know without a shadow of a doubt that May … Read More

via Benjamin Euler

Actually, I always understood that the number of completeness was 7. . .

Creation Sightings in Recent Weeks

May 20, 2011

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Rain on the Windows

May 16, 2011

Rain on the windows
it’s pattering now,
The force of the wind
has quieted down
Thousands of droplets
freckle the view
Blurring my sight
as I look through

Rain on the windows
the lightning is past
Water like teardrops
remains on the grass
Through emptied clouds
the sun reappears
Shining on the wetness
with a smile so dear

Rain on my windows
refreshing and clean
Making my pastures
joyful and green

~Homeschoolgraduate


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