Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ category

A Verse to Love by…

April 25, 2013

Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 NKJV

Three Years Later…

February 6, 2013

Three years.  Yep, I’ve been blogging just that long.  As of today, in fact.

What started out as a college assignment has grown into a continuing pastime.  I enjoy sharing my thoughts here, and getting the occasional feedback from readers.  Just blogging about things can help me think through them, which is good, and it’s also fun to share some stories from my childhood.

When I began this blog, I would not have guessed that I’d like it so well that I would keep it up.  But here I am, three years, 200-odd posts, and several thousand visits later, still blogging.  The journey has been good.  If I went back and read all my early posts, I would probably find plenty of things that I would say differently now, or that I would not say at all.  But that’s part of growing up, and yes, you’ve been privileged to see some of that here.

What’s to come?  Well, I’m still blogging, and I have reason to think I’ll keep on blogging for some time to come.  Someday I might create a new blog, one on which I share the tales of a second generation homeschool mom.  But for now, I’m still just a graduate from the best kind of school I know – a homeschool.

For those of my readers who are new, welcome, and have a look around.  For those who’ve been with me for a long time, thanks for the support and the feedback!  I look forward to sharing with you all in the days to come.

~Homeschool Graduate

To Carol, or Not to Carol

November 23, 2012

Okay, so it’s after Thanksgiving now; we can safely move on to Christmas themes – and Christmas music, right?

As I’m sure you’re all aware, many stores have been playing Christmas music for weeks now.  I’ve been hearing mixed reactions, and while this isn’t the first year I’ve heard the “it’s too early for Christmas music” line, this is the first time I’ve seriously thought about it.  Not that my opinion has or needed to change, personally, but I wanted to see the other side (if possible).

Why would people have such a problem with Christmas music?  Actually, I think the problem is partly just that they’re not ready for it to be Christmas already (and again).  For crying out loud, summer just ended . . . and now it’s Christmas already!  I also heard one radio DJ complain that it was taking the focus away from Thanksgiving, not allowing us the time to truly be thankful.  I can sympathize, to some extent, although Thanksgiving has always come without needing that much in the way of music to herald it.

Another complaint is that all this music commercializes Christmas.  Yeah, I can see where the stuff that stores play is pretty much all the secular stuff that would indeed commercialize Christmas, especially the ones about Santa bringing us stuff.  Let’s face it.  Why would stores and radio stations be playing Christmas tunes this early?  To sell more, of course!  If we start thinking about it earlier, maybe we’ll end up paying more by the time we get to Christmas.  Whether it’s that we end up buying more overall or just that we have that much longer to talk ourselves into paying more for that gift we really want to get that special friend or family member, listening to Christmas music probably gets us more into the spirit of giving, or more importantly buying, and more of it.

So why do I still not have a huge problem with Christmas music this early?  Well, to tell you the truth, I started even earlier.  And I’m not just talking about the Christmas Cantata that I’m a part of at church.  We started rehearsals for that in October.  But I’ve been singing Christmas music, some secular but mostly sacred, since . . . last Christmas.  And the Christmas before.

You see, I never really stop singing carols altogether.  They just become more infrequent as I give myself space to sing all the other good music out there.  And I’m not the only one for whom Christmas is an all year deal.  A lot of people I know will say that Christmas is for all year round.  And my boss will walk down the halls either whistling or reinventing “Deck the Halls” in the middle of July!  Other people complain that it’s too early for him to be whistling that, but I just grin.

Maybe I like Christmas, and Christmas music in specific, because in my expectant hope of Christ’s second coming, I enjoy looking back to His first coming.  As One Small Child, Away in a Manger, In the Little Village of Bethlehem.  Having played an angel many years ago (not necessarily any more of a typecast now than it wasn’t then), I like to imagine myself on the hillside as a whole choir of angels sang.  I’ve long been in awe of the way God brought the wise men to Bethlehem, bearing gifts that must have been, well, a Godsend, when Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt with our Savior.  And just as I joy in the first coming and all that happened, I look forward to the next coming singing “Joy to the World.”  You do know that one isn’t actually a first coming song right?  It’s about the second coming!  And I love it just as I do all the rest of God’s music.

So, while I have to say that those folks complaining that it’s too early for Christmas music have a point in terms of the commercialism it breeds, I am as guilty as anyone else.  And I’m not likely to stop my year-round habit any time soon.  So what if we have a whole month to remember the birth of Christ?  The rebel in me simply wants to remember it all year round!  After all, it was the most important thing in our history so far, so why not!?

It Gets Easier

September 14, 2012

I know, I know, it didn’t initially seem any easier the second time around as my siblings went off to college.  Sure, this is 3G’s fourth year, so packing him up almost felt like old hat.  (Okay, so I didn’t do much in terms of packing him up, unless you count helping load the minivan!)  But this was Sister’s second year, making it also the second year we’ve gone from five siblings home to three siblings home within a week.

To be honest, the transition this time was easier for me.  I don’t pretend to speak for the rest of the household, although they seem to have settled back into the groove we eventually found last year.  Sure, we miss our college siblings.  Miss them a lot sometimes, but we seem to have remembered how to function as a smaller family again.

And it helps to plan visits.  For instance, I am going tomorrow to visit Sister.  I’ll get to see her new room, meet some friends, and hang out.  Because I’m working full-time, visits to either sibling have been few and far between for me, so this will be a lot of fun.  I’m also planning to attend a concert or two this winter at 3G’s college.  He’s also going with us to the Fall Conference we attend every year.  More about that, hopefully, when it gets closer.

Come to think of it, I guess everything gets easier with practice and familiarity.  Whether you’re learning the ropes at a new job, taking a new class, or adjusting to siblings moving out of the house – even temporarily like mine.

Lord, teach me again that You are enough, no matter what new thing You are teaching me.

In the pen dance

July 4, 2012

Say it five times fast.

Got it?  Good.

Today is one of those great American holidays where I have to wonder how many of the celebrants actually remember why they are celebrating a holiday.  Today we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, even though it took several more years for Americans to prove to England that they meant what they said and said what they meant and for them to wake up, smell the tea, and get out of our hair (for the time being).  Now if we’d only remember that rebellion is good against tyrants, but not against morality, the country might be a better place!

Ordinary

June 16, 2012

In what seems
ordinary and everyday
there is always more than at first
meets the eye.

 

-Charles Cummings

Christ is Risen!

April 8, 2012

Have you seen Him yet?


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