Friday, December 19, 2008

Stung by the Spelling Bee

I am so proud of Stephen. He won his class spelling bee yesterday. He called me as soon as he got off the bus to let me know. I guess it must run in the family. When I was in elementary school, I too won my class spelling bee. Next he advances to the third grade bee, where he will compete against the other other third graders in his school. That was as far as I got when I won. I still remember the word I misspelled - believe. He was really nervous last night after he looked over the words in the study book he was given. I told him not to worry - I can't spell any of those words either. And after all, it doesn't matter if he misspells the very first word he is given, we are very proud of him.

Thank goodness for spellcheck - when I ran it on this post there were four misspelled words - but that has more to do with my lack of typing skills than my lack of spelling skills.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Toys

So when you get yourself a new toy for Christmas, do you put it under the tree and make yourself wait until Christmas to enjoy it? Usually I would answer that question, "Yes." But this year it seems the answer is no. After five years of arm twisting, Brian finally talked me into getting a laptop. It was delivered today, and yes we are now using it. I haven't formed an opinion on it yet, but I figure I will grow to love it.

On another note, the weather has turned frightful, and I don't like it. Yesterday it was near 70 degrees and today we had sleet and freezing rain. The roads were covered in slush as we headed home from work early. The kids are going to be thrilled to find out in the morning that they don't have to go to school though. As for work, Brian's employer has announced they will begin work at 10, so we will at least get a late start to the day if nothing else.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My Christmas Wish for You

I pray that your Christmas be filled with the joy and peace of knowing Christ as your saviour.
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Friday, December 05, 2008

How Poor are You?

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, 'How was the trip?'

'It was great, Dad.'

'Did you see how poor people live?' the father asked.

'Oh yeah,' said the son.
'So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?' asked the father.

The son answered:
'I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.'

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, 'Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.'

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I Love My Sis

My sister and me on Thanksgiving. And I even remembered to smile.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Best Thanksgiving Quote

"You looked better when you were fat." And no she wasn't commenting on the turkey.