Friday, February 29, 2008

Spiritual Truth

Humans see what they expect to see. People see what they want to see and are educated to see. Unless a person makes the effort to be discerning, to think consciously about other aspects of what he is looking at, it is likely that he will not see.

Christians must consciously process the truths that they receive from God as they are involved in the circumstances of their walk with Christ. We might be walking with Christ, and He is there walking beside us, but we do not see Him. This can happen if we fail to identify the circumstances that we are experiencing in our lives with Him. The spiritual, not perceived with the five senses, is often overlooked!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Jon Stewart on CNNs Crossfire

This is from almost four years ago but is still relevant today..and funny!

People need to question what slant their favourite news show is promoting...

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Made in China...sold at Walmart

You should read this is a good reminder that we all need to think twice before we purchase items that are dirt cheap and made in China. Especially as we head into summer...flip flops are a favourite for many and who would think they could be a health issue...what about the people who have to make these items...

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo Ole'


Ella believes...

Ella had a dream recently that she had climbed into the television with Aladdin and Jasmine and flew around on the magic carpet and was living in their world.

So, this morning, she comes downstairs with her two dolls in hand and tells me to turn on her Aladdin movie so that she can climb inside the tv and join them! I explain to her that she can't because it was a dream she had. She informs me very matter of factly that God will let her do it and I don't need to worry. She will climb back when she is done having fun!

I'm scrambling to explain to her that no...God wouldn't want her to do that...that is why he gives us beautiful magical dreams like hers, so that she can explore places that normally we can't visit in the daytime. But, she informed me once again that our house is magical and God will allow her to do this...

I finally had to tell her that mummy didn't want her going and God would not let her since I would miss her. Anyone have any better suggestions??

Monday, February 04, 2008

Seasonal Friends

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)


(no, these aren't all is a mix of my kids, cousins and nanny)

I chose to homeschool not to protect them, nor to educate them because I wanted superior education for them...rather, I just wanted them to grow in an atmosphere of love and acceptance to be whatever it is they are supposed to be. I am shielding them from the negative energies that suck the life out of our children...dulls their ambition, their ability to dream, but at the same time, I don't want to protect them from life. It is a fine balance of give and take, that often needs re-adjusting.

I see my kids changing...and like most parents, my dream for them is to find their passion or calling early on and persue it. I am a facilitator, motivator and their biggest fans! But I also realize that children are hard work! I remember when we had Ben...Andy had just graduated, we were in debt up to our eyeballs, and I was working in a field that I loved! But, the minute I had Ben I became distracted and unable to focus on two things that I loved!

Obviously, Ben won out in the end...but only because we became pregnant nine months later with Sam. It was only then that Andy conceded there wasn't much point to working if all you did was work to pay babysitters. We chose to go into debt for our kids and I don't regret a moment of it as I was born to be a mother,their mother!

It has meant sacrifice...but that is what parenting is no matter what your style. I have discovered so many things about myself during the past 15 years that I never could have had I continued working. We would have been better off financially, but for our little family, we could never have been so close.

Friday, February 01, 2008

As they say....

Setting a good example for the children takes all the fun out of middle age.

- Writer William Feather