Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
- No Friday night football at halftime of the big boys' game.
- Lots of sleep.
- Top Ramen.
- No Saturday morning football game.
- No yard sales.
- No car shopping.
- A quick trip to town for Gatorade and Tylenol.
- Lots of temperatures.
- Reading (If you haven't read The Help, you should. Right now. It's that good.)
- Quiet time.
- TV and movies.
- Watching football.
- No "date night" for mom & dad.
- No babysitter for the boys.
- Appetizer dinner - how many things can you eat with toothpicks?
- More Tylenol.
- Restless nights.
- No church.
- And, again, no car shopping. (Sorry to the salesman who Matt told we'd be in after church!)
- A puzzle.
- Laundry catch-up.
- Pool clean-out.
- Dishes catch-up.
- Counter clean-off.
- Eggs in a frame.
- Chocolate milk.
- Wii. Guitar Hero. Madden football. Lynx archery.
- More temperatures.
Wow. Even with all that cancelling, we did more than I thought! Yet, so much less. I think our entire household is enjoying its Sabbath rest, forced or not.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
As we left Chance's game this morning, we saw two friends walking away from another field, opposite of us, heading for their car.
"How'd it go today?" he asked.
After a pause, "It was a learning experience," answered Matt.
"We had one of those today, too!" he answered with a slight chuckle.
And, that's just plain how we have to look at it. A learning experience. So, I'm sure you're begging to ask the age-old question - What did you learn at
- There should be some cosmic force that steps in and does not let cheaters win the game. But there is not.
- Cheaters will often win in this world, on the football field and off.
- That doesn't make it okay to be a cheater. Ever.
- Grown men/dads who call 5th graders "losers" from the sidelines are Grade A
- A pinhead on the sidelines does not, cannot, define who you are as a person.
- It is up to you to make sure that they don't.
- Being on the losing team and still having morals is way better than being a cheater on the winning team.
- It is very hard to convince a 10-year-old boy of this fact.
- But it is the most important lesson he can learn in football.
- Especially if football is life. Or at least something like it.
Monday, September 14, 2009
- 15 Items or Less really means 15 items or less. Don't "ish" this one.
- All weighables count as 5 items a piece.
- For those of you who are math-challenged, that means your limit is 3.
- If you have more than 3 weighables, see #1.
- The checker is used to quickly ferrying customers through with an energy drink, some gum, and the occasional pepperoni stick. She doesn't have the code memorized for the 7 large items you left in your cart. If you have said items, don't use the express lane.
- For those PC supermarkets that say "Approximately 15 items" on their express lane sign - see #1. They are just trying to be nice. They don't really mean for you to go ahead and step in line with your 34 items. And neither do the 14 people behind you, carrying just water and gum.
- Does anyone write checks anymore???
- If you do, write it before you get to the front. I know, the line is moving fairly quickly (it's the express lane!), and it might be hard to keep up while writing, but everyone behind you will thank you for it later.
- No, you can't write your check for $20 over. Do that in the regular lane.
- When in doubt, bow out. That really oughta be the cardinal rule. The "Golden Rule" of the Express Lane.
I must admit, at this point in the post, that I have not always followed these rules to a "T". But, I have never known the importance of such rules until now. Until this week. While simply trying to prevent dehydration in my miniature football athlete.
I promise, with Darla as my witness, I will follow them from now on. With the same vengeance that I now make sure I put my cart in to the proper receptacle in the parking lot.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The tycoon in Jesus' story wasn't about to play the role of the grasshopper. No food lines or soup kitchens for him. And no food lines or soup kitchens for us either. We empathize with the fecund farmer. Truth be told, we want to learn from his success. . . .Doesn't the barn stuffer model responsible planning? And yet Jesus crowns him with the pointy hat of the dunce. Where did they guy mess up? Jesus answsers by populating three paragraphs with a swarm of personal pronouns. Reread the heart of the parable . . . . I.I.My.I.I.My.I.My.My.I.My.
The rich fool went to the wrong person (He asked himself) and asked the wrong question (What shall I do?). His error was not that he planned but rather that his plans didn't include God. Jesus criticized not the man's affluence but his arrogance, not the presence of personal goals but hte absence of God in those goals.
Lucy sees Aslan for the first time in many years. He has changed since their last encounter. His size surprises her, and she tells him as much.
"Aslan," said Lucy, "you're bigger."
"That is because you are older, little one," answered he.
"Not because you are?"
"I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger."
Friday, September 4, 2009
- Fall Leaves
- The Cabin
- Cool, crisp mornings
- Hot Chai Lattes
- Pumpkin Scones
- Scrap Retreat
- Fresh Beef
- Snuggle up, cozy, book reading time.
Do you love Autumn? If so, why?