isnaini_blogtemplate53_00 Broken Spirit: May 2006

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live.

Psalm 119:77 NLT


Saturday, May 27, 2006

7 Reasons Not To Mess With Kids

Received in e-mail:

1) A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to
swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was
very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not
swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah."
The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?" The little girl replied,
"Then you ask him."

2) A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children
while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's
As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what
the drawing was.
The girl replied, "I'm drawing God.
The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied,
"They will in a minute."

3) A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five
and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "honor" thy Father and thy
Mother, she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our
brothers and sisters?
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family)answered,
"Thou shall not kill."

4) One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do
the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several
strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs
white, Mom?"
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make
me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and
then said,
"Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

5) The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to
persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
"Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up
and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's
a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher,
she's dead."

6) A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood.
Trying to
make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my
head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the
"Yes," the class said.
"Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position
the blood doesn't run into my feet?"
A little fellow shouted,
"Cause your feet ain't empty."

7) The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary
school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of
apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
"Take only ONE. God is watching."
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a
large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note,
"Take all you want. God is watching the apples."

Thursday, May 25, 2006

1. Sorry,
2. No
3. TT
4. Today.
5. I'm
6. Taking
7. The
8. Kids
9. To
10. The
11. Mall
12. To
13. Play.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Wordless Wednesday


Monday, May 22, 2006

Graduation and Promotion

Chloe with her teacher, Ms. Cook

Paige and Chloe had their awards ceremony at school today. Chloe graduated from Kindergarten and Paige was promoted to the 4th grade. Chloe is pictured above with her teacher, and Paige is holding her "Most Creative Artist" award. They each received several awards and they are very proud of themselves. They both worked hard all year long and I know they are looking forward to the summer break.

Paige with her

I remember the last day(s) of school when I was a kid, the anticipation of summer making me feel as if I would burst, my heart pounding as I received my final report card. It wasn't grades I was concerned about, as I was always a fairly good student; I was worried about the teacher I would be stuck with for the duration of the next school year. Since I attended a smallish elementary school, I pretty much knew every teacher, the nice ones and the shrews. Getting stuck with a shrew for the next year could just about ruin your whole summer (well, maybe just for the first day or so). After that came the endless hot sunny days of riding bikes, climbing trees, getting sticky from eating melting ice cream (purchased from the "ice cream man" in his truck with the clanging bell that could be heard for miles), scraped knees and countless games of hide-and-go-seek in the dark with all the neighborhood kids. We had so much fun back then. We actually went outside to play and we used our imaginations. Most of the people in my neighborhood didn't own computers, and cartoons were a Saturday morning treat. We didn't have the luxury of Cartoon Network 24/7 and there was no such thing as the X Box. Kids nowadays are so...imagination-challenged, I guess. My kids are constantly whining about wanting to be entertained and complaining that "there's nothing to do". That is why I am making a pledge to myself to limit the number of hours my children spend on the computer and watching T.V. this summer. I'm going to try and make them play outside on every nice day we have, or go to the park or go swimming. Any physical activity or activities in which they need to use their imaginations are preferable to playing computer games or watching movies. I sincerely believe this is why many of our young people are overweight today; it's easier to lie on the couch and watch cartoons or to play on the computer than it is to get involved in game of kickball or to build a treehouse. When entertainment is practically spoon fed to a child, their imaginations lie dormant so long they forget how to use them. It's really sad.
It is my hope that someday my kids will look back on their childhoods with the same fondness and bittersweet twinge of nostalgia that I have.
I'm going to do my best to help get them there.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I'm so sick of hearing about The DaVinci Code. I can't believe people would actually waste two hours of their lives viewing this piece of crap. And no, I haven't seen it, but you know what?
I don't have to smell garbage to know it STINKS.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thirteen Lawn Ornaments/Decorations That Irritate Me

1. Wishing wells.

2. Those big geese that people dress up according to the seasons or holidays.

3. I can't stand it when people "plant" fake flowers in their flower beds and hang up pots of fake flowers in their front yards. Um, we know.

4. Overturned wheelbarrows full of flowers.

5. Overturned whiskey barrels full of flowers.

6. Anything that's overturned and full of flowers.

7. Wagon wheels with plants or flowers growing on them.

8. It irritates me when people leave their holiday decorations up too long. I'm talking about big red Christmas bows on houses in July and plastic Easter eggs hanging from trees in November.

9. Fish ponds in front yards.

10. Those big wire trellises in front yards.

11. Those big goofy flags (the ones with lady bugs and Mickey Mouse and flower pots on them) people hang by their front doors. I know a lot of people have these, and I'm truly sorry, but I can't stand them.

12. Those gigantic concrete baskets.

13. I know this list sounds mean and I know we live in America and everything, and to each his own and all that, but come on people.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Wordless Wednesday-Anniversary

Me and Dewey


Paige had her first cheerleading class last night, and it went very well. I was surprised because the teacher got right into toe touches, front flips, and back hand springs. Of course, the kids did none of these on their own, they used the trampoline for toe touches and flips, and big barrels for the back flips. It was still slightly unsettling, though. I would have been scared to death to roll backwards over a big barrel at Paige's age ( It scares me to think about doing it now! ) but she was fearless. It's one of the many things I admire about her: she's not afraid to try new things and take chances. I was a very shy child, afraid of my own shadow, and the only accomplishments I can boast from my childhood is teaching myself how to swim and ride a bike. I don't believe I ever would have tried cheerleading or gotten up on a stage in front of dozens of strangers to do a performance. I would have frozen solid at the prospect. It never ceases to amaze me how two people can create another person who is totally unique, has different interests, talents, tastes, and a personality all their own.

I'm so tired this week. It seems like the time is flying by and I have so much to do and I never seem to get ahead. I've been spring cleaning for the past several days. I'd been putting it off for some time, out of sheer laziness I guess, but the pressure finally got to me and I caved. I could no longer ignore the state of my home. I really don't mind cleaning so much, washing dishes, sweeping, mopping, etc. but what needed to be done around here the most was sorting through clothes and toys and getting rid of stuff. I spent almost an entire day in the girls' room; I folded clothes, went through their toy boxes, threw stuff out, and bagged up stuff to give away. When I was going through the toy box, I found approximately 31 dirty socks ( when I was little, my mom called them "dead" socks ); I won't tell you what else I found, out of respect for those of you who are faint of heart. It looks pretty good in there, though, and it will be even better once I've painted. I'm dying to paint the whole house, I just can't seem to find the time or energy. I wish I had the money to pay someone to do it.

I still haven't gotten to go see An American Haunting yet. :(

My husband is outside right now, weeding our flower bed. He says he's going to plant a little rose garden for me for my Mother's Day present. This will be the best present he's ever given me, I think. I love flowers, all flowers, and I'd rather see them growing in the yard than have them inside in a vase.
We already have a few roses growing in the bed, along with some pretty little wild flowers:

Ain't they purty?
Today is primary election day, but I don't think I'm going to vote because... well, there's just no one who tickles my fancy. All the candidates sound alike to me and no one really sticks out in my mind as a better choice. I think I'll just wait until the next election to make up my mind.
That's all for now. I'm going to try to talk my hubby into letting me take a nappy.

Sunday, May 14, 2006


I've had a pretty nice Mother's Day so far. At church, every mother was given a small pot of impatiens:

The kids made some nice gifts for me in their classrooms too:

Paige decorated a bar of soap with tissue paper and stickers.
Here is a picture of what she wrote on the tag:

The bible verse inside is actually the same verse I posted earlier today!

Chloe made a flower for me out of felt and buttons. She painted the little terra cotta pot purple:

Emma and Buck each made a picture for me:



I think the best Mother's Day presents are those that your children make for you when they are little. No other gifts will ever be as precious to me as the ones made by their tiny hands. I'll treasure and keep them forever.

Happy Mother's Day!

Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: [29] "There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!"
Proverbs 31:28-29 NLT

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Ana and Mia

I now know that Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia websites are old news, but I honestly hadn't heard of them until a couple of weeks ago. I was watching the news one night and heard of the rise in popularity of these sites among teenage girls, so out of curiosity, I decided to check some out. What I found shocked me.
I won't post the names of or link to any of the sites I visited, but I will say that the girls that run these sites and their members need serious help. They view anorexia, which they call "Ana", (bulimia is referred to as "Bella" or "Mia") as a "friend" and a lifestyle choice. They refuse to believe that they have a disease which is slowly killing them. On the contrary, these sites encourage these diseases, offering tips and tricks to fool family and friends into thinking they are eating and not losing weight. These sites also offer what they call "thinspiration", pictures of super-skinny celebrities and models, and even pictures of some of their members. The pictures are supposed to keep these girls focused on their goal of achieving so-called perfection when they feel themselves wanting to eat. There are also message boards where members can go to comfort and support one another, as well as other tools of encouragement such as the decision to wear certain colored bracelets (red for pro-ana and blue for pro-mia) and the daily reading of what is known as The "Thin" Commandments:

1. If you aren't thin you aren't attractive.
2. Being thin is more important than being healthy.
3. You must buy clothes, cut your hair, take laxatives, starve yourself, do anything to make yourself look thinner.
4. Thou shall not eat without feeling guilty.
5. Thou shall not eat fattening food without punishing oneself afterwards.
6. Thou shall count calories and restrict intake accordingly.
7. What the scale says is the most important thing.
8. Losing weight is good/gaining weight is bad.
9. You can never be too thin.
10. Being thin and not eating are signs of true will power and success.

Pretty sick, huh?
In all fairness, though, I did come across one particular site in which the owner willingly admits that anorexia and bulimia are not glamorous, that they are indeed deadly diseases. She herself suffers from anorexia, and has even dedicated an entire section of her site to recovery from the diseases called "The Flipside". She also makes some valid points about hypocrisy in society. People are quick to put down girls who are anorexic and bulimic, ridiculing their support of their own "lifestyle choice" yet society itself encourages thinness and demands perfection.
I mean, honestly, how many commercials do you see on T.V. promoting various diet pills, fad diets, and exercise equipment?
Radio, billboards, and magazines are no exception. The owner of the site talks about the yogurt commercial in which the woman buys the yellow bikini, hangs it on the wall, and looks at it every day as she eats the low-fat yogurt and dreams of fitting into this bathing suit (you've seen it, right?) I'm paraphrasing here, but she says something to the effect of, "Duh! We (anorexics) use the same kind of tricks!"
Apparently, buying clothes that are too small and starving yourself to fit into them is one of the various methods used to stay thin.
I do not condone these diseases in any way, shape, or form; however, I completely understand how they have come about. Society has placed an extraordinary amount of pressure (especially on women) to be thin and beautiful. All you have to do is pick up a copy of US magazine, or People, or Star, or watch a Victoria's Secret commercial, etc. to know what I'm talking about. Overweight people are ridiculed constantly in our media, and are rarely looked upon as beautiful people. It's easy to see how these impressionable young girls have begun to equate thinness with beauty. It's truly a sad world we live in now, in which hardly anyone cares about inner beauty.
I believe that anorexics and bulimics need hardcore therapy and the constant support and love of those who sincerely want them to recover. They definitely don't need to be bashed and made fun of:

That's not going to solve the problem. I blame society anyway, and until our views on what beauty truly is changes (which is highly unlikely to happen in this lifetime), unfortunately, there will be these kinds of diseases to contend with.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Thirteen of my Favorite (Secular) Songs:

1. The Flame-Cheap Trick

2. Fire and Rain-James Taylor

3. Into The Mystic-VanMorrison

4. Winter's Come and Gone-Gillian Welch

5. This Year's Love-David Gray

6. Everlong-Foo Fighters

7. I Just Called to Say I Love You-Stevie Wonder

8. Portland Oregon-Loretta Lynn

9. As Deeply As-The Blueberries

10. Remember When-Alan Jackson

11. The Joker-The Steve Miller Band

12. Strong Enough-Sheryl Crow

13. Me and Bobby McGee-Janis Joplin

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Nothing Much

Nothing much going on today. Emma's appointment with the dentist went well. She did great! She didn't cry and she cooperated completely.
The best part of the visit was that the dentist seems to think that she doesn't need root canals. He believes that some tooth-colored fillings will suffice. Emma has to go back in June to have them done. During that visit, she will have to have an anesthetic administered by shots or drink a special drink that will make her sleep through the procedure. Our insurance doesn't cover the drink, it will cost $150, but it does cover the shots. We haven't decided which way we will go yet.
I signed Paige up for cheerleading classes today. I wanted Paige and Chloe to have something to do over summer vacation, but Chloe doesn't want to be a cheerleader; she wants to play soccer. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any soccer camps or available teams for the summertime. The next team sign-ups aren't until June 1st, and then the teams won't even practice or play until the fall, so I don't really know what I'm going to do for her.
This coming weekend promises to be another busy one; Paige has two more birthday parties to attend, and I plan on seeing An American Haunting (I didn't get to go this past weekend) and of course there is church to attend. I also plan to paint the living room and the girls' room sometime soon, I'm not sure when, but the walls need it badly.
O.K., so this has been a very boring post, so I'll go for now.
Oh yeah, I'll leave you with something that I thought was pretty cute:
Paige, Chloe, Emma and I went for a walk after dinner. The owners of a house down the street from us own a couple of Pomeranians, one white and the other black. The white one must be pretty old, because it doesn't bark, it hacks, and Chloe finds this extremely funny. Every time we walk past this house, the dogs, who are tethered in the front yard, begin to bark frantically (as I suspect most Pomeranians do), and the white one always runs up as close to the sidewalk as it can get, straining it's leash. It begins to "hack" and doesn't stop until we are out of sight. The first time Chloe heard it bark, she laughed uncontrollably and said, "Mommy, that dog sounds just like an old lady!"
Tonight when we walked by, she said, "Hey Mommy, there's that old lady dog!"
(Thank goodness the owners weren't around).

Monday, May 08, 2006

I am so tired. It's been a long, busy weekend.
Emma had to go to the dentist Friday, and it didn't go well. She did alright at first, climbing up into the big exam chair with no problems, allowing the dentist to put cute little heart-shaped sunglasses on her, and even opening her mouth wide for the dentist to take a peak. When it came time for the dentist to put flouride on her teeth and brush them, however, we began to have problems. Emma just flat out refused to let the woman in her mouth with the toothbrush. We both tried to sweet talk and cajole her, to no avail. I finally had to force the brush with the flouride on it into her mouth (which I hated) and brush her teeth myself.
After the examination, the dentist informed me that Emma's two upper central incisors have cavities and she will most likely have to have root canals. She referred me to another dentist who specializes in oral surgery and I called his office today to make an appointment. It turned out that they had an opening for tomorrow, so I took it. I'm very nervous about the whole thing and anxious to get it over with. When her teeth are squared away, we will then have to deal with the birthmark on her face. It's gotten quite large over the years, and unfortunately, has begun to sprout hair. The birthmark itself doesn't really bother me, but her pediatrician believes I should have it removed. I definitely plan on having it removed before she enters Kindergarten so that she won't be made fun of by the other kids. Kids can be really cruel sometimes.
On another note, Emma said something today that I thought was pretty cute.
I made some chicken noodle soup for Emma and Buck for lunch, and after I put Buck in his high chair, I put his bowl on his tray and said, "Here you go baby", to which Emma replied, "No, Mama, he's not your baby, he's my Buck."

Friday, May 05, 2006


Somehow, I've lost my blog. It's just gone. Poof. I tried to make some changes on my template and when I clicked the "Save changes" button, all I got was a white screen. I've tried everything I can think of, I even went to blogs whose owners link to me, and I still got a white screen. I don't know what's going on and until I can figure it out, I'll be posting here. This sucks.