Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Lovely Words Make Lovely Lips

Of course, incomparable to our scriptural depictions of the lovely Godly woman, I found this today at Holy Experience. If you have never read her breathtakingly lovely and well-written blog, I encourage you to do so today! Grab a cuppa first, you'll be there a while just drinking it in!

A Poem by Sam Levenson, oft-recited by Audrey Hepburn :

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.The beauty of a woman must be seen from her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

~Sam Levenson

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Educationally Speaking...

A "conversation" I'm having on a frugality forum, of all places:

That hits on a pet peeve of mine. We homeschool -- but are forced to pay school taxes! Teachers at public and private schools may deduct up to ~$500 on their taxes for supplies bought with personal money. But homeschoolers (and here is the kicker - who are legally considered private schools in my state) are SPECIFICALLY banned from doing so. We must register as a "private" school, but cannot enjoy the tax break therein.

Someone else: Yes, but we (public school teachers) are buying supplies for 30 (in elementary schools) or 130 (in middle and high school) students that aren't our own children. You are buying school supplies for your own children. You wouldn't get a tax deduction for anything else you'd buy for your own kids. You choose to teach them at home, then you've chosen to make their education your own, along with everything that entails.

Me again: (Rant ON)
I can see your point, but I can't say I consider it a good one. I'm not talking about buying paper and crayons. I spend $400 to $800 a year on curricula - in addition to all the goodies that go along with it. Not to mention the fact that 1) you choose to teach and 2) they're not your children!

Your comment is a perfect picture of the entitlement mindset that has invaded our lives. If my child attended your school, I wouldn't expect you to provide my child's paper or pencils. You shouldn't have to buy them for anyone. That just didn't happen when I was a kid. Oh I'm sure occasionally a teacher would slip a pencil or notebook to a very poor child in the class. You've just told me it is my responsibility (and I agree) to provide my child's supplies. Then it is also the responsibility of your students' parents.

Of course, public schools could afford to do more for indigent students if they weren't so busy playing put a condom on a banana, but that's another rant altogether. The NEA could do much more good if they would stick to education instead of hosting partial-birth abortionist George Tiller at their meeting...and lauding him for his "pioneering" work. I saw video of that and it absolutely turned my stomach. I suppose the NEA wants to lower class size by any means necessary. If the NEA spent as much time ensuring quality education as they spend lobbying for more money for it, they wouldn't need the money so much.

I know that there are good teachers out there who don't put up with all the foolishness we see in today's schools. I'm sure you're one of them. But I pay taxes for the upkeep of schools and for books. Do you think I'd be allowed a vote at a PTA (or whatever they call it now) meeting? Don't think so. Do I get to check out a/v material and equipment? Nope. I don't want their curricula so that's not an issue. So, to recap, I am compelled by law to give them money; I am not allowed to use their supplies and I'm to simply endure their scorn because I homeschool.

The schools around here are constantly whining and begging for more money. Yet they have state of the art whiteboards that print copies or some such nonsense. New computers every other year or so. It's all power point and slick production. Fun gadgets? Yes. Necessary to education? Nope. Spending is out of control, yet parents are expected to foot the ever increasing bill.

Yes, I chose to homeschool my child. I chose to do without so that I can be home and teach him. I chose to start my own design firm and make money by working much of the night before teaching much of the day. Am I bitter about that? Nope. Not at all.

But if anyone would like to buy a small hershey bar for $6
to fund DS's music lessons I'd be more than happy to
take their money
accept their generous offer.

What do YOU say?

Friday, April 25, 2008

I'm still just heartsick

I still cannot even discuss the Texas FLDS situation rationally.

It's amazing. Like watching a terrible train wreck in slow motion.

I'm no fan of polygamy, and I am an adult survivor of sexual abuse by a non-family member. I do not in any way condone the belief system in place. And I'm nothing more than a fellow sinner...yet saved by Grace.

That said, the state of Texas is punishing the wrong people! They've separated the mothers from the children all the while accusing the MEN of being molesters. Why didn't they just remove the men? Arrest them, try them and PUNISH THEM if they're guilty! Why didn't they take them? Because they COULDN'T. CPS knew they would never get away with violating those mens' rights so they went to the weakest - the children. And they're controlling the women with the children.

Classic scenario of a predator.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Take a deep breath......

Polygamy is wrong.

Sexual abuse is wrong and an abomination. I speak as both a survivor and a relative of one.

What is happening in Texas is wrong. What is happening has me so torn in knots that I am unable to even express myself properly. So I am linking to
The Common Room . The Headmistriss over there has done a remarkable job putting my groanings to the Lord into words.

These poor children are in desperate need of our prayers.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Can you tell its been a trying day?

I'm praying for patience...
And I want it RIGHT NOW!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Freddie the Fraker Farm Fowl says:

Lindanuts is our winner!
Yay! Hooray! Woo-Hoo!
Linda, e-mail your real name (unless of course that is your real name. I knew a fella by the real name of Chuck Nutt once. Poor guy.) and address so I can get your Humor Break out to you!

Speaking of Taxes...

I found this article that summarizes what so many of us are feeling these days. I found it here and include it below for your "enjoyment" as it were.

On a happier note, the winner of the book will be announced in just a few hours! After I've had coffee, lol.

Disclaimer: I'm all for immigration. LEGAL immigration.

April 15 Looms: Time for Another Tea Party in Boston?
By John Lillpop Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Letter to the IRS…

April 9, 2008
Washington, D.C.
CC: President Bush,
All Democrats, and RINOs

Dear Ladies, Gentlemen and the Undecided:

NOT enclosed herewith are fully-executed documents concerning my 2007 income and taxes, including 50 assorted pieces of meaningless paper normally generated only for the purpose of providing work for civil service types lacking sufficient intelligence and drive to secure gainful employment in the real world.

In calculating my tax obligations, I subtracted my “fair share” of money spent by the U.S. government where my interests as an American citizen were not represented, or were actually subverted.

As any pre-1960 textbook will tell you, “taxation without representation” is not cool.

But, back to my return.

Deductions were made for the following failings by the federal government:

-Borders not secured;

-Existing immigration laws not enforced;

-Homeland security measures not fully implemented;

-Taxpayer dollars used to provide public services to illegal aliens;

-Illegal aliens allowed to evade income taxes;

-Ballots and other public documents printed in foreign languages;

-Salaries and benefits paid to president Bush and the U.S. Congress while “working” on immigration reform.

Taking into account my fair share of services not received, the U.S. government owes me about $15,000,000 for 2007.

Because I am politically conservative, I do not wish to add to the national debt just to rectify the wrong done me by the U.S. government.

Accordingly, I hereby recommend that IRS and ICE team up in a joint effort to collect taxes, current and past, from the largest block of tax evaders known to human kind: 38 million illegal aliens now squatting tax-free in America.

At the risk of being presumptuous, let me offer another suggestion: The greatest opportunity to confront these tax evaders would be at large public gatherings.

May 5 is rumored to be a “holiday” in the illegal alien community, to be celebrated with massive rallies and marches in cities all across America.

What a perfect opportunity for IRS and ICE to help retire the national debt, and reverse illegal immigration all at once by confronting millions of illegals clogging American streets on Cinco de Mayo Day!

How will you know the offending criminals? They will be the wackos flying Mexican flags with “Sí se puede!” or some other idiotic Spanish gibberish tattooed on their foreheads.

By the way, please note that I am filing early---law and order still means something in my house, if not in the White House or the U.S. Congress!


John W. Lillpop
Overtaxed and Underloved

Disclaimer: I'm all for immigration. LEGAL immigration.

Last evening I watched as a woman - most very likely illegal - get into a shouting match with the clerk at the convenience store. She was trying to buy alcohol and cigarettes using her sister's ID. But it was okay, she said, the stuff was for her sister. (That smacking sound you hear is me smacking my forehead in frustration.)

Around here, the clerk told me later, to accommodate her would have gotten him a $5000 fine and the loss of his job. It started out quietly enough with him informing her of that. But she argued and argued until finally he told her to leave the store and not come back. She kept screaming that she would "call you boss man! It he store, and he fire you!" Of course, we all knew better. She finally left - but not until after hurling the absolute worst of gutter language at him. At top volume. I was glad the kiddo was waiting for me, locked in the van. (Yes, he's old enough to do that, lol.)

As the clerk and I talked, it occurred to me that she just couldn't understand his not backing down on breaking the law. After all she had (so very likely) broken the law to even come to this country, so there was a total lack of fear for retribution. Like a child who is allowed to get away with stealing cookies and change from mom's purse then moves on to shoplifting, she was shocked when someone actually had the gall to call her on it.

I don't like this road our country is on. I want my country back. I would love to trust the public schools. I'd love to work fewer than 5 months just to pay taxes. I'd love for my taxes to NOT go to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that don't in any way represent me.

Sometimes these attitudes don't feel very Christian. As though because we're Christians we should just allow folks to do whatever and try to convert them when we can. But I recently learned that that kind of attitude actually allows others to sin. Enables them if you will. And there's a certain scripture about a millstone that says if we enable or lead folks to sin, we'd be better off dead. Of course, hateful attitudes and violence aren't the answer either. So a happy medium must be found.

Oh by the way, we're Cherokee. And Irish. I carry a portable soapbox with me at all times! LOL Thanks for hanging in there.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Giveaway!

Alright all you lurkers, it's time to de-cloak and join in some fun. I'm going to be giving this book away! It features stories, quips and quotes from Barbara Johnson, Max Lucado, Marilyn Meberg, Chonda Pierce, Dennis Swanberg, Charles Swindoll and more!

On April 15 - that's right, Tax Day - I or my handsome assistant will draw a winner's name at random. How do you enter? Why, you leave a comment of course! Anyone who "delurks" to comment on any posting between now and the morning of the 15th will be entered to win.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A word on Modesty...

Mrs. Wilt and Monica have both been discussing modesty, and I feel compelled to chime in. I'll be posting a couple of recent personal experiences soon, but until then feel free to chime in!

You aren't the only one these days cringing when you see the new fashions. The way some of the teenage girls dress today is downright embarrassing. I think back to my days of dressing like Cyndi Lauper (I know, I know) and am embarrassed - but it's mostly because of the 'fashion'. I remember cutting a perfectly good sweatshirt and wearing leg warmers too, LOL. The girls of today will be ten times as embarrassed when their child points out not only the outdated styles but that mama's ****s are showing!

My dearest friend and mentor as a teen was P. She was married with 2 kiddos. Many times I've spent the night at their house, and when I did I'd bring sweats or a nice long robe to cover up. One day P thanked me for my modesty in front of her hubby. It seems the other girls in the youth group weren't so considerate and had come to breakfast wearing only a tshirt and panties or skimpy little gowns. I was horrified. Not only did they flaunt themselves, they showed disrespect toward their hosts.

We know that modesty is important to the Lord because of Titus 2 and other scriptures. And if it is important enough for Him to address it, you'd better be sure to pay attention!

I started to say that I think even Christian girls forget how important modesty is. But it occurred to me that it really isn't taught (by the majority) these days. A renewed focus on modesty such as your article and that of Mrs. Wilt's is just what the doctor, er, the Great Physician that is, ordered!

PS: Be sure to scroll down and read about my giveaway! You may comment on any post to be entered.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

You bet your sweet booties I'll wear it! LOL

I just bought this absolutely adorable I-so-didn't-need-it sunbonnet here. The FrakerFarm shop at Etsy. I don't know this lady, but I do know that I'd probably like her.

Is tomorrow too early to start watching for the package in the mail?

I sense a project coming on!

Just call me Wheezy

And no, it's not because I finally got a piece of the pie. (Don't know what I'm talking about? Look

For a couple of years now, I've been taking Singulair for my asthma. It has helped in the control department, but I've had leg cramps that just keep getting worse and worse. As I'm sitting here, my left calf is protesting life in general. All I can think of is my mother's famous chant of, "I sure hope it's not a blood clot!" Me too.

Doc placed me on Advair this last trip (with Singulair) and it seems to be really curbing the attacks. I'm thinking that perhaps it is time for Singulair to go bye-bye. I'm very tired of these cramps and would like a little relief.

***End of health-related whine/rant.***

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I always menu plan, yet I actually remember to post to this meme once in a blue moon. So enjoy that beautiful blue moon!

Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Amish Pie
Supper - Salad and Pasta

Breakfast - Grape Juice, country ham, eggs and biscuits.
Lunch - Build your own tacos, refried beans and spanish rice
Supper - Soup and sammies.

Breakfast - Pancakes & Bacon
Lunch - Pinto beans, rice, cornbread & grilled pork chops
Supper - Loaded baked potatoes

Breakfast - Fried potatoes, sausage, eggs & biscuits
Lunch - Salmon patties, pinto beans, mashed potatoes
Supper - Homemade pizza with carrot sticks

Breakfast - Oatmeal, toast
Lunch - Corn, green beans & meatloaf with rolls
Supper - Leftover meatloaf, mashed potatoes and leftover green beans

Breakfast - Muffins & fruit
Lunch - Meatball Subs, slaw and chips
Supper - Chicken Rotel with peas

Breakfast - Sweet Rolls
Lunch - Crockpot Chili and Hoagies
Supper - Grilled hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans & chips

Now, if your eyes are popping out at the huge lunches and skimpy suppers remember - hubby works 2nd shift. Therefore, lunch is our main meal of the day. And I'm much better off for it - both weightwise and indigestion wise. When we eat our main meal at supper I almost always have a reflux induced asthma attack.

If he goes back on first shift, I suppose I'll have to actually take my Prevacid, LOL.