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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Thoughts...


            This time of year always gets me a little depressed.  I thought in the past it was because I was alone.  This year, I have a wonderful man and his two daughters to celebrate with (along with the already wonderful family God has blessed me with).  Still, I find myself getting a little sad.  I've come to the conclusion the holiday melancholy is more than just who I'm with. 
            I can't figure out what it is though.  I do find it sad that we are so commercialized.  I'm sick of retailers corrupting Christmas songs with attempts to lure shoppers to their stores.  I'm completely disgusted with Black Friday, and this year is worse than ever.  They now have stores opening at midnight on Thanksgiving!  People get killed in that rush to find the cheapest toy or laptop.  Is it really that important?  Let's open several hours earlier so the injuries can begin faster! 
            The holidays also get me thinking a lot about the world.  Everything is about peace, love and goodwill to all.  It makes me sad that we aren't that way all the time.  Why do people only serve at soup kitchens during the holiday season?  Why is that the only time, besides Easter, that people go to church? 
            I'm going to try harder this year to focus on the positives.  I've noticed over the years that our tree has very few store-bought ornaments on it.  I'm glad of that.  My daughter and I have always enjoyed making our own.  I think as the season gets more and more politically correct and commercialized we need homemade ornaments more than ever. 
            All over Facebook this year has been "30 days of thankfulness" status updates.  I love this and am participating.  I know that personally, I need all the thankfulness reminders I can get.  I have decided that December needs to stay in the right focus too...so I'm doing things to purposely keep Him in my thoughts.  
            I like the idea of homemade gifts and acts of service.  Another idea I read is to purposely give a "gift" to God.  This can be whatever you pray about and he lays on your heart.  (spend more time with Him, give up something, finally forgive someone, etc)  This is very personal and should just be between you and Him....so I'm praying about what He wants me to give.  
            Since I'm a Facebook junkie, I love the spirit of daily thankfulness, so I'm considering ways to continue that. I thought about posting a scripture a day, or posting quotes from Jesus.  I've decided to let God lead me.  I will post something that glorifies God each day.  It may be a scripture, a quote, a thought, or whatever else God places on my heart.  
            I am praying for a joyful holiday season.  If I keep my eyes on the Lord, how can I be depressed?  

Sunday, November 6, 2011

See you later, daddy

Early Friday morning, Nov. 4, I received a call that my daddy had gone to be with Jesus.

Obviously, my emotions have been going crazy.  I should have spent more time with him, I wish Alyssa had made those butterscotch cupcakes for him sooner, etc.  I guess no matter when it happened, we will always have those regrets.

He called me Thursday night.  We chatted about how busy I've been, etc.  I told him I missed him and that we had to get together soon.  My last words to him were, "I love you."  At least I can feel peace about that.

I will never again get to tease him about being old, fight with him about his psycho cat, watch sci-fi movies with him, get annoyed when he gets onto us about texting too much, or discuss traditional vs modern music in church. I will never again get to eat his homemade ice cream, gang up on him with my stepmom, or get a daddy hug.

I know he's with Jesus.  I know his legs don't hurt anymore.  I know he's happy and at peace.  I am thankful for that.

But I miss my daddy.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Have Public Schools Lost ALL Common Sense?

I know a seventh grade honor student.  She makes good grades, and up to now has never really been in trouble.  She has recently been studying to take her SAT as part of the Duke University Talent Search.  The other day, this child made a stupid mistake.

She now has a $400 ticket, 3 days of suspension, a month in an alternative school (where they send the thugs), and she may get kicked out of her magnet program.

If I heard that, I'd think, "Wow.  She must have done something awful."  Some of the things that come to mind are cussing out teachers, flipping over desks, drugs in the locker, etc.  Did this child do anything like that?  Nope.

She wrote her name on a wall...with a washable marker.

What ever happened to "let the punishment fit the crime"?  Yes, there should be a consequence.  Make her wash the wall and put her in detention!  If she makes a habit of it, increase the penalty.  Even real courts take a person's record into account.

Apparently public schools are so worried about gangs, thugs and maintaining order that they have lost all  common sense.  It just breaks my heart that a good kid is getting hurt in the process.  Oh wait...this is the same school that wouldn't give the child a pad when she started her period early because she didn't have a quarter...

Dont' even get me started on that...