From Tracie: March 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Embrace the Tape

I found the best t-shirt at the store the other day. It made me smile. It made me remember all those hours spent listening to the radio for the perfect song to come on so I could push the record button. It made Thomas remember all the hours he spent calling the local DJ requesting songs so he could hit the record button. He also says that those hours were worth it, because eventually the DJ got to know him, and he got quite a few free concert tickets out of that relationship.

As we were marveling over this great find, Katarina looked up at it and crushed my heart just as bit as she said, "What are those things all over that shirt?"


What are those things? Cassette tapes. Mix Tapes to be exact. Bringing back all those memories of recording songs off the radio to make just the right mix for every occasion. Calculating how many minutes were left on each side so I could fill it up without loosing part of a song. How can my daughter not realize what they are?

During my teenage years, I eventually moved away from the cassette and onto the cd. It was a good move.  I don't own a cassette tape anymore, or even a stereo that could play one. It's no wonder she doesn't know what they are. But there, in that moment, I realized that she really is in a whole different generation.  


When I asked her to take this picture for me, she was excited to use the camera the way she always is, but she didn't hesitate to say, "I'll take the picture, but I don't think anyone else will know what those things are either!"

I may not own a cassette tape any more, but I do own this shirt, and I am going to enjoy embracing those memories. Even if my kid thinks I am crazy. She is probably supposed to feel that way about the older generation.

-Adventures in Odyssey Take it from the Top

I listened to Adventures in Odyssey as a kid.  I remember loving it when I would catch it on the radio, I would immediately be pulled into Odyssey, imagining Whit's End and the Imagination Station.  Now that my daughter is six, it is a great age for her to sit and listen to all the adventures the kids of Odyssey are having, and all the important truths they are learning!  When you have fond memories of something from your childhood, and years later you go back to it and, in this case, listen to it, you never know if it will be the same as you remembered it.  Will it still be funny, heartwarming, interesting, and well done?  As far as Adventures in Odyssey is concerned, the answer is yes!

The newest cd set from Adventures in Odyssey is called Take it from the Top, and it is just as great as I remembered Odyssey to be.  Old friends like Mr. Whitataker, Connie Kendall, and Eugene Meltsner are there, as well as new families, the Parkers and the Jones.  Whit is still inventing new things, and teaching important lessons to the kids who come into his shop, and Chris is still there at the end to wrap it all up with a small lesson and a Bible verse.  I learned something too, it is so much nicer to own the episodes than it is to try to catch them on the radio.  This way you can listen to more than one at a time (which is especially nice when they are "to be continued", because I hate having to wait) and you can always rewind if you miss something.

I was provided a free copy of this item by Tyndale.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

-Internet Woes and Other Business

My internet went down this week...for more than a day!  I thought I would go crazy!  Thankfully it is back up, so I can catch up on those 2,000 blogs in my reader and the 3,000 emails I need to respond to - okay, that might be a bit of an exageration, but just a bit!

Also, I need to announce the winners of the What's In the Bible certificates, Sunday and Nessa!  I'll be emailing y'all to get all the needed info!

Finally, just a quick reminder that on May 15th I am having a blog-a-thon to raise money for the Angela Shelton Foundation!  You can click on that box to the right to get more information (and to donate--just sayin'!)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

-The Air I Breathe

This week God has brought it back to me time and time again that He is the one I can lean on.  He is my provider.  He has a plan and a purpose for my life.




Saturday, March 27, 2010

-Project 365 Week 13

Hi Mom....I see you!!

Katarina has been wanting to help with lunch.  This is her first peanut butter and banana sandwich.  It was very yummy!

Dorky moms know that sometimes you need your yellow joy umbrella.....even when it isn't raining! 

 Fly Free!

Friday was National Epilepsy Day.....Rebecca Jo is helping her friend Erica (Erica's baby daughter Emily has epilepsy) collect pictures of people who wore purple to show their support. She will be posting all the pictures on her blog soon!  Here we are in our purple shirts! 

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What great pictures did you capture this week?

Friday, March 26, 2010

-Following Fragments on a Friday

~I am looking for roller skates for a project I am working on....who knew that roller skates were so expensive?  I honestly thought I would be able to find some cheap skates for $10 or $12, but that is apparently not the case....it is more like $40 or $129.99?  Who is paying that much for roller skates?

~Thomas has this strongly held belief....if he watches Spanish television, he will learn Spanish.  Even though he doesn't know any Spanish, he is convinced that he will magically pick it up after enough Spanish television viewing.  So the other day, he is flipping through channels and stops on a Spanish station...There he is with Katarina watching a Spanish show.  He tells her, "You can learn a lot by watching this"  I looked up at the tv and said, "Considering this is a soap opera, she probably could, but I don't know if that is a good thing or not."  And thus ended our foreign language lesson for the day!

~Have you heard about Jaden, the sweet little boy who is fighting cancer? Well, if you are looking for some toothpaste (and honestly, shouldn't we all be buying toothpaste?) you can pick it up from Tooth Soap and they will donate a percentage of the proceeds to his family.



~Do you want to learn how to crochet?  Check out Hookin' for a Cause (how great is that name?) Every Saturday at 3pm EST you can sit in on a free crochet lesson.  Each week's lesson is saved, so you can get caught up on what you miss.  It is a great time with some great folks, and you get to learn a new skill....for free!  You can't beat that!

~This is a special moment for my mom....I saw this sign on the side of the road the other night....

It is blurry (I was taking the picture out of a moving car at night) so it says "Face off for a cause".....Now, if my mom doesn't call me laughing hilariously, I'll know she isn't really reading my blog!  xoxo Mom-I love ya!

~I saw this Kotex commercial at Misadventures of Mel, and it is hilarious.  It expresses all the thoughts I have ever had about tampon and pad commercials!

~Are you an abuse survivor?  There is still time to sign up for the 2nd Annual Army of Angels Conference - Be Your Own Hero It is going to be an amazing time of joy, inspiration, great speakers and much more!  I can hardly wait for October to arrive!

Friday's are a great day to pull it all together!  Take all the fragments from the week and sort them out, make them work for you.....turn them into a blog post!  They are also a great day to find some new blogs to follow...


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

-Affirmation

I was watching a video on the Survivor Manual tonight about affirmations.  About strengthening those neuro-pathways in your brain that are good thoughts and "starving" those neuro-pathways that are destructive thoughts.  I was trying to think, if I was to pick one affirmation to concentrate on, what would it be?  What is one really destructive thought that I have towards myself on a regular basis that I could replace with a healing, positive thought?  I thought through several ideas, and then it hit me.  BAM!

Rewind!

Earlier tonight Thomas and I were having a conversation about relationships and meeting people, and he was saying that he's "never met a stranger"  and I said, "you are much more friendly than I am....much better at that."  He was kind of shocked at me saying that and said, "No, you are friendly.  People love you.  You light up a room and I see people flocking to talk to you all the time."  I responded, "People I know talk to me, but I'm not putting myself out there with strangers striking up conversations the way you are.  I know how to be distant" (I've written about this before)

And we had this simultaneous epiphany.......Thomas is good at being friendly.  I am good at being friends.  He does really well having surface conversations with a lot of people, but when it comes to getting close, he is out of there!  I don't do well with small talk, but once I get to the point where I am really friends with someone, once I let them in,  I'm there.  I'm invested in that friendship.  I'm all in......until I start to over-think it.

Now, I have to tell you that my take on friendships is.......tenuous at best.  I don't remember a time in my life when I felt settled in my friendships. Even with people I was really close to.  It always seemed to me that when I was in a group of friends everyone else was closer to each other than they were to me.  I always felt on the outside and different. Even when I was part of the group, I felt like I had to fight for my spot.  I felt like I had to work really hard at being included in every inside joke, and every special moment.  When I was a teenager, I just knew if the group went on a trip to the mall and I missed out on it, I would loose part of my "friendship foothold" because of missing that experience.  It is a very high stress, frenzied way to try to have a relationship with someone.   

Growing up being taught how to lie about abuse and lie about the things that are happening in your life makes it very hard to share real feelings and real experiences with other people.  It makes it hard to relate.....and without relating, it is impossible to have a relationship.  It also makes it pretty easy to fake it.  So even when I feel not close, not good enough, not worth being friends with, on the outside, it looks like I am very close with these people.  Even my husband is having that moment where he feels like people like me better and I am closer than he could ever be.  All the while, I am feeling worthless and tolerated and not a part of the group. 

That brings me back to tonight....watching the video about affirmations.  I was trying to think about one affirmation I would work on.  See, it is really easy to figure out what neuro-pathways are bad, but thinking up a new thought is HARD!  This is when I realized one big blessing that I have going for me.  It is all the things that Thomas says to me, "You light up a room", "People love you", "You really care about people and want to take the time to be involved in their lives, and remember everything about them", "People are flocking to talk to you" ........you know what all those things have in common?  They are affirmations.  Basically he told me, "You are special", "There is something about you that other people don't have - something wonderful", "You are loving and caring", "You draw people to you because of your awesomeness".

Now maybe that last one is taking it a bit far.  I don't know if he really would say that....but thinking about it, maybe I will say it.  Quietly to myself when no one else is around.  When those negative thought come up and I start "beating myself up" in my head, I'm going to pull out those affirmations, even that last one, and remind myself that I really am special!  I really am awesome!  Other people have noticed it, but even without them, it is time for me to start believing it.  It is time to start treating myself that way, and it is definitely time for me to start talking to myself that way.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

-Watching Molly

I had it in my schedule to catch up on blog reading and writing tonight..........


Then I saw a facebook post from a friend.........


"Streaming Live 24 hours a day.....Molly the Wild Barn Owl....she is so gorgeous........They are HATCHING!"


With a post like that, how can you not click on the link?



Fifteen minutes later after I had gotten Katarina up out of bed (at almost 11pm!) I was hooked.  You might even say obsessed.  At this point two of the owlets have hatched....and I realize that it will be impossible for me to do anything else until I see the other four hatch.  So, if you are wanting to see me for the next week or so....come to The Owl Box.  I'll be there with Katarina.

If you want more info about Molly, she even has a blog, Molly's Box.......she's a blogger?  Now that is my kind of owl!

Monday, March 22, 2010

-Giving Away What's In The Bible

Phil Vischer, the guy who created Veggie Tales, has a whole new series that is awesome.  It is called What's in the Bible.  We watched the first two episodes (actually we have watched them about 12 times since I got them) and my first reaction is.....FUN!  The songs are cute, the puppets are funny, the information is great! You can get a little feel for it here.

This is one of the first kids Bible movies that I have seen where, even though they are having fun with it, they aren't dumbing down the information. I appreciated that the actual words canon, sin, redemption, covenant, and Septuagint were used and explained.  They don't skip over the difficult topics (creation theories, Abraham and Issac, is the Bible true or not) or even the easy topics that are often skipped.  When covering Noah's Ark, they actually mentioned that some animals came in by sevens and not just two by two. I loved that!

Katarina enjoyed the entire thing.  She has been singing the songs over and over again, and she says the Sunday School lady is her favorite puppet.  After watching it, I asked her what is something she learned, and she said, "God wants to save us from the stain, power and presence of sin.  He wants us to be far away from it!" Now if that isn't an endorsement of this movie, I don't know what could be!

Even though this is Phil Vischer and puppets, this is unlike any kids video I have seen....and I think that is a good thing!  It is definitely a movie for the whole family, something that all ages can enjoy, and I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out! 

I haven't done any giveaways before, but Tyndale sent me certificates for the first - In the Beginning  and the second - Let My People Go DVDs in the series, and I'm going to share them with you! If you would like one of these episodes (and you know you do!) just leave me a comment and I will pick two people at random on Sunday.  You don't have to follow me or fan my facebook page...not that I will stop you from doing those things......just make sure that I can get in touch with you through email if you win, and you have to live in the United Stares. 

Official Stop On The What's In The Bible Blog Tour

Sunday, March 21, 2010

-Add to the Beauty

I love the idea of coming every morning with purpose and possibilities......


Add to the Beauty-Sara Groves
We come with beautiful secrets
We come with purposes written on our hearts, written on our souls
We come to every new morning
With possibilities only we can hold, that only we can hold

Redemption comes in strange place, small spaces
Calling out the best of who we are

And I want to add to the beauty
To tell a better story
I want to shine with the light
That's burning up inside

It comes in small inspirations
It brings redemption to life and work
To our lives and our work

It comes in loving community
It comes in helping a soul find it's worth

Redemption comes in strange places, small spaces
Calling out the best of who we are

And I want to add to the beauty
To tell a better story
I want to shine with the light
That's burning up inside

This is grace, an invitation to be beautiful
This is grace, an invitation

Redemption comes in strange places, small spaces
Calling out our best

And I want to add to the beauty
To tell a better story
I want to shine with the light
That's burning up inside


Friday, March 19, 2010

-Project 365 Week 12

I am ready for summer...dreaming about hammocks and icy cold lemonade.  It is time.

Even spilled oil can be a beautiful thing if you look at it the right way!

"This shirt puts a bubble of pinch protection around me!"  

We are sitting at the restaurant eating, when I look over and have that moment....you know where you think to yourself, "Did the rapture just happen........I don't think it did, because I'm still here....but what is that all about?"  So random.  No one showed up to pick up those food-filled trays the rest of the time we were there, either.  Or it could have been invisible people.  Something was going on there.


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thirteen Books I Can Not Pass By

I am a book lover. You can drop me off at a bookstore or a library and you don't have to worry about me for hours, or even days. Some books are so good, I find myself picking them up in the bookstore and petting them while murmuring, "My Precious," even though I already own them. Got the visual?

Here are thirteen books I saw the other day at the store....

1. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, fiction ~ I love all of the books she has written, but Redeeming Love is the most amazing.  (Don't read without your tissues box close by)

2. The Mitford Books by Jan Karon, fiction ~ Simply Beautiful. These books pull you into the story of a small town. You fall in love with, not only the main characters, but everyone who lives in Mitford.

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, fiction ~ The first time I read this, I was in middle school. It is still one of my favorites.

4. Emma by Jane Austen, fiction ~ I love all Jane Austen books.

5. The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind, fantasy ~ It is hard for me to take nine books and sum them up in a sentence. I'm going to just say this series is ingenious. It was made it into a television show, but I would request that you don't judge the book by it's....."cover"?  (Rated R)

6. Wicked by Gregory Maguire, fantasy ~ If you love The Wizard of Oz, here is your chance to see the Wicked Witch's side of the story. (Rated R)



7. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, autobiography ~ Amazing.

8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, autobiography ~ A strong survivor.




9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, children ~ Not only do I love these precious children's books, I also love his non-fiction. I usually read through Mere Christianity at least once a year.
10. The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene, children ~ I read and re-read these so many times when I was little. I remember this one being one of my favorites. Now Katarina and I read them together which is extra special.

11. Breaking Free by Beth Moore, nonfiction ~ A great study book.

12. Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, nonfiction ~ I found Brennan Manning through Rich Mullins (if you look closely you can see him on the cover). Ragamuffin Gospel is the first Manning book I read so it will always be special.  If you haven't already read any of his books, leave right now and go get them all!

13. The Alexandra Cooper Series by Linda Fairstein, mystery ~ In real life Linda Fairstein led the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for 25 years. If you like Law and Order SVU, you will love these books.



There are other authors and books I could include in this list. In fact, I probably could have found at least 13 books in each section of the store.

Just in case you were wondering, yes, there were people giving us funny looks as I posed for pictures with random books all over the store - it was rather hilarious. An employee started following us around, and I am pretty sure she thought we were some type of crazy shoplifting family (also, after this post, I don't need to have another picture of myself on this blog for at least two years).

I would like to thank my husband for looking at me strangely and saying, "Don't you already own that book?" when I pick these up at the store, so I will put them back down again. Also, my local Borders Bookstore for making these pictures possible. Finally, Thursday Thirteen, where you can find more people talking about their thirteen things.

Are there any books you love to visit at the store even though you already own them?

-St Patrick

Happy St Patricks Day!!!
 I know this isn't clover or any plant remotely related to St Patrick or Ireland, but I'm just trying to embrace the green y'all!  If you want to see my new favorite St. Patrick's Day moment?  Check out Colleen and click on her link for her poem reading tradition.(and her barn picture is awesome too!)
Do you have any exciting plans today?

-What I Meant to Say About YoTweeps

On Wednesdays I love to stop by Cheif's and see what she was meaning all week long while trying to be nice!  But this week, it has been preempted by Yo Tweeps.

What I said when I heard about this was, "Fun, a new blog carnival.  I'll do it!"

What I mean to say was, "What, how will all those people get to share their innermost thoughts now?  You are messing with the delicate balance of my blog schedule! Besides, I'm already following you crazy Tweeple @SupahMommy @CheifsHiding @Princesssarcasm @Melissasbath............but, if you have more crazies out there....bring them on!  You can never have too much crazy, right?"

So here is the deal folks......

You twitter?  Of course you do!  Is anyone reading those tweets?  Sure.  Would you like more people to read them?  Absolutely!  Here are Supah's rules....rules that must be obeyed!

1.  Follow me on twitter.  Click on this...... Follow fromtracie on Twitter
2.  Shout me a hello on twitter.  #yotweeps then I'll know you followed and I'll reciprocate.
3.  Grab the Yo Tweeps Button
4..  Place it on your blog.  
5.  Put a twitter icon / link on your blog post like I did.
6.  Link that post up over at Supah's place.
7.  Visit some other YO Tweeps linkers on the list.
8.  Follow them if you choose, and shout out to them on twitter that you did. (use that #yotweeps hashtag when you do)
9. If someone follows you, reciprocate. It's that easy.

See you around the Twitter-sphere Tweeps!




Monday, March 15, 2010

-Why the New York Times Can Kiss My Blogging *SS!

The New York Times ran an article entitled, "Honey Don't Bother Mommy, I'm Too Busy Building My Brand" It was supposed to cover the SITS Bloggy Boot Camp  (There is the link to Bloggy Boot Camp since the NYT couldn't be bothered to include it in their article!)  I haven't read such female-marginalizing, condescending, tripe in a long time.  I cringe to think that this tripe was written by a woman, and one who blogs at that. 

For those of you who don't have time to read the entire article, I will share what you are missing, statements like this, "Teaching your baby to read? Please. How to hide vegetables in your children’s food? Oh, that’s so 2008." Really? Because I think I have read at least three blog posts in the last month that discussed hiding veggies in food. To describe the speaker, the author wrote,"She went barefoot for much of the day and said 'You guys!' a lot." I honestly don't know what this had to do with anything.

Also, the event was described as a chance to "bring together some virtual friends for some real-time girly bonding" (I'm trying to remember the last time when I read an article about a conference targeted at men described as a time for "boy-ish fun")  The author needs to make up her mind, doesn't she?  On one hand we have a conference that was a chance for a bunch of silly women to get together and have a pajama party, on the other hand it was an educational seminar for women to learn how to build your brand while sacrificing your children to hunger, loneliness, and neglect.  The New York Times can't have it both ways...because obviously the women, in their world, aren't allowed to have it all! 

I have never identified myself as a "mommy blogger", but I am a mom who blogs.  I haven't had lots of PR or made any money off of my blog.  I do write about my life, my daughter, my family, surviving childhood sexual abuse and living in joy.  I connect with other people and I have conversations. I don't know much about SEO or effective media kits, but in May I will use my blog to raise money for the Angela Shelton Foundation through a blog-a-thon.  And I will do all of this while raising an incredible daughter, who loves to read (I know the NYT is concerned about this) and without engaging in any of the actions portrayed in the picture that the New York Times chose to run as an illustration of this article.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Souvenirs of Solitude

Souvenirs of Solitude
Souvenirs of Solitude by Brennan Manning was originally published in 1979, but I can understand why they decided to re-release it. The principles are fresh and new even 30 years later. As a long-time fan of Brennan Manning, I have always read about his spiritual retreats and longed to go to one. I can honestly say that after reading this book I feel like I have been given a taste of that opportunity....and it was awesome!

Each chapter deals with a separate subject, and although I read it in one sitting, I intend to re-read it one chapter at a time to allow myself to really meditate on each truth, or souvenir, as the author calls them. At the end there is an eight day retreat guide that I will be using in my personal devotional time this week. The entire book will make a great devotional guide.

When I tell someone about a book like this I always like to give a favorite quote or passage to share. You know, one of those special moments where a spark goes off in my heart. Reading this book, I marked so many passages to share that I'm restraining myself from re-typing the entire book. I will be strong, and share just this one part from Chapter 3:
"In the final analysis, the real challenge of Christian growth is personal responsibility.
The Spirit of Jesus calls out a second time.
Are you going to take charge of your life today?
Are you going to be responsible for what you do?
Are you going to hope not because people say you should hope, but because you are confident of vindication?
Are you going to love not because it is a commandment, but because it is a joy?.......
What we do about the Lordship of Jesus is a better indication of our faith than what we think.
What the world longs for from the Christian faith is the witness of men and women daring enough to be different, humble enough to make mistakes, wild enough to be burnt in the fire of love, real enough to make others see how unreal they are."
What can I say about this book? I found myself on these pages. I found Brennan Manning's souvenirs mirroring my own, and those truths calling me back to a place of solitude with my Abba. And I think you will, too.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

-The Color Green

I've been reading Souvenirs of Solitude by Brennan Manning, and in my mind, all Brennan Manning books have to be read to the soundtrack of Rich Mullins!  Here is one of my favorites......
The Color Green



"And the moon is a sliver of silver
Like a shaving that fell on the floor of a Carpenter's shop
And every house must have it's builder
And I awoke in the house of God
Where the windows are mornings and evenings
Stretched from the sun
Across the sky north to south
And on my way to early meeting
I heard the rocks crying out
I heard the rocks crying out

Be praised for all Your tenderness by these works of Your hands

Suns that rise and rains that fall to bless and bring to life Your land
Look down upon this winter wheat and be glad that You have made
Blue for the sky and the color green that fills these fields with praise

And the wrens have returned and they're nesting

In the hollow of that oak where his heart once had been
And he lifts up his arms in a blessing for being born again
And the streams are all swollen with winter
Winter unfrozen and free to run away now
And I'm amazed when I remember
Who it was that built this house
And with the rocks I cry out

Be praised for all Your tenderness by these works of Your hands

Suns that rise and rains that fall to bless and bring to life Your land
Look down upon this winter wheat and be glad that You have made
Blue for the sky and the color green

Be praised for all Your tenderness by these works of Your hands

Suns that rise and rains that fall to bless and bring to life Your land
Look down upon this winter wheat and be glad that You have made
Blue for the sky and the color green that fills these fields with praise"

I love this moment.....realizing that the color green is something to praise God for .....and that the color green gives praise to God because of Who He is - because He is the Creator!

If you want to hear some more great music, you should go visit Jen.  She collects great music every Sunday!



Saturday, March 13, 2010

-Project 365 Weeks 10 & 11

 Here it is...my week in pictures!

Headed downstairs!

This is the ceiling at one of our malls....I just love the swooping swooshes going on there.

Leaving the theater after watching Alice in Wonderland.  It was impossible to capture all of the beautiful shades going on that night, but this is at least a little taste of that moment.

I love this picture of Katarina!  It conjures thoughts of folk music in my mind!

The carefully designed plans for a "Fairy Leaf Boat"  1. Leaf  2. Fold leaf  3. Open slightly   4. place stick over it for an oar.



Finally the tooth was ready...and so was the hair.  Loosing a tooth and getting a haircut all in one day!  
(Can you tell just how excited she was to have this picture taken?)

Spring is coming....the last of the slightly changing leaves!

Stormy days and architecture.  

The rains kept coming this week.  When I was about to make a dash from the car to the house during the pouring rain, Thomas handed me this cd to carry in.  Looking at it covered in rain drops, the title made me giggle!


Friday, March 12, 2010

-Glimpse Into My World

This has been a busy week around my place.  Here is a glimpse into my world.....

-Today is six weeks that my husband has been without a cigarette!  I am so proud of him for breaking that awful addiction!  You are strong baby and I love you!

-Katarina got a haircut and lost a tooth this week (pictures on my Project 365 on Sunday) big stuff when you are six!

-Nicole wrote a special note to her Belly Button that I can't help but share! 

-There is this commercial for a pregnancy test that drives me crazy!  It says, "Four out of Five Women don't know how to read a pregnancy test"  .....Really?  Four out of five women can't read instructions and tell if a pink line means pregnant or not?  This has to be the most condescending commercial designed to get women to buy something.  If you want me to buy your product, don't insinuate that I am stupid!

-Thomas stopped at a garage sale and found a really fancy Barbie, still in her original package for $1.00  Unbelievable, right?  He brought it home to her, she was very excited, and I opened it up.  At this point I realized exactly why this Fancy Barbie was such a bargain......She sings!  In that annoying, high pitched, grating doll voice!  Two different songs!  WHY????????  *praying for early battery failure doesn't make me a bad mom, does it?

-Every so often I read news stories that make me want to throw my moniter out the window...and then I share them with you.  I'm nice like that!  Today is one of those days.....In 2001 Judge Robert N. Chatigny decided that the public's ability to view the sex offender registry in Connecticut to find out if a dangerous predator was living next door was unconstitutional, because that offender might not be a threat to the public (yeah, right!) so, he ordered it shut down.  Thankfully the Supreme Court unanimously reversed it.   Then in 2005 he put up a pretty big fight for a convicted rapist and murderer, Michael Ross, (his youngest known victim was 14 years old) even though he was the judge (who should be impartial) and not the defense attorney!  What I don't understand is, after this pro-sex offender track record, why would President Obama nominate Robert N. Chatigny for the Court of Appeals?  And why would Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman support it?  I'm not concerned about the politics of the thing....I am concerned for women and children in this country when judges like this are placed in higher and higher levels of power. 

-Now for a change of pace......this is the Funky Monkey Dance....brought to you by Angela Shelton....



If you have any fragments from your week that you want to share, but they just aren't worthy of a full blog post....put them all together and go visit Mrs. 4444 she loves them!


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-And please don't forget my blog-a-thon!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Secrets of Emails and Ruined Bookstores

Last night I was ready to sit down and relax with a movie. Tired of all the movies we own, I thought I would flip around the channels and find something on tv. There it was....You've Got Mail.

When I think of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, I think of, You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. In my mind I keep them straight like this: One is "bookstores and email," and the other one is "kid, radio show, and An Affair to Remember"

I was excited. I was time to take a trip back to the 90's, when people actually used AOL (Did people really do that? I didn't.) and sent emails to strangers (technically, I guess I do this most every day now). When Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the king and queen of Nora Ephron land - an imaginary place where things always work out, cuteness abounds, and love triumphs in the end.

I start watching "Bookstores and Email." Meg Ryan is so cute, and I just fall in love with her children's bookstore, The Shop Around the Corner, the store she inherited from her mother. Meg talks about twirling (one of the best thing about being a girl, and wearing a frilly dress) and these books about shoes (Dancing Shoes, Skating Shoes.....are these real books? Because if they are I feel the need to read them), and all the words, beautiful Nora Ephron words. I'm happy.

Some of the things they write in those emails feels so close to me, like, "bouquets of #2 pencils." I have a secret love affair with office supplies, and my heart soars at the thought of receiving a bouquet of #2 pencils. Much better than roses.

About halfway through the movie it hits me. The reason I don't own this movie. The thing that kills all of the warm fuzzy feelings deep inside of me. The ruination of Tom Hanks forever in my world:  At the end of the movie, she is forced to close her bookstore. She loses everything her mother worked so hard to build, everything she loved. Her mother's legacy. Gone. Ruined. Destroyed.

Tom Hanks single-handedly tears her world apart.

....and then she just forgives him, and they walk off into the distance, presumably to live happily ever after.

WHAT? Who is buying this? Who can honestly watch this movie and forgive Tom Hanks for destroying her beautiful bookstore? Not me.

I feel that losing Helen Hunt and being forced to live on a deserted island with only a volleyball named Wilson to talk to was almost punishment enough for what he did to Meg Ryan and her Shop Around the Corner. Almost. Because in my world, apparently the two are related. 

Sunday, March 07, 2010

-My New Favorite Song

Every Sunday, Jen, at Following the Footsteps does a Praise and Worship Carnival.  I love to stop by there every week and see what song God has placed on her heart.  This week I have one!  My friend Meggs shared this song with me yesterday and it is seriously my new favorite song.  She is learning the harmonica to be able to play it and I am hoping to get a little lesson from her someday (hint hint!! See you in October!)



-The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello

The Clouds Roll Away is the second book in a series by Sibella Giorello; this series focuses on Raleigh Harmon, an FBI agent who is working through her personal issues in the midst of her career difficulties.  She returns to her hometown of Virginia to investigate a hate crime.  In the midst of this, Raleigh also finds herself plunged into awkward situations with an old boyfriend and dealing with her mother who is going through some problems of her own.

Being the second book in the series, I felt a little lost on some points where the author referenced things from the first book without really explaining them in this book, but that is to be expected when you don't start a series from the beginning.  That aside, I enjoyed this book.  The plot twists and turns were well placed and the characters were appealing.  They come across as real, instead of the "perfect, plastic Christians" you usually find in this genre.  I felt that the crime investigation portion of the story had a good mix of forensics and old fashioned detective work. This is the first book I have read by Sibella Giorello, but I plan on checking out the rest of the series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Book Sneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, March 05, 2010

-When I Disappear

Sometimes you don't see me around the blogging world....it is as if I have disappeared. 


I guarantee that it means I am very busy with super important things...... 



Things like............





Farmville.....

I think I might need an intervention.  Just sayin'!