Posts made in January, 2017

CHOSEN

Just a short little post today…..something that caught my attention.

For Christmas, two of my dearest friends gave me a necklace that was handmade by an artist one of them knows.  They had been to her studio and picked out a piece, so they got me one, too.  (Oh, I like it when friends think like that!)

So here’s a picture of the necklace…

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Then, today, while I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed, I came upon this verse.

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Wow!  Isn’t it amazing to think that Almighty God cares enough about little ole me to choose me..to want me in my sinful nature…to appoint me to do His work on Earth…and to set me right smack down here in Dothan, AL.

Well, I don’t know about you, but that just makes me feel all kinds of special!  The God of the Universe, the Creator of Life, The Mighty Savior, The Great Protector…He…yes He did all this for ME!

Oh, I’m so undeserving and so unworthy…but you know what makes me feel better?  He doesn’t think that about me!  He cherishes and adores me!  And, I thank Him with all my being!

And I’ll tell you a little truth…..He did the very same thing for YOU!

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January 20, 2017

Because this is posted on my personal blog, I can voice my opinion on whatever topic I choose.  Isn’ it amazing that we as Americans have such freedom?  Not only  personal blogs,of course…but Facebook and Twitter and so many other opportunities.

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Now this post won’t matter a dime to anybody but me…but I get so burned up about it…I need to say my piece.  Do you ever feel like you just have to speak the words inside you that are begging  to get out?.  Matters not if anyone agrees or even hears…they just need to be verbalized.  So many times in this world all people want is validation.  Just to know their voice is heard.  It may not change anything, or even be thought wise or worthy, but it has been spoken aloud.  We all have a point of view.  We all should be heard.  (Blogs are perfect for that…you can write it and put it out there.  It may get read or it may not…But, you’ve said and its there forever!)

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I think all these folks that are saying they won’t sing for the inauguration, won’t play their music, won’t pray, won’t speak are silly and childish.  OK, so you don’t like DT.  Well, I didn’t like BO.  But, if I had been given the chance to attend his inauguration, I would have surely gone!  What a majestic presentation to be a part of.  What history is taking place each time we change leaders.  BO had his chance to change the world.  You get to decide if he did or not.  However, as far as him achieving the honor of POTUS, I respect that.  And I respect the office of President.  If I had ever had the chance to meet him, you better believe I would have gone.  I am a Christian.  I should show respect to others.  Do I admire him?  No.  Do I think he’s honest and truthful?  No.  But, he was my president in spite of all that.  And, I prayed for him for 8 years. If we call ourselves Christian, it is our honor to behave as Jesus would have.  It is our mandate to show God’s love to others.  It is our privilege to conduct ourselves so all will know what we stand for.  (And, for the record…8 years ago, none of us knew how we would view the man 8 years later.)

People are refusing to attend by dropping out of lifetime careers.  Just saw where a women quit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, for Heaven’s sake!  And, the Rockettes.  How hard did they have to work to get there? And, they are dropping out.  Band members and directors refusing to play or lead for the parade. Treating a young 17 year old girl so unkindly because she gets it.  She sees the honor it will be to sing for the inauguration of the President of the United States of America!   And, now there’s uproar because a black university from Alabama is playing in the parade and they are getting all kinds of threats!  We just had a black president, people!  But, this director understands what an opportunity it is for his students to be a part of the historical value of this day!  Good for him and good for his students.

So DT may not have been your choice.  He wasn’t a lot of peoples’s choice.  Did we even really have much of a choice?  I certainly do no want to debate that.  I’m just not smart enough.  However, we do owe him the respect of the office.  I think he’s rude and quite bullish at times, but I sure respect what he’s done in business and with his family.  I don’t respect all he has done personally, though.  But, I don’t know if things reported are true.  Who am I to say?  Or you?  Wouldn’t you and I both hate it if people were crawling through everything we had ever done to find some thing to criticize us for?     But, a good leader is one who surrounds himself with the right kind of people as helpers and advisors.  So far, he’s done quite a nice job, I think!

Where is people’s sense of fairness?  DT will be president.  Let’s wait and see what he does.  We may think we know…but politics has surprised me many times before!  He will show us who he is.  He will show us what kind of leader he can be.  He’ll show us how much he loves America?  He’ll show us if he’s fair and honest?  He’ll show us if he truly loves and respects the differing people groups.   BC showed us.  GB showed us. BO showed us.

And those refusing to be a part of the inauguration…I think you are petty and silly.  I think you are passing up the opportunity of a lifetime!  Regardless of all the accolades and achievements DT has received up to now…he is the president elect of The United States of America…the greatest country in the world!  He should be proud!  And, he deserves to have a fantastic inauguration.

But, all these people who are against him are trying to show the rest of us what a mistake we made.  According to them.  Who are them?  Mostly those in the entertainment industry who depend of the people of the USA to go to their movies, buy their music, watch their theater, etc.  It seems to me they have forgotten something very important.  They were not elected by us.  They have their positions for whatever reason they do. We have our favorite actors and actresses…we have our favorite type of music, favorite musicians…we have our favorite talk show hosts and even newscasters.  But, those people are in my life to entertain me.  To make me cry at a movie, or laugh out loud.  They are there to sing songs that bring up sweet memories or make me feel like moving across the floor.  They give me information if I chose to turn on and hear…when I decide.  Other than that, I don’t care about their opinions or political persuasion or what they do in their own homes.  I don’t want to hear their religious views, or who they cohabit with.  I have never thought but a very actors had enough depth to them to do any real thinking.  If they did, they would be smart enough to realize DT will be our President…like it or not.  And, instead of trying to divide our country more…why not use their platform to help bind wounds, heal hurts and bring us together.

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So…when DT’s people call me and invite me to attend, I’ m gonna say yes!  Don’t know if he wants me to sing or dance or play music. But I’ll be there!  Just a seat filler ?  I’ll be there.  And, you can bet I would thank God for the opportunity and sing The Star Spangled Banner to the top of my lungs…..with the rest of the crowd, of course.  

So, I’m just gonna wait here and hope my phone rings!  I can be ready on a minutes notice!  I already have enough clothes to wear.  Yep…when it happens…you’ll be the first to know!

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QUESTIONS…ANSWERS

Yesterday was the last day of Levi’s Christmas Vacation.  Today his school starts back.  We had plans to go to a movie yesterday with Pa, but Levi decided he just wanted to stay here and play.  Fine with us!

After his breakfast, I showed him a project I had found on the internet, and he was anxious to get started.  It was a Star Wars thing.  We sat at the big table and worked together.  It required some concentration.  (This is BB8..in case you don’t know such things…a good guy droid…from Star Wars.)

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So, I began talking to him and asking him some general questions.  He was in a talkative mood and happy to answer.  I had some extra paper nearby and I scribbled his answers as we talked.

Here, then, is a look inside his mind yesterday.

Now you are in Kindergarten.  Is is harder? Just a little…but I do good work.  Except when I make noises out loud.  My teacher does not like that!  (We’ve discussed that with his teacher several times!  Levi says he doesn’t mean to make noises…they just slip out!)

What do you like to do the best at school?  play outside.

Who are some of your friends?  Laney Brooke, Lydia, Slade, Ty, Jackson, Cal, Vance and lots more.  I have lots of friends!

Tell me about your teacher at school?  My teacher is so kind.  And, she loves hugs, too!  (We love you, Mrs. Parrish!)

I know you like to go out to eat.  Can you tell me some of the places you like to go?  I Hop, McDonalds, Chick Fil A,  Blue Plate, China Wok.

If you could only choose one, which would it be?  Chick Fil A.  (And, the playground there propels it in to first place!)

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What is something fun you have done with your parents lately?  We went to movies and saw Star Wars Rogue 1.  Uncle Alex went too.  That was fun!

Anything else?  We went to Callaway Garden to see the pretty lights at Christmas!

What do Mom and Dad do that makes you laugh? Tickle me.

You like to visit with Papa Clyde, don’t you?  I sure do!

What is it that he says about you?  He tell me I am a clever boy!  I am, too!

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Tell me what you do on a really fun day.  It’s when my Daddy is home and he and I play and go to Toys R Us and have fun!

Tell me about spending time with Mia and Papa (other grandparents).   I like to play with their dog, Buddy. (A Jack Russell terrier).  We exercise.  I like to ride the tractor with Papa.  Sometimes, I drive!    They have berries for me to pick sometimes.  They’re so good!  I shop a lot with Mia.  She buys groceries every day!  And, she cooks good, too!  Uncle Brian swims with me.

What is something fun you do with Pa (Don) .    I like to go to Dothan Powersports with him.  I have my own office and I like to work at my desk.  Then we ride my motorcycle and sometimes we go on trails by the railroad tracks.  I like Pa’s good breakfasts he fixes for me.  I help him, too!

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OK.  Well what do you and I do that is fun?  We do art together anytime I want to.  And, we make things.  You like to play with me and I like it when we sing together.   Lulu, you are kind.  And, you take good care of me.  And, you make me and John Thomas a Boogaloo Camp!  It’s the best fun!  We like to play in the pool when it gets hot outside!

Did you go on any trips last year?  I went to Disney World…YEA!!!.  And, I went to the beach a lot.  I went to Louisiana to see my cousins.  And, Boogaloo Camp, too!

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What did you like best about Disney World?  I liked the Jedi training.  And, next my favorite was It’s A Small World.  I love Disney World.  Can we go again?  I already know what I want to do!

What makes you laugh?  Funny jokes.  And, I like to make funny pictures on your phone!  Then you laugh, too, Lulu!

(He’s right!  He’ll confiscate my phone and without my knowing, he’ll make pictures of different people and put silly hats on them or glasses or some such nonsense.  Sad thing is, I have not a clue how he does this!)

Do you like to sing?  Yes, I do!

What do you like to sing?  My favorite is the Star Wars music…but I can only hum it because it doesn’t have any words.  I like the songs I sing at school.  Some are funny.  And, I like Christmas songs, too!  I go to choir at my church.  Oh, Yeah, I like the jazz CD you have that I can hear all the instruments, too!  (He and I are learning about instruments and the differing sounds they make.)

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You love books.  You have lots and lots of them.  What are some of your favorites?  The Little Blue Truck, The Pout Pout Fish, and every book I have is my favorite!  (His Mom has read to him every single night since he was a few months old.  It has paid off big time.  He really appreciates books and treats them as treasures!  Smart Mom.)

I know you and your Mom read every night.  We do.  We read some of my books and then a Bible story.  Then we pray.

What is your favorite story in your Bible book?  When Jesus dies on the cross to save us.  He didn’t stay dead.  He lives in Heaven.

Are you a happy boy?   Yes I am!

Why are you happy?  I do fun things. And, lots of people love me!  Do you want to now what makes me sad?

Yes.

I like being with my Mommy.  I like it when she is out of school and we can be together all day.  I really miss her when she has to go back to school.  I cry sometimes when we talk about it.

I can sure understand that, Levi.  Your Mommy takes good care of you and does lots of things with you.  But, you know what?  Mia and Lulu are sure glad we have a chance to take care of you while she works!  You’re a fun boy to be around!

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What do you think is the prettiest thing God made? Animals and birds.  And, people.  People are beautiful.  I would not even be on this earth without God.

What do you know about God?  God is strong.   He has power to protect us.  He loves us.

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You have a big family.  What does your family do for you?  Let’s count how many there are.  I think there is about a hundred.  And 4 pets.  I like them, too.  They all take care of me and do fun things with me.

And, suddenly, the mood was broken.  He  finished his project and was off to do what little boys do.  And, I was left to clean up the art supplies we had used.  I often wonder what goes through the mind of a child.  Today, 1/3/17, I know.  It’ll all change as he grows, but what a sweet reminder of what was in his heart today!

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