Monday, October 15, 2012

A Conversation

Ty: Yesterday, I saw pigs flying.

Me: Is that so?

Yeah. Then Satan called and said it was getting cold where he is.

You don't say. 

Yeah. And then I heard an ugly rumor that my Mom likes cats now.

I feel accused.

*Note: the "Soft Kitty" song was a pop cultural reference. 


Still not a cat person.


Thursday, October 11, 2012


"Soft Kitty . . . 

 . . . warm kitty . . . 

 . . . little ball of fur . . . 

. . . happy Kitty . . .

. . . sleepy Kitty . . . 

. . . purr. . .

. . . purr . . . 

. . . purr."*

* - Sheldon, BBT

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How's Your Mom Doing?

 That's a question I get often these days. I'm so glad my Mom was able to come here for the wedding and meet so many of my friends! I knew they would love her as much as I do.

So, what IS Mom doing these days? Evidently, someone needs to nail her feet to the floor! Here's one thing:

They go camping in an RV area and spend the day four-wheelin!

I'm fine with it. Really. But Mom? I don't want to see ANY of THIS:

I mean it, Young Lady.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Tuesday is Guest Star Day!

Raw and beautiful; of hope disappointed and loving and letting go.

And this, because surely we're not the only ones who have ever felt this way.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Brought to you by . . .


 For the love of donuts, would someone please come and adopt this cat?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

They Call Me . . .

 . . . the Cat Wrangler.

Those who know me are cackling with glee. (OH. I can hear you!) I am NOT a cat fan, and yet here I am, crossing the street twice daily to feed and water these:




My elderly neighbor has passed away. Her daughter lives in Texas and took one cat and the dog with them, but she didn't know what to do with the outdoor cats and she had to get back to Texas. I offered to feed them until she could figure something out.

Smokey and JD (not shown) were original cats, but the daughter has no idea where the other two came from and was shocked when I told her there were FOUR. (I didn't have the heart to tell her that when I fed them that night, there were actually FIVE.)

 Glenna named this one Seville because his tail is striped like a barber pole, so he's the Barber of Seville.

Peck (above, by the car) is short for Peculiar. He was so hungry for company he would follow us all around and reach up and pat our knees whenever we stood still. Then he would follow us home and sit outside our door and meow for a good hour.

They're super friendly (except for JD, which is why he's not shown) so if you have a desire to adopt them and take them home, be. My. GUEST.


I've actually not seen Peck or Seville all day, but I refuse to worry because NOT A CAT PERSON.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Tuesday is Guest Star Day!

This post, because AWWW and at the end HAHAHA!!!!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Everyone Needs a Hand to Hold On To

Our house rule is that we do not allow dating until after high school. In theory, we encourage our children to have lots of friends and do group activities; grow and discover who they are or want to be; get to know God and His plan for them - all of which can be hindered by a one-on-one relationship with the opposite gender.

The added benefit of group activities is that they can get to know people better. They can know that, ok, I don't need to pursue a relationship with THAT one, but maybe that one over there I could get to know better? Group activities help them find out so much about a person; how do they react when they win/lose? How do they treat their siblings? How do they talk about their mother? (HEY! That last one is important!)

Lastly, when you're in high school and in no position to marry, four to five years is a LONG TIME to safely carry a relationship without compromise.

When they were 9 years old, this rule made perfect sense. When they were 11 years old and some of the girls were already going boy crazy, this rule STILL made sense and boy were they glad we had it. When they turned 16, this rule became very, very difficult.

Tyler approached me when he was 16 and asked me to explain the rule AGAIN. I did, and it still made sense. He never questioned it again but waited until he graduated from high school, waited another year for Jessie to graduate from high school, and then began dating with our complete blessing and support. (In fact, I would become concerned if I felt they weren't spending enough time together!)

Kelly understood the rule and witnessed the pain of friends who entered relationships too soon. It was difficult for her to take a stand and friends began to think she was The Sinless One, though she tried in vain to convince them she was nowhere near perfect. Her first date was two days after her high school graduation. Strangely, her friends were angry at her for dating and treated her poorly for a while (some still do). Her closest friends eventually came around with many heartfelt discussions, apologies, and amends on both parts. It's so hard to be a teen! (Kelly's still dating that same boy, by the way.) =)

Glenna has now reached 16. When she was younger and told me how much she appreciated The Rule, I told her, "Hold on to that, Glenna! Hold on to that, because 16 is coming and it's going to get rough!" She now fully understands The Rule but agrees that yes, it's rough. She has a GREAT group of friends and we love them all dearly, and for the most part they seem to be like-minded. While they are not without teen drama, this has certainly made things more bearable for teens and parents alike! Still, like I said, it can be difficult. Case in point:

Me: I really want to take a day-trip! You know, where I pack an ice chest with great food, we bring charcoal and swim stuff, and we stay at a place and play and swim and hang out the entire day! It would be us and Ty and Jess and Kelly and Paul .. .

Glenna: [wailing] COULD I PUH-LEEASE BRING A MAN???!!!?! I'm so tired of being the only one who isn't a couple!

Himself: You could bring a man, all right. Bring a man so I could kick his . . .

Me:  . . . how about one of your girl friends? You could bring a friend, and that would be all right!

We all did a Disney day last year and Glenna was the only one who wasn't paired up. When we got home, she found one of my rubber gloves from work and filled it with sand, then came into the house with her fingers intertwined with the glove.

"There! Now I can hold a hand, too!" It was HILARIOUS. (She still has it.)


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