Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Afternoon Delight

Spring Daffodils

The afternoon sun gave these beauties the shadows you see cast across them. I took this picture over a week ago and the flowers are already gone.

My son Logan is a hoot. For a nearly three yr old child he's got the memory of an elephant. About a month ago I went and paid the phone bill, while there in the lobby Logan forgot his airplane that I had gotten him from the store. When we returned to pay this months bill he REMEMBERED that he left his plane there in the lobby and searched it. When I mentioned to the customer service rep. what he was looking for she produced the plane from a drawer! That kid has a steel trap for a mind! Not many would remember where they left a toy a month later!

My husband returned from Seattle, Washington last night. It was a long, hard trip for him. However, the upside to this is now he's very interested in the area. Which I am thrilled! I want to move back to Washington because of so many reasons I can barely start to touch on here. The people, the culture, and the scenic views. I really miss those mountains.

Am off and running for the day -- getting my house clean one corner at a time!


Saturday, March 17, 2007

Last falls visitor....

Just wanted to post something fun. This butterfly is beautiful of course.

We have had some challenging times these last few days.

We are learning the three L's and the three R's.

L= listen, look and learn.
R = Request response reward.

I wanted to chitchat about more but am exhausted from today's events.

I took my husband to the airport for his little excursion out to the west coast (which secretly am hoping he falls in love with the area because I would love to move back out there.) We talked about airport stuff while we were there and I came up with that its not "prime realty" its "prime crime!" for what they charge to have an establishment on airport grounds. Geeez! But it made for an early start to my day. I was sleeping after returning home but my 12 yo woke me to ask for something and going back to sleep was not an option.

It would be my luck that it was raining when he arrived to Seattle. *sighs* LOL

Oh well.... hopefully tomorrow is a better day.

Many blessings!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

My Boys! Well, 2 of em anyway!

These two are my oldest and youngest sons. My oldest is 16 and the youngest is nearly 3. (3 weeks and counting til his birthday!) My oldest says, "OH BROTHER!" My ex-husband had for years asked me not to put up pictures of "our boys" so I had honored that until recently when I found pictures of the boys that I have custody of online at his new wifes myspace account. So, now he can just kiss my rear end! I will be putting up pictures of my kidlets over the next year now! Different things they are interested in and some candid shots of silly things they do.

The oldest took the youngest on the swing. Here you can see just how much they were enjoying the interaction on that silly rope swing. My youngest is a dare devil and goes where Angels fear to tread. He climbs everything and gets into all things possible.

Later on -- I will show you pictures of the Birthday boy! We have more celebrating time to come at the local Pizza place so I will have many pictures.

Have a great weekend! And Many Blessings!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Definitions 101 Wikipedia Style

**** Disclaimer**** This is a letter that was written to my ex-husband. Sometimes he really doesn't think about the consequences of his actions.

(from the Greek, "to make suffer") is commonly defined as one's ability to recognize, perceive and directly experientially feel the emotion of another. As the states of mind, beliefs, and desires of others are intertwined with their emotions, one with empathy for another may often be able to more effectively define another's modes of thought and mood. Empathy is often characterized as the ability to "put oneself into another's shoes", or experiencing the outlook or emotions of another being within oneself, a sort of emotional resonance.

Parenting is the process of raising and educating a child from birth until adulthood. This is usually done in a child's family by the mother and/or father (i.e., the biological parents).

A parent is a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child or a relative who plays the role of a guardian. The parent or guardian usually watch out for their kid and love them. Some, however, fail to do this, which is considered unacceptable in many societies.

The term adult describes any mature organism, but normally it refers to a human: one that is no longer a child / minor and is now either a man or a woman. Adulthood can be defined in terms of biology, law, personal character, or social status. These different aspects of adulthood are often inconsistent and contradictory. A person may be biologically an adult, and have adult behavioral characteristics but still be treated as a child if they are under the legal age of majority. Conversely one may legally be an adult but possess none of the maturity and responsibility that define adult character.

Grudge a deep-seated feeling of resentment or rancor provoked by some incident or situation; for example, being unwilling to forgive someone.

I received and read about the respect. You have already read about empathy, parenting and definition of an adult.

There is serious lacking in all three areas.

You were to teach respect. Perhaps a lesson in HOW to teach is in order.

Parenting -- is a trial and error process, and one can learn how to be a better parent by learning from mistakes. I think you need to take Parenting 101 over again.

You should have had empathy. Perhaps you have not been shown empathy. But I am fairly certain you have and took it for granted as well, especially since I know I have tried repeatedly to be empathetic.

Adult. For that one I am at a loss.

Grudge - something I am discouraging in "C" by teaching him that the results of it can kill his creativity and ability to grow. Something you can benefit learning about as well. (By the way, I don't hold a grudge against you -- but the respect thing is still and may always be an issue.)

"C" has many lessons to learn. And I do not begrudge your email to him and me about "respect". The above definitions and words are things that I am going to make a point of teaching him, along with respect. He will be taught to show respect whether or not he thinks that the receiver "deserves" it, because it has to start with someone taking that first step. Every day is a new opportunity to show a level of respect to those whom you think do not deserve it. Yes, I have little to no respect for you for many reasons of which every time I talk to you via phone or email you show how little respect you have for others. We had started to build a sense of rapport in conversations up until you lied to me about the checks. That totally blew things up and destroyed any sense of respect that I had started to have toward you. Which is really sad.

**** End letter ****

Many blessings everyone.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The lil ram kid

I am hooked on this little guy. I have been calling him "Lil Bit" because he's so tiny. He's really no bigger than those chickens you see in the background. And he's always hungry. Or so he thinks. He will polish off up 6 ounces of milk and then shake his little body all over. Only after he shakes himself do you know he's full. Then its off to nap!

He's not mine to keep. But I will enjoy him while I can. I want to get my own goats. But I think I would prefer milk goats. Not to overly fond of raising my own meat in many respects. But am sure I could manage. I want to get chickens too. And asked Mechanic Man about getting some. Between that and starting a garden really need to get things in focus.

I have been sick recently but I don't really want to talk about that for now.

Many blessings everyone!

A post away.....

Okay, I had planned to post yesterday.. and the day before and the day before that. Honest I had.....

I have been ill. And I hope to explain more soon -- but for now I am off and running once again for appointments and shopping.

I have also been busy with a lil ram goat that was taken from it's mom because mom was too young when she bred and she did not produce any milk for the hungry lil guy.

Come back soon for more on the newest saga.....

Many blessings.

Friday, March 02, 2007

A Refreshing Eye Opener

This is one of the best explanations
of why God allows pain and suffering that I have seen.
It's an explanation other people will understand.
A man went to a barbershop to have
his hair cut and his beard trimmed.
As the barber began to work,
they began to have a good conversation.
They talked about so many
things and various subjects.
When they eventually touched
on the subject of God,
the barber said: "I don't believe that God exists."
"Why do you say that?" asked the customer.
"Well, you just have to go out in the street
to realize that God doesn't exist.
Tell me, if God exists, would there
be so many sick people?
Would there be abandoned children?
If God existed, there would be
neither suffering nor pain.
I can't imagine loving a God
who would allow all of these things."
The customer thought for a moment,
but didn't respond because he didn't
want to start an argument.
The barber finished his job
and the customer left the shop.
Just after he left the barbershop,
he saw a man in the street with
long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard.
He looked dirty and unkempt.
The customer turned back and entered
the barber shop again and he said to the barber:
"You know what? Barbers do not exist."
"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber.
"I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"
"No!" the customer exclaimed.
"Barbers don't exist because if they did,
there would be no people with
dirty long hair and untrimmed beards,
like that man outside."
"Ah, but barbers DO exist!
What happens is, people do not come to me."
"Exactly!"- affirmed the customer.
"That's the point! God, too, DOES exist!
What happens, is, people don't go to Him
and do not look for Him.
That's why there's so much pain
and suffering in the world."
If you KNOW God exists,
send this to other people---
If you think God doesn't exist,
then don't worry with it!