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Thursday, October 29, 2009

One Wish

I've drove over 1000 miles this week. Today, I drove through a flat-out downpour of rain. Last week, I drove through the night to make it home for Friday morning assembly at my kid's school. Baby Girl's class led the assembly and she really wanted me there.

With all this driving, I have plenty of time to think, too much really. I've always been scared to talk much about dying. I guess because the whole "guard your tongue" message and if you give an inch mentality. But last week on the way home I thought, people die every day. They don't plan it. They don't wake up one day and say, "I think I'll have a stroke or fatal car wreck today, but it happens. So, what if I don't make it home one day? Will my kids be okay, will they know how I felt, do they know what I want for them?

Little Man doesn't want me to leave him to go to Walmart much less out of town on business. He always drills me . . . do you have to leave, why? When will you be back, when are you leaving? With Grandma around, Baby Girl handles it better but still wants me at her assemblies, school parties, etc... Today is her 7th birthday and I couldn't make it home, oh the guilt. (Thank you Grandpa and Nana for taking cupcakes and juice to her school birthday party, for doing what I couldn't this year) With our business, you've got to strike while the iron's hot.

My sweet babies, if there's ever a day I don't make it home, please know how much I love you. I NEVER would choose to leave you. Don't you ever, even once, think about blaming yourself, sometimes the unexplainable just happens. If I could have just 1 wish for you both, I'd wish that you will allow God to be there for you, like He's always been there for me. He's been there for me every step of the way, through the very best and worst of times. He never left me once. I want this for you more than anything else. I love you, now and forever . . . you have my heart.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hair In Your Drawers

I met up with Janice and friends at Hooter's in Little Rock last week. I had a blast catching up and listening to their stories of old Pentecostal days. I've got to make this post quick so I'll share my favorite story told that night.

Jodie says an evangelist came to our little church on the west side fired up over the women in the congregations hairdo's. Obviously, Pentecostal women are forbidden to cut their hair. I remember Mom having REALLY long hair. She used balls of hair she called fillers to make her hair look fuller and stand higher on her head, the higher the better.

Anyway, the evangelist must have thought the hair fillers as worldly because standing at the pulpit he preached, "I'll Tell You . . . Most of You Women Have More Hair in Your Drawers Than You Do On Your Head!"

I about coughed up a lung laughing so hard over that one. Mom says she remembers being in that service, I wish I did.

On a more serious note, another favorite was told by a friend (I'm sorry, I'm bad with names) She said that in the middle of her Pentecostal time, the guilt over not ever being good enough finally got to her.

She remembers going to the alter one night, crying out to God that no matter how high her hair was, or how long her dress, the fact she refused to wear make-up or jewelry, and even how hard or long she prayed, fasted, read her bible and so forth, it was never enough. She always came up short.

And so that night,standing defeated at the alter, she looked up at God in desperation and said, "I can't do it anymore." God answered, "Good, Now Let Me!"

That night changed her life. Her story, changed mine.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Little Breezy

I'm cold, turned on the heater in my hotel room and set the fire alarm off. No worries, the fire department is just across the road. Mom and I stayed here a couple of years ago and heard sirens all night long. I came prepared this time with ear plugs but hubby let me know I forgot my toothbrush. That ain't nothing, I forgot underwear and a bra.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

All in a Days work

I watched Great Grandma today so Grandma and Paw Paw could go to the fair. She was actually pretty good all things considered. Grandma says you have to treat her like a kid. Let her know who the boss is so I gave it my best shot.

Last night, they came to the house to eat chili. It was so good. . . not sure if it was the taste, the cold weather or the fact that I didn't have to cook it. Regardless, hubby made a great chili. Anyway just before dinner, Great Grandma sneaked out of her wheelchair and fell on the tile in our entry way. She wasn't hurt, thank goodness but she won't, can't listen. She's always trying to get up on her own and therefore falls quite often.

I'm not sure if that justifies my actions but today after taking her to the bathroom, I sat her on the couch, turned on the TV, and tied her to the couch. Yes, I said, Tied her to the couch. I'm not sure if she realized she was tied at first but after a short nap, she discovered our homemade seat belt and wasn't happy. It's for her own safety . . . in her best interest, right? During the nap, I was actually able to help hubby with the pool. When I came in to figure out lunch for the kids, she was pulling at the tie down. In my best boss voice, I told her to cut it out and watch TV. I guess my voice if just not authoritative enough because like the kids, she argued, "I want to go outside!" I firmly said, "No!" Again, as with the kids, we went round and round as I'm giving up finding anything in my kitchen to eat and grabbing the phone to order pizza.

Both kids had a friend sleepover last night whom I had to take home. Great Grandma loves to go for a ride so off we went. Funny, I don't feel 1 ounce of guilt for the seat belt in the car but feel awful about the one in the living room. Anyway, as we were driving kids home, I turned the Seris radio to Channel 4, 40's music. She mainly somewhat comes alive when arguing with me but this time the music caught her attention. The kids probably thought we were crazy, but Great Grandma and I shared a duet to "There's no Business, Like Show Business" and then "Slow Poke." When I pulled in the driveway and hubby came over to help her out of the car, he wrinkled up his nose in disgust and asked, "What are you listening to?" I proudly told him, "It's Frank Sinatra, your grandma loves it" smiling as I turn to her for affirmation "Don't you?" In true Great Grandma form she answered, "No!"

That woman kills me!

In other news, Little Man won Bowler of the Week today for his game last Saturday. He was 67 pins above average. They called his name over the intercom in the bowling alley and awarded him with a little bowling pin trophy. He was so excited, I was so proud! He also submitted an application to the counselor and was picked to be one of the peer mediators this year at his school. The application was pretty long and required a recommendation from 2 teachers at the school. He's required to attend an all day mediation class sometime in the next couple of weeks. It might be wishful thinking but I'm hoping he can apply some of those precious peace making skills at home with his sister.

Baby Girl has been enjoying the game room in the bowling alley. Grandma/Paw Paw and Nana/Grandpa have kept the quarters coming each Saturday. Last week, Baby Girl spent all her money on a roulette type of game trying to win tickets to buy junk little toys. Knowing prayer works, she faithfully clasped her hands and bowed her head before each spin. She actually hit the jackpot 4 times, that's 600 tickets. I seriously was considering sneaking her into the casino that night.

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