May 28, 2010

Retro clip

I really miss this show....or at least the unexpected creativeness of it. Here is a classic clip from Northern Exposure:

May 14, 2010

What is guarding your mind?

A little comic relief for yesterday's trauma:

Maggie is afraid today to walk around the block to her friend's house. I have a residual headache. I had an adrenaline rush when I opened the garage door this morning and grabbed my things to head out and saw an approaching figure coming through the garage. It was Charles. He is not scary, he just has bad timing. And Maggie's  friend who was in the car with us yesterday is still having fearful feelings.

I guess in a way, when something like that happens, it kind of borrows your sanity for a while.  I just hope it returns soon and in good condition. I have every reason to believe it will....

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9

Charles went to pick up the kids today without incident...of course. ;)

May 13, 2010

Wild ride home from school

So much for a boring day. I was accosted today on the way home from Maggie's school by a man on a bicycle. I had to call 911 on him. After picking up Maggie and 2 other kids I take home, I drove my usual way down a neighborhood street when a guy with wild eyes was riding a bicycle straight towards me. I veered to the left and he veered like he was aiming for me. He was pretty close so I just stopped the car and he kept coming. He stopped just before running into us and threw his bike down and came around the driver's side of the car. Somehow I had the brain power to think of hitting the all lock button while adrenaline was squirting out of my head. (like on a cartoon) He yelled at us and told us he had my license plate number, saying "Code 93, Code 93" into his walkie talkie. 

My best guess is that he was either having a psychotic episode or was high on meth. Whatever it was, he was acting violent and threatening toward us, so when I was around the corner I called 911 and they sent a police officer out to check on him. Meanwhile two girls were walking home just ahead of the incident and looked scared to death, so I made them get in my car even though they don't know me and my car was already full of kids. I told them I was Maggie's mom, because they were hesitating and he was getting back on his bike to come after us. They were not even all the way into the car when the guy was almost upon us again so I had to pull forward with a 7th grader hanging out of my car! I dropped them off down the street and came home to my peaceful house and am now sitting in my dark wind tunnel (my bedroom with two fans going full blast) trying to recover my wits.  

We are all okay, no one was hurt except my blood pressure! I did not go back to see if the police found him, but I hope and pray that he was kept from hurting anyone, especially all those kids who walk home from school in that neighborhood.  

When I got home and told Emma what happened, her first words were, "Ohhh, I miss everything!"  

Good grief.

May 6, 2010


We must send out Emma's graduation announcements soon! So I wanted to get her senior pictures done, to include in the announcement. I am taking them, but we have not gone out to do it yet. Today she told me I could just use one of her prom pictures, so I chose this one.

Seriously....we are going tomorrow evening to a park to finish this! Seniors!

May 4, 2010

Observation on child raising

I love to find God (and always do) in watching my children as they're growing up. They are teens and college aged now, with one almost teen. Seeing how He's made them, formed them in personality, gifts, intellect and talent, and what He's calling them to do is so cool. I love to see it in little daily things and in their friendships with unbelievers or hurting people too. They get concerned about someone, start praying for them and suddenly things start to happen. It's called child-like's called believing and simple. Why do we make it so hard?

It is assuring to me that God is leading them in their own journey and I don't have to guide them as much because they see it happening and take notice.

God's ways are so much more than our human hopes for our kids.

Proverbs 3:1-6 from The Message:

 Good friend, don't forget all I've taught you; 
take to heart my commands.
They'll help you live a long, long time,
 a long life lived full and well.

Don't lose your grip on Love and Loyalty.
Tie them around your neck; 
carve their initials on your heart.
Earn a reputation for living well
in God's eyes and the eyes of the people.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he's the one who will keep you on track.