Friday, May 23, 2008

Please pray for my hurting friend

While I have had an incredibly great day, I've just read about a friend of mine who is hurting severely. And so it hurts me too.

Please pray for my friend Melanie. It has been four years since her 3 year old son Hunter was killed by an impaired driver. She has lost her father and suffered through treatments for breast cancer during those four years. She is having a really difficult time this week (the 4 year anniversary of the accident).

I can't express to you how extraordinary this lady is. She was my best friend for years before the tragedy. I love her dearly. I would do anything for her. I don't know what to do for her. Except pray. And ask you to pray.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The quiet has ended...

Yes, the quiet has ended and it is LOUD around here once again! I hear SpongeBob playing upstairs, Guitar Hero (the game) playing loudly on the TV downstairs, and an electric guitar belting out some sort of Rock-n-Roll (they are each de-schooling this afternoon). Today, I'm enjoying it. I'm not so sure about a month from now, but I hope to be managing my time (and theirs) well enough to have enough play time with them to appreciate it!!

After working outside the home all last summer, I WILL NOT take this summer break for granted! I love my children so much. I am so glad they won't be spending their summer in daycare. I am so thankful that I get to spend it with them!


As much as I am looking forward to my kids being out of school today for summer, I am very much aware of how hard it is going to be to work with all three of them around! I'm going to savor my last morning working at home...with quietness. Ahhhhh...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mohawk Man!

I had to put an update on CandyMan on here! He's been begging for a mohawk since Christmas. I told him he could have one this summer. He talked me into letting him get it for his last day of school tomorrow. It's just hair, right??

Candy Man's Award!

Candy Man had his awards program this morning. He was awarded a Good Citizenship Award from his teacher. She said that even when every other child in the classroom was out of control, she could count on CM to be good! I'm so proud of him!

I got a good picture of him with his friends. One of those friend's became sick right after this picture was taken... hope CM doesn't get it!!

CM had a great year in school. He's excited to begin a new year at a new school, but he's also sad to say goodbye to his friends. Of course, I'm sure he'll have no problem making new friends at the new school. Easy for me to know and tell him right now. Harder for him to understand at this point. He's not too upset though. He's Mr. Laid Back!

This year was his teacher's first year teaching. She was great! We loved her to pieces! She was so sweet and so good with him. She had so much energy and was so gung-ho all year. I was very pleased with her! CM really liked her too!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Guitar Hero's Award!

Guitar Hero is just glad it's almost over. For his sake, I am too. He has had the worst year of all at school. He's had a terrible teacher. He's struggled through the year (after being a great student his previous years).

Today was the Fifth Grade Awards Program. I couldn't help but notice the 'stats' on each class. There were four classes. The other three classes each had many children who made Honor Roll for the year - 11, 12, & 14 in each class. GH's class had 7, and only one of them was a boy.

We were encouraged to check out our fifth graders and take them to lunch to celebrate. By the time we got in the car, he was crying. He had overheard his teacher talking about him this morning. Then, he'd endured a long and drawn out awards program. Normally, he's one of the children getting all the awards. He's been used to that, I suppose. That was not the case today however. He got a "certificate of completion" for fifth grade, along with every other student there. He was really hurting. I am hurting for him.

At lunch we talked about his part in not having a better year. We talked about what we could do differently next year to make it a better year. We talked about what we could do this summer to prepare him for next year. We both feel much better now.

Only 1 1/2 more days and he's out of there!! (And a middle schooler!!??)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Missy Prissy's Award

Tonight was Award's Night for Missy Prissy's grade at school. Her teacher has been great this year and has been so good for her! Missy is still at the bottom of her class and that is made more obvious seeing her with her class. She is just still immature. I feel certain that another year of kindergarten will be best for her.
Now for her awards... she was given a "Citizenship Award". Only 2 girls from her class were given this award. I'm so proud of her for this!!
She was also given the "Rookie Reader" award, for being so good at sounding out words this year.
Her teacher was very creative and gave silly awards predicting their future careers. It was really funny - and cute! Missy was awarded the most likely to be famous as a talk show host!!
On a little different note... I just googled her teacher's name to try to find a picture of her and found this and this! It is her teacher! She's very good, huh?
Here is a picture of Missy and her favorite friend:

Here is a picture of Missy with her "boyfriend" (she says!):

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dude, Rock On!!

Those are the only words that have come out of GameMaster's mouth. "Rock On!" That is all he has to say about his birthday present!

Today, my oldest child turned 11 years old. All he wanted for his birthday was an electric guitar and an amp. He's been playing an old electric guitar of my fathers, but without an amp (you can't hear much at all). But still, he's been really into it. He has asked and asked for me to buy him an amplifier to go with it. I kept telling him that there was no way that I could afford to get him one for his birthday. I'd looked online and they are all so expensive!

Well, earlier this week I talked to my dad about it. We decided to go shopping to see what we could find. I knew that dad would not be happy with the $100 cheap kid's guitar at Walmart. He knows more about this than I do. So we went about trying to find a quality guitar at a price that I could handle.

In the end, we bought a new Fender StarCaster. We split the price and got it from all of us. It came with an amp, picks, strings, strap, and more - basically everything he needs to get started. I was thrilled to be able to get him a guitar this nice. So was my dad.

So, my dad (we call him Doppler Daddy - a story for another blog post) takes it all home with him to hide it. Of course, he decides he better get it out and tune it. He's been so excited about it for the last few days! It has been hilarious! He's called me and played it over the phone to me!

Tonight, after a yummy Japanese dinner (GameMaster's choice), we went by my mom's office (it was closed) and gave it all to him. He was speechless.

So, in honor of his new hobby (he's just not into video games as much these days), he will no longer be called GameMaster. I think "Guitar Hero" is more fitting!

"Rock On, Guitar Hero!"

You're Fired!

No, not me this time. I don't know what I'd have to do to get fired by my dad! Actually, he's usually begging me to do more work!

The Papa got fired from yet another job. I've lost count now. He's avoided calling us for a whole month now. I had a feeling that was why (history keeps repeating itself and I knew it wouldn't be long now). So it wasn't a huge shock or disappointment when I finally got the call from him. He's been without a job for a month. He starts a new one next week (he says). He won't tell me where though.

It will take the state a couple of months to find him again and for them to garnish his wages so that we'll get child support. That'll hurt.

He says it is my fault that he got fired. Apparently a friend of mine was eating in Papa's restaurant (he was the store manager). When Papa tried to say hello to this friend, the friend went off on Papa. The only thing he'd tell me that was said was... "When I heard that you were abusing your children, I wanted to bash your head in." Papa admitted that it was said calmly. But Papa became furious and was yelling and telling this friend off. A customer called in a complaint to the headquarters, and Papa was fired.

Papa is mad that I have been talking about him hurting the children. He's still in denial about what he did. He's not really denying it anymore, but he's not admitting to it either. He feels like us going to court and the whole ordeal is nobody's business.

Oh well. That was my decision to talk to friends and ask for help and prayers. I didn't do anything wrong. And I won't take responsibility for him losing his job either. I'm certain there is more to it than just this one instance anyway.
I don't know who the friend was who did this. But if you are him, thank you. You stood up and honored me and my children. Even Papa said you did it in a calm and respectful manner. Good for you!
He told me about another friend who ran into him in Cracker Barrel while he was eating with his new wife. She cornered him by the bathrooms and accused him of cheating on me. She didn't know that we'd divorced. I thank that friend too (don't know who?). We should be quick to hold others accountable in their marriages!
I don't know who these people are, but I am thankful for them. I know it must be hard. But they are standing up for their beliefs and for me and my children! I appreciate that!
I recently ran into a man who'd I'd been friends with him and his wife. He has cheated on her and left her and married the new woman, leaving his wife and child out of the picture. I froze. I didn't know what to say to him. I wish I had had the nerve to tell him how I felt, to tell him what me and the kids have been through and what he is doing to his wife and son. But I didn't. Instead I just said hi.
I am thankful for you, my friends - whoever you are!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Nicely said...

I just have to share with you the Mother's Day card that GameMaster gave me. He insists that he read every card that they had and chose this one. I have to tell you that it could not be more perfect! I've cried all 3 times that I've read it!

It says:

"When a son says, "I love you, Mom," it can be for lots of reasons. Perhaps, it's the way she held him when he was small, or the way she taught him to be strong and proud of who he was...

Maybe it's because even when it wasn't easy, she loved him anyway and went right on believing in him. And maybe, if he's very lucky, it's because of all those things. At least, that's how I feel when I say, "I love you, Mom."

There can't be a more fitting card out there!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A special surprise and a flash to the past!

I received an unexpected phone call yesterday afternoon. The caller told me to change clothes, drop my kids off with her husband and head to the Oak Ridge Playhouse.

Since this call was from my good friend Lisa, I did it! Several women in our church had gotten together for dinner and a production that evening. At dinner, it was announced that there were a couple of extra tickets for the production. Lisa immediately thought of me, called her husband about keeping my kids and called me.

Guess what the production was? One of my all-time favorite movies! Grease!

A few years ago, I watched the movie again (it had been years). I had forgotten how "naughty" it was! I was a bit shocked - that my parents had let me watch it over and over when I was younger!

Well, the stage production has different words in it than the movie. It was even "naughtier"! Even though it was a mother/daughter night with the church, I was thankful that my daughter wasn't there! I did see some other kids there. I saw a few open mouths a couple of times from our group, but noone said anything about it being offensive or anything. I think everyone enjoyed it!

This local company did a very good job. It was impressive. I think the music was especially good, but maybe I was partial since I knew the music director? I don't think so, I think they did a really good job!

I had a very nice evening. I'm so thankful for getting to go (especially to Dennis for keeping my children!). It was a special Mother's Day gift!

I'll write more about Mother's Day later...we are off to my mom's for lunch!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

It's a Sign

Do you think that God gives us a "sign"?
I've had the strangest experience happen to me TWICE in the last two weeks. When I shared it with my children this morning (that it had happened again), GameMaster said, "Mom, that is a sign."
Well, I've had that thought, but I'm not sure what "the sign" says!!?
Here is the experience:

I have witnessed two wrecks. Both involved one vehicle. Both were in the middle of the day on nice, pretty days. They just simply lost control of their cars and flipped them upside down.
One car was in front of me when it happened. It was like it happened in slow motion. It really shook me up. I was calling 911 before the car had come to a complete stop (on it's roof in a ditch).
In the other wreck, the truck was heading toward me. It was in real-time - hitting a telephone pole and flying off the other side of the road in front of me. Again, I was calling 911 - even before I'd seen where the truck had landed (on it's roof in the woods).
In both instances, the victims were able to get out of their cars (crawling out the window). They were both sitting beside their vehicles when emergency vehicles arrived. I don't know about any injuries, but I do know they survived.
The only thing that I could think was I've got to slow down and be more careful. I called my dad and told him to please be careful (I was returning home from meeting him).
Now, do you think this is a sign? If so, what is the message?

Monday, May 05, 2008

How to Use Your IRS Check:

I got this in an e-mail from my aunt last week. I thought it was so true, but a bit funny too!

As you have heard, most of us will be getting a rebate check to stimulate the economy.

If we spend the money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China.
If we spend it on gasoline, it will go to the Arabs.
If we purchase a computer, it will go to India.

If we purchase fruits & vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras, & Guatemala.

If we purchase a good car, it will go to Japan.

If we purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan.

None of which will help the American Economy. We need to keep that money here in America. The only way to keep that money here at home is to spend it at Yard Sales since those are the only businesses left in the U.S.

How about eBay!? Feel free to spend your tax check at Mama Duck's Nest! (I have no shame, do I?)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Some sort of control...

The beginning of the week was unbelievably crazy! It all escalated on Tuesday when I found out that GameMaster has been lying to me about being caught up on his school work when he really wasn't.

I've been living with a liar for a long time. I am not going there again! That is all it took for me to put on the skids and take control.

Here is what I learned. The more structure (i.e. grounding him in his room with homework and cleaning to do) that I provide for him, the sweeter he is.

Now, I'm not like that. You put a bunch of boundaries on me and tell me what to do and how to do it - I go nuts! That is not how GM is though. He needs me to put up the boundaries on him, because he can't do it for himself.

So, after me putting in some pretty strick boundaries and showing him that I meant business - now I have my sweet GM back in the house. He's so much more enjoyable to be around. Now, I just have to keep at it!!

On another note... a KNOX COUNTY, TENNESSEE SCHOOLS note! Remember my outrage about not being allowed to be there to view the "sex video" (GM calls it the "puberty movie")? Well, guess what!? There was a parent there that day!! But I was told NO! Wha!??

Then on Tuesday I was told that I couldn't go on the upcoming field trip with GM. (They are going to Thompson Boling arena for the 5th grade DARE graduation). His teacher told me that I could drive myself if I wanted to go, but that I couldn't sit with my child. Wha!???

My friend in bible study told me - "I've been pegged!" They've found me out. I'm a parent who cares about her kids!