Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Welcome to installment #6 of Monday Memories: Letters to My Children. If you want to know more about how this posting got started read here. Feel free to grab my button on the right sidebar and link up your own letters. Please leave a comment so that I can visit your letter.
As you will see, this letter was written to my newborn son, Jordan. He is now almost 15 years old and will be getting his learner's permit to drive in April. My! Where has the time gone?!!
Thursday, May 12. 1994
Dear Jordan, On Saturday, April 23, 1994 at 2:45 p.m. you became part of my world. You weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz. & were approx. 21 inches in length. You have a head full of black hair and your eyes are so dark (I don't know what color) that I can barely see your pupils. You also have a fat face, long, skinny arms, legs, fingers, and toes. You are a sweet precious baby, and I love you more than words can say.
It took some time for your daddy and I to get adjusted to having a baby in the house, but I think we're settled back into our "normal" routine. Your big brothers, Justin and Chase, think the world of you. They always want to hold you when you're up, and they can't keep their hands off you.
Your daddy calls you his "little cootie bug." And you are. You are such a pretty baby. Right now you resemble the Parris family. But in time, you will probably grow to look like your daddy, as Justin and Chase did. I love you, and I wish the best for you in the years to come. You are always going to be the baby of the family. That means that you've got to be tough in order to survive Justin and Chase.
(The second page to this letter has been accidentally torn out. There are only bits of a few words left on it. I'm sure I went on to tell him how much I loved him.)
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Justin wanted to be the one to tell his dad, but after speaking to Kevin later in the day, I felt like Kevin needed to know before he got home from work. When he did get in, he went straight to bed with an upset stomach. Saturday morning he called Justin downstairs and told him that he loved him, and that we would all get through this together.
Chelsea came to our house and, on Sunday, we all sat down and talked about things that would need to take place. She still hasn't told her parents yet, and I felt like we would have to wait on a few things until she did so. I don't want her parents to think that we were calling all the shots.
One thing is sure, though. She is having the baby, and they will be getting married. They assured us that they love each other very much. Justin said that he knew that she was "the one" when he met her. Justin is now fully aware that he is responsible for 3 lives now and will have to get a job to support them. I have somewhat settled into the idea that my son is going to be a father...and I am going to be a grandmother. Wow. I'm not actually settled into the idea of that second part, but what's done is done.
Please continue to keep my family in your thoughts and prayers. We are definitely going to need them in the coming months. I'll keep you updated along the way.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Monday, March 23, 2009
Welcome to installment #5 of Monday Memories: Letters to My Children. If you want to know more about how this posting got started read here. Feel free to grab my button on the right sidebar and link up your own letters. Please leave a comment so that I can visit your letter!
Friday Morning April 22, 1994
You are now registered for kindergarten. Wow, you're growing up so fast. Just think, in August I will have a kid in school. Am I old enough for that? Must be. Boy, how time flies once you get married and have children.
You are so curious about the world around you. You are constantly asking questions and wanting to show me something. Today you asked me how they make people. I still don't know who "they" was referring to. Granny told you that God made people. "Who made God?" was your next question. He was always here. You said then that the people made God and then God made the people. "No, that wouldn't work," I told you. "I guess God made himself." Anyway, we stopped talking about it because it's too complicated for a 5 year-old to comprehend.
I took you to get shots Tuesday. You had 2 shots, a TB skin test, and oral polio vaccine. Your arm is still sore. You screamed when you got them. But the good news is that you don't have to have any more for 10 years! I know you're glad about that.
Well, it's getting late now, and I should get some rest. I love you so much!
Friday, March 20, 2009
He has had a couple of jobs, but they only lasted a month or two. He worked at Dollar General for a short time, and he worked at Walmart for about a month and a half. He said he hated the jobs. He didn't want to be like everybody else and just settle for whatever he could find. He didn't want to give up on his dreams.
And then there are his friends who are either very rich (and therefore don't have to work), or their parents or grandparents provide everything for them. I refuse to keep doing that! Also, when his college status dropped below full-time, he was dropped from my insurance. So now he is an unemployed, uninsured, mooching individual. What's a mom to do?!!!
What happened along the way? He was so smart! Have I not been strict enough on him? (Probably not) My best friend tells me to lay down the law to him and tell him he has to get a job to start supporting himself. She says to quit giving him money for things he wants to do...like driving an hour away to see his girlfriend. And while I am on that subject, he says they are planning on getting married this December!!! WHAT?!!! How is he going to pull THAT off?!! When he first mentioned it I thought, "Okay. Now, he will have to get a job." But, that was over a month ago, and nothing has changed.
I love him so much. He's my firstborn. As babies we don't want them to grow up, but once they get grown, we want them to finally see the light and GROW UP, for Heaven's sake. I know I need to start practicing tough love. But, it is so hard for me to do because I love him so much. But, it's because I love him that I have to do this. I have to teach him to be a responsible adult. I don't want him to end up like some people I know who never work and are content to mooch off of others because I know with his smarts that he could do very well for himself.
Have any of you ever dealt with this? If so, how have you handled it, and what were the results? Even if you haven't gotten to this point with your children, what advice would you give? Stay tuned for updates on this situation. And, pray that his dad and I handle this situation the way that we, as parents, should. I hope it all turns out well.
The alder by the river
Shakes out her powdery curls;
The willow buds in silver
The little birds fly overAnd oh, how sweet they sing!
To tell the happy children
That once again 'tis spring.
The gay green grass comes creeping
So soft beneath their feet;
The frogs begin to ripple
A music clear and sweet.
And buttercups are coming,
And just as many daisies
Here blows the warm red clover,
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Dear Tech Support:
Last year I upgraded from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0 and noticed that the new program began running unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources.
In addition, Wife 1.0 installs itself into all other programs and launches during system initialization, where it monitors all other system activity. Applications such as PokerNight 10.3, Drunken Boys Night 2.5 and Monday Night football 5.0 no longer run, crashing the system whenever selected.
I cannot seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run some of my other favorite applications. I am thinking about going back to Girlfriend 7.0, but un-install does not work on this program.
Can you help me please?
This is a very common problem men complain about but is mostly due to a primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0 with the idea that Wife 1.0 is merely a “UTILITIES & ENTERTAINMENT” program. Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and designed by its creator to run everything.
It is unlikely you would be able to purge Wife 1.0 and still convert back to Girlfriend 7.0. Hidden operating files within your system would cause Girlfriend 7.0 to emulate Wife 1.0 so nothing is gained.
It is impossible to un-install, delete, or purge the program files from the system once installed. You cannot go back to Girlfriend 7.0 because Wife 1.0 is not designed to do this. Some have tried to install Girlfriend 8.0 or Wife 2.0 but end up with more problems than the original system.
I recommend you keep Wife 1.0 and just deal with the situation. Having Wife 1.0 installed myself, I might also suggest you read the entire section regarding General Partnership Faults (GPFs). You must assume all responsibility for faults and problems that might occur, regardless of their cause. The best course of action will be to enter the command C:\APOLOGIZE. The system will run smoothly as long as you take the blame for all the GPFs.
Wife 1.0 is a great program, but very high maintenance. Consider buying additional software to improve the performance of Wife 1.0. I recommend Flowers 2.1, Jewelry 2.2, and Chocolates 5.0.
Do not, under any circumstances, install Secretary With Short Skirt 3.3. This is not a supported application for Wife 1.0 and is likely to cause irreversible damage to the operating system.
Best of luck,
Monday, March 16, 2009
This letter was written to my unborn son, Jordan. He was actually born 2 days later...at the hospital. I alluded to his brother, Chase, who was born in the car on the way to the hospital!! That's another blog post to be told at a later date. Jordan was 8 lbs. and 10 oz. Today he weighs 167 lbs., stands about 6'1", brown eyes, and brown, slightly curly hair. He will be 15 next month. He is the son who plays in the marching band, jazz band, and show choir band. He is actually the most responsible son out of all three, even though he is the youngest.
Thursday Night April 21, 1994
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Sandy from Organize With Sandy gave me this award. It's my very first blog award, and I am honored that it is for a great attitude or gratitude. Thanks Sandy!! Visit her blog for great ideas to organize your home and life. You can also follow her on Twitter as "organizersandy".
Here's the scoop:
1) Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post
2) Nominate up to 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude
3) Link to your nominees within your post
4) Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog
5) Share the love and link to the person from who you received your award Here are my nominations for Blogs that show Gratitude OR Attitude (in no particular order):JANANA BEE
VALARIE LEA FROM TENNESSEE NOW FROM ALABAMA
ON THE UPSIDE
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Justin: Present Day
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.b. Using only the first page, pick an image.c. Select the size of boxes as 3 by 4. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.
Use these questions in each URL box!!!
1. What is your first name? S.
2. What is your favorite food? General Tso Chicken
3. What high school did you go to? Albertville High School
4. What is your favorite color? Blue
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Matthew McConaughey
6. Favorite drink? Sweet Tea
7. Dream vacation? Hawaii
8. Favorite dessert? Brownie a la Mode
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Carefree
10. What do you love most in life? My family
11. One Word to describe you. Fun
12. Where do you live? Albertville, AL
How cool is that!!!
Try it, and comment here when you do!!!