February 25, 2014

Mompetition: The One-Up Rivalry

Mompetition: The one-up rivalry that moms play making their child seem better, smarter, and/ or more advanced than yours. May involve two or more moms and any number of children, even full-grown.

I’m to the point in my life where I know there will always be THAT mom. I’m talking about the Mompetitor who lives in Mommyville whose children are perfection and never do anything wrong. The same moms who always have something to say about so-and-so and such-and-such, you know… the one who automatically sits back in judgment because other moms aren’t doing it her way. Uh, yeah… THAT mom—the Mompetitor. The older I get the more I just don’t care what these other moms think and you shouldn’t either.

Hat Tip: Why I Can't Make Mom Friends
Hat Tip: Urban Dictionary

February 21, 2014

What's the deal with that Diva?

Kinsley: What is the deal with that Diva? Fiona... it sounds like you have a bunch of Divas in your classroom.

Me: Get used to it guys... they're all over the world.

Fiona: That's what I said!

And the Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing saga continues... LOL

February 20, 2014

A Little Sisterly Advice

Kinsley: Ignore the Diva!

Fiona: More like Ignore the Bullies!?

Me: Now do you understand why Judy Blume wrote Tales of the 4th Grade Nothing?

February 18, 2014

Dare Mighty Things

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt

February 15, 2014

Knowledge Is Happiness

Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge—broad, deep knowledge—is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. ~Helen Keller

February 11, 2014

10 On Tuesday: Pray for My Ovaries

1.) No more Pediculus Humanus Capitis for this household! Woohoo!! It really wasn't that big of a deal. I'm pretty sure we noticed it early enough that it wasn't much of a problem for the rest of us.

2.) I had to go to the doctor yesterday. I started bleeding last Thursday so my doc is trying to figure out why. He wanted to do a biopsy of the lining of my uterus but I nixed that quick! Instead, they took a blood sample. If my levels come back menopausal then I have to have an ultrasound so he can take a look at everything. He says I may have to have surgery? If my levels come back normal then the bleeding is a menstrual cycle. Why is there such an uproar about this? Well, I haven't had a menstrual cycle since November 2012.  It was pretty funny, the nurse asked me when the first day of my last menstrual cycle was. I told her that was going to be up to the doc and that's why I was being seen. I hope the lab calls soon because they didn't call today and I really don't enjoy waiting.

3.) I'm really enjoying my Tuesday morning women's bible study at church. We are studying the book of James. I love our instructor and I am enjoying my small group. I've been helping out in the sound booth navigating the power point and recording all the lectures. I'm learning so much at church. So far I've participated in five bible studies and one institute class. I absolutely love it!

4.) My Wednesdays are about to get crazy busy because for the next twelve weeks for two hours I'm going to be taking a class sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness at the VA Medical Center. I believe all the books and materials are funded by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The class will cover: Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Co-occurring Brain Disorders, Addictive Disorders, and other mental illnesses.

5.) The other perk in taking this class is the hours can be applied to the continuing education requirement that keeps our foster care license current and active.

6.) After class I have to hop in the van, grab some dinner, and head towards church where I volunteer with my husband in the children's programming. Busy, busy, Wednesday.

7.) According to my doc someone like me whose levels have been menopausal for quite some time can all of a sudden come back normal. He said he once had a patient whose ovaries decided to start working again even after she was menopausal. Isn't that weird? I guess that's how women in their forties wind up pregnant?

8.) You know those hot flashes menopausal women experience on a daily basis? Well, I haven't had a single hot flash since I started bleeding. I don't think that's coincidental. I have a feeling my ovaries may have started working again? I guess I won't know until the hospital calls me back with my test results. I was kind of hoping they would have called today but no such luck. Why are laboratories so slow?

9.) Speaking of no more Pediculus Humanus Capitis... we've all had our second shampoo. You're supposed to do a second shampoo with the medicine seven to ten days later to ensure these nasty creatures are really gone. Like I said... no more Pediculus Humanus Capitis and with any luck we will never ever have to go through that again!

10.) My small group gals are in for a real treat. In class we pass around a sheet of notebook paper and write down our prayer requests. I wrote, "Please pray for my ovaries" and then I put a smiley face. I think some ladies will get a good laugh out of that one!! :)

February 4, 2014

10 On Tues: Pediculus Humanus Capitis

1.) Did you know I am the laundry fairy extraordinaire? If you didn’t know that, now you do! Yep, that’s me!! I am the premier expert in laundering laundry with a forte in laundering laundry under EXTREME circumstances. I can launder laundry 24/7—365 days out of the year if need be. I’m pretty damn good at it too!

2.) I am in the process of washing EVERYTHING in this house. We stripped all the beds, confiscated all the pillows, bagged up stuffed animals, and have lined the hallway with mountains of items that need to be washed. Hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, and jackets too.

3.) I’m already getting a great exercise workout going up and down the stairs. I go up the stairs to start a load, back down the stairs. Up the stairs to move that load from the washer to the dryer, back down the stairs. Up the stairs to move the load from the dryer to the bed and from the washer to the dryer and then get a new load started, back down the stairs. I do this over and over until everything in the house is completely washed and disinfected. And sometimes I go up the stairs to balance out an unbalanced load. I’m telling ya, it’s fantastic exercise. You should try it sometime.

4.) My kids probably think I’m the crazy naggy lady. And sometimes they would be right. Lately I think they are starting to realize why I’m so adamant about certain things. Things like, don’t share brushes or combs with other kids. Don’t swap hats, scarves or gloves at school, make sure you wipe down the headphones before you use them in the computer room, don’t be so huggy with everyone? Please save those hugs for Mom and Dad. It’s really starting to make sense. It’s all coming together. I think they get it now.

5.) As a responsible laundry fairy extraordinaire, mom, and fellow citizen—I take my job pretty seriously. Especially when dealing with a case of Pediculus Humanus Capitis. So in addition to running up and down the stairs I can totally multitask by calling everyone that needs to be called and e-mailing everyone that needs to be e-mailed because well, when you’re dealing with a case of Pediculus Humanus Capitis it’s only the right thing to do to let people know who may have come into contact with the family member who’s dealing with these pesky creatures—right?

6.) Please don’t act like you’re above having to deal with Pediculus Humanus Capitis. Your kids are not untouchable. At some point in time they will experience this and if they don’t it’s pure luck. My oldest picked it up from daycare when she was about 3 or 4 years old, my middle child picked it up from school when she was in the first grade, and now the youngest is experiencing this in the second grade. It has nothing to do with how clean or dirty you are and Pediculus Humanus Capitis could care less what kind of house you live in or the kind of car you drive. So please, if you think you are above Pediculus Humanus Capitis you’ll just need to get over yourself.

7.) Pediculus Humanus Capitis is a pain in the ass because after we strip all the bedding away we have to apply a special spray to the mattresses and then spray anything in the house that can’t be laundered like sofas, chairs, recliners, pillows, stuff like that. Wash, wash, wash, spray, spray, spray, rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat you say? Yes, rinse and repeat! When I get everything washed and the house disinfected, we will strip the beds and repeat the process every other day or so until we are certain these Pediculus Humanus Capitis are gone forever!

8.) I only had to make two phone calls not including church and school. I gotta tell ya, the school and church response was pretty amazing. It was not at all like what we went through with the middle child. Maybe it’s me but the big organizations were pretty awesome about it. The two individual phone calls, I’m not so sure about. I think people were in a hurry to get off the phone with me. Or maybe it’s just me being paranoid. If it’s not me, then I have to say—it is what it is and people should be happy I bothered to pick up the phone to telephone them about this in the first place.

9.) Oh, that special shampoo the entire family has to use is not all that cheap. Yes, the entire family should be washing up their scalp with that special stuff. Even if you don’t think you have Pediculus Humanus Capitis, do it anyway or you may regret it later and then you’ll have to start all over again and that would really suck. So far, we are fairly certain it’s just the youngest one that has it. Poor little sweetheart was pretty depressed this morning. She asked if any of her friends at school would find out. I told her, “Not if you don’t tell them!” In about 7 to 10 days we’ll repeat the shampoo process as a family and hopefully that will be the last of Pediculus Humanus Capitis for this household!

10.) Did you have to look up Pediculus Humanus Capitis in the dictionary or is Google your friend? Come on now, BE HONEST.

February 3, 2014

The Legalistic Church of Christ

I wish more Christ followers would take the time to read their bibles and follow God instead of men. The Legalistic Church of Christ will tell people that the New Testament is the only testament people should follow and that Christ died on the cross to abolish the Old Testament. Just typing that out makes me want to gag!

In Mathew 5:17 Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” When Jesus died on the cross he said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). The Greek word translated “it is finished” is “tetelestia” which means “paid in full.” Jesus eliminated the debt owed by mankind—the debt of sin.

The Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination is so contradictory in its man-made practices and man-made teachings it has twisted the Word of God and continues to this day to pick and choose which parts of the bible it feels is relevant. This particular denomination reminds me of the following verses in the bible: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.” (Matthew 15:8-9, See also Isaiah 29:13) People reading this will be offended and that’s okay because Jesus goes on further in the chapter to say, “Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)

There are bible verses that support the use of instruments but the Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination will tell you these verses are of no relevance: Psalm 33:2, Psalm 71:22, Psalm 81:1-3, Psalm 92:1-4, Psalm 98:5-6.

Ephesians 5:19 refers to the phrase “making melody” which happens to be the Greek word “psallo” which means to pluck off, pull out, to cause to vibrate by touching, to twang, to touch or strike a chord, to twang the strings of a musical instrument. Hence, making melody to the Lord involves the use of musical instruments.

Let’s take it a step further: Our voices are instruments. Music is also a universal language. The Gospel will be proclaimed to every nation, tribe, LANGUAGE and people. The bible says to worship the creator; it doesn’t say you can’t use musical instruments in worship. Also, worship doesn’t just take place in church. Hopefully, it is taking place in your heart, mind and soul.

The Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination reminds me of the part in the bible where Jesus said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” (Matthew 23:13-14) “Woe blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” (Matthew 23:24) Read all of chapter 23. Jesus doesn’t mince words about blind guides and hypocrites.

The Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination will tell people that instruments, choirs, and solos hinder all-membership participation. Is that not the most idiotic statement you have ever heard in your entire life? They will tell everyone that man is not at liberty to worship God freely. You have to worship God their way or it’s the highway. They go on to say that churches who worship God freely have made their worship entertainment-oriented. They also go on to say that it’s important not to draw a crowd but to do what pleases God. Can you believe it? Sounds like more door-slamming to me!

It is in my humble opinion that the Legalistic Church of Christ is off their rocker! They are missing the point so bad that it’s more important for them to argue and debate non-essential stupid arguments than it is to preach The Good News! Nowhere in the bible does it say that you can’t worship God with an instrument AND there are MANY instances IN THE BIBLE of examples where people did use instruments in worship. If you don’t want to worship God with an instrument then don’t but to tell people who do they are doing it wrong is asinine.

I’m starting to believe that the Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination is run by a bunch of people with narcissistic personality disorder. The bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1:6-8)

If the Legalistic Church of Christ Denomination can’t seem to get it right on instruments in worship and they are condemning people who do it—can you imagine what else they are wrong about? Thousands of people are being misled. I think the reason for this is because people are not reading their bibles. The fact that this even comes into play as a goal or belief system in their church should send up red flags!

There are other things that annoy me about the Legalistic Church of Christ but today I felt like writing about their stance on absolutely NO instruments in church. They will tell you that you aren’t worshiping in spirit or in truth if you use instruments.

Don’t be a blind guide, read your bible. Follow God, not men. Read the WHOLE bible in CONTEXT and STOP twisting to suit a self-centered, controlling, manipulative, narcissistic, man-made agenda.

Disclaimer: Not all Church of Christ Churches are legalistic. In this blog post I am referring to the Legalistic Church of Christ Churches.

February 1, 2014

I have good news to report!

Okay, so you know how the scale was not my friend and it was going in the opposite direction? Well, today is the beginning of a new month which means it was time to grab the measuring tape and see what was up. So, even though I haven’t lost anything pound-wise, I did lose 4.5 inches total. The areas affected were the chest, shoulders, neck, waste/stomach, and hips/butt. I am so stoked!!! Bring on February!!! Woohoo!!!