Thursday, April 11, 2013

A-Z (K)


The fact is I like kids. Since I'm a children's pastor, that's probably a good thing.

I like when they mispronounce a word or use a phrase in the wrong way.

My kids used to tell me that they did things "on accident" (because if you do things "on purpose" it makes sense that when you didn't do it on purpose, you did it on accident!).

I like that sometimes they  THINK they know what they are talking about.
My daughter is doing observation hours for one of her college classes this semester. She relayed a very funny conversation she overheard the other day.

Kid #1: I can draw Dark Vader better than you!
Kid #2: Who's Dark Vader?
Kid #3: I know him! He's a wrestler! But he doesn't wrestle anymore...
Kid #1: No he's not! He's from the Star Wars movies!
Kid #3: Oh yeah! But he died.
Kid #1: No he didn't!
Kid #4: The Undertaker?!? He didn't die!

Kids say the darnedest   things.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A-Z -( I)

If .... then.
If I recall correctly, If... then statements had a lot to do with geometry, which I actually enjoyed.
Those words also had to do a lot with computer programming which I failed.... twice.

If a picture paints a thousand words than why can't I paint you?" Was it Jim Croce that sang that line in a song?  It brings back memories of junior high which I sometimes enjoyed... and failed twice. (Just kidding!)

If wishes were horses, beggars would be riders. I love these kind of old sayings. I think that children these days don't learn as many nursery rhymes and sayings as we did "back in the day".

If wishes were horses... my very visual mind can see this. Wishes, galloping along, their manes flying in the win, hooves thundering down the plains.... although come to think of it, I don't think wishes would gallop.  The whole idea behind wishes is that they are a bit sedentary, a bit passive. You don't go anywhere on a wish.

This saying kind of reminds me of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. I loved the tv version that was done a few years back with Whitney Houston as the fairy godmother and Brandy as Cinderella.  When they sing the song "impossible", Whitney makes it clear that sitting in your own little corner in your own little chair just won't cut it.

I think a wish has to begin as a wish and then move on to a dream and then  ultimately there has to be a leap of faith that will turn that dream into reality.

What if Cinderella hadn't gotten into the pumpkin carriage? No matter what the fairy godmother did for her, she wouldn't have gotten to the ball.

And then, there are the "If only"s...  Maybe "if" is a bigger word than I thought in the beginning...


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A-Z (H)


I love laughter. Some of my absolutely favorite times have been sitting around the dinner table with my family and laughing so hard that tears  stream down our faces. When this happens, the only sound coming out of my mouth is a squeaky breath.  That of course, makes everyone else at the table start start to giggle and then.... we're off!

We all have different laughs.

My oldest daughter laughs at her own jokes which are usually language based. or just darn right silly because she is exhausted.  Those are always very funny times.

My son laughs like a donkey. A loud donkey. It's okay. He won't be offended. He knows it.  he sounds a bit like Arnold Horshack. Remember him from the tv series, "Welcome Back, Kotter?" Hilarious.

My youngest daughter laughs without any noise. the only way you can tell that she is laughing is that her shoulders shake.

I will end this lovely post with the very first joke that my brother learned (and repeated over and over and over again when he was about 4 years old.)

what is the difference between and baby and a soldier?

scroll down for the answer....

A baby loads his diaper and a soldier loads his gun.

Okay. It was funny when he was four.



Monday, April 8, 2013

A-Z - Gag!


When it comes to food, I am a texture girl.The foods that I don't like have funny textures. For instance, I hate coconut flakes.
and lima beans.
and black eyed peas.
and grits.
and cow tongue.
and that stuff that they make you drink right before you have colonoscopy test. (Okay, I don't really know what that tastes like yet, but I have a feeling it will be quite gaggy!)

I also have no desire to eat guinea pig or tiny crabs with their shells still on,  larva, or chicken foot soup. (All things that my husband has been eating as he ministers all over the world.)

Yes, my gag reflex is definitely alive and kicking!

Just give me a quarter pounder with cheese please.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

A-Z Challenge -F

Fun, fun, fun.

My husband and I are exact opposites when it comes to our general philosophy of life.  He is an organized, steady, no nonsense kind of guy who keeps me always headed in the right direction.

I, on the other hand, tend to....  wander. If there is the slightest potential for fun in a situation, I will head that direction.

I'm not sure when it started, but somewhere in our 23 years of marriage, we began a "good bye" routine.
We both say "Goodbye" and "I love you", but the then the script changes.

"Have fun", I say.
Be good, he says.

And we always take our own advice. :)


A-Z Letter E


I think I must have done something wrong with my sign up for A- Z. It appears that I have last year's list of bloggers and not this year's...  And it doesn't appear that anyone is visiting my blog except my absolutely wonderful friend Sheila.  Sometimes I'm so untechnological I could scream.

It's really all my fault, you know this untechnological spirit. I give about 16 seconds of good hard trying anytime something new comes along.

Well, in all honesty, that's probably a bit of a lie. We have this new tv, blueray, regular dvd player and two remotes. My husband has set our timer to 'tape" my favorite show survivor every week.  On Wednesday evenings at about 9:30 pm, I call my daughter into the livingroom and hand her the two remotes and say "please find my show."  And she does.  She is one of my enablers, and I love her for it.

So, anyway, I guess I'll keep on writing because I love the A-Z challenge and maybe, just maybe, I'll figure out what I did wrong and fix it.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

A-Z "D"

Do this, do that.
It's a little word with a lot of power.

It's an action word like no other.

And if you double it?

It will make any new mom or dad go running for the diaper bag.




A-Z "C"

Can you tie my shoe?
Can you reach my toy?
Can you cut  my  meat?
Can I get a puppy?
Can you shut the door? 
Can I spend the night at Joey's?
Can I borrow 10 bucks?
Can I have the keys to the car?
Can I stay out past midnight?
Can I marry your daughter?

They grow up so quickly.

Can I have some of those years back?


A-Z The letter B- But!

Still trying to catch up on this A-Z challenge with my idea of using teeny tiny words -

In Children's Church on Sunday, we were learning our scripture memory verse. Each child had a piece of paper with a part of the verse on it. The scripture was John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."   The game was going very well, until close to the end of the verse. As I was trying to help them complete the sentence, I asked,   "Okay, who has my "But?"    Never say the word "but" in front of elementary aged children.

It took us a while to get back on task.


A to Z - A Bit Late


I know we've only just begun and I am two days behind.

 I could blame it on the fact that I couldn't decide what I wanted to write about this year.

The first year I was involved with the A to Z challenge I talked about Bible characters.

Last year I wrote letters to people or objects in my past.

This year? Nothing. Not a single idea.

 I finally had an epiphany. I would create An Absolutely fabulous game where I would start with A word beginning with "A" and change A letter A day (Adding one letter or subtracting one letter, And changing A letter to be THE letter every day) and seeing if I could make it through the whole Alphabet. ("What?" you say?) It didn't work.





So I tried again.. this time starting with "I" and "J".


Not so good. So I gave up this little game of mine. (If any of you would like to try it, feel free!)
And decided to go with Another very simple idea. (Okay, so the first one wasn't quite so simple.) I'm just going to find a small word and expound on it.

The relief I feel is palpable.

Ahhhh.   My word for the day.