Showing posts from December, 2012

Parenting Christmas Lights

Yep - you read that right.  I think there's a major parallel here between kids and Christmas lights.

As I was putting them up, I came across some tangles - of course.  The harder I pulled, the tighter they became.  And, then it was even harder to untangle them.  Only if I gently, slowly, looked for where the knot started, and carefully undid it, did it come clean nicely.

You see it, don't you?

Last night, after I asked my daughter to clean up her lego wrapper mess on the chairs in the dining room, I saw her start to climb on top of the table.  Putting Scream Free Parenting aside, I took her head off - she began to sob majorly and then replied back in a very sad manner;  "I was getting your trash, too, that's in the middle of the table."
Don't you hate it when that happens?
It took her a while to calm down, lots of back-rubbing and apologizing on my part.
It would have been way easier if I had waited to see what she was doing before I decided to blow …

I Took Food From a Homeless Woman Today

We were having lunch together.  Next to her chicken and potatoes was a piece of corn on the cob.  She doesn't have enough teeth to eat it.  But, since it was already on her plate, she couldn't give it back, so she offered it to me and I took it.  It was actually quite tasty.  We had a wonderful meal together.  Sandra (not her real name) and I are sisters.  All we talk about is Jesus.  We haven't seen each other in about a month so we had a lot of catching up to do - we shared more than a meal, we shared tears and laughter;  and I want to go back again and again and do it all the time.
I'm addicted to it.
There's a reason Jesus tells us to take care of "the least of these".

I made another woman sore and breathless (she really did it, I just told her what to do).
She wanted a workout - we both loved every minute of it.  Why?  Because at the end she said, "I did it!  I finished a workout - I'm so proud of myself!"
Who wouldn't want …