July 30, 2002
Well, last night our little girl showed us once again that baby's don't stay babies forever. Even though her main concern is still getting fed as often as possible ... while playing with Daddy (that would be Tim) she tried to sit herself up. Talk about amazement. The child just turned 3 months and here she is trying to pull herself into a sitting position! With no help from us!

We had her on the Boppy, propped up and she started reaching for Tim in a game he was playing with her, first with her hands and then with her head till she had pulled herself up about an inch off the Boppy. So Tim is probably going to buy a video camera this weekend.

She's doing more and more cool things and we're missing them .... I don't always carry my camera around with me :)
Damn, I take a lot of photos. My soon-to-be SIL has asked that I email her all the photos I have of her daughter. I thought I had them in, but in yet more organizing of my HD, I have come across more.

Hopefully I have them all this time, since not all of them are online.
July 29, 2002
As you can tell from the last few posts, I very rarely have an original thought. I think it's due to the amount of mental and emotional energy that my marriage and kids take up. Sometimes in that order, usually the reverse. And now that I am starting to make little sense, I think I will fold the last load of laundry and hit the hay ....
Tonight Joy laughed for the very first time, and it was a very hearty laugh! (tonight being the 28th, not the 29th when I actually got around to writing this) ....

So anyways, Tim and I were putting the crib together and all of us (Tim, me, Josh and probably Joy too) were hot and short of temper. It had been a long day in Salem and somewhere between leaving my aunt's and getting home, everyone's disposition had gone out the window. I got Joy fed and took her upstairs too see what the problem was with the crib (used -- it didn't come with assembly instructions). Tim and I got it figured out and I asked Josh to keep his sister occupied while we finished putting it together. A few minutes later we hear something between a laugh and a cry and Josh saying "She's laughing! I made her laugh!" ... He was jumping on her mattress (which was on our bed) and saying "Abu!". Now when I say "Abu" all I get is her gorgeous smile (she's turning into a flirt already .... but that's another tale). He did it a few times and I watched her face light up in a huge smile and this honest-to-goodness belly laugh came out of her. All good, though I wish I had a tape recorder ... it didn't sound quite what I would expect a 3-month old's laugh to sound like :)

Ok time for bed.
July 28, 2002
Joy is just over 3 months old and I can't believe how time has flown. Not to mention how big she's getting!

She now has a problem that I fear may break her neck. When she gets hungry she starts arching her neck and rooting. However, she now has enough power in her legs to get herself completely turned around (and stuck) in her bassinet .... the first night it happened I thought I had almost broke her neck in trying to get her out. I was half asleep and just started to pick her up as always when I realized that her neck is arching in a nasty way. Woke me right up!

Tim tried to help one night too. She had started to cry and I couldn't get her out :( He came over to help and saw how stuck she was, not a nice place to be in when half asleep. He held her head while I got her straightened out. Definitely time to get the crib set up.
New billboards are getting attention in Arizona. Some reported seeing one or two messages, but the newspaper listed all of them. Here's a list of all variations of the "God Speaks" billboards. The billboards are a simple black background with white text. No fine print or sponsoring organization is included.

These are awesome... enjoy.

Tell the kids I love them.

Let's meet at my house Sunday
before the game.

C'mon over and bring the kids.

What part of "Thou Shalt Not..."
didn't you understand?

We need to talk.

Keep using my name in vain,
I'll make rush hour longer.

Loved the wedding,
invite me to the marriage.

That "Love Thy Neighbor" thing...
I meant it.

I love you and you
and you and you and...

Will the road you're on
get you to my place?

Follow me.

Big bang theory,
you've got to be kidding.

My way is the highway.

Need directions?

You think it's hot here?

Have you read my #1 best seller?
There will be a test.

Do you have any idea
where you're going?

(And someone's personal favorite...)
Don't make me come down there.

July 27, 2002
This was on one of my homeschool lists

You know since the word "socialization" seems to come up a lot in conversations
with non-homeschoolers, I thought I'd share this quote from "The meaning of
Sociology" by Joel M. Charon:

A socialized person is one who has been successfully made a member of his or
her group, formal organization, community, and/or society. A socialized person
controls himself or herself.

Lack of socialization is someone who: exhibits a lack of self-control, an
inability to cooperate, a tendency toward impulsive behavior.

So to sum it all up:

Socialized = The ability to control yourself in social situations.

Unsocialized = The inability to control yourself in social situations.
I don't know when this was written, and it's been making the rounds as a forward, but it does make you stop and think.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane
Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding the attacks on Sept. 11). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.

She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

In light of recent events ... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc., I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.

Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. The school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely you don't want to be sued (there's a big difference between disciplining, touching, beating,
smacking, humiliating, kicking, etc). And we said OK.

Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, And they won't even have to tell their parents. And we said OK.

Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school. And we said OK.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. Agreeing with them, we said it doesn't matter to me what anyone, including the President does in private, as long as I have a job and the economy is good. Then someone said let's print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body. And we said OK.

And then someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then further again by making them available on the Internet. And we said OK; they're entitled to free speech.
Then the entertainment industry said; let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. Let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said it's just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience? Why they don't know right from wrong? And why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves? Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW!!!"
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell!

Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding God, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing? Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they WILL think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did.

But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain About what bad shape the world is in!
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