Showing posts from January, 2005

New Studies Say Teens May Be Hardwired for Religion

This is just a snippet of the article, click on the link above to read the whole article. "So what's the problem? A significant cause of this "crisis," the commission said, is that children and teens are experiencing "a lack of connectedness ... to other people, and [lack of] deep connections to moral and spiritual meaning." Such connectedness is critical for developing children, because the report insisted that human beings, from their earliest years, are essentially "hardwired" to form close attachments to other people, beginning with parents, and then expanding to include a wider group of people as the child grows up. Not surprisingly for Christians who believe that God has designed the human race for this sense of and need for community, the commission noted that this appears to be hardwired into the biology of personhood. According to Shaw, however, kids are experiencing these connections less and less in modern America. He said,

Baby Queen

For all of you with babies, you can relate to this one BabyQueen.pps


You know, you have to wonder if it's worth it to grow your daughter's hair out when it takes half a bottle of detangler and a half hour or more to just comb out the tangles. not to mention the ow's and other yowls. Though she does look incredibly cute when her hair is done.

The Blessing in Pink Eye

Well, Joy woke up with what looks like Pink Eye. I had a mad scramble calling all of my daycare kids away and one called on her way. It was supposed to be her boys' first day here. What a lousy first impression. Another I had to turn away at the door. It was a very hard choice for her, either take her dd to work or pay $40 to another provider for drop-in care. *sigh* I think she's only going to work a half-day and make it up by not taking her late days for the next few weeks. How *do* you keep kids healthy in an environment like this???? Oh yeah, the blessing -- I now have plenty of time today to spend with my children, after we get Joy to the doctor. And maybe I can get a little more caught up on cleaning house. It's in total CHAOS right now except for the living room. And even that is headed into CHAOS since both Josh and Joy are down there. Almost 8:30, time to call the pediatrician.

The Cost of Kids (a forward)

I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It's nice, really nice! The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition. But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.24 a day! Just over a dollar an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice says don't have children if you want to be "rich." It is just the opposite. What do your get for your $160,140? Naming rights,--- First, middle, and last! Glimpses of God everyday. Giggles under the covers every night. More love than your heart can hold. Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies. A hand to hold, usually covered

A short history lesson on the privilege of voting...

Ok, so voting time is over, but I was cleaning out my inbox and came across an item I should have read back in Septemember when it was sent. I have some reading to do ... A friend sent this to me, I was skeptical at first. I searched on for this and did not find it. I searched and found the movie " Iron Jawed Angels ". I also searched our libraries website for the book, " Jailed For Freedom " by Doris Stevens,( said the movie followed this book) and found it as well. So, I am assuming this is true. I think that all of us vote, though before Oregon had mail in ballets, I struggled with the days that I had babes in arms and it was raining!! T**** Here is One to think about!! A short history lesson on the privilege of voting... The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33

Bush takes oath of office for second term

Darn it, I missed the inauguration this morning. Bush takes oath of office for second term

Pick your dessert

I'm Chocolate Cake/Chocolate Icing --- which sounds *really* good right about now. Too bad my teeth still hurt from the dentist. The friend who sent me this is a brownie, though you wouldn't know it from looking at her. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pick your dessert, then look to see what psychiatrists think about you! No cheating! After taking this dessert personality test, send this e-mail on to others, but when you do, be sure to put your choice of dessert in the subject line. ALSO, SEND IT TO THE PERSON WHO SENT IT TO YOU! Okay, if all of the desserts listed below were sitting in front of you, which would you choose? (Sorry, you can only pick one!) Angel Food Cake Brownies Lemon Meringue Pie Vanilla Cake/Chocolate Icing Strawberry Shortcake Chocolate Cake/Chocolate Icing Ice Cream Carrot Cake NO You can't change your mind once you scroll down! So think carefully what your choice will be! OK - Now that you've made your choice, this is what resear

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Inboxer Rebellion (Internet Petitions)

I read this after receiving yet another call-to-arms to do something for society at large. I think you should read it too if you haven't already. And what a cool word "slacktivism". Urban Legends Reference Pages: Inboxer Rebellion (Internet Petitions) : "E-petitions are the latest manifestation of slacktivism, the search for the ultimate feel-good that derives from having come to society's rescue without having had to actually gets one's hands dirty or open one's wallet. It's slacktivism that prompts us to forward appeals for business cards on behalf of a dying child intent upon having his name recorded in the Guinness World Book of Records or exhortations to others to continue circulating a particular e-mail because some big company has supposedly promised that every forward will generate monies for the care of a particular dying child. Likewise, it's slacktivism that prompts us to want a join a boycott of designated gas companies or esch

Making God Laugh

1/16/05 You know how to you make God laugh? Tell him your plans.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder She's *still* one of my favorite authors.

Too Much

Do you ever have days when you know that you are doing too much? Or just in general doing too much? This morning I have 3 back-to-back meetings starting at 8 AM and ending around noon, ranging from Beaverton to the other side of Hillsboro. Only one of these things was actually on my calendar and in my radar. The fact that I am writing this now lets you know that I missed the first meeting. ... You know you're tired when your 2-year-old daughter pulls you out of bed to lead you to the shower and you can't open your eyes. Joy is really excited to run errands and go to meeting with me, but I just couldn't open my eyes! My SIL is supposed to visit and I still have to rearrange the playroom, get insulating film put up on two or three more windows, get to Lowe's and Michael's for sale stuff, do some laundry, do my Bible study, and get at least one newsletter done -- for which the content has yet to reach my desk. I'm the publisher/editor, but I don't write content