Saturday, September 15, 2007

Garbage in . . . garbage out!

Disclaimer: Adult content. You must be 18 years of age to read this post!
Ok, so Maddy and I were riding back from the grocery store yesterday. My regular Christian radio station was giving me static due to all the storms in the area. So, I started scanning the stations. I guess I hit the seek instead of scan button so the scanner stopped on the next available station. Well unbeknownst to me it was a pop station. And the lyrics I heard coming out were downright appalling! They went something like this . . .

"Baby we can keep it on the low
Let your guard down ain’t nobody gotta know
If you with it girl I know a place we can go

N: What kind of girl do you take me for?


Promiscuous girl
Wherever you are
I’m all alone
And it's you that I want

N: Promiscuous boy
You already know
That I’m all yours
What you waiting for?

Promiscuous girl
You're teasing me
You know what I want
And I got what you need

N: Promiscuous boy
Let's get to the point
Cause we're on a roll
Are you ready?"

Here is where you can find all the lyrics -- not that I'm suggesting that in anyway, you head over there.

Is this what good music has come to? I know I'm alittle out of the loop, but OH.MY.GOSH! I mean, at least in the 60's, 70's, and 80's, sexual innuendo was hidden inside the lyrics. Well not anymore people. They're just putting it all out there now. And you know what's scary . . . there's little teenage girls singing these lyrics and not even knowing what they mean (or maybe they do -- even more frightening). They just know that the music has a cool beat and it's being sung by one of their favorite artist. It frightens me to think just how far people have crawled . . . no slithered, away from God. When did this kind of music become the norm. I'm sure had I left my dial on that station, I would have heard more.

As a parent, I became painfully aware that I need to know that this music exists. After all, I need to know what were up against. I couldn't help but want to think of ways to invent ear muffs for Maddy and Lacy. Ear muffs that only hear what I have to say. Ok, not really . . . but it was a real reality check for me.

So, to all parents out there . . . beware! Know what your children are listening to --- Know what your children are watching.

Garbage in . . . garbage out!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Cancer . . . a blessing?

Two mornings ago, Hubby and I were in sitting in the bed, watching TV and sipping our morning coffee. He was flipping through the channels and just happened to stop on The 700 Club. Now, we don't normally watch this show. Not for any particular reason except that mornings are usually busy for us. But anywhoo, he paused and we saw Tony Snow. For those of you who may not know, Tony Snow, is the White House Press Secretary. Well, soon to be former White House Press Secretary. He has submitted his resignation this summer. You see, he's fighting colon cancer. Hubby and I have been of a fan of his for years. You know, back when he was on Fox News. Anyway, back to the interview . . . oh yes, they were interviewing Tony Snow and he was talking about the President -- about life at the White House, about how he'll miss being there and miss seeing those familiar faces. And then of course, the interviewer asked, "What about the cancer. Do you ever ask why me?" And then he answered, "Never. When I married my wife, I didn't ask why me. When I got the great job at Fox News, I didn't ask why me. When I got the job at the White House, I didn't ask why me. I didn't deserve any of those blessings. So, why would I ask why me now?" Wow, how profound. I often wonder if I were in that same situation, with cancer or some terminal disease, would I be praising God. Would I be giving God the glory in the midst of my storm. Would I trust the Lord God Almighty. I sometimes think of my selfish nature. Would I beg and plead with God to keep me here to watch my little babies grow, and spend nights cuddled in my husband's arms. I feel like I haven't had enough time with him or with my children. And yet, I know that the Lord has a plan. And then these verses came to mind:

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 says:

"Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

How true, how true! And I came to this conclusion, I'd rather be dying in the Lord's will than living outside of it.

May God give comfort to Tony Snow and the many others out there suffering with illness.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Update . . . 'er . . . something . . .

Ok, I'm too exhausted to blog! But a quick update on Hubby - he's doing well. He is staring to feel some pain, which is to be expected. He's limping around the house a little. But all in all, recovery is going very well.

Now I know what it feels like to have 3 children . . .

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wordless Wednesday (Baby Lulu)

Need I say more . . .

For more Wordless Wednesday, go here.

Update on my Hubby . . .

Well, it's Wednesday morning and Hubby is feeling pretty good. He had a very restful night. He has not had any pain so far (Praise the Lord!). I've got him tied to the bed for the day or else he'd take this "not feeling any pain" as a free ticket to get out of bed and go mow the lawn. But his doctor's instructions clearly say to keep the leg elevated for the first 48 hours. So, that's what he'll be doing. I've got some movies for him and he has his computer -- so, hopefully his time in bed will not be too boring. Thanks for your prayers and please continue to pray for his full recovery.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Update on my Hubby . . .

Well for those friends and family who might remember, my Hubby had his knee surgery this morning. We arrived at the hospital at 10 a.m. and they took him back for surgery around 11:30 a.m. The doctor was able to remove two pieces of cartilage that were loose and moving around within his knee. She also repaired some damage. She told me that he does have early arthritis setting into that right knee. But other than that, all is well and he is here at home recovering. Please pray that he will have a restful night and his pain will not be too bad. We're hoping for a speedy recovery. The doctor said that he is in such good health, that she doesn't anticipate any problems. I'll keep you updated! With love - S

I Remember . . .

I remember. Lord, wrap your arms around America. May we turn from our ways and see you, the light. May the comfort and peace that only our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with the families and friends of those who were affected by this horrific tragedy.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Maddy!

Well, it's officially Maddy1's 2nd birthday today! I can't believe it!

The party was so much fun! I can easily say that we all had a great time. So, without further ado, here are some pictures:

Don't you just love this Mickey Mouse balloon -- it's taller than her!

Here is the lovely fruit basket. Not bad for my first! I learned a lot and will post some instructions on how I did it and some of the tricks that I learned in the process of creating it.

This is the Mickey Mouse cupcake cake! Notice the cupcakes are in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head and ears. I find that cupcakes are ALOT easier at this age!

Even Baby Lulu enjoyed the party!

Maddy sharing her cupcake with Daddy!

Mommy, Maddy and Ma!

So, as you can see, looks like it all went off without a hitch.

To my precious Madison, my first baby girl. Momma can't believe how much you've grown. What a big girl you are! Never could I imagine the little girl that you have become. So . . . well, loud :-) But in a good way most of the time. You are your own person and I've learned that even at this young age, no one is going to change that. You're loving, affectionate, bull headed . . . you've got a smile and giggle for everyone. You're persistent and strong willed and I know these traits will serve you well when you are older. To my little baby girl, I love you more than you will ever know.

Thank you Lord for entrusting us with this little girl. I pray that Hubby and I will be able to raise her in your way with your guidance. I pray for patience . . . for knowledge . . . for understanding and for wisdom. Help her to know how much she is loved.

Happy 2nd Birthday Madison!