Huge news from our family... We bought a house!
What's up friends? I've got this cool thing to tell you about.
Apparently there is an internet award given by bloggers to bloggers. You know, share the love, build the community kind of thing. I dig that. I love it when people support others in the same field... the world needs more builder-uppers and less selfish buttheads.
Sorry, I was beginning to digress there.
The award is known as The Liebster Award. And I am so happy to accept the nomination from Breeana (Momming with Grace).
What is good? What is evil? They are a lot like beauty - in the eye of the beholder. In the real world, it's important to look beyond the surface to find the good and bad apples.
There are plenty of people who look shiny, perfect, blessed and happy, but when you open them up, some are the most rotten apples. These apples will tell you all sorts of wonderful and kind things to your face. But their behavior will not match their words. They will behave one way in front of some people and do a 180 when around a different group. In front of some, they will have nothing but kind words for you, honey flowing from their lips, praise and love for all to see; privately they will hardly open their door to receive you.
Then there are the apples that fell off the tree long ago. They are bruised; they've been kicked around. They do not sparkle. These apples are rough and tough. They are harder to cut open. Because these apples won't kiss your butt or shower you with constant flattery, some people won't even bother to pick them up. These apples are quieter than the first group. They often appear rude because they sit silently and observe.
People are quick to judge. And the first apple is often dubbed the good one.
I have a connection to the latter group. Give me fallen apples any day. I, myself, definitely fall into that group. I do not show my core easily. You have to earn that. Shiny apples refer to us as cynical or mean. I disagree. I am not cynical, I just might not like you. I choose to be real. My life is not perfect, but I do not feel the need to project a perfect image. I know plenty of cynical shiny apples... shiny apples sometimes make their Facebook posts pessimistic as a way to have others compliment them, shower them with affection, buff them (to extend the analogy).
So, what to do?
Books teach us that the true character of a person reveals itself through actions. Character is what a person is like when he/she does not think anyone is watching. No one is perfect. I have yet to meet a single perfect, sinless apple.
I tell my kids to watch and listen - pick apples who do kind things (without seeking recognition for it), pick apples who are honest, do NOT pick apples based solely on what they project to the world. And most important, it is ok to put an apple down and walk away if you feel you made a bad choice.
This week's throwback is Rea, when she was 4. I love this smiley face.
I took this picture on the way to school one morning. Her W.O.W. (3-yr-old program) class was having a book character day... And my (way-ahead-of-her-time) cutie dressed as Hermoine from Harry Potter. She was not phased at all that every other girl was dressed as something princessy and frilly. She has always known what she likes, and she is not afraid to be unique. That is one of the things I love the most about Rea.
Do you ever feel like life is getting away from you?
Like you're trying to hold on, pay attention to the small things, accomplish all you can in each day... yet, they seem to be blowing by?
I'm not unhappy. Quite the opposite. Things are wonderful in the Stu household (knock on wood). It just seems like some aspects of my life are moving at a snail's pace (like the afternoons when R & R decide they can't stand each other) and other parts are whizzing by me (I feel like it was just Christmas, but we are well into March).
When was the last time I wrote a post for this site? One of my New Year's Resolutions was to write (and post) twice a week, at minimum. Broke that already. Although, did I really break it if I was busy on another site? I mean, technically I have been writing...
I've also been teaching... you know, that whole homeschool thing.
I've also been editing... something I love that makes Stu happy.
But, that's about it. I think those things sums up my life.
I look at a lot of blogs and websites. It's a mild obsession. Mostly though I like to read about what other Mommies are doing, it makes me feel like less of an island.
Anyway. Somewhere along my blog search, I found a blogger who posts a "Wordless Wednesday" post each week. It's just a post full of photos. No words.
I thought that's kind of interesting.
I feel like my life is a series of "Wow, what a week!"s.
I must utter that more than any other phrase.
This month (last half of October and first part of November) has been such a whirlwind of emotions. I have been riding an insane roller coaster.
It's been great to have Rea home, and I (so far) have really enjoyed bonding and teaching her. I pray it continues.
Mostly right now I am thinking about the country though. This is not a political website. I don't like to really share my political opinions with many people - I was raised to hold my votes dear and play them close to the chest. When I was growing up, people didn't talk about who they were voting for... Teachers didn't give their political opinions... My parents voted, but we never discussed the candidates or positions... I never knew the political affiliation of any of my friends or their parents.
I wish it was like that again.
I liked not knowing.
Because, does it really matter? Do you like me less if you know who I voted for? Do you truly think that I am a [insert slanderous term] because I chose to vote a certain way?
Can I ask you why? Maybe you don't feel/think/react that way. But, if you do, why is that the conclusion you jump to? Why aren't we, as a collective, celebrating our FREEDOM to choose? Why aren't we proud to have the opportunity to choose the candidate we want? When did diversity and difference of opinion become racist, sexist, ignorant, intolerant, rude, wrong, etc.?
We are in the midst of hurricane season (June 1-December 1). And we just had a close call with a category 4... way too close for my comfort, thank goodness for the wobble.
Because I have hurricanes on the brain, I thought I'd share some preparation tips and thoughts for you. Maybe something here will come in handy for the next time.
We try to always have several cases of water at the house. But, when a storm is in view, I like to grab an extra or two. And I get a couple gallon jugs too.
In 2004, our section of Florida got hit repeatedly by storms and I realized what a commodity milk is. It took at least a month for milk to reappear in the store coolers. This time I made sure to have two extra gallons on hand.
It is impossible to know how long the power will be out when a hurricane (or tropical storm) rolls through. So, make sure you are stocking your kitchen with items that do not need to be cooked.... or things that can be cooked on the grill. I made sure the freezer in the garage was full of meat (we could thaw and grill chicken, burgers, hot dogs, even steak). I also ordered a lot of lunch meat. The plan was to keep the lunch meat in a cooler, with the bread and condiments. Remember, it's best to keep the fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible when the power is out. A cooler is excellent for things you want to grab multiple times.
Family & Life
Nothing super fancy here. Probably not life changing either. But you might enjoy a peek into our world.