My favorite quotes, songs and stories

Change Vitamins

I listened to this audio 3 times in a row this morning. So much good in there!

When you feel My Spirit moving you toward a change that is particularly difficult for you, strive to see it as I do. A time of change is exceptionally precious to Me. It is when I desire to pour forth My grace and love in double measure. I treasure the closeness with you during the times when you need Me the most.

Change can be painful at times, but it will be less so if you choose to embrace it and give yourself wholly to it. It is only when unyieldedness or resistance takes hold that change is seen as something to be dreaded or as something that will cost too much and isn’t worth the price. I can assure you, though, that change which I ask of you is always worth the price. There is nothing that I will ask you to give up or to change that I will not work together for your good.

To realize the true benefits of change, you must not only pass through the portal of change, but you must let the spirit of Change work in your spirit, mind, and heart.

Just as you anticipate receiving a gift from someone you love, this is how I want you to anticipate change. Change is a gift from Me, because I love you.

about the kids

End of the quarter/year school grades

Jordan:
Reading-1 book: 91%
Math-1 book: 93%
LA-1 book: 94%

Whole year average (CLE first grade is set up to take up to 18 months rather than the usual 12, so we started 6 months early, so technically they are only starting first grade now :D)
Reading-5 books: 91%
Math-2 books: 95%
LA-1 book: 94%

Total: 8 books: 93%

Cherise:

Bible-3 books: 95%
LA-3 books: 94%
Spelling: 93%
Reading-3 books: 96%
Math-3 books: 92%
Science-2 books: 92%
Social Studies-2 books: 93%

Whole Year Average:
Bible-11 books: 95%
LA-11 books: 94%
Spelling: 92%
Reading-11 books: 92%
Math-10 books: 95%
Science-7 books: 92%
Social Studies-6 books: 87%

Total-55 books: 92%

Charlotte:
Bible-2 books: 94%
LA-4 books: 92%
Spelling: 89%
Math-3 books: 92%
Reading-2 books: 96%
Science-3 books: 93%
Social Studies-3 books: 93%

Whole Year Average:
Bible-10 books: 94%
LA-12 books: 92%
Spelling: 89%
Reading-7 books: 96%
Math-12 books: 92%
Science-11 books: 93%
Social Studies-9 books: 93%

Total-60 books: 93%

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I just knew it!

Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

Slashdot,September 03, 2009

“The Telegraph reports that men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive. This leads to speculation that men use up so much of their brain function or ‘cognitive resources’ trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks. Psychologists at Radboud University in The Netherlands carried out the study after one of them was so struck on impressing an attractive woman he had never met before, that he could not remember his address when she asked him where he lived. Researchers recruited 40 male heterosexual students and had each one perform a standard memory test. The volunteers then spent seven minutes chatting to male or female members of the research team before repeating the test. The results showed that men were slower and less accurate after trying to impress the women. The more they fancied them, the worse their score.”

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Zee Piano Must Go Up!

It was a good day for making French Onion Soup, at least I thought so, anyway. We didn’t need the soup, but we needed plenty of onions for dinner, so I had my excuse. I was tired, frustrated, and quite honestly didn’t know how I’d pick up the pieces and start over again after yet another mistake—that unintentional action that I seem so good at performing. Of course, mistakes are a part of life, one can learn from them, and all that, provided one could pick themselves up, brush themselves off, and start afresh. I’m not really sure why I felt too tired just then to even want to get up and try again. Maybe it was because I hate to hurt people, and my intentions aren’t to hurt anyone, I just have a knack for saying or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Interestingly enough, as I was sniffing away in the kitchen with my bowl full of freshly peeled onions, I caught a strain from the Veggie Tales show the sick kids were watching in the next room. It was that funny story about the piano, narrated by the French Peas. The only words said the whole time are “Zee piano must go up!” “Oh, yes, it must!”. Three workers have to get a piano up a huge flight of stairs, but just as they reach the top each time, someone clumsily knocks it all the way down. One by one, the other workers drop out, as they’re too tired and discouraged. Larry (bless his heart), won’t give up, though, and manages to get it to the top by himself, and of course is the only one to get the reward.

So, what do I do? I smile at the French Peas and their command, wash my face and decide that come what may, lying here at the bottom of those daunting steps isn’t going to do me much good. Zee piano must go up, and no matter how many times I fall along the way, I’ve just got to keep trying. Of course, thankfully, I’m not alone. I took a few minutes to pray, calm my spirit, and listen to the ‘Still Small Voice’, the One Who’s never let me down, and soon I had regained that inner strength that compelled me to keep going. Yeh, I know, I’ll fall again, but next time, I’ll try to remember the final goal.

Travels

Another trip into the Sunderbans

This time I had the chance to go with the team to deliver food packages to a village affected by Aila. It went very well, the team of volunteers were great, and the people there so grateful for the food. More details to come, just a few pix for now, am waiting on some more from other cameras.

ailarelief1It was hard work, was on my feet for hours, but was so worth it. Thank the Lord, my heart behaved that day and I only felt it mildly. Still catching up on rest, though, it’s far away so left early and were back late.

sunderban1High tide on our way to the village. By the time we were done, the tide was out and we got to walk through the clay mud up to our knees! It was definitely a worthwhile experience and lots of laughs as we had to wash off our legs once we got onto the boat.

sunderban2The walls that separate the islands with villages from the river. Many of these were destroyed completely and some are still not completely repaired meaning that with all the monsoon, there’s more flooding.

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Cute Kids

Every day, I thank the Lord for the kids and every day they do something or other to make me smile. This one was kind of unusual, so I thought I’d share it:
All the kids love to play charades, especially with Bible characters. Charlotte chose Namaan one time and needed a prop: Jordan! She laid him on the floor and proceeded to ‘dip’ behind him until someone guessed. I laughed and laughed so hard; how do they think of these things?