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Readin’…ritin’…and reeoowwwrrr…

The monsters took their reading placement tests today.  Apparently the lady was kind of shocked.  Bubba scored in the 4th grade range.  Lullibell tested at the highest fifth grade range in less than ten minutes…I think this might make it difficult for them to place them in a class to challenge them.  The current reading choices in the monster realm right now are, for Bubba-Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, and for Lullibell-well, honestly she just finished the third book in the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series and she has finished all of the books that I bought for her at the beginning of the summer.  I think I need to join some kind of book exchange or something for her.

The cool thing about Lullbell today was that she told me she was REALLY excited about the first day of school this year.  This is really not like her.  I am not sure what this means except maybe she is tired of being home with me all day.

My summer reading has hit a stall.  I am trying to finish all of the Inkheart books.  I have not enjoyed them immensely.  They are tedious to read, sad and altogether cumbersome to carry around.  I miss the days of spending the whole summer reading everything I could by, oh I don’t know, Stephen King or something!  Not sure why I chose these tomes to bog down my summer but I think it had something to do with watching fifth graders check them out and actually read them that made me think it would be a cinch!

And now for the catty part of my post.  Why can’t people just be happy for each other and just move on?  I mean, when somebody has been struggling to find a job for almost a year and they finally get one why can’t people be excited for them, let them do their job and not covet what they have to the point of making them miserable?

Here is my advice for the one being tormented.  Do your job.  Be the best you can at your job.  Let the other people fall on their faces because they are more obvious than you think-people will see them for what they are and you will look better for it in the long run.  Don’t go out of your way to spend time with these idiots.  And don’t expend any energy in thinking about what they think about you!

Analysis paralysis

I got everything on my list from yesterday done except for the poster paint and stuff to decorate Flat Bubba. That will happen today. It felt good to stop thinking about things and actually do them. I know that the biggest part of my paralysis is the thinking. I need to act but I all I can do is just think. And worry.

My goals for today:

  1. Get the paint.
  2. Take Maverick to the groomer.
  3. set up a time to pick up the car top carrier that I found yesterday.
  4. take a load of the stuff that we are taking with us to Miss E’s house.
  5. decorate Flat Bubba.

I suppose I should explain Flat Bubba. For the Prekindergarten graduation they are going to decorate the room with poster board renditions of each child that the families decorate. I just took to calling the cut out Bubba sized piece of paper Flat Bubba after the 1964 children’s book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. It is a story about a little boy who gets flattened by a cork board and travels the world by mailing himself from place to place!

Bubba’s new best friend

Bubba has a new best friend! He is a bit small but unlike the rest of Bubba’s friends he doesn’t have to yell at the top of his lungs to get a word in conversations!

Here is the picture I took of him and Bubba together.

His name is Hand or Blabber Mouth depending on when you ask Bubba. And here is Bubba’s new friend, Hand, all close up.

Cutie that he is…When I took the picture Bubba said, “Did he blink?” With all seriousness. I couldn’t help but laugh! He did this all by himself without any help from me…smart little monster.

And we got prezzies from Daddy today  too!!!  Books for me and the monsters and a great new chachki to show off my Hokie Spirit!

Thanks Daddy…We love you!

Mary, love, and grace

In my ladies book and Bible study the other day we read a story called “Love Casts Out Fear”. It was a short story written about Mary Magdalene and her trip to the tomb on Easter Morning. The story describes Mary’s fear of being arrested for tending to Jesus’ body, her deep sadness at seeing his body broken and bleeding, the first time she met Jesus, and his appearance to her first after His death.

According to this story, their first meeting took place on a day when Mary was suffering terribly. The seven “demons” that were possessing her were in full force that day and she had broken free of those tending to her. At this point Mary was the lowest of the low in society, a woman, and a sick one at that. Mary was contemplating hurling herself into the well in the town when Jesus saw her, wiped the blood from her face and cast out the demons. After that, Mary became what some call the disciple to the disciples.

For me Mary is the ultimate example of why God sent His son to us. The first person to see Jesus alive on the first Easter morning was Mary. Before Mary women had very low position in religion. And now, the Son of God is appearing to a woman and asking her to spread His message first. Before this no one uttered the name of God because it was too holy and above the common man. Jesus brought the grace and love of His Father to everyone. I don’t need to go to a priest or rabbi or whatever to converse with my God. He is always right there available to me. Open to me.

And I don’t need holy relics. The history is there to be seen. Much of what is written can be backed up with archaeological data. That’s great. I find all of that very interesting and fun to learn about, read about and study but it is not a necessary part of my spirituality. I can accept much on faith. And I can do this because I have felt the grace and love that is what God gave me when Jesus appeared to Mary on the first Easter morning.

aaahhh the meek shall inherit….

Well this one is for VTHemi. Not sure what to say here brother except that not only did I get sorted into Hufflepuff but I think I may belong there. In my old age I think I have mellowed. The second highest score I got would have put me into Griffindor (and when Lullibell took the test she was a Griffindor! Bubba was too busy.)

At least I look good in purple and yellow but I’m not sure about the mascot-is that an armadillo?!?!?!

The sorting hat says that I belong in Hufflepuff!
Said Hufflepuff, “I’ll teach the lot, and treat them just the same.”

Hufflepuff students are friendly, fair-minded, modest, and hard-working. A well-known member was Cedric Diggory, who represented Hogwarts in the most recent Triwizard Tournament.

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Haiku Friday: A new book

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New book for monsters-
Zen Shorts, author John J. Muth.
Panda tells stories.

Zen-meditation.
Stillwater teaches monsters
to live with others.

New books for monsters-
beautiful gifts and time spent
together in peace!

Stay spiritual and don’t worry

Last week was the beginning of the Lenten study for the women’s bible group I belong to. The title of the study is Attentiveness: being present. It is part of a larger series of called A study of Christian Character in Community.

While I am not a fan of the format for a large series like this I have a found some parts of this study to be wonderfully spiritual. The part of the study that I have done so far is called Lectio Divina. Briefly described in the text as “praying the scriptures” it is a 5 step process to give the reading your entire attention. Silence yourself, read the passage silently and/or aloud, meditate on a word or phrase from the scripture reading, pray for transformation through the word or phrase, and finally rest silently-just be.

One of the first passages that I did this with was Matthew 6:25-34. This is the Lillies of the valley passage. These verses advise us not to worry. The flowers and birds around us don’t worry and they are provided for so why do we worry. I think part of what is being said in this passage is that while it is okay to plan ahead, to live in tomorrow is very damaging to our spirit.

I had read this passage before. Alot. The page is dog eared at the top and bottom. The passage is highlighted in a big block of yellow. There is underlining in a couple of different inks. Notes scribbled in the margins. I have it in my list of scriptures that are important to me in the back of my bible. I guess I think about worry alot.

The thing I had never noticed or processed or whatever you want to callit is the very last sentence of the very last verse: “Each day has enough worry of its own.”

Funny how that has been highlighted for me this week.

No showings of my house last week or over the weekend. Should I worry? It wouldn’t do any good if I did. Very sick little girl in Bubba’s class. Should I worry? Nope. Bubba contracts one of the illnesses the little girl had, impetigo. Should I worry? Nope-we spent 3 hours in the ER on Tuesday just to get the scrip for his medicine. No worries. Except we were no where near gonna make it to pick up Lullibell from school on time and all of my fall back pick up people were out of town or sick or moved away. No worries-called the fabulous Trish to pick Lulli up when she picked up her kids. Lulli had a marvelous time with them. No worries. On Wednesday we had in-line hockey and a showing. No worries. In the mean time Lullibell locked her guitar in the bathroom to keep it away from Bubba. Never mind that she didn’t think far enough ahead as to how we would get the door open when we needed in said BATHROOM. Tried my lock picking skill on that one. Still couldn’t get it open (damaged pride). Finally we took the door knob off and got in. No worries.

Sometimes it just gets to the point where you have to laugh about it all or you end up crying about it!

But no worrying!!!

“Each day has enough worries of its own” has become my mantra this week. A kind of slow down and take it a little at a time-instead of running in and bulling through life!