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Thursday, 6 January 2011
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
You're Invited to a Birthday Party!
Topic: BCM International
A birthday party for BCM International that is! It's their 75th Birthday and they are having celebrations all over the world. They are producing a video to tell everyone all about it, and they have sent this as a preview of what's to come.
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Random Acts of Culture - Have You Seen These?
I first heard about these a couple of months ago. I don't know if it is an organized thing or whether one group did it and it took off from there, but it seems to be happening all over the country. If you check out YouTube, you will find a lot of them. Seemingly innocent shoppers or travelers will all of a sudden convene at some point and begin singing. What the other shoppers don't know is that these people are actually part of a symphony choir and that they (the other shoppers) are experiencing what is called a "Random Act of Culture". Here's one video of the Silicon Valley Symphony Choir performing Amazing Grace and another piece. Notice at the beginning the choir members are just wandering about with their shopping bags and then slowly come together and begin singing. At the end, they just disperse like nothing happened. Notice the faces of the onlookers. Priceless. As I said, you can find many of these from around the country by searching "Random Acts of Culture" on YouTube. Have fun!
Monday, 3 January 2011
We Interrupt This Program to Give You The Following Special Report!
Mood: don't ask
What would I be blogging about tonight if I were at home? If is the key word here. It seems that there is something wrong with our brakes and we are stuck at Grandma's house.
Not the worst place to be stuck. I do enjoy it here. We did have to miss two doctor's visits today for two of the boys. We canceled therapy tomorrow because we aren't home. We are expecting a couple of letters from a couple of our Compassion International kids. I didn't bring a single homeschool book with me because I thought we would be back by today. We had to cancel Bible Club for tomorrow at the mission because we didn't know if we could get home. Come to think of it, maybe I'm not so happy we are stuck here.
Don't worry. I know. God has a reason for everything. I'm not really complaining too loudly. If I were my font might be something more along this line. After all, things could be a lot worse. We could be stuck in a motel someplace - at least we have Grandma's nice comfortable house to stay in. We could have no vehicle to get around in at all - at least we have Grandma's van to get places if we need to. We could be broke - we aren't rich but God has supplied us with some extra money this month. We could have not caught the brakes until something serious happened - at least we are all safe. Thank you Lord for caring for us and supplying for all of our needs.
So, what would I be blogging about if I were at home. Well, to be quite honest. I have a review for the TOS Homeschool Crew due today. Obviously if I didn't bring a single homeschool book with me, I don't have the item we are supposed to be reviewing. I could probably write the review without the item, but it wouldn't be a really good one. We actually have a couple of days grace period if, for some reason, we can't get a review done right on the exact day that we are supposed to so I have a little wiggle room. I'm hoping we get home before the grace period is up so please don't tell Brenda or Heidi from TOS yet! Ssshhhhhhh! I promise it will get done!
So, what has your day been like? How has God blessed you today? What are some prayer requests that you have? Remember, before complaining, to count your blessings. Things might not be fun, but if you begin to think about all of the ways that God has provided and blessed then it takes a little of the sting away. Don't forget - God is good all of the time! Talk to you again tomorrow.
Sunday, 2 January 2011
My Diatribe - Take it or Leave it!
Mood: not sure
Okay! Before I begin the diatribe let me tell you right up front. I love animals. We have two cats and a dog that we adore. In fact, even as I write this, our dog is asleep beside me. I hate animal abuse. I will speak out against it if I see it. I wanted to be a zoo keeper when I was little. God created all things and I think we should care for them. I think pets are a very useful part of society. Have I made myself clear. I love animals!
Now, for the diatribe part. I get angry at animal cruelty commercials on television. It's not that I think that something shouldn't be done for the animals, it's just that I like to put things into perspective. I like to prioritize things. When I see those animal commercials do you know what I see?
And I wonder.
Even as I sit here and type this there is that twinge of doubt. I worry that maybe I'm taking this too far. Until I see video's like this:
Yes, there are those that give to both human and animal humane agencies. Yes, there is a place for animal activists. Somehow, though, I wonder if the scales are tilted the wrong way. Do we spend enough resources and enough time helping children and adults who, by no fault of their own, were born someplace outside of the great United States?
Do you realize how lucky you are to have been born in this great country or in another wealthy area of the world? God could just as easily have plopped you into a family that lives in a village of Indonesia that still gets its drinking water from the same river that they wash their clothes and bathe in. Or maybe a family that lives in a mosquito/malaria infected part of Africa. Perhaps He could have put you in a family that lives in a cardboard box at the edge of a garbage dump in South America.
I know. I know. Now I'm beginning to sound like one of those commercials. Now I'm the one laying on the guilt. I don't mean to. I really don't care if you give to an animal activist group. That's your business anyway. I only ask that think about balancing your giving. Try to think of humans. Oh, we could discuss whether or not it's their fault that they are in the situation they are in. That's all for another post. I can tell you, though, that no one picks the family that they were born in. No one picks the village or the conditions that they were born into. If you think the adults can get out of the situation they are in, remember that the children can't. Think of them. Give to and help charities or organizations of your choice. If you need some ideas, click on one of the hi-lighted links above.
Thanks for reading my diatribe. I really do hope that you all have a fantastic new year!