Trying to raise my kids the best I can

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Thanksgiving is practically here and Christmas is around the corner and I'm just thrilled because I love this season. I've got the Christmas cards ready to go. I've got an idea of what I'm going to get nearly everyone and I'm so excited to decorate this Friday -tree and all.

I have added an Amazon wish list link to the top of this blog - not to make anyone feel compelled to get me something, but rather to help anyone who is wondering "what the heck should I get Deena for Christmas". It's mostly nursing texts, which might seem like a bore to you, but believe me I would be thrilled to get a nursing text because I am so anxious to start studying.

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

My kids' school

First, an aside... I was thinking about another thing they don't teach in public schools any more, which is diagraming sentences. It has fallen by the wayside like cursive. I know it's not a critical skill, but I think it makes it easier to write clearly. So last night I had a dream that I was subbing for a first grade class and I was teaching them all about adjectives.

Anyway, tomorrow I have a meeting with my fourth grader's teacher. I kind of feel like I owe her an apology because I think I make it more difficult to teach. I sent her a note saying that he will not be doing her math homework any more, but instead my own math program because of his unacceptable MCAS scores. At the same time I feel like I am owed an apology from the person who chose that horrible curriculum.

I guess deep down I still think I should homeschool, it's just not the right time, as I balance my own school and work. :-(

Ok, update... My husband and I went to the school, got to watch the kids' classrooms, talked with the principal, and talked with my 4th grader's teacher. It went very well. I'm always very impressed by what I see when I actually go in. Also I tried apologizing to her but she said "Don't apologize for being an advocate for your child", so obviously she understands where I'm coming from and doesn't take any of this personal. There is no "solution" to the math issue other than me supplementing like I've been doing. So that's about it for now, but at least I feel a little more at peace about everything.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

A smorgasborg

Lot's of little stuff to share with you. First a funny joke from my pastor (Answer at the end of post).
Q. How do you make God laugh?

I saw the most adorable thing in church today. There was this beyond-cute lily-white three year old girl who was cradling in her arm her little black doll. What a beautiful spirit of love for all people her parents are instilling in her.

I've never shared my theory with you, of who the anti-Chirst will be. In Revolation 13:18 it says "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." So my theory is that if you add up the first three digits of his Social Security number it will be 6. Then add the next two numbers and you'll get 6 and then add the last four numbers and you'll get 6.

Yesterday I had a good day. I got CPR certified on the "Health Care Provider" level which makes me so proud 'cuz, yeah, that's what I am (soon anyway), a HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.

I also went to the chiropractor for the first time (minor ailments) and he said that I have very big hips and asked how my births were and I told him that my last baby was 10 lbs 4 ounces and he said that I probably wouldn't have been able to give birth to a baby that big if I didn't have hips like that. And I said "You mean I have good birthing hips?" And he said yes. And I told him he made my week. And he did.

My son's state test scores came back and it was a wake up call for me. When I first brought him to the public school, remember I was giving the teacher a hard time because I thought the math curriculum was crap?
Well I grew complacent and I let her teach him that crap for the past year and a half and guess what? His math scores, as well as the ENTIRE SCHOOL'S test scores really SUCKED. (In the "Need Improvement" catagory). So, like I said, that's a wake up call. I was right from the beginning and I need to get back on that. I need to teach him myself. Or something. I'm not exactly sure what.

I had an idea that I think would improve American churches. Most churches these days are involved in countless ministries and charities and there is always this collection or that one. But so much of it goes "Out" into the community and the REAL church community is neglected. I mean, church goers themselves have real needs and problems that need to be addressed. A great example of this was years ago when my church did a "project angel tree" where gifts were collected for children of prisoners. My husband was in prison at the time and I kept thinking "No one is giving a gift to my children". It just seemed like shallow Christianity. You give just to make yourself feel better but not actually try to address the needs of your neighbor sitting in the pew next to you. So my idea is that instead of countless ministries, the church just keeps a running list of needs for SPECIFIC People inside and outside the church. Here is what I envision the list looking like:

Someone in our congregation needs two coats for children, sizes 9 and 4
A single mom in our congregation needs an occasional volunteer babysitter to relieve her for errands
Someone outside of our congregation is looking for a cheap or free place to stay
Someone in our congregation needs a ride to the doctor every Wednesday.
Someone outside of the congregation needs some meals delivered during a temporary family crisis.

So you see, this would open up so much more opportunities for serving people, instead of the shallow giving that most American churches engage in. Just my two cents.

A. Tell Him your plan.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

funny Weird Al


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Drastic Measures for my addiction

My name is Deena. I am a Gentle-Christian-Mothers addict. Yes, I admit it. My Bible and school books gather dust. My loved ones miss me. And all because I can't stop talking to my online friends at Gentle Christian Mothers. So I have taken drastic measures. I have changed the password to the site and now I can only get in if my husband or sister-in-law lets me in. It is the only way. I have no will power.
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