My brother in law Tony helping the poor

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Find Perfect Love this Valentine's Day!

As Valentine's Day approaches I wanted to write to you about what I believe love truly means.  There is love here on earth but then there is perfect love.  

I remember growing up in a very small house with 7 brothers and sisters and having no one to talk to.  We can be surrounded by folks 24/7 and still feel isolated.  Why?  Because we have not loved.  I have always believed that I was a little bit different, even as a kid I would rather spend my playtime in church after school praying while all the other kids were on the playground.  I went there to find peace and feel loved.  My home was always buzzing with people and arguements and work of some kind, so I relished the peacefulness of my prayer life.  I believe that sometimes when we feel isolated it is because God is inviting us to seek Him. 

For most of us, we don't feel alive unless we are out with our friends or being thought of by someone. One of the nicest gifts I have been given is the peace I receive from spending time in solitude.  Since I have always been "different," it stands to reason that people may not always understand me or be able to relate to me.  I have a few close girl friends from when I was growing up that have always loved and understood me.  I never have to try and please them or to be someone special around them.  We are just comfortable with one another, but other than a few close friends, I think that many of us feel alone or isolated...and I respect that now.  I actual am happy to be able to be alone...with God.  Maybe you feel the same?  If so, rejoice!  God has called you out of the chaos and drama of those who relish living for themselves.  He has called YOU to Himself, to spend your "playtime" with Him.  Wow, how special is that? 

I am eternally grateful for those people in my life who have loved me unconditionally, I am truly blessed.  But I am even more grateful for those people whom have allowed me to love them, because....

1 Corinthians 13

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Something to BLOG about:

So, my 16 year old son, Nicholas, finally earned his driver's license!  Believe me when I tell you he "earned" it.  I have always felt a little bit sorry for my kids because they have me for their mother, and here is a good example of why.....

Six months ago my son wanted me to take to him to get his driving temps.  Since I have a more flexible schedule I told him when I got back from my trip to Florida that I would take him.  So the very next day after I got home Nick came home from school and said, "ok, let's go!"  So without further ado we jumped into the car, drove out to Mayfield, and went after a temporary license.  Nick had studied hard and was anxious to take the written test but when we got up to the counter to pay, etc. the clerk asked me for my driver's...uh, MY license, um, let's see, I know it's here somewhere...just give me a minute.  Needless to say, I remembered that I had left it in my purse I took to Florida!  Smoke was coming out of Nick's ears but he restrained himself.  We were turned away.  A few days later, with my wallet in hand, Nick passed the written test.  Phew.

Then it came time to schedule the actual driving test.  The first time he flunked (sorry Nick), the second time we had a major snow storm and had to cancel, after all, three is a charm, right?  Not for me it isn't!  We went back to Mayfield to take the test and on our way there I joked with Nick, "so, how mad would you be if I forget my license again?"  "Pretty ticked off!" he replied.   So we pull up to the cones where he was about to take the menueverability test and all of a sudden the instructor calls me over, "excuse me ma'am, but I can not let him take the test today," he said.  "Why the h-e-double toothpicks not (I wanted to say)?"  "Are you aware that your license plates expired 3 months ago?"  I wanted to scream!

Embarrassed, I slithered into the driver's seat and began to drive my poor, dejected son home once again.  We sat in silence for a while but I could see he was furious.  Nick has a way of being able to bite his tongue. So I broke the silence and said the stupidest thing I could have said, "well, you didn't seem that interested in getting your license anyway."  Nick hit the roof.  "Are you kidding me?  You screw everything up.  First you forget your driver's license, you mess up our appointments and now you have plates that expired 3 months ago, you better get your shit together!  It was so funny that as soon as I looked at him he both busted out laughing.  If you know Nick, you know he does not explode too often.  He is so laid back.

That's not the end of the story.  So on our way home we turned down a street close to our house and all of a sudden the flashers are in my rearview mirror.  "What the h-e-double hocky sticks," I said again.  The police officer approaches my window and says, "do you know you are a hard person to get a hold of?"  "Why are you looking for me?" I replied.  Then he begins to tell me my plates expired 3 months ago...yada yada.  I tell him what just happened, yada yada.  He goes back to his car and I turn to Nick and say, "you know he's not going to give me a ticket."  Nick was still fuming and exclaimed that if he didn't give me a ticket he's an idiot.

I didn't get a ticket.

The moral of this story?

Don't expect your kids to be perfect unless you are perfect.  Oh, and girls hate to take care of their cars or anything having to do with cars.

If you are wondering if/when he finally got the license.  A week later I took him to the Garfield location (we got their an hour early because I messed up on the time) and he passed with flying colors!  CONGRATULATIONS NICHOLAS!  I'm proud of you!  Now where did I put my keys???