Monday, March 31, 2008

Can't wait

Well, we've taken the plung and bought a camper! We are extremely excited about this and cannot wait to go camping for a few days. When we can actually go is anybody's guess. This week the kids have SAT's. Maybe the next week - that'd be nice. We really enjoy getting away from it all and hanging out, taking it easy. I know some of you won't consider being in a camper being away from it all, but the "all" I mean is the everyday routine and telemarketers!



Our favorite place to go camping is Little Mountain Marina. This is a really nice place with two swimming pools, putt-putt, the river, playground, even hot tubs! They have Sunday church services and children's church. One of my favorite memories from there is attending the church service and worshipping with total strangers but feeling as if we were family! It's so cool how the body of Christ can do that.

On our first outing this year we hope to go to Fall Creek Falls. That is my happy place! It is absolutely beautiful. The last and only time we went was when the leaves had changed colors and it was perfect temperature wise. I'm sure it's just as lovely in the spring; hopefully I'll find out soon.

If any of you enjoy camping, let me know and maybe we can work out a group camping weekend. We did this one year with several friends from church. It was really nice getting to know them better and enjoying God's creation together.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

a little bit of nostalgia



I really enjoy music. Most people do, I suppose. There are multiple types of music, so everyone's tastes can be pretty well satisfied. I personally enjoy music from the 70's and 80's era. After the 80's I think that the quality of music went downhill! Growing up I listened to what my mom listened to, of course. Her favorites and mine include Linda Ronstadt, Rita Coolidge, Doobie Brothers, and later on Alabama, just to name a few. I still have the albums and play them often. I remember during the early 80's the Urban Cowboy craze. My mom, my step-dad and I all wore cowboy hats, boots, and jeans. We went to tractor pulls, rodeos - it was hilarious! We had a ball, though. I have so many wonderful memories growing up. I suppose that's why I still enjoy the music from those days.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

don't be a cry baby!



In case you're wondering where I've been, I had a relapse with the flu. I thought I had kicked the virus, but it showed me and kicked me extra hard Saturday night! I have been in bed until now. This being sick stuff - and I mean really sick - is for the dogs! Which reminds me of the saying "sick as a dog". I'm sure you've heard that phrase before. It has never made much sense to me, so I googled it just now. It still doesn't make sense, though. I will say that when my dog is sick it's disgusting. She can't vomit just once, it has to be multiple times and usually on the carpet of all places! I guess that's the reason for the expression "sick as a dog". So now I'm thinking of other sayings/phrases/quotes and I thought I would share my favorites with you:

  • ugly as sin (or home made sin if REALLY ugly!)
  • can't never could
  • don't have a conniption fit!
  • excuse my French
  • fair to middling (what does this mean anyway?)
  • good Lord willing and the creek don't rise
  • hit by an ugly stick
  • jerk a knot in ya
  • scat cat your tail's on fire! (Granny used this to scare cats off her property)
  • I wouldn't give you a plug nickel
  • I don't trust him/her as far as I can throw him/her
  • I'll knock you clear into next week! (Mom used to say this to me)
  • that's a knee slapper! (My Papa would say this a lot)
  • pretty as a picture (Granny used this one)
  • for crying out loud!
  • too big for your britches
  • wake up and smell the coffee
  • well slap me naked and hide my clothes (I've never used this one, but it's funny!)
  • don't have a cow!
  • "I'll think about that tomorrow" (Scarlet O'Hara)
  • "fiddle dee dee" (Scarlet O'Hara)
  • "Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid" (John Wayne)
  • "Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles" (Miguel de Cervantes)
  • "great balls of fire" (Scarlet O'Hara)
  • "What a maroon!" (Bugs Bunny)
  • "Wake up and go to sleep!" (one of the Three Stooges)
I'm curious to know what you're favorites are. So come on in and sit a spell! Now, don't be shy and y'all come back now, ya hear?

Friday, March 21, 2008

are we ever happy?


do not enter
Originally uploaded by dcellis3
I was bedridden for two days. While feverish, achy and fatigued, all I could think was "I wish I could get out of this bed". But how many days have I been about my usual chores of sweeping, laundry, paying bills, etc., thinking, "I wish I could just go to bed"! When I see a sign that says, "No photos allowed" or "Do not touch", I admit that my first impulse is to do the forbidden - very juvenile of me, I know. So, why is it we (I'm assuming that I'm not alone in this) want what we can't/don't have? For the most part I DO consider myself a happy, contented person, but I have my moments.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Just Filler Today

I had originally planned on talking about the history of Easter and the different symbols that we associate with it, BUT I've come down with the flu or something similar, and I just don't have it in me to write a lengthy blog. I did want to post something so that what few readers I have wouldn't get bored with the same post popping up. Oh, and my PC is sick, too! It makes a horrific noise when I turn it on, so it's been off for over a day now. I'm currently using my hubby's laptop, which is excruciatingly slow, but better than nothing. Hopefully I will have more interesting posts to share soon once this crud goes away and I can get my PC checked out.

Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Day


I thought I would use from my archives my first St. Patrick's Day post, mainly because I don't have time to write a fresh one. Have a great St. Patrick's Day!


Today is one of my favorite holidays. I don't really know why, exactly, except that I believe I have strong Irish roots. I will find out one of these days as I've decided to research my family's heritage. Anyway, I thought that I would share with you an interesting website about St. Patrick's Day. It is from the History Channel and there are some videos to watch if you have the time and the interest.

Today my kids and I are wearin' the green - even our dog is thanks to Haley! She sewed a little cape of sorts for the dog with Dixie's name and all! It's really cute.

Well enjoy the day and a few Irish blessings:

May those who love us, love us
And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts
And if he can't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping!

As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!

May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.

May you always have Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Epidemic!


The Lord has blessed our family with good health throughout this cold and flu season. However, we have been hit with an epidemic of sorts - SPRING FEVER! Yes, we all have it! It's going to make our schooling days more challenging, but thankfully there are some subjects we can do outdoors. So far today I have the kids doing their math first because their math curriculum utilizes the PC. After that we are heading to the back yard to discuss history and science. Then of course we will have our PE class by riding our bikes around the block, back home to lunch - maybe a little picnic, a little reading in the hammock and we'll call it a day! Not bad, huh? I am so thankful we are blessed to homeschool. God is good!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hanging on


With all the pain so many of us are experiencing lately, I wanted to share some Bible verses for encouragement. These verses are a passage that I have held on to many times before and they have sustained me. God is so good giving us His Word. It is for instruction and encouragement. It shows us our sins but it gives us hope. It is my lifeline, and I hope yours as well.


Lamentations 3:22-24


Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."


To me, the words, "the LORD is my portion" means that He is EXACTLY ENOUGH at the VERY MOMENT I need Him. I'm probably way over simplifying that verse, but it's how I understand it.


I hope these verses encourage you, the reader, to look to God and to His Word. Great is His faithfulness.



NOTE: The photo above is of my brother, Matt, and me in the hospital reading the Bible. We are at Mom's beside. Mom died 11 months ago yesterday. God sustained us then and He sustains now.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

In Memory


It is with much sadness that I write today. Dear friends of mine have lost their child in a 5-month long battle with an unknown illness. Victoria (Tori) Leigh Wilhoit passed away this morning. She was such a blessing to so many people that she never even met. I would post a picture of her, but I don't have the parents' permission, but trust me, she looked like a little angel. Dwight and I were fortunate enough to see Tori in person at Vanderbilt Medical Center where she spent the majority of her life. Tori, her mom and dad, and the rest of her family, are such strong people, even though I'm sure that's the last way they would describe themselves. It is amazing what all God can do in and through us during difficult times. God is good and He is faithful. He will continue to see the Wilhoit Family and extended families through this situation. I just wanted to let you all know how much Tori has touched my heart personally and I know countless others.

Thank you, Lord for allowing me to know such a blessing.

If you haven't already and would like to read about Tori's journey, use the following link:
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/victoriawilhoit

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

God gives me a sign - again!


I mentioned in my last post my frustration concerning my dream of interpreting for the Deaf because of the new requirements having to be met before I could be 'registered' or 'licensed'. Well, it seems that every time I decide not to pursue sign language, God reminds me that it's not really my idea or my choice, but His. You see, I've gone through this cycle of "to be or not to be" an interpreter for years. Again, if you'll remember a post I wrote before on the Fear of success, it's because I'm a scardy cat that I don't pursue ASL regularly! God doesn't seem to care that I'm a scardy cat because He constantly brings people and events my way to remind me that HE wants me to do this and I really need to do it!


So what's the most recent sign God has given me concerning this? I'm glad you asked! Last night I went to the grief support group that I've gone to occassionally since my mom and grandmother's death last April. There was a lady there that I haven't seen before (I haven't been in months, so it's not surprising). Well, she has a 15-year old daughter who is deaf and she came to the meeting. I promise you, EVERY TIME I tell myself that this sign language thing is just a pipe dream and I'm not going to do it, God brings someone like this young girl directly into my path! Why would God want me to pursue sign language? Well, ultimately to share the love of Jesus with the Deaf. They need to 'hear' the Gospel just like every one else. I have had this interest, desire, whatever, since I was a child. When I was about, oh six years old, I started teaching myself the sign language alphabet from my grandmother's encyclopedias. When I became an adult I started taking ASL classes at HRID. I was going fairly regularly there for a couple of years and was becoming more confident. Then I had Haley and didn't have time to continue my education. Since I wasn't using it - I lost it! So, I've had to practically start over and did that several times. But that only frustrated me because I wasn't progressing fast enough, so I stopped completely.


However, I still knew that I was supposed to continue learning and begin using my ASL skills more regularly. How did I know this? Again, I'm glad you asked. Every time, and I do mean EVERY time (sorry that's the 2nd time I emphasized 'every time') I would be in church, my mind would constantly be translating the pastor's sermon into ASL in my mind! I would feel the strong desire to sign the music but held back. I did at one point try to begin a Deaf Ministry with a close friend of mine who has the same interest. I would sign the music/worship portion of the church service and she would sign the sermon. However, we didn't have any Deaf people who came on a regular basis, so we stopped doing it with the intention of beginning again if someone inquired about it and wanted to come. Well, so far that hasn't happened. Now I know it's not gonna happen unless I go out there and invite people to come. But now I've lost my confidence all over again, so of course I haven't invited any body. Also, my friend has had a blow to her confidence because of extremely harsh "constructive criticism" from a fellow interpreter; this lady is a professional, so her very presence in the service was intimidating.


Well, I'm still on the mailing list for HRID and I receive announcements of their events and meetings and so forth. This coming Friday they are having a social at a coffee shop in South Huntsville, so I intend on going. I will be petrified, but I'm sure I will settle in once I get there. The Deaf community is so warm and welcoming and they simply enjoy it when people at least attempt to speak their language. Also, later this month, there will be an HRID business meeting which I will plan on attending. I guess I'd better start obeying God on this one before He has to make it abundantly clear (as if He hasn't already, but you know what I mean).


Thanks for reading and your prayers would be greatly appreciated!


Oh I just thought I'd mention that yes, I DID, speak to the girl at the meeting last night and it was really nice communicating with her. Her mom seemed to appreciate that I did, too.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Experience vs. Education


If you've seen my profile page, you know that American Sign Language is one of my interests. Well, I received some discouraging news the other day from someone at Huntsville Registered Interpreters for the Deaf (HRID). I have been a member of this group for several years. I am not as active as I should be, but I attend meetings and events whenever it's feasible. I am not a licensed interpreter, but it has been one of my goals for life - until now - maybe. The news I received informed me that as of June '08 a person will be required to have an Associates Degree before he/she can be licensed as a professional interpreter. Well, that really puts a damper on my goal, because more than likely that will never happen for me. Why? I am a stay-at-home mom who homeschools her children, for one. For another, if anyone goes back to college it should be my husband. He, too, is facing the education roadblock in his present job as a firefighter. He has now taken the test to become a driver four times! He has passed the test every time but others who scored lower have been promoted over him because they had a college degree - not even in fire science but in theology or business! Now, does that make them a better driver? Obviously not or they would have scored better on the driving course test! Would a degree make me a better interpreter? Not necessarily. After all, it's experience that perfects an interpreter, just as experience with any language makes one fluent. A piece of paper does not ensure that one has mastered a language. It's being in there with the people, experiencing their culture, etc. that makes one a master at interpreting a language. Like I said, I haven't been doing that lately, but as my children get older it has been my dream to do so. Now if I want to pursue that course as a paid professional, I will have to go back to school myself once my kids are out of school here. Crazy!


Saturday, March 1, 2008

Sleep Talker, Jr.

Well, I'm not the only one sleep talking these days. My son has come to me in the middle of the night for the past two nights seemingly wide awake and talking clearly but about silly things. He has no recollection of doing that the next morning. The first night he came to me he said, "Mom, I need your help". "Help with what?" I asked. "I need you to help me make... um... make walkie talkies". OK, that's when I knew he wasn't awake. "Son, it's time to go back to bed and go to sleep". "OK, I love you" he replied. :) I told him about what he'd done the next morning and he thought it was funny.

Last night he came to my room. "MOM! I helped him." I was asleep this time, so it took me a minute, "What is it?". This time when he spoke his voice trembled and it alarmed me. "I helped put... the soup together". I turn on the light this time. Dwight wakes up and Dawson seems to realize where he is and looks embarrassed. He's cold and sweaty. Dwight asks him, "Son, are dreaming?". Dawson acts like he's awake but he still looks confused. Anyway, he went back to bed and it didn't happen again last night. This morning Dwight asked him if he slept well and if he had any dreams. Dawson doesn't remember any of it. Weird, huh?

Yesterday Dawson did share with me a bad dream that he had the night before. He said it was a large, scary Elmo with sharp teeth eating little kids! I couldn't help but laugh (I was trying to make it not seem scary). I asked him when he had watched Elmo (he's too old for Elmo). He hasn't, according to him, so the Elmo monster dream is still a mystery. I wonder what he was dreaming last night.

Haley went through this when she was younger. Only she had night terrors. Talk about scary! I didn't know what to do when that happened. Thankfully it only occurred a few times.

I really hope that my kids don't have the sleep problems that I do. I don't recall having troubles until my teen years, so maybe they'll be fine.

Oh, don't mention any of this to Dawson if you see him. It'll embarrass him and I don't want to do that (at least not about this). I'll embarrass him about other stuff when he's awake and can defend himself. ;)