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50 Years WOW!

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Backyard Family Supper

Golden Anniversary Fun:)

When You are married for 50 years,

are You deserving of Gold Stars & 2 Cakes??:)

1 Marble & 1 Red Velvet… a Yummy Uh-Huh:)

And water to wash it down

(for us non-drinkers, huh?)

Congrats chair(s)… Cheers for my Parents:)…on Friday, our immediate Florida Family, celebrated, in our backyard, a Very Positive Example of Loyal Love.

Wow! 50 Years… sounds like an “institution” lol:)

(My parents are practical, modest/moderate people and not into a showy, elaborate fuss.)(They are very grateful, content, and happy with hand-made gifts and kids’ artwork and Chato’s delicious home cooking!) So sharing this accomplishment of theirs (with God’s help, of course) is a teaching tool really… honoring my parents (the/my intent is not bragging).

Ma’s favorite color is Yellow and she loves Red Velvet cake. Daddy says (seriously) how i (firstborn child) changed/impacted his life for the better. (As a parent, I feel that way myself. my kids have taught me a lot! “Hopefully” am a better person for it… probably, will always be working on patience (and other stuff, eh?) My kids have been some of my best teachers.:)

Nowadays, kids/teens/young ones…all of us can learn from those who wisely keep their promises, huh?:) And from those who appreciate spiritual treasures over material ones (and people over possessions)!  50 Years of truth telling/living and forgiving though imperfectly… marital relationships/families function– work when each one applies Biblical Truth/Counsel for each Mate/Family member: 1 of many life (enduring) lessons my parents have taught me.

Ever Grateful for my Parents and the GIFT of life!!:)

“Who is wise and understanding among You? Let him by his fine conduct demonstrate works performed with mildness that comes from wisdom. But If you have bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your hearts, do not be bragging and lying against the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, it is earthly, animalistic, demonic. For wherever there are jealousy and contentiousness, there will be also disorder and every vile thing. But wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy, and good fruits, impartial, not hypocritical. Moreover, the fruit of righteousness is sown in peaceful conditions for those who are making peace.” (James 3:17, 18)

My youngest daughter likes this song…it is post appropriate and popped in my mind. My favorite line “barefoot on the grass”…(read/spoken with accent:))

yep, we are all “barefoot on the grass”…life…at the mercy of chance sometimes and at the mercy of choice sometimes…and at the mercy of mowers most times (as Fragile-Life)?…

Does choosing Agape Love…make my chances better?!…You Betcha. 🙂

 

5/1/18 @ 4:18  p.m.

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“Schools as Killing Fields”

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That phrase: “Schools as Killing Fields” popped into my mind after briefly reading the disturbing news of yet another school shooting to hit the USA today, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Maryland.
A shot, shots heard not only around the world, but too close to home, huh??… in children’s classrooms!!:( 🙁 aka so-called safe places of planting seeds of knowledge and helping these seeds bloom into beautiful bouquets(?)(.)(!)

What are schools “really” teaching kids?? (By example, by word, by deed)
What are parents “really” teaching kids?? (..)
What is our individual and collective histories “really” teaching kids?? (and about so-called “acceptable” behavior??) Love?? War?? Peace??

And yes, people do poorly choose to hurt and kill or pick up a gun for reasons  other than say nationalism.

Have we taught kids to overcome jealousy and the type of pride that causes one to treat others as inferior??

Could it be considered compelled speech or indoctrination requiring/demanding ritualistically at the start of every school day (and at any significant school events, assemblies, etc.) all students “pledge allegiance to the flag” and all that so -called “gloriously” represents?? Or to stop everything at the moment they hear the tune… time to sing an ode of worship aka The National Anthem with hand on heart??

Have kids been taught at home and/or at school to love your neighbor aka fellow-breathing-beautiful-fragile-life as yourself??

During the 17th and 18th centuries, people in Britain, France, and the United States promoted devotion to their State, so that nationalism, in effect, became like a religion. During the 19th and 20th centuries, nationalism began to dominate the thinking of most of mankind. Eventually, Christendom’s churches splintered into numerous sects, most of which tolerate nationalism. Churchgoers have even gone to war against fellow believers of another nation. Today, Christendom is divided by both sectarian beliefs and nationalism.

16. What sort of issues divide those in Christendom?

16 In the 20th century, some of Christendom’s hundreds of sects initiated the ecumenical movement in a push for unity. But after many decades of effort, few churches have amalgamated into one, and churchgoers are still divided on such questions as evolution, abortion, homosexuality, and the ordination of women. In some parts of Christendom, church leaders try to bring people from different sects together by downplaying previously divisive doctrines. However, downplaying doctrines leaves people with a shallow faith and certainly does not unite the divided house of Christendom.

Rising Above Nationalism

17. How was true worship foretold to unite people “in the final part of the days”?

17 Although mankind is now more horribly divided than ever, unity continues to distinguish true worshippers. God’s prophet Micah foretold: “In unity I shall set them, like a flock in the pen.” (Mic. 2:12) Micah foretold the elevation of true worship above all other forms of worship, whether of false gods or of the State as a god. He wrote: “It must occur in the final part of the days that the mountain of the house of Jehovah will become firmly established above the top of the mountains, and it will certainly be lifted up above the hills; and to it peoples must stream. For all the peoples, for their part, will walk each one in the name of its god; but we, for our part, shall walk in the name of Jehovah our God.”​—Mic. 4:1, 5.

18. True worship has helped us to make what changes?

18 Micah also described how true worship would unite former enemies. “[People from] many nations will certainly go and say: ‘Come, you people, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will instruct us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.’ . . . And they will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. They will not lift up sword, nation against nation, neither will they learn war anymore.” (Mic. 4:2, 3) Those leaving the worship of man-made gods or of nations to embrace the worship of Jehovah enjoy global unity. God instructs them in the ways of love.

19. The unifying of millions of people in true worship is clear evidence of what?

19 The global unity of true Christians today is unique and is clear evidence that Jehovah continues to guide his people by means of his spirit. Individuals from all nations are being united on a scale never before seen in human history. This is in remarkable fulfillment of what is implied by Revelation 7:9″After this I saw, and look! A great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues*(or “languages”), standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and there were palm branches in their hands.” 14 “So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” and it indicates that God’s angels will soon release the “winds” that will destroy the present wicked system of things. (Read Revelation 7:1-4 “After this I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding tight the four winds of the earth, so that no wind could blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.  And I saw another angel ascending from the sunrise,*(or “east”) having a seal of the living God; and he called with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,  saying: “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.”  And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel:”

Revelation 7:9 “After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues,*(or “languages”) standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands.10  And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Is it not a privilege to be united in the worldwide brotherhood? How can each of us contribute to that unity? (excerpted reading: Unity Identifies True Worship W 2010)

There are millions of true followers of the humble, compassionate example of Jesus aka those trying their imperfect best to follow the model he set in their daily living and choosing. Those who accept the Superlative Sovereignty of Yahweh and experience REAL Freedom (aka those who refuse to worship (or sacrifice to) the inferior god of war)! Those who have risen above the divisiveness, destruction, and death brought on by prideful nationalism and its false teachings… who don’t pick up pieces/guns/weapons of war to kill, or take revenge, or to ascend, but rather (out of the lime-light) pick up their PEACE to forgive, heal, resolve, reconcile, help, unite in a loving brotherhood of global mankind!!:)

3/20/18 @ 3:30 p.m.

 

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Obnoxious Parent(?) (.) (!)

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Decided to try a FUN (my definition of “fun”) (short) social experiment today (which I’ve tried before and will do again)…ON PURPOSE.
Picked up my youngests, middle-school aged kids from school (this is not endorsement of public middle school) part-way. Hey, I had to walk to and fro school for miles in frigid-snowy weather. Am I conditioning cold-weather-wimps raising my kids here in FL (though, we experience the other weather extreme: VERY HOT and learning to work/function without AC; oh Ya, we have torrential-rainy-season and hurricanes, okay, may be? I was a little “harsh” with the “wimp” word.) ? (Plus, this world is scary place raising PYT’s aka pretty young things and keeping them safe!)(Plus, modern-research shows and ancient-text, e.g., Jesus (Sage of Compassion) and Crew traveled by sandal from village to village) walking and talking “outside” is a healthy brain activity; especially after being cooped up at various body-mind constrictive desks inside for hours being schooled or is it indoctrinated? Educated? Depends!;))

So, to aggravate my little/young girls (and potentially embarrass, ya right!:)) or play with their minds, I play LOUDLY (well, my level of geeky, loud, sound as a person who tries my best/practices consideration for Others conscientiously) classical Music lol:) e.g.,

My experiment is two-fold… hoping some good, wholesome, beautiful music will gently float in the wind and open/expose the ears of any kids walking by my parked car… whose ears/minds may be regularly assaulted by offensive, profanity-laden NOISE!!

As soon as they enter car, seemingly unfazed by music, oh well, though one girl tries quickly to change station without my detection. The other girl proceeds to tell me that an “old” man (her definition of old is anyone over 25 whereas mine is anyone nearing 90 lol;)) was passing out Bibles to walking kids and that a friend (aka school acquaintance) threw a Bible in the nearby canal. “Oh really!” Hmmm, “wait till that same so-called friend tosses you into a canal!” is my initial response, acknowledging that we are Bible readers, respecters, and promoters of Bible principles by the way we choose to live/speak. “So, what did You say to the Man?” I asked (cause obviously they are not carrying any Bibles, just wearing their back packs). My daughters inform me they POLITELY said, “No Thank You, we have our own religion.”

My initial (give the person benefit of doubt) thought about the man is Wow! somebody else out there is potentially trying to expose kids’ minds to something wholesome/good after school! However, it’s important to get parental permission, huh? before giving something to minors!! Did he ask the kids IF their parents allowed them to choose their own reading material?? Happy my kids were polite and safe by choosing not to take something from someone they don’t know well enough without parental consent as minors… but, I would of preferred them saying something like: Thank You, we have our favorite translation that we enjoy reading already!…(In ear shot of the Other kids.) Next time, they will be better prepared; hopefully.

Thoughts from me, an obnoxious parent who is passively sharing/soft-selling wholesome music from my car…and who hasn’t completely relinquished/abdicated or been forced without any fight, or programmed to hand over my parental privileges/responsibilities to Anyone… including governments, teachers, TV’s, phones, devices, internet, etc. and actually attempts to teach, instruct, meaningfully converse/spend time with my kids; trying to share some words of wisdom, safety, etc…Car time can be prime opportunity for “meaningful” deep, spiritual conversations with my kids. Especially since, they wanna get somewhere physically and I’m driving and they’re buckled in seats and I’ve trained them (through the years) that unless their minds are willing to travel with me first… via positive communication… then their bodies will not get to where they wanna go second… i.e. friends’ house, park, party, etc. (Frequent, short-poignant, and fun lectures (i mean “talks”-lol;) at various times; both inside and outside, relaxed and formal…seem to positively work for me and my kids.)

When, they come home from school… the routine, usually insist that they change immediately out of school clothes and when I remember, spray disinfectant on back packs… and remind wash hands before they eat. (They are usually starving after school.) (Hubby usually makes something nutritious for their arrival before heading back to work.)

What about disinfecting their minds?! (aka keeping their minds healthy (clean) in and out of school, huh?)

An obnoxious parent’s work never done?!;)

Peace to All You (so-called) Obnoxious Parents/Readers:)…trying Your best to help Your Kids do Their best in life. 🙂

3/06/18 @ 7:42 p.m.

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Yay! Yay! Hooray:)

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Guess who? Got Hot Coco… with mini marshmellows!!:)…”mellow” out:), ya, i know, it’s technically spelled “marshmallow”… IDK IF? it’s a “New England” (Somerville, Massachusetts) thing (accent) or a kid thing, but have been saying “marshMELLOWS” my whole life (in and out of Massachusetts)… either way–it’s YUMMY and sweet!! to me…a favorite cold weather treat… that brings back warm, happy, childhood (and Other) memories playing in snow, etc. (Thank You Chato for my Coco!)

When You have offspring (kids/teens), it’s fun to relive/share some healthy/in moderation (healthy for body/mind) stuff with them.

Isn’t hot coco suppose to be good for you?!;) (in moderation and IF no food/lactose intolerances or Diabetes, etc.) please, do your own research…i am enJOYing mine right now…

Sip, sip… wouldn’t it be nice IF everyone experiencing cold weather today had access to some hot coco with mini marshmallows or big marshmellows…IF they wanted some?!:) Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a world where everyone’s (healthy) needs are met appropriately and at the appropriate time?!

Perhaps, when we could all share (more) and care (more) and study compassion and unselfishly live it… there would be enough of everything for everyone earth-wide!:)

1/4/18 @ 2:56 p.m.

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