I always feel the need to warn you when a bit of sass will follow. Apparently, I was a bit 'cranky' while writing this...so read with caution and care :)
We have not started potty training ‘round these parts and frankly, I’m okay with that. We have started talking about potentially potty training one of these days. I’m just not worried about it. I figured when Lil’ A figures a few more things out, he’s gonna be into it and we will be less stressed about trying to make it happen. BUT, we have discovered that some people are whack-a-doodle about potty training and an intense need to get it done, often times when children are still infants. I don’t get it. I think I am going to take my dear Aunt Loretta’s advice, ‘your kid won’t go to kindergarten in diapers, so don’t worry about it’.
Um, I have an iphone. And it is awesome. And it is way more awesome than I dreamed it would be. My friend patty (check out her blog, it is ever so much fun) asked the question several people think, ‘how you be getting’ an iphone and workin’ Dave Ramsey?’ (that is not how she asked the question). I thought I would answer in the ol’ blog. First of all, our iphone was CRAZY expensive, because we don’t do contracts or any crazy sauce like that. We use Virgin Mobile and pay $80 a month for the two of us, all expenses included. So, the iphone is an insane amount of money (for a generation 4 no less). Any hoots. It was on sale last week at a whopping $230, plus the case, so like, $260. That is VERY cheap for an out o’ pocket iphone, so we decided to get ‘er done. Getting ‘er done on Dave Ramsey though means that you won’t be gettin’ something else did. So, for the months of September and October, 25% of my miscellaneous budget will go this bad boy. Plus, I have several talks that I have done this summer that will help pay for it. It’s all about choices and let me tell you, when I got that black beauty in my hand, it is a choice I am proud of.And I have wanted one for a REALLY REALLY long time.
I’m real mad about something (surprise). So these three kids were bored and decided to randomly go out and shoot some people. You know, because they were bored. I think the story and several others like it (bored teens doing awful things) are horrific for a lot of reasons. But lemme tell you, the media is ticking me off in the coverage. For two reasons.
1. Conservative coverage is trying to overly state the kids who were bored and decided to shoot were black and a white guy got shot. Now, of course, because of media idiots, race needs to be discussed with every shooting that occurs. So, Trayvon was CLEARLY killed because he was black, and these black guys CLEARLY killed this white dude because he was white (sarcasm). I just don’t buy it. I don’t buy the irresponsible and loose conclusions people jump to. And, I think they are dumb. There is nothing about being black that makes one more likely to kill. Stop trying to go one for one with the Trayvon thing. The Trayvon coverage was ridiculous, don’t stoop to the level of ridiculous.
2. Liberal or left leaning coverage (the first three articles I read) immediately started discussing gun control and our need for it. Now, here’s the 411. I’m not really married to the gun control debate. I think it’s dumb to blame pieces of metal for decisions of people…but, like I said, I am open to hearing the other side. That being said, I think the OBVIOUS question that should be asked is, ‘WHY THE HELL ARE THREE TEENAGERS DECIDING THEY ARE BORED, SO THEY ARE GOING TO KILL SOME PEOPLE!?!?!’. Maybe that should be discussed first captain obvious. But, once again, that would be a discussion about personal responsibility…we don’t like these discussions ‘round these parts (the US of A)
Sometimes I am pretty sure I misuse the 7 Quick takes and get a little too sassy. But, they are honestly thoughts that get thunked all week by me, so I've got to share them!
Public Service AnnouncementSo it appears I am crabby. And this one might sting. But, it’s got to be said. I LOVE reading blogs like GRACE'S and my sister THERESA's because these are people that get my soon to be reality (which, btw, I cannot wait for). Having three kids, each 14 months a part has it’s own set of challenges and it’s own set of rewards (listening to the boys chase each other up and down our hallway is honestly one of the best sounds in the world). What sometimes grinds my goat (and I am sorry, I am just saying it because it needs to be said) is when parents who have multiple children, but 2 or 3 years a part, try to pretend they get my reality. Because…you don’t. It’s fine that you don’t, I think you have a lot of wisdom, but I promise you do not understand what my reality is like. So saying things like, 'oh, I totally did that with my three children' (that were spaced freaking six years a part) is NOT helpful. However the shining light in the tunnel is when I sometimes get annoyed at people who assume they understand my reality, I remember that I do that to a LOT of people as well. AND, it should probably stop.
I’m working on a post, coming out this week on how God intended c-sections and that birthing our children medically through the help of a lot of doctors and interventions is just what we were ‘meant to do’. I am excited, for it has been rolling around in my head for a long time. Probs since the first time someone told me that c-sections are not how your body is ‘suppose’ to birth a child (from a theological point of view)…get ready. And a shout out to Miss Jamie Jo for sharing in my comments the witness of 6 c-sections :) God likes that hard work!
Are you a parent? Do you know parents? Do you have the interwebs and are around children? Please read this article. AND THEN, please like, ‘bold ministries’ page on facebook. We will be putting out a ‘best practices for parents’ blog in the next week or so describing some easy tips you can follow to keep your kids safe and engaged in the new digital world (it isn’t so new anymore is it?!?!). And, as you may/may not know, we do social media presentations to students, students and parents, parents, parents and staffs, etc... to inform and educate! This is SO essential. Consider bringing it to your school, parish, or parent group!
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And forgive me for my sass.