Monday, July 10, 2006

Random Stuff

We went to Braums and I saw a woman in her sixties. She was a little pudgy, wore a pink t-shirt and had the typical grandmotherly curled and teased gray hair. She also had a bandana tied around her head as if she were on her way to an '80s workout session. She left the store carrying a head of iceberg lettuce and I saw her tossing it in the air like a basketball just before she got into her black pickup truck and drove away.

Colin and Spencer each opened rock stores in our back yard. Although Colin put a small sign on the fence, nobody has come to the store. Spencer's rocks are all "no charge." Colin has items for one cent, ten cents, one dollar and "priceless."

Last night we met with our Bible study group and heard about their summer adventures. One family is living in Canada and learning to speak French. Another has been to Montana, Japan and Europe. One family just returned from 6 weeks in Rwanda. They showed us hundreds of photos of Rwanda (which is beautiful) and the many baskets and other homemade items they brought home. The best part of the evening was hearing some of the stories of the 10 students who are coming to Oklahoma (see below) next month. Mind you, they were not "good" stories, but incredible stories of horror, loss and hope. When they come to America, they will be no doubt be shocked by our ignorance of their past. I can't even imagine the cultural differences!

I have taken on more work because of the departure of our co-worker. I've been getting by with very little work for several years now, so it is quite an adjustment for me. Thankfully my boys are now old enough to entertain themselves for longer stretches of time so I can concentrate on reading.

The Cheesecake Factory is building on the grounds of Penn Square Mall. I've never eaten there. Anybody? They say traffic will increase at that intersection, which is not pleasant. Cheesecake, however, is something to look forward to.

What to you think is better for children: a messy house with lots of activities or a clean house and no life? Please comment.


Blogger Danna said...

Hi friend! I found you from a link on Shane's blog. HOW ARE YOU? I can't believe how big your boys are! Where does the time go?

Cheesecake Factory: YUM! But don't bother with the "real" food; you'll get too full for the good stuff!

Messy house and lots of activities is my vote; kids will NEVER remember the clean house!


12:14 PM, July 10, 2006  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Half-way messy and half-way not...

Let things go when you have special things going.

But I never reach any of my housekeeping goals.

So you can imagine what my house looks like.

Mostly because of too many activities.

;+ )


8:12 PM, July 10, 2006  
Blogger CGHill said...

A messy house can always be cleaned; having no life is difficult to remedy.

9:08 PM, July 10, 2006  
Blogger Dave said...

There will be plenty of time later on to have a clean house. Right now your main job is to create happy, healthy boys who will grow into wonderful men that will make you very proud and "rise up and call you blessed". Children don't stay little very long.

Aunt Carol

10:15 PM, July 10, 2006  
Blogger Judy said...

Messy and Happy!

10:25 PM, July 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there has to be a balance. I grew up in a messy home and hated to invite friends over. I DO remember wishing the house could be cleaner! Have the boys help with chores, spend just 30 minutes in the morning with all of you picking up and it will make a huge difference. You obviously have made a happy home for your boys, and it probably isn't as messy as you feel it is.

10:58 PM, July 10, 2006  
Blogger Mike Morton said...

Absolutely a messy house with activity... especially with BOYS! We just love to be active! Just ask Joel! :-)

7:33 AM, July 11, 2006  

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