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Pain July 24, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Young Adult — Shanna @ 6:03 pm

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling)
I’ve been thinking about pain a lot this week because all four of my wisdom teeth were removed on Monday.  When my brother had his removed a month ago, he didn’t have either swelling or pain.  I had both.  In fact, swelling is what caused most of my pain.  It wasn’t as bad as it could have been, or even as bad as I expected, but it was some of the worst pain I’ve experienced at times, and probably the longest lasting.  But as I was thinking about that today, I realized what a blessing it is that I can say that.


Never take pride July 23, 2010

Filed under: Classics,Young Adult — Kristi @ 9:09 pm

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents,” said Miss Maudie. (from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)


You can play it July 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:34 pm
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The best thing about history, as everyone knows, is that you can play it at recess. (from Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look)

Another great thing about history is that you can play it on YouTube. I started to think the other day about the day my second grade teacher, Mrs. Salmon rolled a TV into our classroom and we watched footage of the Berlin Wall coming down. It was weeks before my eighth birthday. I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I remember that the teachers had tears in their eyes as they explained it to us in the simplest of terms. Later, our school got a piece of the wall and Mrs. Salmon passed it around the room so we could all hold it. Anyway, tonight I started to wonder if there were videos of those Dan Rather reports on YouTube and I was not disappointed. I found them and so many more Berlin Wall demise videos, but this one captivated me. I have watched it with a lump in my throat three times now. Enjoy.


What parents were created for July 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 8:31 pm

Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore,

And that’s what parents were created for.

(from The Parent, Happy Days by Ogden Nash)


a little Anxious July 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 1:24 pm
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“It’s a little Anxious,” he said to himself, “to be a Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water.” (from Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne)

I have felt like Piglet a few times, tiny and entirely surrounded by water. One time was when I was a part of a ministry that fell apart spectacularly because of sin. In one week I lost my job, several of myclosest friends, and a ministry that I felt passionately about. I allowed that time to completely defeat me in certain areas of my life. I shut down in worship and allowed fear of ministry to rob me of purpose for years. I did not discuss it with the other friends who were also going through it. In other words, I did not call on my Pooh, Rabbit, or Christopher Robin to help me. As a result, it has taken much longer than it should have done for me to pick myself up out of the pit and go one with life and ministry, to have the confidence to use that episode for good when it was meant for harm.

Another time when I felt like Piglet was when I miscarried our first baby, April Baby, in October 2007. I could have just drowned in the sorrow of it and at times I really wanted to. But this time, I did call on my friends and family and they helped to put my feet on dry ground again. Solid ground. They prayed for me. They encouraged me. They reminded me to cling to the Friend and Comforter who could really help me. The one who said this:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.


To stay alive July 19, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 8:38 pm

Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. (from Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez)

I really do find that I cannot stand to go a day without having something to read. If I am between books and can’t think of what I want to read next, or haven’t been by the library to get something, I will pick up something I’ve read dozens of times and just read that. Is it just me? I have actually forgotten meals many times before and not noticed. But I have never forgotten to read…something…anything. Well, not anything. There are certain genres I absolutely refuse to pick up, others I just can’t see myself enduring, and some I tire of by the sixth chapter. But good children’s books–these I love forever. I like them for always. As long as I’m living my babies they’ll be. (Did I just reallysay that?) I am always amazed at the number of children’s books my mom can buy for pocket change at garage sales. I understand that their kids are grown, but I just can’t imagine selling my children’s books!!! They have much to offer to adults.

After your kids go to bed, if you are between books of your own, just pick up one of theirs…maybe Charlotte’s Web or Anne of Green Gables or Where The Wild Things Are…and read it. Just for you. You may find you need that story more than food to stay alive. Do you know what I mean by “alive?”


Lucky Mouse July 18, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Shanna @ 2:54 pm

It had never occurred to him that a mouse could be luckier than a boy. (from The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary)

Such things occur to me today, because I’m having my wisdom teeth–all four of them–removed tomorrow.  And the oral surgeon warned me that I’m probably in for a fair amount of discomfort with the bottom two.  I’m not saying that I’d like to trade places with a mouse, but just sometimes, they are better off.