January 24, 2010

Random but important

Can you hear Ray Charles singing that song? It's been raining for what seems like 40 days and 40 nights here in Georgia. The rain is pouring for hours at a time. The dogs are cooped up in the garage, the kids have been indoors for days and I think Kyra has cabin fever.

I'm preparing for Halle's school day tomorrow and we are progressing quite well I think. He are having to begin at the beginning of the 4th grade because her Montessori education did not exactly meet her needs. She really needed the one on one. For instance, in math when she is reading a number that has more than 4 digits she was reading it like this...4-5-three hundred and twenty-two (45, 322). I had to review place value and used manipulative's like the small blocks that are together in sets of ones, tens and hundreds. We worked hard and now she's got it! She is now reading numbers in the billions. I'm very excited about her potential.

Church was good today and there was a full house even though the weather was bad.

Please be praying for Tony. He had an interview for a job and we heard from a little birdy that he will be made an offer. We are hoping that tomorrow he will get a call.

It's Sunday and I love quiet Sundays like this after church, about to have dinner and the kids are winding down and preparing for tomorrow and bedtime. It's quiet and I can hear Wesley putting his guitar away that he's been playing all afternoon into the evening.

With the new week beginning I hope it goes smoothly:)

January 18, 2010

Happy Birthday to ya..MLK

It would be interesting to learn how others are spending MLK day. Today my family is going to the Bishop's Storehouse to work in the soup kitchen or prepare food boxes for the needy. There's a lot of work to be done. I want the children to have a servants heart like Martin Luther King did. What are you doing today with your children or if you do not have children please share what you are doing today?

January 13, 2010

Looking back at 2009

I can’t say that I am unhappy to see 2009 leave us. It has been a tumultuous year to say the least. There were celebrations, salutations and disconsolation, to deal with. As 2009 passes by I will remember this year as the year that I did a lot of growing up. If you are under 40 or still in your 20’s I am here to let you know that this thing called life is a never ending lesson. It’s one of those things that you just have to find out for yourself unfortunately. No one can teach you the lessons that you need to learn to complete the person you are supposed to be. You can’t read it in a book or read it on a blog, although a book about what you need to learn can point you in the right direction, there is NOTHING like life experience. You have to go through it. This is the year that made me reflective, understand my purpose and learn to relax a bit about my aspirations for my children. In an effort to make note of the lessons I learned this year I am listing and reflecting on the following events. continue reading here

January 2, 2010

Where did the New Year's Resolution Originate?

The tradition of the New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

The New Year has not always begun on January 1, and it doesn't begin on that date everywhere today. It begins on that date only for cultures that use a 365-day solar calendar. January 1 became the beginning of the New Year in 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar developed a calendar that would more accurately reflect the seasons than previous calendars had.

The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances. He was always depicted with two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back. Thus he could look backward and forward at the same time. At midnight on December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new. The Romans began a tradition of exchanging gifts on New Year's Eve by giving one another branches from sacred trees for good fortune. Later, nuts or coins imprinted with the god Janus became more common New Year's gifts.

In the Middle Ages, Christians changed New Year's Day to December 25, the birth of Jesus. Then they changed it to March 25, a holiday called the Annunciation. In the sixteenth century, Pope Gregory XIII revised the Julian calendar, and the celebration of the New Year was returned to January 1.

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

I’d like to take this time to wish my friends, family and my Followers a very Happy New Year! I pray that this coming year will be all that you hope it to be. May your wishes, hopes and dreams come true for your families. I just know that 2010 will be prosperous and I am excited for all the possibilities. A toast to you..Cheers:)

There are just 2 minutes left in 2009 so I am signing off! Happy New Year!!!!