Monday, March 29, 2010

BFF Chopstix

Here is a 2 minute video of my daughter Amy and her best friend Elisabeth playing chopsticks on the piano.

Someday I'll post about Amy and her BFF and how I don't think it was by coincidence that God placed a brown skin girl in Amy's life from when they were each just a few months old.

Someday I'll talk about how these two girls, who are so very different, can't seem to get enough time together and are always scheming for opportunities to land at each others house.

Or about how my super talkative daughter and quiet, shyer Elisabeth could sit in a closet and giggle and solve the worlds problems for hours on end. Oh the things they chat about!

Or how these two girls, who both tend to want to be the boss in their friendship, respond surprisingly well to being bossed around by each other. They have a magic between them.

Or how after every time they get together, I see a little bit of Elisabeth in my Amy and a little bit of Amy in cute little Elisabeth. Maybe they're not so different afterall.

Or about how they learn life's lessons together. Sometimes, not easy ones. I'm so thankful Elisabeth has a Godly mother who understands the value of character-molding. Together we can get through the rough spots.

But today, enjoy the sound of this classic piano favorite and watch these adorable 8 year olds concentrate on their parts like fabulous piano players!

They have a little timing issue in the middle, but with the help of their encouraging and ever-so-wonderful piano teacher, they manage to pull it together before the song ends.

Great job, girls!
Here is the video:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

SPAM -it's not what we're having for dinner

I've been getting a lot of spam in my comments lately.
Inappropriate, nonsensical, mumbo-jumbo type spam.
Some are going to really old blog posts and others appear in more recent ones.
Regardless, I want them to stop. I delete about 3 a day.

I may have to turn on the word-verification thingy which means no more anonymous commenters. Don't forget you can sign up for a google account and not have to give your name if you'd like to leave comments on my (and everyone elses) blogs without giving your name. Just give yourself a nickname and sign-up.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


We went to Barnes & Noble this afternoon.
We frequent the library, but sometimes there's just no beatin' a bookstore shelved with fresh, un-cracked spines.

Anyway, I was lookin' around and just one divider away from the children's books, and directly on the main walk-way, and on the tables in the middle of the walkway, (read: right there in plain sight) I noticed the books were a little scary looking. I glanced at the section title and was surprised to see I was in the TEEN section.

I jotted down a few notes.
These are either titles of books, the picture on the cover, or a subtitle description:

a skull
a bloody dagger
Ever Lost
The Naughty List

deadly secrets
the devil

And this was just ONE bookshelf of several in the TEEN section. I was too depressed to continue browsing that area and felt I had enough substantial evidence to prove that there's a generation of teen readers being bombarded by unhealthy literature.

Is this what my girls have to look forward to for entertainment reading in a few years?
I will not allow my children to immerse themselves in these kinds of books when they hit their teen years. And prayerfully, I strive to raise them in such a way that they will trust my discernment and not even desire these books or feel the need to sneak them when I'm not around. Lord, please help me!


Philippians 4:8-9
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

This post is not to sound pious, rather just an expression of sadness at today's options for kids.

These are hot off the press books I was looking at. These are the recognized authors being praised for powerful literature for fresh, young minds. I bet they are well written and can hold the attention of just about every teen out there today. But look at the content! Is sexy, deadly, demonic type stuff what we want our kids fantasizing about "FOR FUN"? It's bad enough that we adults get sucked into this our kids have it. It was just one divider away from the little kids.

Of course, I was at B&N, not a Christian bookstore, and I was in the general TEEN section, not the Religious section. So yes, I know there are healthier options out there. But I have to go looking for them. They're not on the main walk-way, not on the front tables. And that, my friends, is the sad part. And quite frankly, a little disturbing.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Why do we even HAVE this table?

Have you seen the movie The Emperor's New Groove?
You know, with Kronk and Yzma? Hilarious.

There is a spot in the movie where these two crazy characters are going down to the secret lab and Kronk pulls the wrong lever, sending Yzma down to the alligator pit. As she's being dropped, she yells out WROONNNG LEVERRR!

When she comes back to the secret lab entrance, she says (with dripping alligator in hand), "Why do we even HAVE that lever?"

Here you go...I found it on YouTube. It's 1 minute and 4 seconds long. But the first 11 seconds will give you the scene I just described. So funny.

So, I have this awesome homeschool table in our awesome homeschool room.
But why oh why do my girls prefer the floor?

Why do we even HAVE this table?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Picture Perfect

For all you readers who like to follow the progress of how my kids LOOK, this post is for you!
I know that on the adoption blogs I read, I always appreciate the photos that show how well the kids are adjusting and shining in the their new life of proper nutrition, unconditional love, new clothes and the security of family.
So for those who'd like to see those things in my girls, here you go!

Amy: age 8
Yolanta: age 7
Katie: age 5

Monday, March 1, 2010

I've yet to use my new vocab word, though.

Most moms would probably agree with me when I say that the things we used to have time to do before we had kids – we no longer had time to do once baby was born.
You know, things like reading novels, vacuuming the car, going pee.

But, once we get the hang of mothering, despite how many children we have, we start to find a little bit of time to carve out to bring some of those things back into our lives. Piles of pictures of our babies start to take shape as photo albums. Dusty old cookbooks are pulled out to make some of those yummy desserts or family favorites again.

I don’t scrap book or cook, but I do read. I used to read everything on the front tables of Barnes&Noble (fiction and non), and biblical parenting manuals, essays, short stories, news reports...anything! Then I’d hit a wave of reading absolutely nothing (except my Bible). I’d go to the book store and everything was new and unfamiliar.

Do you go through waves of reading and non-reading?

I just finished a book called Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.

It’s a good novel about a couple of sisters who find themselves in arranged marriages to Americans and are forced to leave war-torn Shanghai, China. I really enjoyed learning about Chinese customs and ways of living (bound feet, yikes!), historical events of the war, China towns that popped up in California, etc. I can only imagine what it would be like to be an illegal immigrant (for in the book many people snuck over to the US) and the struggles that friends and family members have to keep loved ones safe.

So as I’m reading, I came across this word: filial
I’d never heard that word before but used the context to figure out what it meant.

Then the author used it again only a chapter or two later. I thought about underlining it but only if I could go back and underline it the first time it was used. But I didn’t.

Then about half way through the book, filial was used AGAIN. Now I really wished I’d underlined it in case it popped up a fourth time. But I didn’t.

I’ve never marked up a novel before. It just feels naughty.

I’ve often thought about notes I would make in the margins of my book (if I were to turn into ones who DOES mark up novels).
I think about words or phrases I would highlight or underline.
I would make speculations on what I think is going to happen at the end of the book.
Take note of places to look up on the computer. People to research.

But here’s something about me: I’ve never read the same book twice. In fact, I don’t even keep my books anymore. I used to, but after a while I realized “why the heck am I creating a library of books that I will never read again?” It was taking up too much space and as the time came to make room for homeschooling, I sold all my books for a dollar a piece. Glad I didn’t mark them up now that they’re in somebody else’s home library!