Instant Heart Attack Right Here!

Parenting brings many challenges and adventures, to put it mildly. Where else can you go nuts over each new accomplishment your child makes? Or over Programming for kids? Show off photos of them to the public do you? Oh come now, you know you do. Our son decided to do something that almost put me and his daddy in the ER. What did our sweet son do? He went to a dinner in another part of town, riding his bike the whole way. Okay so far. Zachary had a great time with his friends and enjoyed the meal. Now for the best part: He starts to ride home again and all of sudden one of the bicycle tires goes flat.
Of course most of us would call for assistance. Did our son? Nooooo. He walked the whole evening and morning back to the house alongside his bike. Guess he thought he was taking control of the situation and didn’t want to bother us. Nice to let us sleep all night. It’s the thought that counts or is it Let’s see if I can freak out mom and dad and just not tell them? I pick the latter. My husband woke me up before he left for an appointment. Tells me, Zach isn’t home. Oh My Word! What’s happened to him, why isn’t he home? Scenarios are running through our wild imaginative minds. We called to see if anyone from the dinner knew his whereabouts. Nope. Close to nine he shows up, unlocks the door, and walks in, sore as can be. I hugged him and said I am not letting go. We asked what happened. Why didn’t he call us? Oh, he did think of his stomach and eat on the way home. Great job, dude.That’s when he mentioned the flat tire.
Is he allowed to live another day? Yes. Next time don’t know. Have to wait and see what mood we are in.
We stressed that he is to call, no matter the time or day, if he needs help. I think he got the message.
Parenting ain’t for sissies, that’s for sure. If you are up for the challenge, you will have all sorts of adventures yourself. Just ask our 21 year old. He will tell you what he does to make us grow grey! Guess I have to let go, secretly I don’t want to, but oh well, what’s a few more gray hairs!

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White Paper Box and NPR

I had had a frustrating day at work. Ready to give and not try anymore since I was passed over again for a position I am interested in. I kept thinking negative thoughts, you know the routine, why always someone else and not me? Well, my way of thinking changed that day thanks to my son and NPR.
He had been upstairs constructing a “lunch bag” to take with him to work. Well, notebook paper isn’t that strong so we suggested an alternative. He was upset with himself at first but then realized the world was still here and he hadn’t really done anything terrible. I got to thinking about his efforts and realized that I don’t have to give up either. Mindsets are powerful things and they can either help or harm you. Take your pick.
While driving home from an appointment, I listened to a program on NPR. A man talked about his family’s escape from Vietnam. Wow! Talk about plowing through obstacles! His Father managed to get him and his mom and siblings to a much safer destination. In essence, the man decided he wasn’t giving up, that the reward would outweigh the hardship. Puts our lives in perspective, doesn’t it? We get bent out of shape over stuff that may seem enormous at the moment, but then later they are really just insignificant. Could be worse as the saying goes. The man is successful in his chosen career and has a family of his own. Bet his daddy is proud.
As for me, well, I did change my attitude and decided I am going to keep trying every time a position opens up that I am interested in. Eventually they will get tire of my applying and maybe they will just let me have the job. Evil scheme that might just work.

A Table by the Window- A Review

tablebywindow Being torn between what others expect you do and what you feel is best for your life is the subject of this book. Juliette has been raised in culinary family of chefs and she uses that background to her advantage for a food column she writes for the local newspaper. Of course there’s a little mystery in the book that I found rather intriguing. Upon inheriting a piece of furniture, she finds a photograph of a man who strongly resembles her brother Nicco.
The message in the book is that you don’t have to follow the dreams that others have presented to you. Her grandmother didn’t, she became a pastry chef back when it wasn’t a great idea. Juliette is torn between wanting to stay at the newspaper and opening a restaurant with her brother Nicco and his friend Adrian. She does much soul searching on the issue with the help of newly found friend, Neil, a man she meets in an online dating site.
Neil is the calm among the stormy issues that Juliette faces. He is patient, doesn’t pass judgment and allows Juliette to make the decision that will make her happiest. In the end, Juliette ditches the newspaper job and decides to ponder working in what has always been a way of life for her.
I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for reviewing it.
For more info (including author bio):
http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307731753
Read Chapter One:
http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/SneakPeek_TablebytheWindow.pdf

Girl at the End of the World – A Review

girlatendofworld Lack of an identity, absolute surrender to a power tripping leader, are some the reasons that the author, Elizabeth Esther had to leave “The Assembly.” Contradictions were a part of her life, parents told to spank their children from infancy on if they failed the temptation tests (ex: placing candy on a table In front of a child and expecting them to ignore it.) or just because they wanted them to confess their sins for the day. Her thoughts were implanted by her parents and her grandfather.
Elizabeth describes the horrible way of life, having to stand on a box to preach the gospel at age nine. I think the lady that yelled at her dad was right; this was a form of abuse. He and her mother had convinced her it was okay to be criticized by nonbelievers. This memoir illustrates how select groups take the word of God and twist into their own idea of utopia. Not being able to think for yourself, express your opinion without fear of being punished. How wack is that?
Elizabeth’s saving grace comes by way of marriage. She finds her true love, Matthew, and they both escape the harshness of mind control, punishment and discover real faith is sincere and doesn’t include harming one another, but by loving each other.
I received this free copy from Convergent books in exchange for reviewing it.
For more information:
http://www.convergentbooks.com/author/elizabeth-esther/

Heart Wide Open A Review

heartopenwide Need a lift in the worshiping department? Well, Mrs. Tomlinson’s book, Heart Wide Open has the instructions on how to raise your enthusiasm. She freely admits to being a coasting along Christian, going through the motions with no real feeling. Doing the minimum requirement just doesn’t cut it.
The author mentions her own experiences and how others such as her grandchildren helped her by example. She gets pumped up when she finally realizes that just reading and memorizing verses, going to church when told are true ways of being in love with the Big Guy. You have to understand the meaning of his word and know that when you do fellowship you are strengthening the bond between you and Jesus. Reading the Bible and grasping what He wants us to know. Being fulfilled one hundred percent. Awesome!
I am partial to the fact that she is also a southerner. (I am also a southerner.) For me, the book essentially says that there is more to being a Christian than just church every Sunday and Wednesday. Oh, and the revivals and you get the idea.
I received this free copy from Waterbrook Press in exchange for reviewing it.
For more information (including author bio):
http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=225063&isbn=9780307731937
Read Chapter One:
http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/SneakPeek_HeartWideOpen.pdf