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If we had it to do all over again
We'd make so much better decisions.
Only opening doors we should enter in
Building lives without all the pretensions.
With character above reproaching,
And no reason to second-guess,
With this sin no longer encroaching
Doing nothing we need to confess.
And, if they had the chance to redo it,
Might forgiveness be not so held back?
And peace found by those who pursue it?
Would grace not be calling us back?
The "we's" and the "they's" can begin again
When both set aside... (more)
... even goals that we may not agree with. Letting go doesn't mean our children won't need us anymore. In fact most adult children still crave their parent's attention and approval. The goal is to learn to love their differences and to see your adult child as a whole person. All the years parenting our children have come to this point. Now that they have spread their wings and left the nest, making life choices and being independent we need to accept that our work is fisnished. Hold on to the knowledge that even though they are flying on their own now, their roots will always bring... (more)
One was read a few of my poems in a public setting, something I have had little practice in. The other thing I got to do, which I have had loads of practice, is irritate my wife Ann. I can't remember if I told her we were going out for dinner or if it was a wine tasting but wasn't she surprised. Our youngest children wanted me to read the poems to them before we left for the night. I obliged. I should know better. I wonder where they get it from?
Dad: "I was six years old. Very... James you asked me to do this. Why are you playing Tomb Runner while I'm reading this?"
Just those breeds with a track record of biting. So, not really all dogs with a record of biting. More like one breed of dog with a track record of biting.
In reality they just want to muzzle Pit Bulls. Maybe it's the way they look. Could be it's the way they act. Might it just be our own fears projected onto one group?
The MSPCA states that "One in every four dogs brought to the MSPCA is a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix." I've got to tell you, if I was abandoned I might bite you too. They also recommend that you Spay/Neuter your Pit Bull. If you tried that with me, I know I'd... (more)
Since my wife Ann is still among the living her only chance of sainthood is martyrdom, which she feels she is on track for. Lately she's been looking for signs from God to help her through the pain and suffering of raising Sdyor children...
Disembodied Voice Coming From 3rd Floor Window: "Ann."
Ann: "Did somebody say something?"
Ann: "God is that you?"
Ann: "God, what's my purpose on this earth?"
DVCF3FW: "To shut this window so we can move the ladders."
Ann: "Damn roofers!"
Later that day...... (more)
I thought as he got older his views would come in line with what I perceive to be the adult generation. Now I think I may be outnumbered and have to come around to their way of thinking...
Brady: "AFAIC ur generation uses 2 many xclamation points" Dad: "Just in general or someplace specific?" Brady: "evrywhere text email FB twitter do I need 3 xclamation points to tell me ur kids team 1 a game" Dad: "Exclamation points mean added emphasis when non-verbal communication is taking place. Your generation should embrace the exclamation point. All you have is non-verbal communication."... (more)
The Sdyor children attend a charter school. This means school uniforms, high academic standards, and strict school behavior including a color card change disciplinary system. Some students and parents start to burn under this lens but my wife Ann and I have decided this is the best place for our children's primary education. Our oldest son Brady (Age 19) went along with the program and got good grades, played sports and served in student government. Olympia (Age 13) is struggling to keep up with her school workload and continue the active social life that comes with being America's sweetheart.... (more)
You scrimped and saved and looked at sale inserts out of the paper. Stood in long lines the day after Thanksgiving. Punched some guy in the nose who was trying to grab the last must have item for toddlers on the shelf. Wrapped it up nice with bows and ribbons. You waited with pained anticipation for weeks until finally Christmas morning came. Your little one ripped through the paper like they were a badger chasing a rabbit down a hole until finally they spent the morning playing with the box the item came in. Some things never change...
James (Age 9): "Mom. I have no clothes to put on.... (more)
What do the gay people in your church look like? Do you spot them by their flamboyant clothing . . . their mannerisms . . . their declarations?
When a brother or sister in your church came to you to ask you for your help and support in their personal struggle against homosexuality . . . what did you do to walk with them? How did you respond the last time this happened to you?
“Oh . . . we don’t have that problem in our church,” you say?
If you are a typical church, you do.
Statistics show that one out of every five church members has a family member or close friend... (more)
My dad had a lifelong wish. He wanted to see New York City. His salary as a body and fender man in California in the Great Depression barely kept his family in food and shoes. A trip to New York City was a dream that was unlikely to happen.
By the time he was 72, and I was his caregiver, his dream had faded.
Then a miracle. My husband received a job assignment to Oneida, New York--upstate, but close enough!
The day we arrive in Oneida, my dad and my children begin planning for a summer trip to New York City. The children borrow books from the library and my dad sends for... (more)