It Matters Whom You Marry

If a person has flaws, which they all do, they become amplified once you spend more and more time together. If it is a little annoying now, it will be unbearable after 5 or 10 years. And NO, you cannot change that person or “re-train” them to do things your way. It gos both ways. That little thing will grow. Be sure you are capable of dealing with it for the long haul, this is a lifetime commitment. If you don’t want that, get a pet – it is a shorter commitment.


My husband and I were once with a youth group. There were three kids sitting across from us at a meal: two guys and a girl. The one guy was a computer geek with glasses. The other one was a college student with slightly cooler hair and no glasses. The girl was obviously with him. But while the computer geek was busy serving everyone at the meal, clearing plates and garbage, the college student got angry with the girl for a small accident and poured red juice over her leather jacket and white shirt. She picked the wrong guy, and the juice didn’t seem to change her mind. She is in for some grief if that relationship continues and especially if it leads to marriage.

So to all the young, unmarried Christian girls out there, listen up: who you marry matters.

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Misery Loves Company

State fruit - Tomato

State fruit – Tomato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, it seems I am not the only yard gardener suffering from this weather. So much rain has ruined so many gardens. The pests/insects are also running rampant due to our mild winter and the wet and warm spring and summer.

I am still picking tomatoes but the squash (including pumpkins), melons, cukes, peppers and pretty much anything else has gone stringy and leggy with flowers that fall from the vine.

I went shopping and had to purchase lettuce, cukes, peppers and onions. All things I planted this year but did not thrive. My bosses have other veggies that have fared better but it seems my tomatoes are the only survivors.

We plan to cut back more shrubbery and trees that have long grown unattended and hope that next year will bring about a better, sunnier and drier growing season. We are still having warm mid-80 degree temps here but as soon as we begin to cool I plan to put lettuce back in and peas as well. Maybe a few other cold fall plantings closer to the house.

Can’t give up on growth. Nature doesn’t.

Little Joe by Michael E. Glasscock III

Little Joe became an orphan in an instant. His grandparents were nearby and so he went to live with. This is his story of life completely different from the one he led before.

The book was well written and in the beginning the tragedy drew me into the story. Unfortunately, it really did not do much for me. It was well written and a good story; however, I kept waiting for something to happen. There were small incidents along the way but no real climax to the story. The grandparents were a bit surreal. Little Joe received punishment for bad behavior but not in a realistic fashion for the period in which the story takes place. It just felt like someone telling a brief story about their past but there wasn’t really anything interesting.

I just felt it was kind of  … flat.

Being Mom

English: mom and baby

My baby just turned 21. She graduated from college in May. She has an apartment, a roommate and a couple of jobs to pay for her living expenses. She is looking for her first “real job” now. She is legally an adult.

But, I still worry. Did I do a good enough job? Does she have a moral center? Does she have a good work ethic? Will she make the right decisions? I still worry and I will worry about her until the day I die. That is being a mom.

When she goes out with friends, I worry. When she tells me her car is acting funny, I worry. When she says she hasn’t been to the doctor, dentist, optometrist, I worry. When I tell her I worry, she says “oh Mom, you did a great job.” I am not so sure.

I remind her that nothing on the internet is private. (Remember when you had to capitalize Internet?) Make sure your posts are tasteful and appropriate. Future employers are looking! “oh mo-o-om”

Yeah, I get that a lot. I worry.

I know I really shouldn’t worry too much, because she is a great kid and a wonderful daughter. Maybe it is not her so much as the company she keeps? Are they trustworthy with my child? Are they going to treat her with the respect she deserves? I worry.

Will I ever stop worrying? Probably not. One day, she will move farther away. One day, she will be married. One day, she will give me grandchildren. One day, she will worry about her own children and I will worry about them all.