Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What happened after we left you? About the chicken...

We looked at the receipt of the hotel and it said that Checkin ends at 11 pm. It was 10 minutes to 11! We were 20 minutes away from the hotel. We had Emmy checking for other hotels or motels that might not be closed and might accept pets. What alot of worry went into that 20 minute time period. Some of the noise behind me in the van were laughing and small talk and I couldnt enter into it because of the real possibility that we might be all sleeping in the van that night: "Bojangles notwithstanding?" I am sorry that we couldn't stop the vehicle to pass a piece out of the box to you. I knew that you would understand! Love you, baby

Friday, August 11, 2017

Third babies and after are quick to move out of the way, but don't miss the wonder!

I do try to feed each baby in my lap each day, even after they are able to hold their bottle. It is not as easy as it may seem. It is a moment to do the other things while they are quietly holding a bottle and certain not to jump out of the seat.

Yesterday, Malia made herself endeared all the more. She is so observant and always carrying on gibberish conversations with me about this and that thing. We have alot in common, it seems. She doesn't try to get too much attention and she has a very short temper. She was the very last to get a one on one, with Ms. Jayne. She grabbed my face, instead of her bottle and put her finger on my chinhair. You know what she was saying. How come you haven't pulled at this one? What a little observer? She knew that I had gotten all the rest of them and she kept her finger right there until we finished the feeding.

Don't miss little moments like that with child number 3 or 4 because you think you know them all!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Is this Gibraltar? or Trafalgar? A Wonderful, Historic Match!

The power of your royalty’s support
We miss a little something in competition, when we try to play and do things minus a royal expectation. Our President means a lot to us. He might frequent a game or so,etc. But today when the Spanish King was there to watch the youngster vanquish her seasoned elder competitor, there was a marked improvement to her game. The advantage was palpable. The first set, they were equals. There was no age to them. There was no physical prowess to overcome. Mental confidence has always been Muguruza’s strong suit and Venus’ weakness.
England was a neutral playing field. Neither had a home court advantage. Both had as hard a grooming for the final and their performances were showing a common ratio of winners to errors. The stats promised an interesting match. The royal advantage proved a major factor and not an incidental one….

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Shined Shoes?

You were able to clean yourself up nicely and get to the wedding and back in time to celebrate the birthday with Dad. Hooray for you. You cleaned up very prettily with your sister. I especially loved the shiny shoes. You didn't even have to shine them yourself.
I had occasion on the 4th of July to watch Long Gray Line with Tyrone Power. It was amazing how the men at West Point make shiny shoes an integral part of life. Are you in? Your shoes are shined, if you are and they are not if you're not.
It's not just ostracisation, it is a symbol of the training that they have experienced. Their senses of respect and respecting have been buffed and shined to reflect the training of the "same master". In their case it is America that they reflect. A father, in the patriotic sense has given them a voice of leveling and a place of rank that identifies them on the ladder of service. No one is number one in that ranking, but they subject their respect and respectability to the same standard. They look at things like cords and stars and know what that has meant in the lives of the one wearing them. They condition their voices to rise and fall according to the same standard of respect and respectability. Insubordination is tasted on the tongue, as it were, at its first impulse. That is a unity that God has blessed over these 200+ years of attempted democracy and in as much as it is "under God", we can expect that it will continue to be blessed. As soon as we place our standard as the god of our submission, we are cursed.
That seems to be what sent the Demons to hell. The shine of the glory of respect can become blinding in its beauty.
I wanted to say to you in your shining beauty, yesterday,"let not your cosmetic be..." But I caught myself, lest that be the thing to keep you from being yourself in the enjoyment of your good time. Today, I can say it, "Shine the shoes, but keep the heart humble!"

Monday, July 3, 2017

my thoughts this week with the babies. Is melancholy a controlled or inherited problem?

Could we feed someone to prevent melancholy? Could we tickle a baby and prevent phlegmatic disposition? I really don't think so, but it is fun to try to encourage children to look on the bright side of infant life. Pray, pray, pray and feed them frequently and play with them and hopefully, they will become a happy child. Discourage the fear provocation. Brow beating should only be used in a life threatening circumstance, in childcare. Parents should provide a secure environment and allow children to express when fear is creeping in. Think about it! David had overbearing brothers and so did Joseph and they became world leaders, with amazing power and seemingly happy people, inspite of this.

Monday, June 26, 2017

You have always been Quivercly Quizzical. You always ask me question about my fertility of children and of thought. This is today's answer...

Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.
Zechariah 11:2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.  Zechariah 11:3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.
echariah 11:10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.  Zechariah 11:11  And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD.
How God grafted us in, from Israel He cut! The specifics of God’s pruning method in grafting us in. The beauty of the Lord was cut in two. Bands was also cut and the gentiles were grafted between these two parts of God’s self. 30 pieces of Silver? When we care not for the poor, we are acting like the Jews did, when JEsus was crucified. He was God's most beautiful and banded branch of Himself. God cutting off of himself to let us in, is a most precious thought. I decided to try to root some of my precious plants and see, if they will reroot in good soil. Maybe?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lessons from listening to people who speak, considering their consciences.

Kurt speech is a development of being from a big city. Straight forward and direct is an element of respect. How can we say it in as few words as possible? Get that sentence out and get to the next subject, is the highest gain, to us. Oh, how difficult it was, for me to listen to my slow speaking southern friends, who frame every sentence, with, whether or not their memories are accurate to clarity. "Did I ask you that?" I am always thinking. For the sake of brevity and for the sake of clarity and for the sake of accuracy are all different perspectives of communication. What time it was and where they were standing when it happened, were things that seemed to cloud the conversation to me. That was my difficulty with reading Hobbit. What color the tablecloth was, simply made me cringe, while trying to visualize these different types of beings that weren't human. Imagining the difference between a Hobbit and a Dwarf, was more difficult than grasping the color of the roots and the ground having curtains at the windows. Get to the point, I kept thinking.
Listening to different kinds of Christian people, some who have been taught a sensitivity to conscience, that I haven't matured to yet, has become refreshing. Is the truth something that we beat out of people in an investigatory tone? Is it a beautiful thing that a man is speaking according to his conscience and taking his time to answer, using words that are "accurate to his recollections". Do we give people that right? The right to answer the question, in good conscience. What does that mean? Are we learning in our interactions to be more honest in our dealings, or to bulldoze a man's conscience to get at truth? Some truths need a bulldozer. Some truths need a tweezer. Learn how to listen and request information that will grow you and your "inquisitee".
This is not the Spanish Inquisition!
Ananias and Saphira were killed because of their lying to the Holy Spirit and the fear of God should be developed in our use of words. When we have found a person who has great ability of speaking in good conscience, we should be more ready to listen and to hear how to do the same. Even if it takes a long time.