Sunday, September 22, 2013

What a difference a year makes!

Sooooo, it's been almost a year since I was last here. It's honestly been one of the most difficult but blessed years of my life.

It all started last September when our son came home from deployment.

We got him all settled back into civilian life and began to look forward to the holidays when I suddenly discovered with a shock that I was pregnant again! We could not believe it. After all, it was only a few months since we had lost our precious angel that we had been anticipating so much. After the loss I decided that I was done having babies and that it was time to focus on being a mom to our children and a grandmother to my step grandbabies. God had other plans for us though.....

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Golden Rule

Is anyone else as shocked as I have been at the tone of disrespect and dishonor that has been present throughout this year's election campaigns? Is this to be the new norm? It seems more and more every day that common courtesy and civility are diminishing before our eyes.
In my Organizational Ethics class we were discussing whether we felt society was more rude and unpolished or less rude and unpolished than it used to be. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts about this as it's a subject near and dear to me. As parents we have such a battle in this world to instill the character qualities of consideration, respect, empathy, and love in our children. Here is some of what I wrote:

It can clearly be seen, especially by those who have lived through several decades, that society today is much more rude and unpolished than it was many years ago. This is probably related to the deterioration of caring and mutual respect that used to permeate the character of people but is not always easily found within hearts today. Manners are a reflection of respect and caring about those around us, and along with their rapid decline over the past few decades, it can be seen that love and empathy for others has lessened as well.

 It is interesting to note that manners and character training used to be part of public education, as can be seen in antique textbooks, such as the McGuffey Readers that were used in public schools a little more than a century ago. A sample of such character training can be seen in McGuffey’s Fifth Reader:

I live for those who love me,

For those who know me true;

For the heaven that smiles above me,

And awaits my spirit, too;

For the cause that needs assistance,

For the wrongs that need resistance,

For the future in the distance,

    And the good that I can do. 

This seems in stark contrast to the character training of children today, which is practically nonexistent in many homes and schools. This is unfortunate because it has contributed greatly to the ongoing corrosion of manners and mutual respect among common people.

  As Christians we are called to be the salt and light in the world (Matthew 5:13-16). One way we can do this is to take the time to learn manners and etiquette if we have not already learned them and teach them to our children as well so that others can see that we care about them. In this way we may show Christ to the world.
The simple cure for rudeness and disrespect can be found in the Bible in Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you”. If everyone would abide by this Golden Rule in today’s society, we would be back on the right track towards the common goals of love and mutual respect.
This may seem obvious to most but how many of us really stop and take the time to reflect on this simple principle? Obviously this did not occur to many politicians participating in the election this year. How can we ever expect improvement in this area if our leaders can't even abide by the Golden Rule?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Joe Froggers

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My grandmother, who was the mother of 15 children, ran an immaculate and well-organized household. As a little girl I always aspired to be just like her!! She was so special and sweet all the time, to everyone. She was the very soul of hospitality and on any given day or night of the week she might have had guests in her home for meals. She was always prepared though.

One particular thing I remember about Grammy is that she always had her cookie jars full. When I was about 7 or 8 years old I used to go into her pantry just to look at the cookie jars. I remember my head was just a little above the counter top where they were placed and I would rest my chin on it and stare at them. There were always sugar cookies and there were always molasses cookies, a regular staple in Maine households where I grew up. Yep, I'm a transplanted Yankee. (After I write this blog post I will definitely never be able to visit the Confederate garage up in Walker County, Georgia, EVER. I don't think they do Yankee up there. If you think I'm joking--google it, I'm serious!)

As an adult I have not lived up in the north country very much, but I still love the food that we ate growing up. (Can you say Lobstah???) Molasses cookies are something I hardly ever make because my southern husband and children just do not like them too much. My two oldest children do, though, but that is because they lived several years in Maine when they were very small and they are familiar with them.

Sooo, for a long time now I've been looking for a good molasses cookie recipe. Grammy died four years ago this month so I couldn't get hers. I researched online for a while and finally decided to try a recipe I found at Yankee Magazine. Well, guess what? Mr. J and all the kids ate 'em AND liked 'em. I didn't even offer them to Mr. J because I know he hates molasses cookies. He took it upon himself to mosey on into the kitchen and take a bite of one. Then he comes into the room and says "Hey, Hon, these cookies are great!" To which I responded, "Huh? Those are molasses cookies." He said, " I know but they're good". To which I thought to myself, "I'll make a Yankee out of that boy yet...".

 But I digress.... the truth is that I actually made these cookies because I was entranced with the story behind them.It's kinda neat. Plus they are an authentic Yankee recipe and Lord knows I need a little Yankeefying wicked bad by now, ya'll!!!

So get Yankeefied with me and try the Joe Froggers. They are wicked good.