Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Can't stop laughing. Must share.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

May it be so

"All children have the right

to be children:

to be safe,

to attend school,

to play,

to be treated with respect,

to be heard,

to be understood

and to be loved."

Michael Brosowski,
Founder of Blue Dragon

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I Believe

Luke 2
Christ Born of Mary
1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Glory in the Highest
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them."

Merry (Conservative) Christmas

Here then, for one night only, each home throughout the English-speaking world should be a brightly lighted island of happiness and peace.

Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play.

Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern tasks and formidable year that lie before us.

Resolved that by our sacrifice and daring these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world.

And so, in God's mercy, a happy Christmas to you all.

Winston Churchill - 1941

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Very Worthy Christmas Link

Head on over to this powerful holiday-themed post on the blog known as "If Only I Had Super Powers".

I loved it!!! And the wonderful author, who happens to be a speech/language pathologist, was half-apologetic about repeating it from the previous year's debut.

Pshaw.

I think it should become an un-apologized-for holiday tradition!!

What do you think??

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Begin

Begin doing what you want to do now.

We are not living in eternity.

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand---and melting like a snowflake.

~~~~ Sir Frances Bacon

Sunday, December 6, 2009

For me, this answers the "Why?" of it all

1 "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."
Isaiah 60:1-3 (NKJ)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

State Dance 2010

Let's pretend this picture is right side up, k?

My Girl made the 2010 program. She is in the orange dress on the floor.

Nice hardware this year. Coach Morgan is in the front with the trophy. The team was awarded 3rd place in Pom, 5th place in hip hop, a Division 1 rating in jazz, the Community Service Award and a Team Academic Award. Whoot Whoot!!

Some alumni with the Horan girls. Brittany (and her mom), Alannah (and her mom), Emily and Sarah came to show their support and share in the excitement.

Alannah and her Allie. They are dancers, co-workers and dear friends. :)

Even with my severe jet lag (made severe by my dd awakening me with a 4:34 am text message: "Wanna go to State Dance with me?"---she had just finished a paper and was awake, duh! that's why she texted me then--lol), it was worth the trip.

We did not get home til 2:00 am and I did not settle into bed til 3:00 am. by then, I had been awake for 23 hours (on top of the jet lag, remember?). But, man oh man! Did the Dance Team rock it this year!

3rd place in Pom, 5th place in Hip Hop, Division 1 rating in Jazz, The Community Service Award and a Team Academic award. That's a whole lotta hardware and accolades.

This was my first year to attend the competition without having a dancer on the team and it was every bit as exciting. Why? Because we have come to care for all of these girls, as though they are our own. And their coach? We love her, too. Heck, we even love the Coach's mom!!

These girls are sweet, funny, smart, talented, caring and now, they have PROOF. I didn't really need it. They didn't, either. But, I am glad they have it. :)