Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Labor Day plans?

Buddy has none, but if you are looking for something a little more exciting, learn all about the Simpsonville Labor Day Family Fun Festival here, including the car show, teen night and a concert by Pocket Full of Rocks.

More work-related news: Here are some tips from the experts on getting the kids back to school.


Because maintaining a web site is not yet part of my normal routine, I am behind schedule. Here's a bit of Worthy potpourri that will catch up the last couple of weeks.

Nolan had his first Cub Scout outing. It was a family picnic and visit to the Greenville Zoo.

With eight days of home school completed, I am no expert, but the list of reasons why I love it is growing daily. And (gasp!) we do get out to wonderful places and interact with children and adults. Who knew?! Here, Nolan enjoys an aquatic ecology class at Paris Mountain State Park.

Making clouds in a jar:

August 20 - The first day of high school and home school:

Nolan and I have been wearing out our membership card at Roper Mountain Science Center. The classes are exceptional and we always end up in the butterfly garden.

And from the South Carolina State Museum:
Look out NASA.

It looks like we might get our $29.95 worth after all. :)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

A Prayer for Today

And Everyday...

This was written by one of the most beautiful people I have ever known. She gave me permission to post it here. Please read what she has to say and then visit here to learn about her daughter and how you can be a part of changing the world. Please write them a big, fat check. (How's that for subtlety?) I know them and have spoken directly to one of the researchers they fund. I believe with my whole heart that a cure will be found for this condition and that it will be found soon and as a direct result of the research that is happening right now.
There is no more important cause out there and no organization that will put your donation of money, time and talents to better use.

From Cindy McCraw:

How Can I Make a Difference for God?

God, I ask you to fulfill this scripture through my life.

1 Thessalonians 5:16
"Be joyful always! Pray continually! Give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus!"

I ask that the Holy Spirit fill my life so fully that others will physically see His presence in my spirit. Even though life is not always happy, keep me EVER mindful of your presence, so that I can experience true JOY daily.

I ask for a grateful that can experience a peace that passes all understanding. Help me to be grateful in ALL circumstances even when the pain is sometimes more than I can bear alone. I am truly grateful that you meet us in that hour of need!

Father, I boldly ask that you fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit to defend me and my family against the enemy's schemes. I pray for a fire that Moses witnessed in the burning bush. I pray for a passion for life like this fire that doesn't burn out or destroy us, but gives us a ZEAL for life!

I commit to "love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength." Mark 12:30. "I pray also that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the HOPE to which you have called me." Ephesians 1:18

Open my eyes father, to opportunities, so that I can make....
an eternal difference for you!

Truly yours,
Your servant.


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Heck on Wheels

Read here about James Hughey. He is funny and charming and really inspires me to try and make better use of myself.

Monday, August 6, 2007

National Treasures

Few things delight my obsesssive-complusive nature more than planning a trip. In June, we trekked to Washington, D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg. By all means, go and see the seat of our nation's government and take your kids along, but save yourself hours of Google time by reading our tips here. Details from the Williamsburg trip are coming soon.

Here are a few more highlights:

The kids and Abraham Lincoln...

A small token of thanks to what is truly The Greatest Generation--The World War II Memorial is stunning and incredibly appropriate in its detail. I only wonder why it took so long to make this happen.

Flying a plane (sort of) at the National Air and Space Museum -- This place is more fun than the law should allow. I could have spent days there.

Until the National Museum of American History reopens in 2008, the Air and Space Museum is home to Americana incarnate. In this case alone you can find Archie Bunker's chair, Seinfeld's puffy shirt and (ah...) Mister Rogers' sweater. I was as giddy as a school girl.

Honestly, this is not a knock against the Museum of Natural History, but John could not resist taking a picture of this sign. We are still processing its directive.