Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
When I was a kid, my mother once called me “anti-social” because I didn’t want to go to a party. I’ve never forgotten that.
During her childhood, a friend of mine was introduced by her mother as the “pretty, but not too smart” one. She’s never forgotten that.
Words matter. Labels can stick. Especially when they come from a parent.
So try to catch your children in the act of using their God-given gifts or exhibiting a certain character quality you want to reinforce. Identify it. Give it a name. Then point it out to them.
Let’s say you ask your son to clean his room. An hour later you check and the job is done. When you tuck him into bed, you could say, “Son, you not only got your room clean, but you did it right and you did it the first time I asked. You are someone who is responsible and trustworthy.”
Maybe your teenage daughter is trying a new hairstyle (or make-up, clothing, etc.). Try saying, “You sure are beautiful, but not just on the outside. I’m so proud of who you are.”
Your words are going to stick one way or the other. You might as well make them good ones.
You can read more interesting posts on the site HERE. It is called the DadPad, and it is a site for Dads with articles written by Dads. (I am not a Dad, but I still found a lot of the articles enlightening!)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Steve came up with the idea to start a company, sell a product, and give 100% of the profits away to missions projects that we believe in. When he first told me he wanted to make candles and sell them, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. I have never made a candle, nor seen anyone make a candle. I just wasn't sure how easy or time consuming it might be.
Steve sold one of his nicest camera lenses and used all the money to buy supplies to start making candles. He bought molds, wax, a pour pot, dyes and fragrances, wicks, etc.
When Steve gets an idea, he is just an all or nothing kind of guy.
So he started making candles about two weeks ago, and I have to admit that he is pretty kick booty at it already!
Our friends Mike and Janessa came over on Friday. Mike and Steve are very like-minded guys, so Mike is into the selling candles for those in need idea as well. This is Mike:
And this is Mike's candle he made (with Butternut Pumpkin scent in case you are interested to know!):
So I was taking this picture of Mike's candle, and as I was focusing on the candle I was seeing his tatoo out of the corner of my eye. So now we have evolved from:
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Hmmm....Still not completely sure what to make of this one. I know this for sure - the acting is superb. Stellar. Exceptional. I love me some Amy Adams (Enchanted anyone?). And Meryl Streep is a brilliant actress. I wanted to love it, but I just didn't. It wasn't boring, per say. But I would venture to say that the story lacked something.
Please do not rent this movie if you are feeling at all down in the dumps or depressed. It may push you over the edge. And come to think of it, don't rent this movie if you are really happy and excited either because you might NOT be after this movie.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If you remember this post, then I think you might agree with me that his scar is looking pretty good!