Monday, July 27, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
My wife became a naturalized citizen back in 2010 and has since always wanted me to buy her a shirt sporting the US flag. When we were down in Florida, we were able to get a good buy on shirts for the family with the US flag on them. She loves her country despite the fact that she violently disagrees with many of the decisions being made at high levels and enjoys showing her support by wearing a shirt with the flag. Unfortunately for her, my boys could care less about making a fashion statement, so they are only in the photo to appease Mommy. It is nice to know, however, that my wife is so supportive of her adopted country.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
My elder son, Matthew, pictured on the right in the red shirt has developed into a real Minecraft aficionado. Discovering numerous books having to do with Minecraft online, he proceeded to buy as many as he could afford. He gets only a tiny allowance and recently ran out of money to purchase more. However, we do give him a dollar for every tooth he loses via the tooth fairy, a fairytale he sniffed out after the first time he received any money.
Just yesterday he visited the dentist with his younger brother to have his teeth cleaned. They took an x-ray, and the dentist told me that they would have to extract his two upper incisors because they were blocking his permanent teeth from coming down. His mouth is a mess with teeth coming in at angles and some of his first teeth blocking them and not really loosening up. These teeth seemed very firmly entrenched yet, so we made an appointment to have them both extracted on July 20th. Now when it comes to anything causing pain such as pulling a tooth or getting a shot, Matthew almost becomes frantic, so he was a pretty unhappy camper going home. To make all of this a little more palatable to him, I told him I would double the $1.00 and make it $2.00 per tooth when he had his teeth pulled. That made him quite happy.
Half an hour ago, he came to me and told me he had been able to get his fingernail under the edge of his tooth. Five minutes later he came to me with a big grin to tell me I owed him $2.00. I know that between now and July 20th he will do his utmost to earn his next $2.00 which I told him I would change to $5.00 since it would save the cost of extraction of his teeth. Actually, I may just make it $10.00, but I don't want him to know that yet. The best part of all this is that he now knows that having that tooth taken out by the dentist, if it comes to that, is not something to be dreaded.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
One of these thorny issues was the issue of the immoral woman which Proverbs spends a great deal of time on in the early chapters. As I started reading one evening, my elder son said, "Daddy, your read this last night." I responded that I had read something similar the night before but this was different and pointed out how often Solomon under inspiration addresses this issue, indicating that this was something to be taken very seriously. I then explained how falling into the trap posed by immorality on the part of men and women in their relationships could very easily destroy their lives. A couple of weeks later we were watching a movie together about a musician who started out with a Christian perspective on life and very nearly ruined his life when he got caught up with another woman. Upon seeing this, at one point I mentioned to my sons that this was a good example of what Solomon spoke of in the Proverbs. My elder son said, "I hope he doesn't fall into her trap." A few minutes later my younger son identified him taking that very subtle step closer and said, "Daddy, he's falling into her trap, isn't he?" I was pleased that my boys were able to identify these actions as being those which could lead tremendous problems. I just pray that my boys will remember these lessons as they grow and remain close to the Lord.
Just a final disclaimer, I try to teach my sons their responsibility in all this. I don't want this to sound as though I lay all the blame at the feet of women. On the contrary, I try to build women up in their eyes and am quick to point out bad actions on the part of men. Men have their own responsibility, and in the case of the movie we watched, I felt extremely bad for the wife of the man involved, so please do not view this as a sexist issue.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
The 2014-2015 school year was a year of transition for our family. I returned to the work force as a school librarian, Tess moved into her initial semester as a nursing student, and the boys returned to the Christian school where I worked as the librarian. Leaving early to take my wife to school and returning to the school where the boys and I spent our days meant early rising every morning and long days. There were long evenings spent on homework whereas when they were home schooled, they were able to finish all their work during the day because there were no extras. One day after school, the boys were in the library at the end of the school day when my younger son complained that he was tired. Not hearing from him for some time, I went searching for him and found him curled up in the corner shelf under my library counter where I had been working sound asleep. Another day he went to sleep on the carpet, and the janitor who had come in to sweep was going to just get a broom to sweep more quietly. I assured him that my son would sleep right through the sound of the vacuum. Somewhat disbelieving, he proceeded to vacuum, and to his utter amazement, my son slept through it all. We had to make many adjustments, but overall it was a good year and the boys are anticipating another year at school this fall.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Every year we attempt to take a special trip as a family to provide our boys with special memories and to broaden their horizons. For this year's trip, we chose to visit friends in Florida while including five days at Disney World. A great time was had by all despite oppressive heat and humidity. One day the temperature reached a scorching 97 degrees. The boys enjoyed all four Disney parks, especially the Indiana Jones show and the roller coasters, Splash Mountain, Mt. Everest, Thunder Mountain and Primeval World. Even Tess enjoyed the roller coasters. Enduring their Mom's wishes, the boys sat through shows such as Frozen, the Little Mermaid and Aladdin, enjoying themselves despite their evident distaste for anything feminine. Riding out into the wilds on the Jungle Safari, the boys were fascinated and enthralled by the abundance of wildlife. Equally captivating was the Festival of the Lion King. All of us enjoyed Spaceship Earth and The Land in Epcot. Everyone agreed that the vacation was great despite the long hours spent driving to and from Florida. .