Saturday, November 24

Happy Birthday, Mark!

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Happy Birthday to my best friend. Babe, you are the greatest husband, dad and friend. I marvel at your strength and ability to always see the good in every situation that you encounter. Have a wonderful birthday!

Thursday, November 22

Happy Thanksgiving

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The early morning aromas have now dissipated and our appetites have been completely satisfied with turkey, corn bread dressing, sweet potato casserole with lots of marshmallows, infamous green rice, and yummy cranberry sauce. Oh, and we cannot forget the homemade sweet potato, pumpkin and apple pie! Last but not least, Christmas blend coffee from Starbucks. (Oh, ya)

We have had a great day. Mom started the morning off cooking while I slept in. For you see, my kitchen is a one-woman kitchen. LOL I did, however, clean all the dishes. I guess you can say that is my contribution to the thanksgiving dinner.

In all sincerely, we are just thrilled that we have mom and dad here with us. Sheldon has been keeping them busy by playing Battleship, Sorry and Clue. Most importantly, we are just enjoying talking with one another around the kitchen table.

We want to wish every at the Pentecostals of O.C. a fantabulistic Thanksgiving. We love you!

Friday, November 16

No Retreat for Defeat

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"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." (Author Unknown)

Why are we so fearful of defeat? The greatest lessons are learned sometimes by experiencing grave discouragements. We have to be willing to at least try and not withdraw behind our insurmountable walls of "I can't do that." "There can be no victory without the risk of defeat. If you suffer defeat, arise to the challenge again this time armed with the lessons of yesterday's failures. The cost of doing nothing is just too great." (Mark Pryor) We need to always remember that nothing is impossible for God! If we are willing to take one step, God is always willing to take two. Do you have the courage to take that step?

Monday, November 12

Thank You Veterans

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President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address: "America owes a debt of gratitude to all those who have served in our Armed Forces. On Veterans Day, we remember those who have served in previous wars, those who are serving today, and those who did not live to become veterans."

To all our veterans, thank you for serving and preserving our freedom!

Thursday, November 1

What Example Are You Setting?

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I was reading an article about why adolescent girls are so mean to each other. This phrase captivated my attention, "Parents can start by monitoring their own behavior, the experts say, because girls (and boys) follow what their parents do. They can also talk to their kids about this hurtful behavior and help them figure out positive ways to solve relationship problems."

As parents, we have a viable duty to be positive role models for our children. For this reason, if you want your kids to show respect, you must show respect to one another. Go ahead, test this fact. If you do not like someone, your kids won't either. If you lack respect for a person, your kids won't have much respect either. If you are critical and gossip a lot, watch and see what your kids do. You'll soon find that they are quick to spread the latest news and most likely it will always be cast in a negative light. Don't dispair though. You can change this dangerous habit. "The first thing parents can do is recognize that what they say and how they treat other adults and children has an enormous influence on how their own children behave." (Parent Adviser, November 1, 2007). If something negative is said, try to change it and help your child to see the good in whatever situation you are facing. Let's become the right role model for our children!