Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Power problems...and still no internet!

Yesterday I turned my dryer on for the first time... and all the lights went off...not just in my house but the entire street! I was so mortified that I had done that with my little dryer! Then the lights came back on because it was a planned outage.

 I had nothing to do with it this time!!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jungle Mom is...

~digging her way out from under a million boxes

~tired of cleaning up the filth of the last renters

~finding out her washer and dryer do not fit in the house

~figuring out how to function in a kitchen with no cabinets and only one power outlet

 she woke up to find a donkey and two horses in her yard this morning!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Moving Day...

is tomorrow.

Prayers would be greatly appreciated.

"There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny."
—Ravi Zacharias

~ Psalm 32:8 ~I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye

I don't know when I will be back online but I will miss you all!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Things I see...

World Cup Fever

Official grill master of the Paraguayan soccer fans!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Paraguay vs. Italy ~ Albirroja

A taste of Paraguayan passion for soccer. Clint and Jayde were in the stadium the night we classified for the World Cup.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

USA ~ 1, England ~1





Imagine what we could do if Americans even cared about soccer???

Friday, June 11, 2010

World Cup

This blog will be temporarily interrupted due to the author's obsessive viewing of 
The World Cup.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

HUH ???

(H/T Andrew Comings of Brazil)

The World Cup is in South AFRICA, not South AMERICA!!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

In celebration of the victories of so many Republican women yesterday, I share an old post

(Revisiting an old post)

The "Mom Knows Best' Political Party.

While contemplating what will be the platform of the party, I have relied upon all the decisions and skills any mother uses in a given day. The goal is to protect the family, provide for the family needs, save some money, and raise some independent kids!

Here it is! The 'Mom Knows Best" political party platform!

Protect the Family
As a parent I take my job of protecting my children very serious. Don't you? I mean, come on, if I even suspect that someone or something is going to be a danger to my children, I get out there and take care of the situation first! I don't wait to see if it will cause harm to the kids, I don't ask my neighbors permission, I do not take a poll, and I certainly don't fret about whether or not it is politically correct. Nope! I just do what has to be done.

In Venezuela I learned that in order to protect my family, I needed a BIG, TALL Wall! All around my property. I also needed weapons, bigger than the malandros! (Thugs) The walls were not to keep out my friends. Anyone invited was welcomed! The wall was to keep out undesirables and the uninvited . Basically, anyone who might do us harm.

America needs walls (legal and actual)! And make sure our guns are bigger than the bad guys!!! Simple!

Provide for the Family

We as parents do our very best to meet the needs of our children and even provide for their wants. We work hard, save and spend wisely to do this. It would be immoral for us to incur debts with the intention of leaving it for our children to deal with after our deaths. We may give to charity and the community, but only after first meeting the needs at home. We certainly can not give to others if we have needs at home.

Also, we raise our children so that they will eventually take care of their own needs. We do not provide for them indefinitely. When they are mature, they are able to work for their own dreams and goals. We may choose to help them at times, but they must be capable to live on their own. After all, I am going to die one day!

And, by the way, If I have a need in my home, I do not go and purchase it from my enemies just because it's cheap! Especially if I already can provide what I need. I mean, would you go buy gas from a local gang member if you had a few barrels stored in your garage!?!?! Open up our own oil fields NOW!!! Start building nuclear power plants NOW!!! Stop buying form the jihadist NOW!!! Stop buying from Chavez NOW!!!

America needs to meet the needs of its citizens first. Jobs at home, first. Provide for our military, first. Then give generously to those who need help.

At home, when the checkbook says '0', it means, '0'! I can not spend anymore. I need to tighten the belt, cut spending, do without some things, whatever it takes to get by, but,'0' is '0'. No matter how much I would like, the local grocer will not give me food without money. I can't go and make photocopies of money either. I can not write a check without funds. Imagine!

Congress needs to understand this. You can not spend what you do not have! You do not accumulate debt and leave it for the next generation. Cut costs, limit spending, do whatever it takes to balance the budget. Start by allowing the citizen to keep more of his own money. If the citizen can meet his own needs, he will be more generous towards others. He may even 'hire' a few of them to work for him with the extra money. And do not print money with out funds!

Oh and... get rid of welfare! Teach the citizen to meet his own needs. Do not reward bad behavior. In the case of the truly needy, people will feel much more generous than they do now if they are allowed to keep more of their own hard earned dollars. As it stands, we see many people living on the dole who could work. We work! So should they. Simple really, no more subsidized couch potatoes!

Create Independence

As soon as able, each child should be allowed to contribute to the care and keeping of the family. This creates a spirit of collaboration, the feeling of worth, and a good work ethic for the future.

In our communities we need to allow the citizen to use his skills in providing for the needs of the community. Government needs to get out of the way of the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit. This will create jobs locally. These people will feel free to take risks, compete and create! Especially if they will get to keep their money!

Our children need to feel the stability of the home, the security of family in order to give the same to the community. Children reared in such an environment will be qualified and eager to compete globally. They will dare to be the best! They will keep our economy strong. They will invent and create new technology. However, if we provide everything except an education, then they will stay home and play on their Xbox! Just like our teens at home. No schoolwork, no Xbox! That's what mom says anyway...

Moms make sure kids are safe, secure, and comfortable. Then we do the best with what we have. So should America. Prepare our children by allowing for parental choice in education. Allow for less taxing so that the family has more funds to invest in their own future. And by the way, I think young adults can work their own way through college. I think it would be good for them to have to do that! They might appreciate it more then. I mean, we already provide free High School education and look at how much they appreciate that!

Protect the Marriage

Nature itself shows us that marriage can only function between a male and a female if we wish to propagate the human race. I have often wondered why people who believe in evolution and survival of the fittest don't see this as an endorsement for traditional marriage! Good grief! What are we doing? Trying to make ourselves extinct!

Protecting Life

Each life is valuable and should be protected. Period. The only life that can be forfeited is in the case of a danger to society. The murderer forfeits his own life, we do not 'take' his life. No, it is the criminal who 'forfeits' his own life. This is also true in war. The state has the duty to protect the citizen. Should an enemy chose to forfeit his life by fighting in a war...well, it's his choice. HA! I guess I am pro-choice after all!!!

And , uh, speaking of war... whenever possible, I as a mom, usually allow my kids to handle their own disagreements. If I see a child in danger from another person, then ,yes, I will intervene. When adults choose to disagree, I do not get involved, unless it is a clear and present danger to me, my family, or our belongings. Governments call this 'interests'. We do not need to be the world's police man, but we have every right to protect our interests.

Religious Freedom for All

Even politicians. Yes, they should be allowed to have faith too. We are a Christian nation.
Everyone has the right to believe as they wish unless, or until, their beliefs effect the liberty or well being of another.

History teaches us that this nation was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. That is part of what has made us the great nation we are today. The moment we turn our backs on those principles we become just another country. Like so many in the world, but without the USA there to save us from ourselves!

God Bless America!

So, there it is ! The "Mom Knows Best" platform!

Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

74 years

My Daddy is celebrating his 74th birthday today! He has remained faithful to God and served Him for as long as I can remember.

~My favorite childhood memory of my daddy is when he would read  Zane Grey westerns to us.

1971~ My daddy is on the left and I am  the little girl hiding behind him. This was taken while he was attending Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC.

March  2010. Smyrna Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Josh and Naomy

Two years ago today, my son, Josh, married Naomy. The small family wedding was at Lake Tahoe where the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, as was the bride! And she is probably the only girl crazy enough for our family!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Its simple!

In many areas of understanding, none so much as in our understanding of God, we bump up against a simplicity so profound that we must assign complexities to it to comprehend it at all. It is mindful of how we paste decals to a sliding glass door to keep from bumping our nose against it. ~Robert Brault

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Missionary Moment

I posted this photo on my Facebook page and was reunited with one of my Sunday School students from over 20 years ago . Check out the comments and read of how I came to teach a friend's future daughter in law and never even knew it! The same student also became the  co worker of another friend in Aruba. If you are a missionary or work with children, never grow tired investing in the lives of the next generation. You never know who you have in your class.

Teaching Sunday School in Cabudare, Lara, Venezuela @ 1988

Friday, June 04, 2010

MAF 9-1-1 of the Jungle

I thank God for all the lives that have been saved by the MAF program. They served us for several years and often made emergancy medical evacuation flights for the village.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Things I see...

I woke up one morning to discover...

The kittens moved into my washer!

Glad I didn't start to wash with out looking first!

Someone wants to stay!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Talent Show ~ Jungle Style

We've got talent!

Written by my oldest daughter, Jackie of Keepin' Sane with Littles

Missionary familes have a lot of talent. If you've ever been at a missions conference before you know what I'm talking about. Mr. Missionary stands up and introduces his large family. They are imaculatly dressed and perfectly behaved. Mr. Missionary calls Mrs. Missionary and all the Little Missionaries up to the platform where they sing a song. Oh, but they dont just sing a song because every single one of their children (all eleven of them) can play a different instrument, and play it well. They sing with harmony, and then, after the song, because it wasn't cute enough, the Youngest Missionary (about six months old or so) recites Psalm 23. Most missionary families are like that, great voices, and amazing music abilities.

Then there was the Vernoy family. We all have decent voices....sometimes. Depends on what mood we're in I guess. As for playing instruments? Dream on. We were too busy reading books to learn an instrument, plus we lived in the Amazon and there's a shortage of piano teachers out there. Not to mention pianos.

So, in many missions conferences we sat and watched yet another amazingly talented Super Missionary family sing lovely songs in multiple languages. Then it was our turn to do something. But what?

It's not that we didn't have talent! Oh, we have talent. We even held talent shows in the jungle...the Indians loved them! They were usually held on weekends, when our house was especially full. They would start crowding in, thumbing through our old National Geographic magazines, and then some brave soul would ask my sister, Jewel, if she could do a one handed cartwheel. Always eager to please, Jewel begin to tumble about the living room which would bring on a chorus of "ooh's" and "aahs." Not to be outdone, Jayde would impersonate Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, or do the split on the cement floor. The split was always a great big hit. Indians are strong, and muscular, but not flexible AT ALL. Flexibilty is something everyone in my family is blessed with, and the Indians were always impressed. I would sit with my legs crossed "indian style" and then walk on my knees, or put lay flat on the floor, face down, with my legs behind my head. This made quite an impression. The talent show was only getting started! When my mom's turn came she would raise one eyebrow, or while standing with one foot pointed forward, twist the other foot completly back. I share that talent as well, but would let her preform it since I already had so many others. :-) Joshua always added a colorful piece to the show with his accurate impersanation of the village witch doctor, which always brought lots of laughs. My Dad was the biggest hit when he would stand in a doorway, his back towards the barefoot audience, and hug himself with his arms. They thought that was hilarous!

We would continue with our antics, my hog calls, Jewel shimming up the center pole of the house, Jayde throwing her legs over her arms and walking on her hands (it's really hard to explain,you have to see it) Yes, our talent shows were very cool. The coolest thing going on in that village anway.

As "cool" as we thought we were, we just didn't think churches would appreciate our kind of talent during their conferences. I can picture it now. The pastor gets behind the pulpit, "Why, thank you Super Missionary Family for that lovely rendition of Amazing Grace in five langues,with twelve different instruments. Truly a blessing. And now, our next family, the Vernoys, will be doing their hog calls, and their youngest will finish off by swinging from the rafters while singing 'Crazy' in her Patsy Cline voice."

Hmm...doens't seem very likely. What usually happened was my dad would stand up, introduce and say, "We just dont' sing...but we have some stories we could tell you!" Or, as one missionary friend put it, "I would sing a special for you, but it would probably be more special if I didn't!"