Monthly Archives: May 2009

1 Day Left!!!

Two kinds of students:  1) The kind that you just tell them they really don’t need to come to school tomorrow.  2) You hold up a big packet of worksheets and tell them that if they do show up tomorrow, that’s what’s in store for them…  We’ll see.  It’s amazing to me that the kids that have missed so much all year and it’s hard to keep them up to speed because they’re never there are suddenly concerned with their attendance when we’re not doing anything.

All I have left is to pack up my room.  I feel like I’ve not gotten very far, but I think I’ll have enough time.  I think I’ve got all my paperwork stuff ready to turn in.

On Tuesday, we’re heading to Saint Louis and then to Louisville, KY on Wednesday.  Will be home on Sunday afternoon.  I just decided for sure today.  How’s that for spontaneous?

Our friends, Brian and Debra and Sadie have been trying to lure us to come see them for awhile.  We’ve never even got to meet Sadie and I think Ivy was just a few months when they moved.  I’m all for visiting friends, I’m just NOT for big road trips.  Dangling Coldplay/Pete Yord tickets in front of me did the trick.

By the way: Ben Folds freaking rocks!

and summer break rocks, too!

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Posted by on May 31, 2009 in Uncategorized


Final personal day

I enjoyed my personal day last monday so much, I figured I might as well schedule my final personal day of the year for the only Monday I have left.  (Of course, that’s not counting the last day of school, but I don’t think I could do that.)

Unfortunately, I started getting the sneaky suspician that a sinus infection was coming on Thursday night and knew it to be true on Friday.  I went to the Dr. on Saturday and got an antibiotic, but it seems slow in getting me back to full power.  So, it was a beautiful day on Monday, but I don’t feel like I got to enjoy it very much.

This week is the week of getting in days, although we’re doing anything but school.  Today we had an assembly.  Tomorrow: Naturals game.  Thursday: Play day with Awards ceremony.  Friday: Talent Show.  I’m not complaining.  I just don’t know what we’re going to do all week next week.

And then…

Not sure.  I need to be productive.   somehow.  With something.

That’s all I know.

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Posted by on May 19, 2009 in Uncategorized


Personal Day

So mostly, I just wanted to get another post on here so that the title of the last post wasn’t the first thing…scary.  About that:  Jeff was just saying some things on Sunday that were making me think I need to try to chillout about my friend.  Not only does sin separate us, most of the time it is a symptom of our deception.  I said what I needed to say, I shouldn’t be so angry with him for still being deceived.

Monday I took a personal day. My mom and sis were here.  We didn’t really do much, but just not having to go to school on Monday made Sunday night SO MUCH nicer.

I’ve got one personal day left.  I’m thinking that I might use it next monday if I can get away with it.  Which means I only have one monday left: June 1st!

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Posted by on May 12, 2009 in Uncategorized



The title of this blog seemed a little too blunt.  I considered “iniquity” but that didn’t really get it either.

Some time ago, I was visiting with my wise friend, Rustin.  He had just been to visit an old friend of his who had been divorced since their previous contact.  I really don’t remember direct quotations, but I remember Rustin saying something to the effect of being amazed at how sin always separates us.

If you believe the bible, you know that sin is what separates us from God.  Rustin’s observation has grown into a profound idea to me over the years that proves itself to be true over and over again.  How do you recognize sin?

Pride causes sons and daughters, brothers and sister, mothers and fathers to shut loved ones out of their lives.  Greed causes us to be uncaring and ruthless in our pursuit of stuff.  Lust perverts our idea of love and care and sex and causes us not to treasure the loved one we are joined to or prohibits healthy, whole relationships from developing.

I have a friend who may read this blog.  I really don’t know.  But, I also said all this to his face, so if he chooses to be mad because I wrote it on the blog, I’m sorry. He made it clear that what I thought and said had not bearing on what he plans or what he thinks.  I’m not writing to him.  I’m writing to get it out of my head.

He’s screwing up his life.  He disagreed.  But, his behavior or determination not to change his behavior for anybody else is driving everyone who cares about him away from him including his wife.  How is that not screwing up your life?  How is that not sin?  I know that I don’t want to be around him.  I don’t want to talk about all his grand plans that may or may not come to fruition, but will most definitely cause him to lose the things that seem the most important.

Is money most important?  Is prestige?  Is being right? Is getting your own way the most important thing? Is pride the most important?

My dad was far from perfect.  Even now, 15+ years since he died, I can get mad at him for not telling me more of his thoughts and ideas.  I wish I knew more of who he was.  And yet, even without talking much, somehow he instilled in me strong convictions about what it means to keep your commitments and meet your obligations  and take responsibility for your family and the ones you love.  Whether the grounding of this idea is in scripture or not:  This is moral.  This is right.  The lack of understanding of this is part of what’s wrong with our society.

Anything that you might allow in your life to impede or separate those relationships is wrong.  immoral.  sin.

And deflecting all responsibility off yourself and onto other people is 7th grader behavior.  Grow up already.

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Posted by on May 5, 2009 in Uncategorized