Have an absolutely grand and glorious weekend. Wow, marrying off number five. Glory to God. Love to you all.
Thanks, Christopher. Rehearsal dinner for fifty tonight in our home so lots of workers and work right now all around me. Listening to Merle Haggard's "Farmer's Daughter."
And the pictures of the construction/mining equipment are awesome.. (esp. since I am in the federal construction industry.)
I am going to break away from watching Kruger videos on youtube to leave this comment. Tim, you should go here: http://www.digthisvegas.com/. After the wedding, of course.
I saw a post on Taylor's facebook page from David Wegener that I thought was very thoughtful. I'll add one simple thing to it that has been a blessing in both my marriage and my life as I have applied its simple truth to the best of my abilities... "Do all things without grumbling or complaining." Philippians 2:14.
SMILE:) What a great work the Lord has done in Taylor! Excited for you all!
Thank you, dear Michael and Jessica! Love,
Thank you for sharing. The pictures are spectacular, each in a different way. We regret not being able to make it back to Bloomington for this joyous event. We love both the Schreuder and the Bayly families very much. May God grant Taylor and Reze many years, children, and "lovers' quarrels" together. :) Warmly,
Our 3 oldest children did, Denver Todd. And we are so thankful!
Have you ever had anyone move to Bloomington intentionally to attend the church?
Lots of towns have places to buy inexpensive cars and great meat (and we do love Rice Farms meat). My point was that one reason is plenty to keep us here.
Ah, Kevin; come on. There are lots of reasons to love Bloomington. Here's one of my favorites just west of town. Do you know how many cars our church members have bought from T&T? One more just this week.
And while you're out there checking out hail-damaged cars, buy your meat here (just around the corner from T&T).
Ah, Bloomington. I have a real love/hate relationship with this town.
I can think of many, many reasons why I would like to leave and only one that makes me want to stay (the one glaring omission from the video); which is why, Lord willing, we will never move from here.
As a classroom teacher, I see the truth in all that's been said. I used to teach in a majority African-American school, and of my 135 band students, 1 of them had an IEP for ADHD. Now, I teach in a majority White school and I have 12 for the same number of kids. In the same town. There was more of a cultural expectation in the first school that when you acted up too much, mom would just give you the rod (sometimes in the wrong way) and tell you to knock it off. Whereas here, most phone calls home related to behavior begin on the parent's end with "well, you know, there's the ADHD....." However, I have one student I can see in my mind right now who, no question about it, has a legitimate problem, and the medication helps him.
The main point here, I think, is that we're all so afraid of making a value judgement that we just go for the symptom with the drugs, rather than acknowledging that the root issue may not be medical. Because that opens to the door, heaven forbid, to acknowledging spiritual realities. And that's our big problem, as Americans and Westerners, is that we are at the end of the day a bunch of materialists. There's got to be a pat, physical solution to every problem. Just pop a pill.
I just started reading Pamela Druckerman's Bringing up Bébé as well. I'm not finished but it's been a fascinating read so far! I wonder if the parenting philosophy she describes could be descriptive of other European families outside of France too. Regardless, it kind of makes me wish I lived in France. I tell my children "no juice box today" or "no more snacks, go play" at the neighborhood playgroup and all moms' eyes hone in on me like I'm the Wicked Witch of the West.
A few months ago my wife read Bringing up Bebe (the book cited by the author of the linked article) and she loved it. It provides exactly the kind of outsider's perspective on our culture of child-rearing that so helpfully points out the things that Americans do that are just plain crazy. And it sounds like it's hilarious, too. Another gem from the book is that French parents know their children will face dangers, obstacles and frustrations as adults; because of this, French parents believe that it is a disservice to coddle their children, or shield them from natural adversities when they're children, because that won't prepare a child for real life. The phrase they use to express that is something like "If a child plays with knives, he might cut himself, but he won't die."
>>Obviously we are rotten parents who refuse to discipline and offer no structure.
What is true in the aggregate concerning ADHD is worth saying although I regret you have been the recipient of much unhelpful advice and criticism concerning your own struggles. For many years I've been concerned about this massive drugging of our nation's children. It's risky to point to the issue, I know, but too many parents and school counselors drug our boys when the solutions should be spiritual, relational, and personal.
I'm sure you agree, notwithstanding your own child's special needs. May God surround you and your wife and child with much love and support as you seek His mercy for each day, dear brother.
As the father of a child with ADHD I thought I should comment.
For about 15 years now we have been on the receiving end of advice ranging from encouraging and empathetic to rude and completely ignorant in regards to how best to raise our child. Obviously we are rotten parents who refuse to discipline and offer no structure. Yes, sarcasm. Nobody and I mean nobody can understand what it is like to have a child with ADHD, real ADHD. Is it overdiagnosed? It could be. It could be something in the water we drink or the food we eat, I don't know. I wholeheartedly agree that many kids just need proper authority exercised and yes, structure and Godly discipline. The danger with an article like this, however, is that it gives most people the idea that ADHD is not really anything more than parents being bad parents.
I say this because already today my wife has been told maybe we should "move to France", you know; where people know how to parent better.
I caution other christians to be wary of getting up on a high horse and lower ADHD to simply bad parenting. It is bad enough to have struggled to care for and try to understand our child's problem on top of regular childrearing issues only to have insult added to injury by folks who have no clue of what it is like to live with it. "Hey, I read an article about this, it must be bad parenting." It sounds silly but we have experienced it time and again.
ADHD may be overdiagnosed, just be careful not to paint with too broad a brush.
So when it comes to parenting, it is Americans who are the real "cheese eating surrender monkeys." Or, rather, "Velveeta eating surrender monkeys."
French parents believe that hearing the word "no" rescues children from the "tyranny of their own desires.
That's fascinating. I wonder where they got that from. Could that be residual influence from Calvin?
Here's the link:
Watch out for the commercial at the beginning.
I get the same message that Fr. Bill gets when I click the link for the longer video as well.
The link for the longer video seems to be wonky. I get a "page does not exist" notice.
Kamilla, I never thought I'd hold a likewise opinion with you, however in this case I absolutely agree. Well said.
"we all know abortion is a procured miscarriage"
Right. And we all know murder is procured death. So what's the big deal if I bump off a romantic rival? Or a competitor for my dream job? Or even just the fool ahead of me with 16 items in the 15-item-or-less check out lane?
But then, you're also wrong about the Church's witness on miscarriage. See Tertullian, De Anima 25. And that's just to get you started.