Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Those are not all the things we got, but they are the main things. The kids had a good Christmas, other than Chloe's allergies.
This was mostly Angela's post, as she was telling me what to type, but I added my own commentaries in a few places, so I will say it was authored by
Angela and Shellie Paparazzo
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
Now, many of the policies in this country are trying to put animals in a position they don't belong in. They are treating them as either equals, or in some cases as higher than humans, but they're not! We are to rule over them. Now, does that give us the right to abuse them? Certainly not! I'm just against abusing animals as much as anyone else, but I don't think they should be as valuable or more valuable then humans. If my cat got a terminal disease I'd probably just have her put down. But I wouldn't do that if it was one of my children. I would look at and weigh all of our options and choose a good, aggressive treatment plan for him/her. What's the difference? I'm not going to make my family suffer financially over a cat, but my children are worth it. They are a higher value than my cat. I love my cat very much and I feed her and water her and I give her love and attention, just not at the expense of my children. If it came to that I would find another home for her. I would not neglect her or make her suffer further in any way. If I can't take care of her, I'll find someone who can. If she's ill and is probably going to die anyway, I believe putting her down is the most merciful thing I could do for her.
Now, this will probably be my last post in Genesis before the new year, since this is the last day of school for my kids, before break. I'll probably be on here a few times to update you on the holiday happenings, but no more in Genesis for now. We'll pick it back up in January.
Lord, help us to keep the right balance in knowing how far to go in caring for animals. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Paparazzo's (Shellie, Josh, Jeremiah, Angela, Chloe, and Jewel...the cat)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Now, I really don't care too much for the "creatures that move along the ground", but I love all the other creatures that God created! Although, hippos aren't all that attractive. What in the world was God thinking when he created those? Have you ever seen one in real life? They're hideous. I don't know why they bother with them at zoos. You'd think they'd be detrimental to their numbers! Nobody wants to see that. Especially not after lunch! I did noticed something interesting just now for the first time that I'd never seen before, that I find a bit odd. Maybe it's just me, but did God just say to "Let the land produce" these things. Are you picturing apes and giraffes, and cows and sheep, and snakes just suddenly growing out of the ground like I am? Some deer and elk maybe? It was a quite a funny picture in my mind. You have to wonder what it looked like. Did they just suddenly appear? Or did they literally grow out of the ground like a flower only a lot faster to where you could actually see it growing? Or did it just pop out of the ground like I pictured earlier? I have to admit the growing out of the ground picture in my mind was even stranger than the first. Maybe I'm just weird to wonder about these things, but I like wondering about the things no human has ever seen with their own eyes.
By the way, I have one of those lovely creatures that God created. A cat named Jewel, and I love her very much. I'm glad God created her. I thought I had four before we got her, but they tell me they're human, which we'll talk about in the next post. I think I'm glad God created them, too. Sometimes, I have my doubts, like when they try to ride their new electric scooter through the house at 15 miles an hour, thinking I won't notice. That's another story for another time. Anyway, I love giraffes. They are just so surprisingly graceful with those long necks and spindly legs. They are amazing creatures. Have you ever seen one drink. They have to spread their legs way out, even with those long necks. They are incredible creatures! What a mind to think that up! That is amazing! There are a lot of other creatures I love as well, but the giraffe has to be my favorite. Of course, I love deer and elk as well, but mostly on my dinner plate! I would love to here about any of your favorite creatures and what you love about them?
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
It started the weekend before Thanksgiving on Friday night, when we went to Josh's Mom's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Everybody was busy doing other things the rest of the week, so that's why they decided to do it early rather than not be able to have Thanksgiving at all. So, we went out there on Friday night after helping Josh with some popcorn organizing for the Boy Scouts. We got out there shortly before dinner. It was really noisy with Candy and Danny's 5 kids, Amy's 3 girls, and our 3. Actually that is an understatement. It was INSANELY LOUD!!!! Just so you get the idea. After dinner, we had a bonfire, so they could burn some brush. Don't worry, they had a permit. Anyway, after starting the fire we went inside and had some pie, before Josh and his brother Raymond, headed back out to work on burning the brush. It had been raining during all of this and Josh was wearing denim jeans. They were slightly damp from the rain while he was scooping stuff into the fire. He got too close to the fire and his pants started steaming on the inside. He felt like he was on fire, so he moved away from the fire and stopped, dropped, and rolled like your supposed to. It was dark, so when Raymond saw him rolling, he assumed he was on fire and ran over to pat the fire out, but he wasn't on fire. I didn't actually see this happen, cause I was in the house with the women and kids. Josh came running in and took off his pants. (Apparently pain takes away any sense of modesty one might have.) He needed to get something cold on it right away. To make a long story short he suffered second degree burns on his leg. He's still treating them and we've got a few different medicines that are working quite well for those of you who might be concerned. Not long after we treated and wrapped his burn we returned home. He was in a lot of pain for the next few days.
We were going to go to my parents house the next Wednesday, but I woke up early Tuesday morning with a very stuffy nose and achey all over, so I called my mom and cancelled our trip. Usually when I get a cold, I'm sick for at least a week. Not this time. After a VERY miserable Tuesday, I woke up Wednesday morning feeling almost completely back to normal. I still didn't want to risk getting my family sick, so we still stayed home. We went to our church where some of our friends were putting on a dinner for anyone who wanted to come enjoy dinner there and didn't have somewhere else to go. It was a really delicious dinner, and we enjoyed spending the time with our friends. We didn't stay long, since Josh was still in quite a bit of pain from his burn and wanted to get home, where he could vedge on the couch and not move much, letting his leg heal. Well, like I said, not too eventful, but that was our Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
And God said,"Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, " Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning-the fifth day.
Oh, goody! Now we're getting to the good stuff! The animals. Not a real big fan of fish or birds, but I absolutely love whales and dolphins! I'm a particularly big fan of the Orca. Otherwise known as the Killer Whale. Such a terrible name for such a beautiful creature! How about you? What is your favorite creation from this day?
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
1. I have wiped my kids noses with my shirt.
(I think most of these will be about nose wiping)
2. I laugh when my son tries to burp real loud, and I say, "Good one!" instead of telling him it's impolite!
3. I actually once told my son to hit his little sister back when she hit him. She was about a year old and he was almost 3 and a lot bigger than her! Plus just the fact that he's a boy. She barely touched him and he started bawling and ran to me, crying, "Mommy, Angela hit me!" I turned around, in shock that he was crying about this and said, "You're bigger than her! Hit her back!"
He didn't by the way. I think he was just as shocked that I said that as I was.
4. I've wiped there noses with my hand.....in public. Of course the awkward part is then, trying to figure out what you're going to wipe your hand on.
5. Now, that my kids are older, I sometimes let them fend for themselves for meals, especially if I'm sick, like today.
Now, you know what an awful, lazy, disgusting mom I really am. Hope you still like me.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights-the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the fourth day.
So, He separated the day from the night, so I wouldn't get confused about what day it is. Too bad it didn't work. I require a calendar and someone better be crossing out each day as it passes or I might still get confused! I decide what season it is based on whether I'm covered in fleece to stay warm or only a thin sheet when I wake up in the morning. Right now it's definitely fleece! Brrrr! I'm thankful for the light, though. It's very hard to function early in the morning when it's so dark. It gets much easier when the light He created so beautifully for us rises in the sky. And I like the moon and the stars. They are beautiful and they really help when we have to leave the house at night. Otherwise it would be very hard to be able to see my way to the car. And again, all in one day. Wow! I consider it a good day if I get a few loads of laundry in! It's even better if all the laundry has been folded and put away!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Now, on a new topic: I felt it necessary to explain why I allow my raw emotions to be made so public! My life is pretty much an open book. I think it's important that people get a real glimpse of what it is to live with depression, among other issues that many of the seemingly "normal" peopole in the world have to live with on a daily basis. I would never expect anyone else to be that real publicly. It can be scary. It makes you very vulnerable. Besides, I'll admit it, I want to be understood, and counseling never seemed to help me. Those are educated people, with a successful career. What could they possibly know about someone like me? So there, you have it. That's why I'm willing to make myself so vulnerable on a public blog. It's definitely not a good choice for everyone and may not be for me either, but it's the choice I've made.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
And God said, " Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the third day.
I love that we have the land and the sea and knowing that we have God to thank for that. Those of you who know me well, know how much I love the ocean. It is probably my most favorite of all God's creations. Maybe that's what's been wrong lately. I haven't been anywhere near the ocean in years! I have definitely not had the best couple of weeks. I like the land pretty well, too, even though I'm allergic to a lot of the things that grow on it! But, of course fruits and veggies are a good thing! Even if my son would disagree. So, there you have it, the third day!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water."So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning-the second day.
Okay, so this is the second day. Wow, it took me more than one day just to study what He did in one day! And I got to admit, this I'm having to read several times. I've read Genesis 1 many times, but I've never taken it apart and really look at the individual parts before now. I never thought about their behind "water separated from water." Maybe that's what He means by the earth being formless. Maybe it was entirely made of water. After all, water is pretty formless. So, then, maybe all the planets were water. So he separated them on day two by creating the sky. Look at the sky every once in a while today. Didn't he do a beautiful job?
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day", and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day.
I wish I had included this with my last post, so we could be done with light. I'm much more familiar with darkness. Is anybody else ready for daylight savings time to end? It's very hard to get up in the morning with it being so dark. There's a reason why God called the light "day", and the darkness, "night." We're supposed to sleep when it's dark! I also find it interesting that He made a point of saying that there was evening and morning the first day. After all, everybody makes a big deal about whether or not He's talking about a literal day. I think this is trying to make it obvious that it was ONE actual literal day. The man with the pen may not have known that it would become an issue, but God knew.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Nobody had to come home early from school today! Hip! Hip! Hooray! Too bad it's now the weekend. Jeremiah and Angela got postcards from their dad in Dallas. I can't wait to see the looks on their faces when they see them. I just hope Chloe doesn't feel left out. I'm sure he's sent her one too, but it just hasn't arrived yet. I hope it didn't get lost. That would be terrible. I talked to him today. He was getting ready to go to Six Flags with the rest of the Boy Scout guys and gals. Yes, there are girls who work for the Boy Scouts, too. They're paying for food and everything at Six Flags for them. No fair!!! Oh, well. I'm glad he's having fun. I just hope Angela doesn't get too jealous. He told me not to tell her, but I don't know if I can do that. Anyway, they should be home in a few minutes, so I'll talk to ya'll later. Oh, no! He's already rubbed off on me!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Anyway, this week has been really crazy. Josh left for a training in Texas on Sunday morning. Me and the kids went to church. Afterward, we invited Angela's best friend, Maggie, to come over and play. Monday morning I had a step study to begin co-leading. The kids missed the bus, so I was a little rushed to get ready, run them to school and then head to the church early, to meet with my co-leader, KO, to go over how we're going to run the study. She'd been through the training online. I haven't. So, I guess you could say she's training me. On Tuesday, I got a phone call from the school that Angela wasn't feeling well and needed to be picked up. Unfortunately I had to drag her to the grocery store with me, cause I needed to get a few items. Wednesday went well, but then this morning I got a phone call from school again. This time Jermiah had fallen asleep in class and had a scratchy throat, so they were worried that he might be getting sick. So, I had to go get him from school. It's been quite a week. Hopefully next week everyone will stay at school and not miss the bus or anything.
Monday, October 12, 2009
And God said,"Let there be light," and there was light.
Wow! I'm starting a lot of these post this way, aren't I? I really wish I could do this with my children. "Let there be obedience," and there was obedience. Somehow it just doesn't have the same affect. I guess it's a good reminder that I'm not God.
It does bring me great comfort to know that when God says something it's done. I don't have to wonder if He's really going to follow through. I know He is, because what He says ALWAYS comes to pass. Praise you, Lord!
Thank you, Jesus that what you say you do!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
These are some tough concepts to grasp since we have never seen a "formless and empty" earth. It seems to need further explanation, but how do you explain what no one's ever seen. It's like trying to describe a flavor of a food to someone who's never tasted anything even similar to it. Weird things usually end up being described as tasting like chicken. Well, what if you had to describe it to someone who'd never eaten chicken. How do you describe what chicken tastes like? I'd be like, "Well, I don't know. Chicken tastes like chicken." We don't have any english words to describe what chicken tastes like. It's such a common food that we just assume people know what chicken tastes like. But the situation God is in is like trying to explain what chicken tastes like to people who will never taste chicken. Now, that makes me a little confused about the next phrase.
darkness was over the surface of the deep
It seems to be their wouldn't be a "surface of the deep" if it's formless and empty. I do think this is emphasizing how dark it was and empty.
and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Now, I would have thought with it being formless and empty that there wouldn't be any waters, but apparently there was. Maybe it was all water. Who knows? Only God. But I do want to point out that here we see the involvement of the Holy Spirit in this process. After all, we do all understand that all three persons of the Trinity were part of the creation, I hope. That is very important to understand.
Dear Jesus, thank you for creating our beautiful earth for us to live on and thank you for your word.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now, my plan is to lead you through Genesis all the way through chapter 11. For now I do not plan to use any other books besides the bible for my inspiration. Probably some of that comes from stuff I have read or studied in the past that relates to the subject matter, but I am not going to quote directly from other sources. At least that's my intention for now. Of course, on this blog there will be posts in between about what my family is doing. I will not neglect that purpose for this blog. I just would like it to be more and encourage you all in your faith. I do not know that I will do it one verse at a time, but if it happens that way, hey, we only have the rest of our lives to learn more about God. I just feel that verse 1 of Genesis chapter 1 is a loaded verse all by itself. I probably won't even be able to tell you all that I see in this verse in one post, but I will cover what I can. I will not continue discussing this verse after this post. I will continue on to the rest of the chapter.
So, let's get started:
First of all, In the beginning God...
We learn here that God was in the beginning. In fact, I have been reminded a lot lately that God is the only person or thing that has no beginning and therefore will have no end. At least that's how I see it. Everything that has a beginning has an end, and since God has no beginning He will have no end. Even our earth will have a beginning and no matter what we do to try and save it, it WILL have an end. There's something to think about as you consider where to invest your time and money and other resources.
Now, for the next part, created the heavens and the earth.
Wow! He created it! All of it! None of it was here. As we stare into the heavens, God created all of that, and as we look at the earth, He created all of that, too, out of nothing. Nothing! Any of you ever created something out of nothing. Even if you've had children, you started with you and your husband. It wasn't out of nothing. It came from already established DNA that God already created. He started with NOTHING but He Himself. No artist in the world has anything on God! He's the ultimate Artist! The Artist to begin all art. Think about it. Even the art others create was inspired by something He created!
Just this one verse makes me want to want to dig deeper! You, too? We truly do serve an awesome God!!!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
In case you hadn't figured it out I'm getting over a cold. I enjoyed the Open House at my childrens' school. Also, the book fair they had at the same time. We met Angela's twin, a cardboard cutout of herself with measurements and all. Also, some wonderful artistic crafts by Chloe with the highlight being a rather decorative cat. Jeremiah had, of course, lots of good grades on all of his papers. Although, I could definitely see some room for improvement. Both girls will be in the Title I reading program this year. I also met Chloe's new Special Ed. teacher. She is wonderful and of course, loves my little Chloe. She's got some wonderful new ideas about how to help Chloe learn to read. It should be a good year.
At the book fair I got some incredible deals on books me and the kids agreed on. Disney's version of "A Christmas Carol" (not the movie, the book), Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia, and a book about Demi Lavoto and Selena Gomez, two pop stars that my daughter is really into.
We took lots of pictures, since Josh was unable to make it to the open house and got to bring Angela's "twin" home. Oh, and Jeremiah's shield of virtues. Did you know that baseball is a virtue? Apparently it is in Jeremiah's world!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I have a lot of fears. I fear failure. Fear that if I get a job I will not do well and get fired. Fear that somehow I will spend my money in a way that is not right and will not have the things I need. I even have some hoarding tendencies as a result of fear. I'm afraid that if I get rid of something that is worn out that I won't be able to replace it. That's really why I'm afraid to get rid of it.
Like I said, the bible has a lot to say about this, but this is one of my favorites, that really speaks to me:
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."
1 John 4:18
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
The next day we went to church and then I took Angela to her friend Maggie's house. Then, I drove Jeremiah and Chloe to the fair, since Jeremiah had gone hunting with his dad the day before and hadn't gotten to go. We did basically, the same things, except instead of Elephant Ears and Nachos, we did pretzels and Nachos (I really like Nachos). Also we saw more of the non-animal exhibits. Jeremiah had a few friends who'd entered some things. Plus, Jeremiah almost convinced me to buy a guinea pig. Good thing they were just plain black, so not all that impressive and logic took over. I looked in there and imagined what our large cat, Jewel, would do when she saw the nice rat-looking creature. Bye-Bye guinea pig! See you on the other end when we clean the litter box! Yeah, REALLY expensive cat food! I don't think so.
When Angela came home from Maggie's house, she informed me that she threw up twice at her house and then proceeded to throw up at our house. She'd also fallen asleep watching tv at Maggie's house. Not normal for her. She never takes naps, so I knew despite the fact that she said she was fine, she wasn't. She slept the whole time after she got home after she got done with the porcelain god in the bathroom. She threw up in the night as well. This morning she seemed a lot better, but she got sick after lunch and called me, so I had to go get her. I hope she's better tomorrow. It's school picture day!