Friday, March 27, 2009


I'm so excited. I have my first follower! Thank you, wholarmor! I know your real name, but just to keep you as anonymous as possible I'll call you by your screen name on here. By the way, that is a way cool screen name.

On another note, I think I'll talk about bullies. I don't know if the rest of your children deal with bullies at school, but my son does. In fact, he's asked me a couple of times if he could transfer to another school. I'm trying really hard to teach him that running away from your problems is not the answer. Besides, he'll just run into the same kind of kids at another school. They tease him because he's nearsighted and wears glasses, of course. That one's as old as time itself! They also tease him because he's a "nerd". His words, not mine. I don't think he's a nerd. I think he's a really cool kid, but he does really like science and history. I mean he studies these things and watches the discovery channel and the science channel for fun, so okay maybe he is a bit of a nerd. But hey, the nerds end up being the most successful people. I told him to ignore them, because someday they're going to be sorry, because while they're struggling just to make ends meet in some dead end job, he's going to be making a ton of money as an engineer or something solving some of our world's biggest problems and all the women are going to be crazy about him. Well, I didn't tell him the part about the women, but you know, the rest of it. I just thought of it as a growing experience until today. Today, they broke his glasses at the bus stop. Those things are expensive! Luckily, they only broke the frames and they're still under warranty, but that's not the point. That kind of distructive behavior I have a real problem with. We're going to be talking to the parents and teachers of these kids. Just telling Jeremiah to buck up and get over it isn't good enough anymore. These kids need to be dealt with. I'm wondering if any of you have had similar problems with bullies and how you handled it.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


I've been really depressed this week. I know I haven't mentioned this before, but years ago I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and have had to take medications for years. Many people think that I shouldn't share that which has always bugged me, because to me if tells me that it's something I need to be ashamed of. I refuse to be ashamed of it. At least on most days. I've spent enough of my life being ashamed and believe me I have enough junk already that I should be ashamed of. I don't need to add things to the list that are not my fault.

Also, some people think that all antidepressants do is mask the real problems. Oh, I wish that were true. I don't think it would be possible to put me on enough medications to do that. It would be nice if nothing ever had to hurt, but I do feel things A LOT! Stuff hurts me just like it does anybody else. And without going into detail since this is a public blog and I wouldn't want just anybody to know the details of my life, I've had a really bad week.

Finally able to go to bible study again

Cause of sicknesses and vacation and what-not I have not been to bible study for a long time. I am so happy to be getting ready to go this morning, which I now need to do or I'm going to be late.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Scripture memorization

Well, I'm still doing really well with memorizing scripture this year. I now have 2 individual verses (well, one of them really contains 2 verses) memorized, plus an 8 verse chapter memorized so far this year. I'm doing it through the LPM blog. It's been great. I've never had non-judgmental, no undue stress avenue of having enough accountability to be able to memorize scripture before. I've known for a few years while I've been in recovery that if I could commit some scripture to memory it would probably help me a lot. But I've always struggle with any kind of memorization. I never learned my multiplication tables, any of the political speeches we were supposed to memorize in school or anything. Not just scripture. I can't even memorize most songs, which is why, even though people tell me I have a beautiful voice, I haven't done much in the way of music. Singers are pretty much expected to memorize the words and music. You don't exactly see people on stage with music stands except at church or in a symphony. Not exactly the kind of music I'd like to do. I'm a rock and roll girl! Anyway, this time I asked God to help me to be able to memorize and I've been pretty successful so far. I don't know how well I'd do if you completely took my notecards away from me and I had to say them. Not that I look at the notecards while I'm saying them, but I definitely seem to remember them better when I'm holding them in my hand. So maybe I'm not doing as well as I think I am, but I'm trying and God's giving me some success. Sometimes I get the chapter I memorized a little mixed up. I've asked God to help me memorize before and still haven't been able to. When I was seeing a counselor a couple of years back she suggested that maybe my mind was so filled with so much negative stuff that there wasn't any room for me to learn anything. So I'm thinking maybe now after a year of counseling and 3 years of recovery programs that I've gotten rid of enough of the negative stuff in my head that now I can actually learn some good stuff, like God's Word! Wouldn't that be nice for a change!

Monday, March 23, 2009


Okay, so Saturday night I went to a Christian concert! It's been years since I've been able to do that. It only cost 10 dollars! And, no, they were not small-time bands. It was Addison Road and Tenth Avenue North opening and then Hawk Nelson, Jeremy Camp, and Mercy Me! Big time bands. Of course they passed around donation buckets and sold their CD's and t-shirts and stuff. Plus, they were really pushing for Compassion International, for people to adopt a child. I really do want to do that some day, but we're just too unstable financially to commit to 32 dollars a month right now. I did by 3 CD's. Mercy Me was selling theirs for only 5 dollars and the rest were ten. So I bought Addison Road, Mercy Me's greatest hits, and Hawk Nelson...Is Your Friend or something like that. It had a title like that. Also with the Mercy Me CD there was a second disc that was a DVD with like 11 music videos on it, plus a bonus feature on the story behind their hit song, I Can Only Imagine. Both of those discs together for only 5 dollars! It was awesome! And still I spent less money than you would typically pay just to see Mercy Me in concert! I'd never heard Tenth Avenue North, but apparently my children had, cause the next day when I told them which bands were there that was the one I was having trouble remembering who they were and when I finally remembered and blurted it out, Jeremiah and Angela dived at me excitedly and shouted, "Tenth Avenue North!" They're insisted that if they ever come back that I have to take them. I guess all the bands want to come back next year and do this again. So, if they do, I suppose I'll have to take Jeremiah and Angela with me this time. When the lead singer for Mercy Me announced Tenth Avenue North (he announced all the bands) he did say he's convinced these guys are the future of Christian music. If my children are any indication they're probably right. My kids friends don't really listen to Christian music, so I was a little surprised, pleasantly so, that they knew who they were. Anyway, I had a blast and have been enjoying my new music!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I'm so happy. The blogs I'm following are back on my following list. I know someone read my blog finally. No official followers yet, but at least I know someone read it. Thank you, Sonia. I
would still do this even if no one read it, just because I love doing it. It's a wonderful release for me. Of what I'm not sure, but I like it. But it is nice to know someone has read it.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

blog following

I'm not very happy. I signed up to follow 2 different blogs and now my account says I'm not following any blogs.

The Love Dare

I think I may have mentioned that couples at The Bridge are participating in "The Love Dare", a 40-day challenge designed to improve marriages based on the movie, "Fireproof". Well, Josh and I are participating and we missed a day, so today we're doing 2 days challenges in one. We have to practice active kindness and buy something for each other that says, "I'm thinking of you." I suppose that means I shouldn't buy him cooking utensils! LOL. Anyway, the kids are going to help me buy something for him that he would appreciate. And I've been spending my day catching up on laundry and cleaning dishes and getting the kitchen in order. Something he cares much more about then I do. I can't help but wonder what he has in mind.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Just another day in the life of the Paparazzo's

Well, the kids were obnoxious today, fighting constantly and making a huge mess of the house. The whole house, not just their rooms. And just, in general, not listening. So, needless to say they are not allowed to go to friend's houses or have friend's over for the rest of spring break. They have to spend the rest of vacation cleaning. Especially their rooms. You can't even see my sons floor!

Monday, March 16, 2009

more in the daily life of the Paparazzos

Okay, so she made it through the rest of the day without getting sick. She didn't eat much, though. She started eating more this evening, so hopefully we're all better. We'll see how we do through the night and tomorrow. I really don't want everyone sick this vacation. Chloe has a vision therapy appointment tomorrow. Josh says we'll make it work somehow, even with me having all 3 kids home. I certainly can't take them all with me to Dr. Cummings small office. That would be too crazy.

More sickness

Ugh! Chloe woke up this morning and threw up all over my bed! Not fun at all! So now, she has the stomach flu. I hope this doesn't have to go all the way through our family now before we can all just be well. This is really not fun.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Well, I am much better. Everyone went to school and I went to the Home and Garden Expo here in town this weekend. It was kind of fun, but mostly boring. We'll be going to Celebrate Recovery in a little while. Or at least me and the girls. Jeremiah can't go anymore because Josh and I don't like the way he acts around his friends there. So he'll be going with Josh. Anyway, I'm very hot and very tired. Too much running around.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My boring life again

Well, once again Jeremiah is home sick from school. So I can't go to bible study. I had something for Josh to take to Trinity, where I go to bible study, too. But he forgot. Oh, well. I'll just have to run it over there some other time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Boo Hoo

I'm so sad! We can't get a dog. The landlord said no. We had to get permission from them to go get the puppy and they said too many people were breaking the rules. They're getting bigger dogs than they were told they were allowed to have and they are letting them run around off their leashes and go in other people's yards and they're not cleaning up after them. It always upsets me when I have to pay for other people being irresponsible. Not to mention that little puppy. We would have made the perfect family for him. He loves kids and has lots of energy. It would have been great fun and exhaustion. We would have loved it! And I know he would have loved us! But no, other people had to ruin it for us. Anyway, I'm still sick if you were wondering and so was my son, Jeremiah, today. I was distributing medications to everyone tonight!

And I fear it has begun! A girl from Jeremiah's class called the house this afternoon asking about why he was not at school today. That's right. A girl! He's ten years old for crying out loud. When I was ten years old the boys hated us! They are getting each others attention earlier and earlier these days. It's so sweet and innocent right now though, I have to admit. She was so concerned about him. So cute.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

We're still sick

Wow! My husband stayed home sick again today. We're still not ready for a puppy. We had to cancel my daughter's appointment with her vision therapist today. I was in bed and Josh didn't feel safe to drive, so he called and cancelled. Probably good, cause I was more tired than I thought. Guess I tried to do too much to soon when I was feeling better this morning.

Monday, March 9, 2009

My husband stayed home

I know he's sick now! He stayed home from work. He never stays home from work. So, he and I are being very sick today. I'm sure anyone who ever reads this is tired of hearing it, but hey this is my life and that is what this blog is about.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

feeling better

Well, I am feeling better now, and hopefully will be able to dive back into normal life again tomorrow. Actually better than normal life, cause I have to hit the laundry really hard.


We are trying to get our house ready to invite a dog into the household. Not 100% certain what dog, just a dog. We've been looking at one in particular, but I can definitely tell you that it's going to take a lot of work to get this house to where it's ready for a puppy. All the piles of stuff are going to have to go! I've got a lot of laundry to do. The kids have a lot of cleaning to do.

Haven't posted in a week

I see I haven't posted since last week. I'm very sick and the kids are driving me crazy. We've had people staying home sick off and on all week. It's a bad cold, so it's hard to tell sometimes if people should stay home or if they're good enough to go to school. Angela's now on antibiotics for an ear infection. I've spent most of the last 2 days in bed and am still tired. Josh even has it now. I heard Jeremiah cough earlier. I hope he's not getting it. So far he seems to be the only one who's escaped it.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Scripture memorization

I just posted my comment on the LPM blog. It's a scripture memory thing They're doing and when I typed mine on there I couldn't help but notice, right underneath were the words will protect, will protect, will protect. You think God wanted to get it through our heads that He WILL protect us?! I think so. And I don't know about you, but in today's world I NEED to know that He IS going to protect me. My husband is a wonderful protector from a human standpoint, but he can't do anything about the economy or the ugliness I face from other people on a daily basis. I have to be able to deal with those things that I can't control as I go about my life. By the way the verses I'm memorizing are verses 8&9 of Psalm 121. I've already memorized the first 6 verses. In fact, I'm going to type out the whole chapter for you.

I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. The LORD protects you; the LORD is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day, or the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. The LORD will protect your coming and going both now and forever.

Psalm 121, HCSB

Isn't that a beautiful Psalm? And an even more beautiful promise. He WILL protect us.