Parenting

Bday and Valentines LOVE


I could NOT have been blessed with a more amazing Valentine’s Day….. Yes, I hung out with friends, girl pals and even some family.. but this SPECIAL PERSON had really placed a smile on my face….
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My son is indeed the APPLE of my eye!! Mom, women aren’t supposed to pump gas and other things if a MAN is around! I am thanking God for allowing me to have 2 parents that showed me the things of life…. because I surely passed them down. My daddy, RIP ( Norris Coleman) especially showed me what men are to do AND not to do –

Son: Mom tell me what you want from me and I will buy it or do it

Me: Aww baby, you are already doing it – being a good Christian boy and I thank God 4 you

Son: Thanks mom but for real, I want to take care of you

Me: GIGGLE… Jared my love – you have been ever since you were in my stomach!!

Son: Well Here Mom, here is a start……
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Me: I’m crying because he spent his piggy bank money on me to show me he loves his mommy!

Dear Lord, thank you for true Godly inheritance….

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Relationships

Kitchen Table


I know that I keep EMPHASIZING on how awesome that I think my 10 1/2 year old kid is ….but he is! ( well at least 85% of the time ) Look at the little love note that he wrote my mother above…. I was VERY TOUCHED and he laughed at me when tears came to my eyes! I told him when he gets older and he has kids ( according to him, he wants 4 kids / 3 boys and 1 girl LOL ) and his kids show massive compassion to me – he will indeed appreciate all of the amazing gestures as well…

I feel that ” The Kitchen Table” is the place where a great deal of  information can be exchanged and it is funny how when people break bread they become very relaxed! My son talked about November being “a good month” and of course I asked him why and his answer was the same as mine! November represents giving thanks and his aunt, grandma and great grandma‘s birthday is all in one month so that could only mean good things!

Then he stated that he liked Christmas and Valentines Day… Christmas was of course a no brainer – but he did say that he was glad that Jesus shared his birthday with the world! ( my eyes filled with water ) LOL

So of course, immediately – im like yeah..yeah..Jesus loves us all okay now what do you know about Valentines Day! LOL ……. he quickly stated with a BIG MASSIVE grin – Mom its about love! What???????????????????? I fell off of my chair (in my mind at least) I do not get panic attacks but I felt as if one was coming on! He said Valentines Day is for love mom and I love you and my family. I didnt buy it ( although I should have – SHAME ON ME ) I asked him if he liked a girl and he got disgusted immediately and said yuck mom.

 

So that made me happy and I advised him that he could play his video games for A WHILE now….. After that 10 minute LONG conversation – I needed some air!

Inspiration

A little R.E.S.P.E.C.T


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Even just A LITTLE BIT….of respect can go a very long way!!………

Treating people with respect makes your world a nicer place to live in, whether it’s at home, at school, or out in your community. And it’s easy – all you have to do is treat people the way you like to have them treat you.

Here are a few ideas for us ALL to consider!……

• Don’t insult people or make fun of them.
• Listen to others when they speak.
• Value other people’s opinions.
• Be considerate of people’s likes and dislikes.
• Don’t mock or tease people.
• Don’t talk about people behind their backs.
• Be sensitive to other people’s feelings.
• Don’t pressure someone to do something he or she doesn’t want to do.

YES!!!  We can really pursue goals and even attain them but remember when we do, it is important that we rememeber kindness! Stay humble and being nice to our fellow man is actually more healthier to US than to THEM! …….We also live in a diverse nation made up of many different cultures, languages, races, and backgrounds. That kind of variety can make all our lives a lot more fun and interesting, but only if we get along with each other. And to do that we have to respect each other. In addition to the list above, here are some ways we can respect people who are different from us.

• Try to learn something from the other person.
• Never stereotype people.
• Show interest and appreciation for other people’s cultures and backgrounds.
• Don’t go along with prejudices and racist attitudes
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Inspiration

#LOVE – is a need


Yeah….yeah I am still feeling ” loved up” this morning….. so  many people have died that over the last few years that I am REALLY just grateful to be alive…..

Love is a very powerful GIFT that the human race was given and we have so disrespectfully taken the gift for granted…… we have LIFE because of LOVE!

Because for God so loved the WORLD….that he GAVE his ONLY begotten son! That is love…. it was done FREELY by choice….

I was sent this link below  this morning and I cried because it was so nicely done!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_g2NjvnXtI&feature=endscreen&NR=1

Talk about feeling goose bumps! Yikes….I surely did with this one as well  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4VmcCm58O8&feature=related

Yes, love is very important in our life…without love there is no life… and with NO LIFE…. you cannot experience joy, peace, love, happiness, success etc.

People it is not a cliche’ when songwriters make songs talking about people dying of broken hearts… I dont know how people cant believe that… when your heart is broken it can cause you not to tend to yourself and get you NOT in your right mind…

you can also become sleep deprived, stop eating, stop drinking, ( which can affect your body even the more if you are on any medications )  staying in the bed / the house, ( your body NEEDS sunlight ) a great deal of people dont know that …..

Pray, support, believe, endure, stand firm with those that you love… it is IMPERATIVE to give people their flowers while they can still see them…hold them and smell them!

Helping Self...

Valentine’s Day History


The ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, an annual three-day ritual believed to ward off evil spirits and increase fertility, was held on Feb. 13 to 15.

Lupercalia (also known as Februatio, which is where we get the name for our month of February) was popular among many of the new converts to the quick-rising Catholic Church, and as Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays notes, “Everywhere that [mainstream] Christians came into power they immediately adapted the holidays and customs of the people to their own creed” (Robert J. Myers and the editors of Hallmark Cards, 1972, pp. 50-51).

Such was their course of action with this festival of Lupercalia. While Pope Gelasius officially condemned the pagan Roman festival and banned its observance at the end of the fifth century, many of its accompanying practices quickly appeared in a newly established holiday added by him to the official church list of feast days in A.D. 496—St. Valentine‘s Day.

Soon, people were no longer looking to obtain fertility by being beaten with strips of animal skin called februa. Instead, they turned their focus to St. Valentine, the patron saint of “engaged couples and anyone wishing to marry” (Celebrations, pp. 48-49), whose actual identity is even murkier than what connection he bore to romance.

What amounted to a renamed, refurbished Lupercalia then picked up steam, gradually adapting itself into the Valentine’s Day we know today, which included the added elements of Valentine cards and Cupid, the Roman god of erotic love.

Friendship and sending cards are wonderful things, and God is not opposed to romance at the right time in the right way. But does the pagan religious history of Valentine’s Day taint the modern practices? What does God have to say about observing pagan traditions, renamed or not?

Welp it is no different than Christians celebrating Christmas, Easter and a few other holidays that are on the calendar.

Many people are shocked to discover the origins of our most popular religious holidays. They are also surprised to find that the days God commands us to observe in the Bible—the same days Jesus Christ and the apostles kept—are almost universally ignored. Why? Also, why are today’s supposedly Christian holidays observed with so many rituals and customs that are not sanctioned anywhere in the Bible?

Relationships

Pure Romance……Pure Love….


      

 

What is love, but an emotion,
So strong and so pure,
That nurtured and shared with another
All tests it will endure?

What is love, but a force
To bring the mighty low,
With the strength to shame the mountains
And halt time’s ceaseless flow?

What is love, but a triumph,
A glorious goal attained,
The union of two souls, two hearts
A bond the angels have ordained?

What is love, but a champion,
To cast the tyrant from his throne,
And raise the flag of truth and peace,
And fear of death o’erthrow?

What is love, but a beacon,
To guide the wayward heart,
A blazing light upon the shoals
That dash cherished dreams apart?

And what is love, but forever,
Eternal and sincere,
A flame that through wax and wane
Will outlive life’s brief years?

So I’ll tell it on the mountaintops,
In all places high and low,
That love for you is my reason to be,
And will never break or bow.

Yup, that’s about it!

Family

Birthday Shout Out…


okay let me tell you how awesome my sister is….. ( my mother too of course ) but my sister has REALLY been there for me big time over these last 7 years that today is my birthday but I bought her gifts! It is because of her that I am able to enjoy my birthday in my right mind! I have been through some crazy things over the last few years and I am just grateful that I am no longer wearing my PAST stuggles!

Stress is a bad mama – jamma! I send a  shout out to my sister Noreen for ALWAYS being so self – less ever since we were little… She has always been such a sweet, caring and genuine friend and sister. Of course she gave me DRAMA about getting her things on my birthday but after a  minute she giggled and just said thanks! LOL To make her feel better, I just told her that it was for Valentine’s Day from me and my little baby boy Jared!  She didnt believe me but she will be alright! lol

It is just really a great way to say thank you when people are there for you in the bad times…. I can find and locate ANYONE to be there for me when things are going amazingly well for me right! …… However, to be there for me with NO STRINGS ATTACHED? Ummm that list is sooo short that I cant even read the names on it because the names are so few!

My 9 year old has pampered me since Feb 1st and my 18 1/2 year old started Feb 11th! LOL….

Nonetheless, I am just grateful to see yet another day and blessed to have the cirlce of people that I do have…

Things and life could be a great deal worse because I am able to pray for the family of Whitney Houston and remain above ground

R.I.P. Whitney Houston >>>>> so sad!