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Life as an Author
31
May
When it’s all said and done
No one remembers
How far we have run
The only thing that matters
Is how we have loved
— Blink - Revive (via holyisthelord)

True!

16
Apr

Packing is a difficult thing to do… 

Just spent the last 2 hours packing up old videos, DVD’s, CD’s…thinning out our collection and came across some old recordings of our “first-born”…she’s really our second, because the Lord took our firstborn home to be with Him after only 5 hours of getting to know him…but I digress.

Seeing my 12 year-old at age 1-2 years old brought me back over a decade to how precious my life with her was and how fast it has gone.  My dear, Korri Faith could hardly walk and talk, but she was as peaceful then as she is now.

She marveled at her life story on the screen and now knows why I obsessed over her as much as I did then.

I still do in small ways, now.  

Quite frankly…she grounds me…

In a world that is unpredictable…she is as steady as they come.

I thank God for her as we make this lonely transition from house parenting (where we lived and worked for 14.5 years), to the unknown life of “normalcy” outside of our student home.

I thank God for her life every…single…day…

31
Mar

Socialization!…What?! 

My only daughter is 12 years-old and I have home schooled her since she was 4.  I always prided myself in being the unconventional homeschooling mom, because I not only hold a full-time job, my job is at a boarding school working with needy children.  My husband and I have lived with middle and high school boys from poverty for the past 14 years.  So, you guessed it, my daughter has been raised living with and watching us work and give to these boys.

The argument against homeschooling often centers around “socialization”, I have felt that our kids get a fair amount of socialization with 16 people in our home.  Living on a boarding school campus affords an instant community with activities and events that have allowed our own kids, along with the boys we help to raise, a social environment that is positive and uplifting, most of the time.  We are not as isolated as some homeschool families have the potential of being.

This year, my daughter made the independent decision to join the public school’s track team.  Being in junior high, the season is shorter than high school, so we thought that it would allow for a more natural transition to high school sports.  Our school district is all-inclusive, so homeschool kids are free to participate in all that the school offers.

So imagine my heart as it dropped after my daughter came home to tell me that she didn’t like one of the boys on the team.  I asked her why.  She said because when the coach isn’t looking, he says the F-word.  He also said that he dreams about bench-pressing naked women.

Ummm…yeah…so much for socialization…

The boys in our home, who come from Philly, DC & NYC have never spoken around my daughter the way these affluent kids do at her track practice.

To say, I’m disappointed is putting it mildly.

To say I’m surprised…? What do you think?

It really does matter how parents raise their children and it has nothing to with whether they are getting enough “socialization”.

25
Mar
xkarinapadilla:

aistralvantas:

I don’t know if you guys have heard yet, but I know I have seen stuff about sick people harming animals. Well this kid is 2 and a half and he got cut on Razor blades PLASTERED to places all over the park. He is okay, but I feel people need to hear about this. This is in East Moline, IL at Millennium Park. But If someone’s starting it, it will spread.

i feel physically sick.

xkarinapadilla:

aistralvantas:

I don’t know if you guys have heard yet, but I know I have seen stuff about sick people harming animals. Well this kid is 2 and a half and he got cut on Razor blades PLASTERED to places all over the park. He is okay, but I feel people need to hear about this. This is in East Moline, IL at Millennium Park. But If someone’s starting it, it will spread.

i feel physically sick.

16
Mar
If you don’t know what this is, don’t worry.  It is not usually seen everyday.  It is a spiritual tool.  The reasons for blowing it are listed below:

What: A shofar is a horn of a kosher animal with the marrow removed. Blow into a shofar, and you get a shofar blast. Blow the right sequence of blasts at the right time of year, and you’ve got a great mitzvah.
When: In the Bible, Rosh Hashanah is called “The Day of the Shofar Blast.” That’s the mitzvah of the day: to hear the blasts of the shofar. Since Rosh Hashanah is two days long, we need to hear the shofar blown during the daytime hours of both of those days—unless the first day falls on Shabbat, in which case we blow the shofar only on the second day. 
Why: Basically, because it’s a mitzvah. But the blasts of the shofar are also wake-up calls. Rosh Hashanah is the time to shake out of our spiritual slumber, reconnect to our source, and recommit to our divine mission in this world.  
It is for THIS reason that I witnessed the blowing of the shofar today.  We grabbed the horns of the altar and pleaded with God to have mercy on us that He would arouse us from our Spiritual Slumber.  He showed up and He has done it!

~Amen.

If you don’t know what this is, don’t worry.  It is not usually seen everyday.  It is a spiritual tool.  The reasons for blowing it are listed below:

What: A shofar is a horn of a kosher animal with the marrow removed. Blow into a shofar, and you get a shofar blast. Blow the right sequence of blasts at the right time of year, and you’ve got a great mitzvah.

When: In the Bible, Rosh Hashanah is called “The Day of the Shofar Blast.” That’s the mitzvah of the day: to hear the blasts of the shofar. Since Rosh Hashanah is two days long, we need to hear the shofar blown during the daytime hours of both of those days—unless the first day falls on Shabbat, in which case we blow the shofar only on the second day. 

Why: Basically, because it’s a mitzvah. But the blasts of the shofar are also wake-up calls. Rosh Hashanah is the time to shake out of our spiritual slumber, reconnect to our source, and recommit to our divine mission in this world.  

It is for THIS reason that I witnessed the blowing of the shofar today.  We grabbed the horns of the altar and pleaded with God to have mercy on us that He would arouse us from our Spiritual Slumber.  He showed up and He has done it!

~Amen.

31
Jan
Hope my son is one day worthy of a girl like this:
“A girl needs to be so lost in God that a guy has to seek HIM to find her.
— ~Dannah Gresh, Author of “Get Lost”
31
Jan
Ready for the Big Game!

Ready for the Big Game!

28
Jan
Who’s ready?

Who’s ready?

12
Jan

Grieving My Son’s Death 

Happy 15th Birthday to my Firstborn Son, Kobe Slamans!!

He went to be with The Lord only 5 hours after he was born. That day changed my life forever. His life and death rocked my world. But it made me a stronger mother, more compassionate woman and closer to Christ than had it not happened. I can’t wait until the day we are reunited in Heaven. Happy Birthday, Kobe! We love you!