This week didn't turn out as well as I would have thought.  I'm still struggling with finishing Christmas shopping.  I really don't like it.  I lay most of it in my husband's lap because he does love it.  Trouble is, he can't buy his own gift.  I really would like to get him something other than clothes.  Ugh!  We went bowling with some friends.  Actually, the children bowled, and the moms talked.  None of the children were outstanding bowlers.  The highest score was 102.  But, they were having fun.  Or so I thought.  I noticed my younger one struggling.  I wanted to help, but the look I got told me not to embarrass in front of the group.  The child didn't do well and became frustrated.  My child wasn't the only one who was frustrated by their bowling.  But the rest of the group had fun.  When asked if the group wanted to go bowling again, all loved the idea, except the two frustrated children.  Here's where it gets weird.  The mother of the other frustrated "I don't want to bowl again" child asked me if my child didn't want to bowl because I was too competitive.  What??  I can't explain how sad I felt.  Yes, I'm putting that very mildly.  Of course, I didn't stick up for myself or mention to her that her child didn't want to bowl either.  I just sat there and mumbled something stupid.  I know my children.  This child is my baby by 5 years apart.   My child has a hard time realizing that some things, actually, most things take practice.  We are going to practice bowling together so that the next time my child won't be frustrated.  The child can just concentrate on having fun.  I'm sure the other mother meant no harm.  I just wish we would all think before we spoke.  This week, I learned that my oldest learned a disturbing word that no one should use.  The child first heard it at Church.  I reinforced again the need to look up words we don't know.  You know, home school parents try to cover every area of our children's lives.  I'm very grateful for all the material out there to help.  However, we still miss stuff.  We put up lights this week and found out a few weren't working.  To be fair, they are pretty old.  To be fair again, it all turned out alright.  It is actually quite pretty.  I have had to put rocks and blocks around my lawn because someone took their vehicle and drove through it.  Every once in a while, someone moves them, like today.  Church was not good today.  I really hope we will be changing soon.  I could get into it, but, I don't want to.  I just want to go to a more family friendly place that isn't so interested with fitting into the culture.  Well, thank you for letting me get things off my heart.  I have a great feeling things will be better this new week.  If yes or no, God is still sitting on His throne!

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Comment by T. Walters on December 16, 2013 at 1:57am

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.  They are appreciated.

Comment by Shelly Sangrey on December 15, 2013 at 10:34pm
I'm sorry you're going through so much. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of finding a bible-believing church that is more interested in pleasing God than man. The fellowship of other Christians is so important and can be so uplifting. I'll pray for peace for you. Sometimes all we truly need is His peace.

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