The Hurricane

August 31, 2005

I’ve been feeling a lot of anxiety about the hurricane and all of the flooding and death and overall destruction. Whenever natural disasters destroy lives and land, it’s always hard for me to understand why. It’s just so tragic. I’ve been watching the news reports and it’s just so hard to believe everything that I’m seeing.

First of all, it’s frustrating to me that there are so many people looting. At a time when everyone should be pulling together and working to make a horrible situation better, it just seems so self-defeating to have people just looking out for themselves. I guess I could understand it better if it was a case of being hungry and taking food, but it’s not that way as far as I can tell.

I also am slightly bothered by all of the comparisons to the December Tsunami that took thousands of lives and destroyed land in several countries of South Asia. Hurricane Katrina is a disaster in its own way, but I don’t think it can be compared on the same scale as the Tsunami. It’s a bit ethno-centric of Americans to keep comparing the damages, in my opinion. At least the residents of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida had adequate advanced warning to evacuate.

Although I will say that the stories I’m hearing are as heartbreaking as the ones I heard six months ago from Tsunami survivors. There was one man sobbing to a reporter last night about he had been holding onto his wife’s hand as best he could and then just couldn’t hold on anymore.

Today is a national day of prayer for the hurricane victims. There are obviously many people still trapped and many people still unaccounted for. Pray for the situation and donate through the Red Cross or another charity to help the relief effort.

www.redcross.org

www.pcusa.org

Coffee!!!

August 31, 2005

I needed some go juice this morning that was a little stronger than the diet coke I’m used to. Jason was laid off for three weeks, but he went back to work on Monday. This means an alarm goes off in my bedroom at 4:00 every morning. Some days I sleep through it, today I did not. So after I took Jonas to school, I went and got a fat free french vanilla cappuccino at the gas station on my way to work…FOR THE LAST TIME! Don’t get me wrong, it was an okay cup of coffee, but starting tomorrow I can get the real thing at Bridgeview Coffee House. The parents of one of the Brownies in my Girl Scout Troop are opening their shop tomorrow morning. No more gas station cappuccino! Is it strange that I’m so excited? I don’t know. I do know that I’m such a dork that I actually went to their parking lot the other day and sat and read their menu! Oh well, at least I’ll be an over-caffeinated dork.

I’ve spent the morning working on Brownie (girl scout) stuff–preparing paperwork, mailing, and record books. Right now, we have 32 girls signed up to be in the troop this year. That’s almost 4 times as many as we had in the troop last year. Naturally, I’m terrified! I think all of that extra caffeine will come in handy…

Soaking Wet

August 30, 2005

I really didn’t want to get off the couch this morning! I was snuggled down watching the news and then I had to get up and go to South Middle School to First Priority at 7:30. I had an umbrella, but by the time I made it in from the parking lot, my pants were soaked! Then I had to do it all over again when I left.

My socks are drying on the heater in my office!

Tonight I have a parents meeting for Brownie Troop 981. I would definitely encourage anyone who likes kids to get involved in scouting. It’s a lot of fun and it’s so good for the kids involved. I’m leading a Brownie Troop and Jason and Jonas are involved in a Tiger Scout troop.

Monday, Monday

August 29, 2005

It’s kind of dreary here, but I guess I can’t complain. I’m listening to the news about the hurricane on MSNBC.com and it’s a lot worse there. I’ve been praying this morning that the loss of life would be minimal. I feel especially bad as I read stories about disabled people who were unable to evacuate New Orleans.

There’s an interesting article in the new issue of Presbyterians Today (www.pcusa.org/today). It’s called “Start Them Early” and offers tips on activating your child’s spiritual life. There are a lot more things involved in the article, but here’s the bulleted list:

  • Model the spiritual life for your children
  • Remember, it’s never too early
  • Institute a quiet time
  • Teach children to pray
  • Participate in a community of faith
  • Have your child create a personal prayer space
  • Encourage daily spiritual habits
  • Bring out the fruit of the spirit in your children
  • Stress the Golden Rule
  • Pray daily for your children and their spiritual growth

It’s rainy with more rain on the way!

It makes for a cozy kind of day. I don’t have much planned for this morning, but I’m having lunch at school with Jonas and Jason today. Jason took Jonas to school this morning and then went to the store to get kitty litter and kitten food. Our cat, Simon (Jonas named her), had four kittens seven weeks ago. They are cute, but it’s time for them to find new homes. And then Simon gets fixed. She was a stray and we took her in when she was pregnant.

Anyone want a new kitten? I’ll post a picture whenever I figure that out.

Anyway, tonight I have a youth group movie night. Our movie nights are always a hit, even though no one really watches the movie. They play dodge ball, sardines, basketball, and run around together, so the movie’s just a cover. It’s always fun.

The first post of a new blog is always the worst, I think. I’ve been putting this off because I didn’t know what to say.

So anyway, I’ll just pretend like this is not my first post.

I’ll write about Jonas’ spelling words. He has his very first spelling test tomorrow. First grade is shaping up to be kind of tough! His words are: a, is, an, the, was, am, ham, at, hat, sat and summer (the bonus word). Why do I have his spelling list memorized? Because he has taken three practice tests tonight. He aced the last two! I never knew the kind of pressure parents had when their children are in first grade. I honestly am scared to death that he’s going to choke under pressure tomorrow. Is this insane or what? I mean, it’s just a spelling test and I’m not even the one taking it. HE’S IN FIRST GRADE for goodness sakes.

Anyway, I’m sure he’ll do fine and I probably will too.