1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
(You shall love God above all else, more than sports, food, tv, ipod, computer, and friends.)
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain.
(Watch what you think, say, or do. Be a good example.)
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.
(Never miss Sunday mass, daily mass and monthly confession; they will help guide you all the days of your life.)
4. Honor your father and your mother
(Speak and act respectfully to your parents and elders.)
5. You shall not kill.
(Or hate. Treat others how you want to be treated.)
6. You shall not commit adultery.
(Dress, speak, and act modestly. Be careful what you watch and listen to)
7. You shall not steal
(Or cheat. Keep your reputation solid and trustworthy. When you have a job do your best and work hard.)
8. You shall not bear false witness
(Never lie or gossip about others.)
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife
(Be grateful for the gifts God has given you and use them to help others.)
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods
(Tithe 10% of your money and time to God to spread His kingdom.)
THY WILL BE DONE!!! +JMJ+
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tomorrow is a big day. Third Grade -- wow.
Chase -- When I was in third grade, there was a little boy in my class named Adam.
Adam looked a little different and he wore funny clothes and sometimes he even smelled a little bit. Adam didn't smile. He hung his head low and he never looked at anyone at all. Adam never did his homework. I don't think his parents reminded him like yours do. The other kids teased Adam a lot. Whenever they did, his head hung lower and lower and lower. I never teased him, but I never told the other kids to stop, either.
And I never talked to Adam, not once. I never invited him to sit next to me at lunch, or to play with me at recess. Instead, he sat and played by himself. He must have been very lonely.
I still think about Adam every day. I wonder if Adam remembers me? Probably not. I bet if I'd asked him to play, just once, he'd still remember me.
I think that God puts people in our lives as gifts to us. The children in your class this year, they are some of God's gifts to you.
So please treat each one like a gift from God. Every single one.
Baby, if you see a child being left out, or hurt, or teased, a part of your heart will hurt a little. Your daddy and I want you to trust that heartache. Your whole life, we want you to notice and trust your heartache. That heartache is called compassion, and it is God's signal to you to do something. It is God saying, Chase! Wake up! One of my babies is hurting! Do something to help! Whenever you feel compassion -- be thrilled! It means God is speaking to you, and that is magic. It means He trusts you and needs you.
Sometimes the magic of compassion will make you step into the middle of a bad situation right away.
Compassion might lead you to tell a teaser to stop it and then ask the teased kid to play. You might invite a left-out kid to sit next to you at lunch. You might choose a kid for your team first who usually gets chosen last. These things will be hard to do, but you can do hard things.
Sometimes you will feel compassion but you won't step in right away. That's okay, too. You might choose instead to tell your teacher and then tell us. We are on your team -- we are on your whole class's team. Asking for help for someone who is hurting is not tattling, it is doing the right thing. If someone in your class needs help, please tell me, baby. We will make a plan to help together.
When God speaks to you by making your heart hurt for another, by giving you compassion, just do something. Please do not ignore God whispering to you. I so wish I had not ignored God when He spoke to me about Adam. I remember Him trying, I remember feeling compassion, but I chose fear over compassion. I wish I hadn't. Adam could have used a friend and I could have, too.
Chase -- We do not care if you are the smartest or fastest or coolest or funniest. There will be lots of contests at school, and we don't care if you win a single one of them. We don't care if you get straight As. We don't care if the girls think you're cute or whether you're picked first or last for kickball at recess. We don't care if you are your teacher's favorite or not. We don't care if you have the best clothes or most Pokemon cards or coolest gadgets. We just don't care.
We don't send you to school to become the best at anything at all. We already love you as much as we possibly could. You do not have to earn our love or pride and you can't lose it. That's done.
We send you to school to practice being brave and kind.
Kind people are brave people. Brave is not a feeling that you should wait for. It is a decision. It is a decision that compassion is more important than fear, than fitting in, than following the crowd.
Trust me, baby, it is. It is more important.
Don't try to be the best this year, honey.
Just be grateful and kind and brave. That's all you ever need to be.
Take care of those classmates of yours, and your teacher, too. You Belong to Each Other. You are one lucky boy... with all of these new gifts to unwrap this year.
I love you so much that my heart might explode.
Enjoy and cherish your gifts.
And thank you for being my favorite gift of all time.
Letter originally published on Momastery on August 28, 2011
THY WILL BE DONE!!!+JMJ+
Thursday, August 22, 2013
WE started with this card:
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
but boy did we do it!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
OUR HOMEMADE WEDDING APPETIZERS
Did you read my post on how to plan an inexpensive wedding?