Don't get me wrong, I LOVE not having to go to school. Today I was bored a lot though. Victor stood me up for the second day in a row. GRRRRRRRRRR ... angry eyes at Victor.
Top Ten Reasons Why
Betsy Sarah Sue Moseley Junior
is THE BEST Foster Daughter in the ENTIRE Universe
10. She can TOTALLY entertain herself (as long as there are books around).
9. She sleeps in her bed without EVER giving me a fight!
8. She has learned to root for the Cardinals.
7. Three words --- wipes own butt!
6. She does all her own laundry.
5. She never makes me sit through eleven hours of Barbie in the Nutcracker!
4. She sits quietly in church (mostly).
3. Sometimes she even buys her OWN lunch!2. She keeps Victor occupied during visits. 1. Just when you are getting tired of her, she goes back to the dorm. We miss you! Come home soon!
One Song Glory
I thought the Christmas musical was very nice yesterday. I found it easy to worship as I sang along and listened. I like the type of special services where worship is very apparent. My favorite song in the whole thing has always been Jesus Our Treasure. I thought the choir did a great job on it yesterday.
Today, I am at school with little to do as it is finals week. It is a B-day for finals so I today I have my planning period (right now) followed by my advocate class. No finals to give or grade. It would be great if I had the scantrons for grading to bubble but alas (my word), I do not. I do work for Riverview after all and a little preparedness is too much to expect.
Hope you all have a great day!
So, the first day at daycare seemed uneventful. Nicole was so tired she just kept putting her head down a lot. Last night she barely made it through her dinner and then went to bed with absolutely NO fighting. She was wasted.
My other kids (those I teach) were not so well behaved. As I was getting my own children all set in their school, theose children whom I teach were being awful. The sub report even said my honors class was the worst of all. So, they are going to hate Mr. Rains tomorrow after I get onto them.
I have previewed Victor's message for Reality Check tomorrow night and it looks wicked good. You should be making plans to be there!
Well, I am off to my room to spend some quiet time with God before my next class! Have a great day!
Right now I am in my office at church. What a wild weekend! I took today off fronm teaching school so I could help Kendra get the girls to their first day of daycare. Am I a bad daddy because I was thanking Jesus for the person who invented daycare as we drove away this morning? I can't begin to know what it is like for the girl's mother right now but I felt a very small piece of it today leaving the girls with people I don't know. I think I was much more confident about leaving Nicole than Savanna. Nicole, I have learned, will let you know when she doesn't like something or needs anything. Our baby can't do that so well. It is weird that I am glad to have a little reprieve but kind of miss them too.
Nicole got to talk to her mother last night. It helped and hurt a little. We still had issues with bed --- a lot of issues! But we are thankful that she stayed in her room ALL NIGHT! She slept on the floor and not her bed and I am pretty sure she only stayed there because I slept in the chair in the living room like a Night Security Guard and it intimidated her to stay. I had to have the mean daddy talk with her last night about how the living room was not an option because our apartment is small and if she sleeps there nothing else can really go on in the house. I was stern and today I feel a little bad but I reminded her that we love her very much and that now that we are getting into our routine, she has to start abiding by some structure rules. We will see how that all works out.
Church yesterday was interesting. Nicole tried to sit through the service. She kept saying, "Oh, I want this to be over. I want to LEAVE!" Then, as soon as the service ended and we were walking out she said, "I don't want to go yet!" I was confused. We had a great time at lunch. God bless the BK Playplace. God bless our friend Jessi having two beautiful girls (Kaylie and Lexie) who kept our little girl entertained.
New experiences this week are far too many in number to list. But I have changed a diaper and fed a baby. I have slept with a baby in my arms all night long. I have been called "Dad" for the first time (as odd as that is). I have sat through worship with kids of my own. I have done the girly movie marathon (we have learned to hide the movies so they are easier to limit). I have tried to sing a little girl back to sleep with hymns and choruses at 3:30 in the morning. I have an amazing ability to remember lyrics but under those circumstances I had to grab the hymnal that was on the floor next to me and look up "Because He Lives" because I was only mumbling the words. I was way too tired to remember at that time. There are a lot more firsts that have happened and a lot more to come. This is such an incredible ride. It's a roller coaster. One minute you are loving it all, the next you aren't sure you can survive.
As I was holding Savanna one night this week, I began to think about the spiritual parallels that are abounding around us right now. Just as Savanna needs us to provide for her every need, we need to rely on Christ. I am finding that I am completely overwhelmed with lack of knowledge of how to be a parent. I need to rely on God for strength as regularly (and even more so) as Savanna's feedings. My constant prayer this weekend has been that I can be the type of father that my Heavenly Father is to me. That's not always easy.
I would like to say that there is more going on right now but I am filled to overflowing in kid land. Sadly, it seems I have turned into one of those people with only stories about my kids. I think I have a greater understanding of those people now. Peace out from the happy land of children in daycare and finally adult conversations!
The Box Office Speaks Too!
Okay, so I am sure you are over hearing me go on and about Facing the Giants but even though it is not getting much media coverage at all, the movie came in 12th overall in the nation this weekend. Before you scoff at that let's analyze some numbers.
The number 1 movie at the box office this weekend was Open Season, which topped in its first weekend in theaters. It played on 3833 screens and posted a $23 million box office take. That calculates out to be a per screen take of $6000 or so.
The number 4 movie at the box office was the new Jon Herder comedy, School For Scoundrels which was also playing in theaters for the first time this weekend. It played on 3004 screens and took in $9,109,000. That makes its per screen take $3032.
The number 12 movie, Facing The Giants, played on 441 screens and made $1,389,000. That calculates to $3149 per screen. In case you are mathematically challenged that is $117 more per screen than the movie that rated SEVEN places higher than it on the overall money haul. Actually it's per screen income was higher than ALL the movies from fourth through eleventh place. It was played in about 85% less theaters than School for Scoundrels and did better per capita. The eleventh placed movie, the profanity laden Little Miss Sunshine only had a per screen gross of $1896. I have not seen any media with a comparison of how well this picture actually did like this ANYWHERE online. All of these are my own calculations based on the numbers posted on Yahoo Movies site. However, I think these numbers are proof that an authentic faith based film can do well. So, again I say, "GO SEE THIS MOVIE!"
|45 of the most random things you probably never needed to know about someone|
|whats your name spelt backwards?:||Sniar Repsaj (Suddenly I feel Hindu)|
|What did you do last night?:||Went to our friend's house and out to eat for Kendra and our frined Annie's Birthday|
|The last thing you downloaded onto your computer?:||Some ptogram to make pictures smaller|
|Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery?:||Lots of times!|
|Last time you swam in a pool?:||Couple of weeks ago|
|What are you wearing?:||Shirt and shorts|
|How many cars have you owned?:||7 or 8 or maybe 10|
|Type of music you dislike most?:||Screaming|
|Are you registered to vote?:||Somewhere|
|Do you have cable?:||Yes|
|What kind of computer do you use?:||E-Machine and the one in the teacher's lounge and my office at church|
|Ever made a prank phone call?:||Many, many times but caller ID killed all the fun|
|You like anyone right now?:||I like lots of people.|
|Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?:||I have said it before and will say it again --- FAT DON'T BOUNCE!|
|Furthest place you ever traveled?:||New Zealand|
|What's your favorite comic strip?:||Bloom County|
|Do u know all the words to the national anthem?:||Uh ... yes. I am an AmeriCAN not and AmericCAN'T|
|Shower, morning or night?:||Yes|
|Best movie you've seen in the past month?:||Invincible, I guess|
|Favorite pizza toppings?:||Pepporoni and extra cheese. I am so boring.|
|Chips or popcorn?:||Popcorn. Mmmmm fresh, hot, small town carnival Kettle corn|
|What cell phone provider do you have?:||Cingular. The fewest dropped calls. That's because they never give you a connection!|
|Have you ever smoked peanut shells?:||huh?|
|Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?:||I was Ms. Bug Fat Guy for like 5 years running. This is a STUPID QUESTION!|
|Orange Juice or apple?:||Orange|
|Who were the last people you sat at lunch with?:||Kendra. Betsy, and Victor|
|favorite chocolate bar?:||Classic Hershey's with Almonds|
|Who is your longest friend and how long?:||My sister, Darla. I met her in the hospital when I was born|
|Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?:||Labor day|
|Have you ever won a trophy?:||I was voted "Friendliest Boy" in my senior class. Sadly, that is the only trophy I ever won.|
|Favorite arcade game?:||Pac-Man|
|Ever ordered from an infomercial?:||Yes and the product didn't work.|
|Sprite or 7-UP?:||7-UP|
|Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school/work?:||Not really. One summer when I worled at the Fox I had to wear this dumb Metrotix shirt when I wasn't the manager on duty (which wasn't often)|
|Last thing you bought at Walgreens?:||My perscription to make my heart not beat too fast|
|Ever thrown up in public?:||yes|
|Would you prefer being a millionaire or finding true love?:||I have Knedra so bring on the bucks!|
|Do you believe in love at first sight?:||Did a girl make this quiz up?|
|SPONGEBOB OR JIMMY NEUTRON?:||Fred Flintstone|
|Did you have long hair as a young kid?:||When I didn't get it cut. Now I just have no hair.|
|What message is on your voicemail machine?:||A really boring one.|
|Where would you like to go right now?:||To the end of this dumb survey|
|Whats the name of your pet?:||Get Real Youth Group?|
|What kind of back pack do you have, and what's in it?:||A leather man bag with a Superman symbol on it!|
|What do you think about most?:||Astrophysics and Kendra|
|Take this survey ||
I came into the school today and there was an overwhelming smell of natural gas in the building. They evacuated everyone and wouldn't let kids off the bus. They even turned the buses back in a position to go home. The Fire Department came. Then they gave an all clear. UG! So, we got teased with another free day but alas, (my word) it didn't happen. That makes me sad!
By the way, Stinka and Brian rocked the house last night! You did a great job. God was very honored in your efforts! You brought so much to the service!
Just asking for prayer if you get the chance. Things have been slow and discouraging for our adoption stuff. We had another frustrating day today with it all. We are just not sure what is just a slow part of the process and what may be (if there is any) an issue with us. It just has us both low today. Thanks in advance for remembering us to the Father!