Ok...just to warn you...this is not a happy fuzzy post.

But there are some things I just don't get.
Like...Why people go swimming with sharks. Why anyone would get a tattoo with someones name in it. Why taxes are so high...why Al Gore thinks he invented the internet...why the shower curtain billows in...why my kids can't nap at the same time every day.
Among others.

I also don't get that when a celebrity dies...regardless of what they have done in their lives...they are suddenly martyred. Like if you accomplish enough fame in your life, you are excused from being a good human being. If you are a good enough athlete you can get away with rape...or murder even. Right? That's what society tells us. If enough people like you, you don't have to follow the rules.

Today I am saddened that people are SO fixated on the death of ONE human being that they are not paying attention to the fact that North Korea threatened on Wednesday to "wipe out" the United States if we dared to intercept the transport of illicit weapons.

Today I am saddened that people celebrate someone accused of being a pedophile among other things. Even if he was a great musician. That doesn't make him worthy of a pardon.
If the una bomber was a great musician would we have pardoned him?

I am REALLY saddened by celebrity fanfare.
I hate to break it to the world but...being an actor or musician does not make you special or more important than the checkout girl at Target. Especially if you look at how little it takes to be a "celebrity" these days...people will do anything to be a "celebrity"...lie,cheat, steal and more...just look at all those smutty reality shows...because our society tries to tell us that celebrities are more important than that your average person.

It makes me sad that people will go to a concert or baseball game and raise their hands to celebrate but they won't lift a finger let, alone raise their hands to celebrate the One who put them on the planet in the first place.

I get really concerned when anyone but Jesus is put on a pedestal.
Even if (especially if?) it is an evangelist of some sort. Kind of creeps me out how obsessed I have seen some get with a certain evangelist or author even. There is a fine line between inspiration and false idols. In my opinion.

And I even get saddened by the fact that it seems that everyone and everything is to be tolerated...
...except seems.

I am finding that I have to purpose myself to find the good in the world...because it really feels like a whirlpool...where things are getting worse and worse. The world is really so messy. I am homesick for Heaven more than ever in my life.

I look inward a lot to find the happy my kids, my family and friends.

It may have taken me until near 30 to figure it out but I think I know the purpose of life.

Love God, Love others. It's as simple as that.

Everything else is a waste. Especially worshiping false idols.

It's not that celebrities aren't worthy of love...just no more so than you...or me...or anyone else you know. It's just when you have to angle your eyes to look up to anyone but Jesus that there is a problem.

Make sense?


mary, mary.

I love Mary, mother of Jesus.
She is my mom example. On many levels but mostly on
1) why I don't have to be a perfect mom and
2) it is OK to do something other than coo and dote on your kids all day long.

I mean this in the best way possible. If it is OK for the Savior, Son of God, the Lamb, the Lord to have an imperfect mother then it is OK for my kids too. How do I (think I) know that she was imperfect? Well for one, God sent his Son to Earth to experience the human condition...not to experience Heaven on Earth. When Jesus was here it was still business as usual for the world. God did not make the planet perfect for thirty some years while Jesus was here. People still worked, still farmed, still had to cook and clean and still broke laws. The world was still messy and sinful, full of sinful people...every single one. Even the mother of Jesus. She was human just like any of us.

There is even an example of her imperfectness in the Bible...she left her child behind at the temple...and didn't even know it for a while!! A perfect mom would never do that right?'s good to be off the hook, right?
This doesn't mean that I don't try my best...but I WILL make mistakes and plenty of them but it is nice to have a reasonable example to look up to, right?
Yes, Mary was the mother of the Lord. But she was also a wife, a daughter and a keeper of her home. I would bet that she had a lot to do in a day...she couldn't run to the store to buy a loaf of bread...she had to possibly harvest the grain, grind it into flour, make the dough, knead it, let it rise, build a fire and THEN bake the bread. She had to keep her home clean. She washed clothes one at a time, by hand...clothes that she may have made...for her whole family. She had to prepare all the meals...from scratch...from animals that maybe she had to slaughter. She was the seamstress, the cook, the housekeeping, the wife, the mother and on and on and on.
My point...I don't think she sat around ALL day long and doted on the Savior. I don't think that God expected her to drop it all and hold Him all day. I don't think she was expected to give into his every whim or every attempt for her undivided attention.

Nope, I think she had to work out a balance between caring for her responsibilities and the things she wanted to do and playing with her kids. This doesn't mean she ignored them all day...they probably accompanied her on errands and chores...the children learned how to help and be part of a family. There was a time for all things.

I remind myself about this when I feel guilty about NOT playing with my kids ALL day. This doesn't mean I ignore them AT ALL. But I don't play all day. I take care of my home and my family. I do things that I WANT to do. I play with my kids. But I remind myself that if it was good enough and good FOR Jesus to have a mother that didn't dote on him ALL day...then it is good FOR my kids. I think kids need parents that leave them alone sometimes.

Make sense?

As to hear your thoughts. :)

for dinner.

Don't can do this. It is much easier than it looks or sounds. I promise. These are a tasty tasty alternative to your normal chops...with salty provolone and prosciutto...mmmmm. They have officially been added to our rotation....

Calzone Stuffed Pork Chops
8 pork loin chops (the thicker the better)
1 package pepperoni
1 package provolone
1 package prosciutto
olive oil
salt and pepper
tooth picks

1. Cut a slit in the pork you are making an envelope out of it.
2. Stuff with a slice of cheese...3-4 pepperoni and about a half a slice of prosciutto.
3. Seal with toothpicks.
4. Line a pan with olive oil and place chops in.
5. Salt and pepper the top sides then the same to the other side.
6. Heat up your grill while they marinade a little.
7. Grill for 4-7minutes per side until done. :)

I served ours with homemade mac and cheese. :)

Get to the grocery store.

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