Ever So Thankful………

20 03 2009

I was driving this morning, noticing all the beautiful early spring flowers and budding trees. God really paints a pretty picture. And that reminded me how many things I need to thank God for every day. Just the fact I am out and driving this morning is one, the scenery is another, everything in my life many times over is another. So instead of always asking for something from God, I try to remember to say ‘Thank You’ and then ‘What would You have me to do for You today.’ Seems like there should be something I could be doing in return for this wonderful life. I’m sure God will let me know as the day passes by. Hope I do it all just right.

Just Ask

20 03 2009

Having had the flu bug lately, it is hard to get going in the mornings. Also hard to keep going long after dark, but I always know in the back of my mind that God’s Love and Mercy are with me at every step. He is walking with me, helping me along when i don’t feel like moving again. He is right there answering all my requests. All I have to do is ask. I just have to remember to ask. Have Mercy on me. Thank you, Dear God.

Oh, the Power of the Dollar

18 03 2009

With so much newsy news about the economy these days, people sometimes forget that money is just simply to be used for whatever needs there are. In my house, that has an entirely different meaning when it comes to dollar bills. My retarded daughter never could sleep well. I tried everything imaginable, discipline, begging, bribing, etc. Nothing ever worked. She just simply did not need to sleep. I finally offered to pay her a dollar each morning, if she slept all night until the alarm went off. Well that has worked miracles at my house. She now sleeps from 9 in the evening until the alarm sounds about 6. She feels better and I certainly do, too. This dollar bill has given us a whole new lifestyle. She crams that dollar in her pocket each morning, then puts it in an envelope in her desk before she goes off to school. At the end of the week, we count the dollars and then I take her to the dollar store each Saturday. There, she buys all sorts of goodies, coloring books, writing tablets, and various knick knacks. Then on Monday morning, she takes a bag full of treats to all her friends at school. They love it, she loves it, and I really love my good night’s sleep. Read all about my different life in my upcoming book, Sammie and I just as soon as I have it published.

Parenting Simplified

18 03 2009

In today’s world, parents are bombarded from all sides with information and instructions on how to parent.
Parenting is really a very easy thing to do. All you have to do is follow a few simple rules.

1. Respect yourself

2. Respect your child

3. Respect others

This will teach your child to respect you which will stop most discipline problems before they ever start
He will learn to respect himself and his life, therefore avoiding most trouble and troublesome situations
He will learn to respect others, thus having few problems in his life both as a child and as an adult.

Practice these rules in your life every day and watch your child grow into a mature, responsible adult. Read my book, A Better World, for more simple ideas on how to have a better life for you and yours.

Birthday Test

18 03 2009

Almost my birthday once again. When I think back over the many I have had before, one stands out above them all. One year, I asked God for a special gift. I wanted to know if I was doing a good job as a wife and mother. Well, beginning before breakfast, every time someone walked in the room where I was, they just ate me up. Something was wrong with everything all day long. Even when I would go off by myself for a minute, one of the children or my husband would follow me to tell me what was wrong, wrong, wrong with something I had done. By mid afternoon, I was about to give up and accept the fact that I was a terrible wife and mother when it suddenly struck me that this is exactly what the devil wanted me to think. He wanted me to think everything I was doing was wrong, but I knew in my heart that I was doing a good job. I am a great wife and mother. Happy Birthday!

Morning Coffee

14 03 2009

I lay back down for a minute after the alarm sounded this morning. Then I heard my retarded daughter moving around in the kitchen so thought I better check on her. When I entered the room, she was leaning against the counter, eyes downcast. She said, ‘I made a mess, Mom’. She had certainly done that! She had tried to make coffee for the two of us and coffee grounds were everywhere. They were piled on top of the coffee pot, on the counter, in the open drawer, on the floor. My first thought was to get mad and fuss at her. But then I realized she had done the best she could. So I just patted her shoulder and asked her to help me clean up the mess. How could I possibly get mad at her when she had done the best she could? God only asks this of each one of us, that we do the best we can every day. How could I ask more of her than God asks of me?
Read my book, A Better World for more suggestions on how to have a better life. Visit my website.

Thanks, Bet

Life in the 40’s

14 03 2009

In The 1940’s, we were taught a lot about patriotism, love of country, and respect for each other. It was an honor to say The Pledge of Allegiance or sing the Star Spangled Banner at school each day. We really didn’t mind that items were rationed or hard to get. In fact, if we could not buy gasoline that week, we just stayed happily at home.  We learned to appreciate what we did have rather than bemoan the fact we didn’t have something else. To be together as a family was the most important thing in our lives whether it was listening to the radio in the evenings or sitting on the porch watching the world pass us by. We were a family together and that was the important part.

Read all about this time in my book, The 1940’s
Look it up on Booksbybet.com
Thanks, Bet