A few quick thoughts

A few of my children are under the weather, and I am not feeling 100% awesome either, so I don’t have much to say, but here are a few things that I am thinking about this morning:

1) I love changing over our seasonal book basket. Out go the apple and pumpkin books and in come the Thanksgiving books, and it is so fun to see the kids grab their favorites and run for the couch. These books are old friends and many of them have lived with us in 4 different homes

2) I am becoming best friends with my slow cooker. I like to have something going in there at least three days a week, and it is a huge help. I still have not figured out slow cooker oatmeal, though, it always burns.

3)We went to the ski mountain this weekend for an opening meeting. I am so excited that I can barely contain myself.

4) This is what I would be writing about if I had the mental energy to really write: Could people please stop using the name “Jesus Christ” as an expletive? I have really had it with this one. I find it so offensive that I am beginning to actually say something back, which is very unlike me, but it really makes me angry and sad. So far, I have only sort of said things under my breath, but I am praying for the courage to start just simply saying “I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, and it offends me when you use his name that way.” I mean it really, really offends me. I want to walk up and down the cars in New Jersey transit and just start telling people to please stop. Since I’ll never do that, I’m telling you instead. If, by some chance, this is a habit that you have in your household, please put a stop to it. There, I’m finished now.

  • Kat0427

    Love the slow cooker! Would also love some kid-friendly recipes for the slow cooker – please share, readers, if you have some!

  • Kat0427

    MA, I have often thought that if I hear someone saying “Jesus Christ,” I could finish the sentence by saying “Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Oh, the day when I have the courage to do that!

    • MA

      Even if we only say it in our heads, that would be a good response!

      • Sarah

        How about a simple “please don’t take the Lord’s name in vain”? Gets the point across without being preachy or confrontational.

    • Annie

      This is a great response, I am definitely going to start using t!
      We had our first snow this week and I am ready to ski too! Do you have any recommendations for favorite Thanksgiving board books for toddlers? We are just building up our seasonal collection so I would love to hear your favorites.

  • Juris Mater

    It’s always ultra-shocking to hear elementary/middle school-aged kids saying “Jesus Christ” as an expletive. That’s when I get the urge to spank other people’s children.

    • Kat0427

      I have no trouble telling other people’s children that saying something like this is not appropriate!

  • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

    I’d love to see you say that to someone. Preach it!

  • Jennifer

    #4 really bothers me too. My almost 4 year old corrects people now when they say “oh my God” (we’ve told her “oh my gosh” or “oh my goodness” are fine), which is sometimes awkward, but mostly I’m proud of her.

  • ejhickso

    Have you tried a double-boiler method for your slow cooker oatmeal? Rolled foil donut in the bottom of the slow cooker. Atop the donut, a heat-proof bowl with the oatmeal recipe inside. Surrounded with water for temperature balance. This would definitely help with the burning problem. Not sure about capacity, though. It would depend on the size of bowl you’re able to fit inside your slow cooker.

  • elenaafelskie

    When people use the Lord’s name in vain like that, I try to finish their “sentence” with, have mercy. I have a friend who would say, “oh! you know him too?”

  • kern

    I was explaining to my class that you shouldn’t say Oh My God all the time-that is actually taking the Lord’s name in vain. They got really worried because I had taught them the Act of Contrition! I hastened to explain that the Act of Contrition uses the phrase properly!


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