Coffee, Chaos and Christ

The misadventures of a Mother and business owner.

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Crazy times, crazy life

There are so many days that you feel stressed out or overwhelmed. We live in crazy stressful times and it doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Finding a balance in life can be hard. So many things pulling you in a ton of different directions.

Kids have to be taken here and there, grocery store, work, bank, you name it. Run, run run. Our children have so much additional stress piled on them. When I was growing up it was so much simpler. I think my biggest problem was figuring out what to wear to school the next day. Today, kids are so stressed! Test after test. Homework for hours every night. Common core craziness. So much pressure on them to succeed and to test well. They have stomach and anxiety issues, they hate going to school everyday. They have 30 minutes of recess a day, that is all. How I wish my children had my childhood.

Then you have all the political mumbo jumbo, ugh!! Everyone seems to hate everyone else. No one gets a long. We have so much “political correctness” that you could choke on it. Everything you say or do seems to insult someone else. No idea when this all started and why but it has gotten completely out of control. Stay in your own lane, live your own life and be nice to each other. LUKE 3:31 (NIV)Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Or if you would rather, Matthew 7:12 In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” It is a very simple Golden Rule, one that we should all follow.

I find a lot of comfort in crocheting. It has become a great stress reliever to me as well as a type of meditation. A lot of anger and anxiety and depression comes out in every piece. There are so many different avenues for distressing, find what works for you and run with it.

You may not be able to change the world, but you can always change your little part of it. One small chance can have an enormous impact.



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A little thing called carpool etiquette


Etiquette, the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.

I am sure I am not the only one who dreads carpool. The sitting, the waiting and the inching forward. Day in and day out. There is a certain etiquette that we should follow. We pay attention, we move up right away when it is our turn. You don’t take forever when picking up and dropping off. One of my biggest pet peeves is parking in the carpool line and getting out of your car and going about your business. It is not like there are people behind you waiting, that have done their time. Not to mention the people who get on the phone and don’t pay attention to what is going on around them. Or better yet, the people who fall asleep while waiting. Really people? You can’t find a better place to take a nap? I am sure we all have our daily frustrations, this just happens to be one of mine. I sit in two carpool lines twice a day everyday. I have become something of an expert. I am sure I will share more of my thoughts about this in the days and weeks to come.



Is cursive writing a thing of the past?


I read an interesting article on one of my local News websites dealing with cursive writing in NC schools. Apparently cursive writing will no longer be required learning in NC . This doesn’t appear to be a new issue. My 14-year-old daughter does not know how to write in cursive and it looks like the twins will not be learning it either. With a lot of what we do moving to computers there is not a need for it any longer.

Michael Smith, a communications professor at Campbell University, said there’s more to cursive than elegance, and he fears that students’ cognitive skills will be less developed without it. “It’s motor skills. It’s cognitive skills. It’s left to right. It’s interactive – you make those loops (and) one loop connects to another loop,” Smith said. “It leads to a higher order of thinking. One idea leads to another idea.”  Teachers say that there is simply not enough time in the day to fit it in. Their day is so jam-packed with what they are required to teach. Have you ever looked at the curriculum that your child is supposed to learn by the end of the year? It is astounding what they have to know to move to the next grade level. I never imagined my twins would have to be able to read by the end of the year, in Kindergarten, among the many other things they have to know.

There is something magical in cursive writing. The ebb and flow of it across the paper, it can be so elegant when written properly. I remember when I was small, I was so excited that I could write in cursive when I started kindergarten. I had an older sister so I picked it up early. I love my Mother’s hand writing and her signature. I wanted to be able to write just like her. Sad to see it go, hope it makes a comeback. What do you think?

See article here:

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