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Explanation

Back to Shiloh again. My oldest kiddo has a deep, driving need to know things. She wants to understand the intricacies of every person, thing, action, etc. As a young child, why was a favorite word. These days, at ten, it’s a bit more than that…

“That doesn’t make sense. What were they thinking?”

“But didn’t they think about what they were doing? What would happen?”

“That’s not logical. That makes no sense.”

My little girl is growing up. And, unlike me at ten, she doesn’t just accept “they just do” or “there’s not a good reason” as explanations.

Surely everyone’s actions are stemmed from well thought out plans. Right?

Now, I’m curious what you would say to a little girl who has questions about these type issues.

*Why would someone hurt another in order to make them feel better about themselves? Why do they think it’s going to make them feel better?

*How come people (kids in particular) who haven’t been taught to be kind, considerate, well mannered, etc., don’t just see others who act that way and change?

*Why does a difficult home life cause some kids to go crazy and others to become withdrawn?

*Why would anyone do something for no other reason than to just be mean?

*How come all parents aren’t more concerned with their children than themselves?

*Why would a parent, or another adult, encourage a child to misbehave?

Believe me, we talked about a fallen world, sin and evil until I’m blue in the face. We’ve discussed and talked and considered and pondered and my Shiloh is completely unhappy with the verdict.

What would you say? What is your explanation?

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Recommendation

My son’s seventh birthday was this past weekend, which I hope to post on soon (as well as my daughter’s 10th birthday a month ago! Ack!). He did, however, receive one present that I’m so excited about and thought I’d go ahead and recommend as soon as possible.

If you have a son, you need to buy this book!!

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In this age of video games and cell phones, there must still be a place for knots, tree houses, and stories of incredible courage.

It’s full of great guy projects, things boys should know, and basically how to entertain yourself without video games or television!

So far, my son has made the best paper airplane he’s ever made, learned to play battleship using paper and a pencil, and poured over the information on how to make a bow and arrows. He’s drooling at the idea of building a go cart, studying the constellations, and reading about famous battles. He’s even learning Latin phrases and Shakespeare!!

Other things covered in this book are knot tying, how to play marbles, first aid, learning your states and capitals, Morse code, how to juggle, how to skip stones, making electromagnets, penlights, periscopes, navigating in the dark, how to hunt, skin, cook a rabbit (and tan it’s hide), coin tricks, information about the solar system, how to wrap packages….you name it. I’m just naming a few things. Anything a boy wants to know.

So, if you have a son, run, don’t walk, to the nearest bookstore and get this book! Your son will love you for it! And you’ll love that he’s not parked in front of the television all the time!!

**If you do not have a son, there is a companion book, The Daring Book for Girls. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m guessing it won’t be long before it’s a part of our household as well!

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Epiphany

My husband hates ice. It’s a quirk. If a drink is incredibly hot (say, freshly brewed iced tea) he may consent to a single chunk of ice.

So, in the time I’ve known him, he’s shared many an ice cube with me. When we are at someone’s house and they fix drinks, filled to the brim with ice. Or when a fast food employee doesn’t understand that “light ice” means “light ice”, well, then I usually graciously take some of his excess. I’m nice like that. Oh, and I happen to like icy, freezing cold, dripping with condensation drinks. It works you know. Jack Sprat could eat no fat…whatever. (Weird I know, but I also detest the fatty parts of meat and always give them away to Josh. I quote this nursery rhyme all the time. Oh, and I guess Josh isn’t the only quirky member of our family!)

Well, a few nights ago, I had freshly brewed iced tea (Yes, we are very southern. Iced tea is a staple around here.). I mean, it came from the stove to the pitcher to the table. It really needed ice. In my opinion, a full cup of ice.

My daughter was setting the table, and since the members of our immediate family are accustomed to this quirk of my husbands, she had put a single cube of ice in his cup. She then filled the rest of the cups with ice as usual. When Josh poured his tea, he realized that one cube of ice wasn’t going to do the job. Problem? Our ancient refrigerator doesn’t have an ice maker. So we use trays. And we were out of ice.

So, since I’m so kind, and because Josh didn’t really ask me, I let him have he took one of my ice cubes.

When he confessed what he’d done, I just laughed and said, “I suppose over all the years I’ve taken a few more of your ice cubes…it’s okay.”

This is when the epiphany took place. You see, we both realized, at the same time, that I said over all the years. This is new. It’s always been over the months, or last year, or something seemingly recent. All of a sudden I’m referring to years ago when I’m discussing our relationship. And it was true. It has been a few years now.

Boy did that go fast.

So, here’s the question. How long exactly did you feel like a newlywed?

I mean, I still consider myself a newlywed. I feel like one anyway. It’s almost been two years since Josh and I married. We hung out/dated a year before that. So we have a total of three years history…almost.

Do any of you still feel like newlyweds after years? Maybe many years, like eight, ten or twenty? I’d love to know what you have to say. Oh, and I’d love to know why you still feel that way. Anyone feel like humoring me?

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Allowance and Paying Up

I have a question for all you wise bloggy parents. Or anyone else out there who just has good ideas…I suppose you don’t have to be a parent.

How do you, or would you, handle money you give your children?

I don’t especially like the idea of an allowance. I don’t think kids should just get money as a right. It seems like good practice for accepting government handouts! :D

And I’m not big on paying kids to help around the house. I’ve mentioned this on my blog before. I think kids should help around the house because they are part of a family. Not to earn money…and then feel like they shouldn’t have to help if they don’t want any money.

Yet, I want to teach my kids how to handle money. And it’s hard to do that if they don’t have any. Also, I like the idea of them using their own money to buy Christmas presents, birthday presents, tithe, save, and even buy things for themselves on occasion. They usually get some money for their birthdays, but it certainly not a years worth of spending money.

This year, I paid my kids to help around the house for one day to earn Christmas spending money. But it was things they generally would have to do and not get paid for. It’s not exactly a trend I want to continue. I just waited until the last minute and didn’t want to hand over Christmas spending money for nothing.

I have considered “special projects” for my kids to earn money. Maybe coming up with something I’d like done that is over and above their usual chores that they can do to earn a bit of cash. Something a bit on the challenging side…

What say you? Do you have any suggestions or advice on how to handle this? What works for you?

UPDATE: After posting this, and then having an interesting conversation with my husband, I think we have come up with a great solution to this problem. I am still interested in your ideas as ours still needs tweaking. I will post our ideas sometime soon! :D

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Calling All Cooks!!

Help! I completely forgot why we’ve never done soccer or baseball before. You sell your soul to those little teams! Two games a week and at least one practice a week. Two kids playing….

I need to know your quickest recipes!! ASAP! What do you make that is really fast? We have a few things I can whip together in 10-25 minutes, but it gets old eating the same things over and over again.

I’d really love to hear your suggestions!! :D

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Let’s Play 20 Questions…..

This 7 Days of Blog has really brought out the inquisitive side of some of the bloggers around the blogosphere! I’m planning on taking their questions and answering them for today’s (final) blogging post. Well, the final blogging post for 7 Days of Blog anyway!

Inquisitive Blogger #1: She Lives posts these questions.

– How do find the blogs you read regularly? Through other bloggers’ recommendations? Their sidebar links? Search engines? Through comments left on your blog? Something else?

Most of the blogs I read I found through sidebar links. I have also found bloggers through comments left on my blog or another blog I have read. And other ways I have found bloggers is through carnivals or because another blogger quoted and linked to a particular post.

– When you leave a comment, do you frequently return to that post to check for the author’s response?

This varies for me. If I think I left a comment that merits a response (I asked a question or something like that) I may return to check out the following comments. Also, if I left a really long comment (you know those….the ones you should have just written on your blog and linked because they were so long!) I sometimes check back on those. If I know a blogger tends to answer his/her commentors frequently, I will then check back. When a comment thread is really interesting and I think other commenters will have interesting perspectives I will return.

If I just complimented a post or wrote a silly little quip, I usually do not check back. I am not offended by an author’s lack of response to a comment I leave.

– What types of situations might cause you to stop reading a blog that you once enjoyed?

One of the things that turns me off of blogs faster than anything is when they get incredibly negative. I don’t mean when they post on a trial or when they are discouraged and they post. I mean when they always talk negatively about others (I especially hate to see a woman critisize their husbands on the internet), blame everyone in the world for their problems, spread gossip, etc. I do not like a lot of drama on blogs.

– How much personal privacy do you try to maintain when posting on your own blog? Everything that might identify you to a friend or neighbor? Only demographic data? Only children’s information? Something else?

I’m afraid I don’t keep too much to myself! I do not use the last names of anyone in my family on my blog. I started out not saying where I was from (other than generally…the Gulf Coast) and Katrina blogging got me talking about the city I’m from! So, I suppose the information I keep to myself are last names of the people I blog about…including myself!

- What are your thoughts about encouraging offline friends to read your blog?

When I started blogging I let all my close friends and relatives know about the blog and e-mailed them a link. Other than that I don’t really do anything except ocassionally mention something I may have posted about. I try not to bug people if they are not interested. I do have several friends who are not bloggers that read my blog at least ocassionally…or I think I do anyway! :D

– What criteria do you look for in the blogs you enjoy reading? Or perhaps I should ask, what factors do your favorite blogs all have in common?

I usually read Christian/mommy blogs….but there are alot of those blogs I don’t read. I’m not sure what criteria I use. When I feel comfortable on a blog I’ll likely visit it again. Although I’m not offended or put off by author’s who do not acknowledge me, I’m rather attracted to bloggers who do respond to ocassional comments, either on their blog or via e-mail. It seems more personal and friendly. I feel very welcome at that person’s blog!

I also like to be entertained (what can I say….I’m an American!) so if I find the blog content funny or if the author is particularly gifted with the written word I will frequent that site regardless of the author’s relationship with me.

There are some blogs out there I don’t even expect to become close friends with the author. These are usually the heavier theoblogs. I generally visit these because I think the author’s of them are wise and I can learn something from them. They also usually have lots of comments and tons of traffic. I realize they cannot acknowledge every person who stops by their blog….

Did that answer the question?

– Are there any blogs you read on a regular basis in which the author frequently expresses beliefs or opinions that completely contradict your own?

Yes and no. There are blogs I visit ocassionally that frequently express beliefs or opinions that contradict my own and there are blogs that I visit/read on a regular basis that ocassionally express beliefs or opinions that contradict my own. I’m not one to go out visiting blogs that disagree with me looking for debate. I leave that to my husband!

– If you disagree with a blogger do you usually voice your perspective so they can see things from a different angle, or just ignore theirs and click away? Does the size of the person’s readership influence this for you?

I was going to say that I never voice my perspective with bloggers who see things differently but I remember doing this just the other day. I don’t do this too terribly much but I can. I tend to do it very diplomatically….I’m not one for conflict.

Now, on my blog, I have no problem voicing my opinion or even debating in my comment section. I don’t write very much controversial content so this hasn’t happened very often. I have enjoyed myself when it has though. The discussion was always civil though! :D

– Do you read and/or post on Saturdays and Sundays? Or are you predominantly at M-F blogger?

I am willing to read/post on blogs on any day. However, if I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, I’m most likely to skip a weekend day. Some of my favoirte bloggers do not post much on the weekends so if I feel like skulking about I look for new blogs to read…

And, since I’m posting today, and it’s Saturday, I guess that pretty much answers this question. :D

Whew! All that and I’ve not made it to Inquisitive Blogger #2 yet! Who just so happens to be Blest With Sons. Her questions are here.

Blog Reading

How many do you read regularly?

Probably only about 30 regularly. There are many others I stop by ocassionally to catch up on!

How many are written by women? By men?

I’d say about 75% women and about 25% men.

Are they all Christian? How about the same denomination?

Almost all of them are Christian but I would say the denominations are quite varied!

What kinds of posts do you like the best?

This is hard to say. There are so many of my favorite posts by bloggers out there and they vary tremendously! I enjoy humorous, witty posts. I enjoy posts with great illusrtations….and believe it or not, I enjoy posts that convict me.

What kinds of posts are you most likely to comment on?

This is according to my mood. Some days I feel like really jumping into a hot topic or sharing an example where I was in a similar situation with the author, and other days I’m more likely to comment on a frivilous post that doesn’t take much thought. On those days I’m more likely to steer clear of a commet thread that takes much thought!

So…it really depends!

What makes you add a blog to your favorites list/bloglines? Or conversely, what drives you away from a blog?

If a fellow blogger has been very supportive of me (frequents my blog and encourages me) or I’ve built a friendship with a blogger I check up on that blog rather often. If a blogger posts something (or more than one something) very profound or useful I will check that blog often. If a bloggers writing style appeals to me I add them to my favoirtes. I’ve also been known to check up on blogs that post lots of lovely pictures! I’m sure there are other reasons…..

I sorta answered this already from Carol’s questions…but one thing I hate on a blog is complaining, whining, critisizing and blaming. Not in one post specifically but when that is the general mood of the blog I generally stay far, far away!

Blog Writing

What’s your favorite kind of post to write?

This may be a surprise, but my favorite posts to write are when I have thoughts to share about my Christian walk or family life. I post so much fluffy content or filler content that may not show on my blog. But I’m happiest with my deeper posts. I guess I’m just too lazy to do it often. If you want to see my favoirte posts from this blog, here they are!

What do you think is your biggest strength blogwise? Biggest weakness?

I think my biggest blog strength is the mood and atmosphere of my blog. I think it is a positive and relaxing place to hang out! :D

My biggest weakness is posting good content on a regular basis. I think I post too much fluff or filler, as I said before. I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong with these kinds of posts. I just feel like I need to be doing more with my blog.

What do you want to change, if anything, about the way you blog?

I need to set a goal to post something of substance on a more regular basis. Not even everyday, although that would be nice. I would like to try and begin with weekly, maybe, and work up from there.

How many times a day do you say the word blog?

Good grief. Do numbers go that high?


Interpersonal

How many bloggers have you met in real life – not counting the ones you knew before they started blogging?

Only one in real life. Do phone conversations count? What about blog-stalking your future husband….that you kinda knew in real life?

Were they what you expected from reading their blogs? Got any interesting stories? Do tell!

Sure! I met Jami who blogs at Princess Ruby. You can read about the whole thing and see a picture here!

Well, that concludes this extensive q and a about blogging. These two ladies also gave an opportunity for their readers to ask any questions they had and I’m gonna follow suit. So, if you are pondering anything about me, my blog, or why the sky is blue, feel free to pop the question(s) in the comment section!

And, once again, Carol, thanks for the 7 Days of Blog! It has been fun!

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Happy Mardi Gras?

Today is Mardi Gras. The day before Ash Wednesday. In my neck of the woods, Mardi Gras is a much celebrated holiday. I got yesterday and today off from work just in case I had any inclination to join in the hoop-la that surely ensued.

But what is Mardi Gras? Where did it come from? Why should we celebrate it? Or should we celebrate it?

One parish web-site from Louisana has this to say:

The history of Mardi Gras began long before Europeans set foot in the New World. In mid February the ancient Romans celebrated the Lupercalia, a circus like festival not entirely unlike the Mardi Gras we are familiar with today. When Rome embraced Christianity, the early Church fathers decided it was better to incorporate certain aspects of pagan rituals into the new faith rather than attempt to abolish them altogether. Carnival became a period of abandon and merriment that preceded the penance of Lent, thus giving a Christian interpretation to the ancient custom.

This seems to have been the origin of several Christian holidays though. Christmas, Easter….they were all Christians adopting holy days of pagans and adding a Christian reason for celebrating.

I grew up being told that Mardi Gras was related to the Catholic holiday Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent. I grew up in a small town with a small Catholic population. I really only knew a few Catholics and they were not very devout at all.

Of couse, they celebrated Mardi Gras, but then, everyone else seemed to celebrate it as well. (Mardi Gras is huge along the Gulf Coast region with New Orleans being the Mecca of Mardi Gras….a mere hour and a half away from me!)

As I went to college, I met other members of the Catholic church, much more devout than the few I grew up with. I realized then that Mardi Gras was much more important to the frat boys on campus than the devout Catholic friends I was making. One friend of mine scorned it completey. She would have no part. And all this time I was convinced it was some Holy Day for Catholicism.

One other thing I realized as I grew older (I did figure this one out before college!) was that people everywhere did not celebrate Mardi Gras. In fact, it seemed that people in other regions of the country barely knew what Mardi Gras was.

If this is such an important day for Catholics, it seemed many were not celebrating….I began wondering. What is it about Mardi Gras?

One Louisana magazine has this to say:

South Louisiana’s first recorded use of the name Mardi Gras was in 1699 when Pierre le Moyne, Sieur D’Iberville, landed at the mouth of a small bayou along the Mississippi River on Tuesday, March 2, and named it Bayou du Mardi Gras. The people of this area have been celebrating Carnival in one manner or another ever since.

Which explains the geographical region of the Gulf Coast being Mardi Gras main stomping ground. But if this truly were a religous holiday, why would it not be celebrated everywhere Roman Catholics worship? Which, as far as I know, would pretty much be all over America….all over the world…

It appears that Chistians attempted to “civilize” this pagan celebration by tying it to lent. (This also from Slidell Magazine)

The Christians revived the original feeling of atonement in their spring rites of feasting before the Lenten Season of abstinence and contrition for sins. These Christians titled this celebration “carnelevare” or “farewell to the flesh,” because no meat would be eaten during the Lenten Season.

It seems that it only really became a hit as a big time of celebration in France:

The French gradually began celebrating the season and by the Middle Ages it was in full swing. They began masquerading at lavish balls and also introduced the “boe of gras,” a huge bull which was paraded through the streets. Their name for Carnival became the official title for the celebration all over the world, “Mardi Gras.” It means Fat Tuesday.

And as stated before, was brought to the Gulf Coast by the French explorer, D’Iberville, bringing Mardi Gras to the Gulf Coast.

I e-mailed a fellow blogger of the Catholic faith, just to make sure our version of Mardi Gras was not some twisted version of a real holiday. Although she wasn’t certain of the origin of Mardi Gras she definately does not celebrate it.

Which leads me to believe that Mardi Gras is not a Christian holiday of any sort. It is much closer related to the pagan holidays of ancient Rome as described here. (Still from Slidell Magazine):

The origin of Mardi Gras is in the pagan feast of the Greeks’ celebration for the coming spring. Evander, son of Hermes, was a mythical Greek king who settled near Rome and is credited with bringing this ritual to Italy. The Romans called it “februa,” which means “acts of atonement.” The spirit of contrition (carried out by naked people being whipped by a priest) was gradually corrupted by the Romans into public lewdness and debauchery.

Which is much like what happens at the Mardi Gras parades along the Gulf Coast. Although the parades here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast do not allow nudity, it seems that New Orleans parades aren’t as prudish. Generally, anything goes. Yet the theme of most parades, anywhere along the Gulf Coast tends to be to get as drunk as possible and collect the largest amount of beads, at any cost. Did I mention at any cost? (Disclaimer: there are several parades that try to be more family friendly and safe for kids….)

How do I know?

I must admit to having celebrated Mardi Gras, at least a little bit in my past.

I grew up in a Christian home where Mardi Gras was looked down on. As a child/teenager I was not allowed to attend Mardi Gras parades (even family friendly ones). I think I twirled baton in one in second grade but other than that I don’t recall ever going to a parade until I was in college.

My sophomore year in college I went on a day trip to New Orleans. It was a whole three weeks before Mardi Gras, at least. Yet we ran into a parade. We had a great time and wondered why we hadn’t participated in this all along. (And I didn’t see anyone flash the floats for beads.)

So, we made plans to attend several Mardi Gras festivities that year (believe me there were plenty to choose from.) So we spent the weekend before Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Mardi Gras day at several parades in Biloxi.

So yeah. The above quote about the ancient celebrations in Rome fit nicely.

So, should Christians have anything to do with a holiday like Mardi Gras?

My daughter asked me this year why we didn’t celebrate Mardi Gras. I guess I never really thought about it other than I didn’t want my children around all the wild revelry that accompanies the parades and balls. Her question was why we couldn’t go to some of the parades that were for kids.

This hasn’t really been something I’ve ever thought of before. That is why I asked my readers what their opinion of Mardi Gras was. (And because I wanted to see just how geographical the carnival was…and whether anyone saw any real religious significance in it). (I’m not gonna quote the people who really didn’t know anything about it. You can read all comments from What Are Your Thoughts on Mardi Gras here.)

So I want to share a few comments from my readers with my opinion thrown in….

Laura says:

Okay, here is what I know about Mardi Gras. It starts with something called Fat Tuesday (or does it end with it?); there might be something involving a King cake with a baby in it, but that might be some other occasion. What else… oh yeah, there is lots of drinking and cavorting, shiny beads which people want badly enough to flash strangers for, and lots of pick-pocketing. How’s that for stellar ignorance and stereotyping?

Not bad actually. Just about sums it up.

Mopsy says:

The first word that popped in my head was “hedonism”. Unfortunately. My only experience is watching glimpses on the TV news and everyone appears to be very intoxicated and half-naked.

Yep. They do appear to be that way don’t they? It’s probably because most of them are.

And from the recently moved from up north to the Gulf Coast mother, Princess Ruby says:

I had heard of it growing up in Michigan, but didn’t know what it was in the least. Not until I moved down here did I educate myself on it, being that it goes on and on for the longest time. There are millions of parades you can take your family to, every store has Mardi Gras stuff to sell, you see people’s beads hanging all over the place. It is ridiculous to me. We do not celebrate it. After I read up on what it is a bit more I thought it best to steer clear of it (and of course dh thought so too). Why go and sin on Fat Tuesday only to ‘repent’ the next day? Why take part in even a little part of it (say taking the family to a parade)? We will have no part in it. Having even a little part of celebrating such a ‘heathen holiday’ (in my mind) is like celebrating all of it. We’re supposed to have NO part of the world. To me, its such a part of the world. I think it sad to see so many Christians celebrating it. I think it is so wrong. That is just me though. Maybe it was began to mean well, I’m not certain, but it certainly hasn’t turned out that way now….Hope these thoughts make sense, I’m trying to steer my children in the right direction while I type my thoughts!

Must be culture shock to move down here and experience Mardi Gras for the first time! (If you are a Christian, that is…)

Now, from a reader of mine who actually grew up in New Orleans. Carol has this to say:

My enormous family lives in N.O. They all celebrate it and I grew up celebrating with them even though I’ve never lived in N.O. or anywhere close. We went in for visits at Carnival time. As kids, we had a blast watching parades and catching beads. The family always gathered at my aunt’s house – on the parade route – and did a huge crawfish boil, gumbo, etc.

It could still be a lot of fun if it wasn’t so heavily steeped in hedonism and debauchery and if I wasn’t a Christian. It’s funny how our perception of what’s fun changes once we surrender our will to His. Anyway, I’ve taken the kids a couple of times and still watch parades on my aunt’s front lawn, but it’s not like the revelry down in the Quarter; much more tame and family-oriented. (No clue when we’ll ever try to go back for Carnival under the circumstances.)

I usually do have a king cake sent from N.O. (not this year – just bought a local knock-off instead – it’s not very good) and I let the kids wear beads to school on Fat Tuesday. Half of everyone here is clueless about Mardi Gras and nobody celebrates it.

The reason I participate in this little way is to honor my heritage, however questionable. I think it’s important to teach my kids about traditions of their forefathers – but I make sure they know the downside as well.

And yeah, it makes no sense to engage in hedonism one day and go to confession the next.

I was so glad to have Carol’s perspective. Someone who grew up celebrating this holiday. And I can understand where she is coming from about passing on heritage. I think she made some great points (and King Cake is delicious…)But the key phrase from her comment was this:

It makes no sense to engage in hedonism one day and go to confession the next.

That is one of my biggest problems with Mardi Gras. The idea that you are about to have to give up something (for Lent) and so you better live it up on Fat Tuesday and enjoy all the things of the flesh before you become “spiritual”. And I’ve noticed that devout Catholics (or others who celebrate Lent, find no need for this feeding the flesh one last time….)

And Rev-Ed adds:

Great Lakes region. Nobody cares about Mardi Gras here unless they are looking for an excuse to get drunk. (The same people will also celebrate Arbor Day and Be Kind to Animals Week in the same fashion.)

The idea always seemed so ridiculous to me. The day before we give up certain things, we’ll go out and get so sick of them that we won’t miss them for the first week! Take some of that “religious edge” off the whole thing.

I’ve thought the same thing about the people who celebrate Mardi Gras here. Even though here more people do it, it’s not for any religous reason. It’s looking for an excuse to particiapate in debauchery.

So, my reason for not celebrating Mardi Gras, or even taking my daughter to one of the (few) child friendly parades….

I don’t want to be a part of celebrating a holiday that’s main point seems to be pleasing the flesh. Whether a small participant, or a big one, I feel like it’s something that Christian are best to steer clear of!

1 Thessalonians 5:22 states that we should:

Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Read the whole chapter here.

I’m pretty sure that would include Mardi Gras celebrations….

Now, feel free to comment and let me know if I’ve got this all wrong! :D Tell me what you think about Christians celebrating Mardi Gras (if you haven’t already). Or if you have something to add, well, feel free to add it!

And meanwhile, Happy Fat Tuesday.

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What Are Your Thought on Mardi Gras?


Or do you even have them?

I know Mardi Gras is celebrated a bit more in my corner of the world than most other places.

I would like to know what you guys out there have to say about the holiday. It is fast approaching and I must admit to liking that I will have off work for two days because of it. That’s all I’m saying about it now. I plan on posting my thoughts later this week.

Feel free to back up any claims for or against it. Be honest. I wanna know.

So? Whatcha think?

(If you don’t even know or think about Mardi Gras because of your geographical location please let me know that too. I’m very interested in what everyone has to say on this topic.)

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Bible Study for Couples

I’m requesting your help.

My husband and I are looking for a really great Bible Study for couples. Do any of you married folk out there have any suggestions?

If you do please leave your suggestion and reason for your suggestion in the comment section.

Thanks!

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A Survey, A Survey, I Think I’ll Take a Survey

Out of the Bloo posted this survey which he found at this blog. I thought it was interesting so I’m stealing it! :P (I like stealing stuff!)

a) What’s your favorite Christmas carol?
b) What are you doing this upcoming weekend?
c) What does your family eat for Christmas dinner?
d) What was the last book you read?
e) What’s God been teaching you recently?

Here are my answers:

a) What’s your favorite Christmas carol?

My favorite Christmas carol is What Child is This?

b) What are you doing this upcoming weekend?

On Friday night I’m going to a Christmas party with friends, on Saturday I’m driving to Florida to pick up a motorcycle with my husband (wedding present from his dad), and Sunday I’ll be going to church.

c) What does your family eat for Christmas dinner?

Ham, dressing, gravy, corn cassarole, salad, pie, and usually a few new recipies…

d) What was the last book you read?

The last book I read was The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan

e) What’s God been teaching you recently?

To be thankful. And not to take things for granted. Christmas will be so different for so many people around here

So answer, if you please, in the comment section. Should be interesting to see what people have to say.

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