Monday, July 28, 2008
That all the people I love see the same moon when they look up...even if they are far away from me at the moment. My Mom and Dad have the added perk of being able to look at this same tree from their balcony in St. Croix too! I hope our kids in Colombia see the moon and know someone loves them.
(Sound familiar but can't place it? Try this as a reminder! YouTube - somewhere out there - an american tail )
I just can't wait to see the moon from Colombia!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
This week I finally got my Employment Verification Letter from my employer this week signed,notarized and ready to apostille -- CHECK!
We also received our packet from the Psychologist with our MMPI-2 tests on Thursday. (I finished mine Thursday evening (I told you, teacher's pet!) and Bill is working on his in the dining room as I type this in the office. This, I am counting as the "plus" in our check-plus. We still have a bit of time before we can count our psychological exams as the next BIG checkmark.
Now, if you'll allow me just a moment to reflect (rant? obsess? pick a verb...) on this test I'd appreciate it. For those of you who aren't familiar with the MMPI-2, it's 567 questions (no, that's not a typo but at least they are all True/False) that is designed to be particularly telling about our personality makeup among other things.
Some of the questions were obviously designed to identify certain things, like paranoid tendencies. Personally though, I couldn't help but laugh at this one:
“someone is trying to poison me – T/F”
There were some that were incredibly vague or really too broad, in my opinion, because whenever you throw many or most in the mix of determining, for example, whether people are generally liars or whatnot, the answering gets kind of tricky. I mean, yeah, I think just about everyone has or would tell a lie at one point or another.
Then you have the nevers to address. "I have never used alcohol to excess?" Well, unfortunately that would have to be false if I am to be honest because, even though I usually drink one or two drinks every one or two months or so, I have on occasion had too much to drink.
And then there's the questions of physical symptomatology that probably sounds worse than it is when answered truthfully. I mean there was one that asked about numbness, tingling, and "falling asleep" sensations in your limbs that I had to answer that I do experience these things daily but I didn't get to say "but my hands fall alseep because I have CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME, not a psych issue!"
And, finally, what could possibly be my personal favorite question at the moment “there is often a fullness in my head or nose – True or False?” Well, it's true but if you could now please clarify for me what exactly my nasal allergy symptoms have to do with my psychological health????
Call me crazy [pun fully intended, by the way], but do any of you know how hard it is not to self-analyze your own responses to these questions? Have you considered how hard it was to commit to an answer to some of the vague, could-go-several-different-ways questions?? Do you even comprehend how badly I wanted to write a letter of explanation of some of my answers to go with that stinking test??? Brutal.
I did realize in my test-taking experience that while I tend to be kind of idealistic with my tiny little nucleus of the world, I don't have the same idealistic opinions of the general public. But we've got a check-plus, and that's progress in my book.
(Sorry for the super-long post, by the way, I guess I had more to say about the silly test than I thought!)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Today's reading in my new Streams in the Desert book is one of those "little whispers". It starts with an excellent verse - "And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you ... blessed are all they that wait for Him." Isaiah 30:18 - and the reflection that accompanies it is sprinkled with phrases and thoughts that grab me.
For example, the closing passage of today's devotional which reads:
He cannot gather the fruit till it is ripe. He knows when we are spiritually ready to receive the blessing to our profit and His glory. Waiting in the sunshine of His love is what will ripen the soul for His blessing. Waiting under the cloud of trial, that breaks in showers of blessings, is as needful. Be assured that if God waits longer than you could wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious. God waited four thousand years, till the fullness of time, ere He sent His Son. Our times are in His hands; He will avenge His elect speedily; He will make haste for our help, and not delay one hour too long.
(quoted text is from Streams in the Desert, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman; devotional for July 22)
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
And the gospel? I'm still absorbing it. At the beginning of mass I asked that my ears be opened to hear what I am meant to hear... and what did I hear? This:
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” Matthew 13:1-9
That's a lot to absorb. Excuse me while I go reflect for a while. Have a wonderful Sunday, all.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I'm going back to the bedroom right now to grab my adoption files to try to create a plan so we can get another check mark this week. I NEED another checkmark; it feels like we are getting stagnant and not progressing and I don't want to start getting negative...
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Me, I usually search for royalty free stock photos or use non-personal photos (because my honey has voiced a concern over the wisdom of plastering our kids' faces for all the 'net to see) but I know a lot of my yahoo sistas do have lots of beautiful pictures of their GORGEOUS kids on their blogs. From what I read, some people have been misrepresenting themselves on the message boards of support groups. Yahoo sistas, our groups and prayer chat are pretty heavily moderated and I don't think we have a problem there; however, we all do have public blogs broadcast through the blogosphere. I would hate to see any of you taken advantage of. So maybe this is something we should all consider?