1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus."

Test driving this today.

From the book 'The Parent's Tao Te Ching'


3 AM, I Have Insomnia.

So I decided to get up and pray.
I opened up my prayer devotional and realized that today is, Friday the 13th.
And, I just happened to have a picture for how I feel right now.

Kika is going to the prom of Central Catholic. (it's an all boys' school)
She asked me if she could have a few friends over after the prom. (By the way, I still say THE prom...but nowadays people say "going to prom" which in my mind seems wrong.
It reduces The prom to a pedestrian event. Like it is a weekly occurrence)
Anyhow, I digress.
It seemed to be a good idea to have a small group of people come here, have some cookies and milk and call it a night.
Better to have Kika here than at some after-prom rager.
The problem is, this small group has escalated to about thirty teens (that she is admitting to).

I am going against everything I would tell my non-existent followers to do:
-Do not worry about what has not happened yet.
-Live in the now.
-Surrender to what is.
-Let Go, Let God.
-Pray and all will be well.
-Have faith.

I am, Freaking. Out.

Figurative gun to her head, I forced Kika to send out a text to their "prom group message" saying: "Party ends at 2 AM. No one is to sleep over. No alcohol. My parents will be checking on us intermittently. My mother told me to send this."

Yet. I have this feeling of dread.

Back to my devotional.
The reading for today, May 13th is about thanking God in ALL circumstances.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." -1 Peter 5:6-7

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."-Thessalonians 5:18

Who the heck is Thessalonia and what does he know about teens?


Pittsburgh Marathon 2016

While I did not run in this year's race, I did tire myself cheering for the runners. 
I am not sure why but the only pictures I took of runners were of these men marathoning as runaway brides.  It made me laugh. 
There was a 94 year old woman that stopped to rest near where we were. She needed to cross the street because she was trying to get to church.  So the guys offered to cross her through the marathoners path by carrying her while she sat on a patio chair. It looked like a game of Frogger.


Turkey Hunt Prep and An Attempt to Fish

On a Friday evening, the last place these teens want to be is....well far from their friends.
Don't think we don't know it.
But we are going to do everything we can to kidnap them and try to extend the life of our family as we know it, for as long as we can. 
We lose to their friends every single time we try to compete.
So this, this is really the only way.
I do not take this place for granted.
It's peaceful here.