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  1. "When we get married." She has been dating her boyfriend for 2 years and it's been very obvious that they are very serious. For many months DD24 has kind of danced around the subject. And for a while, what was obvious to me, as her mother, as well as to other adults within the extended family, wasn't so obvious to DD. But yeah....today, she just snuck the phrase "when we get married" into normal conversation. We were like "Woah Woah Woah.....back up......say what?!?!?!?" Apparently, marriage is actually specifically in their plans. Her BF however is apparently w
    26 points
  2. You make them today, eat half. Then make a new batch tomorrow and eat half. Then you'll have a whole batch and a bonafide science experiment. Report back with your results.
    22 points
  3. I don't know the answer but wow, you are brave starting a thread about cupcakes🤣😂🤣
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  4. I won't share all, because it would be too many details for my own comfort. 🙂 But the story in its entirety still takes my breath away... In 2004, after many many health hurdles for DH, we were finally ready to face the issue of our infertility. There were many bumps and false starts along the way, but I conceived in our first embryo transfer. We were so elated to have good news!!! However, my second blood test revealed stagnant HCG numbers. Several weeks later, when no fetal pole or heart beat developed, I was taken off all the hormones and went through the miscarriage process.
    12 points
  5. SWB posted this on FB, so some of you might have seen it. It puts words to a lot of the things I have personally struggled with. https://elemental.medium.com/your-surge-capacity-is-depleted-it-s-why-you-feel-awful-de285d542f4c "Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters." "“The pandemic has demonstrated both what we can do with surge capacity and the limits of surge capacity,” says Masten. When it’s depleted, it has to be renewed. But what h
    11 points
  6. I say note. After someone passes, especially if it was unexpected, it's nice to see that others have not forgotten them and also are thinking about the lost loved one and the person grieving. It can be a comfort. And passing it through the brother, who knows what is best for his mom's personal mental state, hedges the bet enough for you I think.
    11 points
  7. And how far we've fallen when wearing a paper mask for an hour church service during a pandemic becomes a hill worth dying on for Christians.
    11 points
  8. After I gave birth to my second son, like the morning after, I had pain in my wrists. Every single night I would fall asleep, and by the morning, if I had slept with my wrists bent even the slightest bit, I would wake in terrible pain. Throughout the morning, the pain would go away, until the next morning when it would be back. I would do my best to sleep with my wrists fully straight, but even then, there was always pain in the morning. If they were bent, it was just awful. This went on for 5 years. My church had a service where everyone was to get in small groups and pra
    9 points
  9. I'm a Christian who doesn't generally believe in miracles, so maybe you don't even want my input. 🙂 I do believe there was a time and a reason when miracles were abundant, as we read about in the Bible. But I think that generally, God created a world based on logic and things play out that way. The human body is amazing though, and sometimes it can pull through some pretty amazing stuff in ways that seem to defy what's understood as possible (like cancer recoveries, etc.). And most of the other "on-the-spot" miracles like an arm growing longer or a person suddenly not needing glasses an
    9 points
  10. A friend's husband was driving an open cab tractor with their 6 year old son down a country highway and was rear ended by a semi. They were both thrown from the tractor and when the EMT's arrived on the scene, the tractor tire was on top of the 6 year old's head. The dad sat sobbing in the ditch and praying in pain for losing his boy. His grandma sent an urgent prayer chain around and I, like many others, dropped to my knees and prayed for the family. The EMT's were trying to extricate what they were sure was his dead body when they saw him breathing and began frantically trying to free him. H
    9 points
  11. If it's ever a choice between doing a thoughtful thing, or not doing it, then do it. Even if it's late, even if it feels awkward. It will be appreciated. I'd send a note to both.
    9 points
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  13. Right now? Im drinking a Guinness. 😬
    8 points
  14. Dunno if this is what you are looking for, but....I have severe anxiety and depression and ptsd. Like, I'm a mess more or less all the time. I've been hospitalized multiple times. It's a huge issue for me. I had a miscarriage at 12 weeks, and then six weeks later was pregnant again. I was terrified. Immediately after getting a positive pregnancy test, I went to church, and I heard a clear voice say, "This baby is going to be okay." And my anxiety completely went away. When I was in labor with oldest, they went into distress. Did a vacuum extraction, got them out but with a
    7 points
  15. Congratulations on deciding to write a book. Look forward to hearing more about it. I was in a car accident back in my college days and had horrible whiplash. I suffered from head aches and a perpetually stiff neck for the longest time afterwards. Fast forward ten years and one of the Catholic churches in my area was having a special presentation that included a faith healer. Which was unusual at the time and I decided to check it out and while there, they called for healing prayers. They said to hold hands with whoever you were sitting near and prayer for healing. I'm trying to reme
    7 points
  16. I think it is worth pointing out that the IFR for chickenpox in adults would be considered a very serious thing if most adults were susceptible to chickenpox. Most are not. Chickenpox has been around forever so everyone in my generation got it as kids and developed immunity. And of course the next generation down either got the disease or got the vaccine. One major reason the the SARS-COV-2 virus is a much more significant problem is that we started from a point of 100% susceptibility. That means direct comparisons to common established viral diseases such as chickenpox are not
    7 points
  17. I was raised in a Pentacostal Charismatic church that believes in miraculous healing. I do remember one service with a traveling pastor. An older lady in my church was slain in the Spirit. She was out for several (10ish? 20ish? I don't remember) minutes. When she came to, her built up shoe was no longer needed. Her leg had grown. She actually had my mother measure her legs on the next day, and they were the same size. I am possibly no longer a Christian (long story), but I still remember that one. It was actually measurable. She had other health issues that were not healed, but her legs were t
    7 points
  18. Two years ago I asked my kids what they wanted for lunch. Oldest said, "Snuggles." Youngest said, "The blood of my enemies." And that pretty much sums up their personalities.
    7 points
  19. Well, I think one could word this in a more loving way. Such as, "We understand you have a different opinion. We do ask that you stay home and view our services online for the time being, since we are committed to protecting each other -- especially our most vulnerable congregants -- by wearing masks right now. However, we love you and hope you will remain part of our community and return in person as soon as it is deemed safe."
    7 points
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  21. Happy Sunday, my lovelies. Today is National Read a Book day which I don’t think will be too hard for any of us. *grin* Our next 52 Books Bingo category is taking us back to the Antebellum period which took place after the war of 1812 (1812-1815) and before the civil war (1861-1865). A period of time in which American writers wrote about American themes and created the short story genre and the penny press. Views through Pen and Ink: North Carolina's Antebellum Literature Records an Era American Literature-American Romantic or Antebellum Era: 1800-60 Women in Antebellum
    6 points
  22. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to DC last weekend. The protest art is so cool and the people are friendly. Most everyone we saw was masked (it’s required) even in our hotel.
    6 points
  23. My best friend is a UMC Pastor in the VA Conference. She is in a small church in an area that has had a lot of covid denial and more than a few outbreaks. She has had multiple parishoners, in a very small church, get sick and a few die prematurely as a result of COVID. (All have had other medical issues, but in most cases, well controlled and not likely to kill them in the immediate future-it took something to push that preexisting condition out of balance such that the body could not recover). I've been attending her church since March, and they went back in person a few weeks ago, with the s
    6 points
  24. I actually picked out my Antebellum bingo book a few weeks ago and am waiting for my hold to appear. I have been wanting to read (listen to 😉) The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevelier https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15705011-the-last-runaway?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=6dvMZ9hVb1&rank=4 for awhile and it seems to fit this square. The cover is pretty too! I finished both Ready Player One and my quilt! This time through I didn’t spend nearly as much time geeking out over the references to Pac Man etc and more time listening to the story of the world that was being described. On
    6 points
  25. Not personal exactly, but secondhand. My mother was basically a counselor at a pediatric cancer center. I won't give too many details, but they had a patient who was diagnosed with a serious cancer. Began treatment. My mother got to know the family. Prognosis was pretty bad. And then, poof, kid went in for scans and the cancer was gone. Totally gone. The doctors were downright shocked. No one knew what to make of it. There were articles written and so forth, mostly calling it a miracle - and the family were very religious so they were all in on that theory. My mother was like, I have no idea.
    6 points
  26. Morning. Dh is tearing out the wall around the furnace in our kitchen right now. He already took some cabinets off the wall and the mounted microwave is no longer mounted. Our new furnace (which will likely be the mini-split system actually) is leading to a whole new kitchen, removing windows, moving around appliances, and all new cabinets and countertops. Then next year will probably be new windows, new siding, and who knows what else. I'm happy about some of it. My washer/dryer will no longer be blocking things and we'll have more storage when all is said and done. He w
    6 points
  27. When my mom died, I received notes over the next year. In some cases, they came from unexpected people; it was really nice to know that someone thought a lot of my mom and wanted to share. I say send both notes to the brother. Even if he doesn't pass on the note to his mom, he'll know you cared.
    6 points
  28. Cold water no ice, mostly this Hot Mint tea Cold Mint tea The tears of my enemies Cold coffee with milk, with or without sweetened condensed milk but usually not. Decaf, if it matters. Chocolate milk Used to have Root beer once a month. But I don't like the new Virgils and can't find a good replacement.
    6 points
  29. I can’t stop laughing at this
    6 points
  30. There’s an emoji: 💩
    5 points
  31. I try to keep up with our what our previous church is doing, because I greatly respect the pastor, Alistair Begg, who is nationally/internationally known. They have been having outdoor services only until this fall, when weather starts to become a factor. They will not be resuming children's services yet and encourage children to sit with their parents. They are following all state guidelines without quibbling whether Christians are required to. They ask that everyone wear masks, and that if you cannot, due to health reasons, contact the church in advance, and the church will arrange a separat
    5 points
  32. This was helpful for me today, thank you for sharing. I really appreciate aspects of the article as I have been through a lot of loss and upending of normalcy prior to COVID, and some of the “ways forward” from this article do indeed ring true. Ten months prior to COVID, I sustained a head injury and subsequent complications that thrust me into a world of complex, chronic illness, and necessitated the loss of my small business. This article addresses several of the issues I have had to begin to work through —namely, previously being go getter/Type A who cannot approach life that wa
    5 points
  33. Just over a year ago, my son was on his bike crossing a street at a crosswalk, when a car traveling 45 miles an hour t-boned right into him. He flew up and broke the windshield in an 18-inch diameter circle, and then was thrown 70 feet. The bottom line is that he had a mild concussion and lots of road rash, but no broken bones, no internal bleeding, no permanent impairment, and was not even kept overnight at the hospital. His bike helmet was not even cracked, nor his glasses broken. Our family considers his survival and lack of serious injury to be a miracle.
    5 points
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  35. So there is nothing one could do during a church service that would mean they need to sit out that service? Like, your church is cool if people show up to church naked? Women can come topless? Can people smoke during the service, in the pew, exposing people to second hand smoke for the duration, and not be asked or told to put it out? Not to mention, that if they allow people witout masks, that means people who are concerned or at higher risk are then NOT welcome, because it is not a safe place for them. Seriously! As I said above, would your church allow people to smoke
    5 points
  36. The kitchen is clean. Easy to do tonight since we had sub sandwiches and corn on the cob. I think I will read. I am trying to finish “Brave New World.”
    5 points
  37. My first Zoom wedding. It was lovely. Saw a lot of family and friends on zoom. Fore the ceremony started. I cried after I logged off. My friend is feeling better though. Slightly.
    5 points
  38. I love Taylor Swift. I did not like the only Notgrass text we did but am contemplating the US geography for the boy to do alone. Don't lecture me. WendyandMilo has been stalking the thread. I've been learning a lot about lupus. Apparently I'm supposed to plan my luxurious beach vacations around my flares. I'll do that.
    5 points
  39. I would send them each a note. I would not send the mom's note through the brother.
    5 points
  40. I love the candles, and the "Bling & Nothingness" nail polish 😂
    5 points
  41. To paraphrase someone else in another thread.... We are less cautious than most folks here, but more cautious than others IRL. My family/extended family intends to handle all the upcoming holidays exactly as we always have. To put things into risk perspective......there are 13 to 15 total. Of those....6 are kids and the rest are adults. Not a single kid is in school face to face....mine are homeschooled, and the rest are all virtual. Of the adults, exactly 1 is working outside the home full time. The rest are a mix of retired, SAHP, and 2 are working part time out of
    5 points
  42. EdPo: In related news, I think I am done buying curriculum. Well, at least buying things that I need. I have Saxon all the way through Advanced Math. I have Apologia all the way through Chemistry. I just finished buying the last notebooks that I will need. I have plenty of literature and writing resources. I have Abeka Government and Economics, and Notgrass World History and American History. And a homemade 20th Century America course. I have BJU Bible through 12th grade. And as far as I can tell, I have all of the consumable books that dd10 is going to ne
    5 points
  43. Not even if they are harming other congregants by disobeying that law? Would they be allowed to smoke in the service? Come in pantsless and sit in the chairs? Surely there are situations where you could imagine a pastor may have to ask someone to step out (I don’t think the word “unwelcome” would—or should—be used). Allowing people to be there without masks is telling other people they are not welcome or worth accommodating, particularly the most vulnerable of the community. Wearing a mask isn’t harmful. Catching Covid from someone not wearing a mask is. The two things aren’t equivalent.
    5 points
  44. I agree that many times in history the Church has not followed the law because it was obviously wrong to do so. To be accurate, I believe that most churches agree that their attendees should obey just laws. Or, perhaps, laws that are not immoral to be followed. Now, if you want to say that a law is unjust or immoral, that's where you have I think a justifiable grey area about how to approach compliance. But I don't see how a mask mandate is unjust. edit to take out redundancy, oops
    5 points
  45. JMO -- no point in doing PSAT-NMSQT in 10th grade this year. It is in 11th grade that the PSAT scores count towards possible National Merit scholarships (if in the top 97-99%). And PSAT scores are not used for eligibility to any other programs that I know of. So the only other reason to possibly take the PSAT in the fall of 10th grade would be as prep for taking the full SAT in the spring of 10th grade. But with the added covid-19 difficulties for testing, I personally would skip the PSAT this year with a 10th grader, and plan on going straight to regular SAT practice tests and prep mater
    5 points
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