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  1. EMS83

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    You are my hero. 😁 I'm going to live those days, because doing the staged home thing about sent me over the the edge of sanity, and we never even moved. So somehow, we'll have to be able to move out in order to sell this home. Also, I hate grey, greige, and open floor plans. If I had a partner in crime and the funds, I'd love to reno a 100 year old home. The only modern feature I like is master on the main with other bedrooms upstairs. I'm definitely wanting more of a "this room is for X purpose only, that room is for Y purpose only" set up. Smaller rooms to reflect the fact th
  2. I would think (totally off the top of my head) that Corazin and Bethsaida were Jewish towns, and Tyre and Sidon were Gentile towns. I could be wrong, but if I'm not, this just reinforces what I was saying about how the Jews were supposed to be the likeliest to recognize the Messiah, with mixed results. It would also testify to the spiritual sensitivity of the Gentiles, sort of like Nineveh repented, and Jonah was salty about it. And I'll warrant it's not written down much elsewhere because for one, Christ says in that passage that the miracles were met with unbelief. And two, the peopl
  3. I like the other responses here, so I'll just say that it can appear that Christ was "sent" to the Jews "first" because the nation of Israel was supposed to be a testament to God before the rest of the nations, and carried within its worship and teachings the prophecy of Christ Himself. This was the plan from the beginning. Because of this, he had to be sent through the Jews, as a Jew, and if anyone was to recognize Him, it should have been the Jewish people, and many did. The religious leaders were largely who opposed Him, and to whom "the Jews" is referring throughout the Gospels. Also,
  4. And if it is a friend, they should accept it and be supportive, even as they are disappointed and renew their search.
  5. Definitely this. I'd just skip their number next year.
  6. They do chores because chores need doing, but I do give them allowance and have recently considered docking it for attitude, lol. But I very likely won't. It's $20/month for the older two and $15/month for the 8 year old. But yes, they pay for their own screens and games, and any toys they want outside of birthdays and Christmas. They are supposed to pay for their own pets, but I struggle not to meddle there because they're living things. So they pay for food and the animals themselves, but after losing a couple of pets, I tend to deal with their habitats. There hasn't been an outing wit
  7. Of course. That's true, too. 🙂
  8. Please don't do that. Bedtime is where he's safest and least distracted, so of course it all comes out then. He may not feel able to express those feelings at other times, for whatever reason. Let him cry. Hug him. A caveat is if he is keeping you up all night, then find a solution where you both comfort him and help him respect your need for separation and sleep. Yes, find a counselor; vet them, but find one. I'm actually going to counter the logical people on the thread; having experienced that state of mind, logic won't make it stop because it's missing the point. It's hard to s
  9. I agree; they're little people, so it's a multifaceted experience for sure, not to mention running a household. And some people are just downright miserable that way, and that's ok, but I'd be downright miserable as a CEO. That doesn't mean I get to belittle their job, and I think the problem is that respect doesn't go the other way. But then, I wouldn't belittle menial jobs, either. We =/= our job, whatever it is. Society forgets that. We forget that, too. 🙂
  10. It's turning brains into mush precisely because of how huge the <deleted> load is. 🤐
  11. The kids and I have always shared three meals a day at the table unless something caused us to do otherwise. There have often been gadgets though (mine, sadly). DH just recently started eating dinner with us.
  12. This. I really wish they'd adopt the chronological approach in public school. I know that sounds unrelated, but I'm not sure it is. It's not only about teaching the truth, but keeping things in perspective.
  13. I loved that one when I ran across it.
  14. Emotional control = abuse. edit: I see where this was addressed at the top of page 2; I'll leave it for the lurkers, though.
  15. Well my list is and isn't my paradigm. It was more a distillation of what seemed to be shaking out from the thread. I agree that love is more of a key factor, and I don't think love and morality are actually separable. However, I do realize and completely understand where people have had experiences that make these things look diametrically opposed. I have, too. But yes, if love is doing what is best for the actual good of the person, regardless of cost to self, then sometimes that may mean the lie is more loving--like with relatives with Alzheimer's or dementia. I personally wouldn't fe
  16. Sleep is so vital! I've recently learned that. I know it's really hard at certain stages, but do whatever you can (and tell whoever you have to) to reduce the number of interruptions to needs and can't-help-its. Those are plenty. I hope you find something that works. 🙂
  17. I have a spreadsheet (or two...), and a dry erase board. That doesn't mean I ever get around to any of it, though!
  18. This is what I was thinking, except perhaps the condo is a 1 BR and the owner doesn't want to sleep in their own living room? Shifting belongings because of security concerns? Or clutter? Oh wow, I'd be a terrible host. I don't mind the room thing. Spotlessness and learning to cook food I don't know anything about are things I'd probably fail. 😕 The 4 hour drive thing is...yeesh. It'd have to be a major attraction. Like Mount Rushmore or something; and then I'd probably be glad for the excuse. 😄 But then, visiting somewhere else I wouldn't expect all that; I'd probably offe
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