Saturday, 26 September 2009 04:00

    Struggling

    When I was young, I loved to write.  I loved to write letters to friends, poetry, short stories, and I even put my hand to writing a novel.  Somehow, over time, I lost that love.  Cares and Stress drowned out my writing, so that now, when I wish to return, I struggle with putting my thoughts down.  Looking at this blog just confirms the communication inadequacies that I evidently possess.  Most of the time I have nothing to say at all.  Sometimes I have things to say, but don’t feel like putting the words together.  Other times I don’t know how to communicate it properly.  I’m struggling.

    I’m weary.  Weary of the state of the world.  Weary of the endless deadline and my inability to meet them.  Weary of our money problems that seem to go on and on.  Weary of dealing with certain disorders in my children.  I look often to the sky, hoping that it will part, and Christ the Messiah will be descending.  I’m hoping.  I’m praying.  I’m overwhelmed with the information overload that is effecting our world.  Information I don’t even want to know plastered across headlines.  World weary, heart heavy.  Those are my struggles.  Fatigued.  Overwhelmed.  Broken.  Exhausted.  Tired.  Not hopeless.  These describe the struggles.

    Am I where I need to be?  Am I doing what I should be doing?  Is the LORD pleased with me?  Am I giving Him what I’m supposed to?  These are my questions.  I struggle with them as well. 

    The cistern is empty.  I need refilling.  Pray for me.

    Saturday, 12 September 2009 04:00

    Much Needed Sabbatical!

    I’m nearing the end of a week-long sabbatical from work, including the website that I maintain.  I have to say that I needed that time more than I even imagined!  I think I found my family again, and they found me.  I took time to rest, but I also took time to work on the Computer, Homeschool, and Office (CHO) room.  It’s the first room you see when you enter the house, and it has sorely been an eyesore, and has kept me from being productive in it.  It’s great to have it completely cleaned and organized.  I didn’t have to move furniture around at all, except for changing the angle of my gigantic desk. 

    We still have too many things in the room, but at least they are all organized.  Nothing raises the spirits like a well ordered room.  I wish I could say the rest of the house looked as nice.  I just hope that when I go back to work that the family doesn’t completely throw the room into disarray again!

    I’m about to take Arianna to the library, so it’s off now with a light-heart!

    Saturday, 16 May 2009 04:00

    Website Development Fun

    Website development–fun???  Yes, I’m sure that you think that thought is weird.  Sometimes I think it is as well.  I have to say, though, that I really enjoy developing websites.  It’s the content I have more of a problem with, especially my own.  What do I say?  Why should I say it?  I know that a website needs to be updated regularly, but what kind of updates?

    However, I enjoy setting up websites, and posting other people’s content.  I also like showing them how to post their content so that they can take ownership of it.  I get a "zing" out of creating websites.  Yes, sometimes it’s tedious, especially when something isn’t working correctly.  Sometimes it takes a lot of my time.  Sometimes I need a break.  However, if I’m taking a break from one, I usually tinker with another.  I guess it’s an addiction.

    I create websites using an Open Source Content Management System (CMS) called Joomla! 1.5, and a series of extensions made for Joomla! 1.5.  Some are quite easy to configure, and some can be quite challenging.  I have probably created ten different websites using Joomla! 1.5.   It allows me to put up complex websites up in a matter of weeks, and simple sites in a matter of days.  It was quite easy for me to learn.  Mind you, I already knew how to create websites prior to working with Joomla! 1.5, so it’s not like I was a beginner by any means.  However, the learning curve isn’t as bad as you may think, especially if you aren’t looking for a complex site.  There are hundreds of tutorials all over the internet.  The Joomla! community also has a great forum for questions and problems.

    Why did I choose Joomla! 1.5?  I can’t really pin it down.  I tried a couple of open source CMS programs, just to see what they were.  Of the ones I tested, I preferred Joomla, and the support seemed good, so I went with that.  The rest is history. 

    While I’m speaking of websites, I’ll go ahead and list the ones I own:

    Well, that’s it for now.  In future posts, I will blog about my favorite extensions for the websites I develop.

    Thursday, 09 April 2009 04:00

    WOW! I've been gone for a while . . .

    I have certainly been gone from this blog for a while.  I’m a bit ashamed and embarrassed.  I’m not the best blogger in the world.  Nothing very interesting has been happening in my life.  Maybe that’s a good thing! 

    My websites were attacked back in November, and they were off-again on-again for a while.  Finally, I completely redid them.  It wasn’t too bad since the sites are all dynamic database-driven websites.  I’m happy to say that they are all back and in running order.

    • My husband’s website: www.woodencelt.com
    • My homeschool site with LOTS of links to great resources:  www.clevercelts.com/entmoot-academy
    • My personal site concerning all of my passions:  www.clevercelts.com

    Go visit sometime, and let me know what you think about the sites!

    Tuesday, 25 November 2008 05:00

    Tag about my Husband

    I saw this tag on drewsfamilytx’s blog, and thought I’d try it.

    1. He’s sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?  Playstation 2 "Dark Alliance

    2. You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? 
    Ranch as long as there is no red cabbage in the salad

    3. What’s one food he doesn’t like?  Sweet Potatoes

    4. You go out to the bar. What does he order?  LOL, don’t think he’d go to a bar, but he’d order water no lemon

    5. Where did he go to high school?
    Hillcrest High School, SC

    6. What size shoe does he wear?  11

    7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? 
    Thor Comic Books and figurines

    8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? Portabello Mushroom

    9. What would he eat every day if he could?  salmon and cheese

    10. What is his favorite cereal?
    Raisin Bran

    11. What would he never wear?
      Shorts

    12. What is his favorite sports team?  Ummmm . . . he doesn’t like sports

    13. Who did he vote for?  Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party)

    14. Who is his best friend?
    I am, and maybe Bob.

    15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do?
      Crack my knuckles

    16. How many states has he lived in?  One (SC)

    17. What is his heritage? Scot/Irish/Dane.

    18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what would it be? Chocolate or Strawberry with whipped cream icing

    19. Did he play sports in high school?
    Cross Country Track

    20. What could he spend hours doing? Playing Playstation or working in his shop

    21. What’s something cool about him? He’s a very creative and talented artist, and he loves his family very much.  He loves to pray, and he loves the LORD.

    Let me know if you use this tag, so that I can "meet" your hubby!

    Friday, 24 October 2008 04:00

    In a Perfect World . . .

    I would be a stay-at-home mom.  I would get up in the morning with my kids, fix breakfast, homeschool when the sun was up, do laundry, keep the house clean, sew, write, and design websites.  Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world, and that is not my lot in life.  Instead, I get up early and go into a job that I’m very thankful for in these times of uncertainty, come home, homeschool my children my share of the subjects (my husband homeschools art, history, and Bible), design websites, and plan for the next homeschool day.  Then I plop into bed a very exhausted mom, just to start it all up the next day.  I’m not complaining.  I have learned to be content in these trials, no matter what the desire of my heart is.  I know that one day I will have the desire of my heart, even if it is on the other side of this life.

    Why do I not get to stay at home with my children?  Well, my husband is disabled.  The neurologist believe that he has a very sensitive nervous system.  Not much we can do but treat it.   Sometimes his legs just stop working, and sometimes he feels so much pain that he can’t stand.  For times like those, he has a wheelchair, or he’s flat in bed trying to cope.  It affects his legs, his digestive system, and his joints.  Sometimes he does great, and can get a lot of things done in his shop (he’s a woodworker), at other times he’s bedridden.  Makes it difficult for him to get a job, and keep it, or to build up his home-based business.

    Why am I telling you all of this?  I don’t know.  It’s not from feeling guilty.  I know that this is exactly where God wants me at this moment.  Maybe it’s to give an answer those who do not understand, but do not ask.  Perhaps I just wanted to reflect on it.  Perhaps I want prayer for it.  A prayer that God will heal Gregg, or to prosper Gregg’s business.  A prayer that I will continue to remember that God has placed me on this path, and that he could move me to another if He chooses.  Not my will, but God’s alone.

    Friday, 24 October 2008 04:00

    Tell the Truth

    I don’t know if it’s because I have been sitting at a computer for way too long, or what, but the colors of this website are bothering my eyes.  Would you please let me know whether the colors against the transparent background look okay?  Should I make the columns less transparent?  It may be because I experienced some great eyestrain yesterday, and I’m not completely over it.  When I designed it a few days back, it didn’t bother me.

    Monday, 20 October 2008 04:00

    Great Quote!!!!

    If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down.  But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

     

    ~ Thomas J. Watson, Jr. (1914-1993)
    US Army B-24 Pilot (WW II), CEO of IBM 1956-1971, US Ambasador to the USSR 1979-1981.

    Sunday, 19 October 2008 04:00

    New Look!

    I’ve been talking about it for months, so I finally gave my blog a facelift.   It matches my website theme with some slight changes.  I also redid my splash graphic.  I think I’m going to add some leaves to my ent, but that will be tricky, so I’ll have to do it later.  Arianna was glad that I kept at least one ent, considering it’s our school mascot.   So, what do you think?
    Friday, 17 October 2008 04:00

    I Somehow Can't Keep Up!

    I think it is a theme of my blogging to say "I’m still here!" or "I’m back" or something along those lines.  Some days I come here to my blog with every intention of writing about something.  Unfortunately, I can never think of anything to say.

    I’m in a busy season in my life right now.  I’m organizing our homeschool room, which is also our computer room, and my office.  I have a lot of projects I’m working on, both for work, and for home and homeschool.  I know that I need to drop some excess baggage, but I can’t seem to do it.  I suppose that it isn’t a horrible thing that I’m not blogging regularly.  It has to be towards the bottom of my priority list, because so many other things need to take precedence in my life.

    One thing I have resolved on doing is get into the Word more than I have been doing, and pray more often.  When I say pray more often, I mean pray deeply and meditatively as opposed to the arrow prayers I tend to do.  Not that arrow prayers are bad, but I know that they are not enough.

    Another thing I need to really work on is making my husband and children my priority.  Sometimes they take second seat to my projects.  Of course, what is the purpose of projects but to benefit my family.  If they aren’t benefiting from the projects, then I need to rethink them.  Sometimes deadlines need to take precedence for a short time, but usually the deadlines are upon me because I have procrastinated on something or other. 

    A third thing that I have considered is the state of my house.  I have so much stuff I don’t know what to do with it all.  I’ve tried to freecycle some of it, but invariably some of the items are still here after posting them more than once.  I have got to get organized from top to bottom.  I’m tired of not finding things I’m looking for, and not knowing what I already have. 

    These are just the stray thoughts of a tired soul.  I need to stop rambling, and then go to bed.

    On another note, I’ve redesigned my homeschool website.  I’m adding lots of homeschooling links almost daily, arranged by categories.  Hop on over and let me know what you think!   Also, my regular site is at a point that I can say "stick me with a fork because I’m done" and be truthful.  I’ve added pictures to my gallery, a Bible Study and Prayer Center to my website,  and a virtual memorial to my dad.   Hey, and I just posted about a thought provoking, faith-building video just published on Answers in Genesis.

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