Sunday, November 05, 2006

This and that

Well, Life has been busy. The younger 2 kids are settling in to the home school routine. I think we have accomplished more in the last few months here at home than would have been accomplished in "real school" despite all the distractions we have had.
MSS is back at his mother's. He failed to show for his arraignment and a warrant was issued for his arrest. When he found out about the warrant, he called DH and starting screaming obscenities and blaming DH for his own irresponsibility. Of course it was DH's FAULT that MSS didn't go to his arraignment. DH told MSS that he lives with his mother now and it is his mother's responsibility to either get him to court herself or make arrangements for him to get there. I guess MSS wound up getting locked up for 2 hours (shackles and cuffs with no shoes) when he finally went to court. YSS had to go to court because his school filed a CHINS motion against him for skipping so much school. CHINS stands for Child In Need of Services. He now has a curfew of 8 p.m. and must do community service to "pay" for his attorney. Of course this is "idiotic" and he should get the lawyer handed to him free. These boys have learned the entitlement mentality from their mother, and indeed may even take it further than she does. OSS is the only one who, so far, has been able to stay out of trouble, and is working a part time job. He seems to understand that if you want something you work for it.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch....I always wanted to say that...LOL..ODD has a part time job. She had orientation today from 2-4. It is currently a seasonal (Christmas) position, but she may have an opportunity to stay on after the holidays. At this point, she has a job to get her through the holidays and will have a reference after the holidays for any other applications she may put in other places.

My car is running again! It cost me nothing to repair as it was the emergency fuel pump shut off that caused it to "die" in the first place.

My oldest is still not speaking with me. I have heard through channels that he is having problems with pressure in his eyes due to the medications he must take for his autoimmune disease. I miss him. My little ones miss him. He seems to have forgotten them. Of course, he is 18 and working full time. I don't think I spent much time with my brother once I moved out of my parents home. My brother was 15, though. It is a little easier to understand at 15 than it is at 10 and 6. They feel abandoned and forgotten.

We attended mass on Wednesday for All Saints Day and on Friday for first Friday. The priest at the church where we attend First Friday mass is so good with the children. He takes the time to really gear his sermons to them and really EXPLAIN the scriptures. He also takes the time to explain Eucharistic adoration to them. He has taught them a song and a prayer for time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. I have known this priest since I was 15 years old. In many ways he is just the same as he was then. He wants to pass on his faith to the younger generations. He is not really a very well spoken man, but you can tell he really loves Jesus.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the gifts of friends and family. Help us all to see you in those around us. Help us to remember that "whatsoever we do to least of these we do unto you." So often it is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of every day and to forget to take the time to stop and help a "neighbor." Be with ODS as he struggles with his illness. Wrap you love around him and heal him, body, mind and spirit. Be with all my step sons and their mother and grandmother. They all so desperately need you, Lord. Be with the 3 children remaining here. May they know they are loved and cared for and that You are to be the center of their lives.

Amen

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