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Motivation

Posted in God, Misc. with tags , , , , on November 13, 2010 by Annette Budd

Sometimes people do things because it meets a need in their own lives.

Sometimes people do things because it meets someone else’s need.

Sometimes people do things because God has called them to do it and their sole desire is to please Him.

People in the first group, often develop a sense of entitlement and make others who work with them miserable. People in the second group, although they are much more pleasant to work with than people in the first group, grow weary and give up. Sign me up to work with those in the third group. I want to surround myself with those whose passion and strength comes from God.

It’s time to examine your motivation. If you’re frequently angry and complaining (a result of being in the first group) or if you are exhausted and not getting things done (a result of being in the second group), STOP! Only continue your work if you can get on the same page with God.

1 Corinthians 13 for Homeschool Moms

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , on November 7, 2010 by Annette Budd

I found this article (written by Misty Krasawski) in the Christian Home Educators of Colorado magazine this month.  I thought it was worth sharing.

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and teach my children Latin conjugations, Chinese and Portuguese, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal, and no matter what I say, they will not hear me.

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know my children’s bents and God’s plan for their lives, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and am the keeper of the teacher’s editions and solutions manuals, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains, and even keep up with my giant piles of laundry and dishes, but do not have love, I am nothing, even if all the people at church think I’m supermom.

And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and my formal dining room gets turned into a schoolroom, and our family vacations look more like educational field trips, and if I surrender my body to be burned, never having time to get my nails done, put makeup on, or even take a bath, but do not have love, it profits me nothing because all my family cares about is the expression on my face, anyway.

Love is patient with the child who still can’t get double-digit subtraction with borrowing, and kind to the one who hasn’t turned in his reasearch paper.  It is not jealous of moms with more, fewer, neater, more self-directed, better-behaved, or smarter children.

Love does not brag about homemade bread, book lists, or scholarships, and is not arrogant about her lifestyle or curriculum choices.  It does not act unbecomingly or correct the children in front of their friends.  It does not seek its own, trying to squeeze in alone time when someone still needs help; it is not provoked when interrupted for the nineteenth time by a child, the phone, the doorbell, or the dog; does not take into account a wrong suffered, even when no one compliments the dinner that took hours to make or the house that took so long to clean.

Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness or pointing out everyone else’s flaws, but rejoices with the truth and with every small step her children take in becoming more like Jesus, knowing it’s only be the grace of God when that occurs.

Love bears all things even while running on no sleep; believes all things, especially God’s promise to indwell and empower her; hopes all things, such as that she’ll actually complete the English curriculum this year and the kids will eventually graduate; endures all things, even questioning from strangers, worried relatives, and most of all, herself.

Love never fails.  And neither will she. As long as she never, never, never gives up.

Saving taxpayer money

Posted in Budd Zoo, Misc., Parenting with tags , , , , on August 9, 2009 by Annette Budd

Daniel, my sophmore, just had a conversation with me that I have had two times before.  I have had the exact conversation with both of my older daughters.  It goes something like this:

Kid:  How much does it cost to go to public school?

Me: It’s free. They have some fees for activities but it basically doesn’t cost the students anything.

Kid: No really, tell me how much it is.

Me: I’m not kidding. Go ask Dad.  He will tell you the same.

Kid: Come on, just tell me.  Is it expensive?

Sometimes this will go a couple more rounds.

toliet dollarI just think it is interesting that all of my children assume that it costs the students a great deal of money to go to public school. But we all know that public school isn’t free. I especially know this because not only do I pay taxes to send all of my neighbor’s children to public school, then I turn around and then pay for my own kids’ curriculum. According to an HSLDA report in 2004, roughly 1/10 of the money is spent on homeschooling that is spent on public school kids.  And the results? The average homeschooler scores in the 80th percentile on standardized tests.

On the more personal side of things, I spend about $250 – $300 a year, on average per elementary/jr high school student. In the 2006-2007 school year, Colorado spent an average of $8,167 per pupil (and we are ranked 40th in the county) I have saved the citizens of Colorado a boatload of money.

Let’s just slap Melvil Dewey and the Library of Congress in the face

Posted in Me, Misc. on July 18, 2009 by Annette Budd

library

Introducing the new Southglenn Public Library

Ok – now I am going to grumble.

The closest library to us recently closed for a month while it relocated.  I was very excited about this. It relocated to the Southglenn Mall . . . just a couple of minutes from my home.  I use the library all the time.  A new library opening is a big event in my life.  I’ve been counting the days.  As much as I hate the “typical homeschooler stereotype”, a love of libraries and books is a part of who am I.  I do not wear denim jumpers. My girls do not wear dresses with tennis shoes. My kids cannot win spelling bees. (If you are reading this Kristin, I want you to know that I am extremely proud of your three who made it to the National Spelling Bee.) Baking my own bread is out of the question. So, other than having an abnormally large family and loving books, I don’t fit the stereotype.

What I found today was just . . . offensive.

I knew I was going to be in a hurry, so I found the call numbers of a list of books that I wanted before arriving.  I thought I would just take the list and pull things from the shelves.  It’s a library. Things are supposed to be pretty standardized.  They have ALWAYS been that way at EVERY library to which I’ve ever been.

Books are no longer grouped according to a number system in adult non-fiction. I had to go to a librarian for help.  (I would like to say that the librarians there were available and ready to help with pleasant attitudes. At least that hasn’t changed.) The librarian told me that they had arranged the books in a way to make the patrons feel like they were in a bookstore.  I can see where this kind of environment has a welcoming warm feeling.  It does look very nice.  IT JUST IS NOT PRACTICAL!

The librarian also looked at my list of books, which contained things like Romeo and Juliet, The Odyssey, Pilgrim’s Progress and Profiles in Courage. These kind of books should be the staples of a library.  Only one book on my long list was at the library. It wasn’t that the copies of these books were checked out. They simply did not carry those kinds of books.  It was kind of like a kitchen that didn’t have any salt.  This made no sense to me.

The friendly librarian went on to explain that this library wasn’t really designed for students or learning. She suggested that I go to another library if that was what I wanted to do.  WHAT!?!?!? If you can’t go to a library to learn, where are you supposed to go? She did say that I could request books online from other libraries and they would be delivered to this one. I will do that but what if I don’t know what book I want?  I guess the days of pondering over long shelves of books and finding something new and interesting to me will not happen here.

I HATE being lied to . . .

Posted in Me, Misc. with tags on December 12, 2008 by Annette Budd

Yesterday a customer lied to Christina, my office manager/daughter. I had a conversation with this person a few minutes prior to the conversation that Christina had with this person. I unmistakenly and disctictivly told her something. This person turned around and told Christina I had said something other than what I had said. There was no “miscommunication” or “confusion” here. It was a lie. It wasn’t a big lie but it was still a lie. About a month prior to this I caught another person in a lie. I “called this person on the carpet” about what she had said and she refused to even acknowledge any of it.

Sometimes it is easy to guess the motivation of the person who is lying. I do my best to look at the person with grace. I try to put myself in their shoes and see the heart behind their words. But I still really, really hate it. I always teach my children that you can’t respect someone and lie to them at the same time. I know different people have different values. But when a person chooses to place his/her own pride above what is true or tries to get what he/she wants at the expense of honesty, it damages relationships. It damages people. And it makes me really sad. I think it makes God sad also.

My husband is tough!

Posted in Misc. with tags on November 7, 2008 by Annette Budd

11070807321 Sure the baby blue surgery cap doesn’t make him look tough, but trust me, he is. Gary had his fifth knee surgery today. He has had three ACL replacements and two arthroscopic surgeries.

And you just haven’t lived until you see him slide into home plate. He still plays softball in the spring, summer and fall. Watching him play is one of my favorite things to do. He coaches our church team, Jubilee Fellowship. Our whole family turns out for most of his games. He has the mind and the body of a twenty-something-year old but the knees of his grandpa.

When he had his last ACL replacement back in January, the doctor was amazed that he was still active. His knee was hitting bone-on-bone and is full of arthritis.  But this never slows him down. He didn’t even use crutches once after that surgery.

The surgery today was needed because the arthritis in his knee created these big rock-like things. Two large pieces had broken off and were rolling around inside his knee cap. As he would move, they would shift positions and a message was instantly sent to his brain to shut the joint down.  He would be walking and it would just completely give way without any kind of notice.  This was especially dangerous for him as he is frequently carrying heavy fans up and down wet stairs. So, we got it fixed. Here is a pic of the smaller rock. The larger rock had to be crushed in order to remove it. 1107080826He will be back at work, pushing the scrub wand on Monday. I told you he was tough. I can’t wait for spring ball!

All Dogs Go to Heaven

Posted in Misc. on September 20, 2008 by Annette Budd