Grizzly Mama tagged me. It’s been a while since I answered a meme, and I do so love the hat tips and links. Especially since I am not traveling for Christmas for the first time in my life! So, I will be the blogger who blogs through the holidays while all the rest of you bloggies go this way and that way, visiting family and drinking eggnog.
Sad thing is, most of what Griz said would apply to me as well. Maybe she’s my long lost twin? Stranger things have happened. So, you might get a case of dejavou if you came here from her site to check my answers. I apologize in advance. I think I actually have done this meme before… looks really familiar…. Although it seems to have morphed a little. I had much nicer, more thoughtful answers for you last time around. Hmph. Maybe it’s just the lack of eggnog?
Seven things to do before I die:
1. Learn a few languages with the kids …and to be unique, I’ll list the ones we are interested in learning: Spanish (out of necessity living in Texas), Hebrew, Greek, Italian, French, Russian, Latin – in no particular order… although if my husband had his “drothers”, we would do French first, since he’s one of those snotty kids from the rich school district in the city who looked down on all the kids who took Spanish (like me).
2. Travel to many far away places with the kids …and to be unique, I’ll list some places we are interested in going to – although there’s no way I could list them all: Washington State, Canada, Ecuador, London, Scotland, Israel, Italy, Greece, Hawaii, Singapore, Spain, Colorado, Oregon, Bali, St. Lucia, France, Fiji, Australia, Ireland, Thailand, India, Iraq…. Etc.!!!
3. Do something with my artistic talent other than draw things for my kids (although that’s fun in and of itself).
4. Get out of debt (I have to say a BIG AMEN on this one… thanks for reminding me, Griz).
5. Do all I can do to bless my husband and children, praying for them to become all they can be in Christ.
6. Be a blessing to my son and daughter’s spouses – treating them as my own children, and loving and grand mothering their kids, as well.
7. Be involved in ministry for the Lord until I die.
Seven MORE things I cannot do:
1. Design a website (but you just wait until I learn!)
2. Figure out why someone would want to do extreme sports (my life insurance man asked me if I participated in them in the last three years, and it would have increased my rate more than double!)
3. Fly a plane (love to fly, would not want the responsibility of driving)
4. Reach the top shelf at the supermarket without climbing up the lower shelves (good one, Griz! But you just watch this little Texan climb up those shelves!)
5. Drive a semi (legally, I can’t… but I just love those smash-up scenes in one of the Terminator movies. Makes you wish you had a big truck like that. I’m one of those people that enjoy the big vehicle feeling… my husband said I shouldn’t drive an SUV, because when I do, I get a thrill out of going over medians and curbs.)
6. Leave the house messy for longer than a day or two.
7. Keep consistent with an exercise schedule.
Seven things that attract me to home educating:
1. CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW (no public school, tax-dollar funded religion being spoon fed to my kids)
2. TIME WITH MY KIDS (bonding – being the first one they ask questions to)
3. WATCHING THEM LEARN (seeing their interests develop into talents, and watching their little gears turning in those bright minds of theirs)
4. FIELD TRIPS
5. PICKING THEIR FRIENDS (If only my parents had homeschooled me…)
6. BRAGGING (being above grade level is fun, isn’t it?)
7. FREEDOM (now we can be off school when Daddy is off work… and a long trip is possible no matter what month it’s taken)
Seven things I say most often:
1. Excuse me, FREAK. (done in the same accent as the lemur king on Madagascar)
2. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.
3. Know what I mean?
4. Do you need me to time you? (this is said to help the kids remain on task while doing chores or schoolwork – they dread it when I time them)
5. HOLY COW (said with a Hindi accent – which I think is the coolest quasi-American accent ever)
6. Did you brush your teeth?
7. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Seven books (or series) that I love: (Hard to narrow down…)
1. The Bible (every version I can get my hands on)
2. My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers
3. Power of a Praying Wife – Stormie Omartian (and her Power of a Praying Parent version)
4. Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
5. Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
6. Rogets Thesaurus (yes, I’m sick) – dictionary is nice, too…
7. All kinds of cookbooks!
Seven Ten movies I watch over and over again (or would if I had time):
1. Prince of Egypt – (“Let my people go!”)
2. Joseph King of Dreams – (“I’ll take what answers you supply, … cuz you know better than I.”)
3. Miracle Maker
4. The Matrix (original version) – (“There is no spoon.”)
5. Sense and Sensibility
6. Sleepless in Seattle
9. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (“Smigel loves the precious.”)
10. The Three Musketeers (“With a flick of my wrist I can change your religion.”)
Five people I want to join in, too:
Merry Christmas Eve.