Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday Menu Plan

OH I'd almost forgotten about this!

Mon- leftovers (it's Mondays this month)

Tue- breakfast, probably pancakes, eggs and sausage

Wed- Tuna Noodle Casserole, salad

Thu- not sure-- I'm doing my "first" show as a repeat Pampered Chef consulant. I'll have to figure out something quick for the girls and our favorite babysitter, Ms. Kim.

Fri- Pigs in a blanket & fries

Sat- Calzones YUM

Sun- Beef, Mushroom & barley soup; dh will probably call it stew, oh well, I've gotta get the soups in before it's too warm... although if the weather today is any indicator, I may be doing myself in! It's pushing 70 already at just after 10 am, normal high this time of year might be the mid 50s!


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

How God Selects a Mother of a Child with Diabetes

For mom, and sort of, for me too.


by Erma Bombeck

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. Did you ever wonder how mothers of children with diabetes are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he instructs his angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron Saint Matthew."

"Forrest, Marjorie, daughter, Patron Saint Cecilia."

"Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron Saint Gerard. He's used to profanity."

Finally, He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a child with diabetes."

The angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy."

"Exactly", smiles God. "Could I give child with diabetes to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But has she the patience?" asks the angel.

"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she'll handle it. I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I am going to give her has her own world. She has to make it live in her world and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in You."

God smiles. "No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness."

The angel gasps. "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she cannot separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with less than perfect."

"She does not realize it yet, but she is to be envied. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see .... ignorance, cruelty, prejudice ... and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as if she is here by my side."

"And what about her patron saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in mid air. God smiles. "A mirror will suffice."

I love you, Mom, can't wait to see you next week!