You Said What? You Did What?

This has nothing to do with money and nothing to do with saving, but everything to do with me and my family.  Money can’t buy that, right??

A teacher approached me this week to tell me my son had not turned in some work.  It was something that needed to be printed off the internet, and here is how the conversation went, as I understand it:

Teacher:  That needed to be turned in today

Cody:  We are trying to conserve paper at home, so I don’t have it

Teacher:  I will send home paper with you today and I will expect it tomorrow

Cody:  We are trying to conserve ink too

As the teacher is telling me this I got horribly embarrassed, and I am trying not to laugh at the same time.  My son will wheel and deal anything, have you read my Disneyland story?? Just so you know, he’s 14.

The teacher assured me she doesn’t judge parents by their kids and she knows Cody is quite the character and she also knows we totally support her and back her. I appreciated that comment, because so often we are judged.

I give you this story to lead into the next.  Don’t judge me, I am not a perfect parent, I just have kids that think for themselves often, and some days it really makes me smile, as opposed to laugh with embarrassment.

My daughter came down last night with writing all over her arms, she’s 16.  In her excitement just jumped across the top of the furniture to show us.  It was the verse 2 Corithians 12: 9-10:  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Yeah, that’s a lot to be handwritten on her arm, but so cool.  Next to that was 2 words: Peace and Patience.  You see she is taking 2 fruits of the spirits everyday and purposely living them out.  It had been a tough day for her, so she went upstairs and stumbled upon this verse and wrote it on her arm.   I should show her that verse in Psalms, thy word have I HID IN MY HEART, not written on my arm.  🙂

Anyways, it was such an encouraging moment and day for me, even a teaching moment for me, as I should be doing the same thing.  I wish I could give you some parenting tips on how she became such an amazing girl, but there is none to share.

It wasn’t just the teaching moment she shared with us that was great, but she has decided next year, after 11 years in private school, to attend public school.  To know where her heart is is very encouraging, especially as a mother.

I was nervous for her, but I think she is ready, don’t you?

If that is not a Finer Thing Friday, I don’t know what is.


  1. Had to smile at “pubic school” (nearly at the end) 🙂

    They sounds great characters.


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