Monday, October 31, 2005

Just in Time for Christmas

If your family enjoys movies like ours does, you very well may get frustrated with the language in most films. A few years ago we discovered a solution: Curse-Free TV. This little gizmo plugs into your television and reads the closed captioning, bleeping out or substituting unsavory words. CFTV not only removes cursing, but also potty talk and other words you might not want your children repeating. In one film I remember, the movie character's CFTV-edited line was, "She just doesn't have any *hugs* appeal."

CFTV has been a boon for our family because it's allowed us to enjoy films we'd otherwise have to pass on because of the language used. I liken it to the magic marker work my mom did in books when we were little. The stories were just as good with the bad words blacked out.

You can buy CFTV at Wal-Mart or Lifeway Christian Stores for under $100. It would be a great gift for your family or someone else's this Christmas.

Let Your Kids Name Themselves

Once when we were trying to decide on a name for one of our then-unborn munchkins, an adoptive mom friend joked, "Just let your kids name themselves. That's what we did."

I thought of that this morning when trying to decide on blog nicknames for my children. I asked the 4-year-old oldest, "If you could be named anything in the world besides your real name, what would it be?"

"Princess Buttercup," she said. (What is it with little girls and princess obsessions?)

When I asked my 2-year-old middle child, he said, as he's told us before, "Alligator Guy." (What is it with little boys and reptilian obsessions?)

We call the baby Missy Boo (just one of many delicious nicknames) at home, so I guess that will be her name for here as well.

As for the Preacher and me...Well, we're easy to figure out.

Well, Finally!

I've started a blog at last. I've had friends and family encouraging me along for several years, but I've hesitated for several reasons. First is time. With 3 little ones 4 and under, I don't think I need to explain that one. Second is privacy. I'm cautious, maybe over-cautious about sharing personal information on the web. Third is motive. What's the real reason I want to start a blog? Fourth is that blogs can be so one-dimensional in showing what someone is like or what her life is like. Obviously a blogger can selectively share about herself and her family, which has the potential to create an inaccurate picture. So I've been hesitant to start a blog myself.

But as time has gone by I've become more and more frustrated about trying to keep so many people updated on what goes on in our lives. I intend to write, then can't decide who I should write first, and then if I write more than one person I just end up repeating myself. I really miss sharing and hearing news from others, and I especially miss the fellowship and spirited discussion that I used to have through letters. It's my hope that a blog might make up for some of that.

So I'm forging ahead, hopefully using caution and good sense, but also sharing something of our day-to-day lives and thoughts with each of you.

Sunday, October 30, 2005


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