A "good" day is classified as a day when all news is good news. A "not so good" day is one where the news is bad, sad, or anything other than "good". So what do you call a day with a little of both? I call it, Everyday.
I got to Sunday school late. That's because I got up late. I got up late because I kept waking up last night. I don't get it; I went to bed at my regular time, and I was tired. Why did I have such a hard time sleeping? I've never had trouble sleeping unless I have something on my mind, but that wasn't the case last night. I just kept randomly waking up. Is it the whole pre-menopause thing? 'Cause if it is, I ain't liking it.
Anyway, I got to Sunday school late, and it was almost a cheer-fest. I'm usually the first or second person in class, making coffee and setting up. They all figured I must be sick or something because I'm rarely ever late. It felt really good to know my church family cares that much about me.
We're looking into a curriculum for our Sunday school class. Last week we finished an intense study into the book of James, and now we're looking for something topical, something about living out our Christian life. I'm hoping we can find something on discipleship, which is what the pastor has been teaching on since the beginning of the year. If a curriculum can be found it would be great, so we can tie everything in, but we're trusting God to lead in what He wants us to study.
We went to service, and Pastor Ralph was teaching today. He talked about what it means to be a real man. It was a great teaching, but it's what happened afterwards that really moved me to tears. For the past few weeks we've been praying for a sweet lady in our church. LS has had cancer twice in the past, has had to go through chemo and all the ugliness that comes with it. Recently she went to the doctor and was told her levels were high and she'd have to go in for more tests. This was presented to the whole church so that we could all pray for her. Today she announced, citing Psalm 115:3, that it pleased the Lord to keep her cancer free. The joy in my heart was overwhelming! I'm not a crier; I personally hate to cry in public, but I could feel my eyes well up with joy and happiness knowing our prayers had been answered. Before I left I found LS and gave her a huge hug. She is one of the most loving, kind, humble human beings on the face of this earth, and she prays for everyone. It was a most satisfying feeling to know that I had the privilege to pray for her and have my prayers answered in such a wonderful way.
My son E and I left church quickly; E was complaining of a stomachache. We ate leftovers for lunch, then my oldest son R's friends came over to play video games. My daughter A got home shortly thereafter, not looking good at all. I don't know how she was able to lead worship today - her voice is shot. She's obviously caught her brother's nasty cold, and she's feeling pretty miserable. She's also being very clingy. My daughter is not a small child; she is a 25 year old adult. But when she is sick, she wants hugs from mom. Mom, on the other hand, wants to stay clear and NOT catch what she's got. I don't know how we're gonna manage that. She's pretty whiny too; all she's had to eat is soup, but she's complaining that she's got too much liquid in her stomach, making her stomach hurt. Her throat is sore, her ears are hurting, but when I told her to go to bed and get some rest she gave me the "I don't wanna go to bed" look. *Ugh* Just when her brother was feeling better, and I thought we'd gotten through this with only one person catching it. Yeah right. I'm not getting off that easy.
I happened to go to the school's website to see if any of my son's teachers had posted his final semester grades. I almost fell out of my chair. My son's English grade had gone from a 96% to an 87%. What?! How could that be?! She hadn't graded his thesis or his final exam the day before; had he done that poorly?!?! I checked the grade book and saw the grade he'd gotten on his thesis. 1%. When I clicked on it, I saw the note the teacher had left for him: he was supposed to have sent in his thesis with a Turn It In report. Turn It In is a website that checks their work for plagiarism. Without that report, the highest grade he can get is 1%. Thankfully, his teacher was kind enough to let him submit the thesis to TII and email her the report, so that's what we did. The actual grade she gave him is 100%, so that should bring his grade back up. I'm glad I went in to check that; the semester ends on Wednesday and that's when the final grades go in. It would have been the difference between getting an A and getting a B.
The rest of my day has been pretty ordinary. I finished the laundry and put it away, watched an old episode of the Tonight Show, then cleaned up the kitchen. I think I'm gonna go take a shower now and relax the rest of the night. Maybe I'll even get some sleep :P. I'm gonna need it - I'm babysitting tomorrow. Board games, here we come! Have a blessed night.
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