Seventeen blessings that make growing older worth the effort!!...and 2 more blessings since this picture was taken!

Wouldn't it be wonderful if your family were the envy of all your neighborhood? Not because your family had the biggest house, the fanciest car or the very best interior decorator.

The reason isn't that you are the parents of the most beautiful children, you have a "to die for spouse" and you command a 6 figure income.

The fact of the matter is, you don't own a fancy house, your car is a CarMax reject, and your interior decorator is the local Goodwill Store.

Is all of that important? No! What is important is that your family is "The Happiest Family on the Block"!

I will be sharing our secrets that worked with our 6 children, 6 sons and daughters-in-laws and 19 grandchildren! I will share secrets and ideas that we did do and wished we hadn't, things we didn't do, but wished we had, AND things we did do and are glad we got something right!! Hindsight is 20/20 you know!

The "happy family" revolves around:


Raising children





Hobbies- cooking, sewing, crafts, decorating

Making money


Being friends with your grown up children

Being the best grandparents you can be

Etc, etc, etc

Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, relax and let's visit!

My Darling Grandaughter

My Darling Grandaughter

Sunday, May 16, 2010

What is Our Country Coming To?

On the news yesterday, Wednesday, May 11....
A third grader in a Texas public school was put on a one week in school suspension for having a "controlled substance" in her possession. Oh my! That is your first thought... where are our children headed? Well, listen to this! The controlled substance was one Jolly Rancher piece of candy! Yes, you read that right... one piece of Jolly Rancher candy. The school policy is that there is to be no candy or gum on school property.Okay, so she did violate school policy, but one week suspension and "controlled substance"? She was given the candy by a friend at school and then she was caught. What is our country coming to?

What to you think about the increasing control our local, state and federal governments are using on us in regard to our children? Do you agree or disagree? Do you think they should tell us how to discipline, how to feed, how to educate, how to care for our children? Do we as parents have a God given right to control these aspects of our children's lives?

I am not talking about the obviously neglectful, abusive parents that are out there, but the responsible, caring, nurturing parents that are wanting to raise responsible, well behaved children in today's society.
Give me your thoughts!!


Katie said...

If I were that child's parent. I'd get the biggest bag of jolly ranchers I could find, and throw the contents onto the steps of the school.

How many kids are going to pick them up? Suspend them all?

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Kathy said...

That's just nuts! They could avoid a lot of this with pure commons sense. I have enjoyed reading all these lovely blogs. It reminds me that there's likeminded, goodhearted people out there!

Peggy said...

I struggle with all these things as so many of them are so innocent.
Is there not such a thing as "Strike 3 and your out" when it comes to something that is not dangerous, such as candy????

Anita said...

That's such a waste of time and resources. Someone must really be afraid of losing their job if they felt they had to "follow rules" and impose a harsh punishment on a child over a piece of candy.

If I were the parent, I'd make a lot of media noise about that. It's ridiculous.

So yes, too many people are in the business of issues that are not their business. I wish that kind of time, energy, and money was spent on hunting down real criminals.

Anonymous said...

Following from Tuesday Tag Along.

That is way extreme. They need to back down a bit. Very strange

Evelyn M Leon said...

In some areas we are getting out of control, and I am not sure where the solution is going to come from. This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard..this week. lol.
From the teachers who have stood back and watch students beat each other senseless for fear of being in trouble with the school board, to this jolly rancher gate, when do we say enough?
In many ways adults have given too much control to the children, therefore the loss of "respect your elders". (off the soapbox before this is comment is made into a novel.)


Julie said...

No tolerance is not the answer. Each case needs to be looked at, inspected and discussed. Just think what that little girl is thinking about off of this over a piece of candy. I bet her parents are ready to rip the head off someone. I know I would be.
I am enjoying myself at your blog and reading lots of your posts. Thank you for sharing such great insights and thoughts.
Take care and have a blessed afternoon

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters

1 Precious Daughter, 2 precious Grandaughters
I am blessed!