Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Humor Found in a Normally Solemn Area

As some of you know, I have some hobbies that do not coincide with the normal jewelry, crochet, chainmaille fun that I like to partake in. It is something that I take seriously, but not many people enjoy doing.

Prior to having Haylie, I found that the local cemeteries were in some disrepair, and that many of the headstones were becoming illegible. Since I am a serious genealogist, I found this disturbing, as soon, many generations of our relatives would be lost forever. I began photographing and transcribing local cemeteries, with my goal being to eventually complete all 100+ cemeteries in my county. I can be a mentally challenging
and often sad task.
This being said, you have to see the humor in some of our work.  So, I
present you with a few photos that you might find humorous.

If you all would like to see where I put my work for future generations, it is called FindAGrave.com . On the left side of the page is 'famous' people's graves and memorials. On the right side of the page, is a place to look up names of common people. All work on this site is totally free and contributed by volunteers. You can find millions of memorials for the no longer living, and if you can not find who you are looking for, you can make a request for specific areas, and people in that area will do their best to find your relative. If they find them, they will take photos if they have a headstone.

Volunteer in something that you find helpful. Find something you like, and donate some time. You will be glad that you did!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Struggle with Gossiping

I have struggled with gossiping through out my life, and it is one of the faults that the Bible discusses in length. I know that it is hard to overcome this habit. Why do we find it so easy to start blabbing what we know. Is it to do harm, to make us look good, who knows?

I came across a great site that has many thoughts about this subject, 10 Bible Versus About Gossip.  I am including the verses that they cite, but please check out their other cited verses on subjects that affect us all.

10 Bible Verses About Gossip

Proverbs 11:13
- #1 Bible Verses About Gossip- Trustworthy

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.
Proverbs 16:28- #2 Bible Verse About Gossip- It separates friends

A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
James 4:11- #3 Bible Verse on Gossip- God is the only true judge

Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother, or judges his brother, speaks against the law, and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge of it.
Philippians 4:8- #4 Bible Verse about Gossip- Dwell on things worthy of praise

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
Ephesians 4:29- #5 Bible Verse About Gossip- Watch what you say

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Titus 3:2 - #6 Scripture Verse on Gossip- Be gentle

to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.
Proverbs 15:1 - #7 Bible Verses about Gossip- Be careful not to stir up anger

A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
1 Timothy 5:13- #8 Gossip Bible Verse- Gossips and Busybodies
And at the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.

Luke 6:31 - #9 Bible Verse on Gossip- The Golden  Rule

"And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way.

James 3:5-7 - #10 Bible Verse about Christians and Gossip- Control the tongue

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by the human race.

Friday, November 5, 2010

What Makes a Mom?

To me, being a mom is so much more than just the 'normal' preconceptions. I think that this lady has the right idea.  Give it a read through, you might get something out of it.