Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Leftovers and Questions for this Week's Random Dozen

Sunday after church, we had lunch at Chili's to celebrate Katie's 23rd birthday. This kid celebrated all weekend with friends and family.

See what I mean?:

This is Jorge's dad, Jorge Sr., who made the birthday pie I told you about yesterday. The goofball on the end is my middle child, Jordan. Don't these three look a lot alike? Check out the server in the background who looks like she's a ghost or someone moving at warp speed.

Below (not the next picture, but the one after that) is a prop that our senior pastor used this week which my boss and I built. We had some trouble constructing it, which necessitated at one point last Friday my turning it on its side and crawling into it. In a flash I realized, "I'm in our main sanctuary where I have worshiped for 20 years, barefooted, crawling into a 4-ft Plexiglas cube on the stage with my backside facing directly where the congregation sits. This is something I never, ever in a million years thought I would be doing up here."

It made me feel like this, only up front at church:

The Plexiglas cube was a tool to illustrate (by number of balls) how many hours a week a family has to influence children contrasted with the total time per week the church has. We are introducing a new paradigm of ministry based on Deuteronomy 6, where the parents take back the main responsibility of teaching their children spiritually as a part of everyday life and not just depending on Sunday school to be the sum total of their guidance.

OK, if you'd like a head start on the questions for tomorrow's Random Dozen post, here they are:

1. Which is worse: a long, boring meeting or standing in a return/exchange line after Christmas?

2. Except for maybe Rosie O'Donnell or Ann Coulter, nobody likes confrontation, yet we all have to deal with it. When you feel cornered and defensive, do you "bite back" or become passive aggressive?

3. Do you know anything about your genealogical background? (What country, culture, ties to prominent historical figures, or other stuff.)

4. What is the quickest way a person can endear him/herself to you?

5. Cake, pie, cookies, or ice cream? (Note there is no "all of the above" option. You must choose one. Feel free to elaborate on flavor or memories tied to this dessert.) If you'd like, you can share a recipe, but you certainly don't have to.

6. Females: Do you regularly change your handbag to coordinate with your outfit?

7. Are you task-oriented or relationship-oriented?

8. IHOP, Bob Evans or Cracker Barrel?

9. Have you ever left a movie in progress in a theater? Why?

10. What is one area of life in which you would like to develop more discipline or organization?

11. Was middle school fun or painful?

12. What is your favorite Fall beverage?

Come back tomorrow to link up. Have fun!


2Thinks said...

Is Random Dozen a meme? If so, how do I get the Q's on my blog in order to answer to participate? Or do people just answer in the comments? Nutball questions I'm asking here? Yes, I know, but it is midnight and I don't think I understand what to do if I want to answer these questions. Perhaps my brain is only 1/2 on right now. sorry.

Oh, now I see "come back tomorrow to link up" okay, well I'll try that then.

Quilldancer said...

I am always surprised by how many parents don't realize that children look at their actions and make value determinations. Taking your a kid to Sunday School, but not attending class ones self, tells teaches the child that Sunday School isn't really all that important.

I took the meme, but will likely not get it posted until tomorrow afternoon!

SusanD said...

I haven't participated yet.So, I'll give these some thought and see what I can come up with for you. -- Happy Birthday to Katie. Blessings, SusanD

Dawn said...

That plexi-glass visual is a very interesting demonstration. I really like it. I think in general parents expect "others" to educate their children. This is a great way to show them how important their input is and what an affect it can have.

Greg C said...

I am going to visit some other blogs and then do this random thingy. I thought that was a huge gumball machine you made there.

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I love that your church is putting emphasis on parents teaching their children at home -- what a great (and necessary) illustration!

I haven't participated yet in the Random Dozen but I'm gonna look those questions over and see...I've been having fun reading everyone elses!

Susanne said...

I love Chili's! Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for my pocketbook, we don't have one here, so it's a special treat when we go the bigger city.

You crack me up. Your job is verrrry interesting to say the least.

Joyce said...

I'm thinking...I'll post tomorrow but I linked to it today on my blog.

I hope a few recipes get posted!

Mocha with Linda said...

You mean parents, and not the church, are responsible for teaching our kids?! Well, I never! :-)

So is Jordan washing his hair with superglue?!

Maybe I'll be on time with the meme this week!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I know the answer to #9. I remember you saying so on your blog (unless I've mixed you up with another blogger). I can't remember the movie but it seems it was one I was considering and you said you were appalled.

Will come back for the answers.

Dena said...

Church isn't totally responsible for teaching our kids about Christ? Funny....next thing you know you'll be saying schools aren't responsible for all their other education. ha!

Love the pic in the chili's hat. I have one of my girls in them too. :)

skoots1mom said...

birthdays are fun...
your church always does great visuals for concept analysis...great job!!

Connie said...

Hi Linda...it's been a while. Glad to check in and see what you are up to. I am ready for your Random Dozen tomorrow. Sounds fun...can't wait to see what everyone confesses to.

Always enjoy your blog. Connie

Sue said...

Hey Linda

Looks like Katie had a great weekend celebrating :-) We love Chilis (even though we don't have one up here in Canada)

I'll be back tomorrow to do the Random 12 meme. Good questions again... I'll have to think on those tonight ;-)

Roxanne said...

Love the analogy. . .linky is on the way.