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Well, I am now an official Gramma of TWO beautiful baby boys! First one born on June 25, second one born on September 10. God is so great! I am so blessed!
---sue on 9/27/07

Madison ... Please help us to understand yuor problem at work. On 4/5 you say you are going to start your new job "next week", then on 4/6 you say you are in trouble, then on 4/7 you say this is an ongoing problem?
Can't quite see what is going on ....?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/27/07

At 11:00, and just for NV_Barbara, I began"What's Up Blog # 10"

Oh the trouble we go to in order to get those complainers to stop! Hee Hee
---John_T on 5/10/06


The only way to "move" a blog to a new page is to create a new blog, What's up blog # 10.

After all, this is # 9 so 8 others may be lost in cyberspace.
---John_T on 5/10/06

Hey all. There is another madison, so I am now putting my birthday on my nick.

Turns out my observation is next week now. I still need prayer, as my nerves are getting bad. I am still trying to trust the Lord, but I am not sleeping at night. My mind races with scenes of bad days at work and visions of the worst happening in my observation. Prayer is still needed. Hugs to all.
---Madison1101 on 5/10/06

How did we get WAY over here? Its time to get back on the 1st list!
---NVBarbara on 5/10/06

We are praying for you Madison. May God give you strength and peace of mind.
May your observation be perfect!
Hugs sis,
---NVBarbara on 5/10/06

Thanks everyone for your encouragement.

JohnT: Actually, I have a Masters+60 graduate credits, plus 4 different teaching certificates. I am at Senior Career Teacher and I do make more than that figure. Problem is I can't afford a pay cut right now with student loan debts as they are.

I am encouraged, though, that God is in control.
---Madison on 5/8/06

Madison,my prayers are with you. May God take away all fear of failure,may He establish positive assurance of success in your heart. May you do beter than your best as God anoints you and works with you in that task. Love and Blessings Sister
---Darlene_1 on 5/8/06


You have my prayers.
IMO this is some sort of cost-savings measure, Masters + 20 is expensive. ($70K) Two newbies can be hired for that.

Remember that God not AFT, nor PSD is your provider.

A woman I graduated from HS with (LD) was in the same position as you. The drug-dependent parents created children who parented themselves, w/o accountability .

Instead of La La Land, she quit and had therapy.

Perhaps this may be God's "severe mercy" for you.
---John_T on 5/8/06

Praying for God's PERFECT will to be done, in your life, Madison. It will all work for good, so you have no worries. God bless you abundantly!
---John on 5/7/06

Hi there, I would appreciate prayer this week, as I am being observed at the end of the week, and my career is riding on it. I have had two unsatisfactory observations, and if I do not get things right in front of the administration, I will be fired.

Please, please, please pray for me.

Hugs to all,
---Madison on 5/7/06

NV Barbara, Mom and I both had surgery on Feb.28,mine was gallbladder and I am doing ok as is she. I will have to have back surgery soon,and will let you know when I do. It's third time,first two left me worse than I was before I had them, although I trust God,I am a bit leary of going back in for another back operation. I can't avoid it though,have a cage between vertebrae on a nerve and a screw too long on a nerve. Thank you for prayer, I couldn't make it through without it. Praying for Steve a job.
---Darlene_1 on 5/6/06

Prophecy - it's history, effects results and implications; so akin to the word of God and
so unique in scripture - the holy bible
---Charles on 5/6/06

Darlene, when is your surgery? You and your Mom will be in our prayers.
God bless Sis. Hugs.
---NVBarbara on 5/5/06

Congrats John, our best to your family and the new life God has given.

We've still got you on our prayer list John T, please keep us on yours. Steve is still out of work. Our website is getting off to a slow start.
---NVBarbara on 5/5/06

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Hi everyone,I have missed being here to read all the posts and pray for you. Mom is recovering well from the broken hip and surgery for partial hip replacement. I thank all for prayers when it happened 2 1/2 months ago. She went to nursing home for rehab 5 1/2 weeks and I have stayed nearly 4 weeks with her when released to go home. She now can stay alone,but your prayers for her are still needed,now she is a little fearful of being alone and falling again.Love and God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 5/5/06


Thanks for asking. I wish it would be a pastoral position, but no. Both jobs are "mission field" jobs.

Moderator - Where at?
---John_T on 5/5/06

Congratulations Grandpa John. I am so happy for you. I look forward to when I am a grandmom. The Lord is taking His time fulfilling that request though.

John T: Praying about your job situation. God bless you as you seek His work for you.
---Madison on 5/4/06

Congrats John!

Now you will see how quickly those little ones can get grandma and grandpa wrapped around those tiny pinkies!

I wouldn't have it any other way!
---John_T on 5/4/06

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I have a job interview today, and I had another on Tuesday in Syracuse. Please pray for God's will, and that I get a good job. I've been too long without one.

Moderator - Pastor's job?
---John_T on 5/4/06

It's a boy! His name is Samual and he is solid. 8 lbs. 13 oz. He's doing great and the Doc says he's perfect. Praise the Lord! His mom was very nauscious yesterday but she's feeling better and better. Surely God is good to us. Still praying for you all.
---John on 5/3/06

My endoscopy shows an inflamed stomach lining and reflux. They took biopsies, and I will now next week the results. I am drowsy with the anesthesia, so I am going to sign off.

Hugs to all. Thanks for praying.
---Madison on 5/3/06

As I reread over this blog, I realize how blessed we are. It pleases me so much to come 'in here' and find loving brothers and sisters, some from across the pond, loving and praying for one another. I think God is smiling!

The best things in life aren't things!
---NVBarbara on 5/2/06

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Barb: One colonoscopy in a lifetime is too many for this woman. If I could sleep through the prep period, that would be great.

Thanks for praying.
---Madison on 5/2/06

Madison I have been, and will be in prayer about your test tomorrow. I pray they find the trouble and can easily remedy it. Tell them as long as you're knocked out, just go on further and have your colonoscopy at the same time! :)
---NVBarbara on 5/2/06

Lupe: Thanks for the prayers. My endoscopy is Wednesday.

Alan: I hope the docs get a handle on the blood pressure. Try to rest.

John: Congrats on the grandbaby. Is it a boy or girl? Name? Weight? Give me all the details. I am impatient waiting for my daughter to tell me I will be a grandmom. I live vicariously through other grandparents.
---Madison on 5/2/06

John, my prayers are for your daughter, Madison, Rebeca to recover from their problems and Alan to be able to control the pressure he is having, God continue to bless all of you,
---Lupe2618 on 5/2/06

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I'm sorry to hear of your HBP Alan. Are you watching your diet? Please take care on your holiday and rest often. I'm happy to hear that Mary returned from her walking holiday safe and sound! You are in my prayers brother.

Congrats Grandpa John! Please let us know how baby and Mom are!
---NVBarbara on 5/2/06

Hi Alan, I am also praying for you my brother. I hope the pressure can be handled soon. There is much on the market right now for that. Just take it easy and don't stress answering. Really, sometimes it can take something out of you. keep us inform how you are doing every now and then. Love you brother
---Lupe2618 on 5/2/06

Praying for you Alan, my brother in the Lord. I started to eat the right foods and this seemed to work well with no side effects for hypertention.
Please pray for my daughter. She is having a C-section today. GB
---John on 5/2/06

I have high blood pressure ... doctor is trying to reduce but without effect. High enough apparently to lead to a stroke. One of my medication is a beta-blocker which slows the heart. Makes it harder to do my long walks inthe hills. Hope I manage to cope with my walking holiday next week. My cat Mary went missing for a few days ... I was pleased to see her return yesterday.
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/2/06

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Thanks, Barb. My stomach was miserable on Sunday. Today it is much better. The endoscopy is on Wednesday. Praying for definitive diagnosis of the problem. It has been more than two weeks since I first started investigating it with the doctors.
---Madison on 5/1/06

Its about 92 degrees this afternoon---I'm staying inside! How is your tummy feeling Madison? Does Zantac or something like that help? Prayers are being offered up for you Sis.
John you're making me drool! We had a Bonneville back in the 70's, but a "friend" layed it down for us, too much to repair! Friends just got back from Barber's museum/track in Alabama. WOW they have some awesome bikes!
---NVBarbara on 4/30/06

Hi all. Wonderful weather today. Nephew had a Special Olympics Track and Field tournament and I did some volunteer work selling shirts and stuff. Then I took a walk with my sister-in-law, and enjoyed seeing some wildflowers in the woods.

My tummy is feeling a little better, but I still have some pain and discomfort. Thanks for praying.
---Madison on 4/29/06

Hey everybody! Hope you kids are being blessed. I have been real busy for the last week or so and I,m getting my old motorcycle back on the road. It's only a Jap bike, a Yahama 920. I would love to trade it in on my dream bike, a new Triumph Bonneville T 100. It's just like the original, but without the bugs and updated with new technology. It is SWEET! You would appreciate it Barbara. Madison, I am praying for you. Be healed, in Jesus name! God bless.
---John on 4/29/06

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Hey there. I have been off from work for a few days. Saw the gastro-doc and he ordered an endoscopy and gave me some meds. I once had bleeding ulcers. Please pray.

Other than that, I have nothing new. The cats are great, and so are the kids. Just my poor stomach feels nauseous all the time, with heartburn.
---Madison on 4/26/06

Hey, what's up all? We've been so busy I haven't been online here much. FINALLY our website is up and running! We have a family site, we accept no trashy stuff! We're even listed under "Christian Sites!" God bless all.
---NVBarbara on 4/26/06

Mike: "fundamentalist" has deviated from its ORIGINAL meaning.

That is someone who believes the five historic fundamentals: (I) the deity of Christ (including his virgin birth) (2) the historicity of his miracles, (3) the substitutionary atonement of his death, (4) his literal resurrection from the dead, and (5) his literal return at the Second Coming, all of which presupposes an inerrant autographa.

That definition is much wider than it is sometimes understood today
---John_T on 4/23/06

Mike: I watched my husband try to scare off the boys. He just insulted them by telling them they were not educated enough for his princess. She was the princess all right. Good news is, he didn't scare off one of them and he has been my son-in-law for the last four+ years. He loves the Lord, and my daughter, and is a great husband for her.

Some dads keep a gun by the door just in case. I don't recommend it, but I understand it completely.
---Madison on 4/22/06

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Well I was a cute baby, long ago in 1961, then I grew up. Tall guy. My daughter at 9 was, to be honest with braces was not cute, no boys or girls would play with her as a child. Now, at 17, without braces, with other things, I 'wish' the old problem was a problem; It aint. Boys hang around, like cats. Is there a spray for that, like Raid? She says I am 'authoritarian.' YUP. Hosed a boy off the other day........
---MikeM on 4/22/06

Rebecca,its getting close to the time of your surgery, we're not forgetting you sis!
You are, and will be in our prayers.
What is the exact date in May of your surgery?
---NVBarbara on 4/21/06

ALL babies are cute! If I may run interference here for my brother, I think that's what he meant.
---NVBarbara on 4/21/06

MikeM: I am not a fundamentalist either. I prefer to tell people I am an evangelical Christian who loves Jesus and people. I am pro loving people to the Lord.

As for geography, Pennsylvania has cold winters, muggy summers, and beautiful springs and falls. We also have some gorgeous mountains, not as big as out west, but still gorgeous.
---Madison on 4/21/06

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MikeM, surely you jest, "pro cute babies?" What about the ugly ones? I think we should care for the ugly ones too. You know I watched some little dovelets (baby doves) in their nest, they were some of the ugliest creatures that I've ever seen, like something out of a science fiction alien movie. But after they grew up into more mature mourning doves, they became very beautiful, and cooed so wonderfully.
---Eloy on 4/21/06

We're happy to have you join us Chris! We can ALL be bullheaded at times!

MikeM, we may have questions of others, but we welcome sharing and an occasional debate. I would hope no one would tell you that you are not welcome here! BTW I live in Vegas and I love it. Where would you like to move to? Too cold in the North, and being a Southerner, I HATE the hot soggy weather there, this suits me.Many good churches here as well.
---NVBarbara on 4/20/06

I am not a fundamentalist. 'My specific theological home base' would only lead to old-fashion religious intolerance. Lets say I believe in the divinity of Jesus as the Christ. I am
pro God
pro thinking
pro education
pro questioning/debate
pro pluralism
pro Democracy/republic
pro cute babies
---MikeM on 4/20/06

I know these are called blogs, but they seem more like forums that dont quite work like forums or something???!? I am glad that I found it anyhoo what ever it is. Its nice to be able to talk scripture with someone... I unfortunately dont have a lot of christians to rub elbows with other than family. Thanks for putting up with me... I know I seem bullheaded often, so sorry if I offend.
---chris on 4/20/06

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MikeM ... your views make me wonder whether you are a Christian. Some of them could fit in with Chistianity, although there will be some here who would disgree with them. Others seem to be anti-God. And you never seem to mention your faith, or lack of one.
It does mean that smetimes we do not know quite how to view your comments
---alan8869_of_UK on 4/20/06

MikeM, write more. Although this is a Christian website, we have a very diverse group of people that come here to blog from various walks of life.
---Eloy on 4/20/06

I want to get out of the Vegas area in the next month, anyone who knows the area will know why. These blogs are rather addictive. Being a TV hater, I write on them in my spare time. Do my serious blogs on various threads offend anyone? Tell me if they do, I will leave.
---MikeM on 4/20/06

Well the Doc didn't take out my tube out of my kidney. He said that if he took the tube out and the kidney is still draining, then the urine will leak into my system and within 24 hours I will be deathly sick. He thought that I already had my surgery, that's the reason why he told me that he could take it out. So I am still hanging in here. I so long to take a bath. I wash up everyday, but it isn't the same. It is funny how you miss the little things.
---Rebecca_D on 4/20/06

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HELLO!!!!! Anyone here? It's awfully quiet these days.
---Madison on 4/20/06

Belated Happy Resurrection Day to all of my sisters and brothers here. I love Easter, and the remembrance of Christ's death, burial and resurrection that is studied this time of year.

Super praises: Last week, I spent my Spring break from school teaching doing training and orientation work for a part time job at a psychiatric hospital. I loved it. It is the best thing that has happened to me. God opened a fantastic door for me to minister to really acute psych patients.
---Madison on 4/17/06

So sorry to hear of your expensive car touble Madison.I'm HAPPY to hear other things are falling into place for you!
Let me hear from you IF you ever have a free minute! God bless you as you help others.
---NVBarbara on 4/12/06

Hey everyone. Did I mention that I had to be towed at 2 am on Sunday because my car broke down on the turnpike on the way home from my on-call job? Did I also tell you about how it is the transmission, and I have to get a new one? Praise God I have the new job at the psychiatric hospital. Oh, did I mention I am now a therapist at a psychiatric hospital on weekends? God is so cool. (I still have my teaching job after Easter though.)
---Madison on 4/11/06

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Do you have an accredited degree from a university to teach in a college?

Some of your responses cause me to wonder about that, and I am curious.
---John_T on 4/10/06

In Philly, AFT is strong. That is good; when I lived there, the district admin was rife with hacks and corruption.

They may be able to help you with some political clout.

Being 5 in Philly is not bad, turnover is good.

BTW Keep your dues up to date!
---John_T on 4/10/06

Madison, you're right, though I have had misbehavior from adults too. As a U.S. resident I believe that we have a right to go up the chain of command to have our issues resolved. Everyone has a higher up to answer to. Also we have a right to file criminal charges with various agencies against our coworkers and employers if need be, and we also have a right to sue others if necessary for legal recourse, that includes suing of the administrative staff, any parent, and of the individual student if need be.
---Eloy on 4/10/06

Eloy: There is a big difference between a college student's inappropriate behavior and an adolescent's. I have had things thrown at me and have been called the most vile things throughout my career.

Children are going to misbehave, and the principal should back the teacher up when the behavior is reported to her. I have not had that occur too much this year. It has left me impotent in the classroom, and now I am being penalized for it.
---Madison on 4/9/06

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john t, your presumption is inaccurate, for I have taught a Biblical class in a secular college. The students who attended the class were proper, as well as the staff; but some other students in the college caused a little dissension, for unconverted and unbridled flesh always wars against the spirit. Now whenever the students get out of line, then swift correction and harsh penalties are leveled. The righteous measure rewards the good and the evil, and it's up to the student which measure they receive.
---Eloy on 4/9/06

More prayer needs. Last night I had to be towed off the turnpike at 2 am, as my transmission died in my car on the way home from one of my part time jobs. I am praying it is a minor repair job instead of having to replace the entire transmission. Please join me in this request.
---Madison on 4/9/06

John: I am AFT. The union is representing me in the meeting with the administrator who wrote the evaluation. It is unlikely they can move me to a social work position without there already being a vacancy to fill. However, I am number 5 on the list, and they already filled at least one that I know of. In a school district as large as Philadelphia, I have no idea how quickly I will get the position I desire.
---Madison on 4/9/06

I do like doing the social work more than teaching. Teaching was never my chosen profession, but was chosen for my by my ex-husband. However, I am not in a financial position to make a hasty change of careers without paying student loans for my grad school as well as my sons' college debts.
---Madison on 4/9/06

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Eloy, it is interesting that you see what I was sharing as a complaint. I was just sharing that I am battle weary. I have been under spiritual attack for a week now, and the bad evaluation from my assistant principal was just one of many things that have happened.
---Madison on 4/9/06

Evidently you haven't taught in either a Christian or a public school. Same sorts of things go on in both.

One major difference is that the parents can try to bully you because they pay your salary, and you have no such thing as tenure in a Christian school.

I have scars from that, especially when an administrator forced me to change a failing year's grade.
---John_T on 4/9/06

Cliff: I thought about that too, my kids went to public school. All three of my pastors' kids go to public school. Most of the kids I taught in Sunday School go to public school. Most of my church believes in sending our kids to public school to be the light of the world.
---Madison on 4/9/06

Madison, if you truly feel that way, then you should not complain about any hostility which you receive from the students and staff at the place where you desire to work. So let your light so shine, and repay good for evil. Social work sounds like it would be a little less load for you. Do you like that kind of work better than teaching?
---Eloy on 4/9/06

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cliff, you're creative to manufacture that idea from my reply. In other words, Madison would have a much less hostile environment teaching sanctified Christian children in a Christian school, than with unregenerate worldly children. It's true that you may also find rebellious children in a Christian school, but less likely so. And I know that there are christian children who also go to public schools, but fewer will attend as we come up to the climax of end of this antiGod and antiChrist secular world.
---Eloy on 4/9/06

Eloy ... are children in Christian schools necessarilly "children of God" And vice versa for those in public schools?
---alan8869_of_UK on 4/9/06

An idea just struck: Are you AFT or NEA or something else? If the latter, you may be able to use your union to expedite a transfer to the social work position. That way it is win-win for everyoone.
---John_T on 4/9/06

Eloy: Christian school teachers do not earn half of what I earn in a year. Most of them are from two income families. Besides, I believe God called me to teach in the public schools in order to be a light.

However, I also believe that my time as a teacher is soon to end, as I am on a waiting list to be a social worker in the city school district.
---Madison on 4/9/06

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Eloy; So all my grandchildren in public school are "children of the devil"?
---1st_cliff on 4/9/06

Madison, have you considered Christian schools? I would think that the children of God would be much more teachable than the children of the devil.
---Eloy on 4/9/06

John: I cannot transfer out of this school for two more years, and it is impossible to get a job in a different district at this point in my career. Schools can get two new teachers for what they would have to pay me. Contracts say they must pay Masters+60 grad credits a lot.

I am on waiting list for a social work position in my school district. That would at least get me out of the classroom, and I would be able to use my Masters in Social Work.
---Madison on 4/9/06

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