Browsing Archive: May, 2009

The Night that Ben Almost Went to "Juvie"

Posted by Pam Hastings on Saturday, May 30, 2009, In : Humorous 

Our children all tend to pull a lot of stunts while growing up, don’t they? At the Hastings home, it seemed as though those little imaginations were running wild on a daily basis dreaming up what new act that they could commit that would be forever etched in their mom’s memory. Such was the case of what I have affectionately dubbed the “Bound for Juvie” incident.

      In the history of our family, we had a period of about two years that we now refer to as the “ Patrick era .”  P...


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Getting Your Teen to Talk to You

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, May 29, 2009, In : Family 

How many of you parents have ever had this experience? You pick your teen up from school or if he or she drives to school, when they get home, they walk in the door and you say to them “How was school today?” and that teen of yours mumbles back “fine”. You then inquire “What happened at school today?” and you get the next routine response “nothing.” I think if we are honest all parents could be raising their hands right now. As I have stated in an earlier blog, I in no way cl...


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John and Kate Plus Eight = A Potentially Sad End

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, May 28, 2009, In : News 

A few years ago, the new rage that hit television prime time was families with multiple children such as the Duggars and John and Kate plus Eight or familes that had intriguing stories such as Little People Big World. I plead guilty to succumbing to the draw of these shows as I have always been keenly interested in any programs centering around family life. As a kid , I was tuned in every week to the Brady Bunch and as a young adult I could tell you what day of the week and what time the Cosb...


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Where in the World is the Scoreboard?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

      I think it was about seven or eight years ago that one of my friends, a young mom of two little league participants, invited me to attend one of her son’s baseball games. My daughter who was ten years old at the time, was a friend of her son who was playing in the game, and she wanted to go as well, so off we went to watch our first little league game in several years as my boys were at the tail end of high school and in college at this point. When we arrived at the field, my friend w...


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Your Forever Depends On It

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, In : Spiritual 

The older that I get, the more clearly I understand how very miniscule I am in the whole grand scheme of things. When we are young, we tend to view our lives from a very narrow lens in which we are the center of the action. Think of most teenagers that you know..they often times are the center of their universe as much of their thought life, their energy , their ambitions and so forth is completely centered on them. This is not an indictment on today’s youth because I remember being the ver...


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Today I am Thinking About my Dad in Stalag #3

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, May 25, 2009, In : Family 

Today is Memorial Day and I am thinking of all who have given their lives for our freedom . I am also thinking about those who did not die in battle but fought bravely for our country over the years. One of those people was my dad. His name was Kenneth Charles Simpson and he was the biggest and bravest man that I knew when I was growing up. Many a daughter could make the same claim about their father and there is something very wonderful when a girl can and does feel that way. I have so many ...


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Let Them Spread Their Wings

Posted by Pam Hastings on Sunday, May 24, 2009, In : Family 

  We have all heard the expression or the phrase “spread your wings”. It has been used or applied to a variety of situations and circumstances and we may even remember saying it to a friend or most likely to our children a time or two. My last blog entry was about our daughter Kasey graduating from high school this past Friday evening . It was a fabulous , wonderful evening , one that causes a parent to reflect on so many memories that make me smile and cry at the same time. Graduations a...


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I Love You Kasey !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, May 22, 2009, In : Family 

  

       Each of us have days in our lives that mark significant milestones. Today is one of those days for me . Our youngest child and only daughter graduates from high school this evening and I cannot lie…I am not doing well with it.  Simply put, it is a bitter sweet time as my husband and I are very excited for her and for what lies ahead in her future but she is after all, our baby girl. After the three boys, she has been a whirlwind of baby dolls, dressing up, giggles, shopping, fashi...


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The " Security Spit "- A Mom's Best Friend !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, May 21, 2009, In : Humorous 

The other day I was doing some shopping in our local mall and stopped by the food court for lunch and to sit down for a few minutes. Much to the chagrin of my daughter who thinks that the mall is her best friend and who thoroughly loves shopping,  I do not. I am the type who goes to the mall out of necessity. I get in and get out as quickly as possible. I actually think it is one reason that my husband married me. If one wants to know the truth, my hands down favorite thing to do at the mall ...


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Disobedience + Defiance + Deception does NOT = Devastation

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

 Have you ever noticed how so many of  the behavior related words in the English language begin with the letter “D” ?  There are several. However, today I want to focus on just three of them…disobedience, defiance, and deception. I suppose that I am one of those rare folks that loves words, but also loves Math. I used to love solving equations and was especially delighted as a kid to reach that point in a problem in which I had arrived at the correct answer that belonged on the other si...


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A Soft Answer Teaches a Loud Lesson

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

Sometimes I write about subjects in which I feel that I as an individual or that our family as a whole has done a fairly good job.  For example, yesterday I wrote about family loyalty , an area where we have not struggled as individuals and so it was easy and pain free to write about it. Not so my friend, with today’s subject….a soft answer. This one is going to be flatout painful. Why? Because I am horrible at it. Rarely do I give a soft answer and it is something that I pray about all t...


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Family Loyalty- Friend or Foe ?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, May 18, 2009, In : Family 

                                          

 

  Loyalty is defined  in the dictionary as faithfulness or devotion to a person or cause.  Each one of us possesses and exhibits loyalty to different people,  to different organizations or institutions and indeed to various movements or causes. Loyalty can also be motivated by both negative and positive agendas. For example , some of our young people today are extremely loyal to a gang. Others are devoted and loyal to their school’s sports teams...


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"Wilson" is the Star !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, May 15, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

       Since I began yesterday's entry by mentioning a movie, I did not want to begin writing about another movie today however I must. Last night as I was randomly surfing the channels with the remote, I came across the movie Castaway that was being shown on T.V. for about the one thousandth time. It has been shown so often that as soon as I stumbled upon it, I immediately began to click to something else until that is ....I saw Wilson. Wilson is my favorite actor of that movie ....to me, he...


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" In the Dog House " Is No Longer a Bad Place to Be

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, May 14, 2009, In : Current Topics 
The other night I checked out the much heralded movie "Marley and Me" . I have heard great things about this film, mainly that it tugs on the heart and causes the tears to flow...like a river. Not wanting to be in the middle of an ugly cry without tissues, I made sure that I had the trusty kleenex box perched next to me before I got too comfy and before I hit the play button. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the film as it was easy going, family oriented, void of foul language ( a rarity ...
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Generation of silent communication

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, In : Current Topics 
        The other night my teenaged daughter and I were out to dinner and the family sitting in the booth directly across  from us had apparently caught her attention because I noticed her continually looking over at them for the first fifteen minutes that we were in the restaurant. When I asked her what she was looking at, she replied "check them out...the kids have been on their cells texting the whole time that we have been here.. they haven't talked to their parents at all and the parents...
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Overscheduled Boys

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 
We've all either seen them or been there ourselves...the frazzled mom who is hustling 11 yr old Johnny out of the car to the soccer field for practice. Laying on the back seat as he hops out is his clarinet case from his music lesson that he just came from and his sketch pad that he used in his Art lesson that took place an hour before clarinet practice. Johnny seems a bit dazed as he reaches back for his soccer ball almost as if he is attempting to remember which activity he just wrapped up ...
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Happy Mothers Day!!!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, May 6, 2009,
Mom - after talking with dad and running this idea by some others in the family I decided to create a blog for you as a gift for Mothers Day. Since we are such a close family I thought it only made sense for there to be a picture of us on the header of the webpage. I feel that your life experiences as a wife, mom, and now grandma make you a relevant writer to a very large audience. We are all aware of your extraordinary writing abilities and are looking forward to seeing how you decide to use...
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