Browsing Archive: September, 2009

Trent's Phone Call Rings Loud and Clear...and Reveals A Truth!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

 My phone rang yesterday and the voice that I heard on the other end squealed “ Hi Mimi!” My heart immediately began to melt, my frown turned to a smile and I replied “ Hi Trent!”  All of a sudden, my day was made. My little grandson was calling me and that made the world a better place to be in. He then said “ Mimi, do you know what a fundwaiser is?” ( yes, I know I spelled it wrong, but that is how he pronounces his r’s) I immediately started laughing because I knew what was c...


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A Small Boy Teaches A Huge Lesson About the Meaning of Unselfishness!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

 I taught third grade for many years and every year I had a reward system in place for students who had earned enough “tickets” to go to what I called the “Class Store.” The class store was comprised of all sorts of toys and treats that would appeal to any third grader. There were model cars and airplanes, footballs, frizbees, jump ropes, and jacks as well as smaller items such as colored pencils, stickers, glitter, and just a wide variety of items that third graders love.

 

Each Fri...


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Let's Just Get Real and Honest About The Redskins !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, September 28, 2009, In : Current Topics 

 What do Norv Turner, Steve Spurrier, Marty Shottenheimer, even Joe Gibbs all have in common ? They have all tried to coach under the watchful eye of Dan Snyder. I think a fair statement to say is that having a lot of green bills in one’s pocket does not then make one a wise and successful team owner.

 

There have been countless things said about Snyder over the many years since he took over the Redskins….some say he is way too involved in the whole area of the coaching. There have been ...


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Life is Too Short...Forgive and Hold Tight To Those Whom You Love!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, September 25, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

 When you unexpectedly lose someone whom you love, it hurts. I am specifically talking about losing someone through death. I lost my wonderful, devoted mom when I was just nineteen years old. One day she was vibrant, active, and full of life and the next day she was gone. She had an aneurism in her brain that neither she nor any of us knew about and it took her away from us one night. It is the reason that the medical community sometimes refers to aneurisms as “silent killers.”

 

My mom w...


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" TRENT "

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, September 25, 2009, In : Family 

 This coming Saturday my husband and I are going to have a particularly fun and joyful day. We are taking our five year old grandson Trent, to his very first soccer game. This little guy is quite simply one of the treasures of our lives. There are only three perfect people in the world, soon to be four this coming March and they are quite obviously the precious grandbabies of the obnoxious woman writing this blog right now! Ha.

 

Trent is our very first grandchild and he lights up my life ! ...


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Some High School Football Players Learn One Of Life's Greatest Lessons!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

 

Two days ago I saw a story on the news that gave me pause and also put a smile on my face. It was about a high school football game in which one of the teams had a player with down syndrome on their team. That fact right away warmed my heart. Here was a regular public high school who had put a special needs student on their team as one of the regular players on the roster.

 

The game had only a little more than a minute left on the clock and the team with the boy with down syndrome was los...


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Did You Vote For Obama? Are You Scared Yet?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, September 22, 2009, In : Current Topics 

‘I read that the terror threat security level was raised today and I also saw on the news that security is being beefed up throughout New York City as well.  In light of the recent arrests of three men in the United States who had been planning and plotting attacks on our homeland, I suppose that I am not surprised. One does not need to be an expert on intelligence and security to realize that some of the recent decisions being made by our president simply do not do much to make the citizen...


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Fifteen Hours At My Church This Week- Time Well Spent!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, September 21, 2009, In : Spiritual 

This past week starting on Wednseday and ending yesterday on Sunday, my husband and I spent approximately 15 hours in church. On Weds., Thurs., and Fri. evenings, we were there for about two hours each evening, on Sat. evening,  we were there for about four hours, and yesterday which was Sunday, we were there for about five hours between the morning and evening services. None of this is all that unusual because we spend much of our time at church however this past week was missions conference...


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Your Children Will Never Love You Like You Love Them

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, September 18, 2009, In : Family 

Many years ago my pastor made a statement in a sermon that I have never forgotten and it has served me well over the years. He said “Parents, your children will never love you the way that you love them!” He did not say that our children will not love us at all, he did not say that our children will grow up and not be appreciative of us…he simply said that they will never love us in the same way as we love them. I think what he meant by that was that they will never possess a love that ...


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Let's Fight The Battle Of Cynicism!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, September 17, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

For those of you who faithfully read the blog, you may have noticed that some of the articles focus on what is in the news. Like many Americans, I care very much about our country, our culture and what direction it is headed in and because of that I suppose I would have to plead guilty to being a news junkie. The down side of that is that one can easily become a cynic very quickly. I often find myself getting scared, frustrated and angry about what I observe occurring in today’s world. The ...


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Parents- RELEVANCY Is The Key !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

In yesterday’s blog I spoke about the recent incident in which Kanye West was extremely rude to Taylor Swift at the VMA awards. In another recent post I also spoke about Facebook and many different aspects concerning that social networking site. I have received a few e-mails from parents expressing that they are very unaware of how Facebook works and I also had a parent comment to me that they are unaffected by anything that takes place on an entertainment awards show as they never watch su...


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Hey Kanye West , Joe Wilson, and Serena Williams...It's Not All About You !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, In : Current Topics 

 Everyone is abuzz about Joe Wilson , Serena Williams, and Kanye West and their public displays of out of control behavior this past week. The new screaming headline is “WHERE HAS CIVILITY GONE ?” I sort of chuckle at that question because these recent public displays of emotion running wild should not startle us, should they?  I guess what I mean by that is that we are living in the “ME” culture. Apparently none of these three individuals have read the first sentence in Rick Warren...


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Days of Unbiased News Coverage Are Long Gone!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, September 14, 2009, In : News 

 Last week, tens of thousands of American citizens gathered in Washington for a national Tea Party to demonstrate their concern, their love, their loyalty to our country. They marched peacefully and respectfully and let it be known that they, like many of us, are seriously alarmed at the direction that President Obama is attempting to take this country. They wanted to publicly unite and show that they are against big government that is trying to control many aspects of our lives that it has n...


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Enrich Yourself Today on Sept. 11th- Read Kathie Scobee's letter...

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, September 11, 2009, In : News 

 Today is September 11th, 2009. Eight years ago today our nation was rocked and shaken up by one of the most devastating tragedies to ever hit our home soil. Although Americans everywhere have been affected and changed by this event, those who have been truly devastated are those who lost a family member that day. My heart especially goes out to the many children whose mom and dad were killed that day. Those kids never imagined that the last goodbye that they said to their parent on that day ...


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Selling Our Kids Short...Let's Strive To Not Do So!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, September 10, 2009, In : Family 

As many of you know, we just dropped off our daughter in California as she is a freshman at a small Christian college out there. She called a few days ago and informed us that she signed up to play on a women’s intramural soccer team. When she told me that, I had one response…I said “excuse me?”. The reason for a reply like that from me is that my daughter played on only two soccer teams growing up and uh…um…well, they were both memorable experiences.

 

The first team that she was...


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What Place In Your Heart Does Your Teenager Hold?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, In : Family 

 We all know how influential friendships can be. It is a proven fact that those that we keep company with have the potential of having an enormous amount of influence over us. This is precisely why clichés such as “You are known by the company that you keep” and “Show me your friends and I will show you your future” have become such well known and prominent warnings.

 

At no time is this truth more evident than during the tumultuous teen years. All people everywhere have a desire to ...


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All About Facebook...Some Food For Thought!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, In : Current Topics 

    When I first learned about Facebook about a year or so ago, I was intrigued but did not jump in with both feet. Being the tech dinosaur that I am, I was hesitant and really did not want to be bothered with it. My adult son continued to encourage me however and so slowly, I became familiar enough with it to understand it.

 

            As I said, that was approximately a year ago and a lot can change in a year. For the past four or five months, not only am I understanding it, but I find m...


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A New Chapter... You Go Girl, Your Mom Is Rooting For You!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, September 4, 2009, In : Family 

    Today I wake up to a more quiet, empty home. I don’t hear Gospel or old jazz tunes ringing out from her pink walled bathroom upstairs. I realized that I didn’t have to bang on the wall downstairs to remind her that a 30 minute shower is a bit too long. I can’t hear her singing in her room nor am I locking horns with her in yet another one of our many mom-daughter “discussions”. The “her” that I refer to surrounds my gorgeous, fun loving daughter Kasey. Yesterday we arrived b...


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