Thursday, January 19, 2006

A few things...

Just a few things on my mind this morning that I want to share.

1. SNOW We're getting snow right now and it's forecasted through tomorrow afternoon. A lot of snow is predicted. Snow makes me happy. I'd be even happier if school gets cancelled tomorrow and we get another three-day weekend.

2. SUNDAY John is preaching this Sunday at our church. He hasn't preached in over a year, but is ready. He's turned down a few opportunities because he didn't feel it was time, but now it's time. He told me on the way home from church last Sunday that he feels sorry for the congregation. He said his "preacher mind" hasn't turned off in over a year, so he's afraid he's going to overload them. I doubt it. I know he'll do great.

3. THIS BLOG Last night I got a stern lecture from my brother-in-law about the information I share on this blog. He is a federal probation officer and he works with what our society might dub, "predators". Some of the things that I share on here, particularly about our kids, cause him great concern and he needed to share that with me. I'm thankful he did, and I have thought about it more than a few times prior to his phone call. It also causes tension in me. I believe that we live in a depraved world in which terrible, terrible things take place on a daily basis. I also believe that we can't live our lives in a state of fear. That is not what God wants for us. As a parent, I want to do everything I can to protect my children. I feel that is my responsibility to them. However, I've also seen how worry can literally make a person sick and cause them to live in a state of perpetual paranoia. So, I'm finding myself in a dilemna regarding this blog. John and I are continuing to discuss it and try to come up with a solution that honors both sides of the issue. I don't even know if that is possible. I'm interested in hearing feedback on this. If you're not comfortable posting a comment, will you email me and let me know your thoughts?? You can email me by clicking "View Profile", then selecting the email link.

2 comments:

Liz Almond said...

Hey Meredith, I got to your site through Tricia. I actually have kept up with it and read about your family since she told me about it. I have no words of wisdom to share with you about the rights and wrongs of all of the info. you put on your blog. I enjoy it, find it entertaining and also enjoy when John writes in. I also understand why Heath would discuss the dangers of your info. I tend to be very naive and think like most people do, "That would never happen to me." I hope you come up with a solution that eases your mind, but also lets you continue with your daily blog.
Sincerely, Elizabeth Rucker Almond

johnandmer said...

Thanks, Liz! I'm glad to hear from you! Also glad Trish shared our blog with you! I'm still trying to come up with a way to handle this...I don't want to have a "knee-jerk" reaction, but I want to be careful about posting on here. So...we'll see. I don't think it's the end of the blog. I just need to figure out how to proceed with caution. Again, GREAT to hear from you. I hope your family is doing well!!!
Meredith