Monday Morning Thoughts About Our Children

     Several things bubbling through my brain this morning.  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed a restful Sunday after church.  We did!!

     First of all, for those of you who write your own blogs, and who share about your families there, I would like to issue a strong caution.  There are extremely evil people in this world, and Google is a very strong, very detail-oriented search engine.  Without going into specifics, may I just remind you that very innocent sounding posts on your blog can attract undesirable visitors.  My eldest daughter had a Google search bring such an undesirable to her blog over the weekend.  Fortunately, her blog was NOT what he was looking for and he left just as quickly as he came.  The words he entered in his search were found randomly in two different posts she’s made to her blog.  She discovered his visit by checking her site meter (www.sitemeter.com)  If you have a blog, I would encourage you to install the free version of site meter TODAY.  It will record the last 100 visits to your site for you to see.  If your blog generates more than 100 visitors a day, you should probably consider opting for the paid version of sitemeter, which registers the last, I believe, 500 visits for you.

     I also want you to go, right now, to my daughter’s blog and read  this post.  Afterwards, if you need to, spend some time editing your past blog posts and remove anything that you don’t want the world to know.  This might mean deleting references to where you live, links to your church, maybe even pictures of yourself and your kids if you think it’s necessary.  Pray about what might need editing and check with your husbands.  As for me, I’m going to change the name I post comments under to the name of this blog.  So, for those of you who’ve known me as Mrs.___, I will now be posting just as Copper’s Wife.  It’s sad, I know.  I’ve come to consider many of you friends and would gladly invite you into my home.  We just need to remember it’s not just “us” that read the blogs.  They are public domain and available to anyone with Internet access, world-wide. 

     Second, since we’re talking about protecting our children – we’ve all been sharing a lot lately about the heat and such.  We had a scary incident with the twelve-year old last night.  We’d spent a wonderful afternoon visiting with friends after church while the children played in the near by playground.  We kept a watchful eye.  I was watching to be sure my boys drank plenty of water.  Later in the evening, we went out to dinner with these same friends.  While we were waiting for our table, my twelve year old was standing next to his dad.  And he passed out.  (Okay, he fainted, but “passed out” sounds more masculine so we’re going with that!)  The lobby of the restaurant was crowded and very warm and he just passed out.  I am very thankful that his dad was right there and was able to catch his fall before he hit his head on the rail that was right behind him.  He’s a big boy, fast approaching six feet tall and about 135 lbs., so it was no small fete for Copper to half drag, half carry his unconscious boy to the bench to sit him down.  So, keep a careful eye on those blessings under all circumstances, even when they are big!!

     Last, but not least, many of you have started your homeschooling year, and many more of you are gearing up for that first day in the next week or two.  Some of us school year ’round, but there’s still something about that “official” first day of a new school year that gets us excited!    Let’s not get so carried away with our back-to-school preparations that we forget to enjoy these last few days of summertime with the children!!!  Join them for a swim.  Surprise them with a trip to the zoo or another outing.  Plan time for one last family picnic.  Make some memories!!

     God bless you as you look well to the ways of your households today!

 

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13 comments to Monday Morning Thoughts About Our Children

  • I can tell you honestly that I am literally sick to my stomach.  One of the reasons I debated  having a blog in the first place was for this very reason.  It makes me want to remove all pics of my daughter, as a matter of fact I just posted one today.  How sad that we have to be like this but I guess with all the good and wonderful people we meet on the internet there are also evil ones as well. Please tell you daughter thanks for the warning.  I am getting off now, I feel very depressed:( 
    ** I’m so glad your son is okay.

  • Oh, please don’t be depressed!!!  Let’s just all remember to be cautious with what we post, and remember to respect one another’s privacy all we can.  Some of us have one another’s full names and addresses and things and that’s great!!!  We just need to remember to be careful with not only our own privacy, but with the privacy of those that we’ve developed closer relationships with.  I think it’s great that we all got a wake up call without any real danger.

  • Great post..lots of wisdom! I only put my kids and grandchilds first names! We can’t be too careful especially in the times we are living! Glad to hear your son is alright! Enjoy your day..time to finish blessing my home!

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Mindy

  • Just wanted to apologize for ending my comments on such a “low” tone.  I think I must be having “one of those days” and everything seems ten times worse than it is:(  So sorry.  You are absolutely right, we can never be too careful.  Sending loving thoughts your way.

  • Happy Homemaker – You’re the best!!  We all have days when things seem worse than they are.  I certainly did not wish to panic anyone, but did want all of us to just remember to be careful.  As I said, I consider many of you (you included!)  my friends, and I would not want anything to happen to you!! 

  • Thank you so much for the warning.  I just put by blog back up after having it deleted for a couple of months and I’ll be changing a few things already.  Your new look is fabulous!

  • Very good reminders!  I have been tempted lately to post pictures of the kiddos, but I just haven’t gotten up the nerve. 

    I bet your guy gave you quite a scare.  I’m glad he’s o.k.

    Blessings,

  • Hi

    I came to your blog via GLH and I’m glad I did. My DH banned “people pictures” on my blog when I told him what I was doing. However, my location is, although not precise, reasonably obvious to a British viewer. I’m getting rid of it now just to be on the safe side. Many thanks for this important information…it’s a good job I listened to the DH…there’s a reason why men should be head of the family…

  • great reminder to always think “safety first”.  Sometimes we can get so comfy, cozy thinking we are only among friends. 

    About start back to school, I love to bless my boys with a fun outing on the weekend before before they start school.  My boys attend local schools and start on different days.  My little one started a week ago and we celebrated the end of summer by going to an aquarium.  My older starts next week and we will celebrate by going to one of the local “fun” areas with go cart and miniature golf.  I really enjoy having one last “bash” with the boys.  I hope they are gaining happy memories as well.

  • great reminder to always think “safety first”.  Sometimes we can get so comfy, cozy thinking we are only among friends. 

    About start back to school, I love to bless my boys with a fun outing on the weekend before before they start school.  My boys attend local schools and start on different days.  My little one started a week ago and we celebrated the end of summer by going to an aquarium.  My older starts next week and we will celebrate by going to one of the local “fun” areas with go cart and miniature golf.  I really enjoy having one last “bash” with the boys.  I hope they are gaining happy memories as well.

  • Great reminder. Glad your little one (all 6ft of him) is doing ok. Very scary for a parent!! Hugs and blessings

  • Good post; I agree and try to be careful what I post too.  Remember, too, that xanga users can enable “xanga lock” which locks out the non-xanga world, including “google” searches.  Of course, xanga members can still view, but, they must be signed in–it isn’t total security at all, but it weeds out a few.  Great post; thanks for the thoughts and reminders.  We’re trying to enjoy the last few days of summer with our kids, even though we homeschool and they’re with Mom (and Dad) year round!!  Blesings, “Tea”

  • Good post; I agree and try to be careful what I post too.  Remember, too, that xanga users can enable “xanga lock” which locks out the non-xanga world, including “google” searches.  Of course, xanga members can still view, but, they must be signed in–it isn’t total security at all, but it weeds out a few.  Great post; thanks for the thoughts and reminders.  We’re trying to enjoy the last few days of summer with our kids, even though we homeschool and they’re with Mom (and Dad) year round!!  Blesings, “Tea”