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Yesterday I wrote about the sad incident when my son got teased by his friends. This made me wonder about the fine line between disciplining other people’s children and protecting your own child.

When my son was getting made fun of his daddy just went into the playground, picked him up, and carried him away from the situation. He chose to ignore the boys and focus on getting his son out of there. Was he right not to discipline the boys? Is it not his place to tell other people’s kids what to do or how to act? Or should he have stopped their taunting? Should he have told them that they were being mean and hurting our little man’s feelings? Should he have found their parents and told them to discipline their kids?

It’s a hard predicament. I have been in a situation when another adult tried to discipline my child and I know how I felt. Outraged and defensive. I completely felt that this person was out of line. But this person was a stranger…would it have mattered if I had known the person?

Hubby and I are very good friends with the parents of these boys so does that make this decision easier or more difficult? Does that mean hubby had the okay to discipline them because he has known them since they were babies? Or does that make the situation trickier because if he did cross a line then his/our friendship with their parents could be affected?

But what about protecting our son? Shouldn’t hubby be able to protect his child from taunting? Or is teasing just apart of childhood, of growing up and every child needs to learn how to handle it?

Later hubby said it took a lot of self control not to discipline these boys but in the end he felt it wasn’t his place.  I am not sure what I would have done if I had been there.

What would you have done? How would you have handled this?

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Yesterday’s post got me thinking….why don’t we help? Why is it that most people don’t help out the neediest or poorest in our world? Thirty five dollars a month would not effect most of us in the least, but it helps those in need tremendously and yet we still don’t help. Why?

Before sponsoring Ana from Bolivia, I was already sponsoring a little boy in the Dominican Republic through World Vision. In fact, hubby and I have been sponsoring him for five years. Thirty five dollars a month to me means nothing. I spend that monthly on Starbuck’s coffees or I easily spend more then at Target for things I really don’t need.

So when Elizabeth Esther started blogging for World Vision from Bolivia my initial thought was, “These posts aren’t for me. I’m covered. I already sponsor a child.” But the more I read, the more I was rivited by them, the more I was disturbed by them, and the more the thought kept creeping in my head Why can’t you sponsor one more?

More thoughts popped into my head that week, which I wrote about yesterday, but this thought of sponsoring one more child was a tough one. Why couldn’t I sponsor one more? Is seventy dollars really that big a deal to me? Would seventy dollars affect my way of life, putting food on the table, putting clothes on my children?

Why did I have such a problem sponsoring another child? Giving money that will change someone’s world and have little financial affect on my own? Shouldn’t that be a no brainier?

Why is it that most people don’t help out the poorest in our world?

Why don’t we help?

We all hold on to our money very tightly and that is our downfall. I think it’s born into us. I see it in my three year old son already. He has a blue piggy bank that his Grandpa and Nana got him. He has filled it with a dozen of pennies, dimes, nickles, and a few quarters. I think he has a total of maybe two dollars in there. But the way he holds on to those coins, the way he “counts” them, and the way he freaks out if his brother tries to take one coin you would think he had a million dollars in that piggy bank. Nobody told him to act this way. In fact we try to teach him the opposite. But he instinctively protects and hovers over those coins as if his life depended on it. I think that is how most of us act and feel about our money.

Of course money is necessary and you can’t give everything away and leave your children with no food to eat. On top of helping others, God calls his people to take care of their household and their families first. 1Timothy 5:8 says “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

But holding onto our money with a an iron fist is not right. We need to let go. We need to open our fist, stop obsessively protecting and hovering. We need to realize that this is why God gave us money. To help those who don’t have as much as we do.

What if everyone in America who could honestly afford thirty five dollars a month to sponsor a child did?

Let’s say that one forth of American’s could afford thirty five dollars a month. The US Census Bureau says that there are 312,046,372 Americans as of 2010. So if only a quarter of America gave that would be 78,011,593 sponsored children through World Vision! Wouldn’t that be amazing! I’m not even sure they have that many that need sponsoring! But wouldn’t that be something to see?

Of course I am not saying you should only give to World Vision. There are many wonderful, reputable, honorable organizations out there that help the needy. World Vision was just on my heart the past few weeks. It doesn’t matter where you give, just give! And help those in need!

Have you ever wondered how to make pickles?

Of course you have. I mean who hasn’t.

Making pickles is surprisingly easy and the end result is yum yum yummy!

Now, before I tell you how to make pickles I first want to make sure you know what a pickle really is. A pickle really is a cucumber. A cucumber! Did you know that? I didn’t. And I have it on good authority that other people were as amazed as I was. Or my friends are lying to me to make me feel better…which is entirely possible. But I am going to assume they aren’t lying and we were all in the dark about this pickle conspiracy.

Knowing this has made all kinds of pickle-cucumber jokes suddenly make sense. And yes I hear a lot of pickle-cucumber jokes. Ever heard of the video series called “Veggie Tales”? Jam packed with pickle-cucumber jokes that I always used to just smile and nod at but not anymore!! Haha! So funny!

Anyways….back to making pickles. I will be showing you how to make

Garlic and Dill Pickles.

You will need:

2-4 cucumbers (about 2-4 depending on how many pickles you want and depending on the size of the cucumbers)

1 gallon jar/pot (I used the pot from my crock pot)

2 1/2 quarts of water (about 10 cups)

1/4 cup of salt

1/4 cup white vinegar

2-4 tbsp of dill (depending on how strong a taste you want)

4-5 crushed and chopped garlic cloves ( I love garlic but if you don’t use less)

First -Boil water then add salt and vinegar. Stir until the salt dissolves.

Let cool. This is called brine.

Second -Wash, scrub, and chop up cucumbers into spears

Third – Alternate layering the cucumbers, dill, and garlic into your pot.

Leave 1-2 inches of empty space at the top.

Fourth – Pour in the brine.

Cucumbers need to be submerged so add a glass on top to push them down. (Please note I am giving props my hubby’s fraternity Delta Chi on my cup. Go Delta Chi!!)

Fifth -Cover pot with lid and drape a cloth or towel over it.

Sixth -Let it sit for 2-5 days (depending on how strong a flavor you want)

Seventh -Transfer the pickles into small containers with the brine and put in your refrigerator to be eaten at your leisure.

How easy is this??  So easy. Can’t wait to hear how your pickles turned out!!!

Hope you enjoy! I know we will!