A People Belonging to God

Well, hello there internets. Several kind folks have sent others my way to hear some real preachin'! Welcome, one and all -- red and blue states, R's and D's (and if that means "Researchers and Developers" to you -- welcome, also), and all in between. Happy to have you here for a while and you are always welcome to chat!
Now, to the vocabulary: yes, mugwumping is now an acceptable word for you to use. (Actually, when I saw Donna's comment that she remembers it from her youth, I was afraid she was going to tell me it has some awful meaning -- PLEASE tell me if I need to take it off of there!) Now, about form: you shouldn't allow your children to mugwump. Mugwump can be a noun or a verb: one who is in a chronic state of mugwumpiness (see, when you use made-up words anyway, you can make them however you want...) can become a mugwump. I think 'curmudgeon' would be a good synonym for someone who is a mugwump.
We have been enjoying even more gorgeous weather around here. Of course, it's deer season, so the deer-hunter-in-shining-camo is getting the land ready and preparing to go sit out on some miserably cold morning watching the sun come up waiting for some gorgeous creature to come across the rise. And our family will have meat for the winter ('lest you feel the need to lecture me about his hunting).
Basketball tryouts are this week for 7th grade girls, so it has been a 7 a.m. start to the school day all week. Basketball is Ashley's love, and I can't wait to see how this week all shakes out. There are 'a', 'b', and 'c' teams. Of course, we all in this house think she's an 'a'-teamer! No matter which team she lands on, if they will just let her PLAY she'll be thrilled.
Riley has a soccer tournament on Saturday. It's like the death throes of soccer -- last weekend, and we have 3 games on one day! Does it make me an awful mother to say, "Blech"?
We are just going full speed ahead around here, as you can tell. See? No matter who won the presidency, life still goes! And we are blessed to live one more day and testify to His goodness. May you live up to your calling:

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us." 1 Peter 2: 9-12


Roxanne said...

Love you.

Down with mugwump(iness)(ers)(itis).

Susan said...

Well, you'll be proud. Today I was doing staff training and having a lot of fun with the group. The word mugwumping came up several times. I saw quizzical looks on faces, then sheepish grins, then all out giggles. Great word.

In fact, I saw one woman writing it down. Mugwumping might become a word epidemic. I can see it now. The word Mugwumping with a big red circle around it and the red slash through it. NO MUGWUMPING.

You'll be famous!!

Troy M. Stirman said...

MUGWUMP- wasn't that one of the earliest creations of Jim Henson?

Ruth said...

Hello friend :)

You have been tagged. Should you decide to play along, here's the url:

stephanie said...

My handsome knight in more-of-a-matte-luster camo has been up and out and off to the woods early birdy waiting also for that stately beast of freezer filler!

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Nathaniel said...

You may not believe it, but I found the answer to the burning question of the day without the use of my old friend Google.

I am reading a history of the United States called America The Last Best Hope by former Secretary of Education, Bill Bennett. I will quote the passage of interest below.

"1884 was to prove another brutal contest. When the German American immigrant leader Carl Schurz [a Republican] came out for Cleveland [a Democrat], he led a number of influential Republican reformers...The reformers were known as "Mugwumps." The Indian word meant chieftain, but humorists immediately said it meant they had their mugs on one side of the fence and their wumps on the other."

Do with it as you will, and feel safe that it has no "awful meaning."

Suzanne said...

Great post. I can see why Susan at Lila's Journey is sending people over to read this. I say you should start a "no mugwumping" campaign too. :)

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