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“The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity.” ~R.C. Sproul

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So, I’ve accepted Amber’s Be Happy Challenge for two reasons:

1. Now I don’t have to be creative and come up with ideas to blog about on my own.

2. It’s called the “Be Happy Challenge”… That sounds like a nice change of pace compared to my usual depressing posts and rants.  Maybe this month my glass will be half full!

I’ll go back and do posts for the first and second, but for now I’ll start with the third.

– 3. What you wore, in detail. –

Generally speaking, I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl.  And I love living in the south because that means that I can live in my flip-flops.  Of course, when I’m at work, I dress up and look quasi-nice, but during the weekend, you’ll rarely find me in anything other than jeans, a t-shirt, and my most comfortable pair of Nike flip-flops.

But regardless of what I’m dressed in, you’ll notice that I am almost always wearing my diamond cross necklace.

I wish I’d photoshopped that awful hat out of the pic…

I got it the day I graduated from college: December 13, 2003.  It was a gift from my dad.  I remember opening it and being shocked not only by how beautiful it was, but also by the fact that my dad picked it out himself!  He was so proud to tell me that he found it and picked it out all on his own.  For those of you who know him, you know this was quite a feat!

My dad :)

My dad 🙂

In addition to it being special because it came from my dad as a gift to celebrate one of my greatest accomplishments, I also always wear it because of what it represents.  I am a proud Christian, and I’m humbled by the fact that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for me even though I’m often a terrible person and am tremendously undeserving of His love.

While my cross is only a symbol, it serves as a constant reminder to myself that I need to let go of my pride and rebellion and that I need to be thankful in all circumstances.  I have been blessed beyond description and certainly have no room to complain about anything.

So as you can see, my necklace means so much to me for a number of reasons, and it’s the one thing I wear nearly every day, regardless of whether I’m sporting my flip-flops or my heels.

“Life’s better when it’s fun. Boy, that’s deep, isn’t it?” ~Kevin Costner

Chick Magnet

Chick Magnet

Some people really need to just lighten up.  I bet if they did, they would probably find life a lot less stressful.  I’m in no way just a jokester or prankster all the time, but I’m still able to laugh a lot of stuff off.  I know when to be serious and when it’s okay to chill out a little.  Some people, however, don’t, and their “offended” button is set at way too sensitive.

For example, The Huffington Post posted an article yesterday about t-shirts that are made for toddlers that are just “shocking,” according to some parents.  People, if you don’t like them, then don’t put them on your kids.  It’s not that difficult – especially at the toddler age, when kids don’t pick out their own clothes and dress themselves.  (Okay, some 35-year-old men don’t do those things either, but that’s a topic for a whole new blog… don’t get me sidetracked.)

The “shocked mom” in the article was appalled at a shirt for a 4-year-old that read “Barely Legal.”  Okay, I get it.  Probably not appropriate for a toddler.  But wait… The mom then says (and I quote), “I grabbed it without even registering what the label said, it just looked like a good night shirt for the summer.  Carried it around for about 5 minutes before I read the text and threw up in my mouth a little.”  Really, lady?  You were buying a shirt for your daughter that you didn’t even READ until five minutes after you picked it up?!  Yet you’re blaming the shirt designer?  Tsk, tsk, tsk.

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Source: floresfactor.wordpress.com

Anyway, at the end of the article, there was a slideshow of pictures of baby clothes that just aren’t appropriate for babies.  According to whom?  Other than this one, I actually thought most of the others were quite funny:

Source: Etsy

Source: Etsy

This one just grossed me out a little.

But tell me, what’s so inappropriate about this one?

Source: Cafe Press

Source: Cafe Press

I actually found it funny.  Did the critics and writers of this article actually think that the designer was insinuating that the child who wore this would eventually grow up to be a no-good hoodlum who would never keep a job, smoke weed every day, and end up being kicked out of his roach-infested apartment?  I mean, c’mon man… I think it’s pretty safe to say that what they really meant was that the kid was just pushed out of mom’s little “apartment.”  What’s so offensive about that?  You want him to stay in there forever?  Isn’t that fostering a future and acceptance of co-dependence?  Certainly we wouldn’t want that.

And then, perhaps my favorite of all of their shameful examples, there was this:  (Which I LOVE, by the way, and wish I had a toddler to put it on.)

Source: Etsy

Source: Etsy

This has got to be the cutest little chubby-baby shirt I’ve ever seen!  But wait!  Stop everything.  Tattoos make people criminals, right?  I have two, so I must be a crack whore at night when I leave my office job, right?  And that guy who works in the office down the hall has one on his arm, so he must be a drug dealer, right?

People, GET A LIFE!!!  If you don’t like it, don’t dress your kid in it.  Otherwise, shut up, and let me parent my future delinquent kid however I see fit.  If you want something to complain about, I’m sure I can give you a hundred good examples of my bad parenting.  The way I choose to dress my kids (with funny sayings on their shirts) is not one of them.  If someone wants to put his toddler in a clever shirt that takes you ten minutes to fully “get,” then you’ll just have to gasp in complete and utter disgust and get over it.

In the meantime, as you stare at my post in outrage, I think I’m going to design a t-shirt with this saying for my tween and my teen:

Source: weheartit.com

Source: weheartit.com

What do you think?  Cool, right?

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