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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

a lesson from hoodmama

This is the most recent post from my amazing sister-n-law, Melissa. Please read and then go encourage her with a comment. She is hilarious, has a tender heart for the Lord, but ministry can be hard and tiring! They are making a huge difference in the lives of many living in the inner city of Big D.

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008

An ounce of prevention.

Darius had himself a little date this afternoon with a sweet little girl from the neighborhood. They both have been on Mercy Street's Work Crew this summer and she invited him to the movies.

She invited him.

Ok, now, one thing that I've noticed and was confirmed by Mindy the other day is that most of the young ladies in this neighborhood are pretty aggressive when it comes to boys. There's the calling, the texting, and the texting and more texting. Then, they like to come over and see what other numbers are on the boys' phones. Like cats marking their territory.

We had several young pregnancies in the neighborhood already this year and there's a little girl around the corner with a child Sadie's age. He's 4. She's 16. She got pregnant at 11.

So, what's a hoodmama to do?

I knew I'd be giving these kiddos a ride to the movies this afternoon so, this morning I took my kids to the pool and got them really tired and hungry. Then, I fed them just enough lunch to tide them over, but to produce some general crankiness right around 4:30. Coincidence. I also picked up a friend of Graham's who we hadn't seen all summer for some added noise, and screaming and fighting with Kung Fu Panda toys from McDonald's.

Then, I loaded everyone up in my very dirty car, filled with crunched up cheese nips, and old Gatorade bottles, and picked up that precious little girl for her date. We had a twenty minute ride of chaos to the movies.

"Have a great time, ya'll!" Smiling and waving.

The look of horror on her face was priceless.

I know the sight and sound of my family can, for some, be birth control. I just may be learning to use it to my advantage.


Jess said...

Your sister IS making a HUGE difference in Dallas!

I've been incredibly blessed by her blog!

Hauswife said...

PRICELESS! What a gem Melissa is!

Lori said...

Love it~ I left her a comment!



hilarious ... i love it ... i consider my house to be good birth control also ... Scott is always joking that he was going to have his high school classes come babysit for us ... hee hee

Ellen said...

I love Melissa's blog and read it faithfully. She consistently makes me laugh!

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