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Mar 14

Today is March 14th… 3.14… PI Day! LOL πŸ˜€ And as befits a nerd like me, I have purchased a new domain (URL) to celebrate! Heehee. Seriously, though. Fifteen years ago I started my first website, HomeEducationResources.com, as a Thesis Project for my master’s degree in Information Systems Management. I had a vision. It became reality, and it was wildly popular, maxing out at 100,000 visitors in ONE day! But then in 2012 my web host and shopping cart software owner went out of business, and I started over from scratch, rebuilding upon a WordPress platform, turning that one website into six and creating a couple dozen OTHER websites along the way. Fast forward to now, and I find myself at a huge disadvantage having so MANY websites, and desperately needing to consolidate them down into just ONE (possibly 2 or 3), just to be able to afford the security protection that is now REQUIRED on the modern web. I have researched until I lose sight of life itself, and today I have stopped struggling and given in to my fate. I will henceforth be rebuilding all my sites as mere SECTIONS on the presently BLANK fledgling website: FranLaff.com. Yes, it will even replace FranLafferty.com… and PrintableSpanish.com… and even the original, HomeEducationResources.com! This way, I can rebuild just ONE site, and my peeps will all be able to SECURELY log into the site to purchase printables — or even just to become “Users” on the site, to play little interactive games and earn badges… but that is all in the future. I challenge myself to make this my sole ONLINE project for MY stuff… I still have offline work to do for my HSL colors project, plus on- & off-line stuff for my adopted father’s RV park. πŸ˜‰
 
By the way: Yes, I did ask my husband if it was offensive to cut the “-erty” off the name he gave to me (Lafferty). I have his approval and his blessing. We both agree that the -erty is actually part of its coolness, however, as the letters go right in order across the QWERTY keyboard layout. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

 
Ecclesiastes 2:21-26 ERV

People can work hard using all their wisdom and knowledge and skill. But they will die and other people will get the things they worked for. They did not do the work, but they will get everything. That makes me very sad. It is also not fair and is senseless.Β 
What do people really have after all their work and struggling in this life?Β 
Throughout their life, they have pain, frustrations, and hard work. Even at night, a person’s mind does not rest. This is also senseless.Β 
There is no one who has tried to enjoy life more than I have. And this is what I learned: The best thing people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy the work they must do. I also saw that this comes from God.Β 
If people do good and please God, he will give them wisdom, knowledge, and joy. But those who sin will get only the work of gathering and carrying things. God takes from the bad person and gives to the good person. But all this work is useless. It is like trying to catch the wind.Β 

 
That was written by Solomon, of course — the man who is held by many to be “the wisest man who ever lived”. And he says many times in Ecclesiastes the same basic thing as what I highlighted above: the best us mortal humans can do in this lifetime is to eat, drink, and enjoy the work given us to do. THANK YOU, Lord, for helping me find a way to enjoy my work more, and to be more proud of my work by rooting out the outdated materials and building on a more firm foundation — something that hopefully I can someday be HAPPY to pass on to someone else. πŸ˜€

 

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