Sunday, June 27, 2010

This Is Your Chance...

So how IS that hope and change working out for you?
Is the tingle still running up your leg?

I actually don't know anyone personally that had that sensation as Chicago bullied it's way into Washington. I've just heard things....

I do know that we are now at the brink of an opportunity to ensure that freedom and liberty will prevail in this country for future generations.
I don't think I have seen a more politically active time in my lifetime.
This country is ripe for the harvest of authentic American values.
We have it within reach....

But not yet in our grasp.
We are climbing a very steep mountain and we are almost within reach of the summit, but we are not quite there yet and without the resolve and fortitude of EVERYONE who loves this United States, we may stumble, fall and never regain this position.

We have to press on. We have to be very careful, very persistent and very, very active.
We can not rest.

The upcoming midterm elections are critical for the life of this country as we know it. We have to take back what has been given up.
Two years ago people thought it was OK to elect a man with no experience to the highest office in the land. They thought it was OK to send an army of liberals with a Socialist agenda to Congress to redirect the country into debt and disruption.
Many of those people just believed the party line that they heard on the news.
Many of those people couldn't believe that it really mattered who is in the White House, aren't they all the same?
Many of those people were surprised.

So here we are, a year and a half into one of the most disastrous administrations ever to bludgeon it's way into the highest level of the greatest country in the world.

The majority of the people that live and work and raise their families as Americans are feeling the brunt of a lot of change with very little hope.
There are a certain number of people that have decided that they just aren't going to sit still for it.
I am one of those people.
I am not going to sit this one out, while the new aristocracy parties and golfs it's way to the new world order.
I have decided to be as politically active as I can manage to be and still maintain my home and family.
If there are enough people that insist on a return to the principles and ideals that made this country great, then we will get the information to the voters and show them that there is an alternative.
It takes all of us though. It really does. Anyone can make phone calls, set up an information night to share information on real American candidates.
Endorse a candidate on Facebook, or your blog, or put up a yard sign.
Put a bumper sticker on your car, and most importantly have the facts and information that you need to convince people that we are on the road to a place we do NOT want to go (can you say Europe?) and that we have an opportunity at this time in history to turn a corner.

If we are complacent and do nothing, we can't complain when we see our freedoms stripped away a piece at a time and our children forced to live an austere existence.
We can't have it both ways. The time is passing quickly and the election will be upon us.

Please...I love this USA and I want it to remain the greatest nation on Earth. Help.

Sunday, Rest Day

The past week has been absolutely overwhelming with campaign work.
We have a wonderful candidate, and we are going to put signs in as many visible locations across the state as we possibly can.
I have been staying up til midnight most nights working on various aspects of this job.

So today is Sunday and one thing that is great about working for a Christian candidate is that he understands that Sunday is Sacred.
So I am getting ready for Mass, spending time with the family.
Paul and I have rehearsal today, and that will be nice, but we don't have another Sunday rehearsal until the end of July, and that makes for some real Summer Sundays!

We are hoping to get away at some point for a little vacation.

Tim and I worked on installing the invisible fence in the backyard yesterday. The wire is buried and now I just have to place the flags. Tomorrow I will start training her and in a few weeks she will have a safe place to run and play without a leash. That will be so nice.
I am confidant that the fence will work well for her because she is very quiet and compliant. If she understands what we want, she will always try to please.

The boys are enjoying sleeping in and not having schoolwork (except Piano).

Have a BEAUTIFUL Sunday!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pool Playdate!

I picked Lilly up and we went to a preschool pool playdate. She was such a little swimmer!


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Monday, June 21, 2010

Maggie, The Good Dog...

So Maggie is almost five months old! On the fourth of July, depending on who you ask.
She is really just a happy, blond little girl...
She loves everybody and she thinks the whole world is just the neatest place...

She sits and looks at you with those brown eyes...No, you can't have another cookie.

She asks you to play...and who can resist?


She is learning to roll over, and stay...

And, miracle of miracles, Bosco actually likes her! He even puts up with her licking his ears.
weird...



Thursday, June 17, 2010

He did it!!




Paul finally took the swim test so he can go off the board. So nice.
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A Bouncy Day

Bouncin' in the a/c this afternoon.
Brendan had Henry over last night so we came here for some fun. We will try to get the pool later.





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Friday, June 11, 2010

Oh Friday...



We've come to the end of another week. And what a week it's been.
Tim was in Kentucky all this week. He had to have a birthday in Kentucky!
Yes, Tuesday was his birthday and we are going to celebrate tonight. The boys and I went shopping yesterday, and we picked up a few things, I have another plan though, it's just going to take a while to get it here. I am making his birthday dinner tonight though.

Tuesday we had a very busy day. I got my hair cut off, which always feels so good! I am just too cheap to keep going and getting it cut! So I am enjoying it immensely for the time being.
Brendan had his last Gymnastics session. I fought with my camera throughout the whole thing, but I did get a few pictures. Brendan enjoyed the gym. He is very strong and well coordinated and it seems like a good sport for him. I am hoping he will continue the next session.

Wednesday was a long day of work for me. Trying to get caught up on things that I needed to do for the pool club and the Rutledge Campaign. I still have a lot to do on that.
Lilly came over in the afternoon and we went shopping for Tim. That was probably not the best use of our time...
We came home, I fixed dinner and Lilly ate broccoli until I thought she would turn green!
She played with Maggie for awhile until Maggie was exhausted and crashed. Then Lilly went down to hang out with the boys in the basement.

Yesterday the big news was that, with the help of one of the wonderful Gurus at Homeschool Tracker, I got my files sorted out and got the tracker back to where it needed to be and I hadn't lost any data! Praise the Lord!
Now I just have to fill in my review sheet and get the paperwork ready and I am good to go for getting the year wrapped up.
I don't think I am going to be able to get to a conference this year, which is a bummer, and I need to make a decision on Science for John.

I am just loving summer!
It is so nice to get up in the morning and take Maggie out into the yard and feel the fresh air.
It's warm and just my favorite time of day. I can sit outside and listen to the birds...
The boys are loving sleeping in and so the house is quiet for an hour or so.

So the week comes to a close. I have a day of cooking and cleaning ahead, but that's actually kind of nice. I enjoy just being here and working around the house.

We got another load of veggies this week and I want to try a couple of different recipes. The cabbage was beautiful, and I am not a real fan of cooked cabbage but I did find a recipe that I might actually like. I am positive the boys will balk, but they can at least try it.


Tomorrow is John's birthday. 12!
He is just such a nice kid.
He already got his new bike, and he also got a hood and light for his fish tank. It looks really nice!
This completes the "Birthday Run" for our immediate family. Whew!

Well, lots to do before Tim gets home!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Real Dog

There are chews and pulls and rope bones, frisbees and tennis balls. But there is nothing as good as a stick that you find for yourself, on a walk up the road, and carry all the way home...


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The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

A meditation....



July 12, 2008"This is My Body" was inspired through a conversation that Fr. Pavone had with Dana about the comparison between the words "This is My Body" as used by Jesus to give us eternal life, and as used by abortion supporters to defend the taking of life. Fr. Pavone gave Dana the brochure that he had written about this comparison, and suggested that a song should be written to convey this powerful message. Within a few hours, Dana called him back and said that she had the song basically written! After subsequent meetings and sitting together at the piano, Fr. Frank and Dana were satisfied that the finished product would inspire pro-life people worldwide.

In the song, Dana plays the role of a woman who has had an abortion. Gretchen sings as a woman who believes in the "right to choose." And Mark plays the role of Jesus, who teaches us to sacrifice ourselves for others. They each do this using the same words, "This is My Body."


H/T to Barbara

Friday, June 4, 2010

Doggone Delectable...



So I thought I would find something for Maggie at Target. A treat that would last. Something to keep her occupied while she has to be in her kennel if we are gone.
I thought I had found the perfect thing...

This is the chew that will give her hours of pleasure...and it's healthy! So what if it cost a fortune, it would be around for a long time, right? I got the "Souper" size!
What a find!
So, since I had to go downtown for an hour or so, I put her in her kennel WITH her chew, and left the house.
Well, the event that I was supposed to be attending, First Fridays, was rained out and I left after I had put in about 1/2 an hour.

I got home, and went in to get Maggie and take her out. I opened the kennel and she stood up. I looked in, thinking that I would take out the chew until she had to go in again.
I gave a quick look through the bedding. Not there.
Next I looked under the bed. Not there.
I pulled everything out...NOT there.
I looked at Maggie, the only place left that it could be. She had eaten the WHOLE thing in 1/2 hour!! She wandered over, drank some water and then wanted to play. Like, this is something she would do every night if she got the chance.
I kept waiting for her to erupt at either end. Nope, she was totally herself.
So we are sticking with the old Nylabone.
I am quite impressed with her tenacity and perseverance, but I can't afford to indulge it.
Next time I'll just buy her a cow.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Beautiful Post by Jenna...

At Beyond These Walls...
I just had to post this because I am praying that more and more young women will discover what a tremendous and defining blessing they possess in their natural femininity.
Click the title to read the whole thing...

The Dusty Little Box

When I began using the Pill, my fertility was little more than a nuisance in my life. Like a gnat at a barbeque it always seemed to pop up and ruin the moment, and just wouldn’t be shooed away. The constant worry (particularly as that time of the month approached), month after month after month, was driving us both insane. Well, I just wasn’t going to stand for that kind of oppression at the hands of my own biology – I found a way to stick it to those pesky ovaries. I’d shut them up. The Pill freed me from the chains of fertility, and for me, that made the Pill just about the greatest thing since sliced bread. It allowed me to drop my fertility into a tiny box, seal it up and pack it away. I knew I’d use it again someday, but for now I didn’t care where it ended up. I just pitched it under the bed, left it to collect dust bunnies and went about my business.

Break a leg Paul!!

So Paul is auditioning right now for "Wizard of Oz"!

We'll see what happens!


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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nancy, Nancy...You Are Truly Playing With Fire.

I first caught this on Creative Minority Report.
Then I went looking for the print version...

Whew! She must have been Catechized on the West Coast in the sixties....
And yet she says, "
He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.”
Ummm....Nance, you are measuring 9.8 on the Richter Scale of ignorance or just plain heresy.

As one of the comments on CMR said "When does she think the Word became Flesh?"


Pelosi Says She Has a Duty to Pursue Policies in Keeping With The Values of Jesus, 'The Word Made Flesh'

Tuesday, June 01, 2010
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
(CNSNews.com) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she believes she must pursue public policies "in keeping with the values" of Jesus Christ, "The Word made Flesh."

Pelosi, who is a Catholic and who favors legalized abortion, voted against the ban on partial-birth abortion that was enacted into law in 2003.

At a May 6 Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill, the speaker said: “They ask me all the time, ‘What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?’ And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?’ And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word.”

“And that Word," Pelosi said, "is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.

“Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. “And that Word," Pelosi said, "is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.

“Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.”

John 1:14 states, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw His glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth."

The passage from the Gospel of John, Christians believe, refers to God (the Word) becoming a man, Jesus Christ, at the moment of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she was going to have a child. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “the Incarnation is the mystery and the dogma of the Word made Flesh.”

Section 423 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “We believe and confess that Jesus of Nazareth, born a Jew of a daughter of Israel at Bethlehem at the time of King Herod the Great and the emperor Caesar Augustus, a carpenter by trade, who died crucified in Jerusalem under the procurator Pontius Pilate during the reign of the emperor Tiberius, is the eternal Son of God made man. He 'came from God', 'descended from heaven', and 'came in the flesh'. For 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father … And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace.”

After Pope Benedict XVI met privately with Speaker Pelosi in February 2009, the Vatican issued a statement saying: "His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church's consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in co-operation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development."

Pelosi’s office did not respond to CNSNews.com’s follow-up questions regarding the speaker’s statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh.

John 1:14 states, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw His glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth."

The passage from the Gospel of John, Christians believe, refers to God (the Word) becoming a man, Jesus Christ, at the moment of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she was going to have a child. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “the Incarnation is the mystery and the dogma of the Word made Flesh.”

Section 423 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “We believe and confess that Jesus of Nazareth, born a Jew of a daughter of Israel at Bethlehem at the time of King Herod the Great and the emperor Caesar Augustus, a carpenter by trade, who died crucified in Jerusalem under the procurator Pontius Pilate during the reign of the emperor Tiberius, is the eternal Son of God made man. He 'came from God', 'descended from heaven', and 'came in the flesh'. For 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father … And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace.”

After Pope Benedict XVI met privately with Speaker Pelosi in February 2009, the Vatican issued a statement saying: "His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church's consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in co-operation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development."

Pelosi’s office did not respond to CNSNews.com’s follow-up questions regarding the speaker’s statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh.