Jan 30, 2012

Unanswered Prayers?

What do you pray for? World peace? An end to disease? Better government leaders? If you are like most people in the world you probably feel like you pray and pray and God never seems to hear. Here's a new perspective and maybe something to get you thinking...

What if God DOES answer our prayers? No, I don't think God is going to snap His fingers and make things change. Not His style. What if God answered our prayers in the form of IDEAS? What if God endowed people with the knowledge, reason, and morality to solve some of our world's biggest issues?

Makes sense I think. However, if God grants our prayers in the form of ideas bestowed upon people, then you may wonder why our world isn't better. What if those people never got the chance to BE? What if God helped a man and woman conceive a child who would possess the knowledge to cure Cancer? And what if that baby was aborted? What if God helped a man and woman conceive a child who would be the most amazing president our country has ever known? And what if that baby was aborted? I think you see my point. The evils of our world can counteract even the most gracious of God's attempts to help us. God wants to see us happy. He loves us and I think He answers our prayers daily - we just have to be willing to recognize and accept His gifts....

Jan 26, 2012

"One nation under...." what's the rest again?

I'm riled up.... and I may or may not be moving my family to Australlia.

I read this on facebook today and it all started. The emotions consumed me and all I knew to do was vent about it in a place where I can speak my mind and not be interrupted by disagreeing parties.

As you can tell from my initial statement, I am fed up with this country. Yes, my husband defended our country and was willing to give up his life for it. I am not against soldiers or any of the other selfless men and women who serve our country - I am against the fundamental beliefs that are now being compromised by unintelligent political leaders.

Is it just me or did congress not agree to add the words "UNDER GOD" to our pledge of allegiance? And was "IN GOD WE TRUST" not adopted as the official motto of the US? Oh, they've changed their minds? Well count me OUT.

God is out and it seems as though everyone and everything else is in. As I've said before, maybe if we DIDN'T separate God so much our world wouldn't be in such a mess...

While the omition of God from certain national expressions infuriates me, its not the primary reason I began this post. Its the double standard. Its the fact that our governing body wishes to accomodate every.single.belief/culture/religion/language while at the very same moment impeeding on the beliefs of at least 25% of the United States population. (With that statistic I am referring to the percentage of Catholics in the US - I'm sure there are certain protestants who share our beliefs on these issues which would in turn make the percentage potentially higher). I don't like being forced to fund things I feel are morally wrong. Its, in essence, like imposing a tax on all Americans which would pay for weapons murderers were going to use to go into the street and kill innocent people with. Would you willing pay that tax? Would you want your goverment officials to force you to pay for something people were going to use to kill others? That's what our goverment is asking us Catholics to do and I'm not happy. I REFUSE to pay for a woman to obtain abortion drugs. I REFUSE to pay for contraception for a teenager who wishes to engage in sex out of marriage. I REFUSE to do these things, however my president is telling me I don't have a choice. Its interesting that Muslims, Jews, Protestants, and any other religion have the freedom to worship as they choose, yet I do not. My beliefs on reproduction are how I worship God. I choose to welcome His most beautiful gift - children. I choose to go to any extreme to protect and defend life. My choice does not include giving monetary support to an organization that is going to give it to someone who blatantly goes against my moral beliefs. I wouldn't hand a member of al qaeda money to buy weapons and I won't hand a US citizen money to abort a baby.

Hence the move to Australlia. If you aren't aware, their Prime Minister doesn't play. If you don't like the way it is, she suggests you go find somewhere else to live. I couldn't agree more. She says "If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture." You can read more here. Love her.

I realize that my beliefs might conflict with yours. However, my beliefs are firm. They cannot be persuaded. They cannot be changed. I respect your right to comment as you feel necessary, but you are not going to alter my feelings on the issue. I respect God and His Son and will try to live how They have taught me to live - and that life doesn't include funding murder.

Jan 23, 2012


Dear readers, once again I am making my vow to get back on the blogging train. I'm not even sure why I have been such a slacker lately.... that's a lie. I know exactly why. Poor Adam is so busy with school that the majority of the child rearing rests on my shoulders - and let's just say that after a 13+ hour day alone with a two year old the last thing you want to do is attempt to be comical. Or type. Typing involves moving and sometimes that is even too much of a task to undertake. You feel me?

So with excuses plainly stated I can now move on to the post at hand. Goldfish - aka MC's slight obsession.Let me introduce this fine bit of blog reading by saying that my sweet daughter is smart. I would even go so far as to say brilliant. (No, I'm not going to list all of the amazing things she can do.... even though I want to.... no......I won't be "that mom".... well, not today anyway.) So as I was saying, MC is smart. She's gotten this food thing all figured out. As I might have mentioned before, we have one picky eater on our hands! She refuses to eat just about everything you can imagine except fruit, yougurt, lima beans and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And snack food (I'll get to that in a moment). She would literally go all day without eating sometimes if I never gave her any of her preferred favorites. As you can guess, this irritates and worries me to no end. I know the child isn't going to starve herself and I've heard repeatedly to just offer her healthy foods and eventually she'll get hungry enough to eat. So that's what I'm doing.....now. I have to admit that in the past when she hasn't eaten all day and she wakes up from her nap hungry, I would cave. I gave the kid goldfish crackers. I tried desperately not to, knowing in the back of my mind that I should simply reheat one of the 247 meals I have in the fridge that she's refused to eat, but it was still hard.

I hope you see where I'm going with this. MC figured out that if she didn't eat her meals and cried pitifully enough, mommy would shrivel into a ball of mush and give her goldfish to eat. Smart cookie. MC's new code for life was something along the lines of "Accept not the food of thy mother, instead bat thine eyes or cry out with all your might and the golden fish will be awarded unto thee"....

As you can see, this wasn't working. I am now trying a new approach - goldfish nazi. Oh yes. She cries and begs for them but I am staying strong. Or so I thought.

We are currently visiting my parents and when we are here, MC sleeps in the room with me. I'm not sure if she's had this planned or if it was pure coincidence, but last night I'm pretty sure she reached a new low in the goldfish attempts. There I was, lying in bed in the middle of a dead sleep when I hear "No!! No mommy no!!!!" I sprang up in the bed and immediately leaned over to check on MC. Fast asleep. The crying out continued, "no mommy! Please! GOLDFISH!!!" That's right. The child was either having a nightmare about her mean mommy not giving her goldfish, or she is Stewie brilliant and knowingly devised this evil plan - as I type I'm still torn. She continued, "Mommy! NO! Maggie goldfish, PLEASE!!!". Low kid, seriously low. She finally stopped and went back to her happy place, but I have to admit that she got me good. {Sigh} Score is now MC- 3,791, Mommy - 2. You play dirty Mags, that's all I'm going to say....


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