Monday, September 29, 2008

Fire Proof

A friend at church told me about this movie. I am sure it will not come to Germany so I'll have to wait for the DVD. But many of you can see it. I love Juergen. We will be married 18 years next week. I do think our strength comes from the love of God. I don't expect everything from him. He can not be my all in all. I have to receive my strength from God. Juergen gives me so much. He is a true servant. But that also comes from God. I still want to see this film. I know so many simply need to see it. For these folks I cry a tear. I can not imagine how hard it must be in a difficult marriage. I've seen miracles. I've seen marriages turn around. Not every marriage can be saved but many can be saved!

Your love is not a fight, but it is something worth fighting for

Sunday, September 28, 2008

We saw WALL E

This is a poor copie of the picture Nicole drew.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I love it!!!

We are finally getting a new window put in our roof. I will finally be able to breath well when I sleep. This photo is the beginning of the job. I'll post a photo when the project is finished! Already it is amazing to me the light this one hole in the roof brings to my dark room! I love it!!!

The window is in. It looks great!!! I can not wash it for two days but what do you think? Now I want to paint my room. White just will not do! I have to keep the white ceiling, but the walls need some color.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Life is not fair

One of the best things I ever learned from my mom was life is not fair but life is good. I must have said,” that’s not fair" allot when I was a child because I really recall her saying "whoever said life was fair"? Tonight Thomas was worried that Philip got more TV time then him. He started a fencing class today and did not know I did not allow Philip to watch TV when he was gone. He seems obsessed with fairness lately. It is hard to be "fair" when you have 5 kids with 5 very different lives. For example, Thomas just got a very expensive drum set for his birthday. He plays the drums and he needed them to practice. I will not spend so much money on Philip this year. That's not fair. It is a hard lesson to learn but I'm doing my best to teach it. You see, life really is not fair! So many things are totally out of our hands. At some point we need to trust that even if it is not fair, God is still good. Most of the time it is better then we deserve!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Oh my... was like a horor movie! I was cleaning up the dinning room. On the sideboard there was a box that holds nuts. I opened it up and shut it at once! I felt like screaming but instead I laughed. The box must have had 100 plus moths! Oh man!!!! I did not bother trying to clean the box, it went straight outside into the trash can. I'm still shaking and laughing!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My new audio book

Living Water: Powerful Teachings from the Best-selling Author of The Heavenly Man
Brother Yun.

I just began listening to this book. I bought it on
It's 8 hours long and I'll tell you if I think it was worth it. In my last post I wrote that good teaching helps build a person up and helps you from losing heart. There are many great sources of good teaching on line. I buy audible books because I don't always have time to sit and read. I often have time to listen to a book while I drive, and cook, and clean. Invest in your spiritual health. Feed your soul!!!

Do not lose heart

Discouragement is something that causes people to lose heart. Why is it dangerous to lose heart? You lose your joy, passion, and fire. It is pulled out of you when you lose heart. King David knew that when people lose heart they play into the enemies hand and are then easy to defeat. Do not lose heart by fixing your eyes on the discouraging circumstances life hands you. Surround yourself with people that encourage your passion for God. Build up your spirit by good teaching, read, listen to good sermons, pray, and worship. Discouragement is common. It's like mud. But you have a choice to roll in it or walk past it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

A beautiful fall day

It's a beautiful fall day. I planted a few hundred flower bulbs in my back yard. Germany is right next to Holland and we get bulbs for pennies at the food stores. Spring flowers are my very favorite. Every year I plant a few hundred new bulbs and I'm beginning to run out of room. Yesterday I bought the kids new sports shoes. I kept the shoe boxes for the shoe box Christmas project. Those shoe boxes do not need to be handed in until November. It's a pretty good time to begin thinking about putting a box together. It is the only Christmas some children will get. Please try to put a shoe box together this year!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

a tip for your health

I took antibiotics for 10 days about a month ago. I had to do it because of a very serious infection. I can not tell you how tired, totally wiped out I have felt since then. A few days ago I started to take Probiotics and chlorella. With in two days I am starting to get my energy back. I’m not 100% but maybe 70% better. I want to encourage you to take care of the health of your largest immune system organ, your intestines. Maybe you are not just old and worn out, maybe you are just not getting your good bacteria?

Makes me smile

Joe Lieberman just wrote a resolution declaring the recently completed troop surge in Iraq a "strategic success." Lieberman is a Democrat-turned-independent. The Democrats need him to keep their majority in the Senate. I'm sure this new resolution has not made them very happy! It is generally known that John McCain wanted Joe Lieberman to be his VP but that at least 6 states would have walked out of the Republican convention in protest. He would have lost the backing of his party. I like Sarah Palin. She does bring a fresh face to the party. I do not agree with Joe Liebermans pro choice stance, but I do think he would have been the very best choice McCain could have had. We need a bipartisan government to fix the big mess in America. Practically I think McCain could not have won (well still may not win) without Palin. If McCain can win (and the economy is so bad it's bad news for him) then I'm sure Lieberman will find a place in McCains cabinet. I can not see how Lieberman can have any future as a Democrat. He has burned that bridge..or should I say he has bet everything on McCain to win!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

She is 17

For Jessica's 17Th birthday Nicole and I took her shopping. She would not hold still for a photo. We had lunch together, and then shopped for books. I think she had a good time. I know I did! Yesterday I gave Jessica a piece of cheese to eat. She handed me another piece and wanted me to feed it to her. Instead I put it into my own mouth. Jessica looked deeply into my eyes (deeper then I think she ever has) and laughed. I guess you would just have to be there to know how wonderful it was to have her look at me so clearly.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Very interesting

This is about the question of Israel launching a pre-emptive strike against Iran before the US election. Some think they will do it because they know that Bush will not try to stop them. What do you think? You know, they have done it before. Both Obama and McCain have also taken a very pro Israel position. Will they actually bomb Iran soon? I have been watching Russia and Pakistan but have over looked Israel lately! North Korea is also an issue too. What an unstable world!

Giving life

I like to watch God TV when I clean the living room. This morning I saw Rory Alec explain a program God TV runs in Africa. They give 10% of the money that comes into the ministry to projects that help the poor. One of the projects is water wells. They now have 9 drilling machines in Africa that are operating. They dig very deep wells that pump 50,000 liters of fresh water per hour. These pumps are solar operated. They enable local people to stay in their towns and villages during the dry season. 90 % of all sickness in Africa comes from poor drinking water. Children are unable to stay in school because the families must travel to sources of water. Communities have trouble being established because of a lack of clean water. Live stock and food crops can not grow well because of a lack of water. It is a very good ministry. It does not cost much to help bring good water to a community in Africa. Perhaps you can also give to this project? To help pay an African's water bill just click HERE.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Energy Mom's

In the last election one of the groups that helped Bush win were the "security mom's". These were women that thought security was issue number one. This year the issue number one is not just the economy but more specifically energy. One of the key appeals of Palin is her understanding of energy. Sarah Palin appeals to a large number of moms who just want someone who can help them afford the gas they need to drive their kids to the soccer practice. One of Obama’s big problems is he is too complex. Hungry people worried about the cost of rice and cooking oil have brought down at least 5 governments this year. People don’t stress about the big stuff they don’t understand. You ask anyone in America what their big problem has been…the cost of gas will be at the top of most of their lists! I remember a saying my speech professor use to say when I was at the University, “Keep it simple stupid”. One thing that Biden and Obama can not do well is keep it simple!

I saw this in Time

Breaking the Fast
A lone man eats in a soup kitchen set up for Ramadan outside a public housing project in Paris.

I wonder how many Christians would be willing to fast and pray. I tried fasting for a whole month, I couldn't do it. I listened to a sermon by Derek Prince the other day about service. He said we need to be willing to fast and pray (an investment) to see God move in our church and family and nation. I don't think we need to fast a whole month, but maybe one or two meals per week would be a good place to start.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Yesterday Juergen and I met with the counselor of Thomas. He started to see a Christian family counselor last spring to help him deal with anger. Anyway, I'm writing about this for two reasons. First I want to encourage people to seek wise council when they need it. It is not unspiritual to get a better perspective when you need it! We found our counselor by asking our pastor for a recommendation. The second reason I write this is to tell you that she said Thomas does not need counseling anymore. He is better! We were very worried about him last spring. We don't worry anymore! He is SO MUCH BETTER!!! I want to thank God for giving Thomas peace. He was always a great kid, but now many people start to notice! Thomas was at a little hole in the wall restaurant Juergen takes the kids to buy Turkish Food. Even the owner of this place said to Juergen, "Thomas has changed. He is such a good boy now". I want to encourage people to get help if you need it, and also tell you that progress can be made in a very short time!

Friday, September 12, 2008

just a funny saying

I can only please one person per day. Today isn't your day...and tomorrow don't look good either.

On experience...

I just read this and thought it was interesting. I really honestly question Palins readiness to be the President. The thing is, I also question Obamas rediness! The good news is, Palin is not running for President!

Obama is running a huge campaign -- Palin was just a small town mayor!

Believe it or not, this one was actually trotted out by Obama himself.

"My understanding is, is that Gov. Palin's town of Wasilla has, I think, 50 employees. We've got 2,500 in this campaign. I think the budget is maybe $12 million a year. We have a budget of about three times that just for the month."

Apparently, Barack missed that she's become the governor of Alaska in the interim. Why would he compare his current duties with her former duties?

Well, since he announced his candidacy, Barack Obama has raised about $22 million a month. That's a large organization for sure, unless you are directly comparing it to Sarah Palin, who is handling state revenues that are about 61 times as large, or more than $1.3 billion per month.

You can read the whole article HERE.

I actually hate the stupid ads both campaigns are putting out there! I wish they would start saying what they would like to do. I always try to teach my kids that they don't need to make the other person look bad just to make yourself look good. What I like about this quote is the small bit of information that Sarah Palin did manage a very large amount of money and people. It really does dwarf Obamas "experience".
I am catching up on my political news. I wanted to watch Sarah Palin's interview with ABC. It was all about National Security. Clearly she is no expert. She came across too defensive. I think she should say "I do not know" instead of trying to look certain about things she is no expert at. We want leaders that are ready on day one. I think if Palin takes a role as VP she will be OK. If McCain drops dead on day one then Palin will have a pretty steep learning curve. If Obama wins, I feel he also has much to learn! We had better have a great Secretary of State, either way. Dealing with world leaders is actually the job of the Secretary of State not the VP. In the last video he asked Palin a few questions about the things she does know something about, energy. I'm not sure, but I think people underestimate the politics of energy. Russia threatens many countries over energy (like we will cut off your gas if...). It really bothers me that Russia is in Venezuela getting ready to conduct military exercises. That is not a veiled treat. What in the world? I do not get it? Why would they do this? And I read this this morning, "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday he is recalling his own ambassador from Washington and expelling the U.S. ambassador from Venezuela." So now the US can not complain about Russia's activities in Venezuela because they are cutting off diplomatic ties. I thought Russia was making so much progress. They were building up some trust and respect in the world. Now they are the old scary bully! Can someone please explain to me why Putin still has power in Russia? He really scares me! I live in Germany. It's not far from Russia. Germany basically has no Army. They have asked most of the US Army to leave. If Russia wants to, what keeps them from just taking over? If they basically do not care about their standing in the world, what prevents them from being aggressive? I don't see it happening (yet). Still, I could not imagine Russia doing the stuff they are doing lately. How far do they plan on taking this?
BTW, I do not think Palin knew what the Bush Doctrine was. I think this was a chance to say I don't know. Then she could say, tell me what it is and I'll tell you what I think. I'm sure most of America does not know "The Bush Doctrine" by that name. I do think many more people are aware of the concept of preventive action. Sarah Palin is not an expert on National Security. Either is Obama. That is why Obama picked Joe Biden to be his running mate. Sarah's running mate also knows a bit about National Security.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Two Russian bombers have landed at a Venezuelan airfield where they will carry out training flights for several days

That is pretty close to the USA. What are they doing...trying to start a new cold war? They are threatening Europe's oil and gas supplies, now threatening America. It's a clear message, stay out of our business. If we want to take over small former Soviet Countries then stay out of our way. At least that is my read on it. What do you think?

Up date: I have been thinking about the cold war. I grew up in those days when we had to do these drills in school. The fire alarm would go off, and we would dive under out desks (like that would really protect us from a bomb). I remember the arms race. I remember the cold war. I think it was no accident that Russia sent nuclear capable bomber aircraft to the western hemisphere on 9-11. How cruel and insensitive to threaten us on 9-11. I had to cry remembering the fear of growing up with the Soviet threat. What is Russia doing? Why are they doing this?

I love the political cartoons

I have to agree with what Obama said yesterday, this is getting silly! Maybe he did/or did not mean to call Palin a pig but "what has that got to do with the cost of rice in China"? Mccain would have been better off not making a political ad about it. He and Obama should get down to business and start talking some issues! In the mean time, I'm voting for the pig and the old fish! I feel sort of sorry for Joe Biden, no one talks about him and he even said Hillary would have made a better VP pick. We all know that Obama would have been better off with Hillary, did he say it so we would feel sorry for him? That VP debate is going to be one to watch! I'm sure they have people preparing Sarah Palin 24 hours a day. How in the world could Biden prepare for that debate? They were so sure it would be a walk in the park!

September 11Th

Today is September 11Th. I remember that dark day the world seemed to stop. For me, It was followed by months of anxiety and fear. I was unable to sleep, I felt compelled to watch the news. I was waiting for some kind of peace and a new feeling of "normal”. I finally had to turn my TV off. It stayed off for two years. I'm sure the world has moved way past that day, and we are basically unaware of or even apathetic towards all those who have labored to give us this new feeling of security. Explosions have gone off in London and Madrid. Terrorists have been arrested in Germany and many other places. It is amazing to me how normal and safe I actually feel. I guess that is a good thing. You can not really live your life in fear. I do think we are a long way from being truly "safe". So much more needs to be done to build bridges of understanding and respect between cultures that are now enemy’s. There are a handful of moments the whole world shares. Generally we are all off experiencing life in a billion different ways. But on this one day we all experienced the sad feeling and vulnerability of that one terrible day.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

People vote their guts not issues

"Whoever slipped that Valium into Barack Obama’s coffee needs to be found and arrested by the Democrats because Obama has gone from cool to cold.

Somebody needs to tell Obama that if he wants the chance to calmly answer the phone at 3 a.m. in the White House, he is going to need to start slamming down some phones at 3 p.m. along the campaign trail. I like much of what he has to say, especially about energy, but I don’t think people are feeling it in their guts, and I am a big believer that voters don’t listen through their ears. They listen through their stomachs".

This is from Thomas Frieman of the New York Times.

lipstick on a pig

In the South, they are familiar with the phrase "lipstick on a pig." As in, you can put some on one, but it's still a pig. Barack Obama of Illinois used the phrase during a campaign stop in Lebanon, Virginia.
"The other side, suddenly, they're saying 'we're for change too,' " Obama told the crowd. "You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig. You can wrap up an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It's still going to stink after eight years. We've had enough."

He said "lipstick" and he now says he did not mean he was not talking about Palin, and "old fish" and he isn't talking about McCain. I think he better get his act together! You don't attack or speak down to women!
This election was not really John McCains to win, it was Obamas to lose. If he loses this election it will not be on issues. He is going to lose because he, and so many Democrats say they want to help the poor and middle class but they talk down to the poor and middle class. Even if he did not call Palin a pig, it seems like he did. You can not win the vote of people in these important swing states by talking down to them. John McCain was wise to pick Palin. Obama was unwise not to pick Clinton. I have no crystal ball and allot can change in the next 50 days. But if Obama is losing this race, in my opinion its because of his in ability to connect with rural America and for his insult of Palin, and not choosing Hillary. If I was Hillary, I would not hurt my chances of winning in 2012 by speaking for him. I would take a trip to Africa to help the poor and let Obama sink or swim on his own! After all, she did try to tell the super delegates Obama could not win the rural votes...and she could!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

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Pride comes before a fall

Straining to Reach Money Goal, Obama Presses Donors.

To value children and the ones that care for children

I was talking to a friend of mine this morning about a legal case here in Germany. A woman gave birth to a child (actually I think it was more then one child) then killed the baby(s) and put it (them) in the freezer. This isn't the first time this has happened here. It isn't an everyday thing, but you hear about allot of violence and neglect of children here. Most Germans have only one child. They also tend to look down on women that are "just mothers". Title and position are pretty important here. I do think this is starting to change, but it's still this way. Germany has a women Chancellor. Women hold many high positions of power. German women are not educated to think the can not achieve, they just don't value house wives.
When I first had Jessica and Nicole, we lived in Southern California. I was the only women in my neighborhood that did not work. I felt pretty "looked down on" too. Then Martha Stewart came along and elevated the "art" of homemaking. Then I saw women who actually felt jealous of me because I actually had the option of staying home. Most families can not make it on one income. We are not rich, but Juergen does make enough for us to live on. Germany never had a Martha Stewart. House wives are still being belittled here. I think about Sarah Palin. What effect will this mom of 5 have on America and the world if she does become a VP. I read an article yesterday that said she will be a real blessing to families that have disabled kids. Even if she does nothing politically for the disabled, the image of her holding her disabled son and loving him does so much. Society can see that disabled children are to be loved and valued. I feel the whole status of the "moms" of this world will also be raised if she is VP. Even if you don't agree with her on issues, just seeing a "mom" in such a high office promotes the status of women. I have to think how the status of moms might even lessen some of the violence of children? Maybe we need to raise the value of all people who educate and love children. Our Society sends out such mixed messages. Animals are to be protected and babies are to be aborted. We should save the whales, the neglected dogs, and the chimps. I actually love animals and I’m OK with protecting them. But I give my money and my life to children. I heard a TV ad recently where a famous singer asked people to give just $20 per month to help save and protect neglected animals. That sounds good…but $20 per month could feed a child. Why would I give my $20 to an agency that will care for a dog that has a 12 year life span instead of giving that money to a needy child? Yet many will do just that. We do not value mothers (or anyone who cares for children). We do not value children!!! I don’t think every mother needs to stay at home, but we do need more people to care for and love our children. It could be dads or grandparents, or other good childcare. We have to stop the idea of being “stuck with the kids”. Many moms (and dads) work. They need to work. We need to have good child care available for them. Do I think its best that one parent stay home with the kids? Yes I do, but often this just is not possible. Well, I could go on and on. Yes, I’m on a soap box! I just see the potential of raising the status of the mom as a wonderful hope!!!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Here is that post.

The race is on

We had to get up early this morning to get the kids ready for school. Sarah begins her new kindergarten next week. The others started back to school today. Juergen took a nervous Thomas to school for the first time. He begins the 4TH grade in a new school. I hope it goes well. It is so hard to be the new kid.
Today is Jessica's 17Th birthday. They will be baking a cake with her at school. I wanted to go buy her a gift today but Sarah is sick. I know Jess will not care if she gets that gift today. Maybe I'll just take her shopping Saturday. She can pick something out for herself.

The Palin Style

Allot has already been made of the style of Sarah Palin. What kind of glasses does she wear? How did she wear her hair? What was she wearing? I never remember reading a single word about the style of Joe Biden. I do know that Italian designers have made cloths for Obama and many have looked at the style of Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama. Do you think those buttons at the RNC that read "Hottest VP from the coolest state" were an insult to women or just good fun? When do you draw a line between style obsession and substance? When does it start to under mind her intelligence? And when she plays the role of attack dog (this is the traditional role of a VP) are people going to call her a bitch? Joe Biden is the attack dog for Obama, and this is what is expected from him. Do we even know how to treat a woman that has power? I think women are Sarah Palins hardest critics. She was not the kind of women many wanted to break that glass ceiling. She is not a graduate from an Ivy League school. She is too pretty. How can a beautiful woman also have a brain? I guess we will just have to see how people finally perceive her. She has her first interview at the end of the week. Maybe the press obsesses with her style because they have not heard her express her views? People may not agree with her views but I hope she can express her views clearly. I understand she has strong convictions, and most people actually respect that. I remember a movie called “One True thing” with Meryl Streep and Renee Zellweger . In this film the daughter comes to value the worth of her mother who was just a house wife. It’s an amazing look at the value of a person that does not rely upon her awards and her degrees. What qualities make for a good VP? They need to be smart, but there are other qualities that make a good leader. I think it's hard to define...but maybe she has some of those other qualities. One thing is sure, people love her!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The cat show

Tomorrow our beautiful Jessica turns 17 years old. That is unbelievable to me. Juergen and I never really know what to give her, or what to do for her. She never really wants much. We decided to take her to a cat show. She was a little stressed because of the crowd. Over all, I think she enjoyed it. She kept saying "Kitty, Kitty" in the car. This is one of maybe 5 words she can say clearly. School begins tomorrow. I know that her class will be baking cake tomorrow. I have very mixed feelings about Jessica turning 17. I guess it's no secret I had prayed for her health and healing. I will write more about this on my autism blog tomorrow. For today I am just thanking God for this beautiful mysterious creature I am so blessed to call my daughter.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Happy Birthday Thomas!!!

Oh, I don't want to look!!!

I got up to watch John McCain's speech. I honestly thought it was awful!!! He just did not reach the bar! I read that there was a very big professional football game last night, so maybe no one actually watched the speech. It would be good if they just hear a few sound bites on the news. Sarah Palins speech was seen by 37 million people. John Mccain needs to do a much better job reaching the middle or moderate independent voters. He also needs to let Sarah attack the "other side", and he needs to tell people what he actually plans to do to fix all of Americas problems. I don't even want to look at the polls. I felt like he did a real bad job communicating his position. It was like watching someone who does not like to talk about them selves having to talk about them selves. He just was not comfortable and it showed. OK, hopefully he will be more effective during the 3 debates. I just can not watch!!!

Oh, today is the birthday of Thomas...more on that later.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

He stays home

I have read allot of people are asking how Sarah Palin, mother of 5 does it? How can she be a good mom and the VP too? Well, it seems it is possible because of the great guy who she has been married to 20 years stays home with the kids. I think they care allot about their kids. They care that their kid’s needs are being taken care of. Mr. VP quit his job to stay home when their son was born in April. There are many children who do not have two parents at home let alone one that stays home. He seems like a really great man. She is very blessed to be married to such a secure person. My great guy helps me with the diapers, the laundry, and the cooking. He helps the kids with home work, and helps put the kids to bed at night. I actually stay at home but I would not feel guilty if Juergen stayed home while I worked. He is the one who works because his job pays much more then my former job (I was a pastor) ever did. I'm sure people put themselves in her shoes and think, how can she manage it? But she looks like she can manage it because of the exceptional guy who is holding her up! To be honest with you I could not do it with out my guy either!

You go girl!!!

I got up at 4:30am to see Sarah Palins big speech. She showed the world that she could not be underestimated! It was great!!! I think it was the best political speech I've ever seen. I think Obama had better be worried. He broke the very first law of American politics. In America, all politics are local. He played to the whole world but belittled people in small towns in America. Now the election is going to be won or lost based upon the votes of people living in the blue collar towns of Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia. His comments like they cling to their religion and guns are going to really hurt him! Sarah Palin is "one of them"!!! I don't think McCain chose this women to go after Hillary’s women, I think she was chosen to appeal first to the Republican base, and then to help win the votes of those normal folks in the small towns of America. She was brilliant!!! I was especially moved when she spoke directly to families with special needs children. She said if John McCain wins the election, they would have a friend and advocate in the White House.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

They are just a bunch of bullies!!!

I am wondering how Sarah Palin is doing today? Is she really “up to it”? It’s like she jumped into a tank of blood thirsty sharks. Obama’s camp does not need to say a word; the media is doing all the work for them! It has gotten really ugly! I also have to scratch my head over all the comments and press I read about weather she can manage her family and be VP. It’s not like she is a stay at home mom right now! She is the Governor of the State of Alaska! She has a 6 billion dollar budget and helps over see 300 programs! Being VP is a step into the slow lane. Apart from the criticism, it is really a much easier job. She will probably have more time for her family! I personally hate all this criticism. The average American will probably get pretty angry about the unfair attacks pretty soon. I hope people will start to say the press is going way too far! Do we really want a woman in a higher office? If so we had better stop trying to kill every woman that applies! No one is asking about the sex life of Joe Biden’s kids. The press is even asking Sarah Palin to prove that her new born son is really her child! Really, they have asked for tests! Has anyone ever questioned Obama if he felt he could be a good parent and president at the same time?
I pray for my sister Sarah. She can not let them see her cry! She had better not whine or complain. The media was so kind and sympathetic towards Michel Obama when she gave her big speech last week. They even said she should run for office. They will not be kind to Sarah Palin. She will have to speak tonight. I pray God gives her the grace and favor to handle this fire! I hope she wins the hearts of the only ones that really matter, the undecided voters. Last week John McCain was put down for being out of touch with the average person. He owns 4 houses. The Democrats boosted about how Joe Biden takes the train everyday. Did you know that train ride cost 90 dollars each way! What average American would spend 180 dollars a day to go back and forth to work? Sarah Palin is probably the only person on the ticket who has cut coupons or talked personally to her kid’s teachers. She coached basketball. I saw a photo op of Obama at one of his kid’s soccer games. He spent the whole time on his phone. Once she gets out of this shark tank and talks to real people in Middle America I am sure she will win hearts!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Sorry, more politics but did you know...

Obama was said to consider Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as a possible running mate. Tim Kaine became the governor of Virginia on the same day that Sarah Palin became Governor of Alaska. No one questioned his experience, Obama only decided on Biden to help cover his own lack of experience! The media never once questioned if Tim Kaine would be too inexperienced to be the VP. I cry foul!!! How big is the state of Virginia? What kind of reform did Tim Kaine perform during his time in office? Governors have always been seen as a good balance to Senators on a Presidential ticket because they have executive experience. Tim Kaine was a Governor and a Mayor. His experience is very much the same as Sarah Palins. During Tim Kaines time in office he banned smoking from public buildings and required 6Th graders to get Hep vaccinations. When news of the Virginia Tech massacre broke, Kaine canceled a trade mission to Japan and India to attend to the situation. During Sarah Palins time in office she publicly challenged Senator Ted Stevens to come clean about the ongoing federal investigation into his financial dealings. Palin has strongly promoted oil and natural gas resource development in Alaska, including in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), where such development has been the subject of a national debate. She also helped pass a tax increase on oil company profits. Palin has followed through on plans to create a new sub-cabinet group of advisers to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska. Palin presented the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) as the new legal vehicle for building a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope. In response to high oil and gas prices, and the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards. She also proposed providing grants to electrical utilities so that they would reduce customers' rates. She subsequently dropped the debit card proposal, and in its place she proposed to send Alaskans $1,200 directly, paid for from the windfall surplus the state is getting because of the high oil prices. Shortly after becoming governor, Palin canceled a contract for the construction of an 11-mile (18 km) gravel road outside Juneau to a mine. This reversed a decision made in the closing days of the Murkowski Administration. She also followed through on a campaign promise to sell the Westwind II jet purchased (on a state government credit account) by the Murkowski administration. In August 2007, the jet was sold on eBay for $2.1 million. In June 2007, Palin signed into law a $6.6 billion operating budget—the largest in Alaska's history. At the same time, she used her veto power to make the second-largest cuts of the construction budget in state history. The $237 million in cuts represented over 300 local projects, and reduced the construction budget to nearly $1.6 billion. There is actually more...but look at this. Tim Kaines majore accomplishment in office was a smoking ban! This information is off their Wikipedia pages. He really was by nearly every news group on the short list to be Obamas VP. He was on the top 3 possible VP's for Obama.

a mother of 5, one with special needs

I'm a mother of 5 and one has special needs. I forget which child has the special needs because they keep taking turns having needs. One week its Jessica's autism, the next week its Philips learning problems, sometimes Nicole has her issues and then Thomas has his needs...or Sarah has her needs too. I was sort of shocked that people jumped all over Sarah Palins poor daughter these past two days. Does the international media find it such big news that a 17 year old got pregnant?I read that the New York Times had 3 stories on their front page mentioning the pregnancy. I think they should call it baby-gate. I can only guess it was because they were all so desperate to dig up anything on this unknown personality. I can only hope they move on to some real news. I have to admire anyone who raises 5 beautiful kids with special needs!!! Jessica turns 17 years old next week. 17 is still a child. How dare they attack a child like this!

They have a point

I was watching Larry King on CNN. There was a panel of Republicans and Democrats debating if Sarah Palins daughter’s pregnancy should be a issue. The Democrat said it should be an issue because the Republicans are always preaching "family values" and even(in some cases) say sex education should not be taught in school. So I thought the man has a point. I personally think Sarah Palins daughter should not be part of any national debate. She should be left alone. But the whole issue of family values, sex education, and abortion are political issues. I do not think you can legislate family values. Different people have different values. If one person believes in for example abstinence, and another believes in birth control this can not be legislated. The abortion battle will never be won as long as it is considered a value or moral issue. We will never come to an agreement because we do not all share the same values or morals. I do not believe abortion is a moral issue. Abortion is an ethical issue. If society says that life should be protected, even when that life is not "convent" this is a social ethic! For example, a family has an older parent that is sick. They require time and money to care for this parent. It is not simple or easy. Society gives the family the right to abandon the parent, but not the right to kill the parent! If a baby is born a parent does not have a right to kill this child, they can however safely abandon the child. We may not agree upon when life becomes life, but the whole "I have a right to my own body" is a real lame ethical argument! Our rights as people are always limited. We have rights, but no right to just kill another person because we want to. Pro choice people say life begins at birth. Pro life people say at conception. Science says something in-between. That age of when a baby can actually survive outside the womb is getting younger and younger. Late term abortion at the very least should be considered unethical! Most people getting abortions do it because it seems more convent then dealing with a baby at that time in their lives. Since when does society allow murder based on weather the life was or was not "convent" at that time in their lives? A woman has a right to have sex or not have sex. She has a right to use birth control or not use it. These are the "rights" she has to her body. If she gets pregnant, I think she has a right to keep the baby or give it away. I personally don't believe she should be given a right to kill the child...but at the very least not a late term abortion! I’m glad Sarah Palin’s daughter will keep the baby. I don’t necessarily believe she should marry the father. Often teen marriages end in Divorce. That is their choice. I hope it works out for them. I have written this before but…
Society needs to help support women that have unplanned pregnancies. Medical and emotional care needs to be made available more! Money needs to be there to help women that make the choice to keep the child. Adoption needs to become more socially acceptable. If we say we value life, we have to show it by our actions. All these things can be included in public policy. You can not dictate morals, but you can provide health care, child care, and education to pregnant teens. Our society can not say we are agents abortion with out helping women who have unplanned pregnancies. I also think the church needs to do a better job teaching our values to our own children. This does not mean they will choose to follow or accept our values. They may not accept our values. I just think we don’t actually do a good job teaching our kids. Even when they are taught, it is their choice (the choice of all my children) what they believe and what they do. Abortion is a choice I think we never should have been given. In no other area of society does one individual have so much power over another individual. Abortion undermines the worth of life. I've read some really hateful things from people about how Sarah Palins daughter should have gotten rid of the unwanted baby. Hateful awful, selfish inhuman stuff!!! I actually appreciate the response of Obama. Families should be off limits. He then went on to say his own mother had him when she was just 18 years old. Was he born before there was a choice? Why yes he was. And what would have happened if she had made the choice not to keep him? I don't agree with his politics, but I agree he is a brilliant man. His life has worth. We have lost 40 million individuals to abortion in America. We will never know what brilliant, creative, inspiring people where never given a chance to live because they were aborted. I don’t think we can debate values. I know we can debate ethics. Our values should be lived out. They have much more power if we just live what we believe.

Monday, September 01, 2008

so she is real, not perfect

I read the story today that Sarah Palins 17 year old daughter is pregnant and that her husband was arrested in 1986 (that is how many years ago) for drinking and driving. First, she would not be the first person in the country to have a pregnant daughter. Bill Clinton can have an affair in office and still be a keynote speaker at the Democratic convention. Please!!!! It seems to me that people are really going out of their way to "dig up the dirt" on Sarah. It's her teenage daughter, have some respect! And a 1986 DUI ? Come on! That was 22 years ago! Please!!! Get real! So Sarah does not come from a spotless family. That would make her what? Oh, like us?

my pal ben

I think the nicest part of the weekend was just sitting in the garden of Juergen's brother. The weather was great. The garden is so big and nice. The kids just played and played while we could relax and drink coffee. I spent a great deal of time with my pal Ben. He is my 4 year old nephew. He just loved throwing a ball to our dog Mickey. I would encourage him by saying "give me 5", and then "alright"!!! It was too cute!!! What a kick he is!!! He got stronger and stronger as we played. I think he maybe getting a dog soon? Maybe four times the size as Mickey and not so loud!

How is Richard?

Juergen's mom died in March this year. We are always thinking about Juergen's dad Richard. Our trip this weekend was mainly to see how Richard is doing. He seems to be doing pretty good. He still has to write many things down because his short term memory fails him (although I think his memory is better then before). He is well organized and keeps busy. Last week was his 50Th wedding Anniversary. He spent part of the day at the grave site. He was not bitter. He was grateful for the 49 wonderful years they spent together. He and I cried together by Waltraud's grave. We walked there with Jessica on Sunday. He loved her so much and recalls how beautiful and happy she made everything. She brought joy to their home. I was touched by his love for her.
One thing that was sort of funny was our trip to a McDonalds together. We walked to McDonalds after visiting the grave. I bought Jessica a chicken salad. Richard and I both just had drinks. You could see the wheels moving in his brain. On the walk home he told me (maybe 3 times) that he never eat at McDonalds. He did not know it was so close to his house. He thought maybe he could just go there now and then when he did not feel like cooking. Richard is 80 years old. This whole idea of eating out is a pretty new thing for him!

after my heart

This does not make Sarah Palin more qualified to be the VP but I read that she grew up in the Assemblies of God Church. This is the same church I grew up in. She also shares my strong pro life convictions. I read that 9 out of 10 parents that find out they have a Down syndrome child will now choose an abortion. I spent part of the weekend with my Down syndrome nephew Benjamin. He is a real kick! I will post the photos and tell you more about our great weekend later. I believe Sarah Palin will do allot to help John McCain rally his conservative base. I believe I would love this women like my sister! We really do share many of the same ideals! I know she is going to need to prove she has the strength to handle the job. I'm sure she will prove it. She has my vote, and my prayer!

On April 18, Sarah Palin gave birth to a 6-pound, 2-ounce son, Trig Paxson Van Palin.
"We've both been very vocal about being pro-life," Palin told the Associated Press, speaking of herself and her husband, Todd. "We understand that every innocent life has wonderful potential."
The day after the birth, the Palins released the following statement: "Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."