Saturday, November 29, 2008
I just bought a collection of classic Christmas stories on MP3. You can buy it on Audible.com
It is over 5hours of great listening. Now I'm going to grab a cup of tea and turn on my new electric fireplace and listen to a Christmas Carol! Juergen put up the lights. The gifts are all wrapped. I'm getting ready to enjoy the season!!! No stress!
PS. This would be great if you have to be in the car allot, or plan on taking a long drive. Also, you are legally able to burn 8 copies of the books you buy on audible.com. If you are short on cash, you can buy one good book and make copies to give to friends.
Friday, November 28, 2008
The only "normal" thing we have for Thanksgiving was pie. We had apple and pumpkin pie. I have made maybe 5 pies in my whole life. I never was much of a cook. They actually turned out well. I also made real whip cream. It was great! We had a very nice dinner. After dinner we watched Prince Caspian on DVD.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I always find it odd being in Germany on Thanksgiving Day. While my family is getting ready to gather together for the feast I was at the Doctors with Philip all morning. We are trying to figure out why he has learning problems, and why his hands are so weak, and why he has speech problems. I got a hand full of referrals to specialists. The first was an audiologist. I went to the audiologist to get an appointment. The next appointment is in May 2009! No kidding!!! I took the appointment, but I will look around for something sooner. My feet hurt from walking from one clinic to the next. I basically got nothing done. Now I am making our traditional Thanksgiving turkey soup. I never actually go to the expense and trouble of cooking a whole turkey. Actually, my stove is so small I don't think I could fit a turkey in it! I cook a turkey soup with potatoes and vegetables. We eat bread and salad. I'm going to try to make an apple and pumpkin pie too. Some of the Thanksgiving flavors without the calories and work. Thomas has drums tonight until 7:30pm. We won't have time to actually sit down until then. I have one American friend coming over. It's kind of sad we can not have a traditional Thanksgiving but it's just another busy school day here. Juergen works. I guess you can always just thank God...even without the stuffing and cranberry sauce! I thank God for my family. I’m grateful to God I got to see my parents and brother and sisters this year. I wish I was with them, but I send them a hug!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
"Thousands of anti-government protesters partially shut down Bangkok's main international airport, some armed with golf clubs and long wooden sticks. All departing flights are canceled but officials said incoming flights would be allowed to land". -CNN
I personally would not mind being stuck in Thailand for awhile! The last time we were there we missed our flight home. We forgot the days and just missed the flight by a day. That last day was very expensive but worth it!!! I would love to escape this dark cold Germany and go get stuck in Thailand!!!
I saw this on a friends blog. Oh it is so sad!!!
of 512 Obama Voters from 11/13/08-11/15/08
97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates
The results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions
57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)
71.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)
82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).
Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes
Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter
And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!
Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.
Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
We had snow on the ground this morning. I can hardly believe it's already acting like winter. The winds have been very strong and cold. Juergen got me an electric fireplace for my birthday. I also got a mantle for an early Christmas gift. Isn't it beautiful? It sits in my bedroom. I am loving to lay in bed and listen to books on mp3. What a great way to de stress!!! Now I just need to get Juergen to paint my bedroom. A bedroom should be more then just a extra storage room. That is what my bedroom has looked like for years (a storage room). I’m working on it!!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
We sat around the breakfast table this morning trying to come up with a name for our new car. It's a big car so we want some kind of fat name. Thomas kept interrupting us talking about helicopters. He is obsessed with helicopters. It gets kind of irritating when all someone wants to talk about is helicopters or another subject like, politics! I'm so glad the election is over!!! Anyway, we thought of Monstro the whale from Pinocchio, Aunt Fannie the robot from the movie Robots, and The Arch as in Noah’s Arch. I like The Arch because our car is a big boat and it's always filled with wild animals. Have any name ideas?
Saturday, November 15, 2008
There are three possible ways to train as an officer - service academy, Officer Candidate School (OCS) or Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). As a high school student, you should apply to a service academy if you want to become an officer. You can choose between the Air Force Academy, Annapolis (Navy & Marines), West Point (Army) or the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. All of them put you through rigorous military training, and you also obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. If you have a strong aptitude to advanced math and science then you'll have a much better chance of succeeding.
If you're planning to enter one of the academies, then be aware that the competition to get in is fierce. You'll need a high school grade point average of 3.8 as a cadet, as well as a SAT score of 1300. This has to include a minimum of 1050 for verbal and math. It's a good idea to have a strong extra-curricular activity record as well, even more so if those activities demonstrate leadership or athletic skills.
So if you want to enter a service academy, earn a commission and receive a college education, the path is simple. It's not easy though - you'll need to perform very well in high school, and not just inside the classroom. It takes a long time to work your way through the application process. You certainly don't just hand over a simple form and expect to be accepted into a service academy. You need three letters of recommendation, extensive paperwork, and even to be nominated by your Congressman. To improve your chances of success, start preparing your application early, and certainly don't start any later than your junior year.
The bad news is that just because you made it into the service academy, pilot training slots are still extremely limited. Being accepted by the academy is a piece of cake by comparison. However pilots are in demand right now, as all the military streams are struggling to retain the pilots they have. So if you're keen to be a fighter pilot, it's a little easier than usual to obtain a slot. How long that lasts, nobody knows.
You might also find that The Reserve Officers Training Corps is the best option for you. With this, you study at a college or university as normal, but add in the officer training requirements. On top of your regular studies you will have to attend military training and courses, spend at least one summer on a training camp and attend weekly meetings. Most of the time you live as a civilian, only donning your military garb when you're actually attending military classes. When your officer training is complete, you can then apply for specific programs such as pilot training. Competition is tough, and you'll need to pass some rigorous academic, medical and testing requirements to be successful.
For those who decide a little later in life to become a fighter pilot, The Officer Candidate School (OCS), sometimes called The Officer Training School (OTS), is the best route. Within 4 months OCS will take a college graduate with no background in the military and turn him into an officer. Again, you have the opportunity to apply for pilot training school when you qualify as an officer, but the competition is just as fierce. It's also necessary for you to begin training as a fighter pilot before you turn 27, so this third option is only available for a limited time.
This morning at breakfast Thomas was talking about airplanes. From the first day we met him he has loved airplanes. He said he wants to be a fighter pilot. I asked him if he wants to be in the US or German Air force. He said American. I told him about the boot camp he would have to go through if he wanted to be in the US Military and that he also needs to speak better English. He couldn't believe he would have to do exercises to fly a jet! It's funny, but he wants to be American! OK, it's because of the cool airplanes, but still he wants to be American! Right now he is German only. I am waiting until Sarah has been with us for two years, then I'll do the paper work for Sarah, Philip and Thomas to become American. Maybe it really will be the land of opportunity for them?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Yesterday Philip showed me the Lego catalog and a Lego car he wanted for Christmas. I said "no" it cost too much! With 5 kids I can not afford much! Today Juergen took the boys to the Orthodontist. They both need braces. The insurance company does not cover as much of the cost as it use to. Ouch!!! Some times they just remind you they cost something to raise. Like my food bill has more then doubled in the last year. I'm not complaining, just making an observation. The good news is the braces only need to be on maybe two years. I think Nicole had hers for 4 years. Man do they grow up fast!!! And they seem to cost more every year. Nicole needs money for this and that everytime I turn around. Before I know it she will be grown and I'll borrow money from her!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I'm listening to the audio book, The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey. It was written in 1970 but it seems very relevant today. It is about the end times prophecy written in the Bible.
You can watch the 1970's movie on you tube. The book is much better then the movie. The details are chilling. We need to consider the season we live in. Make sure your heart is right with God.
You can download the audible book here. The book is much better then the movie!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 large)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1. Beat shortening, sugar, egg and bananas well.
2. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a baking sheet.
5. Bake 10 minutes at 400F. Cool on wire rack.
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp shortenning
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 400F and place 8x8 inch dish in oven to heat.
2. Mix flour, cornmeal and salt.
3. In another bowl, mix buttermilk (you can make a cup of buttermilk by adding a tbsp of lemon juice to the milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes) with regular milk and egg. Stir in baking powder and baking soda.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined. Melt 1/4 cup of shortenning in the microwave and stir into batter.
5. Remove pan from oven and put 2 tbsp of shortening in the pan, spread around until melted. Pour batter into pan. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup orange juice
3 cups white flour
1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup honey
450g pumpkin puree (or one 15oz can)
1 cup chopped dates (or more raisins, dried cranberries, or nuts)
1. Microwave raisins with orange juice for 2 minutes on high, and set aside.
2. Whisk together dry ingredients: flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
3. In another bowl mix butter, brown sugar, honey, eggs and pumpkin puree.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry along with the raisins and orange juice. Mix just until incorporated. Stir in dates.
5. Fill muffin tins almost to the top (makes about 18 large muffins) and bake at 350F for about 25 minutes.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Nov 15 is the last day to get your shoe box gifts in Germany. If you live in Heidelberg the address is...
Herrn Rene Richter
Mobiltelefon 0171 7493480
Check the Web site for details! They also list locations in other cities around Germany. If you are in another country you can check this site for details on how you can help give a box of Christmas joy to a poor child in need. Please make it an annual tradition. It may seem like a small thing, but it is the only gift many of these kids will ever receive. It's not hard to bless a child. Do it today!!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
This is a little bad! You have to be able to laugh after such a hard fight! I pray for our new leader. I think his new battle will be with his own party! If he can not say no to them, he will be a one term President like Carter. If he runs the Nation from the middle like Clinton, he will be a great President. I’m guessing a one term President!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
When I was a freshman at Oregon State University I took a debate class. We had to debate pro life vs. pro choice. Most of the class was pro choice and only a few of us stood on the side of life. I recall the "main" argument of the choice people. What if a woman just was in no position to raise the child? It was there I began embracing the concept of adoption. Back then (this was 1980) people thought it more cruel to "abandon" a child then to abort a child. I hope that attitude has changed a little. I hope it is more acceptable for a woman to raise a child alone, or to give that child up for adoption. This is the direction we must go in if we want to see an end to abortion. I gave many speeches on life as a student. I remember once I gave a speech against abortion and my professor (a 50 year old married man) began to cry. He told the class he made his wife abort their baby. They both thought they were too old for one more child. He went in to the doctor’s office with her. She was pretty far along. It was a partial-birth abortion. The doctor stuck scissors in the boy’s brain, and vacuumed out his brain. Then the boy was delivered. He saw his son’s dead body and he knew he had made the worst choice of his life. He killed his own son. Abortion does not just kill babies; it kills the soul of mothers and fathers. I do not blame the parents, I blame society. Society says babies are a bother. Society gives no other answers. We can not shame women that get pregnant (unplanned). We need to offer support and practical help. We have to be willing to adopt, or at least support adoption. We need to value life and not death. Do you really believe all life has worth? I do. My conviction is old and it has affected my whole life. I pray God heals the people who have chosen abortion, and blesses the women who have chosen adoption.
The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
MOTHER TERESA TAKES PRO-LIFE MESSAGE TO SUPREME COURT
Mother Teresa of Calcutta confronted President Clinton on his pro-abortion stand in early February (1993) at the National Prayer Breakfast. Then she took her pro-life message to the highest court in the land. Her lawyers filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging it to recognize the unborn child's inalienable right to life.
She urged the court to hear the case Alexander Loce vs. The State of New Jersey, which involves the issue of whether or not the unborn child is a human being entitled to 14th Amendment protection. Loce was convicted of trespassing for attempting to prevent his fiancé from having an abortion.
Mother Teresa's petition is a powerful witness in defense of life. It includes the following passage:
"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe vs. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts--a child--as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the dependent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners.
"Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government," she said. "They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign. The Constitutional Court of the Federal Republic of Germany recently ruled: 'The unborn child is entitled to its right to life independently of its acceptance by its mother; this is an elementary and inalienable right which emanates from the dignity of the human being.'
"Americans may feel justly proud that Germany in 1993 was able to recognize the sanctity of human life. You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth."
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Bottom Line: satan wants you to quit! Don't Do It!
Fellow saint, do not leave the vineyard God has assigned to you (John 21:15-17). The very thing you are facing is preparing you for greater fruitfulness. Nothing of lasting value comes without a struggle. Tend the flock and concentrate on your noble calling. Fainting? Read Luke 18:1-8.
Do not remove your hands from that plow. Stop looking back. There is nothing back there but a slippery slope. You know that. Look up. People are depending on you. Weaker saints are looking to you. You are valuable to God. You are loved greatly (1 John 3:1).
Do not listen to your emotions. They are a fertile field for the enemy's attack. Your feelings will tell you to abandon the ship. Satan will tell you it isn't worth it any longer. He lies. He always lies. Resist him (James 4:7). Tell him to go to his future home (Revelation 20:10).
Do not listen to the negative talk from worldly, skeptical people (James 4:11-12) even if they are friends and family. Listen to your Father in Heaven. Some have never faced a battle like this. Perhaps you think at times that you are not going to make it. Some are not only fed up and ready to throw in the towel, but the whole kit and caboodle. Don't do it.
God is fashioning you for better things. Do not live by your carnal desires and human understanding. More important than avoiding the negativity of others is to stop being negative yourself! Bring those thoughts unto the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Celebrating His Life Ministries
Sarah had a temper tantrum this morning. Juergen said "no" and she did not like that answer. She gets so fixed on what she wants she can not trust us. We have a bigger picture. We are wiser and want what is best. I think about myself. I sure did not like Obama winning this election. I personally felt like having a temper tantrum. I'm passionate about life, and seeing an end to abortion. I can not say this ( over turning Roe v Wade) was not the perfect will of God. God does have a perfect will, but also a permissive will. That is He allows men to choose for them selves, and will not over ride that choice. Just look at the Nation of Israel. They cried out for a King. God wanted to be their King. Still he allowed them to have what they wanted. This is how I read what just happen in America. They cried out for Obama...they got him (we got him). I do not think God gave me the burden to pray for life for no reason. I believe God loves my passion. But at this point I have a choice. Will I have a temper tantrum, or will I keep praying for life? I have hope that the Freedom of Choice Act is too controversial to pass. Most of the congress voted agents late term abortion (even the Democrats). I think most Americans would be outraged by Congress taking away their parental notification choice. I will pray this FOCA will not even get to Obama to be signed into law!!! I also know that the Judges on the Supreme Court most likely to retire are all liberal. If Obama only appoints one judge, and then loses in 4 years perhaps we can still see a majority of conservative judges in the high court. I will pray for this! I also pray for unity in the body of Christ. We have to all stand up for life or we will not have the power we need to change our culture. And we have to be a loving and compassionate church. We need to live the faith we say we have. That is a faith that does not compromise but also loves!!! God loves my passion but he also wants me to trust him with the big picture! A temper tantrum never gets Sarah anything! I had better just focus on my part and leave the results to God!
BTW: I do not know what Gods perfect will is. Maybe Obama was God's perfect will for America. I am not God. My personal opinion is Obama was Gods permissible will. This is just my flawed and humble opinion. Nothing more!
Friday, November 07, 2008
BTW: I think they are unfairly kicking Sarah Palin. I like her! I think she would have done fine as VP. I would not want her to be President. At least not yet. I personally like Governor Tim Pawlenty. I use to live in Minnesota. I like his dry humor! He is very smart and compassionate, conservative, pro life, and pro environment. He used the term Sam Club Republicans. He feels the Republicans need to reach a new generation. I agree. Maybe it will be Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2012? I think Sarah Palin would be wise to stay in Alaska! I believe she will always be popular but most people in America will never believe she is smart enough to be President. She knows Alaska and can continue to have good influence there! Tim Pawlenty is a lawyer. I almost think that is a requirement of people seeking higher office. Good or bad, that just seems to be how it is!
Christmas is coming. Do you want to exchange cards? I live in Germany but I have readers from all over the world. If you want a card from me, send me your street address at my e-mail address and I will send you a German card. I hope you will send us a card too!
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This is a good word for the Church. We get so caught in what should be, we fail to see God is in control...even in storms. I believe God called me to pray for America. I hoped abortion would end. God had another leader perhaps for another purpose. What purpose? We will see. Maybe to get the Church to depend on God and not government? Maybe to heal the souls of the black community? I just don't know. What I know is God does not leave us in storms. Storms prepare us for greatness. Deep valleys are always in proportion to high mountains. We want to raise to high places as The Church. We want to have great Spiritual victories with out fighting great spiritual battles. Our battles have really just begun. That could freak us out, or it could encourage us. If we pass through a valley we can actually grow to be a strong Church. We can not quit just because things don't seem to be fitting into our plans. Let's keep going, and keep fighting for the truth we know. We do not know how this will work out. Good or bad, God is in control! I know my prayers are not ever a waste! As I wrote yesterday you never reap a harvest in the same season you sow the seed. If you sow with tears, you will reap a harvest...just do not give up!
This is by John Paul Jackson.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I really think this is going to be a legal issue. I think this is going to go before the California Supreme Court. And we already know as you mentioned that there are three cases pending before the California Supreme Court. And what is interesting to note is that it's the very same court that allowed these marriages in the first place.
And so, my guess is that that court is going to weigh in, probably reinstitute the right to marry for same-sex couples and then that's going to be likely based on the U.S. Constitution and our Supreme Court is going to weigh in.
What is I think extremely interesting here is that we now know that we have a president-elect, Obama. He's going to get the opportunity likely to appoint Supreme Court justices. So we don't even know which type of court or the makeup of the court that will hear this. But I think the Supreme Court will likely weigh in on this issue.
So after all that money and prayer to get prop 8 passed they plan to bring the issue to the liberal court that will be made more liberal because we elected Obama!
It is clear that FOCA would immediately make null and void every current restriction on abortion in all jurisdictions.
- State abortion reporting requirements in all 50 states
- Forty-four states’ laws concerning parental involvement
- Forty states’ laws on restricting later-term abortions
- Forty-six states’ conscience protection laws for individual health care providers
- Twenty-seven states’ conscience protection laws for institutions
- Thirty-eight states’ bans on partial-birth abortions
- Thirty-three states’ laws on requiring counseling before an abortion
- Sixteen states’ laws concerning ultrasounds before an abortion
The passage of FOCA would not only force the issue of taxpayer funded abortions on both the federal and state governments, but would also overturn the wishes of all 50 state legislatures and millions of people in the states. Many of these laws are hugely popular. For example, Florida's 1994 amendment requiring parental notification was approved in a referendum with 65 percent of the vote. In an October 2007 Harris poll, 38 percent of the respondents wanted no change in current abortion laws, while 42 percent wanted to see laws that made it tougher for a woman to get an abortion. Only 16 percent of respondents wanted the government to make it easier for a woman to get an abortion.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I hear him saying that this will be an unusable election. That it may not even be clear until Thursday. That God wants to right wrongs (I hope this means an end to abortion). That no mater what happens God is clearly in control and has good plans. Do not look at the polls, just vote and pray for God's will to be done. He said God has opened a door that no one can close. He said that America is reseliant, meaning it will snap back soon. Thanksgiving will be thankful and that good things will happen in Novemeber. That there will be a revelation of wrongs...much revelation.
1. springing back; rebounding.
2. returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.
3. recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.
Monday, November 03, 2008
'Catching Wild Pigs'
There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man (an exchange student), who kept rubbing his back & stretching as if his back hurt.
The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his countrys' government and install a communist government.
In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, 'Do you know how to catch wild pigs?' The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke.
'You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs that are used to the free corn start to come through the gate to eat, and then you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.
Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.'
The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us towards socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc., etc., etc. While we continue to lose our freedoms....just a little at a time.
One should always remember: There is no such thing as a free lunch!
Remember: 'A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.