Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Are you still tired?



So you may not think this is funny, but Norse and I laughed about it for a good 5 minutes last night so I thought I would recount the story for you since I can't think of much else to write about...

Monday Morning. 5 AM

Alarm clock: "beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep..."

Jesica barely opens her eyes, she was just up at 4:00 to feed Boden and doesn't care that Norse needs to get up.

Norse, still half asleep, rolls over and begins poking Jesica in the face.

Norse: "Oh, sorry about that" rolls over and shuts the alarm off.

Sometimes, Monday mornings make getting out of bed a little more difficult than usual. This monday, it made Norse mistake me for the alarm clock.

We'll be married 8 years next month and still he is full of surprises ;)

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Beauty Unmeasured

My friend Rachel was married Saturday. She was radiant. And one of the reasons she is so beautiful is because even at her own wedding, she was concerned about others. She wanted everyone to be comfortable, she wished she was able to talk with all the guests so they felt welcome and appreciated. She had time for her neices and nephews who wanted to tell her lots of little info. She wanted to make sure that noone was famished from being at the house all day and helping. On a day when most women are so preoccupied with their external beauty, she was emmanating the beauty of Christ in her. This is why I am so glad to call her one of my treasured friends. Rachel, I love you and now I love Erik too! May the two of you enjoy a lifetime of love, rooted in the unconditional love of our Savior.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Great Week!

Two very exciting things happened this week...

My 10 year high school reunion and my pal Rachel's wedding.

I missed my reunion this weekend, but was able to have lunch with my old friend Angie before I left for Spokane. It was so funny to think back on who I was and who I am now. That girl that graduated from Darby High School certainly has changed. I am sad that I wasn't able to see all those small town buddies, but am glad that I didn't feel like I had to prove anything. My skin still isn't flawless, and maybe I have gained almost 30 pounds since my senior year, but because of two who have loved me unconditionally, (Jesus and Norse) I have blossomed into a person who is less self absorbed and a little more self assured. I am thankful that my graduating class was only 40ish. And proud that I had the chance to know each one of those people, from cowboy to athlete (or both), each one of them added something to my life.

I think often we tend to look at people and determine their value based on appearance or income level. I admit to this, but as I grow older, encounter more people and hopefully learn what it means to "love your neighbor as yourself" I find myself appreciating others for whatever it is they do. (Well not everyone, some people make a living off making others miserable and that isn't worth appreciating.) However, for the most part, I am thankful for others. Some people head up the corporate ladder and others slave away at thankless jobs, that really are necessary. One of note - those guys that pick up the roadkill on the side of the road! They deserve a giant THANK YOU! But, back to my point, who are we to judge someone for the life that they either chose or were somewhat forced into by unlikely circumstances. We all know that money, or for that matter beauty, can't prove to make people happy. The gas station attendant might go home to a wonderful home full of love, while the beautiful exec might be depressed and hopeless. We do not know.

Perhaps none of us are where we thought we would be ten years later, but how thankful am I that at least I am not the same person I was then. How thankful I am that the petty things that were important then, no longer cloud my vision from seeing the people that we have become. Hopefully, I'll make it to the DHS 20 year reunion!

More about the wedding to come... this post is long enough.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Political Propaganda

This post is two fairly recent opinions from John Merlette. Norse worked on his house a few years ago so I always take note when he writes in to the paper. I found these interesting and thought provoking. He swings to the right like I do on political issues so for all you left-wing democrats that I know and respect, please don't take offense, it is just food for thought.

The Move to Socialism
Authored by
John Merlette



"Walk up to the average person on the street and ask what he or she thinks of the social programs in our country. The respondent will typically praise all the wonderful benefits and entitlements the programs offer to people who suffer economic hardships or are just down on their luck: subsidized housing, free health care, support for illegal immigrants…the list goes on and on. Then ask the same person what they think of communism. Now the interviewee will get focused and talk about the horrors of gulags and repression, dictators, food lines and suffering…a failed political and economic system.



What most people fail to understand is that socialism is nothing more than communism-lite. Socialism is the candy and communism is the tooth decay that always follows.


Welcome to the USSR folks…the United States Socialist Republic. I can use that term since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics no longer exists even though Putin is doing all he can to put it back together again. The acronym is relevant because our nation’s political system has rapidly devolved into a dangerous new product that seductively cloaks itself in the sheepskin of democracy. Listen carefully to the preachings and promises of Senators Clinton and Obama. Their rhetoric reeks of socialistic policies to the detriment of democracy and freedom. The liberal candidates boldly discuss how they will tax the working populace like drones to feed their vote winning, money squandering social programs. Their campaign promises are quoted verbatim from the Socialist Party’s political, social and economic platforms. Look it up online and see for yourself.



Some Republican candidates timidly tap dance on the entitlement platform too, knowing full well that a bold, pro-democracy position attracts search-and-destroy journalists like pigs to a feed trough. Even George W. Bush is carelessly plunging us into a global economy that erases our borders with Mexico and Canada thus nullifying our hard fought sovereignty. Remember the Alamo, George? Or is that another part of Americana that has been banished from our politically correct public schools?



In the late 18th century, Alexander Fraser Tytler, a Scottish historian/professor at the University of Edinburgh, supposedly had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic 2,000 years earlier: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”



It’s not democracy itself that fails; it’s the form of government that politically illiterate citizens allow to replace it. This next election is perhaps the most crucial in our two hundred and thirty year history. We are on the threshold of losing our precious democracy and, beyond that, there is no turning back. When you elect a politician, you are gifting that person the power to improve or to destroy your own future. Are you willing to foolishly give up your vote to a candidate for superficial reasons like gender, race or personal appearance when so much more, including our nation’s destiny, is at stake?



I urge you to take the time to find out what each candidate stands for and then vote for reasons that truly matter, for the sake of future generations if for nothing else. "


The second of the two focuses more on religion and the loss of religious freedom for Christians.

Is government creating a new Church of USA?
"It may not go down as the greatest irony in American history, but the one I have in mind is worrisome to me because its taking place right here, right now. I'm speaking of the creation by our government of the Church of the USA.

We're all familiar with King Henry VIII of England and the Reformation, the result of which was the replacement of Catholic papal authority with the supremacy of the British crown. The vehicle for this religious usurping and transfer of theological control over the citizenry to the British royal family was the Church of England.

Responding to fears expressed by clergy and concerned citizens the newly created United States of America te Founding Fathers assured the people that the Continental Congress had no intent of repeating the same mistake on our soil, i.e. the creation of a predominant religious society controlled by government officials.

The great irony is that every time a federal judge makes a ruling or a public official makes a statement or enacts a aw pertaining to public displays of Christian expression or the upholding of traditional values, his or her bureaucratic meddling into such religious affairs isn't an act protecting the sectarian separation of church and state as is often touted ad nauseam...so much As it is the imposing of contrary social/religious values on righteous citizens. That is the real problem and is my concern.

For example, when our government orders public schools to require gay/lesbian education classes, anti-theistic instruction that contradicts traditional Christian beliefs, it clearly is an attempt by our government to encourage people to abandon religious principles they embrace and accept a different viewpoint. The same is true of abortion, pornography and many other serious social issues that mold the type of society we live in.

The liberal adherents mask their socialist theology under the catchy phrase "political correctness." The clever methods being used to subvert our traditional society are obviously a tremendous success for the proponents. One need only watch old movies to see how many of our freedoms and traditions have been replaced by the atheist Church of the USA. The only step our government hasn't taken is to legitimize the title.

Does this worry you also? If so what are YOU going to do about it? Get informed, get out there and discuss your concerns with your family, friends and vote with your moral conscience as your guide!

Whether you agree or disagree with me, voice your opinion."



You'll have to excuse any grammatical or spelling errors, those are mine from typing it in... I'd love to hear feedback if you made it through this whole post and have a comment!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bjorn at Libby

This is our superstar brother who was pitching a great game, but when he was up to bat things took a turn for the worse...



He took it like a champ and went back out to pitch the next inning until they decided he'd better leave and go get some stitches. Who knew "America's pastime" was so brutal?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Transition


Just when I am settling in to a consistent life something major happens and I have to reevaluate. This time welcoming our bundle of joy has toppled my idea of "who I am". Now, I am searching for my script in this act of the play and hoping that the understudy will shoot me some lines quick. Perhaps it is time for some introspection.

Who I used to be:
1. Romantic, thoughtful, sassy wife
2. Horrible Housekeeper
3. Worried about what other people "my age" thought of me
4. Inconsistent exerciser
5. Lover of junkfood / hater of healthfood
6. Busy
7. Consistent Bible reader
8. Camp girl
9. Too busy for people
10. Searching for a way to express God's truth to people.

Who I am now:
1. Tired wife hoping to romance again
2. Mediocre housekeeper
3. Glad that I have a handsome baby boy who gets boogers and vomit all over me.
4. Even more inconsistent exerciser
5. More self disciplined and I can't believe I order salads now.
6. Exhausted, but happy
7. Inconsistent Bible reader, but better prayer.
8. Camp support girl
9. Wishing people weren't too busy for me.
10. Searching for ways to express God's love to people, especially my son.

Who I want to be:
1. Romantic, thoughtful, caring wife
2. GREAT housekeeper
3. Happy with who I am and who God made me to be
4. Fit
5. Balanced
6. Rested, Active, and Fun
7. Worshiper in Spirit and Truth
8. Involved in something worthwhile whether it be camp or elsewhere.
9. Able to give to others just a sample of what amazing people have given to me.
10. Living life so that people cannot deny God's love or truth in my life.

Hmmm... maybe not helpful to you, but good for me to see that in some ways I'm moving forward. It is amazing that 10 years ago these sort of thoughts never would have crossed my mind, but now life's purposes seem to evolve little by little each step of the way. It is good for me not to grow complacent and comfortable in my life. It is healthy for me to not have the earthly security I so long for. I will never have all my "ducks in a row" and that keeps me grasping to the security of Christ. So with that "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus". Phl 3:14

With that goodnight. I've gotta sleep while I can

Monday, July 07, 2008

Michelle inspired me...


Since we finally have internet in our home and I caught up on some recent blogging by more creative people I am inspired to begin blogging again. I cannot promise anything inspiring or thought provoking or even entertaining material, except for those of you who love me unconditionally and told me I should be a journalist, but for now I can promise at least an occasional picture of the fam. So here we go. Tonight all I have is a picture because my sweet husband is vying for my attention and he deserves it much more than a computer screen.