Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Talk Radio Makes Me Want to Vomit.

Can I just say that I know I am a hypocrite. That will be my disclaimer for the rant that is about to ensue.


Have you noticed how angry people are these days? How angry Christian people have become? Honestly, I feel like they are acting like spoiled little brats who didn't get their way during the last election. We have friends, who we love and respect, who are slowly driving others away because of their continued negativity and conspiracy theory driven antics. Frankly, I am sick of the pity party. I am sick of the ridiculous way politics has become the new religion. I am sad to see the Gospel minimized so that Republicans and Democrats can push their respective agendas. It is my personal opinion that if you really believe what Jesus taught, then you wouldn't have gotten your way for the last few decades of elections. So, move on and live in the hope of Christ and in the light of eternity. AND stop listening to talk radio - SERIOUSLY.

May I just say that I did not vote for President Obama - my decision was based primarily on my differing opinion on the big issues of health care reform, immigration, governmental spending, renewable resource legislation and where he stands on family issues. Other than that I think he seems like an okay guy having never personally met him.

Here are the reasons why I think it is okay that Obama is the president:

1. I serve a Sovereign Lord. A Lord who knows the beginning to the end.
2. How can a Christian spout venom and still praise?
3. Jesus lived under the rule of "ungodly" leaders.
4. Without balances of ideas there is dictatorship.
5. Obama isn't my enemy.

You may not agree with me. You may now label me as a heretic, apostate, and maybe even democrat. You may tell all those you know to pray for me that I would not be led astray. My suggestion to you...reread the Gospels. Turn off the talk radio. Start living as Jesus has called you to live in the land he has placed you to live. Continue to fight for issues that you are passionate about, but don't fight for the sake of fighting for an issue, fight for the people that the issue affects. Get over your bitterness.

And NEVER, EVER, EVER ask me to sign some political petition while I am visiting with friends in the church foyer, especially if you don't even know my name. It really ticks me off. Set it on the table. Put an announcement in the bulletin, but believe me - your piece of paper will never be more important to me than the person standing beside me.

Rant completed. Thank you for your time.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Resurrecting Autumn...

I have heard other bloggers referring to their hometown as cold, frigid, or even the frozen tundra. It reminds me that most things are relative since last week we had snow and lows in the single digits. So to all you other bloggers who are still posting pictures of your children outside without snowboots, hats and winter jackets...you've got it pretty darn good! Thankfully the snow melted and was replaced with rain. I took the opportunity to head outside and gather some fall foliage before it all blew away or it was covered with the white stuff again!

I brought it inside (just like our pumpkins - at night so they don't freeze and rot) and stuffed it in an old metal can we found while meander through the fields at an old ranch a few years ago.


And...




I resurrected autumn in our home! I refuse to skip directly to winter. I like fall. It is my transition time and without it - I get grouchy!

You can call me Martha if you would like.

Oh and by the way I am headed out of town for a girls ONLY weekend! Thanks for the encouragement ladies. Pray that my farewell to the little man isn't too weepy (and of course I am talking about me. He will do great with Papa)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Torn

I am bursting with excitement to go see my great pal, Rachel. We are meeting for a girls weekend. It will be the first time we have spent 24 hours together in over a year! She is a gem.

I am torn, because there is this sweet boy.


And he makes my heart explode with love. I have never left him for more than a few hours at a time. He also fills every. single. moment. of every. single. day. with me (most of the time). He is almost 18 months. He makes me laugh and he exasperates me. He makes me tear up because he brings so much joy to my life, but sometimes he makes me tear up because I am exhausted, frustrated and don't understand what he needs. But, I love him. I love him more than I thought possible.

Then there is this guy.


Who deals with his wife in an amazing, understanding way. He wants nothing more than to make me smile. He even puts up with me when my hormones are all whacked out, I feel like a heifer and my hair is out of control. He even offers to keep B with him for the weekend so i can have an honest to goodness girls only weekend. He offers even though he has a project that he needs to finish. A project that people keep asking him when he is going to finish. That is how much he loves me.

Don't I have it made? Blessing upon blessing is mine! (Remind me of this when I start whining!)

Here is my problem. I kinda want to leave the little man with dad, but it really wouldn't be a big deal to take him with me. Plus, I feel bad because when I planned to take the trip - I intended it to be a break for Norse so he could concentrate on finishing his project. Do I really NEED a kid free weekend or am I being selfish? I do get breaks and Norse watches him so I can go out with the gals every now and then. I am rambling, but I need your advice. Am I having legitimate guilt because I should take him or am I just playing the martyr mommy? Sock it to me sista's (and brotha's)

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Save the Ta-Ta's

Today is a special day. It is a day when we celebrate those special ladies who have overcome breast cancer. It is also a day where we can help others become aware of what a sucky disease it is and how we need to find a cure ASAP! It is a day to wear PINK!

Did you know that:
"Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women." (statistic found at cdc.gov) ?

Scary.

The cool thing is that with early diagnosis it is often treatable! Just ask my friend, Lori, whose mom is a survivor! WOO HOO!

The sad thing is that we often don't expect it, watch for it, or believe it will return. My step-mom is walking with her mother along a heartbreaking path. The cancer came back and this time it looks like the cancer is going to win.

Stupid cancer.

But, we are not without hope. Every year research is developing new treatments and early detection devices. Maybe some day we won't even have to think about breast cancer.

Today, take the time to do that self exam or schedule your mammogram. Celebrate those who have overcome and shoot up a prayer for those who are battling. Put on a pink shirt or ribbon and help save the ta-ta's!

Head over to The Domestic Fringe and join the party*** as we fight for our right to wear pretty bra's, nourish our babies, and make our husbands grin - all because we have beautiful boobies!





***Sooo... I just realized that the party isn't until the 7th! Oops... I am posting today - because today is when we "Paint the Flathead Pink" in my neck of the woods, but I will link to the party next week. And...since you have the advanced notification you can be certain to have your post ready to link up by the 7th too!

Gotta love free stuff!

I am sorry if you missed it, but the Nester just had 24 hours of giveaways. She has a wonderful blog about all things involving the nest, but I bet you already figured out it was wonderful since she has enough fans and supporters to allow her 24 giveaways! If you haven't visited her - go check it out.

It was my great fortune that I had the time (while my husband slept in his recliner) to enter a bunch of the contests. It was my even better fortune that I WON one of them (and it really was one of my favorites!). I won this -




It is from a great store called the White Flower Farmhouse. I had never heard of this place before - probably because I live in Montana and they are in New York. However, they have an online store filled with the most wonderful country, beachy, antiquey items! I cannot stop perusing their things! So since you are seething with jealousy over my super awesome win - go check out their stuff and treat yourself (or start saving up to treat yourself) to a new treasure.

Thanks White Flower Farmhouse and The Nesting Place.