Only a few more months, and I’ll be caught up! 😉
Only a few more months, and I’ll be caught up! 😉
I rarely post political stuff, but I’m going to briefly now, because it’s just too important to be quiet. Following are some of my internal strivings about the upcoming Presidental election:
1) Those of you who know me at all know that I have a high view of womanhood, and I have worked for years in my “pet” area of women’s rights.
2) I also have a high view of human life. Biologically, human life begins at conception (see http://www.abort73.com/abortion/medical_testimony/ for a myriad of quotes from abortion activists agreeing with this as an objective reality).
3) I am a strong believer in the Constitution our founding fathers established for our country, and I am distressed by how far we have travelled from its intent in many areas. I long to see huge change in our country moving toward Constitutional principles.
4) One area that particularly distresses me is the two-party system, especially the decline and corruption of the Republican party. I am disgusted by some of the shenanigans pulled this year by party leaders, and the thought of voting Republican on Tuesday makes me more than a little nauseous.
5) I am sick of going to the ballot box and voting for the cliche’ “lesser evil.” That’s not a comment about individuals as much as it is about a party system that is sick and broken. And so this year, I was ready to finally do it… vote my beliefs without regard to whether I would cast a “winning” vote. So I picked up my research once more.
6) I agree with many planks in the Libertarian platform, though I agree more thoroughly with the Constitution party, for which I don’t have the option of voting this election. In lieu of being able to vote for a Constitutional party candidate, how I would love to vote Libertarian this year, to be part of a 5% vote that would force some changes in the two-party system (or display how corrupt it is when they again change the rules mid-stream).
7) But, ah, for the deal-breaker of a rub. See number 2. The official Libertarian platform says that abortion should not be regulated by the government, and yet, if one accepts the biological beginning of human life at conception, to not criminalize the taking of a human life by the force of abortion directly violates stated Libertarian principles (See Section 1 of the Libertarian platform). Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s website states that “Life is precious and must be protected. A woman should be allowed to make her own decisions during pregnancy until the point of viability of a fetus.” Again, if one accepts that human life begins at conception, as so many biologists and abortion advocates do (see above link for a refresher or if you are doubting), this is saying that the taking of a human life is fine until said human reaches the nebulous point of “viability.”
8) The other platforms planks with which I disagree could be set aside for the goal of shaking up our current system and creating some Constitutional change. But not this one. I just Can Not, with a clear conscience, cast a vote that does not stand for the sanctity of human life from conception. And honestly, it galls me. Not to stand for life, but to not have a better choice.
9) And so, with the Republican party having what is described as its strongest stand for life ever, and without a Constitutional party option, I go to the polls and will cast a vote for life in the Presidential race. And I research local polititians, knowing that to move toward a more Constitutional government, we must start at a local level. And I ponder what I’m called to do to help create better choices in the future.
10) If you are one of my beloved friends who are to the left of me politically and you have gotten this far in my tome, thank you. I must reiterate that since I embrace life as beginning at conception, I do not have the option of looking at abortion as a women’s rights issue. Just as a woman who shoots her partner in intentional, deliberate fashion is guilty of murder, even with a history of abuse, to kill an unborn person, despite extenuating circumstances or inconvenience, is still murder. Compassion, understanding, forgiveness… these should be extended to a woman in such traumatic situations. But they do not negate the facts of the case. If I believe that an conceived life is a human being, I must take a stand for that life. Would you ask any less of me?
catching up, bit by bit…
We were blessed by a visit from Papa and Mama in June/July – we got to have them with us for three wonderful weeks! They brought their camper trailer, which was great considering our small space. What a blessing to enjoy such sweet fellowship and make precious memories together.
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Birthday Parties and other fun stuff from the first half of the month…
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I’m going to make a real effort to get some pictures posted from the last few months. I’ve been totally MIA on the blog and once I get so far behind, it’s hard to just make a quick, “Here are a few thoughts…” post.
So here’s the part of May I haven’t yet covered!
A few days after we started sleeping at the new place (and with the whole moving process very much still in the works) we were blessed by a visit from our friends Joe and Jaine Garness and their sweet daughter Anne Marie. We got to know Joe when we lived in Missouri, and had not had the blessing of meeting Jaine and little Anne Marie until this visit. It was a delight to pause in the midst of the whirlwind and just enjoy their company!
We went to the Reno County Museum on Tuesday. Most of the Blessings had been there before, but it was the first time for the Garnesses and me. I got a few shots outside, as it was a gorgeous day and they have a neat courtyard, but most of these pictures are from the Oodleplex play area upstairs in the museum.
We closed on our new home on April 27, but didn’t have our first night here until May 5. We spent the intervening week doing lots of scrubbing, sprinkling of baking soda followed by vacuuming, and packing. Saturday the 5th, we moved beds and essentials and had our first “Pancake Night,” which actually wound up being Pizza Night instead. Nobody complained!
The kids got in some game playing with friends in the evening, but they also put in a huge amount of effort throughout the day:
The next Friday, Jonathan and Dad Smith set up the computer desk in our room (a space necessity):
And some progress pictures after one week in the new house:
We had our first yard sale of the purging process on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at Dad and Mom Smith’s. We by no means made out like gangbusters, but it was a good experience overall.
A view of some of our workers Friday evening:
Andrew is not used to getting up at 6.30 on *any* morning, and fell asleep on our bed Saturday morning while everyone was getting ready to go:
A view of some of our “goods”
We had this really good looking guy that kept looking over the tables:
There was a lot of hanging out on the porch going on on Saturday…
We have a large amount of sale stuff waiting in the garage at Dad and Mom Smith’s new place, and are still trying to decide on whether we will do another sale this weekend or wait until fall…
It looks like I stopped taking pictures of the moving/settling process after the yard sale, and currently the new place looks a bit crazy. I guess I’ll have to see just how “real” this blog needs to be about that!
Our little darling boy turned TWO on May 1st… amazing!
We had his birthday party planned for a few days later, but I snapped some pictures of the two of us the evening of his birthday after his bath, and made this collage with one from right after his birth and one from his birthday:
Then on Friday, May 4, we had his birthday party!
Andrew is really doing so well. He had his re-evaluation with his team from the Early Education Center recently, and is at or close to “age appropriate” development in most areas except his expressive language. That in itself is misleading, because wow, can that boy communicate without words! He’s quite expressive, just not very verbal.
A brief rundown on his reported developmental levels from his yearly evaluation on May 15 (mostly for my easy reference and for his grandparents):
Gross Motor: 14-16 months (and actually, I think he would be in another range just a month or so later)
Fine Motor: 21 months
Expressive Language: 9-12 months
Receptive Language: Age appropropriate
Cognitive Skills (playing, thinking, problem solving): 18-24 months
Social Skills (interacting in environment and with people): Age appropriate
Self-Help (feeding, dressing, sleep, toilet-training): 21-24 months
Happy June 1st!
~ Happy 9th birthday to our darling Victoria Grace!!! She is such a joy to have in our family, and I love my memories of her arrival nine years ago.
~ Almost done at the old house. Just have trash and a few boxes to take out this morning, then next week a bit more cleaning, paint in a few spots, yard clean-up, and clearing out the shop.
~ Jonathan’s 20 year class reunion is this weekend – a date for the two of us for tonight’s event at The Anchor Inn, and a family picnic tomorrow (bring your own food). We’re skipping the keg party tomorrow night.
~ Dropped a shelf on my big toe this morning. Big pain. 🙂
~ Double birthday party tomorrow night for Stephen and Grace. Need to make dinner and two birthday cakes. Might cheat on dinner since they want pizza and time is scarce.
~ Davey and Barak will be home from LTC tomorrow (at least until Sunday… I don’t know yet if they will be staffing next week). I’m looking forward to seeing them!
~ Kate and Grace will both be campers at Grade School 1 next week, and they are ever so excited. We need to get clothes ready, get stuff packed, etc.
~ Need to get food together for Katie for camp. I’m so thankful we’re now only about 4 miles from camp, because each day I will be taking over food for her. Food allergies are challenging… I’ve looked at the menu and there is not one meal that I can feel comfortable about her eating. The fact that her eczema is completely non-evident right now is extremely motivating, though!
~ With all of the “to-do’s” involved in the above items, I’d better get off the computer and get busy. Blessings to you!