Friday, February 16, 2018

Amaya Marie

It's been quite a while since I've attempted to write a blog. . . . Not sure what direction to take. I'm still somewhat in awe, remembering how fast this past year has gone by! I knew it would go by fast, but the days just flew! Our first year with Amaya Marie - precious angel sent to our family at Christmastime, just over a year ago! A beautiful Christmas surprise! : )



I'm not recommending that women should make a practice of having babies when they are 45 years old, I certainly wasn't planning on it, but I wouldn't change things for the world! Miss Amaya has brought so much joy and love to our family. It would be hard to imagine life without her!

                














Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Issues With Entitlement

Last week, it snowed all day Friday and Saturday.

Last week, we had two birthdays, one election day, and I was sick the whole time. Not just sick physically, not just under the weather, but sick at heart as well.

I learned something about our country that I just hadn't let myself see before now. America has changed. It became very clear to me, as I sat and watched our hope of a conservative victory dwindle, that things are very, very different than they used to be. This is no longer the America that I know, that I remember.

I was brought up largely on the East Coast, spent most all of my formative years in Virginia, within view of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. A reverence for this brilliant man was instilled in me early on. We were taught, in school, about American history, we learned to appreciate the vision of our founding fathers, we gained an understanding of the workings of the Republic that we lived in. It was this Republic that soldiers gave their lives for, that was set forth under the direction of Almighty God and the men he inspired. The founders of this country had a vision, and it burned within them. They had a desire for freedom above all else. Sadly, over the past few decades, these values, that our country was based upon, have eroded away, and now seem to have disappeared entirely in some circles. Just over half of our country, the United States of America, is now okay with the introduction of a Socialist State. Why do people now value freedom hardly more than . . . I don't know what.

I could hardly believe it, but sitting there, watching the election coverage, watching it all unfold, state after state . . making their statement. . . It became very clear. Where did the vision go? It would seem that more than half of our beloved country now believes in one thing. And that one thing is . . me. It became very clear to me that the people that voted for President Obama are concerned mainly about themselves. They didn't vote for their children or their grandchildren. They didn't vote for the state of the union. They didn't vote for the future of America. They want to play, to party, they want to be taken care of, they want Socialism.
Entitlement had won out.

Wow.

They think they want Socialism. Maybe they just haven't taken the time to think about it, maybe it sounded good in the ads, maybe . . they just don't care. . about freedom . . anymore.

Here's a Facebook post from Election night:
  • "Can we all just team up and abdicate and make Romney our prez? The other side would really struggle then with so few taxpayers."
    6 November at 23:23 via mobile · Like · 2
  • "True!"
  • "People have thrown away freedom in exchange for what they perceive to be security, not knowing the most basic truth: They will end up with neither."
  • "Sounds like a relatively peaceful way to split the country right down the middle. It's pretty much 50/50, if votes mean anything. I say we move all the conservatives out west, and all the crazies can go hang out back east! Whadaya say!"
  • "We'll be the United States of America, and they'll be the Entitled States of . . . Something Else."

We watched a victory that had been expected, to some extent, even projected by experts and analysts, fade steadily away. It became glaringly obvious to me that something about our country is fundamentally different. The Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave. . is on the line.

Many, if not all, of Obama's ideas are in direct opposition to the teachings of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence. Think about that for a minute. Does this statement not seem super scary?! The man that 'leads' our country today, is actively trying his best to unravel the inspired brilliance that was/is our founding Declaration of freedom, secured and protected. Now, in stark contrast to the beliefs outlined in this inspired document, we find ourselves mired in Socialist propaganda, to the eternal detriment of generations yet unborn. The ideologies of the 2 main political parties in this country are so extraordinarily different, that I just don't see how we can come to any kind of a middle ground. Many people are dismayed by the direction in which we are headed. This election has defied history. Can we allow this trend to continue?

Food for thought: The following are statements made by Thomas Jefferson. Are they congruent with the ideology of our current President?

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." 

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."





Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Quotes from Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe ." -- ThomasJefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." --Thomas Jefferson

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." -- Thomas Jefferson

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." -- Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -- Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Excerpt - Get To Know Mitt Romney


"Others insist that Romney can’t earn people’s confidence because he’s too squeaky clean. Few can identify with a man who never touches coffee or alcohol, whose hair is as precise as the crease in his pants. Or, put another way, the figures in his business ledgers?
He seems preternaturally unflappable, which to some is too robotic, not-quite-human. We like some fallibility in our leaders and flaws in our protagonists. Perhaps Romney would benefit from a slight imperfection or some other handicap over which he has struggled.
Or might kindness and humility be handicaps in a mean, self-infatuated world?
Humility is a tough trait to communicate in a presidential campaign that requires confident self-promotion, though it is often apparent in Romney’s debate face. He looks at others respectfully when they are speaking, and his expression betrays patience and even a hopefulness that they will do well. Romney isn’t shy in reminding voters of his own accomplishments, but there are stories out there that tell another side to his character. Here’s one related to me recently by someone close to the campaign:
Romney was shooting an ad on a hot day in a staffer’s yard. While the photo shoot was being set up, Romney was asked to bide time in the cooler shade of the staffer’s garage. When the staffer retrieved Romney 30 minutes later, he discovered that the candidate had swept and organized his garage.
A small thing. Or perhaps not."
INDEED