Saturday, August 30, 2008
Am I against women working? No. Not necessarily. But sometimes, yes. I'm very old-school when it comes to mothers working. And again, there are times when mothers need to work... have to work. I understand that.
What I have a problem with is when mothers work just for the sake of working... not wanting to lose whatever it is she feels she loses if she were to just stay at home with her child/ren. Almost feeling as if raising her children wasn't enough for her. That I've got a problem with. And that's the problem I have with Sarah Palin.
As a person - a mother, she can get no higher respect from me. She is indeed a wonderful role-model. In the face of our culture of death - she has turned her back. As a mother of 5 gifts from God, I know she faces the same joys, fears and thoughts as we all do as mothers. And then some. I'm ecstatic that she's Pro-Life! That's terrific that a person in any office is. But...
how can she be this person in this very powerful position - this Vice President to the United States of America - on the world stage and be the mother, the wife, the heart of her home that she needs to be. Someone will suffer. Will it be the American people? Or her family?
I don't want to feel [and I'm a woman... we do feel] that our VP - who's traveling here and there, doing this and that, not doing this or that, speaking to this leader and that leader - should really be home. I don't even want this to be an issue. I don't think it should be an issue. Call me old-fashioned.
We teach our girls that they can have whatever job/occupation they desire when they get older, but the most important job and the only one that really matters is the one with the title: Mother. That is the ultimate job. And that should be their place when that comes to be.
And again, I'm not saying women who are mothers shouldn't work - I have some friends that do and they work around dh's schedule to still be home with the kids - I'm only saying that there's something to be said for sacrificing for the good of the family.
To learn more how feminism has hurt our country and our society read Save the Males.
So please don't blast my views or call me uncompassionate. I'm not and I'm not meaning to come across that way.
We need to pray for the future of our country. Which is still the greatest country on earth.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Personally, I like to leave comments. The bloggers I visit know this :o)
Likewise, I like to receive comments. But the "rules of acceptance" state that 7 bloggers must be nominated... I rarely have 5! Okay, okay... let's see.
1. What's in a Name - Washingtonians
2. Mom to 5 Minnies
3. Shower of Roses
4. A Crocus in the Valley
5. Living a Simple Life and a Pure Faith
6. Laura the Crazy Mama
7. Knit Together
Now remember, to accept this award you must pass it on to 7 others. Have fun!
Let me make this clear for people who "don't get it" - I have no idea! I'd say do whatchya feel like! If you want to do top commenters, sounds logical to me. But if you don't have that many
Thursday, August 28, 2008
If you click on Watch Videos you can see the trailer. Don't forget to shut up my music :o)
The thing that I don't like about it, from what I can tell, is that saving the relationship seems to lie on his shoulders [actor, Kirk Cameron] and his shoulders only. I hope that that's not the only message. I'm a firm believer that both have to give their all - and it [a change] can start with one of the two, but it still shouldn't only be up to the one. Why is it that it's always the man's fault when things aren't going well? This is an interesting site that someone in our homeschooling group pointed us towards. Click on 'free movies' then 'marriage'.
...and here's the inside which is revealed when you pull back the flap. Neat!The army...
My poor kids. They'll be so scandelized. This is the image they'll have of Romans - ancient or modern - it won't matter. LOL!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We quote it all the time... well, mostly the kids. That's "what they do"... they memorize movie lines. Don't know where they get it from! I must admit, they are much better at it than I ever was. But then again they watch things over and over and over again. When we saw a movie, it was once. That's it. Once. We enjoyed it for what it was. As they quote movies I'm thinking, "Gosh, those memories are terrific! No more excuses doing schoolwork." Busted, in a sense.
We also watched an oldie but a goodie - the true story of "The Fighting Sullivans". What a great movie.
Amazing Grace was also good. It's the true story of William Wilberforce an English politician who fought for the abolition of slavery. His mentor was the man who actually wrote the song Amazing Grace. Very inspiring.
Monday, August 25, 2008
What Causes Cancer?
Conventional medicine likes to focus on the impact
of genetics as a causative agent in developing cancer, despite the fact that
research indicates that genetics is not the main cause of this widespread
phenomenon, even though it may play a small role in some people. Unfortunately,
little attention is paid to the impact of plain and simple
Dr. Simoncini’s research has led him to believe that
something as simple as a fungus, Candida, is the leading cause of cancer; that
cancer itself is in fact a fungus. What we refer to as a tumor, is nothing more
than your body’s attempt at protecting itself from that fungus.
brings up an analogy between psoriasis – an “incurable” disease of the skin that
many treat as a fungus – and tumors, which are also an “incurable” disease of
your body. Several
studies have linked the presence of Candida with cancer, showing that
anywhere between 79 to 97 percent of all cancer patients also have
Dr. Simoncini’s explanation for how this phenomenon works –
how Candida leads to deadly cancer – is that it’s a consequence of the weakening
and exhaustion of your organs, and eventually your entire body, in the following
Candida roots itself in your deep connective tissue in various
As a result, this evokes an organic defensive reaction as the
connective tissue of your invaded organ attempts to encyst the fungin colonies
through cellular hyper-production, which results in the formation of tumors
Growths continue as the fungi spreads, both in your surrounding tissue, and
remotely (aka “metastatis”). It is still always the same Candida attacking
different tissues, but due to its highly adaptive qualities it is able to mutate
to adapt itself to whatever environment it finds itself in, hence the various
types of tumors
Your body becomes progressively more exhausted, which allows
the fungi to spread and take over more rapidly
You die from
If Cancer is a Fungus, Then What is the Cure?
video, Dr. Simoncini shows actual before-and-after footage of both bronchial
cancer and colon cancer. Four days after his revolutionary and mind-blowingly
simple treatment for bronchial cancer with a sodium bicarbonate and water flush,
the tumors are gone…
Sodium bicarbonate, a.k.a baking soda, is the most
potent anti-fungal substance there is. The problem with anti-fungal drugs,
however, is that fungi are extremely adaptive, and can adapt to a new
environment in three to four days. This renders anti-fungal drugs largely
ineffective. The fungi do not adapt to the baking soda, but it is far more
difficult to use as it needs to be injected directly into the tumor; swallowing
the baking soda would not work at all.
Candida yeast is not “one shared
element,” so to speak, but rather “social elements,” or colonies, that are
Because of their unique adaptation skills, sodium
bicarbonate must be administered directly onto the tumor, and in so doing
changing its ph very quickly, from acid to alkaline, which quickly and
effectively kills off the yeast before it has time to adapt.
example, Dr. Simoncini’s experience has shown that 99 percent of breast- and
bladder cancer can heal in just six days, entirely without the use of surgery,
chemo or radiation, using just a local infiltration device (such as a catheter)
to deliver the sodium bicarbonate directly to the infected site in your breast
tissue or bladder.
Friday, August 22, 2008
On top, those are 2 lb. pkgs of ground beef - we got 43 of those! My mouth dropped when Paul told me. 43? Really? That's a lot!
The bottom portion is... the rest! Steaks and roasts, mostly - I guess. I really haven't gone through it to look for myself.
I browned 2 lbs of ground beef on Wednesday and I didn't even have to drain it. That right there is worth all the moola we paid [pun obviously intended :)].
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
You'd think that I'd show pictures of my brother, but no. This is his new toy that he just got on Saturday. His Buddy scooter.
Nobody really looks that great in a helmet, I've decided. Maybe some burley Harley dudes, but not I!I think Nina was doing a bit of training here with their new pup, Swayze. I would say that this has to do with more "potty training", but Swayze happens to be of the more gentler gender. :o)Little Swayze... she is so sweet. She's got the sweet puppy breath, that roly poly belly, the floppy run, the klutziness that comes with puppyhood, the occasional "oops" and piranha sharp teeth! "This too shall pass".
Cue Stevie Wonder... "You are the sunshine of my life... yeah" - until those middle-of-the-night wake-ups. :o)
Remember the piranha teeth?
Okay... we need another babyWe had such a great time this weekend! Friday we really just hung around and ate at their house. Chris grilled some potates/onions and chicken. Afterwards Chris brought out this big chocolate cake [in celebration of my birthday which was last week] - and as he's getting it out of the container, he and Nina made a quick change of plans... we went to "The Chocolate Bar" instead. They still put 4 candles on [I'll let you figure that out!] and I blew them out and we headed out the door.
At the Chocolate Bar I'm the only one who ordered a "slice" of cake. Huge. And $10! I enjoyed it more the next day at breakfast! Yes, I had a lot left over. Chris enjoyed it too.
Actually, Chris bought some tamales at a little tamale shop, cut some up and put them in with some scrambled eggs and then he wrapped them in tortillas. That with homemade cappuccinos... awesome!
Saturday night Paul and I stayed at a nice hotel downtown - Sunday was our anniversary and he wanted to do something special. Chris and Nina thoroughly enjoyed all the complimentary goods that our hotel provided. "Yeah, I'll take a chardonnay and 10 chocolate chip cookies." Yes, Chris, I'm still laughing 'bout that one!
They took us to the Astros game Saturday night. Wow, those Diamondbacks had quite the fun game! We left at the 7th inning. There were some cookies calling our names! We went to Tipanos for dinner @ 9pm. It was a great night.
Here are Chris and Nina downing all the complimentary beer during "Happy Hour". They were happy!
Sunday morning they met us and we all walked to Mass. The Annunciation is the 2nd oldest Catholic Church in Houston. It was magnificent! Make sure to scroll down from the link to the church - all those pictures! Karen, everything that I tried explaining to you... is in those pictures. Make sure to go to page 2 too!
After Mass we went to brunch at a quaint little place. The food was extremely good. The exciting part was when Nina tackled the waitress in order to get our complimentary cinnamon rolls! Nice goin' Nina!
Thank you both for an extremely fun, memorable and blessed trip! Oh and give Swayze a good ol' belly rub for me!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Last Saturday I threw a shower for one of my best friends. Many of you know her - whether in person or through the blogosphere. For those of you who don't, she's pregnant with #5 with 4 boys in her brood. She's due toward the end of this month - though I know she'd be glad to "go at any time". She is holding out hope that the baby is born on the 18th. You can read more about her story/pregnancy here. And the reason she'd like the baby to be born on that date is because that's her son Matthew's birthday.
The basket below is filled with gorgeous receiving blankets made by Megan's mom. We all went ga-ga over them! They have crocheted edges - I don't recall the stitch name, but they were saying it's very simple. Simple or not, we all want Bruce to teach us how to make them. She comes back in 3wks and said she'd be happy to give a lesson... or 2 :O) And, yes, Megan's mom's name is Bruce. She really needs to write a post on all the male gendered names in her family - and I'm not talkin' about names for the boys! I tried to zoom in on the picture to show the crocheted edges, but it won't save like that. And no, I didn't try in Photoshop - which we ended up buying the other night.
Megan and I are in the middle - not sure if the others would mind their names in here, so we'll just call them "Cake Maker" and "Ducky Cookie Maker", respectively ;)
Showers are so funny - all the oooo's and awwww's that accompany each unwrapped gift!
Megan ~ you, Catherine and all the boys are in our prayers. May God grant you a speedy and safe delivery so that we can all snuggle with that little blessing!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I'm trying to implement some Montessori into our school. I'd like to do a continent study in place of the map skills wkbk [which I've always used - 10yrs now]. How much time per week should they spend on this? How much time per continent do you spend? I know "it depends" - but what do you do? I'd just like specifics, I guess. Different activities within this study. Maybe some helpful blog/websites?
I just ordered Teach Me to Do It Myself from Amazon. Hopefully I'll get some great ideas for pre-school activities too.
Thanks in advance for any and all ideas, comments and well-wishes :o)
Our dry erase markers are out of reach but accessible with this shower basket which I got at Target. I only wish the markers lasted longer than 2 days!
Want to know what my handyman is doing here?
He's making a house [?] for my 2 maps. We used to have our world map tacked to the wall, but with the added shelves we put up, we lost the wall space for those large maps. So we bought some window shades and I glued the maps on with Elmers spray adhesive. I may need to tape down the corners with some packing tape.
He needed to tighten the tension a bit because of the added weight. They work great! I still need to glue the US map. I'll have to post of picture of it hung.