Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful for good friends
I am thankful for my loving family
I am thankful to have a good husband
I am thankful that I live in a free country
I am thankful that I have a roof over my head and shoes on my feet
I am thankful for all the opportunities I have been given
I am thanful for all the blessings I have received
I am thankful that our SW will be done writing up our homestudy in 2 weeks and then we will begin the matching process.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Getting Antsy for our homestudy write-up to be done. I am trying not to think about it too much, but every once in a while I start to daydream about how life will change when we have kids. Both my sisters-in-law called this weekend to tell us what they are naming their boys, both due in the next couple months. One will be Bryce and the other will be Isryel. It's weird that they are both interested in replacing the vowel in these names with "y". Well, they are sisters after all. I am looking forward to meeting both these little guys. It would be fun if we get kids around the same time, because then we would all have new kids.

Friday, November 7, 2008

This weekend should be a down weekend for us. It's started to snow here where I live, and I will be putting some last minute lawn stuff away, and trying to get some leaves raked if the snow melts. I was able to get the front yard done, but since the storm yesterday, my backyard is now a mess with wet leaves.
So, as I look forward to some much needed down time, I wanted to wish everyone a restful, relaxing weekend as well.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

An E-mail I just received.

Although, I don't normally agree with David Letterman on anything, I think this was poignant.

No matter what your political convictions are this is an eye
opener....What a thankless people we are!!! David Letterman, on
President Bush. (Surprising)
David Letterman wrote this; it's David we don't often see....

'As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever
been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it
seems to hit the mark.'
'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some
Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the
source, right? The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans
are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of
the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In
essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So
being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so
unhappy about?'
A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7
Days a week?
B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the
summer and heating in the winter?
C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?
D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time
and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?
E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the
Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present
identification papers as we move through each state.
F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find
along the way that can provide temporary shelter?
G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from
around the world is just not good enough either.
H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show
up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take
you to the hospital.
I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.
J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a
fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use
top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your
family, and your belongings.
K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a
burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a
bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against
attack or loss.
L. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or
militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90%
of teenagers own cell phones and computers.
M. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we
enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that i s what
has 67% of you folks unhappy.
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the
world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a
great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most
blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we
don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the
good Lord we live here.
I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has
no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent
approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in
the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an
economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been
called every name in the
book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe
from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer
army that is out there defending you and me?
Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did
this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a
look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad?
Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually
caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was
failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.
Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have
volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your
freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have
to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a
''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst
case scenario, a ''dishonorable' discharge after a few days in the
brig. So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69
percent of Americans?
Say what you want, but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads
and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with
blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the
corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit
corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to
defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another. Just
ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a
book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have
done it this way......Insane!
Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the
bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as
a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among
the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a
day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes,
tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe
thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with
the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a
good time to
take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'
-David Letterman