November 30, 2008

Technorati Challenge Experiment

This is from The Mom with Brownies but I spotted it at Rodney Olsen's Blog.

Technorati Challenge Experiment! It’s pretty basic and straight forward. If you want to join from the beginning to get maximum results, here is your chance! :o)

1. Copy The List Below into a blog post on your blog(s). Don’t forget to comment on Brownie Mom’sOriginal post!

2. Add Your Link(s) To The List on your website.

3. Comment On This Post stating the blog address(es) you want listed so Brownie Mom can update the list to include your link(s).

4. Watch Your Authority Rise!

1. THE MOM WITH BROWNIES

2. Our High School Homeschool

3. THE BIG DOG

4. ARE YOU PART OF THE SERIOUS BLOGGER ADlog?

5. Thoughts From The Front Porch

6. My Opinion Counts

7. The Pond

8. Your Fun Family

9. 1stopmom

10. Juicy Alligator

11. Coupon Queen of Corning

12. Life Of A Star

13. The Life Of A Mom

14. Not Just A Mom Site

15. Red Dahlia in Bloom

16. Lyndonology

17. All Arkie Army

18. The Natural State Hawg

19. Healthy Moms

20. Idiot On A Stick

21. Our 5 Dangerous Boys

22. Red Dahlia in Bloom

23. Sojourner’s Place

24. Sojourner’s Place, 2

25. The Emblem of the Helping Hand

26. Moblog

27. Penny Raine

28. RodneyOlsen.net

29. Harmless Thoughts

November 29, 2008

More for Non-Sequitur

I know that Non-Sequitur probably won't care about this, but just thought that I would pass this one along as well.



[Additional HT: True Grit]

November 27, 2008

Sticky Creations #6 & #7

I can't just sit and listen. I just can't do it. I am 36 years old, and I still need to fidget.

If I don't have anything in my hands, I end up fidgeting with my goatee. I usually get mocked for that, so I try to keep something in my hands to fidget with. Since I am a teacher, one of my favorite things to fidget with is Sticky-Tack.

But I don't just fidget... I create!  Here are my latest sticky creations:

A die:




Gandalf and a Ring Wraith



Notice the little Frodo Baggins in the background.  Son #2 made that one.

Here are some other sticky creations:

November 25, 2008

Unfashionable

I just saw this great quote on Josh Harris' Blog. I am always tempted to add to the quotes that I find, but I am going to leave this one alone. I just wanted to pass it along.
The great guide of the world is fashion and it's god is respectability--two phantoms at which brave men laugh! How many of you look around on society to know what to do? You watch the general current and then float upon it! You study the popular breeze and shift your sails to suit it. True men do not so! You ask, "Is it fashionable? If it is fashionable, it must be done." Fashion is the law of multitudes, but it is nothing more than the common consent of fools.
Charles Spurgeon from a sermon on Joshua 24:15, delivered on April 18, 1875


[HT: Josh Harris]

November 24, 2008

Castle Personality Test

I haven't done one of these in a while. Mostly because... well, I'm an adult, but since I hang out with kids all day, I felt motivated to try one. I saw this one on a blog that I read.





The Castle Personality Test



You are scared of new experiences. It's hard for you to break outside of your comfort zone.



You like to think that people are impressed by you. You know that you have a lot to offer.



You are a very romantic person. You can't help but see the world as it should be.



Right now, you feel very trapped in your life. You often feel like there is no way out of your rut.



Overall, your life is calm and steady. Not much stirs you, and each day is full of joy.



You feel like the fate of the future partially rests in your hands. You believe you need to help make the world a better place.

November 22, 2008

Lock-Me-Up

I am at an all-nighter for the school where I teach.

I am sitting here trying to type up a post about this all-nighter, but I keep deleting what I have typed and starting over again.  I can't get the words to sound right, so I am just going to say a couple of things.

First, I came up with this idea because some of my best memories come from all-nighters when I was in High School.  I called the one for this school The Turkey Lock-In because it is right before Thanksgiving (or maybe because these kids are a bunch of turkeys).  I still enjoy these, but I am finding that they take more out of me than they used to.

Well, that is what I was going to say... I wanted to draw this post out a little more, but I'm tired.

Later.

November 17, 2008

Real Church

I have heard of Tony Campolo, but this is the first I had seen of him.




Thanks Rodney for sharing this one.

Be Careful!

I found this hanging on the wall in the elementary building. I am sure that they simply forgot to cross their "t" but I think that I like it better this way.



It is now my current desktop background.

Too true...

Found this a little while ago:





[HT: Without Wax]

Non-Sequitur?

In an earlier post I quoted Ronald Reagan.  Here is that quote again:

I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.
~Ronald Reagan, quoted in New York Times, 22 September 1980

I personally like that quote. I think that it really drives home an excellent point. That point, in my opinion, is that the perspective of these children is often dismissed.  To drive that point home, I had someone fulfill this by actually adding this comment to that post:

Non-sequitur. Everyone who is against abortion has already been born, too.
~anonymous commenter
"Non-Sequitur" is Latin for "it does not follow."  In other words, this anonymous commenter is trying to say that Reagan's statement did not follow logically.  Or that there is no absolute concrete evidence to support that statement.  The anonymous commenter, in an effort to support his criticism, then states that "everyone who is against abortion has already been born too. I would disagree with that statement.  I would say that there are those who are not yet born who would be against abortion.  This is, again, ignoring the perspective of the children.

To help validate this, what we would need would be someone who is an abortion survivor.  Someone who has survived, but had also grown up and could be a voice for those who do not survive.  I just saw this video over at True Grit's Blog, and thought that it fit in perfectly with this particular post.




One of my favorite things that she says in this video is a little after minute 7, when she says that she was laying on the table trying to survive.  Do you get what that implies?  "Trying to survive."  Right after that she says something about women's rights, but then she says, "What about my rights.?"

Normally it bothers me when people use the phrase, "What about my rights?"  But this is a case when it should be said.  Usually people say that in the midst of immaturity, and they are referring to small unnecessary items, but she is talking about life! 




This video is great!  My favorite part in this video is when she says something to the men.  She says something like, "You were made for greatness.  You were made to protect women and children."

To sum up:  In my house we celebrate the conception of a new child into our house.  We pray for that baby and talk about that baby.  When the baby doesn't survive, we mourn that loss of life, because that is exactly what it is... A loss of life.

If you are at all confused as to whether God sees an unborn child as a person, search the scriptures.  Consider Psalm 139.  Take in Jeremiah chapter 1.  Look in the gospels when it talks about the mother of Jesus and the mother of John when they meet for the first time.  Notice that it says that the "child" leapt in its mother's womb.  There are other scriptures as well, but I will pick this up again later.

I miss Reagan

I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.
~Ronald Reagan, quoted in New York Times, 22 September 1980

There is nothing like good, simple, straight-forward, logical statements.

November 16, 2008

"Children of the State"

It is an article.  It is a little long.  I usually don't read long articles when other bloggers recommend them... But, please consider reading this article:

November 14, 2008

Jobs?

Got this in an e-mail from a family member, and thought it was funny surprisingly accurate and scary.  So, I thought that I would share it with you!

November 13, 2008

The End of the World as we Know it.

I heard this quote on the radio on the way home yesterday. I thought it was pretty good, so I decided to pass it along to you.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to the Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin (1802)
3rd president of US (1743 - 1826)

I have never been a doom-sayer. Usually when people start talking about doom and gloom I respond with "Oh. It could get a lot worse..." and then I drop it.

But I have to say, the way things are going, I have come to believe that I will see the end of America as we know it. We are just a hairsbreadth away from a very different society than we used to be. In fact, if you look at any area of our current culture: the educational system, our economy, the media, our entertainment, etc., you will see trends. The elimination of God, the declining of morals, the increase of federal government, the people's increasing desire to have the government (or someone in the government) to save us all. I find it disconcerting (not necessarily frightening...)

I would like to resurrect a previous quote from Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee:

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From Bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.

Did you catch that phrase? "From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury..." If that doesn't fit our current state, I don't know what does. We have moved from apathy to dependence. It just leaves me with a couple of questions: How much longer do we have? Can it be turned around? Should it be turned around?

November 9, 2008

I am attempting to do a post through Google Talk using ping.fm I will see if it works.

November 7, 2008

Could I have more soup please?

A strange species we are. We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us, save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much, and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, sick.
John Steinbeck
Washington Post, 1960

November 6, 2008

Comments

The comments weren't working.  I am not sure what it was, but it seems to be fine now.  

If all two of you who comment could please come by and drop all of those comments that were missed out on, I would really appreciate it.

:)


Letter to Barack Obama

This letter was posted by the Girl Talk blog:

Dear President-Elect Obama,

Today I shed tears of joy, along with hundreds of thousands of Americans, for the great victory of your election. The significance of this moment cannot be overstated. Our African-American friends have been oppressed and cast aside for generations in this country of ours. Now, may the shame be completely wiped away and may the glory that this nation represents and strives for become a reality for more and more of our once silenced citizens.

I confess I did not cast my vote for you. Not because you failed to inspire me with your speeches, because you did. Not because you do not impress me with your leadership and vision, because you do. I cast my vote for another based upon my concern for another segment of our society which is downtrodden and cast aside, the weak, the innocent; the unborn.

Mr. President-Elect, I pray that your heart would be burdened as well to do all in your power to encourage the life that is even now forming in many to come to fruition, to share in this great moment in our nation’s history. We all know the times are difficult and no one will escape the trials at hand. Just as this is true, so is the gift and privilege we have to live it. May the millions of unborn get this chance as well. May the virtue of responsibility reign as mothers choose to carry the fruit of their wombs to term, to give the gift of life to another. I ask, President Obama, that you would prayerfully consider your pay grade since indeed it has now risen at this moment in our history. May you be the champion of all those who are weak yet share the same right to life.

May God bless you and your beautiful family.

Sincerely,

Margaret Buckley


[ht: Josh Harris]

November 5, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

First Grade Pictures

My youngest son's teacher sent a link to some pictures.  So, for the family and friends... here are some First Grade Pictures .

Praying for Barack Obama

Quote from Josh Harris:

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On Sunday I told my church that after the election half the country would be elated, confident that all would be right in the world because their candidate won; the other half dejected and sure that the world had ended because their candidate lost. But Christians should realize that both sides are wrong. If you voted for Obama, he isn't worthy of your ultimate hope. And if you didn't vote for him, don't despair as though Jesus isn't reigning over the world.

Those who call Jesus their Lord can be filled with a quiet peace and confidence in all seasons. Our Savior is never in the White House. Our Savior is Jesus. We must turn to him with joy and faith. And as we do let's pray for our new President Elect that God would give him wisdom and grace to lead our nation in the days to come. My friend Justin Taylorshares the following helpful words:

No matter who you voted for--or whether you voted at all--it's important to remember that, as President, Barack Obama will have God-given authority to govern us, and that we should view him as a servant of God (Rom. 13:1, 4) to whom we should be subject (Rom. 13:1, 5; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).
  • We are to pray for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
  • We are to thank God for Barack Obama (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
  • We are to respect Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7).
  • We are to honor Barack Obama (Rom. 13:7; 1 Pet. 2:17).
There are many qualifications to add to these exhortations--for example, see this excellent post by John Piper--but it's still important to remember that these are requirements for all Bible-believing Christians.
Though I deeply disagree with Barack Obama on certain policy issues (most notably his support of abortion), I am committed to praying for him and his family in the years to come. And I am grateful to God that in his election our country has taken an important step away from its sad history of racism and prejudice.


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November 4, 2008

InDecision 2008

I voted.

I have to admit, I wasn't sure who I was going to vote for until I got into the booth.  I had been mulling it over all day, and was still in the undecided category.  I had read everything that I needed to read.  I had researched what I needed to research.  I had sought council from the proper channels.  So, when I walked into the booth, I made my decision and cast my vote.

Now we just get to sit back and watch the results.

I would also like to add... I don't think that I have ever seen or heard of such problems with full polling places before.  I have usually just moved right in and voted.  I was hearing stories today of people waiting in line for over 2 hours.  Crazy.

Here are a couple of sites for you:

Video your Vote where I got to see Kirsten Dunst cast her vote.

or

Google Election Maps where you can see how past elections have gone or see the current polls on an interactive map.




270

Just in case you didn't know it, you need 270 Electoral votes to win a presidential election.

Pre-Voting Test

November 3, 2008

Add This...

You know all of those cool little links down at the bottom of the post? The ones that all of the really cool bloggers have? Well, I always wanted some of those, but it seemed like a lot of work.

You know, go to all of those sites and figure out where the html code is... Figure out if I need to upload the icons... Hang out with the cool blogs to determine which sites I need to link to... You don't want to leave the most helpful sites off of your list.

Then you run the risk of cluttering up your blog. A few little icons are fine, but if you have 20 little pictures down at the bottom of each post, it can be visually overwhelming.

Well, I found an alternative. It is a site called Add This. You can visit them at http://www.addthis.com.  They have done all of the leg-work for you.  Notice down at the bottom of this post the "add this" button.  

Click it.  Try it out.  See what it does.