Category Archives: Family

Baby Killing Should Be Outlawed!

BabyWhy are people so fired up in favor of killing babies?

The Pro-Choice Movement is not about a woman’s right to choose…it’s about killing babies for profit.

If you were to Google Pro-Choice, one of the top three searches shows the website www.prochoice.org. Click on it and you will find that it is the National Abortion Federation (NAF).

Is it about making a choice between (a) giving birth and keeping the child or putting him/her up for adoption and (b) abortion? NO! It clearly states in the upper right hand corner:

Our mission…is to ensure safe, legal and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women.

There is no choice in the Pro-Choice Movement…it’s an agenda to lawfully kill babies.

As for women having the right to choose…they have always had that right in America. It is common knowledge that there is only one way to get pregnant (without scientific assistance), and that is through sexual intercourse. A woman has the right to choose to engage in that activity or not. That is her right to choose. If she is forced to engage in that activity against her will, there are laws in place to punish her attacker and she should press charges. Other than that, when a woman engages in sexual intercourse (regardless of any birth control measures taken), she has made the choice of possibly becoming pregnant.

Why is that such a difficult concept to grasp?

Baby-killing is not a woman’s right, or a man’s right, or a doctor’s right for that matter. It is murder and it should be outlawed.

School Choice: Homeschool, Public or Private

This fall I’m excited to be homeschooling my two preschoolers. A few months ago I met with some homeschooling parents from my church and decided to dive in myself.

Several years ago I had considered homeschooling our oldest when we moved from Oklahoma, but shortly after we closed on our new house I discovered I was pregnant. With the move, and some of the stress we experienced with the purchase of the house and a 9-month already in tow, the added pregnancy was the straw that broke this camel’s back. So we sent him to public school.

When the time came for him to go to middle school, we preferred to send him to a private school (particularly a Christian school). After some poking around we settled on a small Christian school not too far from here. This past year my daughter demonstrated a strong desire to go to school herself and my heart sank at the thought of her “leaving” me and the additional cost for another private tuition. Sorry folks, but I can’t bring myself to send her to Central Elementary.

So, I started toying with the idea of homeschooling again. Our oldest claimed he wanted to be home-schooled as well, since many of his friends at church were, but I wasn’t too sure about that. While I did consider it, I realized there was a better alternative for him at this point in his life, so we sought that opportunity. Thank God, the door opened and he’ll be attending an excellent Christian Academy starting next month.

Meanwhile, my daughter has been chomping at the bit to start school herself. So, we’ve been actively planning the start of our homeschooling year in just a few more weeks. I have a school room set aside for this purpose, and we’re having fun getting it ready. Also, I’ve found a Biblical Preschool Curriculum that I’ll be teaching them. I’m so excited about these opportunities and I look forward to the journey we are all embarking upon.

To read more about my homeschooling escapades, visit Homeschooler Mom. If you’re a homeschooling parent as well, I encourage you to sign up for my email updates over there and let’s stay in touch. It will be fun to bounce ideas back and forth and share our experiences with one another.

Happy Memorial Day

Cemetery with decorated grave siteIn 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress to honor those who have died in all American wars. Its origins lie in “Decoration Day”, a time established by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

In years past, we spent our Memorial Days cooking out with the family…while it was a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in battle for our Country, we never really did any physical act to recognize them. We prayed and my father hung the American Flag in the front of the house, but as far as I can remember that’s all we did. We didn’t decorate any graves with flowers.

Yesterday at church, my children’s Sunday School teacher took the kids around the cemetery and stopped at every tombstone that bore an American flag. She encouraged us along with the rest of the congregation at the end of the church service to remember the fallen soldiers on this special day.

This year, I’m starting a new tradition with my family. We have fields of yellow buttercups on our property and our family is going to go out and pick baskets full to take with us to our local cemetery. And we are going to decorate the graves of those who died for our freedom.

Red PoppiesTHE BUDDY POPPY

If you don’t have a family tradition for this National Holiday, I encourage you to give this idea a try. If you don’t have fields of flowers in your yard, then consider seeking out some veterans who will be distributing artificial poppies in recognition of their fallen comrades.

“In 1924, a poppy factory was built in Pittsburgh, Pa., providing a reliable source of poppies and a practical means of assistance to veterans. Today, veterans at Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and veterans homes help assemble the poppies, which are distributed by veterans service organizations throughout the country.

“Donations received in return for these artificial poppies have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers and orphans over the years. The poppy itself continues to serve as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation’s freedom.”

NATIONAL MOMENT OF REMEMBRANCE

“To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

“The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

We plan on being at my parents’ house, cooking out at that time, but I will be sure to make certain we all stop precisely at 3PM for a moment of silence and remember as an extended family the price paid for us to gather freely on this beautiful spring day.

God bless you and your family, and may God continue to bless America.

SOURCE: US DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

California Courts, Hold That Thought…

I just signed a petition supporting an emergency suspension of California’s outrageous court ruling that sanctioned homosexual marriage. Here’s a Press Release that was issued last week concerning this emergency suspension:

Mat Staver is accompanied by client Randy Thomasson (right)Press Release

May 16, 2008

Liberty Counsel Will Ask California Court To Stay Opinion Until Californians Vote On Marriage

San Francisco, CA – Liberty Counsel represents the Campaign for California Families (CCF) in defense of California’s marriage laws that were ruled unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court yesterday. Having been involved in defending the marriage laws from the beginning of the case in 2004, Liberty Counsel intends to file a motion on behalf of CCF, asking the court to stay its opinion pending the outcome of a vote in November on a state constitutional amendment that could preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman and overturn the Court’s opinion.

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Partial Birth Abortion Ban Just a Distraction

Baby in WombA ruling was made yesterday on an appeal to overturn Virginia’s ban on partial-birth abortion again. Evidently, because the doctor performing a legal abortion might be held accountable for accidentally performing a partial-birth abortion, this was enough to sway two out of three judges to overturn the VA partial-birth abortion ban.

At first I found this very disturbing, especially after hearing of the California Supreme Court decision to overturn a traditional marriage proposition last week. But in researching the Federal Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion, I came across Generation Xpose and started questioning the real benefits of the PBA Ban.

Dani Kekoa, the author of Generation Xpose believes that the PBA ban does nothing to prevent abortions, and the more I read on her blog, the more I’m inclined to agree with her.

All this ban does is restrict one method of abortion, it does nothing to restrict abortions from happening. Yes, it’s particularly cruel because we actually see a living baby being born only to end up dead before the delivery is complete. And I am certainly in favor of prohibiting this kind of procedure being done, but I wonder if all the hoopla over the signing of the Federal Ban was just a distraction…from getting more work done to actually save lives.

Are we any closer to stomping out abortion in America…really?

Pray, people…pray that God would have mercy on us as a nation. God help us!

I’m Not Lovin’ It

HamburgerMcDonald’s is now financing attacks on marriage and the family as a new Corporate Partner of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).” [SOURCE]

McDonald’s is supposed to be a family-friendly restaurant, or so I thought. Why would they partner with an organization that is known to fund anti-marriage and family issues?

The above Alert from the Family Research Council goes on to say, “It’s alarming that the overseer of McDonald’s advertising campaigns directly geared toward families will now be a leader in the NGLCC’s campaign to weaken traditional values.”

Family Research Council suggests we take this flier to our local McDonald’s restaurant and hand it to the manager, asking him/her to notify the corporate offices that customers are upset about this policy.

Do not attempt to post the flier or distribute it to customers, but rather give it directly to the manager. Be polite, of course (the manager is probably not even aware of this). However, feel free to make copies of the flier and distribute to friends and family, asking them to take it to the manager of their local McDonald’s restaurant, and declare, “I’m Not Lovin’ It“.

Traditional Marriage Declared Unconstitutional

Groom & GroomThe following ruling was made on May 15, 2008:

“San Francisco — The California Supreme Court today held that the California legislative and initiative measures limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violate the state constitutional rights of same-sex couples and may not be used to preclude same-sex couples from marrying.” [SOURCE]

David Anderson brought this ruling to my attention a few days ago, and today I received an email from Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family covering this issue on his radio broadcast.

Besides the subject itself, what’s disturbing to me is that these (4 out of 7) judges made this decision despite the vote of the people. In 2000, Proposition 22 was passed by the people of California with 61.4% of the vote defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. But that wasn’t enough to prevent a handful of justices last week to declare opposite-sex marriages as “unconstitutional”. So now what? Continue reading

Fluvanna BBQ for Fiscal Conservatives

Sack of MoneyThe Fluvanna Taxpayers Association is holding a lunch barbecue tomorrow (Saturday), May 10th, 2008 starting at Noon. It is open to all Fluvanna County citizens concerned about their taxes regardless of political affiliation.

Scheduled speakers include the following elected officials:

Congressional Representative Virgil Goode (R, 5th District)
State Senator Frank Ruff (R-15)
State Delegate Watkins (Watt) Abbitt (I-59)
State Delegate Rob Bell (R-58)

There is no cost, however a $10 donation per person is suggested. It is being held at the home of Doug Johnson, 571 Long Acre Road in Palmyra.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet & speak to your elected leaders! I encourage you to come…and bring a friend. Please RSVP with a head count below.

Happy Birthday to Me

Osteospermum: Purple Daisy-like flowerLast week I turned the big 3-9 for the first time in my life (LOL), and I have to be honest I certainly don’t feel “almost 40”. I felt older when I was pregnant with my four-year-old. Amazingly 3 pregnancies later and I’ve got more energy than I’ve had in the last 8 years!

Well, my birthday proved to be a pretty spectacular day. It started with an early lunch with my friend, Barbara Lintecum. We met at a local pizza place for some salad and calzone…topped off with a cannoli. Mmm. She graced me with a beautiful container of purple daisy-like flowers as pictured here. Aww. What made this luncheon extra special was…NO KIDS! I left all of them (except our oldest, who was in school) home with my husband…including the baby. Woo-hoo! We had great uninterrupted “grown-up” conversation.

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