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Friday, February 27, 2009

It's Coming - Do Something Now!

The pro-abortion folks are currently readying themselves to remove, bit by bit, all barriers to killing children in the womb.

In the works and being reported on Fox News, President Obama will soon be rescinding the "conscience" rule. This rule allows for medical professionals to opt out of performing abortions because of a moral objection.

In essence, Obama and his crew from Planned Parenthood, NOW and all others who think it's okay to kill a child (and if you don't think it's a child take a look at the 4D ultrasounds on my sidebar) in the womb at any stage of development including up to the 9th month of pregnancy, are going to try and force medical professionals who have a valid moral objection to performing an abortion into becoming accomplices in murder.

His crew says it's because the rule could give grounds to drug stores to not distribute contraceptives to women. If you didn't know, The Pill is an abortifacient. It is not a pretty little package with a small pill you swallow every day. You can actually get pregnant on the pill..you won't have the baby because the pill and it's combo of hormones creates a hostile environment in your womb. Also in my sidebar is more information on the pill.

The most pro-abortion leadership ever. How many children have to be murdered in what is supposed to be the safest place for them, their own mothers womb? It is an outrage.

Now they want to force others to do the killing for them. It's gruesome. Inform yourselves. Rescinding this rule is forcing others to murder against their will, no doubt.

This rule will be open to comment from the people before it is rescinded. Please contact your congressman and Senators immediately and tell them you are against the rescinding of this rule.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Name Meme

I got tagged by JOT at Ora et Labora

Copy the questions from my post and paste them in a new post on your blog. Erase my answers and put yours in. Use the first letter of your name to answer ALL of the following questions. If the person before you has the same 1st letter pick a new one. You CAN NOT use anything twice, and you CAN NOT use your own name for the boy/girl question. After you are done, tag 5 people.......

1. What is your name?: around here I go by Dawn
2. A 4 letter word: King
3. A boy's name: Kevin
4. A girl's name: Katrina
5. An occupation: Knight
6. A color: Kiwi
7. Something you wear: Knits (yuk)
8. A Food: Kabobs
9. Something found in the bathroom: kids
10. A place: Kimberley, South Africa
11. A reason for being late: Kissing
12. Something you shout: Kaboom!
13. A movie title: Kite Runner
14. Something you drink: Killians
15. An animal: Kangaroo
16. A song title: Killing Me Softly
17. A verb: Kick

I tag:

O What A Beautiful Morning

It's Thursday! It's Thursday! Yay Yay Yay!
There's no big news, no party or fair
Just a big bright smiling sun to share
Jump up and down, smile and say,
It's Thursday! It's Thursday! Yay Yay Yay!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Alice Wrahse, Rest in Peace

My husband's grandmother began her journey home last night.
Alice was 93 years old. Please keep her and Dave's family in your prayers.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Facebook and Old Friends

Update: So who will be the first to share? With all the seriousness of Lent and all the solemn posts on this Ash Wednesday, I suppose I should have waited to post this.

So I went and did it. I got a Facebook account because I'm coming up on my 20th high school reunion. Our class president set up a page so we could all network and get in touch.

Well, I have found folks I haven't seen in 20 years and it's really kind of exciting. It's neat to reconnect and hear the stories about their lives over the years.

Our reunion is planned for June but I don't know if I'll be able to go. There are some work issues there. I am going to really try as I'd love to see these old friends again.

I have to begin going through some old photo albums and posting some high school pictures. It's crazy to think 20 years has gone by. Man! I'm gettin' old!

Did you go to your 20 year reunion? Is it coming up and you are undecided?

I invite you to post a picture of yourself from high school. It's fun to see the clothes, the hair and the innocence on our young faces. The excitement about starting our own lives. Share! Share!

This is my favorite picture from high school. My girlfriend and I were just so happy!

Monday, February 23, 2009

A Generous Serving of Love at Grace Cafe

Donna Marie Cooper-O'Boyle has given us just that in her beautiful book Grace Cafe.

She fills you up with truths from Church documents, encyclicals and inspiring words from such saints as Therese of Lisieux and St. Joseph. She truly shines her light on Christian motherhood.

Donna Marie shows us mothers how to turn our everyday lives into one constant prayer and offering to the Lord. Beginning our day with prayer for our families. Asking Our Lord to bless our families and our husbands.

As wives and mothers we are placed by God as specially appointed keepers of our domestic churches. The opportunities to holiness are endless. Holiness is found in the teaching of prayers to your children, in fixing supper for your husband and even in the laundry piled high.

I highly recommend this book for those occasions when you feel overwhelmed by it all. This book ends with some beautiful prayers and poems that will renew and refresh you.

Check it out at The Catholic Company.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Bible Reflections w/Dr. Scott Hahn

February 22, 2009 - Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)

God’s Great ‘Amen’

Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25
Psalms 41:2-5, 13-14
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Mark 2:1-12 (see also “Who is the Son of Man?”)

Today’s Gospel makes explicit what has been implied in preceeding weeks. Namely, that in healing the sick and casting out demons, Jesus is manifesting God’s forgiveness of His people’s sins.

They had wearied of God, refused to call on His name, we hear in today’s First Reading. Despite that, God promised to remember their sins no more.

Sin is often equated with sickness in Scripture (see Psalm 103:3). And today’s Psalm reads like a foretelling of the Gospel scene - the man is helped on his sickbed, healed of his sins, and made able to stand before the Lord forever.

The scribes know that God alone can forgive sins. That’s why they accuse Jesus of blasphemy. He appears to be claiming equality with God. But the Gospel today turns on this recognition. The scene marks the first time in the gospels that Jesus commends the faith of a person or persons who come to Him (see Matthew 9:2; Luke 5:20).

With the eyes of faith, the paralytic and his friends can see what the scribes cannot - Jesus’ divine identity. He reveals himself as the “Son of Man” - alluding to the mysterious heavenly figure the prophet Daniel saw receive kingship over all the earth (see Daniel 7:13-14).

His retort to the scribes even echoes what God said to Pharaoh when He sent plagues upon Egypt: “That you may know that I am the Lord” (see Exodus 8:18; 9:14).

As Paul says in today’s Epistle, Jesus is God’s great Amen. Amen means “so be it.” In Jesus, God has said, “So be it,” fulfilling all His promises throughout salvation history.

We are the new people He formed to announce His praise. He calls each of us what Jesus calls the paralytic - His child (see 2 Corinthians 6:18).

But do we share this man’s faith? To what lengths are we willing to go to encounter Jesus? How much are we willing to sacrifice so that our friends, too, might hear His saving word?

Who is the Son of Man?

Jesus calls himself the “Son of Man” in the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (see Mark 2:10). What does that mean?

The term appears more than 100 times in Scripture, often as another way of saying “man” or “human” (see Numbers 23:19; Psalm 8:4).

But Jesus is referring to the prophet Daniel’s mysterious vision of “one like a son of man.” In Daniel’s vision, the son of man travels on the clouds of heaven and is presented before God. He receives from God “an everlasting dominion” and “nations and peoples of every language serve him” (see Daniel 7:13-14).

The Son of Man is the king of heaven and earth, as Jesus makes clear. The son has authority to forgive sins (see Mark 2:10), is Lord of the sabbath (see Mark 2:28) ,and will judge people according to their deeds (see John 5:27; Matthew 25:31).

As the Son of Man, Jesus is enthroned in heaven, seated at the right of the Father - as He promised He would be (see Mark 14:62; Acts 7:56).

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Absolutely Absurd Action of Abortion Advocates

American Papist: Not Your Average Catholic!: Video: The outrageous case of Pastor Hoye

Utterly unbelievable. Support Mr. Hoye and his family as he goes through this difficult time. As one of the commenters on California Catholic Daily posted: "In the not too distant future, it may be you on trial".

You can leave him a message of support at his Facebook site.

Did you know?.....

The acronym NAZI stands for National Socialist German Workers Party.

They thought they were doing it the right way too.

Just food for thought.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The New OPM

Check out this great post over at Big Hollywood.

OPM - The Socialist Drug of Choice

Dennis Miller Makes Me Laugh

I don't always agree with the guy but he make me laugh and this little clip on Leno had me almost in tears.

Call For Support For The Bishop of Scranton

I am asking all of my faithful Catholics in the blogosphere to please bring this issue to light in your blogs.

Bishop Martino of the Diocese of Scranton has courageously called on Senator Casey of PA (a Catholic) to stop his support of Abortion. In particular, Senator Casey voted against an amendment brought by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) that would have reinstated the Mexico City Policy rescinded by President Obama on January 23rd.

Bishop Martino wrote to Senator Casey:
Your failure to reverse this vote will regrettably mean that you persist formally in cooperating with the evil brought about by this hideous and unnecessary policy,” says the Bishop."
You can view the entire text of the letter to Senator Casey here.

Bishop Martino also has harsh words for Misericordia University(a Catholic College in PA) for their actions in bringing Mr. Keith Boykin, a graduate of Harvard Law School He is the former Executive Director of the National Black Gay & Lesbian Leadership Forum, and the author numerous books promoting the homosexual agenda, to speak as part of their Diversity Institute. Read the diocesan statement here.

Misericordia University responded "Misericordia University is committed deeply to its Catholic mission. Inseparable from that mission is our identity as an academic institution where ideas and positions are explored critically and freely."

For those wishing to honor pro-choice politicians during Scranton's St. Patrick celebration the Diocese of Scranton says:

"In a letter dated February 6th, John Dougherty, the auxiliary Bishop of Scranton asked the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Lackawanna County to not "honor" pro-abortion officials. Bishop Martino will deny Holy Communion to any pro-abortion elected official. The bishop says he'll even close St. Peter's Cathedral or any catholic church in the diocese for masses associated with the holiday celebration *and* honor those elected officials."

Check out this news clip from NBC affiliate WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, supposed Catholics. It's absurd.

It is my belief that we, as Catholics faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, should support Bishop Martino and all leaders in the Church who uphold Her teachings. If you agree, please email or write a letter of support to the Bishop of Scranton, the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, and your local diocesan Bishop.

The recent statement of The Holy Father to Speaker Pelosi is a clear call to all Catholics for action and prayer. We must support our priests and bishops who remain faithful to Church teaching in the face of great adversity.

Before his election to the Papacy, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote very clearly on the subject of pro-choice politicians receiving The Eucharist in his letter "Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion".

"Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist."

Now is the time for action. Now is the time for faithful Catholics to stand up and be heard. If you have time to read this blog entry than please take a moment to voice your support.

Write a letter or call Bishop Martino :

Diocese of Scranton
300 Wyoming Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
Main Chancery Number: 570-207-2238
Fax Number: 570-207-2236

President of the USCCB

Office of the Bishop
Most Reverend Bishop William S. Skylstad, D.D.
Rev. Steven Dublinski, Moderator of the Curia/Vicar General
Rev. Msgr. John Steiner, Vicar General
Mary Cole, Executive Assistant
(509) 358-7305

Find your Bishop's contact info here.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Unit Study

My kids have recently fallen in love with The Cosby Show. So much so that we bought the first 3 seasons on DVD for Christmas. I have to admit I love the show as well and it brings back some fond memories of my younger days. My brothers and sister gathered around the t.v. with Mom and Dad, laughing our hiney's off and learning at the same time.

I like this series because, although it can be a bit unrealistic (as all t.v. shows are) the Huxtable family really did try to keep it "real". They dealt with real family situations and did so in a loving but responsible way.

I have been trying to come up with a Unit study on this series. I've never done anything like this before. Maybe you can help?

I want to be able to look at each episode and break down the vice/virtue issues. How the kids deal with certain issues, how Mom and Dad respond or do not respond.

Any suggestions? Does anyone else out there in blogger world love The Cosby Show? Has watching it influenced your parenting or children's attitude? What types of conversations have been sparked in your family because of a particular episode? Do you prefer the early seasons or the later ones? Ahhhh...so many questions.

OH and one more..is there a show on today that you regularly watch with your family and have been able to use for teaching moments?

I thank you in advance for your responses and look forward to reading and learning.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

One of those days...

Today has been one of those days! I feel like I have run a marathon today. I got up this morning at 5 am to sit for the neighbor who got recalled early. Just an hour..but it was earl-i! If you know what I mean.

Then to the doc with my hubby to check on all things vasovasostomy. Healing is progressing well and he has about 4 more weeks before he will be back to 'normal'.

Next, off to the tax center to do my taxes. I would've done it on my own, however I had to file two state taxes and they are always so confusing when one member is in the military and not a resident. Well, the Lt. that filed for me was so great. Hubby didn't go with me so I had to go track him down to get his signature.

While I was getting his signatures the kids called because the Direct T.V guy was at the door..totally forgot he was coming..he couldn't come in without someone over 18 at home so he went to Burger King until I got back. Whew.

Then back out again to head to work and do my mandatory training. 2 hours later and of to the commissary to get the ingredients for my babycakes that I am going to be cooking at the homeschool group tomorrow.

Now I'm home and God Bless my kids. They were great today. They got their work done and didn't fight and the house wasn't destroyed when I got home.

Dinner is on and I am ready to hit the sack. It's only 6:30 pm. What a day!

How was yours?

Poetry in the Morning

My mom sent me this little gem in email this morning.

Cleaning Poem

I asked the Lord to tell me
Why my house is such a mess.
He asked if I'd been 'computering',
And I had to answer 'yes.'

He told me to get off my fanny
And tidy up the house.
And so I started cleaning up...
The smudges off my mouse.

I wiped and shined the topside.
That really did the trick...
I was just admiring my work..
I didn't mean to 'click.'

But click, I did, and oops I found
A real absorbing site.
That I got SO way into it.
I was into it all night.(Sigh)

Nothing's changed except my mouse
It's very, very shiny.
I guess my house will stay a mess...
While I sit here on my hiney.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

What He's Been Up To...

My man has been feeling creative lately. Here are some pictures of what he has been up to lately:

His Tee Pee for the kids and a swing for Mr. Pinch all made from the wonderful plethora of fallen loblolly pines in the area.

Then, the sneaky sneak, surprised me with this yesterday:

This card was so hilarious I had to share:

I love the "porky rinds" and "fatty's chips"! This is why I love this guy.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Funnies

Her husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months yet she stayed by his bedside every single day. When he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he said, "You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business fell, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you gave me support. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. When I think about it now. ....I think you bring me bad luck!"

Valentine for Osama

Little David comes home from first grade and tells his father that they learnt about the history of Valentine's Day. "Since Valentine's Day is celebrated for a Christian saint and we're Jewish," he asks, "will God get mad at me for giving someone else a valentine?"
David's father thinks a bit, then says, "No, I don't think God would get mad. Who do you want to give a valentine to?"
"Osama Bin Laden," David says.
"Why Osama Bin Laden?" his father asks in shock.
"Well," David says, "I thought that if a little American Jewish boy could have enough love to give Osama a valentine, he might start to think that maybe we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a little bit. And if other kids saw what I did and sent valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a lot. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate anyone anymore."
His father's heart swells and he looks at his boy with new found pride and says, "David, that's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard."
"I know," David says, "and once that gets him out in the open, the Marines shoot him!"

Friday, February 13, 2009

Eight is enough..Or is it?

This story, about the mom with the octuplets and the 6 kids already at home..this story has been driving me crazy. Yesterday all I heard about was how taxpayers (that's us) will have to care for these kids and ol' Nadya is gettin' a free ride.

Wait a minute.

Did you read the "stimulus" spending bill that just passed the Senate? We would have had to pay for them anyway. Although with the health care portion of that bill maybe Nadya wouldn't have been allowed to have those implants.

And the uproar over her single motherhood. Not Married! I have to say that to even hear that mentioned as a con in this whole story shocked me. I'm all for putting the horse in front of the cart, so to speak. However, to hear the media seem so surprised that there is no father, I actually found that interesting. I thought, according to our fabulous, free society, that single motherhood was to be praised, exalted and even idolized.

The reactions from the media have been quite interesting. The whole cost issue is ridiculous. I am glad that there are people out there being generous and donating on her website. That just goes to show that there are kind and caring Americans out there.

Oh and did you hear the story about the lady in Florida? She's the one gettin' a free ride.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Own Private Nut House

I wanna go here.

This morning the home is filled with the following song...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Back On The Bright Side

Whew! I made it through the sick fog of last week and have emerged on the other side of darkness! The sun is shining, a comfy 75 degrees out side and except for a slight cough, I can function again! Just having the sun shining in the window makes me feel better.

I had to get plugged back into the family unit. I am going to be having a series of teacher in-service days. I sat down with the Jaystar (my 9th grader) and we covered all of quarter two yesterday. We made a plan to finish up and I set some deadlines that I will be enforcing.

Tomorrow I will sit down with Alower (my 7th grader..I don't know where he picked up that name..I told him if he doesn't watch his attitude he won't be "allowed" to do anything!)

Friday I will sit down with Pannini (my 5th grader)and on Monday I'll finish up with Mr. Pinch (she's my 2nd grader..like I said...I don't get their nicknames..but apparently they think they are hilarious).

My hubby is still in the recovery process, but bless his heart, while I was sick he took care of schooling for me. Couldn't ask for a better man.

I have to hit the library today and the grocery store. I really wanted to spend some time working on that post about socialism/collectivism. I have two books to read and review, I have to do the taxes and the laundry. Oh and I really want to tackle reading Pelosi's Porkulus bill. Oh and don't let me forget I have to prepare rice krispie treats for the co-op Valentines Day party tomorrow, plus get the ingredients for my cooking class.

Holy Cow! I've got some work to do!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Have You Talked to Your Boys...

about the Priesthood? The other day my middle son says to me, "I am having trouble with my life choice, should I be a carpenter or a magician?" First of all, I was completely shocked that he mentioned carpenter. I had no idea. It really made me look at him a bit closer. So, of course, now I'm blasting St. Joseph with prayers ;).

We talk about vocations to the Priesthood and religious life often. I try to make sure the kids view it as a real option. As a successful, albeit sacrificial, option in today's world. It really helps when you are blessed with Holy Priests in your parish. My mom passed this poster on to me from Fr. Z's blog.

Print it out and post it on the fridge at home. Use it as a conversation starter at dinner. Just as I was shocked to find out about the whole carpenter thing, you may find out something you didn't know about your children when you discuss vocations.

As parents, we have the obligation to present a calling to the Priesthood and/or religious life to our children. It's up to God after that.

The Blogosphere Virus

I seemed to have picked up whatever it was that was passing through this blogosphere. Sunday night it started with the tickle in the back of the throat. Monday I was forcibly knocked down (just after getting off the phone with Sarah at JOT..hmmmm..coincidence?) and spent most of the day in bed. Yesterday I went to the doc and was told it was just a cold. Ugh. They did take a throat culture and I should find out today if it grew anything suspicious.

I spent most of yesterday in bed as well. I've been living on Nyquil since Monday. Today the body pains are gone but the sore throat is hanging around.

The family rallied and got schoolwork done and house cleaning as well. Hubby and the kids made dinner AND dessert! All in an attempt (they told me) to make me smile. It did the trick.

Hubby is recovering from his reversal well. Thank you to all who are praying for him. He's not had to take any painkiller, not even tylenol. Thanks Be to God! He truly is my hero.

Be back soon...(cough cough)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

2009 Bloggers Choice Awards

Hey get on over to the 2009 Blogger's Choice Awards and vote for +JMJ+ for the Best Religion blog! Just scroll down and you'll see her page as most recent nomination.

Let's give our support to some great home grown blogs! Hers is one of the most informative I've seen.

Thanks +JMJ+, I rootin' for you to win!

Abortion! It's Good For the Environment too!

So says Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the British government’s Sustainable Development Commission.

This guy may not live in America but unfortunately, there are folks that do live here, who agree with him.

Let's plant a tree for this poor soul.

Check out his article at The Times Online.

The Ad They Don't Want You To See

Every year millions of dollars are spent on 30 second ads during the Super Bowl. Teams of people spend all year racking their brains to come up with an ad that will top last years. An ad that will inspire Americans to purchase their products. An Ad that will garner the most praise and the top honors as the Ad of the year. 30 seconds, folks. This is the most important ad of the year for some companies.

However, there is one ad you will not see this year. One ad that NBC refused to show. One ad that could actually benefit Americans.

NBC says this ad is too political. They don't support ads that involve political advocacy or issues. Now, to be fair, PETA (a very political group) proposed a commercial and NBC objected to it on the grounds that is was too sexually aggressive. BUT they were given the option to amend their commercial and still be considered for the spot.

Wouldn't PETA be considered a group involving political advocacy and issues? Why do they get a second chance.

You decide.

Here's the ad you won't see on NBC:

Here's the PETA Ad: (This is quite racy. Please be advised)

'Veggie Love': PETA's Banned Super Bowl Ad

You can write NBC at victoria.morgan@nbc.com and voice your opinion.

Sunday Bible Reflections w/Dr. Scott Hahn

Find out more at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Authority.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Mark 1:21-28

Last week, Jesus announced the kingdom of God is at hand. This week, in mighty words and deeds, He exercises His dominion - asserting royal authority over the ruler of this world, Satan (see John 12:31).

Notice that today’s events take place on the sabbath. The sabbath was to be an everlasting sign -both of God’s covenant love for His creation (see Exodus 20:8-11; 31:12-17), and His deliverance of his covenant people, Israel, from slavery (see Deuteronomy 6:12-15).

On this sabbath, Jesus signals a new creation - that the Holy One has come to purify His people and deliver the world from evil.

"With an unclean spirit" is biblical language for a man possessed by a demon, Satan being the prince of demons (see Mark 3:22).

The demons’ question: "What have you to do with us?" is often used in Old Testament scenes of combat and judgment (see Judges 11:12; 1 Kings 17:18).

And as God by His word "rebuked" the forces of chaos in creating the world (see Psalms 104:7; Job 26:10-12), and again rebuked the Red Sea so the Israelites could make their exodus (see Psalm 106:9), Mark uses the same word to describe Jesus rebuking the demons (see Mark 4:39; Zechariah 3:2).

Jesus is the prophet foretold by Moses in today’s First Reading (see Acts 3:22). Though He has authority over heaven and earth (see Daniel 7:14,27; Revelation 12:10), He becomes one of our own kinsmen.

He comes to rebuke the forces of evil and chaos - not only in the world, but in our lives. He wants to make us holy in body and spirit, as Paul says in today’s Epistle (see Exodus 31:12).

In this liturgy, we hear His voice and "see" His works, as we sing in today’s Psalm. And as Moses tells us today, we should listen to Him.


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