Saturday, March 27, 2010

Win Back Washington

Tonight we had the opportunity to meet congresswoman Michelle Bachmann.

Here are a few of the key points of her speech, which I wanted to record so I can remember them later!

*The healthcare battle she has been fighting has been intense. She felt like she had just returned from war. She said Nancy Pelosi and the others chose to have the vote on a Sunday as a direct assault on the Sabbath and Christianity. As a response, Michele and many other Christian members of the senate and congress decided to do something that hasn't been done in 130 years...they had a Sunday morning church service at the capitol! She said they had a prayer, a message and sang three hymns, including "Oh God our help in ages past."
Obama signed the bill into law on the anniversary of Patrick Henry's "Give me Liberty, or give me death" speech.
*As a thank you to Michele for her fight in the healthcare battle, Nancy Pelosi informed her office shortly after the bill had passed that she was donating $100,000 to Michelle's opponent in the next election.
*She talked about the fear mongering that is happening right now, as liberals are trying to make tea partiers look like they are participating in hate speech and acts of violence. She referred to the walk the members of congress made shortly before the vote on the healthcare bill where one of the representatives claimed he had been called the "N" word. Michelle said she made the same walk several times during those two days, and she said cameras followed their every move to and from the capitol building. Yet, there was no taped evidence of what this man was claiming he had been called by members of the tea party. (in fact, he said he had been called it by one particular person about 15 times). This representative was offered $10,000to the college of his choice if he could come up with any evidence that it had happened. He could not. He was then asked to take a lie detector test to affirm it had occurred, and he refused. Tea partiers are NOT the ones causing trouble right now. Michelle referred to many times her and her family have been under attack. She mentioned the time during the marriage amendment debate as a time of particular assault on her family. She said that during this time, her husband had to take her children to a remote location for a week. She also referred to Eric Cantor's press conference this week and his revelation of all he has endured because of his conservative beliefs and jewish background. The leftist media wants everyone to believe the tea party movement is causing violent acts across the country. Actually, the opposite is true. There is violence, but it is not coming from the right.
*She discussed the implications of the healthcare bill on our country. This is the part that was most disturbing to me. Because Michelle is "on the inside," she knows a lot about what this bill entails, and the ultimate agenda Obama has for this country.
*She read directly from the newspaper about how many, many giant employers will be facing drastic cuts very soon due to the fall-out from the healthcare bill. Many of the cornerstone businesses of our country will no longer exist in the next 3-10 years. Our taxes will increase significantly. It is possible that our children could be facing 80-90 percent taxation.
*She said that if you add up the deficit from the presidency of George Washington until the day George W. Bush left office, it still would be LESS than what Obama has spent in his FIRST YEAR in office.
*The government currently owns 51% of the private sector of the American economy. After healthcare, this percentage will rise drastically.

Friday, March 12, 2010

To my baby boy Graham,
You are my red strokes in a grey world. You are full of so much life and energy, and I admit I have a hard time keeping up. You are laughter and bubbles and discovery and puppies and green grass. You are like the brightest and hottest summer day, with not a cloud in the sky.
It has been a tough go for us lately. You bring out parts of me that I didn't even know were there. Parts I actually wish would be left dormant. I get so angry sometimes, I hate it. I love you so much. Maybe I react to you so much because I know you are so much like me. But you forgive easily and move on (which is also like me), and you wrap your arms around me and say, "I wuv you mama." And through it all, I believe God is using you to make me more like Him. He is burning off what needs to go so He can shine brighter in my life.
What would I do without you? I never want to find out. Without you, there would still be sunshine in my life, but it wouldn't be as strong, I wouldn't feel it on my skin as much. You make me feel every emotion way down deep. I love you so much it hurts, and I pray I am the mama you need me to be. I pray nothing I ever do is a stumbling block to your salvation. I pray you find a relationship with Christ, and walk in His will all the days of your life. I pray that he leads you toward whatever you are supposed to do with that boundless energy you possess. I know He has great things for you.

Looking at this photo, I see so many things that tell me about you. The fading black eye you got when you were climbing up a chair and fell. The chocolate doughnut at the corner of you mouth. The look in your eyes that speaks curiosity and sweetness and so much more.
I love you baby.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Graham's Big Boy Room

Color scheme is a little of everything, but mostly chocolate brown and a dusty blue color.

LOVE these pictures! They were thrift store finds (I re-framed them). They are real paintings done on felt. They were $2.99 each!

Sailboat that was a souvenier from Graham's first vacation.

Empty picture frames awaiting the successful photo shoot I will someday have with Graham. Hasn't happened yet.

Favorite bunny from his nursery. Love the plaid quilt and pillow from Target.

Hanging planes--both thrift store finds. They have been hung in a thousand different places in the past few years.

Our New Bathroom

Here's a sneak peek at our new bathroom! I am waiting on my shower curtain to arrive, so I will take a photo of the whole thing later. Color scheme is "Rural Earth" (from Pottery Barn color fan) and white.
Pedastal sink, shiny new faucet! Love, Love, Love!

One of my favorite things to decorate with--white plates! Both were thrift store/garage sale finds. Top one is from a set of wedgewood china I got at a garage sale!

Hotel-esque light fixture!

White bead board and chair rail...something I have always wanted in a bathroom!

Our beautiful tile floors--Dave laid them, Dad grouted them...gorgeous!

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