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Thursday, September 23, 2010

What if it had been George?

I know politics are touchy, but I got this e-mail from my grandpa this morning and I had to share. A lot of America has become one giant cult following one giant leader...

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in just one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved? If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on?

If George W. Bush had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident, would you have agreed?

If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87,000 American workers unemployed, would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the 'Special Olympics', would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of 'inexpensive' and 'incorrectly formatted' DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , would you have said that he is clueless.

If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas , would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive?

Every statement in this email is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama.
Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.

I am glad my hope is not in politics, but it sure is interesting (=

"Let his days be few; and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

He May Have Something More

Vintage bike Pictures, Images and Photos

Last night we went with the mission to a revival service. The church did things a little differently than we typically like but the preaching was on point. He preached out of this text:

Jeremiah 9:23-24 "Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD."

A lot of that scripture is self explanatory. We shouldn't glory in anything but the Lord. The preacher spent a lot of time talking about the lovingkindness of God. He told a story that brought me to tears about a little boy who told his father he wanted a horn for his bike. His dad said no, not right now. The little boy was mad and sulked for the whole day. He rode to town with his dad and they stopped in at the general store. His dad paid the man at the register and all the while the little boy got angrier because he was sure his dad was spending the money on things they probably didn't even need. He wanted that three dollar horn so bad. They walked out to the truck and waited on the sidewalk for the goods to be brought out. The clerk came around the corner pushing a brand new bike with a horn on it and that little boy thought "Wow, someone's dad must really love them. They didn't just get a horn but a new bike!" His anger turned to sheer joy when the clerk hoisted the bike up into the truck.

Isn't that just like the Lord? Before we even can ask for something we think we want, He already has something better prepared for us. I don't know about you but there are things I would love to have. I don't have to stop asking for them. But when the answer seems to be "no" I know that there must be something better for me, directly from my Father's hand.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I love this life! {and wedding slideshow}

Hello my friends! I apologize for my hiatus and for the sparse posts to come. I am still working on internet where I live....not sure how we will solve that issue! I guess I really do live in the country! Dusty and I are settled in to our house now and we have had a quite a busy start to our marriage. We have been travelling a lot for the mission (click HERE for info on the ministry we are involved in) and a little bit for pleasure of course ;)

Volleyball season at Blessed Hope is in full swing and Zac is a starter! Mackenzie is working in the concession stand and she has such a servants heart. Levi is in boy scouts and he is even teaching his daddy things! And Andrew is enjoying being the youngest child. He is looking forward to being involved in things when he is older. All of the kids help out with bus church at their church. They make us SO proud. Motherhood (or step-motherhood) is so much fun. Dusty and I look forward to the weekends with much excitement.

Our little country house seems to be a haven for the animals these days. The kids have been begging for a dog and neither Dusty nor myself are interested in having a dog in the house. We told them we would pray about it. A few weeks ago, Dusty went outside to get a book out of the storage building. When he shut the door, three puppies ran out from under the building! They don't stick around much but they sure are cute to look at. We named their mama Millie. She is a roamer as well but a sweet little dog. Less than a week later a little black and white dog showed up. She wouldn't let us pet her but she would walk right behind us. She is warming up to us and is faithfully waiting when we get home. Her name is Lola (= Then my parents gave us a hand-me-down dog that was a troublemaker with their dogs. She (Hera) and Lola have become the best of friends. When we go on walks they are right there with us. It is nice having them around!


We have also acquired 2 cats (Malcolm Merriweather and Brisco Darling) in addition to my cat I had before, as well as 3 rabbits (and probably some babies on the way!).


So, that's what life is looking like here in the foothills of North Carolina. I have some of the most beautiful views of the hazy Blue Ridge mountains on my way home from work every day. We have been blessed beyond all measure with a wonderful marriage, wonderful children, a ministry to work in, a great church family, and a great supportive family.

Here is a slideshow of some of my favorite wedding pictures. I hope to post again soon!

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:9-12