Saturday, June 23, 2007
Scottius and I have been so excited because our Christmas poinsetta was actually looking great after I had pruned it back about 5 weeks ago. It has been exciting to see the new growth - all the new leaves! However, suddenly it has taken a turn for the worse! I have been trying to keep it moist without overwatering it, but the leaves have began to wilt. I have also had it in indirect light as the instructions suggested. Any suggestions from any of you green thumbers? :) I would so love to keep it alive this year!!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Happy Father's Day to Scottius and Happy Son's Day to Angus!! (When Angus was a little tike we decided to have a special day for him and named it Son's Day. A few years later he asked that we celebrate it on Father's Day too. ) Those two are pretty special even though they tease me endlessly! I deserve it most of the time though! :)
Of course, I want to wish a Happy Father's Day to all fathers too. Thanks to God, we still have Scottius' dad. My real dad died when I was nineteen, and then my step-father died a couple of years ago. We still have both our moms too which is great. They are the best parents we could ever have!
I use to hate this show, but now I love it except for when they add in perverted lines or the swearing or "Oh, my God!" I like to fast forward it when it gets suggestive.
The cast of Marty,Eddy, Frasier, Niles, Daphne, and Roz really click together. It is particularly fun to watch Frasier and Niles go back and forth about their common cultural and "psychological" interests or their competiveness. They are really good and captivating actors! My prayer is that Christ will touch each of them in a life-changing way, and that we will see them in heaven someday.
Although they are of different denominations with different doctrine from our Lutheran doctrine (She was a Presbyterian but still supported Billy Graham in his Baptist faith.), the one thing that always struck me about them was their humility. I remember him especially saying many times that the older he got, the more aware he was of his many sins and his unworthiness to be granted the gift of eternal life. That's it for all of us. None of us are worthy of ANYTHING Christ give us, especially of our faith and gift of living in heaven someday with Him by believing in Him as our Savior. That is our greatest gift. Yes, our spouses, family, loved ones, and friends are so very precious but can never be more important than Christ. He is the only way to heaven. May Christ comfort Billy Graham and his family as they await their time of going to heaven as well.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
This is so sweet what Billy Graham said about his wife, Ruth, after her passing yesterday.
“Ruth was my life partner, and we were called by God as a team. No one
else could have borne the load that she carried. She was a vital and
integral part of our ministry, and my work through the years would have
been impossible without her encouragement and support.
“I am so grateful to the Lord that he gave me Ruth, and especially for
these last few years we’ve had in the mountains together. We’ve rekindled
the romance of our youth, and my love for her continued to grow deeper
every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day
I can join her in Heaven.”
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
As I have noted before, this is a very hot issue with me as it is with many Americans. I respect President Bush for being strong to protect our country through the War on Terror, Patriot Act, and enforcing important legalities to thwart future terrorist attacks; HOWEVER, I am VERY upset with him and his administration about backing this ludicrous amnesty bill. As noted below, if the proposed amendments outlined in this end of the day bulletin had passed, then I would be more supportive of this bill. Scottius has a great idea though: just enforce the present law and build the fence!!! And also, let's make sure that our border patrol agents are protected when they are trying to enforce the law and protect our country. And while we are on the changes that need to be made, let's start by adopting English as our official and natural language of the United States of America!! This is the United States, and if someone wants to live here, then abide by the rules and learn to be an American!!!!!!! I have nothing against immigrants, but I am against illegal immigrants who want to make America like Mexico culturally and take advantage of our
"free" health care systems and social programs!!! Did you know that if we cross the Mexican border and try to do what these illegals are doing, we would get kicked out of the country immediately? Shouldn't that give our politicians a little clue what is going on here? Well,this redhead better stop soapboxing for now or she will have to be dealing with high blood pressure problems. :)
To: Friends and Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer, Chairman
Campaign for Working Families
Date: Monday, June 11, 2007
We warned you Friday that the so-called comprehensive immigration reform
bill wasn’t dead, but wounded. Forty-eight hours later, the White House is
engaged in a full court press to resuscitate the bill. Administration
spokesmen made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows vowing to fight on, and
President Bush will be making a rare Capitol Hill visit tomorrow to sell
the plan to skeptical senators in his own party – three-quarters of whom
voted against the bill Thursday night.
But the expenditure of additional political capital on this bill – as a
matter of politics and policy – makes little sense. In tackling
immigration reform in a “comprehensive” manner, the politicians are putting
the cart before the horse (amnesty before border security) and they have
lost the confidence of the American people.
The respected polling firm Rasmussen Reports has done outstanding work
tracking this debate, and I wanted to share some of Rasmussen’s post-mortem
“There is no mystery to why the public opposed the bill. In the minds of
most Americans, immigration reform means reducing illegal immigration and
enforcing the border. Only 16% believed the Senate bill would accomplish
that goal. …
“From the beginning, the Senate approached the issue with [the] top
priority of addressing the legal status of the illegal aliens. They
addressed concerns about guest-worker programs and questions about whether
family or skill level should be more important when determining who could
enter the country.
“All of those are important questions, but they are not the most important
question. Rasmussen Reports polling found that 72% of Americans believe
it’s Very Important to reduce illegal immigration and enforce the borders.
Just 29% said it was Very Important to legalize the status of those
illegally living in the country today.”
Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, White House spokesman Tony Snow said, “Our
sense is that if Majority Leader Harry Reid brings it back up, which he
should, and permits a full debate, …we’re not only going to get a bill, but
we’re going to get a better bill.”
Really? Knowing that border security and enforcement is the main concern
of the public, let’s recap just a few of the amendments that were defeated
in two weeks of debate:
--The Coleman amendment to end the policy of “sanctuary cities,” defeated
--The McConnell amendment to require a photo ID for voting in order to
combat voter fraud, defeated 41-to-52;
--The Cornyn amendment to deny amnesty to gang members and illegal aliens
with criminal records, defeated 46-to-51;
--The Vitter amendment to guarantee a secure, biometric check in / check
out visa system be in place prior to any guest worker program going into
effect, defeated 48-to-49; and
--The Coburn-DeMint amendment to guarantee full border security prior to
amnesty, defeated 42-to-54.
(To see how your senators vote on these amendments, be certain check out
CWF’s online Congressional Scorecard at http://www.cwfpac.com)
Maybe President Bush is going to go to Capitol Hill tomorrow and urge
senators to reconsider their votes on these important border security
amendments. That would be a debate worth having. I suspect Harry Reid
decided to cut off the debate last week because all these votes against
commonsense border security issues was getting a little embarrassing.
As Rasmussen Reports noted, border security could rally the overwhelming
majority of Americans and unite the conservative base against Ted Kennedy
and the pro-amnesty liberals in the Senate. But without these amendments,
it’s hard to imagine how we will “get a better bill,” and the insistence of
Washington’s political elites on forcing something through that the public
clearly does not want will only infuriate the grass roots even more.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Well for about four long years I have gone without my Diet Dr. Pepper because of the nutrasweet controversy. Therefore, I decided to start using Splenda and drinking Diet Rite instead until I heard about the Splenda controversy about six weeks ago.
But...reading about the false claims towards Nutrasweet on Snopes.com finally clinched it. I am going to drink it with moderation and not worry about it.
HELLO...HELLO...HELLO SCOTTIUS, I'M BACK (but not in black :))!! It took Scottius giving me a good kick to get going on my posts again!! Well, I also have to admit that I was having trouble getting into my blog until Scottius helped me out! This "Lucyitis" is pretty sad, isn't it? Anyway, we are done with school and are just doing a few things for school on a very flexible and easygoing schedule. We want to have a fun and relaxing summer! Anyway, I hope I can do more blogging this summer than I have been able to do this past year!