Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Noah has been doing just fine. Checking his temp regularly as well. He's been good to go with no difficulties.
Tess is running around like a one armed paper hanger trying to clean the house up for the weekend, so it won't appear that we've actually got a toddler and a 24 weeker in the house. (Yes, I'm contributing, and taking responsibility for all of the outside grounds as well.)
I've been working on my geek project to gain MORE POWER! (Mary, your husband knows all about it.)
Remember the Midland GMRS two-way radios we (I) purchased for the family around Christmas?
You know.. the ones that were suppose to have a "26-mile range".. Well, they've served us well, and paid themselves off. BUT.. No 26 miles folks.. More like 3-5 miles. They're great around A-town, and I even hit home from Coopersville when I was on my motorcycle and T' was at home in the house. -But I concede, and say again; NO 26 mile range unless you are on a mountain top, on the ocean, or perhaps a dry desert lake bed.
So, I wrangled a base station radio off of eBay (much less expensive than the original midlands), got some coax cable from G.R. telerad, and a 'J-pole' antenna ordered from a radiohead in Wisconsin. -Soon, I'll put all of it together, tactically mount a small 8' John Deere Green antenna up on the roof, run the coax and we should finally be able to 'reach out and touch someone'. (ie; have T' reach me at much more considerable distances.)
More Power + external/elevated antenna = Excellent communications range + No subscription fee (FREE!)
--It's got to work. It's just gotta..
Anyway, that's been my hobby as of lately. -I get plenty of rolled eyes from T' about it, but it is a challenging, interesting learning experience. Not intending to sound 'Armageddon like', but when the next crazy national event hits and all the phone lines go down like they did on 9/11, or when the power grid fails the entire Midwest like it did 4 years ago, we'll be up and running. -That would be a pretty cool return on investment for a short term hobby project. I'll let you know how it goes.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Grace has had a fever for the past day or so.. about 102.7 axillary when not managed by Acetaminophen or Motrin. -That's pretty darn hot. Pray that she heals up well this week so that she is good-to-go for Noah's Baptism/Baby dedication this Sunday. (And their upcoming trip to Charlotte, N.C.).
I've got to get ready to head out to Fictionville in a little bit. Have a great night.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
She is verbally guided to 'take it out', and she complies.. for all of five seconds. We have physically removed her thumb from her mouth, and earned an additional five seconds of compliance. This week T' bought 'thum'. It is a thumb paint-type pepper flavor that is suppose to deter thumbsucking and nailbiting.. It worked for all of three minutes... Grace popped her thumb into her mouth as usual, except this time, said: "Ewwww! Yucky" -And promptly walked into the bathroom, pulled up the step-stool, turned on the water, and washed her hands thoroughly. The thumb went back in without further complaint.
That kid is too smart.
P.ost S.cript to Parents:
There is no need to point out the difficulties I dished out as a young kid sucking my thumb. I know ...I know.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
As the L.A. Times states:
In a news release, the political action committee for NARAL Pro-Choice America had kind words for Clinton but announced its backing for Obama, citing its reading of the status of the Democratic presidential race.
"Today, we are proud to put our organization's grass-roots and political support behind the pro-choice candidate whom we believe will secure the Democratic nomination and advance to the general election," NARAL's president said in the release. "That candidate is Sen. Obama.
Clinton's chief spokesman, Howard Wolfson, expressed "surprise" over the endorsement during a conference call with reporters (including The Times' Noam N. Levey).
As simply minded as I prefer to be; the logic escapes me, on how an entire political party bent on taking care of every one's social and global woes, negates the fact, that abortion is scientifically, methodically, and medicinally, killing a human baby (for profit, I might add), to appease the constituents around them.. This issue, when "in-your-face", makes me seriously, nauseous. -I just don't understand the dark power behind it. -It's not a "Choice", as some choose to title it as.. It's an irreversible ending. A devastating, remorseful, (yet profitable) killing. No wonder so many endorse and market such an act as a "choice". It makes huge dollars.. Enough, that the market for abortion clients is a financial 'runaway train'.
Some Brief facts:
Of the 1.6 million abortions performed in the U.S. each year, 91 percent are performed during the first trimester (12 or fewer weeks' gestation); 9 percent are performed in the second trimester (24 or fewer weeks' gestation); and only about 100 are performed in the third trimester (more than 24 weeks' gestation), approximately .01 percent of all abortions performed.
Approximately 1.5 million U.S. women with unwanted pregnancies choose abortion each year. -Most are under 25 years old and unmarried. Women who are separated from their husbands and poor women are more likely to choose abortion than other women. More than two-thirds of the women who seek abortions have jobs. Nearly one-third are in school. More than two-thirds plan to have a child in the future.
...It should be noted that many second trimester, and most all the third trimester babies are as "viable", or more viable, than our deeply desired, prematurely born daughter, Abby..
-Born kicking and crying at 22 1/2 weeks. -We lost Abby. Which is devastating enough.. With today's technology, she could have made it... -But, THAT crying baby and kicking child is abortable?!?! You must be kidding me! (Shaking my head in disbelief..)
--I see young women in the E.R. every week that have undergone botched (perfectly legal and "safe") abortions that suffer from "procedural side effects."
All of the patients that I've observed, have ended up suffering at least some degree of post traumatic stress disorder.. Either grieving from their "choice" exacerbating the physiological issue at hand, or desperate to reverse the regrettable and unfortunately, unchangeable physical detriment, or experience the painful, procedural side effects of the abortion itself...
I've not seen ONE happy post-abortive woman.
Not one. Ever. -Not as a street Paramedic; and certainly not while working in the E.R.
-Abortion clinics are profit making rackets.
In my professional, and personal opinion, they kill babies, and psychologically wound women... For profit.
Now, I'm not going to be straight-forward enough to tell you how you might consider voting; -But I will ask you to hypothetically propose this question to yourself.. (Regardless if you feel 'voting' is choosing the lessor of the evils..)
- Is "abortion" glorifying God? (Yes or No?)
"If you are not glorifying God, then, whom are you glorifying?"
There are some serious flaws in the American voting system.. But for some crazy reason, we've got the best political process on the face of the planet.
Vote your conscience. And if that fails, vote what we might feel, Glorifies God. (Or, vice-versa?)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.
A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it..
While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let's take a look at New Orleans. -It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division... Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (R), is presently asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number..
What does it mean to us?
A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you each get $516,528.
B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.
C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.
Consider all the many taxes we are liable for through a life-time... .
...Building Permit Tax, CDL License Tax, Cigarette Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Dog License Tax, Federal Income Tax, Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA), Fishing License Tax, Food License Tax, Gasoline Tax, Hunting License Tax, Inheritance Tax, Inventory Tax, IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax), IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax), Liquor Tax, Luxury Tax, Marriage License Tax, Medicare Tax, Property Tax, Real Estate Tax, Service charge taxes, Social Security Tax, Road Usage Tax (Truckers), Sales Taxes, Recreational Vehicle Tax, School Tax, State Income Tax, State Unemployment Tax (SUTA), Telephone Federal Excise Tax, Telephone Federal Universal Service Fe e Tax, Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax, Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax, Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax, Telephone State and Local Tax, Telephone Usage Charge Tax, Utility Tax, Vehicle License Registration Tax, Vehicle Sales Tax, Watercraft Registration Tax, Well Permit Tax, Workers Compensation Tax... There are more, but not we don't have enough patience to type them out..
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world. ....And, Mom stayed home to raise the kids 'right'; instead of paying someone else to do it, 'as best as can be hoped for, given the circumstances'. : )
Proportionally, we should understand the importance of revenue-vs-expenditure in comparison to the chosen lifestyle that we, as Americans, seemingly 'demand', and the baseline norm (ie; 2 + cars, + recreational vehicles, + inanimate children's entertainment systems, ect.).
Accept it or not, natural development tells us that, 'our children will be trained.' ..By someone, in one way, shape, or form.
Either we do it, as 'Moms and Dads', or, today's society will do it for us..
If we, as parents don't invest ourselves to teach and train our children personally; the law of society dictates that: somewhere, someone else, will. ..And with their perception of "values.." Not ours. (Even if it closely resembles) -I have trouble accepting that 'In the begining', God created it to be that way..
In reflection on the big picture, it just.. doesn't.. seem worth it... -Not even for a BILLION dollars.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
-I've a feeling that pretty soon, we're going to be faced with a few tough choices to fill our tanks:
OR ... Sheese.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
The troops are down for the night..
I think I've learned to develop a pattern with these two. They've got to be staggered about a half-hour apart. -All activities. From waking, to changing diapers, to feedings, putting to bed, and everything else in-between. Yeah. I can see where unless someone has a plan, it might drive someone nuts. (The chaos that is...)
Grace is "sleeping" upstairs as I type. So far so good. Noah is still in our bedroom in the bassinet until I break down Grace's toddler bed and convert it back into a crib. (It's halfway done). Right now I feel like the night before we brought Grace home from the hospital. -Nothing seems to be done, and Tess is going to be home soon. If she were to walk in the door right now, I think our marriage might be over. Joking.. (I think.)
Grace grabbed a paper bag full of loose insulation I had placed in the main level bathtub just to get it out of the way; "What's this Daddy?" (It was left over from last nights work project.) "That, my dear young daughter, is something not to be messed with.) ...I can just see her dumping it into the tub. Ooy vay. That wouldn't be good.
The kitchen counter consists of dirty dishes, power, and hand tools. (Perfect mix, right?) All of which have to disappear before 11am tomorrow.
Needless to say, I've got alot of hopping to do around here in the next 15 hours. Tess. VERY IMPORTANT! Remember the rule. Call home to give me a 'heads up' when you are in-bound and an hour away.
I'm off to the nursery. If anyone wants to wish me 'God's Speed', I'll take what I can get.
We tackled the huge project of making the 'move'. (Grace moving from the downstairs 'nursery' to upstairs to her new room)..
Why? Well, it's time to move Noah from the undersized bassinet, to the crib/daybed that Grace is currently occupying... So you could say, someone is getting evicted to make room for a new tenant, OR, you might say that someone is getting upgraded and someone else is getting the leftovers. It's all about perspective... -Either way, two people are going to be sleeping in two different places tonight.
Mommy (Tess), we are surviving just fine. The house is a wreck, but hey... I can only handle one project at a time.
Friday, May 2, 2008
These places won't sound familiar to you unless you've ever seen 'Little house on the prairie'. (Or read the books.) -I've not read the books, but the T.V. stuff I've seen over the years, and I like them. Woosie? No. Not really. It's more about moral survival while in the Midwest during the 1800's. A man staking his claim for his family on what God gave him... Dirt. Raise it. Run it. Graze it. Run it again. Survive on it, Do what you've got to do.. And, most importantly of all, trust in God to push you through.
Good morals. Good ethic. Saints against the bad guys. Right -vs- wrong. Blue skies -vs- hail. Somebodies got to win... -Who wouldn't like that?
Most importantly, beside the entertainment, it's got good guidance. ...And Oddly enough, at such a young age, Grace loves it, so I love it. I only hope she doesn't burn out on 'Little House' before she understands the values and importance it has the potential to instill.
-I'm on watch with the kids this weekend while mom takes a break and goes to a scrapbooking conference benefit for autism near Detroit. (Believe me, I'll keep you updated.)