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November 15, 2008

The Everyday Man's Problem With the Christian Faith

The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable. -Brennan Manning (dc Talk)

I'm pretty sure that this blog is going to step on some people's toes, so I'll go ahead and apologize to begin with. Not necessarily for what I'm about to write, but that this is simply the cold-hard truth of things.

For years and years, Josh and I have both had a problem with church. Not that we don't think that church is an important part of the Christian Faith. I know enough about the bible to know that the scripture says that we are to fellowship with other believers...after all, that's what the "Sabbath" is set aside for.

The biggest problem that I have always had with churches, is that they are full of cliques. Seriously...the worst place to go if you feel like an outsider, is to a church. I know it's sad, but it's the truth. There are more people in churches that look down their nose at people who aren't "like them" than anywhere else I have ever been. It's like being in Junior High School all over again. You walk in and it seems like everyones eyes are on you...judging you by what you wear, the mistakes you've made, etc. You can say I'm wrong, but I've always thought that : 1) Everyone makes mistakes and we serve a forgiving Christ. 2)"Do not judge, lest ye be judged." 3) Church is supposed to be the place that you go to surround yourself with fellow believers that are to help build you up when you are down, pray for you, encourage you, and help keep you accountable.

Josh and I thought we had found a church that would actually do that, but it turns out that this church was exactly like all of the others that we had ever attended. They promised friendship and accountability...encouragement and prayer. They offered alot and talked a big game about all that they did. But, like everywhere else...it was all talk. What's that old saying..."You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?" And it's sad that I now have to scratch another church off of my list of churches that actually treat members like they should be treated. This church proved to have it's cliques and groups like everywhere else does that didn't want to let anyone else in.

A brief rundown of what we ran into: They talked a big game about getting everyone involved and making you feel like family (the way it should be), talk of accountability and friendship...keeping in touch with each other when things were going on to be sure that everything was good...Needless to say no one followed through. Josh and I went to church every single Sunday there for 5 months; attended Sunday School every weekend; Josh and I were both in small groups (mine on Tuesdays, his on Thursdays); and we went to all of the functions that were extra...picnics, get togethers, etc. We had a baby 3 weeks ago, and with the exception of about 5 people out of everyone we went to church with, NO ONE has called to check on us. No one has called to see how our son is, how I am, how Josh is...if we need anything or if there is anything they can do for us, if they can pray for us...Nothing.

To me, this is absolutely pathetic. Seriously. It makes me sick to my stomach. A group of people who talk of living Christ's love and being an example of what God intends for us to be, and a phone call to check on a fellow believer is too much trouble. I'll go one lower than that-in our technology driven society, I would even settle for a simple email. But, instead there is nothing. I'm sorry, but I don't want to be a part of a church that treats its members like that. Like they don't matter. It comes across that Josh and I haven't been going to church there as long as everyone else, so what goes on with us doesn't concern everyone else. We aren't "up there" on their level, so they will speak and be polite on Sunday's, but outside of church they don't have to have anything to do with us. Needless to say, we haven't been back and have no intentions of going back.

The quote above fits this circumstance perfectly. Situations like ours are why people don't accept Christianity. They see the way alot of "church people" treat others, and treat them and decide that they don't want a part of that. And truth be known, I can't really blame them. Not that everyone who goes to church is like that, because they aren't. There are some good, genuine people at churches...some of them I have been fortunate enough to meet. But altogether, I haven't been to a church yet where, at some point-more often than not-that I didn't feel like an outsider. That's the problem that people have with Christianity. Talk a big game and then don't follow through. If I hadn't been raised with parents who taught Christian values in the home, I would be the same way. It's not the example that you want to set for people...That's not what Christianity is about.

Josh and I will find another church, and will continue to keep in touch with the few people that made us feel welcome while at our last church. We will raise our son to know who Jesus Christ is and know what he sacrificed for us. We will teach him and instill in him the values that we feel he needs to know...but it will be without the help of people who pretend to be something they aren't and talk a big game and don't follow through. We don't want our son to be a part of a church that does that...or be around people that act that way. We want him to be around real people that genuinely care about others...whether those people are found in the church or not. Everyone may not agree with that, but I don't agree with the way things have gone lately.

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November 12, 2008

A Salute To Mom's

I know it isn't Mother's Day or anything like that, but since being thrown into the "Mommy World" I must admit that I have a newfound respect for mother's everywhere. When you are growing up (atleast when I grew up), I thought being an adult was simple, and being a mom was even easier. My mom was a stay at home housewife, and I used to think that she had the easiest job in the world. I had to get up every morning and go to school, and she got to stay at home all day and do (what I thought) nothing. Right? Wrong. Having taken on the role of "Stay At Home Mom" myself, I am learning quite quickly that the "nothing" that I thought being a housewife involved, was a lot. Now especially with Noah being a baby, I am having to revamp my ability to multi-task. When I was pregnant, Josh was adament that I relax and take it easy. There isn't a whole lot of time to relax with a baby in the house. He is good about laying in his bouncer or his playpen to let me get things done, but he still has to be changed and fed every 2-4 hours (depending on how much he ate at his previous feeding.) Not to mention, there are plenty of household duties that have to be done. I can't do all of them myself yet because I can't lift anything heavier than Noah's carseat for another few weeks while I recover from labor, but still. There are dishes to be washed, clothes to be ironed, furniture that needs to be dusted, make the beds, pay the bills...plenty to do. Not to even begin to mention the sleep deprivation that goes into having a newborn. Again, Noah is a blessing because he usually only wakes up around midnight, 3 am, and 5 am. We just got to up his feeding amount, so he should soon start sleeping longer than that. I try to get up with him as much as I can. I feel so bad for Josh sometimes, considering that he gets up at 5:00 am to go to work and then works atleast till 4:00 pm-sometimes (especially here lately) later than that. I hate for him to have to wake up every single time that he cries. So me, being the good wife that I am, usually end up getting up with him myself so Josh can rest. I think us mom's are equiped with some super-power that allows us to run off of virtually no sleep whatsoever. Like today...I went to bed around 10:00 last night. Feeding at 12:45, Feeding at 4:30, Feeding at 6:30, Feeding at 9:15...nap for me? Non-Existent. But, I got my household duties done for the day...I washed all of Noah's used up bottles, made more formula, gave him a bath and got him dressed, got a shower myself (and actually fixed my hair AND put on makeup), dusted the living room furniture, washed and put away dishes, seperated laundry, made the bed, straightened up the living room and bedroom, and have had time to write 2 blogs today. Kudo's to me. And big Salutes to all the mom's out there! Working Mom's, Stay at Home Mom's, Single Mom's (and dad's who do all the mom stuff too)...Pat yourselves on the back for all that you do...you-we-deserve it.

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Walk On

Josh and I were watching ESPN last night as E:60 did a story on a man named DJ Gregory. This was truly one of the most inspiring stories I have ever heard. I see the sports channels do stories on professional athletes and injured athletes all the time, but never have I seen a story that brought a tear to my eye and touched my heart the way that this one did. Born with Cerebral Palsy, doctors told DJ's family when he was born that he would never walk. Determined not to spend his life in a wheel chair, after multiple surgeries on his legs, at the age 9 DJ was walking only with the aid of a cane. Not only did he learn to walk, but he taught himself how to swing a golf club with one hand. Passionate about the game of golf, this 2008 season, DJ brewed up a dream. His dream was to walk every single hole of the 2008 PGA Tour. He traveled 38 weeks and attended 37 events...and walked every step of the way. At each event, he walked with a player and interviewed him and wrote about his experiences on a blog. He completed his journey in Orlando on Sunday. I think this story amazed me as much as it did because of the simplicity of the dream and the determination to achieve it. How often do we go through life complaining about things that go on, thinking we have it so bad? We gripe and moan and groan when things don't go our way. We fuss about the simplest things in life that really shouldn't matter that much. And here is a man who has overcome unfathomable obstacles and achieved a lifelong dream to do something that we take for granted-to walk. It really struch a nerve and convicted me. I'll be the first person to admit that I complain, even though in the grand scheme of things, I have nothing to complain about. I have a wonderful, healthy family. My husband has a secure job in a not-so-secure economy. I am in good health. We have somewhere to live, food to eat, a car to drive, and material possessions that shouldn't matter that much anyway. And still, we complain. We take for granted the things that God has given us. And then I see someone like DJ Gregory, who is happy just do be able to achieve one simple goal. DJ is an example that no matter what your excuse is, anyone can achieve anything if they set their mind to it. I have included the link to the ESPN video. If you have time, you should definately watch it. I promise it will inspire you. I also linked DJ's blog under my list of websites. It is pretty touching too. I haven't had a chance to finish it yet, but it's definately worth the time to check it out. My challenge to anyone who reads this, is to stop and thank God for the things that you do have and not complain about the things that you don't. Take a look around you...things could definately be worse. ESPN E:60 Report: http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?categoryId=3060647&brand=null&videoId=3669128&n8pe6c=1

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November 11, 2008

Fireproof

Josh and I went to see the movie "Fireproof" several weeks ago when it opened and I have been meaning to blog about it. I've had this blog saved in my drafts since the weekend we saw it, but have just now gotten around to finishing it. Oh well... First of all, I was highly, HIGHLY impressed by the quality of the movie for such a small budget. The acting left something to be desired, but all together, it was really a good movie. One that I will most definately be buying when it comes out in January. I was also very impressed with the story line and the plot of the movie. I think that it is one that everyone even considering getting married needs to go and see. There were a lot of things that I picked up when I was watching it, and me-being the analytical person that I am-want to discuss a few of them. Let me start out by saying that I am in no way a marriage expert. Josh and I will have only been married 7 months November 19, so I'm not going to pretend that I know everything about marriage...I don't really think anyone ever does. But I did notice several things in the movie that stood out. For those of you who have seen it (and those who haven't-sorry, I may be about to give away some of the film) you will have noticed the 2 major conflicts with Caleb and Catherine's relationship: 1)He was addicted to internet pornography. 2) She was a flirt and put herself in very questionable and dangerous situations with men she worked with. I believe the movie said they had been married for 7 years, and even though it didn't show it, the issues that the movie talked about had to have started somewhere. Now, I don't know how many men read this blog and I have no intentions to place all of the blame for the couples marital problems on the man, but from a female perspective, some of the things he was doing quite possibly triggered the breakdown of their marriage. Like I said, the movie didn't show it, so I am just speculating for the sake of writing. I'll focus on Catherine to begin with. Her problem was flirting. The movie was heavy on showing her actions around the doctor she worked with. Now, why in the world would a once happily married woman all of a sudden decide to start flirting with other men? I think that it stemmed from two different places: 1)Her husbands addiction to porn. 2)The lack of communication and affection between her and her husband. The pornography addiction I have kind of touched on in a previous blog, but to keep everyone from having to go through archived posts to read my viewpoints on that, I'll give another run-down. When a man looks at pornography (or even just other women in general) it sends off the idea that your wife is no longer good enough for you. That she no longer possesses the beauty/appeal that once drew you to her. I think that this is a bigger problem in more households than people let on. Men are creatures of vision-they focus on what catches their eye. The Bible says that a mans wife should be the only one to do that. By spending more time focusing on naked girls all over the computer instead of on his wife and the beauty that she carried, Caleb sent the message that his wife was no longer enough for him...he needed to get his "encouragement" from elsewhere. And nothing could be more devastating to a woman than to feel that she isn't attractive to her husband. The second thing I saw, was that the two did not communicate with one another. He worked, She worked. They came home, and aside from sleeping in the same room, they didn't seem to share anything. I don't recall ever hearing them ask one another how their day went, if there was anything going on that they wanted to talk about, or even something as simple as "I love you." They were two strangers living in the same house. That is a problem that should have been caught and delt with long before it got to that point. But, if I had to make my guess, it was something that one or both of them just assumed would fix itself. Caleb, I noticed, worked long hours and when he got home, he probably went straight to bed and didn't feel like talking. Maybe Catherine tried to strike up conversations with him, but he consistently showed no interest in what she was trying to talk about. This "lack of communication/interest in communication" probably also triggered Catherine into looking elsewhere for the communication and affection she desired. Yes, communication is a type of affection whether men believe it or not. I know for me, it's a big deal for me to know what's going on with Josh. I don't try to beat every single detail out of him, but I think it is important to be in tune with the every day happenings that your husband/wife faces. I usually don't have that much to talk about considering that up until Noah was born, my day consisted of straightening the house (if it needed it) and paying the bills (if they needed paying). Now that Noah is here, there is lots more to talk about because I get to recap every little move that he makes. Josh has a little more trouble communicating about work because by the time he gets home he's tired of the Coast Guard and all it entails...so I don't push it too hard. But it is an important part of marriage. There are a lot of things out there to break up a marriage, and I think that by talking about what goes on when you are away from one another, helps to keep you accountable for your actions. There is also the "physical" aspect of affection. This isn't complicated...women (and men whether they admit it or not) need to be shown love as much as they do being told they are loved. What's that saying "Love is a Verb"...if I remember my elementary school English lessons correctly a verb is a "doing word." All of the above I think led Catherine to seek out attention she wasn't getting from her husband somewhere else. That didn't make it right, but I think she thought that she had no other options. Her husband made it obvious (in her eyes) that she wasn't attractive to him and didn't meet the standard his internet women set (which is unrealistic for any woman that takes care of her health) and that she didn't interest him enough to ask how her day was going or to communicate with her at all. That doesn't mean that what she did was right. Flirting is definately a no-no in a marriage. She set herself up for a lot of ridicule and put herself in situations that were extrememly dangerous to her already faltering marriage. She was also in the wrong for questioning her husbands motives when he started the "Love Dare." She brushed him off and never even gave him a chance to change and be a better man and a better husband. The saving point for their marriage (aside from God's help and intervention)? Calebs apology at the end of the movie. That was the biggest step, and even in the movie theatre I could feel my heart go out to him when he apologized for the things that he had done. The only thing I would have liked to have seen different was for her to apologize too. But, God doesn't tell us to say we are sorry only if someone else does. He says we are to forgive, just like he has forgiven us. We are to seek out forgiveness. Caleb didn't have to say he was sorry first...he could have been stubborn and sat around waiting for her to apologize for her wrong doing. But that wouldn't have been right. He wanted to fix his marriage...so he did whatever it took to do that. Even I forgave him. Haha...If you need to say you are sorry for something, do it. It's amazing that such a simple concept can cause some of the biggest problems. Anyways, I guess that's about it for my analytical interpretation of this not-so-complex movie...I suggest everyone goes to see it. Anyone who's married, about to get married, or in a relationship that may turn into marriage; would really benefit from the movies message. Marriage is hard. I've learned that, if nothing else, in the 7 months that Josh and I have been married. It's a whole different thing than dating-and anyone that tells you otherwise has obviously never been married. But, it's worth it completely. Even when things around our house get stressful and I want to yank my hair out or pull Josh's head off, there is no one else that I would rather fall asleep beside at night or wake up with in the morning. You just have to be willing to put in the effort.

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November 10, 2008

Our First "No-Daddy" Day

Josh went back to work today so it was just me and little man. I'll admit, I was a litte anxious for today to arrive. Not that I don't have confidence in my abilities as a mommy, but Noah is crazy about his daddy. It is so cute. He does things for Josh that he won't do for me if his daddy is around. After he eats, 99% of the time Josh is the only one that can get him to burp. And he sleeps right under his daddy at night time. But, we had a good day. We took Josh to work and came home, got a bottle and diaper change, and went back to bed till 9. Time for another bottle and then he sat in his bouncer all day and either napped or just watched me do what I had to do. I got a lot accomplished...straightened the house some, made the baby some more formula, took a shower and took him to the doctor. I can't get over how well behaved he is. He didn't really show out at the doctor like I thought he may. He kinda got upset when I had to undress him for his exam (he hates to be without clothes...I guess we don't have to worry about him streaking or anything.) Other than that, we had a good day. We went and picked Josh up from work this afternoon...I've never seen an infant so excited to see his daddy. It baffles me that at 2 weeks old he even recognizes who he is (or who anyone is for that matter.) Josh walked up to the car and said hey to him and his little face just lit up and he started grinning. Lord knows that baby loves his daddy. Even the day he was born, Josh leaned over and said "Hey Noah" and instantaneously Noah reached out to Josh and grabbed his finger...that made me a little misty eyed. It's so amazing to have my own little baby to take care of and love now. It's one of two things that I've always wanted...A Husband and a Family. Now I can honestly say that I have everything I've ever wanted. Life is Good and My God is even Better.

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November 7, 2008

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November 6, 2008

Could the "change" be the End Times?

I will be the first person to admit that I am in utter disbelief at the results of the recent Presidential Election. Josh and I stayed awake all night long watching the results come in, and I could feel my heart sink deeper and deeper into my stomach. I had a gut-wrenching feeling throughout most of the night that the results were not going to pan out the way that I wanted to, but still, I watched. Mesmerized by the TV and the events that were unfolding in front of me. I'll admit, to an extent it was interesting to witness history in the making as America elected it's first African-American/Black (I am still never sure which term to use here to keep from stepping on anyones toes...) President. I believe America has come a long way, and Barack Obama is a prime example that no matter what race, religion, or nationality you are-you can accomplish anything. That, and that alone, was the only postive feelings I had about the election all night. The rest of the time, I sat there, sick to my stomach with the fear of what is to come to our nation. I was sitting on our couch, holding our new baby boy and fighting back the tears thinking of all that he will have to face in his life. Our country is in for an awakening that I don't believe anyone is prepared for.
I don't usually follow politics too closely...I think that 99% of politicians are liars-saying whatever it takes to get themselves into office-and that, ultimately, what the American people think and need, falls on deaf ears. I vote, if for no other reason just so I have a right to complain. (If you don't take the time to exercise your right to vote, then don't complain when things don't go the way that you want.) However, this years election piqued my interest in a way that no other ever had. The main reason-because of the fall America is experiencing. I've listened to numerous preachers and teachers talk about the End Times, and have done my share of reading and studying of the book of Revelations. I am a firm believer, that our generation is living in the End Times. Everything that the Bible predicts, is being laid out day by day, right before our very eyes.
There are no morals and no values left in our society. On Tuesday: *The State of Colorado rejected Amendment 48 to define a "person" from the point of egg fertilization. Why? Because if this amendment would have passed (It was overturned by a 3 to 1 vote) women choosing to go through with an abortion, would technically be comitting murder (which if you ask me, whether or not it is written in an amendment, abortion is murder. Period.) *South Dakota voted on Measure 11, which would allow abortion in extreme cases (rape, incest, or when a mother's health is in danger). It was rejected by 56%. *California rejected Proposition 4, which requires that girls under the age of 18 seek parental consent before having an abortion. *South Carolina did away completely with Statuatory Laws. Formerly, both sexes had to consent to sexual activity at the age of 16...now, it's perfectly legal for a 60 year old man to have sexual relations with a 15 year old girl...as long it's ok with both of them. * Arizona, California and Florida all voted on legalizing Gay Marriage. Arizona and Florida both upheld the standards that define marriage as the relationship between "one man and one woman." While, California passed Proposition 8, which overturns the 2000 decision that states that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional.
Now, even though abortion wasn't legalized and gay marriage wasn't legalized, it is utterly pathetic that America has even come to the point of having to VOTE on these issues. Where are the morals? Our nation was founded on Christian principles...those principles are found in the Bible. The Bible clearly states 1) Murder is sin...and whether you agree or not, a fetus has a heartbeat before a woman is even able to find out if she is pregnant. Meaning that when she decides to go through with an abortion, that baby is already a living being with a heartbeat. That is considered murder. 2) Gay marriage is wrong. It's in the bible. "A man shall not lie with another man as he does with a woman." -Leviticus 18:22.
In my opinion, our country is turning into a present day Sodom and Gomorrah. This is a popular topic of discussion around our house. Josh has done intense study on the book of Genesis, particularly on where the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is told. For those who haven't read the story and aren't familiar with what it entails, I'll give a brief crash course. Sodom and Gomorrah were cities with no morals, no values, no sense of decency whatsoever. Full of filth, sin, and unrighteousness. In Genesis Chapter 18, God tells Abraham that he plans to destroy the city because of its wickedness. In the end, Gods wrath rained down on a city that turned away from him and chosen to live a life of devience, sexual sin, and evil. Take a look at our country. We have taken God out of our schools, and are in a constant battle day in and day out with people wanting to remove God from our money and from our pledge. Homosexuality and sexual sin in general flood our streets; murder, rape, robbery...overshadow everything on the news. Wake up people...we live in a cruel, evil society. I believe, in the end, just like with Sodom and Gomarrah, Christs wrath will rain down on our country because of our evil and our wickedness. It's inevitable. The proof is in the book of Revelations...all we are doing now is biding time until God has enough of our sin.
The Apostle Paul gave us two bible verses that describe things we will face and things that will come to be in the end times.
II Timothy 3:1-5,7 "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
Scary huh? Turn on your TV...walk down the street. Every bit of this is in plain sight day in and day out. Take a look at our economy. Our stock market is down trillions of dollars just in the past 24 hours. Look at the kids walking the streets-gangs, guns, drugs, teenage pregnancy. Robbery, Murder, Rape. It's everywhere. It's scary.
I Timothy 4:1-3 "But the spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. By means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth."
Churches are becoming tolerant of sin...preaching on compassion and tolerance of those who practice sinful ways (homosexuality in particular). New Age Religion is all around us. People practicing Wicka, Witchcraft, Ouija Boards...Environmentalists teaching the practice of worshiping "Mother Earth and Father Sky", Reincarnation, Karma, and the idea of Past Lives. Christians are falling away from their faith. Our society is pushing out the Christian Faith.
So, I say all of this and relate it to President-Elect Obama how and why? To say that our country is in the End Times and I believe that he is a key player in what is to come. Do I think he is the Anti-Christ? I'm not quite sure yet. I did some studying on the Anti-Christ before, and there were several scriptures that give evidence that the Anti-Christ will not only be unmarried, but homosexual, and I don't think he fits that role. Plus, I personally do not believe that the United States will play a major role when it comes to the End Times. I do believe, that he is preparing the world for the uprising of the Anti-Christ. His ability to speak and influence large groups...his likeability...his charm...his promises. Look at the way other countries cheered and chanted at the news that Obama had won the Presidency. Since when do foreign countries care so much who wins our election? I'm sure they've always kept up with it, just for the sense of being up to date on current affairs...but to stand and cheer, chant, cry and hold signs like they were doing in Russia and Japan? That's by no means a typical reaction. He has the nation at his finger tips...the media, the newspapers...all of them are dangling at his fingers-waiting on his next move. Trusting and believing everything he says. He's not been able to stopped so far. I was expecting a far closer Presidential race, but he blew McCain out of the water.
Look at the promises Obama has made. Promises to repair a broken economy and broken nation. I'm afraid he's brainwashed people into believing that he and he alone is going to solve the worlds trouble. Fix their problems, fix their finances, and make everything A-Ok. Impossible. Only 1 can do all of that...and he's not been on this Earth for thousands of years. His name is Jesus Christ-Not Barack Obama. But his influence is there, in a way no other Presidents influence ever has been. I'll admit that I'm scared for our nation. I'm afraid that all of these "changes" he has promised, are not the "changes" people are anticipating. I believe they will be some of the final changes this country will see-leading up the uprising of the Anti-Christ and the final battle between good and evil.
So what now? What do we do? I'll say it like everyone else has said-I'll pray. I'll hold onto my faith and accept that God has everthing in his hands and his power. I'll continue to pray for our country, our president, his advisors. He has been chosen to lead this country, and he is at God's disposition. My faith is intact...my God is mighty and Great. I know, whether it be the End Times or Not, that He will prevail and his will will be carried out. In the end, my home is in Heaven and all things of this Earth shall pass away. May God Continue to Bless America.

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A Few Updates...

Since I have now stepped into the roll of "mommy" I decided that keeping 2 blogs up to date was going to be more trouble than it was worth...and since this blog gets more readers, I am deleting our family blog and just making everything into one. I'll continue to post family pictures and all on this blog, as well as do whatever writing I have time to do. Then it will all be right here in one place. I am still doing my "101 Things in 1001 Days", but just haven't had time to update my list and blog on what I've done. It's been a little difficult these past few weeks-the end of pregnancy, the birth of our beautiful baby boy, and the recovery period-blogging has pretty much been the last thing on my mind. Anyways, since Noah is turning out to be such a good baby (sleeping when he's supposed to, eating every 3-4 hours, not fussy-knock on wood, I don't want to jinx myself) I should be able to keep this pretty updated now. Watch out for lots of pictures of the baby...I'm a camera crazy mommy.

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November 1, 2008

Joshua Noah Kirkland

After 9 months of waiting, Joshua "Noah" Kirkland has finally arrived. 15 hours of labor and 49 minutes of pushing, he made his debute to world on
October 27, 2008 at 5:49 pm weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz. and 20 inches long. He is absolutely perfect and truly the most wonderful blessing in our lives.

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