Friday, December 11, 2009
I wrote Celestial's for her as much word for word as I could and she drew the pictures. Luci is still too small to do one.
Also, as an update on the babies, each ultrasound has said something different about the genders so we really have no idea what they will be. The doctor says he will be shocked if I even make it to 36 weeks so they will most likely come by March if no earlier. I will be starting bedrest in 5-6 weeks and will get steroid shots in 8 weeks to help their lungs mature. I will try to update more as we go along. Merry Christmas everyone!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
First are pics of the kids at our wards trunk or treat:
Then come the pics from when we were carving our pumpkin. We carved it on Halloween and it was a good thing cause down here they go bad in two days. Israel slept through it so he isn't in any of the pics. Celestial was hilarious. She didn't dare touch the insides.
Finally is the pic of the kids on Halloween with our neighbor Sarah. It rained most the night so we weren't able to get very much trick or treating done cause it was pouring. We were all soaked and freezing.
Moving on now, I saw the doctor a couple of weeks ago. We miscarried one of the triplets earlier and now only have twins. The doctor thought that they were both boys but couldn't tell for sure because his ultrasound machine isn't very good. The next week I saw a high risk specialist that has a very advanced machine. They were able to zoom in on the babies. Baby A is 100% a girl.
The pic on the left is of her legs and shows her as a girl. The one on the below is zoomed way in and has an arrow pointing to what you need to look at and if you can't tell that is a girl...
We think Baby B is a boy but he kept his legs closed and the one time he opened them he stuck his foot in the way so we don't know for sure yet but I do have an ultrasound every week now so we should know in the next few weeks. The doctor also said he thought he would be putting me on full, complete bedrest by week 24 or so. He said as in your legs are broken and you have a 105 degree fever. No making meals, grocery shopping, or caring for the kids. I have had trouble doing everything by myself as is (since there are certain things I should not be doing) and have been trouble getting the help I need so I knew staying here alone wasn't an option. I called my mom and we made final preparations for me to go home for a while.
She will be flying out to Florida in two weeks for a conference anyway so we are going to meet her down there with our van loaded full of stuff we need and will be driving back to Idaho from there. We will be staying until I am comfortable with handling everything on my own and have a way to get back (driving back alone with six kids just doesn't seem like a good idea). I will be having a neighbor watching the house for us. Now we just need to figure out what to do with the animals and how to care for the lawn come spring. We have started packing and preparing and two weeks we will be out of here. The kids are so excited. And I am looking forward to having help and maybe even a break once in a while.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
T’was the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned,
The dark meat and white.
But I fought the temptation,
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
The thought of a snack
So I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round.
‘til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees
Happy eating to all,
Pass the cranberries, please!!
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize
And May your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Today was no different. It took me two hours to get Israel to take his pills and it was too late in the morning to put off school any longer so we had to get right into school. We started with our regular routine and then went into our school subjects. First off was handwriting. Israel had the letter Z today. He was supposed to trace and write four Zs. That is it. Eden, on the other hand, had quite a few V,W,and Xs. She was done with the entire page before Israel had done one Z. My conversation with Israel went like this:
"Israel, here are your Zs. Get started. Israel, where is your pencil?"
"I dropped it."
"Pick it up and start."
"Now I dropped my eraser."
"So pick it up."
"Pop! Pop! Pop!"
"Israel, what are you supposed to be doing?"
"I don't know."
"Your Zs. Where are your Zs Israel. Israel, look at me. Where are your Zs." He then points to them. "Good, now start." He then starts playing with his hair. "Israel, what are you doing?"
"There is something in my hair. I think it is toothpaste. I need to cut it out."
"No Israel. We can wash it out. First do your Zs though." He continues to play with his hair. "Israel, you are concentrating on your hair very well, now try concentrating on your work."
"I need a drink and there is dog hair in mine."
"Fine, you get a drink." I wait for a few minutes and then go check on him. He runs and hides. I find him and he has scissors and is about to cut his hair so I take the scissors and send him back to his work. He continues to play with his hair so I drag him to the bathroom to clean it out. He decides he has to change his clothes now. He comes back and gets something on his shirt and has to change again. He came back with a Hulk shirt. No biggie, right?
"Israel do your work now. You only have four Zs and Eden has done all hers and is starting on math. You will have less time to play if you don't get this done."
"Why is Hulk green?"
"We can talk about that after school Israel. Where are your Zs. Israel, where are your Zs?"
"Why does Hulk have hair? Monsters don't usually have hair."
"Israel, do your work. We will talk about this later. Where are your Zs?" He points. "Ok, start."
"This Hulk up here looks brown. I thought Hulk was green."
"Israel, your Zs!"
"Is that a snake?"
"Israel I don't care if there are snakes all over the floor, just do your work!"
"Something just flew by me. What was it?"
"Israel, look at me. Where are your Zs. Good, now write them." I finally got him through it and pulled out some addition. "Israel, what is 7 + 4?"
"Why is this ink brown instead of black down here?"
"Israel, what is 7 + 4?"
"And why does the 9 look like that? That isn't write. They should type it the way we write it."
"Israel, what is 7 + 4?"
"Good, write it down."
"Is Luci watching her potty movie?"
"Israel, write your 11 right here." Then he runs into the living room to see what Luci is doing. "Israel!" You get the point. So, that is a glimpse into what a typical day can be like for him. And people ridicule me for letting him be on meds. I am sorry, some kids need them. On them, he gets through his work usually in an hour or so. Could you imagine being so easily distracted? I know I am very thankful I am not ADHD or ADD.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I went to the doc today and he wanted to pinpoint the due date so we did an ultrasound. I was not concerned about multiples. First we saw the twins and I was shocked. It was a little while before we found the third. I could not believe when he said there are three.
We are doing another ultrasound to make sure there aren't more than three and also to check on the third. He is a little concerned about the size. So we should know more in a week. I will be seen weekly until we know if I am going to carry all three. Prayers for that would be great.
As for what we are gonna do with seven kids and Ben in Iraq, I have no idea. We are just playing it day by day. We need a bigger van, a triple stroller, more carseats, etc. It is going to be interesting for sure.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
He had a few friends over and we had a treasure hunt to find the pinata (which I made) and then broke the pinata. We had a few problems with Israel being overly excited and he got to the pinata before we were ready so I had to put it back together as best I could.
The kids had pizza, chips, and fruit for dinner with some juice and we turned on the old transformer series to watch while they ate. Then we had cake and ice cream. Israel told me he wanted chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and M 'n Ms on top and chocolate ice cream. Definantly my kid. My friend Verna offered to make the cake and in less than 24 hrs she came up with this:
Isn't it perfect? Israel was so excited and loved it! When Israel opened his gifts he was very excited to see that had got guns. Four water guns that become one from one friend and a really fancy Nerf gun with a laser from my mother in law. He loves them! And so did the other boys that came. Unfortunately, the extra bullets my MIL sent to go with the gun are not the right ones, but don't worry. Luci found a great way of playing with them.
Some of the boys were not old enough to spend the night so we only had a couple spend the night (which was fine by me). Ben made the mistake of turning on Narnia for the kids at around 10 pm so they were up until around 1 am. Then they were up by 7am this morning and guess who was up with them last night as well as this morning. Me! When I got up with the kids I made cinnamon rolls as Israel had asked me to do. Then we had Israel open his gift from us. We got him a bike and a bell to go on the bike but we only wrapped the bell. I had the bike waiting outside. He opened the bell and I told him he had to do it outside. He was happy with the bell, but kinda disappointed you could see. Then he went outside and saw the bike. He loved it! Israel isn't the type to show much emotion. His excitement is more of a quiet excitement, but we could tell he was excited. He just kept thanking me for getting it and rode for quite a while. When I have a chance I will try to upload the video cause of course we had to get it on video.
As for the rest of the day, I am still waiting for the other kids to go home, then who knows what. Ben is taking a nap and has tons of Army stuff to do today but I am hoping we can get atleast a little family time today. We will see.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Just then she said he texted her he was coming back to get her. When he pulled in we again were trying to get him to give her the keys but he refused and I grabbed her arm as she was getting in the car and refused to let her get in. I was leaning in his window talking to him just as the police pulled up suddenly (we had no idea the call had gone through) and since they didn't know what was going on cause of the phone dieing, they had come flying into the yard, jumped out of the cars, and pointed the guns as us yelling "get away from the car lady"! I backed right up and they immediately got our buddy out of the car and cuffed him.
Long story short, he just passed the breathalizer so they couldn't arrest him but knew that cause of the pain pills he wasn't where he should be driving. They found the gun and lucky for him, since the caught him pulling out of the driveway but still in the yard, they couldn't do anything. Had they been one minute later and caught him in the road, he would have been in a HUGE amount of trouble for carrying a loaded, cocked gun in the car without a permit and drinking would have added to it.
So they had us keep the gun until the next day and had his wife drive home. Didn't do much good as he took the keys when they got home, but she wasn't in there. As soon as they left, he tried to get us to give him the gun but we refused. He is so mad and refuses to speak to us ever again but we did what we felt was right. Could you imagine how mad he would be if we had let him go and he had killed his wife or some other innocent person? Anyway, that was in the middle of the night and Ben had to work the next night so he didn't get much sleep at all but says he would do it all over again. I just wish our buddy could understand we were trying to take care of him. You should NEVER drive even angry. Certainly not angry, drunk, on pain pills, and texting all at the same time. Please people, be smart. Even when you don't care about yourself or your family, there are those of us that do and you will only make it all worse if you end up hurting or killing someone else.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
It is just breaking my heart and I know it is going to get much worse when Ben is actually in Iraq and gone completely. How am I supposed to help him? I can't just sit back and watch. Sometimes I just hold him and want to cry feeling so helpless as to how to help him. I wish the politicians in charge of all this war stuff could see what they are doing to the helpless, innocent children. It's really tearing me to pieces.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Anyway, so I am now reading "Heroes at Home" by Ellie Kay. I just started but found a chapter with a cool exercise in it. Try this.
Step One: Think about all the things you enjoy most in life right now. These must be things that are on the outside of your home, and they cannot be your own family.
Step Two: Narrow your list to the top three.
Step Three: Walk over to the trash, and throw it away. You just moved and no one cares.
Now, image doing this over and over again with very little warning to places you have never been. This is the life of military. Only with the military the spouses get to do it alone most the time. No one to take turns getting up with the baby (and the baby may not even know Dad when he comes home). No one to fix the garbage disposal. No one to go on a date with, accompany her to the principal or doctors' office. No one to share the funny little thing that Holly did or Hunter said that only the other parent would find so endearing. No one for Hunter to play catch with or take Meg to the father/daughter party. No one to kiss tenderly, wipe her tears, and most of all, no one even to know she cried herself to sleep or to snuggle with at night.
Those are some of the things Ellie Kay lists in this chapter. She isn't looking for people to pity military wives, just understand where we are coming from when maybe we seem emotional, air headed, or can't seem to get the kids to behave. The book goes through the lives of different military spouses with different experiences. I don't know about you, but I love learning about other people lives and experiences, military or not. So, gives these books a thought, and if you happen to see some parent at their wits end, just remember there is probably a very good reason for it.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
After dinner, Ben and the senior missionary went out to check the transmission fluid in my van and brought with them some food coloring and Karo syrup. Ben had the senior missionary slam the hood down and he let out a scream and the missionary grabbed the other missionary. When they got out there, Ben had his hand covered in a rag with the red Karo syrup so it looked like he lost his finger. At first the greeny was shocked and then was ready to start first aid, but in the process Ben ended up squirting him with the syrup and he realized it was fake.
Finally just as he was leaving, Ben and the senior companion gave him a drink. The lip of the cup had Ambesol on it. The greeny was a little suspicious but after Ben promised him a few times that he didn't put anything in the drink, he finally took a drink. He said it was good and then realized his lips were tingly.
So, it wasn't as good as the last time we had a greeny, but it was a fun night that I think they all enjoyed, including the greeny.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Lately I have noticed a whole bunch of anti-homeschoolers that are that way. They do EVERYTHING they can to try to convince me to put my kids in public school and expect me to listen to them, but when I try to tell them why I choose to homeschool, they refuse to listen. Do you really expect me to take your advice when you refuse to listen to my side?
It has happened to me many times and yesterday, the kids psychiatrist did it. He insisted they needed to be in school so I could have a break and they could be socialized. Everytime I went to tell him about the socialization my kids get from co-op classes, extracurricular activities, etc he would interrupt me and refuse to listen. I never got to explain that they don't have recess and they don't know how to handle kids with ADHD and other "issues". I didn't get to explain that my kids are too advanced but would be held back for missing too much school or that I want my kids to spend time with their dad before he leaves on deployment or that the kids would make fun of Israel for still having to wear diapers (could you imagine what he would go through?). The list goes on and on but he wouldn't hear a word of it. Does he really expect me to just turn around and put the kids in school with all these concerns in my head without him listening to me? If you want me to listen to you, you may try listening to me too!
And please, if you are totally for or against something, anything, do your research FIRST. Before you try to bring others to your side of the argument.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
These girls are 6, 7, and 8. Eden says they sound better than Hannah Montana and since she loves Hannah, that says a lot. Plus I always love hearing the National Anthem. Check it out.
Eden has a pretty good voice and so does her friend Samantha. I wonder if they could do something similar. Hmmm...
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Charolette Mason was a huge name in Education in England in the late 1800's-early 1900's. Her ideas were that kids learn at their own pace. They need to have lots of time being in and learning about nature. They need to be learning from what she called living books. Living Books are books that are classic and grab your attention and teach you. They can be biographies, historical fiction, historical non-fiction etc. The point is to have a real education and not just to regurgitate facts for a test and then forget them. There is a lot more to it, but that is the very basic idea.
So I saw an advertisement in a homeschooling magazine I have for www.livingbooks.com and decided to check it out. They follow the Charolette Mason method and send you these amazing books and everything you need like a planner, possible schedule, and extra ideas. This year, the kids will be reading books like the original Pinochio, Pollyanna, and many other classics. In science, they will be learning about animals, plants, and planets.
As soon as the books got here, the kids went nuts! I barely had the box open before I had a million little hands grabbing them. They looked at the books for hours and have been telling everyone they see all about them. Usually when I get a curriculum I know whether or not it was a good choice and lives up to the advertisements. So far, this one does. I really think we will enjoy this one and the both the kids and I are going to learn so much. I am so excited to start the new curriculum! Yeah for homeschooling!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Reasons I homeschool my kids
1. It is what is best for my family.
2. My kids are more advanced than their peers and need to be able to learn at their pace.
3. I get to decide what my kids are taught. There are things that my kindergartener just shouldn't know about yet.
4. I get to raise my children. Not their peers or other adults with who knows what ideas in their heads.
5. Our school district doesn't have recess and buses K-12 together and then the kids not in high school yet have to take another bus to their schools. That is a lot for 5 year olds.
6. My husband is gone with the military a lot so we get to spend more time with him when he is around by taking time off when he is here and doing more when he is gone.
7. Learning is a lifestyle for us, not an 8-3 Sept-June thing.
8. My kids get a real education with the classics and learning instead of just spitting out random facts to get by until after the test.
9. We get to go on as many field trips as we want.
10. More hands-on learning. When we learn about the tide, we go to the beach to see it.
11. My kids get a break when they need it and can continue on much longer when they want to.
12. I can choose the best curriculum for my children.
13. I get to teach my children my values, morals, and character instead of societies. Look where society is going and what it is doing to our kids. I want more for mine.
14. I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to get my children dressed and fed and off to school where they are so tired they don't learn well anyway.
15. My kids are ADHD so I can break up the day however I see fit for my child's learning and attention span.
16. What I teach an older child naturally filters down to the younger child(ren) making learning must easier and faster for siblings.
17. I don't have to worry about drugs, shootings, or any number of other things schools deal with daily. As a friend of mine said, if the Amish have to worry, we all do.
18. I get to allow my child to do, think, discuss, and explore in ways not possible in a classroom setting.
19. Constant positive reinforcement and gentle correction. No abusive words or actions that scar my child's psyche. Imagine being able to learn to read while on your loving mother's lap with gentle encouragement instead of other kids teasing you.
20. My kids don't pick up swear words or other undesirable language at school.
21. My kids get to learn life skills like cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening, etc in a real home environment and not just one class in middle school.
22. My children don't have to be scared to go to school cause of a bully or teasing.
23. I am there for my children when they need to talk.
24. We get to build a really close family bond. My kids are best friends.
25. Unlimited possibilities for extracurricular activities that interest my child and they aren't limited to certain hours outside of school.
26. Socialization in the real world not just with kids their own age where they are told to sit down and shut up.
27. If my kids want to study airplanes, we study airplanes. If they want to become a paleontologist, we can study dinosaurs. They get to study what they are interested in and therefore retain more information and enjoy learning more.
28. Free one-on-one tutoring.
29. I really know my kids and who they are, not who they pretend to be.
30. My kids don't have to switch schools every time we move (which with the military is often).
31. We can vacation during the off seasons without missing out on school.
32. I am learning so much along with them.
33. We can accomplish more education in less time.
34. Education still takes place on snow days, sick days, weekends, and holidays.
35. My children beg for school on days off.
36. I get to build my children up before sending them into a world that will try to push them down. They will be more prepared for dealing with things like sexual pressure if it doesn't start at such a young age.
37. My kids start foreign languages much earlier than most public schools.
38. Don't have to pay for registration fees, supply lists, and other fees required by public schools.
39. I teach my children to be self-directed learners and not rely on their teachers to teach them in an entertaining way.
40. Homeschooled students regularly score much higher than public, private, and prep schools in tests for academics and socialization and have a high trend of completing college.
41. My kids can finish what they are doing and their thought processes without being interrupted by bells.
42. My kids don't have to ask permission to go to the bathroom and are allowed to take their medication without having to leave class. They won't be suspended for taking a tylenol for a headache or cramps.
43. Grandparent day can be any day.
44. My kids get sick a lot and would be held back some grades for missing too much school even though they are much farther advanced than their peers.
45. My kids get to pray over their food.
46. I don't have to get a note from the doctor every time my kids get sick.
47. They get to be independent thinkers instead of "herd mentality" or following the in crowd.
48. No school fund raisers!
49. My kids have the time to volunteer to help others in the community while others are stuck in school.
50. Four words: No Child Left Behind. Need I say more?
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Luci's eyes were huge as she looked up and stuck her hand out. I tried to take a pic but we are watching a neighbors dog for her while she is out of town and just as I had the camera ready, he ran her over and now she won't let me put her down. But she is lovin the snow. I do not like the cold, but I do like the idea of having a day or two of snow before we go back to our spring and summer weather. I love the south. The weather is so perfect for me. The cold weather in Idaho is one of the few things that make me nervous about moving back. That and not being near big places like Atlanta and Montgomery for things to do when we need to get out. Man I love it here!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe . Thomas Jefferson
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Thomas Jefferson
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. Thomas Jefferson
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson
Very Interesting Quote
In light of the present financial crisis, it's interesting to read what Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I had to post this. It is about time!!! I was beginning to wonder if it would ever happen! Actually, I was trying to look at the good side and say, atleast I don't have a fourth to try to keep up with. Once she started, she skipped the whole walking part and went straight to running, so now I really do have a fourth to try to keep up with. Ah, raising kids is so amazing!!!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
After the Gardens, we took the kids to McDonalds and we RARELY go out to eat so that was a special treat for them. While there, a cute little two year old African-American boy attached himself to Eden and took her every where. It was so cute!
Sure, most the time it doesn't kill, but dieing is not the worst of it! Have you ever experienced it? I sure have and when you are in the middle of it, dieing doesn't sound like such a bad thing. It certainly isn't something I want my kids to have to go through and they eat a HUGE amount of peanut butter. What is next? Cereal? Fruit snacks? Rice? I am glad I grow what I can, but there is so much I don't. It just worries me that the outbreaks seem to be getting more and more common. Am I the only one who has noticed this? I sure hope not. Maybe I should add peanuts to my garden this year. Hmmm...
Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book, 'Where Have All The Leaders Gone?'.
Lee Iacocca Says: 'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'Stay the course.'
Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!' You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs.
While we're fiddling in Iraq , the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of the 'America' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you? I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.
On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here's where we stand.We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the country. We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia, while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves. The middle class is being squeezed every which way. These are times that cry out for leadership.But when you look around, you've got to ask: 'Where have all the leaders gone?'
Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.
Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial hours after the storm. Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the next time.
Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when 'The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, what are we going to do about it?Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry. I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?
Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America. In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some of America 's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises: The 'Great Depression,' 'World War II,' the 'Korean War,' the 'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam War,' the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11.If I've learned one thing, it's this: 'You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this book. It's a "Call to Action" for people who, like me, believe in America'. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the crap and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had 'enough.'Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about. It's our country, folks, and it's our future. Our future is at stake!!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
What were these people thinking? What put them in such a rush to create such a fiasco? Isn't the economy bad enough as is? Do they really have to make it worse?
The unemployment lines are going to be ten times longer. Clothing and other childrens item will be way more expensive and forget second hand, ebay, or craigslist. Things are just about to get much worse. I don't know about the rest of you, but the last year or so, I think I have lost all faith in these people. Between these huge, stupid mistakes and all the news stories about the crimes they are commiting (like trying to sell Obamas seat and accepting bribes in order to not prosecute criminals. The list goes on and on) I have lost my faith. I know they aren't all idiots, but the idiots are making them look like they are.
It just feels like things are falling apart some times. Like Satan has this huge hold on our country and I feel so helpless to know how to do anything more about it and I don't like that feeling. I LOVE my country. I just hope we can pull our heads out of our butts before it is too late. Well, that is my rant for the day. What's yours?