Thursday, January 29, 2009

Interesting Thomas Jefferson quotes

I have always looked up to Thomas Jefferson as well as tried to follow his methods of education with my children. Here are some interesting quotes that seem to prove to be true:

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

She does things in her own time

Most of you know that Luci just started walking. She is 16 months old so a little late compared to my other kids. Ok, really late. Anyway, we weren't too worried cause all kids do things in their own time, seems Luci is making sure we realize that. Not only did she just start walking, but as I was watching her toddle around, she walked into the kids bathroom, took off her diaper, and sat on the kiddie potty we have in there from when Celestial was potty training. She is 16 months old. We have done nothing to try to potty train her and Celest hasn't used that potty in probably over a year so she didn't get the idea from her. The fact that she could toddle over there, put the lid up, take off her diaper, and sit down shows she is thinking pretty advanced for her age. Guess she just wants to make sure she does things on her own timeline, and not the norm. Sure sounds like her mom (who BTW was also the fourth child and third girl).

Saturday, January 24, 2009

7 goin on adult

I was so proud of my daughter today. She did something even most adults haven't figured out yet. She came to me earlier and told me she was feeling stressed and overwhelmed and didn't know why. Then she came to me and said, "I feel like yelling and screaming at someone for no reason, but I won't. Could you help me calm down?"
Most adults would go and scream and act like they have PMS or whatever, but she didn't. She came to me for help BEFORE there was a problem. How many people have that much of a handle on their emotions, much less a not quite 7 yr old? I know I still have a ways to go. So, I am very proud of my not so little girl.

Great video for invisible moms

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

What a great, simple day!

Today started off pretty stressful, but ended up great! We decided we all needed a day out together as a family and Calloway Gardens is free for January and February so we decided to take advantage of it. It was beautiful with so much to do! Hiking trails, birds of prey, old pioneer cabins with pioneer furniture inside, a butterfly sanctuary (Israel's favorite), and so much more!

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!

Then we came home and Ben lit a fire in our fire pit out back and we roasted sausage and marshmallows with a neighbor, Sarah. We really enjoyed it. The kids were so disappointed to end the day and have to go to bed. These are the types of things I plan on doing when Ben leaves on deployment again to keep our minds off of it. I love making memories like these! So simple, yet so wonderful!

Is anybody else a little worried by these outbreaks?

I enjoy growing my own food and knowing what is on/in it. That is why when we had the big Samonilla outbreak on tomatoes last year, I didn't have to worry. I grew my own. But this year, peanut butter and peanut paste (which is in sooooo many things)? That is one thing I actually buy instead of making. This is not the first time that there has been a peanut butter outbreak either. Is anybody else getting worried about all these Samonilla outbreaks?

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...

Where have all the leaders gone?

I got this in an email and liked it so I am putting it here for ya'll to read.

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

New Law going into effect on Feb 10

Not a lot of people know about this law, but if you don 't, check it out at:

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?