Thursday, July 29, 2010

On GLBT Adoption

I just can’t help myself on the topic of GLBT adoption I have to jump in. Especially when all the voices chime in with, “sure it’s great, love is love, all these kids need homes and well it’s the straight community who’s abandoned them so of course they should be adopted by same sex couples, it’s only natural, proper and correct for our modern age, and plus I know a gay person!!!”.

I’m talking about a post on Facebook at the Adopt Us Kids page linking to a CNN article extolling the virtues of GLBT adoption and the entire community save one or two of us clapping in unison and proclaiming it “good, very good”.

I went on and on, far longer than useful I’m sure, and it’s likely that my voice is completely drown out by the GLBT supporters, but enough is enough someone has to speak up, and I remind myself that Jesus does not tell us we will be successful, in fact he tells us to shake the dust from our feet and move on from the towns that reject his disciples so rejection goes with the territory.

I tried to use a natural law and reason approach since any type of faith based discussion would be folly to the GLBT community.

My argument, it takes one man and one woman to create a child so we can deduce that the same configuration is nature’s best model to raise the child to maturity and that this configuration is in the best interests of the child. GLBT crowd shouts in unison, “NOOO, Bigot, Evil, Nasty”, blah, blah, blah. Good thing I was out of range or they would have spit on me!!!

This was one of my fav moves:

Might it be possible that the nature of the family should be given the same consideration as say the ecosystem? Could changes to the family structure have the same sort of unintended consequences in the lives of children as say changes in the ozone layer have in the atmosphere?

Could we perhaps consider replacing Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with Chastity, Fidelity, Self-Sacrifice in the interest of saving the human family?

I can see it plastered all over canvas diaper bags both large and small:

Chastity, Fidelity, Self-Sacrifice – Love Your Spouse & Children - Do Your Part For Humanity Today!!!!

Lord, forgive your irascible servant, and hear my prayers for those who persecute me. Amen.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I Am the Light of the World

Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12

Our Pastor is back in town after ditching us, er, I mean, taking a well-deserved two-week break and that means Adoration is back on the schedule. I was so excited I could hardly wait. As is the kid’s custom he served Mass and after changing out of his Alb joined me in the pew whereupon he hits me with this.

“The Host was glowing. After the Lamb of God as I was turning around I looked up and I could see the Host glowing so I blessed myself real quick.”

“Were all the Hosts glowing?”

“No, just the big one that Fr. Dave holds up. I saw the glory of God.”

“Cool.”

I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Joel 20:28

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love. Amen.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Once a Month Cooking

Seams like such a good idea. I saw it in Kimberly Hahn’s home schooling book when I began doing research. Yet, I find the whole affair somewhat overwhelming. I love the idea, the convenience, and the savings vs. eating out or grab and go fast food, but putting it all together, OY VY. Even stringing together three weeks worth of dinner menus I’m finding daunting.

I’m using Google calendar and working to put together a Mother's Rule of Life using Holly Pierlot’s book by the same title. I love the book, I love the idea of scheduled times for prayer first and other daily tasks, I love getting our boy more involved in the occupation of daily living from food prep & laundry to property maintenance and reading company P&Ls, but the dinner thing, this is challenging me? What the heck?

I’m in hyper organization mode as I’m looking ahead to full time mothering, academic coaching, and of course continuing to run the admin side of our businesses. Hubby is predicting that the boy and I will be a loggerheads before long, and it’s true that he can get into a push the envelop mode with me that he generally does not with his Dad, but I believe our first few weeks trial run have been pretty good. He likes his on line Catechism Class at the CLAA. I’m enthusiastic about having direct oversight of his studies, while at the same time allowing him the space to work through the lesson himself. I’m very hopeful about this model and about adding additional classes shortly.

So with all this on the plate, I’m looking for a way to simplify the dinner thing, but it just doesn’t really seam all that simple, and I don’t know why. I’m finding my effort at extra planning requires extra cooking as I attempt to make more of our meals from scratch. All the chopping and sautéing is exhausting, and that’s just to get the various ingredients ready for any given dish, and I don’t really pick sophisticated dishes. I keep thinking that all the work the last few days will pay off over the next three weeks or so when I can just check the calendar and grab the day’s menu from the freezer, but right now it just feels like a marathon, and I’m wondering how to sort out next month in a more graceful way.

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

St. Martha & St. Anne, pray for me.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Harvest Time Hazards


The F150 Did Not Make It Out Alive











Fortunatly The Farmer Did










Farmer's Log - The Year of Our Lord, 2010: Do Not Jump Into The Truck When It Has Ignited The Straw, And DO NOT Park On The Field Next Year.

You know it’s going to be bad when you get this call at work from your neighbor. “What do you want us to get out of the barn, the truck just exploded and the fire is moving fast. We called 911, but they aren’t here yet.”

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time we’ve had a wheat field in flames.

We’ve been told the farmer left his truck running in the field and it ignited the un-bailed straw, which then ignited the truck blowing out the tires first and exploding the entire truck once it hit the gas tank.

The tire blow out was a huge blessing, apparently the farmer thought he could just drive the truck off the fire, but changed his mind when the tires exploded, at which point he beat a hasty retreat. He’s ok, but if he had been inside when the whole thing blew up it could have been a very different outcome.

Not sure if the event made the rounds over at the grange or over the scanners, but we have looky loos up and down the road all evening. It seams to be the high point of drama in the County today.

Must be my 15 minutes of fame, hee, haw style.
St. Isadore, Patron of Farmers, Pray For Us.