Archive for January, 2006
My little boy became a five year old yesterday. Today we shall be merry and celebrate his birth five years ago with cake, ice cream, family, and friends!
So….five Landon facts in honor of his fifth birthday:
1. He has a natural sense of humor (something I lack).He can really say anything and it’s funny. He loves doing voices, being silly, and making others laugh. He often has us all rolling.
2. He is absolutely, one hundred percent fearless. For some reason I forsee many visits to the emergency room. Nothing makes him happier than jumping from ungodly heights…and I cannot count the times he’s gotten stuck in a tree (not very fun for me!)
3. He’s the biggest snuggler and cuddler around. Although full of little boy antics, he will pass out generous amounts of hugs and kisses to all those he loves….and he really does love most people.
4. He already attracts the opposite sex. Yes. This is scary. The little girls at church giggle and squeal “Hey Landon” whenever they see him. The big girls at church (youth group) aren’t much better. The adult ladies at church, that wait on us in restaraunts, or stand behind us in line at Wal-Mart are easily wrapped around his little finger. (We’ve even gotten free appetizers before due to the charms of my youngest.) Although this is slightly amusing it is also a bit scary….
5. His family loves him to death and doesn’t know what they would do without him.
Update 1/28 9:30 p.m.: Click “read on” to see party pictures.
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I think this picture is funny. Josh and I have brothers that are great friends. (In fact….Josh’s brother David was the first in his family for me to meet because he and my brother were friends.) They decided to “decorate” the car in honor of our getting married. Now, understand this…they are 21. They are boys.
Our car was in an interesting situation!
The picture is so funny because we are leaving the wedding, headed out for our honeymoon and the only word you can see on the car is HATE in really large writing.
I do believe it actually said “I HATE WAITING” which, like I said is the product of two twenty-one year old, overgrown kids (which I happen to love tremendously!).
But it does make for a very intersesting wedding picture.
Today, Joshua and I have been married for two months. So far, so good! (And I rather expect it to stay that way!)
Yeah. I know you think there’s no connection…but give me a second.
I meant to post about Abortion yesterday since it was Sanctity of Life Sunday. Abortion is one of “my topics” if you will. And really, I have no idea why I haven’t posted on it before now.
But here goes. In rememberence of all those who died…because of a choice.
I love Dr. Seuss. I really do. He’s funny. My kids love him. He writes grand children’s books. I can read them over and over and I don’t get tired of them.
Every year, at school, during the first week of March we celebrate Dr. Seuss. We read all of his books, we dress up as characters from the book, we have a parade, we invite guests in to read more of his books (he’s written over fifty), and by the end of the week our tongue is so tied from trying to read Fox in Socks without any mistakes (I think that’s impossible!)
One of my favorite books is Horton Hears a Who. I’ve always liked it. It was one of the first Dr. Seuss books I fell in love with as a teacher. So I usaully start the huge Dr. Suess frenzy by reading that book to my class.
Last year, as I listened to myself read, I almost fell out with a discovery. This book is pro-life. Now, I may be the only person in the world to think this (it wouldn’t be the first time I came up with something so original that no one else got it!). I’ve even read up a bit on Dr. Suess to see if he actually was pro-life. I couldn’t find anything to support my theory.
So…instead of you taking my word for it, I shall share a bit about the book. And then you need to go read it yourself. If you are pro-life you should read this to your kids. Even if Dr. Suess wasn’t, this book can be.
The story is about an elephant named Horton. Horton one day hears a noise and discovers that there is a colony of “Who’s” living on a dust speck that is about to fly into the water. He then rescues the Who’s.
Well, this nasty Kangaroo (I’ve named her Planned Parenthood, but you can give her your own name if you like) and her baby kangaroo think Horton has lost his mind. They are convinced he is trying to save something that does not exist.
Horton goes through great persecution as these wretched kangaroos turn all against Horton…insisting he’s crazy and trying to destroy the dust speck. Because it’s only a dust speck and nothing really, really alive.
Frequently Horton can be heard saying things such as:
I can’t let my very small persons get drowned!
I’ve got to protect them. I’m bigger than they.
Should I put this speck down?…
If I do, these small persons may come to great harm.
I can’t put it down. And I won’t! After all
A person’s a person. No matter how small.
Of course I will stick.
I’ll stick by you small folks through thin and through thick.
And while Horton works so hard to defend what he has discovered as a living thing he finds out more and more about “the speck”. Just as pro-lifers defend the unborn the discover more and more about them. Like how early a heartbeat can be found. How soon fingers are developed…
And back to Horton…
Planned Parenthood the kangaroo and her crew of followers can be heard making statements like these:
Why that speck is as small as the head of a pin.
A person on that? Why, there never has been.
and they bring the speck to the eagle (ahem. Abortionist) and ask:
Will you kindly get rid of this thing?
In the end of the story Horton does finally convince the kangaroo and the other jungle animals that there really are people on the speck of dust. It has a happy ending. I’m hoping our story will eventually have a happy ending too.
So anyway, maybe I’m nuts…but I saw a lot of connections. Maybe you will too.
And if you are disgusted and saddened…change daily from angry to sad about the safety of our unborn children…then you, like Horton and the animals he finally convinced to care for those to small to take care of themselves and make this promise:
From sun in the summer. From rain when it’s fall-ish,
I’m going to protect them. No matter how small-ish!
Update: January 24: Obviously many others have seen a pro-life message in this book (along with other Dr. Seuss books) as well. Guess I’m not that original after all.
Since I shared a picture of my brother yesterday, I thought I’d post one of my sister. This picture was taken at my wedding. Isn’t she pretty?
my handsome brother and his beautiful girlfriend!
(Cause I still have writer’s block!)
Created For HIS Glory has began a little story and she wants to see how far it will go. Copy what you see of the story and link what you copy. Leave a comment on the blog you copy from. Then add your sentence to the story to continue it.
Here’s what we have so far…it’s not much…so join in. (And read the original instructions here.)
John sat on the edge of the pier, swinging his legs back and forth, wondering how it could have happened. This morning his life was that of the typical American and by this afternoon all that had changed.
We planned Thursday of our trip to go to Cades Cove. It was about a 45 minute drive from Gatlinburg. I had been several times on family vacations so I knew they had a beautiful waterfall that you could hike to. I really wanted Josh to see Abram’s Falls. He and I were looking foward to this excursion.
We slept fairly late on Thursday and went into Gatlinburg for a breakfast/lunch. We opted for the Pancake Pantry since I wanted lunch and he wanted breakfast. We had a leisurely meal…enjoying ourselves and not getting into a hurry at all. We then strolled a bit around downtown Gatlinburg, taking in the sights on the way back to our car. Not in a hurry in the least.
We finally headed towards Cades Cove. The drive was beautiful, if it didn’t make me a bit nervous (I’m from the coast…no mountains!) I enjoyed the drive tremendously when I wasn’t worried about being hurled over the edge of some trecherous cliff and crashing onto jutting rock before I landed in a freezing, rocky stream!
We arrived at Cades Cove at approximately 2:00. We stop at the information thingie/guard shack. We recieve a map and the first information about the hemlock trees being sprayed. A section of Cades Cove is shut down to motor vehicles while this is going on. The section that has Abram’s Falls is closed to our car. But we are more than welcome to hike in.
Well, we definately want to do that. We get to the area where we will begin our hike. A park ranger is standing at the barricade. He directs us to a place to park while we gather jackets, scarves, hats, and gloves. It is cold.
We ask how far to the beginning of our hike. He says 2 1/2 miles to the beginning of the trail and another 2 1/2 miles to the falls. He bids us good luck and we are off.
I recieved this beautiful flower on Saturday!!
Isn’t it pretty?
And thank you very much Joshua-of-mine!
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Okay, okay. I have a serious case of writer’s block. So I’m posting a picture of my sunglasses. Aren’t they the coolest? I love polka dots. I love pink. That makes these the coolest sunglasses in existence.
Now, was that blogging deep enough for you?
Psssst. I forgot to mention that these super-de-dooper-de cool Fossil sunglasses were also unbelieveably cheap! Woo hoo!
And I’ve been doubly blessed with really wonderful ones! Click on the names while mousing over the picture to read a short description of each friend!
Update January 15, 12:30 a.m.: Hey! I just thought of something cool. You guys pictured…feel free to tell stories on each other! This should be interesting! Hehe. (I’m gonna let Reggie have a go at you!)