Yesterday the kids and I were playing with the Mac camera. We couldn't stop laughing, which was good for me! I've been working on laughing more and this was super helpful. Maybe these pictures will bring a smile to your face. :)
Ian as Frankenstein
Patricia as Leno???
The kids got the biggest kick out of my pictures.
And, lest you go away thinking this is how we really look, here is a "normal" picture:
That's how long its been since the famous court case of Roe vs Wade.
Since then over 50 million babies have been killed. That's more than one million a year. (It takes 12 days to have one million seconds.... that's a large number).
I have a little message for varying groups of people out there:
Those who think abortion is wrong:
When they were deciding whether to make abortion legal, the argument that was used, was women's health. Not their rights, but their health. What if the mother's life was in jeopardy?
That is a legitimate argument. However, we know that health issues are not the reason for most abortions. So, as enticing as some moral arguments are, don't fall for them. Think it through and make the right choice about future decisions.
Those who have had an abortion:
The guilt you feel (or the guilt you have denied) is normal. You cannot bring your baby back, but you can receive peace and forgiveness.
God formed you when you were in your mother's womb and He loves you.
He loves you so much that He was willing to take the punishment for your sins (you're not the only sinner, everyone has sinned). The Lord Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead for you. So that you may live eternally.
All you have to do is believe in faith that God did this for you. Receive His free gift of eternal life.
Those who are thinking about having an abortion:
Don't do it.
Maybe you're scared or lonely. Maybe you've been raped. Maybe you're afraid of being abused.
If you really cannot take care of the baby, give her up for adoption. There are plenty of people who would love to care for your child.
If you are in an abusive relationship and fear your safety due to pregnancy, please get help. Here's a phone number: 1-800-799-7233. There is no need to lose a child because of an abuser.
I'll tell you he wasn't smiling when it happened... neither was I nor my mom nor Enoch. No, we were all holding our hearts in the pits of our stomachs.
"How many fingers am I holding up?" Thankfully he got the answer right!
So, what happened?
I've been visiting the second hand store since my pregnancy with Zachary. I couldn't bear to buy new clothes that would only be used for a couple of months. It took 5 kids for me to break down and start going there!
So, Tuesday night I was wandering around, after finding a few outfits for Zachary, when I spotted these toys brand new in packaging:
This is a popping up toy. The "great" thing about it is the hard center which helps it pop up really high. What a deal and all for $.71! Not only one, but TWO comes in the package!
You live and learn.
I brought this fantastic toy home. We couldn't really get them to work (imagine that!). By the end of 20 minutes, Ian successfully inverted the toy himself. He dropped it on the floor and WHAM, it popped up and smacked his eye!
He screamed, I panicked, but held it together enough to assess the situation.
He took a trip to the ER and a follow-up today with an opthamologist. Thankfully his eye is still good and life can carry on as normal.
Lesson learned: there may be a good reason that packaged toys are in GoodWill... think safety.
I love the card Tabitha made for Ian, though Ian barely looked at it. (Party pooper)
I contemplated posting my list of books earlier, but I was afraid of giving up on yet another venture of mine. But, since we're not quite halfway through the first month and I'm already well into my 2nd book, I feel like I just may make it through this year.
Besides these books I'm also reading small e-books and a one year Bible plan. I'll be updating my Pinterest board regularly.
One thing I've been learning so far, is not to jump ahead. Even if I finish January's two books, I'm not going to get started on February's before their time. I hope to avoid burnout and practice self control. :)
Let me know what you think of my list! I know I have some strange taste and I'm not sure I'll be able to get through some of them.