Wednesday, January 18, 2012
If any of you are on my husband's email list, you've already seen this article, or at least the link to it. This is a great short-ish explanation by Voddie Baucham about why he supports Ron Paul for the Republican presidential nomination. I thought it was really well-said, so take a minute to read it, if you can.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Ahhh. We have emerged from the virus relay here at the Dennis home. Everyone took the baton except hardy little Rowan. We're hoping that we are finished with it!
1. Lily and Rowan were able to take a trip to West Virginia last week with my parents, and they had a great time. It was their first 'big girl' thing to do by themselves, I think. I was pleasantly surprised that they seemed to get along swimmingly, as those two can sometimes clash. (If you know us in real life, you are snickering right now at that understatement!) I missed them, and I love the spice that each child's personality adds to our family. It was strange to set the table for seven instead of nine. Glad they're home.
2. I'm reading a very moving book right now: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. It's a bit graphic in parts, but fascinating as well. Fitting for (around) Veteran's Day. War is so ugly, and I hope my sons never have to partake in one.
3. I can hardly believe that I have only about nine weeks to go in this pregnancy! This is the first time that I actually feel that it's gone fast. I'm enjoying all the kicking and elbowing and tap dancing on my bladder, and imagining who this little one will be. We have our names, for a boy and a girl. All I'll say is that they both start with an 'E'. And, I picked up a pack of newborn diapers the other day. I couldn't wait to get home to pull one out and marvel at how little it was! The girls all oohed and ahhhed and squealed with me, which made it even more fun. :)
4. This weekend Kevin and I were able to attend a marriage conference at our church. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Ever heard of nouthetic counseling? I hadn't either until a couple of years ago. I am so delighted and excited to know that there is a movement made up of Christian counselors who reject the worldly psychology that conflicts with God's word. Over the years I've heard several Christian women talk about how they need more than a 'couple of Bible verses thrown at them' to really deal with problems. This attitude has always grieved me because either we believe that God's Word is powerful, active, and sufficient, or we don't. Not everything is a 'disorder'. Sometimes--often--it's just called sin.
5. Oops. I stepped onto my soapbox! I was going to link to the sessions we heard about marriage by Dr. George Scipione. He's very entertaining and lively to listen to, as well as full of good solid wisdom straight from the Bible. Aww, rats. They aren't on Sermon Audio yet! Here's a link to his other stuff, though. I'll check back later and update when the conference is loaded.
6. Kevin just put a Ron Paul bumper sticker on our van. I'm not sold on all of his opinions, but I do think he makes the most sense. He's so un-politician-y. I feel queasy when some of the other slick guys talk. Blech. Substance, please? I'm dying for substance after 3 years of President Obama.
7. We're still renting our friends' house, and occasionally showing it for them. We keep an eye on the listings, too, and occasionally go check out a property. So far, we haven't found the right place. Several factors will have to converge (price, enough property, not too far from church/Kevin's work, house that will fit us and not need too much major work), so we are trusting the Lord to show us when and where to go. We aren't discontent, but are very much looking forward to a quiet place in the country, with a few chickens, dogs, and cats. :)
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Monday, December 06, 2010
This one is by my friend Dana: a great quote from Bonhoeffer on church growth.
I think this is awesome, though I wouldn't want to have to do the body scanner thing to get to show it off...
Here's a neat list of 31 different specific ways to pray for your children. I copied and pasted it into Word so I could print it out for my nightstand.
I hope you enjoy!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
I know I'm on a bit of a video kick lately, but I wanted to share this trailer for a new documentary that will be released this fall (I believe). It's about the Parental Rights Amendment movement and why it's needed. Can't wait to check it out! Go here for more information.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The 'safe sex' myth is dead, but is anyone listening?
This is an insightful look at a chick-flick plot pattern.
Obama is creative with his 'facts'.
Okay, I'm not saying it's evil, but does anyone else dislike this ubiquitous symbol? Seems like you can hardly find girls' clothes that aren't plastered with it....
You may have seen this already, but if not, check out the silent monks 'singing' the Hallelujah Chorus. Pretty cute.
Friday, August 28, 2009
As a result of massive government overspending, "America will run its first ever trillion-dollar budget deficit this year," writes Heritage budget policy analyst Brian Riedl.
Riedl reveals the shocking numbers. In 2009, the federal government will:
- Spend $30,958 per household -- the highest level in American history;
- Tax $17,576 per household; and
- Borrow $13,392 per household.
These numbers reflect a 22 percent year-on-year increase in spending, Riedl explains. This represents "the largest government expansion since the 1952 height of the Korean War."
The government's spending spree will likely cause this year's deficit to top 11.2 percent of gross domestic product, nearly double the post-World War II record of six percent.
"The new spending estimates are alarming and absolutely unsustainable -- and are the true cause of these appalling levels of deficit and debt," explains Riedl. "The result will be the highest level of spending -- and debt -- in American history."
President Obama claims to have inherited this staggering deficit of $1.58 trillion -- an amount greater than the combined deficits between 2002 and 2007. But his budget blueprint, which includes $1.4 trillion in tax increases and $9 trillion of new borrowing over the next decade, does little to tame it. And this doesn't even include the President's high-priced health care overhaul.
President Obama also claims he can cut the deficit in half by 2013. But that's not really an improvement: this year's deficit is nearly four times what it was last year, so cutting it in half would still leave a deficit that is double what it was under President Bush.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
"A few weeks after President Obama slandered family practice physicians, the American College of Surgeons had something to say:
The American College of Surgeons is deeply disturbed over the uninformed public comments President Obama continues to make about the high-quality care provided by surgeons in the United States. When the President makes statements that are incorrect or not based in fact, we think he does a disservice to the American people at a time when they want clear, understandable facts about health care reform. We want to set the record straight…
President Obama got his facts completely wrong. He stated that a surgeon gets paid $50,000 for a leg amputation when, in fact, Medicare pays a surgeon between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation. This payment also includes the evaluation of the patient on the day of the operation plus patient follow-up care that is provided for 90 days after the operation. Private insurers pay some variation of the Medicare reimbursement for this service.
Three weeks ago, the President suggested that a surgeon’s decision to remove a child’s tonsils is based on the desire to make a lot of money. That remark was ill-informed and dangerous...
The College of Surgeons was wrong in its characterization of Obama’s remarks. Obama actually said that a surgeon got $30,000-$50,000 for a foot amputation. But they are right that Obamacare would cost American taxpayers an arm and a leg — even if the doctors don’t get an additional dime."
Thursday, July 23, 2009
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
When I was young and foolish I bought a motorcycle (for you guys reading this it was a Honda Hurricane-CBR 600). This was the kind of bike that was so fast that it would literally overheat if it wasn't moving. Anyway, at the time, I worked at an old converted Air Force base that was about 11 miles outside of town. It was located off of a highway that had long stretches of road that were perfectly straight and flat. Perfect for finding out how fast my bike would go... Needless to say (Mom you should stop reading here), I got my bike up to speeds in excess of 120 MPH. I was going so fast that the cars in front of me appeared to be traveling backwards!
That was about 18 years ago. I knew better. Thankfully God spared my life and I'm here today to share this story with you. Obama's fiscal policies are just as irresponsible. In fact, if he doesn't put the brakes on his spending our country will die. And not just economically. The bible clearly states that the borrower is slave to the lender. Are we living in a time similar to Israel prior to the Bablylonian captivity? Like the demise of any of the great civilizations before us, we are being conquered from within. If we won't conform to God's law and be self-governed we will be ruled by tyranny (cf. 1 Sam. 7:1-7). May God have mercy on our nation!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Last Thursday, my wonderful Mom-in-law flew in so that Kevin and I could attend our local annual homeschool conference. Kevin and I had a great time hearing the speakers and visiting with friends.
The keynote speaker this year was Michael Farris, and on Thursday night he spoke about the International Treaty for the Rights of the Child. What he had to say was truly frightening, and I don't just mean for the homeschooler. This is something every parent--every person--should know about and be actively fighting. The passage of this treaty will affect every parent's right to make decisions for their children's well being and protection. Go here and get involved in the grassroots movement to keep this nonsense from becoming legislation.