Friday, November 30, 2012

US Senate, PLEASE reject the UN CRPD! #UNCRPD

SOAPBOX (Photo credit: Shuttleworth Foundation)
Those of you that know me, know that I don't pull out the soapbox on political issues often. I'm more of a work behind the scenes person. But this one I can't stay quiet about.

This affects our family & many others you know. Members of my family have ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum (Aspergers, PDD), etc. These are all classified as disabilities. If the UN CRPD passes, UN law will, for the first time, supersede US law. UN delegates (that we don't elect and who don't answer to us) will be able to tell US citizens how to raise/school/medically treat our special needs family members, young or old. This includes homeschool vs public school, involuntary sterilization, residence programs, etc. What the UN thinks is best will rule the US on this issue. By voting for the UN CRPD, our elected officials are giving the UN the right to run our country in this area. The US already has laws to protect special needs citizens; we don't need the UN to dictate more. It is especially concerning as European countries are considering sterilization and/or abortion after positive Down Syndrome tests. If UN representatives from Europe agree with this practice, it could become UN rule. PLEASE research the UN CRPD, pray, and act! This article has links to the congressional directory so that you know how to call/tweet/email your senators. The vote is said to be this Tuesday. {putting soapbox away and wiping tears}

HSLDA's information on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Blessings in your Adventure...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I am going to Ethiopia!

Yup - In February, a group of us from church will be headed to an orphanage we sponsor in Ethiopia! We will be helping to build a school and spending time with the kids -- loving on them, doing crafts, and showing them that Jesus loves them. I am so excited!!

Since we followed God's lead to leave my job and stay home with my kids at the end of this past August,we don't have any extra money to put toward this. But I am trusting that God will provide, and I am stepping out of my comfort zone and asking if you would be willing to help? You can donate using the ChipIn on the top right. ChipIn uses PayPal so your transactions are safe and go straight to my PayPal account. Thank you so much for considering.

Of course, your prayers are appreciated, too! Prayers for all of us going, for health, for safety, and that we all can put aside ourselves and be Jesus to these kids.

I can't imagine 13-17 hours on a plane!

Blessings in your Adventure...

Religion (worship) that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27

Unless there is an element of risk in your exploits for God there is no need for faith. Hudson Taylor

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30 Days of Thanks: Day 28

November 28:
I am thankful for:

  • Late start Wednesdays that provide extra sleep.
  • Friends & Family
  • My children, even when they ignore me.
  • Feeling thinner and healthier
  • And many, many other things!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 20

November 20:I am thankful for time to remember old friends and to be reminded about the promise of eternity for those who follow Jesus.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 15

November 15: I am thankful for the blessing of sight. Seth got his new glasses in the mail today. He ran from the post office to the car excitedly exclaiming, "They're here!" He flew into the car, ripped off his old glasses (that had seen better days), and put on his new ones. "I can see! I can see! We need to wash the windshield!" :D

30 Days of Thanks: Day 14

November 14: I am thankful for our beagles. Going for a walk with them and having my son run ahead with them... Seeing those beagle ears flying in the wind and the cute little puppy run of the foster always makes me laugh. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 13

November 13: I am thankful for beautifully warm and sunny days during fall when we can open the windows and enjoy the sun.

Monday, November 12, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 12

November 12: I am thankful for a day off with all the kids. Even when they are after each other...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 11

November 11: I am thankful for a day to remember our veterans and thank them and their families for their service.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 10

November 10: I am thankful for times when we can trust the kids to not be after each other too much, and hubby  and I can run errands together. Ah... uninterrupted conversation time!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 9

November 9:
I am thankful for Saturdays that don't have much scheduled.

30 Days of Thanks: Day 8

November 8:
I am thankful for the first snow cover. And thankful that it is now raining and I won't have to shovel!

30 Days of Thanks: Day 7

November 7:
I am thankful that God is in control. No matter what happens: earthquake, hurricane, nor'easter, or election, God knew it was coming and isn't surprised. He has us in His hand, He cannot be moved, and He doesn't change. And He works all things together for our good for those of us who love God are are called for His purpose.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 6

November 6:
Tonight I am thankful that the political ads and mailers will be done. And I am very thankful that God knows who will be president and the results don't surprise Him. And He is forever in control.

Monday, November 5, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 5

November 5:
Tonight I am thankful that my son's duel with his bedroom ceiling fan didn't result in any casualties. He is bruised, sore, and splinted so that he rests his hand, but there don't seem to be any breaks. Thank you, Jesus! And I'm sure that this ceiling fan will think twice before taking him on again.

Friday, November 2, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 4

November 4:
I am thankful for a church that keeps stretching me outside of my comfort zone and encourages us to not just stay comfortable.

30 Days of Thanks: Day 3

November 3: I am thankful that my boys are very excited to be able to help others.

30 Days of Thanks: Day 2

November 2: I am thankful to be able to homeschool so that we can meet each of the boys' learning needs. Even if the day doesn't go as I planned or if the boys aren't exactly up for doing the work and I have to push them to get it done, I am still thankful.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 1

November 1: I am still thankful that I am able to be able to be home with my kids instead of working outside the home. An amazing blessing! Thankful for God's provision.


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