In Memory of Willow

This morning I took our cat, Willow, to the vet.  We knew going in that she might not come home with us.  She is a little over 17 years old and has had a very long and happy life.  She was deeply loved by all of us in our family.  She had a very sweet disposition and loved to just cuddle and be pet all day.  I was accompanied by Kayla and Brynn, and then Jason came for the end.  It was a very difficult decision.  How do you decide when it is time to let a pet go?  Well, she had a huge tumor on her neck and severe arthritis.  The doctor thought she had either thyroid disease or kidney disease and was possibly diabetic.  When it came right down to it, we couldn’t afford to keep her alive.  And even if we did, it was just prolonging the inevitable with only “a chance” of improving her quality of life.

We held a family counsel last week where explained to the kids what might be coming to make it easier for them.  I think they all are handling it beautifully.  Kayla was even happy “That Willow was going to be living with Jesus again!”  That is, until she saw me lose it in the vets office.  I am a mess.  I can’t stop crying.  Willow was born on my bed and has been my cat ever since.  I love her and will miss her.  Now, I know I am being really sentimental here.  I have been very open about my trials with Willow in the past.  She pooped and peed everywhere and she, combined with our other cat Trix, have turned me irrevocably into a dog person.  But that being said, she has been a part of my life for a very long time and I loved her and I miss her already.

I guess, if there is a bright side to this tale, it is the learning experience it has turned into for the kids.  Kayla asked me on the way home from the Vet if it takes a long time to get to Heaven.  I told her it didn’t take any time at all and that Willow was already there healthy and happy.  When Jason told Garion that we had put her down, he got teary eyed and asked Jason if we could make her a headstone and take flowers to her in the future.

We will be burying her in the hills behind our house.

We Surround Them

I am a huge fan of Glenn Beck, but  haven’t listened to his show for a while.  As I have said before, I had to take a break from all things political.  It appears that I have missed a couple things.  A fellow blogger and friend pointed out to me Glenn Becks “We Surround Them” plan.  I just sent in my picture.  I encourage everyone to do the same!  And for the record, I whole-heartedly agree with both the 9 Principles and the 12 Values!  Here it is right from Glenn Becks website, http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/21018/?ck=1.

Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it?

Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?

Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach…as if you’re completely alone?

If so, then you’ve fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all.

We surround them.

So, how do we show America what’s really behind the curtain? Below are nine simple principles. If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common. I urge you to read the instructions at the end for how to help make your voice heard.

12 Values

  • Honesty
  • Reverence
  • Hope
  • Thrift
  • Humility
  • Charity
  • Sincerity
  • Moderation
  • Hard Work
  • Courage
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Friendship

The Nine Principles

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

You Are Not Alone

If you agree with at least seven of those principles, then you are not alone. Please send a digital version of your picture to: wesurroundthem@foxnews.com and then stay tuned to the radio and television shows over the coming weeks to see how we intend to pull back the curtain.

The British are Coming!

More and more lately I feel like running down the road yelling “The British are coming!  The British are coming!”  Much like Paul Revere did on April 18, 1775.  People immigrated to the American continent to experience freedom from oppression and tyranny.  They had to fight several wars to earn and protect the freedoms and Republic we enjoy today.  I feel that we are at war once again to protect our freedoms.  Little by little our freedoms have been nibbled and picked at.   Up until now, we have seemingly not lost that much.  But if we let our guard down and give in to pacifism because it is easier than opening ourselves to criticism and argument, then we will lose much more.  Two days ago, without a single person in congress reading it, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed.  In other words, the massive, over-spending, ear-marked, Democratic hay-day Porculus bill.  This particular bill attacks several of our fundamental principles.  A few of which are religion, states rights, our individual rights, and possibly most importantly, our Republic.  Our government has seriously over stepped it bounds by passing this bill.

It is important to understand we live in a Republic, not a Democracy.  A democracy means that the majority rule.  But when the majority decide to take things from the public that don’t belong to them, the democracy fails.  In a Republic, the government is restricted by law leaving the people alone.  There is a great video that explains the different types of government.  It has made clear several things for me.  I highly recommend you watch it.  http://www.wimp.com/thegovernment Our current government has decided to become a democracy, without the consent of the people.  It continues to pass laws that limit the power of the people which in turn makes itself more powerful.  With this kind of power, our country will be forever changed and we will lose what has made us great.  The freedom to be self-dependant and the ability to choose our own roads without the restriction or fear from the rulers.  The video mentioned above has a splendid quote “The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of Government.”

We, as the people, give rights to the government, and we have the ability and the right to take rights away from the government if they are not protecting our inalienable rights as humans.  Obama has stated that one of his biggest problems with the Constitution is its binding power on the government.  That is the way it is suppose to be!!!  If the people give up their right to take  judgement on the government and keep it in check, then we are flinging our doors wide open to Socialism and Fascism  and any other type of freedom-squashing government that the world and the ambition of man sees fit to throw at us.

This is a definite occasion that the government needs to be put in check.  I am so angered by this stimulus bill that I am beside myself.  I am mad about several things.  The fact that this ridiculous bill passed and that Obama has lied to us.  I am mad that not a single person in congress has read the bill or had the opportunity to debate it’s many pages of controversial sections and articles.  I am mad that we were not given the five days promised to us, by Obama,  to review and make public comment on the bill (or any piece of legislation going through Congress).  I am mad that the lobbyists had the bill before the politicians had it.  I am mad that people don’t realize that the best way out of debt is to stop spending money!  I am mad that the government is bailing out private corporations.  It is not the governments job to bail out private corporations. Giving money to businesses that are failing because of the incompetence of their owners, is not protecting the rights of the people.  In fact, it is stepping on those rights because it is inhibiting free enterprise!

We are at a point in time where we need to start making a stand and fighting for our Republic!  I am not sure how, however.  But something needs to be done.  It makes me so nervous that an 8 inch thick piece of legislation was just passed and not a single person knows everything that is in it.  What rights have been lost?  What jobs have been created?  So far, I am hearing about nothing but more bailouts, more layoffs and pointless jobs that the free market won’t support and that will have little to no effect on the quality of life.  There is an adage that I know that fits this situation very well.  It is “Hope for the best, but expect the worst.”  That way I am not too disappointed.

January and February Update

I was kidding myself when I thought I was going to be able to write a series of blogs catching up on the holidays.  I hardly have time to keep a current blog, let alone one making up for past time.  I have tried several times to write a blog post, but every time I get on my mind is filled with anger and indignation about what is happening in our country, that I get writers block.  I want to write about my family, but I get clouded over with other things and can’t focus.  It has gotten so bad for me that in order to make sense of my thoughts, I have had to take a break from the computer and the articles and the commentary for a while.  I am hopefully back now and can write coherently.

I will start with my family.  We have had Strep throat going through our house lately.  About a week and a half ago, Brynn had a UTI, 3 days later I got Strep and 5 days later Garion got it.  He is home from school today still trying to get better.  However, if you could hear him playing with Brynn right now, you would never know he was sick. 🙂  Guess he will be going back to school tomorrow after all.  He won’t be contagious anymore and with his amount of energy, it will be good for him.  We are counting down the days to Garion’s Baptism.  It is insane to me that he is this old already!  But time does move on continuously and doesn’t give us any leeway to stop and smell the flowers!  That is why it is so important to live in the moment!!! Garion is really excited about it.  In our religion, we wait to baptize until the child is 8 years old.  We believe that infants and babies are innocent and unable to understand the difference between right and wrong.  We believe that by the age of 8, they are able to not only understand the difference, but act on it as well.  We have been given agency by Heavenly Father, and we believe that by the age of accountability, 8, they can start to use their agency with respect for the consequences that come from our actions, be they good or bad.  It is a big day and we are looking forward to it!!  In addition to his baptism, he will be having a birthday party too.  Although, at this point, I have no idea what it will be.  He wants to go to Jump on it, a trampoline place for kids.  But I am not sure that will happen.  It is still in discussion.

I am starting to get a little frustrated with Brynn.  She is so cute,  that most of the time it is too hard to stay mad at her.  But she is truly a toddler in every since of the word.  In the last couple of weeks and even into that last month or two she has really started coming out of her experimentation and exploratory shells!!  She is into EVERYTHING!  Just about every wall in the house been colored on, almost every book has been scribbled on, and the furniture is colored as well.  She has learned how to climb and loves to get into the glass cabinet in the kitchen, or wave around a steak knife (Which have been moved to the top of the fridge, by the way).  She loves to make messes with anything she can get her hands on, from Mommy’s makeup to her breakfast to her brothers Pokemon cards to her sisters lip gloss.  Nothing is sacred.  If you value it, it needs to be hidden.  That is about where things stand.  The problem is that she gets so happy to have discovered something new or to have helped “do” something that she gives this completely beautiful smile and it is impossible to reprimand her.  Most of the time. 🙂  Then again, she is also learning self defense and has started hitting and pinching when Garion and in particular, Kayla, do something or take something from her that she doesn’t want to give up.  She has serious control of her eyebrows.  And when she is upset she has this way of pulling them down and over her eyes to give the “evil” eye.  It is hilarious!  But her meaning is very clear!  I am trying to get a picture of the “eyebrows” to post, but I have lost the battery charger for our camera.  When it is found, I will get and post a picture.

Kayla is still Kayla.  There isn’t much new to tell about her.  Her obsession with puppies is getting a little out of hand and I am ready for her to move on.  It gets a little tiresome, even though it is still funny, to speak to my daughter when she is pretending to be a dog.  She responds by barking at me, crawling on all fours, licking her food and water with her tongue, and saying she can’t do her chores or anything she doesn’t want to do because a dog wouldn’t be able to do that particular thing.  Yes, definitely ready to move on from the dog obsession. 🙂

I am trying to get back into running.  I haven;t really run for months and I miss it!!  The weather is killing me.  My bravado and usually tough (tough for me) skin for the cold is seriously resisting the cold.  I just can’t seem to get myself out the door for a run with snow on the ground.  My brain wants it but my body refuses.  I would almost kill for a treadmill!!!  So I am still trying to workout in my basement with videos, etc.  They just don’t hold that much interest for me.  I like to work them into my routine with my runs, but all on their own, I get bored.  Oh well.  Winter can’t last forever.  I have become unusually obsessed with politics.  I have also discovered that very few people want to discuss the happenings of our country.  I have a strong suspicion that it is because I get pushy with my opinions when I start talking about it.  It is frustrating to me though, because if no one will talk to me about it, then I have no where to vent my thoughts and no where to learn new things or lines of thinking.  That is the beauty of a good conversation, both sides walk away enlightened and hopefully more respectful of the other party because of their thoughts.  I really want to become more involved with politics somehow so that I can feel like I am making a difference.  However, there is very little I can do personally.   Plus, I am just not sure I have the backbone for politics.  So I have retreated to my house.  I figure that I can prepare my family for whatever may come.  Good or bad.  That is my job and how I can make the biggest difference.   But if there is anyone out there who is in the mood for a little political discussion, send me a line. 🙂

Jason is still working.  He has paintball practice once a month and PLUG once a month and Scouts every Thursday.  He teaches a primary class at church on Sundays and, of course, is still the head of our household!  🙂

Man, listen to this post.  It is almost like a Christmas letter.  I guess that is what happens when you don’t write about your family for a month!