Sunday, November 30, 2008

Facebook Quiz

Here are the answers to my facebook quiz for those of you who took it and would like to know what you got wrong :)

1 Q: When did Jen get her first kiss?
A:When she was 8, it was the boy across the street and the neighborhood kids kept bugging us to kiss, until finally we did, to make them finally hush, of course.

2 Q: Jen had a pet of her own when she was 12, what was it?
A: horse, my beloved Gidge

3 Q: What was her pet's name?
A: Gidget

4 Q: What was Jen's first album she ever owned?
A: Phill Colins, No Jacket Required - this was a little tricky, because I actually conned my little brother out of it. He won it at school, but didn't have a record player. I did. I also had Grease, but it was on an 8 track.... oh man, I feel old.

5 Q: When Jen was young, where did she mine for gold?
A: In her parent's fireplace - I took a hammer to their white stone fireplace after discovering that it had golden flecks in it I believed were gold.

6 Q: Jen is missing an adult front lower middle tooth, why?
A: She pulled it out to get more money from the tooth fairy- I have only 3 teeth in the front on the bottom. I accidentally mistook it for a loose baby tooth and worked it out.

7 Q: How many holes does Jen have in her ears?
A: Two in one ear, three in the other... had a really good reason! Well, not for the two (that was my wild side), but the third hole in my ear was because my sil had talked my son Jacob into getting his ear pierced. So to scare him out of it I took him to the mall and I had my left ear pierced once, and I cried when she did it and made a huge fuss and carried on so much it scared him out of it. I did it to save my son's ear.

8 Q: What is Jen's favorite thing to do when she has free time
A: shop - uh, yeah, I actually do like to shop for fun stuff when I have time. I don't like grocery shopping, but I do love window shopping.

9 Q: What is Jen's favorite color?
A: White - I LOVE white. Love, love, love, love it.

10 Q: How old will Jen be on December 14?
A: 37 - shock ya? I hope so! I hope I don't look my age. Although I'm sure my 10 years of smoking will catch up to me.... some day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Last year I tried to do 12 days of Thanksgiving, or something like that. It was at the old blog. I never could quite remember to post something each day, so this year I decided to save it all until the end and just make one big post.
So here it goes...
I am thankful for
1. My parents. You might want to argue with me, but you would lose, I have THE best parents in the world! They have raised all 6 of us kids to be amazingly well behaved wonderful people. We were raised in a home full of faith, love for God, to have good manners, and love for each other. Though we are all grown up and I'm the farthest from them, I don't feel very far from them at times because our ties are that strong. I'm thankful for the most wonderful parents God could give me to.
2. My husband. Man, this guy deserves a medal, an award, a new car... something! He's been an amazing source of love and support to me. We've had our hard times, but no time has been too hard where he hasn't been willing to stick with me through the craziness. He's been faithfully devoted to me and our marriage and I love him so much for that. I am thankful for all of the hours of hard work he puts into his job and his education to make our lives better and to supply for our needs.
3. My children. Oh boy, now the waterworks will start. Man, I have been blessed beyond measure when it comes to my little sweeties. I have an amazing 15 year old son who is the apple of our eyes. He's been a perfect son. He makes great grades, he's kind, he's helpful, he's polite, he's patient... I don't know how we got so lucky. We get compliments on him all the time. People notice how much he helps us, or how wonderful he is with the other kids. I am so thankful for the amazing kid he is. I have an amazing 7 year old son who is the twinkle in my eye. Every morning he rushes to greet me with a "good morning mommy!" and a hug and kiss. I hope he never outgrows that! He is helpful and cheerful. He too is extremely intelligent. He helps keep his sisters out of trouble. I see a lot of Jacob in him and hope he continues to emulate his brother. I have two sweet little girls who my heart just is bursting with love for. They are still little and I wish they would stay that way. My older daughter has been a blessing to us all of her life. She came to us in a time of great sorrow, and brought with her sunshine and joy. She is always cheerful and upbeat. She rarely walks, always bouncing and upbeat and trots with a spring in her step. My youngest is my sweetheart. My mini-me. She is so much like I was when I was little. I love her cheerful smile and her chubby little cheeks. Still very attached to me she's my shadow. I wish she would never grow up and always remain my little shadow.
4. I am thankful to be an American. I love my country. I am proud of my country and what it stands for... what it has ALWAYS stood for. I am thankful for what freedoms I still have left.
5. I am thankful for my home. I love my home. I love the people in it. I love the things in it. I love how my home feels to me.
6. I am thankful for my friends. I have learned so much from my friends this year. I have watched them go through joys and heartbreaks. I have learned from watching them to embrace every day. Embrace the people in your life. I am thankful for their prayers and their conversations and their friendships.
7. I am thankful for my God. The Creator of my soul. I am thankful for the blessings He bestows on me and my family. I am thankful for the life He has given me. I am thankful for prayer, so that I can communicate with Him.
9. I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am thankful for His example and His sacrifice. Although I struggle every day to understand the Atonement and it's place in my life, I am thankful for it.
10. I am thankful for photography. I am thankful that I have an outlet for my creative side that doesn't take over my life. I am thankful for the beautiful images I've been able to create, and the joy I've been able to bring to others through it. I hope that I may be able to continue to bless lives with my art.
11. I am thankful that all of my needs have been met this year. I am thankful that my husband's job has not suffered with the economy. I am thankful that my bills are being paid and that my children have not ever in their lives known true hunger.
12. I am thankful for my health. I am thankful that I have been relatively healthy this year. I am also thankful that my husband's health is 100 times better this time of year than it was last year at this time. I am thankful that his body is responding to the arthritis medication. And I am thankful for my new smile.
13. I am thankful for my ancestors, for a million reasons.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wanna see a sweetie?

go here... to my photography blog. I was so excited to finally meet this little girl. She is the daughter of a couple in our ward, a really neat couple. She recently had heart surgery to fix a problem, I guess is common with children who have Downs Syndrome.
I just LOVE these ones I put up. I have only worked on these four so far. I usually take Sunday's off of work and edit during the week.
Anyway, I was really happy she is finally well enough for me to come over and do a session for her. Hopefully we will see her in church soon.
Today we celebrated Joy's 4th birthday. Her real birthday is on the 28th, but because of Thanksgiving we decided to have it early. Oh my gosh, I can't believe how big she is. I feel so sad that she's not so little anymore.
She still has the cutest little feet. One tender foot has a birthmark dot on it. She has moon shaped feet and walks pigeon toed. The doctor hasn't' suggested any treatment for it yet, but I think it looks so cute. I hope she outgrows it, before she starts sports.
Truth be told she is my spoiled little one, and it is because she is my last, and because she's a girl, and because she looks like me and acts like me. I can spoil one of my kids, right?
I'm just really happy that she's here and part of our family.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Anyone know how

to get egg out of a keyboard? I was just sitting here this morning having some scrambled eggs when suddenly out of nowhere a sneeze attacked me! Now I have egg everywhere.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sorry to scare you

Someone at church mentioned she'd seen one of my posts I have since deleted. She said, "Man, you were scary!" hahaha. Sorry, JoAnne, didn't mean to be scary!

I didn't mean to come off as scary, I just was making a post to put more resolve into my decision and to shout it out loud.

See, I guess if you didn't know my past history as well as some people (Gina) do, then you wouldn't know why that post was made the way it was. When I first started photography I was introduced to a website for photographers where a LOT of new photographers were trying to figure their cameras and techniques out. We would get critique on our work all the time, and most of it was the same.... It has grain, it has blown parts, too much shadow, not sharp enough, too much contrast, "it's not perfect", in essence is all people would hear, and would critique other people's work on the same stuff... they were like robots running around regurgitating the same nonsense. UNLESS, of course you were one of the more popular photographers and if you had any of that in your images why then you were a freaking genius! And all that stuff was really great on your images.
Poor Gina, who follows a couple of people who are in photography and on that board even got sucked into making those types of critiques. But I'm working on her to following me in giving them up! Live outside the box, Gina, we can do it, it's safe out there :)
I've been following several other photographers who's work I really admire. Some are local and some are on a wedding photographer's board that I'm on. It occurred to me recently that many of their images that I absolutely love, however if it had been my image, I would have discarded it simply because of that boxed thoughts I'd been put into from the other board. Some of those reasons would be that their faces couldn't be clearly seen, parts are clipping (too white or too black where no texture can be seen), the horizon is tilted, something about the rule of thirds, blurred image, etc. Who wrote these rules anyway? Stupid. And I'm not going to listen to them anymore.
I just want to shoot and edit how I want, not how people expect me to. I mean, it's not like I'm trying to control my clients, they are free to buy or not, I'm just trying to free myself from invisible restrictions.
So sorry for scaring anyone. It's all good now :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

And Who Might

you be little girl?
This is what happens when I leave the Halloween costume box unattended.

Oh and Gina, there, now you can see the family picture I had blown up. Looks great, doesn't it?

Oh shoot, now I've spoiled the Christmas card surprise.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Something that's been forgotten...

"The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits."

~Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Hmmm... this seems to have been forgotten in the big bailouts that are going on.

Reason 1,987 for why I'm considering

going back to home schooling my kids...
I hope this teacher was fired.
What a hypocrite!

A letter-

I lifted this from a comment made on a blog I was reading today. I have no way of knowing if it's a true note, I tried to google it, but found nothing. However I think that it is very well written and the facts stated in it should be proclaimed throughout the land.
I had no idea that there was such a war being raged on our church because of Prop. 8 passing. I knew there had been tv commercials attacking our church, but I had no idea that it had gone even farther than that and into vandalism and threats and attacks.
I feel so bad for my LDS brothers and sisters and their families and children who have had to endure such relentless attacks and accusations. I think it's a tragedy that the US media is playing such a huge roll in the attack, and helping along the misguided information about who actually got it passed.

Here is what I lifted:

Apparently the following was written by a member of the Newbury Park stake:
Dear Friends,
In the aftermath of the recent election, we may find ourselves oddly on the defensive regarding our support for the Yes on Proposition 8 cause. Our young people have been especially subject to mean spirited comments by high school friends and teachers. We have nothing to be ashamed of. We did nothing wrong. In fact, we did everything that a civic minded American can and should do. I have put together a few facts that help me to appreciate our position better. For example:
1. Mormons make up less than 2% of the population of California. There are approximately 800,000 LDS out of a total population of approximately 34 million.
2. Mormon voters were less than 5% of the yes vote. If one estimates that 250,000 LDS are registered voters (the rest being children), then LDS voters made up 4.6% of the Yes vote and 2.4% of the total Proposition 8 vote.
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) donated no money to the Yes on 8 campaign. Individual members of the Church were encouraged to support the Yes on 8 efforts and, exercising their constitutional right to free speech, donated whatever they felt like donating.
4. The No on 8 campaign raised more money than the Yes on 8 campaign. Unofficial estimates put No on 8 at $38 million and Yes on 8 at $32 million, making it the most expensive non-presidential election in the country.
5. Advertising messages for the Yes on 8 campaign are based on case law and real-life situations. The No on 8 supporters have insisted that the Yes on 8 messaging is based on lies. Every Yes on 8 claim is supported.
6. The majority of our friends and neighbors voted Yes on 8. Los Angeles County voted in favor of Yes on 8. Ventura County voted in favor of Yes on 8.
7. African Americans overwhelmingly supported Yes on 8. Exit polls show that 70% of Black voters chose Yes on 8. This was interesting because the majority of these voters voted for President-elect Obama. No on 8 supporters had assumed that Obama voters would vote No on 8.
8. The majority of Latino voters voted Yes on 8. Exit polls show that the majority of Latinos supported Yes on 8 and cited religious beliefs (assumed to be primarily Catholic).
9. The Yes on 8 coalition was a broad spectrum of religious organizations. Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims - all supported Yes on 8. It is estimated that there are 10 million Catholics and 10 million Protestants in California. Mormons were a tiny fraction of the population represented by Yes on 8 coalition members.
10. Not all Mormons voted in favor of Proposition 8. Our faith accords that each person be allowed to choose for him or her self. Church leaders have asked members to treat other members with “civility, respect and love,” despite their differing views.
11. The Church did not violate the principal of separation of church and state. This principle is derived from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .” The phrase “separation of church and state”, which does not appear in the Constitution itself, is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, although it has since been quoted in several opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court in recent years. The LDS Church is under no obligation to refrain from participating in the political process, to the extent permitted by law. U.S. election law is very clear that churches may not endorse candidates, but may support issues. The Church has always been very careful on this matter and occasionally (not often) chooses to support causes that it feels to be of a moral nature.
12. Supporters of Proposition 8 did exactly what the Constitution provides for all citizens: they exercised their First Amendment rights to speak out on an issue that concerned them, make contributions to a cause that they support, and then vote in the regular electoral process. For the most part, this seems to have been done in an open, fair, and civil way. Opponents of 8 have accused supporters of being bigots, liars, and worse. The fact is, we simply did what Americans do - we spoke up, we campaigned, and we voted.
Hold your heads up high - you did a great job on this most important cause. We will have more opportunities in the future to participate in our democratic process. Let’s remember the lessons learned and do an even better job next time.
These are my personal opinions and thoughts; any errors are mine and in no way reflect official Church policy or doctrine.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I'm a wimp

I could survive for 54 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor

Created by Bunk

Fun Photo Meme

Gina did this at her blog and thought it looked like fun.
1. Go to
2. Type in your answer to the question in the image "search" box
3. Using only the first page pick a picture
4. Insert the picture into your blog5. Have fun!(You can use these questions or make up your own!)

What is your first name? I had to cheat and go a couple of pages back for a picture that was PG.

What is your relationship status?

What is your favorite color?
and on my favorite animal, no less!
Who is your celebrity crush?

What is your favorite movie?
I don't have a favorite, but if I had to save only one from our collection, this would be it. What is your favorite dessert

What do you most love in life?
What is your favorite food?

What is your favorite drink?

Where would your dream vacation be to?

One word that describes youFavorite place to shop?

Favorite thing to make for dinner?

What kind of car do you drive?

Favorite TV Show?

Going on our second round

of the yucky stomach flu bug.
Joshua, like last time, was the first to bring it home. Now I've spent all night and all day with Joy holding the empty ice cream bucket for her and re-pinning her hair back while the poor thing keeps emptying her stomach. It was finally empty this morning when she snuck a drink and then we started all over again.
My poor little sweetie keeps begging me, "can I have just a little ice?" and "I'm really hungry mommy!" My heart just hurts that I have to keep denying her. I want to feed her and make her water, but I know her stomach won't hold it down yet.

Yet another reason I'm seriously considering home schooling again. I'm so sick of being sick!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I love my country

And I want to thank every service person there is, for giving their time and their lives for my awesome home.

I have always been proud of my country.
I have always loved my country.
I have always thought my country was the best in the world.
I have always choked up singing the national anthem.

There are people out there who chose to see all the ugly. All the bad. All the mistakes. All the bad choices.

But I don't.

I chose to see the sacrifices we make for other people of other countries. All the charity. All the good. All the wise. All the right choices. All the deliverance. All the kind. All the pure. All the beauty.

I live in one of the most beautiful states in this country.
Lush forest only blocks in any direction. Lakes abound. Wildlife in my "backyard". Gina, believe it or not but there were deer across the road in the trees a couple of weeks back.
I love driving around my area and seeing the tops of all the trees... it's like a painting in a book. Houses nestled under the canopy of these trees.

Sometimes I want to move from here, someplace warmer. Every winter I ask my husband, "why do we live here, again?"
But I really know why I chose Minnesota for my home. Not because of Joel being here. I chose it for my home before I knew him. I chose it for it's rustic beauty. It's romantic charm.

I am so thankful that it is still free. I thank all those who have sacrificed in any way to make it this way. I pray that God will always allow it to be protected.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I Love Primary

Yesterday was our Primary program and boy did our kids do an awesome job!
My Joshua has the tummy bug so had to miss out on it, but my girls did a really great job. I sure love these kids.
I love how Heavenly father has helped me to love even the most annoying of our kids in the Primary.

Proposition 8

I also just wanted to add to the conversations going around by members of the church about Proposition 8.

For those that are more inclined to search out higher, more intelligent studies on the issue, I offer this link.

This is a talk given by Professor Robert P. George who is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he lectures on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties and philosophy of law. This talk was given at BYU, however this man is not LDS, here is a link to a page about him . I feel that he gives a very compelling, intelligent argument about why gays should not be allowed to marry, along with more insight on other issues our society faces today.

One popular argument that some people are making in supporting gay marriage is, "It doesn't affect me, so why should I care?". One only needs to look at what is happening in the states that have allowed gays to marry to see how, yes indeed, it will affect them as well as the whole community. Professor George gives understanding into the answers to that question.

Two of the ensuing results that concern me the most is that, one, parent's rights are being quickly taken away in the name of "tolerance". See this story.

The second is that not only the LDS church, but Christian churches in general are under attack. Freedom of religion is under the microscope and none are free from the scrutiny or threats. In several areas in the world mandated homosexual adoptions have forced the Catholic church to pull out of adoption agencies, because of their refusal to place children in homes of homosexuals. This is a tragic loss for adoption agencies and the children who relied on the Catholic church to find good loving homes for them to be placed in. Furthermore, gay marriage activists are seeking to take away the rights of churches. They have already sued the Methodist Church for not performing a gay marriage on their own church property, and the gays WON!! As a result the Methodist Church lost their tax-exempt status in New Jersey. Story here.
And NOW they are attempting to strip the LDS church of it's tax exempt status as well. Proof here. Even though the church it's self did not put money into passing prop. 8.

And this is really important, please pay close attention to what I say:

Furthermore, some people are making claims that you can't be gay and be a member of the Church. Actually, this is incorrect.
Just as there are hetero-sexual people in the church, we all have our temptations, it's what we do with them that makes it a sin.
So although some members feel they are gay from birth, they can attend church and even the temple, so long as they are not acting on these attractions and keeping themselves worthy and clean just as hetero-sexual people are.
Please quit spreading false accusations against the Church.

Supporting Prop. 8 does NOT equal prejudice or hate, it protects traditional marriage, in the form it has always existed.

When it comes to the Church leaders I keep seeing members who are against prop 8 throwing around the words, "blind obedience". I'd like to point out that there is a difference between "blind obedience" (imo. is a term used as a scare tactic) and living by faith. It's not blind obedience when I pay my tithing, or when I don't drink or smoke... all things I struggle with, so why is it blind obedience when I faithfully take up the stance that my church leaders have encouraged?

Please take the time to listen to the speaker in the link I posted at the beginning.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A lesson on taxes

My sister forwarded this to me, and I think everyone could benefit from reading it.

A Lesson on Taxes

Ten men go out for beer. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. He said, "Since you are all such good customers, I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80."

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes, so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men -- the paying customers?

How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share"? They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay!

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings). The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings). The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings). The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!"

"That's true!!"shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only $2 ? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!" The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important.

They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up any more. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D. Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

Friday, November 7, 2008

Really Cool Stuff!

I was working on my sharing time lesson for this Sunday, and was looking for ways to say "Thank you" when I came across some really cool stuff at The Spoon Sisters.

I can't imagine how they get these beans to do this!

And these look fun too! I'd have to have them all so I could do funny hair do's.

I also like these plain ones. But I think that basil will be harder than grass to grow.

I know for sure I don't want one of these, unless I can put a magnet under dh's name.

And OH MY GOSH... what were they thinking when they made these? Just change them QUICK!

The whole site is full of fun different kind of stuff. Check them out!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My New Spokesman

Why I'm a conservative Republican.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

So fitting for today

remember to turn down the jukebox at the bottom of my blog before playing this.

This is one of my most favorite hymns sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I just love their arrangement of it. I have it on their Consider the Lilies cd.

I just feel that the words to it speaks so softly, yet strongly to me today.
It was also sung as a tribute to President Hinckley.

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

My Shepherd will supply my need:
Jehovah is His Name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed,
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy's sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death,
Thy presence is my stay;
A word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.

Congratulations are in order

to the people of California for passing Prop 8! YAY!

This is not about hate, or homophobia. This is about preserving something.
You don't hear people complaining about preserving old buildings, or nature, or pristine wilderness. You don't hear them calling people who want to build nature phobics.

It's not about fear or hate and it's also not about rights.

Same-sex couples can have the same rights as married people. And if they want to feel better they can throw some extra taxes to the government like married people do.

It's about the traditional family being broken down. The threads of our society being unraveled. The stable foundation of our government crumbling. The government relies on solid families to bring up good citizens to keep it running, keep the laws, build it up. But when families crumble, children are raised in the worst poverty known to us humans. I'm not talking about just monetary poverty.

There is one thing that the government will NEVER EVER be able to produce. You can look to the government to give you a hand out, save your home from foreclosure, fuel your cars and provide any service under the sun. But you will never be able to ask the government to bring children up to be good citizens. It takes families for that. Good solid families. Decades of research shows us that children need both a father and a mother. Children navigate the developmental stages more easily, are more solid in their gender identity, perform better in academic tasks at school, have fewer emotional disorders and become better functioning adults when they are reared by dual-gender parents. I also believe that children brought up in a dual gender parent home, who have parents who are good to each other and their children, who take their vows seriously, who provide for their family, will have children who will grow up to have similar familial relationships. Less dead-beat dads, less children in poverty, less teen pregnancies. Let's face it, the more relaxed society gets about these moral behaviors the worse the situation gets with teen pregnancies, unwanted pregnancies, children in poverty, crime, etc.

Gee.... thanks 70's.

Of course we have no control over people's agency, and there are people out there with serious mental issues, and so nothing is ever 100%.

California wasn't the only state to vote on gay issues. Florida adopted a marriage amendment -- passing it 62-38 percent and surpassing the necessary 60 percent super majority -- while Arizona passed its own marriage amendment, 56-44 percent, two years after citizens there had become the first state to defeat an amendment. Three-fifths (30) of the states now have adopted a marriage amendment.

I am at disagreement with most politicians out there. I realize that marriage currently is a state issue, however I think it should be a federal issue. We cannot have people traveling across the country being recognized in one state and not in another as a legally married couple.

It's about time citizens had the vote and not activist judges!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


looks like it's going to be a good year for chocolate.

8 years ago

I discovered Chocolate.

Wonderful, beautiful, sweet chocolate.

I feel sorry for any woman who hasn't discovered the healing that chocolate can bring. I feel sorry for any woman who hasn't discovered the healing that Gilmore Girls can bring too.

And put them both together, and you've ended the day in the most perfect way. Anger melts away. Darkness brightens up. Heavy heart is lifted. Everything in the world is better. The Earth is back on it's axis.

When we were growing up candies were few and far between. Halloween and Easter was when we saw the majority of candy in our home. At Christmas we got a book of Life Savers, and sometimes if we were lucky and went to the bank with our mom they would send out a piece of salt water taffy, but that was about it.

So when I became an adult I continued the tradition of self deprivation, unknowingly, to myself.

Until one day.

One blessed day.

I was visiting my little brother's family in Iowa and they had a bowl of M&M's. Wow. Strange. And it was an oddly awakening experience to me to see that they would just walk by and take a handful whenever they felt like it. It was then that I realized

I am an adult.

I could buy chocolate and put it in a bowl if I wanted to TOO!

As soon as I got home I started buying M&M's in large bags and putting them in bowls around my house. Wow. How liberating!

And ever since then I've had a love affair with chocolate.

It holds my hand every month when I start cramping. It brings a smile to my lips when I've had a rough day. It gives me energy when I am feeling worn out.

Chocolate and me, we are like this *crosses her fingers*. I will forever love chocolate. Dark, milk, white, you name it. I'm not picky.

I just have to be careful how much lovin' I give it because it's making me more to love.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Voter's Guide

Want to check out the Presidential Nominees stances on certain key issues before you go vote?
Click here. and then scroll down to the issues. If you'd like to see a more in depth score card click here, and download the PDF.