Monday, June 29, 2009
Politically Incorrect?! - Why is the Great MJ's Death More Important than the Cap and Trade Bill that just passed?
I owe my recently developed interest in such fields to Glenn Beck. He just makes it so easy to actually understand what's going on in Washington. The more he talks about it, the more I desire to understand. The more I desire to understand, the more I seek. The more I seek, the more I read. The more I read, the more I truly understand. The more I truly understand, the more frustrated I get with my lack of education.
Everything I was taught in the public schools (which all happens to be government funded btw) is practically useless. Yes, I learned my ABC's and how to read, and on occasion how to do some basic arithmetic. Don't get me wrong. I am grateful for all that I have learned but I truly wonder about some of the things that I valued to be important in my education. The more I learn, the less I know. Crazy huh? I find out more and more each day, just how little I actually know. And anyone who knows me well, knows what a struggle I've had with deciding how I wish to educate my own children. Both Alex and myself were raised in public schools and have talked a lot about home schooling. I was of the idea that by doing so, I would be depriving them of a social life. But humans by nature are social, and will seek it out. Who is the government to think that as mothers and fathers, we are inadequate to educate our own offspring? I know many times I do feel inadequate as a parent, but how is it right to believe that my children's education would be better off in someone else's hands? There is absolutely no one out there in the world who could possibly love my kids in the same way I do and absolutely no one who could teach them with the same patience that I would have for them. When you really stop to think about this, there is nobody who could possibly educate and nurture a child the way a mother and father could.
I know that this topic may bring up some controversy, even within my own family, but all too often, we are taught to be politically correct. What does that mean btw? Politically correct?! I am using this blog post as a springboard to share more ideas as they come without feeling like I need to censor everything I say; without fearing that what I say might be "politically incorrect." In my opinion, that term was created by an individual (possibly a politician) fearful of the idea that someone might possibly disagree.
So aside from the fact that I am more and more convinced that home schooling is the path for me and my children, I wonder if anyone out there really understands what's going on with the Cap and Trade bill that has just passed today. I really want to know more about this and would like to exchange ideas with others who may know better than I or who may be interested in learning more about it along with me. Where is this country headed? Why is it that the mainstream media has focused so much on Michael Jackson's death and fails to present to the public, what's really going on? I mean, I love the great MJ. I'm a dancer. Nothing against him (well, maybe perhaps that whole sexual scandal). He's a great American icon. But I think even Michael would roll in his grave to hear that the vast majority of politicians accuse conservatists of being racist. Please. Anyone with ideas? Let's not be afraid to be politically incorrect.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
She was telling me about how when we covet something, we give it control over us. In essence, we subject ourselves to it and are then found in bondage. Anyway, anybody who knows me knows what I started thinking about immediately. That of course would be "freedom". It's so true. When we covet something, we become ungrateful for what we have, and then our sole concentration is focused on that object. We stop thinking about God, our family, all of our blessings, and we think only of what we lack, what we don't have, and of how that object would make us happy. What a lie that is.
Conversely, what liberates us is enjoying and being grateful for what we already have. And in fact, it's even more than that; it's acknowledging that all we have comes from God, and that if he requires it of us, being able to give it up. This is when we find true freedom and happiness. And, I can testify that when I do this, Heavenly Father always provides for not only my needs, but also my wants.
I started thinking about entitlement. We're living in the entitlement generation. It's so sickening to see everyone think that they actually deserve everything without working for it. And it's even more frustrating when I feel those tendencies in myself. The thing is, entitlement is pretty much the same thing as covetousness.
I remember last year, in Philadelphia, I heard an ad on the radio about healthcare and how it's our right. Needless to say, I was pretty upset to hear it. The entitlement we as a nation feel is so deep that we're at great risk. There are however a few things that we are entitled to, namely; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This encompasses our freedom to practice religion, own property, protect and provide for our families, etc. The right to receive healthcare is a crock. It's a lie because the one thing that we don't have a right to do is infringe on the rights of another, and with the redistribution of wealth that is public healthcare, we infringe on the rights of those who we steal from to pay for it. And this is the problem with entitlement. When we are "entitled" to everything, we lose the only thing that we're truly entitled to which is freedom.
I'm so grateful that we have prophets and apostles who have so plainly taught us these truths for years now. Despite all that is going on now with the government being absolutely retarded and corrupt, I'm confident that things will get better. It really makes me happy to see my children and the love that they have for each other and our family as a whole. Anyway, hope you've all enjoyed these thoughts.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I think about all the lessons that I've learned over the past few years that I've had to repeat over and over and over... It seems so clear when I re-learn those lessons that I wonder why, or how, I ever even forgot them in the first place. I find that the answer is extremely simple. But because it's so simple, it's frustrating. The reason is found in a couple scriptures that I really enjoy. D&C 59:21 says, "in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not his commandments." And then also in Alma 36:29, when talking to his son about their forefathers, he says, "and he has also brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem; and he has also, by his everlasting power, delivered them out of bondage and captivity, from time to time even down to the present day; and I have always retained in remembrance their captivity; yea, and ye also ought to retain in remembrance, as I have done, their captivity."
These two scriptures, and countless others like them, all talk about remembering the great works of the Lord, and being grateful for them. I think that the problem I have, and I doubt that I'm alone, is that a lot of times I tend to forget the blessings of the Lord, and therefore am very ungrateful. Fortunately, this is something that's easy to remedy. Well, maybe not EASY, but SIMPLE. This time, the scripture is Alma 37:6-7, "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass..."
I think that that's the key, it's the small and simple things. Daily prayers, daily scripture study, frequent entries to a journal or some other source for keeping records, etc. In other words, the things that can be mundane if we forget to focus. This is something that I've been working on lately and I feel a lot closer to the Lord. I find that when I do these small and simple things, I have much more control over all aspects of my life.
Anyway, sorry if this comes off as "preachy". Ligia was getting on my case because I hadn't written for a while and she wanted me to post "my thoughts and feelings". So there you have it, hopefully it may help others going through it.
Anyways, I'm done getting sick. I've realized that I need to feed myself better if I am to be truly healthy. This last week, Alex and I have been on what we called a Vegan fast. No dairy, meat, or animal products. The only one we allowed was fish. But we've been eating a lot of greens this week and have noticed a huge improvement in just our energy levels alone. We're finally owning up to the fact that we haven't been eating very well for the last couple of years. Another plus this week is that I've lost weight without really trying. Anyone who knows me, knows I've struggled with this feat. I suppose that really, I am trying by disciplining myself in this way, but what I mean to say is that it hasn't been too difficult. Once you've made the decision to do something, it seems that pleasing results are sure to follow. And I believe both Alex and myself have made up our minds to do this. It helps when your partner in life decides to take the same trip by your side. Thanx hun.
The one thing I'm struggling with is being creative enough with salads and greens so that they taste good and so that we can get more variety. It's tricky trying to feed some of these things to kids sometimes. My little boy will let me know when something isn't as appealing. I know there is tons of stuff out there but it is all so overwhelming sometimes. So if anyone out there has any advice on good informative books or recipes for vegans and their children, I'm open to all and any ideas for tricking my son into eating healthier foods. It's not as though we're about to turn away some yummy steak or cheesy dishes if someone were to offer them to us, but we are in this for the health benefits and for the sake of setting a good example for our kids. Orion wants to eat pizza because he sees us eating pizza and frankly it's just not how we want to be. Not to mention the fact that he has allergies galore. This is another good reason for us wanting to do this. But the simple fact that in one week, we've both noticed significant enough weight loss and higher energy levels is incentive enough for us to keep doing this. I'll probably keep posting results as I see them in the weeks to come. Heck I might as well do a before and after photo to see if there are any slow changes I might not notice right away. I'll probably post these later.
Monday, June 22, 2009
So everytime I try to show off my son's newest tricks (wow I talk about him like he's my puppy) he gets shy and doesn't want to do any of it. So I find the best way to do it is by video recording him while it's just the two of us and then I can just show the video. Hope you all enjoy. Here's to Orion making his grandparents proud. Or should we say "pleased?"
Friday, June 19, 2009
I love this quote. I've been thinking a lot about this. Sometimes I get caught up in the ways of the world, always wanting the latest trendy thing. I swear I haven't grown up yet. I always want a new pair of shoes or outfit. And then there are times when I justify buying something because I think my kids need it when I well know they could very much still grow up to become great human beings without it. For the longest time, I thought that finishing college and getting my Bachelor's was what was important. I thought that having that title would make me worth something in life. While I did learn a lot in the process of receiving this particular accolade, I realize now that it is not my most "precious ruby," so to speak. Nothing I could ever accomplish in this whole world would ever amount to the worth of the two sweet little angels I lug around my hips from time to time. Children are our greatest jewels and I write this because I constantly need this as a reminder in my life. I forget so easily that I already have some of the most unique and valuable jewels that ever existed on the planet. As a co-creator along with my husband and Heavenly Father, these jewels are mine.
I've been reading Dr. Laura's new book In Praise of Stay-At-Home-Moms. I love it. It's such a good reminder and I recommend it to any mother wondering why she had kids in the first place. I know we love our kids but if we are to be honest with ourselves, we all have our days. I know I do. I am just now learning how to let go of the Feminist within that our culture so graciously teaches young girls to embrace. So sad. In my opinion, nothing is more empowering to a woman than to become a mother, and if the circumstance allows, a stay-at-home-mother.
Not looking to argue with anyone. Just writing out my latest thoughts.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
At about three and a half months of age, Chrysalis started rolling over from back to tummy. She was rolling from tummy to back at about two months. But she's gotten really good at it in such a short period of time. I can't believe how quickly these babies become so mobile. And then they are soon trampling all over you as you try to fit in a yoga workout here and there.