Saturday, April 21, 2012


My son Isaac turned twelve today.  He is one of the best kids around.

I will tell you a little story about his cake - yes this cake -  to give you an example.
He wanted a cake that he could decorate himself with his favorite candy.  
All boy, this one.  
So we picked up a cake at Costco, his favorite flavor.    
He didn’t want any cartoons or pictures on it 
and he didn't really want anything written on it, either, 
(but mom prevailed).
We got it home in one piece, 
but I set it down on our bench near the fridge 
while we moved things around to make space for it.  
What I didn’t realize is 
that I had set the edge of it on a binder 
so it was at a slight angle, 
and while we fussed with the fridge,
it s-l-o-w-l-y slid off the binder and upside down onto the floor.  
THANKfully the thick plastic wrap was still on it 
so I was able to pick it right up and flip it over.


It was pretty odd-shaped and mushed, to say the least.

But instead of having a meltdown 
or refusing to have it at his party, 
Isaac just dealt with it.

He knew that it was too far to drive back and get another.  
(We live about 12 miles from town, 
and we have a Suburban.  Yeah.)

He knew that I didn’t have the time or 
the baking supplies to make him another. 

So he just cheerfully covered it with candy – 
I know - it looks kinda crazy. 
But crazy like the 12-year-old young man that he is becoming! 

Happy Birthday, Isaac!  I Love you!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Conservatism, Explained

Why My Liberal Neighbors Aren’t Speaking To Me Anymore

I recently asked my neighbors’ little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, are liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, ‘If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?’
She replied, ‘I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.’
Her parents beamed with pride.

’Wow…what a worthy goal.’ I told her, ‘But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that! You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and sweep my yard, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, (*or to the neighbor who hasn't had a job in a year; or to the student who is getting ready to go to college, etc etc) and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.‘
She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, ’ Why doesn’t the homeless guy (*OR the unemployed man, OR the Student) come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50? ‘

I said, ‘Welcome to Conservatism.’
Her parents still aren’t speaking to me

From the Independent Journal Review

*My additions, lest you think that I think that the homeless guy is just too lazy to get a job....I don't)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

We have a Nominee!

Have all of my fellow Republicans been following the primaries like I have?

I doubt it.

The state of our country has been weighing heavily on my mind, and so I have immersed myself in political news every day.  It's driving my kids batty, I know.  But they don't really understand what I have seen these past few years, the radical changes and disregard for the Constitution.

Whatever your ideas and opinions about Mitt Romney may be, these photos will bring to life the real person that he is.    I am going to support him 100% (of course) and I hope that you all will, too.

Enjoy the photos!