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Archive for January, 2007

It’s REALLY been that long?!

I just noticed the date today, and realized that Adam and I have been together for 8 years now. It really doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. We became a couple on our first date. It’s fun to remember:
We went with a few other couples to A-Tech’s Girl’s Reverse dance. I remember I had wanted to ask him well before Christmas vacation, but it took me a long time to get up the nerve. What drama that turned into! Needless to say, I was so nervous that night! Had I known I was with my future husband, it probably would have been worse! But, we ended up having a very fun evening. I remember that it ended at my friend Aimee’s house, with her yelling at us because we had become a couple so quickly.
It’s so funny to look back on all that now. Who’d have known then, that 8 years later we’d be married with 4 kids?!

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Ahh, the joys of parenting…

So, we are now full swing into potty training Daphne! She initiated it, and is definitely ready. However, I’m finding that I’m the one lacking in the patience needed for this. While she is content to sit on the toilet for a long time, I have a hard time siting there with her. It was like this with the boys, too. I know that it is just going to take a little while, and then it will get much better – it’s the getting there that is hard. But, we are very excited that she has taken this step! It will be a good thing. It’s so hard to believe that she’s doing this already!

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A new addition

Tonight we added another member to our family (no, not another child). We got another mini dachshund puppy! He’s very cute! Now we have a little boyfriend for Chewy. So, just so it’s clear, we now have: 4 dogs, 4 kids, 1 mom, 1 dad, (and a partridge in a pear tree)! It’s great!

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When is it right to take a risk?

Adam approached me tonight about buying an investment property. On the surface it’s a great idea. The only problem is that we would have to pull out all of the equity in our home, plus a little more. That thought just makes me a little uneasy. If it doesn’t work out, we’re messing with our home. However, as Adam put it, sometimes “you have to take risks.” But, the question is, when is the right time to do so? This is a question we’ll have to take to the Lord. If we get the go ahead, we may be renting out a property in short order. Will keep you posted.

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Trust the Lord

I’ve recently been reminded of the necessity of trusting the Lord. This is something that I have been actively working on doing for the last several months. I’ve found, however, that it can be very difficult to trust and do the will of the Lord. We often think that we know better, and we can make better decisions about our lives than the Lord can. This is really very foolish, but we’ve all fallen into this mistake. For me, the issue is about relinquishing control, something very hard for me to do. However, over time, I have discovered that when I set aside my pride, and seek to do the will of Heavenly Father, my life is much better, and there is more peace at home. Deciding to trust in and do the will of the Lord wasn’t easy, and sometimes it’s a daily struggle for me. However, I’ve discovered how wonderful it is to truly let the Lord take control of my life. Because really, He loves us all and knows what is best for us!

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Well, we’re off and running for 2008! Isn’t it exciting?! I know it may sound weird, but I love all this campaigning stuff. I’m a political junkie. I just find it all extremely fascinating, and very compelling. I get pretty passionate about it too.
Here’s how it’s looking. For the Dems, there’s Hillary and Obama. Sure others have said they are running, but these two have the main focus right now. Hillary was supposed to have had this race handed to her on a silver platter (at least in her mind). There have been years of build up to this moment. (Maybe all of Bill’s Presidency was just to pave the way for Hillary.) Then, all of a sudden, in a sneak attack, Obama comes out of virtually no where and takes it right out from under her. The Dems have a new love child. I just wonder how long the love affair will last. I picture in my head a boxing match between the two of them. (Personally, in a physical battle, I’d have to favor Hillary. She’s mean!) I can’t wait to see how this plays out! I have a feeling it will be fun to watch the two of them tear each other apart. It is going to be mean and vicious. Perhaps they will give us stuff to use against them in the general election.
Then, on the Republican side, there are a few possibilities. We’ve got the former mayor of NY, Giuliani. Personally, I’m not a big fan at all. He’s far too liberal for my liking! The thing he’s got going for him is his amazing reaction and handling of 9/11. There’s also my personal favorite, Mitt Romney. I would love to see him get the GOP nomination!

Also to look forward to in 2008 is that the House will be up for grabs again. We’ve got to get Nancy Pelosi out of there before the whole democracy falls apart! We’ve got to get conservatives back into power! Luckily, the Dems are already fighting among themselves. Guess the honeymoon didn’t last too long. They said they were going to get a lot done, but I’m still waiting for them to do something useful. I’m tired of my taxpayer money going to pay their salaries so that they can spend their time insulting the President and passing non-binding resolutions (which don’t mean anything). I’d really like to see them do something useful – after all, that’s what they claimed they would do!

Anyway, it is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out! I’ll definitely keep you posted!

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Iraq

Alright, here we go. It was only a matter of time before I had to talk about Iraq. The only reason it’s waited this long is because I’ve really been “biting my tounge” so to speak.
On Wednesday, the President delivered his State of the Union Address, in which he outlined a new strategy for Iraq. The main focus of this strategy is the deployment of 20,000 additional troops. I think this is the only way we can win over there. I actually think we need to send about 100,000 over there and just squash this insurgency (get er done!). However, that won’t happen. It should, but it won’t. I think the President has a good plan, that can work. However, it isn’t going to be a quick or easy thing. In my opinion, it will probably get much worse at first. Just like a child, the insurgents in Iraq will want to test their limits; see how far they can really go. For a while, it is going to be bad, probably really bad. But, it will get better. It’s going to take time, though; a long time. I believe that this is a conflict that will take 5 to 10 years to sort out, maybe more. But, it will be worth it. Make no mistake that if we withdraw, as the Democrats want, that nation and area would be overrun by Iran in short order. The violence we are seeing now would pale in comparison. It would be the most costly mistake we could make. We have to crush this insurgency. We have to protect Iraq’s borders. In time, that will take less and less of our troops. We have a vested interest in the outcome of this war, not only politically, but in respect to our country’s safety and authority. If we were to pull out now, the message would be sent that if you light a big enough fire under our butts, we will run away and cower. Is this the kind of message we want to send to Iran and Syria? And, make no mistake about it, we are already engaged in a war with these countries – being fought in Iraq. Most of the insurgency is sponsored by Iran. Many of the insurgents are citizens of Iran. Just today several militants from Iran were arrested. We must win this war, or we will lose much more than Iraq. We cannot led terrorists and terrorist nations, ie Iran and Syria, gain any more momentum or power than they already have. These countries are indeed terrorist nations. They are the main supporters and sponsors of radical terrorist groups like Hezbollah. They are fascists, like the Nazis were. They believe their ideology is the only thing that should be on the face of this planet, and that any who oppose them should be wiped off the face of the earth. This is something we cannot ignore or escape. If we lose in Iraq, Iran will take it over. It will become another safe-haven for terrorists. We simply cannot afford not to win in Iraq!
I hope and pray that the Democrats here will open their eyes and see this. They must stop fighting everything President Bush does, and realize that they need to do not only what is best for the Iraqi people, but what is best for our people!

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