Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dayna Martin Quote

Children are forced through punishments and rewards to act in a manner that is easy for parents. Such coerced behavior meets parents’ needs, but rarely takes into account the children’s needs. We need to look deeper and realize that we are not here t......o train our children to be obedient. We are here to raise free-thinking, strong, confident individuals
~Dayna Martin
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Owen 65th Anniversary pictures!

Doing some catching up... This is from the my Grandparents 65th Wedding Anniversary Party on May 9th 2009!


Friday, June 5, 2009

Hammock


This is the Hammock in our living room! Uncle Mike was visiting for Dylan's birthday.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

From the office window


A little bird was "stealing" from our window box.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

LIFE IS GOOD PICTURES 2009!

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Catch up

I will be catching up soon. I have taken some time off. I am thinking about redoing the Blog. Not sure yet...

Loved LIG and seeing everyone. So many thoughts swirling around.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Daily OM... perfect timing!

Today's Daily Om...

This is perfect timing since LIFE is good started today!

May 21, 2009

A Life of Learning
Earth School

Life is the province of learning, and the wisdom we acquire throughout our lives is the reward of existence. As we traverse the winding roads that lead from birth to death, experience is our patient teacher. We exist, bound to human bodies as we are, to evolve, enrolled by the universe in earth school, an informal and individualized academy of living, being, and changing. Life’s lessons can take many forms and present us with many challenges. There are scores of mundane lessons that help us learn to navigate with grace, poise, and tolerance in this world. And there are those once-in-a-lifetime lessons that touch us so deeply that they change the course of our lives. The latter can be heartrending, and we may wander through life as unwilling students for a time. But the quality of our lives is based almost entirely on what we derive from our experiences.

Earth school provides us with an education of the heart and the soul, as well as the intellect. The scope of our instruction is dependent on our ability and readiness to accept the lesson laid out before us in the circumstances we face. When we find ourselves blindsided by life, we are free to choose to close our minds or to view the inbuilt lesson in a narrow-minded way. The notion that existence is a never-ending lesson can be dismaying at times. The courses we undertake in earth school can be painful as well as pleasurable, and as taxing as they are eventually rewarding. However, in every situation, relationship, or encounter, a range of lessons can be unearthed. When we choose to consciously take advantage of each of the lessons we are confronted with, we gradually discover that our previous ideas about love, compassion, resilience, grief, fear, trust, and generosity could have been half-formed.

Ultimately, when we acknowledge that growth is an integral part of life and that attending earth school is the responsibility of every individual, the concept of "life as lesson" no longer chafes. We can openly and joyfully look for the blessing buried in the difficulties we face without feeling that we are trapped in a roller-coaster ride of forced learning. Though we cannot always know when we are experiencing a life lesson, the wisdom we accrue will bless us with the keenest hindsight.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

LIFE is good!

The third annual "LIFE is Good" Northwest Unschooling Conference will be taking place just outside of Portland this year, May 21-24th, 2009.
http://www.lifeisgoodconference.com

This is truly an unschooling conference - there are no "experts" lecturing, and no "curriculum" or "educational" items being feverishly pitched. Families are the experts and fun is the name of the game - every activity is for the whole family, children are the feature of the event and everything is open to them. The speakers are either parents of unschooled children, or grown unschoolers themselves. There are also more intimate interactive circle chats on a wide range of topics, and loads of "Funshops" - like workshops, only so much more FUN - where you can discover new talents and skills, or share one of your own! The unschooling talent show is always a huge hit, as is the big family barefoot boogie dance! Folks of all ages can hock their handmade wares at the "Un"trepreneurial Fair. And Amy Steinberg, who performed a fabulously energetic concert last year will be back to do it again this year:
http://www.myspace.com/amysteinberg

And because we cannot bear to part at the end of all this fun, we spend the Monday picnicing at a terrific nearby park.

Dads are a huge part of the event too, speaking, leading funshops, and having gatherings of their own that are sometimes referred to by the beverage-inspired moniker "SSUD"s (the Secret Society of Unschooling Dads).

It is a pretty cool feeling just to be surrounded by families of all ages who live unschooling every day, and totally get your life without you having to explain a thing! We literally take over the hotel, which is a sight in itself.

For a sneak peek at what the conference looks like, check out these videos from past years.
2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txdBOES235k
2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyysoHMuz_o&feature=channel_page

En route, Seattle and Portland both offer amazing museums, science centers, zoos, and children's museums. It is the perfect excuse for a road trip!
Check out the conference website for all the details on speakers, main presentations, circle chats, funshops, registration, hotel reservations, FAQs, etc. (http://www.lifeisgoodconference.com/).

There is also a Yahoo Group set up for questions, chatter, intros, ideas, etc. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LifeisGoodconference/)

You are encouraged to pass this message along to any other lists/ people you think might find it of interest.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Grandparents!

Hi All!

My Grandparents in the newspaper! You can even sign the guestbook.

Just in case you didn’t get the paper or see this!


http://www.legacy.com/Columbian/Celebrations.asp?Page=Announcement&PersonID=126797384

Friday, April 3, 2009

Little Things DO matter!

Little things DO matter!

Thank you everyone for the Birthday wishes!
It was a wonderful day! Full of Love!
Hubby make homemade multigrain pancakes with blueberries and whip cream and BACON on the side. mmmmmmm BACON! Bill made me the sweetest card with COUPONS! :-) And the kids colored pages for me as their card. Then we went out to lunch with the kids. Then ran some errands. Fun huh? Well I enjoy running errand with the family. Hubby and the kids were even sneaky and got me BEAUTIFUL red ROSES and a new little camera to try out. Oh and we went by the airport twice just to watch the airplanes land and take off.
Then we came home to have dinner and my parents brought over yummy dessert a cute card (I think it was really for the kids!) and a few other things…I got a few phone calls (Thanks Lela, Stephanie and Grandma Gibson) and a card in the mail (Thank you Grandma and Grandpa Owen). My sister had stopped by when we were out and left a couple of sweet cards and some beautiful mixed flowers and tulips.
The kids had so much fun before, during, and after dinner playing with Grandma and Grandpa telling jokes and having a dance party, swinging in the hammock, playing in the box tunnel, and doing kids yoga. Took a while for bed but that is OK.
To top it off…Hubby is taking me to dinner tonight!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

This day...

Happy Birthday!

2 April 1974
Your date of conception was on or about 10 July 1973 which was a Tuesday.

You were born on a Tuesday
under the astrological sign Aries.
Your Life path number is 9.

Your fortune cookie reads:
A single kind word will keep one warm for years.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1 & 5.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 7 & 11.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 4, 8 & 22.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2442139.5.
The golden number for 1974 is 18.
The epact number for 1974 is 6.
The year 1974 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 1/23/1974 and ending 2/10/1975.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Tiger.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Hawk; your plant is Dandelion.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Paony, the second month of the season of Shomu (Harvest).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 10 Nisan 5734.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 11 Nisan 5734.

The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is 12.18.0.12.15 which is
12 baktun 18 katun 0 tun 12 uinal 15 kin

The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Tuesday, 9 Rabi'u'l-Avval 1394 (1394-3-9).

The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 14 April 1974.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 14 April 1974.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 27 February 1974.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 2 June 1974.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 9 June 1974.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 17 September 1974.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Sunday, 7 April 1974.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 26 February 1974.

As of 4/2/2009 12:11:33 PM EST
You are 35 years old.
You are 420 months old.
You are 1,826 weeks old.
You are 12,784 days old.
You are 306,828 hours old.
You are 18,409,691 minutes old.
You are 1,104,581,493 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:
Ron 'Horshack' Palillo (1954) Emmylou Harris (1947) Linda Hunt (1945)
Marvin Gaye (1939) Jack Webb (1920) Alec Guinness (1914)
Buddy Ebsen (1908) Hans Christian Andersen (1805)

Top songs of 1974
The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand Seasons In the Sun by Terry Jacks
The Streak by Ray Stevens Having My Baby by Paul Anka
Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas Billy, Don't Be a Hero by Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
Annie's Song by John Denver The Loco-Motion by Grand Funk
TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) by MFSB with the Three Degrees I Can Help by Billy Swan

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 5.00352250489237 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

Your lucky day is Tuesday.
Your lucky number is 9.
Your ruling planet(s) is Mars & Pluto.
Your lucky dates are 9th, 18th, 27th.
Your opposition sign is Libra.
Your opposition number(s) is 6.

Today is not one of your lucky days!

There are 365 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 36 candles.

Those 36 candles produce 36 BTUs,
or 9,072 calories of heat (that's only 9.0720 food Calories!) .
You can boil 4.11 US ounces of water with that many candles.


In 1974 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.
In 1974 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
In 1974 in the US there were approximately 2,158,802 marriages (10.6%) and 708,000 divorces (3.5%)
In 1974 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1974 the population of Australia was approximately 13,831,978.
In 1974 there were approximately 245,177 births in Australia.
In 1974 in Australia there were approximately 110,673 marriages and 17,688 divorces.
In 1974 in Australia there were approximately 115,833 deaths.

Your birth flower is DAISY

Your birthstone is Diamond

The Mystical properties of Diamond

Diamonds are said to increase personal clarity to help one see things clearly as well as be straight-forward and honest. Supposedly, the higher quality the diamond, the better it is supports these qualities.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)

Opal, Quartz, White Sapphire

Your birth tree is

Rowan, the Sensitivity
Full of charm, cheerful, gifted, without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.



There are 267 days till Christmas 2009!
There are 280 days till Orthodox Christmas!

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was waxing gibbous.



Click on the picture
for more information.

Birthday Meme

The instructions:

1) Go to Wikipedia
2) In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.
3) List three events that happened on your birthday
4) List two important birthdays and one death
5) One holiday or observance (if any)

Here are mine:

Three things that happened on my birthday

1902 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.

1917 - The first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin, takes her seat as a representative from Montana.

1975 - Construction of the CN Tower is completed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It reaches 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft) in height, becoming the world's tallest free-standing structure.


Two important birthdays

1743 - Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (Old style date) (d. 1826)

1947 - Emmylou Harris, American singer

one death

2005 - Pope John Paul II (b. 1920)

one holiday

International Children's Book Day


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dan Seals

I am so sad about his passing... so in his honor here are a few videos














Monday, March 23, 2009

No Problem!

:: No Problem! ::

Having a "bad parenting day"?

Whatever you're stressing about -- your child won't
stop whining... you're way behind on the laundry...
the baby nursed "all" night long... you yelled at the
kids *again*... etc., etc. -- remember there are two
components to every problem:

1. The actual condition
2. Your *belief* that it IS a problem

In other words, you don't *have to* perceive the
condition to be wrong or bad.

Would a baby see your mountain of dirty laundry as a
problem? No, because wee ones see the world AS IT IS.
They haven't been trained (yet) to pass judgment on
Reality, so they don't see the problems we see.

Well, if a baby can do it, you can, too! :-)

Today, try letting go of the idea that conditions
"should" be different than they are. Simply accept
them...

"No problem... It is what it is."

But don't confuse acceptance with defeat. You can be
accepting and still desire change. And change happens
*easily* when you're at peace with What Is.

http://dailygroove.net/no-problem

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Invisible Tteaching

:: Invisible Teaching ::

The problem with teaching children *explicitly* is
that we are rarely aware of what we are teaching
them *implicitly*.

For example, if you tell your children to say
"thank you," the implicit lesson is that expressing
gratitude is something they *should* do whether they
feel like it or not -- not something that comes
naturally.

Better to say "thank you" yourself -- to model the
appropriate behavior *joyfully*. Joy is attractive
and, eventually, they'll want in on the fun!

Your child doesn't internalize what you *say* as
much as the *energy* with which you say it. Pay
close attention to how you feel and you'll notice
that teaching often carries a subtle vibe that
feels "yucky."

So when you must teach explicitly, clean up your
energy first. Otherwise you might be teaching the
wrong lesson!

When you teach by example, you are following the
advice of Gandhi who said, "you must BE the change
you wish to see..."

http://dailygroove.net/invisible-teaching

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

25 more things!

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.) If you can't find "notes" click the "+" sign it will be under there.

Here goes:

1. I love my children I really do! I love being a SAHM! And miss them terribly when I am away from them. Although sometimes I wish we had better babysitter situation. Anyone?

2. I am still nursing my little one almost 2.5 years now.

3. I love chocolate, good chocolate, good coffee and tea.

4. I had trouble learning to read. And now amazed at my son who seems to love to read and get it so much better than I did.

5. I have never been out of the USA. Except Mexico (in my Mothers tummy) and Canada twice (Niagara Falls and the Washington State Boarder)

6.My husband is a much better cook than I, and I love him so much for that, otherwise I might starve. LOL

7. I like to clean, really I am a clean freak and I like to organize. I had a boss call me anal and I had no idea what it meant and hated that word.

8. I was on Mt. Saint Helens when it blew.

9. I don't really like Doctors (mainly because I don't feel like they listen to me and just want to throw a pill at me), but I love my chiropractor!

10. I morn the loss of a few relationships that I wish were better.

11. I have dreams that have come true.

12. My whole family sleeps in one room. We co sleep and love it.

13. I used to go dancing 5 nights a week. I miss it some days.

14.I have lived in 4 states. CA, WA, NV, RI.

15.I really feel conflicted about unresolved conflicts.

16. My husband is my best friend.

17. I don't like the smell of nursing homes or old people but I think aging people are beautiful and wonderful. Well most of them.

18. I like to read but I have trouble finding time.

19. I love to learn new things. By myself, with my husband, with my kids, with my family, with my friends!

20. I would love to give birth again but I really don't want more children.

21.I was a brownie and a girl scout.

22. I played/took piano lessons for 4 years, but never learned to read music.

23. Growing up I was in tap, ballet, baton, gymnastics, and played volleyball, basketball all at different times. Until I turned 15 and got a job.

24. I love where I live 2 hrs or less to the mountains, desert, ocean...

25. I just reread my 16 things and realised that I had way more than 16 things... so can I stop yet?

And more! Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Turning Us Into Mad Hatters?

this

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paula-crossfield/is-high-fructose-corn-syr_b_161331.html

and this one...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012601831.html

Some heavy metal with that sweet roll?

Some heavy metal with that sweet roll?


The FDA sat on evidence of mercury-tainted high-fructose corn syrup
Posted by Tom Philpott at 2:04 PM on 26 Jan 2009

High-fructose corn syrup rose from obscurity to ubiquity starting in the late 1970s, borne up by an informal public-private partnership between grain-processing giant Archer Daniels Midland and the federal government. For me, HFCS is at best a highly processed, lavishly subsidized, calorie-heavy, nutritional vacuum.

I recently visited a public high school in Boone, N.C. The main hall literally hummed with machines peddling variations on Coca-Cola's formula for success: fizzy water with artificial flavor, artificial color, added caffeine, and a jolt of HFCS. Other machines displayed snack "foods" tarted up with HFCS. Why are we feeding our kids this crap, again?

Now comes news that makes even an HFCS cynic like me do a spit-take over my home-brewed morning coffee. Turns out that HFCS is commonly tainted with mercury -- a highly toxic substance -- according to a peer-reviewed report published by Environmental Health (abstract here; PDF of the must-read full text here.)

The Environmental Health study draws on samples of high-fructose corn syrup taken straight from the factory. But no one drinks the stuff straight. What about, say, cookies sweetened with HFCS? The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy plucked HFCS-containing products from supermarket shelves and tested them for mercury. The result?

Overall, we found detectable mercury in 17 of 55 samples, or around 31 percent
Traces of mercury turned up in name-brand products from makers including Quaker, Hunt's, Manwich, Hershey's, Smucker's, Kraft, Nutri-Grain, and Yoplait.

That a ubiquitous industrial-food ingredient such as HFCS should be tainted by mercury is bad enough. But it gets worse. The FDA has apparently known about this since 2005 -- and done nothing to publicize it or change it.


In 2005, EH study lead author Renee Dufault was an FDA researcher. At that time, she conducted the tests now cited in the EH report. Her results found mercury in 9 of 20 HFCS samples -- 45 percent.

She doesn't comment on why, but the FDA apparently did nothing with her results in the years since they emerged. She retired from the agency in March 2008 -- and evidently decided to go public. She deserves praise for the decision to publish her work -- essentially blowing the whistle on what looks like an egregious attempt to hide key information from the public.

So how does mercury work its way into our the food industry's favorite sweetener? It finds its way into Pop Tarts and the like through the stunning array chemicals required to transform corn into a cane sugar substitute. (As you read the following list, marvel that the FDA recently ruled that manufacturers can label HFCS-sweetened foods "natural.") According the the EH study:

Several chemicals are required to make HFCS, including caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, alpha-amylase, gluco-amylase, isomerase, ilter aid, powdered carbon, calcium chloride, and magnesium sulfate.
Two of those charming-sounding chemicals -- caustic soda and hydrochloric acid -- can contain traces of mercury.

Caustic soda and hydrochloric acid are made through the same processes that produce chlorine. It can be done in one of two ways. The first involves pumping saltwater through a vat of mercury. The stuff produced this way is known as "mercury grade."

The second process involves no mercury. The industry is shifting to the second process, but the mercury style has by no means been phased out. According to IATP, "Today, the chlorine industry remains the largest intentional consumer (end user) of mercury."

So you've got this "mercury grade" caustic soda and hydrochloric acid floating around. Guess who's using it? According to the EH study, "mercury grade caustic soda and hydrochloric acid are primarily used by the high fructose corn syrup industry."

Not only did the FDA fail to inform the public of HFCS's mercury problem; food manufacturers that use HFCS may have been in the dark, IATP reports.

There is one hopeful tidbit from the highly disturbing Environmental Health and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy studies. Several years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama introduced legislation that would have forced the chlorine industry to phase out mercury.

That bill failed. I hope the new Congress revives it. And I hope the Obama FDA investigates precisely why the agency sat on information that could have saved consumers from mercury exposure. The officials who made that decision -- as well as the HFCS industry, led by Archer Daniels Midland -- must be held to account.

Monday, January 19, 2009

We started cleaning our garage...

and we have a lot of stuff we want to give away or sell... look here!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Let Your Love Shine

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle
www.enjoyparenting.com/dailygroove

:: Let Your Love Shine ::

Love is like the sun: every member of your family can fully receive the warmth of your love without depriving the others.

Only when you position them in front of or behind one another does love seem exclusive -- giving to some while casting a shadow on others.

Love shines *through* you rather then *from* you, which means you can never really run out of it. When loving your children, your partner, and yourself, there is no limit on how much Love you can shine.

The more you release thoughts of limitation and practice *knowing* that Love is infinite -- even when others are temporarily focused on the shadows
-- the more you will experience parenthood as a sunny, joyful, empowering journey.

http://dailygroove.net/love-shine

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I did it for you, girls: Barack Obama pens letter to his daughters

Barack Obama has written a letter to his daughters, explaining how he has missed them during his campaign for the White House, why he wanted to be president and what he wants to achieve.

He was asked to write the letter by US magazine Parade. This is what he wrote:

Dear Malia and Sasha,

I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I also know that it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me - about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential-schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college-even if their parents aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you'll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.

Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country-but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free-that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.

That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something.

She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better-and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It's a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.

I hope both of you will take up that work, righting the wrongs that you see and working to give others the chances you've had. Not just because you have an obligation to give something back to this country that has given our family so much-although you do have that obligation. But because you have an obligation to yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.

These are the things I want for you-to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That's why I've taken our family on this great adventure.

I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.

Love, Dad

Interesting

I took this quiz. Because I thought it would be interesting.

What Kind of Empath Are You?

You Scored as Universal

You are a Universal Empath, you possess all the qualities of the other seven empath groups. You are what is known as an "Implicate" or Imp, a product of evolutionary design and genetic mutation. You are a psychic hybrid. (from "The Book of Storms" by Jad Alexander at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Empaths/)

Universal 85%
Precog 80%
Healer 80%
Judge 80%
Fallen Angel 80%
Shaman 70%
Artist 70%
Traveler 70%

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Interesting

So I took this quiz twice and here are the results...


Your Type is
INFJ
Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging
Strength of the preferences %
22 38 62 22

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Kids... How tall?

I measured the kids today and was a little surprised.
Dylan is 50 3/4 inches tall.
Mataya is 37 inches tall even.
My how they grow!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

16 Random Things...

OK, I got tagged for this. Not sure I can come up with 16 new random things about myself...

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end choose 16 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. Come on . . . life is short!

1. I was born in San Diego, but I have never been back.

2. I had been through 32 states by age 10. Lived in 4. Navy brat. Was also held back in 2nd grade because of a move.

3. I almost fell over Niagara Falls when I was about 10. Interesting story and I have the picture to prove it.

4. I climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty even in the crown before they closed it to the public.

5. I wanted to be on the football team in high school...was told I was too thin so I started weightlifting, I did that for many years.

6. I went to modeling school. (I wanted to become a model so I could travel) Then was told I had too many muscles was too defined. Even thought I was not heavy. In my life I have also been anywhere from a size 1 to a size 12 and everywhere in between. Looks are not as important to me as this number may suggest. I love the Dove commercials! Inner beauty is really what matters.

7. I know how to West Coast Swing, 2-step, Waltz, many other partner dances, and line dance. Have even been in competitions. I miss Dancing so very much. Hubby and I still dance around the house and the kids laugh at us and then try to join in.

8. I have meet many singers, mostly country, gotten autographs. Mostly Chris LeDoux many times. Rest in Peace Chris you are truly missed. Also, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joe Nichols, Trick Pony, Phil Vassar, Kathy Mattea, Don Williams, Ricky Skaggs, Dan Seals, Gary Allen, Pam Tillis, Clay Walker,

9. I would love to live in the country have a farm, animals, garden and lake, hiking trails. But then I might miss my Internet fix.

10. I don't cook much (I don't really like to) thanks to the awesome hubby. I do like to bake if I have the time.

11. I love to entertain, and wished we had more people over more often. Sometimes I am afraid though.

12. Being a Mom and parenting is the most important thing to me in my life. I intensely love and adore my children. They amaze me everyday.

12. I feel like I don't fit in anywhere in parts of my life. Feel like people don't truly know me.

13. I don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

14. I have never broken a bone, but I have a bad ankle (torn ligament) a bad wrist (from scooping ice cream at Basking Robbins 1st job) and a bad hip (honeymoon injury) but I do not have much pain thanks to an awesome chiropractor!

15. I have had two natural births but both at hospitals. With one born posterior after 8 hours of labor. And the other born in a the water (birthing tub) after barely making it to the hospital. I also thing Breast milk is awesome and pumped for 13 months for the first kid and still nursing the second.

16. I have natural curly hair and I have twirled it since I was 2. Hard habit to break. It is just so soft.



I really thought this was going to be hard... but not too bad.

If you read this... tag your it!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I love these affirmations!

Affirmations
Affirmations are powerful and help you to affirm the life you want and deserve, and bring your thoughts back to a love basis.

Always use the first person when stating positive affirmations. For example: "I am healthy. I am calm and balanced. I am beautiful."

I am surrounded by Angels now
The Angels shine the love of God upon me and thru me
I accept this love from God and the Angels
I deserve love
I deserve happiness
I deserve help from heaven and I accept it now
I call upon God and the Angels to help and guide me
I listen to my inner voice and feelings
My inner voice and feelings are guidance from God and the Angels
I follow my guidance in full faith

I know that God and the Angels love me and are guiding me right now
I accept love
I love
I am loving
I am very loved
I forgive everyone
I forgive myself
I allow the loving energy of God and the Angels to guide my every action
I am divinely protected
I send Gods love to everyone I meet

There is an abundance of love in the world
There is enough for everyone
I have an abundance of everything
I attract wonderful loving people into my life
My Angels and I enjoy new opportunities to give service to the world

I am rewarded constantly
My life is harmonious and peaceful
I am peaceful
I am radiant
I am joyful


Angel Blessings to you, and may the wonder of this Christmas Season be with you throughout the New Year.
Linda

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year! Day 2! PEACE!

From the daily OM.... and a picture of me share my PEACE!



January 2, 2009
Share Your Peace
Aries Daily Horoscope


You could be experiencing a sense of tranquility today that may leave you feeling serene and at peace with the world, which could be due to your awareness that the universe is taking care of you and there is nothing to worry about. Perhaps today you can make best use of this feeling of peace by doing a loving-kindness meditation in which you send your positive vibrational energy to others. As your breath becomes calm and still, you can picture someone in your life about whom you care. Imagine the peace you feel while basking them in a warm, golden light that is filled with soothing energy. With each breath, feel this light intensify to slowly envelop everyone you know, and to eventually cover all beings on earth. In this loving-kindness meditation, you could notice that not only your sense of inner calm but also your love for the world around you increases.

Our feelings of peace can be a positive catalyst to spread peace to others in our world. When everything seems right in our lives, it is easy for us to simply relax into the feeling and wish to hold onto it. The more we try to contain this feeling, however, the more elusive it will become. Truly being able to delve into serenity means that we see what is peaceful around us, as well as within. By sharing this sense of peace through meditation, you will alter the vibrations of the people in your life as well as be a force for their own positive and healing change.



Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year! Day 1! Love!

I got this yesterday in my inbox from the Daily OM.

I really liked it and it fit so here it is.


December 31, 2008
New Year's Resolutions: The Two Lists
A Message from DailyOM Co-Founder Scott Blum


I was fortunate to spend time with an enigmatic man named Robert during a very special period of my life. Robert taught me many things during our days together, and this time of year reminds me of one particular interaction we had.

"Now that you are becoming more aware," Robert said, "you need to begin to set goals for yourself so you don't lose the momentum you have built."

"Like New Year's resolutions?" I asked.

"That's an interesting idea," he smirked. "Let's do that."

By then I was used to his cryptic responses, so I knew something was up because of the way his eyes sparkled as he let out an impish laugh.

"Tonight's assignment is to make two lists," Robert continued. "The first is a list of all the New Year's resolutions you WANT to keep, and the second is a list of all the New Year's resolutions you WILL keep. Write the WANT List first, and when you have exhausted all of your ideas, then write the second list on another sheet of paper."

That night I went home and spent several hours working on the two lists. The WANT List felt overwhelming at first, but after a while I got into writing all the things I had always wanted to do if the burdens of life hadn't gotten in the way. After nearly an hour, the list swelled to fill the entire page and contained nearly all of my ideas of an ideal life. The second list was much easier, and I was able to quickly commit ten practical resolutions that I felt would be both realistic and helpful.

The next day, I met Robert in front of the local food Co-op, where we seemed to have most of our enlightening conversations. "Tell me about your two lists," Robert said as the familiar smirk crept onto his face.

"The first list contains all the things I SHOULD do if I completely changed my life to be the person I always wanted to be. And the second list contains all the things I COULD do by accepting my current life, and taking realistic steps towards the life I want to lead."

"Let me see the second list," he said.

I handed him the second list, and without even looking at it, he ripped the paper into tiny pieces and threw it in the nearby garbage can. His disregard for the effort I had put into the list annoyed me at first, but after I calmed down I began to think about the first list in a different light. In my heart, I knew the second list was a cop out, and the first list was the only one that really mattered.

"And now, the first list." Robert bowed his head and held out both of his hands.

I purposefully handed him the first list and held his gaze for several seconds, waiting for him to begin reading the page. After an unusually long silence, he began to crumple the paper into a ball and once again tossed it into the can without looking at it.

"What did you do that for?!" I couldn't hide my anger any longer.

Robert began to speak in a quiet and assured voice. "What you SHOULD or COULD do with your life no longer matters. The only thing that matters, from this day forward, is what you MUST do."

He then drew a folded piece of paper from his back pocket and handed it to me.

I opened it carefully, and found a single word floating in the middle of the white page:

"Love."