Daughters

It is official! I am now a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution!

Many of you are aware of my love of early American history, especially around the foundation of America. It is true 1776 is one of my favorite movies. (A musical about the writing/signing of the Declaration of Independence.) It is true before I got married I had an American flag hanging in my living room. AND a copy of the Declaration of Independence, AND a poster of the presidents of the United States. It is true that I have owned not one, but two copies of an interactive presidents quiz game. ( The first one melted on my drive to TX in 2003)

So, you can probably imagine how excited I am to tell you that my great great great great great great great great grandfather (that is 7 greats!) served as a solider in the Continental Army. He was 19.

John See enlisted from Greenbrier County, VA in 1776, served as a Private for one year under Captain Arbuckle, and for three years under Capitains Lapsley and Breckenridge. He was in the battles of Germantown, Monmouth and Stoney Point. On September 29th, 1832 at the age of 73 years old, while residing in Henry County, Indiana, he applied for a pension, which was granted.

The DAR was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. It has had more than 890,000 members join since it was founded. One must be able to prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution to be able to join. She also has to be at least 18 years of age. (There is the Children of the American Revolution for those under 18, and the Sons of the American Revolution for men.)

Also, if you haven’t seen the internet series I Made America you are missing out. This is not very historically accurate, but it is really very funny. It is about 6 founding fathers (Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Franklin, Washington and Adams) who were time traveled to 2012. They do not react as you might except and end up having to find jobs at coffee shops and as musicians in bars. Also, Franklin discovers pop tarts.

The Resemblance

Most people agree the girls look like my husband but with my skin and hair. While Russell and I believe Wyatt looks like them all as well, there has been lots of uncertainty from other people. They say they see a lot more of me. Or they don’t know who he looks like. But today as I was adding some new pictures of the kids to my wallet I found this old photo of the girls we had taken at Sears. They were 13 weeks. (To really compare you have to use pictures of the girls where they are slightly older since he is so much bigger than they were) Now I really see resemblance between him and Alyssa in this picture, but you be the judge.

Published in: on April 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Aloha

Grammy and Grampy just got back from a trip to Hawaii and sent the kids a goody box. Here the girls are modeling some new shirts and flower hair clips. Could they be any cuter?

Kylie (left) Alyssa (right)

And here is one with leis as crowns, just as Grammy predicted.

Kylie (left) Alyssa (right)

They are so cute dressed like this I think we need to make a trip to Hawaii ourselves, but for now this is the best we can do. Aloha!

Published in: on April 26, 2012 at 7:58 am  Leave a Comment  

No Words

You might have read my recent post about our decision to not circumcise our son.

I found a post last night on a intactivist website, and I must say I think it is one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen. After I saw it I needed to just go a hold Wyatt for a bit, thankful knowing that nothing like that would happen to him. Let me say that I know there are plenty of people who circumcise their sons and everything works out o.k. But there are also those out there who are not so lucky. I have seen tons of pictures of different complications and deformities due to circumcisions, but nothing like what a saw last night. The worst part about it is that it is not something medically necessary at all. Most people argue that an uncircumcised boy will be made fun of in the locker room, or that he won’t understand why he looks different from his father. But can you look at this man and explain to me how he doesn’t question why he looks the way he does, or can you imagine that he wasn’t more than a little insecure in the locker room?

Disclaimer: This is a uncensored image of an adult man’s penis. Please use discretion when viewing. It is not porn, it is for education.

Circumcision Harm

Complications are possible and almost always irreversible. Personally, I would not be able to forgive myself if this was my son. There are no words to help make this better. Please help me in educating parents about their choices, and put an end to this horrible practice.

Published in: on April 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm  Comments (4)  
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What A Way To Go

Sometimes with life is a little extra crazy, I find it helps to mix things up a bit. Today through a weird series of clicks around the internet I ended up on Wikipedia learning about things and people that have gone over Niagara falls. This includes cats, dogs, bears, racoons, and even people in canoes and on jet skis. To read about it yourself click here.

The thing I thought was most interesting was one man named Bobby Leach. In 1911 he was the second person in the world to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. He continued to be a daredevil throughout his life until his death in 1926…

…when he SLIPPED ON AN ORANGE PEEL, broke his leg, and died due to complications from infection and amputation!

Published in: on April 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm  Comments (2)  

The Dump

I recently saw a friend post a link for a website called Dump Starbucks. I clicked it because my husband is very into coffee (he often roasts his own beans at home) and so I was interested what this might be about. What I found was not what I was expecting. It is a website calling for people to “dump Starbucks” because the company has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. I was actually shaking my head as I read what they had to say. I debated whether or not to say anything on my blog about this because I don’t want things to get all political, but I just can’t seem to keep my mouth shut. Or my fingers still!

One line I found particularly upsetting is “Starbucks has declared a culture war on all people of faith…” I will say that I am a Christian and I know what the Bible says about homosexuality. I will also say that I 100% believe ALL people should have the same rights in America, including the right to marry any other person they choose (provided both people are of legal age to make that decision). I do not feel that Starbucks has declared war on me at all.

Here are some questions I have for the Christians out there who are against same-sex marriage:

  • What are you thinking?
  • Do you really think if same-sex marriage is illegal those people will just decide to give up their lifestyle and marry someone from the opposite sex?
  • Are you so naive that you think people will not just choose to continue living together simply because they are not allowed to marry?
  • You believe homosexuality is a sin and that’s why you want it to be illegal. But what about greed, lust, jealousy and lying? How would you feel if your rights were taken away if you did any of those things?
  • Why is this any of your business? If you are against same-sex marriage… don’t marry someone of the same sex. Problem solved. Why have you decided this affects you in some way?

I read a wonderful article a while back regarding my last question. Amy Koch (a Minnesota Senate Majority Leader who campaigned to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, and who resigned after cheating on her husband and “engaging in a relationship with a Senate staffer”) received a letter of apology from the gay community. Click here for the full article. I thought it was so funny and appropriate. Please enjoy this excerpt from it.

“On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community’s successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage,” reads the letter from John Medeiros. “We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love have cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry.”

Honestly, why do Christians believe allowing gays to marry will destroy their own marriages. Seriously, someone explain to me how that works. But the heart of my whole point is we live in America. Where people are free to believe whatever they choose. God or no God. And why should any American be denied any rights because of what they do or don’t believe and who they choose to love?

Published in: on April 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm  Comments (4)  

Blame

The kids are not the only ones to blame if sewing projects around here take longer than I would like.

Published in: on April 20, 2012 at 9:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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Post Office Fail

Yesterday we got two items of mail returned to us by the post office.

1- A large photo envelope we sent to Russell’s parents with pictures of Wyatt.

  • I mailed this at the post office at the self service machine where it weighs the package and prints the postage for you to stick on your package. Yet somehow it got returned saying I didn’t put enough postage on it. Hmm.

2- A warranty registration card for the baby carrier we recently bought.

  • This one says “No postage necessary if mailed in the United States.” So that can’t be why it arrived back in our mailbox.
  • The only thing I can figure is that some idiots at USPS thought that the part of the card with our address on it for Ergo to contact us in case of a recall was the address it was being mailed to…

Instead of the preprinted address on the other side.

Brilliant.

Published in: on April 17, 2012 at 8:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Molly Bears

I try to share things as I find them, and what I am sharing today is something really special.

It is called Molly Bears.

They make stuffed animal bears for families that have suffered the loss of a baby. The bears are custom made and weighted to be the exact same weight as the baby lost. Having never experienced this myself I can’t say for sure, but I imagine this to be a wonderful way for parents to remember and celebrate the little life they loved so much. Here are a few pictures that I got from their facebook page.

with an initial

twin bears

girly bear

little man with a tie

Molly Bears is non-profit and relies totally on donations (that are tax deductible). If you are interested in donating please click here. And if you know of someone (or you yourself have a need for a bear) please click here.

Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 11:15 am  Comments (1)  
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WHOLE

I know a lot of people have been wondering where we landed on the whole circumcision issue. If you missed it, you can read my original post here. Well, I am happy to report to you that we brought our WHOLE baby home. Even though there are people out there who disagree with us (even some in our own families) I am so pleased with our decision, and especially that my husband wholeheartedly agreed with me in deciding to leave our son intact.

If you are pregnant and having a boy please take a moment to look through this post. Click on the links, they are powerful.

50 Reasons to Leave It Alone

You can also learn more by going here: The WHOLE Network.

And just for fun see if you recognize any of these intact men!

Published in: on April 13, 2012 at 11:54 am  Comments (2)