The “More Kids” Debate

How many of you have had it with your spouses?

If Husband gets his way, we’re done.  If I get mine, I’d like to at least try for one more (though not anytime soon!).

Pros of one more:

  • A possible sister for Anja (built in best friend!)
  • A possible brother for Markus (built in wrestling buddy!)
  • Getting to use all those clothes one more time
  • I can’t think of a single family where they had only two opposite-sex siblings and they’ve remained close as adults (if you know of one, feel free to tell me!)
  • Anja should be old enough next time to be somewhat helpful, instead of tantrum-y and jealous
  • We make cute babies
  • I loooooooove newborns (never used to until we had our own)

Cons of one more:

  • Pregnancy
  • Labor and delivery (though I am considering an epidural if I ever do it again, which may??? make things be less dreadful)
  • Losing sleep
  • Throws my photography schedule out of whack, depending on when he/she is due

Independence, Mr. Smith-style

Husband and I just rang in the 4th of July by watching Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  It’s been years since I’ve seen that film, and it was even better than I remember it being.

Political machines are run much the same today–powerful lobbies, bribery, blackmail–and we have few people in Congress like Jefferson Smith (the film’s main character) to stand for truth and “loving thy neighbor.”

When Smith took the oath of office* to become a senator, I turned to Husband, shocked, and asked, “Is that still the oath they use today?”  He nodded affirmation.

“But they said he had to support and defend the Constitution; hardly anyone even knows what it says!  It’s like a joke!”  He sadly agreed.

I am thankful for a day like Independence Day, when we can look upon the oppression from which our ancestors came, no matter what their origin, and embraced the ideals of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  I am thankful for the many, the brave, who defend those unalienable rights to this day in combat and on peace-keeping missions around the world.  I am thankful for the few, the brave, who have kept their oaths of office and defend those same unalienable rights before the wolves in Washington.

Please, take some time today to be thankful, and to pray for our country’s future.

*I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

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Edited to add: I don’t necessarily support any of the bills proposed in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; it is moreso the “standing behind what one believes is right with one’s entire being” to which I relate so passionately.

Also, my hyperbole gets the better of me: certainly most Senators know, or have at least read, the bulk of the Constitution; it is simply ignored or treated as obsolete.

Governing without God

I read this quote by George Washington recently and loved it.

It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

Sunday Sunshine 05.17.09

Oh, will this site make your jeans shopping easier!  I used it to find my best fitting pairs on Friday, then took the list with me Saturday jeans shopping.  It was the best experience I’ve had trying on jeans in a long time.

I spent some time on Cake Wrecks the other night, and this one nearly made me pee my pants.  And this one is just FREAKY.

Lastly, I was privileged to walk with a small group member of mine in a Walk for Life yesterday.  The proceeds of our team (and of all the other teams walking) went to support a local crisis pregnancy center.  God sure made us earn those pledges, by golly!  It was 38 degrees out!  I wore 3 shirts, a fleece jacket and a stocking hat!  There were two ladies who spoke before we walked; they both had come to this CPC looking for help, and both of them had their sons with them at the walk!  One was a teenager, the other was a toddler.  It was awesome to meet children who would have been aborted but were saved through this ministry.

We still have a few days to collect donations since we did our fund-raising online.  I don’t want to post a link to them directly on my blog, but if you are interested in donating, please send me an email and I’ll be happy to direct you to my fund-raising site.  My team’s goal is $1000, and we still have a ways to go to meet that!