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Tomtom

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2009 at 10:07 am

My wife can now leave the home without me and my iPhone.

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Sunday

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2009 at 8:41 am

Came home to this…

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And taken to this…

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Result: Spolied wife.

A Cheap Date

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 at 8:42 am

Earlier this week we headed down to Santa Cruz for 75 cent Beach Boardwalk night.  All rides, hot dogs and drinks were a mere 75 cents, which is a steal in this area!  Our friends Beau and Linnea went with us and we had a great time.  We rode old wooden roller coasters that overlooked the ocean and a not-so-fun-for-Nathan caged Ferris Wheel that could spin upside down when moving (a little too much for my non-risk-taker husband).  We also played a round of mini-golf, boys against girls, for a mere $3 per person.  Who won doesn’t really matter since we aren’t a competitive family…

Beau and Linnea and us...They are F-U-N!  And proof that we are, in fact, making friends!

Beau and Linnea and us...They are F-U-N! And proof that we are, in fact, making friends!

Atlas Shrugged

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2009 at 12:01 am

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I’m two-thirds through an incredible book – Atlas Shrugged. I love this quote. A great commentary on the health care policy the president is pushing.

“I quit when medicine was placed under State control, some years ago,” said Dr. Hendricks. “Do you know what it takes to perform a brain operation? Do you know the kind of skill it demands, and the years of passionate, merciless, excruciating devotion that go to acquire that skill? That was what I would not place at the disposal of men whose sole qualification to rule me was their capacity to spout the fraudulent generalities what got them elected to the privilege of enforcing their wishes at the point of a gun. I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward. I observed that in all the discussions that proceeded the enslavement of medicine, men discussed everything-except the desires of the doctors. Men considered only the “welfare” of the patients, with no thought for those who were to provide it. That a doctor should have any right, desire or choice in the matter, was regarded as irrelevant selfishness; his is not to choose, they said, only “to serve”. That a man who’s willing to work under compulsion is too dangerous a brute to entrust with a job in the stockyards-never occurred to those who proposed to help the sick by making life impossible for the healthy. I have often wondered at the smugness with which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind-yet what is it that they expect to depend on, when they lie on a operating table under my hands? Their moral code has taught them to believe that it is safe to rely on the virtue of their victims. Well that is the virtue I have withdrawn. Let them discover, in their operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man whose life they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of man who resents it-and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”

Red Letter Day!

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2009 at 1:58 pm

This constitutes as as red letter day in my book…
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…opening our mailbox to find my next issue of Real Simple. What joy! What glee! I’m already calculating and figuring out how to steal a good 2 hours to sit and enjoy it.

What constitutes a red letter day for you?

Happy Birthday, Nathan!

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Today Nathan turns 29. As we talked this morning, we were both reminded that the last time we celebrated his birthday together was August 2002, which also was the day we started dating. That evening, Nathan slyly slipped his arm around me while watching a movie and the rest is history, a tumultuous history at times, but still history. We had no idea how that single event would change the course of our lives.

I couldn’t have imagined then all that God would do in your life to change you into the man that you are today. I couldn’t have imagined then that boy (I know you were really a man, but looking back now, you seemed like more of a boy to me) I snuggled up next to on the couch, would be the man who’s hand I took to place all my trust in, start each day with, and love so deeply. I love being your wife and am convinced I got the better end of the deal having you as my husband. You are more than I could have asked for and I look forward to watching the years pass with you.

Catholic or Christian?

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2009 at 8:29 am

I was sitting the other day conversing with several other believers when I heard the question asked by one to the other if their parents were believers, to which the other replied, “No, their Catholic”. This statement makes me flinch every time and quickly look around to see if anyone was listening.

This mentality is all too common in evangelical circles, I’m afraid. A quick judgment made on someone else’s eternal destination. Didn’t Jesus have some strong words for the Pharisees for those that would judge others? Ah, yes, it was to the effect that to the measure you judge others, so you will be judged. Yeesh, now that’s tough to swallow, especially for me who has the tendency to be a non-grace giver.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think there are definitely ways that you can tell if someone is a follower of Christ. They bear the fruit of the spirit: peaceful, loving, kind, patient, joyful, self-controlled. But I don’t ever remember a line that Jesus slipped in there saying “Catholics shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.

I am no stranger to Catholicism, I grew up occasionally attending Mass with my grandmother and much of my mother’s family is still Catholic. I recently attended my cousin’s wedding, a Catholic ceremony, and was so encouraged by the words spoken of marriage and God’s design for marriage, by the priest that I was eager to get home to my own husband and make some changes. There are many Catholics that I know to have sincere faith. My aunt is one of those and exudes the love of Christ more than anyone I know. Now, I also know some Catholics that aren’t believers. But you know, I also know plenty of Evangelicals that would be quick to recite a tale of their 5 year old prayer for salvation, without a trace now of that same conviction and daily acknowledgment that they still need Christ.

Many would say that the Catholic faith is all about rituals and not about the heart. But I would say that can’t anything become that? Can’t we become so disconnected with our own worship that we come on a Sunday, sing a few stanzas of “How Great Thou Art” and leave for home still unchanged? Evangelicals, we are fooled if we believe that separating ourselves from the Catholic church and all their rituals safeguarded us against a spirit of apathy.

It is my prayer that the Church would develop a heart of humility in these matters. We believe that Christ came to ransom sinners, by paying a price that we could not pay and that through His sacrifice for us on the cross we again commune with the Father and spend eternity with him if we yield our lives to Him. This is where we hang our hat. This is what God qualifies as sincere faith. He is the Judge, not us.

We aren’t in Kansas anymore, Todo.

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

Yesterday, I went into our community library to get my library card and check out some books. I walked up to the woman at the counter to get my new library card and handed her my filled out form for the card.

She looked down at my name, looked up at me and said with astonishment “Eagles? I’ve never heard that last name before.” She said this as she stood in front of a shelf filled with names of reserved book holders such as Tariq, Kwan, Lee, Mustafa, and Ali. Did I mention this woman was also white and went by the name of Corky?

The People Have Spoken

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Via the Token Conservative. It’s almost enough to get me to take the 40min drive down to Santa Cruz some evening to enjoy the show.

“Plato in The Republic was very critical of democratic government. To a significant extent this was due to his pessimism about the capacity of the average person to exercise reason in making decisions. He perceived most people to be incapable of looking beyond deceptive appearances at true reality or to escape from the pull of their irrational appetites and emotions. In short, he saw them as unfit to govern. Needless to say, such views are in stark opposition to our glorifying of the “voice of the people.” And yet, one wonders if Plato wasn’t on to something:”

For any Prius owners

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I guess this is where all these Prius drivers I’ve been seeing out here get their bumper stickers…

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