Posts Tagged 'Parenting'

An Interview with Daniel

This morning, I thought I would find out what kind of Birthday Cake Daniel would like to have, since his birthday is coming up next week.  This is how the conversation went:

Me:  Daniel, you have a birthday coming.

Daniel:  That is because I am getting bigger.  Look my hands are big.

Me:  They sure are big.

Daniel:  And I am strong too.

Me:  Yes you are.  Hey, I was wondering what kind of cake you would like to have for your birthday.

Daniel:  Yes.

Me:  What do you mean.

Daniel:  I want cake.

Me:  Okay, but what kind?

Daniel:  The kind we eat.

Me:  What flavor.

Daniel:  Like we had before.  Chocolate, Carmel, yummy.

Me:  Like Daddy’s? [Daddy had an Ice-cream Pie]

Daniel:  Yah, and the other kind!

Me:  What other kind?

Daniel:  Like you made before.  The big one.

Me:  Do you mean Banana Cake, or Chocolate Cake, in layers?

Daniel:  Yah!

Me:  Pick one.

Daniel:  One!

I guess I’ll be making the decision, and evidently, he will enjoy it.  🙂


Gideon had just stacked the little cups, helping to put dishes away, and being very proud of himself, was busy announcing to the world, “I did that (clap, clap), I did that.”  He pointed his work out to everyone who walked by.

When I opened the other side of the cupboard to stack the plates, he saw me, and looked intently for a moment, not sure of what he was seeing.  Then he looked outside the cupboard.  I followed him, and a game of peek-a-boo ensued.  Back and forth we went, smiles broadening with each new “peek.”

Now, he tries to be there, when ever I am putting dishes away, sure that chores are a ton of fun.

Words…what do they mean?

“Mom, I don’t think these are fresh water shrimp.  They were in really icky water when we found them,” Benjamin informed me, while watching his critters* swim.

Manny and the older boys had been canoeing on the river when they found a small pool full of these critters.  I told the boys they might be fresh water shrimp… Proving that words do indeed have many meanings.

*Septeber 3, 2008 Update:  We found out what these are…Mosquito larvae.  Oops, not what I consider suitable “pets.”

What is Home?

“A roof to keep out the rain? Four walls to keep out the wind? Floors to keep out the cold? Yes, but home is more than that. It is the laugh of a baby, the song of a mother, the strength of a father, warmth of loving hearts, lights from happy eyes, kindness, loyalty, comradeship. Home is first school and first church for young ones, where they learn what is right, what is good, and what is kind, where they go for comfort when they are hurt or sick; where joy is shared and sorrow eased; where fathers and mothers are respected and loved, where children are wanted; where the simplest food is good enough for kings because it is earned; where money is not as important as loving-kindness; where even the tea kettle sings from happiness. That is home. God bless it!”



Please Mama…

“Mama’s don’t let your cowboys grow up to be babies,

let them pick guitars,

and drive ’em old trucks,

teach them to be handy, and keep them fixed up.

…Then they can be doctors and lawyers and such.”


What is Going On?


Tonight, my husband went to a Constitional Party meeting.  He left before the children where in bed, so I put them down, and went to my sewing.  Everything was great for half an hour or so, then I began hearing strange noises near the front door.  I checked, and nothing seemed to be going on, so I went back to sewing.  I few minutes later I heard more noise, and this time noticed some winter coats in a corner by the front door.  Now we haven’t had need of coats for several months, so I promptly kicked the pile.  It squeaked.  At that point in the evening I sent Benjamin back to bed, with strict orders to hang the coats up where they belong.  J 

As usual, Manny came home fired up about the direction this country is heading.  He also recommended that I Google “North American Union”, which I did, and this is just a little bit of what I found:

First, a pile of blankets, in view of the front door.  Benjamin had fallen asleep before he could scare daddy. Second, this article:


North American Union to Replace USA?














President Bush is pursuing a globalist agenda to create a North American Union, effectively erasing our borders with both Mexico and Canada

. This was the hidden agenda behind the Bush administration’s true open borders policy.Secretly, the Bush administration is pursuing a policy to expand NAFTA politically, setting the stage for a North American Union designed to encompass the


U.S., Canada, and Mexico. What the Bush administration truly wants is the free, unimpeded movement of people across open borders with Mexico and Canada

.President Bush intends to abrogate



sovereignty to the North American Union, a new economic and political entity which the President is quietly forming, much as the European Union has formed.The blueprint President Bush is following was laid out in a 2005 report entitled “Building a North American Community” published by the left-of-center Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The CFR report connects the dots between the Bush administration’s actual policy on illegal immigration and the drive to create the North American Union:



At their meeting in Waco, Texas, at the end of March 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin committed their governments to a path of cooperation and joint action. We welcome this important development and offer this report to add urgency and specific recommendations to strengthen their efforts.

What is the plan? Simple, erase the borders. The plan is contained in a “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America” little noticed when President Bush and President Fox created it in March 2005:

In March 2005, the leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the United States adopted a Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), establishing ministerial-level working groups to address key security and economic issues facing North America and setting a short deadline for reporting progress back to their governments. President Bush described the significance of the SPP as putting forward a common commitment “to markets and democracy, freedom and trade, and mutual prosperity and security.” The policy framework articulated by the three leaders is a significant commitment that will benefit from broad discussion and advice. The Task Force is pleased to provide specific advice on how the partnership can be pursued and realized.To that end, the Task Force proposes the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity. We propose a community based on the principle affirmed in the March 2005 Joint Statement of the three leaders that “our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary.” Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous


North America.

The perspective of the CFR report allows us to see President Bush’s speech to the nation as nothing more than public relations posturing and window dressing. No wonder President Vincente Fox called President Bush in a panic after the speech. How could the President go back on his word to Mexico

by actually securing our border? Not to worry, President Bush reassured President Fox. The National Guard on the border were only temporary, meant to last only as long until the public forgets about the issue, as has always been the case in the past.The North American Union plan, which Vincente Fox has every reason to presume President Bush is still following, calls for the only border to be around the North American Union — not between any of these countries. Or, as the CFR report stated:



The three governments should commit themselves to the long-term goal of dramatically diminishing the need for the current intensity of the governments’ physical control of cross-border traffic, travel, and trade within North America. A long-term goal for a North American border action plan should be joint screening of travelers from third countries at their first point of entry into North America and the elimination of most controls over the temporary movement of these travelers within North America.

Discovering connections like this between the CFR recommendations and Bush administration policy gives credence to the argument that President Bush favors amnesty and open borders, as he originally said. Moreover, President Bush most likely continues to consider groups such as the Minuteman Project to be “vigilantes,” as he has also said in response to a reporter’s question during the March 2005 meeting with President Fox.Why doesn’t President Bush just tell the truth? His secret agenda is to dissolve the


United States of America into the North American Union. The administration has no intent to secure the border, or to enforce rigorously existing immigration laws. Securing our border with Mexico is evidently one of the jobs President Bush just won’t do. If a fence is going to be built on our border with Mexico, evidently the Minuteman Project is going to have to build the fence themselves. Will President Bush protect America‘s sovereignty, or is this too a job the Minuteman Project will have to do for him?

I found this report at .

Have Vision

 Do your children give you rest?  Is there a vision for the home? 

17″Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

18Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

 ~Proverbs 29:17&18

I find it interesting, that God put a verse about parenting next to one about visions and happiness.  Happiness, that comes from keeping the law. 

When we, as parents, have a vision for our home, there is direction and security.  There are also rules of conduct that go with it.  If I had no idea what I wanted my sons to turn out like, I would have a very hard time knowing how to correct them.  As it is, I know that I want them to be gentlemen, who respect others and who work hard.  My vision is that they grow to be real men:  Men who love God and His ways.  Men who pray.  Men, who take care of their families, and love their wives, as Christ loves the Church.

I have found that when there is a lack of joy in my home there is also a lack of discipline, which means a lack of “keeping the law”.  Children feel safe, secure and peaceful, when they know what to expect, and what is expected of them.

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"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass." ~Psalm 37:4 & 5

Confident Endeavors

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

- H.D. Thoreau