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I have the Today Show on this morning while I am eating breakfast, and I hear Matt Lauer talking about the new HHS mandate on contraception. He was talking to Rachel Maddow about it and she said, “it’s just a broader contraception issue.” She also claimed that studies show that the majority of Catholics believe that artificial contraception is okay, and that 80% of all Americans “need” this type of coverage.
Then she gave this example (paraphrased of course): An Amish man applies for a job as a bus driver. He gets the job, but then tells his employer, “I’m Amish, so I can’t drive the bus.” Well, he knew what he was applying for, and it’s the same with this new healthcare law.
WHAT? She is totally missing the point here. Of course employees can’t control what type of insurance their employer provides and pays for. The issue is that employers who have a conscientious objection to artificial contraception, abortion causing “contraception” (such as Plan B), and sterilization will still have to pay for it. The issue is that we as Americans have the RIGHT to follow our own consciences. The first Amendment in the Bill of Rights is Freedom of Religion, and this mandate is blatantly violating that right.
This is NOT just a Catholic issue, or even just a contraception issue. It’s a violation of rights issue. The main stream media is doing their best to make it just a Catholic thing, but wake up, people. If the Obama administration is willing to take away our freedom of religion, the freedom to follow our own consciences, what’s next?
This week’s Saturday Spruce-Up is the big closet in our bathroom. Since we moved in six years ago, this closet has been a catch-all–just throw something in and quickly shut the door. When I actually opened it up and cleaned everything out, I couldn’t believe how much stuff we had packed into that tight little space. Here are some before shots:
I am attempting to turn it into a little mudroom. Our 1400 square foot house is always tight on space, so I want to eke a little more use out of this big closet. I still want to paint the inside walls and get something to contain the shoes, but check out these “in progress” shots:
No fancy-schmancy makeovers here, but at least we now have a functional mudroom instead of an embarrassing mess. Have a great weekend!
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.
After starting this blog in May of 2011, I realized that my writing is not only a creative outlet for me, but that my posts sometimes touch the minds and hearts of the readers. Here are five posts that have received the most hits on this blog this year.
- Summer Love (Circa 2003)
This is the story of how Tyler and I met and fell in love. It’ll either make you sigh contentedly or just roll your eyes. Either way, it was the winner this year.
- “i want to be thin.” The False Idol of the 21st Century
This post shows my realization that being thin isn’t everything.
- Mommyrexia – Selfish Pregnant Women Aren’t Cherishing their Gift
I was appalled when I heard of women not eating properly during pregnancy in order to maintain or lose weight, all while endangering their unborn babies. This post reflects on the gift of children bestowed on parents from God.
- Make-A-List Monday – Things I Never Knew I’d Have to Say to My Kids
With three kids under the age of five, the things I have to say surprise even me. 🙂
- My Day So Far
The story of a trying morning with the kids. Really good for a laugh, and to sympathize if you’d like.
Starting in September of this year, I also became a contributing writer for Catholic Mothers Online. I have had two posts published there so far. If you haven’t read these, check them out!
- The Laundry Abyss – I talk about how household chores affect your relationship with your spouse.
- I Love my Husband More than the Kids – By far the winner on number of hits, this post reflects on the close relationship Tyler and I have, and what love looks like to us. Again, either sighs or eye rolling, your choice!
Lately, I’ve been trying to eat healthier and work out more often because my honey and I are going on a Caribbean cruise this spring. And I want to be thin. I want to be confident in a swimsuit, and I want my honey to be proud of the way I look. As a result of this, I have been looking on Pinterest (where else?) for inspiration, and I am surprised at what I have found.
Yikes. Is that what I really want?
The first reading this past Sunday was Proverbs 31: 10 – 13, 19 – 20, 30 – 31
When one finds a worthy wife,
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax
and works with loving hands.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy.
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her a reward for her labors,
and let her works praise her at the city gates.
This graphic really hit me hard because I would like to lose weight and look great in a swimsuit. Yes, I want to be healthy, but I will not devote my entire life to looking good, just to have people think, “wow, she’s so thin.” This obsession our entire society has with being thin has become a false idol for many people.
I want to be woman who fears the Lord. I want to be a good wife who does my husband good and not harm all the days of my life. In the long run, it doesn’t matter at all how “people” see us. It matters how God sees us.
My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and I will treat it as a temple. I will take care of my body by eating healthy and exercising when I can, but the focus is always on God.
What false idols do you see in our society? Exercise, finances, celebrity? Have any of these interfered with your relationship with God?
First of all, thank you to all of our military heroes on this Veterans Day. You have sacrificed so much for our country and our freedom. Our service men and women, past and present, are in my prayers today and every day.
Secondly, Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. Are you ready?