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I’m officially in my second trimester of this pregnancy. Yesterday I had my 14-week appointment and everything continues to look well. I took our older daughter Abigail to the appointment with me so she could hear the baby’s heartbeat on the doppler. As we were leaving, she looked at me in amazement and said, “That baby is alive in there.” To see my daughter, completely unprompted, recognize the undeniable fact that her unborn sibling was a living person, was my most incredible parenting moment to date. God knew I needed that!
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After this week’s election, I’ve spent quite a bit of time pondering the poll results and the implications for the nation in coming years. In just 48 hours I’ve gone from despair to anger to sadness to…relief. If I’d heard a liberal say this after an Obama loss, I’d have thought they were just trying to make themselves feel better. And maybe that’s what this is – trying to feel better. However, I can’t shake the feeling that this next four years will prove to be a trial that will bring America to a better place, specifically the American Catholic Church. The fact that nearly half of Catholic voters did the unimaginable and voted for Obama is a sure sign that change must happen, and it must happen now. (Heh…change…unintentional humor for you.)
I saw this quote on a fellow Catholic’s Facebook page yesterday:
“The age of casual Catholicism is over, the age of heroic Catholicism has begun. We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction.” –Fr. Terence Henry, TOR
In other words: be convicted or leave.
Before becoming Catholic, I knew the Church was known for a liberal bias. It confused me, but I figured it was because the Catholics voting Democrat suffered from conscience malformation. I was right. I wouldn’t call any of the liberal Democrats I know to be evil or even bad people, but some of them have really blown my mind in the past few days. Something has happened. Something has gone wrong. I’m suddenly inspired to be a part of great change in the Church. Be convicted or leave. I look forward to both being further convicted and to helping others be convicted too. The re-election of an anti-Catholic president is not the problem – it is the symptom. The poll results are not the fire alarm, but the fire itself.
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One more election comment for today. On Tuesday, I voted in my hometown where I had most recently registered. I also could have driven to two other nearby polling locations to vote with two other ballots waiting for me in former hometowns. That’s right – I’m registered to vote in three places: my parents’ hometown (from my very first Presidential election in 2004), my college town (election 2008), and where I live now. With each new registration, the person in charge of removing my previous registration failed to do so. After calling the County Clerk in both counties where the duplicate ballots were waiting, I am still registered to vote in three places! And here in Illinois, land of Obama, we don’t need to show identification to vote (something about that being discriminatory, yadda yadda).
At this point I have plans to blow the lid off this somehow. I’m very upset and we all should be! My mom has some connections to area reporters and we are considering making this public knowledge. Of course, I would never vote more than once…but can you imagine how many people did?? I don’t care who you’re voting for – that is just an abuse of your American rights, and we need not make it so easy for fraud to happen.
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On a lighter note, here are two pictures of my daughters in their Halloween costumes. Abigail was a horse and Madeline was a little pink owl.
She didn’t let this costume’s uh, cumbersome nature slow her down!
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Another free parenting tip: It is a terrible idea to both wean your toddler from nursing and transition her to a toddler bed in the same week. We’ve been averaging about four hours of sleep per night. I have no idea how this happened, but it did.
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Saw this a few years ago and still love it.
I disagree that broccoli is tasty and that celery is not. I’d flip-flop their locations on this chart. What do you think?
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I’m very excited for tonight as we get ready for the annual banquet for our local pro-life pregnancy center. I volunteered as a client advocate there for two years and was so blessed to be a part of their life-saving ministry. The annual banquet is always a highlight as well as a great fundraiser. As an added bonus, they offer childcare for the kiddies! My Abby is already talking about how excited she is to play with the other kids in the church nursery. As for me, I plan to eat a hot meal without having to cut someone’s food or wipe up disastrous spills. :) It will be grand!
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