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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This is My Opinion, Just My Opinion, Nothing More, but I Think I'm Right

Don't we all. Think we're right, that is.

Christians have some really strong opinions about Halloween and I'm no different. I love Halloween. :) Its fun. I'm not worshiping Satan when I dress up and give kids candy. Its an opportunity to love kids. For some of us, it may be the only contact we have with our neighbors. For me, its a way to relate to kids where they're at. No, I'm not going to put a Christian tract in their candy bag either. I'm going to give them candy and be friendly to them and dress up with them and play with them because that's how you communicate love to a kid at Halloween time. And isn't communicating Love what we're supposed to be about?

Oh yeah, I know all the arguments against Halloween. I've used them myself. There were years that I wouldn't allow my kids to trick-or-treat. I regret that now. A lot. I was pretty bound up in legalism them. I finally came to my senses and began taking them trick-or-treating and those were some good memories.

Its all about where your heart is. I think kids get that. They understand the difference between real and make-believe. Its the adults that have the issues with it.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Job

Job is a little boy in Haiti that Brian fell in love with this past summer. For one thing, Job has messed up feet like our son Cody did. That, along with Job's story just grabbed Brian's heart and hasn't let go.

Today we got an email from one of the missionaries in Haiti. Job has had surgery. Here is what she said,

"Hi Brian, I wanted to let you know that Job had some
surgery Monday on his club feet. There's an orthopedic surgery
team at the mission now and they did the surgery. Even with the surgery
I'm not sure that he would ever be able to walk due to his other physical and
mental challenges but it is certainly worth trying and at any rate I'm
sure will be better for his overall well-being. I imagine he's not a
particularly happy guy at the moment as he recovers from surgery but we're
praying he will recover quickly with no complications and I wanted to let you
know so you could be praying for him too. Thanks for your support, Mary
Beth


This is a little guy with the deck definitely stacked against him. For one, he was born in Haiti where children like him have very little chance. In the U.S., yeah, he would be given the best care and would probably live long but in Haiti, well, things are different to say the least. He was also born with several mental and physical challenges. Add to that, his mother died. His family dropped him off at the orphanage and have never returned to visit him. He cries often but usually calms down when someone holds him. (don't we all) The coordinator says, "we don't really know what Job's diagnosis is or how long he will live but we are committed to loving him and caring for him as long as God entrusts him to us."

At this time Job only has one sponsor. If you would be willing to sponsor Job shoot me an email and I'll put you in touch with the person in Haiti who can direct you.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Prayer

Thomas Merton's Prayer:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you
and I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this,
you will lead me by the right road
although I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear,
for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pain

For years I've had a "bad knee". It hurts. Almost all the time.

I do have times when it doesn't hurt and times when it hurts more than other times, but its been something I've lived with for many years to one degree or another.

I've been to doctors but none of them have ever done any tests to see why it hurts. I eventually stopped going. But its getting worse. Now, the pain is nearly unbearable in the morning and at night. Somethings gotta give.

So, I'm going to call the doctor for an appointment and insist that we try to get to the bottom of this. And if nothing can be found and fixed, then I want some good pain meds. I'm tired of living with pain.

Friday, October 10, 2008

So, Not to Leave Taser Out


Some pics of me and Taser for Halloween. Yeah, I know, I'm a huge DORK. I guess this is what you do when you're kids are no longer little kids. I need grandkids ... quick! You can see the awful black hair better here.



Or ... maybe its what happens when your kids act like this...




Now these are the days I miss

I Shouldn't Write This

I shouldn't write this post. For one thing, its political. For another, I've only had 4 hours sleep. But why not ...

Here is what I think about politics.

We need to send every single one of those men and women in Washington packing for home. Fire 'em all and start all over again. The more I see, the less I like.

That said, I'm voting for McCain. Not because I like him. I don't. I actually like Obama better. But I'm voting for McCain for a few reasons.

1. At least we'll know what we'll be getting. Like it or not, we know what he'll do because we've been watching him do it for a while. I'm not sure what Obama will do if elected. I know what he says, but since when did anyone running for office do what they said? Bottom line for me on Obama is - I just don't' trust him. I considered voting for him at one time. But ... nah ... just doesn't feel right to me. And I don't like his wife. I listened to one of her speeches and she contradicted herself within 5 minutes. I'm not even sure if anyone caught it but I got the feeling she was so determined to say whatever was necessary to get her hubby elected that she forgot how to be honest.

2. I don't want national health care. A trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles tells me that if the government can give me such a hassle over a license plate, I sure don't want them messing with me when I'm sick. Seriously. I don't want the government messing with me when I'm sick.

3. I like Sarah. I just do. I know everyone is having a real good laugh at her, but the girl has spunk. And she seems like a real person instead of a politician. I like that, gosh darn it. From the looks of the VP debate, I think even ole' Joe liked her too. I'm betting he even kinda thinks she might do a better job. I don't know ... she just strikes me as a person who might get something done. Does she have any idea what she's doing? Probably not. But if I've learned anything in the last few years, its been that you don't necessarily have to know what you're doing to do something and make a difference. In fact, sometimes I think its a lot better if you don't know what you're doing - that way you're not hampered by all the trappings of those who know exactly what they're doing.

I like helping poor people and I know Obama says he's all about that. But I don't think I want to leave that up to the people in Washington either. We can still help poor people. You and I can, which is probably the way it should be anyway.

So anyway, there it is. My reasons aren't the reasons of someone who has delved into this race with much intellect. They're pretty much just gut feelings. I was always told to trust my gut rather than what people say so I think that's what I'll do.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Pics of Me and Gunner - Halloween







David asked for it, so I decided to post a pic of me and Gunner all decked out for Halloween. Not sure you can see my BLACK hair in this pic ... for that matter you can't see Gunner's dreadlocks either. Maybe I'll get a better one soon.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I'm Going Goth

I have black hair.

And I hate it.

Yeah, its a hair color nightmare.

My natural color is very dark brown but for years I've colored it a light brown. Back in January I decided to look like "me" again and go back to my natural shade. I like it.

So why did I change? It kept fading a week after I would color it so I bought a darker shade this time. And now I have this nasty black color.

I've been washing with Prell and trying to make it fade but so far, no luck.

Well, on the bright side, Halloween is coming up and I can always go as a goth chick.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

First Chemo Treatment

I think most of the folks who read here know by now that my dad is starting chemo. He goes every 3 weeks through Jan. or Feb. He gets a strong dose - apparently stronger than what a lot of people get because he is in good health - other than cancer. The studies show that this approach is better than a lower dose more often.

So, yesterday was the first treatment and it went pretty well. So far, he's not sick! I'm beginning to think he knew he wouldn't get sick but just wanted me to make a pot of chicken noodle soup for him. :) He may or may not lose his hair but if he does, it would likely be after his second treatment. I have plenty of skull bandannas ready for him if he needs them. I think he could wear a nice black leather jacket with them and go for the biker look. :)

He did have a bit of a scare last night. Apparently had some kind of allergic reaction to the chemo, called the doc and was told to use benadril. Today he gets a prescription for some other minor side effects.

So, all in all, its good.