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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, August 31, 2010

The "S" Word

I'm all about Grace. I like Grace. I need it. All the time. But, too often Grace is misunderstood. Grace with out Truth is no longer Grace. Truth without Grace is no longer Truth for that matter either but, that's another post.

The thing is, I'm a little weary of hearing people dismiss the idea of sin. That's right, sin. That's an "S" word you don't hear too often. Seems people want to take it pretty lightly ... call it a mistake or some such thing. A mistake it is, but it is also sin and its not to be taken lightly. There's Grace to cover all of it, but that doesn't mean we just brush it off as a mistake. Jesus took it seriously enough to die because of it so I'm thinking if we say we follow Him, then we should take it pretty seriously too. I'm not sure what that ought to look like but maybe a start would be calling it what it is and realizing what it cost. There's always a cost. Always.

Just saying ...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Teething is So Hard

Happy baby

Why can't they make Orajel taste better?

The teeth that cause so much pain

Thursday, August 05, 2010

My Dilemma

Its time to shop for school supplies ... again. Am I losing it or did we just do that? Ah, time flies when you get old I guess. Anyway, its time to stock up on school supplies for the kids on the Rez. A couple of weeks ago we delivered backpacks full of school supplies for 611 kids on the Rez!

This year my little private goal is to be able to take 1000 out next year. Problem is - right now I only have $3000.00 and that will only buy 300. That's half of what we did this year. I'm not sure why funds are lower this year. The economy maybe? Maybe people think we rake it in big at REZonate? I don't know, bur for whatever reason, we're down. There will of course be more $$ coming in next month after REZonate but I have no way of guessing how much more. And school supplies are at the best prices NOW. They''ll be pretty much gone by mid-September. I can buy backpacks any time of the year for $6 each, but no so with school supplies.

So my dilemma is this ... h0w in the world do I even begin to buy school supplies? Do I buy for 300 and then take a chance at having to pay more for supplies later? Or do I buy for my goal of 1000 and then maybe not have enough to buy backpacks? I think I'm going to shoot for 600 and hope somehow it'll all work out later. That and I'm buying the supplies that are really cheap now but I know will cost more later. Some things I can always get pretty cheap. I'm not buying those things ... yet.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Don't Give Me Jesus

as shared by Matthew at Devos on the Pine Ridge trip. I like it so I'm repeating it.

Don't give me Jesus, if giving me Jesus means telling me about your
beliefs, then walking away.

Don't give me Jesus if giving me Jesus means judging me by appearance but
never trying to see who I really am.

Don't give me Jesus if giving me Jesus means you're right no matter what
and I'm wrong no matter what.

Do give me Jesus if giving me Jesus means walking beside me just like Jesus
walked beside lepers and losers

Do give me Jesus if giving me Jesus means laughing with me when I need to
laugh and crying with me when I need to cry.

Do give me Jesus if giving me Jesus means letting me know when my actions
are harmful and destructive

Do give me Jesus if giving me Jesus means being my friend

If you give me Jesus wrapped in your friendship I may be more ready to
listen to what you have to say.

Now, not to be self-promoting because believe me, this has nothing to do with "me", but there is a good opportunity for people who claim to know Jesus and want to share him with people to do just that on Sept. 11, 2010 at the REZonate Music Fest. That is exactly what REZonate is about. Its not just a fundraiser. It's meant to not only raise funds to provide the poorest kids in America with school supplies - we could do that in other ways - its about reaching out to our community too. And all you have to do is SHOW UP and be kind to people and NOT judge them because its not the kind of music you like or because they have a t-shirt on that offends you. If its about Jesus, then its not about you! I get tired of people who go to my church and claim to follow Christ and say that "its all about souls" not supporting the event because its not a "Christian" event. Its is not a "Christian" event but it is a chance for people to be Christ-like and I can't think of anything more genuinely Christian than that.

There, I said it.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Fear Not

Telling somebody not to be afraid is, well, pretty pointless. I'm not sure what the angel thought he/she was accomplishing when they appeared to people in the Bible and told them to "Fear not". Did they really think that would work? I don't know. I do know that fear is normal, and natural, and that it is in fact a God-given emotion. How we handle that emotion is what makes it good or bad. There are some things we should be afraid of. But I've learned that when fear keeps us from living life it can bring about a much worse kind of death.

Me? I am afraid of heights. I know, I know - I have gone skydiving - jumping out of airplanes isn't something people who are afraid of heights would do, right? So how does that figure? Well, I don't know but somehow jumping out of a plane isn't nearly as scary to me as doing what we did yesterday. Yesterday a group of us went Ziplining. Is ziplining a word? I don't know, but at some point some of us thought it would be a good idea to tie on a harness, clip ourselves to a cable and swing through the treetops at over 150 feet in the air. I was excited and couldn't wait to go. Then after getting back from the Pine Ridge trip I was both exhausted and overwhelmed. There is so much after-trip stuff to do to finish up the trip and then REZonate is just around the corner and there is a ton of work to be done for that. I was so stressed and going to zipline just seemed like one more thing on my "to do" list. I decided not to go.

But as time got closer I knew I would regret it if I didn't do it. We got there and it was raining. By that time the butterflies were in full gear in my stomach. I had started thinking about the rope bridges and wondered what I'd gone and gotten myself into now. Normally when I see a rope bridge I just dig my heels in and refuse to go further. My hope was that maybe, just maybe, they wouldn't let us do it in the rain. But when I suggested to the lady at the counter that we surely couldn't do this in the rain she just smiled and said, "Oh yes you sure can". So we harnessed up and went. I hugged a few trees, but I wasn't about to give up and quit (although the thought crossed my mind). And I'm glad I did it. I may or may not do it again, but I'm glad I did it yeseterday. I would have really, really regretted it if I hadn't gone.

Here are some pics ...

Me crossing one of the many rope bridges.

Yeah, I'm probably not supposed to post this pic but I don't have any others

and buying these still won't let me download them

Me zipping

Me hugging a tree

(Thanks to Sherri for this pic)

One of the platforms and rope bridges. Standing on these platforms was WHY I hugged

the trees. Imagine 13 of us on that little platform. Yup, I was plastered to the tree.

(Thanks to Sherri for this pic)

The whole group "After" helmet hair and all.

So yeah, don't be afraid of living life. Be afraid of not living it.