Monday, January 26, 2009

Holy Cow

Jacob is 6 months old.... how did that happen? I would swear that, just yesterday, I was bemoaning the fact that I was going to be pregnant for the rest of my life. And I'm quite certain that last night the child was the little bitty new born you will see in the picture below.


My baby boy is growing. Enjoy some favorite pictures of mine from the first 6 months of the Boy's life. I can't wait to share the next with you! Maybe, one day, one of these pictures will have a little boy with hair! :-)







Friday, January 23, 2009

An Article of Heartbreak

So, I was reading the article on A mother in the United Kingdom wrote an article talking about her relationship with her eldest daughter… or, I should say, the lack their of. You see, she (the mother) says she doesn’t love her 11 year old daughter. She cares for the child, but she doesn’t love her. However, she adores her 2 year old little girl by her current partner.

I don’t know, I can’t imagine not loving my child… or loving one child & not the other. Of course, I only have one child… but still. It seems like such a foreign concept to my heart.

And I can only imagine what it’s doing to the heart of that little girl. I know that there are probably many (unfortunately) children who grow up feeling or thinking they aren’t loved… but to know it so intrinsically… my God. How terrible. How damaging. How heartbreaking. And then to have your mother write and spread this story for all to read...

a definition

epiphany: a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Naptime for Mama & Jacob

Kinda Crazy

The recent flutter of internet activity around the return of French Justice Minister Rachida Dati to work 5 days after giving birth to her daughter via c-section tweaked my interest. Honestly, what interested me was the whole c-section thing since my son was born via the same method. My own experience was wonderful. A week after my child was born, I had lost a considerable amount of my baby weight & felt really great. So, I was interested in seeing how well another woman recovered from a rather traumatic and invasive surgery.

However, what quickly caught my eye was the comments that were tacked on to the end of the story.

There seemed to be 3 camps:

Camp #1 sounded out, "She’s a horrible, evil, selfish excuse for a mother and her daughter will need therapy for the rest of her life to make up for her childhood. And anyone who wouldn’t give up their career for their child obviously doesn’t love their little angel and is a terrible, no good person."

The 2nd camp replied, "You are so judgmental, I went back to work very soon after the birth of my child and my little darling is well-rounded and balanced. You are a narrow minded shrew who has nothing in their life but day time TV and passing judgement as a hobby!"

Oh, my golly heavens….

The absolute venom with which (unfortunately, mostly) women struck back and forth across the issue shocked the socks off of me. It was insane! I couldn’t stop reading. These women started off attacking a woman they didn’t know & (truly) knew nothing about & they it escalated to viscous mud slinging back and forth between one another.

I was ashamed that members of my gender could and would seem to have no problem in behaving to cruelty. The words that were exchanged were truly horrific. They attacked one another, their spouses, their children; nothing was off limits.

Lest you think that all the people who posted were heartless, there was one final group of people.
This camp tried to reason with all, "You know what, we don’t know what’s going on in her life. She’s a single mom, let’s not be quick to judge here."

I have to say, I’m that final camp & let me add; Let’s remember that no one falls into a simple set of labels & that most people are trying their best. Let us also remember that we can disagree with others without being disagreeable & completely horrid to one another. It is possible to dialog with others without insisting that they agree with and conform to every single thing we agree with.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Barna Poll

A new Barna Group poll revealled the following.

50% of Americans who call themselves Christians do not believe Satan exits. 1 in 3 believe that Jesus sinned while on earth.

Another 40 percent say they do not have a responsibility to share their Christian faith with others, and 25 percent "dismiss the idea that the Bible is accurate in all of the principles it teaches."

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Lack There Of....

It will come as no surprise to any faithful reader of this blog that I am nearly beside myself with excitement over the continuation of Battlestar Galactica tomorrow night. One would simply need to take a gander at the sidebar for evidence to back up that claim. Because, oh my gravy, I'm excited for tomorrow night! I adore this show. It is the best, absolute best, sci-fi show ever to grace the small screen & I would go even farther to say that it is one of the Top 10 Dramas ever on tv. It's that fracking good.

However, as I revel in the greatness that is BSG I am confronted with the inexplicable truth that most of the rest of what passes on "prime time" television is, well, sub-prime. There is so little on tv that is even remotely compelling... I rarely watch the prime time channels any longer unless it's the news or a sports game.

And don't even get me started on "reality game shows." Ugh. I count it as pride that I don't watch American Idol or Survivor or Big Brother or The Bachelor or Mama's Boy or Your Mama or whatever new I Have No Real Talent But I Have an Unhealthy Need to Be Recognized & Noticed So I Will Make an Absolute Idiot out of Myself show that comes around the bend next.

Then there are the mindless teeny-bopper shows that are truly mind-numbing. Actually, they cause the unsuspecting, intelligent viewer who happens to stumble upon them to reach blindly for a spork with which to perform a lobotomy on their self. Anything to end the pain. Eeegads!

And MTV is now and forever dead to me.... as in, going fishing with Fredo, dead to me. Seriously, why don't they just go ahead and change the name?? Cause 'MTV' it ain't. Just change it to "moronic" and get it over with.

And here's something to ponder, why is there wrestling on the sci-fi channel? What in the name of George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry, Han Solo and Captain Picard does wrestling have to do with science fiction?!?!?!?!

::le sigh::

We turn to television as an escape from the every day grind, but there's so little that's truly worthy of our time. That's sad. But, what's even sadder is that we settle for this nonsense & call it entertainment.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Someone Got a Late Christmas Present...

... an exersaucer & he loves it. His current favorite activity is making it "sing" and bouncing as hard as he can in it..... all the while making his new favorite sound- growling. I would say that it's a hit. It ceraintly beats face planting into the sofa cushains because we can't quite sit up by ourselves yet.

Monday, January 05, 2009

My beloved Grandmother Winnie turned 81 on Christmas Eve.... it was a pure joy to celebrate her birthday with all of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister, brother-in-law, and grandnephew!

More Holiday Pictures