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Monday, 25 May 2009

My Web Wanderings (weekly)

  • tags: pro-life

    • OTTAWA, May 21, 2009 ( – Lia, the twelve-year-old girl who made headlines for presenting a pro-life speech in a school speech competition against tremendous opposition from her teachers earlier this year, gave her exceptional oration to the 12,000 strong crowd at the National March For Life in Ottawa, Canada last week.

      Lia, who is from Ontario, adapted her speech for the March for Life slightly, adding, “Every day, 115,000 are being put to death through abortion. 115,000. Look around at this great sea of people. This is only about 10,000 people.  Every two hours, this amount of children are killed because of abortion.”

  • tags: Birth

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Monday, 18 May 2009

My Web Wanderings (weekly)

  • tags: pro-life

    • It’s no secret that the majority of Hollywood stars are strong advocates for a woman’s right to choose whether or not she wants to terminate a pregnancy, however former "Sports Illustrated" supermodel-turned-entrepreneur-turned-author Kathy Ireland has gone against the grain of the glitterati and spoken out against abortion.

      "My entire life I was pro-choice — who was I to tell another woman what she could or couldn’t do with her body? But when I was 18, I became a Christian and I dove into the medical books, I dove into science," Ireland told Tarts while promoting her insightful new book "Real Solutions for Busy Mom: Your Guide to Success and Sanity."

      "What I read was astounding and I learned that at the moment of conception a new life comes into being. The complete genetic blueprint is there, the DNA is determined, the blood type is determined, the sex is determined, the unique set of fingerprints that nobody has had or ever will have is already there."

    • However Ireland admitted that she did everything she could to avoid becoming a believer in pro-life.

      "I called Planned Parenthood and begged them to give me their best argument and all they could come up with that it is really just a clump of cells and if you get it early enough it doesn’t even look like a baby. Well, we’re all clumps of cells and the unborn does not look like a baby the same way the baby does not look like a teenager, a teenager does not look like a senior citizen. That unborn baby looks exactly the way human beings are supposed to look at that stage of development. It doesn’t suddenly become a human being at a certain point in time," Ireland argued. "I’ve also asked leading scientists across our country to please show me some shred of evidence that the unborn is not a human being. I didn’t want to be pro-life, but this is not a woman’s rights issue but a human rights issue."

    • "If I see someone abusing a child I am going to stand up against that, and that’s how I feel about abortion. Women are not given all the facts, they’re told it is a harmless procedure and now it has turned into such a political football."

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

New Neighbours and other New House Ups and Downs

Well we completed on the house on Friday so are now officially homeowners. Being a repossession there's a lot of cleaning/tidying up to do before we can move in. We're making the front garden a top priority in order to make it obvious that there are people who own the house now.

On Friday when we went round to check a few things after picking up the keys I noticed a plastic play house in next door's front garden. Later on I thought, "Wait a minute! Wasn't there a playhouse lying on its side in the garden here when we originally looked round?" When I went and checked in the garden I found a patch of bare earth in the lawn and also the door and a window to the play house still in our garden. We're not sure whether/what to do/say about it since we know they took it and part of it is still in our garden.

Little Girl absolutely loves the new house. Every time we go there she goes hyperactive and starts running round in and out of all the rooms. On Saturday when we took my mum and brother round she dragged my brother all around the house and garden multiple times - I think she was pleased to have someone who wasn't too busy doing other things to take round. She also absolutely loves this walk in cupboard in our bedroom:

(Don't you just love the decor.) On Friday she kept requesting to be shut into it which we did as it was useful to have her contained while we were doing other things and she seemed to really enjoy it. (It's not as bad as it sounds - the cupboard has a window so it's like a very small room.) We eventually had to take her out as she decided to make a start on redecorating for us by removing the wallpaper. She has also requested it as her bedroom although it's actually too small even for a cot.

We did think initially when we phoned the gas and electricity company on Friday that we would have to pay off debts of just over £200 (about $300) but it looks like we won't have to. They are coming this week to reset the meters and give as new payment cards. Usually it is much more expensive to pay using meter cards but we are switching to Ebico as soon as we can. Ebico is a Christian non-profit energy company who on principle charge the same rate to all their customers regardless of their payment method. We switched to them over two years ago in our current house and have never had any problems with them.

When we got the keys we were only given keys for the front door and the padlock for one shed so we have to get a locksmith to change the lock on the back door. We (or rather Hubby) sawed the padlock off the second shed door and we replaced them both with new padlocks. It's all a bit dusty and dirty in there but there are a few things which will be nice when they are cleaned up such as a little play table and a doll's pushchair.

The bins are full but I phoned the council and the day for emptying happens to be when Hubby will be there all day for all the different people who are coming to do things. They alternate between the rubbish bin and the recycling and garden waste bins but we only usually put our rubbish bin out once a month anyway and it will be nice to have a proper bin for recycling instead of a hessian bag which allows paper to blow all the way down the street.

Once we completed I gave the months notice on the current house to the estate agent by e-mail. Yesterday they phoned back claiming that we could only finish on the same day of the month that the tenancy started so we would have to pay up to 30th June and not just to 7th. I told the lady that none of the previous places I'd rented had rules like that and she said it was written into our contract but she would see if the landlord would give permission for us to finish early. I've checked through the tenancy agreement again and can't see anything other than that we have to give one month's notice. Hopefully the landlord will agree to the end date we have given as we don't really want the hassle of arguing about it but it would be over £250 (about $350) extra so we aren't going to agree to it when it isn't in the contract.

We haven't been able to do much cleaning yet since we don't have electricity or water but they will hopefully be sorted out on Thursday and then we can make a start. Based on the condition of the carpets we decided it would be worth our while to buy a carpet cleaner. We decided to go for this one (although we paid a few pounds more to get it from Comet so that if it goes wrong we have a real shop to take it back to). The previous owners apparently smoked and had a dog so I should be able to report back on how well it works.

Monday, 11 May 2009

My Web Wanderings (weekly)

  • tags: Nourishing Traditions, Recipes

  • Huh?

    Am I missing something?

    How does supporting abortion (which destroys a child and damages a mother) honour mums?

    tags: pro-life

    • In
      a new missive ironically celebrating mothers day, Blume suggests sending
      a donation to the pro-abortion group to honor mothers.

      thanks this Mother's Day with a gift that honors her courage by making
      a donation to Planned Parenthood in her name. I guarantee you that
      she'll be pleased. I know I would be,' Blume writes.

      is no organization that I know of that supports motherhood and all
      that it means more than Planned Parenthood. That's why I'm honoring
      moms everywhere with my gift to Planned Parenthood today," Blume

  • tags: Prayer

    • I would appreciate any and all prayers. I just fell, slipping on the concrete with my hands loaded down with grocery sacks and couldn't break my fall. I didn't go flat on my belly, but I did graze the side. I scraped my legs up, but other than being freaked out I'm ok.
    • I was already feeling a little worried because the baby's movements have decreased a lot the last few days and I have had a previous miscarriage, so that was already in the back of my mind. However, I am standing firm in my prayers and know that my child shall live and be healthy according to the Word of God.

      Still, prayers of peace and comfort are welcome. Thanks so much.

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Monday, 4 May 2009

Nostalgic Tour of my Home

Since we're about to move house I took pictures to look back on what it was like so I thought I would share them as a home tour. You can see my previous tour here. You can click on the pictures to see them bigger.

After you come in the front door, you can turn right into the living room. This gives you the tidiest view of the room (unless there are toys everywhere).

Under the stairs is the messy part

Through the door we go into the kitchen...

My husband and Little Girl had just popped out in the middle of washing up to pick up some tomato plants someone offered on Freecycle.

We don't have much of a garden but we have a pot of rosemary and oregano just outside the back door. (The little pot is from some time when Little Girl was "gardening" in the pot.)

Upstairs you come to our bedroom first:

Then the bathroom:

And finally Little Girl's room:

Lots of "junk":
As you can see her room is a bit of a junk room but she only sleeps in there so it doesn't matter too much. I'm so looking forward to being able to decorate her room after we get the new house.

My Web Wanderings (weekly)

  • tags: Motherhood

  • So apparently feeding your baby healthy food will give them anorexia and the best thing is to feed them junk food?

    tags: health

    • A 68-strong team of medics delivered Leanne’s triplets last year,
      costing the NHS £200,000.

      She now dresses them just one day a week when she goes out to collect her dole

      The tots eat 1,249 calories a day instead of the 765 recommended for their
      17lb weight.

    • I see no harm in letting them have a few bits of my
      takeaways too.
    • She added: “Anyway they don’t always have junk food —
      sometimes I cook a microwave meal. My babies are healthy.”
    • Her takeaways confession comes as figures show a shocking one in five
      children are raised on little but junk food.

      The Infant and Toddler Forum poll also discovered that 65 per cent of mums NEVER
      cook meals from scratch.

      Leanne said she also feeds her kids milk, scrambled eggs on toast and instant
      mashed potato with spaghetti hoops.

      She told Closer magazine: “I feed my babies vegetables every Sunday,
      and a lot of the baby food has fruit in it.”

    • Leanne steers away from healthy foods in case it makes her tots anorexic. She
      said: “I don’t want them to think they have to watch what
      they eat. I’ll tell them big is beautiful.”
  • Certainly food for thought.

    tags: Parenting, Motherhood

  • tags: pro-life

    • Another moment brought to you by abortion...

      Today at around 3:08 PM in Florida, you would have found me pulled over on the side of the road with my face buried in my hands as I gasped for oxygen and very audibly sobbed, because my very challenging son, who was diagnosed with autism at 8 and who had just had yet another public episode, innocently asked me if I wished I would have aborted him.

      I was not prepared for this question. It felt like the whole of my viscera had been pulled through my navel in one neat tug, and I started weeping inconsolably. Not because there was any truth to his statement, but because I killed his brother or sister, my first child, in a second trimester abortion.

      I was crying, my startled four-year-old was crying, my son was confused...

      This is where we are 12 years later.

      Abortion is forever.
  • tags: pro-life, anacephaly

    • Myah and Faith are under attack. She is experiencing the evil side of the internet, and was getting such horrible messages that she had to delete her email account, then delete her Facebook account. I can't imagine getting messages day after day wishing my child dead or worse, but that is what she is going through.

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Friday, 1 May 2009


My husband got a phone call today yesterday from the solicitors saying that we exchanged contracts today yesterday and God willing we complete next Friday. Now we can actually get going with things so I may be posting less in the next few weeks. I've designed and ordered some change of address cards on Vistaprint as I reckon it's the cheapest way to do it without spending loads of time. They don't have return address labels on offer at the moment so I'm going to wait for those until they do. I must get my plans done of where to put everything now as I still haven't done the scale plan for the living room. Oh, and pack.

"Give thanks to God for he is good."

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