Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Vote for Trump is a Vote for Planned Parenthood

Declaring #NeverTrump is akin to voluntarily standing in front of a firing squad. I know I'm in for it. It's not going to win me any new friends, and will definitely  have me "un"-friended by some. And I will singlehandedly be blamed if Hillary Clinton wins this fall.

So, I better get straight to the point: I have many reasons for not liking Trump, but not actually voting for him comes down to one, single issue.

Planned Parenthood and the wholesale slaughter, dismemberment, and sale of babies. It is our modern version of child sacrifice. And any Christian that turns a blind eye to this practice in the name of "winning an election" or "building a wall" is voting for evil, no matter the level of evil.

Trump dismissed the notion he is not a true conservative because he supports Planned Parenthood, insisting he is “just doing what’s right.”
“Look, Planned Parenthood has done very good work for many, many — for millions of women,” Trump said in a news conference Tuesday night.

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil..." Isaiah 5:20

"It does do wonderful things, but not as it relates to abortion," Trump said in that debate. "There are wonderful things having to do with women's health, but not when it comes to abortion."

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." James 1:8
Trump conceded it was "not a perfect conservative view," but offered a counterweight by promising to be "more conservative than anybody on the military, on taking care of our vets, on the border, on the wall."

Trump himself admits that he's willing to trade the pro-life position for that WALL. And Republican, even Christian conservative, voters everywhere are perfectly fine with that.

Last Summer, the Center For Medical Progress released 11 videos that should have been a gift to the Pro-Life movement. They should have been the death knell of Planned Parenthood. Conservatives, Christians, Republicans --- they should have all been beating down the doors of every Republican politician until Planned Parenthood was defunded and shut down.

The Pro-Life movement is a major platform of the Republican Party. But Summer 2015 is just a distant memory, and these videos made very little difference. Elected Republicans made sorry excuses about budgets and other nonsense while refusing to treat PP as the temple to human sacrifice that they are.

We are lately used to our elected officials ignoring our calls for justice. But when an election can change that, we should be voting our convictions. We are no different than the Christians who allowed Roe V. Wade to happen in 1973. I used to wonder how that happened right under the noses of Christians. Well, I've witnessed it in my own generation. Now I know.

Everywhere you see #NeverTrump you also see well-meaning advisors proclaiming that not voting for Trump is a vote for Hillary. I will counter that by saying that a vote for Trump is a vote for Planned Parenthood and the continuation of the slaughter of innocent babies.

I used to be in the "lesser of two evils" camp. I would never have voted third party because it always hurts the Republican Party. But abortion is evil, and there is no lesser version of it. I will not cast a vote for any politician -- Republican, Democrat, Libertarian -- who does not call evil what it is.

And if Hillary wins, it won't be because I didn't vote for Trump. Trump has been nominated by Republicans and Christians and "evangelicals" who compromised their beliefs because they were "angry" and "fed up" and because he promised to build them a wall.

I would say God Bless America, but I don't have much hope in that anymore.

Note: In case you missed it, here are the 11 videos that prove that Planned Parenthood is truly evil.

Video 1: Planned Parenthood Orange County Changes Abortions to Harvest Intact Fetuses for Local Company’s “Fetal Products” Sales

(Full, uncut video here)

Video 2: Planned Parenthood ally National Abortion Federation Suggests “Group Purchasing Program” for Fetal Parts, Payments “A Win-Win” for Clinics 

(Full, uncut video here)

Video 3: Planned Parenthood Houston Admits Accounting Gimmicks Hide Baby Parts Sales, Invoices Charge Thousands of Dollars

(Full, uncut video here)

Video 4Planned Parenthood TX Abortion Apprentice Taught Partial-Birth Abortions to “Strive For” Intact Baby Brains

(Full, uncut video here)

Video 5: Top Planned Parenthood Exec Agrees Baby Parts Sales “A Valid Exchange,” Some Clinics “Generate a Fair Amount of Income Doing This”

(Full uncut videos: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5)

Video 6: Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Vendor Advanced Bioscience Resources Pays Off Clinics, Intact Fetuses “Just Fell Out”

(Full, uncut videos here and here)

Video 7: Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Buyer StemExpress Wants “Another 50 Livers/Week,” Financial Benefits for Abortion Clinics

(Full, uncut video here)

Video 8: Intact Fetuses “Just a Matter of Line Items” for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center

(Full, uncut video here)

Video 9: Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen

(Full, uncut video here)

Video 10: Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Methods

(Full, uncut video here)

Video 11: Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts

(Full, uncut video here)

#NeverTrump #NeverHillary #NeverEvil

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I'm an Introvert So You Should Coddle Me

I happen to be one of those introverts you read about online. You know the articles with all the complicated descriptions of our personality quirks and instructions for special handling?

It’s become trendy to embrace the negative traits of the introverted personality types, and to beg the world to create safe spaces for us.

Oh, the traits are real enough. I should know. I crave quiet. I dread small talk. I avoid phone calls and prefer text messages. I don’t enjoy large parties. I do prefer small groups with deep conversation. I'd rather not leave my house. I get physically drained by too much socializing.  (Maybe it’s because I was homeschooled? Haha!)


But my life and my actions should not be determined by pop psychology. As a Christian, my actions (and my thoughts) are guided by God’s word. (Do you notice in that last paragraph how many "I's" there are?)

At least 10 times in Scripture we are commanded to “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

“By their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance..."– Galations 5:22-23
“Love suffers long, and is kind…” 1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is not selfish, or busy, or “pretending to be busy.” Love does not require “me time” or “safe spaces.” Love allows us to be in uncomfortable situations because we do not focus on our own feelings or desires, but instead, lean on God’s grace.
Loving others means that we die to ourselves. We ignore the sinful nature that drives our impulses and we walk in the Fruit of the Spirit.
I know that God created me (and all the other introverts) as we are, and can use our traits for His purpose. It’s the same with those crazy extroverts! God gave them the opposite traits and uses them in different ways. I mean, some of the sweetest, friendliest people I know are the extroverts who love to hug, talk, laugh, and have fun with everyone they know. That’s a true gift!

So, while I am definitely an introvert and still prefer quiet introspection, I know that God regularly asks me to step out of my comfort zone and gives me the strength and grace and kindness to do so. And I know that eventually, I’ll have that quiet rest that I desire. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Why You Need to Hang Your Clothes Out to Dry

Modern technology is oh-so-convenient. I think my favorite modern invention of all time is air conditioning. I don't know how our foremothers lived without it, especially in the south. Whew! But there are many things about the old-fashioned, simpler lifestyle that are so much better for us than the modern way. Home-cooked meals, garden-fresh veggies, and clotheslines.

So, what's so great about clotheslines? I'll tell you several things, but my #1 reason for hanging out laundry is for the mini-break in my day that it affords me.

A relaxing break - When I'm standing out in the grass, hanging the laundry on the line, I'm forced to be still, be quiet, and think. I can hear the birds sing. I can smell the breeze. Even if I'm so busy inside with my children and homemaking, this simple task forces me to get outside for a few minutes when I might not otherwise make the time.

Better for whites - The sun is a whitener and brightener. It naturally bleaches your linens, socks, and other whites. And all without the chemicals. Moms who use cloth diapers swear by line drying.

Clothes last longer - Do you know why your dryer has a lint trap? Because your clothes slowly wear down with each cycle in the dryer. The lint you throw away is a little bit of your jeans, tops, and jammies. Hanging the clothes out to dry means no lint!

Electric bill is lower - There are definitely monetary benefits to avoiding the dryer. It heats the house and uses electricity. According to this chart, it costs .57 per load to dry laundry. In our family of 7, that's a minimum of 7.98 per week, and typically much higher. What does it cost in your home?

Sunshine is medicine - If you're hanging out laundry, chances are the sun is shining. Standing in the sun for 10-20 minutes is good for you in SO many ways:

Did you know the best source of Vitamin D is the sun? According to the Vitamin D Council:
The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This can happen very quickly, particularly in the summer. You don’t need to tan or burn your skin to get vitamin D. You only need to expose your skin for around half the time it takes for your skin to turn pink and begin to burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live in the world and the color of your skin. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced.

You don't need me to tell you that sunshine and fresh air make you feel good. But getting your daily dose while doing laundry and saving money is a win-win-win!

If you have never used a clothesline, now is a good time to start. Here's a great post on beginner tips. I do all of these things, except for the folding table outside. I love that idea!

No matter the size of your space, there is a clothesline for you:


Of course, my favorite will always be this:

My quilts on my clothesline : )

Happy Laundry Day!

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Graduation, Homeschool Mama!

This is an open letter to you mothers who are graduating a child from your homeschool. You’ve been working toward this day for YEARS. Now the cap and gown are purchased, the transcript is polished, and perhaps the college applications are complete. Congratulations are in order for your student, right?

Not so fast. This is a congratulations for YOU. For years you have not only been Mom, you’ve taught every subject in every grade level. Letters and numbers, math and reading, writing and grammar, spelling and vocabulary, science, history, and everything else.

You agonized over curriculum catalogs to determine the best history curriculum. You filled out pages and pages of notes and ideas. You debated which timeline to purchase. You researched the most exciting way to construct a pyramid. Maybe you made Pilgrim costumes, and you definitely went on more field trips than in your own elementary career!

You dreaded high school math and as you helped your little guy with basic addition. You explained long division for weeks and wiped tears of math frustration. You may have even cried your own tears of math frustration. You hired a math tutor when it came time for Algebra and Geometry, dutifully driving to lessons each week and thanking your lucky stars that there are other moms out there who actually love math.

You taught every letter sound, checked every spelling test, corrected every math problem, discussed every era of history, explained more parts of speech than you thought possible, explored all the scientific theories and inventions, discussed all the literary classics, and stayed up late looking for answers when there was something your child “just didn’t get.”

You joined co-op classes and park days and teams and clubs. You put untold miles on your car to take your child to their homeschool basketball practices and games (because there is no school bus for homeschoolers). You organized a book club and held it in your home. You paid for lessons in violin, piano, tuba, and drums until your child found their true calling. You’ve started groups and teams when you couldn’t find the one your kids needed.

You were not only the teacher, you were the school counselor, nurse, lunch lady, PE coach, driving instructor, secretary, and janitor. On top of that were probably a church member, wife, neighbor, and friend.


You encouraged your child when they said, “I can’t do math,” and secretly wondered if it was true. You cried and prayed when you were so exhausted that you felt like giving up and sending them back to school.

Graduation day seemed to be hundreds of years in the future, until one day you’re placing the order for a cap and gown, scheduling senior pictures, and signing your name on that beautiful diploma. How did you get here? You probably had a few days in there when you though it would never actually happen!

You have finally discovered what other veteran moms, seminar speakers, bloggers, and authors told you: slow and steady wins the race. Homeschooling, like parenting, is a lengthy commitment, but the rewards are astounding. And you have completed the race!

Normally, we look down our noses when participation trophies are awarded because, hey, that’s now how life works, right? But in this race, everyone wins. Schooling your own children is not for the faint of heart, and a very small percentage of parents dare attempt it. But YOU did. And YOU finished.


So, consider this YOUR ribbon, your trophy, and your participation t-shirt, because mama, you earned it! Well done, good and faithful servant!

Now, take a day off, get a latte, a pedicure, and a nap! And then tell the world IT CAN BE DONE.