Just my thoughts….

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“We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

For this reason, every person should be allowed the same basic civil rights, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. Calling it “marriage” or a “civil union”, doesn’t change the sanctity of what I have with my husband. It has no effect on my sacred view of marriage.

1John 4:7-14

God’s Love and Ours
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

Romans 2:1 “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.”

Exodus 20:1-17

And God spoke all these words, saying: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.  
  2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.  
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.  
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.  
  5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.  
  6. You shall not murder.  
  7. You shall not commit adultery.  
  8. You shall not steal.  
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.  
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

Matthew 22:35-39

One of them, an expert in the law,  tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

ALL that being said……do not use God’s word to spread hatred and judgement….what others do/say should have no effect on your relationship with God, leading people to Christ will only happen if you lead by example and not push with fear.

Imagine if this was about your child….someone that you love more than life itself, would have the guts to tell them they can’t be who they feel they are?

My surprise Valentine

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I’m not big on surprises. Maybe it’s the control part of me, but I generally do not enjoy surprises. That all changed when I found out in June of 2010 that I would be having my 3rd baby! Emma and Sam were planned. With Emma, all we did was decide to try and BAM there she was. Sam was a little bit longer, 7 months or so. Luke….complete shocker! Well, honestly, we are adults and we know what could happen, but after having to try 7 months for Sam, we didn’t think it would be that easy. For one…we are a little bit older ;). But, as God would have it, and he truly knows what is in our hearts, he blessed us with our 3rd itty bitty and our 2nd little boy. From the moment I saw the positive test, I was ecstatic! I was at peace and that moment was when I really gave control of my life to God. It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a control freak, anxious and fearful. At least I used to be. Since becoming pregnant with Luke, I haven’t had a single anxiety attack, my attitude has become more relaxed, and my view on the world has changed. What will be, will be. All we can do is pray, be thankful and grateful, and LIVE! So, when I say Luke changed my life and was absolutely the greatest surprise I EVER received….he most certainly is. Now this little guy who I have held in my arms for almost a year is turning 1! I can’t believe how fast it has gone! He is a true joy. Smiles constantly, laughs hysterically, loves his big sister and brother, and loves to snuggle. As we say in our house…Luke has made us awesome! While I am sad that I will never have another baby, that the experience of pregnancy and childbirth are behind me, I am so excited to watch this little guy grow and become the person he will be. I dream that he and Sam will be best friends, that he and Emma will share a sweet brother/sister bond. That the three of them will love each other wholly and unconditionally for the rest of their lives. I can’t wait to see his sleepy face on Valentines day morning and quietly sing ‘happy birthday’ to him. Happy Birthday Lucas William 🙂 you are ONE!!!

One of my goals…

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One of my 2012 goals is to read at least 1 book a month. So far I’ve read one (James Patterson, You’ve Been Warned), finished one I started in the summer (Marian Keyes – Watermelon), and am on to my next conquest (The Sookie Stackhouse Series – Dead Until Dark). I LOVE to read and I am SO excited! I am going to try to post reviews on each book, just in case the 4 people following want to know :o).

What I want my kids to know…..

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I want to be their safe place…..the person they know they can talk to, about anything! I want them to know that I will never judge them and I will always love them.  I want them to know that I can be trusted to have their best interests at heart and to never make them feel like they have been betrayed, no matter how big or small the situation. I want them to know that I pray for them daily, hourly, and sometimes without ceasing. I want them to know they are appreciated for being exactly who they are. I will never go several days without speaking, or as we enter the future of technology, texting/emailing them. I will never withhold the words “I love you” because no matter what I do and the bottom line is that I ALWAYS will. I will never withhold affection. I want them to know that I believe in them, cherish them, adore them. I want them to understand forgiveness not only because I give it but because I ask for it. I want them to know that sometimes I am wrong,  and I know that I am, and acknowledging that does not make me weak, but in fact makes me very strong.  I want them to know that I will treat them and their siblings with respect and dignity and never be secretive or deceptive.  I want them to know we are unified, as a whole family. I want them to know that every single day of my life, every single breath I take, is done so with gratitude and thankfulness that I was chosen to be their mom.

 

Just my thoughts on a rainy Wednesday 🙂

To the one who made me a mommy…..

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Emma Grace Strickland

9-16-2002

Happy Birthday Mimi!! I can’t believe it has been 9 years since she first entered our lives and changed them forever. I remember holding Emma for the first time and being so overwhelmed with love for the tiny little person who had been growing in my belly for the last 10 months. We did not find out what we were having with Emma so she was a surprise and exactly what our hearts had hoped for. As I stared at her, for hours on end, I wondered what she would be like….her personality, her voice, her dreams and fears.

Emma is a force! She is strong-willed and stubborn and passionate and tender-hearted and loving and caring and bossy all in one. She is strong on the outside and vulnerable on the inside. She gets her feelings hurt easy but is the most forgiving person I have ever met…..she taught me how to forgive, which was always a huge deal for me. She ADORES her brothers! Her and Sam are soul mates and she just loves Luke. She can be mean as a snake one minute and sweet as sugar the next. She is smart and funny and has one of the best laughs EVER!

She is a daddy’s girl through and through and I know one day she will be my best friend. I hope that she knows that no matter what, she can always talk to James and I and be open and honest and never feel judged. That we will love her wholly as the person she is, not as who she thinks we want her to be. I hope she always follows her passions and dreams and convictions.

We love you Emma G!

Happy Birthday to the little man who stole my heart!

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Samuel Nathan Strickland September 6, 2007

Happy Birthday Sam! 4 years old already! In honor of this little dude who looks like his daddy and carries my heart in his pocket I am going to share a little bit about him, including his “Sam-isms”

Sam is truly one of the sweetest little guys I have ever met. He is very tender-hearted and affectionate. He has an awesome imagination, loves little brother and is crazy in love with his big sister Emma. AND….he is HILARIOUS! If this kid isn’t in sports, he’ll be a comedian.

A few Sam-isms:

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he uses “him” for “his’ ALL the time and I just can’t bring myself to correct him…..”he got a hook in him arm”, “that shark bit him lip”, etc….he is obsessed with fish of all kinds

He tells me he loves me all the time and every night around 4 am he comes in my room and snuggles with me. Am I tired? Yes. Would I change it for all the money in the world? Never.

He dances, paints his toenails, can hit the crap out of a baseball and golf ball and honestly believes HE is Tiger Woods (the athlete, not the other).

He LOVES his Papa….they are buddies :o)

He told me one day he wants to be a parent and a chef when he grows up.

Since he could speak he calls every plane in the sky “Daddy’s FedEx”

He loves to fish. PERIOD.

When something startles him or scares him he says “that scared me out of poops!”

When he is thirsty he asks for a “piece of water”

Bullets are “bullups”

James’ whiskers are “pokey things”

He eats biscuit dough….seriously this kid has issues!

He loves going to dance with Emma because he likes the ladies!

He makes my heart smile and I thank God for him every single day!

Happy Birthday Sam the man! I love you always!

The WM 3

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It seems all I have thought about today are the West Memphis 3 being freed. I remember watching it when I was 15 and reading about it since. My heart aches for the whole situation. The deaths of the 3 boys and the conviction of the innocent. That they had to plea guilty so the state could save face and not be sued. How I would feel if my son was wrongly convicted, finally to be set free and hugging him for the first time in 18 yrs. Sure, the 3 may have been sketchy teens but where would we all be if we were judged on our actions during our youth? Holding the innocent responsible isn’t justice and keeping those men in jail just so it can be said that someone paid for the crimes is absurd. My thoughts….if they were guilty wouldn’t one of them have talked by now? Spilled the beans? They maintained their innocence for 18 yrs. A murder as horrible and gruesome as that would eventually break a person. Reading about how the whole situation went down, from investigating the crime to convicting the 3 makes me sick. As a criminal justice major I believe justice is #1 priority. I pray that those men can live now, sleep peacefully, and forgive those that wronged them.