Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Right to Life Marches

I've always wanted to walk in a Right to Life march.  They're usually in January so I looked up the date for the Colorado march, which will take place 3 days after we're gone.  Bummer!  If you live here in Colorado check out www.coloradorighttolife.org and participate in the rally.  I wish I could!

While browsing the CRL web-site I read countless articles I would love to pass on.  Here's one below that is chock full of surprising truths, I wish all my girlfriends knew.  The article is posted at www.coloradorighttolife.org/birthcontrol.

"Birth" Control Talking Points

Objection: "Personhood will ban common forms of birth control."
A Personhood amendment will not ban any true contraceptives that only prevent fertilization. And tragically, abortion is used as a common form of birth control. Regarding "contraceptives" that actually cause an abortion:
1. Lies: Women have been lied to by not telling them that some birth control actually kills their child.
2. Steroids
: The pill and Plan B are steroids that we protect football players from yet give to young girls.
3. Cancer
: A Nat'l Cancer Institute researcher reports the pill as a significant risk factor for breast cancer.

Lies Exposed by Personhood
: At conception (fertilization), the embryo is either a boy or a girl, having received either the father's X or Y chromosome. To hide the truth from, that is, to lie to, millions of women, the definition of the word "conception" was changed by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the abortion and pharmaceutical industries, from its traditional meaning of fertilization, whereby a boy or girl is conceived, to now mean implantation. (See nih.govALLHLI & USCCB. This same ACOG falsely reported blatant misinformation to Colorado's official, though biased, 2010 Blue Book voter guide that, "Amendment 62 may also limit… treatment for miscarriages.") By redefining an established term, the abortion and pharmaceutical industries could mislead women by selling them "contraceptives" that in fact do not only prevent "conception" but were also designed to kill the tiniest children by preventing implantation so they cannot continue to grow in their mother's wombs. Such "contraceptives" are not contraceptive, but are mechanical (IUD) or chemical (pills) abortifacient "birth control." So when the abortion industry says that personhood would outlaw contraceptives, they’re either lying now, or they were lying then, for they’ve spent decades telling women that such chemicals did not kill a living embryo. Recognizing personhood has no effect on true contraceptives that only prevent fertilization, including spermicide, natural family planning, and condoms. However, personhood would ban surgical abortion, more than 95% of which is for birth control, and it would prohibit any mechanical or chemical abortifacient that kills the tiniest boys and girls. Personhood and Amendment 62 will end the lies that have been so brazen that they include redefining words to mislead women into unknowingly aborting their tiniest children.

Steroids Exposed by Personhood
: Personhood is exposing a generation of lies and hidden truths. The abortion and pharmaceutical industries have kept it quiet that "birth" control pill and the Plan B morning after pill are actually steroids. Professor Joel Brind, Ph.D. endocrinologist at New York City's Baruch College, warns that "the pill," including all its chemical abortifacient variants like the patch, the ring, Depo-Provera and Norplant, are steroids that we protect men from, but that we recklessly give to women. "We all agree with existing bans on the use of synthetic, anabolic, carcinogenic steroid drugs that have gotten major athletes into trouble. These chemical abortifacients are exactly the same type of steroid drugs, just the female instead of the male versions, for example, they are anabolic for breasts rather than for muscles. It's about time we stopped handing them out like candy to women, and even to our teenage girls. And yes, they do cause breast cancer and the research widely acknowledges that."
Cancer Risk Exposed by Personhood: Louise A. Brinton, a researcher with the National Cancer Institute, reports a 320% increase in risk for women taking the birth control pill to develop TNBC, Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a particularly aggressive and treatment-resistant cancer. (See BrindBrinton, et al.ABC, & CRTL.) Nurse practitioner and CRTL spokeswoman Lolita Hanks said, "Louise Brinton is the senior researcher who was largely responsible for getting the government-funded NCI to deny the abortion-breast cancer link, but she now co-authored a TNBC study describing significant risk factors including induced abortion." Dr. Brind adds that birth control pills, "may be mainly responsible for a particularly noxious and lethal form of breast cancer called 'triple negative breast cancer,' that preferentially strikes young, especially African-American, women." Amendment 62 co-sponsor and Colorado Right To Life vice president Leslie Hanks says, "We protect adult football players from the dangers of steroids, but we recklessly let teenage girls pop steroids like candy; society must stop ignoring the terrible risks to the health and well-being of women and young girls."

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Kill a Pig for Christmas!

I just wanted to share a hilarious conversation with you, which happened today, as the girls and I were walking to the library.

Rebekah: Mom, can we make a cake for Jesus' birthday?

Me: Yes, honey, we always do.  We will tomorrow.

Rebekah:  Oh good.  I want to do that because we never did that in Thailand.

Me:  Well what is something you always did at Christmas in Thailand?

Rebekah: Killed a pig!

Me: Killed a pig?  You mean you guys brought a live pig to Im Jai House and someone killed it?

Rebekah: Yes, a live piglet.  And Rattapong (a house father there) killed it.  We had ribs and pork and mmmm, it is so good every year.

Me:  Wow--those are some different traditions!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Project Immanuel

This year for Christmas please consider blessing Jesus and giving a gift to some of His favorite people--the poor, oppressed, widows, and orphans.  It is His birthday, after all, so take time to think about what He would want for His special day.  I heartily endorse Project Immanuel and truly hope my friends and family will give sacrificially to this ministry or one like it.

Project Immanuel is a joint effort between three ministries in Cambodia--all of which I have seen first-hand.  I know the sold-out Christians who run the ministries and I have met some of the very spiritually and physically hungry people they serve.  Cadence (our sending mission) is one of the three ministries in the partnership, along with Stop Slavery (run by the Rathmells), and LightBridge.

Check out www.projectimmanuel.org and give Jesus a gift for His birthday!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

We came so close to getting this pup

Mark and I have wanted a dog for a long time.  Not just any dog--we want a smart, sweet, perfect dog.  We're acquaintances with some Labradoodle breeders here and so we began to look into bringing a puppy home to Okinawa with us.  We haven't said a word to the kids about it because they are desperate for a dog and we weren't sure of this would work out (not to mention Mark's dog allergy that would be an obstacle to consider).  Mark's mom got in on the excitement and wanted the dog to be a gift from her to the kids on Christmas morning.  After calling Japan and researching the whole issue, we've concluded we can't do it... The puppy won't be old enough to meet all of Japan's requirements, as we would be traveling when he is only 4 months old.  Here's his sweet face:

If you know of any legitimate Labradoodle breeders in Oki let me know!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

St Nikolaus Tag

My best friend Jen Rathmell grew up in Germany and therefore has the tradition of celebrating St Nikolaus Tag (Santa Claus Day in English).  Jen is addicted to gift-giving and also committed to making sure that my kids think she is the coolest adult on the planet, so they receive many gifts from her and have been the recipients of many St Nikolaus gifts.

St Nikolaus Tag is December 6th.  German children (and, apparently, also the children of people who are friends of people who grew up in Germany) set a single shoe outside on the night of December 5th.  They wake up on the 6th and find a treat from St Nikolaus.

We've been traveling, so we're a bit behind schedule.  The kids put their shoes out tonight and will wake up tomorrow and see this:

Being the truth-loving realist that I am, I've already re-explained to the kids everything they need to know about St Nioklaus Tag.  They know they are the recipients of sweet treats because Jen Rathmell loves them and enjoys this tradition from her German childhood.  They know she sent the gifts but we put them in the shoes for her since we no longer live in the same town.  Mark says I don't leave enough to the imagination.  But c'mon, what am I going to lead them to believe:  that Jen Rathmell flew in from Virginia and dropped these treats in their shoes?  Or perhaps that an old German man stopped by and left them some candy?  Um, no.  Either way, the girls will be full of giggles and grins when they open the door tomorrow morning.

Thank you, Jen Rathmell!  As I've said before, I don't even daydream about giving gifts like you!  You're thoughtful generosity is in a league of its own.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Learning Blogger

Well I am logging onto Blogger and trying to figure this all out.  I love my mac blog, but Blogger is just more readable.  And, when my hubby's laptop crashed this week and all of my blog posts with it (temporarily, we think) I decided to start blogging from something web-based so I don't have to rely on his computer.  This blog is sure to look really lame for awhile until I get the hang of it.  I'm looking forward to regular posts, though, so here goes!
Now, ahem, if my family would simply behave as polished and put-together as we appear in this picture, then I should have my blog done, the floor mopped, and all my emails read and responded to before bed tonight.