(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
Oh ya, I had a hot date with my husband last night!!!! Long overdue and much needed! My husband came home and asked what I'd like to do, and I really didn't have any great ideas. Then he said, "You want to go to the shooting range and shoot a handgun?" That question would mark the moment when a lot of women would have recoiled, but knowing that this is something my husband truly enjoys and I don't mind...It was a definite YES.
So, off to the range we went. Brett let the guy know that we were there to try a gun in my hands since he's getting me one soon. Ick, gasp, breathe...I chose a Glock 9mm. One man informed me with a bit of a teasing tone that choosing the Glock showed a character flaw while another man argued that indeed I'm wise because the Glock is clearly superior. And most of us don't really know what that all that means except that the bullets are really big and expensive. Anyway, away we went to shoot. My husband is a fantastic aim, even without his glasses. I hit my target and in the general area except for two bullets who drifted south...but still good enough. You know how interesting I am? I cut myself on the gun...not exactly the wound you expect from the gun. Anyway, we came out and looked at some other guns. The guy asked how it went and I said "interesting." Everyone started laughing and said they'd never heard shooting described like that. The man found out it was my first time shooting a hand gun and said he wished he'd known that because they would have started me off with a .22. My husband quickly replied, "Ah, no, she's good." So cool to have my husband be proud of me and believe in my marksman skills.
We found a new friend yesterday...Look it's a salamander. T quickly dubbed him Sammy. Sammy will be released to a new location this afternoon. Our backyard isn't a friendly habitat. Little Guy, you're lucky I found you instead of the big bad dog!!
I wanted to share a pivotal moment in my life. I keep convincing myself that I'm okay with not having a girl, but some days I have felt unsure. Unsure until this day. On one of our vacation days we spent at a local ball field. Played some baseball, followed by playtime at the park along with a picnic lunch....it was awesome yet simple enough. Anyway, I looked down at our mesh bag filled with ball gloves and balls, baseball hats on the end of bats and realized, I love having boys. That sight of boy stuff was suddenly so beautiful to me...more beautiful than usual. I can't really describe it.
I am such a GOOD mom to boys. There we were at this ball field really focusing on our little men, and I didn't have to worry about a tea party that afternoon. I get to focus on one sex of child...That's awesome. Even though T and I have tea parties minus the pink china cups. He likes hot tea. And ya, I know the tomboy argument, that's true. But I have yet to observe either a tomboy or girlie girl who didn't come with some sass. I don't do sass. I'm sassy enough!!
It was just one of those "Baaaahhhhhh" moments when everything seemed so clear. Here's a look at my ball players.
Boo playing the singing outfielder. He sings ALL the time!
He looks grumpy, but I think he was just observing. Just to clarify, pout-y is not the same as sassy.
Well, well, well...That didn't go as well as I wanted it to. Obviously, my guy and gal didn't win. I felt a little numb for a while. My T-Bird woke up needing a drink of water around the time everyone realized Obama is going to be our next President. T is aware of the political winds, and I told him Obama won. Then my little guy started crying. Part of the cry was just loosing. He really likes to win. The other part was just knowing that someone won who doesn't share our views is now going to be our leader. As soon as he started crying, I of course felt like a terrible parent!!! Hugging and shhhshing his tears away I asked him who leads our family. Daddy, the Lord, and our President. I added that even though our government and leaders may change, the Lord never changes and neither does his word. Jesus is the same yesterday, tomorrow and forever. Hebrews 13:8 I also told T this is where our job begins. We are called to pray and lift up our leaders. We will follow him as the President of the United States of America. The Lord calls us to this. We will also live a life that glorifies the Lord.
I received an email this morning that my friend forwarded on from her Papa who is a pastor. Part of the email was this, and I think it is quite relevant: 1 Peter 2:11-19 NKJ Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men as free, yet not using your liberty as a cloak for vice, but as servants of God.
Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.
How quickly we forget the Lord and who he is. He doesn't forget us. Is Obama and is the government not allowed to be touched by the Lord. Can change not come through Him who is the creator of all things...he that created Barack Obama? Doesn't the Lord use times of hardship to bring us closer to Him? Is government beyond the reach of the Lord?
I want you to know that there are no lost causes. Here's an example, my husband used to work with a man that was always drunk and had no personal relationship with the Lord. Brett tried to minister to him and share his testimony. We prayed for him. It's been 3 and a half years and no change. Brett ran into him the other day and the man was sober. He's given up drinking and invited us to church. That's right, he found the Lord. All this time the Lord waited on him, while Brett and I had given up. God remained. Let us not forget this.
No worries, guys, Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34.
Here's an example of why higher taxes are bad: New Hampshire has some of the highest tax rates in the country. The producers (wealthy people who create jobs) have left NH. Eighty percent of businesses have only 20 employees or less! Okay, I'm just gonna tell you, "That's not good." We want industry, competition, capitalism to thrive. It's okay for people to make more money than us...they create jobs. We don't want to punish them for making different decisions. We have forgotten what America is, we don't teach our kids what it means to be a citizen of the USA.
However, people outside the US have learned and come here for opportunity and to make decisions to put themselves in different circumstances. Just in my area, do you know how many Asian Indians own gas stations and hotels. Let's see, if I were in India making $1 a day (by the way, they are taxed so heavily that only cents are left over from every dollar earned--well, not dollar as in US dollar, but you get it) would I rather stay there or go some where to change my life and have hope. Okay, other nationalities know this about us, but our kids are taught to stick their hands out and wait for someone to take care of them.
I had a chance to see Robert Kiyosaki being interviewed about our economy and the election. Robert is a very wealthy man and has written several best sellers on how to make different decisions and make a side income on your own. He didn't grow up wealthy, actually his dad was a regular working man, but his friend's dad was in business for himself and had more money. He chose to be mentored for success by his rich dad. You can read about it and his advice in Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Anyway, he was quite clear in not endorsing either candidate, but did say he had his CPA crunch the numbers and if McCain wins he'll save Robert about $400,000 and Obama would cost him about $2 million!!! Once again, NOT good!!
Do you know the story of Argentina? You know Evita, Eva Peron? Yes, she thought it was a good idea to "spread the wealth" as well and did so. Guess what? The producers left and the country was left impoverished. We don't want our producers to leave...to send jobs elsewhere...it's already been happening. If you haven't noticed, I have certain ideas I stand by and one of those is American made. Last year it took me 30 minutes in the local WM to find a pan and spatula that was made in the USA. Ridiculous! My mom bought Isaac a scooter, and it was made in China...Look at the instructions: By the way, our scooter is blue, not pink, that's just the instructions which were awful and didn't make any sense. What I hope you can see is the last step: "5. It is completed. You play it now!" Give me a break. Wouldn't you rather Jim in the heart of America helped make that scooter? He might have even written much better instructions.
And don't misunderstand me, I want oppressed countries to be free and able to rise. But I don't want our country and children to be lost in the process!!
And lastly, if I didn't know one thing about either candidate except one served our country and paid for it and one has done nothing except vote present on hard issues (84 times) and apologize for being late to hearings repeatedly(have you seen that video...funny)...that alone could decide my vote. Get real people. Think for yourselves. Ask questions. And go vote!
Lord, be with this country and our people during this time. Guide and direct our paths. Let us seek wisdom and elect one who will also seek you and your will!