Sunday, January 16, 2011

One of my favorite lines from the "Lord of the Rings". May it INSPIRE YOU!

FRODO: I can’t do this, Sam.

SAM: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened.

But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.

Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

FRODO: What are we holding on to, Sam?

SAM: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Words...just words

It's funny...whenever I listen to the mainstream media all I hear what a great orator Obama is and I wonder why my ears don't hear the same thing. Sure he can read a teleprompter like there's no tomorrow...words that are written for him, but remove that tool and he may need to go to Toastmasters. The word 'ummm' becomes the word of choice.

But even with a teleprompter people should really listen to what he is saying. Get rid of the fluff...get rid of what you are being told by others and really listen to his words. Then when you are done really listening, then watch his actions. Do they match? You can do this...really.

NO, his words and actions don't match up.

- You can't say that you care about babies and then sign a law allowing tons of money to be used to kill babies.

- You can't say that that the days of pork spending are over and then allow a bill with over 9,000 pork projects to go forward.

- You can't say you are going to cut the deficit by 50% and just continue to spend, spend, spend.

- You can't continue to blame everything on Bush to cover up your very liberal, socialist agenda.

- You can't say that you are going to have the most transparent cabinet that there has ever been and then not allow the American people or their representatives to even read the LARGEST spending bill in American history.

This list could go on and on...seriously it could! But my question is...when did we stop caring about integrity? Why is that not important? How can you trust this type of a leader (and I use this word loosely). As a nation and as individuals when did we stop thinking for ourselves and just believe flowery words that have no depth or truth to them?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Over 3,500 abortions a day! Over 1.2 million a year! When are we going to say "NO MORE"?

Remember when Obama said that to know when a baby was actually a baby was above his pay grade? Well, less than a week in office he issues an executive order reversing Bush's order and now allowing the United States to give money (our tax dollars) to agencies that fund abortions IN OTHER COUNTRIES! It's bad enough that our tax dollars go to pay for abortions on US soil but now we are picking up the tab on foreign abortions as well?

Whether you are for abortion or against it I would think that the one thing that we should have in common is that if a woman is going to make the decision to have an abortion (and do what she wants with her body) that she should be able to get out her own wallet and pay for it herself...couldn't we agree on that?

We are looking at a TRILLION dollar PORK package (I can't even bring myself to call it a stimulus package because that's NOT what it is) and we are concerned about sending our tax dollars overseas to pay for the killing of innocent babies? Do we not have more pressing issues with our finances than to deal with this?

How many total abortions are there every year in the US: "During the 1980s and 1990s total abortions stayed about 1,550,000 annually, slowly decreasing in the 1990s. Note that the Guttmacher Institute reported that 10% of known abortion providers did not report. Adding 10% to its 1,550,000 equals 1,700,000. The total reported slowly decreased in the 1990s. When the unreported abortions are added (income tax evasion, cover-up for privacy, etc.), a figure of 1,800,000 may be more realistic. Live births have hovered just under 4,000,000. Therefore: Almost every third baby conceived in America is killed by abortion. (See

The audacity of the below video and then issuing a executive order to allow the killing of babies. Seriously? Did you know that 3 out of 5 pregnant African-American women will abort their child? And since 1973 there has been over 13 million Black children killed and their mothers victimized by the U.S. abortion industry. (See for info on this) Yes, Hope we can believe it.

Let's remember the below picture that was taken by USA today and the editors titled the picture, "Hand of Hope." Babies are real human beings, just like you and I and I wouldn't want Obama or anyone to decide if I should live or die, so we need to keep this in mind as we are giving our hard earned money to planned parenthood or other organizations to kill the unborn.

What a great GREEN Inauguration!

For Democrats to proclaim that they are the party that cares so much about our Earth, they didn't do that great of a job proving it by leaving 130,000 tons (not pounds) of trash left on Washington's National Mall. It's a disgrace! People can't walk over to a trash can but Democrats can work at wanting to use millions of taxpayer dollars to save the Earth from global warming and saving us from carbon footprints...but can't put their trash in a trash can!

National Mall in Washington, DC following the Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama January 20, 2009

Obama’s “Green” Inaugural Turns National Mall Into Trash Dump

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thomas Jefferson saw the future.

My friend Jeannie sent me this quote (thanks Jeannie). How appropriate...and it was written by Thomas Jefferson, one of our forefathers, in 1802. I think he was on to something...

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

- Thomas Jefferson 1802

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Editorial by Rick Gray

Change - we all want it. And most of us would agree we need it. But change can be either good or bad.

We had the same frustrations and desire for change back in 2006. And we made a change by sending more Democrats to Washington. But it was the Democratic controlled Senate that rejected President Bush’s proposal to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That regulation may have kept us out of the problems we are in now. The Democrats drug their feet on this problem until it was too late, and then they pointed they fingers and proclaimed it was the Bush Administration that was at fault.

And it was Democrat Barney Frank who, as recently as July of 2008, said we didn’t need to regulate the Troubled Twins, they were doing just fine. When you see how much money Freddie and Fannie were contributing to the same Democrats that were responsible for their oversight you can see why they were given favored treatment, and a free hand to do what they wanted. With the free hand the Democrats gave them they ended up taking the money and leaving the problem with the American people. The problem we have to pay for now.

Barak Obama has been like a captain calling people to climb on board his ship of Change. And it seems many are joining him. It’s a change that’s heralded as our great hope. And we do need some hope as well as change.

But there was another historic ship that we ought to remember. It has some similarities. And they even made a movie about it: Titanic.

As Americans we sail together. Like the Titanic, America is powerful, capable, beautiful, and a place most people are glad to be aboard. And, like the Titanic, we are in dangerous waters. The one in charge of guiding our way and keeping us safe is the Captain. We will choose our new captain in a few days. But will we choose the one with the best rhetoric or the most leadership experience? Like the Titanic, our future depends on it. And like the Titanic, there are not enough lifeboats for everyone. That’s why I am choosing John McCain.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Buddy Walk

Today was the Buddy Walk in Omaha. I wasn't able to be there in person but I was there in spirit! My cute and lovable adorable niece, Bailey was born with down syndrome. She has been one of the biggest blessings in our family. Love you Bailey!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ghost Town

He sees dead people... and they annoy him.

Just saw this movie and it's one of the funniest movies that I've seen in a very long time. I laughed so much that I was literally crying. It's a pretty clean movie...surprising what talent can actually do...write good and funny material that is clean...I knew it was possible and this movie proves it.

I'm not very familiar with the lead actor, Ricky Gervais, though he was in the popular TV show "Office" but I just haven't watched this show. Anyway, Ricky Gervais is hilarious! And you just end up in love with the guy. Several really good messages in the movie too. Click here to view the trailer.

Let me know what you think of it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. *****

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Love this...


Governor Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech, Part 1:

Governor Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech, Part 2:

Governor Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech, Part 3:

Governor Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech, Part 4:

Governor Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech, Part 5:


Does this picture need any explanation? Now who's the media for? Could it be any more blaring than this? Pleeessseee...a secret to the biased media...we aren't stupid! Thanks Megyn Kelly at Fox News for exposing this biased 'editor'!

Humm...the cartoon that was sent to me seems to be fitting...

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Love things like this...just funny stuff...

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered
assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in".. But it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?

Why are apartments called APARTments when they are all together?

Why do you drive on the parkway and park on the driveway?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Have a nice day!

Monday, May 01, 2006

We're home :0)

We spent last night in Palm Springs, CA. Neither of us had ever been there. It was pretty warm...I guess it had been in the upper 90's. We stayed in the downtown Palm Springs area. It's a cute place with lots of stores and restaurants. I was extremely tired. We have just been doing a ton of I really just wanted to stretch out on a bed and go to sleep.

Picture below is a view from our hotel in Palm Springs.

We left Palm Springs about 9am and got home about noon. We have tons of laundry to do.

It sure feels good to be home. Traveling is a lot of fun but there's no place like home.


Santa Monica Pier

We arrived at Santa Monica Pier around noon. The place was packed. TONS of people everywhere. Thankfully we found a parking space quickly...and it was only quickly because we prayed and asked for help in finding one. So we parked and walked. It was a bit cloudy and the sun was trying it's best to break through the clouds but wasn't quite doing it. But the temperature was nearly perfect.

We were looking for a place to eat since we hadn't eaten since early morning. We walked up to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. I thought Tom (Bubba) Hanks would walk out any minute...but that never happened. But we still ate at the restaurant. We had about a 40 minute wait, but there were things to keep us occupied.

We walked to the end of the pier. Lots of touristy shops. There were also performers along the way. There was this one man band which was entertaining. I guess he had been on the Jimmy Kimball show last year. There were other singers as well...and they were pretty good.

On the beach there was a demonstration by the group called "Veterans for Peace". It was a sad display, seeing all of the crosses layed out representing those who have died in the Iraq war. They also had some pictures of Iraq citizens posted and all of the photos were really sad. I am glad that we live in a country where we have the freedom to demonstrate for and against those things we believe strongly in. What made me even sadder was that the display was so one sided. I know this is common but it still made me sad. I hate the fact that we have lost men and women in Iraq but is it possible to see that millions of Iraqis have been liberated? I have seen other photos of Iraqis people holding signs thanking America, thanking President Bush, kids going to school. I want to know that those brave men and women didn't die in vain but that they really did accomplish something even if it was for only a handful of people...though I believe it to be more than a handful.

While we were visiting a couple in Seattle we found out that he was from Romania and had come to the United States as a political refugee. He now works for Boeing and has his own business. He said that today Americans have no comprehension of how well we have it here in the United States. He said that if he needed to that he would fight for this country and all that it stands for. I needed to hear him say these things. Being born and raised in the US I'm sure I have taken my freedom for granted. I need to be more thankful to all of those who not only fought for our freedom but for those who also died so that I could live in freedom.

As Forest Gump would say...Now that's all I have to say about that.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Through San Francisco...

As I write this we are at Avila Beach, staying in a super nice hotel called Avila Lighthouse Suites. This was the only hotel with available rooms as we arrived tonight about 6:30pm. From our patio door off of the bedroom we have a great view of the pool and in the distance the ocean. After we checked in we walked to a restaurant for dinner. On our way we noticed that the hotel had a ping-pong table and small miniature golf range. It also had this really cool chess set that was definitely “super sized”. Take a look at the picture below. It’s a very cool idea.

Earlier today we drove through San Francisco. We drove across the Golden Gate Bridge and also walked a little across it. I thought it would be much larger and longer than it was. As we arrived in San Francisco we got to experience a typical foggy San Francisco day. As you can see in the pictures the fog was heavy so we weren’t able to see the top of the bridge. From the bridge you can see Alcatraz. It’s hard to believe that people use to live on that little island…perhaps that’s where some should still live.

Pictures below: Us and the Golden Gate Bridge

We left the Bridge and headed towards the Fisherman’s Wharf. We parked our car and walked to a restaurant for lunch. Had a nice lunch and then returned to our car with 2 minutes to spare on the parking meter. We then drove around the Wharf and then onto other parts of SF. The Wharf was so packed! There were tons of people everywhere. It was a VERY touristy place. There was a Princess Cruise ship at one of the piers getting ready to leave. Driving around the Wharf area and other parts of the city made me realize that I really have absolutely NO desire to return to that city…ever! I really didn’t like it. It seems so crowded, hilly, and even dirty. So I’ll stick with Arizona for right now.

We left San Francisco and headed south. We were going to take HWY 1 down the coast but the HWY only had 2 lanes and they were so narrow with no guardrails along the edge of the southbound side of the road. In many areas one wrong turn and you would find yourself plunging over the edge. Plus besides this the road was so curvy it would have taken us days to go 60 miles. So we ended up changing our plans and heading down HWY 101. It was much quicker even though we were still on the road today for about 11 hours.

1. Hilly streets
2. A San Francisco Trolley

Tomorrow we will head into Los Angeles. We’ll be taking HWY 1 as we get closer to Santa Barbara so I’m sure it will be beautiful. Hopefully it won’t rain and the fog will lift and the sun will shine brightly. It looks like we may get home sometime on Monday.

More tomorrow…

Friday, April 28, 2006

Through the Redwoods...

Woke up to a very foggy ocean, but it was still better than an inch or more of snow. It was great being able to lie in bed, watch the waves roll in and hear the sound of the ocean. What a treat we had.

We left this morning around 8:30am. Drove until about 5:30pm. We went through a portion of the Redwoods called “The Avenue of the Giants”. The trees were HUGE and gorgeous! As we drove through them I couldn’t help but think what heaven would look like. God has given us awesome scenery here on earth…the Grand Canyon, Redwoods, Ocean, Mountains, Stars in the sky at night. I wondered what spectacular things He is preparing for those who call Him Lord. It’s an interesting thought and it’s actually hard to imagine.

We drove through little towns today and stopped along the way. The roads we traveled were very curvy. I think by about 4pm I was beginning to feel carsick. We traveled on this 2-lane road (Route 20) from Willits to Fort Bragg and we dare not go much over 20 mph the whole way due to the curves in the road. I was so glad when we finally got through that leg of the trip.

Rick and I are really having fun together. It’s been a great trip. We thought we might get home on Sunday but we may not make it there until Monday or Tuesday. Tomorrow we plan on leaving Fort Bragg and heading down HWY 1 along the coast to San Francisco. We aren’t sure where we are going to stay. We haven’t made reservations anywhere for the trip home, we are just staying where we want once we get tired of driving. It’s a bit more adventurous doing it this way.

More later…now it’s time to hit the sack. Hope you enjoy reading about our journey. We are having a blast!


1. Picture of what we saw most of the day while driving through the Redwoods
2. The Redwoods early in the morning before all of the fog lifted...the sun shining through the trees
3. Us in the woods...there's a stream behind us but you can't see it in the picture