Welcome to our 44th President

Welcome, Mr President.

'...all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness...'

'Greatness is never a gift.'

'... we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist...'

Quite right. Amazing and remarkable to behold:

'Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.'


Blogs that tickle me

Cake Wrecks

Simply humors me.

They have great ones like this:

Poor kid, I hope his name isn't Finaly.

They also, have gorgeous creations, too!


You have a family now, you know.

Sam likes TV. I am sure many children do. But, sometimes.....

Yesterday morning I had turned on Sports Center, as is my norm. I did turn on the living room TV, however, which is not. We find that TV in the AM slows down the leave the house process with the kids.

Sam wanted to watch cartoons. I said, no. He wanted to argue. I noted that I did in fact own the TV. He, in all seriousness, turned to me and said, 'Mommy, you have a family now.' As if this meant, nothing was mine singularly at all. Good grief.


Pet 10 Commandments

Received this today from a friend. After seeing Marley and Me this past weekend, it make me actually weepy.

This is the only picture of our pups I have on my picasa site, so sorry for the quality. I took it thinking yin and yang.

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when you speak to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember I have teeth and could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, or have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.

10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without God's critters.


New Year - 2009

I love Google images and here is a new one - Happy New Year to all....