Tuesday Bee

I spent the day at my Bee making baby quilt kits for our local hospital.  We had a great time and got about 35 kits made.  My husband used to do all the cutting for us.  Boy, was he missed today.  Bee is every Tuesday at one of the local community centers.  I won’t be able to go next Tuesday as it’s my Brunswick Quilters quilt guild board meeting.  As co-chair of the outreach committee, I go to every other board meeting.  I would much rather not have to do those meetings, and just sew and have fun, but I love working with this committee and Janet and I have worked together like this for a few years now.  We get a lot done and make a good team.

I finally have my TV room set up.  Just waiting for my new curtains.  I am getting rid of the blinds. After 11 years here I am ready for a change.  And they are so hard to keep clean.  I hate housework. It’s never ending.  Sound familiar?  Well now it’s just me here so I have no one to answer to but myself.

My friend Janet left today to go up north to visit family.  I am dog sitting Digger.  He’s a black lab who is ancient.  He’s the sweetest thing.  She usually takes him with her, but she is flying up this trip instead of driving.  Janet has watched my Gracie when I have had to go out of town.  She and Digger are great friends.  They are so cute together.  He doesn’t do much anymore, but she likes to keep at him until he pays attention to her.

I am hoping to get a little sewing done tomorrow.  I want to get the first couple of blocks done to Pat Sloan’s mystery so that I am caught up.  It’s going into the low 70’s tomorrow.  Now that’s the kind of winter weather I love.

Do something that makes you happy today.

Abortion

I guess if you visit my blog often you realize I am against abortion.  Making abortion illegal and stopping our tax dollars from paying for abortion on demand is very dear to me.  There are so many other programs our millions of tax dollars would benefit from.  For one it would help lower our national debt.

I believe we all have equal rights.  No one should have the right to murder.  It is actually illegal to commit murder right?  I have yet to hear of anyone who becomes pregnant say I am expecting an embryo, or a lump of tissue.  No, we, and I use the term we as a societal pronoun, say we are going to have a baby.  Merriam-Webster defines baby as:

plural babies
1 a (1) :  an extremely young child; especially :  infant (2) :  an extremely young animal
b :  the youngest of a group

2 a :  one that is like a baby (as in behavior)
b :  something that is one’s special responsibility, achievement, or interest

3 slang a :  girl, woman —often used in address
b :  boy, man —often used in address

4:  person, thing

When does life begin?

“The American College of Pediatricians concurs with the body of scientific evidence that human life begins at conception – fertilization…. Scientific and medical discoveries over the past three decades have only verified and solidified this age-old truth. At the completion of the process of fertilization, the human creature emerges as a whole, genetically distinct, individuated zygotic living human organism, a member of the species homo sapiens, needing only the proper environment in order to grow and develop. The difference between the individual in its adult stage and in its zygotic stage is not one of personhood but of development. The Mission of the American College of Pediatricians is to enable all children to reach their optimal physical and emotional health and well-being from the moment of conception.”
When Human Life Begins, American College of Pediatricians, March 2004

“After fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being…[this] is no longer a matter of taste or opinion, it is not a metaphysical contention, it is plain experimental evidence….” – Dr Jerome LeJeune, Professor of Genetics at the University of Descartes, Paris, discoverer of the chromosome pattern of Down’s Syndrome, and Nobel Prize Winner, Report, Subcommittee on Separation of Powers to Senate Judiciary Committee S-158, 97th Congress, 1st Session 1981.

I have quoted the above from  Just The Facts .  Take a look at the site, it is full of information about when life begins.

Now, if you look at the definition of life, and read what actually happens during conception they are in agreement.  Live has begun.  This is leaving religion out of it.  This is simply the biological, medical and moral evidence for life beginning at conception; and therefore since our Constitution ensures the basic right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, unborn babies have rights because they are life.  Plain and simple.

For those of you who do believe in God, and I am one of those folks, He creates our life  He knits us in our mother’s womb.  He knows the number of hairs on our head.  The color of our eyes, how tall we will be, how smart we will be.  What talents we will have.  For me and for all of us, it is not a matter of simple biology, but a miracle that takes place during conception.  If you don’t believe this, just ask a woman who can’t conceive.  I believe that God has a plan for each and every one of us. Even for those non-believers.  Just because you don’t believe doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist and that what you are living is His plan.  I know that it is God’s plan that will unfold in my life, not my plan.

All life is a gift to be treasured, loved, nurtured and lived to the fullest extent guaranteed to us by our constitution.

Have a good one.

Day 7 of the 9 Days For Life Novena

Today’s intention is below.  Click the image and you will be taken to Day 7 on the USCCB website.
9 Days For Life Novena Day 7

Below is an article from the USCCB web site.

Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility

We often assume parenthood happens easily after “I do,” but for many married couples, it does not. For some, the joy of conception never happens. Others suffer repeated miscarriages. Still others experience secondary infertility: after giving birth to one or more children, they are unable to have another.
The pain can become overwhelming. Social media posts of pregnancies, baby announcements, or pictures of newborns may intensify feelings of being alone in the ache for a child. Attending baby showers and being around children or pregnant women can be excruciating.

If you experience difficulty bringing a child into your family, know that you are not alone. God is with you, and his Church desires to walk with you. The following suggestions may be helpful to you on this journey.  Continue with this article at the USCCB site here.

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2017 Mystery Quilt – Children’s Lirbrary

I am participating in Pat Sloan’s Mystery Quilt this year. The name is Children’s Library.  I think it will make a cute quilt for my granddaughter Isabella.  My favorite book when I was a little girl was Mr. Dog.  When I would visit my grandmother, she would read it to me all the time.  I wore the book out.  It literally fell apart.  A few years ago, Gary found it and picked it up for me.  Here’s the picture of the book and the fabrics I will be using for my mystery.

I am using a fat quarter bundle of Moda’s Sock Monkey.  I had picked this up on sale a few years ago and was going to make a quilt out of it for my son.  That never happened, but he’ll get it anyway, Isabella is his daughter.  Look at the face of that dog on the cover of this book.  I think it’s so cute.  
This mystery runs over 10 months, so it’s only 1 block a month.  My goal is to begin to sew 1 hour a day.  I haven’t done much sewing, except for Christmas gifts in quite a while.  It’s time I get going on it again.  

Day 6 of the 9 Days For LIfe Novena

Today’s intention is below.  Click the image and you will be taken to Day 6 on the USCCB website.
9 Days For Life Novena Day 6

This is the beginning of an article I found at Integrity Starts Here.

Pornography and the Catholic Church by Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D.

If you are reading this page, you may be aware that the Church warns against the use of pornography, but not know why. If you’re wondering what the church has to say about pornography and why, read on.
The church has much to say about pornography.  This is because porn injures the dignity of everyone involved – producers and consumers.  Sexuality is a wonderful gift from God!  It is meant to be shared by a husband and wife as an expression of their love which is unitive and can lead to procreation.  
Pornography reduces sex to nothing more than a recreational activity where people are simply used for personal pleasure. With pornography, there is no relationship, love, intimacy, responsibility, unity or openness to new life.  People are simply treated as objects.  It is a disordered use of sexuality, which can hurt people physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.  Use of pornography is a grave sin.  It wounds our relationship with God, which can threaten our eternal salvation.
For married people, pornography use is a form of adultery.  For single people, pornography use is a form of fornication. Both of these are serious sins.  Pornography offends against chastity, and there are no reasons to justify its use.
It’s important to remember that the Church’s sanction against pornography is not meant to be a way of controlling people or preventing them from enjoying life.  Quite to the contrary, it is meant to protect people so they can enjoy a healthy life and live it to the fullest! 
Click here to continue reading this article.  There is a lot of information at this site.  Share the link if you know someone who would benefit from it. 

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Day 13 Of My Whole30 Challenge.

This was my supper tonight.  Warm greens salad with red peppers, onions, garlic and sauteed coconut shrimp.  It was so good.  I am doing fine with this new paleo lifestyle.  I have lost over 10 pounds, I have more energy, and I haven’t had a dose of insulin in 13 days.  My blood sugar has been 98 to 112. I am so excited.  I am hoping when I see my doctor next week he tells me my blood pressure looks good too.  I haven’t seen much of a difference with my fibromyalgia pain yet, but I am very hopeful that the change will help me there too.

If you’d like to take a look at the challenge, just click Whole30.

This is a picture of a cardboard advertising sign from the bar connected to the restaurant where Gary used to work. Anyway, I am a big Kenny Chesney fan. So one night Gary brought this home, they were going to throw it out, so he grabbed it. (anyone who knew him knows he would never walk away from a free treasure) I was out, and when I got home he had it standing in the living room. Well, first of all it really startled me. But then I realized what it was and got a good chuckle out of it. I was going to throw it away, and he was having none of it. Well that has to have been at least 7 or 8 years ago. As many of you know, Gary passed away this past August. Well slowly but surely I am getting the house de-cluttered. I moved his chest of drawers and what is staring me in the face? You guess it, Kenny Chesney. I had forgotten all about it. So, today I wanted to move my mother’s dry sink into my new TV room. Not a new room, just a new purpose for it. It was so heavy, so I had a brain storm. I grabbed Kenny, put him face down and got the dry sink on top of the cardboard. That sucker just slid right into the room with hardly any effort. So, my problem is….what do I do with Kenny Chesney. I am not sure I can get rid of him now. After all he was such a help. I can see Gary shaking his head and saying “See I told you not to throw that away.”

Have a good evening!

Day 5 of the 9 Days For Life Novena

Today is day five in the 9 Days For Life Novena.  Today’s intention is below.  Click the image and you will be taken to Day 5 on the USCCB website.
9 Days For Life Novena Day 5

Below is an article about domestic violence.  I found it on the USCCB website.

Life Matters: Domestic Violence by Frank J. Moncher, PhD  
Domestic violence is a hidden scourge on our families and communities. Those who are victimized often keep it a private matter for various reasons: fear, shame, well-intended efforts to preserve the family. Aggressors, if they even recognize their problem, are not likely to have it addressed. Yet it touches many, and knows no boundaries of race, social class, ethnicity, creed or age (most victims are first abused as teens). Statistics suggest one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and three in four Americans are reported to know a victim, though most episodes are not reported to the authorities. Although the majority of victims are female, an estimated 15% are males.
Domestic violence and emotional abuse are typically used together in a relationship to control the victim. Persons may be married, living together, or dating. Examples of emotional abuse include name-calling, putdowns, restricting contact with family or friends, withholding money, preventing a partner from working, actual or threatened physical harm (hitting, pushing, shoving), sexual assault, stalking, and intimidation. In The Gospel of Life Blessed John Paul II highlighted the gravity of the issue: “At the root of every act of violence against one’s neighbor there is a concession to the ‘thinking’ of the evil one, the one who ‘was a murderer from the beginning’ (Jn 8:44).” He also outlined the importance of the family as the primary community of life and love in which children are nurtured. How vital it is, then, to understand how to keep family members safe from violence in their homes, and how to heal and reunite families where violence has occurred, when possible.
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Day 4 Of The 9 Days For Life Novena

Today is Day four of the 9 Days For Life Novena.  Today’s intention is below.  Click the image and you will be taken to Day 4 on the USCCB website.

9 Days For Life Novena Day 4

I hope that you are praying this novena along with me.  When we pray together, our prayers are more powerful.  Below is the beginning of an article I found on the USCCB website which is addresses this issue.

Life Matters: To The End Of Our Days

Some of our most challenging moral decisions come in the final months and even hours of life, as we navigate the complex issues of nurturing life and respecting the dignity of the human person.
“True ‘compassion’ leads to sharing another’s pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear.” – The Gospel of Life, no. 65

Advances in medical science have made it possible to extend life, even for those with incurable illnesses. In times past, many of these conditions would have resulted in death much sooner.

How we deal with persons in the last stages of life, when they may be completely dependent on others, says a great deal about the kind of society we live in and the kind of persons we are.

We owe to those who are dying or severely impaired the same respect and love we give to anyone else, regardless of condition. And as a Church we must be particularly committed to defending the rights of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, just as we are for the unborn and for those challenged by disabilities.

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