Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One Bright Eyed Boy

So what do my layouts have to do with my commentary? ...sometimes,  not a thing.
That is the case today. I do need to find a way to lead into this piece I've reworked a bit, that came in my email...Only in America. In this case I am dealing with pictures of our little grandson, who already has a smart look with those bright eyes of his, and this piece which lists the top 10 most  ignorant things about America at this time.  They seem to be polar opposites to me. If he  could talk, I think he would already have enough sense to realize these things are just plain wrong! But he will have to pay for the ignorance of those in office today.

Are we stupid, or what?

1 Only in America ... Could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event. 
2 Only in America .... Could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black, while only 14% of the population is black. 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans - 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!
3 Only in America .... Could they have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner (the head of the Treasury Department) andCharles Rangel (who once ran the Ways and Means Committee), BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.
4 Only in America .... Can they have terrorists kill people in the name ofAllah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.
5 Only in America .... Would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, while they discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just 'magically' become American citizens.
6. Only in America .... Could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country's Constitution be thought of as "extremists."
7. Only in America .... Could you need to present a driver's license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.
8. Only in America .... Could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. Oil company (MarathonOil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).
9 Only in America .... Could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year - for total spending of $7Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn't have nearly enough money.
10. Only in America .... Could the rich people - who pay 86% of all income taxes - be accused of not paying their "fair share" by people who don't pay any income taxes at all.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Both Are Four

Both of the boys are four. That's right. Caleb had his birthday in February with 4 candles. He is four.
Oliver, born in December is 4 months old now.

Caleb is a very good big brother and Oliver watches him closely. He'll be imitating him soon and wanting to do everything Caleb does and go everywhere Caleb goes. It will break his heart if Caleb goes to school.

Part of my scrapping was done for me today by iPhoto. They 'tacked' the picture to a piece of cork board and left the space to write about it, so that I could send it through email to my friends. That  was a good head start that saved me some time.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Oliver James

Got some more  great pictures of the boys today. Can hardly wait to have them in layouts. Lots to be done this time of year. I feel behind already.

Thursday, April 10, 2014



I just now realized that I used the same layout both Sat, April 5 and Tuesday, April 8. I forgot  that quickly. That is scary.

So now I'm covering the fact that I've been spending what I think is lots of time with doctors lately. If we find out another thing that is wrong with me, it may explain why I forgot that.

I hesitate to post this picture since I've never looked uglier than in these selfies. the proximity of the camera and the angle...both are bad portrait spoilers. Anyway, there I was waiting for my doctor. Could I have been bored? YES!  I have waited longer, but I've never been more impatient.

The text on the page is my message for tonight. So, I'll just copy it here:

Why is it when you are trapped in a waiting room, the magazines are crappy? 
How could this get worse? Obamacare! The prices will sky-rocket to fill all the hands along the way, to pay for the paper work that must be kept, etc.   No one in his right mind would hire the same  people who ran the post office to oversee our health care. It is not between you and your doctor anymore. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Trust Me

I don't get many pictures of our son, John. (His boys are the most likely targets of the lens at his house.) I treasure this one. I've had it since the first of the year and have neglected 'scrapping' it. I've asked myself over and over what he might be thinking. Since I haven't come up with an answer and I've failed to ask him, I decided  to do it anyway. It turned out to be a lot of fun for me. Hope he gets a kick out of it.

Trust, which is so important in a relationship, is a scarce quality these days. We can't even trust those for whom we voted to do what they say when they've been elected.

I certainly hope and pray that Christians over this land will be trust worthy and thus be a light in this dark world. If those who profess to be Christians actually  love the Lord and try to walk the way He has given us, in response to His great love,  I believe He will save us from the calamity that is about to destroy our nation.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Swinging in the Barn

There is probably a program out there that does a good job of catching a still picture from a video. I do not have one, but find more and more that I need one.  

Every once in a while, I receive a video from one of the kids.

The second picture here is one of those stills taken from the video.  I've never gotten them to look really good. They are usually quite blurry. And such is the case with this one. I am certainly glad  she took some stills as well.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Time on Ice

This is a two layout night. Caleb is enjoying his time on the ice with his Daddy. Daddy takes a couple hours off work to do this labor of love. Mommy can't quite handle that and attend to  baby Oliver at the same time. She has her hands full, but is doing a supreme job with the boys. I thank God that she is able to stay home with them and train them, as the Bible says, 'in the way they should go.' There is much too little concern for that instruction now and it is showing in our society today.  Instead of spending time with their children, parents are trying to cover their guilt with stuff. Sad, but things do not take the place of love and or teaching.