How do we compare?

If any of you follow me on Facebook you should have seen a post here recently about school food in America verses other countries. I am hoping that it was a wake up call for some people but but at the same time I pray that it isn’t taken poorly. I know that a lot of Americans look at the health in our country as an issue that should be handled by the family, which is true, but it is also something that the school system should handle.

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In other countries, students are taught to clean, cook, exercise, and much more. Due to this being a staple in their schooling, the students tend to come out more respectful and thankful for what they are given and even thankful for what they have to work for.

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My husband and I are planning on moving out of the country so he can teach English and this is something we look forward to. When the time come, we will enroll our children in school and depending on where we live our children will either go to school in that country or back home in America. We have discussed how great these disciplines will be for our kids and how they will most likely be bilingual by then end of the grade school phase of life. We wish this for our kids: to be happy, healthy, faithful, respectful, caring, and much more but only time and God will tell. We want to raise our kinds outside of America if possible just because of the entitlement that many Americans have and lack of respect, health, etc. Now don’t think that I am a health freak or anything. Both myself and my hubby are over weight and are not happy about it and do not wish this for our kinds. Living in another country will help with that! 🙂

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Please feel free to comment with anything you have to say and I will try to respond with any answers if the are questions. 🙂  Love y’all!

Issues that Christians in American are Facing

*This is based off of my own in site into issues and not to spread an agenda*

  1. Abortion: I believe that abortion is wrong. Period. People say that every woman should have a choice, which I agree with, but the choice begins before conception. I do believe in NO sex before marriage and I also know that a lot of people will not agree so I do believe in PROTECTION. Now birth control I do use, but I wish there was a better option not only to avoid pregnancy but also to help with the menstruation cycle. I first got started on Birth Control because of my cramps being so strong, I would basically collapse to the ground (while at work) and it was because it was soooo painful! But anyways, I have never been prego but I have had the “issue” of possibly being prego in the past and from day one I chose to say no to abortion despite my age or reason.
  2. Refugees: In scripture we are told to welcome strangers into our homes, love they neighbors, do unto the least of these and you would want done to you etc and I completely agree. The issue comes from self preservation and greed. We want to protect the ones we love but we also have to follow God’s word/law. My husband and I have talked about this (like most people) and have kind of had to decide to not decide on our thoughts and decisions for this matter because we know what we should do as a Christians but it is scary and we are afraid to do what we must. It isn’t easy to be a Christian.
  3. Gay Marriage/Rights: I’m just gonna be short and sweet… the God says it’s wrong. God also says that not telling the truth and stealing and cheat and many other things are wrong also, and in Christian terms: sin. EVERYONE SINS! We, as Christians are called to love all people, but we don’t have to agree on everything with everyone. I have family members who are part of the GLBT community and I love then dearly! I don’t fully agree with them but I still love them and treat them with respect and understanding (to the best of my ability). And as far as I know they understand where I am coming from and all of them love me too. Everyone comes to terms with things in their own way but I choose to go down Jesus’s path and love, unconditionally! I am always there to lend an ear to someone if then need to talk but I don’t always say what they would want to hear just because of a difference in opinion/beliefs. Everyone deserves to be happy and loved, at the same time though, I feel like things can go too far. There are people who are trying to make everyone agree with this movement and resent changes in law but no one should be forced to like anything. Bakers getting sued for not agreeing with gay marriage is just wrong! People need to stop getting offend at everyone and everything and just calm down. Don’t force feed the “baby” because the “baby” will revolt! (I don’t mean baby in a bad way but its just something people say like don’t put baby in the corner’ and such.) Anyways, I think you get my point.

I love all of you and wish you the best, I’m sorry if this upset you, this was solely my opinions. Thank you.

Money

Part of my life and the life of pretty much everyone around me is full of issues dealing with money. Some days we have in excess, but most days we are scrimping by and doing everything we can to make sure that the lights will stay on for our families.

There are many different ways one can go about helping their family. There are on line “jobs”, getting multiple jobs, going back to school to get a better degree, selling whatever isn’t needed or wanted anymore, taking financial courses, making budgets, etc. Unless the person/people that are dealing with the issue stay involved in the matter and don’t slack the success rate is much lower. Face it, we are Americans (lazy, think we deserve better, etc) and this poses a huge issue for us. We are trained from a young age to follow our dreams at any cost and do whatever makes you happy, but that isn’t always a good thing.

Believe me when I say that my husband and I do have huge dreams and hopes for our future children, but we will also have to balance the realism with them of our daughter becoming a princess and our son becoming an astronaut, not very likely. We want to put them into dance, music, art, sports, etc and grow their possible out comes for a future, but if one day they say they don’t want to do it anymore we will sit them down and talk through it with them and see if stopping really is the best answer or if they just got annoyed with something. Parenting is no where in the near future for us, but we do have characteristics that we are both working on because we want to raise children that are better than we are, there for we must also work on ourselves to better them. WE have a long way to go but one of the things we are working on right now is our finances and attacking them from many different directions. We want to be able to see most of our dreams come true is God wills and have a great life together.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
Matthew 7:3

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Tattooed and Okay

It’s official: Soldiers can now get their arms, legs and most of their bodies covered in tattoos.

The Army published an update to Army Regulation 670-1 on Friday, meaning the new tattoo rules are officially in effect.

Under the new policy, there are no longer limits on the size or number of tattoos soldiers can have on their arms and legs. The change strikes a short-lived policy limiting soldiers to four tattoos below the elbow or knee, none bigger than the wearer’s hand.

Face, neck and hand tattoos, however, remain against regulation, with the exception of one ring tattoo per hand. Racist, derogatory and sexist tattoos are also outlawed.

The more restrictive tattoo policy had become a sore subject for soldiers, as the new Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey quickly learned through soldier feedback. Dailey was concerned the tough tattoo rules were negatively impacting morale, and he shared these concerns with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.

Odierno previewed the latest revisions on April 1.

“Society is changing its view of tattoos, and we have to change along with that,” Odierno said. “It makes sense. Soldiers have grown up in an era when tattoos are much more acceptable and we have to change along with that.”

Some frequently asked questions concerning the new policy:

Q. What does this mean for soldiers who have neck tattoos?

A. There is no change to the restriction of neck tattoos. They are still prohibited. Soldiers who had a neck tattoo before the March 31, 2014, policy change and properly documented it will continue to be grandfathered. Any neck tattoo obtained after that date is in violation of the Army’s policy.

Q. How will the new rules affect enlisted soldiers seeking commission to become an officer or a warrant officer?

A. There is no change to the process for enlisted soldiers to pursue a commissioning program. Commanders use the whole-soldier concept in making appropriate recommendations, and tattoos are one of many attributes taken into consideration.

Q. How does the new policy affect female soldiers who are wearing the skirt with their Army Service Uniform?

A. There is no additional restriction for female soldiers. All soldiers may have tattoos on their legs.

Q. Does this mean tattooed recruits who were turned away since the new policy took effect will soon be able to enlist?

A. Yes.

http://www.wbir.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/10/army-tattoo-rules/25597071/

Winter Weather

Last night it snowed. It snowed and we wrecked. We are okay, as far as we know, and the car is ,probably, dead. There were five cars total and 6 people. all were fine and all had insurance except the girl that started the chain reaction.

We were on our way home from church choir practice and this happened. Oh well, better  luck next time. This is something that Daniel and I will have the chance to work through together and with the support of friends and family all shall be well. With God on our side anything is possible!

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This is kind of what our car looks like now…

Purity Balls

For those who have no idea what a purity ball is, it is a ball where Fathers and Daughters dress up and go to a dance (typically the Fox Trot) and dinner together. The Daughters, once they reach puberty, pledge their lives and their virginities to God and the protection of those to their Fathers. The Daughters are given a ring to show their commitment to abstinence and then there is celebrations.

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My take on this is a mix of what people are saying. I believe that this is a beautiful level of trust and love, but that there are also people who can and will take advantage of this. I don’t believe that it is a cult like ritual or a forced decision, but I do believe, as a Christian, that purity is something that should be celebrated and guarded. That it should only be shared with one person, your spouse, or if your spouse dies maybe remarry and share with your new spouse.

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Fathers will/should always want  what is best for their Daughters and this is one way that they go about doing this. I know that my Father was very protective over me and who I was around and what they were doing but it was because he loved/loves me.

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At these balls, the Daughters tend to dress in white to be symbolic of their promises and the Fathers wear nice suits. The girls carry in a cross and place it in the center of the dance floor and also do a ballet performance. After that the couples (Fathers and Daughters) enter by passing in between two men who have their swords raised. This, in a way, make a royal passage for the couples to cross under and makes the whole even feel more regal. The girls then place a sing white rose at the base of the cross so as to represent their pledge once more.

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People of any age can attend and other family members too but the night’s main focus is on the Daughter’s promise and the Father’s love. Yes this may be over bearing to some people and creepy to others, but as a Christian I can understand where they are coming from. Or at least I believe I understand. I know a song that my family used to show the love a Father and Daughter, “Butterfly Kisses”. It makes at least one of us cry every time we hear it. The version for the Daughter is caller “Daddy’s Little Girl”