Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Crazy Week

The last week has been a little crazy. Tim's grandmother recently broke her hip, and upon being released from the hospital, she moved in with Tim's parents. Last Monday, Tim's dad started running a fever. On Tuesday, they needed some Tylenol, and by the time I got to their house, Sondra was ushering David out the door to go to the doctor. They asked me to stay at their house until all of Granny's therapists left so I could lock up. I didn't feel right leaving Granny on her own. Several hours later David was admitted to the hospital, and we were temporarily moving in with Granny.

Wednesday, David was still in the hospital, Sondra was still staying with him, and we were spending another night with Granny.

Thursday, Sondra came home for several hours while we loaded a massive yard sale into a 6x8 covered U-Haul trailer to take to a friend's house for another fundraiser for our adoption. (It took two trips!)

Friday, I was up at the crack of dawn to go across town and set up the yard sale...VERY HOT! Spent another night with Granny.

Saturday, I was up at the crack of dawn again, crossed town again, and had day 2 of our sale...very hot...a brief drenching rain...very hot and steamy. After the sale, we help another couple load up all of our leftovers and haul them to their house for an adoption yard sale of their own. Now we will start all over planning for one more sale at the end of September. But David came home, so we got to go home to our own beds. The total from the sale was a little over $300. Yea!

Today, I'm tired and my house is a wreck from us just running in and out all week. I realize I promised you pics from vacation, but they are still in my camera. I hope to get to them very soon.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Parental Rights Amendment

For those of you who haven't been following the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child, this treaty would seriously impact parenting in America. The title sounds nice, and they would have you believe that this is for the protection of children. Not true. This would give children the right to challenge ANY decision the parent makes (go to church, eat your vegetables, you're grounded). It would also give the government the right to impose their positions on our children and to remove our children from our homes if they don't like the values we teach them. For homeschoolers, we may not be allowed to homeschool without having some agency breathing down our necks and telling us what we can and can't teach. That totally negates one of the major reasons for homeschooling.

This treaty has already been ratified in a lot of countries, and there are a lot of bad precedents being set in those countries. If our country ratifies this international treaty, it will nullify all current state laws pertaining to families and would in essence take away our parental rights. The only document that trumps an international treaty is our own nation's constitution. This is why it is CRITICAL that we pass an amendment clarifying parental rights.

Please go to this website ( I've linked you to a page explaining "The Threat". Look also for links to "The Reason" and "The Solution". Sign up to receive their email updates as they monitor the situation. And if you have never contacted a member of Congress before, now is the time to hound your representative or senator and tell them they simply MUST support the Parental Rights Amendment and stop the UNCRC (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child). Email them once or twice a week. Ask your friends to do the same.

I never intended for this blog to become something political, but the government is threatening Mama Bear's cubs. With that said, Hillary Clinton is a huge supporter of the UNCRC. With her sitting in such a high position, the threat is very real. We can't just expect that "things will work out". We have to do something to show our concern and which side we support.

Okay, I'm done. That's it. Next time -- a look back at our vacation.