UPDATE: Sigh, no one was paying attention to my late-night trick there huh? # 8? Wha?? LOL
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...or however they are spelling it. We spent the day swimming today out in drizzle...tropical type a la TS Debby. Being an hour from the Gulf...we are getting much needed rain from her and thankfully no really bad stuff..for now. Just waiting and watching if she will turn or what...but praying for the ones that ARE getting tornadoes and such. May Debby be even less than she's cracked up to be. And shhhh! Don't talk about it to Mariam...she is sorely afraid of bad weather.
Since I never post those things like Snapshots on a Sunday etc...this was at a party we went to last night. She has watched Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer so many times that she is constantly showing us her food "like Judy did" cuz yk...that makes it okay. Lol
So I was just reminded that there was something fishy about starbucks and needed to avoid them...if anyone wondered about that in my Friday pic....I know now
Www.dumpstarbucks.com. sigh. Speaking of which....I fear great persecution coming for the Church over this issue. Talking to a Catholic mom of a gay son, I know there is room for improvement in how we deal with the whole issue beyond just marriage. But yet we must stand firm in Truth about core issues. Anyhoo..... makes me more glad that my almost "7th grader" (a generic label yet still makes me wanna sob lol) began Theology of the Body today.
Anyhoo not much time to blog this week...sooo busy with our VBS this week (yes we Catholics can have fun too :p) .....more soon.... for now, discuss amongst yourselves that tight rope walker guy,huh? Whaddaya think??
P.s. Please be in prayer for a dear friend who had a complete abruption over the weekend with he 5th (living) baby and would be 5th cesarean... :( thank God she and he are alive but not without much trauma...and he is in nicu with some signs of ox. deprivation. Oh those damn cesareans :( she tried and worked so hard to birth her babies...like me its all she ever wanted. They have a long road ahead...
Yes folks....we are those people. The ones you see at B&N who are sitting around for hours with kids running around :P. No I don't let them open sticker books and use up all the stickers without paying for them (at least I intercepted that from happening just now sigh). Anyway....as you can see...there is fun for the entire family..all ages lol. Its better than the library since you get coffee here and they play music and there is low volume noise and giggles lol. Anyhoo....at least our kids feel like they have actually gone somewhere and done something lol. Now to convince doug to buy me this extreme survival guide on clearance...it is 2012 afterall :p. And gotta read some Max and Ruby to Mariam :) Happy Friday!
|1. The kids' "healthy" salad for supper, sigh..yes that's Ranch dressing...yes, I know.|
|2. Flylady would be proud.|
|3.A healthy favorite, California style , and yes I ate it w/ my chopsticks. Be amazed, go ahead :P (this was supposed to go above, with the "salad" photo but for some reason I am having trouble figuring out my smartphone pic/picasa/instagram/blogger/uploading/syncing whatchamacallit. I am a baby...I am learning...eh.|
|4. Our new glow in the dark brush,, when chewed by the dog, leaks glow in the dark gel...I wonder if Belle's teeth would glow if we turned the lights out.... brush is now in the trash.|
|5. Back to Saturday's Ordinations, this special little guy is Doug's godson Peter...the first child of the first priest ordained from the first class of the Anglican Ordinariate. They have video of him crawling toward a prayer book...the kid has his work cut out for him! :) And he's oh so cute and sweet to boot! lol|
|6. This was supposed to be top of my list, since it was from last Friday. (again, the whatchamacallit) At the time, it was a week late too. It was "Pentecost sundaes" in honor of Pentecost Sunday. It was just a few of us rare Catholic home schoolers here, and they were rather sad-looking, and I must say, I enjoyed last years' "sundaes" better :) See more here and here (2 of my fav uber-Catholic mom sites lol)|
|7. Sorry it's turned sideways, sigh whatchamalcallit again....Flylady would NOT be so proud. Yeh..so, if there's one thing I do, it's stay on top of the laundry (seriously, sometimes it's the only thing I get to at the house, sigh)....but, when there is an item that has been outgrown and I say, "oh, I need to take that to charity," or maybe I want to save a special outfit and use the material for a recycle project of some sort (one day, I hope)...well, it gets thrown up into a sort of pile on the shelves in my laundry room. So, there it is...just one more project weighing on my mind daily. LOL And really it's a minor one in the scheme of things...at least I could shut the door on that room if need be :P (not brave enough to show you all the other projects yet!)|
At the same time, even as evangelical Christians are helpfully informed by the natural law, our mode of moral reasoning must be deeply biblical, and the Bible must be the ruling authority. For most evangelicals, the major break with Catholic teaching comes at the insistence that "it is necessary that each conjugal act remain ordained in itself to the procreating of human life." That is, that every act of marital intercourse must be fully and equally open to the gift of children. This claims too much, and places inordinate importance on individual acts of sexual intercourse, rather than the larger integrity of the conjugal bond.
Looking at the Catholic position helps, but evangelicals must also think for themselves, reasoning from the Scriptures in a careful consideration.This, I know well, is the evangelical/protestant mindset. As he said very early in his article, paraphrasing, they don't even have a specific "theology" on all of this stuff. Why? Because of what he says here...everyone is expected to "think for themselves." Okay, yes... know that sounds good and all....but....private interpretation of all things theological is what got us in the mess that Christianity is today, with over 80, 000 different denominations all claiming various different beliefs, or some very very similar and they don't even know it. And, as in my own conversion, what it all comes down to is "by WHO's Authority shall we KNOW the Truth?" Yes, the Holy Spirit....but working through HIS CHURCH. Why? Because the "gates of hell shall not prevail against" Her. Because Jesus LITERALLY (and figuratively) handed Peter the "keys" to the Kingdom. Because EVERY one needs a leader....a physical human leader, just like our own nation, and every nation on earth, good or bad.....but the Church, we needed one too, in God's own design, and in his own words, we needed someONE here on earth to be Christ's representative and "right-hand man" so-to-speak. Okay, you can read more on this elsewhere and all about the Magisterium and why. (Also try here ) My point is...Christ gave us a protector, to keep us all from splitting in a million. Well, was supposed to...and is still there...the gates have not prevailed...some are just outside the Church, and split...into a million. Do we have a conscience to follow? yes! Does the Holy Spirit guide each individual Christian in a personal way? Yes! But when that "guidance" begins to stray far from the entire fold...and the historical, biblical Traditions of the Church...it leads...well, astray. That's not to say the Church doesn't need reform and discipline itself from time to time (from Luther to recent scandals.) But...core teachings have remained for 2000 years. And that is my mini-synopsis of the Faith and the Split and our Division and History and all that good stuff. LOL
Fourth, Christian couples are not ordered by Scripture to maximize the largest number of children that could be conceived. Given our general state of health in advanced societies, a couple who marries in their early twenties and has a healthy and regular sex life could well produce over fifteen offspring before the wife passes her early forties. Such families should be rightly honored, but this level of reproduction is certainly not mandated by the Bible.