Saturday, March 22, 2008

It was one of those March days...

...when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens Jared was over yesterday, so we went for a walk for the first time in months and thought you might enjoy viewing a few pictures of our excursion. I also posted some pictures here of the farm animals that we don't own. :)

The kids...minus Caleb who so kindly took a picture so that Jessica could be in it.

William tried to master the art of skipping stones on the lake. I love that big bandage on his knee...

Melissa thought we could have fish for :)

Yes, another picture of William...we've decided that eventually, William is going to have a whole external hard drive dedicated to him...

I'd like to know what she was thinking.

William, Jessica and Caleb stop for a picture in the middle of the road.

Y'all come back now, ya hear?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

So, the day started out beautiful...

...'twas in the mid 60's, the sky was blue, the grass, well, it wasn't so green, more of a brownish ucky color, but I was willing to overlook where was I? Oh, the sky was blue, the weather was coming very close to perfect, the grass was a color that I don't know the name of, the clouds were white and fluffy, the sun was shining and I had errands to run. It was so refreshing to go from place to place in sandals and a light sweater...yeah, still sweater weather for me...but hey, it was a light one. :)

See, it started like this...isn't that beautiful...haha...'twould appear that I really like getting shots of their yard...see.

Oh, and look! The lake, thawed...and the diamonds are back!!!

So, after I was done shopping, we decided that our sandals and sunglasses needed to do some sun-bathing. :) You know, so that they could get nice and warm before we put them on...or something like that.

So, if your sandals ever feel the need to get some sun-bathing...ours would readily welcome the company. :) Let's just hope that this freezing weather leaves and the warm, sunny, beautiful weather returns...the keep telling me that Spring really is coming...

After all, the day started out beautiful...if only it could have lasted...:)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Well, since the captions that Ben H. came up with last time were above and beyond what I would have ever come up with, and since it was so much fun, I thought that I'd do it again!! :) So, leave a comment with your caption on one, two, three or all of the photos below and it just might get used!!!! :) Have fun!

I thought y'all might find the below article by Church Norris quite least, I did. :)

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Time for a Texas-style round up!
by Chuck Norris

© 2008

Our twins are homeschooled. That is the present educational option we have chosen for them and us. It is our right to do so as parents and American citizens. But, increasingly across this union, private academic alternatives are coming under attack, being legally stripped of their value and even being labeled unconstitutional and illegal.

Dr. James Dobson calls it "an all-out assault on the family … [and] an imperious assault on the rights of parents."

Brad Dacus, the president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said about one recent ruling, "The scope of this decision by the appellate court is breathtaking. It not only attacks traditional homeschooling, but also calls into question homeschooling through charter schools and teaching children at home via independent study through public and private school. If not reversed, the parents of the more than 166,000 students currently receiving an education at home will be subject to criminal sanctions."

These disparaging remarks are the result of a shocking California state appeals court ruling last week, that declared parents without teaching credentials do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children. Besides statewide consequences, this decision could set a legal precedent for other states as well.

A brief summary of parental erosion

At the core of these types of ludicrous rulings is the assault on the parent-child relationship by judges who refuse to support or even acknowledge parental rights. This California appellate judgment shows how lower courts are also following suit in alliance with similar federal verdicts. Crossing the borders of our homes, government is infringing upon our parental freedoms and responsibilities.

Even strict Constitutional interpretation has been used to lessen the roles of guardians, citing a growing belief that a right cannot be protected by the federal courts if it isn't explicitly stated in the Constitution.

And, strange as it might seem, even international law is encroaching on our parental borders. Violations to our inalienable rights are being exacerbated through gatherings like the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC.

Educational elimination déjà vu?

The reason government courts are nationally cracking down on private instruction has more to do with suppressing alternative education than assuring educational standards.

The rationale is quite simple, though rarely if ever stated. If one wants to control the future ebbs and flows of a country, one must have command over future generations. This is done by seizing parental and educational power, legislating preferred educational materials and limiting private educational options. It is so simple any socialist can understand it. As Joseph Stalin once stated, "Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."

Is it merely coincidental that homeschooling was outlawed by the Soviet State in 1919, by Hitler and Nazi Germany in 1938 and by Communist China in 1949? Will California be next? America? Will we yield control and our educational rights as parents? Such would not only be an American travesty but a human disgrace.

What you can do to fight educative and legislative tyranny

1. If we are to sustain private educational options in society, we must rid ourselves of passivity and step into the rings of political activity. The system will get worse, not better, if all we do is complain about it. As Thomas Jefferson once said, "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

2. Educate yourself on your particular state's legal academic options. Understand your parental and educational rights, and teach them to others. As Thomas Jefferson also said, "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. … They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."

3. Whether you homeschool or not, support an organization like Home School Legal Defense Association, or HSLDA, that protects families who do.

4. Oppose bad or unconstitutional rulings. Petition the Supreme Court of California to "depublish" its ruling and opinion, which would restrict it from being used by other California courts. And don't forget to appeal to my old buddy the Governator. Tell him to flex his muscle on this appellate motion, or Texas might have to export a Ranger to get 'er done!

5. Petition your representatives to support a constitutional amendment protecting the child-parent relationship from unreasonable government intrusion.

'Eternal hostility toward every form of tyranny'

Unfortunately there are people and forces out there that truly fear traditional family values and particularly the Christian voice taught in private education. We must remind any prejudicial dissenter that our parental rights and educative freedoms were also embedded by our forefathers into the Constitution, and even the Declaration of Independence. Therein government is demanded to "secure" or protect them:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

As our Founding Fathers swore to uphold these, so must we. Thomas Jefferson committed, "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." I know others would join me in rightly assuming that in our day "every" form of tyranny could also include publicly forced educational indoctrination. Friends, while you keep one eye on our national borders, you might keep the other on your state's. If academic corruption is easily conceived in California, how long will it take to crawl to your state line?

My warning to such creeping companies of corruption is this: Best not to test Texas. If you thought we fought hard for the Alamo, wait until you see what we can do for academia. You can hide your sleaze behind No. 2 pencils, but our branding irons will find your tail sides.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Since I'm sure you are all dying to see more photos, you can view the new ones of my little nephew by clicking here.

And to see what I did with the van about an hour and a half after my dad left to take my mom to the airport, look below...