Saturday, April 30, 2011

How to Celebrate - Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my father's birthday. As providence would have it the honorary day falls on a weekend we are traveling for business.

It's not a disappointment in the least; quite the opposite in reality.

For years now we've shared the vision for raising up a higher standard of economic maturity in ourselves and others.

Entrepreneurship is an exciting adventure and we find in it a great cause as the government schools are conditioning our countrymen into embracing socialism and worse. Our endeavors are fueled with the purpose to rehabilitate the public school mind, teaching the ideals of capitalism, free enterprise and the necessity of a free republic.

Being in business and having the perspective that we are called to continually grow in wisdom, developing your economic maturity has taught us that our thinking must always be on the offense especially considering the force of current drawing the masses the other way and attempting to pull us in the other direction along with them.

We have found that the Lord continually blesses our efforts with the wisdom and direction we need as we pursue our vision to contend with the culture in this manner.

What could be more exciting than to live in a country where the opportunity still exists to operate a business of our own and share a vision for economic maturity in the face of such great evil?

So this is how we celebrate. Living our vision to the best of our current ability, with an eye on the horizon where economic victories have been won on battlefields future generations will talk about and advance further.

Happy Birthday Dad and thank you for the vision.

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Simpson: Legislature's rush to regulate

Be assured that the Texas House is nearly divine. It makes its own rules, suspends them and even purports to stop and go back in time. Last Thursday, we celebrated San Jacinto Day twice in order to take care of business according to "the rules."

Speaking of rules, House Bills 1451, 1146 and 1853 were stated to be in compliance with House Rule 6, Section 23 (c) (2) when they were placed on the local and consent calendar. The rule is: "No bill or resolution shall be placed on the local, consent, and resolutions calendar that ... authorizes or requires the expenditure or diversion of state funds for any purpose, as determined by a fiscal note attached to the bill."

Even though all three of these bills increase the number of state employees, collect new fees and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars ($1.3 million in the case of HB 1451) per year, the parliamentarian ruled that as long as a bill purports to spend the same amount as it charges in fees, it can be placed on the local and consent calendar and sail through without debate.

For a moment on Thursday, I thought I was in Washington. I learned that "it is what it is" when I made some parliamentary inquiries.

This week, the House twice passed laws (HB 44 and HB 2779) that break contracts that Texans drew up and voluntarily agreed to keep. I respect the goals of these bills: to restore property and First Amendment rights that were voluntarily given up in joining homeowners associations. However, the Legislature should enforce contracts, not break them. And if it is going to prohibit homeowner's associations from limiting the display of flags or the use of adjacent lots, it should do so prospectively and not make them retroactive.

Running roughshod over the rule of law is often caused by good intentions. I am sure Santa Anna had good intentions when he took our forefathers' freedoms and wanted to rule their consciences. However, what Texas needs is a wise and frugal Legislature that leaves Texans alone unless they harm their neighbor.

Read the rest here.

POINT OF ACTION: I would encourage all liberty-loving Texans to write the Austin-American Statesman and briefly convey your support of Simpson and his worldview, as well as your gratitude for the Statesman running his Op-Ed.
Here's a link to their "Letter to the Editor" page:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Video Footage of Lee Home

Video report on Where The Children Were Trapped in the Now Flattened Lee Home from Douglas Phillips on Vimeo.

Please Pray...

Reposted from Stacy McDonald at LAF:

"Please pray for LAF writer, Kelly Crawford, and author of
Generation Cedar. She and her family lost their home, outbuildings, and vehicles in yesterday’s tornadoes. They (and 4 neighboring families) sought refuge in the Crawford’s basement. One of these families – a family with 13 children - lost their husband/father in the storm. Kelly’s husband pulled them out of the rubble; and at this point, I understand some are badly injured.

I am getting regular updates, but last I heard, rescue workers were not able to get to them. Please pray they get relief soon. Also, Kelly gave birth to a baby earlier this month, so please pray for an extra measure of grace and protection for her as she ministers to her family and neighbors.

Again, Kelly and her family are safe. Praise God He spared their lives. Please pray for provision and peace for all involved. And please remember the precious wife and 13 children who woke this morning without a husband and father, and without a place to live.

I will update you as I get new information."



Update from Kelly Crawford:

Doug Phillips on the Lee Family:

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

We were taught to rebel...

While this graphic flies around the web we though it ought to land here momentarily before it heads on to it's next destination. Ignore the fact that it concludes intent on dishonor and division in the family. Obviously an unfortunate conclusion we know you don't endorse. Nor do we.

It does however highlight some of what American children feed on, where they find their inspiration, and insight which will define the adventures they pursue.

So here we have it. Rebellion in 7 different and colorfully animated ways. And of course there is Tangled....if you missed the review here it is again.

In the tender years when life, when a child's imagination delights in many things with awe and wonder, so very pliable and fixed on understanding as much as possible, why build worlds which invoke fascination with sin? 

Friday, April 01, 2011

Business Ideas for Mompreneurs

While this CFM podcast is directed at Moms, daughters who are savvy entrepreneurs before they become moms are setting themselves up for a smoother transition into Momville.

From Crown Financial Ministries:

One of the questions moms often ask us is, “How can I stay at home with the kids, but still add to the family income?”

Well, there just aren’t enough employers willing to let people work from home to accommodate all the moms in America that want some extra income.

That means if you can’t work for someone else, maybe you should work for yourself. Start your own business. Become a “mompreneur.”

The next question we’re asked is, “What kind of business?” Well, it depends on your skills and interests. Fortunately, the sky’s the limit when it comes to starting a business.

A recent article at lists just a few of the ideas moms have dreamed up. These aren't for everyone, but they should get you thinking:
First, social networking sites. Moms are natural networkers, so it’s no surprise that mompreneurs are developing Web sites that allow other moms with common interests to interact, say over things like parenting or clothes swapping. The idea is to get enough traffic to the site to begin to sell advertising.

Next, it’s easy being green. Moms want to provide a safe, healthy place for their kids. Mompreneurs are finding they can make products or provide services that help other moms go organic or care for the environment in other ways.

And finally, apps are us. Most smart phone apps are developed by men, but moms are starting to crack the gender barrier. The group Moms with Apps helps mompreneurs develop and market mobile apps.

Now, you may not be a hotshot software programmer, but you probably have some skill or interest that could be the genesis of a new business idea. For more ways to maximize your potential, visit us online at By the way, mompreneurs are always welcome.

Expectations and Broken People

Mothers invented expectations. I’m certain the word was coined one fine, sunny day when the eldest woman in the house decided it was not too much to ask the humans who left the house to close the door when they exited. Mothers around the world got together and decided that it was reasonable to expect able-bodied children to take two baby steps forward to ensure that the laundry landed in the basket. Mother may I? Yes you may.

Expectations got solidified and placed in Webster’s when a 19-year-old girl with a boyfriend got forgotten on Valentine’s Day. After witnessing the fallout, someone said, “There ought to be a word for what just happened.”

Expectations can either be a good thing or a bad thing. For good, they give us something to aim for. I’m not into positive thinking, but there is something to be said about facing a challenge and thinking, “With God’s help, I can do this.” I will do this.

It can be good to have expectations of others, too. I expect my husband to be faithful to his marital vows. I expect my kids to respect adults and do well in school. And after what I paid in vet bills, I expect my dog to be a fantastic skunk-buster and to have some manners when it comes to the car tires of our guests.

One thing I’ve learned about kids, they need expectations. Without expectations, a preschool play date can turn into Lord of the Flies as soon as you turn your back.

I’ve never had a problem with having huge expectations. The way I run my household is one example. I like a well-ordered home the same way I like umbrella drinks on the beach with servants waving pom fronds and feeding me grapes. That’s how much I like it. (Why is it always grapes? If the fantasy were real, it’d be Reeces Peanut Butter Cups.) But as long as couch cushions are seen as the building blocks of a great fort, mothers aredoomed. Which is to say, Pottery Barn has some fabulous ideas, but cute displays of glass balls on the coffee table are not going to happen in a house where children live.

Ah, realistic expectations. Pesky little things. When I floated an idea to my husband yesterday, which may or may not have been crazy-ambitious (depending on which medication you’re on), he said, “You don’t need any more ideas, dear. You just need a staff.” That was a fancy way of saying that he’s not getting roped into spending the weekend in the lumber section at the Home Depot. He knows how to squash my caboose, but it’s truly saved us a ton of money.

Now here is where it gets nuanced. Many years ago, I learned that my life would go better if I didn’t have huge expectations of the other people in my life. Antinomies are tricky little things. I think they’re both true: you must have expectations, and yet sometimes, you just have to let go of them.

Letting go of the need for affirmation or the expectation of reciprocation allows us to love others as Christ loved us….while we were yet sinners.

Read the rest here