Saturday, April 30, 2011
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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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.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
"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:
Photos of Alabama:
Saturday, April 16, 2011
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.
Friday, April 01, 2011
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.
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.
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