Thursday, April 18, 2013

On My Heart And In My Mind

  • I am so sad for the town of West, Texas. (This should not be confused with the region of West Texas for those of you who live out of state.) There was a huge fertilizer plant explosion last night. The last report I heard was that 60-70 people were killed and hundreds injured. The blast decimated not only a nursing home but homes around it and the local middle school. My heart is aching for this town and the people of the West community. :(.

  • On a more random note, I was un-friended on Facebook this morning by a sweet girl I went to both high school and church with. My heart is sad because she couldn't "agree to disagree". We never once had words about how we felt differently in regards to various subjects. I believe I was un-friended because I shared this picture... (although I am fairly certain that I have gently sharing my gun-toting beliefs on Facebook before so hmmm...). She was very honorable and sent me a PM letting me know she was doing so. 
Photo: One of my favorites...

I still respect this girl. I think she's wonderful, intelligent, and a great mom. I hope that she reads my blog and sees this (but I'm guessing probably not.)
  • In a very much related note I guess I should share with ya'll that we as a family keep guns in our house. We will use them to hunt with or defend ourselves should the need arise. I do plan on taking the classes to get my CHL (concealed handgun license). While I have zero intention to carry a handgun on my person right now (duh, I have small children) I'd like the right to do so in the future should I choose. Some of you might be a tad bit worried for us right now, but let me assure you that all of our guns are stored in a gun safe located in our garage (but in the near future our master bedroom closet). It's around 600 pounds and steel. No loaded or unloaded weapons are kept out or inside our home. It has a keypad entry not a key. Believe me when I tell you, our kids will never guess the password. I am not really into all the politics surrounding the gun control issues right now. All I am focused on is my husbands right to use his guns to provide meat for our family to eat and our right to defend ourselves and our children God forbid it should ever come to that. Any questions or concerns can be directed to my email and I'd love to share more! ( I swear I could devote an entire blog post to this topic...

  • Griffin seems to have hit his "terrible two's" early :). But, if I remember correctly, according to my pediatrician this can start as early as 18 month. I spend the bulk of my time with Griffin stopping him for pulling the dogs tail, digging his toys out of the dog's water bowl, washing his hands off after playing in the water bowl, fishing toys out of the toilet, telling him to stop hitting his brothers, pulling him down off the couch because he won't sit (only wants to jump :) and this list could go on and on... I know that this is only a stage but, I am worn out! We have child-proofed as much as possible but he still seems to find things to get into!

  • I found this on Zulily this morning. Wow. I really need this! What a perfectly sweet and uplifting way to celebrate and honor my sweet girl! 
Angel of Loving figurine by Jim Shore
I have a small Jim Shore collection going (mostly Christmas items) and I'd love to add this! 

  • I am a tiny bit excited right now because it's raining outside and that means no soccer practice tonight!! Grady goes Tuesday/Thursday and Graham goes Monday/Wednesday. Both have games on Saturday. To say that I am fair sick of soccer is the understatement of the year. But, the boys both seem to LOVE it so we will continue to commit our time and our family to it!

  • I'm pretty sure that I have much more to add here but the pile of dishes in my sink are calling my name. :) 


Tesha Papik said...

So sad for those that have lost loved ones and homes in the explosion:( How sad that she just un-friended you? Like you said we should be able to agree to disagree. I am from TN and grew up around guns. My older boys learned to shoot them from my mothers husband. While I must admit it strikes some fear in my heart (guns) I also think that there is a respect for life and guns that is taught in the south. I am not in to the politics either but it is scary to see pieces of freed start slipping away. Evil people will be evil with or without guns and will find a way to carry out their evil plans.

LOVE the sweet figurine I agree it seem perfect for Caroline!:)

I love rainy days and miss southern thunderstorms so hardly ever rain where we live. They don't call it sunny California for nothing;)

The Momma said...

I happen to think it is pretty sad that people can't agree to disagree. As I'm sure you know, your family's stand on guns and ours is very close, though we don't have any guns at the moment.

What bothers me most is that people try so hard to yell at me that I need to be "tolerant" and loving others, which I feel that I DO, and the second they disagree with something, they automatically hit "unfriend". How is that tolerant? How is that loving? Ugh!

By the way, I love that statue, I think it seems perfect for Caroline!

Shannon said...

I feel a burden on my heart to help those people. Wish I could drive up there right now and any capacity.

I deactivated my FB yesterday! Anyway, just had to share that. We shall see how long I take off from the drama it causes. It's certainly difficult to be "friends" with others on there (not gonna lie, I have issues with the Liberal agenda and gun control and public education and the Common Core Standards, etc.) whose views on life are very left wing. We agree with your beliefs concerning guns!

Your angel find is beautiful!!! :)

Yes, the rain is fabulous!!! We drove in it this morning on our way to soccer! I was hoping it would be cancelled! LOL It wasn't, but it ended up in the gym at co-op, so it all worked out!

Take care, Hillary!

Beth Ann said...

I'm with you on the guns.

And the "terrible two's." Shew. All the more dangerous with a fragile newborn around. Ahhhh. =:-O

Kerry said...

I totally relate to the toddler thing, I am just surprised I haven't lost 20 kilos by now!
Ryan plays soccer too and loves it, his season has just ended.
I don't have an opinion on your gun laws, all I know is that Australia has a no gun law that came in during the mid 90's.
I can't believe someone would unfriend you for a differing opinion?
Lovely figurine, I hope you ended up buying it!?

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