Another weekend without a whole lot planned. Which is good, since on Thursday we head to Portland for a long weekend. The kids will take part in a Tae Kwon Do tournament, and we will visit Kevin’s mom and brother and dad and my grandma, who I haven’t seen in person for over 6 years. The last time we were together, Josiah was a baby, and now he’s reading, taking Tae Kwon Do, and missing his top front teeth! I have to get Kevin to take a picture so I can show you, it’s the most adorable thing. It’s funny how much it changes his speech, too. He’s reading independently now, but often stops and says, “Mom, what does this spell?” but I have trouble determining which letters he’s saying.
The kids and I got our flu shots today. Last winter was just horrendous; we caught two different strains, making us sick for a total of about five weeks. The first one was over Christmas, so even the kids thought the vaccination was a good idea. They were all troopers, no one cried, and we went out for ice cream afterward. Bribery – a mother’s not-so-secret weapon.
My sister received some distressing news this week. Her husband, George, works for Micron in Boise, and they just announced that they are planning massive lay-offs at the end of the month. They don’t know if George’s job is safe, and won’t know until the end of the month. If he does get laid off, they most likely will have to move away from Boise, where her kids have been going to school since kindergarten. Prayers would be appreciated.
I sat down and visited with my mom this evening, which was nice. I bit the bullet and told her that Kevin and I have decided to vote for Obama for president. She did fine, she didn’t stop speaking to me or anything. You have to understand, I am a registered Republican. I’m a Christian, and I oppose abortion. But I also have been horribly disappointed by a president who I voted for because I believed him to be an honorable man. I have been doing my research (I blogged about my decision-making process here and here and here). This has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve made in a long time. I’ve prayed about it, discussed it with people from both sides of the political fence, subscribed to FactCheck.org’s RSS feed, watched debates, talked some more, read some more, and I believe that Obama is the best choice for our country. I have made my decision based on all the issues, not simply on who agrees with me on the abortion issue. Apparently, that has really ticked some Christians off.
I completely understand anyone who has decided differently. I would never tell someone who had decided to vote for McCain that they must have lost their moral center or that they couldn’t be voting based on their morals. And yet, this is what some Christians have told me because I’ve decided to support Obama. I got an e-mail the other day (forwarded, of course) that said that because Obama was up in the polls, that must mean that Christians aren’t voting their morals. Please, please, don’t tell me that. Don’t tell me that I’ve made my decision based solely on the economy and that I’ve chosen financial comfort over the truth. Don’t assume that I haven’t wrestled and prayed and thought about this decision until I wished it would go away, until I wanted to just forget the whole thing. But I couldn’t do that. I couldn’t set that example for my kids, the example of walking away from a decision just because it was hard.
I hope I don’t lose any readers because I’ve come out of the Obama-supporters “closet.”
Anyway, on to something more fun – like some links for the weekend.
~ Don’t forget to enter my 100,000th visitor giveaway.
~ Awesome photographs from the Earth From Above exhibit.
~ And for a different perspective, microscopic pictures of nature.
~ Kim Powers, author of Capote in Kansas, which I recently read and loved, has a great guest post about libraries at Tripping Toward Lucidity. I’ll be featuring Capote in Kansas on Books and Movies as part of a book tour. Watch for my post on October 17th, which will include Kim’s in-depth answers to my many questions about the book.
~ If you have a novel you want to pitch to an agent, read this article about what agents hate.
At Books and Movies lately:
~ My review of The Women
Have a great weekend, everyone!