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October 9, 2008 Categories: Books , Contests , Kid Stuff , Music , Politics , Writing | 6 Comments  

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’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.

~ Speaking of giveaways, Booking Mama is giving away The Uncommon Reader.

~ Awesome photographs from the Earth From Above exhibit.

~ And for a different perspective, microscopic pictures of nature.

~ If you suffer from library envy, don’t click here. Really, don’t – it will only make things worse. Hat tip: Kamp Krusty.

~ 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.

~ If the economy has you down, this duet by Patti Lupone and Audra McDonald will cheer you up. Hat tip: Moomin Light.

At Books and Movies lately:

~ My review of The Women

~ What we’ve been watching lately.

~ My week in television

~ September reading wrap-up

Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. themindfulhomeschool

    I am “pro-life” too and I am voting for Obama because he is the most “pro-life”. He is for health care for all which is one of the most important issues facing this country. Did you know that every 41 seconds a child is born without health care insurance? Amazing. Go Obama!

    Blessings to you and your family,

  2. Sheila at Dodging Raindrops

    I’m really sad (not angry) to hear about your decision to vote for Obama. If you are still interested in more information, please consider the Born Alive bill. Obama voted against this unlike Hillary, Ted Kennedy and even NARAL. Jill Stanek is the nurse who raised this issue in the media after witnessing this horrible tragedy. Obama isn’t just pro-choice – he is the most pro-abortion candidate the US has ever had. I know you said that you think Republicans doesn’t care about people after birth but if someone is pro-abortion and pro-infanticide I don’t see how that person values life at any stage.

    The Bill Ayers connection to Obama is enough to give me the willies. Bill Ayers is an unrepentant bomber of the Weather Underground. Ayers accepted a ring (from the North Vietnamese) that was made from American planes shot down by the North Vietnamese. has its own bias. is funded by the Annenberg Foundation, which also funded the Ayers/Barack Obama Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Obama worked for the Anneberg Foundation in Chicago.

    I’ll stop now since I need to go to bed.

  3. Andrea

    Shelia, when Bill Ayres was involved in those things, Obama was eight years old.

  4. Lawanda

    I can’t stand Obama. But I can’t stand McCain either. The ONLY thing I like about McCain is that he is prolife. And that is one thing that is very important to me. I don’t like ANYthing really about Obama.

    I refuse to vote for either one of them though.

    I am still writing-in Ron Paul.

    And trust me, you make more “enemies” by saying that than by choosing either of the “mainstream” picks.

    My cousin is planning to run for Governor of our state in 2028. He called me the other morning to tell me so. I am thrilled. I told him I will vote for him as long as he doesn’t become corrupt. If he does, I will refuse to vote for him just like all the others.

    At least Ron Paul is not corrupt. *sigh*

  5. carrie

    Sheila – this is what FactCheck says about the Chicago Annenberg Challenge:

    “In a TV ad, McCain says Obama “lied” about his association with William Ayers, a former bomb-setting, anti-war radical from the 1960s and ’70s. We find McCain’s claim to be groundless. New details have recently come to light, but nothing Obama said previously has been shown to be false.

    In a Web ad and in repeated attacks from the stump, McCain describes the two as associates, and Palin claims they “pal around” together. But so far as is known, their relationship was never very close. An Obama spokesman says they last saw each other in a chance encounter on the street more than a year ago.

    McCain says in an Internet ad that the two “ran a radical ‘education’ foundation” in Chicago. But the supposedly “radical” group was supported by a Republican governor and included on its board prominent local civic leaders, including one former Nixon administration official who has given $1,500 to McCain’s campaign this year. Education Week says the group’s work “reflected mainstream thinking” among school reformers. The group was the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, started by a $49 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation, which was established by the publisher Walter Annenberg, a prominent Republican whose widow, Leonore, is a contributor to the McCain campaign.

    (, which is nonpartisan, also receives funding from the Annenberg Foundation. But we are in no way connected to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which finished its work long before we came into being in late 2003.)”

    More info here:

  6. Heather @ CamianAcademy

    If you lose readers for coming out of the Obama closet, shame on them. Sadly, you just may. It strange how politics riles people up so much.