Thursday, October 30, 2008

Love and Fear

I just happened upon this web piece calledLove and Fear. I just felt such peace, watching the Love part. Amelie is sleeping in the chair behind me, and all feels almost mellow. (Note I did say *almost* ;-).

Not as crazy about the Fear part, but it isn't awful.

Community Organizers

O.K., so this has become my favorite saying of late. I just wish they had this in my size!

Our country's future - our chilldrens future

Sometimes I wonder if I'm over-thinking this whole election. Yes, it would be so amazing if Barack Obama were elected the first African American president - not just because he is African American but because he has such visionary ideas for change in this country, ideas to bring about the kind of change we need after 8 years of a war-mongering idiot who doesn't have a clue about average Americans. And more of the same, from John McCain would be awful.

But in the end, perhaps it isn't a choice between Heaven & Hell. I mean, Obama will only be able to accomplish so much, no matter what his intentions, especially if we don't have a strong Democratic majority in Congress. And McCain, well I used to listen to him on Imus and thought a lot of what he had to say sounded pretty reasonable, even if I did disagree with a fair amount of it. He sounded like a decent caring guy. When he got the nomination I was pleased. I thought, "Well he is the lesser of all the evils." (And "Thank God it wasn't Mitt!" ;-).

But the way McCain has run his campaign. The horrible down-and-dirty attacks. The lies. His bitter, sarcastic and belittling approach. And his choice of a vice presidential running mate. All this makes me fear a McCain presidency. I hope folks who are supporting Barack Obama aren't lulled into a false sense of security and fail to vote.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Helping Women Survivors of War Rebuild Their Lives | Women for Women International

O.K, so this new Stumble software was a bad idea. I can "waste" a lot of time on it. But, I had heard about this site, and I am really glad that it pointed me to Helping Women Survivors of War Rebuild Their Lives | Women for Women International.

Frig poetry

I downloaded the Stumble toolbar...it takes you "randomly" to sites across the web, based on preferences you indicated, and how you rate previous sites it has suggested (thumbs up, thumbs down). Well, it has me hooked now...it just pointed me to Play with my magnetic words! We never got around to putting our frig poetry up when we moved in to our house, and now with a two year old and a one year old, it's gonna be a while.

Fall Flavors



I'm not a big fan of fall, except perhaps fall colors and flavors. Here is a page dedicated to pumpkin, courtesy of our friends at Skirt, *again*! This is such a great email.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Peppermint Ice Cream

Amelie loves peppermint ice cream. I never really thought much about peppermint ice cream, I usually go for coffee flavors, gooey chocolate or anything remotely related to Kahlua. But Auntie Jenn had peppermint the last time we went to Kimball Farms, and couldn't finish it so I had some...and it was so good I picked up some Edy's peppermint. Amelie wanted more and more this afternoon. I think she is teething, and so it probably felt really good in her mouth too. ;-)

Friday, October 24, 2008

More kid cuteness - just general ramblings...

Okay, my kids are just so damn cute! :-)

I know, I know, every parent thinks this, but mine really *are*! LOL!

Evan's cutest thing these days is that he has LEARNED the word cute. He calls his sister cute mostly, but will occasionally tell us that I am cute "Mommy cute" or that Kevin is cute "Daddy cute".

Amelie is still the happiest baby ever. She cries when she wakes in the morning if we haven't heard her waking and picked her up. But even then, sometimes she just taps me on the shoulder if I'm sleeping close enough to the edge of the bed that she can reach me from her pack-n-play.

Both children are just LOVING our new Laurie Berkner Band cd, Rocketship Run. "Evan dancing" he says as he spins around like a crazy man. He plays the drum and every other instrument imaginable (some real, some imagined) to it. He reports "Evan playing the bass". I wrote about how he loves the music at Hope Church. He now talks about "Sara playing the violin", and "Neil playing the bass" and "Bobby playing the drums" and even "Todor play the piano". (He actually says "da violin" and "da drums" most of the time).

By the way - This Laurie cd is so great...songs with every kind of feel to it, creative and snappy songs. Her ballads are the best of her career on this one. I don't love the "Going on a Hunt" theme throughout, it is mostly cheesy...and hearing the same song over and over doesn't work really well. But I do like the idea of presenting one song with several different treatments to teach kids about different kinds of music.

Back to how cute my kids are. Amelie is so observant, and helpful! If I ask Evan to do something (bring me something mostly), he will do it fairly often. But most often than not, he ignores me, and Amelie hears the request and *she'll* do it for me when Evan doesn't! Good girl.

Evan is *telling* us about things more and more. We went to the library for a music time yesterday. He didn't care for it, to put it mildly, I think because it was the largest group of kids he'd ever seen. So we went to the kids section and he looked at their aquarium for quite a long time. When Kevin got home he told him all about the fish!

Amelie has a few more words, but mostly points and says "Do do!" She has a lot to say, just not a lot of words to say it with yet. At the library I spent most of my time watching Evan in case he decided to run off. But Amelie both ventured around checking things out *and* stayed pretty close to mommy. She's going to be an independent little thing, and I just hope I never do anything to squash that! LOL!

Oh there is just so much cuteness and not enough time to write it all down. So there will be plenty more posts about how cute my kids are. Check out the pictures at The Kelly Family Album on Shutterfly.

More Election Humor

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die


I am just loving all the funny videos associated with this election. This one isn't high on content, but it is very enjoyable - and makes it's point well. Wait, especially for those of us who remember Opie, Richie and Fonz. ;-) (3 min. 45 seconds, worth it for the Fonz part!)

Barack Obama's endorsement from the NY Times

There have been a few articles of note lately that highlight the reasons our family is voting for Barack O'bama. He has now received an endorsement from the Neww York Times.

Jim Wallis also wrote a thoughtful piece about his personal faith priorities this election, and while it never mentions either candidate, it is clear Barack Obama is the one who will achieve these goals.

Happy Reading!

Amy

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hopes for a Better Winter

I just got a lightbox! I have used it for 3 mornings now. I don't know when or if I will notice a difference, but I am really hoping this will be a better winter than any I have experienced in a long time. I am, like so many others...so affected by the shortening days. I hate winter in general for all of the constraints on my getting around, but I really think this is going to help with that overwhelming, hopeless feeling I inevitably get at some point during the winter. I think the lack of light just builds and builds in me until I lose it.

Here's hoping!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Amen, Amen, Amen Amen Amen!


If you don't know the song, you can't "hear it" in your head, but Kevin and I heard it loud and clear on the way home from church last night. We sing "the Amen" after the offertory each week, as the children process up the aisle after church school. It is such a beautiful affirmation of the children in our church - a real celebration *each week* of their presence among us.

Well, Evan has long loved the Amen song. But this week, as we were driving home and he started to sing, and Kevin and I joined in....we heard an extra little Amen in the back seat. Amelie was singing along! :-)

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Bread of Life

Elizabeth Myer Boulton, preached this sermon on October 5th. I wasn't there, but I was blessed by it when I listened to it. You can be blessed by it too. Please listen by clicking on the title of her sermon, or click here. Amen.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mod Retro Indie Clothing & Vintage Clothes

So I just found this website Mod Retro Indie Clothing; Vintage Clothes (courtesy of the Skirt.com daily email again!). They don't offer "big girl" sizes, so for right now I have to be happy with their jewelry. They say they hope to "grow" and offer my size in 2009. Maybe I won't need a big girl size by then (yeah, right ;-), but if you all give them business and help them "grow" - perhaps they'll carry my size sooner! :-)

I'm trying to come up with "the" word to describe my taste in clothes. This site calls it "Indie", others have it listed as "Bohemian"...any other thoughts?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

an old Peter Mulvey performance from the Spring

Mama voted for obama


Never mind "Why Mama is a Democrat", a book I have long wanted for my kids. Now there is Mama voted for Obama! My son already can answer you when you ask him "Evan, who do we want to be president?" - he has a lot of fun chanting "O-bama!". Now, whether O'bama wins, or (God forbid), loses, I can read him this book! It doesn't have the substance of "Why Mommy is a Democrat" or "Why Daddy is a Democrat", but that's o.k. Books shouldn't do everything for a parent anyway. This book can open up the conversation, and you can tell you child for yourself, your own personal reasons for choosing Obama over "the other guy". ;-)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I heard from Mama Mama Quite Contrary!

How cool is this. The wonderful woman who blogs over at Mama Mama, Quite Contrary wrote me to say she appreciated my post on Columbus Day. I am a huge fan of "Mama Mama", and told her what a thrill it was that she was reading my blog. She told me she was thrilled I read *her* blog! I so enjoy reading about her trials and tribulations with her kids, and her thoughts on how she hopes to raise her babies (much like the hopes I have for my own children). The world just got a little smaller. Thank you, internet. ;-)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Foxes

This afternoon, while I was pulling Evan down from our front window he had climbed up onto :-(, I saw a fox walking across the front of the house. It's neat living somewhere where you can see that kind of wildlife...even if I wouldn't have felt that way, had we seen him up-close and personal. ;-)

Indigenous People's Issues Today: Indigenous Peoples Day: Replacing Columbus Day

Don't get me wrong. I am pleased as punch that Kevin had the day off yesterday, and that I had one less day by myself with the kids all day. But I am quite supportive of the idea of Indigenous Peoples Day Replacing Columbus Day. Columbus Day is not a day to be "celebrated" when you think about the consequences for Native Americans.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My little girl can dial 9-1-1

Yep. She was on my lap and took the phone and started playing with it. Yep, with the odds being 1 in 100, she dialed 9, and then 1 and then 1. Actually, it's less than 1 in 100 if you count the pound key and the star key. But she has the phone up to her ear and I can hear a gentleman say, "911". I got on the phone and said "Oh my, I am so sorry! My little girl dialed this...there is no emergency.". Turns out, an officer still has to come over, just to confirm there is no emergency. This is actually a really smart policy, but I was still in my nightgown and not at all pleased. Luckily at least they sent over a female officer.

{{sigh}} and the beat goes on....

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Prayers for National Coming Out Day (today!)


I posted a request for prayer ideas for our church for National Coming Out Day to an email list I am on. A wonderful soul, the webmaster for My Out Spirit.com, posted my request and the prayers that followed, on the My Out Spirit Blog. I feel blessed to have been a small part of this.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Drumlin Farm!


Kevin and I and the kids had so much fun yesterday at Drumlin Farm! The kids got to see cows, horses, chicken, goats and sheep - and several scarecrows. It was exciting to see them interact with so many animals. And it was fun to see how very independent Miss Amelie is. She kept running off ahead of us! And Evan was very sweet. There were one or two spots where it was easier for me for Kevin to just run on and show them the spot so I didnt' have to traverse it with my chair - and Evan would say, "Come on, Mommy!".

Evan and Amelie both had a really nice time with Grandma and Grandma's friend Carol today. They played out in the backyard while mommy rested. :-)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

MySpace.com - Gary Chapman - NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Country - www.myspace.com/garychapman57

One of my all time favorite singer-songwriters has a new page on MySpace. Gary Chapman was an incredible voice in the Contemporary Christian music scene. He has written some of the most beautiful, devout songs of love for God and God's love for us I have ever heard. He hasn't had a new album out in years, but now you can hear new songs from Gary on this page. This is a very good thing. :-)

Sustainable Tablle & Eat Well Guide

These links from Skirt's Daily Muse will probably make it into my sidebar in a couple of days. For now:

Sustainable Food is about foods that are healthy for you *and* the environment. Gotta feel good about that!

And Eat Well Guide helps you find local, sustainable and organic food. I love how the web helps us to live in a way that is better for us and our world!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Not one of our better days...

So yesterday, Evan had the run of the kitchen. He brought a dining room chair up to the kitchen counter, climbed up, and started playing "drums" with a wooden spoon and the bread maker. "O.K.", I figured. He won't hurt the bread maker. So I sit down to the computer to email Daddy at work. Then, I hear water running. By the time I get to the kitchen, he has taken the water *sprayer* and sprayed the entire area of floor around his chair. There was no way I could get at him without my crutches slipping out from under me, which would still not result in my getting to him. What a moment of utter helplessness and powerlessness. Thank goodness my dear friend Julie called. I was in tears, and she came right over and cleaned up the water and even offered to take my little dev....er, I mean "angel" over to her house. We all took a nap instead. ;-)

An American Hero

I hope someday, children learn about Justin Dart in school. They should. And some of these disability activists as well.

More music....Laurie Berkner!

Evan is in the kitchen, banging on Daddy's breakmaker with two plastic baby spoons. I can't blame him. Laurie Berkner's new cd "Rocketship Run" is in the cd player, and it begs you to sing along, play along, whatever you got. As I put it in, I said to him "5-4-3-2-1!" and he replied "Rocketship Run!"

Laurie's music is so singable, danceable, and *smart*. She doesn't dumb-down for kids. I know this isn't all that unique these days, but it is just one of the many qualities of her music that makes it so wonderful. Another is just the simply joy in her songs.

This latest cd from the Laurie Berkner band is my favorite. I mean, there are some venerable favorites on her earlier cds, learned from Jack's Big Music show. But this one is just as wonderful, and has a more up-to-date sound which I like. Good kids music. Just another blessing....

Music, music, music

Evan and Amelie both love music. I've been talking about how Evan sings along with *everything* now, and how sweet it is to hear that little voice sing.

Now, he uses my crutch as an upright bass! LOL! He sees one every Sunday, courtesy of Neil at Hope Church, and he really gets rockin' on his "crutch-bass". Sometimes he plays soft and slow, other times, you can tell he really wants to rock.

Speaking of music, my favorite daily email today (Skirt) sent me a link to this really cool music site called Musicovery. You pick your genre, your mood and any preferred time period and viola! A cool music mix.