Sunday, October 12, 2008


We work up to about 6-8" of snow this morning. It was fun for the kids (after I dug through boxes to find winter clothes). Owen always has to make a snow man. He and Hannah could stay out all day, Brayden gets to cold.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Free Handbag

If you want a chance to win a free handbag go to They are giving away 24 in 24 hours. They look nice.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Points To Ponder

At the risk of turing this into a political blog, I felt I needed to post the following and add my Amen.

Here is someone with the money to fund a rebuttal to what Howard Dean, Democratic National Committee Chairman, said recently that manyRepublican have never done an honest day's work in their life. The following full page ad was placed in the Washington Post by a businessman named George J. Esseff, Sr. He paid $104,655.60 to run thead and only did it because he is sick and tired of the way that "the rich" are portrayed by liberals these days. It is a great read. Maybe you're a Republican?

In today's America ask a growing number of high school and college students, their teachers and professors, the self-anointed media elite and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the question,"What is a Republican?" and you'll be told "... a rich, greedy,egotistical individual, motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the expense of the environment, the working poor....and all whom they exploit..."

I am a Republican - And I am none of those things....and I don't knowany Republicans who are!
WHAT I AM first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plusyears, the father of four and an American who's proud of hiscountry...and his country's heritage.

WHAT I AM is the grandson of immigrants who risked every-thing,including their lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny insearch of freedom.

WHAT I AM is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessedfirst hand the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup linesthat followed. I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who hadvery little themselves, share what food they had with a half dozenother families, who had even less.

WHAT I AM is someone who worked his way through college by holdingdown three and four jobs at a time and then used that education to builda better life.

WHAT I AM is a husband who at age 24 started his own business for the"privilege" of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything Ihad including my health, in search of a better life for myself and myloved ones.

WHAT I AM is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears....and plentyof them..., made it possible for me to provide a secure living not onlyfor my family and myself, but also for literally hundreds of myemployees throughout the years. Employees who in turn were able to buytheir own homes, raise their own families and give back to theircommunities and their country.

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed thiscountry... and all for which it stands.

WHAT I AM is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist intoday's world, you need only to look into the face of those who receivedthem....and the eyes of those who give them.

WHAT I AM is an American who's proud that his President embraces abelief in God; proud of a President who understands, as "politicallyincorrect" as it may be, there is evil in this world and for thesecurity and safety of all freedom loving people everywhere, it must beconfronted...and it must be defeated.

WHAT I AM is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that ourPresident refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety andsecurity of this nation, to be governed by the political whims offoreign governments.

WHAT I AM is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see onlynegativity in America; racism in her people; class warfare in hersociety and "political incorrectness" in her character.

WHAT I AM is a former democrat who now understands that it is thesoldier and not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of press,speech and dissent.

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A man who isrepulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at theexpense of the unborn.

WHAT I AM is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity ofmarriage and the preservation of the family unit.

WHAT I AM is a ex-movie goer who is repulsed by those insecure,socially inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated "entertainers" whohave appointed themselves "experts" in the fields of national securityand geo-politics and then use their forum to attack this nation, itsleaders and its actions....much to the delight and encouragement of ourenemies.

WHAT I AM is an American who understands the difference between"censorship" and "choice." Evidently, these individuals do not, becausewhen these same "celebrities" receive public ridicule for theiroffensive actions, the first thing they yell is "censorship." What theyseem incapable of understanding is...the right of free speech anddissent is shared equally by those well as those whooffend. I support and will continue to support those films andperformers whom I choose to and refuse to support those I don't. It ismy right as an American a right I will continue to enthusiasticallyexercise.

WHAT I AM is a voter, tired of politicians who every time theirvoting records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attentionfrom their political and legislative failures by accusing theiropponents of "attack ads" and "negative campaigning"....and the newsmedia who allow them to get away with it.

WHAT I AM is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith....and who'sbeen taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love,peace and charity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of thoseindividuals in both private and public life whose decisions and actionsare devoid of any sense of character or morals; individuals who are onlydriven by what's best for them....rather than what's right... oftentimes at the expense of many....including our national security.

WHAT I AM is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack thatmurdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here,in our heartland. That's why I sincerely believe America needs now, morethan ever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and whospeaks with a voice when heard by both friend and foe alike isunderstood, respected and believed.

WHAT I AM is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having thebravery to speak out against Communism and the courage of hisconvictions in leading the fight to defeat it; and George W. Bush forthe vision, courage, conviction and leadership he has shown in America'swar on terrorism amidst both the constant and vicious, personal andpolitical attacks both he and his family are made to endure.

WHAT I AM is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, buta man nonetheless who though not always successful has continuallystrived to do "what's right" instead of "what's easy." A man who ischallenging the religious leaders of all faiths, to not only preach totheir congregations the fundamentals of "what's right" and "what'swrong," but to also then hold them accountable for their actions in boththe public and private sectors.

WHAT I AM is disgusted with the Courts who on one hand call themurder of a pregnant woman a "double homicide," but then refer to theabortion of her baby as "pro-choice".

WHAT I AM is someone deeply troubled by a political party whichembraces a candidate whose primary "leadership" qualities center aroundhis protesting of the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men andwomen who fought in it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in thataction), as rapists, and war criminals (John Kerry). That same politicalparty then stepped forward this year to block the appearance of a trueVietnam war hero, retired Admiral and former United States Senator,Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent seven years and seven torturous monthsin a North Vietnam prison), from speaking before an open session of theCalifornia legislature as part of that state's 4th of July celebration.The reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow this American hero tospeak before their state legislature was because of the "conservative"nature of his views. As an American, that troubles me wellit should you. (Are you listening Mr. D?)

WHAT I AM is a man who feels the need to spend, ONE HUNDRED & FOURTHOUSAND, SIX HUNDRED & FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($104, 655.60, taxpaid) of his own money, to purchase this advertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some may say this money would have been better spent feeding the world's poor. At the risk of sounding self-serving, as an merican and as a Republican, for the last six decades of my life, I have done exactly that...and more. Following the examples of my parents nd grandparents, I have used my earnings to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly and medical care for the sick.....and continue to do so...and I'm not alone in that work.

WHAT I AM is someone who is paying for this announcement at my sole expense in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who, through eithe rignorance, or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party that holds true to the belief, "The rights of the governed, exceed the power of the government." For those interested, I am speaking only as a tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with the Republican National Committee, nor with any ofits directors, or delegates.

WHAT I AM is a man who understands, "the American way of life" is a message of self-empowerment for all.

WHAT I AM is an American who is grateful that our nation gives eachof us the opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from the fruits of self achievement.

WHAT I AM is an American who wants to preserve that way of life forall who seek it.

WHAT I AM is blessed to be an American.... and proud to be a Republican