Monday, October 29, 2007

Great time

I had a great time this weekend and met some new people at 40 Days for Life. It was amazing to see the pictures from previous days, the journal notes others have left and the care and warmth from so many people towards human life born and unborn.

We did not yell. There were no graphic pictures- only pictures of born babies and signs with the words "Choose life", "Every life is precious" and other similar signs. We had the honks of approval as well as angry people yelling. I wonder how 3 women holding signs, sitting in a chair reading Bibles or even just information on the campaign could evoke such a response. I suppose their conscience got the best of them and that was all they could do was get angry with us instead of themselves.

One thing is for sure, the program worked. We even got Planned Parenthood upset. Their concern is of course the $400-650 they lose as each person turns away. I think of the little life that got a chance that day and it makes a world of a difference to me.

Monday, October 22, 2007


The gift of life is all too often a gift unappreciated; whether it's our own life that we allow to quickly slip through our hands without intervention or the lives of loved ones that we don’t appreciate until it’s too late. Perhaps though, it is the greatest tragedy to not appreciate the lives of the most innocent in our culture. To stand by idly while the innocent are devalued; their lives reduced to the word “choice” and do nothing- to stand silent and shake our heads in disbelief and walk way, never to think on it again.

Inaction- inaction is acceptance and toleration. In our culture, tolerance means to show no qualms with whom you disagree. It means to accept what your opponents say as fact and to stay silent. To utter an opposing word is not only intolerant but it is to some ignorant. I, for one, stand proud to be intolerant.

I will not tolerate the devaluation of human life and it’s most precious and sacred form. I will not tolerate those who tell me to stay silent for the ones who cannot defend themselves. I will not stand idly by and cover my mouth when I see injustice in hopes that I will be viewed as tolerant as being part of the “in” crowd that society has made. I will not comply with societal conventions that tell us not only is God not real but life isn’t valuable- it’s your choice to take it away and do with it what you want. I will not accept their lies and their false truths. It isn’t me and it never will be.

I may fall and I am imperfect but even I see the value in human life and the need to keep your mind guarded- some call it close minded. I call in intelligent thinking. One of my favorite quotes is “An open mind is a sign of an empty head”. I will think for myself and not subscribe to mob mentality. It’s not me to be a follower. I was born to be a leader. It’s just who I am.

For a touching story of life....
How to get involved in your community...

Who has the right to determine the value of a human life but God? He died for us- how can we call a child, or any life, invaluable if he was willing to die to save it?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Petit Le Mans and the ATL zoo

October 5th we left Knoxville and headed to Georgia for the Petit Le Mans race in Braselton, GA. The race was Saturday the 6th. It was a lot of fun and my first time at anything of this sort. It was great- the weather gave us a small break in the morning but it did heat up in the afternoon. I was also visually reminded exactly what "Georgia Clay" is- it's not dirt, it's not's clay...plain and simple.

All and all we had a great time- toured the 'city' we stayed in-Cumming, GA and apparently insulted a local when I said "Ooooh" to the fact that a fair was coming to town the next week. I mean we had been searching for the hotel for an hour- they like to give their roads 3 names each--no kidding. Apparently Buford Blvd is the same as Old Atlanta Hwy and Ronald Reagan Hwy....and really who knew the fair was such a big deal? I must admit there are some very nice homes around this hole in the wall though :)

So on Sunday we left and played at the zoo- saw a crocodile that we thought was dead. He did eventually move- although I did not witness it- we think it was on rails and they move him when people notice he isn’t breathing...or moving when hit on the head with a pebble or two (no not me...ahem Jeff). We saw the red, white and black zebras- again due to Georgia clay. It seems once I mentioned the clay being the reason the zebras were red, everyone did. I am a trend starter what can I say??

Then we took a spur of the moment road trip to Buckhead. I've never been and we are pretty random so it made sense to us. The drive was beautiful. I miss substantial, old trees lining a road. The way the light peeks through the leaves and all the games the shadows play on the road. There are definitely times I miss Georgia and of course my family. But, I have made new memories in Tennessee and have family here also. Not to mention my countless friends and love. It’s a great state also but every now and then I get homesick.

The trip was a success and we had a great time. I will post some pics to keep you all entertained--lol
Jeff and Kim outside the Zoo
Monkeys in the trees (I dont remember the 'real' name)
The "dead" croc

My kangaroo!!

This is me and a monkey who wore a racing outfit- he had a helmet too....very funny!! And this is one of the Ferrari race cars

One of the shots I love....
Jeff and Kim at the race track
The cars were fast- can you tell??

The end :)