Daddy…

Someday when I am old enough,
A hero I will be;
Just like all those other soldiers,
Who sail across the sea.

I’ll join the Navy;
Stand up tall, and wear my stripes with pride,
And when the time comes to protect,
I’ll sail along the tide.

They say I’m like my daddy;
In most every single way.
So when I get to be his size,
I’ll enlist that very day.

My daddy is a hero;
So strong and proud and kind,
He serves his country in the kind of way
A man to man may bind.

Though my dad didn’t come home
From war some years ago,
I still remember his strong kind spirit,
And this one thing I know;

No matter who you’re daddy is,
Red, yellow, black or white,
He should always be forever
Your model, soldier, and knight.

-Jennifer

Gunfighting rules… hmmm…

US Marine Corp Rules for Gunfighting

1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
2. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
3. Have a plan.
4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won’t work.
5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a “4.”
7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral & diagonal preferred.)
9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating

Navy SEALS Rules For Gunfighting
1. Look very cool in sunglasses.
2. Kill every living thing within view.
3. Return quickly to looking cool in latest beach wear.
4. Check hair in mirror.

US Army Rangers Rules For Gunfighting
1. Walk in 50 miles wearing 75 pound ruck while starving.
2. Locate individuals requiring killing.
3. Request permission via radio from “Higher” to perform killing.
4. Curse bitterly when mission is aborted.
5. Walk out 50 miles wearing a 75 pound ruck while starving.

Army Rules For Gunfighting
1. Select a new beret to wear
2. Sew combat patch on right shoulder
3. Change the color of beret you decide to wear

US Air Force Rules For Gunfighting
1. Have a cocktail
2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner
3. See what’s on HBO
4. Determine “what is a gunfight”
5. Request more funding from Congress with a “killer” PowerPoint presentation
6. Wine & dine ‘key’ Congressmen, invite DoD & defense industry executives
7. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets
8. Declare the assets “strategic” and never deploy them operationally
9. Tell the Navy to send the Marines

US Navy Rules For Gunfighting
1. Go to Sea
2. Drink Coffee
3. Watch TV
4. Send the Marines

You have all probably read this; it’s such an oldie. Oh well. Some were funny and other parts I thought picked on certain military branches too much. Poor Air Force! I’m going to root for them on this one. Of course I like all branches… but the Air Force is STILL military. Yep, true Nebraskan speaking here. It’s so flat and… empty here just about the only thing thrilling is being in the sky. Go Offutt Air Force Base!

Jennifer

Why We Are At War…

Isn’t it amazing how quickly we can learn something and then almost immediately forget it and return to our old ways? Sad, even. Take September 11th, for example. On that day, America experienced it’s worst and most devastating attack on American soil in more then 50 years. The cost of lives that day was horrendous, reaching a total of 3,000. Americans were stunned, thinking that here, where everything has been peaceful for so long, nothing could ever happen to us. We’re invincible! We mourned. Family members of those victims will always remember the shock and pain vividly; the cut and void left by that empty space at the table goes too deep. But what about those of us who weren’t personally connected with 9/11? Sure, we felt the sadness then; very deeply, but what about now? With a war going on, have we taken our eyes off of WHY we are fighting?

To those who oppose the war, even families of victims who don’t think going into Iraq was the wisest choice; please pause and think for one moment just how horrific, how bloody and purely evil the acts of those radical Muslims were. Their intent was all evil. They hate us for the threat we are to their safety; they hate us even for our freedom and prosperity. They have hated us for decades and that is not going to change. If we had not gone to war, not only would Iraq still be in bondage and restriction, but we ourselves would have continued to be attacked and bombed. After 9/11 (and even now) we are still picking up traces of radical Muslims here in America who have been hiding, just waiting for the opportune moment to attack. When we went to war, we were saying to every terrorist; “we are America. We will not stand for this kind of injustice and cruelty. We can, and will, fight to protect our rights and our lives. Don’t mess with us.”

The liberal media is the main source of brainwashing that the average American often succumbs to. Arguments of unfound WMD’s, mixed with the unavoidable anti-American view are pulling people away from the truth; terrorists are the enemies, America is the good guy. Honestly, I can’t imagine what affect this bombarding on America has on our troops. Here they are, risking their lives for what they believe is good and right, and America is saying “no thanks, we don’t need your help, you’re only making it worse.” I say this; Saddam Hussein was captured… thousands of insurgents have been either killed or captured… schools have been built and girls are now getting an education… women are now starting to be respected as human beings, prisoners have been released, hospitals improved, elections held. I say this is a big step from being dictated over by suppressive men who performed mass murders on their own people. I would rather Iraqi children have life and America be protected from evil than we live in a world where no one has the freedom to speak or have freedom of religion.

Easter…

It’s easter. These holidays come so fast!

Last night we had passover… alone, since we are still kind of sick and not fun to be around. The remembrance, praying, waiting, being hungry, drinking cup after cup of grape juice (not wine) and then finally getting to eat all the good food. It was a long wait and we sure did enjoy the food but of course we did not (and will not) forget what it’s all about. And then we all admired the red moon (yes, it really was red) before we hustled the (CRABBY, I might add) boys off to bed. We watched Elf after the boys went to bed, which is a good thing because there was a horrible burping scene… we would have never heard the end of that had the boys seen it. It has some really funny parts… otherwise it’s pretty dumb and not worth any money. But that’s just my opinion…

If you have a couple more minutes there is a site you absolutely have to visit and comment on; Ma Deuce Gunner. It’s a mil blog and he needs comments! Don’t know what to say? I am sure “thank you” will suffice.

GOD BLESS AMERICA OUR TROOPS!!!
Jennifer

Frumpy?

Frumpy Fashion

“We need not be frumpy to be godly.” A friend of mine made this observation recently, when we were discussing the frumpy stage we’d all gone through, while attempting to follow the conservative trends and the peer pressure of the homeschool movement.We called it modest, but it was frumpy.We said we wanted to stand out, but in fact we were responding to peer pressure.The truth is, you don’t have to be frumpy to be godly! I’ve learned more and more lately about how important it is to look good for the man in my life. I am a reflection on him. I want him to be proud to have me by his side. I want to look cute for him, not frumpy. In the same way, what we wear is to be a reflection of Christ. We don’t want the world to equate the word “Christ” with frumpiness. We need to look our best for our man and our Lord.As you do your spring cleaning this year, analyze your closet’s contents while thinking through a man’s eyes. Ask yourself honestly, is this modest, or is it just frumpy? Today I’m celebrating my freedom from jumpers, my freedom in Christ. Because I believe it is possible to be fashionable and modest.

– I found this on ylcf.org. Great site. I love this article. Nice and encouraging! Hey yeah, I’m ready to stand out!!!

Jennifer

P.S. (this young woman is married… she wasn’t talking about her boyfriend! 🙂

Terry Schiavo

Legal Wrangling Continues
Friday, March 18, 2005

WASHINGTON — The feeding tube that has kept a severely brain-damaged woman alive for the past 15 years has been removed, FOX News has confirmed, but legal wrangling continued Friday as lawmakers fought over the fate of Terri Schiavo.

Lawyers from the U.S. House of Representatives went to Florida to deliver subpoenas to several individuals involved in the controversial case. Schiavo, who has been in a persistent vegetative state for those 15 years, had been scheduled to have the tube — her means of survival — removed at 1 p.m. EST Friday, on instruction from her husband, Michael.

U.S. House Republican leaders were in the process of appealing the latest decision to allow removal of the tube before it was actually taken out.

Pinellas Circuit Court Chief Judge David Demers ordered that the feeding tube remain in place as his colleague, Judge George Greer, held a hearing in the case that began at 12:30 p.m. EST. The chief counsel of the House of Representatives requested a phone link into Greer’s hearing.
FOX News has learned that the counsel for the House Government Reform Committee issued subpoenas to Schiavo herself, her husband, the hospice administrator and two of the patient’s attending physician.

FOX News has obtained copies of the subpoenas, which direct the recipients to appear at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast in Pinellas Park, on Friday, March 25 at 10 a.m. EST.
In addition to the testimony, the subpoenas require that Schiavo’s feeding tube remain in place, stating, “No things including those things reflecting data, information, or records called for by this request shall be destroyed, modified, transferred, disconnected, discontinued, or otherwise made inaccessible to the Committee.”

Further, it reads: “This request is continuing in nature and applies to any newly deployed things required for the continued hydration and nutrition of Theresa Schiavo.”
Since Terri Schiavo herself has been designated a congressional witness, Schiavo’s family or other concerned parties can go to the U.S. attorney in Florida and ask for a temporary restraining order against anyone wishing to harm her, sources on Capitol Hill say.

An ‘Act of Barbarism’
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay , R-Texas, House Whip Roy Blunt (search), R-Mo., and other lawmakers on Friday held a press conference urging the court to modify its ruling so the Schiavos and others could appear before the committee.

Saying removal of the tube would be “an act of barbarism” that must be prevented, DeLay blasted Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., who he said blocked Senate passage of the Protection of Incapacitated Persons Act of 2005, a measure inspired by the Schiavo case.
“Those senators responsible for blocking our bill … have put Miss Schiavo’s life at risk,” DeLay said. “We care about saving Terri Schiavo’s life. The House bill will do that.”
He also said Schiavo was very much alive.

“She’s not just barely alive, she’s not being kept alive, she is alive as you and I, and as such, we have a moral obligation to protect and defend her from the fate premeditated by the Florida courts,” DeLay said. “This is not over — we are still working.”

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn, on Friday said: “The Senate and the House remain dedicated to saving Terri Schiavo’s life. While discussions over possible legislative remedies continue, the Senate and the House are taking action to keep her alive in the interim.”
The effort came after lawmakers in both Washington and Tallahassee failed in attempts to pass legislation to keep Schiavo’s husband from having the tube pulled, despite heavy lobbying by Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.

“Bob and Mary Schindler have been praying to God for a miracle to save their daughter and we believe right now the miracle may come from the middle district, the federal court here in Tampa. The miracle might be these actions taken by the United States Congress,” said David Gibbs, the Schindler’s attorney. “But we believe Terri’s is a life worth living.”

But a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida told FOX News that the office will not get involved in the Schiavo matter unless instructed to do so by the U.S. attorney general.

Some lawyers told FOX News that Congress had stepped over the line and that the actions being taken were not within its powers.

The courts have decided in the past that it is up to states to make such decisions. The Florida Supreme Court twice ruled that the order to remove Schiavo’s feeding tube was consistent with state and federal law.

Gibbs said he would ask a federal judge in Tampa to block the removal and review the actions of state courts.

Such habeas corpus appeals seek to require the government to justify its actions.
“We are going to ask him to issue a stay because in this case, state action would be used to end the life of an innocent, disabled woman,” Gibbs said.

The Florida House on Thursday passed a bill 78-37 to block the withholding of food and water from patients in a persistent vegetative state who did not leave specific instructions regarding their care. But hours later, the Senate defeated a different measure 21-16, and one of the nine Republicans voting against indicated that any further votes would be futile.

The Florida Senate adjourned at 10 a.m. Friday without taking action on the bill. The chamber will convene again on Tuesday.
Heading to Washington?

In an effort to gain time, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., has requested the presence of Terri Schiavo and her husband for a March 28 hearing regarding health care provided to non-ambulatory patients.

Federal criminal law protects witnesses called before official congressional committee proceedings from anyone who may obstruct or impede a witness’ attendance or testimony.
The law also protects a witness from anyone who — by threats, force, or by any threatening letter or communication — influences, obstructs, or impedes an inquiry or investigation by Congress.

Terri’s brother, Bobby Schindler, told FOX News that Michael Schiavo was “scared to death” to bring Terri to Washington.

That “will allow Washington and the whole world to see Terri and how very alive she is,” he said.
Schindler claimed the family had about 30 affadavits from doctors saying that his sister’s condition could improve.

“She has an incredible will to live,” he added.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters Friday that President Bush “appreciates the actions of those in Congress who are working to defend life.”

Bush earlier issued a statement saying: “The case of Terri Schiavo raises complex issues … Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern.”

His brother, Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, long has supported the parents’ efforts and urged lawmakers to act before it was too late.

Schiavo suffered severe brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped because of a chemical imbalance, and court-appointed doctors say she is in a persistent vegetative state. Michael Schiavo says she told him she would not want to be kept alive artificially. Her parents dispute that, and say she could get better.

Michael Schiavo’s attorney, George Felos, wouldn’t comment on when and how the removal will take place or whether Michael would visit his wife before it happened.
Doctors have said it could take a week or two for Terri Schiavo to die once the tube that delivers water and nutrients is removed.

Dr. Sean Morrison of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York told FOX News that patients in vegetative states such as Schiavo’s do not have painful deaths upon removal of feeding tubes.

“They don’t experience hunger or discomfort, so she doesn’t suffer,” Morrison said. “What happens is, she loses fluids from her body, she enters into a peaceful coma and she passes away very gently.”

– I know this is long but I was too lazy to edit it. *Sigh*. Sad, sad case.

Jennifer

A Tribute To My Ballet Teachers…

I think most teachers don’t realize how much of an influence they have on their students. Especially when they are teaching something the students love to do. I know my teachers have had a huge impact on my life. Here’s a short list of the teachers I have/had; my mom, my dad, my violin teacher, my ballet teachers, God, and the list goes on.

I am VERY blessed to have had such wonderful teachers that share my same beliefs and interests. I just don’t know what I’m going to do when my current ballet teacher can’t teach me anymore… she is SO wonderful and understanding! I am also very fortunate to have such fun fellow pupils who share the same interests I do… ballet class is my social club and it’s such a wonderful place to get encouraged and psyched; because my teacher is just the image I want to mirror when she dances solely for God’s pleasure.

It was so neat to watch Chariots of Fire when he said to his sister, who was skeptical of his dedication to running, that when he runs he can feel God’s pleasure. Isn’t that so cool?  To know that even if you have a bad day or don’t think you did as good, that you are giving God pleasure when you use your talents for His glory. And so to Vivian and Mrs. Spykstra, who have inspired, encouraged, pushed and challenged me, I want to say THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU!

Jennifer

Ten commandments

Here is a method for remembering the ten commandments. The editor of our small town’s newspaper thought this up so I’ll dub it the Gahan Method;

Each word represents the meaning of each commandment.
(think in your mind gissip cassle-jay)

G- God
I- Idol
S- Swear
S- Sabboth
P- Parents

K- Kill
A- Adultary
S- Steal
L- Lie
J- Jealousy

Jennifer

My Girlhood

My girlhood is a pleasant place
Where life and love abound
For here it is that all I am
Is waiting to be found

In play I spend an endless time
Where only I can go
A child still inside the girl
A pure-white, budding rose

My girlhood is a time for God
His hand, His voice, His face
His steady stream of steadfast love
Within my days I trace

I rest assured of this one thing
He’ll never leave my side
For in my girlhood heart of hearts
He always will abide

My girlhood home is all I need
To learn of servant hood
For here my Father and my Mother
Seek only what is good

They take the time to teach me well
And help me understand
That girlhood is a time of life
To lend a helping hand

My girlhood is a priceless gift
A training ground, you see
Where love for others, sisters and brothers
Will always be the key

For God will cover my girlhood years
In all I do and say
‘Till someday a woman I will be
When girlhood passes away

I just thought this was so sweet and encouraging for young women (such as myself)! It reminds me not to be too hasty in growing up… someday I may want to reverse the process! 🙂

Jennifer

P.S. I did not write this poem, obviously. Go here for more on virtuous beauty

The Epidemic

There is an epidemic,
A horrid, awful flu,
That once it strikes, it spreads so fast,
There’s nothing you can do.

It creeps upon it’s victim,
And tears him from his work.
It tells him that he’s bored and tired;
For hours it will lurk.

It causes boredom, sleepiness,
And constant questions of
“I’m bored… what can I do?”
For it’s viewers, this is the most dreaded flu!

What is this cold, this bad disease,
That leaves it’s victims blue?
It’s the awful epidemic that will remain the worst,
It’s boredom, through and through!

I wrote this poem today with little brothers in mind… can anyone relate to this? 🙂

Jennifer