Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Oh Say Can You See (Pt 2)

I am sending this Pt. 2 to my last blog as an update and apology.

I inadvertently included a link to a video that included a political message at the end that I neither realized was there nor supported. While it did contain the message that I wanted to relay, I did not want to lead anyone to incorrect conclusions about what I was really trying to say.

I have a great video on my computer that I wanted to add here, but as this blog is still a learning process for me, I am having technical difficulties adding this video.

I decided to go back to youtube.com for one more try and have found a replacement video which contains the desired message sans political commentary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op9av2hITVw

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light...

I am a big patriot at heart. I love being a citizen of the United States of America and I am thankful everyday for the privilege of being able to call myself a US citizen.

I don't know if I was always like this, but I do believe I was at least at heart; I do recall not wanting to pledge my allegiance to an inanimate object in the first grade, but I digress.

As a Girl Scout leader a few years ago (about 6 to be exact), trying to instill some patriotism into my troop, I gave my girls a lesson on the history of our nation's national anthem. I myself had never learned about the story behind the song, but I was always one of those wimpy people that teared up at the song whenever I heard it ~ and being a baseball fan, I hear it a lot. Now knowing the story behind the song, I really cannot hear it with out being overwhelmed with a feeling of patriotism.

I think no matter how bad things get in this world or in this country, I will always be thankful to call my self a US Citizen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwsq7frSB5Q
http://www.usa-flag-site.org/song-lyrics/star-spangled-banner.shtml

Monday, June 22, 2009

Jon and Kate Gosselin Divorce

So I think it is safe to say that there are very few people we encounter in our day to day life today that haven't had a water cooler debate about the state of the marriage of Jon and Kate Gosselin. Well fuel has just been added to those debates with the announcement on today's episode that they have separated (an announcement that is probably no surprise to most) and that earlier today they filed for the dissolution of their marriage in a Pennsylvania court.

I watched today's episode with my husband, discussing in between commercials what we had seen or what had been said in the previous segment. We each had our "she said", "he said" moments, but at the end of the day (or show), we remain on the outside looking in, and we will never know, and never presume to know, what it is like when the cameras are not rolling and they get to be just Jon, just Kate and just their 8. Ours is not to judge who is at fault in arriving at this moment in their lives, but I do know that ours is to keep them in prayer.

I find that what has become of them is very sad. They (or Kate) may say differently, but I can't help but think that "Reality TV" is the biggest contributor to their current state of affairs. I had been a fan of the show pretty much since the beginning. One of the key appeals to me was that they appeared to be such a grounded couple; grounded first in their faith, second in their marriage and lastly in the raising of their family.

I don't pretend to imagine what raising 8 children all under the age of 10 is like (I raised one and that was a handful for me!); nor do I pretend to imagine the pressure that raising a family under the scrutiny of camera places on a marriage. But being a believer, I do know that “All things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27; and that when we place Him first in our lives we don't have easier lives, but we do have a place to bring our troubles when the world around us fails. It troubles me to see that the ways of the world have so clouded their vision that it would appear that they have forgotten to put God first.

I pray that one day we may see a more amicable couple in Jon and Kate (whether married or divorced), but most of all I pray that they are able to continue to raise their 8 to be productive contributors to the world. However, maybe they need to do that off camera.

Welcome to my Pink at Heart Blog

Well, here I am; I find myself in the midst of the Social Networking wave. I have a Facebook page, I twitter, I'm Linkedin and at one time I even actively kept up a MySpace page (although only really to keep tabs on my then teenage daughter, she's mostly grown up now and not a teenager) ~ its still there, but I'm not. But when it has come to blogging/online journaling, I find myself on the outside looking in, but really wanting to be part of this world. I feel like I have at least a little bit to say about just about everything, so I decided to jump in feet first into the world of blogging/online journaling.



So I made the decision to join in, but then there was the matter of a name. Should I use my own name or should I have a catchy/cutesy name? After much thought and consideration of all options, I decided on "Pink at Heart" for the title of my little space of social networking.



Why you may ask? Well first there is the obvious Pink is my absolute favorite color! A little less obvious to those who don't know me well is the fact that Pink is more than a color to me.



You see, I stem from a family of 6 siblings, 1 boy and 5 girls. Three of my sisters are all breast cancer "victims" (for lack of a better word). My oldest sister was diagnosed in 1981, I was just 14 years old at the time, so the words "breast cancer" seem to have been part of my life for most of my life. Since that time, another sister has battled both ovarian and breast cancer, and third sister also face breast cancer. In my opinion, this is a blessing, I grew up with an awareness of a disease that even today some people do not have.



I consider myself an advocate for the cause, and what you may find on this blog that I will often post about what I read, hear, or just plain old feel about breast cancer, breast cancer awareness, etc.; this is a subject near and dear to my heart. But since I don't want this blog to be just about one thing/cause, you will also find that I will post about what I read, hear or just plain feel about other things as well. I like to think of myself as a multi-faceted person, so I hope to make this blog multi-faceted as well.



Once again, welcome to my blog. I imagine this may be a slow start, but I hope you stick around for the ride as I get the hang of this thing.



Thank you!
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