Saturday, December 24, 2011

My Wish For You ...

... that you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Enjoy some old school Bing Crosby singing my favorite Christmas song.

May your days be filled with big smiles, big laughter and big love.

God Bless,

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Last Minute Patriotic Christmas Gift Ideas!

I've been blessed this year.  Blessed with my family, my health and my friends.  And blessed with you!  So, with a few days left until Christmas Day, I wanted to share my favorite books of the year ... Just in time for your last minute gift shopping!
First, I had the pleasure this year of reading The Five Laws of Liberty by Scott Hyland.  This book is an honest examination of the biblical view of freedom.  The Five Laws of Liberty are: Remember the Past,  Embrace the Truth, Respect Humanity, Self-control (Restraint), and Protect and Serve Others.  The amount of information in this book kept me intrigued and mesmerized.  I have a habit of highlighting sentences I like as I read and this book has so many, I might as well highlight the entire book!  One of my favorite quotes discusses the value of privilege in freedom.  Freedom has a taste to those who fight and die for it that the protected with never know.   While I have never had the honor to serve in battle, I will fight for freedom ... as you know from reading my blog and from hearing me speak about our country and her path. There are so many quotes from this book I should share, but I'd be stealing from your reading pleasure.  Get it today!  For yourself and/or a fellow patriot.  It's amazing!

"An invaluable playbook for parents who reject the Nanny State."  This quote from Michelle Malkin is regarding Marybeth Hicks' book Don't Let Kids Drink the Kool-Aid.  As the mother of three children ... two of which are in college ... this book's title instantly caught my attention.  As Marybeth notes, our kids are being indoctrinated through television and their own educators to believe: Socialism is better than a free market, America is a villain, and the Government will save them.  So even though socialism has a historical rate of failure, America has saved millions of lives in the name of liberty and freedom and our economy is tanking under 0bamanomics' Trickle Up Poverty, an alarming number of kids don't believe it.  The government will educate you, and then your obligation is to serve the government's goals, not your own.  Time to turn that television off.  Listen to your kids and what their teachers are saying.  And go buy this book to have an eye opening experience!  It's fantastic!

I am in love with "One Nation Under God - A Book for Little Patriots" by Amelia Hamilton.  I had heard about this book for children via my twitter pals and had the pleasure of meeting Amelia herself at BlogCon11 in Denver last month.  This book is a MUST BUY for our little ones.  They are the future of our country and will love reading this book on the basics of America and her greatness. One of my favorite paragraphs from Three Branches of Government reads:  Checks and balances on each of the three, To keep us safe and fair and free.  The power is divided so no one in king.  We can govern ourselves.  Let freedom ring!  Yes, yes, YES!   I cannot wait to give copies to the kids in my life this Christmas.  You should too so get it today and read along with your children.  It's truly wonderful!

Last, but surely not least, I had the honor of reading Freedom Bee, a hive story by Nicole Haas.  As I opened the children's book and read the dedication "To Wyatt and Cody, may you be forever free," I immediately thought of one of my favorite quotes from Thomas Paine:  If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.  Ah, yes. This quote is close to my heart.  As is this sweet story of a worker bee and his rise to freedom.  Liberty.  Personal Responsibility.  Honor.  It's all covered in a whimsical rhyme about Scout the Bee.  You are all capable of much better things!  This is the moment to spread wide your wings!  Nicole's book is another I'm looking forward to reading with the little ones in my life.  You can also get it via e-Book download so don't delay, buy it today!  

Even I can rhyme when I take my time.  =)  I better stop while I'm ahead.

So there you have it my friends!  A few of my favorite books from this year that I highly recommend you get for yourself, the kiddos and your family/friends.  Be a patriot and join me in celebrating our freedoms by supporting these wonderful authors today.

Thank you, God Bless and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I'll bet ABC News $10,000 their transcript of the Iowa Republican Debate is WRONG **UPDATE**

UPDATE 12/15:  ABC News has corrected their erroneous transcript.  Don't think one person can make a difference?  Think again.  It's sad lil ole me had to call out big news network ABC, but when it needs to be done, do it!  Don't leave it to someone else.  You ARE someone else.  p.s.  Where's my $10K?! :)


Why does the public distrust the mainstream media?  Hmm ...

The list is oh-so-long, but it surely doesn't help when ABC News' own transcript states Governor Rick Perry said "okay" after Mitt Romney's bet and he clearly did NOT.

MITT ROMNEY: You know what? You've raised that before, Rick. And-- you're simply wrong.
RICK PERRY: It-- it-- it was true then. (CHUCKLE) It's true now.
MITT ROMNEY: That-- now, this-- Rick, I'll-- I'll tell you what. (CHUCKLE) 10,000 bucks-- (APPLAUSE) $10,000 bet?
RICK PERRY: I'm not in the bettin' business, but, okay.

Video proof that Perry did NOT say "but, okay" via Legal Insurrection:

Read their lips, as it's clear Romney said "okay" in response to Perry.  Sheesh!

ABC, please REVISE your transcript.   

Jeebus.  We citizen journalists have to keep you in line too much.  Do your job and report the news correctly please.  Thanks and GOD BLESS!  =)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Remember. Honor. Teach.

This past weekend our family had the honor of participating in Wreaths Across America (WAA) at the Houston National Cemetery amongst several thousand volunteers.  We stood alongside Veterans, Active Duty, Patriot Riders, Boy and Girl Scout Troops, ROTC and FFA groups, and every day citizens by themselves or with their friend and families.

WAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Wreaths Across America mission is to “Remember, Honor, and Teach."  And what an honor it was.

Photo by Jennifer Yohner Tucker of Tomball, TX
Before laying the wreaths, the ceremony had everything from the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance to Invocation, Benediction, Rifle Salute and Taps.  This was especially wonderful considering the fight we recently had to go through to be able to continue our freedom OF religion at the Houston National Cemetery.  There was even a low fly over from the United States Coast Guard.  Very cool.  We were instructed that it wasn't a race and to take our time, be respectful and how to lay the wreaths properly.

At each grave, I straightened the bow, stepped back, read the name out loud, said a prayer in their honor and thanked them for their service and for my freedom. It is because of each of them and so many more that we are able to live free.  Never forget.  My intent was to lay 26 wreaths, in honor of my father who served 26 years in the U.S. Army, but we were able to lay so many more.  This makes me happy and I wish we could have done more.  I've shared the names of each of these heroes at the end of this post.

Of the 59,000 graves at the Houston National Cemetery, fundraising was able to bring in over 31,000 wreaths from Maine.  Corporate sponsors KHOU 11, Wal-Mart, KBR and Waste Management helped make the event a success, as well as the countless individuals and groups that work months in advance.  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, 12/8/2012 at 1100 hours!

Now, please join me in thanking the heroes below for their sacrifice and for our freedom. Say their name out loud.  As WAA-Houston Director Scott deMasi noted during the opening ceremony, for many of our fallen heroes, it's been years since someone said their name.  Let's make it twice in a matter of days.  Please join me.

May God Bless them and their families today and always.






Remember.  Honor.  Teach.

Mark your 2012 calendars:
  • Clean Up Day - Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 0900-1200 hrs (hope to see you there!)
  • Wreaths Across America Houston - Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 1100-1600 hrs

God Bless Our Troops ... always!