"WHY would she DO that to herself?"

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"WHY would she DO that to herself?" "Why do THEY do that to themselves!?!?"

If I could answer that question for you.........

I will go through nine months of morning sickness, back aches, and heartburn; I will endure hours of the most intense physical pain in delivery and I will mourn the loss of my high school figure for a cause far greater than sometimes even I imagine.

I bring babies into this world not just for me. But for YOU. I bring babies into this world for this NATION.

I set aside my own hobbies, free time, opportunities for travel, a fatter wallet and my own personal preferences and instead devote every waking moment of every day (and plenty of sleepy moments too) to the committed, consistent training of our children.

I do this because I know that those children will one day be men and women.

I do this, knowing...

We are raising men and women to be freethinkers- questioning information given to them from authority against the true authority of scripture.

We are raising men and women who devote their minds, arms and sweat to beautifying this earth instead of wasting their time and gifts behind a videogame or a television set.

We are raising men and women to cherish old people on their deathbeds and babys in the womb and who will fight to protect the lives of both.

We are raising men and women who will know the rights and freedoms that are ours and who will protect those rights at all costs.

We are raising men and women to respect this earth as the gift that it is and to treat it as such at a time when people don't think twice about tossing soda cans out of car windows or styrofoam burger containers in parks.

We are raising men and women who will value the sanctity of marriage and will lead generations in positive examples.

We are raising men and women to put aside their own selfishnesses and to seek out how to help OTHERS, even at the expense of themselves.

We are raising men and women who will love to learn and will continue to do so, every single day of their lives, and in doing so, never cease to better themselves or those around them.

We are raising men and women to be financially wise, who will save a nation from the wreckage of bankruptcy that is our legacy and their inheritance.

We are raising men and women to be humble enough to know where their goodness comes from and to be thankful to the Only one who gave it to them.

We are raising men and women to be honest and good, in a world that is rampant with lies.

And if we do it right...
and with the promises of God to bless us in our obedience....
we will see our children grow into these men and women, who will have many children of their own...and then their children too will have children and soon.... SOON...

a nation will be renewed and strengthened and a kingdom will be made stronger with the great attributes of the great children that we bore.

The name Newman will not be lost, but will be multiplied greatly, anchored firmly with respect and honor from the daily sacrifices of a man and woman who COULD have traveled the world.

Source: http://zeahrenaissance.blogspot.com/2010/01/if-i-could-answer-that-for-you.html

Learning to Dribble

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Handmade Help for Haiti

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(This is my cousin Stacie's daughter) Emily, age 10, is designing earrings to sell to raise money for disaster relief in Haiti. :)

They're asking for a minimum $5 donation. All proceeds will be split between the Red Cross and the Bresma Orphanage in Port Au Prince, run by two Pittsburgh women. (More info. here: http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/January-2009/Love-and-Haiti/ .

Let them know if you are interested! Questions can be directed to handmadehelpforhaiti@gmail.com, which is the family's e-mail for this fundraiser.


(Since they are handmade, the earrings you receive may differ slightly from photos.)


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Austin's 1st Goal of the game

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Caeden our Littlest Soccer Man

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Here is a brief clip of Caeden actually on the field. Actually participating! Woohoo! Milestone!!!

Indoor Soccer 2010

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We have played two weeks for soccer so far. And so far, they have all done really well! Caeden had a rough start the first week, but the 2nd week, he ran all over creation after the ball and had a blast! We were so proud!

Austin and Samuel continue to demonstrate skills beyond their years. Austin has an ability to read the play and make smart passes and Samuel has energy and enthusiasm to spare!

Pretty Guitar Music

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I thought this was pretty.

Cool Kid Art by my 7-year-old daughter

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the mountain slide

JESUS born

Fred the shurk


The Quen
the box
The king and the quen
The Man



Mene baby

I found these on our computer and thought I'd share. I listed the titles my daughter (7 at the time she drew these) used to save them under.

I think they are quite creative and fun to look at.....

Today It's All About ME!!!!!

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Kidz Pictures - I told you I was playing catch-up

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I wanted to post these since I never got a chance to do so. Enjoy!

These guys are too adorable!

I just love these pictures!!!!

Nothing is too hard for God

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Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy... Psalm 107:2

So a while ago, we were having what I describe as a lack of wheels. We had our Honda van literally go "kaput" and we, for a while, had no way to get our whole family places. So, we used our Jeep which seated us, minus my husband... So he often road in the hatch part of the Jeep, if he really needed to... I know, not SAFE! Not safe at all.

Well, one day I was driving and I remember praying to God and simply asked Him for a vehicle when I heard God say, "Do not worry, someone will give you one." My response was, was that me talking or was that God?!?! Because WHO would just GIVE us a vehicle? Well, I found out a few things about God... What God says, He means, He always provides, and do not doubt God!!!

Recently, a friend did just that.... He contacted my husband and told us that God put it on his heart to give us his van! When my husband told me, I immediately remembered the prayer, what God had said and was, to put it mildly, AMAZED and grateful and beyond words.

Is anything too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:14a

The answer?


Dance Recital 2009

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I have a bit of catching up to do on this blog... First up, the big recital. Here are the cousins in all their splendor!

I love YOU a bushel and a peck...

A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!

Baton: I'm a Believer

Jazz: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Soloist: She was really good and there were NO sexual seductive moves in her dance... I was impressed!

Bridget and Annie

Annie and her baton teacher