Sunday, July 17, 2011

What's happening!!

So today I need to blog about what is happening to our country. Most of you know I am a news junkie, I read, tweet, watch and anything else you can do with news, I do. I like to know what is going on and why and maybe how I can change things.

This time in American history is extremely sad. Not in the death sense, but in a civility and community sense. Read the news. I dare you. This month the NFL is in a lockout. The NBA is in a lockout. The state of Minnesota has been shutdown. The United States Government is arguing about the Debt ceiling. Do you see anything in common here? I do, I do. How about  MONEY!!! It's all about money and the sad part is, that the majority of these problems are not just money, its greed. Yes, Pure ole innocent greed. (yes that would be my attempt at sarcasm). The one thing that can ultimately bring down an entire country, Greed. That has got to be the most ridiculous thing any of us could have imagined. But I am pretty sure we had it coming. What do you think?

I mean, we let God disappear from our schools, our buildings and ultimately in our lives. The only time we ask him to show up is when we are severely injured or someone has died. That's probably too late to start asking. Well folks, if you have not figured it out yet, our current system is not working. I mean really, We have NFL teams making BILLIONS of dollars and that is not enough but miles down the road in Kentucky we have families that can't even graduate high school, lost all their teeth and everybody turns a blind eye. This sounds about right. The American Way. The gap between the poor and the rich is widening farther than ever before.

Lets turn to the Bible for a few thoughts:

Proverbs 29:4 reads By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

The verse we should remember and strive to live by is this:

1 Peter 5:2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;

I am sad to see us running faster and faster down this dreaded, dark alley. We must put the brakes on at some point but it takes multitudes of us to stand up and make a change, if this is gonna happen.

I hope you are willing to do what you can and help others, do good, stop the greed and show those elected officials and sports millionaires that there really is more to life than " who has the most money".
Blessings to all of you and I pray that Americans figure this out before it is too late. The clock is ticking and the bomb is set to explode unless we disarm it.

God Bless America and please, please show us how to get out of this mess.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer of Fun

This summer our family is doing everything we can to spend time together. Zeus is deploying for 45 days in July and August. Yes, I know there are those people that say big deal, its only 45 days. But to us, just one day in the desert is too long. So my family is no different than the family that has a 12 month deployment. Zeus will deploy 2 times this year and then he gets the LONG one next year. For this reason we realize we will not have a summer family vacation next year as he will be gone many months that time. So, In my mind, we spare no expense. Let the traveling, fun and family time happen.

Zeus had a 2 week TDY to Georgia for his military job. Since the kids were out of school, I decided that the kids and I could tag along and at least see Zeus in the evenings. Then my brain started coming up with ideas for the kids and I to do while Zeus worked his long 12+ hour days. Since we were going to be so close to Florida I thought it would be perfect to take the kids to Disney World. Why not? Military prices would help the cost. As I was sharing this with my family my Mom decided that she and Gramps-a-lot would love to go too. This sounded great to me since I could use 4 extra arms with all these babies. Lucky for us, Shades of Green, the Disney military resort had rooms for us. We decided to go for 4 days and visit two of the many parks and do Magic Kingdom for 2 days to get it all done.
It was amazing. The resort was beautiful, comfortable and everything you'd imagine in a High Priced resort in central Florida. The military deserves it. The parks were so much fun. The vacation was magical.
While down in the south we decided to stop and hang out with some dear friends that are stationed at Maxwell AFB in AL. So we ended up going to their house on 3 separate occasions. It was wonderful to visit with them and let the kids spend time with their beloved Aunt R. She is special to our family and my children love her like no other.

Then after Zeus was completed with his assignment in Georgia we planned a week long family vacation, just the 6 of us, to Branson, MO. We knew little of the place but had everyday planned out and pre-purchased tickets before arriving. This week our accommodations were given to us by Zeus' parents as a gift. We were most thankful to them. So we arrived not knowing what to expect. We drove into  the resort and were in love. We had a 2 bedroom stand alone cabin in the hills all to ourselves for an entire week. Perfect!!! We be-bopped around town and enjoyed magic shows, ventriloquist shows, musical performances, boat rides, jet-skiing, shopping, eating, swimming, exploring, roller coaster riding, getting wet, water sliding, picture taking and just loving each other. This vacation was a great recharger for each of us. We got to be together and that was the best part. Total travel was about 3500 miles and 50 car hours.

So for us the three weeks was much needed time to focus our attentions on what's important in life,  that's each other. Really excited to see what the next trip brings as Zeus jet-sets and we head off to Texas to see all the friends and family.