Tuesday, January 27, 2015

March for Life 2015

This past Thursday, on the 42 anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, we had the privilege to join with hundreds of thousands of people from all across the county to remember the lives of millions of human lives lost to our silent holocaust.  The theme this year was "Every Life is a Gift" and it was a fitting reminder when you learn that 8-9 out of 10 babies with a disability is aborted in the womb.  What a tragedy. 

We got to see our favorite pro-life organization Save the Storks and get a little tour of the inside of their state of the art mobile pregnancy medical van.  These Mercedes Benz vans cost over 100,000 each, yet Save the Storks is placing one every month at this point in various states.

This was very exciting to see in person something that had have supported and hear about all the lives being saved because of it.

I love hearing the inspiring speakers, politicians and musicians and then singing God Bless America with everyone before we started the march.
She was so tired, but she was determined to hold her sign.  

A group of people next to us were chanting "we love babies, yes we do, we love babies how about you?"  Claire asked me, are these people here because they love babies?  I said, "yes they are" and she responded, "oh, I love babies too."  It was adorable to hear her little voice chanting "we love babies, we love babies."

Listening to chants of "Hey, Obama, your momma chose life!"

It is a long day for us.  We have to get up at 4:45am to catch the bus down and didn't get home until 9:30pm.  It is a lot of walking and a lot of standing and our legs are aching by the end of the day.  We got totally lost on the subway on the way home, but thankfully some kind friars gave me their seat and a nice politician pointed us in the right direction.  But it is so inspiring and worth all the bleary eyes and aching backs.

I am so blessed to see so many youth there.  I read that there were 700 high school and college students from North Dakota alone!  "We are the Pro-Life Generation" was one of the most popular signs.  The feeling you get from joining so many people in such a cause is priceless.  Even with all those people it is such a peaceful place even though I am on the verge of tears most of the day.  Lord have mercy.

For more pictures and inspiration check out #whywemarch

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Potato Judging

In order to bring a little balance to our lives with all this museum visiting and music playing, Grace and Naomi decided to participate in the Montgomery Country 4-H potato judging competition at the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg yesterday.

They spent quite a few nights at the 4-H center here learning about potato defects and listening to talks on potato farming that past couple months.  Apparently there is a lot more to potato farming than we knew!  It really just made us laugh whenever we talked about it though.  It reminded us of that Napoleon Dynamite scene where Napoleon is judging milk at the state fair.
 "This tastes like the cow got into the onion patch." 

But potatoes are much more complex.  Seriously!  The girls had to be able to identify 40 different defects in the potatoes and then go through 100 potatoes in 2 minutes deciding which potatoes were fit for sale and which were not.  The other part of the competition was to correctly identify exactly which of the 40 defects each potato had.
This is very serious business.  They had clipboards and everything!

Could it be rhizoctonia or sunburn? Oh the pressure!
But all that hard work paid off.  Naomi's team placed 4th in the state and Grace placed 2nd (by 1/2 a point!) in the individual class.  Not bad at all since this was their first time and they were competing against Northampton County, the potato growing county in the state.

This was a great excuse to get out to the Farm Show and they all had a fascinating time.  No one could stop talking when they got home, each one interrupting the next as they tried to tell me everything they saw.  I had to stay home with Claire because of the Lily and the puppies, but I will definitely be making an effort to go next time.  Some highlights:
The famous butter sculpture.
Long legged chickens.
Duckling tricks.
Burgers made completely out of mushrooms.
More cows than you could count.
How many cinder-blocks can your horses pull?
Eggs hatching.
Even the security was on horseback.
Apparently there was so much more to see and it sounds like we could spend a good two days there next year if we can work it out.  I thought it was going to be unbearably crowded, but Christian said it wasn't that bad and it was all so interesting.  This looks like it's going to be a new annual trip!

And if you need any help deciding if your potatoes are grade A, just ask our little experts.  :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Animals everywhere

In an effort to try to earn some extra money to pay for music lessons, I discovered Rover.com and started an in-home pet sitting business.  We love animals and the kids have been wanting a bigger dog for a while so I thought this would help satisfy their desire to own a larger dog.  It would be sort of like being a grandparent.  We would get to play with them and spoil them then send them home and the owners could take care of the vet bills and food costs.  Being payed for it isn't to bad either.  ;)

Our first visitors came over Christmas and we have had them for 2 1/2 weeks.  We absolutely love them.  They are the sweetest two Bichon Frise brothers.  They don't shed or smell.  They get along with everyone, hardly bark and just want to sleep or cuddle most of the day.  What more could you ask for in a dog, right?

They leave tomorrow and we are all going to be very sad to see them go.

The other fun animal news right now is that Lily had another littler of puppies in November.   They all sold within days of listing them as usual, but we get to play with them another month until they are old enough to go to their new homes.

These puppies are going to be well socialized.  Especially with chubby little 3-years olds.

Lastly, our first batch of Polish Tolbunt eggs hatched in our new incubator.  For 21 days we patiently watched, hardly daring to believe that it could actually work and real live chicks were forming in those eggs.  What an exciting morning to come downstairs and see those little peepers looking out at us.
Yes, my kids sit on the counters.  Don't judge.

Welcome to the world little ones!

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