Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Thoughts on the US involvement in Libya

How much has the United States spent on the civil war in Libya?  

How can our country spend billions on a civil war when we can't even meet our own debt?

Yes, we want a democracy in Libya. Yes, we want freedom for a group of people that most of them have never experienced.

But, at what cost and can America afford it?

Yes and No.

To have allies in the Middle East is invaluable especially considering Libya is one of the top oil producers in the world. After a new government takes over, it could mean lower gas prices for us and it may also help stock prices rise a little. Does that sound selfish or what? Here I am talking about gas prices and stock prices when the reality is that this war is about freeing a group of people that have lived under a tyrant.

Yes, it is worth the effort to free this country. Would it be possible to broker a deal with the next government to pay back some of what we spent on bombs and missiles to help them get free? Or, do we do it all for free because it was the right thing to do.

Who is taking over the country? Are they just another bunch of American haters that have been brain washed since birth to hate the U.S.?

I'm sure the CIA is real busy right now.

The one thing I know for sure is that this is no simple matter and unless I had a top secret clearance and was in the know for all aspects of this civil war, I cannot give a truly educated and informed opinion into the validity of America's involvement in this.

If I were president I would certainly consider helping Libya, but with the right motives - to help people.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Whatever Happened to Putting People First

I have a hard time trusting politicians. Do they make their choices because they truly believe that is what is best for the citizens of this great nation? Do they put the welfare of their political party first? Their own interests?

Don't be naive Sheri. I can hear them say that to me. Politics are not that simple.

Yet, I believe there has to be a way to do what is right and in doing so their political party will ultimately be rewarded as well as the country.

Nothing is simple. Nothing is easy. Nothing is as it seems. Motives are mixed with personal gain as well as political party gain.

Even with our countries problems, we have an extraordinary government that does fail often, but truly has the ability to right itself and protect its people from evil within and from without.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sheri's Solution for a Menstrual Cycle Emergency!

Alright, no men.

This is private female talk.

I got my menstrual cycle yesterday. 
I ran out of big pads, so I grabbed a baby diaper and used it at night, when flow is more.

It works great! 
Now, I need to run to the store and get more woman pads, but at least I have something in case of an emergency!

(Do you like my first attempt at computer graphics?)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Debt Limit Feud is Ridiculous

This is ridiculous. Our politicians are toying with the entire world economy. I doubt there is any really good reason to not come to some compromise. It is not about Republican or Democrat, it is about the people.
I propose that they do not get a pay check until they fix this problem. I bet they would have a resolution tonight.

Choice to Lay Down Our Lives

Sheri and kids climb a sand dune to video her husband and son riding ATVs
It is a moment by moment choice to lay down my life for my family.

I am called by God to be a wife and mother and so I take that calling seriously.  The love that I have inside for my children is such a deep love, one that can only come from the heart of God. 

            I knew it was real love when I even loved their cry,
            I even loved their poopy diapers.

In our travels I miss out on a lot of activities that once I would have enjoyed.  I don't always get to kayak across the lake or down the river.  I don't always get to four wheel for hours to a hidden meadow and spend time alone with my dear husband.

But, instead I get to climb the smaller boulders with my wee ones.  I get the privilege to watch them when they splash in the water or hike down the shorter trail.
Pregnant Sheri plays on the beach with her kids while others kayak the big ocean waves
Reality is that I don't miss out on a thing, in fact, I have such a wonderful time when all my children and husband can do activities together. 

We don't miss out on anything.

I still get to spend wonderful time with my hubby, maybe not on a weekend getaway, but in the morning when we sit outside the camper, reading our bibles together, sipping coffee as we sit at the base of a mountain or by a glimmering lake.
Sheri and Shae enjoy the views in Ridgway Colorado

Put the kids to bed on time and dear Shae and I get to snuggle in bed, too exhausted to go anywhere, and watch a movie or read a book together. 

No, I don't miss out on anything by giving up my rights or my "old" desires....I have gained a much better life, just like Jesus promised I would.
The whole family have a great time at Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado

Monday, July 25, 2011

Caretaker part 1

I don't want to draw attention to myself.  I wasn't the one in pain.  Shae needed all the attention.  It was about him.  I don't need pity or want to seem selfish, yet I must bring up that the caretaker of an ill or elderly person has many needs.

It is hard to see a loved one in so much pain.  I watched him struggle day after day.  I remembered the hope I had for our life.  I had hope of happiness and good times; a young couple ready to take on all life brought to us.  Yet, the last thing we expected was Trigeminal Neuralgia.

In sickness and in health.

beauty in harsh conditions
Could our marriage survive this?

Can you believe that my love for my hurting spouse actually grew ever day?  It did.  And, I hope to share with you, over the next months, exactly how we both over came the horrendous disorder.

I learned to find little things in every day to be thankful for. There was much to feel sad or let down about and those feelings are valid.  It is a matter of not focusing on those feelings for too long and instead remember the small blessings in every day.

Who Do They Say That I Am?

Let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Do I glorify God in my home?

Do I glorify God with my mouth when my children are naughty?

Does grace and love flow from my lips?

I am happy to say it does. My love for God overflows out of my heart to my husband and children. 

I can only hope that my children will rise up and call me blessed as Proverbs 31 says.

I am not perfect in this area and do have room for improvement.

Are you a blessing? Will they say that about you?

If you aren't sure, ask God to help you. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Accepting Today

I have been going through a lot lately.  I can't even attempt to write it all down, but basically, I am learning to find joy not in things I thought I wanted to do, but in the little, everyday things that happen to me and around me.
I am giving up some of my own personal desires, that I don't see happening, and giving my all to the desires that are manifesting.
It is not a bad thing, it is reality.  I believe we all have to be able to enjoy the day and life we have and not continually be discontent and push off today's happiness allotment for the day for when we think we have everything we need. 
Enjoy today.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Old Habits - New Ways

So often, I find myself referring to my childhood to explain the person I am today. But, does our childhood really affect us for that many years, that at age 37 I can still say I act a certain way because that is how I grew up?

For example, in northern Wisconsin, we just didn't drive fast. There was either snow on the ground or deer in the road.  Never was there a safe hour of the day or month of the year to hit the gas.

My husband, on the other hand, grew up in north Florida, where he and his buddies new nothing but fast. The long, flat, straight roads of Escambia County were a daily race track for them and their vehicles.

Now mix slow and fast and you do not get the speed limit. Throughout our marriage, I have had to try to get more comfortable with driving faster. That doesn't mean my husband drives reckless, just faster than what I am used to.

He has had to slow it down some to help me feel safe and be able to enjoy our trips.Shae rides his ATV in Olathe Colorado
Is what my husband doing wrong? No.  He drives safe.  I was just used to slower speeds - all the time.  My parents weren't wrong to drive that way, it was necessary for where we lived.

I could say, "Well, that is how I grew up!" But that was a long time ago. I have actually been grown up longer than I was little. So, isn't it possible that maybe I can change my thought processes as an adult that would not be based on the circumstances of my childhood?

Yet, I find myself referring to my youth often in the way I think and do things. Aren't we supposed to leave those childish ways behind? Aren't we supposed to think like an adult now, act like an adult now, reason like an adult now?

When you, and I for that matter, find ourselves justifying our behavior with our past, pause for a moment and decide whether or not that thought is based off of childhood ways or is based off of reality and current circumstances as seen through your eyes, today.
It is important to not blame our choices and responses we have today on things that happened in our past.  But, it is great to give credit to the wonderful things our parents taught us and we are able to hold on to and use in our life as adults.

Sheri and mom, Juli have always enjoyed their time together

So many of my good traits come from my mother.  She taught me so many wonderful skills that I have needed my entire life but most of all she taught me about love.  

Grandma passing on cooking skills to her very interested grandaughter
Now, Grami gets to pass many of those skills on to her grandchildren.
These are things that Hanna will always be proud to have learned.

The Smith family with Grami, Sheri's mom Juli