For those in the path of hurricane Ike. One of our builders lives in an area heavily hit by the storm. Please pray for all the families affected, and particularly for the elderly, the poor, and the rescue workers who were not able to evacuate. … [Read more...]

More on Palin

Ok, I'm going to hit on two different things.First, I was rather underwhelmed with Palin's interview last night. Much of what she said came across as scripted and rehearsed. Putting the issues aside, her appeal lies in her down-to-earth, hockey-mom, just-one-of-us nature. Last night she seemed awkward, and very politician-like in the way she dodged questions. I'm not sure how much of this was the result of Charlie Gibson's distasteful interview tactics? He acted more like an attack dog than … [Read more...]

For Your Amusement

h/t Creative Minority Report … [Read more...]

Big Kids

Saying goodbye as a child heads off to college is still a long way away for all of the builders. For now we are all mothers to small children, who usually have small problems. Whiny behavior, time-outs, patience, and waking newborns highlight our list of parenting concerns. While we have recently had some posts regarding teenage pregnancy, and I am obviously very interested in ways I can reduce the chances of this happening to my children, the discussion is still a bit abstract and … [Read more...]

Palin’s Speech

Just finished watching Palin's speech.  I thought she was great.  She was feminine but tough.  She came off VERY well.  My two highlights--"...and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot, when that happens, what exactly is our opponent's plan?  What exactly does he seek to accomplish after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet?"  This is hysterical.And I LOVED the shot of her youngest daughter licking her hand and smoothing out baby Trig's hair. … [Read more...]

McCain chooses Palin

I've written about her before, here.A mother of 5 children, pro-life, and pro-family, she seems to be everything Nancy Pelosi isn't. But how can you be the vice-president of the US with a baby in tow?I'd love to hear your thoughts... … [Read more...]

A Middle Ground

One of our readers saw the article, "Strife over shots, should our kids play together?" on the front page of msnbc. This article follows another similar article, "Vaccine-wary parents spark public health worry." According to the first piece, the vaccine issue is now causing such heated emotions and debates that some playgroups are asking unvaccinated children to leave the group. The second article provides a bit more background information and a nice overview of the debate.The vaccine topic … [Read more...]

Where are all the builders?

Tending to newborn babies? or enjoying the last days of summer? We are doing the latter for soon it will be fall. … [Read more...]

Random Olympic Comment

I thought it best to pull this from the comments and share it with all our readers. JesusthroughMary, thank you for your very amusing thoughts:The tallest female Olympic gymnast, I believe, was Svetlana Khorkina (5' 5") of Mother Russia.Usain Bolt is actually the tallest "world's fastest man" ever, at 6' 5".Jamaica has 4 of the 6 medals in the 100 meter sprints, and none of the other 500+ medals that have been awarded so far.Deng Linlin would weigh a little more if she hadn't lost a tooth … [Read more...]

Random Olympic Thoughts

1. Michael Phelps consumes 12,000 calories a day. A single workout for Phelps burns around 4,000 calories. Phelps is amazing.2. Not to take anything away from Phelps, but there are WAY too many swimming events.3. All gymnasts are short. Just in case you were tempted to think that Nastia Luikin was tall--she isn't. Luikin is only 5'3'' but looks gigantic next to the likes of Shawn Johnson (4'9") and Chinese gymnasts Deng Linlin (4'5''). Another tidbit, Deng Linlin only weights 68 … [Read more...]