Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Day

I watched the inauguration ceremony in real time today...and DVR'd it so that I could watch it again...I'm sure I will. I turned on the tv just as Pastor Rick Warren was giving the invocation and I thought it was so eloquent and touching. I watched almost in amazement, not really believing that this day was really happening.

I have so many friends who do not share my enthusiasm about Barak Obama. I grew up in a very small town in Northwest Georgia...probably 99 percent are Republican. I am also a registered Republican voter. But my views on politics have changed slightly since living in another country...one separated by a small border, but some very vast differences. I had visited Canada many times before moving here 4 years ago, and expected that there wouldn't be all that many differences in the life and culture...but oh, was I wrong. Growing up in the south, I now know, is an upbringing like no other...we share a very strong heritage, one that I am very proud of. We share a love for social graces, for all things courteous and genteel, a love for family, a slower way of life, and in many lives, a love for our churches and our God. For many years, my political views were guided almost solely on my religious and moral beliefs. Since living here in Canada, away from the "norm" of Republican/Christian/Southern views, I have come to see America and politics in general in a new light.

I no longer think that it is necessary to agree with a candidate's every view on every topic. I no longer think that it is necessary to vote solely based on the typical Republican stance on abortion, ect... I think it is more important that everyone vote for a candidate, regardless of party orientation, based on the ability to lead and defend our country...based on the greater good of ALL citizens. Don't get me wrong, I have not watered down my own beliefs, I do not agree with many of the views of the Democratic party. I also do not agree with some who have ignorantly bashed Obama, saying they are terrified of his Presidency, based on the color of his skin, his middle name, or any other unfounded party bias that keeps their minds closed. If the U.S. is to move beyond this economic crisis and into a time of peace with other nations, we must give this new President our confidence, our prayers and our committment to our personal service, whatever that may be.

I believe that Obama is an extremely intelligent, incredibly strong, yet humble man who will lead America with courage and determination to steer this country back to a stable future. I was filled with emotion as I sat today, in the quiet moments of Nalley's nap...listening to a brave black man pump hope back into a weakened nation.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Valentine's Class

We're back at it with two more classes planned for Magnolia Designs. Our next class will be on February 3rd and we will be making some ADORABLE Valentine's Treat holders using the Big Shot die machine. I am really excited because I love using my machine and all of the things that come out of it really are too cute!

We will be making 4 different containers: a pillow box, a basket, a scalloped mini candy box (that perfectly fits 2 of the mini Reese's cups), and cute little bag (not pictured) with the Top Note die. In addition we will also be making 4 coordinating 3x3 note cards (also not pictured) to go along with the containers. Of course, this project is also featuring my FAVORITE: October afternoon papers.

If you are in the Winnipeg area, please feel free to e-mail me if you would like to register for this fun class.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Nothing like a Christmas Card in the New Year

I was a very good girl this year...I did my Christmas Card early. I had it printed out before we went to Georgia, took it with me and mailed all of the ones that were going to the States while we were there. They were to their destination in early December. I even addressed most of the ones going to Canada while I was there and stuffed them, etc...I needed something to keep me busy. THEN, once we got home, I was SWAMPED with pottery, feeling miserable, and so very exhausted. I hardly left the house for 2 weeks trying to get all my work done. So, there they sat in a cute little pile, waiting to be mailed because they had no stamps. I think I mailed the Canadian cards the week before Christmas, no telling when they got to where they were going...isn't that nice???

For those who didn't get a card this year...here is our 2008 Christmas Card...posted to you via the internet in January 2009, classic...

Friday, January 2, 2009

More Christmas Pictures

I am finally getting around to posting these pictures that were taken at Shayne's parents' house the evening that we put up their Christmas tree. We always have lots of fun and this year was even better...seeing Nalley so excited to get to hang the ornaments. She had a little trouble understanding then that she wasn't allowed to touch them anymore after that. It didn't take long for her to lose interest though, and she listens very well too. I have some more pictures from Christmas Eve that I want to post...the girls' dresses are just too cute and we got some really good shots of them too...I just can't find my card to upload them...go figure!