The Estate of Marriage

I attended the Nebraska Christian Home Educators Association (NCHEA) conference and curriculum fair this past weekend.  We have Kindergarten books (and ant hills, classical CDs, and math rods) in hand.  I even got some workbooks for Elsie, who will be doing 3 and 4 year old preschool this year.

One of the best quotes I heard this weekend was in the class “What Do You Do All Day, Dear?” by Betsy Ray.  This quote is from Martin Luther during the third part of his three part sermon entitled “The Estate of Marriage.”

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“Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores, and on top of that care for my wife, provide for her, labour at my trade, take care of this and take care of that, do this and do that, endure this and endure that, and whatever else of bitterness and drudgery married life involves? What, should I make such a prisoner of myself? 0 you poor, wretched fellow, have you taken a wife? Fie, fie upon such wretchedness and bitterness! It is better to remain free and lead a peaceful. carefree life; I will become a priest or a nun and compel my children to do likewise.”

What then does Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful, and despised duties in the Spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says, “0 God, because I am certain that thou hast created me as a man and hast from my body begotten this child, I also know for a certainty that it meets with thy perfect pleasure. I confess to thee that I am not worthy to rock the little babe or wash its diapers. or to be entrusted with the care of the child and its mother. How is it that I, without any merit, have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? 0 how gladly will I do so, though the duties should be even more insignificant and despised. Neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labour, will distress or dissuade me, for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight.”

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Hope this encourages you as much as it did me.

I’m So Green

So, Mike and I are about as conservative as they come, but we’ve been doing some crazy things lately.

Like using canvas bags for shopping. When I go to Garage Sales, I try to snap up as much as I can. They usually go for 5 cents or so. This is after Wal-Mart the other day:

We also have a garden that we haven’t put any type of pesticides on. We’re starting to get real vegetables from it! We even put our grass clippings and discarded foods (apple cores, potato peels, etc.) in a compost bin.

Mike has been biking to work 3 days a week. We’re saving a bunch of money, and he’s getting in pretty good shape.

We also stacking our newspapers together and actually recycling them!

Now, if the Wittmanns can do it, I know you can!

Guantanamo Bay Questioning

A video came out yesterday showing a then-16 year old Canadian, Omar Khadr, being questioned by Canadian Military Officials while being held at Guantanamo Bay prison camp for throwing a hand grenade that killed a U.S. soldier during a fight in Afghanistan in 2002. He was 15 at the time.

In the video, the “boy” was crying for help while he was being interrogated.

His lawyers received the video from U.S. officials at Guantanamo Bay, which until recently was labeled “secret”, then released about 10 minutes from the 7 hour video. I personally watched the 10 minute video at CNN.com.

The boy’s own family has said repeatedly that he has strong al Qaeda ties and sympathies. Look, I know that the boy is probably scared, but I really do think that’s best. If he was “man” enough to be fighting in Afghanistan and killed someone, then shouldn’t he be “man” enough to answer some questions?

Human rights groups, like Amnesty International, has called for his immediate release because he isn’t being treated fairly.

Is it fair that he killed a U.S. Soldier who was trying to make him free?

Since he is a young man, I think that our Intelligence should try to get as much information out of him as they can. I think that he has a life ahead of him that he can turn around. I mean, everyone wants to catch Bin Laden and take down al Qaeda, right?

I’m tired of people’s “rights”. Why does this kid have the right to a plush bed and a warm house and any comfort at all when he chose to fight in a grown up war?