Monday, August 10, 2009

Feeling Compelled

Have you ever thought about where your life is leading? Okay, well I'm sure the answer to that is quite simply "Yes, Organic, Jill. Duh", or something to that affect.

But I mean have you ever really thought about it? Each step. Each experience has made you the person you are today. This person right now who will someday do something great. Or so we all hope.

I've struggled for the last number of years with who I really am and why I'm really here. I've always felt that I have some sort of purpose, but am still unsure as to what exactly that purpose is. But I know it's big. I know it's important on a global scale.

All these thoughts that swirl around in my head. And yet I'm not quite sure how to set them straight. How to manifest some sort of realization of a true contribution to society. Because that's where I feel I'm headed. And perhaps if you've been following this blog, you can see where I'm currently pointing.

So, if you feel like saying a little prayer for me, that would be much appreciated. I'm starting to get antsy again, as I usually do about this point. But I think it's about time I get up off my butt and really do something about it. And perhaps I'll take my little Explorer along for a ride too. Hmmm...somethings to think about.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My Plan for a Longer Summer and Reduced Economic Stress

After suffering through yet another unimaginably and excrutiatingly LONG winter, I have come up with a 10 year plan to ensure that Old Man winter never disturbs us again. As an added bonus, many of my "solutions" can help take us out of this economic downturn and reroute us n the road to global success! It may have some undesirable consequences, but I think overall, it may be worth it.

  1. Ensure your TV is on all day long. Even if you are not home. And if you have more than 1 TV, make sure it's on too. If everyone of us does this, it will ensure that we continue to draw as much power as possible which helps to ensure that we continue to burn fossil fuels and increase carbon emissions into the air. Over time this should help to increase the over all temperature. As an added bonus, if you have children, make sure that they watch as much TV as possible. They say that for every hour of TV a baby watches ever day, they lose 6 words. That is 6 fewer words per hour to ensure they ask fewer questions, and the TV keeps them occupied so that we can ensure we have more time to follow the other steps in my master plan.
  2. Eat Shark Fin Soup. The shark is one of the oldest creatures on our planet today. They are also at the top of the food chain in the largest, most important ecosystem that we have. Right now, not nearly enough sharks are being killed for their fins and thrown back into the water (the rest of the shark isn't very tasty). There are far too many of these maneaters alive. If we can manage to knock out the sharks, all the other animals below them will get a better shot at life and eventually eat all the plankton that provides the single greatest consumption of carbon dioxide in the world. If the plankton is gone, we will have a much greater chance at increasing the global temperature. This is essential in our plan to have a longer summer. You may also consider killing off lions and bears too.
  3. Petition your government to increase globalization. We should be able to get whatever we want, whenever we want it. If I want fruit that grows only in Australia, it better darn well be able to get to may plate right now. This is pretty obvious. The farther something has to come, the greater costs of getting it there. This not only boosts the overall economy, but it also keeps me happy. Never shop local.
  4. Use disposable diapers. A baby will use approximately 10,000 diapers from birth to potty training. Each of these diapers takes approximately 500 years to decompose. Each diaper also requires about 2.3x more water to produce than cloth takes to clean. Disposable diapers also contain chlorine, dioxin and other toxic and carcinogenic chemicals that make sure our medical system continues to thrive. Not only that, but you will also input approximately $2000 into the economy (compared to about $500 using cloth including the cost of washing & drying). If we all have as many kids as possible and all put them in disposable diapers, we can ensure that important toxins, human waste and petroleum products are returned to the soil.
  5. Sell your Honda & buy a Hummer. Duh. This one's a given. Hummers obviously burn more fossil fuel and put out more carbon dioxide. Plus you'll look really cool. Maybe you should hang some of those silver testicles on the back too. Then you'll look extra cool.
  6. Move Inland. If you live in a coastal area, you may want to consider moving inland. I figure living in Alberta, we should be relatively safe when the ocean begins to rise. The rocky Mountains should protects us for at least a while. Unfortunately one of the drawbacks of losing winter is that the icecaps will probably melt. But over all I think it's worth it. If you live close to the equator, you may want to move either north or south as well. Temperatures may become slightly unbearable for those that already are lucky enough to not have winter. In fact, maybe everyone should move to Alberta. Except Mexicans. They will need to make sure they get their Visas. We wouldn't want them sticking around too long...taking the jobs we don't want and being too friendly. Darn Mexicans.
  7. Don't eat the ugly fruit. Fruit should be pretty. If it's not pretty, insist it's thrown out. Fruits and vegetables should be shiny, colorful and perfectly shaped. After all, we deserve the best don't we? Same goes for beef. If it's not bright red (meaning it likely has dye in it) it's probably not good. Throw it out.
  8. Eat Beef. As much as possible, and preferably only steak. Cows take up a lot of land and consume a lot of grain. They emit a lot of methane too. Even though beef makes us fat, clogs our arteries and consumes our other resources, it's important that we keep this industry alive. Our population will likely decrease due to crazy weather, heat in the south and a diminishing amount of water anyway, so we might as well eat like kings while we can!
  9. Take Prescription Drugs. Have an ache? Take a pill. Too fat? There's a pill for that too! This one may not help get us longer summers, but it will certainly have an effect on the economy! Most drugs have side effects that eventually will lead to the need for further treatment. So as long as you start, we can make sure that you continue to support this important industry for the rest of your life! How perfect is that?!
So there you have it. 9 steps to ensure a longer summer. If you have some more suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Now, maybe you don't agree with me, and perhaps I've even offended you, but at least I hope this makes you think. What is your impact in our world? What kind legacy do you want to leave here? And what are you going to do about it?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

God Must Have a Sense of Humor

And here's how I know. Yesterday, literally yesterday, I let it slip to my husband that I thought I was finally getting a handle on the whole busy life of a mom thing.

My baby girl is coming up on 10 months old just over a week from today. As I scurried around cleaning last night, trying to stay organized, multitasking like crazy by feeding Eavan, cooking our dinner, sweeping up the MAJOR mess a baby who insists on feeding herself makes, and washing up the dishes, I was finally feeling like I had things sort of figured out.

We had finally created a moderately safe baby-proof area on our main floor, which kept our little explorer safely away from the stairs. Enough so that I felt comfortable leaving the room for a few minutes here and there, giving her some "me" time to play and giving me some "me" time to get stuff done. Yup, things were finally getting under control.

Enter today. My baby has figured out how to open cupboard doors. And drawers. And how to pull everything out. And how to bang it on other stuff to make noise...or music as I hope it's what she's hearing. So now, little miss unorganized has some more work to do. Reorganizing cupboards. Breakables up high. Locking up the garbage. Cleaning out our "junk cupboard". I totally should have listened to all those who suggest baby proofing well before the baby gets to that stage. Because when it comes to a baby, there are no rules. And sometimes they wake up one day able to do something new. Which is the great joy in being a parent, watching your child grown & develop and learn all these new things.

And so this is how I know that God has a sense of humor. Proving to me once again that I'm never really in complete control. And there will always be a new challenge around the corner.

Next up. Walking. Oy!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Living Losses

When I was in college, I took a course on the Psychology of Death & Dying. It was one of the best classes I took in my 4 years there. During the course we talked about how we are affected by different types of losses. When someone dies, we know what to do. Typically, the community comes together. Family, friends, neighbors all gather to celebrate the life and loss of our loved one. A funeral or celebration of life is held. A grieving process is followed and eventually life moves on.

But what about the other types of losses we have in our life? How do we go about recognizing and honoring those losses? The death of a beloved pet. A miscarriage. The inability to even conceive. As a society we haven't really established a process of dealing with these losses.

And how do we go about dealing with the loss of someone who still walks among us? A broken friendship. Severed family ties. How are these losses dealt with?

In some ways, I wonder whether dealing with this type of loss is more difficult because we don't have a procedure to follow. There is no community outpouring of support. How can there be when there is no true death? Are our feelings of loss really accepted? Are they ever understood and respected?

So, how do we deal with the feelings of loss? How do we handle the pain, the regret? The sorrow we feel in our hearts?

I write these things because my heart is heavy. I've lost someone very dear to me who I care about deeply. And yet, he walks. I've prayed, and prayed. I've handed my burden over to my God. I've cried countless tears. And yet the pain is deep.

I've held onto hope for change for so long.

As a Christian I don't fear death. I know where I'm going when I'm gone and I celebrate that I'll live on in a place far greater than this earthly world I currently call home. I know my spirit is greater than this body. Death is okay. I know how to handle that.

But I'm not too sure how to handle this. The death of a dream. The loss of friendship. The loss of love and all the potentially fun times that could have been. There is always hope that things will get better. That someday he'll come back. But as more days pass, the gap grows wider. And with each failed attempt at reconciliation I suffer yet another loss. Death Repetition.

It's no different than death. And yet, it's almost harder to deal with because at least with death you can find closure. But here I go through the mourning process, over and over and over again. It's exhausting. And yet that glimmer of hope still flickers. It's almost out. But not quite.

And so I'll continue to pray that he'll find his way home. That this seesaw of our relationship will someday find balance. And that there will once again be peace.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Little Thought on Life

Life is short. Yeah, yeah. I know you've heard that before. But it really is. It's the greatest gift that we have and yet so many of us take it for granted.

Each day is special and precious. And you never know which day may turn out to be your last.

That being said, I wonder if today was your last day what would you do? How would you want to spend your last few hours? And if you knew if was your last day, would you regret what you did yesterday?

The days go by so quickly, especially now that I have a little one. And I watch so many people just passing the days by. Always thinking about the future. "I'll be happy when I get...when I have...when I am...". And they may be successful when it comes to accumulation of stuff, or status. But are they really happy? And when do we decide enough is enough?

Or there are those who live in the past. Holding grudges, living with regret "If only I had; If only I hadn't". It makes me sad really.

I realized the other day that I really do live in the present. Which I have decided to be a good thing. My house may be messy, the dishes not done, and yet there I sit snuggling on the couch with my husband. And I'm okay with that. Because if I died today, I would rather have spent the evening before with someone I love than worrying about whether or not my clothes are put away.

It's the relationships we have that really make us special. The energy we give off. Do we make people happy? Do we treat others well? Do we love, ourselves, others? What do you want to be remembered for?

Because you never know. You just never know.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oh May! Oh My!

So we have officially survived our first camping adventure as a family!

Duane and I have spent the last 9 May Long's rain or shine in a tent (except for last year while I was sporting a baby belly and we visited the lovely Morgan Camille in Vancouver). For me this weekend marks the true start of summer...or at least the camping season. Over the years we have certainly seen some varied weather. But perhaps none quite like this year!

We managed to only make it out for one night this year. But what a night it was! Our good friends have some land out in Waiparous upon which they have started building their dream home. It's a beautiful location. Not quite in the Rocky Mountains, but certainly with that feel. It was their first time meeting our baby girl and we absolutely enjoyed our visit with our old friends.

We made it out there Sunday afternoon and spent a glorious day enjoying the outdoors. This play included a trip to the river where Eavan had a chance to feel the open water on her toes for the first time :)

The sun was shining and beaming a glorious 24 degrees of love onto us and despite hearing numerous forecasts calling for snow the following day we simply couldn't believe it.

Well, the weather man didn't lie. That evening sitting around the campfire (our 1st for the season, yay!) it was warm, but the clouds began to spit a little. So we trekked back to bed and I curled up with my little girl in my arms and the rain really began to pour..and pour...and pour! And sometime during the night the temperature dwindled lower, and lower. And the rain turned to snow. And I shivered. And tucked my baby girl closer to me under the covers, trying to make sure she was warm enough.

And so throughout the night, the snow fell and fell in the thick, sticky substance that a May snowstorm brings. Som etime during the night, the vestibule on our tent decided it had had enough and it caved to the pressure of it's heavy intruder. Of course when this happened, the entire family woke (if we ever did really fall asleep).
And as I tried to comfort my (teething) baby back to sleep, my wonderful husband slipped out to right our toppled structure of a "home".

We spent the next morning huddled in the trailer of our friend's trying to warm up, and eventually made it out to the warmth of a campfire (which I am still trying to rid from my hair!). But alas, we survived camping yet another May long weekend in Alberta. Where you never really know what you are going to get. And this time we did it with a teething baby by our side. So, if anything, I now have confidence that this is the first of many fun adventures into the outdoors for our little family.

And in the meantime...it's still snowing here. This has got to be the LONGEST winter I have ever seen. And I have to admit...I visited the Westjet site this morning. Just in case there were any sales to Phoenix :) There weren't...so I guess I'm stuck here for a while!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Natural Ain't Natural

I'm annoyed. The other day I went into Shoppers to pick up some eye makeup remover. There was a nice girl working at the cosmetics counter who helped me out.

I asked for a recommendation. Specifically I asked for something that was more "natural". She recommended a product called "Boots Botanics". Saying it was one of their most "natural products". I was in a bit of a hurry, so I thanked her and proceeded to the check out.

When I got home I took a look at the ingredients. Now obviously, you would have thought I would have looked while still IN the store but at the time, I just took the sales lady's advice and went on my merry way. These ingredients are far from the "natural" ingredients the company claims to use. Although, really, there is no control over how the term is used.

Which got me thinking. Marketers today can really say whatever they want to get people to purchase their products. Shoppers' website says of this particular brand "Boots Botanics collection is a unique combination of high performance yet indulgent products that bring together the power of plants, modern science and technologies. Luxury that cares for your well-being beautifully. Another Shoppers Drug Mart exclusive."

This morning I headed to my online product guru "Skin Deep" and checked up on this particular "indulgent product". I was pretty disappointed with what I saw.

For those not familiar with this website, I highly suggest you become acquainted. It's an independent research council that tests the safety of various cosmetic products from makeup, soap, lotions, toothpaste, baby products, etc. It ranks products and ingredients safety on a scale of 0 to 10. 0 being considered safe, and 10 being considered toxic. Generally I try and stick to products with a rating of 3 or less.

This "natural" product had an overall rating of 6. Ouch, that's high. But perhaps more concerning is the breakdown of the individual ingredients. One of the ingredients, 2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1,3-DIOL is particularly daunting. Just look at that name! That doesn't sound "natural" to me. This ingredient has a toxicity rating of 10. Citing the following concerns "Violations, restrictions & warnings, Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE, NITROSAMINES), Occupational hazards". (For a complete description of this ingredient click here.)

Okay, so I admit, I am not completely sure what all that means...but it can't be good can it? Organ system toxicity?! Yikes!!

So, it's in my eye makeup remover. Great. But that's not the worst of it. I've seen that ingredient before. In baby wipes. That's right. An ingredient considered "toxic in very low doses" hidden away in the Life brand "sensitive skin - perfect for newborn baby" wipes. A couple months back, I was suckered into purchasing some of these wipes to use on my baby's most sensitive skin, drawn in by their claims of "natural" ingredients.

Don't worry. I returned the wipes. And I let Shoppers know about this dangerous chemical addition to their baby products. But of course it's still on the shelves.

But what about all the people that ARE using these wipes? What about their babies? How is it that companies are able to sell these types of products to people?

Is it an ethical issue? Legal? I don't know. But I am bothered by it to say the least.

So now, marketers are capitalizing on passing off unnatural "natural" products to meet the demands of consumers. At the expense of our children?

I guess the old adage rings true. You CAN'T judge a book by its cover. It's buyer beware, or buyer be poisoned.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Great Debate

I've been thinking about this a lot lately...well for about the last year anyway. And upon the release of the swine-flu "outbreak", it brings the issue to mind once again. It is perhaps one of the most debated and controversial issues of parents today, or then again maybe some people don't think twice, I don't know. But it's a big one with me.

Vaccinations.

To be blunt. I don't do it. At all. Not a single vaccine in my little girl. And here's why.

I believe that our bodies are built perfectly. God does a pretty good job with that. And I'm not going to pretend that I, my doctor, or the researcher down at big Pharma knows how to make our body better than He does. That's the big one with me.

I believe that injecting a virus, live or otherwise, into my child does not help increase her immunity levels. In fact, I think it upsets the body's natural reaction and response on how to handle the virus.

Now, I may think differently if it was just a virus that we are dealing with, because in theory that makes sense. But it's not. In typical vaccination schedules, it's an assortment of a few viruses plus all the chemical additives. How is my body supposed to react when it's hit with 7 different viruses at one time, let alone a 2 month old baby? I wouldn't think of drinking the vaccine...so why would I feel any different about injecting it into my daughter? Doesn't it just seem wrong when we think about it?

By the way, do you know what you're putting into your body when you receive a vaccination? A vaccine isn't just a vaccine. It's a chemical cocktail. Invented by trained mixologists. (see here for a list of vaccine ingredients) And it's big money. BIG money.

And while I'm not really much of a conspiracy theorist, it doesn't take much to discover how deeply the pharmaceutical companies are embedded in our society. If you start to look, you'll notice propaganda for their cause everywhere. And it's not necessarily our Doctors & nurse's fault. Yes, they recommend vaccines. But why? Because for the most part, they are trained and educated about the pros of vaccination. And it starts early. High school biology...and certainly earlier in a roundabout way, as vaccinations are recommended as a way to stay healthy. And it's generally accepted and unquestioned by much of society.

But again, if you start to follow the money, we see who sponsors either directly or indirectly the very agencies that are supposed to be "educating" us. And admit it or don't, but they are educating us in favor of their cause. Money is pumped into educational institutes by way of donations, scholarships, sponsorships, etc from the makers of vaccines. And obviously these people have a vested interest in ensuring what we believe to be true. If our doctors and nurses are taught that vaccines are safe & effective, that's what they come to believe. And I'm well familiar with the way post secondary institutes are run, and the influence outside interests play. Big Pharma has partnerships on all levels of government. And if you don't believe me, take a look yourself. It doesn't take a research wizard to figure it out. So, with this information in mind, how are we to be sure that we are given objective information with which to base our decisions on?

When you got your flu shot, or you took your baby in for a routine vaccination, did your doctor sit down with you and discuss the pros and cons of each vaccine? Did they present you with the real risks of each disease? Did they present you with the listing of adverse side effects that even the manufacturers of the vaccines admit to, including death?

Sadly, you have to do your own research. Into every disease and related vaccine.

Yesterday, I attended a "breastfeeding support" session that is put on by the David Thompson Health Region. Obviously, I know their stance on the issue. Someone in the group made a comment that some local children's programs do not allow your child in if they are not vaccinated. Being the opinionated person I am, I couldn't just keep my mouth shut. I made a comment somewhere along the lines of "are these programs sponsored by big Pharma?". One of the nurses reacted with "I think they just want to make sure no one gets sick". Hmmm. Interesting.

If vaccines work, why would your vaccinated child need to worry about coming into contact with my unvaccinated child? Shouldn't I be the one worried? If you believe that vaccines create immunity as intended, you have nothing to worry about. So why does it matter? Why should my child be excluded?

I think ultimately, we need to use common sense. If your child is sick. Please stay home. Yes, I know it sucks. I know Mom needs a break, wants to get out, blah, blah, blah. I get it. Trust me. I do. But your child is sick. They don't need to be out. They need to be home getting better. And not passing on whatever they have.

Living a healthy lifestyle is a much more reasonable prevention strategy. Eat healthy (sugar is the main "food" for disease, limit sugar as much as possible), wash your hands (and not with that stupid antibacterial soap...which only helps breed stronger bacteria), take your vitamins, exercise. Reduce your exposure to chemicals. But why do these things if we can just get a shot? Nevermind how effective it really is.

We live in a society that is constantly being bombarded with information. And a lot of it is provoking fear (take for example the recent swine flu outbreak). We're terrified. And the first thing many people are asking for is a vaccine. And they'll get one. But what kid of long term effects will be left in it's place?

By the way, does anyone else find it strange that it coincides with the greatest economic crisis since the great depression?

Perhaps I am a conspiracy theorist afterall.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Trying to Keep Up!

So, apparently finding time to keep up a blog is a little trickier than I thought. I guess it's about finding that delicate balance between finding your inspiration and the time to catch up!

It's been a busy week. My little monkey has begun to crawl. Which is interesting to say the least. Last Saturday was the first day she actually figured out how to move forward. And by today (Wednesday) she can make it from the living room to the kitchen in no time flat. And that's working her way around the tables in the center of the room. Tonight once we hit the tub, I noticed her poor little knees are all red from scurrying about. But of course, she's resilient and it doesn't seem to bother her in the least.

And boy...this kid moves fast. For anyone who has met Eavan, they know she's...hmmm, how do I put it? Lets just say she certainly burns off every calorie she takes in. She is ALWAYS moving at a rate of 100 miles an hour. Literally. I clocked her the other day. Okay, so not quite. But she is definitely inquisitive, curious, playful and ENERGETIC. Which means, I keep pretty busy trying to keep her entertained, and safe.

That's a whole new venture. I'm not the most organized person when it comes to cleaning up after myself (turn my head in shame). I loath cleaning with the fire of a thousand suns, but of course now with a little one gaining mobility faster than it takes to sneeze, I really have no choice but to pull up my socks.

I'm convinced that babies are the motivation some women, namely me, need to kick themselves from the lazy, sloppy teenager to the clean freak mom. Or at least it is in my case. Which I guess is a good thing. I suppose it's time to face my reality and get cracking on the spring cleaning.

Which brings me to another point. SPRING. FINALLY! Or so I hope. We were graced with the most beautiful Easter weekend I've seen in a long time. Gorgeous weather. Saturday clocked in at a whopping 19 degrees! Of course by Monday night it was snowing again, but that's what you get for living in Alberta. I am so incredibly excited for spring...mostly because it brings us to my most favorite season of all. The season of Thunderstorms, green grass, lakes, campfires, camping, patios, beer on patios, margaritas, (hey give me a break, I made it through an entire hot, hot summer without enjoying a single beer last year...I think I've earned a couple). Oh, I could go on and on and on... This summer is going to be the most exciting one ever because I get to see it all through the eyes of a child. An opportunity to see it all for the first time again.

Yes, I am truly blessed. And at the rate we're going Little E will be running around before the mosquitoes hit. Oh right. Forgot that part of summer. That part I could do without.

Monday, April 6, 2009

TV Sucks

So, with the encouragement of my husband and my friend, Shauna...I have finally set out to publicize the random thoughts that scamper through my brain. A good sort of release for the clutter that is my mind, I guess.

Ahhh...my first blog post. Read on if you dare to enter the mind of me.

My first order of business. I need to address the issue of a television program I encountered last night. I haven't watched a whole lot of TV since my daughter, Eavan was born last September. But last night, I was home alone, Eavan was sleeping and I thought I would nestle into the couch and pollute my brain with pointless TV. Of course, having an opportunity to watch TV uninterrupted is rare, so you can imagine my disappointment when all of the "good" shows normally scheduled on a Sunday night were reruns. But alas, I scroll through the channel listings and come across a title which sparks my interest. It's on TLC and it's called "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant".

I could go on and on and oooon about a topic like this but I'll start here.

Since becoming pregnant with Eavan, I have been intrigued by the world of pregnancy and baby. Being the keener I am I have done a lot of research into the subject and long story short, I have been enlightened. Before becoming a mom, I thought that should I ever become pregnant, a scheduled C-Section would be the way to go. Cue hours of delving into the world of pregnancy and I am now a proud supporter and believer in the power a woman has to birth her baby naturally. Without drugs or other needless intervention. Of course, there are exceptions, but for the most part I believe that interfering with the natural progressions a woman's body is made to endure is unnecessary, needless and dangerous. I'll leave it there for now, but I'm SURE I'll come back to it at some point.

So, back to the show...

Upon flicking over to TLC, it didn't take long for me to become greatly annoyed with the show. Not only did they show dramatic reenactments of women who mysteriously found themselves in labour, but they said things like "Miraculously, Dwinnell was able to deliver vaginally without any drugs or medical intervention!" OMG!!! A woman was able to do what her body was designed to do with out some drug-company sponsored MAN telling what to do. Shocking!

And okay, I can find it believable that someone doesn't know they are pregnant...for the first few months, maybe. But how can someone deliver a full term baby without knowing they are pregnant? The show goes on to explain that Dwinnell didn't know she was pregnant because she didn't have morning sickness or cravings. So without these signs, she couldn't be pregnant! Plus she only gained about 10 lbs...which she attributed to stress and the fact that she was working in a fast food restaurant. Okay, I guess if you are drastically overweight, MAYBE that is understandable...but geez.

And then when Dwinnell goes into labour and goes on to deliver her baby into the toilet, what does she do? She leaves the baby in the toilet...until the 16 year old co-worker received the advice from the 911 operator to take the baby OUT of the toilet and cover it in a blanket. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!

Our society is becoming so dumbed down and it worries me. Common sense isn't too common anymore, is it? We're fearful. Of everything. And we don't trust ourselves, our instincts or our God to tell us what's right or wrong. Instead we turn to our neighbor. What's he doing? Or the Internet. It's written, so it must be true. But yet we question those things that our hearts tell us are true or real.

Maybe it's time we all shut out the influences in our lives that don't bring us happiness. Or at the very least those that actually aid in the degeneration of our society. Dare to question those things that are considered "normal" and learn to trust the inner voice inside us all. Our instincts..or the whispers of God.

Okay, so that's all I have for now. Well to clarify, that's all I have time for right now. My little munchkin is waking from a great nap (I do a little dance in celebration for my baby rarely sleeps), and so I must call an end to my first blog entry.

And remember, Christopher Robin said it best. "You're braver than you believe, smarter than you think and stronger than you seem".