Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Sevices...are temporarily slowed."

You go downtown and see a business with a sign on the front door: "Due to plumbing issues, business temporarily closed." This sort of thing happens all the time. Now, if the sign had read, "Due to plumbing issues, business temporarily slowed," you'd look around for the cameras, sure you were being filmed for a comedy show. I mean, it's closed, right? If it's slowed, then technically it's still open, just not doing business at the previous volume.

The Planned (un)Parenthood facility in Birmingham, AL is now closed (thank God!). Well, get a load of this:
On December 30th, after the facility was closed for several days, pro-lifers on the sidewalk witnessed the facility’s director being escorted from the building, followed by a repairman changing all of the locks. Three days later, a sign from Planned Parenthood Southeast (PPS) appeared stating that the facility would be closed until January 6th, 2014. After the 6th, sidewalk counselors say the facility did reopen, but only briefly,” Gensemer explained.

As of Tuesday, PPS posted yet another sign, now reading: “We apologize for the inconvenience, but this facility is temporarily closed.” The PPS website also removed the facility’s hours of operation schedule, as well as adding a note that reads: “Services at our Birmingham health center are temporarily slowed.” [emphasis mine]
 The pro-abortion PP people are so allergic to Truth, including truth in any form, that they can't bring themselves to say CLOSED. It's not a baby, it's a fetus (which means baby... duh) or a "clump of cells". It's not an abortion, it's an "interruption of pregnancy". [People? "Interruption" generally is taken to mean that there's only a pause, and the process will resume. There's no resumption of pregnancy after the baby has been dragged out in pieces.] It's not pro-abortion, it's "pro-choice" (as long as the only choice is abortion).

THEY CAN'T SPEAK THE TRUTH. Abortion deals in lies, lurks in the dark shadows.

Lord have mercy... Let us pray that this temporary closure is a permanent closure.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Holy Days

I read something the other day about how "now that the holidays are over," blah, blah, blah. In a sense that's true: what we think of as the holidays (Christmas and New Year's Day) are over. Of course, the derivation of "holiday" is "holy day". Something the secular world would have us forget. And truly, Christ's birth is a holy day indeed! There is a bit of a let down after the ascetic preparations for a feast (Advent, in this case) and the joy of the feast itself (the 12 days of Christmas). I remember when I was Catholic we had something referred to as "ordinary time." This always sounded kind of amusing to me although I couldn't put my finger on exactly why. To my mind it meant that we weren't celebrating anything at all - everything was just... ordinary. The word sounded pejorative.

Today I was having that kind of a let-down feeling. I remembered then something else that I had read:
"Something you'd written in a margin," said George, "I can't remember where... 'The significant, life-forming times are the dull, in-between times.' A pretty simple statement, but profound if we think it through. I used to believe the life-forming times were the times on the mountain, the great hurrahs..." [Jan Karon, In This Mountain]
These are holy days, these ordinary days of ours! How many miracles do we see with our eyes but not our understanding? My spiritual father has told me many times, "It is TODAY we are saved; not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today." Each day - today - is a holy day.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Being with Someone in Grief

I think one of the hardest things I've ever done, but one of the most rewarding, was grieving with someone. Not just saying, "I'm sorry", although that certainly has a part, but actually walking with them through grief. I know from experience that it was the most helpful thing anyone did for me while I was grieving. It means being willing to suffer with someone. It means not walking away or offering a bandaid. It means not putting a time limit on grief. It's hard and it hurts. That's why people don't want to do it. I'm not here to blame anyone who has chosen to walk away from someone's intense pain; sometimes we have to do that in the interest of self-preservation - when we are so much in pain ourselves that we don't have any resources to pull from.

It seems that there are a million essays out there on what to say, what not to say, etc., but I'm going to add a few thoughts of my own and try to keep it simple:

What do grieving people want to hear? 
"I'm here."
"I'm listening."
"I'm so sorry this has happened/you are hurting."

What do grieving people need?
Someone to BE there for them
Reminders that they are not alone
Someone to listen

What do grieving people not need or want to hear?
Plans for the future (not yet)
Medication (unless there is a clear and separate need)
Time limits
"I know what you're going through."
Comparison with other people/situations

Consider this an act of mercy if you are ever in the situation of being near someone who is grieving. Please don't turn your back on them. Please be willing to suffer a little as Christ suffered for us. Unlike dropping a tenner in the Salvation Army bucket or stopping to help someone with a flat tire, this requires no money, no physical investment. The only thing this requires is you giving of yourself. And sometimes that can be the hardest thing to give.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Yarn Along - Little Doll

[I decided to just edit and make this post today's Yarn Along post. ;)]

I saw an example of a baby wearing a Cabbage Patch Kid hat online and realized how simple it would be to make it. Finding a pattern was very easy on Ravelry and I was able to whip this up this evening. Miss Moppet was a very willing model. (c:

I started rereading the Mitford books by Jan Karon the other night. Not "great literature", but very comforting and funny. A lovely bedtime read. Also, there are nine in the series so it takes me more than two days to have to come up with something else to read!

None of my books came from the bookstore; they all came from the thrift store (in shifts, as I found them). That makes it that much more fun. :)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Christmas Yarn-Along

Now that all of the gifts have FINALLY been received (it took 8 days for my sister's priority mail box to get to her...grrr), I'll share pictures. :) [I've been making other things too, but I'll save that for another time...]

Two baby bunnies (for baby twins)

A snowman for the big brother

For my two nieces. :)

For three brothers

For the baby of a family

For Papa

For Mom (matching scarf below)

For my mom's December birthday.

I've read a whole lot of stuff recently, mostly old children's books. They were good for those nights when it was late and I was tired and didn't want to think too much about anything. Here are three of my eight Cherry Ames books.