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"A curious mix of the relevant and reverential"


To borrow some words from Drake, "I'm more than just a number." But if I WERE a number, it would be 7. Since it's God's number, the 7th day is one to rest, and... well, I think it rocks. But if life were a scale of 1-10, then me being a 7 fits too, because I'm not perfect. But I'm not your average girl, either. :-) I'm 30, a Christ-follower, slightly off kilter (but aren't all "ar-teeests"?), and happily married to Keiron, my solid and strong rock. And Techie-extraordinaire. We are the proud parents of a baby girl, Zoe. Hope you enjoy my rantings, don't take my sarcasm too seriously and know that comments are welcome. Very welcome... ahem, HINT, HINT, HINT! But enough about me, time for this 7 to give it a rest. xoxox

Want to know why I don't support either party?


This. The lovely Erin of "And Sometimes Tea" has an excellent post breaking it down.

First up, I highly recommend this piece by Jack Hunter at The American Conservative, with the provocative title Pro-Life Means Anti-Drone:

Barack Obama has never claimed to be pro-life. As the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney writes: “President Obama has killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children, in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia through a drone war aimed at exterminating the suspected terrorists on his unprecedented and ever-expanding ‘kill list.’”

The drone strike program that was controversial during the Bush administration has grown dramatically under President Obama. The logic behind drone strikes is plain—the ability...
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Greetings from (soon-to-be-stormy) New Jersey

So we've got a state of emergency, many places are shutting down starting tomorrow thanks to Hurricane Sandy, also known as Frankenstorm. While I'm not worried for our family too much, I have friends and extended family members who live by the shore and/or low lying areas. So, prayers are very welcome!
 
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We survived Sandy.


Hi! We're okay! Yay! Thanks to those who were concerned and prayed. We really appreciate it. Here's a rundown of how this week went:

Sunday:

While the sky remained ominous all day, things were quiet. We chose not to flock to ShopRite because the crowds were ridiculous. Instead, we felt okay to ride things out with what we had: bottled water, a couple of flashlights, candles, and canned stuff.

Still, I felt uneasy. I wasn't sure why. To lift my mood, I watched the best "bad movies" we have. "Snakes On A Plane" and "Pineapple Express" were two of them. I also exercised, something I've found helps channel my nervous energy into productive activity. K showed me some exercises, and let's put it this way: my legs are just finally returning...

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Surviving Sandy

The following are a few pictures I took following the hurricane.

 

Outside a home in Roselle, NJ.
 
 
Trepidation, but no tears. 
 
Thank you, David. There's nothing like paper and ink with no electricity.
 
Bathing by candlelight...
 
... Ave Regina.
 
Our place... at five PM on Wednesday. 
 
Our shining light.
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All Souls & Sandy

Today is All Soul's Day and according to the Anglican Communion, "is a twin feast of All Saints's Day. It has been observed in the Eastern Church from very early times and was introduced into Western Europe in the tenth century. The sixteenth-century English Reformers cut this festival out of the church year because they did not like to distinguish between "all saints" and "all souls." The New Testament makes no such distinction but, rather, refers to all Christians as saints, stressing the fact that salvation is a gift from God and that none of us earns a special place in his kingdom by our good deeds. This is a good time to remember the unspectacular children of God: those whose Christian witness may have been weak or faltering, but who...

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