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Baby boomer? June 24, 2008

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Just as you thought the news of increasing gas prices couldn’t be any worse, you here something as bizzare as this one.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the “pregnancy pact” that’s been in the news this past week. I happened to be at work when it came on TV. Seventeen girls under the age of 17 at a high school, pregnant. Now that’s something you don’t get to see everyday! The obvious question is a big “Why?”

 I know the world isn’t getting any better… it’s just the signs of the times that the end is coming soon. I just didn’t expect it to be happening in my lifetime. What were these girls thinking if they were thinking at all? Can you blame them? After all, there’s that movie “Juno” which portrays the life of a fictional pregnant teenager, and that teen celebrity who just had a baby making it seem cool to be pregnant. Makes me wonder how these girls were brought up by their parents. Being pregnant and having a baby is a special thing, however, have it at the right time, you know, like after college and you have a good stable job… maybe a husband. Call me old fashioned, but there were a lot lesser problems and headaches back in the day.

Do I dare say, “what’s next?” Wake up America! I think it’s about time we took a deep look at ourselves and ask this question… “Is this the America I want?” I think we need to stop glamorizing the foolish and start featuring the ideal… like when that teen celebrity got pregnant, the networks should have chucked the show, or maybe stop making movies like “Juno”. What the heck, let’s just encourage our teenagers to get pregnant! NOT!

The power of 3 June 15, 2008

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They (whoever “they” are) say things happen in threes. It’s usually experienced in a negative light, i.e., bad things happen in threes. Well, like “they” say, you get what you expect, so if you expect bad things to happen, guess what… eventually you’ll get it. I’m not superstitious, so I guess this idea doesn’t apply to me. Although I would say, the “comes in three” part is true…

You see, I was born today, 36 years ago! That in itself is a blessing. WOW, as my wife puts it “You’re getting old!”. I know, I feel it… some aches and pains here and there which unfortunately gets worse as the years go by. It’s just a sign that you’re alive. In 4 years I’ll be 40! Can you say “midlife crisis!” My thoughts on age… bring it on! Like wine, it just keeps getting better. And speaking of birthdays, we have three Juners in the family… myself (June 15), my daughter (June 17), and my son (June 25)… proof positive that good things happen in threes!

Today happens to be Father’s day too! It happened for me when my daughter Gabi was born 8 years ago on June 17. Then in 10 days, my son Jordan will be 7. What are the odds of celebrating your birthday and Father’s day on the same day?! Talk about a double blessing. But wait, there’s more…

We just closed on our first house three days ago (June 12). It couldn’t have come at a better time… the home we used to rent had gone into foreclosure and we were being evicted. We had to be out on the 26th of this month and we got the eviction notice on June 10… we didn’t know if we were closing in time, but like clockwork… God’s blessing and favor came shining through. Despite the sting of having bad credit (yes I’ll admit, I made some poor choices in the past 😦 ), we still closed on a house. It truly is a blessing, considering the house has about 2300 sq ft. of living space, a large backyard, priced down to 135K from the asking price of 147K. It’s not as fancy as most people would expect, however, it fits our needs as each of my kids have their own room (I have 4 kids). Then, to put icing on the cake, we just got our new refrigerator delivered, plus a washer and dryer that’s coming on Wednesday. What can I say… the Lord is really good, all the time, and all the time, the Lord is good!

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalms 34:8.

This makes me really MADD! June 6, 2008

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If there’s one thing that makes me really mad, it’s reading stories like this one which I came across while browsing the local newspaper’s website. The article talks about a 26 year old ex-marine who killed a 27-y/o female while he was driving under the influence. You can read the rest of the story by clicking on the link.

The sad part of this story was the fact that the 27 year old was a mother of two. The children also also lost their father after he died of a heart attack in the months after her death. Now the children are under the care of the grandmother… orphans, because of a string of events caused by a 26 year old ex-marine who is not man enough to take the responsibility of his actions, instead blaming “post traumatic stress” for this drinking problem. That infuriates me. I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Common Sense’s comment. Yes, nobody cares what you did in the past… what matters is the present. Like he said, who cares if you’re an ex-marine… you make a stupid decision, nothing else matters.

As an ICU nurse I see this all the time. Most of the time I get patients who are victims of their own doing. I’ve taken care of patients who ended up in our unit because of driving under the influence, and believe me, its tough taking care of patients like that, not because they are difficult, but because of the fact that they could have severly injured or killed someone while driving intoxicated. That someone could be one of your own.

I’m sure you don’t drink and drive. But if you do, just make sure you don’t hurt or kill someone except yourself. Hey, do us all a favor and just drive off a cliff!