Saturday, March 16, 2013

Johannes' 3rd Birthday

March 16, 2013
3 years ago today our second son was born,
Johannes 
 God is gracious

Thank you Father for graciously giving us a most joyful, thankful, and affectionate son. 

Today we started the day with a special birthday breakfast of Finnish oven Pancakes, followed by opening his gift from Mommy, a scrapbook of his past year, followed by his gifts from Thaddeus, "Auntie" Victoria and "Uncle" Rick (Michigan adoptees), Grammy and Grandpa, and Nana and papa.
This afternoon was spent fulfilling his longtime desire to ride a real horse.  We took a trip to a local farm where we buy our grass fed beef from and got the royal treatment of horse rides, John Deere Gator rides, and a personal tour of the farm which included the cows, pigs,  and smoke-house.  The day was finished off with a nice dinner at home and carrot cake and homemade ice cream.  He nearly fell asleep at the dinner table, but he made it and is happy to be THREE!!!

video


Thank you Grammy and Grandpa for the motorcycle and Bible stories
Hannes loves storytime and the motorcycle has been a great hit.



His dream came true for today.
He has been wanting to ride a real horse for a long time now and every time we pass one he asks to ride it.

Cool cat in the saddle

Serious rider now

Ready for a" round up"

"He is not a lad, brother, he's a MAN."

"The Man from Snowy River..." -Clancy-

All we Lamberts have forever kept that line in our heads :o)

Another confident rider


Both boys awoke this morning eager to wear bandanas and prepare for a day of riding horses

Almost got three sets of eyes looking at the camera
"Brothers"



Loving our time on the farm

A great day had by all, with only a few minor 3 yr old moments throughout the day.
I managed to keep those off the camera :o)

Friday, March 15, 2013

What do "WE" REALLY mean???

Violence Against Women Act
"VAWA"
What it is: (Excerpted from Wikipedia)
One of the greatest successes of VAWA is its emphasis on a coordinated community response to domestic violence, sex dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking of women; courts, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim services, and the private bar currently work together in a coordinated effort that had not heretofore existed on the state and local levels. VAWA also supports the work of community-based organizations that are engaged in work to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking against women, particularly those groups that provide culturally and linguistically specific services. Additionally, VAWA provides specific support for work with tribes and tribal organizations to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking against Native American women.
On February 28, 2013, in a 286 to 138 vote, the House passed the Senate's all-inclusive version of the bill. The renewed act expanded federal protections to gays, lesbians and transgender individuals, Native Americans and immigrants.

Can you guess what is, not only lacking in the law, but rather, promoted by the very funds that support all these agencies that help these victims?

I know, I know, not even we church goers want to hear the truth on this one, because with the knowledge of truth comes responsibility...  the answer is being discussed in the "great" structure in Manhattan this very week.

Excerpt from Elliott Institute: 


The past days have brought a lot of focus on the topic of women and violence, due to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which is meeting in New York under the theme of preventing violence against women. 
Unfortunately, abortion advocates have lost no time in using the occasion to lobby for the expansion of abortion worldwide under the guise of "reproductive rights." One UN report went so far as to claim that countries that restrict abortion are allowing the "torture and ill-treatment" of women.

Are you ready Church for THE slice of truth that is frequently being ignored by America's lawmakers?


Forced Abortion in America
Coercion can escalate to violence, even murder


The UnChoice
64% felt pressured by others to abort.1 Her "choice" can include loss of home, income and family, or violence and even murder.2Homicide is the leading killer of pregnant women.10 Her "choice" can be based on disinformation from credentialed experts, negligent
counselors or even trusted pastors.3Intense pressure to abort can come from husbands, parents, doctors, partners, counselors, or close friends and family. They may threaten or blackmail a woman into abortion. These are not idle threats. Coercion can escalate to violence. Women who resist
abortion have been beaten, tortured and killed. One husband jumped on his wife’s stomach to force an abortion. A mother forced her daughter at gunpoint to go to the abortion clinic. A woman was forcibly injected by the baby’s father with an abortifacient drug.2(Download the 22-page “Forced Abortion in America” Report at www.unchoice.info/resources.htm.)
Unwanted Non-Choice ... Their Choice, Not Hers.
Reasons women give for having abortions:4Forced by mother Father opposed
Husband or boyfriend persuaded me No other option given
Would have been kicked out Loss of family’s support
Lack of support from society Clinic persuaded me
In 95% of all cases, the male partner played a central role in the decision.545% of men interviewed at abortion clinics recalled urging abortion, including 37% of married men.6In the above study, men justified being the primary decision maker, regarding the abortion.664% of women who aborted felt pressured by others.1
Coerced Choice ... Taken to the Clinic to Make Sure She Keeps the Appointment
A former abortion clinic security guard testified before the Massachusetts legislature that the greatest threat to women at abortion
clinics were the men who accompanied them.7 Many women are also pressured by clinic staff financially rewarded for selling
abortions.8
Forced Choice ... Threats Can Escalate to Violence or Murder - the Leading Killer of Pregnant Women
The pressure can escalate. Many pregnant women have been killed by partners trying to prevent the birth, and being pregnant places
women at higher risk of being attacked.9 Murder is the leading cause of death among pregnant women.10 92% of women surveyed
list domestic violence and assault as the women’s issue that is of highest concern to them.11
Uninformed Non-Choice ... "When I learned the truth, I can't tell you how betrayed I felt."
• 54% were unsure of their decision, yet 67% received no counseling beforehand.1• 84% received inadequate counseling beforehand.1 79% were not told about alternatives.1• Many were misinformed by experts about fetal development, abortion alternatives or risks.12• Many were denied essential personal, family, societal or economic support.12
Unsafe Choice ... American Voters Concerned About Coercion and Risks; Support Research and Screening.
Nearly half of voters believe coerced abortion is common. They’ll support candidates who advocate legislation holding
abortionists liable for failing to screen for evidence of coercion.13 Nearly 80% of abortions take place in non-hospital facilities,
ill-equipped for emergency care.14 Americans are kept in the dark about unwanted abortions, risks and risk factors.
The Aftermath. Women Pay a High Price.
Trauma.1 Injury.1 Grief. Death from All Causes.17 6 Times Higher Suicide.3
• 31% had health complications afterwards.1 • 65% suffer multiple symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.1• 65% higher risk of clinical depression.15 • 10% have immediate complications, some are life-threatening.16• 3.5x higher risk of death from all causes.17 • Suicide rates 6 times higher if women abort vs. giving birth.3

Elliot  Institute ¢ AfterAbor tion.org ¢ Fact Sheets & Healing, www.UnChoice.info


Forced Abortion in America
Coercion can escalate to violence, even murder
Citations
1. VM Rue et. al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science
Monitor 10(10): SR5-16 (2004).
2. See the special report, “Forced Abortion in America” at www.unchoice.info/resources.htm.
3. M Gissler et. al., “Pregnancy Associated Deaths in Finland 1987-1994 -- definition problems and benefits of record linkage,” Acta
Obsetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 76:651-657 (1997); and M. Gissler, “Injury deaths, suicides and homicides associated with
pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459-63 (2005).
4. Frederica Mathewes-Green, Real Choices (Ben Lomond, CA: Conciliar Press, 1997).
5. Mary K. Zimmerman, Passage Through Abortion (New York, Prager Publishers, 1977).
6. Arthur Shostak and Gary McLouth, Men and Abortion: Lessons, Losses, and Love (New York: Preager Publishers, 1984).
7. Brian McQuarrie, “Guard, clinic at odds at abortion hearing,” Boston Globe, April 16, 1999.
8. Carol Everett with Jack Shaw, Blood Money (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1992). See also Pamela Zekman and Pamela Warwick, “The
Abortion Profiteers,” Chicago Sun Times special reprint, Dec. 3, 1978 (originally published Nov. 12, 1978), p. 2-3, 33.
9. Julie A. Gazmararian et al., “The Relationship Between Pregnancy Intendedness and Physical Violence in Mothers of Newborns,”
Obstetrics & Gynecology, 85 :1031 (1995); Hortensia Amaro et al., “Violence During Pregnancy and Substance Use,” American Journal of
Public Health, 80: 575 (1990); and J. McFarlane et al., “Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women’s Health,”
Obstetrics & Gynecology, 100: 27, 27-36 (2002).
10. I.L. Horton and D. Cheng, “Enhanced Surveillance for Pregnancy-Associated Mortality-Maryland, 1993-1998,” JAMA 285(11): 1455-1459
(2001); see also J. Mcfarlane et. al., "Abuse During Pregnancy and Femicide: Urgent Implications for Women's Health," Obstetrics &
Gynecology 100: 27-36 (2002).
11. “Is Your Mother’s Feminism Dead? New Agenda for Women Revealed in Landmark Two-Year Study,” press release from the Center for the
Advancement of Women (www.advancewomen.org), June 24, 2003; and Steve Ertelt, “Pro-Abortion Poll Shows Majority of Women Are Pro-
Life,” LifeNews.com (www.lifenews.com/nat13.html), June 25, 2003.
12. See Theresa Burke, Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2000) and www.unchoice.info.
13. “National Opinion Survey of 600 Adults Regarding Attitudes Toward a Pro-Woman/Pro-Life Agenda,” proprietary poll commissioned by the
Elliot Institute, conducted in Dec. 2002.
14. D. Reardon, Abortion Malpractice (Denton, TX: Life Dynamics, 1993)
15. JR Cougle, DC Reardon & PK Coleman, “Depression Associated With Abortion and Childbirth: A Long-Term Analysis of the NLSY Cohort,”
Medical Science Monitor 9(4):CR105-112, 2003.
16. Frank, et.al., "Induced Abortion Operations and Their Early Sequelae," Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
35(73):175-180, April 1985; Grimes and Cates, "Abortion: Methods and Complications", in Human Reproduction, 2nd ed., 796-813; M.A.
Freedman, "Comparison of complication rates in first trimester abortions performed by physician assistants and physicians," Am. J. Public
Health 76(5):550-554, 1986).
17. DC Reardon et. al., “Deaths Associated With Pregnancy Outcome: A Record Linkage Study of Low Income Women,” Southern Medical
Journal 95(8):834-41, (2002).
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