Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Interesting and Disturbing

http://www.thatsfit.com/2007/08/23/french-mom-offers-20-reasons-not-to-have-kids/

This is a review of an article interviewing the author of a book. After you click on the link above, click on the link in the review to read the article. The author of the book lists 40 reasons not to have children. The article lists 20. Having read the article I suspect that the author of this book was seriously hurt by the father(s) of her children. I say that because one of her reasons that women should not have children is that when the baby arrives the father leaves.

I am not convinced that every woman should be a mother (Some women are not physically able to care for children, some are not mentally able etc.), but who is she to say that none of us should? This article made my heart sick.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation - Part 3

So on Friday of the second week we were still in Springfield. We had lunch with my brother, ran some errands and then got ready for the first part of my 20 year high school reunion. Springfield has a minor league baseball team and that was where the first part of the reunion was held. We had special seating and arrived an hour early because they had set up a tent for us with a barbecue dinner. It was well over 90 degrees and the humidity was high. So we were all sweating up a storm, but it was good to see everyone again. DH was chosen to be in a between inning race riding a tricycle. He came in second out of 3. We all had a good time. The next day we all met at the high school for a tour and some of our old teachers and our counselor came. It was fun to see how the school had changed and not changed. The home EC cooking room now had microwave ovens and flat wipeable cooking ranges. WOW! The typing room got rid of the manual and electric typewriters and now has computers! lol Back then there was no such thing as Internet, and few people had computers in their homes unless one of the parents needed it for professional reasons. That evening was the main event. We met at a restaurant down town. The whole second floor was reserved for us. Thank God they had air conditioning! Anyway, we saw a lot of old friends and I had the pleasure of introducing my husband to everyone. He found some former military guys so he had plenty of people to talk to also. It was a wonderful evening. Sunday, we went to the church of the pastor who married us, and had them out to lunch afterward. It's always good to see them. A wonderful couple married well over 50 years. That evening we did laundry and had dinner with my friend Andrea. The next day was off to Las Vegas! Part 4 tomorrow.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

What I Did On My Summer Vacation - Part 2

So, Alan and I meet in Detroit on Saturday and fly to Springfield together. We ate at Waffle House. We've missed Waffle House. We chose to stay at the Extended Stay America. Upon arriving in Springfield, we rented a car and drove to Walmart to pick up drinks and snacks for our stay. Then to the afore mentioned Waffle House and then, finally to our hotel. It had been a long day. Sunday we got up and went to James River Church. Friends of mine started that church and friends of mine pastor it. We heard a wonderful message. It was so good to be in a real church again even if it was a huge one. We then met our friends Matt and April Wilkie and their daughter Parker for coffee at Panera Bread. It was so good to see them again. Then, it was off to the fair where we met my brother and his family. The nephews have really grown this past year. Todd has lost his little boy look and you can just catch a glimpse of the man he will become. Derek still has it at least for a few more years, but no one is rushing him. The fair was HOT!, but the food was good as all self respecting fair food should be. It seems to be the only place in the world you can find a good corn dog and good fried green tomatoes. MMMMM MM. Alan had never been to the fair before so it was a new experience for him lol city slicker. A good time was had by all. The next day we headed for the mall to get Alan a new pair of glasses and then to Lebanon to the factory outlet mall there. Alan had decided it was time for new clothes. He is not a clothes horse so I really encourage him when he decides it's time to shop. We had dinner at our favorite Mexican place La Mexican Kitchen. Their salsa is the best!
On Tuesday we did more shopping in town. I got my hair done and we went by to see my friend Carrie. Wednesday we headed for Lawton, OK to see some good friends and to see my dentist. The dentists here in Germany are just not (in my humble opinion) as good as those back home. And none of course is a good as mine. I had a crown loose and he fixed it for me no charge. You could have knocked me over with a feather. We also had a chance to go to our old church. It was good to be home. We squeezed in as many different friends as we could and drove back to Springfield the next day. Part 3 tomorrow.

Friday, August 24, 2007

What I Did On My Summer Vacation - Part 1

So, the first week was spent in Chicago with my sister and without my husband. We talked, walked, spent way too much time eating really good food, played with her granddaughter and my great niece and generally had a good time. Baby Julia is so big now! It was fun to see the light in my brother-in-law's eyes as he spoke of her. I have never known him to get so animated over anything! The week went by quickly and before I knew it, it was time to fly to Detroit where I met Alan (coming in from Amsterdam) and we flew to Springfield, Mo for the next leg of our journey which will be revealed in part 2 tomorrow.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

We're Back!

We are finally back from our whirl wind vacation to the States. Tomorrow I will begin a series of blogs about the trip. Sorry I couldn't blog from there. After I left my sister's house, blogging wasn't possible. Anyway, we are all well and now we are on our way to go get our boy Smokey. We are so grateful to the Garcia family for taking him in.