A flood, who would have thought. In the middle of winter, with a temp of -20F. Well I guess it happens in the winter, and it happened to our apartment complex. I came home lastnight and was greeted by my neighbors. They told me they had a tons of water in their kitchen and asked if I knew what the landlord or maintenance man's number was. I told them I'd run upstairs and grab the landlord's number. Well as I approached my door, I heard the sound of running water!! No!!!!! I had a pool of water to greet me and water still gushing out from the ceiling. I become frantic, couldn't even dial numbers on the cell phone. I ran down to the basement and saw their 3 inches on the floor. The lady on the second floor- just below us. Her whole living room ceiling busted out and was all over her floor and furniture. We couldn't get ahold of anyone related to the apartment. Dallas finally got ahold of the emergency plumber. He arrived on the scene. But before that we found the maintence room and shut off any valve we could find to stop the water from flowing. The plumber opened all the right valves again and left the main shutoff. About 15minutes later, our neighbor on the top floor arrived home and there we found the root of the leak. His bathroom pipe froze up and busted and water went rushing all the way down from there. So we spent the rest of the night helping neighbors get water out Nothing like adversity to get to know your neighbors. We swept the water out of the basement apartment. Dallas helped towel out the attic apartment. Dallas toweled up our mess. Nothing of value was ruined. The water got into our cupboards and got the boxes wet to our good dishes. Getting to know our neighbors through this was the biggest blessing so far. Today the plumber is in our kitchen ripping out the ceiling to find the pipe that froze. And as we listen to the conversation they are having, the entrance pipe is froze up for the whole building. eek! Here are a few pics of the mess: WATER!!!
Finally catching up on photos. I realized I hadn't put up the vbs pictures from over Christmas. Our Christmas vacation was jammed packed. We went to Dallas's family christmas for 3 days. The day after Christmas we headed to Tokio, Spirit Lake Nation Indian Reservation. We spent 3 days there doing a vbs. Then the day after we got home from that, we went down to my family. So I forgot to get these vbs pics up. So here they are. It was a great time. So good to connect with a church on the reservation. VBS Tokio
We just got back from Atongo, Mexico. We were away Jan12th-20th. It was cold and rainy... didn't accomplish much as far as work projects. We had one day of sunshine where the work crew worked hard to get stuff done. We purchased most of the supplies for them to finish the projects when they have nicer days. The work projecst consisted of painting a bedroom, building an outdoor kitchen/bbq pit, finishing outdoor bathrooms, re-wiring burnt out lights, painting the outside of the church, and installing a door in the bedroom we painted. We were able to give them spanish bibles, topical spanish pamplets from LHM, children's bibles, New Testaments to use for evangelism, and the pastor the book of Concord in spanish. Overall, it was a slow trip, in which we were blessed with time to get to know the people we came in contact with. We were blessed to have so many people on the trip who were mostly fluent so we could communicate more with them. The community was more affluent and mostly Catholic. So the need for donated items was not there. However, a small group went up into the mountains to give away donated items there. The catholics in town do not associate with this church, nor do they allow their children to come to our vbs. We had more or less 15 kids each day. Our VBS crew had fun putting on puppet shows and the carnival. We had transportation issues again. We can't take the bus into Mexico so we had to split our team in half and take two trips down. I was on the first trip which arrived at 3am Monday morning. The next group arrived 8:30pm that night. We witnessed a heavy military presence while driving to and from Atongo. We caught wind that some shooting happened recently, but not 100% sure that is the reason for the increased military presence. We had a flu-bug go around the team. I caught it on the way back and was sick most of the last day on the bus. I am better now though. Seemed like a day thing. Thank you to all who were praying for us. Here is a link to pictures from the trip. There are a lot... and we are still working on cutting them down. There used to be 1800, I've got them down to about 1100. :) They are unfortuntately not in chronological order. Atongo
To friends and family,I hope this finds you well. As we all know the upcoming election is an important one. I have found myself for the first time, in my rather short voting history, truly excited about this election. The reason for this is because I finally have found a candidate I feel is worth supporting-Congressman Ron Paul. I am forwarding on an email I received from a friend that gives a brief synopsis of who he is, what he has done, and what his vision is for the future. One main reason I am sending this on is because I know that he does not get much media attention.Family & Friends, Please do me a favor and read the following personal message:The next presidential election is approaching rapidly, and I'm writing to let you know that I am strongly supporting the candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX). The following is some of his background and principles as well as a brief statement of faith by Dr. Paul. Ron Paul has spent 30 years as a practicing OB/GYN doctor and has delivered over 4,000 babies. He and his wife Carol have been married for over 50 years, with 5 children and 18 grandchildren.Congressman Paul is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for his consistent voting record. Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. Some highlights of Ron Paul's record include:
- Ron Paul is in favor of allowing Americans to keep more of their own money by eliminating the IRS.
- Ron Paul is well-known among his colleagues for never having voted for higher taxes or unconstitutional spending.
- Ron Paul is a strong proponent of a secure border and against extending welfare to illegals.
- Ron Paul supports putting doctors and patients back in charge of health care decisions. He is a staunch defender of health freedom and against government-managed medicine.
- Ron Paul adamantly defends our 2nd amendment rights and opposes federal gun regulation.
- Ron Paul is strongly pro-life and in favor of repealing Roe v. Wade.
- Ron Paul does not support a military draft, and strongly opposes going to war with Iran.
- Ron Paul is in favor of capturing Bin Laden and believes that it is critical for the United States to have a strong national defense.
- Ron Paul is for protecting individual rights and opposed to unnecessary violations of our privacy like the "Patriot" Act.
- Ron Paul supports removing troops from Iraq as soon as possible and allowing Iraqis to take responsibility for their own protection.
- Ron Paul believes that it is important to maintaining our national sovereignty by opposing trade organizations like NAFTA, the UN, and the WTO.
- Ron Paul wants to stop corporate and banking interests from controlling the U.S. economy. He supports eliminating out-of-control inflation by getting rid of the Federal Reserve.
(Statement of Faith By Ron Paul)
We live in times of great uncertainty when men of faith must stand up for our values and our traditions lest they be washed away in a sea of fear and relativism. As you likely know, I am running for President of the United States, and I am asking for your support.
I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God. My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.
I have worked tirelessly to defend and restore those rights for all Americans, born and unborn alike. The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideal of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.
In 40 years of medical practice, I never once considered performing an abortion, nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, H.R. 1094. I am also the prime sponsor of H.R. 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn. I have also authored H.R. 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called "population control." Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken and will continue to advocate direct action to restore protection for the unborn.
I have also acted to protect the lives of Americans by my adherence to the doctrine of "just war." This doctrine, as articulated by Augustine, suggested that war must only be waged as a last resort--- for a discernible moral and public good, with the right intentions, vetted through established legal authorities (a constitutionally required declaration of the Congress), and with a likely probability of success.
It has been and remains my firm belief that the current United Nations-mandated, no-win police action in Iraq fails to meet the high moral threshold required to wage just war. That is why I have offered moral and practical opposition to the invasion, occupation and social engineering police exercise now underway in Iraq. It is my belief, borne out by five years of abject failure and tens of thousands of lost lives, that the Iraq operation has been a dangerous diversion from the rightful and appropriate focus of our efforts to bring to justice to the jihadists that have attacked us and seek still to undermine our nation, our values, and our way of life.
I opposed giving the president power to wage unlimited and unchecked aggression, However, I did vote to support the use of force in Afghanistan. I also authored H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. A letter of marque and reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give the president the authority to respond with appropriate force to those non-state actors who wage aggression against the United States while limiting his authority to only those responsible for the atrocities of that day. Such a limited authorization is consistent with the doctrine of just war and the practical aim of keeping Americans safe while minimizing the costs in blood and treasure of waging such an operation.
On September 17, 2001, I stated on the house floor that "...striking out at six or eight or even ten different countries could well expand this war of which we wanted no part. Without defining the enemy there is no way to know our precise goal or to know when the war is over. Inadvertently more casual acceptance of civilian deaths as part of this war I'm certain will prolong the agony and increase the chances of even more American casualties. We must guard against this if at all possible." I'm sorry to say that history has proven this to be true.
I am running for president to restore the rule of law and to stand up for our divinely inspired Constitution. I have never voted for legislation that is not specifically authorized by the Constitution. As president, I will never sign a piece of legislation, nor use the power of the executive, in a manner inconsistent with the limitations that the founders envisioned.
Many have given up on America as an exemplar for the world, as a model of freedom, self-government, and self-control. I have not. There is hope for America. I ask you to join me, and to be a part of it.
By Rep. Ron Paul, MD.
Feel free to check him out further at www.ronpaul2008.com
Hey so here is a link to pictures taken from the holidays. They start out with us making lefse and a cheese ball- which was very good by the way. I made my sister a super cute camera bag- the blue thingy. You'll see pics of New Year's over at our neighbors and opening gifts with my family. And finally we stayed the whole week so that we could see my dad coach his rockin' seventh grade team. No joke- they could compete easily with most B-squads. Surprenant New Year
And here are the pictures during Christmas at the Rosins. We had a blast sledding and playing games and eating good food! Rosins Christmas
Woo-hoo! Happy New Year! We just got back from a whirlwind of holiday travel and adventures. I'm a bit tired right now, but I'm anxious to get something up on the new page. :) So this year is going to start off with a bang. In a few days Dallas and I are going to head off once again... this time to Mexico for a mission trip. And then about a month later, I'm off to China for a month. Yes, China. I'm super-excited for the "adventures" that lay ahead. Prayers are welcome. :)
Hey by the way, thanks to those who sent out Christmas cards and updates. It really means a lot to get those.
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