Christi (VictoryNJesus) thought we should share pictures of our favorite room in our house. Our living room and dining room are one big room, with the kitchen separated from the living room by just one short wall. So I really consider it all one room. The dining area is open to the kitchen as well as the living room. So here are a few pictures. I’ll warn you that our house looks like a country antique store.
Our dining area: The bar on the left is open to the kitchen (Laura…see the cabinets below the bar, with the fabric panels? That’s where I am putting the punched tin.) I’m also in the process of taking up all that wood flooring, because water draining from the small refrigerator under that white table on the left, buckled the floor. That was because of our power going out after Hurricane Ike.
Same room, just showing the right side of the room. That table is made from the pine from the church pews we use to have in our church. We stupidly replaced them in 1974, and sold the old pews to church members. I have one of the pews. My parents bought many of them. I say we stupidly replaced them, because we traded 2″ thick solid pine for particle board.
This next picture is where the dining area opens to the living room. That’s my dad and brother-in-law at the table at Thanksgiving 2004. The fireplace is just past the right edge of the picture. The mantel is an antique shelf, and it has antique thread spools on it.
This wall is the only thing that separates our kitchen from our living room. You can see the bar on the right that is open to the kitchen. In case it looks a little confusing, that is a mirror in the middle of the wall, that reflects the stairs on the other side of the room. That mirror was on our living room wall in my parents’ house when I was growing up.
I love the wood ceilings in our dining area and kitchen. Steve added all the wood. The wood at the top of the pic, with the open joists, is a loft we added in 2003, extending an upstairs balcony out over the living room.
This is the loft:
And here is part of the kitchen. Stove and eating bar are on the left, sink on the right. That door opens into the living room area.
So that’s my favorite parts of the house. I’m not showing you the rest. It’s a mess. Actually, all of it is a mess right now.
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The Truth Comes Out–Obama Backed Homosexual Marriage
When Barack Obama was running for president, he said he opposed same-sex “marriage,” favoring civil unions instead. But in 1996, when he first ran for the Illinois state senate, a Chicago “gay” newspaper reported that Obama supported same-sex “marriage.” This week a successor paper, the Windy City Times, published specific documentation regarding Obama’s earlier stance.
A candidate questionnaire by IMPACT, a homosexual political action group, proposed a resolution that “the state should not interfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights responsibilities and commitment of civil marriage.” Obama wrote, apparently in his own hand, “I would support such a resolution.” A month later, Obama sent to Outlines a typed letter, over his own signature, stating, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” Obama’s professed opposition to redefining marriage was never very credible, given his much stronger opposition to every effort to defend marriage.
If American voters had understood Obama’s real views, his candidacy for president might have gone the way of other open supporters of same-sex “marriage”–like Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich. Does concealing one’s real beliefs to gain political advantage represent “change we can believe in?”
Additional Resources FRC Action: Obama Backs Same-Sex Marriage
Politico: Windy City Times Cover
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The media considers a dozen war protesters newsworthy, but why not 200,000 pro-life witnesses? As those of you who have visited Washington, D.C. on January 22 know, the tradition of the press ignoring America’s biggest pro-life event is almost as old as the March itself. Over the years, the scant coverage hasn’t deterred us. Instead, we have banded together to find new ways around it. One of the most popular vehicles has been the rise of the conservative blog.
Today, FRC hosted a power-packed line-up of the who’s who in the online pro-life community, many of whom are changing the face of the abortion debate over the heads of the “mainstream” media. Along with a standing-room-only crowd, the fourth annual Blogs for Life conference attracted some key Hill leaders, including speakers Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wa). It was also the subject of a feature article in today’s Washington Times.
Speaking of making a difference, a core group of Republican members marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by making pro-life speeches in the House chamber last night. We applaud them for remaining faithful to their convictions and representing the majority of Americans who believe that our inalienable rights include the right to life.
Additional Resources The Washington Times: Pro-life marchers lose attention
In the Heat of the Moment
The thought police are back in full force. This week, a U.S. District Judge in Illinois sided with the ACLU, which had argued that a “moment of silence” in Illinois schools violates the separation of church and state. Although students were not required to pray in school, Judge Robert Gettleman claimed, “This statute is a subtle effort to force students at impressionable ages to contemplate religion.” Attorney David Cortman, who submitted a brief in the case for the Alliance Defense Fund, told me this is just another example of how radical the Left has become. The ACLU even objects to a moment of silence because of the potential for prayer. Students aren’t forced to do anything except be quiet, and that hardly violates the Establishment Clause. A similar case was debated in Texas but the challenge to its 2003 law was dismissed on appeal. We hope that the Illinois court will also see through this attack on students’ freedom.
Additional Resources Associated Press: Illinois moment of silence ruled unconstitutional