Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why I am thankful this Thanksgiving

This year has been very good for us. We started the year with a new kitchen,dining room, deck and bathroom. We went to Washington DC in January. In April, we visited my brother in Florida. For our anniversary, we went to the beach for a day. And in August, we went to the Poconos (wasn't the best trip but memorable.) Lastly, we just went to Virginia and had a blast. Yes, we like to travel.

Laura went from pre school to Kindergarten in a blink of an eye. She grows more beautiful inside and out everyday. Her intellect dazzles everyone and now she's reading. Her favorite subjects are math, science and art. Laura developed swimming skills and is doing great in Karate. We couldn't be more proud of her. Although I do feel sad to see her grow up, it's amazing to watch her blossom.

Jeff and I settled quite nicely and comfortably in married life. We have the type of marriage that I dreamed of having. We discuss conflicts and come out even more united. We move in the same direction and never leave the other behind. He's funny, smart, goal driven, active and ambitious. Jeff and I make a great team and also compliment each other. I can be set in routines and organization then he's spontaneous and reminds me to enjoy life.

We became pregnant in June. Pregnancy has been a bumpy road filled with morning sickness, coughing spells and quicker bathroom visits. However, we are having an amazing little boy in March. We are both healthy and on the right track. My mother in law pointed me in the direction of great doctors who have never looked at cerebral palsy as a problem, but just an aspect of me.

Career wise isn't so bad neither. Jeff is happy for the most part being a supervisor. Even though I'd love a full time teaching job, I find much satisfaction in teaching one on one twice a week, teaching fourth grade Catholicism on Sundays, writing, volunteering, caring for the house, being a wife and a mother.

So this has been a great year. Thank God each day for my life, family and friends!





Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The reasons why I'm against abortion

When I was little, I used to listen about politics and watched debates. I remember being pretty bored and often fell asleep. I was interested but didn't quite get it.In 1988, I understood and saw things a bit more differently. Dukakis was against Bush Senior. I heard my parents discussing them and the word abortion came into the conversation.

I was only twelve so I never really heard about it before. I asked them what it meant and I am sure they didn't go into detail but I will never forget my feeling of horror at the idea of killing a baby before its even born!How could we elect a president of a country that didn't even understand a simple concept of killing a human being in the womb? It makes no sense to trust an individual with missing compassion for the weakest members of society - a baby!I became equally horrified as I began to discuss it with other adults. Adults, that I assumed, would protect and love children from the very beginning of their existence. I found it wasn't the case. I started to hear the same arguments that I hear today - "my choice, my body", "keep government out of my uterus" and my favorite, "it's not even a person."All these arguments, to me, are very silly. First even a six year old knows that an unborn baby has a separate body than the moms body. When a baby is born, the mom doesn't fall out or lose organs. Second, the government should protect all human beings even the unborn. And the third, if an unborn baby isn't a person then what is it?? As early as even eight weeks, it's easily seen a tiny baby. At ten weeks, it's even more obvious that the baby is alive and having their own experiences.So after learning more and more about abortions, the more politically involved I became. I become disheartened when people say the same ridiculous arguments. And to this day, I cannot imagine why women are so into having a choice to kill their own baby? I hear the reasons but they lack logic and compassion to the baby.Yes, I get some women are in dire straights and believe abortion is the only way. However, if you do the research, many abortions are because the baby is the wrong gender, the baby is an inconvenience or they have a disability. Even missing limbs and the baby has a death sentence. Many women have multiple abortions.In every abortion debate, someone brings up rape and incest. There are at least two million abortions a year in America. Only one percent are because of rape and incest. What about the million or more others?These people who are aborted are unique individuals. If I was aborted, there wouldn't be a me. When you are dead, that's it. Imagine all the people were missing out on. They were never given a chance - thousands simply because they have Down Syndrome and other birth defects.How anyone can justify it or say if you don't like abortion, don't do it but let it be available - I will never understand. The same people get crazy about animal cruelty and homosexual rights yet can pass over millions of babies dying - many because of a disability - even minimum. Sometimes I just want to give up and just keep quiet. It gets tiring to hear the same justifications that are not factual and some are just heartless. However, isn't that what happened during the Holocaust? All those people were terminated and people ignored it and kept quiet. I may not be able to stop abortions from happening but I can do my part by praying, helping mothers who need it, promote adoption and speak up for the thousands that are being killed even tomorrow.