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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Merits of Small Talk


Quote from Sense and Sensibility,
the movie produced by Emma Thompson,
based on the novel by Jane Austen


13-year-old Margaret: I like her. She talks about things. We never talk about things.

Margaret's Mother: Hush. If you cannot think of something appropriate to say, you will please restrict your remarks to the weather.

The merits of small talk?

NEWS FLASH!

There are none.

"FOR OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART, THE MOUTH SPEAKETH."

Friday, February 15, 2019

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes James Pushing a Baby Carriage!

Jessa Duggar & Ben Seewald

We all know something about it. No one knows everything about it. And most of us want to experience it. You know - the word that Baptists won't say - what the King James Bible calls "to know."


First of all, I would recommend watching the show "Counting On," about a huge family, the Duggars in Arkansas, where all the couples court - involving the whole family, to hold each other accountable, and having chaperones until the wedding night. These fundamentalists are truly experienced in the meaning of love and romance.

My parents educated me about sex from age 9 on, and taught me the Bible view: one man for one woman at a time, and get married soon if you're in love! That's where Jim Elliot and I part ways. In Elisabeth Elliot's famous memoir Passion and Purity, she went steady with a man named Jim Elliot, who believed God had called him to stay single for quite a few more years before proposing to a girl he admitted he wanted. I thought Elisabeth played down the freedom and relief one feels in the marriage bed, losing your virginity to your newly committed spouse. I don't like that book. Or Through Gates of Splendor. What a loss, a waste, and a foolish choice for five men to fly their planes directly into danger and leave behind widows and the fatherless!

I didn't date till I was 22, not for lack of being asked. My first boyfriend and I were alone a lot and tempted each other on every date. He was not living for the Lord, but I met him at church and he was a preacher's kid, so I assumed all was well. Turned out he was "only after one thing." So I dumped him, but I could have been date-raped multiple times, if he had let himself be fully seduced. 

My boyfriend-turned-husband and I kissed and hugged and held hands almost from day one, but our rule was never to be alone inside. We broke the rule only once, and even then, I left the door open and did not kiss him, though I wanted to bad. We have a happy, faithful marriage of nearly 7 years. He was a 35-year-old virgin, and I was his first girlfriend. 

My daughter has a big head start. She took showers with me at age two, had a baby brother at age three, and read American Girl's "The Body Book for Younger Girls" at age four - countless times! She informed me one day, "I want to use tampons, not pads, because at church, in the bathroom, there is a sign saying, 'Put tampons in here.' " LOL! She doesn't know the whole story, but she has a big head start, as I say.

Talk with your kids. Protect your kids. Start early. Start now.

A great resource is the Gilkersons' website and blog:

Intoxicated On Life: Intentional Parenting: Sex Ed


"HE CALLED HER EVE [LIFE], FOR SHE IS THE MOTHER OF ALL LIVING."


"AND ADAM KNEW HIS WIFE AND SHE CONCEIVED."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

New Baby Announcement - Baby Girl Born September 15, 2018


Hi, Readers & Followers!

Confession time: I have bipolar disorder, high-functioning autism, and fibromyalgia. I have to take psychiatric medicine all the time, ever since I was 15 years old. I'm now 35, and this new little daughter is my third baby (girl, 5, and boy, 2, proud older siblings).

I took an antipsychotic with all three pregnancies, and they turned out very healthy and have great immune systems, thanks to Enfamil formula. My first baby was on Gerber Soothe, through WIC, and she spat up way more than my other two, who used Enfamil Soothe. Just a note that Enfamil Soothe NeuroPro, which my baby girl tried for one day as a 3-month-old, gave her bellyache and vomiting all day and all night. Be careful! Not all formulas are alike.

Another word: My husband has done extensive research on vaccine safety and efficacy, with the result that we stopping vaccinating after our first daughter's 18-month immunizations. She began head-banging when she received that round of vaccinations, and that is when he started his research through youtube and the 7-DVD series "The Truth About Vaccines." I learned that while polio can kill, so can the polio vaccine, and other vaccines likewise.

I WOULD DISCOURAGE ALL MOMS AND DADS FROM SUBMITTING TO THEIR YOUNG SONS AND DAUGHTERS' BEING VACCINATED WITH GARDISIL. IT CAN CAUSE - AND HAS CAUSED - LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS, HENCE FALLS AND DROWNING. ABSTINENCE AND FAITHFUL LIVING PROTECT EACH PERSON FROM HIV AND CERVICAL CANCER FAR BETTER THAN ANY VACCINE COULD, INCLUDING GARDISIL.

My husband and I were virgins on our wedding night, at ages 28 and 35. God enabled and protected us. He is very merciful. I love my babies and my husband, and would never choose to have an affair. I trust my husband completely as well. He has high integrity, and even more honesty than I have.

Even the Vitamin K shot for day-old infants states at the top of the product insert: "Fatalities have occurred after the administering of this shot." We were pressured for three days by pediatrician and nurses at our hospital in Florida to allow them to give Baby Sister this shot. "It will help her blood coagulate until she can produce vitamin K on her own," the pediatrician assured us.

My husband pointed out that perhaps God had his own reasons for withholding vitamin K from newborns. I believe it likely has to do with the exchange of blood between the left and right sides of the brain, since the blood-brain barrier does not close until about age 3 (as I recall). If left and right sides of the brain cannot communicate well, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) often occur, as my mother can testify, having struggled with memory function her whole life. She literally behaves like she has Alzheimer's, but she does not. She just has poor right brain / left brain crossover.

Back to our baby delivery story! I had all vaginal deliveries. Baby Sister's was natural - two hours labor, one push, a big tear in the perineum, and there she was! What a surprise to me! I finally understood why women scream and holler when they give birth. (I choose epidurals for the first two.) We love our family and still consider it too small. Dear Jesus, send us twins next time!

Shout-out to Nana & Papa & Mimi for all the help while I was in the mental hospital with insomnia, mania, and psychosis, from 5 days after the birth until the day before Thanksgiving. My medicines now are Latuda 40 mg and Klonopin (clonazepam) 3 mg, and I am doing amazing! 8 hours of sleep every night, with an occasional power nap, and long-lasting energy. Pain still present, but manageable with hot baths and stretching / nature walks.

Love to all the expectant and new mommies and daddies!

~ Sharon Rose

"YOU FORMED ME IN MY MOTHER'S WOMB, ACCORDING TO YOUR PLAN.
YOU MADE EACH TINY FINGER, AND YOU MADE EACH LITTLE HAND.
I AM YOUR CREATION; YOU MADE EACH LITTLE PART.
AND IT SHALL BE MY GREATEST JOY TO THANK YOU - FROM MY HEART!
(FROM MY HEART)."  ~ Ron Hamilton, AKA "Patch the Pirate"

"HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER."

"PRAISE HIM ALL YOU PEOPLES."

Monday, January 21, 2019

Baby Danced the Polka Read-Along



A peek into one of my family's "obsessive" interests" - Read-Along Books!

"GIVE ATTENDANCE TO READING."

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Waving Farewell to Walt and Sailing Away from Pleasure Island



Remember that Pinocchio lost his conscience, got kidnapped, skipped school, played pool, smoked cigars, got eaten by a whale . . . and THEN became a real boy. I don't know about all this "Starlight, Star Bright," stuff.

Actually, I do. Praying to a star other than the "Bright and Morning Star," King Jesus, is idolatry.

Careful with your Classic Disney: 60 Years of Musical Magic, Christian friends.

In High School Musical 2, Troy and Gabriella sing, "Our wish upon a star has just come true, because 'HE' knows that where you are is where I should be too." Since when are stars male?

Once upon a time, not more than 35 years ago, a man told my dad, the Independent Baptist missionary, quite seriously, "You Americans worship one God who made the world. But we Japanese worship the sun, the moon, and the stars."

Actually, guys, we worship a mouse. Mickey to be exact. I kicked out ALL Disney stuff from our house 4 years ago, and I haven't missed it much. I, as over-careful mom, am SLOWLY easing back in the Disney songs, stories, and characters - because they're not ALL bad. But the serpent is definitely hissing lies into our little tykes' ears through the voice of Mickey Mouse.

Don't toss Walt completely out on his big, dangly ear. But remember that the apostle John closed his first letter with these words for a reason:

"LITTLE CHILDREN, KEEP YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS."

Saturday, November 24, 2018