Thursday, May 22, 2008

Oh, Ohio.

I am back from a lovely trip to my in-laws. The trip was much needed and very relaxing. I would love to return sometime soon. :)

My favorite part of the visit was our trip to Sheldon's Marsh. The marsh is a great little spot near Lake Erie where there is a lot of wildlife. We also had some family dinners and had the chance to spend some time with our nieces and nephews.

At the marsh, my youngest nephew managed to get a squirrel to eat right out of his hand. He loved it! And, I have to admit... I was a bit jealous.

We saw so many great birds and animals while we were there. I managed to snap a few pictures that turned out okay.

Did I mention that I love squirrels? Because I do. This guy was a model. He let us get so close to him while he posed for pictures.

On our last full day there, we had a BBQ. Our niece made bows for everyone and we happily wore them. She snapped a quick group picture to commemorate the event. :)

Now, we're back. Next on the agenda - Myrtle Beach!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Sugar Ray King 11/26/1990 - 05/08/2008 RIP

We love you Sugar! It's very sad to lose you and Fatty in the same year. I grew up with you; my sister can't remember a day without you. You are in our memories and our hearts forever. I will always tell people about my cat that played fetch. I'll tell them about how much you talked and how you sang along with Mom. You were a very special cat and I will love you forever.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Last Flowers 'til the Hospital

more church reflections

Remember me talking about that church. I won't be going back.

Super conservatism makes me angry. It is fair for everyone to have their own belief system - something that makes them feel content. However, I do not want to sit through an hour of having it dumped on me.

For the entire service, the pastor talked about homosexuality and how it was wrong. Am I homosexual - No. But, I do have gay friends... and the things he was saying about that lifestyle really peed me off.

He basically said that homosexuality leads to predation. He also said that homosexuals will burn in hell. Well, pardon me, but I thought that God was forgiving. I thought that God called us to reach out to people. If they feel that a certain lifestyle is wrong, then shouldn't they be opening their arms to them? That sermon would only push someone away.

I don't know about you... But, I hope that God isn't that cruel.

The pastor went on to talk about how Soddom and Gomorrah was destroyed because of "the cry of the offended." He said that the people who lived in Soddom and Gomorrah that had been raped, molested, hurt, etc. by the "evil" individuals of the city, cried out to God to come and rescue them. So, what did God do? He sent fire to destroy the city... but did He rescue the "offended?" No. He rescued Lot and Lot's family... a foul little brood who mistreated Abraham, chose to live in Soddom and Gomorrah despite knowing how bad it was, and who offered his daughters to the men of the city to rape.

I need to find a church that helps me... not a place that makes me not want to know who God is.