I never thought I would see things that I’m seeing happen before my very eyes in the land of the FREE (well… what used to be free…) and the home of the brave. Ladies and gentlemen, we are no longer a nation of freedom. We are a nation of censorship, division, and false information.
Today I encountered something I never thought would happen to me-censorship. Censorship of my personal social media account. With everything going on in our country at the moment (I’m not even opening that can of worms…), a quote came to mind: “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
The author if this quote is none other than… you guessed it… Adolf Hitler. The reason I decided to post this quote was to show that the media can’t be trusted. We are being fed lie after lie and not only is it being considered the truth, but no one is even questioning it. Where does the information come from? Is it a reliable source? Is it an OPINION? Contrary to popular belief, opinion isn’t fact. Just because you want to believe something doesn’t magically make it true.
Back to censorship. Posting this simple quote to try to inspire others to really think about what information is being digested left me banned from my personal Facebook account for two months. I was notified that my post was removed because it didn’t meet community standards. I was able to respond to the removal and stated that I didn’t feel I broke any community standards. What was wrong with my post? The fact that it was a quote from a communist dictator? Huh… the irony is strong with that one. Or maybe Zuckerberg doesn’t want mention of the Holocaust since it didn’t really happen *full eyeroll* Maybe it hit too close to home because of the current political climate. You know, gotta keep people as dumb as we can so they don’t know they’re being lied to. Regardless of the reason, this is blatant censorship at its finest.
Now, me being the stubborn person I am, I took this screenshot and naturally posted my outrage that this was removed and being censored. I’m sure you know what happened next…
Not only was my quote removed, but the post of the screenshot of my removal was removed and I was banned from commenting and posting for 24 hours or advertising or going live for 60 days… SIXTY… six zero days. Guys… that’s TWO MONTHS. Two. Months. Can you imagine how devastating this would be if this was done to a business?
This is why it’s important to pay attention to what is happening around us. We can’t keep letting this happen. I will not be silent about what I see happening around me. Don’t let yourself be silenced.
The people are taking a knee, but what are they kneeling for at this time?
Jesus is King: Lord of Lords! He is the ONLY person I will be kneeling for.
God loves His creation, one and all… even though we might stumble and fall.
Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.
So, here is the church. Here is the steeple.
It’s time to OPEN THE DOORS and see all the people.
But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in the fear of you.
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.—Psalm 5:7–8
So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately after being inundated daily with posts in favor of quarantine, in favor of governmental control of protest or corporate worship, governmental control of outdoor activities (even going for a drive in your own personal vehicle), praise for government officials who supposedly “have our best interest in mind” and how we should gladly submit to their every order because “they know best”. I’ve also done some thinking about the numerous “Be kind”, “Is it worth arguing or losing a friend over ‘being right’?”, or “But I’ve seen first hand sick people during this situation, so [insert reason the government is justified here]” statements.
Since everyone else is entitled to their brash and harsh comments about why these officials should be praised and why I should sit down and shut up because I don’t know what’s good for myself or my family, I’ll gladly provide my opinion. Yes. Yes it absolutely is worth losing a “friendship” over being “right” in this instance. This isn’t about being right. Far from it. It is about finding out where an individual’s standards and core values lie. When “kindness” trumps truth, this is where I draw the line. Praising an individual (or group of people) in power because you are fearful and provide them with full control and admiration regardless of their moral integrity (or lack of), I will disappointingly, but willingly, bow out of that friendship or acquaintanceship.
Don’t misunderstand this for disagreement or healthy discussion. Opinion is always open for discussion and healthy, respectful discussion is what creates a productive society. Something bigger is at stake during all of this craziness, though-truth. What is the TRUTH? If I lose friendship because a friend has chosen emotion, political correctness, or fear over truth, then it is time for that friendship to end. I have two precious children that I pray over every day that God will provide them with discernment. Discernment for what is right in God’s eyes. I pray that they will grow to be loving, God-fearing men who speak the truth.
In a time where truth is pretty unpopular, from what I can tell, stand for truth.
Happy GOOD Friday, guys! It sure doesn’t feel like spring, it was a super busy, crazy, not-many-things-went-right kind of day, but kiddos sure brighten your day anyways when you get to hang out with them. I overheard our oldest telling my husband that “in three days Jesus came back!”. I couldn’t be prouder of that little man! He was so excited to color Easter Eggs all day, but was so patient. He even cleaned his entire room by himself without me even asking. He said “You know, my room’s kind of a mess. I’m going to go clean it up now.” Parent jackpot? I think so…
Here’s an odd question… we’re at home for Easter. No church service. No giant family gatherings. Our kids’ haircuts are compliments of dad, so they’re crazy at this point. Are sweatpants acceptable this year? Not asking for a friend…
There are a lot of things I’ll actually miss about this quarantine. I’ve been thinking about how strange it will be when the stay-at-home order is lifted. It’s not like I’ll be racing out anywhere as soon as it’s lifted. My favorite things have always seemed to be at home for the most part, so it will be an adjustment to get back to the business of life and honestly, I’m not ready for it.
After talking to a friend earlier today about being quarantined, we both agreed there are some things we will actually miss. Here are some things I will definitely miss:
An excuse to NOT be busy. Since when did we need an excuse to say “No”?! Really… why do I feel that I need an excuse to spend time with my own children and not rush them here or there or to visit people when I barely get to spend time with them unless it’s taking them to an activity? That’s not good, guys… I’ll take this as long as I can get it!
Baking. I know, I know… I like to cook, not bake. BUT, being stuck at home has made me feel like I should at least attempt to improve my baking skills. Stop the snickering… I said attempt! Haha!
Working from home. It’s insane how much more work I can get done at home. I do miss my beautifully decorated office at work, though, so there’s that.
Letting chores go to spend time with my kids. Again, why in the world do I need an excuse to do this? The house is dirtier than it’s been in so long and I’m home all day every day. It’s a new physics theory I’ve developed: the greater the quantity of time at home, the dirtier the home. It’s science.
Always having gas. Gas is cheaper than when I started driving (and no, I’m not telling you when that was…) and because there’s nowhere to go I don’t even remember the last time I filled up.
Having to be creative with the dinner menu. The urge to grab takeout has declined and I’ve realized that it’s easier just to make dinner. Who would’ve guessed? The interesting part about that is when I’m out of something I can’t find or don’t want to go to the store to get I have to get creative.
Teaching my kids at home. Our oldest son has thrived learning at home. He was blessed with an amazing kindergarten teacher. It is her first year teaching and the kids adore her. She is ROCKING distance learning through all of this, so I give her mad props. I love getting everything ready for him to work on every day and seeing him problem solve on his own. He thrives in creative situations and this is about as creative as it gets.
A flexible work schedule. I have about as flexible of a schedule as you can get. I am so grateful for my job it’s not even funny, but somehow I’ve managed to be even more flexible and productive during this.
Realizing who your real friends are. I mean your REAL friends. If people want to stay in touch with you, this situation will have no effect on real friendships. If anything this entire situation has left me feeling great about purging “acquaintances” on social media. Ain’t nobody got time for that kind of nonsense in life.
Gardening. I haven’t planted a garden the past several years because… baby. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but babies keep you busy, guys. It’s not exactly easier now that our youngest is a toddler, but we’re at home, so there’s no excuse!
Keep enjoying precious time with your family. This quarantine has been exhausting and a little scary at times, but sweet nonetheless. Maybe we need to reflect on what God is teaching us in moments like these, not what we feel we’re missing out on.
What is that bright thing in the sky?! It’s THE SUN!!! Yay!!! Oh, how I’ve missed you, sun!
We did the school work, we did the work work, we did the laundry, we created a giant mess in the house, we went outside and made a giant mess in the yard… I think our work here is done for the day.
Oh! I learned something valuable today. You all will be so proud. You can shop all of the items in Bullseye’s Dollar Spot on the Target app and have it shipped to you. No, I’m not kidding. Don’t tell your husbands, ladies… you’re welcome.
And your recipe of the day is frozen pizza, folks! Want my recipe tips? Add a little shredded mozzarella before you pop that baby in the oven. It gives it that homemade touch. Extra credit if you preheat your Pampered Chef pizza stone before “baking” your pizza. I’m a culinary expert.
So, I’ve lost all sense of time. I know it’s somewhere near the beginning of the week because I’ve only worked a few days, so there’s that. Now, the season on the other hand… I think it’s supposed to be spring, but definitely feels more like winter. The kids’s little calendar chart says spring, so we’ll go with that. I’m sure they’re keeping track.
Day 17? Maybe? Who cares… I’m pretty sure I skipped a day… or two. We made an awesome fort yesterday, so there’s that. I’d say that’s a win!
A new day, a new recipe! Typical Friday of painting rocks with the tiny people, lots and LOTS of laundry, a lot of work while the tiniest napped, and the daily making of the dinner.
Oh! I did decide to order a box from Misfits Market, but it’s now delayed 😦 Rona, you are a fun sucker! BUT, if you’re interested and want to try it out they provide us with a code for 25% off (COOKWME-UD0VIL), so I can at least share that with you! If you’ve never heard of Misfits Market, I’ll fill you in. They send you an assortment of “imperfect” produce in a smaller or larger box (your choice!) weekly, biweekly, or any timeframe you choose. You can cancel at any time or even skip deliveries if you don’t happen to need it on a scheduled delivery. You can choose your day of delivery and can change your subscription at any time. I’ll let you know how it goes when I get my first order!
I also finally broke down and ordered new outdoor furniture after realizing ours was so bad I didn’t even want to sit on it yesterday. well, it was $250 and I bought it when we moved into our house, so I’d say over 8 years of use is pretty good for $250!
On to the most important part of the day… dinner! Tonight’s dinner was Tomato Basil Meatloaf. This is a great recipe that I usually prepare in large batches, freeze it, then pull it out to thaw if I know we have a busy week ahead of us. I typically make 3 loafs since the recipe uses ground pork and ground beef. I’ve found that most of our local grocery stores only carry ground pork in 1 1/2 lb packages, which stinks when your recipe only calls for 1 lb. So, I buy the 3 lb lean ground beef and 2 packages of the 1 1/2 lbs of ground pork to maximize the ingredients. I make the three batches at once, wrap each loaf in saran wrap, then a layer of Reynold’s Wrap foil, then put it in a sealed freezer back and add the baking instructions in Sharpie.
Keep hanging in there, everyone! We’ll get through this… eventually!
Lucky number 13… said no one ever. Today was a beautiful day and I was able to do some yard work outside with Liam, but man. Today was kind of rough in every other aspect.
Being stuck at home almost feels claustrophobic in a different sort of way. Yeah, you can try to do all of the things you should do like stick to your regular schedule (hah! Kids… there is schedule with kids…), try to eat well, try to make sure you stay active, try to do the millions of activities they tell you to do with your kids, and the list goes on and on, but today has worn on me.
Working from home is rough. Not because I can’t see people, but because people communicate VERY differently through technology and unfortunately, some don’t communicate at all. This makes everyone’s job that much more challenging and adds a whole other level of uncertainty to this entire situation.
I do love being able to stay home and enjoy the kids, though because it’s their favorite thing to do-stay home and play with mom and dad. This also adds a challenge, though. When mom and dad have to get things down to either pay the bills or make sure the house doesn’t need to be condemned, I feel so much guilt. I would so rather be playing with them.
Hopefully everyone else is having a wonderful day and enjoyed the beautiful weather! Hang in there, everyone… we’re all in the same boat!