Everyone Has an Opinion

I have been pondering this post for quite some time and have held off because I am one hundred percent sure that I am going to offend someone with this post, but oh well, here goes.

Over the past couple of years, as social media has continued to grow so has the willingness of people to judge others and put them down for everything from whether or not a mother breastfeeds her babies to whether or not a young pregnant woman has gained too much weight or not enough.  Everyone has an opinion and is more than willing to judge others for their choices.

Recently a photographer in Washington state posted a picture of a young military father dressed in his fatigues holding his newborn baby swaddled in an American flag.  I was one who thought the picture was absolutely beautiful.  After all, this young father is fighting to preserve this amazing country for his little baby.  There were so many people who did not feel the same way.  They felt that it was disrespectful of the flag and many were not nice about it.  Really?  So, having an athlete who has just won a race running around the field with the American flag draped over their sweaty body is ok, but this is not?    Really?

I have also seen young mothers post picture of their kids only to be blasted in the comments because their child doesn’t appear to be buckled into their carseat perfectly or their baby is drinking from a bottle and others feel that babies should be breastfed. Then there are those who are body shamed……they are too skinny.  They are too fat to be wearing that!  People have posted pictures of their beautiful tattoos only to have others tell them what bad people they are because they have a tattoo.

Then there are the incidents when people speak their mind, take a stand on something and because their opinion may not align with others, they are put down and judged for standing up for what they believe in.  The last time I checked freedom of speech was still one of our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.  We all have a right to our opinion and we have a right to speak what we believe and what we feel.  Others have a right to their opinion too, but we do not have the right to put others down and judge them just because their opinion may differ from ours.

Over the past couple of years I have watched more and more people say horrible  things about people on both side of the gun control debate.  And then there are politics.  Oh my gosh.  I tend to lean toward being conservative and more times than not will vote republican, but I am about ready to disown a lot of friends and family who are passing around horrible, horrible Facebook posts about President Obama.   HORRIBLE things.  I agree that Obama may not be the best president we have ever hard, but some of these “cartoons” and far right Facebook posts are just not right.

We all have a right to our opinion and we all have a right to express that opinion, but why does every little thing have to cause controversy?  Why are people so willing to judge others?  Why can’t we just respect our differences?

How many people remember Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes?  I wonder what people would do to him today if he were still alive?

 

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Signs of Spring

The signs of spring are definitely all over the high desert.  Today Dave and I took a drive out to Camp Sherman and Suttle Lake and of course, I took advantage of this little adventure and got some great photos that show spring blooming here in Central Oregon.    Check out the honey bee on this beautiful yellow wild flower.

DSC_0440These flowers were growing close to a little creek that feeds into Suttle Lake.

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Green leaves are starting to appear…..

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DSC_0389While the campgrounds were pretty much empty, there were some folks who decided to take advantage of the wonderful spring weather…..

DSC_0418At Camp Sherman, we saw a guy heading down the river in a rubber raft……and he was going FAST.

DSC_0376Yes……spring is here, but after 15 years in Central Oregon, I know that Mother Nature probably still has some cold weather up her sleeve so I am going to savor every single beautiful, warm moment of this weekend!

DSC_0454Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  I haven’t written a whole lot lately, but I do have a post brewing and am hoping to get it up tomorrow.  I will give you a glimpse into the topic with this simple statement.  I am so tired of how judgmental our society has become.

 

 

 

Wonderful Time

As I sit here on Easter, with Libby, Kaylee and Matt I realize that Easter is not always about sitting in church and singing those old hymns of glory.  Easter is about believing in the resurrection of Jesus and the life that His resurrection give us.  Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we would have not hope.  Death would be the end.  But our Father loved us enough to send his only son to die on the cross for our sins and rise again for US.  That is pretty humbling to me.  I am reminded that while I am not worthy of his grace, he has given it freely to me and I am to extend that grace freely to others.

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This past week has been extra special for me.  I have had the opportunity to spend the week with both of my girls.  To say we have had fun is an understatement.  I am shocked at what we have crammed into this week, and it isn’t over yet.  Tomorrow we go to SEA WORLD.

Today I had a bit of a breakdown.  I realized that come September, things will never be the same.   Kaylee will be a married woman.  Her last name will be Hansen, not Streeter.  Our family dynamic will change forever.  I’m not saying that it will be bad, just different.  We love Alex and he fits well in our family.  He loves our daughter unconditionally and that is what is important.  I’m not quite sure where Libby and Matt will end up.  He graduates with his physics degree in two months and must go to where the jobs are.  Libby (and her mom too) is hoping that he finds something right here in San Diego.

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Reuben will be graduating from Oregon State University this year and we are hoping that he will end up back n Bend. There is a strong chance he will get a job at Mosaic Medical and I am so excited about that.  Connor is growing up and making so many good decisions.  His band is getting attention among the music scene in Bend and that is good too.

On this Easter day, I am content.  Happy to be spending this special time with my daughters and also remembering what was done for me so many years ago.  That Jesus died for my sins and rose again to give us hope in salvation.

Happy Easter.

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Nothing……

Nothing in this world means more to me than these four amazing people.

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As far back as I can remember, I dreamed of being a wife and mother, but not even my wildest dreams prepared me for what it would mean to be a mother to these four.  They have brought me so much joy.  The love I feel for these four is matched by nothing else.  Being a mother is not always easy.  I believe that it is safe to say that it is the hardest job I have ever had and yet the most rewarding.

The fears I have experienced as a mother are matched by no others.

The joys I have experienced as a mother are matched by no others.

The pride I have experienced as a mother is matched by no other.

The anger I have experienced as a mother is matched by no other.

The love I have experienced as a mother is matched by no other.

 

Spring……..

I am always so happy when spring arrives.  To me is means the beginning of new life.  The beginning of lots of sunshine.  Just a new beginning.  I so enjoy watching the flowers bloom, and the beautiful cherry blossoms that are almost out here in Bend.  I love, love, love those.  I love the lilacs (even though there aren’t very many here in Bend).  I love driving by the fields and seeing baby calves grazing with their mommas.  I love seeing the foals running in the wind.  I love spring.  Here in Bend this is the time of year when we also start seeing fawns.  Last year I enjoyed watching twins grow up around our office building.  First as tiny babies with spots following their mom everywhere.  Then as their spots began to fade and we would see mom grazing in one area and the babies together somewhere else.  Now they are “on their own” and we still see them with the other young deer who hang around our office buildings.  It has been so much fun watching  them grow up.    I am eagerly anticipating seeing more babies around here soon.  Yes, to me spring signifies new life.

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Living in Bend for the past 15 years, I have learned that Spring can also be a very difficult and frustrating time.  Living on the high desert means that we can literally have snow on the 4th of July.  It means that at nights, we get down and below freezing a LOT this time of the year.  Anyone who has lived here for any length of times knows that you do NOT under any circumstances plant a garden or flowers before Memorial Day unless you are doing so in a green house.  It just isn’t worth it!  This is the time of year that I miss living in Walla Walla.  When we still have brown lawns and tiny leaves peaking through on our rose bushes, my friends in Walla Walla are mowing their lawns and have big beautiful blossoms on their roses.  Yep, spring in Central Oregon is difficult.  It can be cold, windy and downright miserable………but then that day comes when BOOM the weather turns, flowers are blooming and I am reminded of the beauty of the place I call home.

What a Difference a Day Makes

To say the last couple of weeks has been a roller coaster is putting it mildly.  I shared almost two weeks ago that Dave was losing his job at ATT.  He was, as  they say in ATT land “surplussed”.  He was given his 60 days notice and the beginning of May he would be out of a job.  To say that this news was difficult is putting it mildly.  We have a daughter getting married.  We have a son graduating from college.  We have enjoyed the lifestyle that Dave’s job and mine have given us.  After spending years raising our family, we have finally been able to travel and do some things that we haven’t been able to do in the past.

We had been through this in the past.  Several years ago when ATT purchased Edge Wireless where Dave previously worked he was “surplussed”…..same thing.  Last time we literally were days away from Dave losing his job when his surplus was rescinded and his job was saved.

This time, Dave just felt different.  He has told me several times in the last two weeks that he felt that his “time with ATT was over”.  Just yesterday morning he told me the same thing.  What happened next was an answer to prayer and literally shocked Dave and I.

I was at work and a flower delivery came to the office.  To my surprise the flowers were for me.  They were from Dave with a note that said “I have a big surprise for you”.  I figured that he got an interview for one of the jobs he had applied for within ATT or even an interview for an analyst position at Mosaic Medical (where I work) that he had applied for.  I didn’t even call him…..just sent an e-mail that said “what’s the good news”.  His e-mail back simply said “call me”.  So I called…..I’m still in shock over what he said when he answered the phone.

Earlier yesterday morning Dave got a call from his former boss at ATT.    The rest is a blur for Dave…….this is what he does remember.  Kurt told Dave that he is a valuable ATT employee and that he and his boss (one of the big mucky mucks with ATT) were putting together a new team of folks in the Western Region and that they want Dave on their team……..Uh WHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAATTTTTTTT?  Kurt then went on to tell Dave to check his e-mail because there was a written job offer sitting in his inbox.  Again….WHHHHHHHHAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT???????  Dave didn’t waste any time signing that sucker and sending it back.    Dave’s new title is Technical Consultant for the Western Region.  His pay will remain what it was.  He retains all of his vacation time.  He keeps all of his same benefits.   He will continue to work from home which me and my cat are happy about.  Me because I have the best of two worlds…….he brings in a very nice full time income and yet washes my clothes, cooks dinner, cleans house…….yea pretty cool.  My cat because she kinds of likes having “daddy” home to hang out with during the day.  Best of all, he starts his new job on April 1.  God is so good.  He continues to take care of our needs over and over again.    When Dave told me I was sitting in my “cube” at work and just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  Dave didn’t even apply for this job.  He didn’t even know this position was going to be available.  How cool is that?  How cool is our God?  Dave and I both feel like different people today.  We both feel like this big, dark rain cloud has been over us and today it is replaced with the bright sunshine.  We are both in good moods.  We are both just so excited about what God has done in our lives.  Wow……….what a difference a day makes!

You know my word for the year?  Believe?  You better believe I BELIEVE!!!!!!!!