Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bring On Those Wonderful Holidays

A Saturday ago my family had tickets to Savior of the World at the Conference Center. The program was really beautifully done and even though it wasn't even quite Thanksgiving yet, I feel like it opened up the Christmas season. It brought the story of Jesus's birth and life on earth to life in a way I had never seen before and I am thankful because I have thought back on it many times since. Here we are with my family just before going to see the show. Our smiles are a little larger than usual because Danilo and I had just made a special announcement a few minutes earlier that I'm sure will be a post all of its own once Brittney has been to a doctor's appointment.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I Did Not Brainwash My Husband

We've had some pretty interesting discussions in our home the last several weeks. I'd decided with the presidential election coming up, I wanted to be an informed voter. I feel a responsibility as a teacher and a future mom and an American citizen to be educated on what's going on in my country and I feel very grateful for the rights and privileges and blessings that come from being an American. So as a result I have been reading the paper and articles on the internet and watched the debates and...brace yourself... converted to talk radio. Never thought I'd say those words. The way I see it now, my favorite country station only adds a new song here and there, otherwise, it's always the same stuff. So I still tune in once or twice a week, but talk radio is fresh everyday. A lot of the time it's intriguing and gives me something to toss around inside my head the rest of the day. And then the next time I see my parents I get excited to see if they were listening when I was and if they heard what that talk-host said, or the comment that that caller made. In the process, I have become seriously passionate about my choice. So when Danilo watched a debate or two with me and commented that he would vote for the other choice based on CHARISMA, I almost went through the ceiling. True, if charisma was the deciding factor, he had picked the correct candidate, bless my husband's heart. He's a recently sworn in American citizen (a handsome one, too), and I hope to teach him all about the country he belongs to! Though something has always just felt right about the reasoning my parents give for voting the way they do, I wanted to be able to stand on my own two feet about it. I have found it worth the price I've paid to become educated this year with more than just the candidate's face and mannersims. It has been a slow and steady process, but a couple of times a week I will come home with something I have heard or read that day that I want Danilo to chew on. I have done my best not to entirely brainwash him. It's been fun to talk politics and get him fired up about the issues. I think I have swayed him my direction! We're still working on the economy issue, but I think after a conversation with friends last night he's coming around. :) We'll see how it all goes tomorrow.