Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Today our Gracie celebrates her birthday. She has a passion for helping the furbabies find forever homes and rescuing them from horrible situations. She raises 3 boys who often seem to multiply in their daring escapades. She supports a man who put his life on the line in the bowels of the earth and smiles through it. Her courage and strength are something I will never come close to having. Her patience is inspiring. She is more sister than friend for Maggy and I. Love you girl. Happy birthday!!!!
So i just saw this story. I know SHOT peeps were around so thought I would pass this one on in case anyone stayed at the Luxor. They had positive tests in January sooooooo..........
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
As most know there is legislation out there that threatens the very point of this blog and others. It threatens free speech. We will be going dark to protest along with many others. For info look in our side bar now. A few of our linked friends have posts up. Our black screen will also have a link. See you on the flip side.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Yup. I think it is a disease. I think that negative thoughts are poison. They fill you up to the point that they poison everything in your life and before you know it all you have around you are negative things and people.
I have to admit that I let this take root with me to a certain point. I love my brother-in-law. I love his children. They have been hit with some rough hits and honestly they are allowed to hurt over it. The thing it they have so much negative thoughts and feelings that it has swallowed them up. I honestly don't blame them. I have seen their devastation first hand. My issue is that Hubby and I have absorbed that negative energy to a point and let it drag us down as well.
For those who know me well I am the positive one. Sunshine and rainbows. If I get depressed it never lasts for long because I am to positive to let it. Stress brings out even more positivity. I see the problem and I battle it. I look for the solution and kick it back until I win and my family is okay. I forgive much, I love with everything I am, I try to have a smile or a kind word for people.
Or at least I did. We have had my BIL and his teens here for over a year now. Recently I went out of town with the girls to see my mom and sister and two of my husband's sisters. While I was their a couple things came to my attention though no one said anything to me really. 1- I had picked up a few bad habits from the live ins that i wasn't thrilled about and hadn't noticed and 2- I was not nearly as positive as I knew I usually was.
Picking up habits is normal but honestly isn't something that thrilled me. So hubby and I made a commitment to get back on track. We vowed to stop cussing. This was a huge one for me to pick up. I was the anti-cuss chick. For me it was only in majorly angry situations that a cuss words would pass my lips, especially after Bug was old enough to talk. Gracie and Mags can attest to my creative anti-cussing, hehe. We have also made sure to really step in if the girls are being parented by the teens or BIL that is in a way contrary to what we want. We had been going with a "No harm, No foul." type rule. They were trying to be helpful, especially with Monkey, and if it wasn't completely against our values we weren't going to make a fuss. We have realized though that the teens really seems to not only encourage but teach pretty inappropriate things. I think Hubby thought it was funny at first, when she was too little to really get it. Now though she is getting it and it can be harmful, so we are putting our feet down.
We also made the commitment to be more positive and encourage that in the girls. To compliment them when they do good and encourage them. We say "I love you " a lot in our house. I think because Hubby and I didn't hear it a lot so we say it often, to each other and to the girls. It is so important to have that feeling flow in a house. I also have been trying to ignore the negativity of the others. I have pulled back from the teens. They do not want me to parent them or give input so I am not going to. All it does is add to the negativity in that they treat me pretty horribly unless they want something. I doubt they even realize it most of the time so to just erase that negative influence I am doing my own thing more again. Hubby had a shift change so is not around as much which means I do my thing with the girls and go off on my own in my room or office and just let them be.
I guess the moral of all of this rambling is that negativity can do a lot of damage but when you make an effort to combat it and let in the positivity that honestly surrounds you your life improves so much. I feel better even though I have been sick and sleeping horribly. My emotional health is peaceful and so much more calm. I feel that returned by my guy and the girls and take great joy in that. I think that keeping that spirit in our house is a huge thing because if TSHTF having a positive mindset could very much save us.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Do you know what gets me? The sheer sadness of it all. Truly. When it comes to wanting to see less victims we are on the same side. The difference is that some have let their hatred of an object obscure any other thing.
I think we can all agree that horrible things happen to people who don't deserve it. Scary terrible things. Every day lives are lost senselessly. Our goal has never ever been to take away from any victim the trauma they went through. It has been to empower them. If you have read our blog for long then you know that my posts have only really entered the realm of gun blogging over the last year. I am fairly new too this. Even having a very close call with an armed gunman didn't immediately change my views. I came to this pretty gradually but once I did I embraced it and I read everything I could. I asked questions. The more I discovered the more empowered I felt and the more I wanted to share that with others. I learned that this community is all about protecting people. It is about helping someone defend themselves.
So I am sad. I am sad that hatred for an object that is just metal and sometimes plastic can create so much discord. Demeaning those who do something to protect themselves in a way different than you does nothing but make you out to be a jerk. Making those who faced the demon and came out alive and then decided they were going to up their personal odds out to be some sort of villain is as shameful as the accusations being hurled around. I know that pain and loss and violence have touched lives on both sides of that fence. The difference is that we want EVERY person to have the choice and the right to protect themselves irregardless of the violence they meet and you are so blinded by the object that the victims that are trying to talk to you get nothing back but hurtful words. If you care about victims then LISTEN. Truly listen.
People like Jennifer and A Girl and yes even Weer'd are trying to tell you that there is more to the story than the object.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Then Peru. A girl is murdered on the anniversary of Natalee's disappearance. She in in his hotel room and they had been seen entering together. He is found days later on the run crossing a border. Then he goes to jail and it takes ages to get him brought on charges. He refuses to acknowledge what he did. Now today he enters a guilty plea and his lawyer begs the court to consider HIM and all he has been through in their sentence because he doesn't deserve a harsh sentence.
WTF? Forget that there is no life in prison for this. There is no death penalty. Already Peru's system is lenient to killers. Now he wants more leniency. He brutally killed Stephany Flores. He admits it but claims some sort of weird PTSD because of the scrutiny on him over Natalee.
Well you POS you BLACKMAILED the Holloway family, you admitted to killing her on tape, you kept yourself in that spotlight by bringing things up concerning her constantly. BS to any sort of trauma or stress. You are a killer of women and I really hope that civilian justice is more lethal that the legal system there and someone at least teaches you what it feels like to be a victim.
Ahhhhhh....... I know I am probably a bit harsh in the thought but it really gets to me when someone who is a predator tries to play the victim. He may have admitted guilt but asking for lenience based on his own stress and horrible life belittles Staphany was put through. She deserves justice. Her family deserves to see the man who killed their loved one suffer for what he did.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I decided I wanted to highlight stories that show where a gun saved lives locally. We have those too!! So no more negativity!!! I give you my new positive series. "Guns saving lives - Nevada Style"
That one left the robber dead and the shop worker unharmed!!! Score a point for us!!!
This one left the burglar one lucky duck. The gun wasn't fully loaded. Still saved the homeowner though! Those are the two most recent. I plan to post them as they happen from now on. Sometimes we only have a moment to defend ourselves and I would rather have the force to truly put the odds in my favor than just the hope we get out of it okay.
Guns Save Lives!!!
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Not so much. Weer'd had this brilliant idea that we stand up as well today and fight the cause not the tool. I simply love this idea. For years I was afraid all of the time. When we had the apartment shooting I was so shaken and disturbed by it and for months I was frozen in fear. I knew things needed to change. I needed to change. It was a very slow change. Like years. I accepted that we needed a gun in the house for protection but I was to afraid to handle it myself. My husband gave gentle pushes but wasn't forceful and he listened and talked. Then we had a conversation that changed everything once we moved to southern Nevada. I said I wasn't sure I could take a life if faced with that choice. I probably could to defend the kids but not myself and he looked at me and he said, "Babe, If you were dead who would protect our girls when I work? If you were battered and broken because you chose to give in rather than fight what would that teach the girls? Wouldn't you want them to fight?"
I had never thought about it like that. I never realized that the fight wasn't just against evil but for something. So now I have my beautiful HK P2000. To protect myself. To protect my family. To inspire them to be strong and courageous in the face of evil. A candle is beautiful and thoughtful and great and holding of just a tiny bit of the dark but add a gun to the mix and you can not only light the way but fight the darkness back and win. So win. Win for yourself. Win for your loved ones. You are worth it!
Now look in our side bar and go see some of the other wonderful blogs for today and our fight for the protection of the ones we love against violence!! Brigid has a particularly beautiful blog up!
Friday, January 6, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
First to the awesome. A Girl and Her Gun is doing something amazing!!! Indeed I am in awe of her and those who are now joining her to add ammo to the pot.
Details are (taken directly from her blog):
I will pay $300 towards any reputable beginning self defense shooting course in the United States.
Who Can Enter:
Any female who is interested in taking the next step in learning how to defend herself in the event that she may need to. I would really prefer it be a new shooter that hasn't had any formal training to this point.
How To Enter:
Leave a comment specifically saying you would like to enter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org subject Give-A-Way.
This will run from January 3, 2012- February 3, 2012 at midnight and must be redeemed by September 2012.
On February 4, 2012, I will put the names into a "hat" and pick one. That person will have until September 2012 to register for a class and when she does, I will send the $300 to the school/course/instructor.
It can not be redeemed for cash and can not be used for any other purpose. If the winner does not register for a course by September 2012, the prize will be forfeited and the drawing will be redone with the remaining names.
I would appreciate you're help in spreading the word. I think there in only one official entry right now, so the odds of winning are pretty darn good.
I am very excited about this and you all will be doing me a huge FAVOR, if you let me be a part of doing something positive for you!
Now to my admission. I have not taken any in depth classes. I could blame a lack of funds but if it was something I pushed for my guy would find a way. To bare it all I am just a coward. I hate meeting strange people. Hubby says I am borderline agoraphobic sometimes. I have made some great online connections through this blog but I am a hard person to connect with I guess. I am not easy to fit in any pretty little box. I am LDS but I can cuss like a sailor when upset. I have developed a love for guns and planning and survival but I couldn't show you how to start a fire with nothing and I have the health of a woman triple my age. I am the oddball and I am used to that. Maybe too used to it. Maybe I have let myself become so used to being solitary and a homebody that I don't know what else to be. Maggy and Gracie are my closest friends and both live hours upon hours away. I am lucky to see Gracie every couple years and it is approaching that with Mags now. So my social buddy is my husband. He is my best friend but he is also my only friend. He tells me to go out but I really just hate it and the stress ends up making me sick so I just gave up trying. It would be nice to have a girlfriend in the area who likes to shoot, lol. That would be neat. Maybe even if I don't win this give a way it is time I see what is out there. I may be trying to take my safety more in hand but that doesn't mean all people are bad right?
Monday, January 2, 2012
Today my baby is 3. She was a miracle I had given up hope of ever having. After losses and years of trying it looked bleak. Then my grandmother died and that night she let me know in a dream that my little angel was on her way. True to my granmother's spirit she stood on a cloud, kissed a little girl, and shoved her off the cloud. My gram was tough and strong and very no-nonsense. The next day on a whim I bought a test. I shouldn't have been able to tell. I wasn't late at all. But there was that positive test. So with prayers and a doc who stepped in right away to help I carried to term. I love her so much. Her gentle hug. Her big heart. Her love. Her stubborn streak. Her curiosity. Her crazy antics. So happy birthday baby girl.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Happy New Year!! It has been a pretty good year for us at TSLBF. We welcomed a new addition, we followed dreams, we bought some awesome guns, built up plans, we made big changes. We had our share of illness. My diagnosis came this year. Gracie has had some boy caused antics to make anyone cringe and an ER doc know them by name. We faced grief and triumph. The blog has grown beyond just us and our brother blog. I think our positives outweigh any negatives. Personally I know a lot of the community I have discovered because of this blog has helped with that positive. We are very thankful people read us and seem to like us most days hehe.
We wish all of you joy and happiness , health and success as you enter this New Year. I know we will all face challenges but I think with the support of friends and great family anything can be conquered.
2012 is a year to expand our preps some more, work on our personal goals (I WILL publish dang it), and enjoy each other. I look forward to it!!