Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Husband Appreciation #1

I was doing themed days posts for a little while (Minimalist Monday, Teaching Tuesday, Thankful Thursday), and have gotten off it.  I have decided to make Thankful Thursday a weekly event on this little ol' blog. :-)

This weekend I had more free time, and probably will have more later today, so I wasted some time reading some of my fellow blogging buddies' offerings.  We are a close little group of traditionally-minded Mommies, most of us Catholic, almost all of us homeschooling reasonably large numbers of children, and all of us trying to do our part to counter the toxic culture.

One subject that has come up recently has been the degradation of marriage to the point that it is now, in being re-defined everywhere.  We have discussed and traced a lot of this back to the early days of feminism, and it has brought into question everything from the Nineteenth Amendment to the E.R.A.  Quite frankly, everything within the past hundred years is stuff that is now up for debate -- even things that most conservative, skirt-wearing, cookie-baking homeschool Moms of a zillion kids would have seen no problem with -- now we're seriously questioning everything.

And, of course, it is no secret that as traditional gender roles were tossed into the ash heap, everything else surely followed it rapidly into same.  Now here we are, reaping the harvest of all that glorious liberation.  The party is over, it's time to pay the price, and we have gone down the slope into the slop heap.  And into the slop heap is where most of the men have been consigned to. 

Now, let's clarify that -- I am not referring here to those of alternative lifestyles which shall remain nameless.  I am talking about the solid, decent and good men.  Let's be honest.  If you're a man in this world, you are automatically considered the worst of all beings.  You're male, so obviously you hate women.  This is the blunt truth as seen by the liberal masses.

This is about as un-tact as I can get.  Just ask any guy out there trying to earn a living for his family.  If there is a woman also vying for the promotion and she has the same qualifications, she's going to get it, regardless of whether or not she has a husband also working, because she's female.  It doesn't matter if the man is the sole provider of income for his family, he's male, so he won't be considered.  I am not trying to pull the gender card here (although it's tempting), but it is simply the truth.  The world is out to get the male, regardless of race, color or creed. 

Then home he comes after putting through a day of work.  He is parked on the freeway in traffic that is practicing for a rendition of the Rose Bowl Parade, moving at approximately two miles per hour.  An hour and a half later, he pulls into his garage.  He enters the door.  His offspring are scattered hither and yon, the kitchen table is littered with books and papers, and dinner has just begun to be prepared.  He's starving and exhausted, and there is no peace in sight. 

And, yep, I'll admit this has been a VERY common scenario in our house.  I'm not barring any holes, it's the blunt honest truth.

Under these conditions, everybody says things they regret later.  Tempers fly, words are exchanged and everybody is miserable.  And of course, if he has any expectations, then he is a selfish oaf who only thinks of himself.

Am I right or am I right? 

It is time to put a stop to this RIGHT NOW.  We have the wreckage of culture to see around us, and it can come to an end -- but ONLY if we are willing to show publicly to the entire world how much we love our guys. 

So, even though this is a couple of days late, I am re-instituting Thankful Thursday.  Every Thursday, we need to highlight one thing for which we are grateful to our husbands -- don't forget fathers, brothers, and uncles, too.  One thing for which we are grateful to the men in our lives.  They are disgracefully underappreciated, and most often the women in their lives are the most ungrateful.

So we're going to change that. 

I will write what I'm grateful for, and please feel free to leave a comment telling what you are grateful for. 

Today I want to thank my husband for going to work every day.  He has a long commute and being stuck in traffic is a huge cross for him to bear.  He has done many jobs that he does not like because it provides in plenty for our family, including music lessons and sports for our children.  I am able to stay home with our children and home school. 

Because of his work, I was able to go to the grocery store and we now have a large freezer jam-packed with meat and all we will need for a month.

Because of his work, we have a home in which to live.

Because of his work, we have a van large enough to drive all the children.

Thank you for providing for our family financially. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Day Seven, Unity Octave

I'll do this now, lest I not get it done early tomorrow. :-)

Day Seven, Unity Octave

Day Six, Unity Octave

Busy day today.  Sorry this is a little late, but you can scroll to the unity octave prayers on the post categories to get all the stuff I wrote last year.

Day Six, Unity Octave

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day Four, Unity Octave

I hope you are finding the articles on the Unity Octave helpful.  Please remember my mother-in-law and my grandmother on this day. 

Day Four, Unity Octave

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day Two -- Church Unity Octave

Here is the link on the post for Day Two of the Church Unity Octave -- today's intention is for the separated Eastern Christians.

Day Two, Unity Octave