Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I watched a live musical performance of Katy Perry on the Today Show this morning. Check out www.todayshow.com and click on the Concert Series Link to watch this performance. Katy peformed her summer single "I kissed a girl" and then gave a short response to Matt Lauer about her song and the message it sends to the listening world. Lyrics in this song include 'I kissed a girl, and I liked it. The taste of her cheery chapstick. I kissed a girl, just to try it. I hope my boyfriend don't mind it. It felt so wrong, it felt so right, don't mean I'm in love tonight'. Side note - Go look up the lyrics (www.lyrics.com) and read more of this window into today's culture. Matt asked Katy if she was worried at all about the message this song sends to her listeners or if she felt her music has to be separated from message. Katy responded with saying that she 'always speaks from the heart/she doesn't really censor herself and that is what she feels like is missing from music these days". Hmm, interesting... Here is her single cover picture...again, interesting.
So, what do I think?
First, what does Katy mean when she talks about 'speaking from the heart'? I love the quote from scripture that says "Out of the heart, the mouth speaks'. We can certainly get an idea of what is in her heart. It appears as though her moral compass is broken and that she supports the 'whatever' attitude in life. Does she see any consequenses to her message?
Second, I don't think Katy has much integrity to her music...what a casual attutude she has toward things that are very offenseive to many people. Girls kissing other girls is not my idea of fun nor would I just 'try it'. Her song goes on to say that this behavior is 'no big deal and its innocent'. What is innocent about this behavior? In my opinion, its just not the way things were intended to work. Sure, the song is catchy and has a good beat, but does that trump everything else? Do we buy/listen to music because it is cute and has a catchy beat? What ever happened to talent and creativity?
Third, I don't know about you, but my husband WOULD mind if I kissed a girl just to 'try it'. I'm sure many other husbands/boyfriends would mind if their girlfriend was engaging in such casual and emotionaly harmful behavior.
Fourth, there are a lot of people who sing this song and I wonder if they have really thought about what they are singing. If you watch the video, you will see 10 year old girls singing this song. Do these young girls know what they are singing? Is someone talking to these 10 year olds about the REAL impact this behavior can have on their lives and the lives of others?
Ok, thats all for now. Please also check out Walt Mueller's comments about this song/artist on his blog. I also highly recommend www.cpyu.org for ways that we can engage with culture. Oh yes, I am not afraid of this song. I think it is important that we listen to it, discover what message it sends and decide how we will respond to that message. I think that is a good model for how we should engage with all types of culture.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
1. I am being economically friendly - my milk is free!
2. Both Steven and I are able to feed Preston
3. I can take my child out in public and feel comfortable feeding him.
4. I am bonding with my child my looking at him while we are feeding
5. I have 3 weeks worth of milk storred up in my freezer!
6. My child has gained over 2lbs in 2 weeks
While I support all methods of feeding, I just wanted to share my feelings about the response to my method. It's a bit irritating to hear so many people ask me if I am nursing my child and why I would pump my milk and then feed it to my child instead of having him take it from me directly. People think all sorts of stuff like; I am not 'bonding' with my child or they are concerned that my milk will decrease, etc... (None of these concerns are valid in my opinion) I just feel like their questions or comments are not necessary. Perhaps its my style or personality, but I would NEVER question or challenge someone's method to feeding their child. Most often, I just don't ask and trust that they are doing well. I may ask out of curiosity but that is all. Come on, its not really my business to know what someone else is doing. I hope we can all be a bit more sensitive and supportive to those who make different decisions about how and what to feed their children. I think that would make new mom's feel more supported in this crazy time of life.
Oh yes, I also wanted to announce that Steven has officially graduated from Covenant Seminary with his Masters in Counseling! He has his diploma and now he is on his way to becomming a licensed practicing counselor. This may take a few years, but we are both so thankful that he is finished with school. Steven is much happier without papers and tests looming over his head.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Preston and mommy :)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Here is Elijah...one of Preston's friends.
Mallory, Grace and Lucy. These girls have been begging Steven and I to have children for years. (Since they were in 6th grade...now they are in 11th grade). Thank you for begging.
Here is Leah! She was at camp and couldn't visit in the hospital - so we got a house call :)
Megan came by on Saturday for a visit and even did some house work. THANK YOU!
Some of the freshman girls from Youth Group. (Maggie, Rachael, Laura, Megan & Lucy)
The Duke family! Thank you for your consistent support and encouragement.
Kaylie...you know you love this kid!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Ok, I am tired and I do want to show some updated photo's. Enjoy!
Preston, Steven and Grandma & Grandpa Dalbey (Taken on day of Birth)
Preston w/ Aunt Tracey
Preston smiling - this one made me laughTime for bed!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Preston is so tiny!
I just love him!
A father and son...beautiful
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
thats all for now