Sunday, September 21, 2008

Summer Update

Soooooooo, I guess I haven't updated since before Africa! :)
It was an amazing trip and I really don't have time to explain everything, but definately check out the video posted here to get a little taste. I saw that in an earlier blog I wrote about the fact that we were worried about receiving the support we needed to go on the trip. We've gone on other mission trips before to other countries, so we didn't want to bombard our family yet again with requests for money and support. We sent out letters and it seemed like the word leaked on it's own. To our suprise, we received beyond what was needed for the trip from family and friends to complete strangers. It was amazing!! We used the extra money to pay for our bills for the time we would be gone and not earning income. Our prayers were definately answered. Andy quit his job at the time to travel on the trip and I had OT fieldwork right after (and am still on it) so we now are trying to look for opportunities & jobs for both of us. Andy has been working crazy hard to earn the income we need these last couple months so I'm super thankful for that. Anyway, here's a short video of our trip.....more to come!!! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKS8weczGac

Political Campaigns

I'm getting super sick of seeing political ads on every other commercial. I know they want/need publicity to have a better chance of getting into whatever offices they'd like to get into, but seriously, I'm waiting on some true substance. I'm mainly talking about the Minnesota Senate commercials & the Presidential candidate commercials. It's just as trashy as some of the shows on TV if not worse. It's basically two people telling the world what the other person doesn't do right and why they don't deserve a chance, and a lot of times it's also what they WILL do that either the other candidate won't do or the current person in office hasn't done. It's just annoying. Why would I want to vote for ANYONE that can't even show that they respect the other candidate or sometimes even political party? I'm neither a democrat or a republican, I'm just looking for who I believe would be the best person for the job. There is just SO much that goes around that is untrue, wrong, and/or hurtful that it gives a horrible representation of the elections anyway. The Minnesota campaigns talk about how much money the other has wasted on trips or how much the other swears or is rude and ONLY use that content. I'm sick of people debating to the death if it's OK that Obama may be a Christian or a Muslim, and sick of hearing if the fact that Palin's daughter is pregnant is wrong or not. It's all so tiring. Let's see what they're best interests are for the US instead. OK I'm done venting but here's a really applicable quote to the situation....

"A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." ~Theodore Roosevelt~