Tuesday, January 30, 2007

HPV Vaccine

Recently, I have been reading up on the Gardasil vaccine. This is the vaccine that protects against HPV - which causes some forms of cervical cancer. HPV is an STD, and I must admit that my first reaction was an absolute "no way!"
My mind has changed. When I first heard that Michigan is trying to pass legislation that would REQUIRE the vaccine for all girls ages 11 and up, the mom in me got really defensive (and I don't even have a daughter.) I still don't think that the government should make it a requirement. I don't think they need to be parenting my children.
As far as the vaccine is concerned, I have many years to watch the effectiveness and side-effect issues before it would ever be needed by a child of mine (this vaccine is actually approved for boys/men too...they can carry HPV and pass it to a woman.) IF the vaccine is indeed safe, I would have to say I would consider it. If my child makes a mistake and falls into sin, would I deny medical help from a doctor to help them in a time of need (for a pregnancy, a disease, or otherwise?) No. So, why wouldn't I try to protect her/him from a deadly cancer? Here are a couple of instances that could make a good case for the vaccine:

1. Your daughter remains pure but is marrying a man who fell into sin as a college student. He has turned his life around......but could still put her at risk down the road.

2. Your daughter is raped.

3. Your daughter falls into sin and starts engaging in premarital sex.

If I were to immunize my child, I would simply tell them that this shot protects against a type of cancer and would leave it at that. I don't think that having this vaccine would necessarily make someone head down a path of promiscuity.

I'm certainly not 100% on any of this....I'm really just thinking out loud. Any thoughts?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Five things about me

Five things about me...
I have been tagged to write down 5 little known facts about me. I'm pretty much an open book, so this might be a little difficult......hmmm.

1. My arms aren't straight. When I hold them both above my head, straight up in the air, it looks like I'm making a V.

2. I'm an Army brat. My dad was in the Army until I was off at college. I spent 6 years of my childhood in Germany, but also lived in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

3. I love to listen to Sports Radio.

4. I find true pleasure in grocery shopping all by myself (especially if I have a White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks too!)

5. Both of my kids have same number of letters in their first, middle and last names (6, 7, and 8): Camden William Gearhart and Josiah Kenneth Gearhart. Any suggestions for boy number 3??

Stacy...you're it! Consider yourself tagged!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Cravings

Joel often laughs at me when I crave things. Tonight, as I succumbed to one of the many cravings I've had, Joel just shook his head. HE didn't think my idea would taste good. HE thought I was crazy for baking biscuits and then putting butter and canned frosting on them. HE was wrong and dessert was terrific....Joel will even admit that now! There are 3 biscuits left and no more frosting (I only had a little left in the bottom of the can) so I guess butter and syrup or honey will have to do....but I'm waiting til the kids are in bed so I don't have to share!

What my parents taught me

I've seen this several times and just copied it from a friend's blog (thanks Heather) and decided to post it here. This should be good for a laugh. Someone needs to let Mom know to check the blog and convince Dad to look as well.

1. My parents taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My parents taught me RELIGION .
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My parents taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

4. My parents taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."

5. My parents taught me MORE LOGIC .
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My parents taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My parents taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My parents taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISTS.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My parents taught me about WEATHER .
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My parents taught me about HYPOCRISY .
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My parents taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE .
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My parents taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My parents taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents
like you do."

16. My parents taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My parents taught me about RECEIVING .
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My parents taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

19. My parents taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My parents taught me HUMOR .
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My parents taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My parents taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My parents taught me about my ROOTS .
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My parents taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. My parents taught me about JUSTICE .
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

Blogging

I was explaining to somebody yesterday why I love blogging. I've found blogging a great way to keep in touch with people I knew/knew of. One thing I regret from my college days is not getting to really know more people. Oh, sure, I "knew" lots of people....but most were just people I knew the names of a maybe who they dated/married.

Blogging has allowed me to learn more about those that I'd always wanted to know and has helped me get in touch with those I DID know. Is this making sense to anyone out there?

FWIW, I'd love to hear from any of you who happen upon this blog!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Camdenisms

Camden has said some interesting things lately. Sometimes I laugh, othertimes I just shake my head. Here they are:

Mom, you work professional for free!

Get away from me, you cannibal (said to Josiah in the tub).
Camden, what's a cannibal?
Cannibals have the human recipe. They have humans in their belly.
What movie is that on? ( I was going to have to ban this movie!!!)
It's not from a movie. I got it from my BRAIN!!!

Mom, Adam and Eve died because they ate of the fruit that corresponded to the tree that they were not to eat the fruit of.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Abort 73

This week marks 34 years since Roe V. Wade - and what's really sad is that so many Americans are still misinformed, miseducated or worse, simply don't care about what REALLY happens during an abortion.
I have 2 kids and am expecting baby boy #3 in a few months. There is NO WAY that you can see an ultrasound or feel movement and not know that this baby is a real, live, PERSON.
I'd encourage you to visit a website that answers a lot of questions and gives a lot of facts. Abort73 is an effective tool in communicating the truth about abortion. WARNING: this website has some graphic images and information.
I have not read everything on the site, so please keep that in mind. I am not embracing everything you will see, but I do think that it provides some much needed information!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Excuse me, but you're no Jack Bauer




Yesterday I took the kids to Great Lakes Crossing to shop and play in the play area. The weather was cold and wet, so it was nice to get out of the house. As I was driving down 696 on my way home, a guy in a blue SUV decided that I was apparently going too slow. Those of you who know me well will understand that I RARELY go too slow. This guy in the SUV must have thought that he is the real life Jack Bauer because he was bobbin' and weavin' in traffic like a pro boxer!!!

At any rate, this guy was no match for Jack. I mean really, Jack Bauer always finds a faster way than the interstate!

Monday, January 15, 2007

PB&J


Why do peanut butter and jelly (specifically Smuckers Strawberry Jam) taste so good? I made Camden a sandwich for lunch today and made one for myself. YUMMMMMMM! Paired with cold milk, it's the age-old lunch that can't be beat....well, unless it's replaced with a date with Joel or lunch out with a friend!