Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Royal Invite!

It's so great to be me! I just received a one of a kind invite to the Royal Wedding! Aren't you all SOOOOOOO jealous?????
Wanna be queenies.. ( aka. Rita, Jackie and Jayde and
lil princesses. ( aka: Abbie and Elena and Lexi )
The Queen is pleased to give you a cordial invitation to her palace for tea on Friday 29th April - at 10:30 am to attend the royal wedding ( ie watching a repeat of 5am wedding on BBC entertainment .. yes we got it live in the house).
You will be served lashings of English tea and lots of cucumber sandwiches and cake and we will follow the procession and service etc.. and comment on the dress and stuff.
The Prince charming will NOT be attending the tea and so it is strictly a gals only kind of deal.
dress code - whatever you want - but lil princesses MUST wear appropiate princessy type dresses
RSVP  (  we understand if you are busy or cant be bothered - just let us know asap)
lots of love and kisses
The Queen
ps.  Get polishing your crowns and MINE ...! 

I know you never knew the Queen of England lived here , but my grand daughters are sure it is so and have given the nick name to a dear British friend. It will be a blast to view the wedding with her and to finally eat cucumber sandwiches! 
What is a 'lashing of tea'???

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

If Bush had...

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years,

would you have approve...d?

If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read,

would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question

his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on?

If George Bush had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse

would you think him an idiot?

If George W. Bush had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?

If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States, would you have said that he is clueless.

If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas, would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W.. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 24 months -- so you'll have one year and ten months to come up with an answer.

Every statement in this email is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.
This is borrowed from an email circulating at the moment.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Day That Jesus Died

He thought he’d won
the devil smiled
And rubbed his hands with glee
The maker of the world was dead
Hanging on a tree.
“The world is mine
I own it now,
I finally won,” he cried.
He didn’t know he’d lost it all
The day that Jesus died---

Two days he smiled
His heart was light
Now man was his alone--
Then words that echoed through the years,
turned his heart to stone
“For God so loved
the world, He gave
His only Son to die--
But on the third day He would rise,
give man eternal life.”

That Sunday morn
He waited there
As darkness changed to light
Then terror seared his burning heart
And anguish filled his eyes…
The empty tomb--
He’s risen!
It can’t be true,” he cried
He finally learned, he’d lost it all
The day that Jesus died…

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Phillips Brooks~
We may say that on the first Good Friday afternoon was completed that great act by which light conquered darkness and goodness conquered sin. That is the wonder of our Saviour’s crucifixion. There have been victories all over the world, but wherever we look for the victor we expect to find him with his heel upon the neck of the vanquished. The wonder of Good Friday is that the victor lies vanquished by the vanquished one. We have to look deeper into the very heart and essence of things before we can see how real the victory is that thus hides itself under the guise of defeat.

Monday, April 18, 2011

What I have been doing

We had a lightning storm Thursday night that fried our modem and knocked another limb off a tree in our yard.
Friday night we lost power and spent most of the week end without power or running water.
When the water returned it was unusable as it was the color of chocolate milk for another half day.
OH! And we are helping my daughter move. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Things I See...

The drive thru at Mc Donald's here in Ciudad del Este.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Biblical Languages

"And let us be sure of this: we will not long preserve the gospel without the languages. The languages are the sheath in which this sword of the Spirit is contained; they are the casket in which this jewel is enshrined ... and ... they are the baskets in which are kept these loaves and fishes and fragments. If through our neglect we let the languages go (which God forbid!), we shall lose the gospel." 
-- Martin Luther

Friday, April 08, 2011

Government Shut Down

Dear Congress,
Last year I mismanaged my funds and this year my spouse and I cannot decide on a budget. Until we have come to a unified decision that fits all of our needs and interests, we will have to shutdown our checkbook and will no longer be able to pay our taxes. I'm sure you'll understand. Thank you very much for setting an example we can follow.
Jungle Mom

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Things I See...

My daughter at her piano recital.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Wicked Awesome!

My youngest  daughter recently attended a Retro  80's Youth Group Party. We had fun getting her ready. It brought back so many memories of my own teen years.

It was totally rad!

We had no bangs to do the big bang thing with so we went with the big side pony tail!

And the blue eye shadow!

Valley Girl!

Jungle Mom, vintage photo @ 1981

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Books for a Purpose

My friend, Mike Dawson, is making a wonderful contribution to our mutual friend, Dale Shaylor, who is needing funds to pay for a liver transplant.  NOW would be a great time to purchase these books.


"We are trying to help. For the next two months, all profits from the sell of Growing up Yanomamö, I Can See the Shore and the DVD, The Enemy God, purchased through our website will go to Dale’s transplant fund." ~ Mike Dawson

UPDATE: A Hospital in Tennessee is willing to place Dale on the Transplant List for $250,000 (instead of $425,000). The whole amount would still need to be raised. But they will get him on the list with 1/2 the money (if raised by JUNE!) Please prayerfully consider buying a copy of Michael Dawson’s books which proceeds will help raise this money!. As of 3/25/11 they have raised $110,765.58.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

The Devil's Brew

(My husband's coffee maker. We call it THE HOLY OF HOLIES!)

What do church history and coffee have in common, you ask?

In her aptly titled book, "Coffee," Claudia Rosen explains that 16th-century priests wanted Pope Clement VIII to ban "the devil's drink." They insisted that Satan had forbidden his followers--Muslims--from drinking wine because it was used in Holy Communion. Instead, the devil provided this "hellish black brew".

The elixir made from coffee beans does in fact have a long history in Islamic regions.
--African tribes mixed the crushed beans with animal fat and molded them into balls to eat as a stimulant before battle.
--Arabs made the first hot coffee beverage, in 1000 A.D.
--Dervishes--mystic devotees of Islam's Sufi sect--consumed coffee at all-night ceremonies as fuel for achieving religious ecstasy.
--Arabs also invented the ibrik, or coffee broiler.
--As coffee lost it's strictly religious significance, the first coffee houses appeared in Mecca.

Clemente VIII,wisely, decided to give it a taste test!

"Why, this Satan's drink is so delicious," he declared, "that it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it. We shall cheat Satan by baptizing it."

And so, I am now able to enjoy my coffee, which my husband makes and serves me each morning. Now that's romantic!

My favorite coffee is a Venezuelan blend. Cafe Madrid! We are out of it now, but are substituting with a Brazilian coffee we purchased here. My son in law recently left us some great Costa Rican coffee too.

Do you drink coffee? How much and how often? Any favorite blend?