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Blessings of a Varied Life

As often happens, life has caught up with me and my time is required in other pursuits.  I spent the last summer helping write a book and also grew my family by two precious daughters.  Life is good.

I have treasured my time at Beetleblogger.  I  learned and loved and gave my all to the cause of marriage through this blog for nearly two years of my life.  It was a learning experience for me to have the chance to understand the marriage debate in every facet.  I appreciate all the comments, discussions and lively debates we’ve had that helped me understand the nuances of the issue so clearly.  I hope these debates can stand as a snapshot of this time in history.  The fight for marriage is ongoing, and while I’m taking a break from blogging, I am actively helping in other parts of the fight.  See you on nomblog!

Carry on!

Beetleblogger

Beautiful To Him by Rachel Thibodeau

Countering the many twisted messages of a mixed up world, comes this one beautiful message to women.  Pass it on to your daughters.

–Beetle Blogger

Beautiful To Him

by Rachel Thibodeau

So much noise, so much peace destroyed,

I can hardly hear the voice, leading me through the void,

So much noise.

The world’s little lies,

Destruction in disguise, opportunities to compromise,

To make me beautiful in their eyes,

But I’m not gonna buy the world’s little lies.

Because I define myself and find my beauty in the light He gives.

I’m refined by His divine intentions every day I live.

It doesn’t matter what the world believes,

Or what they say that beauty means,

It comes from within,

I want to be beautiful to Him.

He’s given me His trust, so I’ll be strong enough,

To run from a dangerous touch, I don’t need that kind of love,

I don’t need that crutch, He’s given me his trust.

I define myself and find my beauty in the light He gives.

I’m refined by His divine intentions every day I live.

It doesn’t matter what the world believes,

Or what they say that beauty means,

It comes from within,

I want to be beautiful to Him.

I know how to shine, my life’s not really mine.

It’s not about a worldly climb, it’s all about His design.

So in His eyes, I want to shine.

Because I define myself and find my beauty in the light He gives.

I’m refined by His divine intentions every day I live.

It doesn’t matter what the world believes,

Or what they say that beauty means,

It comes from within,

I want to be beautiful to Him.

I want to live to have His peace,

And feel the holiness He seeks.

It comes from within.

I want to be beautiful… to Him.

I Will Carry You

This is beautiful. This baby is a child, a gift from God.

Yiruma–A River Flows in You.

Yiruma plays “A River Flows in You”.   I’d never heard of this pianist before, but I love this song.  –Beetle Blogger

From Wikipedia:

Yiruma (born February 15 1978, Seoul, Korea) is a South Korean piano music composer. He is married to Son Hye-im.

Yiruma is well-known throughout the world, and his albums are sold all over Asia, as well as the United States and Europe. His most famous pieces are “River Flows in You“, “Kiss the Rain” and “Love Me”. These pieces are widely mistaken as being associated with the movie Twilight. Although he formerly held dual citizenship as a citizen of the United Kingdom and South Korea, in July 2006 he gave up his British citizenship and entered the Republic of Korea Navy to begin his military service, which is compulsory for all male South Koreans.[1] He lived in Osaka, Japan, for 5 years to promote album sales before giving up his dual citizenship.

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I Remember.

It’s been an emotional day as I’ve had to try to answer the many questions my kids have about the attacks.

It’s important that they know and that I remember— there is so much we have to be grateful for.  That there truly is evil in the world and also that great good can come out of tragedy.

I’m glad it only comes once a year….still. It’s good to remember. It gives me perspective on the blessed life I lead.

—Beetle Blogger

You Don’t Have To Yell—By Chris Rice

As I was debating in the marriage forum this week I had the unfortunate experience of running into a commenter who took such violently vitriolic offense to the views of marriage supporters debating there, that he personally threatened us with detailed bodily harm akin to the horrifying ordeal Matthew Shepard suffered before he finally died.  Shocked?  Yes.  Concerned, not really…. but I thought a lot about his reaction.  It’s not unique, but when I heard this song, it reminded me not only of this exchange, but of the many before and since.

Regardless, draw your lines and choose your side, because many things are worth the fight—

A message for those who yearn to see natural marriage safely and permanently elevated for the sake of children and society.  We can do this quietly, respectfully, and firmly – without contention.

Thanks to Chris Rice and his veracious talent.  Love this song.

—Beetle Blogger

You Don’t Have To Yell

So-called reality
Right there on my TV
If that’s how life’s supposed to be, well
Somebody’s lyin’
The camera’s on and we can tell
To keep your fame you have to yell
‘Cause tensions build, and products sell, and
We’re all buyin’
I hope we’re smarter than this

Everybody take a breath
Why are all your faces red
We’re missin’ all the words you said
You don’t have to yell
Draw your lines and choose your side
Cause many things are worth the fight
But louder doesn’t make you right
You don’t have to yell, oh
You don’t have to yell

I tuned in to hear the news
I don’t want your point of view
If that’s the best that you can do, then
Something’s missin’
And experts on whatever side
You plug your ears, you scream your lines
You claim to have an open mind, but
Nobody’s listenin’
Don’t you think we’re smarter than this?

Everybody take a breath
Why are all your faces red
We’re missin’ all the words you said
You don’t have to yell
Draw your lines and choose your side
Many things are worth the fight
But louder doesn’t make you right
You don’t have to yell
You don’t have to yell

Everybody take a breath
Why are all your faces red
We’re missin’ all the words you said
You don’t have to yell
(If everyone will take the step
Back away and count to ten
Clear your mind and start again
We wont have to yell)
Draw your lines and choose your side
Many things are worth the fight
But louder doesn’t make you right
You don’t have to yell
You don’t have to yell

Hattip—Pearl Diver :-)

Angela Rockwood—2009 Mother of the Year

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A Well Deserved Honor Comes to Beetle Blogger Senior Editor

For all those mothers out there who couldn’t be nominated but who should have, I share this precious victory with you.  I don’t usually talk about my private family, but with Mother’s Day approaching I just couldn’t let the moment go by.

As 2009 Mother of the Year, I’d just like to say that I deserve every bit of this fame and glory and that I hope you all can someday rise to this level of expertise in your own lives. Thank You.

I’d just like to thank those of my readers who nominated me for such a great honor.  I couldn’t have done it without you.  Thanks, you’ll never know how much this really means to me.

–Beetle Blogger

Jon Schmidt—Love Story Meets Viva La Vida!

Love Story Meets Viva La Vida!

This one’s just for the sheer beauty of it.  I love this…… whatever magic there is in this world, Jon Schmidt has it.  —Beetle Blogger

See this From JonSchmidt:

This arrangement is dedicated to Sarah, my 7 year old daughter who loves the song Love Story by Taylor Swift. Because of a common rhythm element between the tunes, I decided I could mish/mash the two. My great friend Steven Sharp Nelson (cello percussion) really makes this tune.

The download will be available from my site in a couple of weeks.

The entire album which will be titled “Bonus Tracks” will be available on iTunes summer 2009. Sheet music will also be available at my site May 2009.

I am an unsigned recording artist and composer.  All songs from all my albums can be listened to for free on my site: http://www.jonschmidt.com

THANKS!!!!      :)

Arranged by Jon Schmidt. Co-arranged by Steven Sharp Nelson Recorded at Big Idea studios Engineered by Jake Bowen and Chuck Myers. Produced by Jon Schmidt. Co- produced by Chuck Myers. “Love Story” written by Taylor Swift. “Viva la Vida” written by: Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin. Video Produced by Amenat Studios. Directed by Matthew Mclelland. Director of Photography Patrick Ryan Gass

International Petition to Protect Life

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Life is precious wherever it is found.  Protect Life.  –Beetle Blogger

On December 10, 2008 a Pro-Life coalition including United Families International gathered at the UN to present a Pro-Life petition.  The reason for the petition was two fold:

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  1. To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  2. In response to a Pro-Abortion petition presented by Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International

The Pro-Life petition contained over 340,000 names gathered over a 60 day period, while the opposition petition claimed 651 names in nearly a year of work.  Due to the relatively short amount of time that the Pro-Life petition was available, United Families International and the Pro-Life coalition have decided to keep the petition open until September 2009 when it will be re-presented to the UN.  We invite all who believe in the sanctity of life to add their names to the International Petition to Protect Life.

The petition requests that all member nations and states interpret the UNDHR to mean that:

The right to life, liberty and security is for every person; that each child born or unborn, has the right to birth and a full, natural life. That a child has the right to a mother and a father, of full age, within the bonds of marriage defined as between a man and a woman.  And, that the parents have the right to raise and educate their children without any limitation due to race, religion, culture or nationality.

CLICK HERE to add your name to the petition and join Pro-Lifers around the globe in protecting life.

DOMA Buttons!

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DOMA Button Graphic Arts Contest

The DNA is having a graphic contest to support the Defense of Marriage Act! Create a picture/graphic to support the DOMA and win a prize (or at least a small amount of fame and respect).

The purpose is to get a collection of graphics we can spread around to post as profile pics on facebook, post on blogs, etc. All of it whipping up a storm of information and attention for the DOMA.

The best videos and graphics will be highlighted on the DNA website!

Free!  Take!  Create!  Spread the word on DOMA!

As my contribution, I’m posting copies of all the DOMA button submissions so far…some good ones here!  They are free to take and use but not to modify.  They are Creative Commons Licensed by the DNA, but we have permission to use them wherever we want.  Make a statement on facebook or your blog!

If you have one you’d like to add, send me a comment with a link!

–Beetle Blogger

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