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#NextNominee – Sign The Petition!

For the last few months I have been working with Secular Pro-Life on a project that officially launched June 15. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. God’s timing, if you ask me!

The project is called #NextNominee.

From our press release: “Young adult anti-abortion advocates organized by Secular Pro-Life have launched #NextNominee, a campaign to fill the next Supreme Court vacancy with a pro-life woman. The centerpiece of the campaign is a petition hosted at petitions.whitehouse.gov, a federal website that allows concerned citizens to voice their concerns directly to White House officials. If the petition receives at least 100,000 signatures in the next 30 days, the Trump administration will respond.”

You probably have heard by now that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court.

Reactions are polarized – conservatives are elated & liberals are worried. It’s not hard to guess where I fall.

 

As a woman who loves this country, it is truly upsetting that the 3 female voices that are supposed to speak for me on the Supreme Court are vehemently pro-abortion.

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RBG doesn’t represent me! Image taken from #HelloHyde.org

While the argument can be made that any pro-life candidate for the Supreme Court would be great, I would really like to put the whole “old white men” pro-abortion talking point to bed.

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There are SIX qualified women on President Trump’s short list. Love him or hate him, he will be the one making this decision.

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Please visit the #NextNominee website to learn more about the potential nominees, or use this link to go directly to the petition!

If you have ever wished you could just do something to advance the cause for human rights for all humans, here is your chance! It might not seem like much to sign your name, but this petition is a big deal!

God bless America!

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International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

I’m inspired by Jodi from The Creative Life In Between to share my artwork with you ❤

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Only women can participate in creation with God.

Celebration Week!

This week is full of celebrations!

So many birthdays this week. Several of my friends have birthdays around this time.

My cat turned 11!

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My niece turned 4!

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& I’m 28!

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However, these are not the biggest celebrations of the week.

The biggest celebration is on Friday, the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment!

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For almost a year now I’ve been working with Secular Pro Life on a special project, #HelloHyde.

Enacted in 1976, the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding of abortion through Medicaid. It has received BIPARTISAN support every year since. This election year, it is under attack.

We are putting faces to the statistics thrown around by both sides. The abortion lobby says that the Hyde amendment oppresses poor women.

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We say that 1 in 9 of these people would not be alive if it weren’t for the Hyde amendment.

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So what the abortion lobby really mean is that 2.13 million people would have been killed if it weren’t for the Hyde Amendment.

My parents immigrated to the US from Communist Cuba while my mom was pregnant with me. My mom was never going to abort me, but if Medicaid did cover abortions, how many women in similar low income/limited resources situations would feel pressured to ‘take the easy way out’? Would someone have tried to talk my parents, poor immigrants without a penny to their name, into aborting me for free?

Abortion affects many generations. My niece & I are both Medicaid Kids, & I am currently pregnant, though not using Medicaid. Just because our parents were experiencing hardship around the time we were born, doesn’t mean we didn’t deserve the right to life.

How is repealing the Hyde Amendment NOT socioeconomic discrimination?

The Hyde Amendment shows women that might be facing less-than-desirable pregnancies that they CAN do it, & there are programs that can help.

Thank you to the Charlotte Lozier Institute  & Dr. Michael New for their study. The data was also broken up by state. Here’s Florida’s number:

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Find your state meme on Facebook.

We also have a YouTube video to share.

On Friday, September 30, we will be having a tweet fest. We encourage Medicaid kids to share their picture with the name tag found on hellohyde.org. We encourage anyone who’s not a Medicaid kid to retweet as much as they can & share the graphics.

See you at the party on Twitter! Happy 40th birthday, Hyde!


What’s next now that the anniversary has passed? Read here for the next phase of our mission!

Response To “So you’re thinking of voting for a pro-choice candidate…”

This election is ridiculous. I’m not going to pretend it’s not. I know I have only voted in 2 elections so far, but this one seems like one of those that the history books are going to be highlighting.

When I was in middle school, my classmates took a poll on who the students would vote for if they could. I was one of like 5 kids that said George W. Bush. Florida might geographically be in the South, but it’s a purple state at best & I definitely live in a blue county. Of course, back then my ‘politics’ was shaped by my parents. In high school when we could finally register to vote our senior year, I registered as a Republican. When I finally could vote, I voted Republican. As I grew older & went on to attend the University of Florida, a liberal university, my stance as a conservative solidified & my pro-life advocacy started.

Being a Republican is not a part of my identity. Being a Christian is, & being pro-life is. I’m also a wife & mother – my baby is almost 16 weeks gestation. Now that you have a little bit of a background on me, I’ll go on.

I am not sure who I will be voting for in November this year. What I do know, is that it will NOT be Hillary Clinton.

This post by Rachel Held Evan is well written & thoughtful. I read a portion of it last night when a friend quoted the section on Evangelicals on Facebook. That part resonates with me 100%, and that list is among the many reasons I cannot endorse Trump as the candidate. I suggest that, like me, you read that section first. It’s at the very end. My favorite line is, “how you can oppose sexual immorality while shrugging off the transgressions of a strip club owner who brags about his sexual exploits and extramarital affairs and who publicly sexualized both of his daughters?” In my opinion, porn culture, rape culture, & abortion culture go hand-in-hand.

There are some things in Rachel’s post I do agree with, but my conclusion is vastly different from hers. Here are some of my thoughts:

  1. “So even though I think abortion is morally wrong in most cases, and support more legal restrictions around it, I often vote for pro-choice candidates when I think their policies will do the most to address the health and economic concerns that drive women to get abortions in the first place. For me, it’s not just about being pro-birth; it’s about being pro-life. Every child deserves to live in a home and in a culture that welcomes them and can meet their basic needs. Every mother deserves the chance to thrive. Forcing millions of women to have children they can’t support, or driving them to Gosnell-style black market clinics, will not do.”

Abortion is wrong in ALL cases. Abortion is the willful termination of a human being’s life. Whether the fetus is disabled, will die shortly after birth, the result of rape, or simply ‘inconvenient’ does not matter. Just like all children & adults all deserve to be treated equally regardless of education, income, race, ability, & gender, all human fetuses should have the right to live. People conceived in rape do not deserve to die, just ask Rebecca Kiessling & her friends at Save The 1%.

I don’t think Rachel agrees with me & other pro-lifers about making abortion unthinkable. It is not enough to make it illegal. Saying that every child deserves”culture that welcomes them and can meet their basic needs” sounds nice, but sometimes it doesn’t happen that way. Children conceived in poverty are no less disposable than poor adults. Some very influential people lived in poverty & overcame it. We need to change from a ‘culture of death’ with its abortion on demand, capital punishment, & doctor assisted suicide to a ‘culture of life’. In a culture of life, women wouldn’t feel “forced” to have babies – they would welcome their unexpected miracles & have support.

Rachel says, “voting pro-choice is not the same as voting for abortion.” The words are true, but the action is not. Democrats For Life thinks the Democrat platform for this election is too abortion focused. They are fighting for room for pro-life people & ideas in the ‘big tent’. They are fighting for a culture of life.

Hillary Clinton will not get us in that direction. She’s not even touting ‘safe, legal, and rare’ anymore. She wants to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which has received bipartisan support since enacted in 1976. Repealing the Hyde amendment would mean tax-payer funded abortions for women on Medicaid. My mom was on Medicaid when she had me. She needed medical care for her & for me – not an abortion (she has always been pro-life, but why should abortion even be an option under Medicaid?) I am currently a board member of #HelloHyde, a campaign celebrating the 40th anniversary of Hyde this year whose aim is to put faces to the statistics that Hyde opponents like to throw around.

Medicaid does bring me to a point that I agree with Rachel on:

2.”Pro-life advocates should support, rather than oppose, efforts to help low-income families care for their children.”

This is something I can get behind 100%. We should absolutely fight for paid family leave, better childcare options, programs such as Medicaid & WIC, better foster care systems, etc. But, in the mean time, babies still don’t deserve to die. Rachel gives an example of a poor mother of 2 who is struggling to make ends meet & finds herself pregnant for the 3rd time. Rachel seems to suggest that OF COURSE this woman should get an abortion! That doesn’t sound very Christian or pro-life to me. I don’t know Rachel personally, & am not jumping to conclusions from one blog post. I am just pointing out how ‘culture of death’ that sounds.

Rachel points out that Hillary has addressed a lot of these programs & even made them “a centerpiece of her campaign.” That’s great; I’m not saying Hillary is the devil & incapable of doing any good. But Hillary only wants these things after a person has passed the magical line between uterus & outside world. I feel like I have to say it again. Babies don’t have to die for us to have these programs. It’s not one or the other. Shame on Republican officials who turn their noses up at these programs under the guise of being concerned about ‘government handouts’. Jesus said in Matthew 25, the parable of the sheep & the goats, “‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Well, the least of these absolutely includes unborn babies.

3.”if we want to dramatically reduce the abortion rate in this country, we must support efforts to make contraception more accessible and affordable.”

This is one topic that definitely divides pro-lifers. I need to play devil’s advocate for a second: some hormonal forms of birth control can have abortifacient effects. Hormonal birth control is not the same as Plan B, which is not the same as the abortion pill. But what hormonal birth control & Plan B can do, is prevent a zygote from implanting. If like me (and like science), you belief human life starts at conception, then some of these products are unacceptable. Not to mention that hormonal birth control can also have some crazy side effects. I don’t judge anyone for using it, but I am pointing out to Rachel some of the reasons why this is just not a valid option in a lot of pro-lifer’s eyes.

That being said, barrier methods of birth control should be accessible to all, and people should know how to use them correctly. Regardless of whatever personal views people might have about sex, there should be some education on it. However, I certainly don’t trust Planned Parenthood to be the educators. Especially when they are constantly covering up statutory rape cases, refusing to report when girls as young as 13 are brought in for abortions, and telling 15 year olds it’s ok to let your partner beat you for pleasure. Well, guess who 100% supports Planned Parenthood & continually fights to keep them government funded? Hillary. Planned Parenthood calls her “Our Nation’s Best Presidential Candidate for Reproductive Rights, Hands Down.” So before conflicted pro-lifers such as myself head to the polls in November, they should know that the organization that kills over 200,000 babies a year thinks Hillary is amazing.

Rachel is right in saying that neither Trump nor Hillary are our pro-life saviors. I’m not looking for a savior, I have a savior. I disagree with her position that Hillary will be better for us to keep the abortion rate down. I don’t think that fact is being helped by Washington, DC, where the supreme court just said it’s OK for abortion clinics not to follow the same standards as other surgical centers. Are we going to drop the ‘safe’ part of ‘safe, legal, & rare’, too? What about the justices that next year’s president will appoint?

Rachel basically argues that the devil you know is better than the one you don’t. I disagree in this instance. Like I said, I don’t know Rachel Held Evan at all. Also like I said I don’t yet know who I will vote for in November. Maybe I will vote for Gary Johnson. Yes, he’s pro-choice, but he is for repealing Roe vs Wade, for late term abortion restrictions, and for state’s rights on the issue. Maybe I’ll write in some other candidate. Or maybe I will break down & vote for Donald Trump (probably not). But one thing is for sure, my pro-life conviction will absolutely not allow me to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Photos For Life

The crowd was smaller this year, but the heart was bigger.

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Before the March & the snow.

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Two of my favorite people in the world, who both inspire me to always be better.

The Students for Life conference got canceled because of the blizzard. Lots of students & groups got stuck in the snow on their way home. It was definitely not a storm to take lightly.

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I am so glad that we made the trip & went to the March.

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We were able to safely make it to Caroline’s house before the blizzard started.

The blizzard couldn’t stop the pro-life generation!

March For Life 2016

This Floridian is travelling to DC tomorrow night.

Yep, even as Major Winter Storm Jonas approaches, seemingly promising to hit hard on Friday – the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade -the day of the march. Even if the forecast was worse, as long as I could physically get my ass to DC I would still go. Hundreds of thousands of people agree with me.

The cause is so worth it.

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March For Life 2015, Photo by Matt Barrick from the March For Life Facebook page

5 years ago I attended a pro-life group meeting in college. My friend Caroline was very involved with the group & asked me to come. I did it just because she was my friend, not because I felt strongly about the subject, though I’ve always considered myself pro-life.

During that meeting, someone decided to read the first chapter of Abby Johnson’s book unPLANNED. I strongly suggest you click that link & read the first chapter for yourself. I have not yet read the rest of the book, but that first chapter changed my whole life.  I believe God put me in that meeting & laid this cause on my heart.

It was relatively easy to be a pro-life college student. Sure, most people around me were pretty liberal, but I had a great group of friends around me & plenty of outreach opportunities – sidewalk counseling, tabling demonstrations around campus, bringing in guest speakers, articles in the campus newspaper, etc. I was president of our on-campus club my senior year & attended my first March For Life that year & went to the Students For Life Of America conference & everything. At times these activities were emotionally draining, but I always had a pro-life friend near by for support.

March For Life 2012

March For Life 2012

It is much harder to be a pro-life adult. Sometimes I’m more vocal than others, but these conversations are much more difficult without the catalyst of a campus event. This is one of the reasons that going to the March For Life is so important. It is a sacrifice of time & money. It requires taking time off from work & life & traveling to DC in the winter. Am I going to have fun on this trip? Of course I am, but that doesn’t mean I lose sight of the reason I make such a journey almost every year. I get to spend time in our nation’s capital & reconnect with old friends who live in the area. I get to hear amazing pro-life speakers – from senators to Silent No More. But I think what I enjoy the most is that I get to be a part of something much bigger than myself. And then I get to share about my experience.

March For Life 2013

March For Life 2013

Last year I did not write about the march. I had just recently started blogging & I didn’t want to make this “too political”. Well, this isn’t a political issue, or a religious issue. This is literally a life & death situation. Yes, I believe that God is the author & creator of all life & that He has given me this mission. However, I’ve become increasingly more involved with Secular Pro-Life because ALL life is precious & ALL people should come to that conclusion regardless of their beliefs (or lack thereof). Yes, I lean to the right, but I follow groups like Democrats For Life because it’s really not about politics. Do politics play a role? Absolutely. It is up to our leaders to pass laws to defend life while also providing funding to programs like welfare, medicaid, & DCF. The scenarios that drive women to choose abortions are never easy or black & white, & it is important for the government to be able to help its people.

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March For Life 2015

This year is a little different. This year most of my coworkers know I am going to DC to march for life. This year I am writing about it & will share some photos from the event when I return. This year will be my 4th time at the march; my husband’s 2nd. I am incredibly lucky to have such a supportive partner in life, for the rest of my life, fighting for life with me.

So bring on the snow, Jonas. A little bad weather cannot stop the truth about LIFE from spreading.


 

If you are interested in seeing what the march is all about from the comfort of your own home, please check out the March For Life website & click “Watch the March For Life Livestream” on Friday, Jan 22.

The Best Banana Pudding Ever

My husband & I took a break from all the unpacking, demo-ing, painting, etc. last week to attend our Chapel Bells end-of-the-season party. It was pot luck style, so of course I signed up for dessert, which was great because I had been looking for an excuse to make the best banana pudding ever.

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I got this recipe from my friend Josh. We were in the Pro Life Alliance together in college, & our meetings often involved dessert. The people in the pro-life movement are some of the sweetest I know (no pun intended).

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March for Life, January 2012. Washington, DC.

This is one of those recipes that gets better with each step. Sampling along the way is definitely encouraged.

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It was like 10PM when I got around to making this the night before the bell party. By 10:30PM I was finished, had sampled it, & gone to bed. It’s a really easy recipe.

Paraphrasing Josh’s instructions: Line a pan with Nilla Waffers. Then in a large bowl mix 2 cups of cold milk (Josh said whole, I used 2% & it still came out good) and 1 and 2/3 packet of instant French vanilla pudding (two full packets is too strong according to Josh) and let sit.

Using an electric mixer – this was my inaugural use of my KitchenAid mixer in the new house! – mix together an 8 oz package of softened cream cheese and a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk until smooth.

I think the secret ingredient in this recipe is the sweetened condensed milk. I love it. Cubans use it a lot. My mom & I used to pour it over corn flakes & eat it as a treat. Vietnamese people put it in their iced coffee. It’s magical stuff.

Sweetened condensed milk + cream cheese = YUM! This combo must be explored further..

Once all lumps are gone, fold in a thawed 12 oz container of cool whip. This also results in a delicious combo. I wasn’t kidding about the sampling along the way!

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Take the cream cheese mixture and fold that into the pudding. Josh recommends to take a large dollop as a sacrificial amount and whisk it in really well to make sure the pudding isn’t too thick then fold in the rest gently.

Cut up some bananas & line the baking sheet with the slices. Josh says to use slightly browned ones so they’re kinda soft but still have texture to them, but it’s up to your individual banana preference. I only ended up using 4 bananas in my recipe. You can add more or less!

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Those two little bowls are me & my husband’s sample batch 🙂

Pour the pudding mixture over the bananas in the pan immediately to reduce browning. If you are going to serve the same day: top with Nilla wafers & refrigerate for for 2-3 hours before serving. Since I was serving this the next day at the bell party, I didn’t add the top wafers until then. Don’t snack on too many of the wafers, or you might not have enough! This may or may not have happened to me…

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The pudding was a hit!

Banana Pudding - Mrs. Dessert Monster

Banana Pudding

  • 4-7 bananas
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 & 2/3 packet Instant French Vanilla pudding
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 14oz can sweeteened condensed milk
  • 1 12oz tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 box Nilla Wafers
  1. Line a 9×13 pan with Nilla Wafers.
  2. Mix pudding & milk together in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix cream cheese & condensed milk with an electric mixer until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip.
  4. Take a large dollop of cream cheese mixture & whisk into the pudding. Fold the rest of the cream cheese mixture in gently.
  5. Slice bananas & lay over Nilla Wafers in pan.
  6. Pour pudding mixture over bananas in pan.
  7. Line top of pudding with Nilla Wafers. Refrigerate 2-3 hours before serving, or over night.
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The Drop Box

The Drop Box

Last night I had the privilege of watching this film with my husband & our good friends. It was a really fun double date. What I love about nights like last night is that we can have fun while doing/watching something meaningful.

“The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to orphans that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets. ButThe Drop Box movie is also a story of hope—a reminder that every human life is sacred and worthy of love.” -From The Drop Box Film website

This film was very touching. We laughed, we cried. Almost as powerful as this life-affirming film was the director’s testimony. He became a Christian while making this film. Watching it you would never know that he had only been a Christian for a short time.

It’s only in select theaters until tomorrow. It’s totally worth going to see it. Come on, the theater won’t be crowded on a weeknight & it helps to break up the routine of our crazy lives.

You know you want to.