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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Hmmm...

No Comments....I thought for sure I'd at least have one by now.

How do I get my blog out there....

:::thinks:::

Friday, July 29, 2005

I am not my job!

Do you ever have those days where you question whether or not you're doing the right thing with your life? I've done that a lot lately - not questioning my personal life, but rather my corporate existence. The more and more I think about what I do, the more I know that this is not what I'm supposed to do forever. Some of the things that I do are just so pointless. I feel like I should be doing something to make this world a better place. When I first started in my area of expertise, I thought that is what I would be doing. In fact, the first few years I was helping people, and now it's turned into this job where all I do is deal in sponsorship....blech. You'd be amazed at how much money is wasted in Corporate America....or maybe you wouldn't.

Anyway, we have a full weekend ahead of us, but it's gonna be good...we have a birthday party, a concert, some sporting activities and church. And in between all of that, the house needs a good cleaning...and I mean GOOOOOD!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

God's Grace

So, on my way to work this morning, I popped in the new Matthew West CD for the first time. I can't believe I hadn't done it sooner, since I adore his "Happy" album. Anyway, God's timing is perfect and that is certainly true in this case. This song brought me to tears and comfort, I encourage you all to buy the album and listen to this song! Enjoy....

Only Grace
by Matthew West and Kenny Greenberg

There is no guilt here There is no shame No pointing fingers There is no blame What happened yesterday has disappeared The dirt has washed away And now it's clear

There's only grace There's only love There's only mercy And believe me it's enough Your sins are gone Without a trace There's nothing left now There's only grace

You're starting over now Under the sun You're stepping forward now A new life has begun Your new life has begun

And if you should fall again Get back up, get back up Reach out and take my hand Get back up, get back up Get back up again

(c) 2005 Word Music, LLC/Westies Music Publishing, admin. by Word Music, LLC (ASCAP); Greenberg Music, admin. by Bug (BMI). All rights reserved. Used by permission. International copyright secured.

Monday, July 25, 2005

A Story....

Long ago and far away lived a sweet little girl (that would be me) who only ever wanted to grow up and have a nice career and have a nice family.

Luckily, I've been blessed with both.

However, God did decide to throw a little "something" into the mix that would keep life fresh. Although, looking at the situation, I really believe it was a plan to continue to make me lean on Him for everything - which is fine - I should do that anyway. But, couldn't he have made the "something" a little less difficult to deal with?

Now, before I divulge what this "something" is, I want to say this, "YES, I knew I had a choice and NO, I wouldn't have done it differently!"

Intrigued yet?

Ooh, me too, what could it be? Before I get to that....let me also say, that this blog is not going to be only about this "something" but I felt I should start it that way...

Ready??? You sure??

Well, here it is....I married **HOLD YOUR BREATH** a convicted sex offender.

YOU DID WHAT??

That's right boys and girls - my husband is a convicted sex offender. And before you go off thinking that he's a huge threat to society...think again. He's NOT a child molester, nor is he a predator that will be stalking all of the neighborhood children.

In fact, he is the most wonderful, understanding, glorious and Godly man I've ever met. Although, just like any man, he has his faults (including, but not limited to: leaving dishes in the sink, towels on the floor, clothes in the dryer....you get the picture), but I love everything about him.

Unfortunately though, he has been branded with this label and society will never let him forget it. Moreover, the state of Tennessee won't let him forget it. You know that whole thing about being rehabilitated and getting a second chance? Well, it's B U L L S H I T, as are the words "justice system" because frankly there is no justice about it.

The media is such a huge component with the stigma that is attached to sex offenders - they make everyone think that all sex offenders are child molesters and a huge threat to society - when actually that's not the case at all. There is a great website http://www.sohopeful.org that can dispell many of the myths that are out there right now. In fact, read this and be enlightened...http://www.sohopeful.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1085.

What really baffles me is the fact that all of these precautions are being taken against the bad bad sex offenders. What about convicted murderers who have been released, or convicted drug dealers/users, multiple DUI offenders or home invaders? It seems to me that all of those people pose a threat to not only children, but to parents too. I agree that there are sex offenders who have committed the most heinous of crimes, but you can't lump them all into one group.

The fact is that no matter how much GPS gear you put on someone, or how many times they register, or how many papers or websites that post their picture - if a sex offender wants to go after someone, they will. For instance, that guy who kidnapped the brother/sister and killed the brother - he could've been monitored with all the latest gadgets and still committed the crime. He went to someones house - killed the adults and took the kids. You couldn't tell anything illegal was going on just by a GPS.

The government just wants to pacify the uninformed public and the media thrives on that. They (media) like to report exaggerated and incorrect facts. They dig up the worst of the worst facts - studies that weren't correctly done - they take those stats - not the real stuff. It's all political and it pisses me off because it continues to mess up peoples lives. Never really giving anyone the chance to get ahead in life. If you were to meet with a sex offender counselor and find out what the 'triggers' are for a sex offender - things that will make them reoffend, I can guarantee you that at least 5 of the triggers are things that directly related to not being able to reenter society.

I could go on and on about this subject and still not be finished. But, I think I've made my point and I'm happy to carry on friendly banter from anyone.

I hope that I've at least made one person reconsider how they think about sex offenders. If I've done that then I'm making progress.

Tootles........