Thursday, February 24, 2011

Save Baby Joseph (an update)

From Priests for Life

Save Baby Joseph!

February 26, 2011

There's an 18-month-old baby boy in Canada who is about to be put to death by the Canadian government.

I'm writing to you today so that you can help Priests For Life save this baby's life if possible.

Here's the situation … The baby, who is known as Baby Joseph, is suffering from a critical condition that requires him to have a breathing tube in order to stay alive.

However, the Canadian government has decided that they don't want to spend any more money on Baby Joseph to keep him alive.

And, to everyone's horror, the government won't even let Baby Joseph go home with his parents. His parents need to obtain better health care for Baby Joseph by bringing him to the United States where a hospital -- preferably a Catholic hospital where the baby will NOT be euthanized.

My experience in the case of Terri Schiavo back in 2005 showed me how devastating it is when a person -- no matter how young or how old -- is put to death by the "health care" system that pretends to help the sick, the poor, the indigent, the elderly, and those with terminal illnesses.

In reality, the government "health care" system doesn't want to spend money on anyone if they can't make money on that patient.

Therefore, since the Canadian government -- because of their system of rationing health care -- is determined to put Baby Joseph to death by removing his breathing tube, we at Priests For Life are stepping up to the plate and offering to bring Baby Joseph to the United States so that he can receive better health care and possibly survive his illness rather than being put to death because of rationed health care.

You see, the Canadian government is refusing to let Baby Joseph's parents take care of him. His parents don't want him to die. They already had one child die from a similar illness, and they don't want it to happen again.

But because of the Canadian government's system of "socialized" health care, Baby Joseph is in danger. They won't take care of him. Therefore, we have to.

The first thing I urge you to do is contact the officials in the Canadian government who are holding Baby Joseph's life in their hands. All you have to do is go to and your message will be sent immediately to these Canadian officials to implore them to release Baby Joseph back to his parents so that he can get the proper health care he needs and not be put to death in the painful, inhumane method of removing his breathing tube.

The second thing you need to do is pray for Baby Joseph and his parents for a sensitive solution to this problem.

And then, third, please forward this alert to everyone on your email list!

I will keep you updated on our progress in this crucial fight to save Baby Joseph. Please keep reading these alerts and forwarding them to all your friends and family members so that the word can get out about the injustices inflicted upon little children by the Culture of Death.


Fr. Frank Pavone

National Director, Priests for Life

Priests for Life

PO Box 141172

Staten Island, NY 10314

Phone: 718-980-4400

Toll Free: 1-888-735-3448

Fax: 718-980-6515

Small Successes

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  1. I "helped" Henry practice piano daily.  I am NOT a Tiger Mom, but being kitty cat mom isn't working either. :)
  2. I did NOT stay up late every night my dh was out of town...only the first night...'til 3 am!   I so cannot fall sleep when he is gone.  But the following 2 nights I was exhausted!
  3. I brought up our bucket of playdough and set up a table in the carpeted family room with a big sheet underneathe.  Ooohhh...this would be a success for me...But I did this on the day when we have 5 families here for science and art classes! went REALLY WELL!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sick kiddos and germy clinics

Our 5 year old has a nasty cough.  She has RAD, she gets this nasty cough once in a while, only this time the nebs didn't seem to be doing anything. 

I take her in to our walk-in clinic early Sunday morning.  She is full of energy, she got herself  all dressed up for Mass in a really cute skirt and her pretty shoes, she's happy.  Then we walk in.  We see all the really sick kids.  We see ALOT of sick kids, the kind just laying there heating up their momma's laps.  I wanted to turn and run.  I was standing there looking down at my little ball of energy thinking...why are we here?  Why do we want to be here, sitting for who knows how long, with all these air born germs flying around?  So, we did run.  We left, and fast.

We went to the Urgent Care near our house on the way home.  She was 3rd.  I kept her away from everyone.  Her cough sounded pretty bad, and we did get a few looks when she did.  But, she was still the little smiling bundle of energy lighting up the room.  Their kids were laying there looking miserable.  I almost felt bad going in front of them, but I also wanted to get away as soon as we could.  The doc was nice enough - but later that night we thought maybe he misdiagnosed her.  He said she had croup.  It's been awhile but I do know that croupy cough sound.  Nathan had chronic croup for years, it's scary watching your child not be able to breathe.  This wasn't her.  The sound wasn't the same, and she was having no problems getting enough air (just these really gunky coughing spells).

So, we decided to brave the germ world again.  This time at our clinic as soon as they opened.  Yippee.   I think we got there first.  Long story short....she has pneumonia which probably came about from a virus coupled with her RAD. 

But....what do you do about germs at doc offices?  We normally bring our own books.  I don't mean to sound like a germ-a-phobe or anything.  But, really, I try to avoid the doc office during flu season because we often come home with something worse than we went with.   And, while I like to think I'd be the same whether I had 1 child or 7 like we do, but one thing about getting sick in a big family....You either don't sleep for a week with everyone sick at once, or you are isolated from the world for WEEKS while is slowly makes its way through the family.  When this happens I almost feel sorry for the "not sick" ones, they know it's coming.  And they don't like what they see.

Back to germy offices....we didn't have a chance to grab books this morning, I was very intent on getting in there before most of the other sick kids.  Elizabeth did ask to grab my IPod on the way out the door.  So, while we were there she watched Toy Story (something I had put on there to appease my 3 year old during a very long car ride up north if need be).  She kindly paused it whenever someone came in the room to check her out, but did watch it the entire time the doctor was talking to me.  As he was leaving she asked me if she could see one of the books hanging on the wall.  I told her, "no, you cannot look at any of the books, you can only watch Toy Story right now".  I got this sort of side ways glance from the doctor as he was leaving....and I was trying to politely bumble out something that sounded better than..."your books are germy".  Hmmm, I wonder if he's going to go back to all those annual forms where I checked the  Watches TV 0-2 hours per day box and change them to Lets her child look at books 0-2 hours per day.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Small Successes

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  1. I took Elizabeth's and Wyatt's schoolwork to work on before they had swimming lessons (the older kids start 30 min. before them).  The big TV / chalkboard room is empty at that time of day.  We turned the TV off and  Logan drew on the chalkboard while the other two worked on their lessons.
  2. I finally replaced our waffle maker after it died about 6 months ago.  It was half price on 2/15 and we will be eating heart shaped waffles all year long :)  We like to make big batches and freeze them to pop in the toaster at a later date.
  3. I cleaned out a spot in our toy "armoire"  so that Henry would have a place to put all his rest time stuff.  His rest time spot is in the family/toy room and all the kids can read, draw, etc. They are all separated, for the most part, hence rest time near the toys.  I got tired of his perpetual pile of stuff on the floor that he simply could not put away because when rest time is finished, his little brother is sleeping in the bedroom they share.  I gave up a spot in my closet last week for Wyatt's stuff since he has rest time in my room, same thing...all the boys share a room.  I'm trying to work slowly on "point of use" type of storage.  It's a slow process due to time constraints.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Small Successes...and sometimes they are very very small

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    • I made some phone calls about a house we would love to have Ever find your dream home plop right in front of your eyes, and then decide that while it isn't impossible, it may not be a prudent decision to go for it?.  I am going to go buy a lottery ticket tonight though....If we are supposed to have this house then God will make that lottery ticket a winner, right?  *smile*
      • Got to daily Mass 3 times this week OK OK, so 13 yr old Nathan was serving and needed a ride.  But I got us there didn't I?
      •   Registered Anna for the ACT

      Wednesday, February 9, 2011

      Boys and Dolls

      Yes, my boys play with dolls....but NOT in the same way the girls do :) 

      Thursday, February 3, 2011

      Small Successes

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      1.  I took the time to call a dear friend that I hadn't talked to in months.  We only got to talk for about 15 minutes.  But it's better than nothing!

      2.  Did a bit of extra cleaning in the kitchen.  Stuff that didn't take too long but made a big impact.  I'll continue in the kitchen like this for an extra 10 minutes or so a week before moving on to spend extra time in another room.

      3.  We removed the 4 X 6 "Christmas tree/train layout" table in our family room.  We usually leave the low table (18" off the ground) up for a few weeks for the kids to play on and under.  The novelty was wearing off.  And...I wanted to the space back :)

      Any ideas how to get greasyish dust off the ceiling above my stove?  Ewww.