Saturday, November 29, 2008


Sometimes our kids help us realize how important the love of family can be. Blake had an assignment to write a short essay on a a member of his family so he chose David: David

David is my little brother and some times naughty but loveable.

He’s not vary tall kind of round. His vocabulary is all ways growing. He has brown hair and brown eyes a bit of a brownie.

David is stubborn he just refuses to do what you tell him. After he had a sucker he feels sticky he taste sticky he looks sticky he smells sticky.

Although he is loud, chaotic and a bit of a pain I love him all the same.

What a fun and great thing to read as a dad.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

top 10 favorite things about Thanksgiving

Here is your chance to win a $5 McDonalds gift certificate!! Can you guess my number one favorite thing about Thanksgiving

10. I'm off work

9. Sweet potato souffle

8. Macy's parade

7. Pumpkin pancakes

6. Green bean casserole

5. Are u ready for some football!?!

4. Pumpkin pie

3. Dark meat turkey

2. Family time

1.Tryptophan - The stuff in turkey that makes you sleepy - over 250 views since I put this up! Guess McDonalds isn't the popular place!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


This has been a difficult week for the Martin family as we found out that there is a very high chance that Brendan will be leaving us sometime in early 2009 to live with his biological mother's cousin who lives out of state. She is married and has some girls and they are a good Christian family, so we feel comforted on that level.
We have had Brendan in our home since last February, and we had secretly hoped and prayed my sister and her family would be able to adopt him. They really wanted to. In the end they still feel that God may be calling them to open their home to another child. We feel peace that God has Brendan in His perfect hands, but it is still sad to think we may not see him again this side of heaven!
BTW - Bubba is our nickname for him.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What I have learned by being a foster parent

We are coming up on two years of foster parenting three different boys. We have seen lots of court dates, social workers, doctor visits, official documents, judges, casa volunteers, biological families, guardian ad litums, lawyers, etc.. For the most part these people have been positive to work with. At times the system was confusing and tedious, but we expected that. We realize our experience is limited to small children and the Roanoke County.

We will be adopting two of these boys and letting one go. So what have I learned through all of this? I can't totally speak for Patsy but I think we have come out of this experience with one overall theme that I feel compelled to share. This is not for one person in particular but rather for Christians as a whole.

So many times I have heard good people say "I don't think I could ever be a foster parent. I would have such a hard time letting them go." While I understand the line of thinking, let me plead with you a couple of points. First of all, these kids will be in the system for a given time and they need kind, loving, christian people who will give them a safe place for however long that may be. This option is always better than a group home or foster home sans the love and Christianity.

Secondly foster parenting is not about you or me or better said, the adult. We don't go into foster parenting thinking I want some to love me or someone I can hold onto for ever. In fact no good parents should think this way. In short this is for the kids. It is a ministry. Adoption is not the goal in most cases but that does not change the fact that these kids need someone in the here and now to be Christ-like to them. Thousands of kids do.

So what have I learned? I hope in some small measure Christ has shown me how to be a little more like him. To think less of myself and my own needs and hurts and to think more of others. The ultimate act of love is to let yourself be hurt in order to minister love to another. Is that not what Christ is all about?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

My thoughts on the election

The election is over. To tell you the truth about a week ago I knew it would be an Obama win. So in my opinion what does an Obama win mean? It is so hard to tell. He says he wants to unify us and govern "from the center". If this is true it will be apparent within the first few months. In fact we will get some idea of his governing style as he puts together his cabinet. Here are five things that will show me he his intent in the first year.

1. The Freedom of Choice Act - Obama said he would sign this as one of his first acts. This would make abortion a federal right and do away with any restrictions on abortion. This could include parental notification laws and the ban on partial birth abortions and saving the life of a child born as a result of a botched abortion. For any of you who do not know what a partial birth abortion is let me say this is a savage and gruesome way of killing a full-term baby that only those with the darkest of hearts can support. It also denies so many of our citizens their basic rights - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. No one governing from the center will try and shove this bill down our throats.

2. Employee Free Choice Act - pending legislation that would strip 140 million American workers of their right to secret-ballot elections. Speaking about the Employee Free Choice Act, Senator Orrin Hatch called the Democratic bill a vehicle to put American workers on the road to forced unionization. Utahan Scott Parson, president and CEO of Ogden-based Staker-Parson Companies, also spoke against the legislation. The bill would replace the secret ballot with a Card Check, which empowers unions to organize workers by getting a simple majority of employees to sign a card. It opens the door to intimidation or coercion of employees who do not want to unionize, the senator said. This bill would erode away one of our basic rights as citizens the right to vote without fear of retribution.
No one governing from the center would attempt to pull this sort of power grab.

3. Fairness Doctrine -Legislation currently is before Congress that would reinstate a federal communications policy known as the "fairness doctrine." The legislation, entitled the "Fairness in Broadcasting Act of 1993," is sponsored in the Senate (S. 333) by Ernest Hollings, the South Carolina Democrat, and in the House (H.R. 1985) by Bill Hefner, the North Carolina Democrat. It would codify a 1949 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation that once required broadcasters to "afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views of public importance." The fairness doctrine was overturned by the FCC in 1987. The FCC discarded the rule because, contrary to its purpose, it failed to encourage the discussion of more controversial issues. There were also concerns that it was in violation of First Amendment free speech principles. The legislation now before Congress would enshrine the fairness doctrine into law.

The reason for this bill is because in the free marketplace of ideas liberal radio talk shows have failed. There is plenty of liberal idea sharing on TV and in print but on the radio the "right rules." So this is an attempt to "correct that." The problem is that it tramples on our first amendment rights. And one day this doctrine could/will be applied to Christian radio stations on issues such as homosexuality and other moral issues, perhaps even to the point where a station that shared the gospel would have to give equal time to all religions. Once again how can you lead from the center and support this bill?

4. Legislative, far-left federal judges - From the supreme court on down the president appoints many judges who have to be confirmed by the senate (which is now extremely left leaning). This is back-door policy making the left is so famous for. Obama can say he is not for gay-marriages or strict gun-control and then just appoint far-left judges who are activist judges and will actively now start legislating from the bench and strip away rights. Everything from gay marriages, homeschooling rights, national security issues, school choice, freedom of speech , freedom to assemble peacefully and host of other issues. Look at the California courts and their weird decisions to get a picture of what I am talking about. In the end these judges slowly erode our religious freedoms as well and even mandate subtle persecution of people of faith. It could become less subtle. We will be able to tell if President Obama is governing from the center by his choices of federal judges.

5. Use and funding of our military. This one hits close to home for me with a family member in the military. Will we continue to fund our military to help them stay safe in hostile situations? Also will America keep control over our military or will our military be tools for the UN to use in fights that have little bearing on American interests? A centrist knows the importance of a strong AMERICAN military and intelligence apparatus. Watch Black Hawk Down.

Finally one of my other concerns may be silly. Actually I hope it is but here me out. Have you noticed how many people put their hope and trust in this MAN. The whole world is rejoicing. women were crying, at rallies they scream O-Bama, O-Bama (at other rallies they chant U-S-A). Obama himself has seems to have some sort of Messianic complex. People he is not a savior and we need to cut that thinking our right now.

My fear is that a man who came from such obscurity and rises so fast and then has such praise and adulation will not be able to part from power easily. I hope I am off base here, but at times I get the creeps watching all these throng almost worshipping the man (IE Grant Park). I know not everyone there falls into this category but LOTS of them do.

So what is a person to do. Here is what I am doing:

1. Pray - pray for our country, our military and our president and congress. God can change people. Obama and his family need our prayers. I do fear for him because there are people who hate him. This is not the answer. The fact that we elected our first minority president is a good thing. It is remarkable!

2. Trust - God is still sovereign. He is not surprised. He will take care of us. This life is but a moment in eternity and the picture is so much bigger than the here and now. Remember like Israel who had bad kings, God was still at work and moving in the land.

3. Share - in the end people who put their hope in a person will be disappointed at some point. We can point them to a God who is worthy of worship and can bring about the change that matters - the change our the inner person.

4. Have faith - this doesn't have to spell the end of freedom as we know it. If we stay active and engaged as citizens freedom loving people will come around. the truth always comes to the surface. the more you try to suppress the more truth shines brightly!!

5. Rejoice - you are a blessed child of God! In every circumstance you can find joy in Him!!