Interesting Data For You

Consider this page: http://www.journalism.org/node/9512
From that basic data, we see that for the week Jan 21 to Jan 27:

John McCain received EIGHTY FIVE TIMES more media coverage than Dr Paul.
Rudy Giuliani received SIXTY NINE TIMES more media coverage than Dr Paul.
Mitt Romney received FIFTY NINE TIMES more media coverage than Dr Paul.
Mike Huckabee received THIRTY TWO TIMES more media coverage than Dr Paul.
Fred Thompson received TWENTY FIVE TIMES more media coverage than Dr Paul.

And this was in a week in which Dr Paul earned SECOND PLACE in Louisiana

For the record, Barack Obama received TWO HUNDRED AND SEVEN TIMES more media coverage than Dr Paul in that week.
Hillary Clinton was close behind, receiving TWO HUNDRED AND TWO TIMES more media coverage than Dr Paul in that week.

And here’s a good one: Bill Clinton, whom is not even running. Received NINETY ONE TIMES more media coverage than Dr Paul did in that week.

A great man is being deliberately excluded from public view. This country is being stolen before our very eyes.

~@~Courtney~@~

The Ron Paul Newsletter

January 30, 2008
Every movement in history has faced some time of testing, some experience that either forges it into something strong and unified, or forces it to fade away into the history books as another failed experiment.

Dr. Paul has written to you that we are heading straight for Super Tuesday. Our opponents are free to beat up on each other and wear themselves down while we gather our supporters and prepare to storm the convention with delegates.

Last night, over 60,000 people stood up and asked for an end to the runaway violation of our liberties. But contrary to the impression you may be getting from the mainstream media, no national delegates have yet been won in Florida. Those delegates will only be awarded between February 6 and April 30 at delegate selection caucuses, and many of those delegates will be supporters of Dr. Paul.

Ron Paul is the only candidate not to give up on any state in the Republican race, and just as we competed strongly in overlooked states like Nevada and Louisiana, so too will we compete in Maine, Minnesota, and other states that the so-called “top-tier” candidates are content to ignore.

Now, as the focus shifts to Super Tuesday, Rudy’s campaign is crushed, Huckabee is losing momentum by the day, and McCain and Romney are fighting over who is the most liberal.

We’ve been here before. In 1776, despite a courageous effort at holding onto the city, George Washington ceded New York and quickly retreated to New Jersey.

1777 brought the British recapture of Fort Ticonderoga, as well as American defeats at Brandywine and Germantown.

And then, during the winter of 1777-1778, Washington and his army faced perhaps their most humiliating moment, forced to endure a harsh Pennsylvania winter with limited supplies at Valley Forge.

The American revolutionaries dealt with their defeats, focused on their goals, and emerged from Valley Forge as a force that would defeat the most powerful nation on earth.

Our momentum is building. Each one of us, from Dr. Paul himself down to the grassroots supporter who donates the last $5 he or she can give, is focused on the goal.

Early in the struggle for American independence, George Washington wrote: “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” Even then, Washington realized that a fierce struggle for self-government can only be won with a spirit of determination equal to the challenge.

Today, in the midst of our new revolution, let’s consider Washington’s words once again. The task before us is enormous. The foes of liberty are deeply entrenched, and they will not relinquish their power without a struggle.

But fighting in our favor is the unconquerable human spirit, the innate desire to be free. We must embrace this inner strength, dig in our heels, and persevere, just as Washington and his rag-tag colonials, the first American grassroots patriots, did before us. And if we must pass through a Valley Forge or two along the way to victory, let those times of testing temper the steel of our determination.

If Ron Paul is to continue his fight for liberty to the Republican Convention, we need your help in two critical ways:

1. Become a precinct leader today: It’s easy, but more importantly, it’s vital to Ron Paul’s success: https://voters.ronpaul2008.com.

2. Donate: Just as the Continental Congress supplied General Washington’s troops in the field, we too must raise as much money as we can to equip our grassroots supporters.

Help us win this revolution and usher in a new era of freedom, peace, and prosperity. Donate today: https://www.ronpaul2008.com/donate.
Matthew Hawes, Policy Assistant
Daniel McCarthy, Internet Communications Coordinator
Jonathan Bydlak, Fundraising Director
Ron Paul 2008

My First Blogging Award!

Yesterday I received my very first blogging award from the Wilkinsons at Simple Living Alaska! Thank you Wilkinsons!

I am passing this on to:

1. Lines From The Vine

2. Simply Stork

3. Handmaidens With A Mission

4. Joyful Handmaiden

5. Bethany’s Blog

Please pass this on to five more people!

The rules are:

1. Awarded parties must nominate five people who have not received the award.
2. The blogs that receive the award must serve some purpose.
3. In their post about the award they need to link back to the original entry.
4. Awarded parties must post the award banner on their site. The banner must remain linked to Eric Novak’s site.

Have a wonderful day!
~@~Courtney~@~

Has it been a year?

Today is my 1st anniversary of blogging!

 I really thought I would last perhaps a month in the blogging realm but I am still here! : ) Blogging quickly became one of my favorite pastimes. It is like having an online scrapbook of daily life in our family, and much easier then making a scrapbook! :)

I have loved hearing from each of my readers- your comments and emails mean more than you can know. Thanks for continually showing your support.

Because it is my first anniversary, I would like to do something special in the comments section. Please leave your first name (or nickname) and your favorite color! It should be fun to see all the different colors and names.

 Thanks for reading my blog!

~*~Courtney~*~

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you all for taking part in the comments section! Ya’ll are great! God Bless!

I have been tagged!

Simply Stork has tagged me for this fun meme:

4 Jobs I Have Had:
Let’s see… baby sitter, VBS helper, crafts teacher, editor

4 Movies I Would Watch Over and Over Again:
Return of The Daughters (OK, so it’s not a movie but close enough! ( :), Miss Potter,
Anne Of Green Gables, any Shirley Temple

4 People I E-mail Daily
My friend Flibbertigibbet, some of my penpals, my Mom and various other people

4 Favorite Things to Eat
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate

4 Places I Would Rather Be:
The library, the mountains, uummmm….

4 Things I Look Forward To This Year:
Time with my family, reading lots of books, writing letters,
blogging!

I think that is everything- be sure to visit Simply Stork!

~*~Courtney~*~

Edited To Add: If you read this, consider yourself tagged! Other than that, I tag http://www.LinesFromTheVine.com . Have fun!

Hi everyone!

Today I have been thinking a lot about the book of Proverbs and all the wisdom it has contained in it. Every verse in that book is applicable to our daily lives. I like to think of it as my favorite chapter in my “guide book” to life.

My favorite chapter in Proverbs is chapter 11. It has a couple of verses that really speak to me and encourage me in my spiritual walk with Christ. It is amazing to me how God speaks through different verses to show us the way he would have us go.

On a diferent note, life here has been good. We have really been studying hard as a family in the Bible and learning more about the path we are traveling. It is amazing to see the things that God does if you simply ask! :)

Lately, I have been contributing to Stay-At-Home-Daughters which is a blog especially for young women. This has been a really fun and nice way to encourage others on the same path.

Prayer Requests:
Please be praying for the little girl at Where The Kudzu Grows who broke her leg earlier this week.

Please also pray for little Jon, who is still working on cutting his two top teeth. He has not been feeling too great- cutting teeth is hard work you know! :)

Courtney’s Tasks:
Straighten kitchen
Make potato soup for dinner… yum!
Finish some school reading (currently it is Washington’s Spies which has been wonderful!)
To help where needed

I Am Thankful For:
God’s love and precious forgiveness
My family and friends
The pretty (although somewhat overcast) day outside

Scripture Meditation:
“He who seeks good finds goodwill,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and he who wins souls is wise.

If the righteous receive their due on earth,
how much more the ungodly and the sinner!”

Wishing you a lovely day!

Tuesday Talks!

Today is Tuesday Talks over at Stay-At-Home Daughters!

My review for today is on “Tramp For The Lord” by Corrie Ten Boom and Jamie Buckingham.

This wonderful book picks up where “The Hiding Place” left off. Corrie is now traveling while doing missionary work. It covers God’s provision while she was traveling, and how she was able to find joy throughout life, even after all the trials she had been through.

One thing that reall spoke to me was a phrase she used called “Closing The Circle”, telling how if we don’t confess our sins, it affects our relationship with God. So, if you have been feeling as if God isn’t listening or that you are not as close as you used to be, that your “circle” is open.

I don’t want to give away any more! You will love this book!

For more great reviews, visit Stay-At-Home Daughters!

~@~Courtney~@~

So, what do you do?

Hello there!

I hope that this Friday finds you well. I know that our day has been lovely.

Several people have asked me about what kinds of things I do while serving here at home. I thought I would answer some of those questions tonight.

First of all, a typical daily schedule for me looks something like this:

5:00 -I get up for the day and I do my Bible/quiet time, and then start my school work, and continue school until 7:00.

7:00 – Make bed/clean room/get dressed, and if Mom hasn’t started a load of laundry, I start one.

7:30 – Straighten zone (my zone is the kitchen, and I usually use this time to clean glass, wipe out the refrigerator, dust, etc.)

8:00 – Eat breakfast/kitchen clean up, swap laundry out (I usually just load the washing machine, most of the time my younger siblings take care of loading/unloading the dryer)

9:00 – Read-alouds/school work

10:30 – School hour with little ones (I do the music lessons and phonics lessons)

11:00 – Piano practice

11:30 – Violin practice

12:00 – Eat lunch/kitchen clean up/straighten house quickly

1:00 – Finish school, start web work (my family owns several web based businesses)

3:00 – Straighten house, and then we usually go outside for a little bit.

After that, we usually cook dinner and do a nice evening routine(including spending lots of time with Dad when he comes home from work)

This is a very loose schedule. In my spare minutes, I finish any leftover chores or school, help with the laundry, help my Mom with anything she needs, hold little Jon, spend time with my siblings, work on house renovations, sew or craft, blog, bake little goodies, enjoy corresponding with several pen pals, do additional music practice, and all sorts of things!

It is very easy to stay busy at home, which is my Biblical place. I enjoy helping my Father in business, helping Mom with the children or the house etc.

Some of the questions I get are:

Do you ever get tired of being at home? Wouldn’t you rather be out with your friends?

First of all, I never tire of being here at home. It is the best place in the world for me! There is always a batch of cookies to make, a neighbor to visit, a new pattern to sew, a bathroom to renovate, or a home business to help with! My house is the most exciting place in the world!

What about a job? Don’t you want to have a job so that you can support yourself?

Why would I want to further a stranger’s business, when I could be furthering my Father’s business instead? I find great pleasure in helping my Dad with our businesses and being entrepreneurial with my family.

Which leads me to the next question,

What do you actually do for your business?

I learned to program HTML and ASP last year, so my brother and I are in charge of a lot of the background operations on our websites. I also help to take the pictures for the websites, and I am currently working on several Ebooks to be launched in the spring.

Well, helping your Dad is nice, but what if my Dad doesn’t have a business?

There are lots of ways to help your Dad, even if he is not in business in a way you can help. Ask him about his vision for your family. Ask if there is anything you can help him with outside of doing business. When we were renovating the mstr. bathroom in my home, my Dad and I hung the cement board for the tub surround. It was a nice time simply to talk to him and ask him about things we planned to do for the next year or so.
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If you have any questions for me, you can leave a comment below, and I will get back to you asap!

Wishing you a good night,
~@~Courtney~@~