The Raubs on the Road

February 6, 2009

Some Excellent Points…

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My daughter Kathryn wrote a letter to the Editor which was published the other day in Escanaba, Michigan.  Using carefully chosen words, she cuts straight to the heart of the effects of Obama’s policy against babies.  Pray for America!

EDITOR:

Is it now a crime to survive?

President Obama’s signing of an executive order funding international abortion is another nail in the coffin of unborn babies everywhere.

The same people who are screaming about “America is not the world’s policeman,” and “the war in Iraq is just a mass murder of innocent civilians” are the same ones who voted this anti-life president into office.

And, on the first day of his presidency, he declared war on innocent babies worldwide. Incidentally, there were 539 soldiers killed in the first year of the war in Iraq – this is the equivalent death toll of just six minutes worth of worldwide abortions. Now that gruesome number will be increasing dramatically, thanks to the sponsorship of the United States.

Obama’s signing of this sadistic order should not come as a surprise, however. After all, this is the man who, as an Illinois legislator, voted not once, not twice, but three times against the passage of the Born Alive Infants Act. (It finally passed the fourth time – only because Obama walked out.)
Most abortion proponents tout their reasoning that “it’s not a baby unless they want it.” Until the BAI Act passed, a baby that was born after an abortion and survived was just tossed into a corner and left to die on its own. These babies were just as alive as any newborn down in the hospital nursery – the only difference is, one was wanted, and the other wasn’t.

If that is our criteria for children, perhaps we should start clinics where parents who don’t want their kids any more can drop them off to be euthanized! (After all, we are seeing more and more crimes where overwrought, mentally-imbalanced parents are murdering their children, often in horrifying ways – maybe we should legalize it so that it can be regulated and done humanely.)

We spend millions of dollars to save the lives of soldiers who have been terribly wounded on the battlefield – and yet if one little baby has the audacity to survive its attempted murder, it is tossed aside and left to die as if the baby itself had committed a crime.

This is the twisted mindset that President Obama is now promoting across the globe, using yours and my tax dollars. And we were worried about what the world thought of the U.S. before?

Kathryn Siegwart, Gladstone

Published in Daily Press, Escanaba, Michigan, February 3, 2009

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March 20, 2008

HAPPY HIGHWAYS!

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Keeping track of your kiddos on the trail

We were blessed to get a visit from a fellow missionary family we’ve known for a long time that has been on the field for 5 years and who is now on their first furlough. What a wonderful time we had, reminiscing on old times and catching up on news of the family. Their five children are a load of fun. My four year old decided he wanted to take on their eleven year old, and of course was “helped” by their other two boys. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and, yes, Jason did win – with help!

As they were preparing to leave, I noticed that all three of their boys wore matching red shirts. “Do your boys always match?” I asked my friend.

“Well, no, but that’s their traveling clothes,” she explained. “It helps us to keep track of them at rest areas and other places. If a kid has a red shirt, he comes with us!” she chuckled.

I thought about that for a minute, and thought it would be a good idea. When traveling with many small children, if you have them all dressed alike, especially in bright colors, it is a lot easier to keep track of them!

“The idea’s not really original,” she confided. “I got it off of someone else. But we thought it was a good idea, though.”

So did I! And you may, too.

March 12, 2008

HAPPY HIGHWAYS!

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Keeping kids happy on the trail, part 2

When we take a road trip, which seems to be quite often, it is vitally important that I have some things along to keep the kiddos happy.

Right now we have just four at home, but at one time, we had all seven of the kids traveling with us, and it made life quite interesting.

Last week I wrote about how important it is to bring water along. Seeing that, if worse comes to worse, someone could always use a “roadside rest,” aka a bush along the side of the road. However, if there is no water and we are stuck somehow, you can’t throw the door open and drink water along the gutter! So it’s very important to have water along.

If you have time before you leave, it is a good idea to have the kids pack some stuff to take with them to do on the road. Each of my kids have their own backpack that they can pack as a carryon bag with whatever they want to bring, within reason, as long as it fits under the bench seat.

Remember to take along some story tapes or CD’s, too!

There are a few things we enjoy doing together as a family as we drive. The favorite, by far, is for me to read a book aloud to the family. This was somewhat difficult when we had all 7 children in a 15 passenger van, but it was wonderful nonetheless.

We also enjoy singing together as we drive.

Another activity we like to do is to have one person start a story, and the next person continue it, and so on, until the story is done, or until the main character dies, which sometimes happens! J (If the truth were known, some kids would keep the story going forever unless someone else kills off the main character!) It surely does make for some really interesting stories!

March 6, 2008

Happy Highways!

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One of the most exciting and adventurous parts of life for me is the opportunity to travel. MOST of the time, I enjoy traveling, but sometimes… well, let’s just say I would rather be at home scrubbing the bathtub!

Traveling with children has its own silver lining, as many of us know. Allowing them to experience the joys of discovering places others can only read about is balanced by the “joy” of having to make sure someone is holding the trashcan (and making sure it has a liner) for the one who tends to get motion sickness.

Here are some things that really help me keep the highways happy:

1. My main job while hubby drives is to keep folks happy!

That’s it! I don’t have to write the world’s next best-selling novel, sell ice cream to a penguin, or slave over a hot stove. I can stare out the window if I want to – and I want to. I can read a book if I want to – and I really want to. Or, I can just spend time talking with my hubby if I want to – and I really really want to. Enjoy the journey!

2. To keep folks happy, it is imperative to have a supply of water and snacks!

I always have water on board, even if it’s for a short drive to church. I don’t know about your family, but something about hearing the van door slam shut makes my children thirsty! Sometimes we haven’t even gotten out of the driveway, and they are asking for something to drink! For longer drives, say, more than 20 minutes, you should seriously consider having something to munch on with you. Children (and husbands) are much better relaxed when they know they could get something to eat if they get hungry.

3. Story tapes or CD’s are a lifesaver!

We especially enjoy as a family the Story Hour tapes with historical stories, some Odysey tapes, and our current favorite, Jonathan Park Creation Adventures. Even my four-year old is riveted by these interesting and exciting stories. Consider having a good-sized supply on hand, because you never know when a one-hour drive may turn into a big four-hour ordeal!

Whenever I think of travel, I am reminded of A. A. Milne’s poem, “Halfway Down The Stairs“:

Halfway down the stairs is a stair where I sit.
There isn’t any other stair quite like it.
I’m not at the bottom, I’m not at the top.
So this is the stair where I always stop.

Halfway up the stairs isn’t up and isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery, it isn’t in the town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts run round my head.
It isn’t really anywhere, it’s somewhere else instead.

Halfway down the stairs is a stair where I sit.
There isn’t any other stair quite like it.
I’m not at the bottom, I’m not at the top.
So this is the stair where I always stop.

 

When you drive, you have the responsibilities of neither here or there, so, above all, remember to Enjoy the Journey!

These ideas work well for our family. If you have any more ideas, please feel free to leave a comment!

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