Natalie’s Twelve Days of Christmas

Originally posted on Finer Femininity:

Throwback Thursday brings us to the Twelve Days of Christmas!

What I especially like about this practice is that it helps to make the Christmas Season festive after Christmas has arrived…when all the songs have stopped on the radio, the decorations taken down, the tree thrown out and hearts begin to appear as we anxiously await Valentine’s Day. :roll:

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From Natalie:

When my husband and I first started our family we had lots of gifts under our tree. As our family grew the number really grew overwhelming and really meaningless; plus we wanted to do more than just Advent calendars and wreaths and then a pile of gifts on Christmas Day.

In the midst of feeling this way I came across a Catholic blog talking about how they celebrated the 12 days of Christmas. Nothing real detailed: just how they gave out little gifts each day instead of all of…

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Lullaby

Singing lullabies to my children didn’t come easily to me I guess because it’s not something my mother ever did. But singing to my children has become such a blessing. I feel at such peace when we end our day in song. My husband likes hearing me sing too, something I didn’t know until recently. I’ve always been rather self-conscience about my voice even though I have one.

I’m learning this one. I still can’t do the fancy Irish turns- or are they trills? Not sure what you call them:

Falling

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     I’ve said things to my husband I regret, I’ve been too stuck in my own way to consider his, I’ve been selfish, short tempered, stubborn, rude, anything but submissive. That’s not what I want! When I fall, and it is often, without excusing my behavior, I apologize and ask for forgiveness. It is humbling and very difficult not to mention the circumstances which seemingly led to my behavior, but we are called to be humble – little.

Let us not grow discouraged with our failings, let us become little souls in God’s care, surrendering ourselves to our vocation, to our husbands, to God, again and again and again.

Working Grandmothers

grandmotherMy mother and mother-in-law both work full time jobs. I wish they didn’t. As a housewife, I miss their support. I wish they were available to take the children to the park with me or watch them while I go grocery shopping or be around so I could ask them questions or advice. I wish I could stop by grandma’s house on those rough days for a cup of tea while the children play. But they are only available during the weekends and they do seem overwrought.

We hear the importance of young mothers being the keepers of the home in conservative circles, but let’s not forget the importance of older women tending to their home’s as well. I wish my children’s grandmothers were their for me a bit more. I wish they didn’t work full time. I feel their absence. I miss their company.

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Why I Wear Skirts and Dresses Only

Originally posted on TRUTH AT HOME:

Modesty of dress is one of the topics that is very important to me. Growing up, I didn’t hear this subject talked about much. Something I did hear from time to time went along these lines: “Jesus made me free–so I don’t need to wear skirts.” But why would people say that? What was it about wearing skirts that would make someone feel “not free”? I grew up wearing pants, like pretty much every other girl I knew. Yet, I always felt a curiosity to understand this issue. I wished other people would talk about it, because I really wanted to know what this was all about.

Maybe you have felt that way, too. Maybe you are wondering, “Why do some ladies only wear skirts and dresses?” Or, perhaps you are already familiar with some who do, but have not chosen this lifestyle for yourself. Reading the reasons why I…

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How the Women’s Vote Led to Big Government

From The Thinking Housewife:

How the Women’s Vote Led to Big Government

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FROM a fascinating working paper written in 1999 by John R. Lott, Jr. and Larry Kenny of the University of Chicago Law School, who examined in detail the effects of women’s suffrage:

Giving women the right to vote dramatically changed American politics from the very beginning. Despite claims to the contrary, the gender gap is not something that has arisen since the 1970s. Suffrage coincided with immediate dramatic increases in state government expenditures and revenue, and these effects continued growing as more women took advantage of franchise. Similar changes occurred at the federal level as female suffrage led to more liberal voting records for the state’s two Congressinal delegations. In the Senate, suffrage changed voting behavior by an amount equal to almost 20 percent of the difference between Republican and Democrat senators. Suffrage also coincided with changes in the probability that prohibition would be enacted and changes in divorce laws. We were also able to deal with questions of causality by taking advantage of the fact that while some states voluntarily adopted suffrage others where compelled to do so by the 19th Amendment. The conclusion was that suffrage dramatically changed government in both cases. Accordingly, the effects of suffrage we estimate are not reflecting some other factor present in only states that adopted suffrage.

Not all women immediately took advantage of the right to vote. About half of the ultimate percent of women who eventually voted in elections appeared to have started voting immediately after suffrage was granted and most of those women were in the 45 to 64 year old age group.

More work remains to be done on why women vote so differently, but our initial work provides scant evidence that it is due to self-interest arising from their employment by government. The only evidence that we found indicated that the gender gap in part arises from women’s fear that they are being left to raise children ontheir own. If this result is true, the continued breakdown of the family and higher divorce rates implies growing political conflicts between the sexes. The data also show that marriage does not eliminate all the difference between men and women.

Interestingly, we also find that both women and men care a lot more whether the Democrat is a woman or a man than they care about the sex of the Republican candidate. Women flock to a female Democrat as quickly as men desert them. Future work should examine whether in fact a candidate’s sex appears to primarily predict the voting behavior of Democrat candidates.

Claims that the gender gap has arisen as men have left the Democrat party and that the “modern” gender gap has only arisen since the 1970’s can now be put in a different perspective (Stark, 1996, p. 78). Combining these claims with our work implies that the gender gap disappeared during the 1960’s and 1970’s as men moved towards women, but that it reappeared again when men moved back to their original position relative to women. Indeed, the 1960’s and 1970’s witnessed one of the largest fundamental increases in government both in terms of entitlements and regulations. Obviously, our work suggests also additional tests that can be done with cross-country data, but we believe that the data put together for the current paper still presents a comprehensive start to this question.

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Neil writes:

I seem to recall reading that the Catholic Church fought giving women the “right” to vote in Quebec until the ’40s.  But now everything has changed.  When California had a ballot referendum to end affirmative action, Cardinal Mahoney opposed it because, in part, it would deny women their opportunity to advance in the work place.  Wonder why Mahoney thought children would be better off at secular day care with mommy at work having her self-esteem increased.

I think liberalism is a nightmare from which we are all trying to awake.  But I think it’s going to be a long sleep.

#NoNothingNovember update #1

1. Limit Internet use: I have found that I get on the Internet while I nurse the baby. I tried to replace it with a book but for some reason baby will not let me read books. Baby hits them out of my hand repeatedly. I resign and begin reading online.

2. Stop Yelling: I’ve yelled a few times at my children but am doing better. One time I yelled at my older two because I couldn’t find the littlest one and I thought the they put her in the dryer when I heard muffled crying. They didn’t. She was just hiding in a closet nearby the dryer.

3. Finish projects: I’ve been doing very well on this. 8 Jesse tree ornaments done, sold some books on etsy and have been practicing piano daily. I am awful at memorizing pieces so that is slow going despite my effort.

Overall marked improvement.

Here are Stingray’s and SuperSalvisWife’s Updates.