November 03, 2008 - Msg 67660: Hey New Neighbor, how is it going with the new dog? Did you ever find his owner?

Well, the time change is wearing me out...I am ready for bed. Hope to see more of you on the porch tomorrow...haven't heard from Sterling or Auh2o in awhile (among others).


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67661:
Boo when you sweep you even get the corners. Nice job. Maybe I could use you in my janitorial business one of these days.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67662: Me-They- thanks for your insight about the court matters. No,there is 100% NO way she will reconcile with him. He has put her child in danger,among other things. No,not s#xual abuse-please don't think that.He is suicidal and a danger to himself & to them.
I pray for a judge with the wisdom of Solomon & God's will be done-Laci,daughter,me (yes,even I am in danger of him friends-he resents me cause I can care for Laci & he can't) That's all I can figure. Been nothing but good to that boy.
Gotta get back to Laci.Pray,please. I'll let you know when I can.
Boo,from skimming really quick-I mean quick,I sense you are also having some trials. Prayers,my sweet friend. Love you.
Love to all- possum

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67663: Love you, too, Possum. I will be praying....

Thanks, Chuck! Hope you are having a good week.

Today is my day to watch Baby Emily, yippee! Be back later...


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67664:
Hey Folks

Thanks for the concern but I've been a bit busy lately, our remolding project is in high gear and should last a couple of weeks. I'll have to hit the archieves later.

It's just been great here weather wise; It's gonna be close to 70 next three days.

Boo-Have fun with Emily.

possum-Continued prayers.

Asa, M-T, MDC and other politico's-Well, it's election day and it looks like big brother government wins. Uncle Sam can tuck us in a night and wipe our face when it's dirty. To me, Obama looks like Reagan, without the ideas of course. The GOP has got to get back to it's Conservative roots.

Hope ya'll have a great day and keep your chin up.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67665: Thanks Auh2o...I'll try to keep my chin up.

My friend was on the news again last night...seems a 5th victim has come forth. I think he will be locked up for a long time.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67666: Good morning everyone. A mild day here. I haven't voted yet, but plan to after lunch. Not that it means too much in my state. We're so Democratic that we haven't even seen a presidential candidate in our state in decades. And we border DC! Mrs. Clinton does Christmas shopping here, though.

Funny, Camp David is only about 15 miles from where I sit right now. Every now an again, some hapless hunter (it's surrounded by woods) will wander a little too close and suddenly find himself on the wong end of camoflaged Marines. FRom what I read, they seem to pop up out of nowhere. There's a military contingent there even when the prez isn't, though he is there quite a lot on the weekends.

POSSUM: Prayers going up for you today.

BOO: Hope you have a good day with little Emily. I'm not trying to tell you what you should do, but I don't think I would visit your friends as you suggested you might. Perhaps instead you could write him and let him know that you are praying for him. I know he's your friends, but his actions change things. No matter what happens I know I could never allow such a person around my family again. Prayers for you, friend.

AUH2O: You know the best part of this whole thing? No matter what happens today, no matter who wins, in January we will have a peaceful transfer of power. We take that for granted, but there are plenty of places in the world that election day is a match set to dynamite. It's great that in this wonderful country we dispute our election dissatisfaction with lawyers and not bullets.

Be back at lunch.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67667: "wong" end? Who am I, Charlie Chan? That's "wrong" end.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67668:
M-T You are so correct. This country will survive Obama or McCain. The Founders must have been guided by God to get this so right.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67669: Thanks, M-T, I know you aren't trying to tell me what to do, you just care about me and for that I am grateful. I don't think I will be having to opportunity anytime soon to see Paul, anyway. I am even having my doubts about writing him. There is no way he would ever be able to be around my family, ever, so that is out of the question. I felt that maybe I should at least talk to him, but that door is shut so I will just continue on my way and if the Lord presents the opportunity, I will be in contact. Otherwise, I will just pray (first for the victims of his crimes, then for him). The whole thing is just so puzzling to me...I don't understand the pathology of it, I guess. I know that I can't save the world, though, and already have so many in my life to serve. I will leave it in God's hands. My family needs more of me than it has been getting, I can tell you that for sure. I think I need some counseling again or something because I have been finding it very hard to be affectionate to those around me. The other night, Sean actually broke down and cried, telling me that I never hug him or show him that I love him anymore. I have been trying to "wean" him from me because I want him to grow up and be indpendant but I have been going about it the wrong way. You know, we all have different ways of showing our love to each other...for me it seems to be by serving and meeting the physical needs of my family, but I am neglecting the emotional needs. I promised Sean I would give him one, big hug everyday. We say "I love you", but I need to show it to him. He needs that. He told me that he feels "worthless", which just breaks my heart. I really need to work on being more affectionate..not sure why I have a hard time with that sometimes.

I hope we survive it...things are changing in a way I don't like. I don't know how "safe" our constitution is.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67670: Mornin'
Just a quick rock for now. My husband took the day off since he was gone all last weekend and leaves again on Thursday until next Monday. We voted and now we get free Starbucks and free Krsipy Kreme. Did y'all know that? Take your I Voted stickers and enjoy!

I feel so bad for all of the heartbreak on the porch. Everyone has my prayers. Boo, we all have our "seasons" when things are overwhelming and we just want to push everyone away. Don't feel guilty just change your actions. Possum, keep us up to date. I pray everything goes well.

Gotta run. I wish they'd start running the black and white eps soon.
Y'all take care!
Blessings to you and yours,

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67671:
Hello porch family......can't stay but a short rock. I've got to get on the road. Leaving La heading to north AL.
I won't have internet service where I'm going so it will be next week before I can check back in. But as always, you're all still in my prayers and heart. Boo and possum keep standing strong on HIS promises.

Well folks, election day is here. matter the outcome, Jesus is still Lord and HIS WORD still stands. HE loves you....HE really does!

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67672: I got me a septic tank and the house will be moved in next week. Yee Haw
Sent out another job application to a neighboring school system. Fingers crossed and needing a lot of prayer that I can get this position.
Prayers for our country - we need them


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67673: Well I just cast my ballot for Mr. Barack Obama, and man did that feel good!


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67674: Hi all,
sorry for keeping you all guessing about my whereabouts, and thanks for the apb's.

One thing I have been doing is filling out paperwork for Kai's soon-to-be new school. Yes, we decided to go ahead and put her in the Baptist Academy. After visiting(unannounced) with the principal and teachers two more times - and getting more comfortable with sending Kai there with every visit - my wife and I both thought it would be a good idea to enroll her. My wife didn't go along with me on the visits, but after seeing the kids and the intruction, I know she would be impressed, being that part of her reason for wanting Kai out of public school was that she thought Kai wasn't being challenged enough. I think a private school can do better because they focus more on the basics, and don't waste time, money, and resources on exposing kids to issues that, well, they shouldn't be teaching to young kids in the first place, but also should be letting the parents teach anyway. That's another reason to get her out, as I don't think if Obama wins it is going to get any better in that regard. In fact, I think it is going to get much worse, knowing some of the ideas Obama has on education.

I also have to politely disagree with you, Me-They, on that "peaceful transfer of power" comment. I've seen enough comments and innuendo from Obama supporters about threats of possible rioting if their guy loses to think they would be peaceful about a McCain win.
Of course if Obama wins they will be spouting a bunch of "ok, we have to all get along now" and "get over it and move on" talk to any angry McCain supporters, who wouldn't be rioting anyway against a Obama win. Maybe some grumbling and calls for investigations of voter tampering yes(and probably rightly so where warranted), but riots? No. Monumental differences right there.

auh2o, don't give up. The election day is not over yet. :)

Prayers for you Possum and Boo during your individual trials.

-Sterling Holobyte

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67675: I'm still 100% behind Ellie.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67676: Oh, hey there STERLING. Yeah, I'm sure that there are a few out there that are set to go crazy if and when they don't get their way--whichever way that may be--but I think what I said generally is true. No matter who wins today, soldiers won't be marching down streets, opposition poilticians won't be arrested, and people won't disappear in the middle of the night. There are always those who are ready to jump on the crazy train over elections, but that also goes for court decisions (remember the LA riots or the desegregation of Alabama's schools?), social issues, or what topping to get on your pizza. I still believe that our 200+ years of peaceful transfer of power will continue uninterupted.

Congrats on Kai's new school! I hope it is a blessing to your whole family.

HM: Prayers for yoru job search, and that when you flush what is supposed to happen, happens.

Safe travels, REV.

LUCY: I've heard that Starbucks had to ammend their free offering to thsoe who voted to include all patrons because election laws prohibit giving gifts encouraging people to vote.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67677: I hope no one took my Obama support seriously.
Actually, I'm heading to the booth in a few to cast mine for McCain/Palin.

Nice temp on my end of the porch.

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67678: Thanks REV, your advice to Possum and me was interesting because I was singing "Standing On The Promises" for a long time this morning while doing my cleaning-up...I can also sing "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" without "mouthing the words" (unlike Ol' Ben Weaver), hehe.

Thanks for the encouragment, Lucy! Good to see you.

Chuck, I know you're a-lyin'!

Hey Sterling, that's what we have been praying for! God provided the place and the means to send her. I am rejoicing with you. Thank you for your prayers on my behalf.

Me-They, have there been any decisions made about expanding the family?? Just curious if the Lord is leading you in any particular direction that you can tell...

Happy for you, HM. We are having some more setbacks with our house. With the economy the way it is and after examining the budget we have, etc. We are thinking of cutting back on the sq. footage some more. Neither of us wants to live with a financial "foot" on our neck all the time (especially these days). We may builder smaller and add on later or something. Please keep us in our prayers that we will stay within the Lord's will. We were all set to start when Bruce injured his back again and things have been delayed, so we want to be sure we are staying with the leading of the Lord. Also, as I have mentioned before, I have prayed for years now that Bruce wouldn't try to build a house that would put us in a financial strain and the way the house is now, it will. I do NOT want that. Thanks for your prayers, as always.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67679: I only hope you're right and I am wrong, Me-They. If Obama wins legitimatelly, I will accept him as my President. I won't like it, but I will accept it.
However...not to start a moulage or anything -

Watch both videos.
As I have said, I hope I am wrong.

Thanks Me-They and Boo! I do believe that God gave us this opportunity and the conviction to do it.

-Sterling Holobyte

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67680: Forgot this one. God I really hope I am wrong.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67681: Afternoon Y'all. My daughter got temporary sole custody of Laci & he is not to take/be around Laci without supervision.Laci is safe as it stands. He has temporary visitation rights til divorce. Now,I'm not clear on all that-when it happens,etc. Judge has all statements saying Laci's dad & even his parents are negligent. There is something in the papers saying that he,and his parents WITH supervision have visitation: provided they have adequate sleeping arrangements. I take that to mean they can have Laci overnight with their son-they never have!They admitted to me they can't care for Laci & I provided that info to the court.Does that mean overnight? It didn't say. Maybe we're tired & things aren't clear-I told my daughter to check ASAP.Something's not right somewhere.Maybe it's clear & we just ain't seeing it-we're all frazzled. Meanwhile her father in law approached my daughter,told her that he was coming with a sheriff Sat. morning to MY house to get Laci because her dad would be off work the weekend & they were keeping her. How did I get in this?! And that I better have Laci ready! Now,if Laci is in her mom's custody 30 miles from here,how is she to be at my house?!They can't dictate that I have her!!I might be in Mt.Pilot on Sat. morning! Ha! I have to laugh,you know,but I am concerned. They are crazy people! No,she won't be here Sat.My daughter is all for Laci's daddy's visitation, but if they aren't to be around each other,how is that going to happen? I'm not getting something.I am so drained. I don't want these crazy people bothering me now! They have put me & my family,& Laci through enough.
An example of how whacked they are- Laci's dad lied in court today about how much money he makes. A simple phone call to his job cleared that up!!When my daughter left court,Judge told him to stay behind with him! I don't know what happened-lying to a judge? I think not-I sure wouldn't do it.
I've rambled enough. I haven't read,but know y'all have(and are still) praying. Things are getting better.
love to all and praying for McCain,our country,us all.

Oh, y'all remember me mentioning my friend Lisa with cancer? Well,she was our county Clerk of court but got defeated.She neglected her health during the campaign (and I don't know if it would have made a difference or not) and now she is fighting to live. Anyhow,she blogged that she could not in good conscience vote for the person that defeated her-that she was going to write herself in! Now we know a win or her holding a position is not possible,but I also wrote Lisa in.Yes,I did! Just as a show of love & support.

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67682:
Boo- maybe it was karen. I will pray for your dad, yes ma'am! He is the 1 of the 99 and worth every tear. Have you ever talked to him about the hereafter? You could break the ice with a "that's what we're here-after." :)
NN- I knew that turkeys can fly "thru the bush", but if they make it to the treebranches, how do they get down? (assuming the branches dont ALWAYS break?
Still praying about everything!

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67683:
Oh yes, I'll be heading out soon to vote for Calvin Coolidge. If he's good enuf for Floyd, he's good enuf for me! HA!

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67684:
Possum--- please, please be careful!! A bi-polar guy with a shotgun may not be stopped by a piece of paper!! I mean that sincerely. Watch this situation carefully! My prayers continue for you and all invilved. We pray God's full protection over Laci, your D and you!

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67685: What did Calvin Coolidge say?


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67686:
Me-They--just a thought, but of the 200 or so countries in the world today, about 180 of them have pretty smooth transitions of administrations, so in that respect, I don't think we are necessarily a standout. Even former soviet states are doing pretty good in that department these days. On the other hand, for people livng in North Korea, Iran or the like, some sort of coup is the only way to oust those type of repressive regimes.
I wish there was a way we could go to a popular vote for president in this country, but i guess that won't happen in my lifetime.
Well, as the old Vaughn Meater "First Family" record album said "Vote for the Kennedy of your choice, but vote!" ha

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67687: Thank you, MDC...yes, I have talked to Dad about the hereafter and I got nowhere with it. Maybe he will be ready to talk about it again now.

Have bible study at the rehab tonight. Keith won't be with me, it will be myself and the new girl, Tanya. She is working out great but not ready to solo yet. I feel the need to teach about the prodigal son. Prayers appreciated...


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67688:
Here's a thought- how in the world, or WHY in the world did we ever come up with "the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November"?
It sounds like a "fizbin" for you old Star Trek fans. ha
Prayers Boo, but i thought they were Monday night?
For Me-they--fish fly on flyday. (:

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67689: Evening Family:
Boo- we had the dog for 4 weeks, and NO ONE looked, called or inquired about him. He was a beautiful dog who needed someone to "work" him in a hunt. My brother called one of his friends who owns a hunt club, and he was thrilled to get him and get him working with pheasant etc. so he will be spoiled royally! Just too much for us to have, not knowing how to handle and dog like that.
Beautiful day on our side of the porch.
Still praying for our nation.
Possum, please be careful.
MDC- good to see ya.
Chuck- Hello
SPOT- how's it going?
Gotta change the channel. Tired of election.~New Neighbor

November 04, 2008 - Msg 67690: Thanks MDC, bible study is usually on Monday nights but since Erin had a parent/teacher night last night, we switched to Tuesday this week. It was quite a night. One of those really heavy experiences. I wanted to walk out and go scream somewhere. The girls were really opening about about their hurts and questioning God about the suffering they had experienced in their lives. Some of them were crying and it was very hard. They asked some of the hardest questions possible. One girl named Faith was particularly heartbreaking. She is struggling with her faith because of the suffering she endured as a little girl. I wanted to grab her and run with her...just take her away somewhere where she would never be hurt again, but that isn't possible. I'm not God but I must trust her to His care. I left feeling like I had a brick in my chest, but I was able to share with them and we had a blessed prayer time together and I could tell they felt better, just getting some of the pain out and crying. I made sure each one got a big hug and some "I love you's". I love them all so much, I just can't express it. Sometimes it is hard to be there but I have to be...I know you know what I mean. It's kind of like your own kids, you can't give up on them no matter how much it hurts to see them suffer. Those girls are so young and there are so many things they don't understand (like the rest of us, I guess). Bless their hearts. I am thankful that God has brought them to a place where they can hear that God loves them and learn about the gospel of grace. If you think about it, there are so many that never even hear it. God is reaching out to them in their pain and I love Him for it.

Sounds like the dog has a wonderful life, thanks to you, NN.

Well, it's 8pm, central time and it kind of looks like Obama will be our next president.


November 04, 2008 - Msg 67691:
John McCain's concession speech was pure class. Prayers to the Porch and our new President, Barack Obama.

See ya'll sometime tomorrow.

God Bless,

November 05, 2008 - Msg 67692: Yes it was auh2o, yes it was. While I'm not happy about the outcome, Obama is our president now & I will pray for him & support him as best I can.
I'm off here for the night, came home from working on our new house, cleaning & such, with the beginnings of a migraine, & went to bed, now I can't get back to sleep. I hate when that happens! Continued prayers for you & your family possum & good to see you Lucy & Sterling
Night Porch

November 05, 2008 - Msg 67693: Hi All.
Will it have ben a warm week up in the 60-70 for the high, and now rhis weekend back to the bad stuff.
Will me pray for the new Prsident Obama , he going to have his hand full and a hared road a haed .

TOM :)

November 05, 2008 - Msg 67694: Morning Porch, hope all is well today.

I agree with Tom. President Obama will have his hands full and a hard road a head.

I have been busy and have not been by for a few days. Hope all is well with everyone. Prayers foor Possum and family, Boo and everyone else around the porch.

Football season is offically over for us. Friday night was the last game and senior night. We escorted Patrick across the field during the pre game activities. Made me cry of course. The season was not a good one in terms of winnning games but the majority of the young men on the team came away with bigger hearts and great character and many life lessons that will take then much farther in life than a winning football season. For that I am greatful.

Supposed to be in the low 70's today on my end of the porch.

Looks like I am cooking for lunch: grilled ham and cheese, tomato soup, chips, pickles, tea, kool aid, homemade chocolate chip, or oatmeal raisin cookie for dessert. see you at noon.

You all have a blessed day.

Big Maude

November 05, 2008 - Msg 67695: Friends,let's hold on tight to our little piece of Mayberry here,because I have this feeling that the world is not going to be the same now,in many ways.McCain- 100% class act. Obama-who knows? I pray for him & our country.
To clarify,I know y'all are sick of me & my troubles,but my son in law is not bi-polar. He is Type 1 diabetic(uncontrolled-his choice) whacked in the head,etc.Has a $6000 insulin pump he takes off & on whenever he feels like it.He has had SO many chances to get himself on an even keel with it-he won't or can't.He is quite strange. It was my daughter who went for counseling. I suspected she was bi-polar,she did not test positive for that. Her results came back as an anxiety disorder (no wonder with him!) and OCD which I thought was strange,but maybe that explains some of her quirks and behaviors. She is on meds,getting counseling,will be fine.A good mama to Laci-always. And yes,we all will still be wary of Laci's daddy.To put it bluntly-"he ain't right." God is in control.
Today I will rest and try to get things done that haven't been done in a week or so.Laundry,cook,etc. You'd be surprised what falls by the wayside when you're going through drama & trauma.I just want it to be OVER. It will be ok. Love y'all for praying.
God Bless the USA.
possum under a rock

November 05, 2008 - Msg 67696: I hope this doesn't ruin Romeena's day on the Mayberry Cruise, but I think it might. I pray she can put it out of her mind and have peace today.

Morning everyone. Sorry about the migraine, Mavis.

I missed McCain's speech Auh2o. I was just too tired and emotionally drained after being at the rehab. I guess I can watch it at some point today. I have alot of housework to do, though. I guess, to be honest, I am feeling down about the election...the results were not a surprise, but I had been trying not to think about it. If we prayed before the election, we really need to pray now. Lots of change going to take place, I imagine, in time.


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67697: Hey there Maude and Possum, you showed up while I was typing. Lunch sounds good, Maude.

Possum, I am glad your daughter is NOT bi-polar. That is sometimes difficult to treat. Thank God for that and it for her getting the help she needs. Sounds like Laci's dad is heading for some real trouble with his health...hate to say it but probably won't live long or will end up in a care facility as an amputee or on dialysis. Hang in there.


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67698: Good morning everyone. It gray and drizzly here, but itís warm.

Well, it looks like we have a new prez. The people have spoken. Itís great to be an American, isnít it? Iím disappointed my guy didnít win, but Iím optimistic about our countryís future. Now we need to pray that President-elect Obama has the wisdom, temperament, and willingness to act that is needed at this difficult time. Itís all in the Lordís hands, and who better?

I do feel bad for McCain. This was his last shot. Boy, W really has been a thorn in his side. First, thereís the dirty fighting in 2000 for the party nomination. I think itís pretty safe to say that had it not been for Bushís unpopularity and some misguided policies, McCain would have done a whole lot better. I think the fact that McCain did as well as he did despite a formidable challenger (who did run a tight campaign) and the albatross of the Bush administration deserves some credit. I though his concession speech, and Obamaís acceptance speech, were both great. Hopefully, the same tone from each party will continue forward.

There is one huge bright spot this morning: the election is finally over!

POSSUM: My prayers continue for you. I echo MDC is saying be careful when dealing with your crazy in-laws. Youíre right that judges donít like to be lied to. They donít like to be ignored, either, so please make sure regarding the custody issues that you follow the letter of the order. If you have to, get an attorney to interpret them for you. You donít want to be in a situation where a judge gets his nose out of joint and does something not in everyoneís best interest because he or she feels disrespected. That said, your in-laws canít dictate conditions not set form in the order. No matter how they act or what they do, however, you and your daughter follow the letter of that order. If you feel Laci or you are are in any kind of danger, go back to the judgeódonít ignore the order. Otherwise, it may be used against you later. Better to lose a battle than the war.

BOO: Prayers for strength to you as you shoulder your own heavy load. It must be difficult to hear of such suffering and see such damage every week, and still deal with your own personal issues. Donít worry about downsizing your new houseóthe one you are building in Heaven is gonna be huge!

Well, I have a few more comments to make but no time to make them now. Iíll be back later.


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67699: MDC: I respectfully disagree about doing away with teh elctoral college. Despite a few close calls (Truman, Bush, etc.) it has served our nation well.


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67700:
"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do." -- Senator Barack Obama, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007
Dear porch family-I cannot adequately describe to you the knot that is in my stomach, the hole that is in my gut this morning. I never mentioned it too much here, but I am active in the National Right to Life, one of our 3 unalienable rights. For 15 years we worked to finally get the especially horrible practice of partial birth abortion stopped. Clinton vetoed it several times, but Bush signed it and it finally made it thru several constitutional challenges. Now it is going to go all the way back to square one.
This is a sad, sad, SAD day! Even babies who SURVIVE a botched abortion will be allowed to die on a cold steel table. This is so terrible for these kids! Now there is no chance to get supreme court judges who could help to stop these things. I feel sick today, i really do. When I saw Oprah out there in the park last night gloating over "her" victory, and the frienzied mass of people acting like this guy is their savior, i cried for this country. Also, if he pulls out our troops like he said he would do, that area of the world could explode. I think we are in for scary days with everything this guy has said. Now he can easily say, "that tax thing, you know the government really needs the money, so I have decided that EVERYONE will to be taxed more. etc" And that's after his campaign took ILLEGAL internet donations etc.
In fact, I really think I need time away from the porch. It has been a great 5 years, but i just cant go back to turkey stories and the like right now. I need time to think, to re-group, to pray, to talk to God etc. I will be back, hopefully before Christmas, but this is like the death of "a thousand Millies" for me, and I truely worry about the future right now. It has never stuck me this hard before. If anyone would like to email me, feel free, at dipper40 at hotmail dot com
God bless you all,
Know that my prayers are always with you!!
I hope to be back.

November 05, 2008 - Msg 67701: MDC: I certainly understand. As I've mentioned before, how a candidate stands on the unborn's right to life is my litmus test. I'm so sorry that you are stepping away from the porch. Remember, friend, that God has it in his hands, and there is always hope through Him. Greater is He that is in us, then he that is in the world. God bless you!

BOO: Regarding your question about expansion, all I will say is that sometimes God takes matters into His own hands and makes decisions for us. How's that for obtuse?


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67702: Also, MDC, don't forget that the Supreme Court won't get any more conservative over the next four years, but it won't get any more liberal either (unless something tragic happens). The oldest justices nearest to retirement are all liberal ones. It's still a 5-4 break in favor of the conservatives in many issues.


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67703: You make a good point about the Supreme Court, Me-They.

MDC, I understand your feelings, and share them. Just don't go crawling into a corner and give up.
Michelle Malkin, on her site, says she has been getting a lot of emails from concerned conservatives asking, "What should we do now?"

She answered, (...well, I'll just paste it here):
"What do we do now? We do what weíve always done.

We stand up for our principles, as we always have ó through Democrat administrations and Republican administrations, in bear markets or bull markets, in peacetime and wartime.

We stay positive and focused.

We keep the faith.

We do not apologize for our beliefs. We do not re-brand them, re-form them, or relinquish them. We defend them.

We pay respect to the office of the presidency. We count our blessings and recommit ourselves to our constitutional republic.

We gird our loins, to borrow a phrase from our Vice President-elect.

We lock and load our ideological ammunition.

We fight."

Good advice.
I am as downhearted as anyone. But we will have to see what happens. Personally, MDC, I want to see how Obama handles it when the military leaders tell him withdrawing from Iraq right now would be unwise and disastrous. Then if he still goes ahead with the withdrawal, he, and the left-wingers in the government will be the ones responsible for the chaos that ensues there. Unfortunately, that will trickle over here as well, and Pres. Bush knew this. That's why he LISTENED to the ones doing the fighting over there. They know more than over-priced bell-hops lounging in their congressional chairs.
But you get what you pay for. And the people who voted for, and paid for(yes, many with untraceable credit cards), an ultra-liberal President and ultra-left-wing Democratic House and Senate majority, will get what they paid for as well. Unfortunately, the rest of us will to.

That's why conservatives and other rational people;) need to stay strong, stick with their principles, and be ready to support real, moral leadership in the traditions that made our country the great one that it is, when the train-wreck that I am sure will happen comes.

Ok, that is my Tony Robbins moment for the day. :)

-Sterling Holobyte

November 05, 2008 - Msg 67704: Thanks Sterling...I needed it. Like never before, I am concerned for my country, and I would be no matter how the election had turned out. The moral decline just seems to be speeding up everyday and I want to cry for aborted babies, and suffering children, and for families who face such obstacles. God help us each to do what we can to make a difference. Lord help us to share our resources (money, talents, love) where we can make the most difference and to those who need to hear about your love.

Me-They, I thank you for your comment about my home in heaven. It meant alot to me and lifted my spirits...this life is not the end, and things will get better. ((big hug))


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67705: No problemo BOO. The Mrs. and I went to chapel at Nora's school this morning because her class was singing. The chaplain's message was very good. It basically was on money. One thing he said realy hit home. He was talking about how most people were basing their choice (whatever choice) yesterday on "money"--which candidate would save them money, get them money, safeguard their money, etc. He pointed out that as Christians, the only reason we should want to earn (or keep) more was so we could give more back. He told the kids to stay out of debt because making those payments will become the most important thing, an idol of sorts. He said that as Christians the description people should have of us regarding our money are they we give it freely and cheerfully to His good purposes.

STERLING: I like Malkin's comments, but I'm still optimistic about things.


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67706: I had a very similar conversation with Sean yesterday (in regard to the election and money). In the culture we have been raised in, we have a warped view of material possessions and they do become idols to many of us. Most never stop to consider how God feels about how we use the resources he gives to us.


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67707: Thank you Sterling - I needed that bit of info. from Malkins' website.


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67708:
MDC-Recharge and hurry back we gotta take this country back.

I will be praying for President Obama to be blessed with wisdom and I will also be praying for gridlock until that time comes. I hope the GOP digs in their heels and holds tight. Live birth abortion and redistribution of wealth, a mixture of Gestapo, Robin Hood, and Karl Marx. The more gridlock the better.

Me-They I don't know if we can blame W for McCain's loss. I think history will treat W well. He inherited a weak economy, terrorist plots, and cooked corporate books from the previous administration. Not that he hasn't made mistakes, he has. However, McCain ran one of the worst campaigns in history, just embarrassing. He shouldn't have worried so much about being liked.


November 05, 2008 - Msg 67709: No problem, Boo and hm. You should take a look at her website sometime. I like that she keeps up on all the stuff going on daily. I wouldn't want that job. I'd probably have more grey hairs than I do now.;)

Watching Goober with his beard today acting all arrogant and like he knew it all reminded me of someone....;)

Have a good night, everyone.

-Sterling Holobyte

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67710: Mornin' Y'all. I am getting back into the "real world" now- feeling stronger,cooking dinner,paying bills,etc. Just trying to get this nightmare behind us.Now I'm in "McCain lost" shock,like lots of folks- Lord help the US.
Me-They- thank you for what you are telling me. Yes,my daughter will obey Judge,court,etc. to the letter.That I know. Too much at risk. She did get clarification from someone "in the know" and no,the in law grandparents can not have Laci overnight.We understand what that meant-just the wording threw us off a bit. I think we were just overwhelmed & like I said when my husband was in jail (still can't believe that!) we are not a family that deals with court,judges,jail, custody,etc.(Not that there's anything wrong with it,if that's what floats your boat-ha!) Just couldn't really grasp it.
Yes,Boo, Laci's dad is a sad case. I predict his vision to fail also,as they got glasses for him years ago,which he never would wear.Think I saw them on him just 2 or 3 times. Amputation,dialysis,death-yeah,I can see it. His A1C (I think that's what you call it) diabetic level is now at 8.5,I think 10 is absolute worse? I'm not really up on it,but it is bad. Doctor contacted judge regarding it. I pity & pray for him.I can't NOT do it.I'm a Christian.I have to.I want to. Anyway,enough. I won't bother the Porch with this anymore,unless something dire occurs again-for I WILL ask for prayers.Y'all know I stand on them!! And again,thank you all.

I'm sad for MDC. MDC,if you peek at the Porch,please know I understand your hurt and I love you friend. Please come back to us in time,ok? You are such an integral part of this family. Talk about anything-doesn't have to be "Mayberry"- look at me & all my problems. These folks are here for each other-always. That I know.
Well, my daughter is going to have a review today & takes her nursing exam tomorrow.She passses,gets good job,I keep Laci-with pay! (pay will be good!) I have Laci both days as she does this review & test. Keep a good thought,friends. Good days ahead for my little family!
Promise I will read archives ASAP & catch up with all. Love you guys.Seems like it has all been "Me,me,me, & mine,mine,mine" which is not what I'm about.Hope y'all know that. I care for you & yours,every one.
possum under a rock

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67711: Good morning everyone. Another warm, drizzly day here.

POSSUM: You say what you need to, when you need to. Don't self-censor on our account. We're hear for you.

AUH2O: You're right about McCain's bad campaign. He should have ran on who he is, no matter if it appealed to the base or not. I don't agree about the gridlock, except on a few key issues (if I dfon't like Obama's direction). Sometimes some action in any direction is better than no action at all. While I'll give you the Robin Hood and Marx analgies, I think the Gestapo one is off the mark. That might better apply to those who are ready to suspend our rights and invade our privacy in the name of protecting us.

I'm sad about MDC leaving, too.

BOO: Sometimes I wonder if we truly can call ourselves Christians as we sit in our easy chairs, watch our big screens, and shovel down the junk food while there are probably people a stones throw away who are suffering for lack of something. I'm just not so sure God wants us to be that comfortable while others suffer. But I don't have all the answers.


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67712: Yep..I hear you, M-T. On rehab on Tuesday, one of the girls named, Faith, was crying and talking about how when she has trouble believing because God didn't answer her prayers when she was a little girl and because she is stuck in rehab and her grandmother is in Dallas and doesn't have enough money to eat. Bad choices put us in bad situations, but while people blame God for suffering, how many times is God trying to get through to Christians to give and help and they pretend not to hear? God gets blamed for the things we refuse to do, I think...just my thoughts.

Hang in there Possum, and please don't feel like you can't talk to us...we want you to.

I have to take Sean to Houston for his appointment so I'll post again when I can. Have a good day.


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67713: Boy, where's Charlotte when you need her? That post of mine is filled with even more errors than my usual.

"I" before "e" except after "c," and "e" before "n" in chicken. I always forget that rule.


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67714: Septic in (check)
Water line in (almost a check)
Foundation started (maybe tomorrow)
House (within the next two weeks)
Electric company and Water company hookup (within the next two weeks)

Move in - probably around Thanksgiving! (double check)

Sorry I am so sporadic - just a lot to get accomplished before really bad weather sets in! We have had 70's all week which is really unusual. Some showers come in tomorrow.

Love and prayers to all!!


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67715: So when do we get to break out the squeezins?


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67716: By the way, if they run out of cement for your foundation, you could always whip up a big batch of meatballs ;).


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67717: Boo,what you said about people blaming God is right. That's how Laci's dad is. He used to go to church with them & all that,but in last months of their marriage he was telling daughter he didn't believe in God anymore,that God "gave" him diabetes,etc. I wish he could read what you wrote. I pray for him.
Well,Laci is staying over tonight,so I may be kinda AWOL here next two days.But.. things are getting better and God is good,all the time.

Thanks for putting up with me! Love y'all!
possum under a rock

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67718: Hey folks! I'm in the airport waiting to get home but the folks on the Mayberry Cruise have made out way back home...almost! It was loads of fun and y'all need to try and go next year (Oct 12th).
By the way, Two Chairs No Waiting has episode 4 up and online.

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67719:
Hey Folks

Sunny and 68 degrees here today.

homemaker-I can't imagine building a house; We're remolding, and at times, I wish we never would have started. Hoping for the best for you.

Floyd-Thanks, I'm gonna mowzy on over there.

possum-We know you're not self-centered, don't feel that way. My goodness, if ya can't ask your friends for prayer, who can you ask?

M-T Leaving a baby to die on a cold steel table, I think, is fitting of the Gestapo or maybe the SS. Remember, Fascism is a product of the Left not the Right. I would hope for Obama to move forward but I can't think of one of his Utopian ideas I approve of. I noticed the last few days of his campaign, his definition of rich went from those who make $250,000 to those who make $125,000. I do agree with you on the optimism, this is a great country, anything is still possible.


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67720: Thanks, FLOYD! And welcome home. I suppose ROMEENA will be back on the porch soon enough, too. She didn't run amok did she?

POSSUM: Ditto what AUH2O said.

AUH2O: If that's what you mean by Gestapo, then I guess there are plenty of Americans (about 50% of the population to fill out their ranks.

As far as Obama's ideas are concerned, I'm willing to wait and see on most of them. The only two about which my heels are dug are the topic I mention above (and related issues) and defense (including the wars). When it comes to things like health care and the economy, I'm not sure you could do much worse, no matter what your idea. It's a shameful thing that in this country kids still die for lack of adequate healthcare and the rich get richer while the rest get laid off. Oooops! Did I let my socialist slip show? ;)


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67721: I meant to say, "The topic you mention above..."


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67722: AUH2O: Check this out:

It's funny. I promise this time.


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67723: Romeena married the taxidermist what sewed up her head. She did well and, as best as I could tell, had fun. I'll let her speak for her self about how things went. --Floyd

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67724: As long as she didn't get tiddly.


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67725: Well HELLO gang...I got some reading to do!...camping was great...good fishing...and today the roof is ON the barn..will get Ro pics...missed yall...hey Ro,Rev,possum my good friend,Asa,Tom,M-T,Floyd,hazel,auh2o and all...I have to work at 6am in the morning till I will be on the porch all day long to catch up..Maude you been feeding this bunch?...well breakfast menu:4 eggs your way,chopped steak,hashbrowns,grits,toast...see yall in the morning!..prayers....SPOT

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67726:

M-T, LOL at the video! Gotta love The Onion.

Floyd, can't wait to hear more from you and Ro about the cruise.

Prayers for all in need.


November 06, 2008 - Msg 67727: Oh boy, Floyd's back home & so is Spot we missed you guys! Glad everyone had fun & remembered to act like somebody
hm I'm excited for you! I was hoping to be in ours by Thanksgiving too, still might if all goes well. I added an album to my photo site of the house pictures I have so far if you all want to go gander at them look for the pictures with the house. Painter will be there on Sat to get started on the inside of the house. YEAH!
Well, can't wait to hear what Ro has to say about the cruise. I'm off here for a bit, later taters.

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67728: hey porch,just wanted to stop by and check on everybody.Possum,so glad your situation is working out.MDC,don't be gone too long. This election has me upset me too.I just pray .The Lord new the outcome before the election,so we just have to stand on his promises.I guess we are having our indian summer,it's been in the 70's.Talk to you all later-ky girl

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67729: Hey Des didn't mean to rock on yer toes.

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67730: Now I'm rockin on ky girl's toes! I might better sit on the porch steps instead of sit in a rocker!

November 06, 2008 - Msg 67731: Welcome home, SPOT.

Hey DES. Thanks for the prayers.

M-T, watched the video...this was was very funny, thanks...I needed it!

Finally got home from Houston and ready for bed. I am tired. It's about a 3 and a half hour each way and we go and back, only stopping to eat. There is a long stretch of road south of Houston, after you are far out of the city, that is so dark and it messes with your eyes as other cars are coming toward you. It makes you very tired. I wish I could sleep in tomorrow, but Erin has to go to school.

I did see something so beautiful this morning. Soon after we left home and were heading north, it started to rain for a bit and then stopped. We were on a stretch of road in which you could see for miles in any direction. I had a CD of Handel's Messiah on and as I was listening to the end of "He is The Kind of Glory", I looked to my left and there, stretching across the sky was the most perfect rainbow I have probably ever seen. You could actually see both ends touching the horizon and a perfect arc of colors, each different color very visible. It was amazing! Just experiencing that was worth the whole trip.

Well, think I will turn in. See you all tomorrow, friends.