Sunday, October 31, 2004

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Moving

I guess it was bound to happen at some point: We are leaving the Seattle area. We have met so many wonderful people out here and it makes us sad to have to say good bye to all of you.

We are off to the land of the Idahoans to make water for the natives. We will be joining forces with my brother Paul and my Dad in the family business of the installation and service of domestic and public water systems. Basically that means a whole new line of work as I get down and dirty digging ditches, pulling pumps, wiring control curcuits, and a host of other interesting and physical tasks.

We are really looking forward to living close to family and having a more active occupation. No more sitting day after day in front of the computer. I will admit, though, that I will really miss that life. Hopefully the fresh air, clean water, and crystal clear skies will help sooth the withdrawl symptoms!

Let the packing begin!


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Why Bush?

Wow, it is amazing how this blog is getting around.

First some background info. Eric, you can skip down a couple paragraphs to see my reply to your post.

My previous picture post of Joseph (the one with the Bush sticker) was viewed by a fellow blogger Eric, who then posted his comments on his own blog. (Link to follow after some disclaimers!)

Now, I wouldn't have even noticed this, except my site statistics started getting lots of referrals from this 'ericthesonic' blog, so I thought I'd check it out and see why all the referrals. And I still almost missed it. Eric had written a post where he commented on 'uhleyog'. In his post was a link to 'uhleyog', and thus all the referrals I had noticed.

Have I piqued your curiosity yet? If so you will want to view the post and comments, but I want to warn you that there is quite a bit of profanity in the post. So, I am going to provide a 'family friendly' version below. If that doesn't satisfy your curiosity, then you can always view the uncut version.

The Post: Eric basically said that he checked out our blog and loved all the pictures and thought we had a neat family until he saw the picture of Joseph with the Bush sticker. Seeing that made him think we are a bunch of morons and other unmentionables.

Well, I wanted to respond to his post (and the comments that were made to his post) to poke a little fun as well as provide a little explanation. That in turn prompted a response by Eric, which is prompting this response.

I thought, since Eric had issues with the picture, other people might as well, so maybe I should make a public statement so people know where I'm coming from. Thus this post rather than a comment.

So, Eric...

Thank you very much for apologizing. Now I know something about you! 1. You are a decent person (pro), 2. You use way to much profanity on your blog (con)! :) Seriously, though, I really do appreciate you taking the time to apologize and also for putting your reply out in front on your blog and not just hidden in the comments.

You first ask if my comment was sincere. I can assure you that it was 100% sincere. What do we have if we don't have sincerity and truth? (Comedians, maybe? :) - hah!)

You asked why I believe Bush to be the better candidate, and since you asked I'll explain. I didn't want to put that into my earlier comment since it really didn't have anything to do with the purpose of it and I didn't want you to think I was being preachy.

Why Bush? I hope you can be patient with me as I explain and hear me out to the end. I will vote for Bush because he is against abortion and because Kerry is not. Am I a single issue voter? No, but when an issue is very important, the other issues take second place. And I believe abortion is that important. To some people the important issue is the war. To me it is abortion.

Why is abortion such a big issue? Eric, we are killing babies!! I am a father and I have been through the 9 months of pregnancy and I would have to be a "moron" if I didn't believe the life in my wife's womb wasn't anything other than a little baby. And yet, we allow the lives of those little ones to be taken.

A friend of mine just recently reaquainted me with the statistics and thus the seriousness of the issue. Statistics are fine, but it wasn't until I applied them to the local area that I was shocked. I live in the Seattle area with a population of approx. 2 million people in the greater Seattle area (King county). Apply the worldwide abortion rate to Seattle and those 2 million people are gone in 20 days! Apply the national abortion rate and we live a little longer: 1 year 3 months.

What about the war and the death penalty, you might ask. And I agree with you (assuming you are opposed to both)! I don't like the war and I never did. It's not that I think it is the evil atrocity some are making it out to be, but I had a bad feeling about it from before it ever started (a topic for another post). And although I don't believe the death penalty to be a moral evil (because of the self-defense idea, again for another post), I do question whether it is something that is needed today.

But, regardless of whether one is right or wrong, killing is killing. So why is abortion so big and not the war or the death penalty? For me, the numbers alone answer that question. Abortion kills 1.3 million each year, the death penalty kills less than 100, and the war has killed approx 20,000. That means that the war and death penalty body count is only 1.5% of the abortion body count!

To me, that makes abortion seem pretty important.

Eric, I've gone on and on and if you are still with me, I hope you don't think I'm being preachy or anything. It is such a hot topic for people that I want to try to really explain why. I guess I also feel so strongly about this because I am a father and have had little newborns who are so utterly helpless and dependent one me that I can't imagine anyone wanting to hurt them, let alone kill them.

Well, now I did it, I branded myself as a radical anti-abortionist! :)

Hopefully, though, you can at least see why I feel the way I do. If you want, I ask you to return the favor and tell me why you believe Bush isn't the better candidate and (I'm assuming) you think Kerry is. I don't mean this as a political debate or battle. I am just curious as to where you are coming from.

Anyway, thanks again for your reply and apology. It really meant a lot.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Gommie's Visit

It was with much sadness that we put Gommie on the plane yesterday to return to Texas. The kids had a great time with her, and hopefully she with them! Theresa loved her evenings playing St. Therese paper dolls with Gommie, and Joseph and Catherine loved the many books, rhymes, and songs she shared with them. And as for me....I got spoiled having her company and her help all day long! We are already looking forward to our trip to Texas after Christmas!

P.S. Just for the record, Greg has finally succeeded in getting me to post something on this blog. He has been very persistent! :)

Gommie and the kids

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Gianna!

There is a beautiful new Uhlenkott in the world, little Gianna Marie, born Oct 2. Congratulations Dan and Mimi!

Check out their new blog: the uhlenKottage

Welcome Gianna


Proud Mamma and Papa


Sunday, October 03, 2004



Developmentally behind, maybe.
A political genius, most definitely!

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Therese - The Movie

We are blessed to have the new Therese movie showing in our area, so yesterday (Oct. 1 - her feast day), my two brothers and I went to see it. The first thing that I really liked: No Previews!! It is a movie that I recommend to anyone who is able to see it, even if they have no interest in St. Therese. She was an amazing woman, and although the quality of the movie wasn't of the "big screen" level, it shows in great detail the life she lead and why she is such an amazing saint. Go see it, you'll be glad you did.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Feast of St. Theresa

Today is a very special day for our family, as it is the day we were engaged (yes 6 years ago!) and it is both Theresa's and Maura's feast day.

The following picture is part of a St. Theresa story. Maura has been doing a novena to St. Theresa leading up to today's feast day. Last week, our local Catholic radio station, Sacred Heart Radio (KBLE AM-1050), was having their annual Pledge Drive. Maura, unable to tune in to much of the event, finally was able to listen to the last hour or so of the Pledge Drive, during which she called in and made our standard pledge. Somehow that small gift won the prize for that hour and the prize was the most beautiful bouquet of roses I've ever seen. The flowers were definitely a gift from heaven for Maura. Thank you St. Theresa.


Happy Feast Day, St. Theresa!