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5 Things I'm Passionate About

I always like hearing what others are passionate about. When someone is truly passionate about something, you can hear it in their voice and see it in their eyes. We all have our standard likes and dislikes, but I tend to think our passions in life are what make us tick. 

I thought I'd share 5 things I'm passionate about today. I was hesitant to write this because on a couple of these, people will either strongly agree or strongly disagree. But, we all have a different way of doing things, and I respect that not everyone will have the same views as I do! I left off the obvious ones like family and friends. Of course I am passionate about my family, but that's a given, so no need to explain. Okay, here we go!

1. Jesus

I have no idea where I would be if it weren't for the Big Man upstairs. I have always been a Christian, but my adult years are where my true passion for Jesus really came through. I have never seen God more clearly than through the lives of my two children. The lowest low of my life was losing my daughter in 2014, and it was the closest I had ever felt to God up to that point. The highest high of my life was meeting my son in 2017, and I've never more clearly been able to feel God's love for me. To think that I love my son just a fraction of how much Jesus loves me... it's crazy. 

2. Vaccinating Kids

This is easily the most controversial item on the list, and I promise we can still be friends if we have a different viewpoint on this. I am a firm believer that vaccinations are here for a reason and keep our children healthy. The studies that came out years ago linking vaccinations to autism were completely disproven, and the doctor that published them has since had his medical license taken away. I am fortunate that my son is healthy and can be vaccinated, but there are sick kids out there that cannot be vaccinated and rely on herd immunity (other children being vaccinated) to keep them healthy. It breaks my heart that a decision made by one parent to not vaccinate their child could hurt another parent that didn't have that same choice. 

3. Adoption

I have always loved the idea of adopting a child. I think adoption is a calling and it's something that's been on my heart for a few years. Adoption is such a cool depiction of Christ's love for us. Parker and I talk about adoption often in our house, and I pray it will be in God's plan for our family someday. 

4. Texting or Drinking and Driving

I just hate this. I've had people tell me they are "good at texting and driving", and I just cringe. Nobody is good at driving with their eyes off the road. It's not worth risking the lives of others to reply to that text. It can wait. Drinking and driving? Too many lives have been destroyed by this one. Another thing that's just not worth it, especially with the great invention of Uber.

5. Rescue Pets

If you know me or have read this blog long, you know I am obsessed with my furborn, Jenny. She is a rescue pup who was found on the side of the road and taken in by a rescue organization. We adopted her when she was 6 months old. We have no idea what her first 6 months of life looked like, but the vet did find a BB in her backside when we had her x-rayed, so we know at some point, someone shot her with a BB gun. Who knows beyond that. The point is, she is now the happiest, sweetest dog. We got to give her a second chance at life. There are so many dogs in shelters that have had a hard life up to that point and just want so desperately to love and be loved. I want to adopt them all! Few things make my heart happier than finding out a friend chose to adopt a dog.

What are you passionate about?


Terri Grothe said...

I agree with you on all levels.

Bailey said...

I agree with all of the above! My sister Brandi can't get certain types of vaccines because of her McArdle's, so I'm always worried about her contracting some type of disease that there is a vaccine for.

kim said...

It is great to be passionate about things.
My son almost died as a result of his one year vaccines (MMR and chicken pox). The vaccines (per his neurologist) caused encephalitis -swelling of the brain which led to permanent brain damage so i"ve become pretty passionate about researching vaccines. Vaccines are not a one size fits all medical procedure like the medical community would like you to believe. I researched everything for my baby--breastfeeding, formula, car seats, cord blood, etc, but I did not research vaccines. I didn't know that there has never been a single safety study, not ONE that has been done on the safety of combining vaccines yet babies are given 6-8 vaccines in a single well baby visit. It's criminal. I also didn't know that vaccines contain aborted fetal cells, formaldehyde (carcinogen), polysorbate 80, and aluminum to name a few of the highly neurotoxic ingredients. Doctors don't know these things either. I've asked. You should too. Ask for the actual insert that comes in the vaccine box. Ask your doctor if he/he has read it. Most haven't. They are fairly honest and admit that in med school all they were taught was that vaccines saved the world and the proper schedule. They weren't taught about the ingredients or their contraindications. I didn't know that vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued when their vaccines injure or kill someone and the year that that was signed into law, the amount of vaccines given began to climb astronomically (from approx 20 to 70). The reason they were given immunity is because they were going bankrupt from being sured for all of the harm they were causing. I'm sure you've researched that. It's incredible huh? I also didn't know that the vaccine court (funded by taxpayers) has paid out nearly 4 billion dollars to people injured and killed by vaccines. I didn't know that only one percent of injuries are ever awarded a settlement and its already up to 4 billion. I didn't know the most diseases were almost completely eradicated due to improved sanitation practices before vaccines were introduced. Crazy! There's so much more that I didn't know about vaccines. I could go on and on. The scariest part was that my doctor didn't know either.

Jen said...

Yes to all of these! Especially vaccinations!

Janelle Cook said...

Ahhh, the texting and driving! I'll admit - I used to be guilty of it. I never texted WHILE driving but at stop lights. I won't even do that anymore. When I was still teaching in Colorado, we had a big assembly one day where a woman came and spoke about a car accident that took everything away from her - two of her three kids were killed and the other was left paralyzed. They were doing nothing wrong but were hit by teenagers who were texting. SO MUCH HEARTBREAK. All of the middle and high schoolers in that auditorium were sniffling and crying. It was so powerful to me. I can't imagine. From that day forward, I never touch my phone in the car. It's just NOT worth the risk.

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