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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Now I just need to meet Greta ...

Last night, Cary and I were watching Greta Van Susteren's show, On the Record.  No matter how you feel about anybody else on FOX News, I think most will say that Greta is really good at what she does.  Greta does not yell at her guests.  She used to get stuck mainly with the Lacey Peterson/Michael Jackson/Anna Nichole Smith and Casey Anthony stories.  Like she was the Nancy Grace of FOX News.  But, Greta is way more than that.

One day, Katrina messed up New Orleans.  Greta went to the Houston Superdome to show us what was going on with the refugees being housed there.  That is when I first thought, this chick is cool.  She is so smart, and so caring, as she goes about her work.  When Greta has a special on her show, I like to watch it, because I know that she will do a great job.

In last night's special, Greta went to Haiti with the Palins and they all met with Franklin Graham.  I re-dedicated myself to Jesus around 20 years ago at Franklin Graham's revival meeting at the fairgrounds in Eugene.  At that meeting, Franklin talked about how he was the prodigal son for his parents.  But, boy, look how he turned out.

I had already officially surrendered and admitted that I needed God's help in my life, sitting in tears on my kitchen floor a short time before, but I wanted to make it official and public.  My friend Sue Ann went with me to the meeting (I keep thinking it was more like a concert), and I walked forward and was prayed over.  Franklin Graham has always been a special person to me, though I didn't really ever meet him; I just was around 20' away from him and his message struck home. 

I was already working at a church when all of this occurred.  I helped organize our peeps to participate in "Operation Shoebox", and other, smaller, area churches added their shoeboxes with ours.  It was really neat.  It was touching to see the kids on last night's show filled with joy as they opened their shoeboxes.  Now I follow Samaritian's Purse and Operation Shoebox on Facebook, and am amazed at how much work this organization gets accomplished worldwide.  Franklin Graham and his crew have done so much good over the past 20 years.  Other governments seem to really trust them.  They have been and still are doing a great work in Haiti right now. 

So, here comes the part about Sarah Palin.  I happen to really enjoy that woman.  I know that some love her and some hate her (though I'm not really sure why their feelings are so strong on the hate part).  I am not going to get into politics on here; it is very against my blog policy. I am not going to get into whether or not she should run for president or not, so please don't leave me comments about that.  I am just saying that I enjoy how strong she is.  Todd supports her; he doesn't try to hold her back and squash her down.  Sarah's strength does not threaten Todd.  I like their marriage.  They are raising strong daughters as well.  Their family grows and stretches (in a very public manner), and they show others that it can be done.  That we do not have to hold ourselves back.  For instance, I do not believe for a minute that it was ever easy for Bristol to be on Dancing with the Stars, but she went out there and she did it. 

I loved watching Piper Palin during the election, wearing her tiara and wetting down her baby brother's hair with spit.   I enjoy seeing her now, full of confidence and bossing her mom around.  Piper was 6 during the campaign, and I was making dolls then.  Though I have never done such a thing before in my whole life, I sent this one to her:

Then, Sarah sent us this Christmas card with a nice thank you note:

So, there you go.  That is my story.  It was neat for me to watch last night's special on the Haiti cholera outbreak and see Greta, Sarah and Franklin all there in one place.  That is really all that I am saying.  Except that I wish that Haiti will get a break very soon.  I can't believe that their babies don't wear diapers, and that they still wash clothes and bathe in their drinking water.  That must drive Samaritan's Purse nuts.

~ Kathy


KathyB. said...

I love to watch Greta too! She is one tiny dynamo. My husband and I are enjoying Sarah Palin's Alaska on TLC, and I agree with everything you said about her and her family. I am also puzzled by the hate she engenders and cannot figure that out at all, but as my blog is not political, I don't want to delve into that either. I did not know about that program, wish I had, what a treat to see all 3 in a show.

Praise God for His love and mercy to us even when the rest of the world ( or our own friends and family ) finds us unlovable.

I see you're also an Eloise Wilkins' fan. ( sidebar) I did a post about her books once, love and collect them.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Kathy,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful words. I know what you mean about not being political on our blogs ... I am trying hard to celebrate the positive things around here. Yes, I do love Eloise Wilkin. I have a few of her old books. I did make a slide show a while back. I'll post it on here again soon. Thank you for becoming a follower, that means a lot to me.

God bless,


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