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MARIA SUE CHAPMAN, DAUGHTER OF STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, DIES IN ACCIDENT AT FAMILY HOME

NASHVILLE, TN…5/21/08… At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family’s six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

This morning I learned of the terrible, terrible tragedy in the Chapman family.   Their pain is unimmaginable.   I can’t imagine trying to mourn the loss of your child, while trying to help your older child cope with his incredible guilt that he was driving the car that hit his sister.  Iam praying fervently for the Chapman family this morning.

Just yesterday, on my oldest daughter’s 11th birthday, I was listening to his new song, Cinderella, and crying thinking of my baby and how old she’s gotten in a just a few short years.

Please take the time to watch this short video tribute to Maria and say a prayer for the Chapman family.  It’s evident the love he had for his youngest daughter. 

Maria’s Video Tribute

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Earlier this week, right after Aiden finished some art, he looked down at his paper in his hand and asked me, “Mama, if I died holding this would it go to Heaven with me?” 

What a wonderful question.  I have no doubt he was thinking about his Little Papa since we had been talking about him earlier that day.  Aiden’s full of deep, insightful questions.  He just blows me away. 

So, why, oh why, won’t he stop and learn his letters?!  If it doesn’t spell mom, dad or Aiden, he’s not interested right now.  At least I don’t worry about him- not with deep thoughts like that and his amazing vocabulary.

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Tonight while I was giving my son a bath I was teaching him the song “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.”   What boy doesn’t like to scream “La la la la la la la la” at the end?

After his bath, he was in his room singing, “Whenever we go out the people shout ‘John 3:16!'” 

Wouldn’t that be a great world where people just yelled from the mountain-tops about Jesus’ gift for us?  From the mouth of babes…

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Trippin’

I’ve been on a trip.  It’s been a self-discovery, life evaluating, summer laziness trip.   And now, I’m back.  Back and better than ever, if I do say so myself…

For while I didn’t write because I wasn’t sure how long anyone would want to read about us going to the swimming hole at the local river again…  Then I started wondering who would want to read my stuff anyway- I’m an overweight, kid-obsessed, Jesus-lovin’ homeschooler who watches way more reality t.v. than most people would think is healthy.  I don’t say things and help people have a religious epiphany.  I crack sarcastic jokes about most everything.  

After that phase, I started thinking I only was going to write so my kids would have record of how great I think they are and all the funny things they say and do.   That didn’t motivate me to write publicly though.  So, here I am writing and what finally got me to do it again was that I’m lonely.   I’m not lonely in an I-need-counseling kind of way, but a my-kids-are-at-Grandma’s kind of way.

I dropped the kids at Grandma’s Monday afternoon and went to a yummy sushi hapy hour with my friend Shannon.  We talked about all kinds of things (some we wouldn’t dare mention on-line!) and then we wandered over to Half Price Books, as is our tradition.  I scored the whole 3rd Grade year of our Language Arts Program for $15, then headed home.

On the way home my cell phone was dead, so I coudln’t talk on it like I normally do when I’m alone in the car.   So I cranked up K-Love and worshipped.  I cried out to Jesus (while messing up almost every song’s words) and felt His arms around me.  It was just what I needed. 

I’m bringing Jesus back.  I really am.  Our family has been attending a church since October 2006 and lately I have felt God urging us to go back and visit a church that’s much closer to us and much more similar to our old church (angels sing when I say “our old church”-did you hear them?)  So for the past two weeks we visited.  The first week was okay.  We were happy with the 1st-4th grade area’s program, and the kids seemed to enjoy the morning.

But this week, it happened.  We sat up on the 5th row, so we could feel more a part of the experience, and WOW.  I felt like I was coming home.  I felt like I had finally hear God and worshipped God for the first time in almost a year.  At one point I looked over and my reserved husband had his hand lifted. 

So, see, I’m bringing Jesus back.  Back into my life, back into my husband’s life and into our kids’ lives.  I missed my Daddy, and oh, what a reward He had for me for doing what He asked.  I never go wrong when I follow God’s will for me.

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What?!  I was just looking for music that’s clean & fun for the kids and I found this CD.  It’s so sweet looking on the outside, a little girl in a Sunday best hat with pink background and daisies.  Sounds sweet, right? 

I was a little leary when I clicked on it, because the title is “Girl Power for Kids”.  Now, I’m all for praising your daughters, but not in a way that is accomplished by making fun of boys.  I mean, how can we let our girls wear shirts like this or buy products like this that say girls are better than boys, then hope they will have a successful marriage?  Sorry, I got sidetracked…

The CD includes these songs “Milkshake”, “Toxic” and “Naughty Girl”.  I’m so disgusted.  Yuck.   All of this reminds me that if you haven’t signed Everyday Mommy’s Moms for Modesty Petition, to go do that now. *

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*It looks like Jules’ site is down right now for a remodel, but check back.  She will have it up with a new look on Monday.

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The Associated Press and all the news stations around the state are talking about the new law Governor Perry mandated yesterday, requiring all girls entering the sixth grade to get the Gardisil, Merck and Co.’s new vaccine that protects against HPV. 

I have to say, I’m a little a little upset about this new law as a Christian, and as a mom to two girls.  If Rick Perry’s a conservative Christian, then why is he essentially saying, “Abstinence is best, but if you do become sexually active, this shot will protect you”?  From what I’ve read, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is only contracted through genital contact.   So, if we fight to keep our children from receiving birth control in public schools why shouldn’t we fight this too? 

The following is an excerpt from an e-mail I received about the vaccine:

QUESTIONABLE NECESSITY AND EFFECTIVENESS
 
The American Cancer Society says that even though infection with the
sexually transmitted virus HPV is an important risk factor for
cervical cancer, most women with HPV infection do not get cervical
cancer. Doctors believe other factors must come into play for this
cancer to develop. Some of these factors are smoking, HIV infection,
Chlamydia infection, diet, long-term use of birth control pills,
multiple pregnancies, low income, mothers who took hormonal drug DES,
and family history. [1]   These are not typical risk factors
affecting junior high girls.
 
According to the National Institutes of Health National Cancer
institute, in more than 90% of the cases, HPV infections are harmless
and go away without treatment. [2]
 
Also, according to the CDC, most cervical cancer can be prevented and
cervical cancer is very rare in women who get regular PAP tests.[3]  
Cervical Cancer is not a major killer in the state of Texas thanks to
PAP screenings: in 2000, there were 371 deaths from cervical cancer,
in 2001 there were 352 and in 2002 there were 329. [4] 
 
The CDC says there are more than 100 strains or types of HPV and over
30 strains are sexually transmitted. [5] Yet the vaccine under
consideration for mandate covers only 4 strains. [6]   About 30% of
cervical cancers can’t be prevented by the vaccine, so women will
still need regular cervical cancer screenings. [7].
 
The only current vaccine manufacturer for the HPV vaccine, Merck,
admits on their package insert that the duration of immunity from the
vaccine is unknown. [8]  In clinical trials, the vaccine’s
effectiveness was only followed for 4 years.[9]  Yet we do know from
the CDC that the incubation period for the HPV virus is about 20
years [10] and the median age of women diagnosed with cervical cancer
is 48 [11].  Therefore, no claims to proof of cervical cancer
prevention by vaccinating preteen girls should be made. 
 
QUESTIONABLE SAFETY
 
The HPV vaccine Gardasil was approved by the FDA on June 8, 2006
after 6 months of review.[12]  It has been on the market for less
than 1 year. 
 
The chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on
infectious diseases was quoted in the Washington Post in response to
a proposed mandate in Washington D.C. saying that he thought it was
premature to recommend making the vaccine mandatory. “I think it’s
too early,” said Joseph A. Bocchini,.”This is a new vaccine. It would
be wise to wait until we have additional information about the safety
of the vaccine.” [13]
 
Dr. Martin Meyers, director of the National Network for Immunization
Information, was quoted in the Baltimore Sun in response to a
proposed bill in Maryland to mandate HPV vaccines for 6th grade
girls, “A lot of us are worried it’s a little early to be pushing a
mandated HPV vaccine.”  He also said “It’s not the vaccine community
pushing for this.” The article spotlighted HPV vaccine manufacturer
Merck’s aggressive role in pushing for a mandate where across the
U.S., HPV vaccine mandates could mean $4 billion dollars in sales for
Merck [14] who is currently plagued by lawsuits for withholding
critical safety information to doctors and patients about their
popular painkiller drug Vioxx.[15] 
 
The FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System has already
received 82 reports of serious adverse events following HPV
vaccination with Gardasil since its approval last June. [16]
 
More questions remain.  Disclaimers printed on the manufacturer’s
package inset state that the vaccine has not been tested for it’s own
ability to cause cancer [17] and the effect on a woman’s reproductive
capacity is unknown. [18] Additionally, the vaccine is genetically
engineered yet the manufacturer admits it has not tested the vaccine
for genotoxicity[17] (testing to see if the vaccine is toxic to our
own human DNA).  Each dose of the vaccine contains 225 mcg of
aluminum [6] which means girls receiving all 3 HPV doses will be
directly injected with 675 mcg of aluminum.
 
QUESTIONABLE COST
 
The retail cost of the vaccine is $120 per dose, or $360 for the full
series of 3 shots. [7]  According to the bill’s author Sen. Leticia
Van de Putte, there are 162,000 6th grade girls[19] which translates
to forcing Texas families paying over $58 million dollars not
including the doctor visits for a vaccine not proven to prevent
cervical cancer.  This is a high price to force families to pay
especially for families skeptical of the necessity, efficacy, or
safety of the vaccine.  Merck is absolved from liability for the
injuries and deaths caused by the HPV vaccine through the National
Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 [20] leaving families to deal
with the emotional and monetary costs of the harm caused by the
vaccine to their daughters on their own.
 
The vaccine is available to anyone who wants it, so it does not need
to be mandated.  Federal health programs such as Vaccines for
Children cover the HPV vaccine to children and teens under 19 years
of age, who are either uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, American Indian,
or Alaska Native. The VFC Program also allows children and teens to
get VFC vaccines through Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural
Health Centers, if their private health insurance does not cover the
vaccine [7], so insurance mandates which raise the cost of insurance
for everyone who does not want or need the vaccine are not necessary.

 

 

As a parent, I can file an affidavit stating that I refuse to give allow my daughter to have the vaccination, but it’s still ridiculous that I would have to.  It doesn’t sound like they know it’s long term effects and it’s only effective against 4 out of 100 strains of HPV.

I have always given my children every vaccine that is suggested, but not this one.  It’s not going to happen.  Hopefully, this e-mail will help other moms make an informed decision.  If your state is considering making this vaccine law, I hope you will consider informing yourself with the facts also.

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A Child is Born

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At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.   All returned to their own towns to register for this census.  And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.

He took with him Mary, his fiance, who was obviously pregnant by this time.  And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!  The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David!  And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.

 Luke 2:1-16 NLT

Merry Christmas to you and your family.  I hope it’s a peaceful one filled with warm memories and love.

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