Archive for August, 2008

Things that Sarah Palin and I have in common

Posted in Politics with tags on August 30, 2008 by Annette Budd

I am very excited about McCain’s VP choice. On a personal level, it appears that she and I have a lot of things in common –

  • We were in high school at the same time; Annette graduated in 1983 – Sarah 1982
  • We both played the flute in high school
  • We have both been married for at least two decades; Annette, 24 – Sarah, 20
  • We both have more than the average amount of children; Annette, 6 – Sarah, 5
  • We both have more girls than boys; Annette, 4 – Sarah, 3
  • We both have a large span between our oldest and youngest child; Annette, 20 years – Sarah, 19
  • We both faced the same ridiculously false accusation that our oldest daughter really gave birth to our youngest child despite eye witness testimony and photographic evidence to the contrary.
  • We both refuse to let child birth slow us down.  After her water broke on the day of her youngest son’s birth, she delivered a keynote address in Texas and then flew eight hours to Alaska to have the baby. She returned to office three days after delivering the child. Well, she has me beat there but the words maternity leave have never been in my vocabulary.
  • She is a non-denominational Christian

And politically I have the utmost respect for her. It appears that we agree on all the issues that are important to me. She also said this a month before she was chosen,

“But as for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”

I love the fact that she is very concerned about having the ability to be productive all the time.

For awhile, I was afraid that McCain did not really understand who I am.  His VP choice has renewed my faith in him.

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Jubilee Celebrates 10 Years!

Posted in Things I put into my heart from a sermon on August 19, 2008 by Annette Budd

We have been going to Jubilee Fellowship Church for five years now – half of the time that it has been in existence. Words can’t even begin to describe what a blessing JFC has been to us.

We had been at our previous church from 1990 to 2003. Christina was a toddler and I was very pregnant with Elissa when we started there. Gary was on staff as a youth minister for many of those years. We had so many close relationships (and still maintain many of them) that it was very difficult for us to leave. Our children were VERY angry with us for leaving the only church that they ever really knew. . . . for a little while. In less than a month, our children were thanking us on almost a DAILY basis for bringing them to JFC.

I have never experienced a church like ours. There is so much life, so much freedom. The sermons completely fill us each week. In fact, we regularly listen to Pastor John for fun. Daniel (13) will pop in a Pastor John cd more often than he listens to music. For those of you who haven’t heard one of his sermons, I’m sure that you think that makes Daniel a very strange child. For those of you who have, you understand. And I am NEVER disappointed when Pastor Bob Smith, Pastor Dan DeMey or Pastor Terry Hilgers preach either. The preaching at JFC is second to none.

We feel so loved and cared for by the pastoral staff and other members of the church. We’ve gone through some very tough times (because, let’s face it: life is tough) since we have been part of JFC. Without doubt, I can say that we were never alone in those times. The church has stood with us and even held us when things got bad.

Because it is made up of a bunch of sinners (just like any other church), it isn’t perfect. People get hurt. I’ve been hurt. But there will never be a place this side of heaven where that doesn’t happen. Not everything the church offers works for everyone in our family all the time – but it is a place full of life and freedom. A place where the depths of my soul can experience God. I am so grateful.

Twenty-Four Years!

Posted in Me on August 17, 2008 by Annette Budd

Today is our 24th anniversary. We went to the Elephant Bar last night to celebrate. Just us, no kids. It was wonderful!

We have been through a lot together and the one thing I am sure of is that I married the right guy. Gary is incredible. I couldn’t have chosen a better

  • Spiritual leader of our home
  • Father for my children
  • Partner and companion
  • Lover
  • Friend

I definitely love him more today than I did twenty-four years ago. I feel like I am the most blessed woman in the world.

David’s First Birthday

Posted in Budd Zoo on August 1, 2008 by Annette Budd

David turned one yesterday. What a year! Here are a couple of videos: