Today is a momentous day.
A friend of mine is a 31 year old mama who has incredible faith. She is currently in surgery, having a double-mastectomy to remove the breast cancer with which she was recently diagnosed. Many people are in constant prayer for her and her family right now.
It is also the two year anniversary of another friend's husband's death. He was 48 years old when he succumbed to a massive heart-attack just before his son's Regional hockey game. My heart hurts for the family. His last words to his son were "Do Good." His family has taken those words and turned them into a "pay-it-forward" campaign. It is a beautiful thing.
Today is also the final public input meeting before our school board decides what they will be doing with our district's budget. There's so many issues with the three options that they have put forth that it is difficult not to turn to the board and say "SCRAP THEM ALL AND START OVER!" Combined with the budget is a battle over a school building in our district that is currently run by an inter-district group. Our district wants the building, which currently houses 6-10th graders, and move an elementary school into it so they can make room for the elitist Spanish Immersion "choice program" in a neighborhood elementary school. It seems that none of the school board members are taking into consideration the disruptions in the lives of the neighborhood school kids' move to a new school or in the lives of the kids who currently attend school at the contested building. Their only concern seems to be for a small minority of students in a program which their parents have chosen to place them. This is so wrong on so many levels. I am hoping that there is a huge turn-out at the final budget meeting as well as the other two meetings this week - the regularly scheduled school board meeting tomorrow night and the Town Hall hosted by local legislators on Saturday.
Finally, the news from Glenn Beck regarding Eric Holder's assertion that the government could, in fact, decide to use drones to kill American citizens on American soil if they determined that there was a threat large enough to do so is more than disturbing. It is sickening. I would like to know why there seems to be no one in Congress brave enough to start impeachment hearings? Where are the ones who are willing to stand up for America and fight this man who wants to be a dictator? What kind of America will be left for my children?
So many people and issues taking up my thoughts and prayers today. Please pray for my friends as they go through surgery and the reminder of how long they've been without the one they loved; please pray for people to come to the meeting tonight and speak out against a runaway school board who have forgotten for whom they serve, and please pray for our country and its leaders.