I wish I could write out all that I’ve been thinking and feeling this past week. I still need time. To those of you who did not know, my sister passed away on Jan. 15. No words can be written that could fully explain what is going on within me and my family. They will come and when they do I promise I’ll write a longer post. In the mean time, if you’re the praying kind, we could use your prayers. God is already at work. Be sure of that. Thanks for the prayers.

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Downtown Omaha at Christmas time

Isn’t it pretty?

Raj and I just got back from watching Valkyrie. I wasn’t sure what to expect being that the leader of nutjobs was the star of the film, but I was pleasantly surprised. True to history, the attempts on Adolf Hitler’s life were unsuccessful. This got me thinking. What would I have done if I were in Nazi Germany as a Christian? Would I have defied the government? Would I have stayed quiet and gone along in my everyday life? Would I have felt compelled to help the Jews? Would I have been blind and deaf and just listen to whatever the media told me?

The men and women who chose to defy the government did so for different reasons. Some defied because they felt it was their Christian duty. They knew it meant their lives. They chose defiance anyway. How does a Christian reconcile obeying those God has placed in government when the leadership is being ungodly?

What does that look like now? Are there similarities within our society today? I wonder what a Christian response should be in the face of evil being done by those in leadership positions. Dietrich Bonhoeffer believed a Christian response in Nazi Germany was to end Hitler’s life. Clearly, he was extreme. But what is the proper response?

This goes out to Becka. You have awakened me from my blogging slumber. Merry Christmas!

8 TV Shows I Watch:

1. Scrubs
2. The Office
3. How I Met Your Mother
4. House M.D.
5. The West Wing
6. 30 Rock
7. The Big Bang Theory
8. I’m completely embarrassed to admit this but I watch The Hills…totally guilty!

8 Favorite Restaurants

1. Lucille’s BBQ
2. Derek and Kim’s House
3. Our House
4. My Uncle’s House
5. The Upstream
6. Maggio’s
7. Teddy Bears
8. Anchos

8 Things that Happened to Me Today

1. I was woken up at 5am by a flash light coming through my window from a Riverside Police Officer.
2. I opened presents
3. I opened my stocking
4. I went to LA to visit Azina
5. I ate chili and cornbread
6. I took a nap
7. I thought about Jesus coming to earth
8. I thought about what kind of traditions I would want to create for the future holidays

8 Things I Look Forward to

1. Seeing Chap!
2. Celebrating the coming New Year with dear friends
3. The birth of Baby Meisel and seeing Janelle and Darren as parents!!
4. Stepping out and seeing where God leads us as a couple
5. Checking out the sales in the next couple of days
6. Helping select next year’s RAs
7. Getting in my sweats…I’m cold!
8. Visiting family

8 Things I Wish for

1. Everyone to be more gracious
2. Health for baby Imai, baby Meisel, baby Howeth, and baby Richey
3. To have the funds to visit all our family this coming year
4. For India to find redemption and peace and hope and forgiveness in Jesus
5. For the President-Elect to govern with wisdom and have reverence towards God
6. For abortion to become illegal
7. For the church to reach out more than any young, scared mother could understand and love her and the baby inside of her belly beyond comprehension
8. To be the best wife/friend/sister/cousin/co-worker/daughter ever

8 People I tag

1. Chim
2. Chap
3. Janelle
4. Brooke
5. Raj
6. Ravi
7. Meags
8. Whoever wants to!

Merry Christmas!

Taken from Justin Taylor’s blog:

“Readers of this blog know the esteem I hold for Robert P. George–in my view (and that of many others), he is one of the great moral philosophers and public intellectuals of our time. With a law degree and a theology degree from Harvard, and a doctorate from Oxford, he currently serves as McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and as the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He also serves on The President’s Council on Bioethics and previously served on the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Dr. George is a man who chooses his words very carefully. And that is why his latest essay, Obama’s Abortion Extremism, is so significant. It begins in this way:

Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.

George then raises the fact that many today are suggesting that one can be pro-life and pro-Obama:

Yet there are Catholics and Evangelicals—even self-identified pro-life Catholics and Evangelicals—who aggressively promote Obama’s candidacy and even declare him the preferred candidate from the pro-life point of view.

What is going on here?

I have examined the arguments advanced by Obama’s self-identified pro-life supporters, and they are spectacularly weak. It is nearly unfathomable to me that those advancing them can honestly believe what they are saying. But before proving my claims about Obama’s abortion extremism, let me explain why I have described Obama as “pro-abortion” rather than “pro-choice.”

George proceeds to work through Obama’s legislative career–which has merited a 100% rating each year from the NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Congressional Record on Choice–to show Obama’s unmitigated commitment to abortion, even when the legislation has nothing to do with the making abortion illegal. For example:

1. Obama “has promised to seek repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which has for many years protected pro-life citizens from having to pay for abortions that are not necessary to save the life of the mother and are not the result of rape or incest.”

2. Obama has promised that “the first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act” ( FOCA). This would make abortion a federally guaranteed right through all nine months of pregancy for any reason. Virtually every state and federal limitation on abortion that is currently on the books would be abolished (e.g., parental consent and notification laws for minors).

3. Obama opposes the ban on the heinous practice of partial-birth abortion and strongly disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling to uphold the ban.

4. Obama wishes to strip federal funding from pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that provide alternatives to abortion for pregnant women in need.

5. Obama refused to support the pro-life Democrats’ “95-10” legislation (designed to reduce the number of abortions by 95% in 10 years by strengthening the social safety net for poor women). This would not have made abortion illegal; it would seek to reduce abortion.

6. Obama “opposed legislation to protect children who are born alive, either as a result of an abortionist’s unsuccessful effort to kill them in the womb, or by the deliberate delivery of the baby prior to viability.” The bill contained a specific provision that ensured that the bill would not affect abortion laws (Obama and his campaign lied about this fact until it was proven in the records).

7. Obama has co-sponsored a bill authorizing the large-scale industrial production of human embryos for use in biomedical research in which they would be killed. It would require the killing of human beings in the embryonic stage that were produced by cloning, and would make it a federal crime for a woman to save an embryo by agreeing to have the tiny developing human being implanted in her womb so that he or she could be brought to term.

8. Obama was one of the few senators to oppose a bill that would have put a modest amount of federal money into research that would develop methods to produce the exact equivalent of embryonic stem cells without using (or producing) embryos. “From any rational vantage point, this is unconscionable. . . . Why create and kill human embryos when there are alternatives that do not require the taking of nascent human lives? It is as if Obama is opposed to stem-cell research unless it involves killing human embryos.”

With regard to those who think that electing Obama will save lots of unborn lives, George writes:

They tell us not to worry that Obama opposes the Hyde Amendment, the Mexico City Policy (against funding abortion abroad), parental consent and notification laws, conscience protections, and the funding of alternatives to embryo-destructive research. They ask us to look past his support for Roe v. Wade, the Freedom of Choice Act, partial-birth abortion, and human cloning and embryo-killing. An Obama presidency, they insist, means less killing of the unborn.

This is delusional.

George ends his article in this way:

What kind of America do we want our beloved nation to be? Barack Obama’s America is one in which being human just isn’t enough to warrant care and protection. It is an America where the unborn may legitimately be killed without legal restriction, even by the grisly practice of partial-birth abortion. It is an America where a baby who survives abortion is not even entitled to comfort care as she dies on a stainless steel table or in a soiled linen bin. It is a nation in which some members of the human family are regarded as inferior and others superior in fundamental dignity and rights. In Obama’s America, public policy would make a mockery of the great constitutional principle of the equal protection of the laws. In perhaps the most telling comment made by any candidate in either party in this election year, Senator Obama, when asked by Rick Warren when a baby gets human rights, replied: “that question is above my pay grade.” It was a profoundly disingenuous answer: For even at a state senator’s pay grade, Obama presumed to answer that question with blind certainty. His unspoken answer then, as now, is chilling: human beings have no rights until infancy—and if they are unwanted survivors of attempted abortions, not even then.

In the end, the efforts of Obama’s apologists to depict their man as the true pro-life candidate that Catholics and Evangelicals may and even should vote for, doesn’t even amount to a nice try. Voting for the most extreme pro-abortion political candidate in American history is not the way to save unborn babies.”

It seems as though there is something in the water to make everyone pregnant. Well, Raj and I have some exciting news to share…we’re not! 🙂 I am very happy to be an aunt-like figure to so many babies though. First, Evan. This Asian creation is too cute. Coming up in the near future (and I’m really an aunt with this one!) A-name. That’s right. Amber and Joe’s bun in the oven is so cool he only goes by “A”. He’s making us wait on the rest of his name. After that comes Darren and Janelle’s baby! I can’t wait to see that one! Between the two parents, he/she doesn’t stand a chance. He/she will be gorgeous and/or ruggedly handsome. All these tots have such cool parents. I’m excited to learn from all of them! I’m so happy to be the aunt!

Raj: “Our apartment smells delicious.”

Me: “What does it smell like?”

pause

Raj: “Dreams.”

Me: “Dreams?”

These are the kind of conversations to expect in the Lulla household when we spend 2 hours online checking out jobs and grad schools. God help us!