children are a gift from god

Hamilton As Things My Girlfriend Has Said
  • Alexander : "You know, come to think of it, coffee is the most pleasurable thing."
  • *I give her an odd look*
  • "Well I love you but coffee helps me stay up till horrible hours to finish my work."
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  • John : "You look hot today. No homo." *Finger guns*
  • "Babe we're dating."
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  • Hercules : "See all my clothes are 100% made by me and my hands. I poured my blood sweat and tears into this - "
  • "It says made in China."
  • "Maybe I made it in China?!"
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  • Lafayette : "Some days when I'm mad at you I want to only speak in another language bug the problem is I only know English and not even very well."
  • --
  • Aaron : "Normally I'm a calm individual but see, Abigail makes me want to drop kick her into a well filled with sharks."
  • "Is...is she not your best friend?"
  • "She is."
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  • Angelica : "See whenever people doubt me I laugh because I'm better than every person in the world and they're just jealous of my feminism strength."
  • --
  • Eliza : "Sometimes I wonder what would happen if you cheated on me."
  • "Well I never would."
  • "No I know. But if you did I'd probably burn everything you love and go Carrie Underwood on you."
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  • Peggy : "How is it my mom forgot to invite me to my own birthday party?!"
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  • Thomas : "See macaroni and cheese is a gift from God. Like he loves it too. Cause who wouldn't?"
  • "Aren't you an atheist?"
  • "A GIFT FROM GOD AJ!"
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  • James : "I swear I've been sick my whole life. Death is trying so hard to get me but they will fail! *coughs for a good five minutes* Fuck off death..."
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  • George : "Why do I have to adopt all the worst fuckers?"
  • "You don't have to - "
  • "No I love them and they are my fucker children."
  • --
  • Maria : "I'm a sexy son a bitch who needs to learn how to make better life choices..."
Why I Quit German

WARNINGS: This story is really gross and/or horrifying but also hilarious imho.  Your health always comes first, so mind the tags:  Violence, Cannibalism Mention, Suicidal Ideation, Feces, Sleep Deprivation, Airplanes, I generally had a really bad time but now it’s hysterical.  Most of the story is under the cut because it’s eight miles long.


In August of 2009 I flew back to Honolulu to do my sophomore year of college with the intention of entering 400-level german. What happened instead is the closest I’ve ever come to personally dying or actually murdering someone.

The problem started the day before my flight, when I attended a birthday party for a very dear cousin in Denver, and due to be in 1 of 2 adults present, ended up driving a bunch of teenagers home and didn’t get home until 12:30 that night.  Oh well, my flight’s at 6AM anyway, I’ll just stay up. I can sleep on the plane, I thought, like a complete fucking fool.

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Little things Harry would do to make Valentine’s Day special

Spend hours thinking of just the right words to put in your card, crafting the perfect way to explain how much you mean to him.

Insist on taking photos as you open your gifts. And when you protest, saying you’re still in your pajamas, he replies, “Gotta have summat to show our future children, love.”

Buy you a dress in the same shade of baby pink made of the same silky material as your favorite shirt of his. Not so that you’ll stop wearing his, god no; he loves coming home and finding you draped in his shirt, soft legs peaking out from the hem. He loves you in it so much he wants to see all the ways a dress of the same kind would flatter you.

Follow you around, gyrating and singing, as you get ready for the day, pleading with you to sing along. And when you finally let him take your hand, he spins you in a circle, crooning, “Girl, you know I want your love. Your love was handmade for somebody like me.”

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Mermaids: A Guide

Contents

  • O R I G I N S 
    Atargatis 
    Greek Gods

  • S P E C I E S
    General Capabilities
    - Nereides
    - Sirens 
    - Zagreus
    - Melusina
    - Briareos 
    - Galatos

  • L A N G U A G E
    Origins
    Basic Phrases
    Endearments

  • C U L T U R E 
    Magic
    Honor & Law
    Mating vs Bonding
    Courting
    Mating & Children
    Family Life

  • L I N K   T O  T H E  S T O R Y : C O R A L  &  B O N E
    This guide is based on the mermaids of Coral and Bone, who originate from the Assyrian goddess Atargatis and also, the Greek gods. This explores the theory of if the gods and their descendants fled to the sea in modern times.

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Verses about identity in Christ:

You are a child of God-
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.

John 1:12
Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—

Galatians 3:26-28
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

You are a new creation-
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Colossians 3:9-10
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

You are in Him-

1 John 2:4
But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

You are God’s special possession-
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

Ephesians 1:4-5
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will—

Psalm 139:14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.


YOU were created in God’s image-
Genesis 1:27
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

You are God’s righteousness-
2 Corinthians 5:21
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 5:17
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.


You are a conqueror-

Romans 8:35/37
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

2 Corinthians  2:14
Now  thanks  be  unto  God,  which  always  causeth  us  to  triumph  in  Christ,  and   maketh   manifest   the   savour  of  His  knowledge  by  us  in  every  place.

You are God’s temple-
1 Corinthians 3:16
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

 2 Corinthians 6:16
For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

You are not condemned-

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 34:22
The Lord redeems the life of His servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

You are light-
Ephesians 5:8-9
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

You are not forgotten-
Isaiah 49:16
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Deuteronomy 28:13
And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

Psalm 27:10
Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.


Color Of The Sign’s Breath

Aries: Red - a flume of red every time they exhale, strong and passionate, courageous. A true fire sign proven with such oxygen they produce, should be feared and taken seriously when they speak their mind.

Taurus: Pink - pink breath that shows the true Venus within this Earth sign. Secure, strong-willed, comforting, loving, cautious, protective. Should never be taken advantage of, for they can be oh so soft at heart.

Gemini: Yellow - could be mistaken for rays of sunshine; wise and filled with contentment. Energetic and clever, their yellow breath spreads happiness and brings smiles upon those you see it.

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Signs as Slavic Gods (part 2)

Libra as Lada (Lado, Ladon)
Goddess of joy, love and harmony. It is told that she had dualistic representation as a female version Lada but also a male called Lado. She was responsible for a youth, beauty and keeping harmony. Songs and honey were given to her by people as gifts. Her animal symbol is lark.

Scorpio as Morena (Marzanna, Morana, Mara, Baba Yaga)
Goddess of winter, life and death. She was a symbol of upcoming winter. She could bring nightmares and sleep paralysis. She was also associated with transformation and witchcraft. It is said she had long black hair and a pale face. Her animals were birds and snakes.

Sagittarius as Perun (Piorun, Peron, Prono, Peraun).
God of war and thunder. Perun was the ruler of earth and sky. He was told to always fight with Veles who used to steal from Perun his wife, children and cattle. Perun is considered one of the supreme gods. He is associated with weapons, fire, mountains and wind. His animal is an eagle.

Capricorn as Triglav (Triglau, Triglaf, Tryglaw, Triglov)
One of the most mysterious gods. He is associated with the past, present and the future. He had three heads which represented three worlds: Heaven, Earth and the Underworld and it is said that he ruled all three of them. He was riding a black horse, wore a golden bands over his eyes and was said to be very fond of humans. He was a warrior god and people used to bring him gold, silver and weapons.

Aquarius as Rod (Rid, Prabóg, Hrodo, Sud)
God of  creation. It is said he is the first supreme god who created the universe. He is associated with birth and kinship. He is known as the Judge and is associated with three goddesses of destiny. He created all gods, nature and celestial bodies. He was present in the universe he created but it was told he didn’t directly intervene but rather helped others behind the scene. He was protector of the nation and brotherhood.

Pisces as Breksta (Brėkšta, Brekszta)
Goddess of the night. She is very mysterious goddess and not many things are known about her. She was a goddess of the night, twilight and dreams. She is said to protect people during the night until the dawn. She was associated with magic, dream walking and memories.

You might need to buy another lock // Shawn Mendes

Request:  Omg please do a shawn imagine where your in camp half blood and he’s like a demi god how hot is like athletic fighting shawn ._. Shawn and percy jackson would so be friends wtf


Don’t go near him, he could burn you with one look. 

That’s what everyone would say about Shawn Mendes. A dark haired, tall boy. Also the son of Hephaestus- God of fire, blacksmiths, sculptors and volcanoes. So naturally, of course, Shawn could create a fire ball in the palms of his own hands. 

Currently the only son of Hephaestus- until another was claimed- Shawn was seen as an outcast. A loner. Dangerous. He constantly had an attitude that matched his flames. Everyone stayed away from him and he stayed away from us.

I’d never talked to Shawn before, our paths never crossing due to the fact that I was daughter of Athena. 

I guess that’s why everyone from the camp for children of the Gods found me an easy target. Especially the daughter of Khione, Goddess of snow, Peyton. I only had my brains to defend myself while most of the other campers could summon lightning or like Peyton, ice. 

Because we’re only sons or daughters of a God, we only inherit one of them main powers our parents have. For me, I had gained my Mothers gift for intelligence. I loved learning- often spending most of my time in the camp’s library instead of out on the training field with the others. Just like I was now.

The clock chimed on the wall, alerting me that it was time to go back to my cabin as the library was closing. I gathered all my books in my arms and headed out, the door clicking shut behind me and the lights switching off immediately. 

It was dark outside as I walked down the path that lead to a hallway where we kept our lockers for the small number of classes we took at camp. The sound of laughing caught my attention and I tore my gaze away from the floor to see maybe 3 people surrounding a section of the lockers- around where my locker was.

I picked up my pace as I got closer to scene. At the sound of my footsteps, Peyton looks away from my locker to smirk at my shocked face.

“Still a hermit I see,” She giggles, flicking her ice blonde hair over her shoulder. Small snowflakes drifted to the floor at the motion.

“What did you do?” I breath, my eyes frozen on my, well, frozen locker. The small lock on it covered in a chunk of ice. 

“Y/n, sweetie, it’s getting a little cold out here don’t you think?” Peyton smiles sarcastically at me, her cronies chuckling behind her. “I think I need to go warm up,” She rubs the sides of her arms for effect.

“Y/n, have fun,” she winks at me before shoving my shoulder with her own as she walks past, my books falling from my arms. 

“For a daughter of Athena she’s not very smart.” I hear one of Peyton’s friends snicker, before they’re gone. I’m left in the chilly September night, alone with a frozen locker that currently contains my keys for my cabin.

I groan, stepping closer to examine the damage. “Are you kidding me?” I growl, touching the ice covered lock. I hiss, the ice freezing to touch. 

I ignore the cold as I try to scrape some of the snow off my locker, the action not doing much to help.

“You look like you’re in a bit of a predicament.” A voice calls, a hint of humor in their tone.

I look over my shoulder to see a figure clad in black, their tall frame creating an intimidating appearance. 

Don’t go near him, he could burn you with one look. 

Now I found myself a foot away from him, his dark eyes blazing and the tips of his fingers glowing a soft orange.

“What are you doing here?” I ask, my cheeks flushing as his eyes flick from me to the icy lock.

“For someone so smart you ask a lot of questions,” He says cheekily, his lips turning up into a small smirk.

I roll my eyes, turning my back to him. I wasn’t in the mood for what ever Shawn was trying to play. The next thing I know, heat is radiating around me, a tan hand reaching out to grab onto the lock.

I watch in amazement as the lock starts to steam, water trickling off his blazing hand onto the cement floor. 

I tilt my head to the left to see his face. His dark eyes meet my own and I can’t help but stare. A small dark brown curl has fallen onto his forehead and without thinking- something I seem to be doing a lot of today- I reach up to flick it back.

He pauses, his mouth parting slightly. Our gazes never straying as it feels like an eternity of Shawn standing inches away from me, his heat warming my chilled body.

A hissing sound snaps me out of my daydream and I look to see the lock melting in Shawn’s hand. I raise an eyebrow at Shawn to see him smiling sheepishly.

He twists the locker door open for me and I grab my keys as he shuts it after- the metal too hot for me to touch. 

I turn away from him to pick up my books while Shawn tries to shake the melted metal off his hand.

As if feeling someone starring at him, he meets my eyes.

“Why’d you help me?” I whisper, my voice coming out loud however in the silent night.

“You wouldn’t have been able to open your locker if I didn’t.” he shrugs, shoving his hands into his jean pockets. I nod, shuffling awkwardly on my feet.

“You don’t have to be scared of me you know, I’m not going to hurt you,” He says softly, taking a couple steps forward until I can see every one of his eyelashes framing his eyes.

“I know,” I say, my heartbeat picking up but not out of fear.

“You better start heading back to your cabin, curfew is at 11.” He says softly, tucking a stray piece of hair behind my ear, the warmth of his fingers heating my skin.

“Okay,” My body was leaning closer to his, seeking the heat he provided. I sigh, pulling away instead to head off to my cabin.

“Oh and Y/n?” Shawn calls and I meet his gaze over my shoulder.

“Yeah?” I call back, hugging my books closer to my chest.

“You might need to buy another lock.”

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Inktober#4: Odin.

A multi faced and mischievous god. He is the god of war, magic (the Seidhr , a nordic magic that was supposed to be practiced only by women and that he learned from Freyja) , and hang himself 9 days and nine nights to a tree to gain the power of the runes. 

He used also to be a sort of Santa Claus, and was travelling from home to home in december to see if people were kind to travelers, and gave candies and gifts in the shoes of children that let some hay outside for his 8 legged horse, Sleipnir (another loki’s children, but that’s another story!)

frigga · goddess of marriage, childbirth, motherhood and wisdom

Frigg was the Norse Goddess of marriage, childbirth, motherhood, wisdom, household management and weaving and spinning. She was the Queen of Aesir and the only one permitted to sit on the high seat other than her husband Odin.This Goddess’s home was Fensalir (Marsh hall) in Asgard. All marshy and boggy ground was sacred to this Goddess.As Goddess of weaving she was associated with weaving clouds and the threads of fate, known as Wyrd in the Nordic tradition. Despite this and the gift of prophecy she is unable to save her own son from his fate. The Goddess made him invincible to everything other than mistletoe but unfortunately Loki disguised himself and tricked her in to revealing this weakness.She has more than ten handmaidens who assist her, the most well known of these are Hlin (Goddess of Protection), Gna (a messenger Goddess) and Fulla (a fertility Deity). Some academics have suggested that the attendants represent different faces of this particular Deity.Barren women would invoke this Goddess and ask her to bless them with children.

It’s a pretty picture...

Season 7 might have been a mess mostly but if Little Finger already planted the idea that Jon and Dany will form a marriage alliance and be invincible, and they’re already shacking up (albeit not knowing Jon’s parentage and their unwittingly committed incest), it’s already too predictable to end on that note. That’s a fantasy genre trope of two attractive messiah-like characters ending up together and there’s peace restored in the realm. It’s the oldest story in the book waiting to be subverted, especially because there’s actual history and politics acting against it here. If the boat b*ng montage in itself didn’t spell out doom and power struggles, then the obviousness of it all did. 

GRRM has stressed on details of ruling having less to do with being just virtuous but also being more calculative in administration. Sansa is the character with more connections than Jon or Dany to rest of Westeros and more supporters from a vast array of groups. At this point, if she wanted to be queen and she tried to mobilize these connections through almost every kingdom in Westeros, people would root for her over Dany or Cersei and even Jon, considering the Northerners’ anxiety about him going South and now him having bent the knee (Seriously, need him to be having ulterior motives at this point). She doesn’t have the military strength to go up against Dany though, but the way Dany plans to rule is through evoking fear and intimidation, dismissing the counsel of her advisors, and after a bunch of mad and/or incompetent Kings and Queens, Sansa would be a welcome change. 

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This is basically a huge list of books. Summer is already over, but you can read these during any free time you have.

Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner

“The ultimate rapid language-learning guide!…At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently.  He didn’t learn them in school – who does? – rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered.”

Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer

“Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes.” He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human memory.”

What If? by Randall Munroe

“Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical answers.” The humor and information in this book reignited my interest in science after a tiring school year.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Maria Kondo

“This international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”

How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport

“Real straight-A students don’t study harder–they study smarter… "How to Become a Straight-A Student” reveals for the first time the proven study secrets of real straight-A students across the country and weaves them into a simple, practical system that anyone can master.“ 

Make It Stick by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

“Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.“

A Mind For Numbers by Barbara Oakley

“ Whether you are a student struggling to fulfill a math or science requirement, or you are embarking on a career change that requires a higher level of math competency, A Mind for Number soffers the tools you need to get a better grasp of that intimidating but inescapable field.“

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

“Creativity is not a gift from the gods, says Twyla Tharp, bestowed by some divine and mystical spark. It is the product of preparation and effort, and it’s within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it.” 

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“Remember the last time that you were so focused, so motivated that you felt at the absolute top of your form – alert, energized and free of self-consciousness? Chances are you were experiencing flow – an almost euphoric state of concentration and complete involvement.”

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

“The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.”

I want to delve into a dangerous topic. I want to talk about abortion and eugenics.

Even when abortion was illegal, it was sometimes performed legally in hospitals if the pregnant person was at risk of death, or if they were disabled. People with Down Syndrome sometimes found themselves forced into hospitals to have their pregnancies terminated, often against their will. Then abortion was legalized and I will say, flat-out that this was a good thing.

I believe in free, unlimited access to legal, safe abortion. Whether you believe life begins at conception or at birth, you still have no say over somebody else’s bodily autonomy. It is abhorrent to force somebody to carry a pregnancy to term if they don’t want it. Especially considering what a toll pregnancy has on a body. Also, legislating abortion only increases the number of unsafe, back alley abortions, with more and more people becoming injured or dying by coat hangers and knitting needles. Abortion needs to be safe and legal and accessible, full stop.

Over the last few decades there has been a rise in availability of pre-natal testing. Sonograms and amniocentesis leads to pregnant people finding out sooner and more frequently if their fetus has an impairment or a genetic disorder. Since genetic testing has become more available, the number of abortions due to “defect” are on the rise. Fetuses that are screened and found to have Down Syndrome or spina bifida are being aborted more and more, with promises from doctors and nurses that the parents can always “try again.”

Over the past few decades more and more money is going into genetic autism research, in the effort to create a test to reveal whether or not a fetus will become an autistic person.

Aborting a fetus simply because of impairment or disease is eugenics.

Pro-choice advocates often say things like “forcing a woman to carry a disabled fetus to term is abuse,” with emphasis placed on the idea that disabled children are burdens on their parents and society. They talk about “quality of life” of both the parents and the potential child, but usually weighted more to the parents. This is all ableist rhetoric. To be entirely honest, all children are “burdens” in that they need to be taken care of and protected and housed and fed and clothed without being able to contribute to society. But we don’t usually tell parents that all their healthy, able-bodied kids are burdens, do we? We call children “gifts” and “treasures.”

Anti-choice advocates often say things like “Disabled children are a gift from God! They’re a blessing!” But this is ableist rhetoric too. It dehumanizes disabled children, turns them into objects and life lessons. Disabled children are human beings just like everyone else, with gifts and faults.

When a pregnant person is told by the doctors that their fetus is disabled or has a genetic disorder, they hear a lot of ableist rhetoric. They’re told by doctors that their future child will have no quality of life. That they’ll be a burden. That they’ll suffer. That their life is basically worthless. Doctors often urge and wheedle and even bully pregnant patients into terminating disabled fetuses. They are told that even if they follow through with the pregnancy but give the baby up for adoption–because they can’t afford to take care of a special needs child–the child will likely not be adopted because “nobody wants a broken child.”

So where do we draw the line? Do we make it illegal to terminate a disabled fetus? No. That sets us down a slippery slope and then it’s only a short trip from “some fetuses can’t be terminated” to “no abortion for anyone,” which leads us right back to back-alley knitting needle abortions.

Do we limit access to pregnancy screenings? Maybe. In India, when more and more couples were aborting fetuses determined to be female due to institutionalized sexism and misogyny, they made it illegal, as of 1994, to find out the sex of your child during pregnancy. But that could also lead us down a slippery slope. After all, parents are entitled to be prepared for what’s coming next right? And especially in regards to genetic diseases like Tay-Sach’s, where the child will be in excruciating pain and suffering, and then die by age four, isn’t it sometimes kinder to know? I’m not sure, this is an ethical discussion that I’m not sure I’m qualified to make a definitive ruling on.

Here’s what I think should happen. I think that when a pregnant person discovers their child has an impairment or genetic disorder, they need to be immediately educated. They should be given research into the condition, and introduced to living adults who have the condition in question. Not just parents who believe their disabled child is a burden, but living adults who can tell their own stories about growing up with the condition in question, and give voice to their own quality of life. Pregnant people should be encouraged to make informed, educated decisions, not just jump at their doctors suggestions uninformed.

Also, we need increased access to support systems and services. It should be a lot easier than it is to take care of a “special needs” child and raise them to be an independent adult.

We need to destroy the systemic ableism that tells us disabled people are burdens, disabled people are pitiable, disabled people suffer, disabled people can never be healthy and happy and live long successful lives. We also need to destroy the idea that quality of life is determined by accomplishment and productivity.

Also, please remember that doctors are not the be-all, end-all definitive voice of what is. A doctor’s opinion is an educated OPINION. Feel encouraged to get a second opinion and to do your own research.

Our enemy is not disability. Our enemy is not abortion. Our enemy is ignorance and oppression and a society that benefits from racist, sexist, ableist exploitation and oppression.

BTS React to S/O already having kids

@shyreas :  Hi I love your work I was wondering if you have the time and arent stressed out could you do a reaction to their s/o already having kids? It’s okay if you don’t want to do I understand🙂

Thank you for the request!

I am honestly surprised I’ve gotten so many requests today, I didn’t think that many people read my posts / blog so it’s made me really happy. :) I love you guys <3


J Hope:

Would be a little surprised when he finds out, but it doesn’t change the way he thinks or feels about you. 

When you tell him that you would like to introduce him to the kids as your boyfriend, he would feel really touched. 

“You must be really serious about me, wanting to bring me home like this.”

He would reach out, grasping your hands. “You like me. Y/N has a crush on me!~” He would sing at you, teasing. 

“Of course I do, bonehead! We’re dating.”

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Jin:

It wouldn’t bother him too much, the only thing he worries about is what his parents might have to say about it. 

“I love your kids, you know I do jagi. How could I not when they have your DNA?”

“We just have to be really careful with how we break the news to my parents. They’re really traditional and conservative.”

“If I have too I’ll put my foot down, you’re too important to me for them to dictate whether our relationship continues or not.”

Originally posted by rapdaegu

Namjoon:

Joonie would feel a little of-kilter at the news, but he would adjust quickly. 

“Children? Your children?”

“Okay, umm, okay I got this. When do you want me to meet them?”

“I’ve got to make a good impression. Any tips? What are there favorite snacks or toys?”

“… wait. How old are they?”

Originally posted by namseok

Jungkook: 

When you tell him, he panics. 

“You already have kids?!”

“.. babe, I’m only 20 years old. I’m way too young to be a father.”

“I don’t know anything about child care! Oh god, I’m going to have to be the responsible adult, but I’m not an adult yet, not really! I’m still in training.”

You do your best to calm him down. 

“Kookie, I’m not asking you to be their dad. You can be the cool ajusshi that comes to visit sometimes.”

saying ‘ajusshi’ is the magic word, he instantly starts to calm down from his freak out. 

“Ajusshi, yeah. I can be the fun uncle. That’s good.”

Originally posted by phanunicorn

Yoongi:

Would accept it instantly, not making a bid deal about it. 

“Ahh, your kids? What are their names? What are they like?”

He would be happy to meet them, and right away he does his best to make a good impression on them, bringing gifts for them (cute little stuffed animals and a couple of happy meals) every time he visits. 

“They’re actually really cute and well behaved. You’ve done a great job raising them.”

Originally posted by jeonsshi

Taehyung:

“Oh my god, you have children!”

“And here I thought I was your first.” He would say, teasingly haughty. 

“Tae… I’m a full grown adult. I think for most people it’s better to assume they’ve already had sex.”

“Ahhh, I know. I was just playing.”

“We should go on a date! All of us together. We could go to the ocean, or an amusement park! Kids love those, right?”

“I’ll bribe their love with cotton candy and corn dogs.”

Originally posted by we-have-kookies

Jimin:

He would be a little worried when he found out. 

“You already have children…”

“Jagi, you know I want kids too. Are you willing to have more?”

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ll love your kids like they’re my own. But I do want to have biological children too. I’m the oldest son in my family, it’s expected.”

After you tell him that you wouldn’t mind more munchkins, he would be relieved. 

“Ah good… So when do I get to meet them? How should I act? Aish, now I’m all nervous.”

Originally posted by celinet7

thisloveisastateofgrace  asked:

Hi Katie! I have a question for you. Are you still anti-abortion in cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger? You've probably already answered these, so I'm sorry! But I was just curious as to what your opinion is. 😊

Hi! Thanks for asking! I’m always happy to re-explain my positions, especially on hard cases, because it gives me a chance to practice and to clarify.

Let’s take these one at a time, because they are all very complex.

Rape/Sexual Assault

Rape is wrong. Rape is horrible, evil, despicable…and any other words I can come up with. Rapists should be caught, put on trial, and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Survivors of rape should be protected. They should be supported, loved, and cared for. They should have access to health care that they need, counseling, and support groups. They should have friends and family around them who love and care for them. If that isn’t the case, communities need to step up and fill those gaps.

We can all generally agree on these things. They aren’t controversial. Pro-life people, pro-choice people, conservatives, liberals, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians…just about everyone. If someone doesn’t agree with those things, we stare at them like they’ve just grown a second head.

But what about the children of survivors of rape?

This is my friend Patti. We met doing pro-life work while I was in college out in California. She was conceived in rape. Her birth mother chose to place her for adoption, and she grew up loved and cared for. She says:

“I want to say that even though the circumstances of my conception were in violence and hatred, I am not my father, nor am I my mother. I am unique. I was created by a loving God and my life is so valuable. And so is the life of every baby conceived — valuable and a gift from God.“

This is Travon. She was conceived in rape. Her mother raised her instead of choosing adoption, and told her about who her father was after her 18th birthday. Today, she is a speaker, wife, and mother. She travels telling her story and advocating for children like her to be protected under the law.

This is Mary. Her mother had paranoid schizophrenia and was married to a man who also had a mental disability. When her mother was raped, the husband went to the police, but ultimately claimed Mary as his own to protect his wife’s reputation. Because of her mother’s schizophrenia, Mary was cared for by another couple, visiting her birth parents periodically. Eventually, when she was five years old, that couple adopted her.

(More stories at SaveThe1.com)

Do any of these people look like they were conceived in rape? What would that look like? My friend Patti told me that she has heard people refer to those conceived in rape as “devil spawn.” Should they have horns and tails? Should they carry pitchforks?

Or are they children? Teenagers? Adults? Mothers and fathers? Husbands and wives? People?

The circumstances of conception, no matter how violent, how terrible, do not reduce the value of the child conceived. If abortion is wrong because it kills a human being, then it is wrong no matter who that human being’s father is.

What about the mother? Like I said above, I am all in favor of resources and support for survivors of rape. I am all for counseling to help them process and heal. Abortion will not solve their problems. It will not take away their nightmares. It will not take away their fear, their pain. It will only take away the life of their child, who has no guilt in how he or she was conceived.

Meet Darlene. She was not only conceived in rape, but as a teenager she became a victim of child trafficking and became pregnant from rape herself. She says that in order to escape from her captor, she pretended to have an abortion. Now she is married with five children and two grandchildren.

Darlene, despite her own difficult childhood and the way she was forced into motherhood at a young age, has made it her life’s mission to protect the lives of children like her and her oldest child.

She says:

“I am so passionate about the value of every life; whether one is conceived with wine and roses, in a test tube or as a result of violence. I absolutely reject the utilitarian view that people are valuable only if they can contribute to society in arbitrarily contrived ways. We should all hold to the Declaration of Independence’s admonition that each of us is endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights: the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These God given rights are consecutive, not concurrent. Without the right to life, nothing else matters.“

I have included all of these stories here not because they prove my point. I include them because these are the real human beings we’re talking about when we talk about abortion in the case of rape. We need to remember these faces, these names, every time someone says “cases of rape are only 1% of abortions, we shouldn’t be a stickler over 1%.” Every time someone says “a pregnancy from rape is only a terrible reminder for the mother.” Every time someone says “abortion is okay for the same reason that rape is wrong, because of bodily autonomy.”

These are the people we’re talking about killing.

Pro-lifers know that abortion kills children and hurts women. So why should we abandon those women and children who have also been hurt by rape to the additional pain and death of abortion?

Incest

This is very similar to the case of rape, and many people put these two together. However, I gave incest its own section so I could deal with what does make it different.

In the case of incest, we have an extra layer of complexity that makes these cases exceptionally painful. In the case of incest, we usually have a young girl who is raped by a close family member, often her own father. She has been scarred in ways that someone who didn’t experience that can never understand. And now she’s pregnant, probably at a very young age.

What do we do?

First, we get her out of that situation as quickly as we can. We get her to a safe place, and we do everything we can to make her feel safe. We don’t want her to be worried about her rapist coming back for her, at least no more than she has to be.

We put her rapist in jail. We make sure that he is punished to the fullest extent of the law. Perhaps we even find comfort in knowing that in prison, he will be rejected even by other criminals for the nature of his crime.

But she’s still pregnant. And she’s still a child. What do we do?

We love and care for her and her child. We find a permanent home for her, through adoption or through other family members if possible. We give her power over the process as much as we can so she feels like she has some control. We talk to her about adoption and parenting, and we let her make the decision. If she chooses parenting, we work with her new guardians to make a plan for her welfare and the child’s. If she chooses adoption, we give her the opportunity to meet potential adoptive parents and choose the family that she wants her child to have. We give her the choice between open and closed adoption, so that she doesn’t feel like her child was taken from her.

We don’t kill her child.

Just like those conceived in rape, people conceived in incest are still people. They are human beings with the same right to life as any other human being. We cannot abandon them either.

If abortion is wrong because it kills a human being, then it is always wrong.

Health/Life of the Mother

This case is almost more complex, because here we get into the definition of abortion. For our purposes, I am defining abortion as a procedure that intentionally takes the life of the preborn child.

There is one case that comes the closest to abortion being necessary, and that is a tubal pregnancy. In these cases, the embryo implants in the fallopian tube. With current medical technology, we have no way to save the child. If we do not intervene, the child will grow, the tube will rupture, and the mother can die from hemorrhaging. So we have to intervene and remove the child from the fallopian tube.

I do not consider this an abortion. Our goal is not to kill the child, but to save the mother. If, someday, we found a way to save the child and the mother, we would do it. But currently, we can’t. A doctor’s job is to save as many patients as possible, but the loss of a patient does not mean the doctor is a murderer. He or she is only guilty of murder if the patient is intentionally killed.

This same reasoning applies to every other case. It is wrong to intentionally kill the child. However, if the child needs to be removed to save the mother’s life, we can do so. We just need to be sure that we are also concerned for the life of the child, and doing everything we can to save that child’s life as well.

Some will argue that late-term abortion is necessary to save mothers, but this makes no sense. Sure, and early delivery might save the life of the mother. But why should dismembering, poisoning, or beheading that child in the process do anything to improve the mother’s health?

For more on this from an actual doctor (which I am not), watch this video of an interview with Dr. Anthony Levatino. Dr. Levatino was an abortionist and is still an OB/GYN. He worked out of a regular practice rather than an abortion clinic, and so he would routinely do an abortion in one room and then talk to a mother who was keeping her child in the other. He saw patients with complicated and high-risk pregnancies. He knew, even then, that abortion was not necessary. In fact, as he says in the video, for late-term patients an abortion is more dangerous than an early delivery. A late-term abortion might take up to three days, while a c-section delivery could take an hour. If the mother’s life is truly in that much danger, which would you choose?

Every case is different when we’re talking about high-risk pregnancies, but we can tackle each of them in a pro-life way by following a simple rule: treat both mother and child as patients. If we are doing that, we will find the best approach that saves the most lives.

I hope this helps! Feel free to ask for any clarification on anything I’ve said here.

He had slowed his breath, relaxed the muscles of arms and chest, back, buttocks, legs. Not in an attempt to sleep; sleep was far from him, and he had no mind to seek it.

Nor was it an attempt to fool Claire into thinking he slept. So close against his body, so close to his mind as she was, she would know him wakeful. No, it was only a signal to her; an acknowledged pretense that freed her from any need to pay heed to him. She might sleep, knowing him occupied within the walnut shell of his mind, having no immediate demand to make of her.

He held Claire close, curving his free hand low over her belly. She sighed, a small sound of pain in it, and settled herself, her arse nesting round as an egg in the cup of his thighs. He could feel the melting begin as she relaxed, that odd merging of his flesh with hers.

At first it had happened only when he took her, and only at the last. Then sooner and sooner, until her hand upon him was both invitation and completion, a surrender inevitable, offered and accepted. He had resisted now and then, only to be sure he could, suddenly fearful of the loss of himself. He had thought it a treacherous passion, like the one that swept a mob of men, linking them in mindless fury.

Now he trusted it was right, though. The Bible did say it, Thou shalt be one flesh, and What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.

He had survived such a sundering once; he could not stand it twice, and live. The sentries had put up a canvas lean-to near their fire to shelter them from the rain. The flames sputtered as the rain blew in, though, and lit the pale cloth with a flicker that pulsed like a heartbeat. He was not afraid to die with her, by fire or any other way—only to live without her.

There was no world outside this small confine, he told himself. Scotland was gone, the Colonies were going—what lay ahead he could only dimly imagine from the things Brianna told him. The only reality was the woman held fast in his arms; his children and grandchildren, his tenants and servants—these were the gifts that God had given to him; his to harbor, his to protect.

The mountainside lay dark and quiet, but he could feel them there all round him, trusting him to see them safe. If God had given him this trust, surely He would also grant the strength to keep it.

What he felt now was not lust—not quite. Nor was it even the need of her, the wanting of soul’s company. He wished to cover her with his body, possess her—for if he could do that, he could pretend to himself that she was safe. Covering her so, joined in one body, he might protect her. Or so he felt, even knowing how senseless the feeling was.

He had stiffened, his body tensing involuntarily with his thoughts. Claire stirred, and reached back with one hand. She laid it on his leg, let it lie for a moment, then reached gently farther up, in drowsy question.

He bent his head, put his lips behind her ear. Said what he was thinking, without thought.

“Nothing will harm ye while there is breath in my body, a nighean donn. Nothing.”

“I know,” she said. Her limbs went slowly slack, her breathing eased, and the soft round of her belly swelled under his palm as she melted into sleep. Her hand stayed on him, covering him. He lay stiff and wide awake, long after the watch fire had been quenched by the rain.

-The Fiery Cross

Intro

The book of Genesis answers the question, “Where did all this come from?” Genesis is the first book of the Bible, and the first book of the Pentateuch. (The five books of the Moses). Genesis is the story of how Israel began as a nation, the author also tells us about creation.

Summary

Genesis opens with God creating the heavens and the earth, the stars, the plants, the animals, and Adam and Eve. God places Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but they rebel against God, introducing a curse of sin and death to the world.. Adam and Eve have children and those children have children. Eventually the human race becomes so violent that God sends a great flood to destroy the world, but He spares the only righteous man, Noah. Noah builds his famous ark to escape the floodwaters with his family (and many animals). After the waters recede, God promises to never again destroy the earth with a flood. Hundreds of years later, God calls Noah’s descendant, Abram, to leave his family and journey to the land of Canaan. God promises to bless Abram with many descendants, and to bless all the nations of the world through him. Abram believes God’s promise, even though he is old and childless. God considers him to be righteous, and changes his name from Abram to Abraham. Later, Abraham has a son, Isaac. Isaac lived in the land of Canaan and has twin sons: Jacob and Esau. Jacob grows up, tricks Esau into giving away his blessing, and then leaves town to live with his uncle Laban. He then gets  married, has children, and lives with Laban for 20 years before God calls him back to Canaan. As Jacob returns to the land of Abraham and Isaac, his name is changed to Israel. Israel has 12 sons, and young Joseph is his favorite. Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery, and he becomes a prisoner in Egypt. Joseph has the gift to interpret dreams and it became very valuable to the Pharaoh, so Joseph is released from prison and made second in command of all Egypt. Joseph warns Pharaoh that a terrible famine is coming, and stockpiles food for the coming years. Joseph’s predictions are correct and the famine reaches Canaan, and his brothers come to Egypt to buy food. The brothers make up  with each other and Joseph provides for all the children of Israel to move to Egypt.. The book of Genesis ends with the death of Joseph, whose last prediction is that God will bring the children of Israel back to the promised land.


Did you know?

  • Genesis means “Beginning”
  • God is the only name in Genesis 1 (Mentioned 30 times)
  • The Bible does not provide a clear date for creation, the flood, and other events in Genesis.
  • Moses wrote Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.


Creation - Fall - Redemption

Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3)

  • Creation: God Creates  everything.
  • Fall: Adam and Eve disobeys God by eating the Forbidden Fruit.
  • Redemption: God still works through them to populate and care for the earth.

Abraham (Genesis 12-25)

  • Creation: God promises Abraham countless descendants and land
  • Fall: Abraham tries to have a child by another woman since his wife is barren.
  • Redemption: God still keeps His promise by providing a son.

Joseph (Genesis 37-50)

  • Creation: Joseph has a dream about leading his family.
  • Fall: His brothers fake his death, sell him in slavery, and Joseph is unjustly imprisoned in Egypt.
  • Redemption: Joseph rises to a position of leadership in Egypt and provides home and food for his family.


Theme Verses:

“I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.” (Genesis 17:7)

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20)


Quick outline of Genesis

The beginnings of all mankind (Genesis  1:1–11:32) 

The  beginnings of the world (Genesis 1–2)

The beginnings of sin, death, and judgment (Genesis 3–9:17)

The beginnings of the nation’s (Genesis:18–11)

      2. The beginnings of Israel (Genesis 12–50)

Abraham (Genesis 12–25:18)

Isaac (Genesis 25:19–26:35)

Jacob/Israel (Genesis 27–36)

Joseph (Genesis 37–50)


Key characters in the book of Genesis

  1. Adam (Genesis 2:4–4:1, 5:1–5)
  2. Eve (Genesis 2:4–4:1)
  3. Noah (Genesis 6:8–10:29)
  4. Abraham (Genesis 12–25:11)
  5. Isaac (Genesis 25:19–26:35)
  6. Jacob/Israel (Genesis 27–36)
  7. Joseph, with the famous coat (Genesis 37, 39–50)
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Sketches of mer children!

TLDR:

Fish babes are pretty weird lookin. Whale and dolphin mers are pretty cute tho.

In this world, there are two different kinds of merfolk, warmblooded and coldblooded. Warmblooded children are live born; beautiful, cute children that learn to swim quickly on their own, and grow even more quickly when nursed, and… over time they mature into equally cute adults.

Cold blooded merfolk, however, have the lucky trait of born looking like complete aliens, and also at an extreme small size (hence why children are called “fingerlings” as many are the size of a single finger). Some are born in great egg broods, others are live birthed, some with yolks still attatched. Cold bloods have been known to reproduce in great numbers in the past, although often not as much in recent centuries, nor at the same rate as their familiar fish cousins. They forego the pitfalls of being overpopulated by having significantly shorter life spans than warmbloods.

Depending on how they are raised, these fish mers will EITHER grow into looking more fishlike, or human. This depends on where the mer lives, their relationships to their self, to others, and religion.

Children living in Pilgi, are usually followers of Coral Gods, trading the gift of fertility to that of a prolonged life span and Dream telepathy. These mers are highly social, will integrate coral organisms into their own biological system through Seeding, in order to create highly intricate social structures and shared thought processes, called the Dream. Many merfolk following this religeon, and following the Seeding, will find their bodies undergoing a shift from their big eyed facade to sea anime, to human-like features.

In contrast, those fish born in Banthi, the deep sea, are often highly independent, and will sometimes be born without every seeing their kin. These mers have to learn to rely on themselves, often from birth (many will be able to feed themselves and be fully capable of basic survival as soon as they are hatched). Many follow the god Wyrm, a religeon of self reliance, of inner strength, fertility, and passion. These merfolk take comfort in their familiars, and they will tend to change over time to look more like them. Some rare few will even shift so far as to become nearly indisginguishable from the fish itself, others might become draconic in nature- and become feral. These kinds of mers are called Naguals, and it is looked down upon, even illegal to make a full shift due to the danger a feral mer-creature presents, they are very uncommon.

Change to either side of a spectrum can happen at any time in a mers life, with some difficulties. Interestingly enough, there is no aesthetic preference among coldbloods, they find both fish-like and human-like features equally attractive, but religious reasons may decide how they pick their mates on appearances.

For centuries, dragons have believed that the solar eclipse brings ill omens. Since the Arcanist unwittingly brought forth the Shade into the plains of Sornieth, anything that appears in the sky to blot out the sun, moon and stars has been regarded with warranted paranoia.

Light scholars and acolytes believe the Shade to be trying to manifest at this time. They take precautions, spreading talismans and spell tags to keep the population safe. It isn’t uncommon to receive a good luck charm at this time

Lightning dragons believe them to be foolish. Surely they know it’s only the moon passing before the sun? A phenomenon like this can’t cause Shade powers to rise, they believe. …still, though, they accept any and all safety gifts from their Light friends.

The flight that believes eclipses to be the most dangerous, however, is Arcane. After all the tales and written histories of their god bringing forth the Shade, they prepare for eclipses quietly with no spoken word. Weapons are sharpened, potions taken to instill stronger magics. Should the Shade come once more, the children of the Arcanist are prepared. They will not lose this battle again.

Shaded dragons, whether they believe such superstitions or not, observe the eclipse with their clan mates.

They could never let their unBlighted friends know the power surge they feel at this time.