Children at the border – What do you suggest?

Children at the border – What do you suggest?

I’ve seen A LOT lately about the immigration issues at the Mexican border. I hear what people are saying, and there is one thing playing over and over in my head on this. What IS the right way? Now, I will make my side clear right now. I am of the camp: SEE A NEED, FILL A NEED.

I get frustrated with all the news, social media blasts, and general conversation around this because I haven’t heard anyone give an alternative, just negativity. So, this is my call to action. No complaints, he’s evils, the country is doomed etc. I’m even willing to do the leg work on a write up, petition, whatever.

Let’s look at the basic outline of the underlying issue. Thousands of people cross the border every month without “checking in”. What do we want as a people? Honestly, I feel for our elected officials, people are screaming from all corners, and maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but I haven’t heard any suggestions on what an alternative way would be. I hear a lot of “doing it wrong”, “this is horrible”, “inhumane”, etc, but what is the alternative?

Check out this video, without judgement, look at the number of people.

Questions I see: Do we, as a people, agree that we should have steps in place to enter the country, or are we okay with open borders? Should our country border be like crossing a state border? Do we want to know who has entered? Do we want a say in who enters?

If we say, we are not okay with open borders and we want any oversight on entrance, how do we go about doing that?

It seems to me, part of what may cause a lot of the divide on this is that we all have different experiences to pull from. I feel blessed to have had some great experiences, but I’ve also seen the horrible side of humans. This perfectly describes my experience with the migrant population. Most I have met, worked with, gotten to know, are great people. The drive they have is inspiring. I love to hear their stories. But, I’ve also been on the side dealing with police reports for executions carried out by people in the same group. It can be horrifying.

Now, I have stories on both sides and can go on. But I can tell those of naturally born citizens as well. What’s the difference?   I’m not real sure. Some may say traceability.

Now, with these two sides pulling on me, I think of the children we hear so much about right now. I think of the stories migrants have told me, of young boys crossing alone, of couples bringing their son and someone else’s kids. I think about the stories I’ve heard from migrant workers, some came here in trunks of cars, some ran on foot, some tunnels, some semi-trucks with 50 others. I remember stories from friends and family in the SouthEast and their stories about making sure to leave doors unlocked on their ranch bunk houses so they are not broken into and destroyed. They say if you leave them unlocked, they are taken care of, even the garbage will be taken out. But if you lock them, the windows will be broken and dirty dishes left.

I think of our local police stations, sheriff’s offices, and substations, how could they (in general) handle a van of people (8) they needed to process? I think about how one car accident having a full load in a minivan could instantly have to be treated as a mass casualty incident because staffing issues made it so there weren’t enough ambulances nearby.

Call for action anyone? What suggestions can we come up with for how to take in and process large groups at one time? Let’s try to keep in mind the language barrier that will exist. Even translators on site may run into problems with dialects that slow the process. Also, we will need to keep in mind the fear these people will be experiencing, I’m not sure how many will be willing to stay inside an office/building if they have direct line of sight and ability to run out the door.  Time will also need to be factored in, and I will leave out money. If we suggest building a giant facility, maybe also recommend something while its under construction.

As I said originally, see a need fill a need. I’m not opposed to writing representatives, senators, even the President. Phone calls, emails, requesting meetings, you name it depending on how strong I feel. But, I do require having a plan of action rather than a complaint. One thing Corporate America has taught me, do not go to a head office with a problem and not have at least a suggestion for a solution. I recommend providing 1 well researched solution option, or 3 great suggestions that are not. In this case, a slew of signatures on a proposal would also be recommended.

Personally, I have no idea what the “right” thing is, but I’m happy to help those who do.

CBN has an article that indicates President Trump may be taking matters into his own hands:

And here is a video of the Presidents comments on it:


Here is a great link for a fairly unbiased article about the situation:

Any words of wisdom for solutions?

A Hallmark Christmas

A Hallmark Christmas

You know how every year Hallmark channel has a string of cheesy Christmas movies? Well I will admit, usually I love watching them, cheese and all. Now the maid marrying a prince is a bit far-fetched, but I’ve always felt like there has to be a place somewhere that actually has those cheesy Holiday seasons. I’ve thought, maybe it’s a mindset. If your anything like me, Christmas always looks magical in October or November when you still have time and no real plans made yet. As the actual day gets closer, you go from counting days until that magical family time, to counting days until it’s over.

FYI I found the town from the Hallmark movie, and yes, a good portion is the mindset. I’m new to town so for me, it’s Hallmark, for those that have been here 20 years……maybe not.

Let me tell you my Christmas story.

With moving from one small town to another, we knew one thing, to become part of the community you have to try to become part of the community: Join groups, attend activities, do things. This small town DOES THINGS – If you want something to do, you need only to be open to a busy schedule. The town has bingo every Friday night at the Eagles (yup we even became members), around Easter is Ham Bingo, Thanksgiving has Turkey Bingo, there is a dinner auction for this historical society, a social & auction for one of the city auxiliary groups, more and more, but this story starts with Christmas Kickoff.

The town has an event called Christmas Kickoff – the town that still believes.

xmas kickoff

It starts on Friday after thanksgiving, and the town turns into a Christmas wonderland.  Hayrides, reindeer, Santa, bazaars, shops are all open, historical sites are open and decorated, and families are out together. Once the sun goes down it just gets better! There was a living nativity, camel and all. The story of Christmas for all to see – no politics, no drama, just some wise men, a camel, and the most famous new mom in history (yes the others were all there too – Joseph, angels, sheep, etc.). After watching the living nativity, we ducked into the Eagles to warm up and snack; we had about 30 minutes until the parade. It was an added bonus, the place was packed, and we found a table with some friends for a few minutes of socializing and snacks. Even some fun conversation on famous crushes that are a bit older than our spouses – I believe there was Sam Elliot, Reba, Tom Selleck, and I forget the other women’s names thrown out – haha.

The parade started and that’s where the real magic and the Hallmark movie peaked – Oh there were lit tractors, and firetrucks, teams, and 4H. With every new lit entry my toddler would literally say “oooo – ahhhh” and then cheer as loud as he could. My older son’s face was lit up like the kids on the sandlot during the fireworks scene. That’s where the magic was. As the last entries in the parade came by they held big signs saying “follow us!” and the town filed into the street to follow the parade to the town tree decorated by the grade school. Once everyone had gathered there was the countdown 3.2.1… and the tree lights up. You hear kids all around pointing and squealing with delight to show the ornaments they made and the ones of their friends and siblings. We filed back into the Elks for a few warm up minutes and then made it back out just in time to gather around the court house for the fireworks.

So, yes, I have found my Hallmark town, I’m not trading it for anything of this world. It has helped give me happy children who sparkle in the magic of a small farm town, and we are blessed to have been welcomed in with open arms just like a Hallmark Christmas movie. Maybe next year I’ll remember to take pictures (or better pictures ha-ha)- this year I was too preoccupied and in the moment.


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The Community I Call Home

The Community I Call Home

We live outside a small town in Eastern Washington that at first look appears one step from being a ghost town or a farm stop taken over by industry. The first time I drove into this small town I was surprised and confused at the same time. The highway into town seems like a “main street”, but it’s really not, a main housing section is made up of manufactured homes and dirt roads. Once I found what could be considered “down town”, there was what looked like a bar with a patio on top. I was there for a business meeting and it was only about 10am on an early spring week day, so people were nowhere to be seen. I thought for sure this was a town on its way out. Definitely not somewhere I would ever move to. Fast forward a handful of years later, and Hubby and I bought a house just a few miles out of this run down little town.

At first look people may think I’m crazy. I’m pretty sure some of the corporate visitors to my office (also in this same sleepy town) think it’s a total lack of options to live in this little town. I don’t view it that way though. Granted, it’s a 20+ minute drive to a chain store, and we only recently got a fast food restaurant (if that’s what subway is classified as). But what the town offers is actually quite priceless.

Once the weather warms up the town is actually quite quaint.  The grass turns green, most homes are well taken care of, and once you find them, there are a couple nice parks too. A city worker waters the street plants by hand using a golf cart / water tank. The school is pretty good, with all grades located on the same campus. Though they don’t have a track team, if a student wants to play a sport, they will likely make the team. They are known for having a strong baseball team and extremely strong coed wrestling team. For the younger kids there are year round activities they can be involved in from flag football to dance or cheer camps. The school hosts multiple free movie nights, great for all age students, and the community is quite involved in everything. The area also has the traditional country charm of 4H and Junior Rodeo participants. And despite the multiple dirt streets in town, they are some of the most well maintained streets you will find. Definitely less potholes & snow mess than most towns.

Currently there is a community project based around building a rec center. It progresses more each day. Currently it houses some circuit gym equipment and hosts a variety of activities including batting cages, dance classes, and martial arts classes. In the long run the goal is to add a daycare / preschool facility (currently there is neither in town), a coffee shop, and a full sized basketball style gym.

If you were to ask me now to describe this sleepy little town, I’d say “it’s mine”. It’s a quaint, sleepy little town that makes plans and schedules around planting and harvest seasons. A community that pulls together to help others. And a town that still has the traditional parades of years past where candy is still thrown and fire trucks still spray water.

Below are some pictures from the rec center project – Seminis/Monsanto volunteers.

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