Another New Adventure!

brendaYesterday morning I woke up to a couple of things that startled me, and one forced me to make a tough decision.

The first incident was the post letting me know that the trip to Nashville, with 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control, was canceled.  This was a huge bummer for me!  It was the first big family vacation that I was planning and actually saving money for.

The second, was finding out that 1MMAGC had to split from the group that was made AmMo-PAC.  Now I know nothing about organizations and such.  But whatever the issues are, these two can not be partnered.  With that decision being made, we were told that we had to choose.  We could not hold our positions with 1MMAGC if we chose to volunteer with AmMo-PAC.

This was where things got a little more upsetting for me.  I have loved being with 1MMAGC and have grown attached to some of the people in the organization that I work with.  However, I have a yearning to understand, be in the know, and be involved in the political aspect of everything, which is what AmMo-PAC will be covering.

So after learning all of this, I weighed my pros and cons.  AmMo-PAC came out the best.  It seems to me that a lot of pieces of a puzzle are falling into place and I have to go with that.  I am starting school to get a Bachelors in Political Science and Public Administration, so that seems to align with each other.

I spent a good portion of my morning praying about this also.  When I had finally made my decision, I felt really good about it.

That alone tells me that I made the right decision.

While I am sad to leave my positions behind at 1MMAGC, I am excited to see where this new trail will lead.  And I didn’t have to leave 1MMAGC all of the way.  I am still able to volunteer as a boots on the ground volunteer.

The family trip I can deal with also.  We can plan our own, or wait and see what is in store with AmMo-PAC.

Want to know about AmMo-PAC?  The website it still under construction, but you can see a little bit.  We also have a Facebook page that you can follow to get more information.


100th POST!! Book Review and Autographed Giveaways: The Law of Self Defense by Andrew F. Branca, Attorney at Law

tlsdHow much do you really know, to keep yourself within the law, of self defense?  Is your state a Duty to Retreat, Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground State?  If you had to use the Tueller Drill in your defense, could you?

If you intend to protect yourself against any attack, this book is one that you need to read.  You don’t need to be a gun owner, a daily carry person, or even wield a knife to protect yourself to get information from this book.

Written in a very clear and easy to understand way for us regular folks, Mr. Andrew F. Branca has done an excellent job trying to train us all in the current-to-when-he-wrote-the-book laws.  Not only will you be able to understand the laws, but you’ll also be able to easily apply them.

What I really liked about reading this book was the tables that were included with information for each state.  Highly valuable!

You can order this book online directly from Mr. Branca’s website here, or you can also order it from  The Kindle version or the print version.

However, if you’d like to take you chances on winning an autographed copy of this book, I am running a giveaway through 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control in Washington.  To enter you simply have to head over to my Facebook page, 1mmagc-wa, and enter through Rafflecopter.  After you have done that, you have the option of buying more entries by donating to the Washington 1MMAGC GoFundMe account.  Each dollar that you donate gives you an extra entry!

Good luck!


Serving Others

0000014Jesus spoke many times on people serving others.  “And whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 10:44-45).  It is something that Christians should all be doing, as a witness to Jesus.

What are some ways to serve?  If you are ready to venture our into your community and serve, there are many places that you can start.  Churches are almost always looking for people to volunteer to teach or help out with different things.  Food banks in your area will probably also be looking for volunteers.

Sometimes you can volunteer at a school or a library.  Even as a tutor.

Don’t think that you only have to participate in organized volunteer work.  Any time that you are picking up litter or cleaning up a public area is volunteer and makes your community look so much nicer!

Many communities have clubs and organizations that you can also volunteer at.

15Ways that I have volunteered in the past.  When I was a teenager, I volunteered to be a teen leader in my community’s 4-H club.  After my children were born, I volunteered to be an AWANA Sparks Leader, a Sunday school teacher, watching the young children during church for their parents and playing flute and handbells for our church.

I believe that it’s important for my children to learn about serving others.  They see the work that I do and how much time I put into my jobs.  I consider something that I volunteer to do the same as a job.  I’m not getting paid an hourly wage with money here on earth for it, but I am getting a wage that I’ll receive in Heaven.  That will be even greater than any reward or amount of money I could ever get here!

0000019My Volunteering Now.  Right now, I currently am volunteering for an organization called 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control.  I am the State Coordinator for Washington.  We aim to educate and inform others in 2nd Amendment issues, firearm safety and training and other self defense areas.

1558502_10200287038978189_797538811_nBeing able to carry my pistol to defend myself and my children is definitely something that I believe is worth volunteering my time for.  I strongly believe in our Constitution and Amendments.  I do not believe that those should ever be messed with.

Serving others is a necessary part of a Christian life.  If you aren’t serving somewhere or somehow, please pray about where God wants you to be helping.

Luke 6:38 says “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”


Washington State Elected Officials and Your Gun Rights ~ Governor Jay Inslee

First, I want to start this blog post with an introduction of sorts.  I do not believe that I ever shared on my blog the new position that I took on with a new organization called 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control.  If you have not yet heard of us, you can read our Mission Statement here.  On August 23, 2013, I accepted the position of State Coordinator for the Washington state chapter of 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control (1MMAGC).

official_1mmagc_logoThe past 4 months have been an awesome learning experience and has been a great honor.  I am so glad to say that I am involved in the fights for our 2A rights!  Thank you to all of the ladies, and men, who have allowed me to work with them.  🙂

Since part of our mission is to educate the public, I have decided that Washington needs to know about our public officials and their gun sense.  Politics is something that I have only started to really pay attention to in the past 6 or 7 years, so I’m still pretty new to it all and still learning.  Many of you may already know this information, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that there are others out there like me who just don’t know about politics.  So this is my attempt to clarify a little and educate.

With that said, let’s begin our first post.

Washington state recently turned over the governor’s seat to Jay Inslee.  What does his new role have in store for us?

Jay Inslee is a 5th generation Washingtonian and has been in the public eye since 1985, when he and his wife, Trudi, were involved in building a new public school for Selah, Washington.  He has since climbed the political ladder and even had the time to write and illustrate books.

But where does he stand on gun control?

According to the NRA and On The Issues, Jay Inslee receives an F on his gun control issues.  You can read more about this information by clicking this link here:

Inslee has been quoted saying that “the availability of guns that hold 30 or 100 rounds doesn’t make sense“.   In 1994, Inslee voted in favor of the Federal Assaults Weapons Ban.

Be watching for the new initiatives that are coming out for Washington to vote on.  I will blog more about them at a later time.  If you’re not registered to vote, please do so here, and help us all to keep our rights.  You can also find a voter registration form at any Driver’s License office.

If you are already a voter and would like to join the fight, please find an organization near you to join.  There are many of them out there.  If you’d like to join 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control, please fill out the volunteer application here and we’ll get back to you shortly.  There are many different positions available.  It’s not just for moms either, men are welcome and appreciated!

****All information that was gathered for this blog post is included in the links.****