Airplane Rules

Since I have been doing all of this traveling, I have decided to come up with some rules for flight. I will call them "Abby's Airplane Rules."

  1. No ethnic food of any sort is allowed onto an airplane. 
  2. No removing stinky shoes from your stinky feet for the entire duration of the flight. 
  3. No singing aloud to a song you’re listening to on your iPod.
  4. No undoing your belt or the button on your pants if you are sitting next to me... that’s just weird.
  5. No leaning your body over mine just so you can look out of the window... if you want a window seat, you should ask for one. 
  6. No adjustments are allowed to be made to my air conditioning vent.
  7. No passing any sort of stinky gas out of any orifice of your body... it is recycled air for goodness sake, we all have to breathe it!!!
  8. No sitting near me without chewing a piece of gum or not having a mint in your mouth during the entire flight. 
  9. No telling me about your most intimate and personal problems just because we are strangers on a plane. 
  10. No spraying perfume or body spray. See #7. 
  11. No  falling over onto me or into my space when you are falling asleep. Gross. 
  12. No talking to me when my headphones are in. They are in for a reason probably because you should pop in a mint. 

I think I will start giving a copy of these to the people sitting next to me on the plane. I encourage you to do the same. If all goes well, it should make your flights much more enjoyable. :)

Dallas Days and Fort Worth Nights

I haven't really been in Fort Worth, I just like that song by Chris LeDoux. However, I have been in Dallas for the past several days. It seems like I should have an apartment here. I really like it here in Dallas, but I don't think it’s anywhere I would want to live because there are too many people, even though I like all of the people I meet! 

I return home tomorrow. I will have a few days to spend at home, and then I leave for Illinois on Thursday. 

Yesterday, I saw a truck with filled with packing peanuts. I laughed because I never thought about transporting packing peanuts. It would actually be a great way to smuggle things. I mean, packing peanuts weigh nothing. So, you could put stuff at the bottom.

I mean, who in the world is going to dive into the bottom of a huge bag of packing peanuts??? You would NEVER be able to get those things off of you! What is it with those things having so much static in them anyway?

Friday, I was able to be at an event with Sarah Palin. Though, it’s neat to be around famous people, it is even cooler to be around all of the people who are directly involved in any sort of pro-life ministry. As cool as Sarah Palin, Bill O'Reilly, and all of those other people are, you all are the ones who are out there, feet on the ground, saving lives. That is the coolest and most inspiring thing. It is such an honor to know all of you! 

Hope all of you have had a wonderful weekend. It’s the beginning of a new week. Let's all make it count!

Earth Day

I have been really slacking on the blog. I will try to be better. I really like doing it, so I don't know why I have not posted in so long.

Today, I am writing from Tennessee. I am doing a pregnancy center event tonight. Pregnancy centers are awesome, aren't they?!?! They used to only do pregnancy testing, but now they do ultrasounds, pregnancy testing, STD testing, counseling, parenting classes, education in schools, and tons of other services. They are so comprehensive now.  It is amazing! 

The people that work there are amazing, too. They don’t treat as just a job, but as a calling… a mission. They sincerely care about the men and women to enter their doors.  It’s such great work. 

Tomorrow, I’m off to New York to speak at another pregnancy center event. Saturday, I am back in Houston speaking at a Right to Life event.  There are so many great things happening in the pro-life movement!!

Doug and I decided that we would take a family vacation to Tennessee this summer. There are lots of fun family things to do here. They have an indoor water park, which is a resort. We will probably check that out. 

Then, we will HAVE to go to Dollywood!! They have rides and things that Grace will love. We will drive so that we can stop along the way. I think it will be fun. It will be our first family trip like that. It should definitely be an experience.

Also, today is Earth Day. I think it’s funny how people think that if you are environmentally aware then you are a liberal hippy. That’s just ridiculous. It's like people think that if you recycle and drive a hybrid then you worship mother Earth. 

I do believe that we need to take care of this beautiful creation that God has given to us. I believe that is part of loving Christ, we have to love the gifts He gives us. It seems some people think that if you believe in global warming, then you are a pagan. It is so silly. 

We have to protect our planet so our children will have a place to raise their children; that’s actually part of the pro-life message. That’s actually what worshipping God is about, I think so, anyway. So, protect our planet. Protect our children. Protect all of the things God creates.

So, my awesome website guru, Thomas, said that my blogs need to be shorter... so I guess I should wrap it up, but it seems like I hardly said anything. He knows what he's doing, so I will take his advice and close by saying thank you to all of my followers. 

I will have an awesome website up soon.  The website address will be I will announce when it’s complete. I know you will all love it.

Je ne parle pas le français

Currently, I’m in Nashville writing from my hotel room. I have a legislative event to speak at tomorrow morning. The event is comprised of all women who are lobbying at the capital in Tennessee. I’m excited about it.

Last week I was in Canada, hence the title of this blog. I loved Canada. The people were all super nice... too bad they will all die of lung cancer. EVERYONE smokes in Canada, at least it seems that way. Things are super expensive there.  So, I didn't buy much. 

Also, Canada basically has no abortion laws. There’s no waiting period, no limit on gestational weeks, no parental consent... nothing. It is really tragic. However, they have an awesome 40 Days for Life team there! Like I say, one heart and one mind at a time. That's exactly what they are doing. 

I have to say, I had a terribly hamburger in Canada, it can be likened to eating cardboard. The service at the restaurant was even worse! I kept trying to find someone to give me my check, but alas, there appeared to be no waitstaff in the whole restaurant, even after searching. 

I ended up just leaving a $20 bill on the table and left... $20 in U.S. currency. They will have to figure out how to convert it. At least I left something!

I had another stinky flight on the way up here today. Yuck. I ended up closing my air vent, but it didn't help.

I am having someone design a website for me. I am really excited about it. The website will be a good place for people to visit and receive information about me and my upcoming book. 

Oh yeah, if you didn't know, I’m writing a book. It should be available for purchase in January.

So, I have a group page on Facebook. Well, actually there are three, but this is the official one. I didn't have anything to do with the other two, but it’s cute that other people made them. I haven't joined the group. I think that might be a little weird to join your own group. This will be a way for people to find out what is going on with my travels and my book. Another thing I have to keep updated...

There is a group, a huge one, of high school 4-Hers here in the hotel. They better settle down in the hallway... I would hate to have to go out there and give them the stink eye. :)

Anyway, after the event tomorrow I am able to hang out with the folks from Ambassador. I am so fortunate to have them represent me. I don't know what I would do without them. They are my little travel angels. 

Now, I just need someone to handle my Facebook. Then, I could just lay on the couch and eat bon bons. Just kidding. I don't even like bon bons.

I’m looking forward to the next few days. I don't travel again until April 7th. That will give me a lot of time home with Grace and Doug. I miss them so much when I am away. I even watched wrestling again tonight just because it made me think of Doug. He needs to start watching better shows. Actually, there was a wrestler on tonight from College Station. That was pretty interesting.

Also, this being Holy Week and everything, I was thinking about some spiritual stuff. Today, I was watching some TV and noticed almost half of the channels were talking about celebrities and their lives. I mean, I guess I care about Kate Gosslin's hair extensions, but I started to think about how obsessed our society is with the way other people live and the decisions they’re making. 

I was thinking we need to concern ourselves less with "celebrities" and more about our own life choices. I mean, we are so worried about the marriages of other people, what they’re wearing, and how they raise their children. I wonder if that’s just a way for everyone to NOT think about their own shortcomings. We don't want to be accountable for how we live. 

Would we act differently if every part of our lives were on tape and broadcast nationally? In a way, our lives are like that already. We might think the words we speak and the thoughts we have are private, but they’re really not. God hears everything we think, say, everything in our hearts; good or bad. 

We don't seem to worry about that too much, but He is the most important critic we have. We should behave that way, me included.

Well, this blog has been pretty boring. I will spice it up next time. Until then...

Part deux

Last time, I blogged about the happenings I saw on a plane after I was off the plane. Well, now I’m blogging from my airplane seat 35,000 feet above ground. 

On my first flight today, I was sitting close to a very young woman who was on her way to boot camp. She is serving in the army. I actually saw her parents telling her goodbye in the terminal. They seemed really upset. She couldn't have been over 21 years old. I kept wondering the reason a young woman like that would want to go into military service. 

True story, I actually considered going into the National Guard. I have an interest in disaster relief. So, I called the recruiter and asked if there was any way I could enlist, but not attend boot camp. I think he thought I was joking at first, but after I made it pretty clear I was, in fact, serious, he told me no. Bummer. He said I should look into the Peace Corps! Hahaha!

Anyway, back to this woman. As I was wondering what her motives were, I suddenly became acutely aware of my own selfishness. I mean, I don't know the reason she joined, but she did. 

She has to wear her hair in an ugly bun. She can't wear any make-up. She has to wear ugly uniforms. No cell phone. She can't get her nails done and she most definitely can’t have a pedicure. She wouldn’t be able to go shopping just for fun on the weekends. 

I’m just not someone who would voluntarily give all of that up. I became suddenly so proud of her and the decision that she made. It was probably difficult for her parents, but their daughter is working for all of us. She is putting it all on the line for a country full of people she’s never even met. 

She had a little bag she was carrying with her.  The bag said "Army Strong." I thought “that's right. You are army strong. You are stronger than most people and definitely most women that I know.” 

I could tell that she was super nervous. She kept trying to fall asleep, but wasn’t able to. She was holding her little Bible during the entire flight. She had a little journal she kept writing little notes in, and then she would quickly put it away, only to bring it back out a few moments later. 

I, of course, told her "thank you for your service." But, I also told her that I would be praying for her. I think she needs prayers right now, prayers of courage and strength. I will be someone who will do that for her. I mean, she is doing a lot for me.

Today, I’m wearing leggings. I don't usually wear leggings in public, but I have a long sweater covering the top of my legs. I was looking at my calves today and had the thought that they’re looking pretty good. I received a pair of those Reebok easy tone shoes for Christmas and I think they are working. 

Keep in mind, I have also said I have the opposite of anorexia; it could just be my mind playing tricks on me. I should take a picture of myself in these leggings. I would probably burn them after I saw what I really look like in them.

Also, lately, I have been thinking about this health care plan that just passed. I’m not feeling discouraged anymore. Whether abortion is being paid for by our taxes is really not that important to me. 

It isn’t about not having tax-payer funded abortions for me, it’s about not having abortion anymore, period. So, for me, I am just going to continue to do what I have been doing. I am not going to let things like laws discourage me. 

Our goal is to change hearts and minds, one person at a time, and we will still be doing just that. I hear so many people griping about the abortion deal, but what else are they doing besides griping.  Complaining isn’t going to save children’s lives. 

I hope this bill encourages other people to get out to the clinics and pray. Maybe they will eventually sidewalk counsel. I just hope people are motivated by this instead of being disheartened.

You know how there’s a law prohibiting smoking on an airplane? Well, let me tell you something, they need to enforce another law... no passing gas or stinking up the bathrooms on planes. There is nothing worse than smelling a recirculated toot on the plane. I mean, you’re not able to escape it. 

I find it a little funny that even the first class passengers have to deal with the smell. See, it's not always perfect to be in first class. They will have to plug up their noses with hot towels.

Today, when we were flying into Dallas, I saw a house that looked big even from 3,000 feet up. I can't imagine what it looks like on the ground. That type of arrogance is vulgar. I mean, who needs a house with more than 10 bedrooms... well, maybe the Duggars.

Also, having WiFi on the plane makes the trip go by so much faster. I wish this was on all planes!

Shawn and I are speaking in New Jersey together tonight. It’s so much fun for us to speak together. I fly to Canada tomorrow.

Yesterday, I visited Houston for an interview with CBN. After the interview, Claire and I went to pray outside the Fannin location. Oh man, PP was in a tizzy because I was out there. I saw employees coming down and peering out the front door to get a look at me. 

Even the COO, Melaney, came down to check it out. It was great. I talked to the PP volunteers a lot. One I knew very well. The others were new to me. 

Anyway, as we were leaving I began speaking with one of the female volunteers. I told her I would be praying for her. She, of course, then stated "I will be praying for you, too." I said I really appreciated it and that I could use it.  Anyway, I’m not sure why these words came out of my mouth, but then I said, "I know that many PP volunteers are post-abortive. If that is the case for you, I just want to let you know that we can help provide healing for you."