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“Miracle” Micro-Preemie’s Family Gets Wonderful News, Just In Time for Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, a Texas family had something extra special to be thankful for: their micro-preemie miracle baby will be home with them

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This Thanksgiving, a Texas family had something extra special to be thankful for: their micro-preemie miracle baby will be home with them after over 100 days in the hospital.

Pearly Jo Calhoun was born in July at just 23 weeks gestation, but that wasn’t the last time she’d stun her parents, AJ and Tisha, and her doctors. Pearly Jo, or PJ, is among just 15 percent of micro-preemies who are released from the neonatal intensive care unit without major health problems.

PJ is also the youngest surviving micro preemie at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in McKinney, Texas, where she’d make her home for the next 136 days.

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Little PJ now weighs in at a happy, healthy nine pounds, and was set to spend Thanksgiving at home, safe in her mom and dad’s arms.

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Tisha shared with her local NBC station that PJ was the “rainbow baby”, a baby born after a miscarriage or infant loss, that she’d been praying for. “For years after our first miscarriage I would lay my head on AJ’s shoulder every night and cry and say, ‘When will we have a baby?'”

All odds seemed stacked against the Calhouns when Tisha delivered PJ at just 23 weeks due to an incompetent cervix.

“I just had to keep repeating to myself, my husband reassured me. We are gonna leave the hospital with a live baby,” Tisha recalled. “I will survive labor.”

Tiny Pearly Jo was born at just 1.1 pounds but was full of life and strength.

“They said, don’t be surprised if she doesn’t cry when she comes out. But she did, she let out three huge cries. Everyone in the delivery room gasped,” Tisha added.

After PJ was born, Tisha drove 100 miles roundtrip every day from Pottsboro to McKinney to be with her just to experience the mundane milestones many parents take for granted: “We made it to four months before I got pooped on, I was elated. I had a brand new shirt, I’m like, ‘Look. I got poop on me. We should probably laminate this.’”

After over 100 days caring for PJ, her doctors and nurses say they’ll miss her, but they hope to see her again at one of the hospital’s annual reunions with families of NICU babies.

“Our baby Pearly Jo beat all the odds,” said Dr. Arpitha Chiruvolu, NICU medical director at Baylor Scott & White, noting that 60% of babies born as early as Pearly Jo never leave the hospital.

“Each and every baby has a purpose,” Chiruvolu added, “and she definitely has a purpose and we know she’s going to move mountains.”

What an incredible story! Praise God this baby is now safe and sound at home.

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The Systemic Antisemitism Of the Woke Culture and Modern Leftism

They claim to be fighting against hatred, but truth is there is systemic antisemitism of woke and cancel culture which media doesn’t report.

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The far left has been injecting Antisemitism into the American political discourse since the early 1970s when leftist African American leaders such as Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, Louis Farrakhan, and the beloved bigot, Al Sharpton, all went public with their Antisemitism. One would think that in today’s times of wokeism and cancel culture, the Jew-haters of the left would be exposed, shamed, and weeded out of the leftist movements. However, the opposite is happening. antisemitism of woke culture According to Melissa Langsam Braunstein of the National Examiner, fighting Antisemitism can get you canceled. Woke theology teaches that Jews are privileged oppressors. So, when Jews are literally assaulted on the streets by the Left’s political allies, the incidents become Rorschach tests. Many view Jews as victims, but the woke prefer to intimate that Jews must be the aggressors. As a general rule, leftists don’t blame victims unless they’re Jewish. One thing you may have noticed with the rise of Anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. concurrent with the recent Israel-Hamas war is that Antisemitism is that in most cases liberals didn’t criticize anti-Semitic attacks without mentioning Islamophobia despite the fact that there was no actual link between the two. But that’s not totally new. In 2019 when some Democrats wanted to rebuke Rep. Omar for her Antisemitism, the Congressional Black Caucus blocked the resolution because it didn’t mention Islamophobia. Instead, they passed a generic resolution that basically said that being mean to others is bad. Really? I learned that lesson when I was a child watching programs such as Romper Room, Howdy Doody, and Captain Kangaroo. As for the Jew-hating Rep Omar, she not only voted for the measure but celebrated it as a step toward fighting Islamophobia. At the end of June 2021, “April Powers, previously Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer…

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How to Keep Your Kids From Becoming Liberal

here is beauty and goodness in a community of like-minded families.

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Socialism, atheism, hyper-sexualism, wokeism, and the belief that America is evil is now the norm in government schools. I saw this coming years ago before my wife and I started our family which led us to homeschool our children. But we quickly learned that simply schooling at home was not enough. Please read the following message from my wife. It could save your family a lot of heartache, like it saved ours. Brandon Vallorani, Founder of Flag and Cross and Thrasher Coffee I began homeschooling in 2000, when my oldest daughter turned 4 years old. Armed with my bachelor’€™s degree in education and a lifelong desire to teach, I felt confident in my abilities. By 2012, our dream of a full house came true. We now had 7 children ages 16 years old down to newborn. Life was crazy but good. In the midst of raising an infant, toddlers, and teenagers, I had begun to notice some serious learning struggles with one of our children. Over the next two years, I sought help anywhere I could turn. Desperately trying to fix our problems, I scheduled appointments for testing with child psychologists and made numerous changes to our homeschool routine. Countless hours were spent in prayer. Nothing was working. I was overwhelmed and on the verge of quitting completely. And then I attended an informational meeting about Classical Conversations. Immediately inspired, my plan was to save€ the youngest members of our family by joining a Classical Conversations Community. I had been homeschooling for 14 years without a support system, and we all needed friends to stand in the gap. At this informational meeting, I learned about Classical Christian education: grammar, dialectic, and rhetorical stages. I saw a Director light up as she described the beauty of the program. They spoke about…

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