Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Truly Amazing Make A Wish...

Long story short...I have a friend who is friends with this amazing family. One of their sons has terrible cancer, he has been fighting it for awhile now, and it seems to be winning.
But He will not go from this place before letting people know the truth...

Please, watch his make a wish video, and share it anyway you can.
 The password is : wish
Thank you

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Eeeg Gads! Looky This!

First...a free Kindle book offer;
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F45N2RE/&tag=doopla-20

It's 101 Days of Christmas.

Next, check out the crazy face hairdo's of these national champions:
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/national-beard-and-mustache-championships-2013-highlights/

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It's a Trap!

Across America people must get what's called a "Life Scan" to work with children.
I see nothing wrong with this.
The national company takes fingerprints, does a background check, and verifies who you are, making sure you are safe to work with kids.

Please understand, I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

However.
At least in California, there is a scam going on.
Our Government here, and perhaps in many other states as well, has made this scan a money maker.

My husband will be working at 3 different schools this year.
Two of which are about 3 blocks apart, the other being within 2 miles. All three inside the same school district.

Because of California laws we have to have the "Life Scan" done three separate times...at a cost to us each and everytime. A smaller fee goes to the company, depending on where you have it done there is a fee on top of that, and then there is the additional fee that the government charges. Oh yes, they get the biggest cut of the amount,  and they are the ones making it mandatory to have it done separately.
Seems a little fishy to me.

I would understand if it had been a few years, or a different county perhaps. This is on top of the TB testing you must get, again, to be done separately for each school. Makes no sense at all.

Greed is ugly.
And it is costing us all.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Glasses

My son's eyesight requires corrective lenses, strong ones.
He has worn them for some time, we have gone through a few prescription changes and snapped frames. He had his latest upgrade in April/May. So I was super surprised Saturday morning when I walked out into the kitchen and he said,"My glasses are broken".

I panicked.  And I lowered my head and grumbled something to God, it wasn't right....and then I repented and said I would try to stay positive, and trust everything would be okay.

This might not seem like much to some, but it was the straw that broke the camels back...This is a very lean month. And on top of it being lean we had to pay for 2 cars at the DMV and other unforeseen fees so my husband can work in the local schools...more on that tomorrow. It wasn't a single event, it has been a summer of events all piling up. I looked to my husband with a stupid "why?", and he answered, "Maybe we are being tested like Job". ACK! I thought about it a moment, "Job's wife didn't do to well during that". My husband pleaded at me with his eyes and answered me, "But you can".


The Wal Mart we go to for optical needs is "down the hill". It's at least 30 minutes away, so not local. My husband was leaving for the day in our only car, because he had gigs (YAY WORK!!)  Our other car is still being held captive by my daughter her totaled her own car....sigh. Pray she finds a new car soon. So I knew I couldn't get to the store, and I knew I didn't have THAT kind of money to replace the glasses...

First I text a friend to pray for us because the glasses were broken.
Then we text a friend who's dad makes eyeglasses. We just asked for him to look at the frames in case he could put the spring hinge post back in where it belonged. I knew it was a long shot, but it was so worth it. My kid really needs to see.

They happened to be out and about and asked us to meet them at his lab, mere minutes from the house, and in the meantime, my other friend called me back and said she was willing to drive us down the hill and pay whatever the charge was.

I nearly cried.

We arrived at the lab, he looked at the frames and announced them dead.
He started talking of a special bonding glue that he had in the lab and started moving around the lab, and called Spencer into another room, and we chatted with his wife...next thing I knew, he had made Spencer a new pair of glasses. No charge. One lens is slightly stronger than his regular prescription, but Spencer says it's amazing, like HD or something.

The kindness of friends, that know how precious eyesight is...

So now my kid could see, and I knew, that if the vision center had to send off for new glasses, at least he could see in the meantime.

Much later in the day we picked up my friend's son, Spencer's best friend, and headed down the hill, right through a huge storm. The sky darkened, the wind came on suddenly. My friend said in Texas this is when you start looking for funnels. We made it through and headed in the rain into the store.

The woman that always helps us was there, and I was thankful. We share the same name, she is older, and must have had a stroke or something at some point in her life. One hand is mostly clenched shut and there are slight other indicators. This has never stopped her or even slowed her down from helping us quickly and proficiently. I really like her. She took a look at the glasses and said "uh oh". She brought up our file, and found the frames on the wall...and then, 2nd miracle of the day, they fixed the glasses for us, right there on the premises for NO CHARGE.

My friend and I rejoiced, and gave glory to God.

Sometimes, when things seem ridiculously hard, or dark, the most amazing things can happen, even when things seemed to have gotten worse.

I struggled this week, bewildered by the onslaught of financial burdens, with out the funds. I vented to my husband of frustration, and how it seems so many things fall into place for OTHER people...
We had to come to grips that we were still striving to be self sufficient.
We all do it.
We want to make all the money we will ever need...
not have to seek money from others.
We want to take care of things, get them all done, on our own,
Not depend on a friend for a ride, or anything else.

We were designed to live in community, to rely on one another, not stand alone, like islands. Even islands have help, with tides, and birds and wind.

I thank God for His mercies.
I thank Him I did better through this trial than I thought I could.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Hobbity

We are knee deep in Hobbity things currently in our home. Someone is turning 13 soon, and we are having a party next week. I have plundered the boards of Pinterest, spoken to many experts, and made a general plan.


I did this to myself.
It was going to be pizza and a movie.
And then, I don't know what happened, I suggested we do a theme, something geeky and fun.


And here I am, planning spiderweb mazes and other unexpected journey type things.

And a table full of foods.

Yep.


I am going to be happy I did it in the long run, but I am still questioning my sanity in the meantime.

Did I mention the costumes?



yep.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What Day Is It?

Apparently it is September 17th.
(Happy bday LD and WD, no relation)

How did it get half past September? HOW!?

So many things have happened this year, small in scale, but large in impact on us. SO while I feel we sped through the eyar, a lot has already happened, and we aren't done yet.
My husband and I were commenting last night that it just seems never ending...ever. No breaks. Just when things seem to level out, or a small breather is about to happen, or perhaps it looks like a fanancial miracle is on the rise...BAM. Nope.

But you know what? We will praise anyway, oh yes, we will.

So very thankful:
A home to live in, even if we are paying someone elses mortgage and into their retirement and equity, We still have a roof to live under. I am happy about this.

Food. Can't always afford the best options, but we don't go hungry.

Friendships, some lasting DECADES and DECADES, and DECADES...etc. :)

Ability to learn, grow, stretch and MOVE ON.

Ability to trust.  So many people can't trust anything or anyone.

Ability to laugh, dream, and wonder.


I am also thankful that it is pumpkin season, oh yes, bring on the pumpkin baked goods.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Like that Bread??

Why 80% of People Worldwide Will Soon Stop Eating Wheat.

 

I have researched this information for awhile now, I didn't write this article, but thought maybe someone out there might need to know what's going on. How many people do you now know that can't have wheat or gluten? The numbers are growing.

At the bottom of the article are some of the resources, as well as another article regarding why wheat is now so different than what our ancestors ate. 



Monday, September 9, 2013

Hit Me With Some Sugar

I know it is small to see...originally I found this on FaceBook, I have it on my page if you happen to know me.Here is their own link, giving credit where credit is due. Let me sum up...we eat way too much sugar and brain scans suggest that the brain is as addicted to it as it would be cocaine. That's pretty scary.
Daily suggested amount of sugar: 9.5 teaspoons or less...what adults consume: 22 teaspoons a day...and children? 32!!!! 500 calories a day in sugar is average. That's an easy way to cut calories, except we are addicted to it like a drug.
All I can say is READ LABELS! Be aware!

Friday, September 6, 2013

World Events Link

I found this amazing Brief History of Syria over on Simple Mom. With in it is this link for what's going on today in Syria. Being educated about such things would be wise right about now.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

More Real Life

Here is one more documentary I watched this week.
Amazing story of a man and his yard...all because he wasn't allowed to buy a house in a certain area because "his kind doesn't keep care of their yards".
Showed them.

A Man Named Pearl

He has a gentle spirit, is always looking to build up the good in others, and a true artist with a pair of clippers, just amazing.