Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sammy loves Pedigree Stackerz!

We have recently been given the opportunity, thanks to Influenster, to give the new Pedigree Stackerz dog treats a try.  Anyone who has spent time with boxers knows what 'the boxer bounce' is.  It's the way boxers jump up and down in excitement, leaping higher and higher with each bounce.  It's like the bounce in the video below, minus the trampoline. This bounce was Sammy's reaction just from seeing the package in my hands.

Opening the package was even better!  I was excited to find that the sticks each break into three pieces, meaning we don't have to go through so many so fast.  They smell really good, too.  Good enough, in fact, that Georgia Boy stated they almost smell good enough for him to try himself.  (Thankfully he hasn't tried them!)

Sammy really does love the taste of them, and he actually even acts more excited when he sees them now than he did when I first got them in the mail.  He loves the taste, and I love that they don't leave a nasty smell on her breath that other cheaper treats tend to leave behind.  It's a win-win for us all!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Always Come To The Source

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post that talked about how gossip can hurt.  We'd faced a situation that had been truly upsetting to our family, and I had wanted the person/people involved in spreading those rumors to know that, even though the rumors were malicious, we were praying for him/her/them and that we forgave the gossiper(s).  That post was a huge part of the healing process for the hurt that had been brought upon us.

Recently, there has been another bit of drama.  It didn't directly affect us, we thought, but it was still hurting someone that our family loves dearly, as well as indirectly hurting so many people who cared for her.  It has been brought to my attention that those contributing to the pain had tried to bring our family into the situation, claiming that we were amongst the members of the group causing the pain.

I appreciate the fact that this was brought to my attention, and that the person being hurt was smart enough to know we weren't involved.  I also appreciate that the person came to us to ask and find out herself, rather than wondering whether or not we were a part of the hurt.  This person has such a pure, honest heart that she knew the right thing to do.  She came to the source and found out the truth for herself.  

I wish others involved, namely the ones that are contributing to her pain, would come to the source themselves, rather than assuming we feel the same and telling others that we do.  No one speaks for my family except for us.  Trying to speak for us, turning situations around to make yourselves sound good, is not only wrong, it's deceitful.  

To those that are trying to involve my family, we forgive you and we are praying for you, just as we did for the person/people that hurt us previously.

"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone." Romans 12:17 (NIV)

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Wig For Sharon

Sometimes in our lives, there are special people that we want to help but don't always have the ability to do so.  Lately, there has been someone that has been heavily on my mind that I wanted to help but didn't know how, other than just through prayer.  This special person is my mother's best friend since childhood.

Mom's best friend, Sharon, was diagnosed with breast cancer this past June.  She is a wonderful lady that I had the pleasure of spending a few days with just prior to her diagnosis.  The time that I spent with Sharon, her husband, and my mom took place while we were waiting for her test results, a time that was understandably hard on her.  Even so, I never saw her display anything but a positive attitude.

Since I last saw Sharon, she's undergone surgery and is now going through chemo and radiation.  She is doing her best to stay positive, and I've desperately wanted to find a way to help her through this.  As she lives in a different state, it is hard for me to do much more than pray for her (and trust me, I have said many prayers for her during this journey).  Sometimes, though, it feels like prayer just isn't enough.  It feels like there should be something else that I should be able to do for her.

This afternoon, I found out just what I could do.  My mom mentioned that Sharon was seeing hair fall out in clumps for the first time, and that the reality has really set in as a result.  Her money is tight, and most of it is going to the medical bills that have been adding up rather quickly - co-pays for visits, her surgery, and all of her treatments.  She really wants a nice wig, something that can help put a smile on her face again, but it will be some time before she is able to afford even a cheap one on her own.

My mom and I have set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help earn money for a wig and to help with Sharon's medical bills.  The link to that fundraiser is available near the top right corner of my blog.  Please consider contributing to help her if you can.  Thank you!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just a quick catch-up post

I realize that I haven't posted much in the last year, and I apologize for that.  Life has a way of getting very hectic, and it seems to have gotten the best of me in the last several months.

Last school year, I worked in a special education classroom at a local elementary school.  The job was physically demanding, so I came home from work worn out every day.  I loved the kids and the classroom. There were a lot of ups and downs (mainly ups), and it's a job that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Unfortunately, I've spent a lot of time over the last several months dealing with health issues.  I'd been dealing with a large lump on my thyroid for a couple of years.  I was originally told that it was a goiter that would eventually need to be removed, but that there was no hurry.  When I went for a follow-up last fall, it was discovered that it was growing much faster than expected, and there was concern about the possibility of cancer.  I had to have half my thyroid removed, and I've been able to breath much easier since it's removal as it was discovered that the lump was actually putting pressure on my windpipe.

Since having my thyroid surgery, I've been struggling with a series of illnesses.  Most recently, I've had shingles to add to the list of illnesses that I've been fighting.  To top it all off, I'm still battling with weight issues that we thought would be able to be resolved after my surgery.  We're still looking for answers there.

The kids have been keeping us busy.  Little Man played softball this spring, while both Angel Baby and Monster Man were active in their school choruses.  When the school year ended in late May, I thought I'd finally have a chance to catch up on a few things.  Instead, I've had a trip to Florida to pick up my mom, a visit from my sister and her family, a family trip to St Simons Island, and camp activities for the kids and our family.  We've been running almost non-stop, and school starts again in 10 days!

Needless to say, I'm still not getting a lot of time to sit down and write, but I intend to work on that.  I plan to be posting on my blog a lot more from here on out.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sargento Cheese Please

Wow!  I didn't realize how long it has been since I last posted here.  Life has been incredibly hectic since my last post, and I will have to update everyone about it soon.  For now, though, I wanted to take a moment to share with you about the Sargento String Cheese that I just received from Influenster.  It's a fun program that you have to be invited to join (I do have some invitations I can send if you want me to).  Influenster sent me a coupon for a free cheese snack, as well as this neat little pouch for packing a cheese stick in my lunch box (which I take with me to work.  I'm no longer a stay-at-home-mom, but that will be shared in a future post.).
I have always loved string cheese.  I'm not normally a fan of most cheeses, unless they are melted, but string cheese is an exception to the rule.  There is just something about the taste and the texture that I like so much more than other cheeses.  And who doesn't love being able to pull the cheese into little strings to make the snacking experience last longer?

I've tried many brands of string cheese in the past, but the Sargento String Cheese is by-far my favorite.  Its taste is much creamier, not too strong and not too mild.  It is all-around a great string cheese!  The flavor of other brands does not match up, and I've noticed even the texture isn't the same.  Best of all, my whole family can enjoy the cheese snacks, which are a much healthier option than cookies, candy, chips, or other snacks my kids often love to run to.

Thank you, Sargento and Influenster, for the awesome cheese snacks!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Two new cards

We had two new postcards arrive, and I'm finally getting the chance to share them with you!

This first postcard came to us from Grace, a soon-to-be high school senior in Texas.  She hopes to be a history teacher, with a minor in English.  She warned me to beware of hurricanes, since hurricane season is coming.  Thankfully, we usually don't have to worry too much about the storms causing damage this far in-land.

This second postcard came to us from Lina in Ukraine.  She shared that this shows images from the Ukrainian holiday of Malanka, which is celebrated February 13th.  What a great card!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Birds of a feather play soccer together

Okay, so I admit it is kind of a corny title; but it got your attention, didn't it?  So you may wonder what birds and soccer have to do with each other, and it's really quite simple.  We received two new postcards today with those two themes.

This first postcard, titled 'Fauna of Belarus', came to us from Svetlana, who lives in Belarus.  According to the back of the postcard, these birds are white storks.  I guess they already delivered all the babies they needed to deliver for the day.

The second postcard came to use from Anita in the Netherlands.  She is a math teacher with a 7-year-old son that loves to play soccer.  She reports that they go to the soccer fields 3 times a week for practice and games.

It is so great to see some variation in the themes of our postcards.  We are still loving our Postcrossing adventures, and we look forward to receiving our next surprise in the mailbox!