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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


So I am feeling the buzz of spring headed our way. I have been doing little bits of spring cleaning around the house and I needed an overhaul too. I have had too many years in a ponytail. So here it is...the new me for a little while. Let's see how long it is before I cram it into a pony! :)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Angel Food Ministries

A few weeks ago my husband's attention was caught by a news story about Angel Food Ministries. He called me into the room and replayed it for me (thank goodness for technology, right?). It's a non-profit orginization and they provide groceries at wholesale prices. You get online, place your order and then pick it up. They are able to place a bulk order wich creates a great price for all who participate. There is no grocery store to run, no employees to pay, no overhead. The same groceries that you find in the grocery store. Well...needless to say, after getting online and looking at what they had we placed an order. I ordered 3 boxes (they let you know what is in each box). Today was the designated pick-up day. I went to the Compassionate Christian Center and there were lines EVERYWHERE! No chaos, but lots of people. So we get in line to pick up our order and we waited about an hour...just about half the time I spend in the grocery store. It wasn't a bad wait at all and they were playing really good music that had us all dancing in line and singing God's praise while we waited. We got to the front of the line and a couple of teenage girls about 14 or so escorted us with a shopping cart (donated by Albertsons) around to all the set locations and obtained our groceries for us. Once we were done our cart was checked by another volunteer to ensure that our order was correct. Next the young ladies escorted us to our vehicle, helped us unload our groceries and then returned back with the cart to help someone else. All and all it went very smooth, the people were very pleasant and the music was good. It was THE BEST grocery trip I have ever had. OH YEAH and the groceries...

Today I picked up about $175 in groceries...maybe more, I paid $71. Their website is
Anyone can use this organization!! Next time you are online look up their website and check them out. I am SO excited about what this is going to do for my grocery bill!! Before I got in my car to come home God had put it on my heart to go and let the young gal who was in charge of the program know how smooth things went and to thank her for all she is doing. She was concerned about the wait, but honestly it didn't feel like an hour and if I were to walk into the grocery store and shop for all of those groceries it would have taken twice as long and I would have spent twice as much. She said that they served 2,500 people today and they are looking forward to an even better turn out next month. The more orders, the better the prices. God is blessing us in so many ways and I couldn't wait to share this one.

I had to try it...

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Doris!


You are a Doris -- "I must help others."

Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's needs.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.

  • * Share fun times with me.

  • * Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.

  • * Let me know that I am important and special to you.

  • * Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.

In Intimate Relationships

  • * Reassure me that I am interesting to you.

  • * Reassure me often that you love me.

  • * Tell me I'm attractive and that you're glad to be seen with me.

What I Like About Being a Doris

  • * being able to relate easily to people and to make friends

  • * knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better

  • * being generous, caring, and warm

  • * being sensitive to and perceptive about others' feelings

  • * being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor

What's Hard About Being a Doris

  • * not being able to say no

  • * having low self-esteem

  • * feeling drained from overdoing for others

  • * not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish

  • * criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should

  • * being upset that others don't tune in to me as much as I tume in to them

  • * working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings

Dorises as Children Often

  • * are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism

  • * try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding

  • * are outwardly compliant

  • * are popular or try to be popular with other children

  • * act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention

  • * are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises)

Dorises as Parents

  • * are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren't)

  • * are often playful with their children

  • * wonder: "Am I doing it right?" "Am I giving enough?" "Have I caused irreparable damage?"

  • * can become fiercely protective

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Friday, January 23, 2009

First Blog I FINALLY did it. I set up my blog. Just in time too. I actually have something to blog about. My son has been sick for about a week with the same thing that everyone else in this town is sick with right now. Wednesday morning he started complaining of his ear hurting. His first complaint came after he cleaned his ears out with a q-tip so I thought maybe he just put the q-tip in too far or something and it would go away. By the end of Wed. he was in tears and holding his ear saying that it hurt really bad. He has been sick with a cough so I knew that all of the fluid build up had made it to his ears and he had a double ear infection. I felt this panic run through me because it has been years since I have had a child sick with an infection, usually we just get the run of the mill colds. I immediately got on the phone with my doctor's office and tried to make him an appointment. They didn't have any available and told me to take him to urget care, but that I would be looking at about a 6 hour wait. WHAT?!? 6 hours? You must be joking. In that moment I realized that I wasn't asking the right person for help. In the middle of the Charter School, with my son in my arms crying and in pain I got down on my knees, held my son tight and prayed. Now I am a reborn Christian, but recently reborn and prayer has been hard for me. This was a big step for me personally. I turned everything over and asked God to help me. I asked him to calm Ryan and to bring me peace in a solution to my son's ear aches. Ryan calmed down and we left the Charter School and headed straight for Cone's Health Foods. When Ryan was 8 months old he had an ear infection that wouldn't go away and the doctors wanted to put him under and put tubes in his ears. We told them absolutely NO WAY! We had researched natural remedies and found that garlic oil is good for ear infections so we bought some. His ear infection was gone in 2 days and he had no more problems with ear infections until Wednesday. So I went into Cone's looking for old faithful and they now have a child's ear oil that has anti-fungal oils and pain relieving oils in it. I bought it and I bought him some motrin as well to help. I gave him the motrin a couple of time through Wednesday and through that night, but when he woke up Thursday most of the pain was gone so we just kept up with the ear oil. Here we are Friday morning and his ear infections are GONE!! LOVE IT!!!