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Have You Considered Adoption?

AdoptionAdoption has touched my life in so many ways.  I had the privilege of taking guardianship of a fun and silly young lady you may know as ‘Monkey’ some years back and she made our lives absolutely crazy in the best way possible (except those few days, but then she was a teenager haha).  I have also had the honor of knowing several adults who have adopted some fabulous kids.  They all have ‘gotcha’ days each year to celebrate the unification of their new families.  The one thing they all have in common is an incredible love and some amazingly fabulous families!  I love hearing their stories and even more being blessed to know them.  I can’t begin to tell you how great these kids are! I also have the blessing of a very loving and great woman in my life who was adopted.  Adoption touches so many lives!  If you have any, I would absolutely love to hear your stories of adoption!
November is National Adoption Month and I’m reaching out on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids, and the Ad Council to ask for your help in spreading the word about a new PSA campaign that encourages prospective parents to adopt older youth from foster care.

The theme for National Adoption Month is, “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family.” That’s because older children and youth still have many big milestones in their life they need a family for.

There are 415,000 children in the U.S. foster care system and 108,000 are waiting to be adopted. AdoptUSKids’ maintains a national photo listing service for children waiting to be adopted. Since the project launched in 2002, more than 25,000 children who were once photo listed on adoptuskids.org have been adopted and nearly 38,000 families have registered to adopt through the website.  Nevertheless, older youth are disproportionately represented – approximately 41 percent of children and youth photo listed on adoptuskids.org are between 15 and 18 years old, but only 17 percent of those adopted have been in this age group

Older youth and teens have lower adoption rates than younger children, and they often wait longer to be adopted. But no matter their age, all kids need a supportive, loving home and the teenage years are a critical period for growth. The new TV PSAs, which were created for the campaign pro-bono, portray a dad giving advice to his teenage daughter after her first breakup, and a mom giving her son a haircut at home. The humorous, lighthearted scenarios aim to overcome fears adoptive parents may have regarding their own imperfections. The PSAs end with the tagline, “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent,” reassuring prospective parents that even if they are not ‘perfect’, they have the ability to provide the stability and security that older youth in foster care need and deserve.

The PSAs direct audiences to visit adoptuskids.org or to call 1-888-200-4005 (English) or 1-877-236-7831 (Spanish) to receive the latest information about the foster care system and the adoption process.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Use #NAM15 and #perfectparent to share your experience or the new PSAs on social media.
  • Spread the word! Let us know if you know a blogger who might have a place in their hearts for the Adoption from Foster Care campaign.

For more information about adoption, or about becoming an adoptive parent to a child from foster care, please visit www.adoptuskids.org or visit the campaign’s communities on Facebook and Twitter.
Why Older Youth?

  • All of us – and that includes older youth in foster care who are waiting to be adopted – need and want families throughout life to support us and to share important life events. Learning to drive a car, applying for higher education, and birthday and holiday celebrations are just a few examples of the times in life we need and want to share with family.
  • Older youth are overrepresented in the foster care population, as they generally wait longer to be adopted, and have lower overall adoption rates.
  • On adoptuskids.org, roughly 41 percent of the children and youth actively photolisted are between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. About 58 percent are male. (Most recent stats as of May 31, 2015)
  • Families who adopt older youth, are providing them with the support and stability of a family during a critical period of normal adolescent concerns and additional self-identity issues.

Some of the Misperceptions about Adoption from Foster Care:

  • Adoption is expensive.  Unlike the private adoption of an infant or adopting internationally, there are virtually no costs associated with adoption from the US child welfare system. In addition, the vast majority of youth adopted from foster care are also eligible for monthly adoption assistance up to the level of the foster care rate.
  • You have to be married. You do not have to be married to adopt in most states. Many children have been very successfully adopted by single parents. Single-parent families accounted for 29 percent of all adoptions from foster care in 2014 (AFCARS).
  • You have to have a college degree. Having a high school diploma or college education is not required. What is important is that you are stable, flexible, and compassionate, and that you have a good sense of humor. Most importantly, you must have the support and commitment to raise a child and to be there for him throughout his life.
  • You have to own a home and each child has to have their own room. You can rent your home or live in an apartment or a mobile home so long as your living situation is a stable one.
  • You have to be of child-bearing age to adopt. Experienced parents and empty nesters are encouraged to adopt. In most instances, you’re eligible to adopt regardless of age, income, marital status or sexual orientation.
  • You can only adopt a child who is the same race and ethnicity as you. Federal law prohibits the delay or denial of an adoptive placement based on the race or ethnicity of a child in U.S. foster care and the prospective parent or parents who are seeking to adopt them. The only exception to this law is the adoption of Native American children where special considerations apply.
  • You can’t adopt if you’re in the military. Military families stationed overseas and within the U.S. are eligible to adopt children from the U.S. foster care system.

Originally posted 2015-11-25 21:47:09.

My Secret Is Out! #Underwareness

UntitledSitting here watching my husband with our adorable gift from God, this amazing creation He formed, I have a secret.  Something I just haven’t worked up the nerve to tell my husband.  I don’t like keeping secrets from him, but honestly I’m a little embarrassed about this one.  We’ve been married 8 years now and he has seen me at my very worst and my absolute best, he has helped me when I was ill, prayed for me, fought with and for me.  Yet, despite all of that, I just can’t bring myself to talk to him about it.

Well, I suppose if he takes the time to read my site, he’ll know now.  If not, then I’ve just told the world and still not told him.  Wanna know?  Here goes…..  Biggest thing affecting me since the birth of my beautiful baby girl: bladder leakage.  It’s insane!  No one warned me that it would stay AFTER my little bundle of joy arrived.  Guess that’s one secret kept on the low down, even in these times of fabulous search engines, immeasurable research sources and every person you run into while pregnant with their post pregnancy horror stories.  How does that even happen?  I don’t know, I don’t care to know, I just know, the secret is out at this Zoo!

I’m 31 years old, not yet middle aged or old at all so in my mind, bladder leakage should be something to look for somewhere toward middle age or even further.  But no.  It’s not. It’s here and, according to my doctor at least, it won’t be going away.  As it turns out, more women in their 20’s have bladder leakage than those in their 80’s (though I do wonder how exactly that statistic was determined and how they managed to NOT have the issue).  Here’s the deal, bladder leakage is not that abnormal at all it affects one in three women!

The Depend brand started a campaign two years ago to break the stigma with Underwareness, a social movement and charitable cause!  They are trying to get people to show their support for women with bladder leakage through the vast awesomeness that is social media.  They will donate $1 for every photo and/or video shared in 2016 to help fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage. Just set it to public and tag #Underwareness.  I, for one, would love for it to not be a stigma.  Instead let’s focus on overcoming it and not making women like myself and perhaps you not feel humiliated anymore!  In addition, you can visit visit www.Underwareness.com to support the cause and request free samples of Depend Silhouette Active Fit. Maybe this will be the answer to our issue

 Check them out and get a free sample today!

 

Originally posted 2015-06-16 17:26:59.

A NICU Journey #PrayForLittleMiss

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For a little over four months now, our baby has been in the NICU. It’s the hardest journey I’ve ever been on. Every day is a constant roller coaster, and frankly I am not a fan of roller coasters in the first place. Constantly my emotions go up and down. Pain is an ever present pressing feeling in my heart. People tell me I’m strong, that they admire me for the strength I have. I don’t think they fully understand and I’m thankful most can’t as I’d rather no one have to go through this journey.
What I am sustaining with is not anything near strength. It’s the strongest love I have ever felt. It’s helplessness. It’s a circle of handing it to God then taking it back, only to be reminded I can’t handle it and hand it over again. In these four months I have prayed, cried, pushed away, begged and thanked God for every up and down we’ve had. I know He has her in His ever loving hands and deep down I know He is going to take better care of her than I ever could as He heals her. My pain doesn’t subside. My heart aches for her, for me and for my family. Always.
One day, the story of our journey with Little Miss will be used as a tool to show God’s mercy and love even in times saturated with darkness and storms. He has been merciful and loving, He has strategically placed amazing people around me that lift me up and help me each day. He has strengthened our marriage and has shown us the depths of love, marriage and parenthood. I am thankful for these things. Thankful He has cleared out some of the ‘trash’ in our lives, thankful He has taken this time to help form the people we need to be in Him.
I am also tired. Not just physically but emotionally. My spirit cries out to Him daily. Each day I pray with my daughter, I want her to know how to pray and that He is always there. Especially since our natural tendency is to doubt and run from Him. I pray she will be healed, that she will be a living testimony to His glory. At the end of the day, it’s about Him. Even though the mommy in me wants it to be about my beautiful baby, wants her healed in MY time, on MY terms.
I’m learning though, to submit to God. To understand that I don’t need to understand. Yeah, wrap your mind around that. An incredibly wise woman recently told me that in the moments where I feel like He isn’t hearing my prayers or I’m too broken to pray that I need to remember that many others are praying and even if I doubt He hears me, He hears them. I hope you’ll pray for Little Miss with me.

You can find pictures and such using the hashtag #PrayForLittleMiss  I appreciate your comments and support.  May God Bless you and Keep you.

Originally posted 2015-04-27 20:22:51.

You’ll Be Paying for a Shrine to Abortion

15.059"W 9.714"HThe following is a copy of the email I received.  This topic is truly close to my heart, so much so that I decided to share it with you.  Every person can make a difference.  Take a few seconds and call if you agree. By the way, the picture is of a baby at 24 weeks, which is when one can have a late term abortion.  I made it small to shield little ones, you can click on it to enlarge.  The call is worth it.

How would you feel about your daughter or granddaughter taking a school field trip to Washington, D.C., excited to learn about American history, and only being sold “role models” like Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger…promiscuity promoter Gloria Steinem…and “free love” advocate Victoria Woodhull?

The proposed National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) will glorify abortion and fuel the radical feminist movement for decades to come. How do I know this? The NWHM board is overwhelmingly filled with people who are pro-abortion and leftist in their ideology. See a detailed report by our friends at Concerned Women for America (CWA) here.

Even more, the proposed museum’s website references Margaret Sanger nine times and Victoria Woodhull over 20, while referencing Phyllis Schlafly only once and not mentioning Beverly LaHaye at all. It also highlights Sandra Fluke, while ignoring Jeane Kirkpatrick.

Taxpayers, like you, will eventually foot the bill for this national shrine to abortion. While the NWHM claims that it will be privately funded, its true intentions are to follow in the footsteps of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian. These museums respectively received over $50 million and $30 million from American taxpayers.

Please stand with 1MM before it’s too late. We can put a stop to this, but we need you to act now and call House Leadership. Tell them to oppose H.R. 863 until safeguards are added to ensure that this museum will not be paid for with federal funds nor be filled with Left-wing propaganda.

Please call:

• Speaker John Boehner – 202-225-6205
• Leader Eric Cantor – 202-225-2815
• Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers – 202-225-2006

We must not allow the Left’s agenda to become our legacy. 1MM and CWA is leading the charge to preserve the faith-filled legacy of America’s women in the National Women’s History Museum – but we need your help.

To honor women is a wonderful idea – but we cannot allow the radical Left to create a distorted lens through which future generations of girls will come to see the role of American women.

Please, make at least one phone call today!

Sincerely,

Monica Cole, Director
OneMillionMoms.com

Originally posted 2014-05-06 21:37:57.

Stay Safe Online 6 Tips That Will Help You

Stay safe online! It’s essential in this age of technology.  The Me Too movement began in 2008 to promote awareness regarding both sexual harassment and sexual assault.  It is known across the world in different translations and brought attention to their prevalence in the workplace.

Stay Safe Online

I feel like it is also bringing awareness in other areas and encouraging and empowering victims to speak out rather than hide in the shame they feel. This is long overdue.  As a victim myself, I didn’t speak out because of shame and that was difficult to overcome.

While it’s too late for me to do anything about, I can certainly take steps to make sure it never happens again, and so can you.  Since it’s so prevalent, I’ve done a lot about online dating lately as there are so many free dating sites and it has become so common.

What I would like to address this go round is harassment and online abuse.  I suppose I should have posted about them before I posted about dating safety, but it really didn’t occur to me.  So, here are some tips to help you deal with those unfortunate occurrences.

Stay Safe Online 6 Tips That Will Help You

 6 Tips That Will Help You Stay Safe Online

  1. Don’t be afraid to block someone! You are valuable, you do not deserve and should not tolerate person’s being mean to you.  Block them. The sooner the better!  Especially trolls! Trolls are those people who only have negative things to say and can get pretty mean on posts and such.
  2. Contact Admin. Every site has admin, If you are being harassed, threatened or abused online and blocking isn’t working, contact admin and report them.  I suggest keeping the profile links or screenshots to pass on, this will help admin be able to find them and keep them off their servers.
  3. Call the Police: If at any point the person seems to have found you or is making threats of physical harm, contact your local police. Even if there isn’t anything they can do immediately, they can put it on file and add extra patrols in your neighborhood.
  4. Never, ever put anything revealing on your profile or in photos. Remove the GEO data from photos before posting them.  Also try not to post a lot of photos from the same location (like your favorite hangout) and don’t put specifics.  Rather than saying “I love Fatty Patty’s in City X” on social media, perhaps put “I love the Fatty Patty’s Chain!”  If it’s not a chain, I’d just say a general comment about pubs or whatever.
  5. Leave out or minimize location information in posts/profiles. For example, rather than posting the city you live in, perhaps post the region instead. Predators will take the time to go through all of your posts and find other accounts in order to narrow down where you live.
  6. Speak Out! Don’t be afraid to speak out when you feel harassed, threatened or, especially, are harmed in any way.  No matter who it is.

Remember the importance of this topic.  Today it is harder than ever to stay safe online with so much technology so easily available. You are a valuable asset,  Stay Safe Online!

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For the Girls

Ladies
A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of  life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter..

‘Don’t forget your  sisters,’ she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. ‘They’ll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.’
‘Remember that ‘sisters’ means ALL the women… your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too. ‘You’ll need other women. Women always do.’
What a funny piece of advice!’ the young woman thought. Haven’t I just gotten married? Haven’t I just joined the couple-world? I’m now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!’
But she listened to her mother. She kept contact with her sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her mother really knew what she was talking about.  As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, sisters are the mainstays of her life.
After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I’ve learned:
THIS SAYS IT ALL:
Time passes.
Life happens.
Distance separates.
Children grow up.

Jobs come and go.
Love waxes and wanes.
Men don’t do what they’re supposed to do.
Hearts break.

Parents die.
Colleagues forget  favors.

Careers end.

BUT………
Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.  When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley’s rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open  arms at the valley’s end.  Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you….Or come in and carry you out.
Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law,  sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family: all bless our life!
The world wouldn’t be the same without women, and neither would I.. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the  incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other.

 

Ladies, I hope that you enjoyed this.  It was a forward from a friend and made me think of so many amazing women who have been there for me throughout my life.  How true these words are!  Remember the ladies in your life, those that make a difference everyday and those that come in and out.  Send one a note today, forward this to her, just do something to let her know you love her!

Please take a second and leave a comment about a sister in your life!  I’d love to hear a story about the wonderful sisters in your life.

Originally posted 2014-03-27 06:48:41.

How Hobbies Can Benefit Your Health: Guest Post By Leslie Vandever

UntitledThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines “mental health” this way: a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Practicing a hobby achieves every one of those mental health goals. Let’s go over them one by one. Mental health:

·       “[is] a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities …” When you take up a hobby, whether it’s knitting, woodcarving, gardening or even just walking the dog, you’re doing something that you get better at over time. You can see the changes in your ability to accomplish your hobby, which makes you feel good and increases your self-esteem. Your knitting goes from being too loose or too tight to being just right. You have the confidence to challenge yourself with increasingly more intricate and difficult patterns. Your end result goes from a crooked scarf to a beautiful sweater. It takes time, but it’s worth it.

·       “[the individual] … can cope with the normal stresses of life …” Practicing a hobby is a great stress reliever. It can’t make problems go away, but by distracting your mind from dwelling on them—particularly the kind of problems that you can do little about—you allow it to rest and relax. The mind-body connection is so intertwined that by resting your mind with a hobby you enjoy—maybe even love—your body relaxes too. And often, taking your mind off troubles for a while can let your subconscious mind find the creative solution to them you’ve been looking for.

·       “[the individual] … can work productively and fruitfully …” Practicing a hobby project that has a clear beginning and end is immensely satisfying. If your hobby is carving ducks, for instance, the challenge of transforming that plain block of wood into a sculpture that showcases the quiet, glowing beauty of the shaped and finished wood, the beauty of the duck in nature, and your mastery of your craft gives you confidence in your ability to be productive and fruitful, not only with your hobby, but in your life in general.

·       [the individual] … is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Practicing your hobby, even when it’s one that you only practice at home, can allow you to contribute to your community in several ways. Using the duck example again: procuring the wood for your project may take you into the community and give you opportunities to talk with others about what you’re planning. You may make some new friends in the process. Once you’ve finished the carving, you can display it in your home or show it at the local co-op art gallery you volunteer at a couple times a month. You might sell your duck carving there or, to help with a local cause, donate it for sale at a fundraising auction. Any of these things make you an active contributor to your community at large.

Your hobby can also have a beneficial effect on your physical health. Again, this is true because the mind has such a profound effect on the body. When we’re happy with ourselves, or challenged in an intriguing way, we feel better, even if we’re physically ill or limited by chronic pain. And doing a hobby—using our hands, concentrating, enjoying ourselves—calms and focuses the mind, and contributes to our overall well-being.

The best thing of all about hobbies is that there are so many to choose from. Anyone can take up a hobby and reap the benefits in both mind and body.

Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer. Under the pen-name “Wren,” she also writes a blog about living well with rheumatoid arthritis called RheumaBlog (www.rheumablog.wordpress.com). In her spare time, Vandever enjoys cooking, reading and working on the Great American Novel.

References:

·       Do Something You’re Good At. (n.d.) Mental Health Foundation. Retrieved on February 13, 2014 from http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/10-ways-to-look-after-your-mental-health/do-something-youre-good-at/?view=Standard

·       Mental Health Basics. (2011, July 1) Mental Health. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved on February 13, 2014 from http://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/basics.htm

·       Dich, D. Hobbies and Mental Health. (n.d.) All Things Depression: Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Anger. Retrieved on February 13, 2014 from http://allthingsdepression.com/2011/02/hobbies-and-mental-health/

Originally posted 2014-03-07 06:45:23.

Online Dating, Perfect Profile Tips for SM!

Online Dating has become a huge thing these days and for good reason. These tips will help you take the perfect profile photo!

Tips for Creating the Perfect Profile Photo for Online Dating, Social Media & More

There are great people out there who don’t want to play the ‘game’ and online dating helps to eliminate the need for that.  When I was young, the internet was that dial up sound you hear in old movies.  Now, it’s in the palm of nearly everyone’s hands.  That can be a powerful thing, it can also be scary.  If you are doing online dating, or considering it, be sure and check out my Safety post for online dating, of course it is good for any dating.

Chief ZooKeeper and I recently celebrated our 11th Birthdaversary.  When we met online, it was a very new thing.  People, especially in the South, just didn’t end up married when they met that way.  Of course, I have a very dear friend who has been married 15 years now, and met her husband online as well.  I still remember the funny looks I’d get when I told people how we met.  Now, that information is met with a response containing a story of theirs or a loved ones experience!

If you aren’t a socialite, or don’t have the time or desire to meet someone by going to a club, bars, or wherever all the time then online dating is perfect for you.  If you have time, jump online to one of the many dating sites and see who might be out there.  It’s super easy to find free online dating and you don’t have to waste time talking wo people you aren’t interested in!  While there are some paid sites, there are many more dating sites that have free accounts or offer free trials.  What could it hurt to get out there?

I love that it’s so easy these days to get on free online dating sites these days.  I wanted

Profile Photo Tips

  1. First and foremost, remove the geo tag from your photos before you post them anywhere.  You can see how to do that here.  This will ensure no one can pull the location that the photos were taken at to help protect you from being found when you don’t want to be!

2. Rather than posting an attempt to be sexy, post pictures showing your smile.  There are studies that show how a smile actually emits feel good chemicals in the brain!  This is why we automatically return smiles (most of the time).

3. Don’t use a photo that is more than a year old.  A lot can change in a year, we don’t want to post something where we look way different and there may be subtle changes that you don’t notice.

4. Post action shots: action shots give the reader a better sense of you than a headshot could ever portray. Perhaps some shots from an outing with friends or family?  I do not recommend ever posting pics with children; I’m a little protective over the littles!

5. Use Color to stand out.  This will help your photo stand out!  If you like bright colors, wear them! Red is particularly fabulous for dating site photos.

6. Include Full Body shots as well as lots of ‘medium’ shots.  These are pretty much the upper body that shows the background of the photos.

However you go about socializing online, whether it’s for dating or just making new friends, get out there and have fun!  It’s not a huge commitment, if you don’t feel like logging on then don’t, if someone gives you bad vibes then block them (it will be like you disappeared), don’t be afraid to try it out!  Maybe you’ll meet the person of your dreams!

For my blogging buddies, check out these tips fro Creating Fantastic Content!

**Photos obtained legally for free from MorgueFile.com**

Self Improvement in Just Moments!

MomentIt is said that you aren’t supposed to focus on I and me in writing.  I’m not sure where that rule came from or even why that is, though I can take a few guesses.  This post has a lot of those in them.  But that’s okay, it’s going to illustrate my point.

Today, I got up and was ready to work.  I spent the weekend in bed, sick and miserable.  Finally feeling decent enough to get out of bed and be productive I was so excited and ready to get to work.  I have reviews to do, giveaways to post and even just random things that I’ve jotted down that I plan to do posts on.  However, plans don’t work that way.  See, I’ve spent the last few days sick, tossing and turning in my own misery not thinking about anything at all except getting better, how I was behind on so many things, how I had ten million dishes and 300 thousand loads of laundry, along with a ton of things to do for my website and for my Mom and friends and how I needed to do things for my husband.  I don’t know if you noticed, but there are a lot of I’s in those worries.  Even when it was things about others, it landed on what I needed to do.

I decided that the first thing I was going to do was get some coffee then go straight to work.  Fortunately, God had other plans.  See, in all this insanity of my own thoughts, desires and problems, I forgot about Him.  Don’t get me wrong, I was praying like crazy for healing and for others, but that wasn’t about Him, that too was about me.  So when I began to work, God reminded me I needed to pray for a friend (a few specific requests I hadn’t quite paid enough attention to), then He sent me down a path to focus on Him for a minute.  Nay, a while.  I’m still not ready to get to work and that’s okay, because God is good and He knew just what I needed.  Physical healing is wonderful, but my spirit needed some lifting up and a little workout and a lot of reminding.

I had a deep desire to write this, it sort of hit me out of nowhere.  So, if you are reading this then perhaps God is trying to help you remember too.  Take a minute, take 5 or ten, do whatever you need to do to focus on Him for a while.  That other stuff, my huge to do list and pile of insanity, it’s still there and that’s okay.  I’m cool with that, as I needed more than anything this time with Him.

I’m sharing some videos that touched me and helped get me focused on Him.  Maybe they’ll help you too, maybe you don’t need to watch them at all and you can just get yourself focused on Him for a while.  Music helps me tune the world out.

May God bless you and Keep you,

Kaycee

Originally posted 2014-02-03 12:48:04.

Dealing with Loss and Grief

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve not be posting for a while.  We’ve been dealing with some family issues that culminated with Monkey moving 8 hours away.  We are worried and upset but trying to get back to life.  Now I have the joy of facing up to all the work I turned my head to!  I hope you’ll all stick with me and send prayers!  They are greatly needed and appreciated!

Sincerely,

Kaycee

Originally posted 2014-01-02 12:36:49.