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Monday, May 23, 2016

2 Awesome Summer Activities in Michigan

Michigan has some places to visit in the summertime. The great thing about these places is that they are family oriented places. You must visit.


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One of the places that I really like is Camp Copeneconic in Fenton, Michigan.


Here you will find various activities for the family. Day Camps or overnight Camps are available. Be prepared for a lot of walking and above all wear comfortable shoes. Since Michigan weather is quite changeable you might want to wear boots if it has been raining on previous days. In fact there were snow flakes earlier during this month of May. Cold and adverse weather usually does not last though; before you know it the sun is shining again. Some of the camps may include SuperHero Camp, Mother and Daughter Ranch Camp.

Some of the other activities may include basketball, zip lining, archery, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and GaGa( a sort of dodgeball where the children form a circle and attempt to eliminate each other by rolling the ball rather than throwing the ball at another. This game is played in an Octagonal Pit. They have this game set up outdoors and indoors in the event of rain. They continue this until there is only one player left standing. I went Kayaking for the first time at Camp Copneconic. At first I thought I would not like it and that it would be difficult, but I discovered it was so much fun. Many of the children were excellent shots with archery.

Camp Copeneconic


The classic Day camps have a new theme weekly. This Camp can accommodate up to 450 people and they do provide meals as well. You will see on their family page the motto “The Family that plays together, stays together.” I like that.



Besides great Chicken that Frankenmuth is known for they have a great Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel and Water Resort. One of the the great things I like about the Water Resort is that the water is warm, 82 degrees) as oppose to cold water. This makes it more inviting. The  park schedule for half days are $35.00 per person from 10 am-3pm or 3 pm-8 pm. Full day passes are $42.00 per person. They also offer package deals for families and/or birthday parties. Their birthday parties include Pizza, soft drinks, 20 Arcade Credits per person, and even more. I was amazed to see young and old at this water park. If you have not been to any of these amazing places. They are places that you must see.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thank You

This is to let you know that I really do appreciate those of you that have supported me.  Without God and your support, I could not do this.  Be blessed going in and coming out.












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Saturday, May 7, 2016

What Is a Mother?

What Is a Mother?


A mother may mean different things to different people. Some may have had good experiences with their mothers while others may have had unpleasant experiences. What is a mother?

Mother's Day


A mother is not necessarily the biological mother. It could be an aunt, cousin, grandmother, foster parent or even an adoptive parent. I marveled as I watched 60 minutes the other night. There was a woman that was the mother to nearly 100 Tanzanian children, even though she had no biological children of her own. Some of the children had been abused, abandoned or lost both parents. It was amazing as she told her story. These children had their own schools and walked several miles to their school.

Nurturing

A mother is nurturing. Children need love and nurturing. She helps to care for and encourage her children. Nurturing will include a bond, relationship, and encouraging children with their talents. A mother is so crucial because her child may become the next President, chemist, doctor, lawyer, and the list of potential great people goes on and on.


Selfless:

A mother's love is selfless. She is willing to give of herself. I find this awesome. In 1 Kings 3:16-28 two women go before King Solomon claiming the baby boy was theirs. The King asked for a sword to divide the baby. The one woman was okay with this, but the other woman, the actual mother, agreed to give the baby to the other woman rather than have her son killed. The King gave the baby to the selfless woman that was willing to give her son to another.

Protector

A mother is a protector. She is willing to protect her child at all cost. I recall one time waiting at the bus stop with my daughter for my grandchildren to arrive from school. Only 2 children got off the bus. My daughter quickly questioned my 2 grandchildren as to where my other grandchild was. They said they did not know. I know my daughter ran cross country in school, but I saw her sprint that day. She ran and actually jumped in front of the bus flagging the bus to stop. My other grandchild was still on the bus unaware that the other 2 were already off.

I recall being in a Foster Care Home between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. I can remember it so vividly, because I did not want to be there. This young boy would always hit me in the head. The Foster Care Mother would not do anything about it. The young boy seemingly knew not to bother me when my father came to visit, but this one particular day that my mother came to visit he started hitting me in the head again. This was one day that I was so happy to see my mother. She was upset at what she saw and made it known to the Foster Mother. My mother was speaking in tongues (cursing). To make a long story short the young boy never hit me in the head again. My mother would never know how much I loved her that day.  Mothers protect their children in different ways.  How has your mother protected you?

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Why Kids Sleep With Their Eyes Open. . .

Have you wondered why your children sleep with their eyes open? Have you ever watched and observed children that sleep with their eyes open? What is the reasoning behind this?


Did you know that sleeping with your eyes open is called Nocturnal Lagophthalmos. It may be temporary or permanent and involves the eyelid muscle. It can be caused by Bell’s palsy, infection, stroke, surgery, and trauma. Therefore, there are a variety of possible causes.





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Sleeping with the eyes open can also be hereditary. This is quite common in babies and usually stops between ages 12-15 months. When babies sleep with their eyes open some Pediatricians believe it may be that baby is spending more time in REM sleep.

Although sleeping with open eyes can cause dry eyes, surgery will correct the malfunction of the eyelids not closing. Then again, if the eyes not closing have not caused any problems, there may be no need for concern. Sometimes it bothers the parents more than the child, because when you see your child sleeping with the eyes open, it is just something you are not used to seeing. You always hear, “Close your eyes and go to sleep. In addition, the sleeping with the eyes open may not occur all of the time or during the nighttime.



Do not confuse your child sleeping with their eyes open and children that sit up in the bed that may open their eyes while sleeping, but are unseeing. This can be a restlessness in and bed and range to even walking in their sleep. This condition which is different from a children sleeping with their eyes open and is called Somnambulism and Somniloquy a sleep disorder.  Does your child sleep with his or her eyes open?

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Prescription for Love

Do you know of those that are looking for love in all the wrong places? Everyone wants to be loved, but are you ignoring what real love is? Do you know what real love is? What is your definition of love?

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If your are looking for love, God's got it. Do you know of those that act like everyone owes them something?

I recall a friend that acknowledged he came from a loving and supportive family, but he chose to go down the path of using drugs. Now when he became drug free he was compelled to show his friends there was a better way of life because so many had followed him down that narrow path. He also shared with me it was not enough to tell people, but to show them by his actions. Also, know that my friend had accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. God is waiting on you. Hebrew 13:5 He will never leave you, nor forsake you. The prescription for love is in the Bible.

1 Corinthian 13 Chapter. This Chapter has often been called the Love Chapter

Verse 4: Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy; love does not parade itself, love is not puffed up. Do you know people that are kind to others? Do you take the time to show kindness to others.? How many times have you said to yourself, “If I only had more money or if I only had a big house like Mary?” I have been guilty of this and not realizing God has given me everything that I need.  If I cannot make it with a little, how will I handle more?  I recall a conversation I had as I stood in line at the store. I saw an acquaintance that I had not seen in a long time. This person said to me, “ I do not live in that part of town anymore.” Then asked me,”Where are you staying now.” My reply was, “ I stay in that part of town.” I say that to say that sometimes we can get so puffed up, that we forget where we came from. We can forget that there was a time we did not have a car nor even a house.


Verse 5 

Does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; I can think of times when I have behaved rudely and I know so well that it is not becoming. Can you count the number of times that you have proclaimed this will be a good day and before you know it you think an evil thought about someone or something?

Verse 6

Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. Sometimes the truth may be painful to hear.


Verse 7

Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. This prescription for love continues in 1st Corinthians down through chapter 13.

Verse 13

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Think about it. 1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins. ” Do you have this love?



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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Your Health. . . . Your Attitude

Your Health. . . . Your Attitude

Did you know that your attitude is very important regarding your health? You will encounter problems and stressful situations throughout your life, but how will you respond to them?

Stress management


Problems can be looked at as a learning experience or they can be looked at as stressful or possibly a conviction of doom with no relief in site. How do you view problems?

Overload or Overflow

What best describes you? Are you overloaded with doing all that you can do or being all that you can be? Or are you overflowing with God's word? Are you renewing your mind daily with God's word so that you are fueled up so much so that you have to tell somebody, because you cannot keep it to yourself? 

I was surprised when I recently attended a church service. This particular church merged with another church. Although I had fellowship with this church before, this day was different. As I approached the church there were signs along the way indicating where it was located. I was already encourage to come early, because of a prediction of crowding. When I arrived, the main section was already full. I was directed to park about a block away at another church's lot that was closed at the time. Security did drive me from there to my destination. When I arrived at the church I was seated in another building attached to the church called the OVERFLOW room. I had never heard of this. I thought to myself, “Yeah right.” Even though the main section was full I discovered I still received that word and fellowship that was displayed on a big screen. The ushers showed an attitude of encouragement saying, “ “We are so glad you are here today.” Those that were in the OVERFLOW with me were fellowshipping with each other and still receiving the word. Afterward I was escorted to the security car and taken to my car about a block and a half away. That helped me to see that when I get full of God's word daily, I should be overflowing and give it to others. That is an attitude I strive for.


Attitude is Important

How is your attitude? Is is always negative? Or possibly it is very positive even during the time of a storm? I recall when my daughter told me she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. There were some that were crying. I did not cry, but told her, “With God we will make it through this.” As she went through the chemotherapy I observed her determination, even though she sometimes was very tired and did not feel well at all. I also observed her attitude of selflessness. Her main concern was always for the well-being of her husband and her children. She was always determined to continue on. She share with me she was determine to make it because of her 3 children which were quite young at the time. I learned so much from her during that time about the importance of attitude.

Abusive Relationship

I also recall when I was in an abusive relationship my spirit was broken. How many of you know that a broken spirit is just as bad as a broken leg or arm, because the scars and pain are still there, but may not be visible to others with the naked eye? During this time my pastor and God's word were a great strength for me. In fact, I did write a letter to my pastor and 7 other people that were of great help to me even though they may have not been aware of how they impacted my life. My children's attitude was overwhelming for me. They were very supportive and they always had a "can do attitude"with me to direct me to  a healthier life.  I did not realize at the time with my broken spirit I was physically sick often, because I was not happy and no peace or joy. I am so glad that I left that toxic relationship. I am so glad I chose to not have the attitude of a victim. I chose to become a survivor. I am happy now and my attitude does reflect that. I came to believe and know that only God can give true peace and joy.

Triggers

What are the triggers that cause you to get upset or angry? Learn what or who those triggers are. Know that sometimes those triggers may be those that are closes to you. How will you handle it? What will be your attitude? I like adventure movies and comedies. I discovered even when watching the adventure movies I can become absorbed in it, so I need to be careful of how it can affect me. When You encounter a negative people, what is your attitude towards them?

Bombarded With Problems

As long as you live you will have problems, but how will you deal with them? Sometimes we may get several problems at once which we may feel is too much to deal with at the time. How do you deal with all of those situations at one time? Possibly you may need to sit back and assess your situation. Possibly you need to get some sleep and then tackle your problems.

Your Health

According to the Mayo Clinic, Going the Distance  Your Attitude Affects Your Reality, Edward T. Reagan, M.D. “Some people see setbacks as absolute devastation, whereas others view them as opportunities.” Steve Harvey has said, “ A setback is a set up for a great comeback.” My favorite is Proverbs 18:21 Life and Death are in the Power of the tongue and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof. I choose life. What do you choose?


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Monday, April 4, 2016

What type of Parent are You?

Do you spend quality time with your children or is your physical body just there? There are those that allow video games to baby-sit their children. Do you even know the video games that your child likes or is playing?

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Sure you want to have fun and enjoy your children. Parenting is not just about having fun. There are those times that you may have to make a judgment call and your children might not like it, but you know that it is the best for them.


Sleep Patterns

Are you the parent that wants to be a buddy to your 9-year-old? Are you allowing your 9-year- old to stay up late until 2 and 3 am in the morning during the summer time or on the weekends? Possibly you go to sleep and allow them to stay up late with no supervision. Is this really fair to your child? You got your sleep, but what about your child? While you are sleeping you are not aware of what your child is doing. Remember you now have a child to parent. It is not all about you unfortunately. Are you a Parent or a Buddy? Did you know that you could be harming your child?
According to the National Sleep Foundation children between the ages of 6-13 need at least 9-11 hours of sleep.


Granted 9-year-olds should know to bathe and keep themselves clean, but do you just allow your children to get up, put on their clothes, and never observe are they bathing and brushing their teeth? Possibly it is not important to them whether they bathe themselves or not. So are you a parent or a buddy, leaving it up to the child? What are your feelings about this?


Video Games

Do you play video games with your children? This would possibly give you an idea of what games your children likes and the games that they are playing? Also, you are doing this together. How much is too much video games?  Every child is different. That is something that you will decide for your children.

Anger

Does your child display a lot of anger or is your child basically a compliant obedient child? Complaint and obedient is fine, but you hope that all your children learn to think and show creativity for themselves. What happens when your children get angry? Are they throwing things at the wall or at you? I am not referring to two-year-old children and tantrums either. Are they cursing you? Are you a parent or a buddy? What are you allowing? Are you using this moment as a teachable moment for your child to learn how to deal with anger issues. These are a few things to ask yourself.


Everyone gets angry about something during their lifetime, but how do you handle it? Do you explain to your child this is definitely not acceptable behavior or do you just throw up your hands and say, “That is just the way my child is.” I recently was in a retail store where I witnessed what appeared to be a 4 or 5-year-old telling a nearby lady to shut up as she was having a conversation with his parent. The parent did not address it but instead said, “Oh he is just bad.” This could have been a teachable moment. There was another instance where I was waiting in line and a child told her parent, “ I want this.” The parent replied, “ Let's wait until Christmas.” The child responded, “ I do not want to wait until Christmas, I want it now.” How many of you know we all tend to want it now. The child crossed her arms in front of her and was huffing and puffing. Again, another teachable moment that was not taken. The lady in front of me turned to me and said, “These young people now a day, I would have never allowed my children to do that.”

In a Hurry

Are you enjoying your children or are you waiting impatiently for their first baby steps of walking, or when they get out of diapers, when they start school, when they graduate, or when they are out of the house? This list could go on and on. Why not take a pause and enjoy them and savor the moments you are together?

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