Welcome to my Page. Remember those that have paved the way for you. My goal is to share some of my failures and successes, to solve a few problems, to connect, inspire, to reach others one person at a time, to be a blessing to someone, and to let others know they are not alone. I am truly blessed. I give all praises to God. Without God where would I be?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
sleep with eyes open
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?
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?
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
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.
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?
Does not rejoice in
iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. Sometimes the truth may be
painful to hear.
Bears all things,
believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. This
prescription for love continues in 1st Corinthians down
through chapter 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
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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?
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?
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
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.
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?
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.
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?