Sunday, November 22, 2015
The word of God is alive. There are those that have now discovered power words and what God has already said in “His words.”
Words can either edify and build you up or they can tear you down and kill you. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat the fruit thereof. Are your words positive and uplifting to others? Do your words encourage or discourage? Think before you speak.
I recall in one of my classes in college there was great discussion about “I can and I can't.” No one including employers want to hear about what you can't do. People like people with the “I can” attitudes. One thing that I have learned from God's word is that I cannot rely on feelings. One day I may feel happy then another day I may feel said. Regardless of my emotions I know “I can” speak God's word over my life and it will and does change my way of thinking.
Proverbs 17:22 a merry Heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
When you laugh aloud, you usually end up feeling really good. Do you know of people that can say almost anything and make you laugh? I often wondered why I like comedy pictures. After thinking about it, I realized the comedy pictures would make me laugh and I usually felt really good after watching one. Try it. Then think about how you feel afterward. Think about some of the things they say and do in the comedy picture. Think of people that you feel good when you are around them.
Saying “I will do something or I will be something” gives a certain expectation or hope. It has been said that, “Your word is your bond.” Usually you will expect and believe that the person saying that will follow through and do just that.
I was Wrong
Do you know people that have a hard time admitting that they are wrong? Do you have difficulty admitting that you are wrong? It takes a strong person to do that. Admitting that you are wrong about something shows character and shows that you are not flawless or perfect. There is no perfect one, but God.
I Will Listen More
Has anyone told you, “You are not listening to what I am saying?” Have you ever been in such a rush to tell someone else something, that you totally missed what they were trying to tell you you? Have you ever had a conversation where you did most of the talking and the other person knows everything about you, yet you know very little about that person. According to Mike Myatt at forbes.com, It is not about you. There is emphasis on not focusing on what you want to say, but rather listening to what is being said. Remember to tell yourself, “ I will listen more.” Words are powerful; talk to yourself.
Saying “thank you” let's the other person know that you appreciate them. Everyone likes to be appreciated. I recall a church that I visited while on vacation. It was raining and after parking our car, there were men coming from the church with umbrella's to escort each family member into the church. I naturally told them thank you, because even though unexpected it was quite welcome. I also recall a church I visited recently. The hospitality was exceptional. The ushers said, “We are so glad to see you here.” “Thank you for coming.” They said it with a smile so their action matched their words. What powerful words do you use?
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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Does your child fidget a lot possibly in the classroom or even when required to sit for any length of time? Have you ever thought maybe it is not ADD(attention deficit Disorder), but rather a sensory deficit?
Do you know the value of sensory activities for your children? How many children have been misdiagnosed and then medicated unnecessarily? You want to get a correct diagnosis from your doctor. If you have observed your child, you may find that there are sensory items that can help your child.
Types of Sensory
Did you know that sensory processing may include lighting, smell, and touching and feeling? Yes that is according to sensory processing disorder.com.
Does your child fidget in the classrom such as tipping the chair or tapping her pencil on the desk? According to Rachael at adventuresinwunderland.com your child may have a need to fidget. She further adds that such tools such as pipe cleaners, silly putty, sensory bracelets may be helpful to help your child in the classroom. This does make sense. I have seen children that seemingly could not sit still and some had been labeled with ADD (attention deficit disorder). Could they possibly have been misdiagnosed and medicated unnnecessarily? It does make you wonder.
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2. Sensory Play Activities
Sensory play is important for child development. Learning4kids.net further added that coloring rice, rice and ice, bottle top and bubble baths are awesome sensory activities. In fact, I recall one of my children loving to play and dig in the sand. She could get quite messy and dirty, but seemed to just love it. I also recalled attending the children's museum where there was a water and bubble display. The children loved putting their hands in the water and getting wet.
3. Sea Life
Below is a video from Sea Life in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The great thing about the hands on at Sea Life is that everything that you see in the video below could be touched. Children love putting their hands in the water and actually touching the creatures. This was an awesome experience. I even enjoyed it probably more than the children.
there are several colorful videos that aide in sensory visualization. The fish and their surroundings are quite colorful and delightful to the eyes.
4. Sensory Game
Jill at http://amomwithalessonplan.com/sense-of-touch-mystery-bag/ talks and illustrates the sensory mystery game. I just love that. She mentions how she chooses about 10 items to put in a bag. Then the child with eyes clothes would feel and item and attempt to guess what the item was. Hints could be given too. She also, discussed how the item felt.
5. Lego Calming Down Jars
This sensory activity can be found at http://lemonlimeadventures.com/lego-calm-down-jar/. Directions are given how to make this jar. This jar is a mixture of glue, glitter, warm water, and your child's favorite toy. This activity provides visual and tactile stimulation. What other sensory activities or toys do you like?
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Sunday, November 1, 2015
There are some survivors of the Vietnam War that have medals to show for it. There are those that have received Honorable Discharge. We want to always remember our veterans, because they gave their lives for their country.
|Thank You to Military Veterans|
Military veterans can be honored any time throughout the year. Saying thank you to a military veteran can mean so much to them. I am so proud to say that I am in a military family which include nieces, nephews, brother-in-laws, sister-in-law, my pastor, and most important of all my husband. My husband is a proud soldier. Although, my husband is a very private person, he perks right up when there is discussion about the military. He shared a few things that I am sharing with you.
I had never heard the term Points-man until now. A points-man in the army goes out ahead of his men to scout out any danger such as booby traps set by the enemy. My husband recalls leading a four-company battalion of about 500 soldiers. He noted that his company was the first of the battalion to go into battle that particular day. I can only imagine what it was like.
This is pretty much like it sounds. Just like rats may have tunnels, there are human tunnels that the soldiers will crawl into and check for hidden weapons or hidden enemies. The tunnel rat will carry a 45 pistol and a flashlight while doing this.
The DD-214 Form is a form that contains all of your military history including all of the awards that you have received.
I applaud those women veterans that have left their families to join the military. I was amazed that during my previous employment, I was working with previous military employers from the military both men and women. It was an awesome experience. I could note the discipline, organization, and other great qualities that they possessed.
You will always see the American Flag raised at our home outdoors. They are always replaced when they become worn. In addition, I am proud to say that my husband has received all of the following medals:
Bronze Star Medal
This is one of the Honorable awards that any army soldier can receive. This award is for Meritorious Achievement in Grand Operations Against Hostile Forces.
National Defense Service Medal
This medal is for honorable active duty for soldiers during 1950-54, 1961-74, 1990-95,2001-TB.
US. Vietnam Service Medal
Soldiers that served in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia or Thailand between 1965-73 received this award.
Vietnam Campaign Medal
A soldier that served 6 months in the Republic of Vietnam between 1965-73, or was wounded, captured or killed in action during that time period receives that award.
Combat Infantry Badge
Soldiers that are expert riflemen in the army receive this award.
I recall one day going into a store. My husband wore his military cap with all of his badges. As he opened the door for myself and the lady behind me to walk through, this lady opened the opposite door and told him to go in first and she thanked him for the service to our county. These types of attitudes are really appreciated by war veterans. It definitely was a welcome surprise for me. In addition, I have observed those that will tell veterans "Welcome Home." I have even seen others say to veterans, "Thank you for all you have done for our country." In fact, a lady just recently did that. The most memorable time was when my husband and I were at an event. This man thanked my husband for his military service and gave him $100.00, then added, “You and your wife go out to dinner.” That was a time that we both were smiling. Our veterans need to be recognized and not forgotten. So just remember that the next time you see a military veteran.
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Saturday, October 24, 2015
How many of you have been on a weight-loss journey for what seems like ages? Are you finding it difficult to lose the weight? I have discovered an app that I just love.
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This Tracker2Go App helps me to plan for weight loss by keeping track of my calorie intake. The best part about this app is that it is free. I am intentional regarding my weight loss. I discovered I have gained 12 pounds since last year and the majority of it is in my stomach. How many of us know “if it was not for free?”
BMI (Body Mass Index)
I discovered that my (BMI) body mass index is okay, but it is on the borderline of not being okay if there is more weight gain to my waist. According to the American Heart Association an unhealthy body mass can result in heart disease, certain cancers, raised blood pressure, and cholesterol as well. Listed below is a BMI Calculator found at the American Heart Association. You can calculate your BMI.
I am quite intentional. I don't like a muffin-top. It would be ideal if you could send the fat where you want it to go. I have decided besides being vigilant with my FREE Tracker2GoApp, I have been doing 100 stomach crunches a day. I started doing these on September 18, 2015. I believed it was not enough to just exercise and walk, but that I needed to take a look at my diet. I discovered I could no longer eat like I used to eat. There needed to be some changes made.
I started using this app on September 28, 2015. I like that the Tracker app keeps a daily dairy for you of your food intake. All you do is enter the food you eat at each meal, it then calculates the number of calories for each food item and lets you know how many remaining calories you have before meeting your target calorie deadline for the day. For example yesterday for breakfast I had papaya juice-130 calories, oatmeal 102 calories, and margarine in the oatmeal 26 calories. Sometimes I will change it to a slice of bacon and maybe a boiled egg or pancakes. That was just for breakfast. The good thing about the tracker is I decide what and how much I eat. If I eat more during lunch, I may eat less at dinner. I always have a running tally of where I am at with my eating.
There is a chart for exercise also which helps with your calorie intake. Now yesterday I walked for about 20 minutes. So when calculated on my app it added 52 calories for my allowance in addition to the calorie target that I had already chosen. I like that I always know where I stand as far as my calorie intake with just a glance at my diary on my app.
It also readily compiles your diary by day, month, and year, and even makes charts for you showing your energy target.
Although the tracker is relatively new for me, I will keep you updated on my journey. I am very excited about it and I have lost 2 pounds thus far.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015
There was a time when bullying occurred on the playground. Now bullying may occur on the internet, in the school building, or possibly on the school bus.
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When your children ride the school bus, there should be steps in place to prevent bullying. They should not have to ride in fear.
Bus Driver Involvement
According to the National Education Association bullying may include physical aggression such as hitting or stealing, name-calling, and even isolating someone. They further add that bus drivers need to be invited and encouraged to join school committees on bullying prevention. This does make sense, because possibly most bus drivers have no training regarding bullying on the bus and may also feel a disconnection with the students they are driving back and forth to school. In the article:
I talk more about how harmful name-calling can be to children.
Did you know that about 10% of bullying related to school occurs on the bus? That is according to the United States Department of Education. They further add that 52.2 percent of the nation's roughly 550,000 bus drivers believe bullying is a serious problems on their school buses, but two-thirds of the incidents go unreported. To access free materials on bus bullying just go to the following site listed below:
Recent Racial bus Bullying in Bloomfield Hill, Michigan
This incident occurred in April, 2015. When I read and saw this video, I was compelled to share this with you. A 13-year-old boy experienced for the first time racial bus bullying. This is so sad. He emphasized he no longer feels safe on the bus or in that school. The sad part is that he should not have to stop attending the school, because of other's misbehaving. He is now home-schooled, while the police investigation is ongoing. No child should have to endure this.
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Although I am happy that Rick Snyder introduced the anti-bullying law, Michigan finally has an anti-bullying law as of December 2011, but why did it take so long? Michigan was the 48th state to get the law. This law was way overdue for Michigan. Many other states had this law long ago dating back to 1999. That is about an 11 year difference.
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One possible solution to school bullying according to Safetylovetoknow.com is to have parents volunteer to ride the bus or pair up with a friend and ride the bus for increased supervision. If there are parents that have the time, this could possibly be a viable solution. Parent involvement is so crucial. Let's face it, the bus driver can only do so much while driving and trying to watch the road way. They further suggested raising money to install security cameras on the school bus. This might be somewhat expensive, but aren't the children worth it?
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Sunday, October 11, 2015
Thank goodness for Breast Cancer research, because there are new discoveries made everyday. Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
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We have come along way, but still have a long way to go. While Cancer may be frightening to some, there is hope in the new discoveries that are occurring daily.
Taxol or Taxotere vs Abraxane
According to WebMd., Taxol when administered during chemotherapy does not dissolve in water, therefore needs to be put in solvents when administering to cancer patients which can cause several side effects. Also, patients require several medications including steroids and antihistamines before starting chemotherapy. This is something that I have witnessed when sitting with cancer patients talking with them during chemotherapy. The further add that Abraxane can be added dissolved in water thus no more medication needed before therapy, no side effects, and shorter infusion time. In fact they state the time changes from 3 hours to about half an hour of Chemotherapy. Now for someone that has not had chemotherapy or been around someone that has had it, you may not see the significance. But I know personally from sitting with chemotherapy patients it can be time consuming.
Denise Dador at abc7 news talks about how memory loss is not uncommon after chemotherapy. She talked to Dr. Patricia A. Ganz, who shared information about a pilot study. The patients participated in a 5 two-hour session learning strategies to retrain their brain. Dr. Ganz has been studying and doing research on this for several years.
If you have a relative or friend that is going through chemo treatments, Just sitting with them during the treatment, can give them great support. Sometimes the chemo treatments may be just about 20 minutes during a session, while at other times, it may be up to 3 hours or more. Every patient’s timing and situation may vary. If you have never gone through this, you can learn a lot just sitting and talking with others that are going through this.
As I talked with a patient that had chemotherapy, he mentioned that he had trouble traveling to places that he may have been to numerous times before. Because of the chemo fog, he just cannot remember the directions. This was frustrating to him too. Unfortunately chemotherapy damages the good cells of the body as well as the cancer cells, which includes cells in the brain as well.
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I have talked to several cancer patients that stated they went through their chemotherapy sessions alone. I was quite surprised. I always recommend if you have a friend or relative going through treatment, go with them to the chemotherapy sessions if possible. Chemotherapy can last several months and 2 to 3 hours at a time one or several days a week. I was totally ignorant of the time process involved. Now I realize how they can be so tired because the chemo not only kills the bad cancer cells it destroys the good cells in your body as well. I discovered cancer patients can bring their laptops, watch TV, or something that I did with them was to talk. I learned so much from just listening to different individuals. I was surprised to see men there with breast cancer. I learned breast Cancer can also occur in dogs. I recall a relative of mine that found a stray dog and took her in. This tiny dog had numerous medical problems which included breast cancer. My relative took the dog to the vet continually and cared for her with all vigilance.
No Side Effects
According to Kristin Bien at wsbt.com Cancer treatment will start human trials with no side effects. She further adds that John Kanzius uses nano-technology and radio waves to treat cancer by injecting nano articles directly into the cancer cell and are heated to destroy the cancer cell. This definitely beats not having side effects such as memory loss, low blood count, constipation, hair loss, nerve damage, and much more that results from chemotherapy and radiation. I can understand when someone tells me that they are a cancer survivor. They have actually had to survive much more than cancer.
Reduce Cancer Returns
According to breastcancer.org. they talk about the cancer possibly having estrogen receptors that receives signals from the estrogen to promote the cancer growth. The cancer feeds off it. So cancer treatment is treated more aggressively with young women that are still menstruating. I personally have heard an oncologist say this exact same thing. I personally know from talking with cancer patients that after chemo is complete they still continue on the Tamoxifen daily tablet once a day originally for 5 years. Now that has changed to 10 years daily. It is referred to as (oral Chemo).
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Monday, October 5, 2015
Does your child always blame others for problems rather than taking responsibility. Have you wondered why your child does this? Does blaming others really solve the problem?
When you take a look at why children are always blaming others, you may see a few great revelations. Maybe they feel it is easier to blame someone else. Lets look at some of the reasons why children may blame others.
|Stop Blaming Others|
Scholastic.com talks about a schoolroom situation where a child is blaming someone else for using the big scissors even though the teacher saw the student pick the scissors up to use. It is suggested that possibly this child is yearning for approval and the fear of disapproval is the reasoning for blaming others.
Do your children see themselves as the victim? This is another reason that children may blame others according to empowering parents.com.
According to Compartment, you can hold children accountable for their actions by making honesty pay. How can you do that? You can be calm, approachable, and more importantly let children know that everyone makes mistakes. They further add not to forget to give children praise for owning up to their actions.
When children blame do you become highly upset and raise your voice when confronting them?
What could children do differently instead of blaming? According to Huffington.com when asking children what they could do differently, you allow your children to grow from this situation and even help them feel empowered. Let's face it feeling empowered is an awesome feeling.
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