Thursday, January 29, 2009

I've been tagged!!!

I was tagged by Michelle for this one.  Here is what you are supposed to do:

1. Go to the 4th folder of your photos
2. Upload the 4th photo
3. Tell the world about it
4. Tag 4 more friends!

The 4 people I will tag are Kim B, Jill, Bonnie, and Heather.

Well, since I have a Mac, it does not have the photos stored in folders like a PC.  So I went into iPhoto and counted down to the 4th line and posted the 4th photo on that line.

The photo below is of my dad holding Ronnie at my brother's wedding in Michigan last summer.  Ronnie was kind of tired, hence the look on his face.  LOL!  It was a fun day though!  Any time Ronnie gets to spend with his grandparents is a treasure indeed!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mercury in vaccines replaced with something even more toxic

The short, eye-opening eBook linked below is titled Aluminum in Vaccines -- a Neurological Gamble, by Neil Miller, director of the Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute. It documents the hazards associated with aluminum-laden vaccines. Children are receiving high concentrations of aluminum in their shots. This well-documented neurotoxin may be more dangerous than mercury.

Vaccines containing high concentrations of neurotoxic aluminum were added to the child immunization schedule when several vaccines containing mercury were removed. Two-month old babies now receive 1,225 mcg of aluminum from their vaccines -- 50 times higher than safety levels! Although the FDA, CDC and World Health Organization are aware of the dangers, they expect parents to play Russian roulette with their children.
Aluminum in Vaccines -- a Neurological Gamble (PDF)

Read the rest of the article here:

A blogger giveaway

My friend Amy at Lavender Sparkles is giving away A Gospel Primer. Visit her site if you would like to included in the drawing. I don't know how to do the fancy links on here so this is how I do it:

Monday, January 26, 2009

We DO have rights in how we decide to educate our children

School District Tells Mother She “Has No Say” in Her Son’s Education
Some school officials just don’t get it.

Due to difficult family circumstances, a Texas mother withdrew her son from public school and sent him to live with his grandparents in New Mexico to be homeschooled. Following proper procedure, the mother notified the school that her son was being withdrawn.

Not wanting to do anything wrong, the mother also continued communication with the school to ensure that she was fulfilling all requirements she thought existed. However, it was the school district that was wrong!

The superintendent’s secretary told the new homeschool mom that the superintendent would be the one to decide how her son was educated and that he would not “approve” homeschooling until he had met with the mother and seen the curriculum. Furthermore, the secretary stated that the mother “has no say” in her child’s education and that she was expected to continue sending him to public school unless she had the superintendent’s approval to teach him at home.

Unaware that she has the right to make educational decisions for her son, the mother fearfully prepared to comply.

Fortunately, she decided to contact HSLDA for advice. Senior Counsel Chris Klicka and his legal assistant explained that not only does the mother have the right to decide how her son is educated, but the Texas superintendent no longer has authority over the teenager because he no longer resides in the state! They explained that furthermore, even if her son had remained in Texas, the law does not require her to obtain approval to homeschool there.

Klicka wrote a letter to the superintendent explaining Texas law and included a summary of U.S. Supreme Court Decisions upholding a parent's right to direct her child's education and upbringing (See Decisions of the United States Supreme Court Upholding Parental Rights as “Fundamental”. He also warned the superintendent against contacting the mother about her son’s school attendance.

The family has not heard back from the district and the teenager is now happily being homeschooled in New Mexico.

Article from the HSLDA

Saturday, January 24, 2009

...the most powerful personal story against abortion I have ever heard

Click on this link to read Steve Camp's blog post.

CAMPONTHIS: STAND UP TODAY FOR THE LIVES OF UNBORN CHILDREN<br>...the most powerful personal story against abortion I have ever heard

Sweet baby boy

Here is a sweet photo of Ronnie sleeping on our bed the other night after his fever.  Poor little guy was so tired he slept in until 9:00am!

Monday, January 19, 2009

10 years ago this month

It was 10 years ago this week that I made the move to Tennessee from Michigan. I was a single 24 year old who had never lived on my own before. My parents helped me pack up all my stuff; we loaded up a trailer, the back of my dad's truck, and my car. And made the 600 mile drive from Allendale to Nashville. I had $1200 in the bank, and a huge amount of faith that Nashville is where I needed to be. I had no idea what I would do for work to support myself, I had no friends or family nearby, yet I had a peace about moving here. I just felt like I was supposed to be here and that God would work things out. And He sure has!!!

It is still amazing to me to reflect back to that time 10 years ago having no idea what God had in store for me. Only to see now how He guided my path the entire time. Within about 6 months after moving here, God was really working on my heart to come to Him in repentance and to live my life for Him. Sure, I was raised in church all my life, but that does not make one a Christian. I had never truly repented of my sins before the Lord, and had never turned from living a life that was displeasing to God. My heart was stirred and it was during the prayer times with a friend that I truly gave my life to the Lord. And I have not been the same since. I thank the Lord for His saving grace and mercy.

Within a couple of months of giving my life to the Lord, I met Ron. We hit it off right from the start and became instant friends. We talked on the phone and hung out all the time. We decided to start dating each other just a couple months later. And just 3 short months after we started dating we were engaged. Our wedding was exactly one year from the weekend we met, Labor Day weekend. And here we are 8 years later living in our first home for 5 years now, with our almost 19 month old son, and expecting our 2nd baby in May. I would say it is pretty clear that I was meant to come to Nashville! I had no idea all the things God had in store for me here, and I feel so blessed to see where He has brought me these last 10 years. All glory to Him for all the things He has done in our lives.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Headlines from 2029

Headlines from the Year 2029

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions
in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California .

White minorities still trying to have English
recognized as Mexifornia's third language.

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern
United States crops and livestock.

Baby conceived naturally!
Scientists stumped.

Couple petitions court to reinstate
heterosexual marriage.

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica .
No other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation!

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89
and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

85-year $75.8 billion study:
Diet & Exercise is the key to weight loss.

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.

Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third
consecutive year in Mexifornia and Floruba.

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such
a fast shutter speed they now can photograph
a woman with her mouth shut.

Abortion clinics now available in every
High School in United States

Senate still blocking drilling in ANWR
even though gas is selling for 4532 Pesos per liter
and gas stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

Headlines from the supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

Average height of NBA players is now nine feet, seven inches.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers,
fly swatters & rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2030.

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Floruba voters still having trouble with voting machines.

Now, send this to whomever you want and as many as you want, then, guess what....
NOTHING will happen. No miracles, no money, absolutely nothing, except you might make someone smile or be very very scared.

I Love This Country!
It's The Government That Scares Me!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yummy raw chocolate treat recipes

Enzyme Chocolate
by Shoshanna Easling
December 2008

Chocolate Icing/Fudge on a Spoon

1 C. Raw honey-
3/4 C. Coconut oil (Cold pressed) melted
1 C. Coco powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. Toasted Pecans(optional)
Peppermint extract or essential oil to taste(optional)


Stir ingredients well

Option 1
use as icing on top of a Cake.

Option 2
Grease pan with coconut oil then fill with mixture. Chill for Fudge on a Spoon.

Chocolate Moose Cookies/Moose Icing

1/3 C. Raw coconut oil (do not melt oil)
3/4 C. Coco Powder
1/2 C. Raw honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt

Blend on high for 3 minutes. Use fork to crush any remaining coconut oil clumps. Blend one minute more. Spoon on to cake or spoon small cookie drops onto wax paper and chill until firm.

Dark Chocolate Coconut balls/Chocolate Energy Bar

2 C. Coconut flakes (not sweetened)
1 C. Coco Powder
1 C. Raw honey
1/2 C. Almond butter
1 pinch of salt

Blend for 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl and blend 1 minute. Roll in small balls. Roll balls in coconut. Chill
For Energy Bars-add 1/2 C. more coconut. Press until it is about 1/2 an inch thick. Chill. Cut into bars.
It is great with a banana!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cookie Lee Spring/Summer 2009 catalog is HERE!!

Please visit my jewelry biz blog to view the on-line catalog! We have some very beautiful jewelry for this season!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Quote and some thoughts

I came across this quote in an e-mail someone sent me:

Live in such a way that those who know you but do not know God, will come to know God because they knew you.

This has me thinking very deeply about my own life and how I live it, not only in front of others, but also in private. Do I really live this out loud for all to see? Do I talk about God and His word with others? Do I show the love and mercy of Jesus to others? Do I live like I am a follower of Jesus Christ?

I am glad I found this quote, it is forcing me to really examine my heart and my life, and to ask the Lord to show me the areas where I need to change, and to be a bolder witness for Him.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Before I was a Mom

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom .

Monday, January 5, 2009

Please donate if you can

This is the blog of a dear friend of mine. Please read about what they dealing with in trying to get medical attention for their son. And if you feel led, please donate some money to help them out. I love this family dearly.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Devotional for today

Our Hope for Years to Come

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
Psalm 28:7

Recommended Reading
Psalm 28:6-9

This verse provides a happy formula for the New Year. Notice the progression.

First, we realize that the Lord is our strength and shield. No matter what unfolds from day to day or from month to month, He’ll give us sufficient strength, and His presence will surround us as a shield.

Second, our hearts can fully trust Him. We can relax, rest, and lean on Him, knowing He is fully able to do all He has promised.

Third, as we recognize who He is and trust Him, we are helped. There’s no sense of panic as it relates to the uncertain future. He helps us in everything at every time. The past, the present, and the future are His.

Fourth, our heart can therefore rejoice. Today is a day for a joyful and glad attitude. And that leads to a song of praise. We can have a hymn in our hearts today—like this one: “O God our Help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be Thou our Guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.”

Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure; sufficient is Thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.
Isaac Watts