Pets

The Old Guard Has Fallen

You never know what you have until it’s gone. The old adage is so true for me, and another family as we mourn the loss of a dear great friend. George wasn’t like anyone else. He marched to the beat of his own drum. He loved hard and played harder. When he ran the very ground thundered under his feet. He was a giant! His size intimidating many. He had a huge heart though, a teddy bear in a big body. And he loved kids the most. George was a jewel in a crown; that’s priceless and can’t be replaced. And the hole he left in his passing, leaves a huge vacant space in that crown that can’t be filled with anything else.  The space that he held is now an empty vacuum of space; where now the enemy at the gate has breached.  That’s why I can’t hold back…

Pets

Cats and Kitten Care

Cats and kittens have a way of warming a cold heart or a cold foot. Anyone who has ever had a cat at one time in their life, no matter how long ago that might be, can agree that cats are very different from dogs.Cats are misunderstood and get a bad rap. According to one source through the ASPCA, it’s estimated that there are over 78 million dog owners and 85.5 million cat owners in the United States. That is a whopping difference of ten million five hundred thousand! Cats are by far very popular at least in the North American region. China seems to have an overabundance of cats at 53 million based on WorldAtlas.com. According to this source, there is an island in Japan called Tashirojima Island where cats live and thrive in large groups. Cats are also a source for art and literature in Japan. Based on just a few…

Woman

Anointed Inspired Candles

I have started a new venture that I hope will be a life long entrepreneurial lifestyle. I was approached last week to sell the candles that I have been making as a side hobby. I have not made a lot from it, only a few dollars to keep my hobby going.  But now with this opportunity, it could mean me becoming a full time stay at home mom.  I would love nothing more than to be able to provide for my family, and also stay at home and meet their domestic needs too. It is hard to juggle both.  I am sure most working moms can relate. Either you are being pulled one way or the other. Housework is always something that gets put on the back burner. But not only do you lose sleep over that, but you also worry if you are giving your children and your husband enough time and…

Woman

Self-Care

Today I am going to talk about self-care. This is something that is widely taught and encouraged in the medical field. As a CNA we are told to practice self-care on our days off. Because trying to care for others when you are empty is very hard and you will have emotional breakdowns if you do not take care of yourself.

Adoptions

We Got The Call

I am so pleased to announce that after so many years of waiting, we received that long-awaited call today that our little boy will be joining our family in just a few short weeks. This journey has been an emotional rollercoaster. One I was not sure I would survive. We started doing respite care for a few kids in February. And that is how we met the boy of our dreams. We began to watch him every weekend for 72 hours and we just fell in love. He fits right in. I was also told this afternoon at the end of my shift that I will no longer be needed to care for the older gentleman that I have taken care of for 2 years. This too is an answer to prayer. It is my desire to be a stay-a- home-mommy. We are starting a new adventure and I hope…

Woman

The Heart of Your Home

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Ladies, we are the heart of our home. We are the thermostat. We set the tone and the energy. Face it, when “Mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy!” Isn’t that the truth? So when I camped on this verse from Proverbs 31:11 I had to resort to the commentaries.  “The heart of her husband does safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil”. I have included two links below: Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers This writer states that the man trusts his wife with his income. Knowing that she won’t spend it all frivolously and lead them the poor house. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary This is a much wider view of the verse. But to sum it up quickly, the writer states that the wife of noble character acts right. She is not selfish. She finds ways to make life easier for her husband so that he can go…

Woman

I Am Not a Morning Person

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“She gets up while it is still night”…..Yawn! I am staring at that verse while I try and contemplate my day. I am in my bathrobe with my coffee and bible on my lap. “She gets up while it is still night….she provides food for her family”. In my house, it is “fend” for your self before eight o’clock.  I am not a morning person! But the woman of noble character gets up in the middle of the night to start preparing meals for her family.  I think we have to read that in context of the times she was living. Most alarm clocks in America go off around 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. Ours goes off at 6:00 a.m. and is snoozed until 6:45. I do feed the cats and my farm animals at around 7:30, but that is after I have had a shower and had at least a cup…