Preparedness

52 Week Money Challenge


So confession. I love Pinterest! 

There was a quote I once saw that said something to the following,

“Facebook makes you hate the people you know, and Pinterest makes you adore people you’ve never met.”

I probably completely wrecked the quote. Nonetheless, sadly enough I think this is so true. Pinterest is fascinating and captivating of all the random things you find that are generally very applicable to your interests.

The point of all of this is that I while browsing today, I just found this great little idea for making saving a little easier. I love the simplicity of this, and the reminder of the old parable of something to the effect of would you rather $1,000.00 today, or $1.00 today, $2.00 tomorrow, $4.00 the day after, continuing to double as each day progresses. I think this theory provides a similar concept.

52 Week Money Challenge

In the attached link to the All Things MW Blog the savings concept is that you save $1.00 for week 1, $2.00 for week 2, and so forth until you are at week 52 in which you save $52. By the end of the challenge (52 Weeks) you have saved $1,378.00!! Now this idea she received from someone else, which she states and quotes. This quote is simply too good not to share, for I think it probably hits home with more than myself.

“Kassandra.Moreland stated what inspired her to do this plan: “I am a single parent, and I have worked at my job for 22 years. I just worked 53 hours alone in this pay period and do this all of the time. I decided that this is the year that I will have something to show for working all of those hours instead of just bills left over at the end of the year.I work better if I am held accountable, even in my personal life, so I decided to see how many of my friends would be honest and say they needed help with a structured savings plan, and even if they don’t would they help me. I had no idea that it wold turn into what it has in just the last two hours.”

Here is the chart that was shared on the blog, which they left the disclaimer that they did not create either and to thank the anonymous creator for the great visual.

52 Week Money Challenge

52 Week Money Challenge

So my same challenge to each of you is to also join with me. As I sit here today, I’m wishing I could have started this a few years ago. What a difference it would make. Especially with my recently found status from being Downsized from my full-time position. If I can do this, while looking for new opportunities, can you? I will admit to not always being the best at saving money, for something always comes up and seems to wipe out what little savings I’ve been able to obtain. So in my new commitment and goals, in addition to what I already put away each month I will be sending this savings to another savings account of mine that hasn’t had much in activity in the past few years.

I’m anxious to see how I do at this! I know I’m putting my own accountability on the line here, and I could royally fail. But it’s worth the shot. In my past few goals and successes the past few years, is not blogging about my new goals and ambitions on my way. So here I am. Who’s with me? I’d love to hear who wants to join me in their own small personal victory? Now if you are already great at putting savings away, and want to challenge yourself to a little more, I’d love to hear your ideas!

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Review: In the Courts of the Sun


In the Courts of the Sun
In the Courts of the Sun by Brian D’Amato
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was so excited to read this book! It was right up my alley, with bits of that I really love to learn/read about! Action, adventure, thrills, Mayan History, Apocalyptic and prophecies… Unfortunately not! I had to read the first couple chapters a few times. I was SO lost! Granted it does start you off with some dude possessing some ancient dude and them having an internal battle, literally, of who is going to have control of the body. Really!? Then he takes you back in time leads you forever through the back history which was interesting albeit a bit misguided on some facts. But I wanted to like this book so much I kept going and for a while it was interesting and engaging. There is much talk of this ‘game’ that you never fully understand that they go on and on about but never really explain it. A quarter way into this book (pg 200+/-) you pretty much want to kill yourself so you don’t have to continue the torture. I hate not finishing a book. I will force myself to finish nearly anything. However, Frankly I just can’t take any more of this book!! 😐 First off he drags on and on and ON! About stupid crap that doesn’t matter and rambles around then jumps ahead and then looses you then decides to take a huge jump back and examine something in GREAT Length. He also likes to give the impression that he is an expert on many subjects when it’s obvious he actually knows NOTHING about it – this the case with the Mormons / LDS Church. I can understand a thing or two incorrect about a people that you are in fact not a part of. But his constant insistence that he’s an expert about them then gets major SIMPLE things about the people and religion so grossly incorrect I can’t take it anymore. (Yes, I’m a Mormon). Regardless, I can’t take the pain and suffering anymore or wasting anymore of my life….

(Actually finished August 28th 2013)

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Review: Ensign – June 2013


Ensign - June 2013
Ensign – June 2013 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I honestly love the fact that we have The Ensign available to us!! It never ceases to amaze me how each month it’s filled with articles that I swear, were written just for me! In addition its material is not always applicable to me, but also put forth in such a manner that I am able to internalize the doctrine greater. Resulting in feeling closer to the Lord and the Gospel. 🙂

http://www.lds.org/ensign/2013?lang=eng

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Review: One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do


One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do
One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do by Phil Cooke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m grateful that I found this book when I did…. Has it changed my life drastically? No, but it did help pull me out of the rut I was falling into. I’d been working in a position that was very unhealthy for me and was slowing killing my spirit and self-belief. I’ve always felt that my life has great purpose and design, that my presence here needs to make a difference on the world… even if it’s just with one or two individuals, ultimately through service. I think more than anything this helped remind me of that and my individual worth. I was surprised but not upset to find many Christian references, beliefs and scriptures. That helped remind me. The book was interesting and flowed well. I felt like there were a few repetitive points, but also felt like I needed to hear them again, so I didn’t mind so much.

A few years ago my path became clouded and I’ve felt like I’ve not been progressing towards my greater purpose. My career fell. My marriage crumbled. My dreams and goals seemed further off than ever before. For the past four years, I’ve moved from job to job doing what I had to. While I still don’t have my dream job I’m moving closer and happier with what I do, thanks to Mr. Cooke’s recommendation – found the purpose I serve in this position and how I serve the greater good for now… Just you wait – someday – I’ll make that difference! Or rather, BE that difference!

One last thing, a dear friend told me many years ago, that “A true friend is the one who knows the song of your heart, and sings it back to you when you have forgotten.” For me that is what this book ultimately felt like.

Thank you!

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Review: A Week in the Woods


A Week in the Woods
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was cute. Found it as an available title from the Pioneer Library, I needed something to listen to while I worked that wasn’t heavy. It was easy to get into and a very quick read – it took me only a few hours one day.

Honestly, it was cute. I thought it was well written and very relate-able on many levels. Had great self reflection of the main character that would simultaneously have you looking within yourself. Many lessons of life, situations, attitude and judgement. Great job. Highly recommend. 🙂

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Review: CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SINGLES SOUL


Chicken Soup for the Cold

Chicken Soup for the Cold (Photo credit: texascooking)

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SINGLES SOUL
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SINGLES SOUL by Jack Canfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Honestly, I love the Chicken Soup For the Soul Books – Probably why I keep reading them…

Five years ago I had just gotten married, moved into a new home and was trying to enjoy the benefits I always heard about that come with being a ‘newlywed.’ Most of that ‘enjoying’ was me hanging on to a nice moment here and there, learning that all I had hoped for was far from reality. At that time I had put a Chicken Soup for the Soul book in our ‘bathroom reading materials.’ Little did I know at the time from that point I would find myself stowing away in the bathroom – reading these great short stories! What a blessing that had been to me then, to have 5 minutes of joy in a life and marriage that wasn’t what I’d always hoped and didn’t bring half the smiles this little book gave me. How grateful I was though, I honestly think that this book helped me survive, it was at least one of those sweet tender mercies from the Lord that helped me survive, others were my sweet little Jada (my niece – how I miss her!) and my amazing and simply wonderful neighbor Rhonda, who helped pick up the pieces of my broken heart. I wish I could find or at least remember which ‘Soup’ that this was… About the same week that I finished my ‘Soup’ my ex-husband also asked for a divorce.

I was given this particular “Soup” shortly after my divorce four years ago, I chuckled to myself and said well I guess there is a version for every stage! Secretly I’ve hoped that once I finished reading this one that my chapter of being ‘single again’ in my own life would also come to a close… While it hasn’t been the same week, I’m hopeful. I’m so grateful for this book, the progression through different stages of singleness and the healing and heartbreaking stories alike. I felt like I had a support group this past four years, which was absolutely needed as I found myself alone and isolated from what friends I thought I had, in a strange new place and navigating career suicide with my move. I found myself having to rebuild my life nearly from scratch, re-evaluate who I am, what I believe and what impact I currently have on the world around me and what I want to change to be the difference. I purposely slowed down at reading this book, only allowing myself to read one or two entries a week, and sometimes less. I felt that I needed the time to process others stories and my own mind and heart. I honestly think that this book helped me from truly assisted me in my will to not become bitter and vengeful, but more grateful that he let me go and had the courage to do so, allowing me to have a much better chance at happiness. From experiencing my bad marriage and my loneliness before hand to my life now and my attitude towards myself. I’m so grateful for the experience. I truly am happy with who I am, happy with how I give back to the world and make an impact, and know that frankly I was an amazing wife, and might someday again have that chance, but I love hanging out with myself and now really comfortable in my own skin. All of this is intricately entwined together as this has been a long and sometimes painful, and mostly joyful growing experience, and has been a nice little journey and chapter of my life. Thank you Jack Canfield for your guidance through this minefield. 🙂

Ps. If I decide to marry again one day, I look forward to it with joy. But in the meantime I’m loving each moment of being single!

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Review: The Ensign – March 2013


The Ensign - March 2013
The Ensign – March 2013 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, I know I haven’t been fantastic at staying on top of reading the Ensign every month for the past few months. I have defiantly felt the lack of it’s influence in my life, and on my spirit. I’m grateful I listened to the prompting to start reading it again this month! At this moment I’m committing once again to read the Ensign each month for the rest of this year and go back and read the first two issues. This really was a fantastic issue and deeply touched my spirit and uplifted my heart. It felt that almost each article once again had been written just for me! I love how that works! 🙂 It makes me feel that maybe I’m not completely alone in the world with my struggles and trials, and let’s be honest – mental issues at times! Great Ensign! I highly recommend! It also helped to encourage me and really kinda slap me upside my head on subjects that I’ve been slacking on or other areas in my life where I need improvement… and that improvement is easy! I just have to do it! I know I can, and I know that God will bless me for doing so! I fully know that life isn’t always peaches and cream if we just follow the commandments… but I know that God does bless us in those tiny but significate daily tender mercies! Those tender mercies are what strengthen and keep us encouraged as we face trials and tribulations they are what help make it through and so that they are mere, and it came to pass moments, and not thus came the downfall of Jennifer…

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Review: Mere Christianity


Mere Christianity
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yet another CS Lewis I really enjoyed! I really enjoyed how deep he delved into subjects, very controversial subjects! I kept wanting to take experts from the book and just give that as my reply to certain subjects that are current hot topics in the world. Highly recommend to all! Even if you are not Christian, it gave some great insights, and more ammo for me in other areas. 😉

Topics I book marked:
Theology on desires – healthy & unhealthy; Lifestyles; Appetites w/ Food & Sex; Marriage; Charity; Faith; How Christ molds us; Hope; Faith; and more. Great read!

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Fitness Transformation Update!


Moment of truth!
Here are a few pics of how I’m doing on my fitness transformation!  I found some biking gear on clearance.  🙂 who knew I looked so good in spandex! 😛

I’m so excited it has started to warm up so I can bike again!

In these picture I’ve shed 66.4lbs since January 2012! 😀

This also means I’ve
Decreased 9.1% Body Fat!
Shed 39.4 lbs of Fat Mass
Got rid of overall 34.75 total inches!
I only have 18lbs to go to be the same weight I was when I was in high school and a swimmer (solid muscle) size 4! (Pictures at the bottom)

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Here is a picture of me the day I started my first body transformation challenge.  28 Jan 2012

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22 April 2012
(Difference of 22 lbs & 10 1/2″)

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August 2012

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November 2012

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December 2012

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January 2013

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February 2013

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Today 6 March 2013!

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I’m so proud of myself!  I’ll never stop I’ll never go back to where I was before!

I have PCOS, and I have conquered it!  I’m here to share with others its possible!
What made the difference for me was consistent working out & changing my nutrition.  I don’t eat processed food,  refined carbs,  un-natural sugar, red meat,  or GMOs. What do I eat? Lots of veggies, fruit, chicken, fish, beans, oatmeal,  etc!

Take on a challenge and set new goals for yourself today!  🙂

Here is a reminder of what I know many body is capable of achieving!

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Review: The Memory of Earth


The Memory of Earth
The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have very mixed feelings on this particular book. I really enjoy Orson Scott Card and was excited about reading this one. I was really needing a book with some more thought provoking points – this was a great one for that matter!

It’s a Science Fiction (which I also love) set in the future, when the Human Race has destroyed Earth and moved to another planet named Harmony. Most of the book sets up the scene, the people, the planet, the culture, the religions, etc. It was fascinating to read about. I enjoyed much of the religious overtones and similes through the first 75%+ part of the book. Granted, some of it was VERY weird, but over all I liked it. I thought that it flowed well and that the story and all details connected and made sense, and really brought things to my mind about our own cultures here on Earth.

It finally gets to the point of this whole story, in the last 15% of the book, not just setting the stage and it was the first few chapters of Nephi, from the Book of Mormon. There were not many variances from the story of Lehi and his family. At this point I lost a lot of interest, and some respect honestly. I didn’t like how he literally played it out detail by detail identically to the things that happened with Lehi’s Family! Which took away any suspense, of how is this going to end… Even Nephi’s name was used in Card’s book (I listened to it) but the main character’s name is Nefi! Really? Have we lost all creativity here? Obviously I got hung up on it feeling like plagiarism.

Nonetheless, I’ve always loved this story (in it’s original telling) it was very interesting to see how Card made these defining moments fit into his story board. It brought many things to the surface in a different light than I have ever looked at.

I think that the things that stuck out to me most was that the Oversoul’s purpose was to help mankind over come itself to finally develop the greatness that we inherently could have if we but tried a little harder. But that no matter what time or place we continue to make the regular trip through the pride cycle. Another big point was the difference Nefi’s out look was on everything once he knew the Oversoul’s purpose and goals and how he played a part it in. Little things, fights with his brothers, how he approached things he was asked to do, how he choose to treat people – all of it changed, because he could see more of the big picture and where he fit and learned more of the things that really matter.

Overall I did like it. I know there is a lot more seeing that he barely broke into the first few chapters of 1 Nephi. I worry though that I would struggle, because I would already know what big thing was really going to happen next.

In addition, I really like the fact that Card has been able to share basic gospel principals in more of a secular manner and able to reach out to more people. Go ahead and read it, if nothing else it includes some great physiologic and sociological discussion points.

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Review: Lean Mean Thirteen


Lean Mean Thirteen
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well Stephanie has once again provided much laughter, crazy scenarios and good old Mid-Atlantic culture and humor. 🙂

Although, I found a lot of disconnects in this one… 😦 For instance, in book 12 we were left off with Stephanie working for Ranger, here she’s a Bounty Hunter again and there was no explanation of her transition. As well as a few others. It was annoying, but not hard to figure out. Another couple of things. She’s started referring to Ranger by his name Carlos Mendoza (I think that’s his name – I just translate in my head to “Ranger”) and all of a sudden she magically got over her issue and fear of saying “I Love You” to Morelli – without that momentous moment, and now continues to tell him regularly…

Other than that, I of course love Stephanie Plum and enjoy our adventures together. 🙂 On to 14…

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Review: A Grief Observed


A Grief Observed
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought that this writing was very interesting. This was originally just his ‘Grief Journal’ during the mourning of his beloved wife. It was interesting getting a deeper look into CS Lewis himself. I know how I have gone through the stages of grief, it was interesting to see the similarities and the differences alike between he and I. I think it’s a great book for anyone who has faced some grief in their life, especially the death of a spouse. Or even a divorce, for I feel divorce is very similar to the death of a spouse. For in each you must grieve the death of the relationship and love. Great read. Highly Recommend.

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Review: The Christmas Sweater


English: Political commentator Glenn Beck at t...

Glenn Beck at the Time 100 Gala, May 3, 2010. Photo by David Shankbone. This photos is licensed under the Attribution 3.0 license, which means it can be used and modified for any purpose only if the author is properly credited where it is used. Category:Pictures of Glenn Beck Category:Time 100 Gala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Christmas Sweater
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Honestly, I loved it! I know some have complained about the lack of elegance of Glenn Beck’s writing. Seriously, who cares!? It’s consistent, the story flows, and it teaches you something as it penetrates your heart. So what that he embellished his real story. We are to write about what we know. In addition he lets on to no pretense that it’s 100% real from the beginning.

Really, I loved the book. It was a quick and very easy read. I found my self engaged and wanting more. He kept you wrapped in his story, waiting on edge to see what it was that turned around his attitude. Yet, being so surprised at times you go from laughing to crying in a mere instant! I loved it. It’s a short sweet read, the style reminds me of Richard Paul Evans.

Some experts from the book that touched my heart…

“The real question is, Who Are you? Somehow I understood. Without the storm I would never know myself. Does everyone have go through the storm? Yeah, sooner or later. But no one has never been lost to the storm, just lost in the storm. What most people don’t realize is they don’t have to fight the storm, you just need to stop feeding it, stop giving it power over you.”

“Will there be other storms?
What if I’m afraid?
I’ll be with you. Remember no one has ever regretted the journey. No one has ever stood here and wished they could go back to the other side. Do you know who you are now?”

“Trust that we are worthy to make it through our storms.”

“Maybe we are supposed to only see a hint of the answer and figure the rest out on our own using faith. It is the understanding that you can be forgiven & start over that you can face your greatest fear & regret, the sky will open up and you will find happiness and love. It is the key to breaking the chain of regret & misery. The greatest gift was given all of us by a loving Father in heaven.”

“My mom gave me my sweater. But, the greatest gift was given all of us by a heavenly father it is the only true gift ever given to all but never opened or only appreciated by few. It is the gift of redemption the gift of atonement and it sits on the top shelf of the closets of our souls. Christmas is about what that infant boy did at the end of his mortality. Without his death, his birth is meaningless.”

“The greatest gift is any gift that was given with love. I remember realizing all she had done for that gift.
I refuse to stand at his feet and see Him with the same look in His eyes as he asks “Son, is that the gift that I gave you?” Pick up your gift of redemption and allow it to transform your lives.”

Wow! Again what a fabulous book! Ultimately teaching you such a valuable and surprising lesson about the atonement and redemption. How do you suppose our Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ feel when we leave their un-opened gifts crumpled up in the corner untouched, unused, unappreciated?

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Review: Deception Point


Deception Point
Deception Point by Dan Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Honestly, I enjoy Dan Brown. I think he has such a great talent for making us think outside of the box. I was reading right before the election this year. It was so interesting seeing the debates currently between Obama and Romney vs the characters in this book. I thought the twists and turns were fabulous. As always with Mr. Brown I didn’t see most of it coming. I love how he keeps me on my toes always and it always feels like a short fast read. However, this was not my favorite book of all of his. But good. I did enjoy it. I thought that he did a fabulous job teaching lessons of having principles and values and taking the moment to do the best jobs we can and really pay attention to the details around us and that things might not be as they appear.

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Review: Your Happily Ever After


Elder Dieter F Uchtdorf Mormon

Elder Dieter F Uchtdorf Mormon (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

Your Happily Ever After
Your Happily Ever After by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off, Dieter F. Uchtdorf is one of my favorite people in the world! I love his stories, his character, and view on life.

Last spring, I was in a production called “Happily Forever After”. In the show we had a young girl trying to do her homework and had to write a paper about how Fairy Tales had impacted her life or something to the sort. Her attitude is negative and jaded, as many of us have become in this harsh world that we live in. When her fairy Godmother shows up and turns her perspective around. Teaching her of the valuable lessons that we can all take from Fairy Tales.

From this production I received this wonderful book as a thank you for my participation. What a wonderful treat to have my lesson extended by Elder Uchtdoft as he takes a similar path of teaching.

He goes on to explain how we learn to love the Heroines and Heroes with their strength of character. But that they didn’t become heroes by living perfect lives, but by going through trials and tribulations, facing their fears and giants. That their stories became great stories because of the challenges they faced and how the fought and strove to be valiant in all that they faced, whether big or small.

“Sandwiched between their ‘once upon a time’ and ‘happily ever after,’ they all had to experience great adversity. Why must all experience sadness and tragedy? Why could we not simply live in bliss and peace, each day filled with wonder, joy and love?

“… there must be opposition in all things, for without it we could not discern the sweet from the bitter. Would the marathon runner feel the triumph of finishing the race had she not felt the pain of the hours of pushing against her limits? Would the pianist feel the joy of mastering an intricate sonata without the painstaking hours of practice?

“Adversity helps to develop a depth of character that comes in no other way. Our loving Heavenly Father has set us in a world filled with challenges and trials so that we, through opposition, can learn wisdom, become stronger, and experience joy.”

Again, fabulous read!!! I only shared one little piece of course, it’s well worth reading the rest! It was a quick and easy read that I finished in one setting. Great to read weakly really – keep things in perspective. 😉 Highly recommend to EVERYONE! Enjoy! 🙂

“In stories, as in life, adversity teaches us things we cannot learn otherwise.”

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Review: The Screwtape Letters


The Screwtape Letters
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this book was very interesting. I am a huge fan of CS Lewis to start with. Needless to say I think that Mr. Lewis put things in a very interesting perspective here. Sometimes I personally think that the “War in Heaven” between God and his Angels and Satan and his dominion is still raging every day. We see it in all that we do in all that we strive for and all that we believe in. In all aspects of world and personal history we see the for eternal battle between good and evil. Satan’s true goal in the eternities is to make us fall, and drag us down within the depths of our own personal Hell. Some of us give into it, and some of us will continue to fight and fight. One of my favorite songs is “If You Are Going Thru Hell” by Rodney Atkins. The song basically relates that no matter how bad life gets, if you find yourselves in the depths of despair just keep on going, keep moving and eventually life will work its self out and don’t let the Devil get his claws in you. The things that Satan likes to put in our lives generally backfire, helping us develop stronger wills, courage and strength – no matter how deep the tribulations. I think this book goes right along with it. A how to book teaching Satan’s Minion are to drag each of us down, keep us away from God, confuse our minds, and our paths, ultimately bringing us further away from our divine natures. This objective view gives us a look and heads a warning and in truth ammunition and inside knowledge of fighting our own battle against the enemy and how to come off victorious. I think that everyone needs to read this book! My father has been recommending it to me for 15 years. I’m a bit stubborn. I wish I would have heeded his suggestion years ago. I also think this is one that we need to read every year or so and bring things again into perspective. Go win your personal battle today!

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Snow Capped Mountains


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As promised… 🙂

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Snowcation


No church!  I’ve received multiple messages saying that the stake pres just called and cancelled. telling everyone to stay home and be safe.

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I love church, but kinda excited! Answers to prayers really! I’ve needed some serious downtime to just spend at home and be 100% non-social and just take care of myself and my home.

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How grateful I am! I got a snow day from work on Friday, played hookey from everything on Saturday, and now a snow day from church on Sunday!

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Man, I feel like I’m in Pennsylvania with everything shutting down because of snow! Lol But then again yesterday my uncle said we had about 16″ of snow, and that was before we really got hit!

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And its still snowing! Happy day! Honestly, its a but strange but this year I’m loving the snow!  🙂

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Winter Wonderland


What a beautiful morning here today! We have been in the middle of a blizzard for two days now. My favorite part of winter is the overwhelming desire to cuddle up in your favorite blanket, a movie, a book out best of all a loved one.

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Yesterday, I was blessed with a paid day off work because of the blizzard. It was much needed. I was able to do some chores and just do some of the things on my need to do list. Nonetheless, there is still much to do. This morning I am so grateful for the time to my self to just attempt to relax and watch a movie. This has always been difficult for me. I can’t just sit. But I tried hard this morning! My computer is still not working (remember the honey infested keys), and I couldn’t figure out a project I could work on in the living room. No wonder I listen to books while doing chores & projects! Lol

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Also yesterday, when I turned on the radio for some music I was surprised that they were playing straight Christmas Music! However, it really is starting to look a lot like Christmas! Here are a few pictures of my area. It certainly isn’t as beautiful as my old home in Pennsylvania (200 year old farm home on 3 1/2 acres, in the middle if the forrest on a lake), yet out is still beautiful! In these pictures you can’t see the mountains due to the storm still hovering. I’ll post a picture of the snow capped mountains later. So far we have received 16″ in my township, but only 6″ or so at my home.

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I’ve never been a fan of pine trees, long explanation, and after the windstorm from last year that made national news that took down nearly every pine tree in the south end if the county, (I’ll give you the story and pictures later) I like then even less. Yet, as I saw these two, I had to stop and admire God’s eye and talent for creating this beauty, of the snow.covered pine trees. 🙂

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Please excuse any typos. This was typed on my phone. I will make corrections when I again obtain computer access.

 

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Honey Infested Keyboards! :|


English: QWERTY keyboard, on 2007 Sony Vaio la...

 

.W..o.rd to the wise…. NEVER accident9ly drop honey on your laptop keyboard in t9he 9mid9dle of the night when you are sick! 😐 Because it wiggs out and makes your life very difficult! Even when not typing on that bloody keyboard! Things magically appear in your typing and things pop up that you had no part in .opening! .And. y.our words. are al..l messed .up with extra symbol.s. and .let.te.rs.. .a.nd d.rivi.ng y..ou .a.b.s.olute.ly. bat…..t.y!!!!!!!!!!!! … :|.. .Th.an.k Heaven that this i.s …….covered .und.er the ext.end.ed warrenty! At at .least it’s only ‘a.ddin.g.’ thi.ngs .rig..h…t… now instead. of. delete..ing a…l.l my hard work! Now, .j.ust to call the warranty. an.d… get them to service my lovely little laptop VERY quickly so lif.e can get back to normal! I wonder why it gets obsessed with. different keys depending on .the d.ay….. .. ?

 

 

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Review: The Ensign – October 2012


The Ensign - October 2012
The Ensign – October 2012 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful of course! 🙂 I love how the Ensign is always exactly what I need to hear – when I need to hear it! 😀

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Blessings on the Horizon and Abounding Everywhere!


Holy crap! Amazing things are really happening this week! Its so so exciting! I feel life the windows of heaven are pouring out amazing blessings and opportunities! Every time I blink its something new! Thank you Heavenly Father!! 🙂  couldn’t help but share my excitement and joy! 😀 Its so wonderful to see things starting to fall into place! Nothing in stone yet…. but SO much on the horizon!

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Let Us Always Remember…


I know it’s late in the day for this… but out of all of the photos I have seen today, this one touched me the most (and was the first one I saw) May we truly never forget our friends and family that died… and what this country was founded upon. May God Bless All – Everyday. And may we always remember the hand he plays in our lives, sometimes saving our lives, our hearts, our minds, or even just our feet from stepping in something. While the tragedy that took place here, it could have been so much worse. Thank you for your love and Compassion Heavenly Father! Image

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Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter


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Josephine Mills Awards celebrate Down syndrome research (Photo credit: BC Gov Photos)

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The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!!! Simply one of the best books I have ever read! Very well written. Absolutely Heartbreaking and Encouraging all at the same time! You will find your self questioning the characters actions and reflecting upon your own decisions in life. Really shows the impact that one seemingly small decision can make on your life and the lives of those around you. Also shows how lies and deceptions will literally eat you from the inside out, and how showing a little love will change it around. I work with Special Needs Kids (12-100 years old) it is the most amazing blessing in my life, how incredibly grateful I am for it. This fact alone and how much I love our sweet friends with special needs might have been a factor of why I feel so strongly about this book. But I honestly believe that EVERY individual in the world needs to read this book, gain a greater understanding of somethings – but ultimately take a look inward. This book, the words, the events, the people will change your life and never leave your heart or mind. It is definitely one of those books that you will randomly think of in random places and change your life for the better. More than highly recommend!

In addition…. One of the biggest things to me was to watch how Caroline fights and fights for her daughter! Yes, all mothers do, however watching her refuse to give Phoebe to the ‘institution’ and to get people to treat them both with respect to fighting the school systems to get her daughter enrolled and helping her daughter get the best available future and life for herself… from education, to some sort of work to having a place in the community! It really gave me so much more of an understanding and respect for the mothers of my wonderful

Down Syndrome Foundation

Down Syndrome Foundation (Photo credit: MyLifeStory)

Group who are very Tough and are still fighting for their children to still have a chance. What a tough situation and battle. But look at the difference that this made in the world! We have come such a long way and by having these sweet and wonderful souls around us more each day – we become a little better learning how simple and true the small and simple things are in life.

I also enjoyed that the author told the story from the views of all the main characters… By doing this she was able to tell so much more of what was really going on and how the lies, deceit and continued miss-communication can turn wonderful lives and situations into pure tragedies.

Wonderful, wonderful book!

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