Tuesday, June 28, 2011
News - I want to know what's going on in the world and I don't want to sit through a newscast to get my information. Instead, I subscribe to local and national news feeds such as Fox News. Then I simply click on the headlines I'm interested in and read the story. Short and sweet. I also get traffic information which is VERY helpful!
Business - Of course I promote my blogs and business on Twitter, but I also follow others related to my business. What better way to get ideas and see what's going on?
Family - I have connected to many blogs and websites to help me in homeschooling and being a parent of a special needs child. I also stay up to date about what's happening in our neighborhood for families.
Bonuses - My favorite part about Twitter is everything else. In the past year, I won event tickets, books, and DVDs from contests on Twitter. I find all sorts of great deals and information from the tweets I receive and Bible verses are delivered to my phone on a regular basis. What more could I want out of a social networking site?
I'd love to meet you there too! Follow me at twitter.com/mamacurls!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
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Monday, June 20, 2011
This past week was especially busy, adding Vacation Bible School to our schedule. We may have had all of about five hours together as a family in the entire week. Yesterday, the kids and I made a special breakfast for my husband and we got ready for church as usual. As we were getting ready to leave, I pulled my husband aside and told him we could stay home and do Bible study. He looked so worn down and this was a rare Sunday when we had no obligations at church. We each took our shoes off and went into the living room to talk to the kids. When the girls saw us, they immediately asked what was going on and pleaded to go to church. We looked at each other, put our shoes back on and headed out the door. How could we say no? Because my husband was on call, he drove his truck to church and the kids and I went in our car.
The sermon was inspiring as always. Teaching from Acts 5, it was a somber message about the apostles who were so bold in their faith that they preached constantly in spite of being threatened, imprisoned, and beaten. My husband and I pray for that boldness in our daily lives. Something that our pastor said during the sermon was that we should not feel guilty when we are blessed. We should feel responsible, just as the apostles did. I liked that enough to jot it in my sermon notes. There are so many areas of our lives where we are blessed, but one delicate area is our finances. While we are feeling the strain of my husband's long work hours, we are also feeling the blessing of a couple of slightly larger pay checks and want to be responsible with that little extra. It is helpful because he works on commission and we have some large bills to pay at the moment in addition to some smaller paychecks in our near future when my husband goes on the mission trip.
We left service and met up again at a restaurant to have a Father's Day lunch with my parents. When my husband arrived, he handed me an envelope that someone had placed on his truck during church. Our names were written on the outside and inside was a letter with 2 gift cards. The letter said:
Your Heavenly Father listens and hears your prayers. HE has given you these Visa gift cards to be used. HE will continue to hear your prayers and HE wants you to know HE passionately loves you beyond your comprehension. Continue to listen to HIM for guidance in how HE wants to work through you both to further HIS kingdom.
I just about fell over. The amount in the envelope was an odd amount - exactly enough to pay some specific bills that we had been discussing a few days earlier! For a moment, my mind wandered to the others in our church who needed money for various reasons. Then I remembered the note I had written during service: When you are blessed, don't feel guilty. Feel responsible. We are currently praying through how to spend this money responsibly. Although it matches the amount we needed, we want to verify that we are acting according to God's will.
We are thankful for our daily blessings from God, and we are especially thankful for this amazing Father's Day blessing. We give all of the glory to God and pray that our testimony will grow the faith of others.
But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
- No matter how you feel underneath, stay calm so you can help the kids stay calm.
- Do a family drill, even if it feels cheesy. This is the only way to work the bugs out.
- Pack some plastic bags in case someone's stomach isn't calm.
- Put your emergency kit somewhere that you can take it with you if needed. We repacked ours into three backpacks rather than one container. This way three family members could each grab a bag. Our kit did nothing for us when we were in the shelter and not one person there had any supplies. It had the potential to get ugly in there.
- Pack some fun stuff in the kit to help distract the kids.
- If possible, have a small supply of prescriptions in the kit.
- Call someone and tell them your plan as soon as you know something is going on. We lost cell phone service during the storm and didn't get service back until eight hours after it was over.
- As soon as you return to normal (or as soon as possible) call that person back and tell them you are OK. For good measure, call anyone else who may be concerned. I called my grandpa who would have panicked when he saw the news that evening because several tornadoes did touch down near our town.