Thankful Thursday - Safety

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Not all of us live in perfect families. Not all of us have perfect lives. In fact most of us have some baggage we carry with us. My sister and I had a father with a very quick temper. He would burst into anger quicker than a match into flame and the intensity was as strong. We suffered from harsh words and physical wounds through most of our youth. 

Why is it that those who live in households where they have to "walk on eggs" grow up and live in the same kinds of homes? Why is it that those who grew up in unhealthy relationships seem to fall into the same kind as adults? I promised myself as a teen that I would never be yelled at again or live in fear once I left my father's home. I believe that everyone deserves to be safe in their own home. We enter into a world outside our home daily with all it's uncertainties where we need to be on guard but at home one should be able to feel comfortable, secure, loved, and safe. We should be able to let our guard down.

3.3 million children witness domestic violence each year in the U.S. The long term effects on children are far reaching and include such things as post traumatic stress, emotional instability, anti-social behavior, mal-adjustment and a host of physical and emotional disorders. 

While I was subbing in head start one day one little boy kept kicking and biting other students. The teacher I worked for took her cell phone from her pocket and called the boy by name telling him she would call his father if he did not settle down. (I had placed him in time out several times and it had not calmed him down.) The little boy raised his voice, rolled his eyes, and with hands on his hips looked the teacher in her eyes and spat out at her "Go ahead! My father went away with the policeman today for hitting my Mama!" He was angry and probably hurt and did not know where to turn or how to act.

1. What can we do to rescue our children?
2. Do you agree with the state that it is better to maintain the unity of the family?

This post linked to Thursday Two Questions. Amanda always has some interesting topics brewing.  Thanks so much for visiting me today. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thanks for the guest post by Jo Levy

Since we got get WildBlue at our house, I have been spending so much time on the internet. I found this new site that is so addicting. It is called pintrest and it is just the site to get your creative juices flowing. Or if you are like me and don’t have any creative juices, you can just copy what other people did when their creative juices were flowing! I had the most fun finding ideas for cheap and homemade Christmas decorations. My favorite was the centerpiece for my dinner table. I used old clear vases that I wasn’t using anymore and filled them with fresh cranberries and water. I topped that with a candlestick. I was so beautiful when I lit the candles. I also made lighted topiaries out of an upside down tomato cage wrapped with a string of Christmas lights. I put one on each side of my front door and from the road it looked like two little Christmas trees! I feel kind of guilty for going on the website and only stealing people’s ideas and not sharing any!


Reflections - Guess Where I am?

First stop, the thrift store. Look at the reflections in the shiny stainless steel creamer. Next stop the laundromat. The windows of the clothes dryer created some interesting reflections. This post linked to Weekend Reflections. Thanks for visiting today. Take care, stay healthy, and God bless.


Reflections of Love

Saturday, January 14, 2012

It's wonderful when we see reflections of something natural and beautiful.

But what about when we are the recipient of hateful words or deeds...

Do we reflect that back or do we do as Jesus did and reflect love? The night before Jesus was to be crucified he bent in love, loosed the sandals of the disciples and washed their feet. He knew He would be betrayed shortly and not one of His disciples would stand with Him as he faced torture and death, but He reflected love.  It's easy to reflect what is in front of us, but how about reflecting what is within us?

This post linked to Weekend reflection. Thanks so much for visiting. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!


Are You Glowing? Why Not?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Shadows fall upon the snow
And the branches shimmer 
and glow
Sunshine casts a wonderful 

Warmth that has us all aglow.

If you are not glowing, but are in fact feeling a little sluggish or under the weather perhaps you need to detox. Our bodies cannot be expected to run at peak performance if we do not properly care for them. I wrote an article about  protecting our bodies from toxins. I found most of the valuable information in the book 7-Day Detox Miracle. If you would like to read it I have the link here:

What Can We Do to Protect Ourselves From Toxins?

This post is linked to Shadow Shot Sunday. Thanks so much for your visit today. Take care, stay healthy, and God bless!



Being a renter is looking tempting

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Can you imagine an apartment with hardwood floors, a fireplace, picture windows with stunning views, a dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer and loads of other amenities included? I came across this while looking at Edmonton apartments for rent. These apartments have everything we are looking for in a home. 

Hubby and I just spent a week without heat. Annually we can count on our furnace going out at least once. Having bought the home in 1994 I purchased a one year warranty on the home and just a few months after it expired my furnace went out. I called a repairman and he placed a padlock on my furnace and informed me it was not repairable. He charged me for this service. Well this was in 1995. I took out a loan and had a new furnace installed. Every year since it has needed repaired. 

Hubby and I have been together since 1998. We had to replace our water heater and have had numerous plumbing repairs. We have finally come to a point where we are wondering if home ownership is worth the hassle and expense especially when you can find such gorgeous apartments for rent!

We are seriously considering renting instead of purchasing. The 30 year mortgage seems like it drags on forever and instead of our home increasing in value, today's economy places our home's value way below it's original appraisal price. When you rent you no longer have to bear the brunt of repair costs or labor and you can have more time to just sit back and relax while you enjoy the beauty of your home, your children and or grandchildren and your hobbies. I am tempted. How about you?

Thank you for visiting me today. Take care and God bless. 

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