Something you don’t know about me….

When I was 11 years old, I decided to cross a busy intersection, right before it turned green. I was hit by a small truck. I was pinned under the truck wheel, the wheel was on my knee. I was rushed to the hospital for knee surgery. I was not hurt bad, I just had stitches.

My body was in shock, and I was not in any pain. It didn’t even hurt that bad. It is amazing how our bodies can block out pain, and trauma. The truck wasn’t going fast, and I cannot remember when he stopped driving.

Kids must be extremely resilient, because I took this easy. I was a tough kid. I wasn’t traumatized by it either.

I have a big scar on my knee today, and my knee is not in any pain.

I remember when I was under the truck, my memories saw angels above me, this could be a false memory, because memories are not accurate, but I know God was watching me and protecting me. I had a lot more to accomplish on this earth.

While I was in the hospital, the Nurses were so nice to me. This inspired me to be a Nurse, but I am a caregiver. I have a purpose, somebody has got to be a caregiver.

 

Time…

The echos of the past influences who you are in the today. Do not look far into the past to create today. You are different than before. The past has already come and gone. Today is here and now. Embrace it. The winds of change come through, and create everything anew. As time goes on things change. Change is inevitable. Time doesn’t stop for no one. Time is ever passingThe hand of time is constant. Make the most out of your time on earth, and realize that things change. Do not be passive in this life, because time is not passive, it is aggressive, ever ticking. Do not waste time, because time will keep on going so keep up its the pace. I-may-not-have-everything-I-want-in-life-but-I-am-blessed-enough-to-have-all-that-I-need.-For-this-I-am-grateful.-1-768x768.jpg


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Be Happy for this moment. This moment is your life. _ Omar Khayyam

January is National Blood Donor Month.

January is “National Blood Donor Month”, since in the winter months, it is more difficult to get blood donations.

This is near to my heart because my father had “I.T.P.”, which is a autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks your platelets. So, since my Dad was lacking platelets, he was having a bloody nose, gums, and at risk for bleeding to death. He was very sick, in the hospital, for one month. I was stuck with sadness, but he got better, and his I.T.P. comes and goes, and he has not been this sick since, in 12 years! So this is one motive for me to donate!

Blood donations are needed. Facts about blood donation.

  • One donation can save 3 lives!
  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed everyday
  • 1 Million people every year are diagnosed with cancer.

There are also benefits for the donor as well:

  • You get a free blood tests! They check your Iron, and they check to see if you have HIV.
  • Donating blood decreases your risk for heart disease and cancer
  • It burns calories
  • You are making a difference, and saving lives!

Donating blood only takes 10-15 minutes. I recommend eating a well balanced meal before donating, and make sure you eat enough. Also drink plenty of water and make sure you feel rested.

Mine and my Dad’s blood type is O-. We both can donate to anyone but if we are to have a blood transfusion we can only receive O-. So we are universal donors. My Dad obviously cannot donate.

I have donated since I was about 18. I still do but not as much as I used to. In my 20’s donating blood didn’t effect me, but not sometimes I feel tired, and lightheaded afterwards, as I got older. I am not sure why? I am perfectly healthy,  I eat well, and drink water, and feel well rested.

I encourage blood donation if you are well and able. It is greatly needed for the ill, and the families of the ill sure appreciate it!

 
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Love your enemies.

Luke 6:27-36  “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on the cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even “sinners” love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even “sinners” do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even “sinners” lend to “sinners”, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your  reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Let’s dive into this powerful scripture:

When Jesus says “love” in this particular scripture, he is talking about “agape” love, which means love out of concern for others and is speaking on unselfish love. Love that doesn’t serve yourself. This love is a choice and an act of the will.  It is universal love or love for strangers.  Extending yourself for the sake of others. Not to be mixed with brotherly “phileo”, which means love between friends. Thus, this is where boundaries come in. You do not have to trust your enemy or love them as you would a friend.

Loving your enemies is having their best interest at heart, and praying for them. They probably need help most in some situations, if you think about it. Praying for them, and find ways to help them. They have rights and deserve respect too. We need God just as much as they do, and we are no better. We need Gods forgiveness just as much as they do.

People that offend may need love the most. God calls us to love, for He is love. Jesus was sent to seek out the lost and the broken. He calls us to do the same without being taken advantage of or falling victim. God loves everyone, but hates evil. You can show God’s love by forgiving and not letting these offences effect you. Pray for them in their trials. You can love them but not like their behavior.

When you have hate in your heart this causes bitterness. God desires something better for us. You cannot live an abundant life that Jesus has set out for us in bitterness. God calls us to a peaceful life, not a vengeful one.

By not acting the same way as those who have wronged you, makes you overcome, and be the “bigger person”. You are overcoming their offence. Being good to your enemies does not mean letting them treat you wrong by no means.  It means you have a boundary where this behavior does not effect you in a vengeful way. “Vengeance is mine thus saith the Lord”. Because God is just. Romans 12:19 We are merely human. You are a conqueror when you do not act vengeful, but rather act out of love. When Jesus says “turn the other cheek”, He is not talking about being a victim of assault, He is speaking on not taking revenge. Let’s be honest, when you take revenge, and act the same way, you are adding fuel to the fire, and going in a vicious circle. There is a better life than this. This accomplishes nothing.

Why does Jesus say “lend to your enemies”! This is where action comes into play. Our actions show if we really mean it. We are supposed to give as though we are giving to God, and meet specific needs. People are more important than money.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you”. Luke 6:31. I love this powerful scripture. Do not treat people how you would not want to be treated. This is a great moral for me. This is otherwise know as the golden rule. We are treating people the way we would want to be treated and not the way we think they should be treated. This is grace. Jesus has shown us grace by dying on the cross for us, to reconcile us with God.

What does Jesus mean when he says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” Luke 6:32 You show strong character when you choose to have agape love. You show God’s character. You show strength. Agape love does not seek repayment. God will reward us one day. Agape love is God’s character, and we are to be like Him.

Be merciful. God desires us to be like Him. God desires you to forgive since He forgave us. Love others and do not condemn them. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 The people who put Jesus on the cross were ignorant of his accusations. God demonstrates his willingness to forgive sins, and his mercy.

Some other powerful scriptures.

The LORD is on my side; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6 (God will protect you). 

He has overcome the word.  “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”. 1 John 4:4

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

Aim higher. God is greater than this world.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

― William Shakespeare

 

The act of forgiveness.

Forgiveness sets you free. Free from anger and bitterness that is keeping you from living a fuller life. You can not live life to the fullest if you are weighed down by anger! Forgiveness stops the control that others have on you and your deep inner thoughts. It is a lot of work to be angry. When you realize that this person no longer can control you, and your thoughts because you are angry, this is where freedom comes. Forgiveness is where the saying “Don’t let people get the best of you”, comes into play. Think about it. 

When you are angry at someone for what ever reason, you keep playing in your head what they did. This anger is unproductive, and is weight you down. 

You cannot control what other people do, but you can control how you react. Do not be weighed down by grudges. You don’t carry a burden that is not mean for you to carry. You are not responsible for others actions, so don’t start taking responsibility for what they do. . You do not need to waste your time being angry and seeking revenge. This accomplishes nothing, and is a complete waste of time, while you could be doing something better. 

Do not let the offence happen again, and don’t be quick to trust people. People are not perfect, and people are in fact going to hurt you. We are all human. We are selfish in our innate self. When we are angry we are using our primitive brain, not or evolved brain, which is higher functioning. We are better than this, and capable of more. 

 Have boundaries with people and be assertive. Assertiveness is standing up for your existence. Don’t apologize for being you. Do not let people walk all over you. Don’t take things to personally. 

Set yourself free. Forgive those who have hurt you. Learn, and move on. Use every bad experience to learn from. Think about ways to apply boundaries to not let the offence happen again. Do not let the chains of anger hold you down, and move on to the next best thing. There is higher ground to be climbed in life, than this! 

We can constantly improve. Do not let anger from past offenses keep you back. Forgiveness takes a huge weight off your shoulders. Do not give too much of yourself for people to hurt. You are worth more than this and can do better! There is always room for improvement, and there is always lessons to be learned! 

How reading to your child is beneficial, and prepares them for adult life.

When my kids were little, I would go to the library and check out many books and read to them. I loved having the library as a free resource. I loved reading to my little children. It made us close, and we learned at the same time. It create a strong bond between us, and they still remember it.

It paid off as well. My first born is 92nd percentile in reading in her school district and 83rd in her state test. She is excelling in school. I am so proud.

You can even start reading to your child in the womb, at 30 weeks, and your infant will still reap benefits. This teaches your little one to begin to recognize speech patterns and start to develop language skills.

Here are the list of benefits of reading to your child age 0 to 12 years of age.

  • Reading to your infant teaches your baby phonics, and sparks language development. It also teaches them social skills and emotional awareness. It teaches baby about communication, how to listen, and begins their vocab awareness.
  • Toddlers: Jump starts their speech, and language development. It teaches them about the world around them. The first three years of child development are the most important. Reading to your toddler is very beneficial for their development. It may help them learn to communicate better, and have less tantrums!
  • Preschoolers: Reading to these little ones, expands their vocabulary, speech, teaches them to concentrate, and teaches them about the world around them. They feel close and secure to their caregiver who is reading to them. This intimacy helps them grow smarter. Reading to your preschooler sets a foundation for a positive attitude towards reading as they grow. When you read to your child, they will want to try to start reading on their own! This helps them get ready for school.
  • Reading to your school aged child. They will no doubt be taught these skills in school, but you can make it fun. This is beneficial for them. Reading helps them learn critical skills for making decisions, including coping mechanisms. They will need these skills in life later on! It helps them learn to concentrate, which is great for ADHD. My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD, but now she is excelling. Reading out loud to your child builds writing skills, and vocab skills. It teaches about emotions and creates a sense of empathy in your child. It helps your child better express their self verbally, which goes far in the real world when they are employed. It can spark new interests, and hobbies. It can help your child decide what to study in College, and be when they grow up. It helps your child learn right from wrong, because it builds thinking skills. Reading to your child builds lifelong readers.  Reading to your child is very beneficial. It gives your child a head start in life, and teaches them skills that benefit them in their adult life, such as making decisions and coping! Research proves reading to your child has long term benefits.

 

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What to do if you have periodontal disease, and how to maintain dental health.

Since I had my daughter I developed periodontal disease, which is where your gums receded. I was just so sick when I was pregnant with her. You can read that story here.

My dentist told me I had periodontal disease. Your gums receded at different levels.

  • Stage 1: is 1-2 millimeters of gum recession is gingivitis.
  • Stage 2: 4-5 millimeters of recession is early periodontal disease.
  • Stage 3 is your gums recede 6-7 millimeters. Which is moderate periodontist.
  • Stage 4 where your gums recede deeper than 7 millimeters is advance periodontal, where your gums infected, and you can have severe tooth pain.  You are also at risk for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes when you reach this stage.

I do not ever want to get to stage 4 or my gum recession to advance at all, so I really take care of my dental health. My gums are receded 2-4 millimeters, and I intend to hopefully keep it that way. You gums never grow back. Gum recession is irreversible. I need to maintain what gums I have.

How do I do this?

First I brush twice a day with, for at least two minutes, with Toothpaste for Enamel Strengthening in the morning and at night I use Gum Detoxify Deep Clean. I make sure I brush gently in circles so that I do not cause more recession.

Then I use mouth wash. I use one fluoride mouth wash, and I use one antiseptic mouth wash to kill the germs.

Then I use a water flosser which reaches more surfaces where dental floss cannot reach and kills bacteria.

Then I floss with regular floss. Flossing is good for your health and can prevent heart disease. I try to floss twice a day, but let’s be honest, we’re all busy, I don’t always have the time.

I use: GCA MI Paste , which has floride. Floride helps your enamel stay strong and prevents cavities.

I hate tooth pain, and I want to have good dental health. So this is my routine.

 

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Actions speak louder than words.

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Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.

Don’t let what you say and what you do be two different things.

Integrity is what you do when no one is looking.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. _ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.jpg

Apply what you know, and use your gifts and talents. Apply yourself.

Help people.

Always remember to have boundaries and balance. Do not wear yourself out! 🙂

Achieve more. You can achieve more than you think.

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My Daughter is an amazing artist.

Her drawings are incredible. She just amazes me. Her father and I cannot draw, but her Grandma, my Mom, is an amazing artist as well. I think she has a chance at being an artist. I have asked her if she wants to sell her art on Etsy someday.
Here drawings are below. She drew these two drawings at a young age of 10 and 12. I see great potential for her as an artist or even a graphic designer.
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Remember to make the most out of what you have.

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

I love this quote. This quote reminds me that I do not need perfect circumstances in order to achieve my dreams.

You don’t need a certain amount of money to be happy. You don’t need to have perfected skills to get that job, with time comes progress. Keep going, and you will get better.

Do not let things keep you back just because your circumstances aren’t as good as you’d like.  Take the first step. Think you don’t have time for school? Make time, and go part time.

Remember the days of the Great Depression in the 30’s? These people made the most out of what they had. I learned this because my Great Grandma lived until she was 97.

Don’t use excuses from the past. Just keep moving forward. Do not let anything get in your way!

Make the most of what you have now. Do not wait until you have that new car, have enough, or have enough time. You will run out of time with that kind of mindset.

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