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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Allstate's Good Hands for the Good Life

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You know how Allstate has the slogan "You're in good hands with Allstate"? Well, they also want to remind everyone about the Allstate Good Life.

I just turned 36 on the 24th of May. I know a lot of people will say that is very young, while other, like my children, will tell me that I am old. For me, I am glad that I have made it to see another year. Over the years I have seen many of my friends die at young very young ages. My best friend was killed in a car wreck at the age of 25, leaving behind 2 small children.

So eleven years later, as I turn 36, I think about how blessed I am to have been here for these 36 years. I have been married for 15 1/2 years, I have a step-daughter and son-in-law, a son that is 14 and a daughter that is 13.  My family does not always get along, but we are family and we love each other.

After my best friend died, I really learned how to appreciate the small things in life. I don't live in a nasty house, but I don't stress if it is not perfect. I enjoy the good times with my family. I work on making memories and not worries.  Now, that does not mean that we are always having fun; I do still have a full time job that I work, the kids go to school, my husband is a deputy sheriff, and I do still have the responsibilities of a household. But I try to not take my time with my family for granted.

Recently, my son went down to the river with a friend of his. They had been going down there for a while with no problems, but this time it had rained really hard for several days.  I told my son to be home no later than 8:00 - he has a habit of being "on the way home" at  the time I want him home. So at 8:30 I was really mad. Especially considering the fact that I called his phone, I texted him and he did not answer anything. The river is about a mile from my house, so I jumped in my van and took off. Thankfully, my husband installed the Life360 app on all of our phones - it is an app that will tell you where someone is. So when I get to the river I look on the Life360 map and go to the area that it shows he is at. I did not see him, but saw a truck with a man in it. Needless to say I wanted to ask the man if he had seen my son but I was afraid, so I turned and walked off. I went down towards the bridge and as I looked into the river a panic came over me. The current was so strong in the river that I was really afraid something had happened to my son. Now, my husband is a deputy sheriff but this particular week he was in class an hour and a half away...but thankfully I still have "friends" on the Sheriff's Department. I called a friend and she gave me her husband's number - he is on the Sheriff's Dept but I did not have his number. I was almost hyperventilating while I talked to both of them so they came down to help me find my son. I almost called 911 but I knew they would think I was crazy because he is a 14 year old boy that was only 30 minutes late getting home. During all this time all I could do was cry and pray & pray and cry. It was getting dark and the darker it got the more scared I got.

Let me go a little bit. It was a Wednesday night and we had been in revival all week. I was so extremely tired on Wednesday that I decided to stay home Wednesday night from church. The last time I was tired and "skipped" church on a Wednesday night, which was in January, my son (yes the same one) broke his foot and wound up in the hospital. I am pretty sure God is trying to tell me something.

Well, we looked and I was just about to call 911 when I look up and see this bicycle coming towards me. At first I thought it was the other boy but I saw that it was my son - the time was 9:15 p.m. After yelling at him that he was grounded for the rest of his life, I fell to the ground and cried and thanked God for bringing my son back to me. He told us that him and his friend went into the woods and could not find their way out. That is understandable but my question was "Where is your cell phone?" He had left it - right where we were looking for him - because he didn't want it to get wet. I wanted to kill him but I was so glad that he was alive that I couldn't even be mad any more.

I don't wish that feeling on anyone ever, but I tell you that something happening like that will cause more appreciation for your children. I know my son was upset after he saw that I was really afraid that he was dead somewhere in the river. He has told me more than ever that he loves me and I tell him.

I am thankful everyday that God gave me my children and I do not ever want to take for granted that I think I will always have them. I want to make the best of each and every day and enjoy my family as long as I can. I also found out just this weekend that I am going to be a grandma. I am so excited!! Ok, if you were paying attention you know that I just turned 36...I have a step-daughter and son in law that are making me a grandma! I plan to celebrate the Good Life that God has given me and I hope that you will do the same thing.

Do you have any good life stories to share? Please share in the comments section below.  photo allstatelogo_300x60_zps5487a605.jpg

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

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Monday, May 13, 2013

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ring the Bell - DVD review/giveaway

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About Ring the Bell:Ring The Bell shares the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to have it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of life—and the faith of the people—stand in stark contrast to his own fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.

Ring The Bell features a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Mark Hall along with his band Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West, all who play a role in this inspirational drama. Several former and current Major League Baseball all-stars are also featured in the film: ESPN analysts John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe (a former Cy Young Award winner), along with Ben Zobrist.
This family-friendly movie was produced by Mark Miller, Beach Street Records' founder and Casting Crowns’ producer. Miller, who is also the lead singer and founder of country music group Sawyer Brown, co-wrote the script with Thomas Weber and Weber directed the production. 

My Thoughts:
This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time! In fact, this movie was chosen as our family movie night movie at church and everyone said it was the best movie we have ever watched at church. At the end of the movie I was asking another lady why they started cutting onions during the movie, as we both began to wipe our eyes.

We always have to humble ourselves before God can work in our lives. And sometimes He will allow us to be put into a situation that will cause us to become humble. The person that has everything, has no reason to feel like he needs God. As my pastor has said before, If we are never sick we will not know that God can heal us.

I will not give away this movie because I truly feel that anyone that watches it will be blessed! So I am going to go ahead with the giveaway. If you would like to win your own copy of Ring the Bell, then enter through the Rafflecopter below.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

fysiko - review

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of fysiko and will be compensated for my review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum is great product for anyone who is looking to enhance quantity and length of eyelashes and eyebrows, fysiko lashes.

I will be trying this product out for 16 weeks and will be doing updates throughout that time. Here are my before pictures...
 
 
 As you can see, I have blonde hair so it is hard to see my eyelashes. I am hoping that with the fysiko, I can make my eyelashes look bold and beautiful! Stay tuned to my updates and final review and in the meantime check out http://fysikolashes.com.



Thursday, May 2, 2013

This is Our Time - movie review/giveaway

 

About This Is Our Time
The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and AlĂ© (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God.
“What they all come to learn is that it never really was their time,” Arnold said. “It always was, always is, God’s time.”
 
My Thoughts
There are times in our lives when we feel like we have everything worked out. We know exactly what we need to do, where we need to go, and we just know that we have our life worked out. But then, something happens....
 
There is a country song that says "Some times I thank God for unanswered prayers." There are times we can look back on those situations that we thought we had all planned out, and we can say Thank God things turned out differently. We have all dated someone that we thought was "the one", but when we get married to the "Real One", we look back and realize God had someone better in mind. It is hard when we are in those situations - the break-up from the love of our life that we thought we were gonna marry - but as we look back we realize God's plan.
 
That is what is going on in this movie. This group of friends has graduated from college, and for the most part they "know" what they are going to do. As they set out on their journeys, they soon find out that their plans are not always what God has planned.
 
This is a great movie for anyone that is struggling with trying to find out what calling God has on their life.  "We often think of God's calling as something for us to do, but, in reality, God's calling is something for us to be!"

 
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

ZzzQuil - for a good night's sleep

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 photo ZzzQuilIZEAPostcardpdf-1_zps70314197.jpgDo you ever have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep? There are some nights that I have so many things going through my mind that I have a hard time falling asleep. Thankfully, for me, it is not a problem all the time. My husband has to take a sleeping pill every night.

I was recently given the opportunity to try ZzzQuil - from the makers of NyQuil. I think they made this stuff just for me because I am bad for taking NyQuil to fall asleep some nights. Thank goodness I don't have to do that any more. I now can take ZzzQuil and get a good night's sleep without taking other medications that I don't need. Check out the product overview:

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I tried the liquid, it has a very good taste and I had not problem taking it. I tried this out on the night that we came home from a very long trip. My husband's grandfather passed away, so we had an 8-9 hour trip both ways. Of course, we came home on Sunday night and had to be back at work on Monday morning so my mind would not settle down. I was glad my ZzzQuil had come in so I could try it out. I fell asleep really fast and never even woke up to use the bathroom - I usually have to get up at least once a night - so I slept wonderfully!! I did not move until my alarm went off and I was sleeping so good then that it almost scared me.

The next night I had my husband try it out. Like I said, he takes a sleeping pill every night and then still it may take him several hours to fall asleep and he don't sleep well. With the ZzzQuil, he told me he slept better than he has slept in a while. He did not have a problem falling asleep and slept all night. I don't think he even snored that night, plus for me!

I encourage you, if you have any problems sleeping to try out ZzzQuil. You will love it just like we did!

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